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--Benjamin Johnson, Denfeld High School, was selected through audition to be a member of the 2014

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Regional Honor Choir. Approximately 100 high school students were selected for this honor from hundreds of auditions from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North and South Dakota and Nebraska. Ben’s choir was led by Robert Harris, Northwestern University in Chicago, and the choir spent 2 days rehearsing before their performance in the Des Moines Civic Center. Benjamin sings in the two top auditioned choirs at Denfeld, and plays violin in the Duluth Youth Symphony.

--Charlie Bray and Sarah Curran, students at Duluth East High School, received the Minnesota State High School League ExCel Award. This AAA award recognizes and honors one senior girl and boy that have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in the fine arts.

-- Duluth East’s Erik Thibault took 1st Place in the category of Discussion at the Minnesota State High School League’s State Speech Tournament. Denfeld High School’s Aurora Vautrin and Tommy Wolfe placed 2nd in the State in Duo and Billy Menor, Duluth East, took 7th place in the category of Great Speeches. Because Erik won his category at state, he also received the Wells Fargo Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence.

--Duluth East High School students collected over $1,200 dollars and donated over a ton of food for local distribution through CHUM. Exec Board, Key Club, Students For the Future, and Association Members were among the student leadership groups that contributed their time and ideas to make the food drive a success. Highlights include the March Madness basketball competition, 2nd hour Ice Cream Party for the class that collected the most food, a movie night at school to watch “A Place at The Table” (recent documentary about hunger in the U.S.), and having over 20 students help carry boxes/load vehicles. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when we all work together.


2014 Go Guide – Summer Guide for Youth Activities

Looking for summer activities for children? ISD 709 and the United Way of Greater Duluth are pleased to provide parents and community members with free access to the 2014 Go Guide: Guide To Summer Opportunities for Youth. An electronic copy of the Guide (go green!) is available at or Paper copies of the Go Guide will be available at various community sites or by calling the United Way 211 offices at the Ordean Building, downtown Duluth, 218-726-4770.


After School Discussion with Generation Next and ISD 709:

Closing the Achievement Gap

RT Rybak – CEO Generation Next with Superintendent Bill Gronseth

Thursday, April 24th 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Depot Underground Playhouse 506 W Michigan St.

R.T. Rybak, former Mayor of Minneapolis, current CEO of the Generation Next Partnership will discuss cooperative efforts of businesses, education and government agencies, foundations, and nonprofits in the Twin Cities area to address education on a community level.

Free Admission, All Welcome: Question and Answer session on what can and is being done for students and parents in our Duluth Community.

Sponsored by: Duluth PTSA Council, The Underground, United Way of Greater Duluth


Piedmont Elementary Teacher Presents at National Event

   The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) held its 61st National Conference on Science Education in Boston, Massachusetts in April. Over 1,500 sessions encompassing all natural science disciplines were presented and over 11,000 people attended the conference.

   Elizabeth Kersting Peterson from Piedmont Elementary School was invited to present at the conference and provided a work shop called "And they all lived Scientifically ever after" for 110 participants. They learned how to use fairy tales, common household materials, science and engineering to engage elementary students in creative adventures. During the workshop Elizabeth shared samples of her student’s work. Amy Bodin, Instructional Data Coach at Piedmont, served as Elizabeth's co- Presenter.


Laura MacArthur Elementary “Spring Into Reading”

Thursday April 24, 4:30PM – 6:30PM

Dinner is served between 5:30PM and 6:30PM

--“Spring Into Reading:” Best practices for reading with your child

--“2 Can Read” Poetry: Reading poetry with your child

--“Caps for Sale” Play

--Homework How-To, Principal Chat, much more!

ISD 709 News

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Denfeld and Duluth East Robotics Teams Earn Trip to State

   The Duluth East and Denfeld Robotics Teams placed in the top 20 out of 186 robotics teams to earn a trip to the 2014 MSHSL/FIRST State Championship competition in May. The Duluth East Daredevils placed 11th and the Denfeld DNA placed 19th in regional competition. The State Championship will be held Saturday May 17th at Williams Arena on the University of MN Twin Cities Campus. Load-in, pit set-up, registration, robot inspection, and robot-field radio connection will occur Friday May 16th.


Ordean East Student Receives Apollo Gilruth Continuum Award

   Path to Aviation Centennial student Sarah Mason, Ordean East Middle School, received the Apollo-Gilruth Continuum Award for academic excellence in March. The Duluth Aviation Institute along with the Ordean East science teachers presented eleven lessons in aviation science this past semester. Sarah excelled in all classroom activities, extra credit projects, 11 plane quizzes and the post-test. The top 15% students who excelled throughout the program were rewarded with a Young Eagles Flight from Sky Harbor Airport.

   The Duluth Aviation Institute’s vision is community inspired and enriched by the art and science of aviation. Robert Gilruth, Father of Human Space Flight and child citizen of Duluth, was inspired in his youth to become an aeronautical engineer. As the first director of the Johnson Space Center, he led the national effort to achieve the objective of “landing man on the moon and bringing them safely back to earth.”


The Denfeld Academic Learning Center received an $825 grant to create a service-learning project related to the food system. As part of the project, students visited Whole Foods Coop, toured the store, tried the produce and received a cooking lesson on healthy meals. Each student received a $10 gift card to purchase produce. They also reviewed What’s On Your Plate and created a presentation/display about their findings which may be presented at the Duluth Community Garden’s Spring Fling or the Mall of America for Global Youth Service Day.


Duluth East Hockey Players Inspire Portman Hockey Mite 2 Team

   Several members of the Duluth East Boys Hockey Team joined the Portman Hockey Mite 2 Team’s end of the year celebration at East High School. Alex Trapp (senior captain) was asked to recruit a few of the varsity hockey players to battle the Portman M2's in a game of floor hockey in the gym. The Portman kids and parents enjoyed having so many Greyhounds join them on a Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds spent almost two hours playing floor hockey, coaching, and then joining the M2's for pizza. Jack Hughes, Portman player, said it was best time he's ever had playing hockey. 

ISD 709 News

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City of Duluth Spring Break Activities

Monday-Friday, April 7-11 10:00AM - 12Noon Rain or shine!

Heritage Sports Center, 120 S. 30th Avenue West

All activities are FREE and open on a first come - first served basis. Equipment goes fast!

Non- Traditional Sports

Skill Introductions and Play Time ON THE INDOOR TURF !

Monday: Kick Ball w/Councilor Hanson

Tuesday: Golf w/Enger Park Golf Pro

Wednesday: Rugby w/Yusa Rugby Team

Thursday: Lacrosse w/YMCA Skill’s Camp

Friday: Disc Golf w/Mont Du Lac Team

2:00 – 4:00

Family Skating: Bring your skates (limited skates available for use)

For more information call 218-730-4322



--Four ISD 709 Culinary Arts students earned recognition at a recent SkillsUSA Competition:

In Culinary Arts: Russel Cunningham - Gold Medal, Kyle Lindblad - Silver Medal, Chris Stetson - Bronze Medal. In Skills Demonstration Category: Sean Lindblad - Bronze Medal. Russel Cunningham will be going on to Nationals in Kansas City in June!

--Phoenix Ocean from Myers-Wilkins Elementary has been selected to participate in the Minnesota State Geography Bee. The National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete at the state level. The 2014 Minnesota State Geographic Bee will be held at St. Cloud State University in April.

--Duluth East had twelve students make it to final rounds at the 7AA section State Speech qualifying meet: Tristan Carl, Kayla Nyenhuis, Paul Manning, Derick Rossell, Erik Thibault, Hannah Wodrich, Marissa Menzel, Stevie Twining, Billy Menor, Layla Koch, Megan McNamee, and Sam Moscatelli. Overall, the East team earned fourth place and will send four students on to compete at State: Derick Rossell, second place in Extemporaneous Speaking, Erik Thibault, first place in Discussion, Billy Menor, first place in Great Speeches, and Megan McNamee, first place in Humorous Interpretation.

-- Ordean East Middle School students did well at the Northeast Regional History Day Competition at UMD.

Earning Honorable Mention Ribbons:

Junior Individual Documentary: Will Smyth, “Wilderness Act in the Boundary Waters”

Junior Group Exhibit: Maya Marchel-Hoff and Rowan Racette, “The Wild Horse Annie Act”

Jackson Dykhuis and Ryan Chaffee, “Japanese Internment Camps”

Moving On to Minnesota State History Day in Minneapolis:

Junior Individual Performance: Maggie Geidner, “Deborah Sampson, Revolutionary War Hero

Junior Group Performance: Grace Hollander and Abbigail Hagen, “Auschwitz: Jewish Concentration Camps

Junior Individual Documentary: Emma Anderson, “Helen Keller” and Anika Lakhan “Harvey Milk Leader and Activist

Junior Individual Exhibit: Karin Berdahl, “Guinea Pigs of the Holocaust” Olivia Rawylk, “Revealing the Holodomor” and Cami Fischer “They Moo if Something is Wrong

Junior Group Exhibit: Shelby Johnson and Elisabeth Walker, “The Horror of the Holocaust

Junior Individual Website: Peyton Vogt , “John Peter Zenger: Rights to Freedom of the Press

Emily Carver, “Pennsylvania Hospital: The Birth of Psychiatry in the American Colonies

and Alison Lee, “Miracle on the Han River: The Repressive Regime of Park Chung Hee

-- The following students have been awarded Artist of the Month at Laura Mac Arthur Elementary for March/April 2014: Ethan Berg-Peterson , Nathan Walker, Jenova Breimon, Gabby Jacoby, Karson Running, Carter Herrick, Trinity Nordberg, Ashlee Maloney, Isaac Erickson, Gracie Johnson, Kennidee Becker, Piper Bjerke, Dylan Scott. These students showed hard work, dedication, and creativity when creating their artwork. At Laura MacArthur, students strive to be focused, appropriate and cooperative and these students are great role models for others.

--Three Duluth East students are among those chosen from an initial 248 submissions to advance to the State round of the 2014 Letters About Literature program: Jenna Anderson, Tabitha Chesser, and Rosalie Uggala.

ISD 709 News

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Homecroft Students Receive Free Camp-In Trip to MN Science Museum

   Fifth grade students at Homecroft Elementary recently took a free overnight trip to the Twin Cities to "camp" at the Minnesota Science Museum. Teacher Niki Munthe received funding for the event from Flint Hills Resources, which covered transportation, meals and other expenses.  She also received a $500 technology grant for the school.  During their stay, students explored museum exhibits, saw Dinos Alive in the Omnimax Theater and a cryogenics show, made fossils, slept with the mummy and took part in other fun activities. Students and staff also received free Science Matters shirts and free admission to the museum for the remainder of 2014. The Camp-Ins program is a partnership between Flint Hills Resources and the Science Museum of Minnesota that enables thousands of students from around the state to experience the world-class museum each year.


From United Way of Greater Duluth

Children & Screen Time How Technology Has Changed Childhood

Thursday April 10th, 2014   Community Action Duluth

2424 W 5th St #102, Duluth, MN 55806

Free to the Public

For Professionals 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Early Childhood Professional & Childcare Provider Training

St. Louis County Child Care Provider Certified Training (Certificate awarded upon completion)

For Parents 5:30PM - 8:00 PM

Discussion about technology and your children

Food Provided, Childcare Provided Upon Reservation

RSVP for Event Preferred:  Call (218) 726-4729

Presentation by Erin Walsh, M.A., a nationally recognized speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and digital media.


From Mentor Duluth and Mentor Superior

Try Something New - Become a Mentor!

   Join Mentor Duluth and Mentor Superior at the Fitger's building on Saturday, April 5th from 11:00am-3:00pm for a family-friendly event and try something new! Snacks, activities, and a raffle will be going on throughout the afternoon so be sure to stop by! Dance lessons, cookie decorating, root beer tasting, henna, and more, as well as information on the mentor programs!  There are over 280 kids in the Twin Ports area waiting for a mentor! Come find out how to get involved!

For Information:  Jessica TeSelle, 303-917-1093


April is Autism Awareness Month

   On April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, the Autism Association of Northern MN is working to light up Enger Tower:  blue for autism and a rainbow of color at the top to represent the Autism Spectrum.  Please show your support by wearing Blue and looking at Enger Tower the evening of April 2nd!


--Through a selection process with Crayola, a painting by Angelique Davis, Ordean East Middle School, was chosen to be included in the U.S. Department of Education’s permanent collection in Washington, DC. Angelique's painting was completed for the "Imaginary Environments" lesson in Art 6, which focused on drawing from nature and scientific observation as well as arranging imaginary compositions.

--Phoenix Ocean, Myers-Wilkins Elementary; Erin Coleman, Lester Park Elementary; and Ryan Johnston, Ordean East Middle School are semifinalists in the Minnesota State Geography Bee.  The National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia,  Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete at the state level. The 2014 Minnesota State Geographic Bee will be held at St. Cloud State University in April.

--Emma Knettel, Congdon Park Elementary, participated in the regional spelling bee in Mt. Iron. She placed 8th out of 29 participants at that bee!

--Two Duluth East High School Knowledge Bowl teams have earned a trip to the State competition in April. Members representing Duluth East include:  Peter Sand, Sarah Alabsi, Mariah Berner, Siri Larsen, Danish Imtiaz, Alyssa Everson, Tim Renier, Paul Manning, Kier Zimmerman, Devin Johnson

--Top students from Duluth East qualified to attend the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2014 National Leadership Conference, “Accelerate Your Future,” in Indianapolis, IN, April 29 - May 4, 2014. Duluth chapter members who received awards are:

Jonah Wehr                             First Place                   Insurance Concepts

Ashley Lax                               Third Place                  Extemporaneous Speech

Kristel Baltazar                       Third Place                  Medical Office Procedures

Abby Weisinger                       Fifth Place                   Fundamental Desktop Publishing

Hannah Halverson                  Eighth Place                Legal Office Procedures

The students will join over 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national level business skills competitions, workshops, general sessions, and the national officer candidate campaigns and elections. Besides having the opportunity to excel, they’ll experience the city of Indianapolis, IN.

ISD 709 News

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School Board Honors Student Musicians

   In honor of Music in Our Schools Month the Duluth School Board took time during their regular meeting to honor student musicians Alia Gribbon from Denfeld High School and Madeleine Monson Geerts from Duluth East High School.

   Alia took first place in the 2014 Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist Competition. The competition is open to high school students and college students up to age 19. Alia is a three-time winner of the Youth Orchestra Hester Scholarship competition and recently took second place in the solo competition in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

   Madeleine won the 2014 Youth Orchestra Hester Memorial Scholarship competition. She participated with many students from throughout Minnesota, performing a beautiful and expressive interpretation of the Haydn Concerto in C Major, movement 2, as her winning solo.

Congratulations to two very talented young women!


ISD 709 Adds Instructional Time to Make Up Cold/Snow Cancellations

   During their regular March meeting, the Duluth School Board approved adding instructional time to make up cold/snow cancellations:

--Students attend school Friday May 16 (formerly a Staff Development day with no school for students).

--Students attend school Friday June 6 (June 5 was formerly the last day of school).

--Extend the end of the school day by 12 minutes beginning Monday March 24 and through the end of the school year (adds the equivalent of 1.6 days of instructional time).


FY 2015 Budget Investments Include Reducing Class Size, Raising Achievement and Updating Curriculum

   During the March 18 meeting, the School Board approved budget considerations for the fiscal 2015 school year. Investments include priorities identified through the Think Kids initiative, including about $1.45 million to hire additional teachers to reduce class size, $150 thousand for enriching and renewing curriculum, and $200 thousand to go towards improving student achievement. Together, they represent the $1.8 million gained through the second education levy question.

   About $3 million will be held and used to keep those investments in place over time and provide financial stability, given there’s no guarantee of an increase in the state formula beyond the 2014-15 school year. The Board also approved $275,000 toward aligning curriculum with State benchmarks and standards over the summer, $85,000 to support state mandated changes to employer contributions for pension plans, $200,000 for the modified closed high school campuses and about $275,000 in savings.

   By choosing to invest conservatively, steps taken to reduce class size and impact student achievement and curriculum can be maintained over a longer period of time.


Board Approves 3-Year Contract for Superintendent Bill Gronseth

   During their regular March meeting, the School Board approved a 3-year contract with current Superintendent Bill Gronseth. Total salary and benefits included in the contract remain the same as the previous contract at Gronseth’s request and do not increase. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve Duluth’s schools and look forward to continuing our efforts to raise student achievement, create positive school climates and maintain an efficient, effective and financially stable organization,” said Gronseth.


Change to MN Immunization Law Prompts Free Clinics in April

   In September 2014, changes to Minnesota's Immunization Law will take effect for all schools and will specifically impact students entering 7th grade at that time (students who are currently in 6th grade). Vaccines required by this law:

Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) for all students entering 7th grade in 9/14.

MCV4 (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) for all students entering 7th grade in 9/14.

To help families meet these legal requirements, ISD 709 is partnering with St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services to provide FREE immunization clinics at the middle schools:

Lincoln Park Middle School on Wednesday April 23, 2014

Ordean East Middle School on Thursday April 24, 2014

   In order for a child to receive the free immunizations, a Parent/Guardian must sign the St. Louis County Public Health Vaccine Administration Form and return it to the child's school by March 31, 2014. This form is among the materials mailed to families and is also available at under Health Services.

   Families of students who will not be immunized must file a legal exemption with their school. They may file a medical exemption signed by a healthcare provider or a conscientious objection signed by a parent/guardian and notarized. 

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Boozhoo gakina awiiya ! Hello everyone!

Lincoln Park Middle School is proud to announce its Ziigwaan Niimi'iding Spring Powwow. Please join us for miijiim (food), nagamowin (singing), gaye niimiwin (and dancing).

Aaniin api (When): Friday March 21st, 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Aaniin di (Where): Lincoln Middle School, 3215 W. 3rd Street

Onaagoshi-wiisiniwin (Dinner): 5:00PM – 6:00PM

The Round Dance: starts at 5:30PM, and Grand Entry is at 6:30PM.

Free and Open to the Public - Please help spread the word!


For more information: Diana Anstett , Integration Specialist 218-391-5798

ISD 709 Office of American Indian Education

Brought to you by: Duluth Public Schools - American Indian Education, Office of Education Equity


How Do We Prepare Our Teachers?

Education Minnesota leaders are hosting community conversations to improve teacher preparation, recruitment and diversity. Parents, educators, students, advocates, community leaders—anyone interested in the future of Minnesota public education—are invited to attend.

This is more than just a talk. Education Minnesota leaders will collect your ideas and bring them to a wider audience in spring 2014.

When: Thursday, Mar. 20

Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: Washington Center310 N. First Ave. W., Duluth

The evening will begin with a 30-minute panel followed by small group discussions. Registration is preferred, but not required. The event is free and open to the public. Bring a friend!

For more information and to sign up, go to:


Over 50 students from the Duluth Speech Team will be in concert on Thursday March 20, 7:00PM, in the Duluth

East High School Myers-Wilkins Auditorium, 301 North 40th Avenue East.  This amazing group of performers will entertain, inform and inspire you.  Come and enjoy their professionalism and talent.  Tickets are on sale at the door for $5.00, monies raised go to help members of the team travel to the National Speech Tournament in Kansas this June.


Ordean East Middle School theatre presents Snow Angel, a one-act play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire. John Pokrzywinski directs an able cast and crew. Shows are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, March 26-28 at 7:00PM in the Ordean East Little Theatre, 2900 East Fourth Street. Tickets are $5.00.  For more information:
Play Synopsis:  When the quiet town of Deerpoint, Vermont is hit by the biggest blizzard in 107 years, a mysterious girl named Eva steps out of a snow bank and into the lives of 16 confused teenagers who are asked to help her in her search. What Eva’s searching for-and who she truly is-becomes a mystery that baffles, divides, and energizes the teens of Deerpoint. Snow Angel is a funny and eerie tale of teen angst, discovery, and the power of believing.


Duluth & St. Louis County Days at the Capitol

Superintendent Bill Gronseth, Assistant Superintendent Ed Crawford, and School Board members Annie Harala, Rosie Loeffler-Kemp and Judy Seliga Punyko joined hundreds of  Duluthians for Duluth & St. Louis County Days at the Capitol in March.  This annual event, sponsored by the Duluth Chamber of Commerce, is an opportunity to meet with legislators and support local interests. 



--Destination Imagination teams from Congdon Park, Lester Park and Ordean East schools have earned an opportunity to compete at the State tournament in April!  

Lester Park Teams:

The Atom Splitters - Structural

Squishy Purple Sparkly Cuckoo Hummingbird - Improv

Ordean/East Teams:
The Mission: Improvable - Improv

*The Mission: Improvable received the DaVinci Award for Outstanding Creativity

The Awkopations – Improv

--Several Ordean East Middle School band students were selected to perform at the UMD Honor Band Festival in March: Even Abrahams, Frost Bowen-Bailey, Gordon Buffington, Kianna Donnellan, Clara Nordheim, Haley Oswald, Addie Sampson, Kaylee Schmidt and Emily Scinocca. The day was spent rehearsing music which they performed at that afternoons "Informance" (Informal performance). It was an awesome experience!

--The Duluth FFA Floriculture-Greenhouse team competed at their regional event in March at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. The team earned 1st place and will compete at the University of Minnesota at the MN State FFA Convention in April. Team members are Yuqi Chen- 1st place individual, Ed Napoli-Quisling -3rd place. Adam Burklund, Kayla-Mae LaTour and Gunnar Aas. All of these students attend East High School.

ISD 709 News

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ISD 709 Proposes Adding Instructional Time to Offset Cold/Snow Cancellations

ISD 709 has had 7 snow/cold days off this year. Recognizing that instructional time is vital to the student learning process, and after discussions with principals and teachers, ISD 709 administration is proposing adjustments to the school year:

--Students attend school Friday May 16 (formerly a Staff Development day with no school for students).

--Students attend school Friday June 6 (June 5 was formerly the last day of school).

--Extend the end of the school day by 12 minutes beginning Monday March 24 and through the end of the school year (adds the equivalent of 1.6 days of instructional time).

The Board is expected to vote on the addition of this instructional time at its March 18th meeting.


Spring 2014 Community Education Class Schedule Now Available

Spring fun and learning for the entire family - arts, hobbies, computers, cooking, music, language, swimming, sports, health & wellness and more!

   Go online for a complete schedule and registration instructions:, Community Education.


Student-Run Restaurant Food For Thought Open To the Public

   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 and Michael Emerson, front of house.

--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, choose the Duluth East website and click the link at the top of the page.

--Upcoming Features:

March 11, 12, 13: Old Fashioned Chicken & Dumplings for $10.00

March 18, 19, 20: Tuscan Roast Leg of Lamb for $11.00

March 25, 26, 27: French Herb Crusted Rack of Pork for $11.00

April 1, 2, 3: Beef Wellington for $14.00

April 15, 16, 17:  Fennel Roasted Pork Prime Rib for $11.00

April 22, 23, 24:  Fresh Grilled Halibut en Mole Verde for $12.00

Weekly features are served with choice of soup or salad, homemade focaccia bread and choice of beverage.


Educating and Inspiring Duluth’s Children

   Highly skilled teachers, a wide range of rigorous and engaging course work and state-of-the-art facilities provide a rich learning experience with many educational and extracurricular opportunities for all students.

   Lincoln Park and Ordean East Middle Schools Provide:

  • The support 11-14 year olds need to be successful
  • A wealth of after school opportunities
  • Exploratory and Elective Classes - Art, Computers, Family & Computer Science, Pre-Engineering, World Language, Band, Choir, Orchestra - check the Course Catalog
  • Athletics - volleyball, basketball, swimming, track
  • Comprehensive interventions to boost Reading & Math achievementA multitude of course choices, check the Course Catalogs.
  • Modern teaching tools and science labs

Families new to ISD 709, please call for Fall 2014 Registration Information:

Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 West 3rd Street

Phone: 218-336-8880 x3282 or

Ordean East Middle School, 2900 East 4th Street

Phone: 218-336-8940 or



--Duluth East Daredevils Mentor Phil Norris received FIRST's (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) prestigious Woodie Flowers Award. This award is presented to an outstanding Mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, teaches, and empowers their team using excellent communication skills. Phil received this award at the Northern Lights Regional on March 7. Phil has mentored on FIRST Robotics teams for 10 years. He has been a mentor on our team for 6 years and was involved at Ordean with FLL for four years. He has inspired, led, and encouraged many students.

--Lincoln Park Middle School was well represented at the 2013-2014 Regional Spelling Bee held in Mt. Iron.  Hannah Feyen placed FIRST, Shelby Johnson 6th place, and Quinten Rimolde 9th place out of 29 students.  Hannah Feyen continued on to the Multi-Regional Spelling Bee in Fergus Falls.  Out of the 21 bee participants, Hannah Feyen placed 3rd.  Congratulations to ALL of the participants for BEE-ing outstanding and on their PAWsome accomplishments.  

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   The 2014 FIRST Robotics Tournament takes place at the DECC March 6 - 8.  Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) will be competing in the Lake Superior Regional while Duluth East Daredevils will be competing in the Northern Lights Regional.

    Links to the webcast of both regionals as well as the schedule and standings can be found on the Daredevils website:  The Daredevils hope to webcast the practice rounds on Thursday afternoon. Friday competition begins at 9:00AM. These competitions will break the FIRST world record for the largest number of FRC teams under one roof for a regional event.  Teams are competing for a spot in the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, MO in April.   


   Mentoring Day will be held at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on March 17, 2014. More than 350 high school students with disabilities, representing regional school districts, will attend. More than 40 local business people from a wide variety of career fields will present to small groups of students in informal breakout sessions.  These career awareness presentations will occur every half hour from 9:30AM to 12:40PM.  In addition, a variety of breakout sessions related to other Transition areas will take place.  Students will also have the opportunity to engage in mock interviews which will take place throughout the day.   

   Representatives from regional colleges, adult service providers and businesses will be available to answer questions at over 20 booths.  Additionally, we will provide an informational strand for parents.
   Please consider being a part of this remarkable day. To register, contact Geri Lane 
218-879-1283 or


March is Youth Art Month

   Youth Art Month was initiated in the early 1960’s to emphasize the value of participating in art for all children.   Celebrated nationally, Youth Art Month is coordinated by the Council for Art Education, Inc. in cooperation with a number of organizations including the National Art Education Association. 

   Duluth Public Schools students had work chosen for several area art exhibitions.   The Duluth Art Institute’s exhibition is entitled First Spark, and runs from February 20 to April 20, 2014 in the Steffl Gallery.  There will be a celebration on April 17, from 5-7 pm.  Tours of the exhibit will also be offered during an “Art for Ed’s Sake” fundraiser on March 12.

   The University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Art Education department is hosting its third annual Twin Ports K-12 Art Exhibition, featuring work from both sides of the harbor, at UWS’s Kruk Gallery.  The show runs through Thursday, March 13.  The recognition is on Thursday, March 6, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, with a ceremony at 6:00 pm. 



--The Duluth East Boys Hockey Team earned their sixth consecutive trip to the State Tournament, prevailing over Elk River in overtime in the section 7AA final. 

-- Duluth East High School’s German Sharks #31 received Most Proficient at the 2014 Minnesota Zoo German Day event.  Congratulations to Emily Aho, Journey Gontjes, Natalie Hanson and Jessica Marshik.  German students from Duluth East, Denfeld and Ordean East schools participated in the event, making presentations which are judged on creativity and visual display.  This year two German instructors from the University of MN also interacted with the students, looking for German vocabulary and correct syntax usage, speaking freely and the ability to answer questions.     

ISD 709 News

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Duluth School Board Recognizes Kwik Trip, Inc. For Donation to Support Digital Fabrication Laboratories in High Schools

During their regular meeting in February, Duluth School Board members took time to recognize and thank Kwik Trip, Inc. for donating $10,000 to help fund digital fabrication laboratories, also known as "fab labs," in ISD 709 high schools. Such labs are being adopted by schools as platforms for project-based, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.


Safe Routes to Congdon Park Elementary School – Community Meeting Monday March 3
Congdon Park Principal Kathi Kusch-Marshall and the Congdon Park Safe Routes to School Committee are inviting parents and Congdon Park neighbors to a community meeting at the school Monday March 3 at 5:30PM to review potential strategies to promote a safe walking environment for students. Congdon Park Elementary is located at 3116 East Superior Street.

The Committee believes the safety of students walking to school could be improved through a number of different strategies.
Discussion topics will include:
• Addressing traffic around the school
• Creating a trail crossing at Superior Street and Congdon Park Drive
• Implementing a school speed zone
• Possible creation of community uses at Congdon Park Elementary School
The Committee would like to hear from parents and community members before taking these ideas forward to the City of Duluth for further consideration.


National FFA Week takes place in February and is a time to share what FFA is and the impact it has on its members. "Future Farmers of America" was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. Today, FFA helps its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways - FFA is also the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too!

Local members of FFA have been busy this year with many projects, here are just a few:

--Invasive species- Buckthorn and Honeysuckle in the Certified DNR- "East High School Forest"

--Spring tapping of maple trees in the forest.

--Planted over 200 trees in the forest with City of Duluth, neighbors and Duluth Stream Corp

--Partner with Natural Resource Institute and UMD in a scientific study of effectiveness of deer repellent: "Repellex" on White Pine in our forest.

--Implementation of the East School Garden

--Tomato Man Project: FFA Members teach a lesson and assist Congdon students in growing tomatoes

--Participated in the EHS Schoolyard Habitat Plan- built bird nest boxes and feeders to be placed early spring.


Denfeld & Duluth East High School Class Registration February 24 – March 9

Highly skilled teachers, a wide range of rigorous and engaging course work and state-of-the-art facilities provide a rich learning experience with many educational and extracurricular opportunities for all students.

--A multitude of course choices, check the Course Catalog at

--Modern teaching tools and science labs

--Advanced Placement, Honors Courses

--College In the Schools - Earn college credit in high school

--Career/Tech Ed Training - medical, business, culinary arts, more

--Art and Music, including Band, Orchestra, Chorus – small and large groups

--Comprehensive interventions to boost reading and math skills

--Guidance and support to teach responsibility and citizenship

--Caring, experienced teachers - Average 17+ years experience, most hold Masters Degree or higher

--Dozens of extracurricular activities, including Robotics

--School Spirit – Greyhound and Hunter Pride!

--Unique Local College/Post-Secondary Scholarship Opportunities

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--Students Emily Pohl and Andrew Ngyugen represent Congressional District 8 on the Minnesota Youth Council. The Minnesota Youth Council (MYC) is a collaboration of youth and adults working together to empower and mobilize youth across the state to exercise their voices, opinions. On March 7th they will be participating in the first ever MYC Committee hearing at the State Capitol. The MYC Committee advises legislators on youth related bills, thanks to the 2013 Omnibus E-12 Education Act.

--The Ordean East 8th Grade Orchestra will travel to the College Of St. Benedict's February 28 to participate in a day long Middle School Orchestra Festival. Over forty three Middle School Orchestras from the State of Minnesota will perform at three different sites to advance to Tier 2 level. If selected to Tier 2 they are invited in March to rehearse with members of the Minnesota Orchestra.

--Over 120 Marketing and Business Students participated in the Regional Competition of the Business Professionals of America in Grand Rapids.  During the competition, students from Duluth East High School received awards and are eligible to advance to the State competition in Minneapolis.

Jim Anderson: 2nd Insurance Concepts

Rachel Aslyn: 4th Human Resource Management

Kristel Baltazar: 2nd Medical Office Procedures

Hannah Beaudry: 5th Basic Office Systems And Procedures, 5th Fundamental Desktop Publishing

Rachel Berg: 2nd Administrative Support Concepts

Erica Churchill: 4th Banking And Finance

Ailie Davidson: 4th Advanced Word Processing Skills, 5th Medical Office Procedures

Madeline Dusek: 3rd Human Resource Management

Brady Evanson: 2nd Computer Network Technology, 3rd Information Technology Concepts, 4th PC Servicing And Troubleshooting, 4th Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts, 4th Financial Math And Analysis Concepts

Whitney Garden: 1st Fundamental Desktop Publishing

Iyzaya Gill: 3rd Computer Programming Concepts, 5th Insurance Concepts, 5th PC Servicing And Troubleshooting

Noah Golden: 2nd Network Administration Using Microsoft, 4th Computer Network Technology, 5th Information Technology Concepts

Kristina Green: 4th Advanced Office Systems And Procedures

Hannah Halverson: 3rd Legal Office Procedures, 3rd Advanced Office Systems And Procedures

Ashley Lax: 1st Human Resource Management, 2nd Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts, 2nd Parliamentary Procedure Concepts, 3rd Keyboarding Production, 3rd Extemporaneous Speech

Will O’Neil: 2nd Human Resource Management, 3rd Computer Network Technology

Tessa Paquette: 5th Fundamental Desktop Publishing

Brandt Pilon: 4th Fundamental Desktop Publishing, 5th Project Management Concepts

Jonah Wehr: 1st Banking And Finance, 1st Insurance Concepts, 5th Administrative Concepts

Abby Weisinger: 2nd Graphic Design Promotion, 2nd Fundamental Desktop Publishing

Taylor Wendinger: 1st Keyboarding Production

Gus Ziegler: 2nd Computer Programming Concepts, 3rd Banking And Finance, 3rd Project Management Concepts

ISD 709 News

posted Feb 25, 2014, 2:52 PM by Web Developer

From Mike Roemhildt:

Denfeld Jazz Band And the Big Time Jazz Orchestra Present:

Jazz and Java

Tuesday February 25, 7:30PM, Denfeld High School Commons

401 North 44th Avenue East, Duluth

Tickets are Adults: $5.00 Students: $3.00

Join us for great food and coffee, win gifts from local

businesses such as: Target, Applebees , Buffalo Wildwings, Home Depot and much more!


Foster Grandparents Program: Volunteer Positions Available

The Foster Grandparents Program is looking for volunteers to help tutor and mentor children who need extra academic and social assistance to achieve their full potential. Volunteers serve 15-40 hours per week. In appreciation for your time as a volunteer tutoring & mentoring children with special needs in schools, daycares & Head Starts, the Program provides:

--A tax-free stipend of $2.65/hour

--Transportation assistance

--Monthly training

--Daily meal at some locations

--Vacation & sick pay

--Annual physical exam

If you are interested, contact the Foster Grandparent Program at 715-394-5384 or e-mail:



--Dave Kask, Duluth East High School, has been named Section 7 Assistant Coach of the Year by the Minnesota Nordic Ski Coaches Association. Dave has been the Assistant Nordic Ski Coach at Duluth East High School since the 2002-2003 ski season. Highlights in Dave’s career as an Assistant Coach at Duluth East include:

· 2004 – Boys Team State Champion

· 2007 – Girls Team State Champion

· 2011 – Boys Team State Champion

· 2011 – Girls Team State Champion

· 2012 – Girls Team State Champion

· 2013 – Girls Individual State Champion

-- The following students have been awarded Artist of the Month at Stowe Elementary, showing hard work, dedication and creativity.

February/March 2014: Jasmyn Biddle, Kamryn Hill, Hilary Walsburg, Alyssa Bowen, Grant Thompson, Gavin Zigich, Sienna Rabold.

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