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School Mental Health Is Not Just for Students: Teacher Health and Wellness Is Important

Use one or several of these tips to help manage the stress in your life!
November 11, 2020

Mental health relating to school usually refers to the wellness and health of students. However, this also touches on the wellness of teachers and educators. With the COVID-19 pandemic, school staff, specifically...

Zoom Fatigue

Zoom fatigue is a real, and affecting people. If you know what to look for, and how to prevent it, you will be okay.
October 8, 2020

Many health professionals are reporting that Zoom fatigue can cause impactful physical symptoms. In addition to physical fatigue, people have been experiencing headaches, eye-strain, neck pain, back...

Swenson Earns Volunteer of the Year Award

Michelle Swenson, Hank Seward and Kira Reymann after the awards ceremony with a large contingent of Orono supporters.
October 31, 2016

Michelle Swenson is a hard working high school math teacher with a heart full of 300 students. Swenson first became involved with Special Olympics in the fall of 2013 when Orono created its first flag...

Tech-y teachers use electronics in the classroom

Teachers begin to use technology in their classrooms.
November 19, 2013

The new rules on technology use have affected the classroom setting in many ways, however some teachers have decided to embrace the use of technology and implement it in a positive way. Schools are...

Orono: Traditions and transitions through the years

March 15, 2013

The Orono High School building as we know it has been around since 1968. Talking to the teachers that have been here the longest, we can gain an insight into what makes Orono, Orono. In 1968 the...

OGB appreciates teachers

OGB appreciates teachers
February 9, 2013

In front of parents and students, 25 Orono girls basketball players recognized teachers who they thought helped them a significant amount in and out of the class room.  On Tuesday Feb. 5 the Orono Girls...

Teachers plunge to support Special Olympics

Photo/ Betty Mueller

Polar Plunge mascot Snowflake with OHS math teacher Michelle Swenson
February 6, 2013

2013 will mark the 16th year of the Polar Plunge in Minnesota. This year, OHS is sending 16 teachers off to take the plunge in support of the Minnesota Special Olympics. The goal of the Polar Plunge...

Teachers put in extra work outside of school

Teachers put in extra work outside of school
January 24, 2013

Teachers work 1,097 hours at school on average, according to The Wall Street Journal. This number is accumulated over the 36 weeks school is in session. The number above only accounts for the time...

Students get to know new OHS teachers

Photos/ Madison Mills
November 27, 2012

There have been several new faces popping up around Orono High School this year and not just new students. This year, the school has hired three new teachers. Orono’s current teachers are notorious...

Homework is no longer the major factor in grades

Learning based homework policies are taking effect in Orono classrooms. 
Photo/ Tessa Ostvig
October 16, 2012

Schools are beginning to regulate the quality and amount of homework based on the research showing homework can be detrimental if not used in the right way. Starting about four years ago, the seventh...

OHS teachers exceed what is expected

Biology teacher Tim Haislet and his wife, both Orono graduates, stop to enjoy the scenery of Lake Tahoe. Photo courtesy of Tim Haislet
May 23, 2012

Often, there are misconceptions about what Orono High School teachers do over summer break and in their free-time. Indeed, teachers have an extended summer break compared to other average occupations;...

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