Denfeld High School Career Center Grand Opening December 5
join us as we celebrate the opening of Denfeld High School’s new and improved
Career Center. The Career Center features:
Board listing current job openings in the Duluth area
to do research featuring MCIS and other programs
students to meet with college representatives.
and resources for universities, colleges, the military and other post-secondary
Date: December 5, 2013
2:30PM - 4:00PM
Place: Denfeld High School, Room 1212
Music provided by the Denfeld
Refreshments will be served. For
more information contact the Career Center at
218 336-8830 ext. 2036
Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative and Community Action Duluth Invite
you to join us on Wednesday, December
4th 5:30-8:00 p.m. at
Myers Wilkins School 1027 North 8th Ave. East for:
View Community Forum presentation: “Solutions to End Poverty”
Big View Community Forums reach out to
bridge relationships across race and class lines in order to find solutions to
the problems facing struggling families in Duluth. Our next “Solutions to End Poverty”
presentations will give voice to the concerns impacting families who have
children involved in public and charter schools. The presentation will feature
adult leaders involved in the Getting Ahead leadership program currently
being hosted at the Myers-Wilkins School.
An evening of valuable information and meaningful
discussion for parents, school staff, and community members. Everyone is welcome!
Dinner from 5:30-6:00PM catered by Old Country Buffet.
Presentation and discussion 6:00-8:00PM
Free Child care. (Please call ahead so we can estimate numbers.)
more information contact:
Bogen 218-336-8700 x 2459 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Joseph 726-1665 email@example.com
Restaurant Food For Thought: December
Enjoy delicious gourmet
salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts at Duluth's student-run restaurant Food
for Thought, located at East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East.
Entrees range from $7 to
$14 and are prepared and served by Denfeld and Duluth East culinary arts
students under the supervision of Chef Glenn D'Amour, CEC.
--Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12Noon to 1:00PM.
--Reservations are required: reserve and preorder 24 hours in
advance by calling 218-336-8975 ext. 4055 or 218-336-8845 ext. 4055.
--For a full menu go to www.ISD709.org, choose the Duluth East
website and click the link at the top of the page.
--Featured this month:
December 3, 4, 5: Old
Fashioned Chicken & Dumplings for $10.00
December 10, 11, 12: French
Herb Roasted Rack of Pork for $11.00
December 17, 18, 19: Beef
Wellington for $14.00
Weekly features are served with choice of soup or salad, homemade
focaccia bread and choice of beverage.
--Denfeld High School students and staff surpassed last year’s
Fall Food Drive, collecting nearly 1,916 pounds of food for Chum West Duluth.
Last year students collected about 1,600 pounds of food for donation.
East High School is holding a Barnes & Noble Bookfair on
December 1st to raise funds to purchase books for their Media Center. The
Sterling Strings, under the direction of Elaine Bradley, will provide seasonal
music at 1:00PM. Members of the Key Club, Association and Exec Board will
provide story time readings, face painting, kids crafts table and gift wrapping
throughout the day. East’s mascot, Gregory the Greyhound, will also make an
appearance. A voucher is needed at checkout, and can be obtained via the East
webpage, at the East Media Center, or at a table set up at Barnes & Noble
the day of the fundraiser. Shoppers can also support the East Media Center
online between Dec 1st and Dec 6th by entering Bookfair ID 11207222
to their online order. The Greyhounds appreciate your support!
December 1st , All Day at Barnes & Noble, 1600 Miller Trunk Highway
Duluth East Daredevils joined 29 robotics teams at Prior Lake High School for
the Mini Minne Regional in November. During the regional, team members learn their
competition roles, how to troubleshoot issues, work together, and see gracious
professionalism in action. The Daredevils Team 2512 took first place in the
qualification match and became captains of Alliance One. They joined with Teams 2052, 3691 and 2491 as alliance partners and
took 2nd place. During the award
ceremony the Daredevils received the Gracious Professionalism Award for the
second year in a row.
Photos from the competition can be uploaded from Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/daredevils2512/
A YouTube video can be uploaded at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIxB5tGL1_w&feature=c4-overview&list=UUuZ2AjvVFjU7kajfJTL-5NQ
High School Jazz Band Part of The
Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 5
The Denfeld High School Jazz Band is
featured on a new CD The Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 5, to be released in
December. The compilation features
several well-known and award-winning Minnesota born or based musicians performing
originally arranged compositions of their favorite Beatle songs.
Vol. 5 tracks include:
"Your Mother Should Know" - Actual Wolf
"Dig A Pony" - Zoo Animal
"She Said She Said" - Carroll
"I Feel Fine" - Gary Burger (of The Monks fame)
"Taxman" - The Suburbs
"Day Tripper" - Sonny Knight & The Lakers
"Because" - Chris Bierden of Poliça
"Here, There, and Everywhere" - Meme
"Blue Jay Way" - Dosh
"Nowhere Man" - Greycoats
"Mother Nature's Son" - The Okee Dokee Brothers
"This Boy" - The Cactus Blossoms
"Please Please Me" - Denfeld High School Jazz Band
The limited edition recording will be available for purchase on
vinyl and CD in December. Vega
Productions launched the Minnesota Beatle Project in 2009 and 100% of net
proceeds are used to rebuild and enhance music and art education for children
in Minnesota public schools. For more
School Board Honors Stand Up For Kids
ISD 709 had an education levy that was up for renewal in November. Through Stand Up For Kids, many people came together
to share information with the public about the importance of renewing and
increasing this levy. Tom Albright, chairperson, and members of Stand Up
For Kids worked tirelessly, dedicating a tremendous amount of their time and
talents to this endeavor. They did so because they care deeply about the
quality of our public education system in Duluth.
Passage of the education levy questions on November 5 will help support
the community vision and priorities identified through Think Kids and the
4-Year Continuous Improvement Plan. Goals include reducing class size, increasing
student achievement and reducing the achievement gap, and updating curriculum.
MacArthur Elementary is in the final screening to be showcased on the U.S.
Department of Education’s School Turnaround Learning Community website! After comprehensive screening of schools
across the nation, a small number have been selected to potentially receive
recognition on this national website.
Denfeld High School is holding a Barnes & Noble Bookfair on
November 22, all day, to raise funds to purchase books for their
Media Center. The Denfeld Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Clare
Chopp, will provide seasonal music in two half-hour sets between 4:00PM and
5:30PM. A voucher is needed at checkout,
and can be obtained via the Denfeld Media Center webpage, from the Denfeld
office, or at a table set up at Barnes & Noble the day of the fundraiser.
Shoppers can also support the Denfeld Media Center online between Nov 22 and 27
by entering Bookfair ID 11232485 to their online order. The Hunters appreciate
Friday, November 22 , All Day
at Barnes & Noble, 1600 Miller Trunk Highway
Organizations Use School Facilities
Duluth schools are available for community use before and after school.
The Girl Scout Brownie Bolts meet at Piedmont
Elementary, they recently joined with residents of Viewcrest Health Center to
fill 40 shoeboxes of toys and goodies for Operation Christmas Child.
Organizations interested in using school
facilities may contact ISD 709 Community Education – check www.ISD709.org
from Woodland Hills Residential Treatment Center will present
"PUSHED" November 25 & 26 at 7:00PM at The Underground. Under the guidance of teaching artist Angie
B. Frank, youth have drawn on personal experience with power inequities to
create and produce a theater performance that promotes community dialogue. The play is recommended for mature audiences
only due to adult language and subject matter. A reception for the artists and audience will
follow each performance. The production
is made possible through a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board.
November 25 & Tuesday November 26, 7:00PM
Underground at the Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street, Duluth
a seat! Call 218-728-7500 x175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
From the City of Duluth:
Winter Skating Parties 2013-14,
Sunday, December 1 AMSOIL ARENA,
3:00-5:00 PM: SKATE WITH THE BULLDOGS
Sunday, December 22 DECC,
Sunday, January 26 DECC,
Sunday, February 23 AMSOIL
ARENA, 3:00-5:00 PM
All Skating Parties are FREE!
--Bring your own skates; No tag or skating fast; No
chairs, sticks, pucks or shoes on the ice
--Prizes for kids, Music provided
Kids 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult
--Taryn Pederson, Denfeld High School has been selected for the
Minnesota American Choral Directors State 9th and 10th Grade Honor Choir. She
is one of approximately 100 girls in the state selected for this honor.
--Students from Lincoln Park Middle
School created works of art that were on display at the Depot for All Souls
Night Event in November. Kat Livadaros of the ISD 709 Adelente Center presented
the cultural aspects of this Mexican Event to each class. Participating
students created the following pieces in their respective classes: "tree
sculptures" from Spanish (Laurie Kovacovic) , sugar skulls from FACS ( Deb
Porter), and skeletal "calac
as" from 8th grade Art ( Ann Price). The
display was put together by Kat Livadaros and received lots of praise.
--Keaton Long and Phoebe Koski, East High School, participated in
the 2013 Cross Country State Meet in Northfield, MN.
Keaton placed 73rd
with a time of
16:45.7 and Phoebe placed 104th
overall with a finishing time of
Congratulations on an
Teacher/Staff Award Nominations Requested
a great educator who deserves a pat on the back or some special recognition?
Consider nominating him/her for the Greg Irons Teacher/Staff Award.
Named after a former ISD 709 teacher, the Greg Irons Award recognizes
teachers/school staff who demonstrate their belief that all students have worth
and the desire to succeed and that responsibility, sincerity, honesty and hard
work are the foundation of a person's life. Past recipients have received a cash
award of $500.
may be made by students, teachers, other school staff, parents or community
members and are due to the Community Foundation by January 15, 2014.
Applications are available at www.dsacommunityfoundation.com/forms-and-applications
and can be submitted electronically. For more information, contact the Duluth
Superior Area Community Foundation at email@example.com or
United Way of Greater Duluth is
holding a Barnes & Noble Bookfair on November 16 to raise funds
for their Big Red Bookshelf – last year the Bookshelf provided 11,523 free books
to area children. A percentage of Barnes
& Noble purchases will benefit United Way of Greater Duluth and the Big Red
Miller Trunk Highway
United Way for a day filled with free fun activities:
Times Every Hour*Scavenger Hunt*Prizes*Facepainting*Crafts*
Clifford the Big Red Dog
The Duluth Heritage
Sports Center (DHSC) will host the Lake Superior Conference (LSC) Boys Hockey
Jamboree Tuesday November 19.
Superior, Proctor, North Shore and Ashland will play in the early games, while
Denfeld, Marshall, Hermantown & Cloquet will square off in the
In addition to the hockey jamboree, dance lines from Denfeld,
Hermantown, Marshall and Superior will perform in the Clyde Iron Restaurant
Event Center. The restaurant is offering a pizza buffet for $12 that includes
pizza, soda, admission to the dance line event and the hockey game. The buffet
is available from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.
Ticket prices for the games alone are $6 for adults and $4 for students.
Game schedules are available at http://www.duluthheritage.com/
East High School graduate Nate Rendulich, an accomplished
photographer, was featured in a recent issue of Lake Superior Magazine in an
article titled "Like Father, Like Son.”
Nate's time-lapsed photo of an aging barn was included in the
article and was posted with The Associated Press while he was still in high
school. It was picked up by news
School Theatre presents The
Mystery of Edwin Drood, a solve-it-yourself musical by Rupert Holmes. This
musical is based on an unfinished novel by Charles Dickens. He died before
completing the book and left few clues as to how it would end. Each night the audience votes on key questions
which influence the performance and the ending - every show is different! Drood recently had a revival run on
Broadway, earning several Tony Award Nominations
7-9 and 14-16 at 7:00PM in the East High School Auditorium, 301 North 40th
Avenue East. Tickets are $10.00 for
adults and $5.00 for students.
event: Friday November 8th is a special
Dinner Theatre offering for $25!
At 6:00PM a four-course Victorian meal will be served in The Food For
Thought Café by Chef Glen D'Amour. After dinner, diners move to the auditorium
for the 7:00PM show. There are a few tickets left for the Dinner Theatre –
reserve by calling 336-8845 X2174.
Student teams from Myers-Wilkins
Elementary ranked 1st and 6th place at the regional Elementary Knowledge Bowl
competition in Mt. Iron, MN. Knowledge Bowl competitions are interdisciplinary academic contests
with regional competitions for elementary students in grades 5-6. Depending on the grade division, teams
of 4-6 individuals demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills in
both oral and written formats. In addition to team competitors, students can
also participate as computer operators and scorekeepers.
Superintendent Bill Gronseth received a letter from
the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, recognizing the work Jennifer
Madole, Duluth East High School, has done incorporating the East HS School
Forest/outdoor classroom into her agriculture and natural resource science
classes. “On the day we stopped in, she was in the
middle of a unit of forest management, and the students were learning how to
use dichotomous keys to identify the tree species. Later they will apply this knowledge to wildlife/animal
habitat preferences to consider ecosystem impacts and management. It was very impressive.”
Musicians Shine at Duluth East High School's Annual Cafe Concert
Performing groups included the Greyhound Orchestra, Sterling
Strings Chamber Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra. Each
group performed a wide variety of music, from Mozart to Annie Lennox to the
theme from the PBS favorite Downton
Abbey. Orchestra students provided cookies, bars, punch and coffee
throughout the evening's performance.
to the Denfeld Girls Soccer Team on winning the Section 7A Championship! After playing two overtimes scoreless, the
team went into a shootout. Goals were scored by Emily Fleissner, Kaylee
Rackliffe and Taylor Olson. Goalie Megan Lazzaro did an excellent job in the
and instructors in Denfeld's Deli Management Program made over 900 meals for
the October Staff Development Day – many thanks! Mike Emerson is the Program instructor.
The East Orchestras invite you to our annual Café Concert this
Tuesday, October 29th at 7PM in the East High School Atrium.
Performing groups include the Greyhound Orchestra, Sterling Strings Chamber
Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra. Each group will perform a
wide variety of music, so there is sure to be something for everyone! Cost is
$5.00 per adult, $3.00 per student. This is an amazing deal for a night of music – but there’s more! Orchestra
students will provide cookies, bars, punch and coffee throughout the evening’s
performance. We hope you can come to relax and enjoy an evening of music!
information: Elaine Bradley,
Assistant Superintendent Ed Crawford received a letter from St.
Louis County Health and Human Services, thanking ISD 709 for its support of and
participation in Lincoln Park Middle School’s National Walk to School Day event. Statewide
Health Improvement Coordinator Josh Gorham, RN, said, “I know many staff and
students felt encouraged with district and city leaders in attendance.” Superintendent Bill Gronseth and Duluth Mayor
Don Ness also attended the event.
Lt. Governor Launches Breakfast Challenge at Piedmont
Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon
visited Piedmont Elementary to launch Hunger Free Minnesota’s School Breakfast
Challenge. The Lt. Governor and
Superintendent Bill Gronseth helped serve breakfast to about 250 Piedmont
students. They joined Principal Becky
Gerdes and PTA President Tim Doyle as speakers at the press conference which emphasized how school breakfast plays an important role in a student's ability to learn.
Jake Lammi, Denfeld High School, has been named the Section 7A
Boys Assistant Soccer Coach of the Year!
Denfeld Key Club students slept
outside in cardboard boxes to help raise awareness of homelessness and collect
funds to benefit Lifehouse, a local organization supporting homeless and at-risk
youth. The event raised $600. Key Club
is a service program for high school students, providing opportunities to build
character and develop leadership. Lifehouse helps at-risk, homeless kids become
healthy, positive adults. Services
provide youth ages 14-20 with access to hot meals, shelter, and programs that
help kids succeed in housing, jobs, school and health goals.
Lee Kruger, Duluth East, has been named Section 7AA
Coach of the Year for Girls Tennis.
Duluth East High School’s speech and debate program has earned
membership in the National Forensic League’s prestigious 100 Club. Students
earn points and degrees in their honor society based on competitive and
service-related activities – the Duluth East chapter achieved 100 or more
degrees last year and ranks among the top 10% of schools nationwide. This achievement demonstrates outstanding
commitment to teaching students essential life skills – including
communication, research, listening, writing and organization.
Student-Run Restaurant Open to the Public
Enjoy gourmet salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts at Duluth's student-run restaurant Food for Thought, located at East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East.
Entrees range from $7 to $14 and are prepared and served by Denfeld and East Culinary Arts students under the supervision of Chef Glenn D'Amour, CEC.
--Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12Noon to 1:00PM beginning October 8.
--Reservations are required: reserve and preorder 24 hours in advance by calling 218-336-8975 ext. 4055 or 218-336-8845 ext. 4055.
--Click here for details and a full menu or go to www.ISD709.org, choose the Duluth East website and click the link at the top of the page.
--Featured in November:
November 5, 6, 7: Beef Wellington for $14
November 12, 13, 14: Fennel Roasted Pork Prime Rib for $11
November 19, 20, 21: Fresh Grilled Halibut en Mole for $12
Weekly features are served with choice of soup or salad, homemade foccacia bread and choice of beverage.
ISD 709 and the Interagency
Coordination Council of Duluth (ICCOD) are jointly offering transition resource
fairs at Denfeld and East High Schools during fall conferences. The resource
fairs will provide students with disabilities and their parents information
about post high school resources. Students on 504 plans and their parents are
also welcome to attend.
Denfeld High School: October 24th from
2:30PM until 6:30PM, 401 North 44th Avenue West
Duluth East High School: October 28th
from 2:30PM until 6:30PM, 301 North 40th Avenue East
Representatives from area
post-secondary education options, employment and supported employment providers,
social service and community organizations that offer a variety of services and
supports to young adults with disabilities will all be present to talk about
their programs and answer questions.
Contact Al Chepelnik at 336-8700 X4047
or Heidi Morris at 336-8740 if you have questions or need more
School Board Recognizes Set Your Student Up For Success Planners
During the regular
October meeting, the Duluth School Board recognized several individuals who
played a key role in organizing Piedmont Elementary’s recent Set Your Student Up for Success event. Those recognized include Becky Gerdes,
Principal; Tim Doyle, Piedmont PTA President; Deb Montgomery, Community
Liaison; Jenna Gust, KEY ZONE; Greg Jackson, Building Engineer; Jean
Engebretson, WITC Cosmetology Instructor; Fae Shunk, Monitor and Office
Assistant and Justin Chumick.
The evening was created
to work toward proactively raising the academic and behavioral standards for
students in the Piedmont and Lincoln Park communities. It also focused on the many
community organizations available to provide for good health, positive
well-being and increased academic success.
community groups and organizations pitched in; Little Angies provided a Taco
Bar for attendees, stylists were on hand offering free haircuts, local
pediatricians and dentists were involved to educate on healthy living, and
every Piedmont teacher committed to attend this event to increase communication
and build relationships with families and community members.
Olson, Denfeld High School, was selected to attend the Health Science Master
Teacher Institute, organized by the National Consortium for Health Science
Education. The Master Teacher Institute
seeks exemplary health science teachers who demonstrate excellence in
teaching. Selection criteria include
forward-thinking, serves as a mentor, participates in collaborative
Fehringer, Denfeld High School, has been named a "Commended Student"
in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being
recognized for their exceptional academic promise. They place among the top 5 percent of more
than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012
of the Duluth FFA Forestry Team - David Rowe, Kat Andrews and Hillarie Madden -
placed 3rd in the Northeast MN region event held at Central Lakes College in
Brainerd. Their performance on a written test, compass and GPS course, map
reading, tree, wood, tool identification and timber cruising takes them to the
state level later this year. They are
students in the Career and Technical Education class of Forestry, Fish and
Wildlife offered at Duluth East High School.