Friday, November 30, 2012
Students and staff are safe and the lockdown was dismissed at 2:10 p.m.
All students and staff members in Orono Public Schools went on a “lockdown with warning” Friday afternoon after a staff member expressed concern about a "a suspicious individual in the high school stadium," according to a message sent to parents Friday. The message to parents, provided by the district, stated as follows: All students and staff members in Orono Public Schools are safe after a “lockdown with warning” was issued to all buildings. Students will be dismissed as usual. The warning was called about 1:50 p.m. when a staff member was concerned by a suspicious individual in the high school stadium. The Orono Police Department responded and took appropriate action, and the lockdown was dismissed at 2:10 p.m. Our students and staff …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Snow and ice woes around Lake Minnetonka cause cancellations and late starts for Westonka, Orono, Wayzata, and Minnetonka public schools.
The overnight snow and ice dump came with morning cancellations and late starts for area schools. Orono Public Schools: All schools are closed today. High school sports and all community education programs are also canceled. Wayzata Public Schools: All schools are closed today. Westonka Public Schools: Schools will start two hours late due to severe weather and road conditions, according to a Westonka schools announcement. Morning kindergarten is canceled. Adventure Club will start at 8:55 a.m. Update 7:25 a.m.: Due to the icy roads and power outages Westonka Public Schools are now closed. After school activities and Adventure Club are also canceled. Minnetonka Public Schools: While Explorers Club will have it's normal start time, …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Mound Westonka defeated Orono with final scores of 25-17, 25-23, 25-17.
The White Hawks' victory leaves them with a 18-6 record so far this season as they take on Delano Thursday. The Spartans are 8-8 this season, and will move on to a match against Glencoe-Silver Lake.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Katie Dorn is working as a guidance counselor at Orono High School this year.
Katie Dorn is a new guidance counselor at Orono High School. Her focus area is on college planning and admissions. With an almost 30-year background in marketing, this is a new career for Dorn. Navigating the college planning process is not new to Dorn. She has six daughters and one son. Her oldest child graduated from college, two of her kids are in college and two will go next year. “I wanted to do something I was passionate about, and I absolutely love this,” said Dorn. A native of Edina, Dorn graduated Cum Laude from Colorado College in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. She recently completed her Masters in school counseling at the Adler Graduate School of Psychology in Richfield. She said she loves her new position at Orono …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Katie Stanley is an English teacher at Orono Middle School this year.
Katie Stanley is teaching seventh grade English at Orono Middle School this year. For the past three years, she taught eight grade English at her alma mater in Lakeville. “I taught in the same classroom that I had had English in,” said Stanley. “And my principal was my eighth grade teacher.” Stanley comes from a family of teachers. Her parents both taught school in Apple Valley for over 30 years, and her husband is a teacher in Farmington. She received a Bachelor of Science in secondary education and a Bachelor of Arts in writing from Drake University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2006. She also received a Presidential Scholarship all four years. Stanley studied abroad in Belgium during college. She also had the opportunity to …
Monday, September 26, 2011
Shannon Gleason is teaching special education at Orono High School this year.
Shannon Gleason is a half-time special education teacher at Orono High School. She teaches two skills classes and a special education math class in the mornings. A native of Dubuque, IA, both her mother and sister are teachers. “I did some in-home assisted living care for adults with disabilities and that’s what brought me to special ed,” said Gleason. Gleason received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 2010. She has teaching licenses in elementary education (K-6), K-8 English/language arts, K-8 reading and K-8 instructional strategist I: mild to moderate. This is her first year teaching high school students. “I like building that rapport and figuring out what works for different kids,” said Gleason. “Especially in…
Monday, September 19, 2011
Angela Stracke leads the new K-2 Spanish/World Language Program at Schumann Elementary in Orono.
It was a big summer for Angela Stracke. After spending the past three years teaching English as a Second Language in Colombia, she moved back to the United States, got married and accepted a new job. Stracke leads the new K-2 Spanish/World Language Program at Schumann Elementary in Orono. The Spanish program is designed to meet the five goal areas established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), including communication, cultures, connections, comparisons and communities. A native of Chippewa Falls, WI, Stracke received her undergraduate degree in early childhood Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She studied abroad in Mexico for one semester. Stracke holds three teaching licenses in K-12 …