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ISD 709 News

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


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



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

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

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

City Records Set at All City Swim Meet!
   Congratulations to the following middle school students for setting new records at the All City Swim Meet held this month at Ordean East and thanks to Ryan Marshik for the great photos!
Lincoln Park
>>Lindsay Johnson: 300 Freestyle 3:34.70
Ordean East Middle School
>>Owen Manchester: 200 Freestyle 2:00.52, 50 Freestyle :24.66
>>Beau Giddings: 100 IM 1:03.62, 50 Butterfly 28.14 (27.94)
>>Haley Zelen: 50 Freestyle 28.82, 100 Freestyle 1:05.48
>>Maari Rohrbaugh: 50 Backstroke 33.23
>>Dylan Manchester: 300 Freestyle 3:41.13, 100 Backstroke 1:16.07
>>Erik Oase: 50 Breaststroke 40.72
>>7th Gr. Girls 400 Freestyle Relay - 5:07.27, Sophie Hansen, Abigail Williams, Olivia Cranston, Grace Rubin
>>7th Gr. Boys 400 Freestyle - 4:48.18, Jeremiah Erickson, Christopher Kirby, Derek Andrew, Beau Giddings
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Duluth American Indian Education presents:
Minawaanigoziwin Round Dance
Friday, March 31, 2017  6:30PM - 9:30PM
Doors open: 6:00PM (Singers be ready by 6:30pm)
Denfeld High School Gymnasium
401 North 44th Ave West Duluth, MN
Emcee:  Michael “Migizi” Sullivan                             
Stickman:  Sherwin “Stick” Obey
Invited Singers:  John “Snoop” Morrow, Opie Day, Darrel Kingbird, Hokie Clairmont, Eric Gahbow, Bernie Lemieux
First 12 additional singers to register will be paid! Must register by 6:30PM
For more information contact Edye Howes (218) 336-8700 ext. 1152
Vendors: Contact Jamie de la Cruz (218) 336-8860 ext. 1230 Limited space!
*This event is free and open to the public.  All are welcome to attend and participate!*
Sponsored in part by AICHO American Indian Community Housing Organization
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Players Take a Dive Into Underwater Hockey Through Duluth Community Education Class
   Over 100 different courses are available through Duluth Community Education, from swimming, cooking, social media, and sewing to dancing, genealogy, 3-D printing and many more. Programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home. 
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Plant Science Class Growing Fresh Rosemary, Basil & Mint for Student-Run Restaurant Dishes
   Duluth East Plant Science students are growing rosemary, basil and mint in the greenhouse for use in the school's student-run restaurant Food for Thought.
  “Food for Thought” is now open to the public for second semester.  Click here for details, including a complete menu.  Reservations and meal orders are required at least 24 hours in advance and become the lesson plan for the day. Enjoy a tasty meal while helping students gain valuable experience!
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Students Check Out High Demand Careers in Construction
   Students from Denfeld, Duluth East and other area high schools learned about earn-as-you-learn apprenticeships in high demand, living wage careers during the annual Construct Tomorrow event at the DECC. 
  They received hands-on opportunities to experience work performed in different building and construction trade careers - wiring circuits, troweling cement, setting tile and much more as they moved through a series of stations staffed by representatives of 14 local union apprenticeship programs.  Such jobs are vital to the economic growth of our region.  
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Lincoln Park, Ordean East, Duluth East Students Heading to State History Day Competition!
   History Day competitions require students to go beyond facts and dates to explore a historical topic analytically and in depth. In preparing a project about their findings, they learn skills used by exhibit designers, filmmakers, historic interpreters and scholars.  Congratulations to all students who took part in the Regional competition:
Lincoln Park MS State Bound
*Malaya Perkins = Susan B. Anthony and her stand for Women’s Rights  
Lincoln Park MS Honorable Mention
*Noah McGrew (Group Website)
 Lincoln Park MS Participants
*Christian Ray, Seth Freije, Jacob Koski, Amelia Armstrong-Dougherty, Abigail Kaptonak, Jackson Morales, Hanna Hovland
Ordean East MS State Bound
*Joey Warner, Chris Kirby, Sophie Grunzke-Johnson (Individual Media Documentary)
*Natalie Miller, Keegan McAuliffe, Elle Westrum (Individual Exhibit)    
*Annalise Borman (Individual Website)
*Isabella Taylor (Research Paper)
Ordean East Honorable Mention
*Finn Shoaps (Media Documentary)
*Collin Larson, Jordan Blais (Group Exhibit)
*Grace Rubin (Individual Exhibit)
Duluth East HS State Bound
*Maeve Fairbanks, Kiana Davis, Haley Marble (Web page) = Taking a Stand for Organic Agriculture
* Cooper Speers (Documentary) = Hungarian Revolution
* Justine Martin (Exhibit) = Taking a Stand to Protect Yosemite
* Flannery Glisczinski, John Kroska, Spencer Frederickson, Elle Christian (Performance) = 
Reserve Mining vs. EPA 
* Issac Bailey and Clare Fresvik (Web page) = Charles Loring Bruce and the Children's Aid Society 
* Luke Hietala, James Abelson, Blake Salfer, Kahl Steinmetz, Ryan Johnston (Documentary) = Tienanmen Square
*Angela Park and Lucie Han (Exhibit) = Taking a Stand For Gay Rights
*McKenna Clark & Molly Gaerdner (Exhibit)  = Tibetan Revolution
*Tessa Mlinar, Paige Olson, Danielle Verdugo (Exhibit)  = Taking a Stand Against Communism 
Duluth East HS Honorable Mention
*Kaitlyn Dexter = The World Bank, Taking a Stand for Economic Assistance
*Greta Fischer & Lauren Nyenhuis = America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman
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Duluth East Business Students Earn Trip to State!   
   Top students from Duluth East High School will attend the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2017 State Leadership Conference, "Spread Your Wings" in Minneapolis this month.  Students earned 20 awards at the Region 5 Competitive Event/Leadership Conference held in Grand Rapids, congratulations to all:
QUALIFIED FOR STATE
Digital Publishing:  Kasey Thoreson – 1st
Medical Office Procedures:  Chloe Carlson – 1st
Personal Finance:  Lorien Gunsolus – 2nd
Computer Programming:  Kasey Thoreson – 2nd
Fundamental Spreadsheets:  Kasey Thoreson – 2nd
Fundamental Word Processing:  Chloe Carlson – 2nd
Advanced Accounting:  Nick Garden – 3rd
Accounting Math Concepts:  Kasey Thoreson – 4th,  Nick Garden – 5th
Information Technology:  Kasey Thoreson – 4th
Parliamentary Procedures:  Chloe Carlson – 5th
Torch Awards:  Abby Wright, Makenna Paquette
FINALISTS  (placed 6 – 8)
Administration Support Concepts:  Chloe Carlson 
Business Meeting Management Concepts:  Chloe Carlson
Banking & Finance:  Nick Garden 
Fundamental Accounting:  Lorien Gunsolus 
Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts:  Chloe Carlson 
Payroll Accounting:  Nick Garden, Lorien Gunsolus 
Career & Technical Education - Business, Marketing, Finance
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ACT Plus Writing Test for 11th Grade Students
Wednesday April 19, 2017 – Seated by 8:50AM
   Participation is expected of all 11th grade students except those exempted by their IEP and notified by their case managers.
·  Students at Denfeld and Duluth East:  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will not attend school April 19 in order to accommodate the test.  11th grade students will follow a special test day schedule.
·  Students attending AEO, ALC and Residential Programs:  9th, 10th, and 12th Grade students will attend school as usual on April 19.  11th Grade students participating in the test should contact their guidance counselor or school principal to make arrangements.
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Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
--Destination Imagination Teams Head to State!  Ordean East’s DI team "Ham United" took a 1st Place finish at regionals and will move on to the State competition in April.  Congratulations Ethan C, Jade W, Annika J, Parker G, Wes C, Lucas H and Matthew B.  Duluth East’s team Mission Improvables also took a 1st Place finish and will move on to State.  Congratulations Mariah Loeffler-Kemp, Grace Peyer, Andrew Miller, Victoria Ball, Shayni Gustafson, Ellie Patronas, Corbin Goodermote, & Coach Ken
Loeffler-Kemp.   
--Sharing Culture and History:  Jamie de la Cruz visited Sherri Walker’s class at Denfeld High School to share American Indian culture and history with students, including a cooking demonstration.  The lesson was part of the student-led American Indian cultural celebration at Denfeld. 
--Ordean East Students Participate in Honor Choir:  The 3rd Annual Lake Superior Youth Chorus Honor Choir included students from Ordean East:  Eli Schlotec, Meggie Johnson, Lukas Niska, Nick McGillivray, Peter Rhoads, Veronica Wahman, Gage Canavan, Thomas Kroll, Ailee Naus, Emily Spearman. 
--Young Artists Place at Twin Ports Show:  Khloe B-Kovisto, Stowe Elementary, received 1st Place in the Elementary Division for her artwork entitled “Lion.”  2nd place:  Karys J. , Grade 5, Lakewood Elementary, for her Winter Birch Trees painting.  3rd place:  Henry R. Grade 3, Meyers-Wilkins Elementary, with his Chalk pastel leaf with warm and cool colors. The works were exhibited in the annual Twin Ports Art Show at the Kruk Gallery on the UW-Superior campus. 
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Duluth Public Schools Youth Art Month Student Exhibition
March 20-26, 2017
Miller Hill Mall, Barnes & Noble Court
Opening Event:  March 20, 4:00PM – 6:00PM
Barnes & Noble customers on March 20 who mention the student art show will garner donations to Art 4 Ed's Sake, which benefits DPS visual and media arts programming
For information:  debra.hannu@isd709.org
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New Volleyball Coach at Duluth East High School 
   Duluth East High School officials announced the hiring of Rachel Isaacs to coach the school’s volleyball team.
   “It’s a thrill to be joining the Duluth East Greyhound’s Volleyball Program,” she said, adding, “I’m passionate about finding ways to promote individual and team successes and encouraging a love for the sport at all levels.”
   Isaacs' coaching experience includes the North St. Paul Volleyball Club, Woodbury High School, Visitation High School, Club “Sota” in Eagen and the Velocity Volleyball Club in Northern Chicago.
   Her competitive playing career began in sixth grade and continued into high school and part of college.  In high school she served as varsity co-captain in her senior year and was voted Most Valuable Player by her teammates.  She was ranked for both blocking and attacks and acknowledged as an All-Conference Athlete. 
   Isaacs holds a Graduate degree from Creighton University School of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota.  She’s currently a Registered Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse at Essentia Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center In Duluth.
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ISD 709 News

posted Mar 9, 2017, 8:04 AM by Communications ISD 709

National School Social Work Week
   Many thanks to Duluth’s School Social Workers and the work they do to create a positive school climate; partnerships between the home, school, and community to ensure student academic success; efforts to improve student achievement and personal well-being and promote skills for life-long learning.
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Duluth Mayor Speaks with KEY Zone Students about Women in Leadership
   Mayor Emily Larson visited the KEY Zone after school program at Homecroft Elementary to talk with members of the Girl’s Club about women in leadership.  Thank you, Mayor Larson, for taking time to inspire our youth!

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Ordean East Student Heading to State Geographic Bee
   Colin Willemsen, Ordean East Middle School, earned an opportunity to compete at the Minnesota National Geographic Bee at Mankato State University this month.  The champion from each state will qualify to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship in Washington, D.C. in May.   The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.

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ACT Plus Writing Test for 11th Grade Students
Wednesday April 19, 2017 – Seated by 8:50AM
   Participation is expected of all 11th grade students except those exempted by their IEP and notified by their case managers.
·  Students at Denfeld and Duluth East:  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will not attend school April 19 in order to accommodate the test.  11th grade students will follow a special test day schedule.
·  Students attending AEO, ALC and Residential Programs:  9th, 10th, and 12th Grade students will attend school as usual on April 19.  11th Grade students participating in the test should contact their guidance counselor or school principal to make arrangements.
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Science, Technology, Engineering, Math = FUN!
   A big thank you to students from the College of St. Scholastica for creating a wonderful STEM DAY filled with learning and fun for children at Lowell Elementary.
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Duluth East Alum Featured Speaker at Women’s History Month Event
   The American Association of University Women (AAUW) invites all to an exploration of careers in Science and Math. Duluth East Alumni Kirsi Kuutti will speak on Women in Science and Math Tuesday, March 14, 7:00PM-8:30PM at First United Methodist Church (the Coppertop).  Kirsi is a college student who is currently working at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
   This session is open to all with a special invitation to middle and high school young women, their parents and teachers, contact Mary Jo Thomas at mjthomas333@gmail.com to reserve spots.
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Congratulations to the Denfeld, Duluth East Robotics Teams!
   Denfeld DNA had a successful run at the Lake Superior Regional in Duluth, finishing in the top 25 out of 63 teams. They received the Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox, celebrating creativity in design, use of components and strategy of play.
   Duluth East Daredevils had a great showing at the Northern Lights Regional, they Ranked 5 with a record of 10-5-0 and received the following awards:  
>>FIRST Dean's List Finalist Award (Olivia Nelson)
>>Regional Finalists
>>Team Spirit Award sponsored by FCA Foundation
Due to a wild card distribution, the Daredevils will attend the World Championship in April in St. Louis.
   Both teams extend their thanks and appreciation to everyone who came down to the DECC – spectators, families, fans and volunteers.
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Student Run Restaurant “Food for Thought” Now Open!  Click here for details, including a complete menu.  Reservations and meal orders are required at least 24 hours in advance and become the lesson plan for the day. Enjoy a tasty meal while helping students gain valuable experience! 
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Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
--Ordean East Students Selected for UMD Honor Band:  Congratulations to Evelyn Youngquist, Duncan Zentz, Ezra Schomberg, Ryan Carlson, Tommy Smyth, Jack Nelson. Elizabeth Johnson, Adrianna Dahlberg and Scout Weinandt.
--Students Fight Heart Disease & Stroke:  Students from Lester Park Elementary raised $3,400 for the American Heart Association through a Jump Rope for Heart event.  Top fundraisers: Eli Filby at $1,000 and Evan Lammi-Goorhouse at $670.  Thank you, Lester Park Families, for making this a special event! 
--Dr. Seuss Carnival Promotes Reading:  Students in the KEY Zone program at Laura MacArthur and Piedmont were treated to a Dr. Seuss Carnival, presented by students from the College of St. Scholastica.  Activities related to books by Dr. Seuss, students travelled from station to station, receiving a prize bag and Dr. Seuss book upon completion.  Thank you, CSS students!
--Students & Seniors Partnership:  Students in the Lester Park KEY Zone program have created a partnership with the  Diamond Willow Assisted Living facility in Lakeside, scheduling visits and inviting residents to participate in fun activities – making greeting cards, Halloween masks, fresh centerpieces for the facility dining room. 
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Free Workshops: Jump Start Your Job Search
   ISD 709 Adult Education, the Duluth Public Library and MN Workforce Center are working together to host a month-long workshop series to support job searches.
   Learn basic computer skills, get tips on writing a stand-out cover letter or resume, and get help from hiring professionals in the form of resume feedback or mock interviews.
   Workshops take place Thursdays March 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 4:00PM to 7:30PM at the Duluth Public Library 520 West Superior Street. Job seekers are welcome to attend any or all sessions.
To sign up, please call the Adult Education office at 218-336-8790.  For more information visit DPL online at www.duluthlibrary.org.
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From Duluth Parents for Healthy Playgrounds:
Come Celebrate for HEALTHY Change! 
   DPHP is hosting an Earthday Celebration at Skyline Lodge, raising funds to help defray the cost in resurfacing the District's playgrounds with wood fiber.  Join us for food, fun and a fantastic silent auction event!
Saturday April 22, 4:30PM-7:30PM
The Lodge @ Skyline Lanes,  4894 Miller Trunk, Duluth
For details on how to help, contact Brie at Brie.Giorgi@hotmail.com or friend us on Facebook
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From the Duluth PTSA Council
Connect Through the Duluth PTSA Council – March 16
Please join us and other PTA members and active citizens from across Duluth:
Thursday 3/16 11:30AM – 12:30PM
PTSA 2017 Council Meeting
Rm 302 @ HOCHS, 215 North First Ave East
(must enter on 3rd St, walk to end of hall, elevator on the right)
   Have you wondered what the role of PTSA Council is related to your school PTA, do you want to know what services and benefits participating in PTSA can provide?  Do you want to know how YOU can get involved? Then JOIN US on March 16!  There are many issues facing education in our city, state and nation, your participation and interest can help.
Parents, families and interested Community Members are welcome and encouraged to come. Refreshments will be served.  Please contact us at least 3 days in advance if you have child care needs at 341-6099.
For more information regarding PTSA, or to volunteer your school to host a 2017 meeting, please contact Zandy at 341-6099 or zzwiebel@gmail.com.

ISD 709 News

posted Feb 28, 2017, 7:30 PM by Communications ISD 709


Dare to Dream Student Welders Recognized 
Congratulations Jillian Beetcher, Esther Carrillo, Charleigh Frederick, Emma Haugen, Rose Munoz, Clarissa Smith and mentor Roxane Simenson.
   Career and technical education, or CTE, helps prepare students for high-wage, high-demand careers. CTE covers many fields, including health care, information technology, business, advanced manufacturing, hospitality management and more.
   As part of their CTE program, Denfeld High School received six Dare to Dream grants from the Ann Bancroft Foundation. The Foundation strives to inspire, build confidence and offer tools that will allow a young woman to go after her dreams and feel supported along the way.  The $3,000 in grant funds provides an opportunity for six female students to learn how to weld after school, covering materials, supplies and personal equipment.
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Fiscal Year 2018 General Fund Budget Planning
   During a Committee of the Whole meeting February 28, Duluth School Board members received preliminary draft projections as the district prepares a budget for the next school year.  Projections will likely change over the next few months as new information, such as the status of state K-12 funding, becomes available.
   Projections focus on:
>Maintaining efforts focused on student achievement, curriculum updates and managing class size
>Prioritizing General Fund spending to the instruction and support of students
>Maintaining 2013 Education Levy investments and working toward goals associated with Minnesota's World's Best Workforce legislation. They align with supporting plans, including Reading Well by Grade 3 Literacy and ISD 709 Achievement & Integration.
   As planning progresses, the budget takes into consideration ongoing discussions with teacher, principal, and administrative leadership, the School Board, and multi-year community conversations.
   The final budget will identify any new investments, cost savings and adjustments necessary to help balance revenue to expense. A final budget is approved in June per State Statute.  The new fiscal year begins July 1, 2017.
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Activities, Accomplishment, Appreciation
--Congratulations, State Bound ‘Hounds!  Duluth East diver Miles Rohrbaugh, freestyler Ryan Zelen and the 200 free relay team qualified for the Minnesota state swim meet with impressive performances at the Section 7AA meet in Coon Rapids, Minn.  
--State Recognition for Stowe Artist:  James Van Duran, Stowe Elementary, received 3rd Place in the Statewide Art Educators of Minnesota Youth Art Month Contest. His artwork emphasizes use of recycled paper materials, watercolor, tempera and marker.  James will receive a supply of art products from Triarco Art and Crafts.
--Young Artist Takes 1st Place at Twin Ports Show:  Khloe B-Kovisto, Stowe Elementary, received First Place in the Elementary Division for her artwork entitled “Lion.”   Her work was included in the annual Twin Ports Art Show at the Kruk Gallery on the UW-Superior campus. 
--Elementary Students Help Fight Heart Disease and Stroke:  Students at Homecroft Elementary raised $1,306 for the American Heart Association during their Jump Rope for Heart event.
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Cabin Fever?  Take a Duluth Community Education Course!
New Class Schedule, Over 100 Choices
   Learn how to dye a silk scarf, attract bats, do laser engraving, 3-D printing, grow herbs, create a blog, make classic Italian tomato sauces, fresh spring rolls, pita bread.  Try belly dancing, ballroom dancing, swing dance, or luminary dancing using flashlights and glow sticks.  Find out what it takes to play a mountain dulcimer, wingshoot, play pickle ball, take part in a community band or orchestra.  Explore retirement planning, how to keep the family cabin in the family, saving and paying for education, financial goal setting.  Learn bee keeping, sewing, genealogy, how to think like a magician or find the humor in situations.  Study historic sites in Duluth and Minnesota; participate in mindful yoga, Tai Chi, classes in Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and sign language.  Learn how to create a garden to attract butterflies, pollinators, other beneficial insects.  Take part in first aid, CPR and AED training, aqua aerobics, scuba diving, sea kayaking, underwater hockey and much more! 
   Programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home.  Look for the new Spring Class schedule online March 5 and in this weekend’s Budgeteer newspaper.  
   Interested in TEACHING your hobby or skill to a class? We’re always looking for new courses! For more information email: communityeducation@isd709.org or call 218-336-8760 or visit www.ISD709.org.
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KEY Zone Summer 2017 Registration Begins Monday March 6
Space is limited – register early.
KEY Zone provides field trips, site enrichment and STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), physical activities, team sports and support for learning goals.
Summer Sites:  Congdon Park, Laura MacArthur, Lester Park, Lowell, Piedmont
Program Dates:  Monday June 19 – Friday August 25 (closed July 4)
Hours:  6:30AM – 6:00PM
Flexible scheduling, 25 Day minimum
For rates and detailed information: www.duluthymca.org or call 218-336-8900 x2
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Inspire, Learn, Grow…2017 Kindergarten Roundup  
   During Kindergarten Roundup events, register your child for the September 2017 school year, meet the teacher and principal and learn more about ISD 709 elementary schools. 
Detailed Information and schedules:  www.isd709.org/kindergarten
• Free All Day, Every Day Kindergarten
• Strong Academics
• Music, Art, Physical Education, Media
• Time for Creative Play and Recess
• Emphasis on Family Partnerships
• Social, Emotional Learning and Support
• Comprehensive support to enhance reading and math skills
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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
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 Feb 27, 2017, 12:06 PM by Communications ISD 709



Many Thanks to Duluth's School Bus Drivers as we celebrate a special appreciation day February 27!




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Student Learn Career-Ready Construction Skills
   Denfeld and Duluth East Construction Technology students are building a greenhouse for the Ordean East Middle School Garden project and gearing up to build a 12’ x 16’ on site storage project for a local citizen.  Students learn hands on construction safety, application of mathematics, reading and writing, materials estimation, blueprint reading, construction trade practices, and the work ethics needed to be successful in any job. 
  Career opportunities in the construction industry and associated businesses include potential for good paying jobs. Persons entering the building trades generally complete an apprenticeship that can vary from 2- 5 years depending on the occupation and “earn as they learn,” with starting pay that can range from $25 or more an hour including benefits. 
   The Construction Technology class is interested in locating potential building projects in the Duluth area. Contact the teacher, Mr. Tony Leone, at 336-800 x 4082 regarding enrollment opportunities or potential/ future projects.
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Visit Highlights Workforce Opportunities for High School Career/Technical Education Students 
   Career and technical education, or CTE, is education that directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers. CTE covers many different fields, including health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, hospitality management and more.
   US Senator Al Franken visited the new Design Center at  Denfeld High School to learn more about programs increasing college/career-readiness for Denfeld and Duluth East students. 
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Denfeld Students Explore Engineering with Toothpicks
 
   Students in the Physical Sciences classes at Denfeld High School built and tested toothpick bridges to determine which were strongest. Those, plus the most aesthetically pleasing bridges, are heading to the 24th Annual Toothpick Bridge Competition at UMD, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The competition was started in 1994 as a fun way to reach out to high school students and introduce them to engineering concepts.


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Denfeld Cyberpatriot Team Success
 
   The Denfeld CyberPatriot Team placed 1st in the Minnesota Open Division Silver Tier state round of the nation's premier youth cyber defense competition. Congratulations Matt Johnston, Zakarias Howes and Coach Tim White!
   The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.
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Black History Month Celebration 
   Congratulations to Carl Crawford, Xavier Bell, Jebeh Edmunds, Claudie Washington, Robin Washington, Dudley Edmondson, Princess Kisob, Archie Davis, Ivy Vainio, Lavenda Vann, Cassie Dudley, Boissey Johnson, Mike Tinsley, Keandre Gorham and Charles Obije, honored for their accomplishments during the Black History Month Celebration held February 17 at Lincoln Park Middle School.
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Exhibit Features Work by Duluth Students
   The Minnesota Youth Art Month student art exhibition takes place from now through March 25 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet in Hopkins, MN.  Art students from numerous Duluth Schools are represented in the exhibit. A closing reception and awards ceremony is scheduled from 3:00PM-4:30PM on Saturday, March 25. 
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Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre and
Laura MacArthur Elementary School present…
The Wizard of Oz
Friday, March 3 @ 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 4 @ 1:00 P.M.
Denfeld High School Auditorium
401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth
Adults $5 Children $1
For more information, contact Mrs. Jody Peck at (218) 336-8900 ext.1065
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From Duluth Parents for Healthy Playgrounds:
   Our group is fundraising to help defray some of the cost in resurfacing the District's playgrounds with wood fiber.
   The first fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, February 28th from 4:00PM-8:00PM at Chipotle, where we will receive 50% of the profit when our group is mentioned while making a purchase.  The second fundraiser is taking place at Skyline Bowl’s Banquet Hall on Saturday, April 22nd, details to follow.
   We have teamed with Conservation Minnesota to create a crowd funding website to facilitate direct monetary donations. All donations from this site will be turned over to the ISD 709 General Fund to defray the costs of mulch removal and replacement.  Here is the link to the crowd-funding website for you to visit, donate to and share.
   We welcome anyone who is interested in helping with this effort, please contact us.
For more information:  brie.giorgi@hotmail.com.
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Duluth FIRST Robotics Regional Competitions March 1 – March 4 at the DECC
   Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 20 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. Both events are open to the public and free for all spectators. 
LAKE SUPERIOR REGIONAL – Denfeld DNA Robotics Team
DECC Arena/South Pioneer Hall
NORTHERN LIGHTS REGIONAL – Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team
DECC Arena/Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall

ISD 709 News

posted Feb 15, 2017, 11:53 AM by Communications ISD 709

National School Counseling Week
   Many thanks to Duluth’s School Counselors and the work they do to help students explore their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; help parents focus on ways to further the educational, personal and social growth of their children; and help students realize their full potential and become productive members of society.
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Denfeld Student Chosen for State Level Honors Orchestra  
   Logan Griggs, ninth grader and violist at Denfeld High School, was selected by audition to participate in the Middle Level Honors Orchestra, scheduled to perform during the state convention for the Minnesota Music Educators Association this weekend. Congratulations, Logan!




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Ordean East Spellers Heading to State 
   Nina Wilkowske and Sophia He, Ordean East Middle School, earned first and second place in the NE Service Cooperative Regional Spelling Bee and are heading to the Multi-Region State Competition in Fergus Falls this month, congratulations!  The first place finisher at the multi-region bee will travel to Washington, DC for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.



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Congratulations Makayla Pearson, Denfeld High School – Named Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year! 
   Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive.  The Award recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s Club, family, school and community, service, academic success, moral character, life goals and public speaking ability.



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Black History Month Celebration 
Friday, February 17, 2017 
Dinner: 5:00PM
Program: 6:15PM - 8:00PM
Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium
3215 W 3rd St Duluth, MN
Event is free & open to the public
Performing: Duniya Drum and Dance from Minneapolis
   Individuals being recognized include: Carl Crawford, Xavier Bell, Jebeh Edmunds, Claudie Washington, Robin Washington, Dudley Edmondson, Princess Kisob, Archie Davis, Ivy Vainio, Lavenda Vann, Cassie Dudley, Boissey Johnson, Mike Tinsley, Keandre Gorham and Charles Obije. 
For information: djibril.bangoura@isd709.org
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Duluth East Daredevils 2017 Open House – Feb 15  
Join the team as they unveil their newest robot in preparation for the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics FRC 2017 Competition. There will be treats, punch, previous robots and Daredevils!
Wednesday February 15, 2017
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Duluth East High School Media Center
301 N. 40th Avenue East, Duluth MN
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Denfeld DNA Robotics 2017 Robot Reveal Open House – Feb 16
Please come support the team and see the progress they've made on this year’s robot
in preparation for the 2017 F.I.R.S.T. Robotics FRC Competition.
Thursday February 16, 5:00PM - 7:00PM 
Denfeld High School Commons
401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth MN
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Ordean East History Day Exhibit – Feb 16 & 17
   Ordean East Middle School Seventh Grade History Day Exhibits will be on display in the school’s media center February 16 from 6:00PM to 7:00PM and February 17 from 8:45AM to 3:15PM.  Families and community members are invited to visit and view.  Ordean East is located at 2900 East 4th Street.
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Lincoln Park Middle School Home Visits in the News
Visits help connect schools and families.
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Denfeld Students & Alum CJ Ham Lend a Hand   
   Denfeld graduate and Minnesota Viking CJ Ham was invited to be part of a Denfeld Key Club fundraiser for a family who lost their home to fire in December. Students in the club raised more than $1,000 in donations. Key Club President Kong Xiong said if enough funds were raised he would shave his head, Ham did the honors. 
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Student Success at German Day 
   German language students from Ordean East Middle School, Denfeld and Duluth East High Schools joined schools from across the state to take part in German Day, held at the Minnesota Zoo.  Upper level students competed in informational and entertaining presentations. Denfeld students Denise Citti, Tugce Onkuzu, Molly Anderson and Autumn Zierman earned the prize for Best Visual Display.  Students who didn’t compete were able to watch and interact with the presentations.
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State Bound ‘Hounds   
Congratulations to the Duluth East Alpine Skiers who earned a trip to state:
Ryan Nordin - 6th at Sections
Avery Plude - 9th at Sections






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ISD 709 News

posted Feb 7, 2017, 9:49 AM by Communications ISD 709


Black History Month Celebration
Friday, February 17
Dinner: 5:00PM
Program: 6:15PM - 8:00PM
Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium
3215 W 3rd St  Duluth, MN
Performing:  Duniya Drum and Dance from Minneapolis
Event is free & open to the public
For information:  djibril.bangoura@isd709.org

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    “It’s your place in the world; it’s your life.  Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”  Mae Jemison, Scientist, Astronaut
   “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Maya Angelou, Writer, Poet
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Duluth East One Act Play Heading to State
   The Duluth East One Act cast, crew and directors won the Section 7AA contest and are headed to the STATE One Act Competition, congratulations to this talented and dedicated group!

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Students from Ordean East Middle School Sing at UMD Honor Choir Day
   The students performed three selections as an SATB choir:  Fields of Gold, Amavolovolo and Sing Alleluia Clap Your Hands!  The sopranos and altos performed Bring Me Little Water Silvy and the tenors and baritones performed (Ghost) Riders in the Sky.
   Kristel Peters from Winnipeg, Manitoba served as clinician for the day, the event was sponsored by the UMD School of Fine Arts and coordinated by the Music Department Choral Chair, Dr. Stanley Wold.  Participating students include Jack Dallum, Sam Francis, Parker Gaida, Emma Johnson, Madilyn Kiergaard, Allie Niska, Nina Wilkowske and Tong Wu, Ella Braun, Ava Brinkman, Vivian Gilbertson, Maleeah Langdon-Larson, Charles Ostrofsky, Paavo Passi, Carter Rice, Levi Talbott, Madison Wittmers-Graves, and Izabella Wizik.  The students worked with their choir teachers Sheila Shusterich and Elizabeth Brophy to learn the song selections prior to this event.
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Great Season for Duluth East Boys Swim:  Duluth is enjoying an amazing high school boys swimming season, going undefeated in eight dual meets and finishing no lower than third in several invitationals.  Duluth News Tribune Article 




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Denfeld, Duluth East Megaband!  High school pep bands from Denfeld and Duluth East got together Friday night to perform at the Northern Stars hockey game. It was the second "mega band" this year, great fun!
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Denfeld Students Shine During Evening of Fine Arts:  The event showcased student music, speeches, art, culinary treats and the school’s MN One Act Competition play “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later.”  Thank you for providing a wonderful opportunity to see firsthand the talents of these impressive young people!











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Register for September 2017 Classes – Denfeld & Duluth East High Schools 
>>A multitude of course choices
>>Career & Technical Education - design center & fab lab, engineering, medical, business, culinary arts, construction, automotive technology, aerospace physics, many more 
>>Art and Music, including Band, Orchestra, Chorus – small and large groups
>>Advanced academic opportunities and comprehensive interventions to expand reading and math skills
>>Dozens of extracurricular activities, including Robotics
>>Unique Local College/Post-Secondary Scholarships
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Food For Thought Student-Run Restaurant Opens March 7   
   Duluth’s only student operated restaurant will be re-opening for Spring Semester on Tuesday, March 7.  Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance and become the lesson plan for the day.  Enjoy a tasty meal while helping students gain valuable experience!  
From Chef D’Amour, CEC:   “Thank you for choosing Food For Thought Restaurant for your meals.  Your patronage makes it possible for our students to hone their craft and find rewarding jobs in our community.  We’ve had students go on to some of the finest culinary schools in the country as well as the best restaurants in our area. You made this possible so thank you very much and please tell your friends.”               
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February is National Career & Technical Education Month
Register for Denfeld, Duluth East High School CTE Courses
  Denfeld & Duluth East CTE Courses are designed to help focus students into career/post-secondary pathways that fit their personality and academic interests.
>>Today's CTE is for all students, integrated with academics in a rigorous and relevant curriculum.
>>Agriculture and Forestry, Automotive and Engines, Aerospace Physics (Aviation), Business/Marketing/Finance, Construction Technology, Engineering and Design, Graphic Arts and Digital Design, Health Occupations, Hospitality and Tourism (Culinary Arts)
>>CTE courses are taught by some of the most highly qualified professionals in the region - over 80% come from industry first and then education. 
>>Students work hands-on with the material and learn life skills.   
>>High school students can earn college credit in their area of interest, a great head start.
>>Courses may help students qualify for and earn accreditation/certification in their area of interest.
>>The goal is to help students GET to work - that means high-paying careers, both regionally and globally.  
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From River Quest Organizers:
St. Louis River Quest 25th Anniversary:  We’d Like Stories/Feedback from Former Students  
   Since 1993, St. Louis River Quest has been hosting area sixth-graders on the Vista Fleet for an educational outing during May of each school year.  As 2017 is the 25th anniversary for River Quest, we are in search of former students who remember learning about the river, the harbor, and the interrelated values of environmental stewardship, recreational opportunity, and industrial vitality.
   We hope to gather information about their experiences from those who attended wherever they live or whatever they’re doing today.  We ask you to click on this link to answer 7 short questions concerning your experience with River Quest.  The responses you share will be used in our celebration efforts and are completely anonymous.  Thank you, in advance, for taking time to provide your insights!  
For Information:  aaron.salmela@isd709.org
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ISD 709 News

posted Jan 27, 2017, 8:35 AM by Communications ISD 709

Families Find Support, Resources at Lincoln Park Middle School Health Fair
   Students, staff, and community partners created this event to provide families multiple opportunities to connect with information and resources.
   Lincoln Park students created informational health-related displays and cooked up samples of vegetable soup using local produce.  Over 40 community agencies and businesses provided free resources from flu shots (Essentia Health), haircuts (Fantastic Sam’s) and dinner (Olive Garden and Valentini’s) to family fun activities (Zumba, make-your-own-stress-ball) and more plus a variety of great door prizes.  
   Lincoln Park is an emerging Full Service Community School, partnering with community organizations to provide supportive services to help children and their families thrive. Active engagement of parents, youth, teachers/staff, and community members is shaping the types of services offered and is integral to this work. 
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Denfeld Music Listening Team Going to State
   Three teams from Denfeld High School competed in the 2017 Regional Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest, taking 2nd, 3rd and 4th place.  Keira Wilhelm, Hannah Strom, Logan Griggs, and alternate Ying Moua will move on to compete at the State Music Listening Contest at Augsburg College in February, congratulations!

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High School Students Create Digital Stories of Immigration
  Duluth students who are English Language Learners worked with their teacher, Melissa Grover, to tell the story of their own or their family’s immigration.  
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Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
--Duluth East High School snowboarder Abby Benser qualified to compete with Team USA at the 2016 FIS Junior World Championships in the Czech Republic. She will be competing at the RevTour Boardercross event at Ski Cooper, Colorado in February, and the USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, Colorado in April.
--Operation Grace MN Provides Free Dental Care to Students:  Volunteers provided over $10,600 worth of care to students in need at Denfeld including cleanings, fluoride treatments, exams, restorations, sealants and radiographs.  Many thanks!
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Lincoln Park Middle School Receives National Attention for Community Outreach
   The school hosted a visit from Randi Weingarten, president of the national American Federation of Teachers organization and showcased their Full Service Community School and parent teacher home visit programs.  
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Myers-Wilkins 18th Annual Steps to the Future Powwow and Career Fair
   This event is an 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.  Miigwech, many thanks to the community and school partners who make this annual event so successful!
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Supporting Healthy School Climates - Viktor the Viking
   Students at Lakewood 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.
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Denfeld and Duluth East High Schools
>>A multitude of course choices, check the 2017-18 course catalog
>>Career & Technical Education - design center & fab lab, engineering, medical, business, culinary arts, construction, automotive technology, aerospace physics, many more 
>>Art and Music, including Band, Orchestra, Chorus – small and large groups
>>Advanced academic opportunities and comprehensive interventions to expand reading and math skills
>>Dozens of extracurricular activities, including Robotics
>>Unique Local College/Post-Secondary Scholarships
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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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