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ISD 709 News

posted Aug 2, 2017, 12:25 PM by Communications ISD 709

High Schoolers Share Enthusiasm for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
   The Duluth East Daredevils hosted their second annual Boys & Girls Club LEGO Camp for youngsters interested in robotics.  The kids built robots to complete multiple tasks using LEGO EV3 kits.  The team helped youngsters build and program their robots from scratch using physics, symmetry, and logical reasoning.  Testing and retesting is part of the fun – if a robot doesn’t work as designed kids use problem solving skills to figure why. 
National Partnership for Denfeld, Lincoln Park, Myers-Wilkins Full Service Community Schools
   Duluth was selected as one of five health focus sites to receive support from the Coalition for Community Schools, a national network that works with schools to help create more equitable and healthier communities.
   The work currently focuses on the role of full service community schools in decreasing absenteeism and supporting health/education equity through partnership.  Full service community schools bring together multiple partners to offer a range of support and opportunities to students, their families, and the broader community.
Teachers Working to Ensure Student Success  
Area teachers learn more ways to de-mystify math, engage students.  Thank you, CSS! 
A Warm Welcome to Clayton (Clay) Norman, Principal for Laura MacArthur Elementary 
   Clay comes to us from the St. Michael Albertville School District where he served as Dean of Students/504 Coordinator for Big Woods Elementary in St. Michael, MN.  In addition to working with student discipline, attendance and supervision his experience includes the school’s Child Study Team, Staff Development Chair, Building Our Kids Success physical activity program, building testing coordinator, targeted services, Q-Comp facilitators and Student Leadership Team.  Prior to Big Woods Elementary, Clay served as an elementary physical education teacher at North Elementary and acting summer school administrator at Princeton Middle School in Princeton. 
   Clay holds a Sixth Year Degree K-12 Principal Licensure, a Masters in Leadership and Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University.  Please help welcome Clay to ISD 709 and best wishes for a successful school year!
Lincoln Park Integration Specialist Honored for Work with Youth  
   Marlon Grant, Integration Specialist at Lincoln Park Middle School, is the recipient of the 2017 Gary Gordon Adult Peacemaker Award.  Men as Peacemakers presented the award during their Celebration of Peacemakers in June, the Duluth School Board honored Mr. Grant and his work at their meeting in July.  According to nominators, Marlon goes above and beyond for his students, donating time and resources outside of work to ensure their success.  Congratulations, Marlon!
Denfeld High School Honors WWII Veteran’s Sacrifice  
   James Joseph Hubert was about to start his junior year at Denfeld High School when he enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve.  After two years of service he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country in World War II.  He was killed in action in 1943 in the battle of Tarawa, his remains were found in 2011 and identified in 2015.  Sergeant Hubert was brought home to Duluth this summer to be buried at Calvary Cemetery.
   Denfeld High School presented Sgt. Hubert’s family with his high school diploma and an Honor D, the highest honor given to Denfeld students.  Family members were invited to write Hubert’s name and graduation year in the school bell tower, accompanying thousands of graduates who place their name in the tower during graduation week.
   “This is just one small thing we as a district and as a community can do to honor the ultimate sacrifice the family and Sgt. Hubert made for our country,” said Amy Starzecki, Duluth Public Schools Assistant Superintendent. “We’re privileged and honored to be able to present this diploma.”

Student-Run Restaurant Featured in Local Magazine
   Thank you, Moms & Dads Today, for the great article on Food for Thought, ISD 709's student-run restaurant. The course is part of the Career & Technical Education Program and operates when school is in session. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance and become the lesson for the day, students from Denfeld and Duluth East prepare and serve the meals.

NEW:   Apply Online to Receive Free or Reduced Price School Meals:
   Families can apply online anywhere, anytime - the process is safe, secure, convenient and available 24/7.  Data is transmitted to your local school district office the same day you apply, allowing for quicker processing. Families qualifying for free/reduced school meals may also qualify for reduced school activity fees.  
Families Are Encouraged to Apply:
>>This is an important way to ensure children are receiving nutritious meals each day which can have a positive impact on behavior and learning.  
>>Qualifying to receive free or reduced price meals may help families qualify to pay no or lower school activity fees.  Students who qualify can take the ACT Test at school for free!
>>Families who qualify for free or reduced price meals help schools receive more federal funding for education in Duluth.
>>It can help families avoid running up unpaid lunch debt and having that debt go to collection.
>>Lower unpaid lunch debt means more funds to provide healthy, tasty meals for children.
Wednesday Night at the Races  
   Wednesday Night at the Races kicked off at Duluth East High School, drawing hundreds of participants!  Organized by Grandma’s Marathon, it’s become a summer tradition for families throughout the Northland. This youth race series is held on six consecutive Wednesday evenings in July and August, and draws an average of over 400 children per night.
**2017 Schedule**
July 26: Duluth East High School, Ordean Stadium
August 2: Proctor High School Track, behind Proctor High School
August 9: Denfeld High School, Public Schools Stadium
August 16: Hermantown High School, Corey Veech Memorial Field
August 23: Superior High School, NBC Spartan Sports Complex
August 30: Wade Stadium, year-end run & picnic
Homecroft Elementary Student a Minnesota State Capitol Essay Winner 
Congratulations, Hope Anderson!
Ordean East Middle School Science Students Heading to National Semi-Finals/Finals   
Congratulations, Nabiha, Max and Ava!
Denfeld High School Alum CJ Ham Headed for Larger Role with MN Vikings
Fine for Failing to Stop for a School Bus Raised to $500    
As the school year approaches, please be alert around school buses, follow the law and watch out for little ones!

ISD 709 News

posted Jul 7, 2017, 8:20 AM by Communications ISD 709

Lincoln Park Integration Specialist Honored for Work with Youth
   Marlon Grant, Integration Specialist at Lincoln Park Middle School, is the recipient of the 2017 Gary Gordon Adult Peacemaker Award.  Men as Peacemakers presented the award during their Celebration of Peacemakers in June.  According to nominators, Marlon goes above and beyond for his students, donating time and resources outside of work to ensure their success. The ripple effects may at first seem small but just wait - the tidal wave of making the difference comes when all these students graduate.  Congratulations for this well-deserved award!

Denfeld Students Recognized for State and National Success  
   Alyssa Isaacson and Keeli Gustafson, Denfeld High School, took the top two spots in the Minnesota 2017 Esri ArcGIS Map Competition and were honored by the Duluth School Board in June.
   Alyssa took first place in both the State and National high school division for her project “Minnesota Iron Range Mines," an in-depth look at the economic and community impact of iron mines in Minnesota.  Alyssa and her teacher, Gina Hollinday, will be honored at the national Esri User Conference in San Diego in July.  Keeli earned second place in the State high school division for “Morgan Park Minnesota," a history of the nation’s first company town.  
   The contest challenges students to create and share maps about something in their home states.  GIS professionals judge each entry based on Topic, Map Presentation, Cartography, Data, Geographic Analysis and Documentation.  

Duluth East Student Receives $10,000 Strength in Community Scholarship 
   Kallie Baldwin, Duluth East High School, is the recipient of the 2017 Strength in Community Scholarship.  Kallie spent her high school years not just cheering on the team, but also her fellow students.  “The community wants you to do better, push for people to do better in general. It’s people helping people,” says Kallie.  She plans to attend Hamline University for Anthropology.
   The Fox 21 Strength in Community Scholarship was created to help students reach their goals to pursue higher education in a time of rising tuition costs.   

Lincoln Park Students Take on Rocket Science  
   Through a partnership with the College of St. Scholastica, students from Lincoln Park Middle School spent time on campus studying science and engineering by building and launching rockets.   Special thanks to the Duluth Family YMCA, Enbridge, Upward Bound, Advantage Emblem and AlyJean Photography for collaborating on this challenging, amazing opportunity for students.
Duluth East Student Honored in Statewide Poetry Contest
   Faith Schadewald, Duluth East High School, earned a top spot in the poetry contest “Celebrating the Veteran in My Life,” sponsored by Minnesota Senator Al Franken.  Students in grades K-12 submitted entries and winners recently shared their poems at the awards ceremony in St. Paul.  Faith took third place in the 9-12 division for her poem “My Veteran,” she received a certificate and her poem will be displayed in Sen. Franken's St. Paul office. 
$20,000 Donation to Duluth East Robotics Team Scholarship  
   Steve Loudin, Tricel Honeycomb Corporation, is a founder and longtime sponsor of the Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team.  He visited the team in June to provide a personal donation of $10,000 and another $10,000 from his company to go into a scholarship for the team.  The scholarship honors Russ Myers, a dedicated team mentor who recently passed away.  Many thanks to the Loudins for their ongoing support and for this wonderful recognition of the contributions of Russ Myers.
Hiring Events July 18 & 19 for School Food Service Helpers, Many Openings! 
>>Tues July 18, 11AM – 1PM: Lester Park Elementary, 5300 Glenwood St (media/library center)
>>Wed July 19, 11AM – 1PM, Laura MacArthur Elementary, 720 N Central Ave (media/library center)
   We will be conducting interviews, completing new hire paperwork and online training during the sessions for those that wish to work for the Duluth Public Schools Child Nutrition Department.   Please bring your valid driver’s license, social security card and a voided check or banking information for direct deposit.
   The Duluth Public Schools has many Food Service Helper openings. Duties include but are not limited to preparation and serving of meals, cleaning, basic computer operation and the ability to maintain good working relations with co-workers and students. Positions work mid-day for up to three hours or more.  The contract hourly wage is $11.04 and the substitute hourly wage is $9.50. Each employee is provided a lunch after their shift.
   If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Porter at (218) 336-8722.
Duluth Community School Collaborative Hillside Youth Theatre Presents:
All You Need is Bugs!
July 27 at 1:00PM and 7:00PM
July 28 at 1:00PM and 7:00PM
Free Admission
Lincoln Park Middle School 3215 West 3rd Street, Duluth
   SILENT AUCTION: Thursday July 27 to benefit the work of the Duluth Community School Collaborative.  Appetizers, Games, Music and Auction 6:00PM – 7:00PM, then stay and enjoy the performance!
   The Duluth Community School Collaborative helps support Full Service Community Schools at Denfeld High School, Lincoln Park Middle School and Myers-Wilkins Elementary.
NEW Way to View School Meal Menus  
Families now have an interactive, online way to view Duluth Public Schools meal menus:
>View meal images and descriptions
>View nutrition information for each food
>Filter the menu for specific food allergens
>Rate foods and see carb counts
>Access menus with the Nutrislice mobile app

POP: Power of Produce, Free Fruits & Veggies for Kids
   Each week from July 13 through October 19, children ages 4-12 can receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers at the Lincoln Park Farmers Market.  The Farmers Market is held Thursdays from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at the Harrison Community Center, 3002 W. 3rd Street. 
   POP is made possible through collaboration with Community Action Duluth, Lincoln Park Middle School, St. Louis County, University of Minnesota Extension and Healthy Northland.

FIRST LEGO Robotics at Laura MacArthur Elementary/Valley Youth Center
   Do you love robots?  We are looking to get a FIRST LEGO Robotics program started at Laura MacArthur / VYC.  We need ambitious students in grades 3-5, and adults who would be able to coach or help out with the team.  If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please contact Laurene at: The LEGO League season starts early in the Fall, so we are hoping to get all our resources together this summer so we can hit the ground running when the new school year starts!
   From  "FIRST LEGO League teams apply science, engineering, and math concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to develop solutions to real-world challenges.  They also design, build, and program LEGO Mindstorms-based robots to perform autonomous "missions" on a playing field.  Along the way, they develop critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills."  

ISD 709 News

posted Jun 9, 2017, 12:48 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 12:49 PM ]

Congratulations and Best Wishes to the Class of 2017... 
   “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.” -- Henry David Thoreau.  

Take care; enjoy this special accomplishment with good decisions that create great memories!

Best Wishes for a Safe, Happy, Satisfying Summer!
   As the school year ends, many thanks to the teachers, staff, volunteers, administrators, families and all who work every day to help Duluth students realize their potential and pursue their dreams. 

Denfeld Seniors Walk to Inspire
   Denfeld High School graduating seniors visited several elementary schools for a “Senior Walk," wearing their caps and gowns to celebrate and to be inspirational role models for the younger students.


Denfeld Student Standout!
Kong James Xiong, an amazing young man...

US Navy Blue Angels Inspire Hunters
   While Denfeld graduating seniors were out walking the halls of elementary schools on Friday, nearly 200 ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students had an opportunity to hear from the US Navy Blue Angels flight exhibition team.   The team shared a message of hope, taking responsibility, dreaming big dreams, and looking forward, not back. 
‘Hounds Earn Trip to State  
   Congratulations to the Duluth East High School Boys Tennis Team for capturing the Section 7AA Championship and to Elliot Schneider who won the Section Singles Championship!
   Kudos all around - Derek Boese, Elliot Schneider-Captain, Eric Patterson -Captain, Luke Hietala, Dylan Junker, Inigo Campo, E.J. Hietala, David Holliday, Alek Lake, Vinny Berarducci, Lucas Goetzman, Nolan Humphreys, Michael Sutherland, Tristan Bombardieri, Reece Patten, and coach Jim Berry and Chad Humphreys.
Denfeld Student Receives $1,000 Strength in Community Scholarship
   Madeline Roberts, Denfeld High School, is one of 12 winners of the FOX 21 Strength in the Community Scholarship.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, plans to attend the College of St. Scholastica this fall and is considering a career in the medical field.
   The Scholarship was created to help students reach their goals to pursue higher education. Twelve finalists will receive $1,000,  one will trade in their $1,000 for a $10,000 check.   KQDS-TV21
High School Students Making a Difference:  Members of Duluth HOSA Future Health Professionals collected $121.46 for donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  

Gathering for Music:
 Students, families and community gathered for Denfeld High School's annual outdoor concert. Beautiful music, beautiful weather!

Free Meals for Children:  2017 Summer Breakfast & Lunch Program Begins June 13  
   Funded by the US Department of Agriculture, 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). No paperwork necessary, just show up for good food and friendly service. 
   Menus include a variety of food items: hot entrees, salads, sandwiches, vegetables, fruits, bread, milk, and dessert items. 
--Breakfast: 8:00AM to 10:30AM
--Lunch: 11:30AM – 1:00PM 
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

ISD 709 News

posted Jun 1, 2017, 9:32 AM by Communications ISD 709

Denfeld Students Earn Top Spots in Statewide GIS Mapping Contest
   Denfeld's Alyssa Isaccson took first place in the state high school division for her project “Minnesota Iron Range Mines."  Keeli Gustafson earned second place for “Morgan Park Minnesota."  The competition, hosted by Esri, challenges students to create and share maps about something in their home states. Maps were judged independently by GIS professionals, the top five students each received a $100 gift certificate from Amazon.
High School Students Recognized for Career & Technical Education Success
   Denfeld and Duluth East CTE Courses are for all students, integrated with academics in a rigorous
and relevant curriculum.  Students work hands-on with the material, learn life skills and may also earn college credit.  Courses may also help students qualify for and earn accreditation or certification in their area of interest.
   The Duluth School Board recognized several outstanding students for their hard work, dedication and willingness to do what it takes to realize success. 
>>Malcolm Hall recently earned first place in his event at the Minnesota SkillsUSA Culinary Competition and will move on to national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June.  Malcolm is in the CTE Culinary Arts program and is a student chef at Food for Thought restaurant; his instructor is Chef Glenn D’Amour, CEC. 
>>Nicholas Garden, Lorien Gunsolus and Makenna Paquette qualified for the Business Professionals of America 2017 State Leadership Conference and traveled to the BPA National
Leadership Conference in Florida.
 They’re students in CTE Business, Marketing and Finance, their advisor is Barb Struck. 
>>CTE Health Occupation students Brianna Ankrum, Liam Bohmann, Miranda Dahl, Anissa Lane, Nicola D'Angiola, Jasmine Acosta, Conor Reindl and Mason Elder were successful on many levels at the 2017 Minnesota Future Health Professionals Conference, earning top spots in several competitions and receiving recognition for service, volunteering, and participation in emergency and disaster preparedness.  Several students will attend the International Leadership conference in Florida in June.  Their instructor is Kim Olson. 
Lowell Elementary Receives 2017 Nature Play Achievement Award
   The Duluth Nature Play Collaborative is presenting Lowell Elementary School with the
2017 Nature Play and Learning Achievement Award. 
   The award recognizes the school’s commitment to connecting students with learning and play opportunities in nature, including Lowell's nature playscape, trail system, outdoor classroom, after school Adventure Club, before school recess, participation in the Monarch Restoration project, work towards becoming designated as a DNR School Forest, and the ongoing support of teachers engaging their students in outdoor activities.

Lincoln Park Student Leaders Prep to Help Incoming 6th Graders 
   Lincoln Park Middle School PRIDE Leaders engaged in mentor training and team building at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center. They're preparing to welcome and support incoming 6th graders during Wildcat Welcome Orientation in August.


Thank you, Congdon Park Foundation, Duluth Police, Duluth Fire Dept and Mayor Larson 
   Third graders from Congdon Park Elementary enjoyed an amazing field trip to meet Duluth’s mounted police, Officer Oakley (K9), tour the Fire Hall and meet Duluth Mayor Emily Larson in the City Hall Chambers.  Mayor Larson left the students with a wonderful message – never give up and always reach for your dreams.

Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
>>Duluth Lacrosse Team Members Make Academic All-State:  Congratulations to Wolfpack team members Annie Reichhoff, Samantha Velander and Chloe Cederstrom!  The award recognizes GPAs of 3.95 and above. 
>>Adrian Ferguson and Keeli Gustafson, Denfeld High School, Earned 1st and 2nd Runner Up and a $50 Prize in the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center Essay Contest.  Students were asked to write a short essay on whether the United States was effective in deterring the spread of Communism as a result of our presence in Southeast Asia.  The contest was open to all High School students in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  
>> Joshua Peterson, Duluth East High School, is the recipient of the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship.  It’s a full 4-year college scholarship for golf caddies who plan to attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  For over 85 years the Western Golf Association has administered the Evans Scholarship, the nation’s largest privately funded scholarship program providing full tuition and housing.  It is named in honor of legendary amateur golfer Chick Evans, whose charitable legacy was to send deserving caddies to college. 
>>Congratulations to Lynn Hinzmann, Duluth East High School, one of three finalists for 2017 Minnesota German Language Teacher of the Year.  The award is presented by the American Association of Teachers of German.
>>Duluth East, Ordean East and Congdon Park Destination Imagination Teams had a great experience at the Global Competitions in Knoxville, TN.   About 8,000 students/1500 teams (Elem, MS, HS, College) from all US states and 17 countries competed at the DI Globals this year.  Duluth East’s Mission Improvables placed 27 of 83 teams from around the world in their category and level.  Congdon Park’s Dominating Doritos placed 33 of 52 and Ordean East’s Ham United placed 25 of 53. 
>>Lowell Students Show Kindness to Animals:  Students at Lowell held a Bark and Bake to help out Animal Allies.  Kindergarteners and third graders made dog and cat treats for donation, Animal Allies stopped by with shelter dogs to sample the treats – they liked them! 
Free Classes from MN National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
   NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. NAMI Minnesota offers education, support and advocacy.  The following classes are free, please register at or call 651-645-2948.
>>Children’s Challenging Behaviors
June 21, 2017, 8:30AM – 3:30PM, Birch Tree Center
   Understand the difference between typical age appropriate behaviors and the challenging
behaviors that may be a symptom of something more serious. Learn when and how to seek
help, parenting strategies, how to access special education or other educational programs, and learn about resources through insurance and the county to help your child and family. This is a six-hour workshop and is for parents or caregivers of children.
>>Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents
June 21, 2017, 9:00AM – 11:00AM, College of St. Scholastica
   Learn about mental illnesses in students, the impact on a student’s success in school and
how parents and teachers can work together as allies to support these students. This two-hour
workshop meets the continuing education requirement for teachers.
>>Understanding Early Episode Psychosis for Families
June 20, 2017, 6:00PM – 8:00PM, Amber Wing
   Understanding Early Episode Psychosis class will help family members and loved ones of a
person who has experienced psychosis understand symptoms, causes and treatments of psychosis. Participants will learn how to advocate for and how to help a young person get back to work, school and achieve recovery.
>>Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
June 21, 2017, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, College of St. Scholastica
   Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is
an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely
taught gatekeeper training program in the United States. This is a one-hour workshop
for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in
suicide prevention.
From the City of Duluth:
Duluth Parks Offering Free Recreational Equipment for Public Use at Bayfront Family Center
   The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division is inviting the public to take advantage of free activities and recreational equipment offered Monday through Thursday from 11 AM to 7 PM at the Bayfront Family Center in Bayfront Park.
   Visitors have use of kickballs, croquet sets, kites, volleyballs, and frisbees. Concessions and restroom facilities are also available.  Equipment is free of charge and available to anyone to borrow during their visit to the Family Center now until September 21.
   NOTE: The Family Center activities may be unavailable at times due to special events that are scheduled at Bayfront during the 2017 summer season.
   Go to the Parks and Recreation website at or call 730-4300 for more information on this and many other summer Recreational opportunities.

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.

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.  
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 
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.
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. 
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

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!
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. 
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!
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:
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
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

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.   

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.
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:
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. 

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.
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!
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:
(RSVPs help plan for the ice cream!)
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: or call 218-336-8760 or visit
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!
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!
Outdoor learning at Lakewood Elementary
Myers-Wilkins World Beat Drummers Perform at Homegrown Music Festival   
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. 
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.
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!
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
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!

Administrative Professionals Day 
   Many thanks to the people who keep Duluth’s schools, departments and offices organized, on-track and running effectively and efficiently!
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.” 
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.
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.
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
The Denfeld High School Drama Department Presents:
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
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!
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.     

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.
Good luck and safe travels to the Duluth East Daredevils as they head to F.I.R.S.T. Robotics World Championship!
Laura MacArthur Students Help Those  in Need
Love to see these students from Laura Mac KEYZone reaching out to help others!
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.
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 

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. 

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.
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.
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.
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.
Panthers with Answers – Piedmont Preps for State Tests
Love the school spirit and enthusiasm generated by students!
Underwater Hockey
Another engaging class available through Duluth Community Education - 2017 Summer Schedule coming April 30, look for it online and in the Budgeteer.
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.
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:
>>1st Conor Reindl (DHS) 
>>1st Liam Bohmann(EHS) 
>>2nd Jasmine Acosta (EHS) 
>>3rd Conor Reindl (DHS) 
>>4th Nicola D’Angiola (EHS) 
>>1st Conor Reindl (DHS) 
>>1st  Brianna Ankrum(EHS) 
>>2nd  Liam Bohmann(EHS) 
>>3rd  Miranda Dahl (EHS) 
>>4th  Anissa Lane (EHS) 
>>5th  Nicola D’Angiola (EHS)     
>>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
>>Miranda Dahl (EHS) Senior
>>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  

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
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.
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.

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. 
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.

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)

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. 
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:
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 or friend us on Facebook

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