Thursday, April 4, 2013
Donations of baseball equipment will be accepted at tryouts this Saturday at Orono High School and the morning of April 27 at OHS (Opening Day ceremonies).
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Thursday, April 4
From Jimmy Buck, Cade Pfeiffer and Michael Randall We are Orono sixth-graders trying to collect used equipment donations for Ugandan Little League Baseball. After two failed attempts and many financial struggles, a team from Lugazi, Uganda, made it to the Little League World Series this past summer. We feel that everybody should have an opportunity to play baseball. The youth baseball players in Uganda are in need of equipment and money. We are asking you to drop off any baseball equipment that you are no longer using. The equipment should be in fairly good shape. We will accept the following donations: Donations of baseball equipment will be accepted at tryouts this Saturday at OHS, and the morning of April 27 at OHS (Opening Day …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Sixth grader is blazing a trail in the sport of snowmobile racing
Taylor Cole took first place at the Snocross World Championships in Wisconsin earlier this month. Cole won the junior novice division for 10 to 13 year olds and was awarded a trophy, jacket and the coveted checkered flag. “It felt great,” he said. “I was excited for that accomplishment.” Cole was introduced to snowmobiling by a friend when he was in first grade. “Before finding snowmobiling, Taylor was struggling to find something he liked to do,” said his mother, Sandra Fenske. “None of the team sports like basketball, hockey or baseball really interested him.” Cole became passionate about snowmobile racing and has won an estimated 175 trophies and medals. Where does he put them? “I don’t really have a designated spot,” he said. “The …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The school district is encouraging any parent who has concerns to contact the principal or assistant principal at Orono Middle School.
Details of exactly what happened are unfocused, but parents say two Orono Middle School students were recently suspended for creating fake Instagram accounts containing negative comments about a classmate. Orono police confirm they investigated the incident, and said last week it remains an open case under investigation. Citing data practice laws restricting the release of public information about juvenilles, a spokesman for the Orono School District would only say administrators promptly identified and solved the situation. "The incident was resolved quickly and seemingly to the satisfaction of everyone directly involved," Gary Kubat, Director of Communications for Orono Public Schools, said. The school district is encouraging any parent…
Monday, January 28, 2013
Dr. Diann Ackard will offer information to parents about eating disorders, body image concerns, self esteem and depression in children.
The Orono Middle School Parent Association will host a special presentation tonight by psychologist and research scientist Dr. Diann Ackard, who will offer information to parents about eating disorders, body image concerns, self esteem and depression in children. Dr. Ackard will also discuss empowering youth to grow up healthy and strong. Along with her private practice, Dr. Ackard conducts and provides research consultation to hospitals and universities, and is active on community boards focused on preventing disturbances and helping youth grow up strong and successful. A question and answer period will follow Dr. Ackard's presentation. If you go:
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Proceeds from this year's Fun Fest will be used to support instructional programs at Orono Schumann Elementary and Orono Intermediate School.
Thursday, January 24
“Candyland” is the theme of this year’s Orono Elementary PTO Fun Fest. It will take place Saturday, Feb. 2, at Orono Middle School. A medallion hunt begins promptly at 11:45 a.m. Participants are invited to come early and get ready to hunt for three medallions hidden inside Orono Middle School. The fun continues from noon to 4 p.m. with a silent auction, raffle, carnival games, cake walk, bake sale and lots of food. A new online silent auction will go live this year on Sunday, Jan. 27, at www.oronofunfest.com and close at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. Winners can collect their items during the Fun Fest on Saturday. Proceeds will be used to support instructional programs at Orono Schumann Elementary and Orono Intermediate School. …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
When a winter storm occurs overnight, the process of deciding whether to delay or close school begins around 4 a.m.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
By Dr. Karen Orcutt Superintendent of Orono Public Schools Our recent record-setting snowfall tells us that the winter season of the 2012-13 school year has arrived. With inclement weather almost always come questions about the school district’s procedures regarding “snow days.” This column is intended to help you gain a better understanding of how we arrive at those decisions. The decision to shorten a school day, to close school entirely or to remain open is always based on safety. Saving money or past practice are not considerations, as some people may believe. When a winter storm occurs overnight, the process of deciding whether to delay or close school begins around 4 a.m. First Student Transportation, the company that provides our …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Granting tenure is taken very seriously in Orono, said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Orcutt, and teachers must meet rigorous standards and expectations in order to receive it.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Orono Middle School English teacher Katie Stanley and Orono Intermediate School fourth-grade teacher Lanette Marchbanks have been granted tenure by Orono Schools. This noteworthy accomplishment was celebrated in a ceremony as part of the Nov. 19 School Board meeting. Also recognized during the ceremony were Stanley’s mentor, Dr. Amanda Sass-Henke, and OMS Principal Dr. Patricia Wroten, as well as Marchbanks’ mentor, Kristen Thatcher, and OIS Principal Dr. Scott Alger. Stanley came to Orono from Lakeville Area Schools and worked in Apple Valley-Rosemount-Eagan Schools prior to that. She has a bachelor of science degree in secondary education and a bachelor of arts degree in writing from Drake University, where she graduated Magna Cum …
Monday, April 23, 2012
Food for thought: what helps you think? Share your favorite "brain foods" and add to the list!
Boys from Orono joined chess players from throughout Minnesota over the weekend to compete in the annual State Chess Tournament at Breck School. Orono Middle School placed 8th out of 38 teams, and two students from Orono Intermediate School also participated. The secret to Tavo Moline, Charles Apple, Ben Greiber, Kevin Cornelius, Edison Steele and Sam Christiansen's success? Plenty of practice and a pre-tournament meal that included a carbo load and "brain food" ranging from chocolate and blueberries to broccoli. A full list can be found below, along with some of the research compiled by Ben Greiber in prepearation in advance of the tournament. Sam Christianson had the best finish from Orono. He took 5 points at the weekend's State …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Prom, graduation and summer are fast approaching, and Minnesota psychologist has some suggestions on how to connect with your kids.
Dr. Steven Kahn, who wowed Orono parents this past January, is returning by popular demand and will speak from 7-8 p.m. next Thursday, April 26, in the auditorium of Orono Middle School. A psychologist in the Twin Cities for more than 30 years, Dr. Kahn enlightens parents on how they can influence their teenagers' decisions even when they are away from them. In this season of prom, graduation and other events, the evening should prove to be helpful to parents. The event is free thanks to sponsorship by the Orono Alliance for Education, Orono High School and Spartan Parent Association. Dr. Kahn's appearance was privately funded by individual Orono parents. To RSVP or for more information, please e-mail Sheila Ross at sheila@oronoalliance.…
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Just 81 kids made the cut out of 279 who auditioned.
- Jay Corn
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Orono Middle School seventh-grader Betsy Surver (trombone) and eighth-grader Michelle Lensing (clarinet) have been selected for membership in the Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA) State Honor Band for the 2011-12 school year. The girls auditioned this winter for the group and were among 81 students chosen from the 279 who tried out. The MBDA State Honor Band will be directed by David Mendenhall, a retired music educator. Students will rehearse with him on Saturday, April 21, at Fergus Falls Senior High. The band will perform a concert at 2 p.m. in the high school’s auditorium. The honor band is an ongoing program of MBDA, a professional organization of band directors representing band programs of all grade levels from …