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ISD 709 News

posted May 22, 2017, 1:53 PM by Communications ISD 709




Congratulations to Troy Erie, Lowell Elementary – Recipient of the 2017 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award and $5,000!
   We're proud of Troy Erie, the 2017 Nominees, and all Duluth public school teachers who are making a difference in the lives of students every day! Many thanks to the Goldfine Family and the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.




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Duluth East Daredevils Win 2017 Minnesota State Robotics Championship!
   Congratulations to the Duluth East Daredevils and their alliance partners for winning the 2017 MSHSL State Championship for FIRST Robotics!   The Daredevils alliance included ERRORS Robotics (Woodbury, MN) and FRED Robotics (Warroad, MN).  
Below is a link about the event, including a list of teams that competed.  
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2017 Summer Breakfast & Lunch Program 
   Funded by the USDA, meals are provided to children 18 years of age and under without charge, adults who accompany their children can purchase a meal for $3.85.  Meals are served June 13 - August 25, 2017 (no meal service on July 4, 2017).
--Breakfast:  8:00AM to 10:30AM
--Lunch:  11:30AM – 1:00PM 
   Menus include a variety of food items: hot entrees, salads, sandwiches, vegetables, fruits, bread, milk, and dessert items.  Join us for good food and friendly service!
ISD 709 Summer Meal Locations
>Lester Park Elementary, 5300 Glenwood Street 
>Lowell Elementary, 2000 Rice Lake Road (opens June 19) 
>Myers-Wilkins Elementary, 1027 N 8th Avenue East
>Piedmont Elementary, 2827 Chambersburg Avenue
>Laura MacArthur Elementary, 720 North Central Avenue
>Stowe Elementary, 715 – 101st Avenue West
>Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 West Third Street 
>Denfeld High School, 401 North 44th Avenue West 
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Activities, Accomplishment, Appreciation
>>Piedmont Panther Pride Pow Wow:  Piedmont held their first Panther Pride Pow Wow, hosted by ISD 709 American Indian Education and the school, congratulations!  
>>Duluth East High School Plant Science Greenhouse Sale - May 24 & 25 from 1:00PM to 6:00PM, 301 N 40th Ave E, Duluth.  Specialty Geraniums, Pansies, Marigolds, Rosemary, Nasturtium and much more.
>>Lester Park Plant Sale on May 24 and 25, from 1:00PM – 6:00PM, 5300 Glenwood St, Duluth.  A variety of flowers, including hanging baskets, tomatoes, herbs, and vegetables
>>Duluth Community Garden Program Plant and Seed Sale, May 27 from 8:00AM – 1:00PM (8:00AM open to DCGP Members, 9:00AM open to all), Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E. Over 50 different types of vegetable and flower starts for sale and even more seeds.  .
>>Congdon Park Plant Sale to support the school garden and compost initiatives. Thursday, June 1, 2:30PM – 6:00PM, 3116 E Superior St, Duluth.  Veggies, fruit, herbs and perennial plants, as well as native flowers for your summer garden.  All plants at great prices. 
>>Bike Safety Time:  Students at Ordean East Middle School enjoyed a day outside learning bike and scooter safety tips. Thank you, Chuck Tolo, for helping make this opportunity possible!
>>Learning and Environmental Stewardship:  Students in Duluth East’s Plant Science course planted over 200 trees around the school’s campus and school forest.  Plant Sciences is part of the Agriculture and Forestry career cluster available through ISD 709’s Career & Technical Education program.  

>>A Beautiful Day for a Hike:  Students from Ms. Seaman and Ms. Fabbro's classes at Denfeld High School took a trip to Ely Peak in Western Duluth. Students hiked along the Superior Hiking trail which included a walk through an abandoned railway tunnel. This was a delightful experiential education experience with opportunities to interact with nature and to practice working together and communicating with peers.
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Joseph W. Mrkonich Scholarships Announced   
   JWM Scholarships are awarded annually to seniors who exemplify the work ethic, sportsmanship, and strong character that Coach Mrkonich role modeled over the years. The scholarship includes $2,000 toward post secondary study, a dinner in the recipients’ honor at the Kitchi Gammi Club and recognition at the Honors Banquet in May.
Annie Reichhoff – Soccer, Basketball, and Lacrosse
John Thompson – Basketball, Track, CC
Tyler Seymour – Football, Basketball, Baseball
Erin Teichrow – Soccer, Basketball, and Track
   The Joseph W. Mrkonich Scholarship originated in 1991 by The Noper Foundation, a group of Class of ’72 East alumni.  It is named after Minnesota Football Coaches Hall of Fame member and legend Joe Mrkonich, a teacher and coach at East from 1963-1987. 
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Book Reading and Discussion – LGBTQ Youth Homelessness
   No House to Call My Home is an award-winning book about LGBTQ youth homelessness. Ryan Berg will follow his reading with a discussion about the host home model, an ‘outside-the-system’ community and
volunteer-based response to youth homelessness.
Thursday, May 25 at 5:30PM
Teatro Zuccone - 222 E Superior Street, Duluth MN
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ISD 709 News

posted May 9, 2017, 1:46 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated May 9, 2017, 1:47 PM ]

National Teacher Appreciation Week
   Duluth teachers do so much. They stay up late grading papers and planning extra lessons. They answer calls and emails on the weekend from colleagues and parents. They stay late at conferences to accommodate families. But most of all, they never stop trying to help their students learn and succeed. Many thanks to our amazing teachers for all they do!
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National School Nurse Day – May 10
   We honor our Duluth Public School nurses and more than 73,000 school nurses in the United States who make a difference in the lives of children every day.  School nurses lead the way to advance health and support education by ensuring that students are safe, healthy, and ready to learn. 
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2017 High School Prom Season
   Wishing all students across the Northland a safe and happy prom season. Enjoy this special event with good decisions that create great memories!
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2017 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award Ceremony & Ice Cream Social
Wednesday May 17, 2017  7:00PM
Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium
3215 West 3rd Street, Duluth
All Welcome – Please RSVP Number Attending:  https://2017goldstar.eventbrite.com
Congratulations to this year’s nominees:
Jen Boyson, Myers-Wilkins Elementary
Paul Davis, Stowe Elementary
Troy Erie, Lowell Elementary
Holly Johnson, Lakewood Elementary
Matthew Knutson, Laura MacArthur Elementary
Cindy Miller, Congdon Park Elementary
Rachel Moseley, Piedmont Elementary
Nicole Munthe, Homecroft Elementary
Sherry Williams, Lester Park Elementary
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Ordean East Students Earn Recognition at 2017 State History Day
   Congratulations to the Ordean East Middle School students competing at the Minnesota State History Day at the University of Minnesota.  Christopher Kirby, Elle Westrum and Keegan McAuliffe received Honorable Mention for their presentations. 
>>Junior Individual Documentary - Christopher Kirby: The Branching Out of Baseball
>>Junior Individual Exhibit - Elle Westrum: Nellie Bly - 10 Days Insane
>>Junior Individual Exhibit - Keegan McAuliffe: “Failure Is Impossible” Taking a Stand for Women’s Suffrage
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Denfeld Student Named to All-State Speech Team  
 
   Anna Leonard, Denfeld High School, has been named to the 2017 Minnesota State High School League All-State Speech Tournament Team.  This is Ann’s fourth year on the Duluth Speech Team and the second year in a row she advanced to the State tournament.  She earned 10th place in her event this year.   



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From the MN Department of Health:
Minnesota is currently experiencing a measles outbreak, primarily in Hennepin County with incidents in Ramsey and Crow Wing counties.  
As of May  there are 50 cases, primarily children 0 to 17 years and three adults. This information and more is available on the MDH Measles page.  
If you think you or your child has been exposed to measles
>>Watch for symptoms of measles. Measles symptoms begin with a fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes. Then a rash develops that usually spreads from the head to the rest of the body.
If you or your child has symptoms of measles
>>Call your doctor or clinic right away if you see symptoms of measles. Your doctor or clinic will let you know if you need to come in for a visit.
People at high risk of getting measles
>>Measles spreads easily among people who are not vaccinated.
>>Areas with low immunization rates are a concern not only for those who are unvaccinated by choice, but also for those who cannot be vaccinated due to health status or age.
Vaccination recommendations
>>All Minnesota children 12 months and older who have not received a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine should get it now.
>>Adults who have never received the MMR vaccine and have never had measles should get the vaccine now.
>>The following children should get their second dose of MMR vaccine as soon as possible but at least 28 days after the first:   Somali Minnesotan children statewide, Children in Hennepin, Ramsey, and Crow Wing counties
>>Health care providers may recommend an early second dose of the MMR vaccine during routine appointments for children statewide.
Check your immunization record
>>Talk to your doctor or clinic if you are not sure if you need to get vaccinated.
>>MIIC Immunization Record Requests:  Request your immunization record.
More information about measles:  Measles Basics
General information about measles, including symptoms, complications, vaccines, tests, and treatment.
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Revel with the Daredevils!  Tacos, Silent Auction and Bake Sale May 12  
 
   This annual fundraiser helps support the Duluth East Daredevils robotics team. Event includes a silent auction, taco dinner, bake sale and fun, kid-friendly activities: drive a robot, build a LEGO robot, robot coloring pages and more.
Friday May 12, 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Duluth East High School, 301 N. 40th Avenue East
Cost: $10 per person, $25 per family
Follow the Daredevils on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Daredevils2512/
www.daredevils2512.org
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Congdon Park Destination Imagination Team Fundraiser
   The Dominating Doritos will have a multi-family rummage and bake sale this weekend with all of the proceeds going towards the team’s Destination Imagination Global Finals trip in Knoxville, TN.  The location is 4111 Peabody St. (Lakeside).  Dates:  May 12th 9-6 and May 13th 9-1. 
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Sharing Their Experiences
 
   Students from Duluth’s T-12 program stopped by Denfeld High School to share their experiences and talk about the program’s expectations, goals and opportunities – for example, volunteering at the YMCA, participating in dance and theater projects with CHOICE, unlimited and helping out at the Amsoil Arena during UMD Bulldog games.  A dynamic presentation, informative and fun.
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2nd Annual Twin Ports Ignite Learning       
Monday May 22, 6:00PM
Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium
3215 West 3rd Street, Duluth
Free and open to the public, everyone welcome
   Ignite Learning is a short “TED Talk” style series - hear from local people about something they learned, how they learned it and how it impacted their lives. 
   Scheduled speakers include:   
>>Rebecca St. George, Staff Attorney for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
>>Bob King, Duluth News Tribune Photographer and “Astro Bob” Astronomy Blog Writer
>>Daniel Oluwaseyi Oyinloye, Nigerian - born Artist, Storyteller and Community Organizer.
>>Patty Paquette, ISD 709 Office of Education Equity
>>Kateri Little, MARSS Coordinator for Duluth Public Schools
>>Paul Manoppo, Technology Teacher at Lincoln Park Middle School
>>Luke Moravec, KEYZone

ISD 709 News

posted May 3, 2017, 6:47 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated May 3, 2017, 6:48 AM ]

Thank you, Duluth School Nutrition Employees!   
   May 1-5 is National School Nutrition Employee Week - many thanks for the important work you do in fueling our schools and helping students learn every day!
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Congratulations 2017 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award Nominees
   The Goldfine family presents $5,000 annually to an outstanding teacher within the Duluth Public School system.  Long-time Duluth leaders Manley and Lillian Goldfine established this award through the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation in 2006 to recognize public school teachers who inspire their students and provide a strong foundation for educational, personal and professional success.
Congratulations to this year’s nominees:
Jen Boyson, Myers-Wilkins Elementary
Paul Davis, Stowe Elementary
Troy Erie, Lowell Elementary
Holly Johnson, Lakewood Elementary
Matthew Knutson, Laura MacArthur Elementary
Cindy Miller, Congdon Park Elementary
Rachel Moseley, Piedmont Elementary
Nicole Munthe, Homecroft Elementary
Sherry Williams, Lester Park Elementary
The Award recipient will be announced at an Award Ceremony & Ice Cream Social:
Wednesday May 17, 7:00PM
Lincoln Park Middle School
3215 West Third Street, Duluth MN
   All welcome, please join us in honoring the nominees!  If you plan to attend, R.S.V.P. for you and your guests online: https://2017goldstar.eventbrite.com
(RSVPs help plan for the ice cream!)
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New Summer Youth & Adult Duluth Community Education Class Schedule  
   Learn how to relax through breathing and small movement techniques, make rubber stamped greeting cards, participate in Scrabble, sunrise yoga, swing dancing and Tai Chi. Check out computer basics for seniors during Senior Surf Day, explore Spanish language, Zumba, how to make a Sami bracelet. Kids can learn babysitting basics, ceramics, cooking or baking, double dutch jump rope & dance, luminary dance, mask making, tennis, print making, and more plus check out summer activities available from the Duluth Public Library 
 >>Interested in TEACHING your hobby or skill to a class? We’re always looking for new courses!  For more information email: communityeducation@isd709.org or call 218-336-8760 or visit www.ISD709.org.
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Duluth Public School Students Heading to DI Globals  
   Following their success at State, three Duluth Public School teams earned a spot at the Destination Imagination Global Competition in Knoxville, TN.  Duluth East’s Mission Improvable team, advancing to Globals for the 3rd year in a row, Ordean East’s Ham United and Congdon Park Elementary’s Dominating Doritos.  Congratulations and best wishes to all!
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Lincoln Park Student Artists Present Work at Zeitgeist  
   Lincoln Park Middle School students are well represented at the Student Art Show at Zeitgeist Arts in downtown Duluth - their work is currently on display, the show continues through May 11. Great job, artists!
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Outdoor learning at Lakewood Elementary
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Myers-Wilkins World Beat Drummers Perform at Homegrown Music Festival   
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Please Be Aware:  Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why and Youth Suicide
Information from the National Association of School Psychologists
   The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why revolves around 17-yearold Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. Each tape recounts painful events in which one or more the 13 individuals played a role.
   The series, which many teenagers are binge watching without adult guidance and support, is raising concerns from suicide prevention experts about the potential risks posed by the sensationalized treatment of youth suicide.
   Research shows that exposure to another person’s suicide, or to graphic or sensationalized accounts of death, can be one of the many risk factors that youth struggling with mental health conditions cite as a reason they contemplate or attempt suicide.
   While many youth are resilient and capable of differentiating between a TV drama and real life, engaging in thoughtful conversations with them about the show is vital. Doing so presents an opportunity to help them process the issues addressed, consider the consequences of certain choices, reinforce the message that suicide is not a solution to problems and that help is available. This is particularly important for adolescents who are isolated, struggling, or vulnerable to suggestive images and storylines.
   Below are resources which may be of help regarding this topic.
>>13 Reasons Why Talking Points: Information for families, educators and students by Suicide Awareness Voices of Education and the JED Foundation 
>>Duluth Public Schools have many qualified School Counselors, School Social Workers, and Co-Located Therapists to work with you and your family if your child has a mental health need. Please contact your child's school with any questions or concerns. 
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From the MN Department of Health:
   Minnesota is currently experiencing a measles outbreak, primarily in Hennepin County.  As of May 2 there are 34 cases, all children ages birth to 5. This information and more is available on the MDH Measles page.  
Vaccination recommendations
>>All Minnesota children 12 months and older who have not received a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine should get it now.
>>Adults who have never received the MMR vaccine and have never had measles should get the vaccine now.
>>These children can get their second dose of MMR vaccine now:  Somali Minnesotan children statewide, Hennepin County children
>>Vaccine recommendations may expand if the measles outbreak spreads to more communities.
Check your immunization record
>>Talk to your doctor or clinic if you are not sure if you need to get vaccinated.
>>MIIC Immunization Record Requests:  Request your immunization record.
More information about measles from the MN Department of Health:
>>Measles Basics:  General information about measles, including symptoms, complications, vaccines, tests, and treatment.
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A Winning Partnership – UMD Creates Plan for Duluth East
   Each semester, the UMD Center for Economic Development collaborates with the Labovitz School of Business and Economics faculty to connect student teams and businesses for specific projects. This year, UMD business students dedicated a semester to creating an integrated marketing and communications plan for Duluth East High School, working with Shawn Roed, the school's Activities Director. The project includes research and analysis, a formal presentation to the client and creation of a plans book for client use. Thanks, UMD, for a great collaboration!
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FREE Family Night Out at Community Action Duluth
May 11, 2017  5:30PM – 7:00PM
Light dinner included – 5:30 pm
2424 West 5th Street – lower level cafeteria
Kids of all ages are welcome to come for fun art and science project- must be with their parents/caregivers
NORTHERN EXPRESSIONS ARTS COLLECTIVE 
Pebble Art, “Draw” a picture with pebbles and display it for all to see!

ISD 709 News

posted Apr 28, 2017, 12:49 PM by Communications ISD 709



Lincoln Park Students Explore Careers   
   Students from Lincoln Park Middle School spent an exciting day exploring education and career opportunities through a visit to Lake Supeiror College’s main and off-site campuses.  One stop included the Emergency Response Training Center where students donned firefighting gear and crawled through a tunnel, hopped into a fire truck, explored an ambulance and tried out a fire hose.  Thank you, LSC, for providing students this wonderful, hands-on experience!


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Administrative Professionals Day 
   Many thanks to the people who keep Duluth’s schools, departments and offices organized, on-track and running effectively and efficiently!
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Ordean East, AEO, Receive 2016/17 Star of Innovation Awards 
   The award recognizes MASSP member schools statewide for the development and support of an exemplary and innovative education program in their school.  Principal Gina Kleive and Ordean East received a Silver Star for their “W.I.N. – What I Need” program.  Principal Adrian Norman and Academic Excellence Online High School received a Bronze Star for “AEO Is a New School.” 
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High Schoolers Help Out with Tomato Man Project  
   Congdon Park kids had a great time visiting the greenhouse at Duluth East. The high school Plant Sciences students helped the little ones learn about seeds, how they grow and helped them plant seeds as part of the annual Tomato Man Project.  The high schoolers will grow seedlings in school greenhouse and then deliver the plants to Congdon Park to be transplanted into larger containers the children can take home at the end of the school year. 
   The Tomato Man project, started by the late Ray Picconatto, provides starter tomato plants to area elementary students along with instructions for the plant’s care and a tomato recipe to try.
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Planning for the Future:  Enrollment and Demographics Project Discussion
   During an April 26 meeting, the Duluth School Board discussed entering into a contract with RSP & Associates to provide detailed data and work with the Duluth school district in facilitating community discussion regarding school utilization and boundaries.  If approved, the project would take place through Spring, Summer and Fall of 2017.  The Board opted to delay a vote and tabled the item pending further review and consideration in May.
   RSP studies and projects school district enrollment trends and assists with community discussions regarding school utilization, including boundary adjustments.  RSP gathers and analyzes information from the school district, city, county and development community for use in those discussions and future decision-making.  Areas monitored include Land Use (Residential, Commercial, Industrial); Residential Density (Single-Family, Mobile Home, Duplex, Apartment); Natural Features (Rivers and Creeks); Manmade Features (Railroad and Streets); Attendance Area, among others.
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Myers-Wilkins World Beat Drummers to Perform at Homegrown Music Festival
Students are scheduled to perform at two Homegrown events:
>>Sunday, April 30 at 12:15PM:  Duluth Children's Museum - Family Day, Free Event
>>Wednesday, May 3 at 6:00PM: Clyde Iron Works – Mezzanine area, Free
Mezzanine area - Free
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The Denfeld High School Drama Department Presents:
THE MOUSETRAP by AGATHA CHRISTIE 
May 4 - 6 at 7:00PM
Denfeld Auditorium, 401 N. 44th Avenue West
Tickets sold at the door, $8.00 General Admission
   Agatha Christie, the undisputed queen of crime, pens this fiendishly delightful, nerve-shredding whodunnit. A perfectly twisted web of a play, this mystery-thriller truly invented the rules of the genre. You'll be filled with shuddering suspense and edge-of-your-seat intrigue until the final twist unfolds. Be careful, murder lurks around every corner! **Please Note: Show may not be suitable for children under 10**
   For more information call 218-336-8830, ext. 1028 or on Facebook & Twitter @ Denfeldtheater
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Ordean East Student Recognized for State Geo Bee Success  
   Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society.
   Colin Willemsen competed locally at Ordean East Middle School and placed in the top 100 qualifiers out of thousands of students competing statewide. He traveled to Mankato State University for the Minnesota Geographic Bee and did an outstanding job, placing in the top 30%. Congratulations, Colin, you’ve certainly mapped out a path to success!
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Lincoln Park Community School Shares DTA News
   The Lincoln Park Community School Leadership Team received news that, starting in August 2017, the DTA will make stops at Lincoln Park Middle School during the day.  The team worked with Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, city officials and the DTA leadership on this project, which will be a two year trial.  The Community School Transportation committee has work yet to do in further planning and collaborating with the DTA on hour times, stop site and further details. 
   Many thanks to all involved and to Community School Coordinator Rachel Thapa for her help organizing the collaboration and communication for this project.     
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Denfeld High School Welders Show Their Skills
 
   Denfeld  students placed 3rd in team scores and earned individual 4th and 7th places during a welding competition at Lake Superior College.  Congratulations Charleigh Frederick, Jake Hillman, Matt Johnston - 7th Place Individual, Derek Lund - 4th Place Individual, Rose "Leaf" Munoz, Roxane Simonsen - Technical Tutor/Mentor, Kevin Chederquist – Advisor.
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Good luck and safe travels to the Duluth East Daredevils as they head to F.I.R.S.T. Robotics World Championship!
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Laura MacArthur Students Help Those  in Need
Love to see these students from Laura Mac KEYZone reaching out to help others!
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Congdon Park Students Advance to National Level
   Congdon Park Elementary students were recognized at a ceremony on April 13th for placing top in the Minnesota State PTA Reflections Art Program.
Photography, Primary (grades K-2):  1st - Juri Lubovich
Photography, Intermediate (grades 3-5): 1st - Annika Saur
Literature, Intermediate (grades 3-5):  2nd - Edie Robison
   The photography pieces from the two first place winners, Annika Saur and Juri Lubovich, move on to compete in the National PTA Reflections Program in Alexandria, VA. Winners will be announced May 2nd.
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Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
>> Lincoln Park, Ordean East Students Share Success Stories:  Students from Lincoln Park and
Ordean East Middle Schools attended a recent school board meeting and signed up to speak regarding their activities.  One group of Lincoln Park students talked about how they planned, organized and presented a community health fair; another talked about their Ancestry project. Students from Ordean East shared their experience participating at the state science fair.  
>>Thank You, Duluth Junior League:  ECFE Lester Park had a huge helping hand from the Junior League of Duluth! On Earth day, a large crew met at the school’s outdoor classroom and got right to work: cleaning out the garden beds, raking, removing old mulch, peeling logs and creating new play elements.
>>Student Leaders Support Education:  Duluth Rotary Club 25 Junior Rotarians from Duluth East High School presented the Special Education Department with two Chromebooks as part of their Honorarium Project. Great example of young people making a difference in their school and community! 
>>Partnering with UMD:  Teacher Holly Bowen-Bailey invited guests from UMD to present information about civil rights to 8th grade students as a part of an English language unit based on the book Revolution by Deborah Wiles.  Thanks for providing this unique learning opportunity!
>>Students Support Education:  Duluth Rotary Club 25 Junior Rotarians from Duluth East High School presented the Special Education Department with two Chromebooks as part of their Honorarium Project.   
>>Teaming Up to Present National Anthem:  The Ordean East and Lincoln Park Middle School Choirs joined together to sing the National Anthem at the Harlem Globetrotters event at the DECC.   
>>Thank You, Operation Grace:  Thank you to all volunteers for being an integral part of the Operation Grace MN team. Because of you the March dental clinic at Denfeld High School was a success. More than $3000 worth of free oral healthcare was provided for 10 patients.
>>Making a Difference:  The Lincoln Park Middle School Student Council held a fundraiser for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Minnesota. The students raised $402.21 for donation to the Society.  
>>Students Succeed at State Knowledge Bowl:  One of Duluth East’s Knowledge Bowl teams competed at the state Knowledge Bowl meet took 12th place out of 48 teams in the competition. Congratulations Spencer Johnson, Zane Dietlin, Emma Flynn, Rana Imtiaz, and Annie Reichhoff.
>>Learning About Sound:  Students from Ordean East Middle School received a visit from local TV Meteorologist Colin Orasokich who provided a lesson on How Sound Travels.
>>Snowboard Success:  Duluth East snowboarder Abby Benser competed at the USASA Snowboard Nationals at Copper Mountain, CO.  She finished 7th in both Slalom and Boarder Cross, and finished 3rd, earning a Bronze medal, in Giant Slalom.

ISD 709 News

posted Apr 14, 2017, 11:33 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 11:34 AM ]

Denfeld, Duluth East Speech Students Heading to State!  
   Several students from the Duluth Speech Team earned a spot at the 2017 MSHSL State competition, congratulations to all participants and to Greg Jones, named 2017 7aa Speech Coach of the Year!
>>STATE COMPETITION:  Christian Chederquist, Matthew Campbell, Jay Vaidyanathan, Conor Reindl, Flannery White, Glory Gross, Anna Leonard, Emma McNamee
>>FINALISTS:  Joann Puglisi, Skyler Nelson, Nick Anderson, Brecken Caroon, Anna Huber, Tati Silverness Maghan, Kong Xiong, Vincent Kolanda, Sydney Olson, Sheila Vaidyanathan, Autumn Zierman, Krystyna Ruhnke, Laney Goei, Ocean Miller-Shaked 
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Student Chef Moves on to National Competition
  
   Malcolm Hall, Duluth East student chef at Food for Thought restaurant, earned first place at the Minnesota SkillsUSA competition and will move on to nationals in Louisville, KY in June.  The event was held at the Crocus Hill Culinary School in Cook, MN and in Minneapolis. 



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Stowe Student Colonial Fair Brings History to Life
   Fifth grade students are studying what life was like in a colonial village. Each student researched a job or role common in that time, dressed in costumes and presented information to family and schoolmates. The school gym became a colonial village, with a commons and “shops” such as a blacksmith, general store, butcher, etc.
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From the Denfeld Robotics Team:
REMINDER:  Denfeld Robotics Team Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser April 14!
   The Dinner and Silent Auction will be held in the Denfeld High School Cafeteria Friday April 14 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM.  Cost is $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per student.  The meal is BBQ Chicken with sides with a meatless option available. There are a variety of Silent Auction items to bid on so stop by!  Bring friends, family, all are welcome.  The team will provide a demonstration of our robots!  Funds raised will help pay for tournament feels, robot materials and other team needs.
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Denfeld’s Journey Toward Becoming a Full Service Community School
Students, staff, parents/guardians and community members are sharing their understanding of Denfeld’s strengths and challenges and developing a vision for what Denfeld could become as a Full Service Community School.
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House Representative Erin Murphy Visits Duluth Schools
Representative Murphy’s visit focused on the educational benefits of Full Service Community Schools (like Myers-Wilkins, Lincoln Park and Denfeld) and Universal Pre-K.
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Panthers with Answers – Piedmont Preps for State Tests
Love the school spirit and enthusiasm generated by students!
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Underwater Hockey
Another engaging class available through Duluth Community Education - 2017 Summer Schedule coming April 30, look for it online and in the Budgeteer.
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Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
>>Lincoln Park Middle School Hosts Their First Parent Camp:  Parents and staff have opportunities to choose topics to discuss and work together to create possible solutions for all students and families.  Topics included:  Healthy Lincoln Park, Navigating Social Media in Middle School, How to Connect with Staff & Programming, Re-Branding LPMS.  Lincoln Park is a Full Service Community School.
>>Lester Park Students Helping Out:  Lester Park is collecting reusable bags during the month of April.   They’ll bring the bags to CHUM and the Food Shelf to provide reusable bags for people who may not otherwise have them and help reduce the need for single use plastics.
>>Lincoln Park Middle School Art Students Visit Local Businesses:  The after school Art Club is visiting local businesses to see how their wares are designed and created.  Student visited Loll Designs, Frost River, Pineapple Arts, The Children's Museum, The Duluth Art Institute, and will soon visit Makerspace in West Duluth.
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Students in our Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs continue to amaze and inspire us!
Congratulations Future Health Professionals (HOSA) 2017 State Winners from Denfeld & Duluth East:
MEDICAL SPELLING:  WRITTEN TEST AND SPELL DOWN
>>1st Conor Reindl (DHS) 
NURSING ASSISTANT: WRITTEN TEST AND SKILLS
>>1st Liam Bohmann(EHS) 
>>2nd Jasmine Acosta (EHS) 
>>3rd Conor Reindl (DHS) 
>>4th Nicola D’Angiola (EHS) 
PREPARED SPEAKING: TOPIC LEADERSHIP- SERVICE-ENGAGEMENT 
>>1st Conor Reindl (DHS) 
HOME HEALTH AIDE: WRITTEN TEST AND SKILLS
>>1st  Brianna Ankrum(EHS) 
>>2nd  Liam Bohmann(EHS) 
>>3rd  Miranda Dahl (EHS) 
>>4th  Anissa Lane (EHS) 
>>5th  Nicola D’Angiola (EHS)     
EXTEMPORANEOUS HEALTH POSTER:  Topic Distracted Driving 
>>1st  Jasmine Acosta (EHS) 
CAREER HEALTH DISPLAY: Create a Trifold and Presentation on an Allied Health Career Choice
>>2nd  Brianna Ankrum(EHS), Nicola D’Angiola (EHS) 
JOB SEEKING SKILLS:  Competitors apply  for any health related position in which they are trained or are being trained.  They prepare a cover letter, résumé, complete a job application and participate in a job interview.
>>3rd  Anissa Lane (EHS) Senior
MRC PARTNERSHIP: Emergency Preparedness Event
>>2nd Miranda Dahl (EHS), Liam Bohmann(EHS),  Anissa Lane (EHS), Mason Elder (EHS) Senior
BARBARA JAMES SERVICE AWARD:  Recognition Event  
>>Miranda Dahl (EHS) Senior
MRC VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION:  Recognition Event
>>Miranda Dahl (EHS), Liam Bohmann(EHS),  Anissa Lane (EHS), Mason Elder (EHS),  Nicola D’Angiola (EHS), Jasmine Acosta (EHS)
FOURTH ANNUAL MN HOSA MRC CAMP:  20 Hours of Disaster Preparedness Training
>>Denfeld and Duluth East HOSA Students  
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2nd Annual Twin Ports Ignite Learning
Wednesday April 26, 6:00PM
Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium
3215 West 3rd Street, Duluth
Free and open to the public, everyone welcome!
Ignite Learning is a short “TED Talk” style series about learning.  Hear from local people about something they learned, how they learned it and how it impacted their lives.
Scheduled speakers include:  
>>Rebecca St. George, Staff Attorney for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
>>Bob King, Duluth News Tribune Photographer and “Astro Bob” Astronomy Blog Writer
>>Daniel Oluwaseyi Oyinloye, Nigerian - born Artist, Storyteller and Community Organizer.
>>Kami Norland, CEO of Integrative Re-Sources
>>Kateri Little, MARSS Coordinator for Duluth Public Schools
>>Paul Manoppo, Technology Teacher at Lincoln Park Middle School
>>Luke Moravec, KEYZone
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Duluth East High School Theater presents:
William Shakespeare’s
The Taming of the Shrew
A Groovy Comedy
Thursday-Saturday, April 27-29 at 7:00PM
Duluth East High School Auditorium
Tickets $5 Students, $10 Adults
   Shakespeare wrote a play about a very confident young man confronting a very confident young woman and bending her to his will. Sound entertaining?  East High School has set this difficult play in 1970, when gender wars were heating up and women weren’t willing to quietly do what they were told.  Come see very capable high school actors tackle this hilariously groovy play of love and struggle, disguise and trickery.  Journey back to a time of the hippest clothes and the funkiest music wrapped around the magnificent words of our greatest playwright.
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REMINDER: ACT Plus Writing Test for 11th Grade Students
Wednesday April 19, 2017 – Seated by 8:50AM
   Participation is expected of all 11th grade students except those exempted by their IEP and notified by their case managers.
•  Students at Denfeld and Duluth East:  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will not attend school April 19 in order to accommodate the test.  11th grade students will follow a special test day schedule.
•  Students attending AEO, ALC and Residential Programs:  9th, 10th, and 12th Grade students will attend school as usual on April 19.  11th Grade students participating in the test should contact their guidance counselor or school principal to make arrangements.
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ISD 709 News

posted Apr 11, 2017, 9:39 AM by Communications ISD 709


Denfeld Students Earn Top Spots in Regional Math Contest  
   Students from Denfeld High School took the top three spots in this year's Trig-Star contest at Lake Superior College.  Denfeld was also the highest scoring school:
>>Benjamin Emmel, First Place - $200, $50, School Winner & Plaque
>>Kelly Killorin, Second Place -  $150.00
>>Connor Feyen, Third Place - $100.00
   Trig-Star is a timed competition which involves solving trigonometry problems that incorporate the use of right triangle formulas and the laws of sines and cosines plus a real world problem a land surveyor might encounter. Contestants have up to one hour to complete the exam, the person achieving the highest score in the shortest amount of time wins. The competition is sponsored by the Minnesota Society of Professional Land Surveyors. 
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Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Planning Update
   The Duluth school district is in the midst of budget planning for the next school year (fiscal 2018). This includes preliminary draft projections for revenue and expense, new investments and identifying cost savings and adjustments that can be made to ensure a balanced budget for approval in June 2017.
   The budget planning emphasizes:
>Prioritizing General Fund spending to the instruction and support of students
>Maintaining 2013 Education Levy investments which include student achievement, curriculum updates and managing class size 
>Working toward goals associated with Minnesota's World's Best Workforce legislation.
>Aligning with supporting plans, including Reading Well by Grade 3 Literacy and ISD 709 Achievement & Integration.
   The budget planning takes into consideration ongoing discussions with teacher, principal, and administrative leadership, the School Board, and multi-year community conversations.
   At the April 10 Business Committee meeting the School Board received an update on the budget planning process.  The information includes draft investments, adjustments and potential cost savings to arrive at a balanced proposal that supports our goals and primary strategies.  Click here for information shared with the Board.
   Some of the information is not specific at this time - we will work to determine the needs of programs and departments and will propose specific recommendations in the coming weeks. A final budget is approved in June per State Statute.  The new fiscal year begins July 1, 2017.
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The Duluth Speech Team presents:
State-Bound Speech Showcase
Denfeld and Duluth East students bound for the Minnesota State High School League state speech competition present award-winning performances.
Thursday April 13, 7:00PM
Duluth East High School Auditorium
301 N. 40th Avenue East
Suggested Donation:  $3 at the door (Doors open at 6:40PM)
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Ordean East Students, Teacher Receive State Science Recognition
   Teagan Flynn and Erin Coleman, Ordean East Middle School, received the Seagate’s Rising Star Award at the 2017 Minnesota Academy of Science State Science & Engineering Fair for their project “Measuring the mortality rate of Daphnia magna exposed to tire chip leachate." The received a $1,500 award, trophy and Seagate hard drive.  The Award recognizes emerging scientists whose project exemplify excellence in their category, as well as high degrees of difficulty, thoroughness, complexity, creativity, innovation and effective communication.
   Nabiha Imtiaz, Ordean East, received an award from Graduate Women in Science.  The organization presents awards to the top female projects grades 6-12 and to the top female papers from grades 7 to 12.  GWIS is an international, interdisciplinary society of scientists whose mission is to build a global community that inspires, supports, recognizes, and empowers women in science.
   Seagate also spotlights outstanding teachers from around the state who find creative ways to nurture students' interest in scientific research and discovery, going above and beyond the classroom to promote STEM education. Eric Seidelman of Ordean East was recognized as winner in the teacher 1-10 years category. 
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From River Quest Organizers:
St. Louis River Quest 25th Anniversary:  We’d Like Stories/Feedback from Former Students  
   We hope to gather stories and experiences from those who attended wherever they live or whatever they’re doing today.  We ask you to click on this link to answer 7 short questions concerning your experience with River Quest.  The responses you share will be used in our celebration efforts and are completely anonymous.  Thank you, in advance, for taking time to provide your insights!  
For Information:  aaron.salmela@isd709.org
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From Duluth Parents for Healthy Playgrounds:
Come Celebrate for HEALTHY Change! 
   DPHP is hosting an Earthday Celebration at Skyline Lodge, raising funds to help defray the cost in resurfacing the District's playgrounds with wood fiber.  Join us for food, fun and a fantastic silent auction event!
Saturday April 22, 4:30PM-7:30PM
The Lodge @ Skyline Lanes,  4894 Miller Trunk, Duluth
For details on tickets and how to help, contact Brie at Brie.Giorgi@hotmail.com or friend us on Facebook
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ISD 709 News

posted Apr 6, 2017, 7:16 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 7:16 AM ]

Sharing Our Vision Night:
Denfeld’s Journey to Becoming a Full Service Community School
Tuesday April 11, 2017  4:30PM – 6:30PM
Denfeld High School Media Center, 401 N. 44th Avenue West
Refreshments provided.  Transportation and child care are available (please call/text/email Kathy Bogen 218-940-1593,
kathybogen@msn.com.
   Students, staff, parents/guardians and community members have been sharing their understanding of Denfeld’s strengths and challenges and developing a vision for what Denfeld could become as a Full Service Community School. Everyone who has participated in the focus groups along with interested students, families, staff and community members are invited and encouraged to attend.
   A Full Service Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources.  Its focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.
   A Full Service Community School grows to meet the unique needs of its students, families, and community.  One of the first steps is to find out from parents, students, teacher and community members what they feel is needed to provide all students with the supports needed for their well-being and success in school and in life.
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Miigwech! Minawaanigoziwin Round Dance 
   Many thanks to the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), community members and area organizations that worked together with the Duluth American Indian Education Department to create the Minawaanigoziwin Round Dance at Denfeld High School.

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Give Your Child the Best Start:  Duluth Early Childhood Education Birth to Age 5
Register Now for 2017/18 School Year!
   The early childhood years are an important time for your child's potential development and growth.  A variety of helpful programs for families and their children are available through the Duluth Public Schools.
   Preschool:  Prepares each child for success in Kindergarten and beyond with social-emotional, language, physical and intellectual development.  Fun, affordable classes, licensed teachers, research-based curriculum and locations throughout the city.  Early childhood special education services available.  MN Parent Award Rated – Four Stars of Excellence, the highest rating possible.
   Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE):  Enriching classes and activities help families strengthen and support their child’s early learning and development.  For families with children ages birth through 4 years old.
Income-based financial assistance available. For more information:
Phone: 218-336-8890 or 218-336-8815
Email:  earlychildhood@isd709.org
Online:   www.isd709.org
To Register:
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Check Out the 3D Printing Process at Denfeld High School
   Cathy Kates, KKCB Radio, paid a visit to the Denfeld High School Design Center to see firsthand how 3D printing works (plus other fun, hands-on stuff like computer design, routers, plasma torches, lathes, welding, milling machines and more).
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Starbase Program Inspires Lowell Students
   Building and programming a model of the Mars rover using LEGO EV3 sets and software, Lowell students were tasked with using an integrated STEM approach to identify and solve problems that might arise at a colony on Mars.
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Food for Thought Student Chef Competes at State SkillsUSA
   Malcolm Hall took first place in his competition and will move on to nationals!
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Caring Students Make a “Ton” of Difference
  
   Students and staff at Lester Park Elementary collected and donated over a ton of food (2426 pounds!) and $225 to help replenish the food shelves at Duluth’s Union Gospel Mission. Inspiring to see Duluth's young citizens working to help others!



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Interquest K-9:  An Additional Prevention Tool  
   Interquest K-9 is a proactive effort to deter and reduce the presence of drugs, alcoholic beverages, abused medications, and weapons on campus and school grounds.  Disciplinary action is at the discretion of the schools. It doesn't replace searches by the police department; it's done differently and a bit less intrusively.
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Myers-Wilkins Students Give Back to Community
   Students collecting food, clothes and books for local charities.  Awesome!
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FREE Family Night Out at Community Action Duluth
Every second Thursday
5:30PM – 7:00PM
Light dinner included – 5:30 pm
2424 West 5th Street – lower level cafeteria
Kids of all ages are welcome to come for fun art and science project- must be with their parents/caregivers
April 13, 2017:  NORTHERN EXPRESSIONS ARTS COLLECTIVE 
Mini Terrariums, Celebrate Earth Month with your own mini ecosystem!
May 11, 2017:  NORTHERN EXPRESSIONS ARTS COLLECTIVE 
Pebble Art, “Draw” a picture with pebbles and display it for all to see!
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From the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
8th Annual Northland Career Fair 
April 12, 2017  10 :00AM – 3:00PM  
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center – Pioneer Hall, Free Parking
>>Find local jobs in the Northland area, look for the ISD 709 booth for school jobs.  
>>Meet with employers from various industries with open positions from entry-level to senior management. 
>>The event is free to attend. No registration needed to attend. 
>>Bring copies of your resume and dress for success. 
>>Don’t miss the resume critique and interview snapshots.  
Find a list of attending employers online: http://mn.gov/deed/events/northland.jsp
For more information visit: mn.gov/deed/events/northland.jsp
Or Contact: Rhonda.Rutford@state.mn.us 218.302.8406
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ISD 709 News

posted Mar 31, 2017, 11:38 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Mar 31, 2017, 11:39 AM ]


Duluth East Birchwood Choir and A’Capella Choir Earn Superior Ratings
   Congratulations to the students of the Duluth East Birchwood Choir and A'Cappella Choir for their outstanding performances at the Minnesota State High School League Region 7AA Large Group Vocal Music Contest this month. Both choirs received Superior Ratings, with A'Cappella receiving two perfect "40" scores.
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Please Save the Date:  Wednesday May 17, 2017 7:00PM
Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award Ceremony & Ice Cream Social
Honoring Duluth’s Inspirational Teachers
All Welcome – ISD 709 Staff, Students, Family, Friends
To be held at Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 W. 3rd Street
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Lester Park Elementary Teacher Reappointed to State Board of Teaching
   Governor Mark Dayton has reappointed Anne Krafthefer to the Minnesota State Board of Teaching.  Anne teaches at Lester Park Elementary School and has been with ISD 709 since 1991. She joins ten other teachers, administrators and members of the public who will work to ensure the state has qualified and professional teachers.    
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Duluth East Student Chef Competing at State SkillsUSA Contest – Good Luck, Malcolm! 
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ACT Plus Writing Test for 11th Grade Students
Wednesday April 19, 2017 – Seated by 8:50AM
   Participation is expected of all 11th grade students except those exempted by their IEP and notified by their case managers.
·  Students at Denfeld and Duluth East:  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will not attend school April 19 in order to accommodate the test.  11th grade students will follow a special test day schedule.
·  Students attending AEO, ALC and Residential Programs:  9th, 10th, and 12th Grade students will attend school as usual on April 19.  11th Grade students participating in the test should contact their guidance counselor or school principal to make arrangements.
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Denfeld Robotics Team Receives Entrepreneurship Award  
   After 3 days of competition at the Iowa Regional, the DNA robotics team finished the qualification rounds in 9th place and became the 6th alliance captain during the alliance selections. They chose teams 525 and 6359 to join their alliance, the team was eliminated in their second quarterfinal round.
   At the awards ceremony, the team received the Entrepreneurship Award. This award recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit by celebrating a team that had developed the framework for a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives.

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Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team Heading to World Championships
   The Duluth East Daredevils competed at the Northern Lights Regional in March, taking 2nd place in the event and receiving the Wildcard to attend the World Championships in St. Louis April 26-29.  Their second regional took place in Cedar Falls, Iowa where they were selected by the 1st place alliance and made it to the finals once more. The team is excited to go back to Worlds – last time they placed second and are hoping to do as well or better this time around! 
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Could Language Immersion Benefit Your Child?
   Research suggests it may contribute to academic achievement, and that students exhibit greater problem-solving abilities, flexible thinking and advanced language literacy and proficiency.   Learn more about the benefits, the specific Ojibwe and Spanish language program models offered at Lowell Elementary.  
Applications for September 2017 school year are available. 
For detailed information:
Edye Howes, Office of American Indian Education: 
edith.howes@isd709.org or 218.336.8700, ext.1152
Crystal Goldman, Spanish Immersion Coordinator: 
crystal.goldman@isd709.org or 218.336.8700, ext.1166
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Congdon Park Elementary Students Succeed at State MN PTA Reflections Program
Juri Lubovich:  1st Place - Photography Grades K-2
Annika Saur:  1st Place – Photography Grades 3-5
Edie Robinson:  2nd Place - Literature : Grades 3-5
Artwork by Juri Lubovich and Annika Saur will move on to the National PTA Reflections competition in Alexandria, VA.  Winners will be recognized and presented their award at the state ceremony this spring.
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From the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
8th Annual Northland Career Fair 
April 12, 2017  10 :00AM – 3:00PM  
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center – Pioneer Hall, Free Parking
   Find local jobs in the Northland area, including ISD 709 School Employment opportunities!  Meet with employers from various industries with open positions from entry-level to senior management. The event is free to attend. No registration needed to attend. Bring copies of your resume and dress for success. Don’t miss the resume critique and interview snapshots! 
Find a list of attending employers online: http://mn.gov/deed/events/northland.jsp
For more information visit: mn.gov/deed/events/northland.jsp
Or Contact: Rhonda.Rutford@state.mn.us 218.302.8406
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From the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
Pre-Northland Career Fair Prep Workshops 
Minnesota WorkForce Center — Duluth
402 West First Street
Wednesday, April 5:  9:00AM – 10:30AM
Wednesday, April 5 (Vets Only):  1:00PM – 2:30PM
Monday, April 10:  3:00PM – 4:30PM
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ISD 709 News

posted Mar 23, 2017, 12:09 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 12:10 PM ]


March is Music in Our Schools and Youth Art Month
   Thank you to the Denfeld Jazz Band for their performance at the March School Board meeting and to all teachers and student groups who provide music in the Duluth community throughout the year.  
    Many thanks to the teachers and students who created the Duluth Public Schools Youth Art Month Exhibition at the Miller Hill Mall and for all you do to inspire individual creativity and imagination.
 
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Denfeld Plans Community School Model   
   Full-service community schools create partnerships with area resources which can lead to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.  Myers-Wilkins Elementary is a full-service community school, the model is expanding to include Lincoln Park Middle School and Denfeld.
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Denfeld Students Honored for Cyber Defense Excellence  
 
   Zakarias Howes, Matt Johnston and their coach Tim White were recognized by the Duluth School Board for achieving 1st Place in the Minnesota Open Division Silver Tier State Round of CyberPatriot, a National Youth Cyber Education Program organized by the Air Force Association. 
   The program inspires students to explore careers in c​ybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.  The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company.  In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems.  They’re tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.
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Annie Harala, Duluth School Board, is the recipient of the St. Mary’s University of Minnesota 2017 Outstanding Young Alumna Award, congratulations!  The Award goes to a young alumna who has made significant professional accomplishments and served her alma mater and society.  Ms. Harala has worked in nonprofits, schools, and county government, gaining experience with greater Minnesota’s rural and urban communities in the areas of health policy, youth engagement, and community empowerment. She serves on the Duluth School Board and is the Northeast Minnesota regional coordinator for the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership. The university will recognize Ms. Harala and three other outstanding alumni at a ceremony in June.  
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FIRST Robotics Competition - Iowa Regional
   Denfeld DNA and the Duluth East Daredevils are competing in the 2017 Iowa Regional in Cedar Falls this weekend along with robotics teams from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, and Minnesota.  In this year's challenge, teams needed to build a robot that could pick up and put balls into a "boiler," move gears and pull themselves up a rope.
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Free College Prep Classes to Prepare for CNA/CMA Coursework
April 24 - May 17
Mon, Tues, Wed, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Community Action Duluth
Dinner and childcare provided
***Call to register: 218-726-1665***
   Looking for a career in healthcare or a part-time job as you continue your education? This class will help people prepare for entering Certified Nursing Assistant or Certified Medical Assistant Classes at Lake Superior Community College. The class is taught by instructors from ISD 709 Adult Basic Education.
>>Participants must be 18 at the time the class starts.
>>The class is three nights a week for four weeks at Community Action Duluth.
>>Childcare and a meal are provided.
>>Each student will have a coach to help them complete the courses to become certified and then obtain employment in the medical field.
>>People who successfully finish the class will receive a $50 gift certificate.
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Hands-On, Outdoor Learning   
   Duluth East students studying Plant Science were out last week tapping maple trees in the school forest. Hands-on learning in a beautiful environment! Through such courses, students learn more about careers in forestry, fish and wildlife management.



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Duluth Speech Team Presents
2017 SPEECH CONCERT – A Night of Award-Winning High School Speech Performances
Thursday, March 23, 2017   7:00PM
Denfeld High School Auditorium
401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth
Tickets $5.00 at the door or purchase in advance from a speech team member
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Activities, Accomplishment, Appreciation
--Academic Recognition for Duluth East Student:  Annika Pokorny, Duluth East High School, has been invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) for scoring in the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT among Hispanic and Latino test takers in the mid-west United States
region.
--Duluth Public Schools Youth Art Month Student Exhibition:  Student work in a variety of mediums, showcasing the talent of Duluth's young artists from elementary, middle and high school.  March 20-26, 2017, Miller Hill Mall, Barnes & Noble Court.  For information: debra.hannu@isd709.org
--Stowe Student Honored by Art Educators of MN:  The annual Art Educators of MN closing ceremony will take place at the Hopkins Center for Arts on March 25 from 3:00PM-5:00PM.  James Van Duran won third place in the elementary division for his recycled materials collage called, 'Mountain Birds."  James will receive a packet of arts supplies from Triarco Art and Craft supply company and a gift from Sargent Arts. 

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The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra will present a combined concert with the Duluth East High School Orchestra at 7:00PM on Thursday, March 30 at Duluth East High School (301 N 40th   Ave E).
   Under the direction of Dr. Ruth Lin, the 60 member Gustavus Symphony Orchestra is on a tour that highlights collaboration between college and high school musicians.  The concert program features composer Ferde Grofé’s Mississippi Suite (Tone Journey) and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, popularly known as the New World Symphony.  The Duluth East HS Symphony will join the Gustavus Symphony for the final selection, The Toreadors, from Carmen Suite #1 by Bizet
The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be accepted at the door.
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ISD 709 News

posted Mar 16, 2017, 2:08 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 2:09 PM ]

City Records Set at All City Swim Meet!
   Congratulations to the following middle school students for setting new records at the All City Swim Meet held this month at Ordean East and thanks to Ryan Marshik for the great photos!
Lincoln Park
>>Lindsay Johnson: 300 Freestyle 3:34.70
Ordean East Middle School
>>Owen Manchester: 200 Freestyle 2:00.52, 50 Freestyle :24.66
>>Beau Giddings: 100 IM 1:03.62, 50 Butterfly 28.14 (27.94)
>>Haley Zelen: 50 Freestyle 28.82, 100 Freestyle 1:05.48
>>Maari Rohrbaugh: 50 Backstroke 33.23
>>Dylan Manchester: 300 Freestyle 3:41.13, 100 Backstroke 1:16.07
>>Erik Oase: 50 Breaststroke 40.72
>>7th Gr. Girls 400 Freestyle Relay - 5:07.27, Sophie Hansen, Abigail Williams, Olivia Cranston, Grace Rubin
>>7th Gr. Boys 400 Freestyle - 4:48.18, Jeremiah Erickson, Christopher Kirby, Derek Andrew, Beau Giddings
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Duluth American Indian Education presents:
Minawaanigoziwin Round Dance
Friday, March 31, 2017  6:30PM - 9:30PM
Doors open: 6:00PM (Singers be ready by 6:30pm)
Denfeld High School Gymnasium
401 North 44th Ave West Duluth, MN
Emcee:  Michael “Migizi” Sullivan                             
Stickman:  Sherwin “Stick” Obey
Invited Singers:  John “Snoop” Morrow, Opie Day, Darrel Kingbird, Hokie Clairmont, Eric Gahbow, Bernie Lemieux
First 12 additional singers to register will be paid! Must register by 6:30PM
For more information contact Edye Howes (218) 336-8700 ext. 1152
Vendors: Contact Jamie de la Cruz (218) 336-8860 ext. 1230 Limited space!
*This event is free and open to the public.  All are welcome to attend and participate!*
Sponsored in part by AICHO American Indian Community Housing Organization
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Players Take a Dive Into Underwater Hockey Through Duluth Community Education Class
   Over 100 different courses are available through Duluth Community Education, from swimming, cooking, social media, and sewing to dancing, genealogy, 3-D printing and many more. Programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home. 
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Plant Science Class Growing Fresh Rosemary, Basil & Mint for Student-Run Restaurant Dishes
   Duluth East Plant Science students are growing rosemary, basil and mint in the greenhouse for use in the school's student-run restaurant Food for Thought.
  “Food for Thought” is now open to the public for second semester.  Click here for details, including a complete menu.  Reservations and meal orders are required at least 24 hours in advance and become the lesson plan for the day. Enjoy a tasty meal while helping students gain valuable experience!
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Students Check Out High Demand Careers in Construction
   Students from Denfeld, Duluth East and other area high schools learned about earn-as-you-learn apprenticeships in high demand, living wage careers during the annual Construct Tomorrow event at the DECC. 
  They received hands-on opportunities to experience work performed in different building and construction trade careers - wiring circuits, troweling cement, setting tile and much more as they moved through a series of stations staffed by representatives of 14 local union apprenticeship programs.  Such jobs are vital to the economic growth of our region.  
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Lincoln Park, Ordean East, Duluth East Students Heading to State History Day Competition!
   History Day competitions require students to go beyond facts and dates to explore a historical topic analytically and in depth. In preparing a project about their findings, they learn skills used by exhibit designers, filmmakers, historic interpreters and scholars.  Congratulations to all students who took part in the Regional competition:
Lincoln Park MS State Bound
*Malaya Perkins = Susan B. Anthony and her stand for Women’s Rights  
Lincoln Park MS Honorable Mention
*Noah McGrew (Group Website)
 Lincoln Park MS Participants
*Christian Ray, Seth Freije, Jacob Koski, Amelia Armstrong-Dougherty, Abigail Kaptonak, Jackson Morales, Hanna Hovland
Ordean East MS State Bound
*Joey Warner, Chris Kirby, Sophie Grunzke-Johnson (Individual Media Documentary)
*Natalie Miller, Keegan McAuliffe, Elle Westrum (Individual Exhibit)    
*Annalise Borman (Individual Website)
*Isabella Taylor (Research Paper)
Ordean East Honorable Mention
*Finn Shoaps (Media Documentary)
*Collin Larson, Jordan Blais (Group Exhibit)
*Grace Rubin (Individual Exhibit)
Duluth East HS State Bound
*Maeve Fairbanks, Kiana Davis, Haley Marble (Web page) = Taking a Stand for Organic Agriculture
* Cooper Speers (Documentary) = Hungarian Revolution
* Justine Martin (Exhibit) = Taking a Stand to Protect Yosemite
* Flannery Glisczinski, John Kroska, Spencer Frederickson, Elle Christian (Performance) = 
Reserve Mining vs. EPA 
* Issac Bailey and Clare Fresvik (Web page) = Charles Loring Bruce and the Children's Aid Society 
* Luke Hietala, James Abelson, Blake Salfer, Kahl Steinmetz, Ryan Johnston (Documentary) = Tienanmen Square
*Angela Park and Lucie Han (Exhibit) = Taking a Stand For Gay Rights
*McKenna Clark & Molly Gaerdner (Exhibit)  = Tibetan Revolution
*Tessa Mlinar, Paige Olson, Danielle Verdugo (Exhibit)  = Taking a Stand Against Communism 
Duluth East HS Honorable Mention
*Kaitlyn Dexter = The World Bank, Taking a Stand for Economic Assistance
*Greta Fischer & Lauren Nyenhuis = America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman
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Duluth East Business Students Earn Trip to State!   
   Top students from Duluth East High School will attend the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2017 State Leadership Conference, "Spread Your Wings" in Minneapolis this month.  Students earned 20 awards at the Region 5 Competitive Event/Leadership Conference held in Grand Rapids, congratulations to all:
QUALIFIED FOR STATE
Digital Publishing:  Kasey Thoreson – 1st
Medical Office Procedures:  Chloe Carlson – 1st
Personal Finance:  Lorien Gunsolus – 2nd
Computer Programming:  Kasey Thoreson – 2nd
Fundamental Spreadsheets:  Kasey Thoreson – 2nd
Fundamental Word Processing:  Chloe Carlson – 2nd
Advanced Accounting:  Nick Garden – 3rd
Accounting Math Concepts:  Kasey Thoreson – 4th,  Nick Garden – 5th
Information Technology:  Kasey Thoreson – 4th
Parliamentary Procedures:  Chloe Carlson – 5th
Torch Awards:  Abby Wright, Makenna Paquette
FINALISTS  (placed 6 – 8)
Administration Support Concepts:  Chloe Carlson 
Business Meeting Management Concepts:  Chloe Carlson
Banking & Finance:  Nick Garden 
Fundamental Accounting:  Lorien Gunsolus 
Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts:  Chloe Carlson 
Payroll Accounting:  Nick Garden, Lorien Gunsolus 
Career & Technical Education - Business, Marketing, Finance
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ACT Plus Writing Test for 11th Grade Students
Wednesday April 19, 2017 – Seated by 8:50AM
   Participation is expected of all 11th grade students except those exempted by their IEP and notified by their case managers.
·  Students at Denfeld and Duluth East:  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will not attend school April 19 in order to accommodate the test.  11th grade students will follow a special test day schedule.
·  Students attending AEO, ALC and Residential Programs:  9th, 10th, and 12th Grade students will attend school as usual on April 19.  11th Grade students participating in the test should contact their guidance counselor or school principal to make arrangements.
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Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
--Destination Imagination Teams Head to State!  Ordean East’s DI team "Ham United" took a 1st Place finish at regionals and will move on to the State competition in April.  Congratulations Ethan C, Jade W, Annika J, Parker G, Wes C, Lucas H and Matthew B.  Duluth East’s team Mission Improvables also took a 1st Place finish and will move on to State.  Congratulations Mariah Loeffler-Kemp, Grace Peyer, Andrew Miller, Victoria Ball, Shayni Gustafson, Ellie Patronas, Corbin Goodermote, & Coach Ken
Loeffler-Kemp.   
--Sharing Culture and History:  Jamie de la Cruz visited Sherri Walker’s class at Denfeld High School to share American Indian culture and history with students, including a cooking demonstration.  The lesson was part of the student-led American Indian cultural celebration at Denfeld. 
--Ordean East Students Participate in Honor Choir:  The 3rd Annual Lake Superior Youth Chorus Honor Choir included students from Ordean East:  Eli Schlotec, Meggie Johnson, Lukas Niska, Nick McGillivray, Peter Rhoads, Veronica Wahman, Gage Canavan, Thomas Kroll, Ailee Naus, Emily Spearman. 
--Young Artists Place at Twin Ports Show:  Khloe B-Kovisto, Stowe Elementary, received 1st Place in the Elementary Division for her artwork entitled “Lion.”  2nd place:  Karys J. , Grade 5, Lakewood Elementary, for her Winter Birch Trees painting.  3rd place:  Henry R. Grade 3, Meyers-Wilkins Elementary, with his Chalk pastel leaf with warm and cool colors. The works were exhibited in the annual Twin Ports Art Show at the Kruk Gallery on the UW-Superior campus. 
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Duluth Public Schools Youth Art Month Student Exhibition
March 20-26, 2017
Miller Hill Mall, Barnes & Noble Court
Opening Event:  March 20, 4:00PM – 6:00PM
Barnes & Noble customers on March 20 who mention the student art show will garner donations to Art 4 Ed's Sake, which benefits DPS visual and media arts programming
For information:  debra.hannu@isd709.org
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New Volleyball Coach at Duluth East High School 
   Duluth East High School officials announced the hiring of Rachel Isaacs to coach the school’s volleyball team.
   “It’s a thrill to be joining the Duluth East Greyhound’s Volleyball Program,” she said, adding, “I’m passionate about finding ways to promote individual and team successes and encouraging a love for the sport at all levels.”
   Isaacs' coaching experience includes the North St. Paul Volleyball Club, Woodbury High School, Visitation High School, Club “Sota” in Eagen and the Velocity Volleyball Club in Northern Chicago.
   Her competitive playing career began in sixth grade and continued into high school and part of college.  In high school she served as varsity co-captain in her senior year and was voted Most Valuable Player by her teammates.  She was ranked for both blocking and attacks and acknowledged as an All-Conference Athlete. 
   Isaacs holds a Graduate degree from Creighton University School of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota.  She’s currently a Registered Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse at Essentia Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center In Duluth.
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