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ISD 709 News

posted Jan 20, 2017, 10:43 AM by Communications ISD 709

Thank You, Paraprofessionals!
   Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed the week of January 23-27, 2017 as Paraprofessional Recognition Week, honoring the contribution of the more than 20,000 paraprofessionals who provide services in multiple settings within Minnesota's schools.  Many thanks to all ISD 709 paraprofessionals for their contribution to educational success and for the support you provide our students and staff!
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Congratulations to Annette Petersmeyer and Sheila Shusterich, nominated by the Duluth Federation of Teachers  for 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award 
   The two teachers were honored recently at a reception held at Denfeld High School.  A state Teacher of the Year will be announced by Education Minnesota in May. 
   The Minnesota Teacher of the Year program, now in its 53rd year, is the oldest and most prestigious recognition program in Minnesota to honor excellence in education. The program chooses one teacher to represent Minnesota's thousands of excellent educators. 
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Denfeld, Duluth East Students Recognized for Service
   In a sermon titled “Three Dimensions of a Complete Life,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”  Throughout the school year and especially during the holiday season, students do so much to help support people in need.
   The list is long and ranges from camping out to raise funds for homeless youth, collecting gifts for families and children, bringing cheer to patients in hospitals and gathering donations for the local food pantry to visiting senior citizens, volunteering to help with community events and supporting their fellow classmates in difficult times and much more.
   During their regular January meeting, the Duluth School Board recognized two student groups who recently dedicated time and effort to helping others.  Denfeld’s Student Exec Board helped collect and deliver about two tons (five carloads) of non-perishable food items for donation to CHUM.  Duluth East’s Student Forum made blankets to donate to those in need. They’re a shining example of service to others and being engaged members of our community.
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Duluth East Robotics Team Receives $2,000 Grant
   The Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team 2512 received a $2,000 donation from the Lahti Charitable Trust in recognition of the team’s positive influence on youth in the community.
   The Daredevils have partnered with the Lahti Foundation to help develop a summer outreach program, funding a the Gitchi Gummi Get Together to provide local FIRST team members an opportunity to take on and learn new leadership roles, and developing and expanding the team’s Lego Robotics Camp to include the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Duluth. 
   The grant will support community outreach, youth programming, and general operating funds.  Thank You, Lahti Foundation, for becoming a strong partner and helping our community engage in STEM.
Daredevils Website:  http://www.daredevils2512.org/
Daredevils Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Daredevils2512/?fref=ts
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Duluth East Annual Night of the Arts, Featuring  One Act Play 
THE DIVINERS
January 26, 2017 7:00PM
Duluth East High School Auditorium
301 North 40th Ave East, Duluth
Suggested donation at the door: $5
   The evening will showcase students in the fine arts on stage with music, speeches, and the Minnesota State One Act Competition play The Diviners.
   The Diviners is the Winner of the American College Theatre Festival. The story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s. The preacher, set on breaking away from a long line of Kentucky family preachers, is determined not to do what he does best, which is preach, and in turn develops a unique friendship with the boy. 
More information: 218-336-8940 ext. 4127
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Denfeld Presents:  An Evening of Fine Arts
February 2nd – Doors open at 6PM, Music starts at 6:15PM
and the Theater portion begins at 7:30PM
Denfeld High School Commons & Auditorium
401 North 44th Ave West, Duluth
Suggested donation at the door: $5
   The evening will showcase students in the fine arts with music, speeches, art, culinary treats and the Minnesota State One Act Competition play The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. 
   In October 1998, on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, a 21-year-old gay college student named Matthew Shepard was savagely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die. Characterized as a hate crime, the murder became a watershed moment in civil rights in America. In the aftermath of Shepard’s death, members of Tectonic Theater Project conducted more than 200 interviews with town residents and created The Laramie Project, an award-winning play that chronicles how the community grappled with the slaying. Ten years later Tectonic members returned to Laramie and found a town wrestling with its legacy. The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later is a bold new work which asks, "How does society write its own history?"
More information: 218-336-8830 ext. 1028
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Help Prevent Influenza (The Flu)
   During the flu season, please do your part to help keep school a healthy place to learn:
>>Keep children home if they have flu-like symptoms.  This includes a fever of 100 degrees or greater, including a cough and/or sore throat.  If your child says they aren’t feeling well, please check their temperature to see if they have a fever.
>>Keep children home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing drugs.
>>Teach children to cough or sneeze into their sleeve and to wash their hands frequently.

ISD 709 News

posted Jan 13, 2017, 12:33 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Jan 13, 2017, 12:34 PM ]

Denfeld Receives Full Service Community School Grant
   Denfeld High School received a $19,950 grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.  The funds will help Denfeld create a Full Service Community School Plan which will identify physical, emotional and mental health needs of students and families as well as potential resources and partnerships to help address those needs.  Lincoln Park Middle School and Myers-Wilkins Elementary are currently implementing their FSCS Plans.
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Myers-Wilkins Receives Full Service Community Schools Grant
   Myers-Wilkins received a grant totaling $66,632 from the Minnesota Department of Education to continue their work as a Full Service Community School.  The grant will support the staffing necessary to continue programming implementation.
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Duluth Debate Team Success:
 Denfeld High School’s Nick Anderson and Quinten Rimolde earned a spot at the MSHSL State Debate Tournament in the Twin Cities this month, congratulations and best wishes!



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Duluth East A’Capella at State MSBA Conference:
 Students from Duluth East High School's A'Capella performed the National Anthem at the Minnesota School Boards Association conference in the Twin Cities. 
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Sharing the New Aerospace Class at State Conference:
 Students taking the new ISD 709 Aerospace Physics course shared their experience at the Minnesota School Boards Association conference in the Twin Cities. The course is part of ISD 709's Career and Technical Education program.


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Thank you, Mr. Kanzler:
  John Kanzler, a WWII Veteran, visited Duluth East High School’s American History students to talk about his time as a gunner on the USS Colorado in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Sharing his insight into history and his personal experiences really brought the WWII unit to life.  Thank you, Mr. Kanzler, for your service!



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Thanks for the visit, CJ!
 Minnesota Vikings RB and Denfeld graduate CJ Ham stopped by Lincoln Park Middle School last week, thanks for taking time to visit with students and staff, lots of smiling faces!
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Welding Grant:  Denfeld High School received six Dare to Dream grants from the Ann Bancroft Foundation.  The $3,000 in grant funds will benefit six female Engineering and Design students and will cover the cost of materials, supplies and personal equipment to allow those students to weld after school. 
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2017 Twin Ports MLK Tribute
For detailed information:  http://duluthnaacp.org/mlk/
January 13:  Twin Ports Got Talent
January 14:  Rhythm & Hues, Dinner & Performance
January 15:  Community Ecumenical Worship Service
January 16:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
>>Community Breakfast & Broadcast, 7:00AM  First United Methodist Church
>>March begins at Washington Center, 10:45AM
>>Rally at the DECC, 11:45AM
>>Labor Movie Night, 7:00PM, Duluth Labor Temple
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BE HEARD MN Youth Poetry Slam Series – January 21
Saturday, January 21, 7:00PM – 9:30PM
AICHO, 202 W. 2nd Street, Duluth, MN
   Local youth poets will compete in the Slam Series for a chance to make it to the semi-finals and finals in the Twin Cities.  Come out and support local youth/students who are expressing themselves and striving for excellence in this expressive art form!
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18th Annual Steps to the Future Powwow – January 25
Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 (4:30PM - 7:30PM)
Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, 1027 North 8th Avenue East
Schedule of Events:
4:30PM - Career Booths Open
5:00PM - Feast
6:00PM - Grand Entry
   Featuring a wonderful feast, drumming, singing, dancing, and a Career and Higher Education Fair that will introduce children and families to a wide variety of careers and higher education opportunities. 
    This event is a fun opportunity for children, families, friends, and neighbors to honor American Indian traditions; educators who inspire a love of learning and help to prepare students for their vocations; and students of all ages who are engaged in learning.   Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, call the Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative: 336-8860 x8
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Duluth East High School Annual Night of the Arts – January 26
January 26, 2017  7:00PM
Duluth East High School Auditorium
301 North 40th Ave East, Duluth
Suggested donation at the door:  $5
   The evening will showcase students in the fine arts on stage with music, speeches, and the Minnesota State One Act Competition play entitled: The Diviners, 
   The Diviners is the Winner of the American College Theatre Festival. This is the story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s. The preacher, set on breaking away from a long line of Kentucky family preachers, is determined not to do what he does best, which is preach, in turn develops a unique friendship with the boy. 
More information:  218-336-8940 ext. 4127
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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
February 9, 2017: 
DULUTH CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Game Night Board games and larger than life games.
March 9, 2017: 
DULUTH CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Experiments Hands-on weather science.
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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ISD 709 News

posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:11 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 8:14 AM ]

Discover a Fresh Interest; Learn a Different Skill This Winter through Duluth Community Education Courses!  New Class Schedule January 8
   Learn how to make a canoe paddle, do felting, paint a barn quilt, create a blog, plan the perfect event; do some date night cooking, backwoods ice fishing, fruit tree grafting, retirement planning.  Take part in first aid, CPR and AED training, learn how to outsmart scammers, play pickleball, take part in fit camp, learn PiYo (combination of Pilates and yoga), aqua Zumba, underwater hockey, sign up to walk indoors at Lincoln Park Middle School, take swing dancing lessons, learn how to make sushi, work a computer, use Facebook, speak a different language, plan a trip, swim, get fit, do some star gazing, snorkeling, ballroom dancing and much more!
   Also available:  
>>Adult Basic Education - GED and Adult High School Diploma - It's never too late to learn
>>Early childhood programs Birth to Pre-K
>>KEY Zone school-age care and academic enrichment
>>Drivers education
>>Aquatics classes, swimming lessons, open swim sessions
>>Adoptive & Foster Parenting discussions
>>Parent Talk: Parent Your Child with Special Needs
   Programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home.  Look for the new schedule online January 8  and in this weekend’s Budgeteer newspaper.  For more information email: communityeducation@isd709.org or call 218-336-8760 or visit www.ISD709.org.
   Interested in TEACHING your hobby or skill to a class? Use the contact information above, we’re always looking for new courses! 
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2017 Twin Ports MLK Tribute January 12 – 16
January 12:  Mayor’s MLK Reception
January 13:  Twin Ports Got Talent
January 14:  Rhythm & Hues, Dinner & Performance
January 15:  Community Ecumenical Worship Service 
January 16:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
>>Community Breakfast & Broadcast, 7:00AM  First United Methodist Church
>>March begins at Washington Center, 10:45AM
>>Rally at the DECC, 11:45AM
>>Labor Movie Night, 7:00PM, Duluth Labor Temple
For detailed information:  http://duluthnaacp.org/mlk/
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Duluth School Board Elects Officers for 2017 
   During an organizational meeting held January 3, 2017 in Historic Old Central High School, the Duluth School Board elected the following officers for 2017:  
>>David Kirby, Chairperson
>>Rosie Loeffler-Kemp, Vice Chairperson
>>Annie Harala, Clerk
>>Nora Sandstad, Treasurer
   Officers will serve in their positions for one year.  Serving as a school board member is an important responsibility, helping to establish educational standards that will affect the future of Duluth’s students, community and society.
   School board meeting schedules, agendas, minutes, video and detailed information packets are available online at www.ISD709.org, check under District/School Board. 
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Intro to Curling at Ordean East Middle School:
 Students had an opportunity to learn the basics of curling and top it off with a trip to the Duluth Curling Club to watch "Curling in America", a National event with many Olympic curlers from the United States, Scotland, Japan and China.





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Showing Support:  
Students at Lincoln Park Middle School wore surgical masks to show support for one of their fellow classmates who recently had major surgery and needs to wear a mask to protect herself from germs and illness during her recovery.



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Area Learning Center Holds Holiday Auction:
  In December, students earn “auction bucks” for participation, citizenship, punctuality, and other positive behaviors.  They set up an account with the Economics class to keep track of what they earn.  Bucks can be used during the school’s holiday party to purchase gifts for themselves or others during a special auction or in a temporary school store.  Items are donated to the event by staff and community members.  Thanks to all who help make this event possible!
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Congratulations Denfeld Alum CJ Ham!
 The Minnesota Vikings recently promoted Ham from their practice squad, best wishes to this talented young man.


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All Families Welcome:
Ojibwe & Spanish Language Immersion Information Night
Monday January 23, 2017  6:00PM to 7:00PM
Lowell Elementary, 2000 Rice Lake Road, Duluth
   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, and steps in the application process during Language Immersion Information Night at Lowell Elementary.  Applications for September 2017 school year will be 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

ISD 709 News

posted Dec 22, 2016, 1:35 PM by Communications ISD 709

May joy and peace be yours this holiday season and throughout the New Year...
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Congratulations to all Duluth Public Schools Spelling Bee participants!
 The District Spelling Bees took place on December 15 at Lincoln Park Middle School. The top three participants from each grade set are moving on to participate in the Regional Spelling Bee in February 2017. 
5th/6th: 
1. Joe Nick, Homecroft Elementary
2. Matthew Kunst, Laura MacArthur Elementary 
3. Arthur Calinao, Lester Park Elementary 
7th/8th: 
1. Sophia He, Ordean East Middle School 
2. Logan Slosson, Lincoln Park Middle School 
3. Nina Wilkowske, Ordean East Middle School






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The Spirit of Giving...
Members of the Duluth East High School Social Justice Club, bell ringing for the Salvation Army in Duluth's SuperOne Plaza.






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Denfeld Robotics Receives $2,000 Donation
   Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) Team 4009 received a $2,000 donation from the Lahti Charitable Trust in recognition of DNA’s positive influence on youth in the community. DNA Team 4009 is grateful to the Lahti foundation for their donation and will use their funding to continue the advancement of STEM education.  


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Duluth School Board Approves Pay 2017 Local Tax Levy Decrease of 4%
   During their December 20 meeting, the Duluth School Board approved a pay 2017 local tax levy decrease of about 4.0% or $1,333,455. 
   For the third year in a row, the levy will result in a decrease in the estimated tax impact for homeowners and business owners- about $16.57 less for the owner of a $150,000 home and a reduction of about $40.17 for the owner of a $150,000 business.
   The levy will decrease from about $33.1 million in pay 2016 to about $31.8 million in pay 2017.
   Preliminary estimates were developed as part of the maximum levy certification process required by MDE and discussed at the November and December School Board Business Committee meetings, in preparation for the annual Truth in Taxation meeting December 20 in Historic Old Central High School.
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Denfeld Students Recognized for Leadership
   Conor Reindl and Jada Guthrie, Denfeld High School, were recognized by the Duluth School Board for accepting leadership positions with a state student health organization.  They’re taking part in our school district’s Career and Technical Education Health Occupations program, providing hands-on experience, opportunities to earn college credit in high school and prepare for a career in healthcare.  
   Jada and Conor, along with other students from Denfeld and Duluth East, attended a MN State Health Occupations Students of America, or “HOSA” conference and were elected to serve as officers for the Minnesota HOSA organization.  Conor will serve as Vice President for Minnesota HOSA, Jada will serve as Vice President for the North Region. 
   The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students.
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Lester Park Students Bring Cheer to Local Patients 
   Lester Park Elementary students conducted the 14th Annual Giving Tree Project, spreading cheer to patients at local hospitals by purchasing, decorating and donating small trees and providing gifts. Children bring donations they earned at home to purchase the artificial trees and make decorations during the weeks leading up to the delivery date.  They collected over $1,200 for the trees and gifts for patients. 
   This year students also delivered felted wool tea light “candle” holders to brighten patient rooms.
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All Families Welcome:
Ojibwe & Spanish Language Immersion Information Night
Monday January 23, 2017  6:00PM to 7:00PM
Lowell Elementary, 2000 Rice Lake Road, Duluth
   Research suggests language immersion 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, and steps in the application process during Language Immersion Information Night at Lowell Elementary.
   Applications for September 2017 school year will be 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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Over 50 Scholarships Available, Applications Due by January 15
   Duluth has a huge number of scholarships available to graduating high school seniors - some are based on academics but others, like the Minnesota Power Community Involvement Scholarship, recognize community volunteerism.  With over 50 available, there’s something for everyone.  Find out more using the Eligibility Quiz on the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation website. 
   Applications are due by January 15, 2017 - the application will take time to complete, so start early.  More information is available at www.dsacommunityfoundation.com or by phone at 218-726-0232. 
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Know a great educator who deserves special recognition?  Consider nominating them for the Greg Irons Teacher/Staff Award. Named after a former ISD 709 teacher, the Greg Irons Award recognizes teachers/school staff who ‘demonstrate their belief that all students have worth and the desire to succeed and that responsibility, sincerity, honesty and hard work are the foundation of a person's life.’ Past winners have received a cash award of $500.  
   Nominations may be made by students, teachers, other school staff, parents or community members and are due to the Community Foundation by January 15, 2017. Applications are available at www.dsacommunityfoundation.com/forms-and-applications and can be submitted electronically. For more information, contact the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation at scholarships@dsacommunityfoundation.com or 218-726-0232.


ISD 709 News

posted Dec 14, 2016, 11:47 AM by Communications ISD 709

Denfeld High School Design Center
OPEN HOUSE & RIBBON CUTTING
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 5:00PM to 7:00PM
Denfeld High School, 401 N. 44th Avenue West in Duluth
5:00: Welcome, Refreshments, Denfeld Commons
5:30: Speakers, Denfeld Commons
5:45 Ribbon Cutting, Hallway Outside Design Center
5:45-7:00 Design Center Open House
Free and Open to the Public – All Welcome!
   This exciting new addition, which serves both Denfeld and Duluth East students, is based on MakerSpace and MIT FAB Lab Models and supports a FAB Lab Engineering & Design Lab, Robotics, Graphic Arts & Digital Design:
·         Design Lab:  Industry software and computers for CAD, digital design and modeling.  
·         Innovations Lab:  Prototyping, 3D printing, vinyl, laser engraving, fine milling, scanning and creation. 
·         Fabrication Lab:  Wood manufacturing equipment, computer numerical control (CNC) machines, metal welding and CNC plasma
·         Graphic Communications Lab:  Digital production printing, offset press operations, binding and finishing, screen printing
For information: 218-336-8711 ext. 1031  
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Ordean East Students Accepted into Minnesota State Honor Choir
   Elaina Benson, Maija Knutson, Kristina Pauna and Mayson Whitlock were selected by the American Choral Director’s Association for the State 7-8 SSA Honor Choir by audition.  About 491 students applied for 150 available positions. 
   Paavo Passi and Brue Stingle were selected for the State 7-8 TTB Honor Choir by audition, about 244 students applied for 150 spots.  Choir Director Sheila Shusterich helped students prepare and memorize five songs each for an all-day festival and concert in Mahtomedi, MN. 

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Denfeld Girls Swim Team Earns State Academic Award
   In addition to winning conference and sending a diver (Shelby Johnson) and swimmer (Erin Rudd) to State, the Denfeld Girls Swim Team received the Minnesota State High School League "Spotlight on Scholarship" Award for achieving a grade point average of 3.0 or higher while participating. Congratulations to these outstanding student-athletes!



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Laura MacArthur Students Receive Surprise from UMD Athletes
   KEY Zone and UMD Athletics partnered to sponsor a special evening for the youth who participate in the KEY Zone program at Laura MacArthur Elementary.  The youngsters were treated to ice skating, pizza and other fun activities at the Heritage Center in Duluth. 
   The partnership between the programs developed when Annmarie Ulvestad, Site Coordinator at Laura MacArthur, contacted the UMD athletic department to bring in positive adult role models for the children in her program.  The athletes volunteer their time to build positive one on one relationships with a child.  
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Rannila Receives National ASE Award
   The ASE Industry Education Alliance presented Phil Rannila, Denfeld Automotive Program, with the award of Alliance Instructor for his outstanding dedication to automotive technology and automotive students.  Phil received the award at the National ASE Conference in Concord, North Carolina.  Denfeld is one of 9  NATEF/AYES (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation/ Automotive Youth Educational Systems)  schools in the state and the fourth to be accredited in 2002.
   Phil is a 25-year ASE Master Technician and Chrysler Master Tech in his 19th year of teaching Automotive Technology with Duluth Public Schools.  Phil is the second recipient of this award in the State of Minnesota.
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Congratulations Duluth East High School Student Athletes
Volleyball:  Maya Callaway - Duluth News Tribune All Area Team , Kashay Sheff and Daisy Hoops - named to the local All Star Team
Girls Tennis:  Silver Academic Award, State Participant Ale "Aya" Peterson- Academic All-State 
Girls Swim:  Silver Academic award
Boys  &  Girls Cross Country:  Gold Academic Award 
Girls Soccer:  Gracie Butchart & Erin Teichroew- Duluth News Tribune All Area Team 
Boys Soccer:  Nolan Friday  - MSHSL All-State 2nd Team , Nolan Friday & Alec Sauve - Duluth News Tribune All Area Team 
Football:  Mississippi 8 All Conference, Jack Rashid, QB; Josh Daniels-Hanbury, RB; Tyler Seymour, WR, DB; Jake Dubla, WR, DE
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Duluth Debate Team Success
   From Coach Jill Lofald:  “These fine Duluth Debaters represented the Duluth community so proudly. Researching current events, acting as Senators and Representatives, they passed legislation and used their voices to speak for change and improvements. Denfeld Debater Conor Reindl will be representing Minnesota at the National Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama this June. Duluth also captured three top medal winners: Kong, Nikolai and Tim.”
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Generous Donation of Newbery Award Books to Myers-Wilkins
   The new books have arrived and are already being read and enjoyed by students.  This year's fifth graders have been invited to take the Newbery Challenge.  Students can challenge themselves to read 3, 5 or 10 Newbery winners over the course of the school year.  
   Many thanks for your support:  Amy Fink, Sharon Yung & Tony Yung, Betsy Schwartz, Betsy Matt Kate Anna, Nina Platt, Tammy Davis & Jeff Davis, Patti Beutel Hallback & Jeff Hallback, Lynne Rasche and Scott Seagroves, Mrs. Kniskern, Susan Johannesson, Kate Storey Hansen, Scott and Anne Jasperson, Natalie H., Amy Johannesson, Timothy Craig and Emily Kniskern
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Awards, Accomplishments, Appreciation
--Denfeld High School students visited with residents at the Edgewood Vista Retirement Home
and helped them decorate eight trees for the holidays.
 The students enjoyed hearing residents share their stories.
--Physical Education teachers took part in a Professional Development Day, learning the history of lacrosse and playing using traditional sticks.  They also learned how to introduce and teach golf to elementary students through high school. 
--Third graders at Homecroft Elementary combined their study of coniferous and deciduous trees with lessons in Anishinaabe culture, respect for the earth and use of natural resources.  One hands-on activity involved using birch bark from downed trees to make a basket.   
--Congratulations Chloe Lane, Tristen Cone, Cole Kerttula and Samantha Gillund from Homecroft Elementary, finalists in the Essentia Health Tree of Lights Essay Contest.  They read their essays to an audience and received awards for their work.  
--Construction Students On Site at Ordean East:  Students in Tony Leone’s Construction Technology course are building a greenhouse at Ordean East Middle School.  The course is part of Duluth East and Denfeld High Schools Career & Technical Education program.
--Hour of Code for Lowell Elementary Students:  Instead of playing on phones, Lowell Elementary students learned how to write programs for them!  They had a lesson in coding using Ozobots courtesy of computer science students from the College of St. Scholastica.  It’s a great problem solving and reasoning activity and a lot of fun, too.  
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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
January 12, 2017:  NORTHERN EXPRESSIONS ARTS COLLECTIVE 
Washer Medallions & “Word of the Year” Magnets, start the new year off right with a reminder of your goals and dreams for 2017.
February 9, 2017: DULUTH CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Game Night Board games and larger than life games.
March 9, 2017:  DULUTH CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Experiments Hands-on weather science.
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!

ISD 709 News

posted Nov 29, 2016, 6:35 AM by Communications ISD 709

Please Save the Date:
Denfeld High School Design Center
OPEN HOUSE & RIBBON CUTTING
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 5:00PM to 7:00PM
Denfeld High School, 401 N. 44th Avenue West in Duluth
5:00 Welcome, Refreshments by Culinary Arts Students, Denfeld Commons
5:30 Speakers, Denfeld Commons
5:45 Ribbon Cutting, Hallway Outside Design Center
5:45-7:00 Design Center Open House
Free and Open to the Public – All Welcome!
   This exciting new addition, which serves both Denfeld and Duluth East students, is based on MakerSpace and MIT FAB Lab Models and supports a FAB Lab Engineering & Design Lab, Robotics, Graphic Arts & Digital Design:
·  Design Lab:  Industry software and computers for CAD, digital design and modeling.  
·  Innovations Lab:  Prototyping, 3D printing, vinyl, laser engraving, fine milling, scanning and creation. 
·  Fabrication Lab:  Wood manufacturing equipment, computer numerical control (CNC) machines, metal welding and CNC plasma
·  Graphic Communications Lab:  Digital production printing, offset press operations, binding and finishing, screen printing
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Awards, Accomplishment, Appreciation
--Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team Wins at Prior Lake:  The For the second year in a row, the Daredevils were a member of the winning alliance at the Minne-Mini Regional in Prior Lake. Congratulations!  More about the Daredevils.
--Congdon Park Students Explore Family History through Dance:  Through an Arts Learning Grant from the MN State Arts Board and Legacy Amendment, students worked with Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater to explore family stories, histories and legacies through movement, music and spoken word.  They’ve created an original performance called “Family Albums.”
-- Duluth East Choir to Perform for Statewide Conference:  The Duluth East High School A Cappella Choir, directed by Jerome Upton, will perform at the Minnesota School Board Association state conference in January. 
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Denfeld Donates Over Two Tons of Food to CHUM:
Members of the Denfeld Student Exec Board brought five carloads of non-perishable food items to CHUM in time for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season.




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The Ordean East Knowledge Bowl team did their school proud at the Northeast Regional competition in November:  
Their three teams finished in the top ten including first and second place. In addition to displaying great depth and breadth of knowledge, students used tremendous negotiating skills with passion, civility and character.  


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Preschool Students Share Story, Pizza Party:
 Students in the Early Childhood preschool class at Homecroft Elemenary listened to a reading of The Little Red Hen, helped act out the parts of the duck, dog and cat and then made their own little pizzas with the help of family volunteers.



  
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A Brainy Project:
 Duluth East CITS (College in the Schools) Psychology students created models for their Brain Project and made videos showing the functions of the brain. Learning in action!




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Giving the Gift of Warmth:
 The Duluth East High School Student Forum made blankets to donate to those in need.




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Laura MacArthur Students Run in 5K Turkey Trot:
 Students in the school’s Key Zone program trained for about five weeks to prepare for this community event.  





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Denfeld Students Bring Holiday Cheer: 
 Denfeld Key Club students worked with Operation Christmas Child to help pack 35 boxes for those in need.



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Over 50 Scholarships Available, Applications Due by January 15
   Duluth has a huge number of scholarships available to graduating high school seniors - some are based on academics but others, like the Minnesota Power Community Involvement Scholarship, recognize community volunteerism.  With over 50 available, there’s something for everyone.  Find out more using the Eligibility Quiz on the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation website
   Applications are due by January 15, 2017 - the application will take time to complete, so start early.  More information is available at www.dsacommunityfoundation.com or by phone at 218-726-0232. 
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Know a great ISD 709 educator who deserves special recognition?  Consider nominating them for the Greg Irons Teacher/Staff Award. Named after a former ISD 709 teacher, the Greg Irons Award recognizes teachers/school staff who ‘demonstrate their belief that all students have worth and the desire to succeed and that responsibility, sincerity, honesty and hard work are the foundation of a person's life.’ Past winners have received a cash award of $500.  
   Nominations may be made by students, teachers, other school staff, parents or community members and are due to the Community Foundation by January 15, 2017. Applications are available at www.dsacommunityfoundation.com/forms-and-applications and can be submitted electronically. For more information, contact the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation at scholarships@dsacommunityfoundation.com or 218-726-0232.
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Donate Your Old Vehicle and Help Students Learn a Career in Automotive Technology
  Vehicles donated to this hands-on program help Denfeld and Duluth East High School students learn the skills they need to enter the high-tech field of automotive repair:
>Live on-car diagnostic and repair work on computer controlled electrical and brake systems
>Applying engine theory
>Construction, diagnosis, computer, fuel and ignition systems, steering and suspension systems, and wheel alignment
   Students learn how to service various systems using proper technical skills and are encouraged to participate in job shadowing and/or an internship at a local repair facility.
   Automotive Youth Education System (AYES) curriculum is utilized and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Certification Program is implemented.
Click here for more about how to donate a vehicle to this program.  (Please read carefully, not all vehicles are suitable for donation)
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Denfeld Ornament Fundraiser to Support Theater:
$10.00 Each, Only 300 Available! 
   The Second Annual Denfeld Ornament is brought to you by the Theater Department and is a perfect gift for the Denfeld Hunter of any age.  These acrylic, shatterproof bulbs are available through Dec.23 or until supplies last. Email matthew.pursi@isd709.org with your name, contact information, and how many you would like. All the proceeds of this sale support the Denfeld Theater Department. We thank you for your support!
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From the City of Duluth:
Winter Skating Parties
>>Sunday December 4, Amsoil Arena, 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Skate with the Bulldogs Hockey Team
>>Sunday February 5, Amsoil Arena, 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Skate with the UMD Figure Skating Team
Both Skating Parties are FREE
Bring your own skates
No chairs, sticks, pucks or shoes on the ice
Prizes for Kids, Music Provided
Kids 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult
Helmets strongly recommended for children under 18
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From the City of Duluth:
Skate with Santa and Rudolph
Live DJ with Special Holiday Music Program
Duluth Heritage Sports Center, 120 South 30th Avenue West
Wednesday December 14, 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Cookie Decorating, Holiday Crafts and Winter Science Demonstrations
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UMD Theatre presents
She Loves Me
Dec 1-3 & 7-10 @ 7:30pm AND 
Dec 4 @ 2pm (Wednesday BOGO tickets)
Marshall Performing Arts Center - Mainstage Theatre
$21 ADULT | $16 SENIOR & UMD FACULTY/STAFF | $10 STUDENT | $8 UMD STUDENT
Two store clerks who constantly bump heads at work don’t know they are each falling for anonymous romantic pen pals that happen to be each other! What happens once their identities become revealed? 
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Monthly Energy Production Report for Lowell Barnes Solar System
October 2016 Total:  144 kWh
Previous Month Total:   163 kWh
Year to Date:  1.61 MWh
Carbon Offset for this month: 219 lbs (equivalent of .3 trees)

ISD 709 News

posted Nov 18, 2016, 12:50 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Nov 18, 2016, 12:51 PM ]

With Hope…as people come together to address an increase in intolerant language and images and behavior in schools following the election. Taking steps to raise awareness and help students and staff respond; discussions and learning activities in the short and long term; and clearly communicating expectations. Thankful for community leaders and families who agree intolerance and hatred are not acceptable and that all students should feel welcome and supported at school.
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Duluth News Tribune Editorial:  Standing Up to Hate, Inspiring
   There isn’t much that moves Superintendent Bill Gronseth to tears, he said Tuesday at the Duluth School Board meeting. But the video he played got to him, he acknowledged.
   The two-minute video, with OneRepublic’s “Choke” providing a soul-searing and emotional soundtrack, featured the walls and halls of Denfeld High School this week, every surface plastered with positive messages scrawled onto colorful, can’t-miss-’em Post-it Notes. “You are loved.” “We’re all in this together.” “Unique is great.”   
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Proud of Our Denfeld Students!
A heartfelt video from Johanna Unden and her fellow students at Denfeld High School...hundreds of post-it notes with hundreds of messages of kindness and hope.
Denfeld students respond to hate speech with positive messages.
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Duluth East Students Inspire Us All
Proud of these young women supporting each other!
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Chesley Receives 2016 MNSHAPE Teacher of the Year Award
   Sandy Chesley received the MNSHAPE Developmental Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award at the MNSHAPE State Conference in Wayzata, MN.   The award honors and recognizes the outstanding services and contributions by Sandy in adapted physical education. Awards are presented to members of MNSHAPE and SHAPE America who demonstrate exemplary teaching abilities of respective grade levels and disciplines.  

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Denfeld Student Named 2016 MIEA Athlete of the Year
   Riley Pohl, Denfeld High School, has been named the 2016 Minnesota Indian Education Association Female Athlete of the Year.  She received the award this month at the MIEA State Conference in Welch, MN. Congratulations, Riley!




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Denfeld Boys Soccer Team Members Receive State Recognition 
   The Denfeld Boys Soccer team won the 2016 Section 7A championship, beating Chisago Lakes in sudden death overtime.  The team went to State for the 1st time in 12 years. In addition:
--Braden Emanuelson and James Faynik were named to All State honors.
--Jon Faynik was named to the State Class A All Tournament Team
--Coach Scott Anderson was named the Section 7A Boys Soccer Coach of the Year


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Denfeld Students Elected to Serve as Minnesota HOSA Officers  
   Conor Reindl and Jada Guthrie will serve as officers for the Minnesota Health Occupations Students of America organization.  Conor will serve as Vice President for MN HOSA, Jada will serve as Vice President for the North Region.  
   Students from Denfeld and Duluth East attended a recent MN HOSA conference, they’re part of the Duluth School district’s Career and Technical Education Health Occupations program, providing hands-on experience, opportunities to earn college credit in high school and prepare for a career in healthcare. 


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Quest for Healthy School Climates
  
   Students at Lowell Elementary were treated to a visit from Viktor the Viking, a program to help support healthy school climates and teach children about bullying and what they can do.  Students are encouraged to Stand up, Take action, Open up, and Protect themselves (STOP).  They learned how to identify different types of bullying (verbal, social, physical, cyber) and the role they can play in preventing, responding and recovering.  



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Awards, Accomplishments, Appreciation
--Lincoln Park’s Published Author:  Michelle Matthees, Lincoln Park Middle School, has published a collection of poetry about living in Eastern Europe and the adoption of her daughter from an orphanage in Vladivostok, Russia.  It’s called "Flucht,” Click here for more.
--Oh, Fur Cute!  Fox 21 News did a story about Jim Segel and his little dog Murry.  Each morning they greet students as they arrive at Piedmont Elementary.  KQDS-TV21
--Daredevils at Minne Mini Regional:  On Saturday, November 19, 2016  the Daredevils Robotics Team will be in Savage, Minnesota competing in the Minne Mini Regional at Prior Lake High School. There are thirty five teams competing with thirty four from Minnesota and one from North Dakota.   The Daredevils are the only team from Duluth. The event is centered on conditioning rookies and getting veterans back into the work season.  Here’s a link to the event website.
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Immunization Reminder
   Minnesota's Immunization Law:  Be sure you've submitted documentation of your child's vaccinations or legal exemption to your school.  Students whose families do not provide documentation may be excluded from school.  We want all children to be in school – please take steps to provide documentation.
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Be Prepared - Cold & Snowy Weather On the Way
   When severe winter weather conditions hit the Northland, be prepared for the possibility of School Closings, Two Hour Late Starts, or Rural Buses on Plowed Roads Only.
   All families, especially those with elementary age students, should have a contingency plan for their children in the event of weather-related school closings, a two hour late start or rural buses on plowed roads only. Thanks for helping keep students safe during severe weather!

ISD 709 News

posted Nov 11, 2016, 10:22 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Nov 14, 2016, 7:32 AM ]

2016 ISD 709 Annual Report for the Community
   Thanks to everyone who contributed to the 2016 Annual Report booklet, video and Annual Meeting!  Reports touch on achievement, safe & welcoming environments and effective, efficient systems. Below are links to information:
Many thanks to:
--School Principals, Edye Howes, William Howes, Jay Roesler, Jennifer Jaros, Joe Schingen, Becky
Crane, Coach Andy Gunderson & Denfeld DNA, Coach Tim Velner and Duluth East Daredevils, Brad Vieths for creating beautiful table displays.
--Deb Hannu and our Art teachers for organizing and sharing our students' artwork.
--Elaine Bradley, Jerry Upton and Blake Peterson for providing wonderful music from the Duluth East Sterling Strings, Choralaires and Jazz Band.
--Dave Spooner, Dylan Carlson, Danette Seboe, Tom Esse, John Gunderson, Jerry Upton and Tom Margo for their assistance in preparing Duluth East as a venue for this event.
--Chef Glenn D'Amour and the ISD 709 Culinary Arts students for the evening's refreshments.
--Melinda Thibault for a whole bunch of coordination and prep work!
--Bill Hanson, Jackie Dolentz, Robbin Tuominen, Nichele Canavan, Darren Sheldon, Patty Paquette, Edye Howes, Michelle Porter, Cheryl Krause, Jackie Ward, Jason Crane, Ron Lake, Mike Cary, Amy Starzecki for much appreciated assistance with set up and tear down.
--Jim Ficken and Terry McEwen for their work on the Annual Report booklet.
--Pam Bowe and Child Nutrition for assisting with beverages.
--Cabinet members, Department Heads and program leaders for their assistance with content for the Annual Report Booklet and Video.
--Bernie Burnham, Ron Lake, Beth Shermoen, Jen Larva, Edye Howes, Crystal Goldman, Brenda Vatthauer, Paul Sandholm, Debbie Farnham, Gordon Jourdain, Brittany Foster, Annmarie Ulvestad, Rachel Jackson, Jacob Laurent, Kathy Akervik and Kari Solarz for their assistance with and participation in the Annual Report Video. 
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Lincoln Park Principal Receives National Award
   Brenda Vatthauer received the Home Visit Hero Award at the National Parent Teacher Home Visit Conference in Washington, DC.  The Award recognizes her leadership in advancing the Parent Teacher Home Visit program in Duluth.   PTHV helps build relationships, skills, and engagement for families, educators, and students from pre-K to 12th grade.     
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Traditional Drum Group at Denfeld  
   Students are participating in a traditional drum group during Denfeld High School’s WIN period.  Mr. John Morrow, Instructor:  "For a long time this was outlawed. People like my grandparents kept it alive in basements and had to do it in secret. You being able to learn this during school is a good thing. This [the big drum] is one of the best things that ever happened to our people ... It's one of the best things you can do for yourself ... Always make sure you do it in a good way." 


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Duluth Debate Team News  
 
   Members of the Denfeld and Duluth East Debate Team took part in a recent tournament in Coon Rapids.  Autumn Zierman 3rd place in Public Forum Debate, Quinten Rimolde and Nick Anderson 5th place in Public Forum and Nikolia Breimon took 8th place in Congressional Debate.



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American Indian Culture Day at Ordean East
   Eighth-graders at Ordean took part in an all-day event consisting of different presentations and an end-of-day gathering and celebration centering around Ojibwe and Dakota culture, including history, business, recreation, the arts and conservation. Edye Howes, American Indian Education Coordinator, and her staff reached out to community members to help provide an authentic, interactive experience.  Presentations included Ojibwemowin (Ojibwe language), Smoke Dancers, Hand Games, Plants and Their Medicinal Uses, Boarding Schools and Education, Sovereignty and Treaties.  Ordean teacher Vince Senski first approached the Curriculum and American Indian Education offices with his idea for this day last year.
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Lincoln Park Students Present to Local Kiwanis  
 
   Irene Xiong and Kanell Walker, Lincoln Park Middle School, spoke at a recent Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth luncheon.  They shared their experiences in a Shoot for the Stars STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Camp they attended through partnership with the College of St. Scholastica.  They received a warm welcome and enjoyed speaking with these local community leaders!

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Denfeld High School College Knowledge Month
   During College Knowledge Month Denfeld student activities include the National College Fair in the Twin Cities, Scholarship Night, visits with local scholarship committees, Financial Aid Night hosted by the College of St. Scholastica, opportunities for families to complete their FAFSA applications with financial aid advisors from CSS, working on resumes and researching career information.  Area college admission representatives, Talent Search Staff, Denfeld Guidance & Career Center Staff, and Upward Bound were on hand to answer questions.  Even Duluth Mayor Emily Larson paid a visit!
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National Community Education Day November 10
   First proclaimed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan, it reminds us that public education is a community project, and the lifelong mission of education involves everyone in the community.
   As a statewide, school-based network, Community Education connects local people and resources to improve schools and communities reaching over 3 million Minnesotans from our youngest learners to our oldest adults. Community Education has been providing quality programs to learners of all ages and abilities - infants and preschoolers, school-aged children, adults and seniors – for over 40 years. 
• Providing high quality school-based early learning.
• Expanding learning opportunities beyond the school day/school year.
• Creating partnerships between school, cities, businesses and organizations.
• Maximizing community use of school facilities.
• Promoting an educated workforce which is key to Minnesota’s prosperity.
• Serving the youngest to the oldest citizens in Duluth through lifelong learning.
Discover what Duluth Community Education has to offer at www.isd709.org or www.duluthcommunityed.org or visit us on Facebook at Duluth Community Education.
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Election Day at Lester Park Elementary    
   The Lester Park Elementary Student Council helped raise awareness of the importance of voting and the American democratic process. On Election Day, each classroom visited the student council voting booth and students were able to cast their vote for a presidential candidate and receive an "I Voted" sticker. There were also appropriate grade level activities for all students.
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Accomplishments, Activities, Appreciation
--Denfeld Students Earn College Scholarship Opportunity:  Quinn Reamer and Kong XIong, Denfeld High School, have been selected as finalists for the QuestBridge National College Match Program. QuestBridge is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges.   
--Congratulations Denfeld High School Girls Swimmers, 2016 Lake Superior Conference Champions!  Outstanding swim season by our dedication, fierce athletes!
--Helping Children in Hospitals:  Students from Lincoln Park Middle School's Art Club
made felted lanterns from sheep's wool and donated them to local hospitals for children
who need to stay overnight for a period of time. The lanterns were created to help kids feel more at home at the hospital.
--Duluth East Soccer Star Named All-State!  Duluth East Junior Midfielder Nolan Friday was named to the MSHSL All-State 2nd Team. Friday, a team captain, led the Greyhounds with 12 goals and 4 assists in 15 games.  
--Congdon Park Socktober a Success:  Fifth grade students in Cindy Miller's Social Studies classes, collected 1732 pairs of socks from the Congdon Park School community during Socktober. They were donated to CHUM and Kids Closet.
-- Students Host Halloween Fun Run to Help Those In Need:  Students from Duluth East High School hosted a 3K Halloween Fun Run/Walk to help support the Damiano Center in Duluth.   
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ISD 709 News

posted Oct 28, 2016, 11:56 AM by Communications ISD 709

Please join us!
2016 ISD 709 Annual Report for the Community
Thursday November 10, 2016
Duluth East High School
301 N. 40th Avenue East, Duluth, MN  
6:00PM – 6:30PM:  
Music by Duluth East Sterling Strings, Displays, Booths  
6:30PM – 7:00PM:  
National Anthem presented by Duluth East Choralaires & Sterling Strings 
Annual Report Overview
7:00PM – 7:30PM:  
Light refreshments by ISD 709 Culinary Arts Students
Music by Duluth East Jazz Band, Displays, Booths
Free and open to the public 
Copies of the 2016 Annual Report will be available at the event and online at www.ISD709.org.
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ISD 709 Community Education Director Receives State Recognition
   The Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) named Jay Roesler, Director of Community Education and Services for Duluth Schools, as the 2016 Regional Community Educator of Excellence. He received the award at the MCEA Fall Conference in St. Cloud, MN in October.
   Jay has been with the Duluth Public Schools Community Education Department since 1998, starting as an interim director and program coordinator.  Prior to that, he worked in community education with Grand Rapids Public Schools.  He’s worked with numerous community and service organizations throughout his career, serving on advisory boards and supporting a variety of local initiatives.  Jay is a current member of the MCEA Legislative Committee and a past member of their Board of Directors.   
   His department’s recognition includes the 2015 Community Services Award from the Duluth Area Family YMCA.  
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Duluth East Girls Tennis Team Competing in the State Class AA Tournament!  Congratulations and best wishes, Go ‘Hounds!
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Generous Donation to Myers-Wilkins Elementary
   Myers-Wilkins Elementary recently received a $2,000 donation from Jo-Ann Fabrics in Duluth.  Principal Elisa Maldonado attended the check presentation and expressed the school’s appreciation for the gift. The donation will be used to provide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for students. Thanks to Jo-Ann Fabrics for their support of our students.  

  
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Duluth East Students Raise Over $2,000 to Help Homeless
   Students held a Camp In a Box fundraiser and slept outside to raise awareness and funds, which were donated to Life House to help benefit homeless youth.
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Denfeld Class of 1955 Provides Donations to Support Education
   Each year the Denfeld Class of 1955 provides staff a generous donation of about $4,000 to be used in classrooms or to help students in some way.  This year’s donations helped support:
Jan Hille - $250 for Math Calculators
Rebecca Alm-Foix - $250 for Spanish books
James Erickson - $250 for gym equipment for lunch time
Matt Pursi - $500 for the fall play
Jeff Nace - $500 for the Basketball program
Tom Tusken - $300 for Link Crew
Claudia Anderson - $200 for student supplies
Melissa Kliegle - $500 for Chrome books
Al Chepelnik - $250 for Life Skills books
Bob Fox - $500 for Science Supplies
​Paul Christenson - $500 for speakers for his classroom
Jill Lofald - $250 for the speech and debate team​
Many thanks to the Denfeld Class of 1955!
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Duluth East Orchestra Café Concert November 1
   The East Orchestras will present their annual Café Concert on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00PM
at Duluth East High School, 301 N. 40th Avenue East.  Performing groups will include the Greyhound Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Sterling Strings. 
   Each group will perform a wide variety of styles, so there is sure to be something for everyone! Cost is $5.00 per adult, and $3.00 per student. The concert will begin in the auditorium and close in the atrium where the Sterling Strings will premiere this year’s strolling show, as guests are served cookies, bars, and punch. We hope you can come to hear the orchestra and help celebrate our first concert of the year!
For information:  Elaine Bradley, 218-336-8845 x3004
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Be Prepared - Cold & Snowy Weather Season On the Way
   When severe winter weather conditions hit the Northland, be prepared for the possibility of School Closings, Two Hour Late Starts, or Rural Buses on Plowed Roads Only.
   All families, especially those with elementary age students, should have a contingency plan for their children in the event of weather-related school closings, a two hour late start or rural buses on plowed roads only. Thanks for helping keep students safe during severe weather!
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Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
--Trying New Food is Fun:  As part of a partnership with Healthy Northland Farm to School, students at Myers-Wilkins Elementary enjoyed trying a new recipe - Autumn Tomato & Corn Salad – and voting with their wooden tasting spoons.
--October is Socktober at Congdon Park:  Congdon Park students are
taking part in a Social Studies service-learning project, collecting socks for donation to those in need.
--Nice Day for a Hike:  Students from Denfeld  High School enjoyed a beautiful hike along Duluth’s Lakewalk during an adapted physical education class.  Adapted P.E. is physical education which has been adapted or modified, so that it is as
appropriate for a person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability.  
--Denfeld's Key Club hosted a Coin War over Homecoming Week: The students challenged staff to see who could raise more funds. Staff won the challenge and a total of $528.00 was collected from all.  The Key Club donated the money to Denfeld's Art Department.
--The following students have been nominated as Artists of the Month for October/November 2016 at Lincoln Park Middle School:  Thomas Thach, Tehya  Lamberton, Lilly  LaJesse- Nason, Clarissa Thompson, Nadine  Robison, Sienna Meyer, Louis  Weisman, Alyssa M., Malea Fife, Brynn Olson, Kyla  Roberts, Jenna Lytle, Peyton Carlson, Maggie MacFarlane, Emma Jeanette, Armon McCaleb.  
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Time for Three Performs at Ordean East Middle School   
   Students, staff and community members enjoyed a great performance by this groundbreaking trio, a group that transcends traditional classification, combining elements of classical, country western and jazz idioms to form a blend all its own. 
   The group has performed hundreds of engagements as diverse as its music: from featured guest soloists with the Philadelphia Orchestra to Club Yoshi’s in San Francisco to residencies at the Kennedy Center.  Recent highlights included their Carnegie Hall debut, appearances with the Boston Pops, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and an appearance on the ABC prime time hit show “Dancing with the Stars.”  Many thanks to Matinee Musicale for bringing Time For Three to OEMS! 
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Lights On After School In the News
   Lots of media coverage of the Lights on After School event, raising awareness of the benefits of quality after school programming in Duluth and nationwide.
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Apply for Minnesota Scholars of Distinction Award Program by December 16
   This program nurtures and recognizes distinguished achievement by highly motivated, self-directed students who specialize in areas developed through partnerships of educators, the business community and others.  Students may now apply for Scholars of Distinction Awards in Leadership, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, STEM and Theater Arts. All applicants are required to complete the Intent to Apply Form, available now through December 16. For information about the criteria, timelines, quality standards, and application process for an award, visit the Scholars of Distinction page.

ISD 709 News

posted Oct 19, 2016, 1:39 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Oct 19, 2016, 1:39 PM ]



Students Recognized for Volunteer Service 
   Students participating in the T12 Transition Program received an award from the Duluth Area Family YMCA in recognition of the volunteer work they provide to the organization.  The T12 program provides students with community based work exploration/job development based on strengths, preferences and interest.  One of their activities is volunteering at the YMCA where they work on job skills, socialization and confidence in their community.

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Denfeld High School Boys Soccer Team Advances to Section 7A Final!
Congratulations and best wishes, go Hunters!
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Duluth East Teacher Receives $1,000 Grant  
   The grant, presented to Dr. Richard Updegrove by Aaron Winkelman, Affinity Plus Credit Union, will be used in support of Dr. Updegrove’s College In The Schools (CITS) Economics course at Duluth East.  The grant is one of 15 awarded to area teachers who focus on financial education.

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Duluth East High School Theatre Presents:
Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA
October 27, 28, 29 at 7:00PM
October 30 at 12:30PM
Duluth East High School
301 North 40th Ave East
Tickets:  $10 Students,  $15 Adults, Kids under 5 free. 
Tickets at the door, doors open 30 minutes before show time.

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Denfeld High School Theater Presents the Musical:
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
November 3, 4, 5 at 7:00PM
November 6 at 2:00PM
Denfeld High School
401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth, MN
Tickets: $10 General Admission, at the door.



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Lowell Students Help Monarch Butterflies
 
   Students at Lowell Elementary participated in the Monarch Restoration Project by planting milkweed. They're hoping Lowell will become a monarch way station during their annual migration. Thank you Kristen Klos-Maki for leading this initiative and getting our students and teachers excited about monarch butterflies!



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Ordean East Middle School Students Selected to State Honor Choir
   The following students were selected to the 2016 State Honor Choir by the Minnesota Choral Directors Association, congratulations! 
Grade 7 for the Boys' 7-8 Choir:  Paavo Paasi, Brue Stingle 
Grade 7 for the Girls' 7-8 Choir:  Maija Knutson, Elaina Benson 
Grade 8 for the Girls' 7-8 Choir:  Kristina Pauna
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2016 Great Lakes Apple Crunch    
   To celebrate National Farm to School Month, Duluth joined schools across Minnesota in participating in the 2016 Great Lakes Apple Crunch. The goal: one million students, teachers, staff and everyone in the Great Lakes Region crunching into a local apple on October 13 during their lunch shifts. Thanks to our partners at Healthy Northland Farm to School for making this happen! 

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Lights On After School Event October 20   
   Hundreds of children, parents, business and community leaders will come together for a Lights on Afterschool rally at Lincoln Park Middle School (3215 West Third Street, Duluth, MN 55806) at 1:00PM on October 20.  The event celebrates the achievements of afterschool students and draws attention to the need for more afterschool programs nationwide.  The gathering is one of more than 8,000 events across the U.S. emphasizing the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open after school. 
   Youth will participate in gym games, crafts, dance to music, and local partners will provide fun activities.  Duluth Superintendent Bill Gronseth, a representative from Senator Al Franken’s office, City Council Members, School Board Members, parents and students will discuss the importance of afterschool programs.  
   The Northland Foundation serves as the Regional Partner of Ignite Afterschool.  More information on the Afterschool Alliance, Lights on Afterschool and America After 3PM is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.
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High School Students Lead Path to Peace Walk  
   October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and students from Duluth East High School held their third annual Path to Peace Walk to raise awareness for bullying prevention. Thank you to the students and staff who organized this event!

     
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Transition Resource Fair
Tuesday October 25, 1:40PM – 6:00PM
Denfeld High School Media Center
401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth, MN
   The Transition Resource Fair will provide high school students with disabilities and their families transition information regarding post high school resources.  Students on 504 plans and their parents are also welcome to attend.  The event is hosted by Duluth Public Schools and the Interagency Coordination Council of Duluth (ICCOD).
   Representatives from area post-secondary education options, employment and supported employment providers, social service and community organizations that offer a variety of services and supports to young adults with disabilities will be present to talk about their programs and answer questions.
   Contact Al Chepelnik at 336-8700 x4047 or Coleen Norris  at 336-8740 x1144 if you have questions or need more information. 

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