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posted Mar 25, 2015, 8:15 AM by Communications ISD 709

Duluth School Board Honors Jordan McMillian, Youth of the Year

   During their regular March meeting, the Duluth School Board took time to recognize Jordan McMillian from Denfeld High School.  Early this year, Jordan was named 2014 Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club of the Northland. 

   Established in 1947, 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.

   In one speech, Jordan talks about his vision for young people.  “My vision for America’s youth is change…to be able to stop profiling people based on their appearance, age, gender or the color of their skin,” he says.  “I want my generation and many more to come to be able to walk down the street without being criticized and shown hatred.   My vision is to start changing the way I think and set examples for the ones who are younger than me.  I would love to see people like me make it in life; I want to help them reach their full potential.  I believe that one day this will happen and everyone will see eye to eye.”  He finishes by asking, “Can you be the difference?”

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Online Voting for Minnesota Varsity Showcase Round Includes Dan Richards, Duluth East

Dan Richards, cellist at Duluth East, is a finalist in the MN Varsity competition, sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio. Online voting for the final winner is open now through Sunday, March 29, so vote soon! The winner will perform at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on April 19.

Click here! to access the voting site.

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Duluth East Daredevils, Denfeld DNA Succeed at Central Illinois Robotics Regional

   Denfeld Nation Automation and the Duluth East Daredevils made an impressive showing while competing at the Central Illinois FIRST Robotics Regional.  The Duluth East alliance placed 2nd and Denfeld DNA alliance placed 3rd.  Denfeld DNA team members had the exciting honor of meeting FIRST Robotics Founder Dean Kamen during the event.  The Daredevils received a FIRST Robotics Award for Innovation and Automation sponsored by Rockwell Automation.

Video, photos and more information available at:

www.denfeldrobotics4009.org

http://www.daredevils2512.org/

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Board Approves FY 2016 Preliminary Budget Considerations

Considerations include more investment in the classroom, maintaining investments in class size reduction, curriculum and student achievement   

  After several months of planning and review, the Duluth school board approved preliminary FY 2016 budget considerations during the regular March meeting.  A final budget will be approved in June. 

   Preliminary classroom investments include more teacher collaboration time in the elementary schools; development of another elementary language immersion program; adding a first grade to the current Ojibwe immersion program; support for ISD 709’s new online high school, and maintaining lifeguards at the middle school swimming pools.

   Clickhere to see more detail.

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Duluth School Board Approves Achievement and Integration Budget for 2015 – 17 

The budget includes, but is not limited to, support for teacher training, high school Achievement Centers, PASS parent involvement and family engagement programs, Integration Specialists, after school and summer school programs, and other support for increasing student achievement. 

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Join ISD 709 at the Annual Northland Job Fair April 1

   Join us at the Annual Northland Job Fair April 1 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM in Pioneer Hall at the DECC.  Learn more about ISD 709 employment opportunities, including substitute school bus drivers, paraprofessionals, food service and playground monitors, to name a few.  Information is also available at www.ISD709.org, check under District/Job Opportunities or click here for details.   

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Your Ideas Matter:  2015 Think Kids Community Conversation March 30 – April 22

   Our community is helping to create schools that welcome children, inspire them and educate them for the future through annual Think Kids conversations.  

    During the 2015 Think Kids conversation participants will be asked what’s going well and what could be done better in Duluth’s schools.  Meetings will include: 

    --An opportunity to provide advice about working collaboratively to address racism in our community and to continue to support safe and welcoming environments where the uniqueness of each person is honored, respected and valued.

    --Enrollment projections for elementary, middle and high schools based on results of a recent, in-depth demographic study. Click here to see the presentation.

    Anyone who wishes to can share their ideas – no one is excluded.  Click here for meeting schedules and other ways to participate.

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INVITATION:  Myers-Wilkins Cabin Fever Reliever March 26

   Shake off the winter blues with fun for the whole family! This free community event features a healthy dinner followed by family friendly classes and activities.   Join the fun with classes like yoga, Zumba, art, healthy cooking, camp activities and more!

Thursday March 26, 5:15PM – 7:00PM at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, 1027 North 8th Avenue East, Duluth.  This event is a fun opportunity for families, friends, and neighbors to celebrate lifelong learning.  It’s free, children must be accompanied by an adult.           

5:15PM – 5:45PM -  Dinner

5:50PM - 6:25PM –   Class Session 1

6:30PM - 7:00PM –   Class Session 2

For more information:  218-336-8860 x8  

Sponsored by Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative with support from many local organizations.

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The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division partners with community parents to host a free play time, "Play Gym" for pre-school age children in the Duluth Heights Community Center (33 West Mulberry Street) every Wednesday from 9:30AM - 11:30 AM.

   Thanks to a generous donation from the Duluth KidsClub organization, Play Gym is able to offer additional educational and interactive toys and extended hours.   During the period of March 30 through April 10, 2015, extended Play Gym hours will be:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30AM - 11:30AM & Tuesday and Thursday 3:00PM - 6:00PM.

This is a free event for families and kids.  Parents and caregivers must supervise their children.

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Registration for 2015-16 Birth to Pre-K programs April 1

   Do you have children ages birth to 5? Registration for ISD 709’s Birth to Pre-K programs will be mailed out the first part of April.   The newsletter contains information and pre-registration forms for Fall 2015-16 classes including Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and School Readiness/Community Education Pre-K programs.  It will also be available online at www.isd709.org (Programs & Services/Birth to Pre-K)

For more information email: earlychildhood@isd709.org or call 218-336-8890

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Free Early Childhood Screening Available 

   Early childhood developmental screening helps a school district identify children who may benefit from district and community resources available to help in their development. 

--Recommended during the year children are three.  

--Required for kindergarten entrance.

ISD 709 will offer free screenings each week through April 2015

(with additional screening dates at Barnes: May 29, June 1, July 29)

Appointments are available most weeks Monday, Wednesday or Friday

at Barnes Early Childhood Center or selected community sites.

To schedule an appointment, call 336-8816 or email ecscreening@isd709.org (Duluth residents)

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Register Now for Duluth Head Start

   Children who are 3 or 4 years old on or before September 1, live in Duluth city limits, and have a family income that falls within the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for Duluth Head Start.  Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program that includes health, nutrition, education, special needs, social services and parent involvement.  There is no charge for Head Start services.

We partner with parents to help ensure their children make progress in all areas of development while having a really good time.  Head Start children LOVE school.   Check us out!

For more information or to apply, please contact us at 218-336-8815

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Accomplishments, Activities, Appreciation

--Lakewood Elementary Nora Johnston’s print making project was selected as the 1st place winner in the Elementary Visual Arts Division at the Twin Ports K-12 Student Art Exhibit for Duluth and Superior schools.  The exhibition was held at the Kruk Gallery on the UWS Campus. 

--Ordean East Middle School students received recognition at the Northeast Regional History Day event at UMD.  Special recognition goes to the students qualifying to compete at the State History Day event at the UM Minneapolis campus in May:   Group Exhibit :  Sydney Olson, Katrina Lindgren, Emma Johnson; Marie Curie, Angie Davis, Saijal Vacek; Julius Caesar, Kanna Okoro, Isaac Bailey, Nick Peters; Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, Individual Website:  Sarah MasonFly Girl, Group Website: Shay Callaway & Raena YoungquistNeil Armstrong, Individual Media Documentary: Vera PattonElizabeth Cady Stanton and the Women’s Rights Movement, Clara KramerMilton Hershey: Beyond the Chocolate, and Group Performance: Grace Hollander, Abbigail Hagen, Jacque BlackNancy Love and Jacque Cochrane Legacy of the WASPs, Anna Kebbekus, Elle PatronasClara Barton’s Red Cross Legacy.

Congratulations also to:  Individual Exhibit Honorable MentionJacob Torch; Pete Seeger, Evan LeonidasWinston Churchill at YaltaSarah GoreAbigail Adams Remember the LadiesMariah Loeffler-KempPaul Wellstone and the Mental Health Parity Act.  Group Exhibit Honorable Mention: Kaylee Hull, Isaiah Johnson; Garfield-President .  Individual Website Honorable Mention: Clare Fresvik; Little Rock Nine.  Individual Media Documentary Honorable Mention: Sophie Williams; Gaylord Nelson: Founder of Earth Day.  

ISD 709 News

posted Mar 19, 2015, 1:19 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Mar 20, 2015, 12:46 PM ]

School Board Leadership, Superintendent Duluth News Tribune Column:

Let racist incident lead to community unity, learning

   Recently, students within our school district altered a photo of another student.  The alterations and captioning were racist in nature and involved references to lynching.  Shocking by any measure, but especially coming from young people.

   Such images are not acceptable and have no place in our community or schools. Minnesota laws protecting the rights of juveniles don’t allow much detail to be shared, but it’s safe to say the consequences for the students involved in creating and distributing the image are serious.

   Teachers, principals, district administrators and School Board members care deeply about students and families. We were not only shocked but profoundly saddened that something like this would happen in Duluth, especially in one of our schools.

   From the time the image was discovered until now much has happened…

Click here to read the entire column.

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Detailed Demographic Study Projects Enrollments to Stabilize

Boundaries to remain the same, steps taken to further manage enrollments and equity

   During a committee meeting March 17 the Duluth School Board received results from a months-long professional enrollment study.  The report, created by RSP, projects ISD 709 enrollments at the elementary, middle and high schools to continue to stabilize through 2020. 

   A previous school district study indicated the possibility that several elementary schools could be over capacity within a few years – the current report, which is more detailed and comprehensive and includes data from the city and county, indicates otherwise. The report also projects that high school enrollments will become more balanced over time. 

   Superintendent Bill Gronseth says, given results of the report, there are no plans to adjust boundaries. “The projections indicate adequate capacity at all levels and more balanced enrollments east-west in the future.  We’ll continue to seek ways to effectively manage enrollment and to ensure east-west equity without changing boundaries.”  Gronseth talked about recent changes to the transfer policy, which takes into consideration class size, and a team-based approach to class scheduling at the high school level, among others.

   Click here to see the presentation.  Results of the enrollment study will also be shared with the community for consideration and comment during the annual Think Kids meetings March 30 – April 22.    

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Your Ideas Matter:  2015 Think Kids Community Conversation March 30 – April 22

   Our community is helping to create schools that welcome children, inspire them and educate them for the future through annual Think Kids conversations.  

    During the 2015 Think Kids conversation participants will be asked what’s going well and what could be done better in Duluth’s schools.  

    Anyone who wishes to can share their ideas – no one is excluded.  Click here for meeting schedules and other ways to participate.

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ISD 709 Seeking Qualified Candidates for Substitute School Bus Drivers

  Candidates must possess a valid MN Drivers License and must be able to pass a drug test and criminal history background check.   You will be paid while training.  $14.15 per hour.  Interested candidates must complete an online application at www.ISD709.org.

  ISD 709 is also seeking qualified candidates for substitute paraprofessionals, food service and playground monitors.  Check www.ISD709.org under District/Job Opportunities or click here for details.

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Lincoln Park Middle School Students Take Part in German Language Trip

   Lincoln Park German students took part in the district-wide trip to the German Language Day competition at the Minnesota Zoo in the Twin Cities.  They watched students from all over the state give presentations about different animals in German, cheered on Duluth teams, and then sampled authentic German cuisine at Gasthof zur Gemütlichkeit in Minneapolis.    

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March 26, 27 & 28 Ordean East Middle School Theatre presents:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

   The 80’s: a time of big love, big music, and big hair.  Dude, Ordean East Middle School Theatre, under the direction of John Pokrzywinki, presents Shakespeare’s comedy of totally messed up love and donkey-loving fairies set in the awesomest decade of all – the 80’s!  Come rock out with an energetic cast and crew at The Ordean East Little Theatre, 2900 East 4th Street.  Shows run Thursday-Saturday, March 26, 27 & 28. Curtain is at 7:00PM.  Admission $8.00, $5.00 for students.

For more information:  john.pokrzywinski@isd709.org

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Accomplishments, Activities, Appreciation

--Olivia Nelson, Ordean East Middle School, is a Grade 8 winner of the Middle School Essay Contest sponsored by the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center.  This is the second year Olivia has competed and won!  Winners and honorable mentions were chosen from nearly 200 entries.  

-- These talented Lincoln Park Middle School art students were selected to have their art work featured in local exhibits: 

UW-S Twin Ports K-12 Art Show:  Noah McGrew., Izabella Reed, Colton Covington,Donavin White, Phoenix Ocean, Hannah Thompson, Emma Haugen, Alexis Mhyre.

Duluth Art Institute:  Emma Haugen,Bella Larson, Miranda Shinn, Emily Linberg, Raven Pokorney, Jack McCormick, Greyson Burns, Brynn Plasch, Courtney Hegg, Kylie LeMay, Anna Thomsen, Marissa Wittke, Alaiana Panfil, Alexis Edmonds, Kayla Skorich.

-- Congdon Park and Stowe Elementary Schools, Duluth East High School and Ordean East Middle School are working hard to collect food and raise funds for CHUM during the Minnesota FoodShare Campaign.  During the month of March, all contributions to Minnesota food shelves receive a proportional match from the Minnesota FoodShare

Campaign, so donations have an even greater impact.

--The Denfeld Key Club held a fundraiser for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society called" Pennies for Patients" and raised $865.00. They reached out to the community and to students and staff at Denfeld High School for support.

--Lakewood school also conducted a “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser  and collected $626.00 in one week!

--Alyssa Everson, Devin Johnson and Derick Rossell, Duluth East High School were selected as candidates in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.  Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.  Over 3,900 candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. Inclusion in the Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. 

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Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team Compete in Central Illinois Regional

   The Duluth East Daredevils are competing at the Central Illinois Regional​ in Peoria, IL which runs March 19, 20, and 21.  Since the Daredevils have already qualified for the World Championship in St. Louis, MO through the Chairman’s Award, this regional will allow the team to prepare and improve their performance with their robot, Ace​. Participating teams will be working their hardest to insure their robots​ run smoothly and have a great competition with the hopes of qualifying to the World Championship.  Links to photos and video will be sent out in the evening at the end of each day through the team Flickr and YouTube accounts.

www.daredevils2512.org

info@daredevils2512.org

ISD 709 News

posted Mar 13, 2015, 7:10 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Mar 14, 2015, 1:11 PM ]

ISD 709 FY 2016 Preliminary Budget Considerations Include More Investment in the Classroom

Projections also maintain investment to support class size reduction, curriculum updates and student achievement strategies

   Duluth school board members reviewed and discussed FY 2016 budget planning information during the March Business Committee meeting.  A final budget will be approved in June. 

   Preliminary classroom investments include more teacher collaboration time in the elementary schools; development of another elementary language immersion program; adding a first grade to the current Ojibwe immersion program; support for ISD 709’s new online high school, and maintaining lifeguards at the middle school swimming pools/

   As a result of favorable adjustments made for K-12 education during the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions, along with passage of the 2013 Education Levy, the district is in a position to continue investments made to support class size reduction, curriculum updates and student achievement.

   While projections for next year present a surplus as a result of the pending sale of the Central property, the ability to sustain additional ongoing investments remains limited.  State per pupil funding is under discussion by the Minnesota legislature and will be included in the projections when their decision making process is more complete.  

   Board members reviewed and discussed ideas both for using budget funds efficiently and for increasing investment in strategies related to student achievement. 

   Clickhere to see more detail.

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Members of the Duluth School Board reviewed the Achievement and Integration Budget for 2015 – 17 at the March Education Committee meeting.  The budget includes, but is not limited to, support for teacher training, high school Achievement Centers, PASS parent involvement and family engagement programs, Integration Specialists, after school and summer school programs, and other support for increasing student achievement.  William Howes, Coordinator of the Office of Education Equity, provided the report to the Board.

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Acclaimed drum group Pipestone Singers performed at the ISD 709 Area Learning Center this week and conducted a

master class with music students.  Pipestone Singers are winners of the Native American Music Awards Record of the Year and are considered among the “top 40” of pow wow music today.  The group pays tribute to the singers of yesteryear who have kept singing traditions alive and acted as the voice of the people.  Their appearance at ALC was made possible through support from the ISD 709 American Indian Education Department and the ALC Music Department.

Check out Pipestone’s performance at the 2009 Native American Music Awards on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBlEnF8KiZc

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INVITATION: Come and enjoy delicious tribal foods from Indian Country

Wild Rice hot dish (Ojibwe), fresh tortillas (Dine), Acorn stew & Tamale Cho (Apache), Potato chowder (Ho-Chunk), and other dishes. 

Everyone is welcome!  This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015  5:00PM – 7:30PM

 Trapanier Hall, 212 W 2nd St., Duluth  

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Duluth East Students Candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

   Alyssa Everson, Devin Johnson and Derick Rossell, Duluth East High School were selected as candidates in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.  Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.  Over 3,900 candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. Inclusion in the Program is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. 

Click here for more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. http://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html

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Jordan McMillian, Denfeld High School, was named 2014 Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Club of the Northland.   Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a member can receive, recognizing outstanding contributions to a member's family, school and community as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles.  Jordan is eligible to compete for   Minnesota Youth of the Year and a $1000 college scholarship.  Winners of the state competition are able to compete for Midwest Region Youth of the year and from there to Washington DC to compete for National Youth of the Year and receive additional scholarships.

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Lincoln Park Middle School hosted an informational tour for local legislators this month.  Senator Roger Reinert, Representative Mary Murphy and Representative Erik Simonson took time to visit with school and district leaders and learn more about the educational opportunities available to students.

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Denfeld and Duluth East Students Learn More About Career Opportunities in the Construction and Building Trades

   Students from Denfeld and Duluth East attended Construct Tomorrow, an event providing local high schoolers with an opportunity for free, hands-on exploration of careers in the construction trades.  Duluth Mayor Don Ness and ISD 709 Superintendent Bill Gronseth  also attended the event, which took place at the DECC.  Construct Tomorrow is a collective of apprenticeship skills instructors, prime and sub-contractors, representatives from labor and workforce development and youth educators with the goal of making students aware of apprenticeship training opportunities and careers in the construction industry to increase and diversify the talent pool to meet future demands. 

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Student Run Restaurant Food for Thought Now Open!  Enjoy delicious gourmet meals created by Denfeld and Duluth East students under the supervision of Chef Glenn D’Amour, CEC.  The restaurant operates Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance – click here for a menu and complete details.

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Accomplishments, Activities, Appreciation

--Homecroft Elementary raised $2,400 for the Jump Rope For Heart Event held during their Physical Education Classes.  Students participated in this year’s event and broke the school record for their donation effort.  Donna Hanna is the Physical Education Specialist coordinating this wonderful event.  Thank you Homecroft students and family for your awesome fundraising effort.

--Lester Park Elementary students raised $ 2,645 for the American Heart Association (AHA), a new school record.  Participation included an in-school event during their physical education classes. Donna Hanna, Physical Education specialist, has been helping raise funds for the AHA for 13 years and has helped collect over $30,000 for their life-saving efforts.

2015 Think Kids

posted Mar 11, 2015, 8:00 AM by Communications ISD 709

Save the Date:  2015 Think Kids Community Conversation March 30 – April 22

   Our community is helping to create schools that welcome children, inspire them and educate them for the future through annual Think Kids conversations.  

   “Think Kids is an invitation to everyone throughout Duluth,” says Superintendent Bill Gronseth.  “We invite parents, community and business leaders, teachers, grandparents, neighbors and more to participate in a community-wide discussion and decision-making process about the future of our schools.”

    During the 2015 Think Kids conversation participants will be asked what’s going well and what could be done better in Duluth’s schools.  Meetings will include five-year enrollment projections for elementary, middle and high schools based on results of a recent, in-depth demographic study.

    March 30 through April 22, ISD 709 staff and volunteers will be meeting with people from across our community to lead these important discussions.  Anyone who wishes to can share their ideas – no one is excluded. 

Please make plans to attend a Think Kids meeting – if you can’t make your neighborhood meeting, feel free to attend at another location. 

Monday March 30:

4:00PM – 5:30PM  Stowe Elementary School, 715-101st Avenue West, Duluth, MN

6:30PM – 8:00PM  Congdon Park Elementary School, 3116 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN

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Tuesday March 31: 

4:00PM – 5:30PM  Homecroft Elementary School, 4784 Howard Gnesen Road, Duluth, MN

6:30PM – 8:00PM  Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 West Third Street, Duluth, MN

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Wednesday April 1: 

4:00PM – 5:30PM  Lowell Elementary School, 2000 Rice Lake Road, Duluth, MN

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Thursday April 2:

4:00PM – 5:30PM  Lakewood Elementary School, 5207 North Tischer Road, Duluth, MN

6:30PM – 8:00PM  Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, 1027 N. 8th Avenue East, Duluth, MN

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Wednesday April 15:

4:00PM – 5:30PM  Ordean East Middle School, 2900 East Fourth Street, Duluth, MN

6:30PM – 8:00PM  Lester Park Elementary School, 5300 Glenwood Street, Duluth, MN

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Thursday April 16:

4:00PM – 5:30PM  Piedmont Elementary School, 2827 Chambersburg Avenue, Duluth, MN

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Monday April 20:

4:00PM – 5:30PM  Laura MacArthur Elementary School, 720 North Central Avenue, Duluth, MN

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Wednesday April 22:

4:00PM – 5:30PM  Denfeld High School, 401 North 44th Avenue West, Duluth, MN

6:30PM – 8:00PM  Duluth East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East, Duluth, MN

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Groups and organizations are encouraged to schedule a meeting of their own through the Office of the Superintendent at 218-336-8752.

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Online, Mail or Phone

If you can’t attend a meeting, please let us know what you think:

Online Survey at www.ISD709.org beginning March 30

By mailing:  Think Kids, ISD 709, 215 North 1st Avenue East, Duluth, MN  55812

By phone:  218-336-8735

ISD 709 News

posted Mar 10, 2015, 7:00 AM by Communications ISD 709

 Spring Duluth Community Education Class Schedule Available Online!   

   The Duluth Community Education Spring 2015 schedule of classes and activities is available online for viewing and secure registration at www.duluthcommunityed.org,

   Community Education offers opportunities to learners of all ages through:

·         Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

·         School Readiness/Pre-K programs

·         KEY Zone school-age care and academic enrichment

·         Adult basic education -GED and Adult High School Diploma - It's never too late to learn

·         Driver education

·         Aquatics classes

·         Adult enrichment and youth activities - take a class in computers, music, yoga, cooking, painting, fitness, digital photography, languages, much more - something for everyone

   These programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home.

   For more information email: communityeducation@isd709.org or call 218-336-8760 or visit  www.ISD709.org.  Celebrate Spring with us, see you at class!

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The Duluth Speech Team (comprised of Denfeld and Duluth East students) did well at two recent competitions. At Centennial the team had many final round winners and placed 8th out of 32 teams from across the state. At Walker the team placed 8th out of 28 schools!

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Denfeld High School Graduates Sworn In as New Duluth Police Officers   

   The Duluth Police Department held its swearing in ceremony for six new officers on March 5 at Police Headquarters. Two of the new officers, Aaron Haller and Jeremy O'Connor, are graduates of Denfeld High School.  During the ceremony, attended by family and friends, the new officers are pinned with their Duluth police badge.  Denfeld Principal Tonya Sconiers was on hand for the ceremony.

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Congratulations, Duluth East Boys Hockey Team!

Section 7AA  Coach of the Year:  Mike Randolph, Duluth East  

State Boys Hockey All Tournament Team:

Ryan Peterson - Duluth East - Forward

Gunnar Howg - Duluth East - Goalie

Ash Altmann - Duluth East - Forward

Alex Spencer - Duluth East – Defense

   New records set at the MSHSL Hockey Tournament:  135,618 all-time Tournament attendance, most ever to attend the hockey tournament in Minnesota.  Additionally, a new single session record was also set. On Friday, March 6, 21,609 fans attended the 2015 MSHSL Boys’ Hockey Tournament Class AA Semifinals at Xcel Energy Center, setting a new record for the largest crowd to ever attend an indoor hockey game in the state of Minnesota. 

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Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) Team 4009 competed at the FIRST Lake Superior Regional Robotic competition in February and received the FIRST Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation.  The team ended as 6th seed alliance captain, and chose Syntax Error Team 4693 (Rockford, MN) and Cobalt Catalysts Team 3042 to compete with during the playoffs. Their next competition will be at the Central Illinois Regional, March 19-21 in Peoria, Illinois. More information can be found on their webpage, denfeldrobotics4009.org.  

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The Duluth East Daredevils participated in the Double DECCer competition and received several of F.I.R.S.T.’s most

prestigious awards.  The Chairman’s Award honors the team that best represents a model of other teams to emulate.  The award means the Daredevils will advance to the World Championship in St. Louis, MO.  The team won 2nd place in the Northern Lights Regional with Team 5172 and Team 4768.  Anna Karas, team co-Captain, received the Dean’s List Award which celebrates outstanding student leaders.  Coach Tim Velner received the Woodie Flowers Award, presented to an outstanding mentor who leads, inspires, teachers and empowers their team.

More information available at www.daredevils2512.org

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Upcoming Public Auction:  ISD 709 Wood Shop, Restaurant and Misc. Equipment

Saturday, March 14th, 9:00 a.m.  

Central High School , 802 East Central Entrance 

Central Entrance to Blackman Avenue, South 6 Blocks, East Through Gate to Lower Building.   

   Large auction of wood shop and restaurant equipment including a Rockwell Tilting Arbor Saw, Rockwell Jigsaw, Rockwell Band Saw, Rockwell Planar, Rockwell Floor Model Drill Presses, butcher block shop tables, Hobart Food Chopper, Superior Prep Cooler, Hobart Meat Slicer, Hobart Mixer, Blodgett Gas Double Convection ovens, antique wooden cabinets, antique drafting tables, antique shelving units, desks, office and classroom chairs, file cabinets, Ping Pong tables, slate chalk boards, musical instruments, Chevy Cargo Vans, Chevy Suburban, John Deere Lawn Tractors, and much more!

Inspection:  Friday, March 13th, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Go to nordicauction.com for details and photos

For Information:  Nordic Auction, 218/525-4511218/390-3035

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ISD 709 Child Nutrition Department Collaborates On Farm to School Grant Project

   The Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis Community Health Board was recently awarded $100,000 for a two year USDA Healthy Northland Farm to School Grant.  The project is a collaboration between ISD709, Lake Superior ISD381 and Wolf Ridge Environment Learning Center.  The grant provides an opportunity to continue growing Farm to School initiatives within ISD709, including supporting school gardens and procurement of more local foods within the school cafeterias.  As part of the initiative, ISD709's Child Nutrition Department has committed $200 for seeds, soil and amendments to each of the 13 schools within the district. 

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ISD 709 Students Participate in 2015 Youth Authors Conference

   The local Arrowhead Reading Council recently sponsored the 30th Annual Young Authors Conference at the College of St. Scholastica.  Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms in ISD 709 and other area schools sent students to the conference.  They listened to guest author Joy Dey and her illustrator Nikki Johnson and then divided into small writing groups, taught by presenters who shared their own writing experiences.  Each student wrote a short piece and shared it with the group.  This annual event provides a wonderful opportunity for students to meet and interact with professionals who have an interest in reading and writing. 

    Rachel Moseley, teacher at Piedmont Elementary, helped organize the event, assisted by Scott Markle, a substitute teacher for ISD 709.  The Arrowhead Reading Council is affiliated with the Minnesota Reading Association and the International Literacy Association.    

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Accomplishments, Activities, Appreciation

--During a recent All City Swim Meet, Ryan Zelen, Ordean East Middle School, set a new 8th Grade city record in the 100 freestyle, replacing the record set by his great uncle Rick Hembach in 1966.  Ryan is the fourth Zelen to try to beat the record. Ryan’s winning time:  54.48.   

--Artwork from Laura MacArthur Elementary School was chosen for exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute, Historic Union Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street.  The show runs March 2-25, 2015.

Congratulations to: Kyle McDonald, Olivia Sanner, Alex Borman, Toby Berndt, Izabel Johander, Nathan Danielson, Hunter Kuehnow, Noah Gamache.

--Artwork from Laura MacArthur Elementary School was chosen for exhibition at the Zeitgeist Arts Center, Teatro Lobby, 222 E. Superior Street. The show runs from March 1-April 27, 2015.  Congratulations to: Isaac Erickson, Odin Maudal, Kaylee Knight, Brita Wourms, Ethan Starstead, Isabel Jimenez, Madison Bennett, Mark LeDoux, Ella Carter, Finley Valento, Emmagin Carman, Noah Abernethy, Caleb Erdman.

--Piedmont Elementary Visual Art Department has been very involved in a variety of Awards and Exhibitions for the first semester. The Artists of the Month in grades K-5 for the first semester are: JocelynB., Choelyn A., Annika H.,Caden C., John A., Cailyn V., Annika F., Ryan B., Brayden R., Jackson C., Madeline W., Claire R., Tristan S., Tyler L., Deborah A., Camryn S., Brady M., Courtney C., Carter H., Calliope F., Libby E. 

--Piedmont student artwork was exhibited at The Twin Ports K-12 Youth Art Exhibit, held in the Kruk Gallery on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Superior: Ryan B., Adler W., Aaliyah F., Marley B.

--Piedmont student artwork was chose for the Youth Art Month  K-12 Youth Exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.  Calliope F., Matthew G., Maeve T.,  Kaley K., James P., Gracie C., Bryce C., Jackson C., Ellianna J., Kayla K., Alexis S., Lauren S., Ian T., Debbie A., Nashiya M., Samantha N.

ISD 709 News

posted Feb 27, 2015, 9:00 AM by Communications ISD 709

Denfeld Teacher Named Semi-Finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

   Jill Lofald, Denfeld High School, is one of 30 semifinalists for 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. A selection panel of 24 community leaders chose the semifinalists from an initial field of 123 candidates from across the state.

   The panel will meet again in late March to select about 10 finalists from among the group of semifinalists. The current Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Tom Rademacher, will announce his successor at a banquet May 3 at the Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

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Congratulations Duluth East Boys Hockey Team, on their way to their 7th consecutive State Tournament!

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FIRST Robotics Lake Superior and Northern Lights Regionals February 26, 27, and 28​ 

   The Duluth East Daredevils and Denfeld DNA  join over 120 robotics teams from across Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Illinois to compete in the 2015 FIRST Robotics Regionals this weekend at the DECC.   Teams will use new robots created over a six week build period.  They’ll play the new FIRST Robotics Competition challenge “Recycle Rush” in which robots stack square totes, cylindrical recycling bins and green pool noodles.  Teams are working to earn a spot in the World Championship in late April.

   Click here for a schedule of events.    

   The Daredevils are collaborating with the Duluth News Tribune on a third year journalism project, the Bluedevil Press, in conjunction with Blue Twilight from Eagen – click here for more information or check the Duluth East and Denfeld Robotics Team websites:

Denfeld DNA Robotics

Duluth East Daredevils

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Denfeld students gave a great showing at UMD’s Toothpick Bridge Competition, an event sponsored by the American

Society of Civil Engineers.  Thirteen schools with over 140 bridges participated. Special recognition goes to Dylan Salo for placing 3rd in the Most Aesthetically Pleasing Bridge category and to Luke Ellefson, Celise Miller and Savannah Walraven for having bridges that placed in the top 8 for Strongest Bridge. Their bridges held over 35 kilograms, which is almost 80 pounds. Also representing Denfeld in the event were Rachel Yagoda, Adrian Ferguson, Jamie Larson, Maggie Kaptonak, Ryan Gallant, Ben Gibson,Tommy Donlin, Lee Kohlin, Jordan Danielson, Alex Knuth, Shelby Johnson, Emily Mahle and Kayla Youngs.  Nice job Hunters!   

ISD 709 News

posted Feb 24, 2015, 5:29 PM by Communications ISD 709

Duluth School Board Honors Renier for Accomplishments in Science

   During their regular February meeting, Duluth School Board members took time to honor and recognize Tim Renier, Duluth East HS, for his accomplishments in the area of science.  They include, but are not limited to:

--Finalist in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF): advancing to the Intel ISEF in Pittsburgh,

Pennsylvania

--1st Place Project: advancing to the MN State Science and Engineering Fair in Bloomington, MN

--1st Place Paper: advancing to the Northeast Region Junior Science and Humanities Symposium  in Bloomington, MN

--Genius Olympiad Award: Selected to submit a project for the Genius Olympiad International Competition in Oswego, NY

--U.S. Surgeon General’s Public Health Award

--Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honors Society Award

--ASU Walton Sustainability Award: for a project involving social justice, environmental and economic prosperity: nomination for a trip to Arizona for a Sustainability Solutions Festival

--Alpha Delta Community Involvement Award

   Tim is also a recipient of the Scholar of Distinction Award from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation.  The award recognizes exceptional accomplishment, achievement and performance.  It is MDE's highest award and denotes that Tim has a substantial body of work in his content area, exceeded the requirements for graduation standards, engaged in a rigorous course of study and has completed an extraordinarily focused research project.

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Former Denfeld Student Leaves $100,000 Donation to ISD 709

   Jerome Clarence Miller attended Denfeld in the 1940’s, and according to his family, he had a great interest in horticulture and carpentry.  When Mr. Miller passed away, he directed that $100,000 should be given to our school district.   In recognition of Mr. Miller’s interests, plans are being made to use the funds in some way to support ISD 709 Career and Tech Ed programs.  

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State Releases Last Year’s 4-Year, On-Time Graduation Rates

   This week the Minnesota Department of Education released last year's 4-year, on-time graduation rates for Minnesota schools.   Results are available online for all high school programs in ISD 709 with a breakout for each school and each student group at www.education.state.mn.us.

   According to ISD 709 officials, the district continues to see a trend of upward and downward movement in the on-time graduation rate over time.  Last year’s overall 4-year, on-time graduation rate was down slightly, in contrast to the upward movement seen in 2013. The 5-year graduation rate was up, the 6-year rate remained relatively stable.

   “We’d like to see more stability and steady increases,” said Ed Crawford, Assistant Superintendent for ISD 709. “We expect that will happen as our schools continue to focus on achievement and on implementation of interventions.  We’ll also carefully review what’s working and what’s not and make changes as necessary.”

   Last spring and fall, several interventions were put into place to support student achievement.  They include, but are not limited to:

--Restructuring the ISD 709 organization to the instruction and support of students

--Professional Learning Communities

--WIN Time for Students

--Aligning Curriculum with State Standards

--Instructional Coaches

--An updated teacher evaluation system

--Professional development for teachers and staff

--Strategies to reduce out-of-school suspensions

 

2014 4-Year, On-Time Graduation Rates:

All ISD 709 Students:  74.84

Duluth East:  91.52

Denfeld:  78.74

Area Learning Center (Alternative Programs):  14.63

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Board Meeting Highlights Importance of School and Community Partnerships 

   The importance of school and community partnerships was highlighted during the February Education committee meeting.  Board members received information about the ISD 709 School and Community Partnership Manual, created through a two year grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, and some great work by the Myers-Wilkins Collaborative, United Way of Greater Duluth, Duluth LISC and Community Action Duluth. 

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ISD 709 Career and Technical Education Programs Discussed at Committee Meeting

   Duluth school board members received an overview of ISD 709 Career and Technical Education programs this month.  Opportunities for students include, but are not limited to Business, Communications, Medical Careers, Construction Occupations, Vocational Agriculture, Automotive Technology, Technical Careers, and Industrial Arts.  In March, high school students will have an opportunity to attend Construct Tomorrow, an event that provides hands-on experiences related to the construction trades.

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Food For Thought Student-Run Restaurant Opens March 3!

   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.  The restaurant opens for Spring semester on Tuesday March 3.

   Entrees range from $7 to $15 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.  Please plan to arrive between 11:20AM - 11:30AM for seating.

--Reservations are required: reserve and preorder at least 24 hours in advance by calling 218-336-8845 ext. 4055.

--For details and a full menu click here or go to www.ISD709.org, choose the Duluth East website and click the link at the top of the page.

--Upcoming Features (served with choice of soup or salad, homemade focaccia bread and choice of beverage.):

·         March 3, 4, 5:  Halibut Provencal En Papillote for $13

·         March 10, 11, 12:  Chicken Tetrazzini for $10

·         March 17, 18, 19: Tuscan Roast Leg of Lamb for $11

·         March 24, 25, 26: Duck Breast Ala Orange for $11

ISD 709 News

posted Feb 19, 2015, 8:04 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Feb 19, 2015, 12:58 PM ]

Each month, fifth graders from Congdon Park Elementary celebrate their giving spirit in the community through service learning projects.  In January, the students donated and delivered twenty four warm blankets to the Bethany Crisis Shelter in Duluth.  Some were hand-tied using donated fleece and some were purchased for donation.  In February, students made posters and decorated Mount Royal Pines Assisted Living Complex for Valentine’s Day.  

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INVITATION:   1st Annual Myers-Wilkins Community Black History Celebration February 25

   The celebration includes performances by the Myers-Wilkins World Beat Drummers and Kako’s Choir and a presentation by guest speaker Malaak Shabazz.  Ms. Shabazz works with the United Nations, delivering aid for women and children in developing countries.  She is the daughter of human rights activist Malcom X and Dr. Betty Shabazz.

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WHERE: Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, 1027 N. 8th Avenue East

TIME:    5:00PM Dinner (provided by St. Scholastica Students)

5:30PM Drum and Choir Performances

6:00PM Presentation by Ms. Shabazz followed by a dessert reception.  

For Information:  Duane Byrd, 218-336-8860 x2501 or 651-335-8331

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ISD 709 Transportation Manager Ken Willms and Bus Drive Jim Guzzo helped out with WDIO-TV10’s recent story on the importance of obeying school bus stop arm laws and helping keep students safe. 

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Several Ordean East Middle School students received 1st Place Awards at the 2015 NE Minnesota Regional Science Fair.  Dani Likar, Olivia Nelson, Shanze Hayee,  Erin Coleman, Josephine Fay, Teagan Flynn and Maari Rohrbaugh will represent Ordean East at the state science fair in March.  Congratulations also to 2nd place winners Max Thibault, Emily Archibald, Izzy Laderman and Sunna Mujteba, and 3rd place winners Nabiha Imtiaz and Emilia McGiffert

Students receiving special awards include:

--Erin Coleman, Josephine Fay:  NRRI Environmental Excellence Award and the ASM Materials Education

--Olivia Nelson, Shanzee Hayee:  Broadcom Masters Rising Stars

--Shanze Hayee:  UMD Biology Award, Lake Superior American Chemical Society

--Nabiha Imtiaz, Emilia McGiffert, Shanzee Hayee:  Northwoods Women in Science

--Izzy Laderman: American Indian Science and Engineering Prize

These young women are invited to attend the Northwoods Women in Science "Lunch with a Scientist" at the Aquarium.

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Five Denfeld students and three Duluth East students were recognized during a Duluth Rotary Club #25 meeting in January.  They made outstanding investment choices while learning and playing the Stock Market Game in their Futures/Independent Living high school classes.  From Denfeld:  Noe Diaz, Trevor Manisto, Bryce Hair, Ryan Orso, Phalecia Shogren.  From Duluth East:  Nick DarlingCaitlin KenneyAmber Tietge. 

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Shawn Roed, Duluth East High School Activities Director, received the Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  The award was presented in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance provided for better understanding and friendly relations among our community and area youth sports and activities. 

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Students and staff from the Area Learning Center High School participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients Campaign.  Working together they exceeded their goal and collected $132.79 to donate to the society!  

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Dan Richards, cellist from Duluth East HS, is competing in MN Varsity, sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio. Dan travelled to the MPR Studios to have his piece professionally recorded, that piece will air on Classical MPR in March.  Four of the finalists will be chosen by judges, with a fifth voted in by listeners March 23-29. To learn more about MPR’s MN Varsity and hear the initial recording submitted by Dan, click the link below: 

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/services/cms/features/ongoing/minnesota-varsity/

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ISD 709 News

posted Feb 12, 2015, 1:42 PM by Communications ISD 709

ISD 709 FY 2016 Budget Projections Maintain Investment to Support Class Size Reduction, Curriculum Updates and Student Achievement Strategies

   Duluth school board members received preliminary FY 2016 budget planning information during a committee of the whole meeting this week.  Additional budget meetings will be scheduled through March, with a final budget approved in June. 

   As a result of favorable adjustments made for K-12 education during the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions, along with passage of the 2013 Education Levy, the district is in a position to continue investments made to support class size reduction, curriculum updates and student achievement.

   While projections for next year present a surplus as a result of the pending sale of the Central property, the ability to sustain additional ongoing investments remains limited.  State per pupil funding is under discussion by the Minnesota legislature and will be included in the projections when their decision making process is more complete.  

   Board members reviewed and discussed ideas both for using budget funds efficiently and for increasing investment in strategies related to student achievement. 

   Click here for more detail.

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INVITATION: Denfeld Robotics Team Open House February 12, 5:00PM  Team DNA invites you to their Robot Reveal Open House Thursday, February 12 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Denfeld High School in room 1310. Look for signs leading to the room from the main entrance.  During the Open House, Team DNA will reveal their robot for the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition. The team spent six weeks working on their robot and look forward to showing it to the public and answering questions. For more information contact Coach Andy Gunderson at denfelddna@gmail.com 

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INVITATION:  Duluth East Daredevils 2015 Open House February 12, 7:00PM

The Duluth East Daredevils invite you to their 2015 Annual Open House where they will unveil their latest robot and its name. There will be a demonstration and previous robots will be displayed.  It will be an exciting night full of tasty treats, punch, good conversation, and of course, the Daredevils. Attendees will have the chance to interact with the robot and ask questions. The game this year will be Recycle Rush. This game focuses on the real life situation of recycling and going green for red.

Duluth East High School Library/Media Center 301 N. 40th Ave. E. 

February 12, 7:00PM-8:30PM

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INVITATION:  Free Community Event!  Ojibwe Story Telling February 25

   Join us on Wednesday, February 25, at the Gimaaji Building for dinner and story telling.  Mike "Migizi" Sullivan will be sharing traditional winter stories. Afterward, the kids can enjoy hearing "Esiban" and make their own puppets!

   This event is free and open to the public.  Dinner will be provided.

5:00PM-5:30PM Dinner

5:45PM-5:55PM Introductions

6:00PM-7:30PM Storytelling and activities

Gimaaji-minobimaadiziwin

212 W 2nd Street, Duluth

Contact Yolanda Goseyun 336-8700 x4172 or Diana Anstett x4166 for questions or more information.

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ISD 709 Kindergarten Roundup in March

   During Kindergarten Roundup, register children for the September 2015 school year, meet the teachers and principal and learn more about ISD 709 elementary schools. 

·         Free All Day, Every Day Kindergarten

·         90 minutes literacy (reading & writing) each day

·         60 minutes math

·         Art, Music, Phy. Ed., Media

·         Advanced academic opportunities and comprehensive interventions to boost reading and math skills

·         Guidance and support to help students learn responsibility, citizenship and respect

·         Parent and community partnerships to support education

Check www.ISD709.org for Kindergarten Roundup Dates & Times

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Denfeld Students To Participate in Science Immersion Program

   Thanks to a partnership with Wolf Ridge and the National Forest Service, a group of Denfeld students will participate in a high school science immersion program called SEAK (Scientists Eagerly Acquiring Knowledge) this spring.  Through SEAK, students will engage in meaningful, authentic field science and learn about a wide variety of outdoor professions. The program hopes to strengthen the Forest Service's connection with a local school and encourages students to pursue education and careers in the sciences. Classes will be held at Denfeld throughout the spring culminate with three weeks at Wolf Ridge ELC this summer.  To watch students from last year in action, visit http://youtu.be/jSlLFL0-NKk.

ISD 709 News

posted Feb 3, 2015, 11:36 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Feb 5, 2015, 6:26 AM ]

Denfeld High School Music Listening Team Earns Trip to State! 

   Denfeld High School students took 1st Place (Nikki Hill, Taylor Johnson, Karen Boynton) and 3rd Place (Andrew Nguyen, Dawkin Erceg, and Maria Puglisi) in regionals at the 2015 Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest.  Nikki, Taylor and Karen will advance to the State contest at Augsburg College in Minneapolis on Friday.  The Minnesota High School Music Listening Contest assists teachers in their efforts to expand the experiences of students and covers classical music, global perspectives and a variety of musical influences. 

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Duluth East and Eagen Team Up to Report on Robotics

   The Duluth East Daredevils and Eagen Blue Twilight are teaming up to spread the word about FIRST Robotics and STEM education.  They’ve created a team of novice reporters, photographers and writers to document regional competitions and receive journalism training from the staff at the Duluth News Tribune. 

   Stories will be in the Duluth News Tribune Friday and Saturday, February 27th-28th, 2015 and check their blog at http://bluedevilnews.areavoices.com/

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Dr. Anton Treuer spent a day in Duluth talking about equity, education, culture and raising student achievement

during training sessions for ISD 709 teachers and staff.
 
 Dr. Treuer is Executive Director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University.  He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.     

   Dr. Treuer is the Editor of Oshkaabewis Native Journal, the only academic journal of the Ojibwe language and has received more than 40 prestigious awards and fellowships from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. 

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Denfeld Graduate and Student Chef Matthew Johnson a Finalist in Game Day Grub Match!

   As one of 4 student teams from The Culinary Institute of America, Matthew and his teammate created a recipe called Tostitos Chiplotle Chicken Nachos.  They presented their recipe to an all-star cast of judges including Food Network chef Anne Burrell, celebrity chef David Burke, New York Jets Pro Bowl Center Nick Mangold, CIA Director of Food and Beverage Operations Waldy Malouf, and PepsiCo Corporate Executive Research Chef Stephen Kalil.

   To view the competition, go to www.gamedaygrubmatch.com.  Winners receive $5,000 in scholarship money.  

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ISD 709 Bullying Prevention Policy Incorporates Community Input

   Members of the ISD 709 Bullying Prevention Committee met in January to review parent, student, staff and community input and are using it to update the current ISD 709 bullying prevention policy.   Thoughts and advice were gathered through meetings held by ISD 709 and the city of Duluth, and through student, staff and community surveys.  The Duluth School Board adopted the Minnesota School Board Association’s Model Bullying Prohibition policy last summer as a foundation for involving the community.

   Once the revisions are drafted, the Committee will seek feedback from stakeholders and then bring the revised policy to the Education Committee and School Board for approval.   

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Accomplishments, Activities, Appreciation

--Congratulations to Joshua Peterson from Duluth East High School for winning First Place and to Nikki Hill, Denfeld High School, for taking Second Place in the DSSO 2015 Young Artist Competition. Josh and Nikki were competing with students from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.  Josh was awarded a scholarship, and the opportunity to perform Bruch’s Romanze for Viola and Orchestra with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra at the Young People’s Concert on February 27. 

--Duluth East HS Orchestra students Ji-Won Choi (violin), Josh Peterson (viola), Marissa Faerber, Madeleine Monson Geerts, and Dan Richards (cello) were selected for the 2015 All-State Orchestra. All-State is a program to develop the finest musicians and leaders among Minnesota's most accomplished high school students.  They attended an intense All-State orchestra camp this past summer and will be reconvening with other All-State winners on February 14, for their performance at Symphony Hall in Minneapolis for the Minnesota Music Educator Association convention.

--Duluth East HS Orchestra students Lucie Han (violin), Jubran Jindeel and Henry Paton (cello), were selected to perform at the MSOTA Middle Level Honor Orchestra.  They will join together with other accomplished young string players from the state for a performance on February 14, at the Minneapolis Convention Center as part of the Minnesota Music Educator Association convention.

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Students from Duluth East High School participated in the Regional Competition of Business Professionals of America in Grand Rapids and took home many awards.  They’re now eligible for the State competition in Minneapolis in March.  Awards include, but are not limited to:

Jim Anderson:  1st Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts; 1st Computer Security

Mallorie Anderson:  1st Global Marketing Team

Garrett Bock: 1st Financial Math and Analysis Concepts; 1st Basic Office Systems and Procedures

Sarah Bosshart: 1st Global Marketing Team

Carlie Breiland-Marshall: 1st Global Marketing Team

Jessical Bull: 2nd Medical Office Procedures

Ethan Clay: 2nd Small Business Management Team

Caitlin Crawl: 1st Keyboarding Production; 1st Fundamental Word Processing Skills; 1st Parliamentary Procedure Concepts

Allie Davidson: 1st Medical Office Procedures; 1st Advanced Office Systems and Procedures

Patsy Davidson: 3rd Medical Office Procedures

Whitney Garden: 1st Administrative Support Concepts

Iyzaya Gill: 2nd Computer Network Technology; 2nd Small Business Management Team

Gretta Johnson: 1st Banking and Finance

Libby Johnson: 2nd Economic Research Project/Individual; 2nd Financial Math and Analysis Concepts

Karama Langenbrunner: 2nd Payroll Accounting

Frans-Lukas Lovenvald: 1st C++ Programming; 1st JAVA Programming; 1st Computer Programming Concepts; 1st Network Administration Using Microsoft

Makenna Paquette: 2nd Basic Office Systems and Procedures

Tessa Paquette: 4th Business Meeting Management Concepts

Rachel Turner:  2nd Parliamentary Procedure Concepts

Jonah Wehr: 1st Personal Finance Management Concepts

Abby Wright: 4th Digital Desktop Publishing

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