Duluth School Board Honors Back-To-School Program
During their regular September meeting, members
of the Duluth School Board recognized Deb Wagner, ISD 709 Homeless Program
Coordinator, and Meg Kearns, Distributive Director for CHUM, for their efforts
to provide back to
school support for children and families in need.
For over 10 years, CHUM, their community
partners and the ISD 709 Homeless program have worked together to ensure
backpacks and school supplies, along with other back to school resources, are
available for at risk children. Over 800
backpacks and supplies are provided each year through CHUM’s Adopt-A-Backpack
program. Donations come from community
members and organizations and other CHUM partners. Since 2002, CHUM has
collected at least 7,000 backpacks to children in need.
Backpacks and supplies are distributed
through the ISD 709 Back to School Fair. This fair
provides parents and students an opportunity to access school and community
resources that assist with the start of school.
Those interested in donating to the
Adopt-A-Backpack program may contact Meg Kearns at 218-727-2391 or email@example.com.
ISD 709 Projected Pay 2015 Levy
Below State Average
September School Board meeting, administrators provided a preliminary levy
estimate to the school board, emphasizing that the numbers would be adjusted as
the district receives more information from the Minnesota Department of
to the preliminary estimate the pay 2015 maximum levy would be an increase of
about 1.9% or $613,000. This is below the statewide average projected by
MDE of about 5.9% for all school districts.
The estimates were
developed in preparation for the maximum levy certification process required by
MDE. A final levy will be calculated and presented to the School Board for
approval in December.
Preliminary Pay 2015 Estimate:
Pay 2014 Levy
Pay 2015 Levy
Prior Year Levy:
Pay 2015 Levy (estimated):
Prior Year Levy:
Pay 2015 Levy (estimated):
Prior Year Levy:
Pay 2015 Levy (estimated)
Preliminary Pay 2015 Maximum Levy (DRAFT)
Duluth Community Family Resource Fair
opportunity to connect with people, services, and information to help your
Housing * Education *Employment *Health/
* Financial Assets Building *Child Care
* Youth Programs
Tuesday, September 23rd 4-6 p.m.
Myers-Wilkins Elementary School,
1027 North 8th Avenue East Duluth, MN
--Nutritious, locally grown snacks
--Activities for all ages
--Child care during mini-classes
from agencies and businesses about their services with the community
to participate in a community survey to learn about the effectiveness of the
event, what services/opportunities families and
community members would like to see offered at specific school sites,
and how they would like to participate in this initiative
more information or if you need a ride, contact: Kathy Bogen, 218-940-1593 firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is
organized by the Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative, Duluth LISC, ISD
709 Families in Transitions Program, and Community Action Duluth. The Fair is made possible through a Health
Equity grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation.
Colorful China Touring Performance Troupe
Monday September 29, 6:00PM –
Duluth East High School
301 North 40th
Avenue East, Duluth MN
China opens with Chinese folk dance and ends with Chinese Traditional
Instrument Orchestra. Combining Cucurbit
Flute, Bamboo Flute, two-string Chinese violin, dulcimer, Pipa, Chinese Drum
and others. Performers from the 12 colleges of Capital Normal University, they
are counted among the best college student troupes in Beijing. On its first visit to the U.S., the troupe is
making stops in Duluth, Minneapolis, Crookston and Buffalo City.
Free Admission, Sponsored by
The Confucius Institute
more information: email@example.com
Local Pheasants Forever Partners with Duluth East Students to Create
Pheasants Forever of St. Louis & Carlton
County has partnered with Duluth East High School’s “Green Club” and Agriculture/Natural
Resources students to create a pollinator habitat between the Lakewalk and the
school parking lot, continuing along 40th Avenue East.
This pollinator project establishes a
long-term ecologically sound landscape that is adapted to the specific site and
will add distinctive aesthetics which will be enjoyed by those using the Duluth
Lakewalk, and provides a valuable learning environment for students of Duluth
East High School. This location will be designed to favor the attraction,
survival, and reproduction of pollinators, as well as providing a Monarch weigh
station along the butterfly’s migration path.
ISD 709 is offering surplus items for auction on the Public
Surplus Auction Website (www.publicsurplus.com). Search for items
under Independent School District 709, Minnesota. Twelve
items are currently up for auction, including multiple computer
tables. Next week additional items will be added including
shop equipment, exercise equipment and antique cabinets. All items must be
picked up by the successful bidder at their own expense. All items are sold “as
is.” Items can be viewed Monday to Friday from 9:00AM – 11:00AM at
Central High School, 800 East Central Entrance in Duluth (use Blackman Avenue
access). For more information: 218-336-8905.
Duluth Parks and Recreation's FREE School Year Open Skate program
has started and runs through May 27, 2015 at the Duluth Heritage
Sports Center, 120 S. 30th Ave. W. Free Open Skating will be offered
almost every Wednesday evening on days when school is in session
from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and also during scheduled school release
days. Limited skates are available to use for free. Information on
special events and school release skating hours are available at www.duluthmn.gov/parks/programsactivities/ and notifications
go out on their Facebook page, DuluthParksMN. Grab your family and your
skates and get out on the best indoor ice surface in
Every Wednesday that school is in session: Sept
10-May 27 | 6:30-8:00PM
MEA School Release Days: October
16 & 17 | 2:00-4:00PM
Special Skating Parties 6:30-8:00PM:
Skate & Scare, Oct. 29
Gobbler Glide, Nov. 26
Santa Skate, Dec. 17
Skate for the Heart, Feb. 11
Friday, Dec. 26, 2:00-4:00PM
Monday, Dec. 29, 10:30-12:30
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 10:30-12:30
Friday, Jan. 2, 2:00-4:00PM
Mid-Winter Break: February 16-20 |
Spring Break: April 6-10 | 2:00-4:00PM
From the Minnesota Department of Health: Enteroviruses
Enteroviruses have been in the news recently. They can
cause a variety of illnesses.
Symptoms: Your child may have cold-like
symptoms with fever. Sore throat, mouth sores, rash, vomiting and
diarrhea are the most common symptoms. If your child is infected, it
may take 3 to 6 days for symptoms to start.
Spread: By coughing or sneezing, touching contaminated hands,
surfaces or objects, eating or drinking contaminated food or beverages
Contagious Period: During symptoms and
as long as the virus is in the stool. This could be for several
nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Use a tissue or your
sleeve. Dispose of used tissues.
hands after touching anything that could be contaminated with the secretions
from the mouth or nose or with stool and before preparing food or eating.
and disinfect any objects that come in contact with stool or secretions from
the nose or mouth. This includes toilets (potty chairs), sinks,
toys, diaper changing areas, and surfaces. Use a product that kills
If you think your child has an Enteroviral infection:
Tell your childcare provider or call the school.
Need to stay home?
Childcare: Yes, until diarrhea and
vomiting have stopped.
School: No, unless the child is not feeling well and/or has
diarrhea and needs to use the bathroom frequently.
--Members of the Ordean East Middle School eCybermission
Program “Dr. D.O.R.K.” Team earned a First Place State Award for 7th grade
in the 2014 competition! Hard work and interest in
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) shows they have what it
takes to be future STEM leaders for our nation.
--Five Duluth East High School students have been named 2015
National Merit Semi-Finalists: Ji-Won Choi, Alyssa
Everson, Henry French, Devin Johnson, and Derick Rossell. Approximately
1.4 million juniors entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by
taking the October 2013 PSAT test. Semi-Finalists represent less than one
percent of the US high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants
in each state.
--Duluth East High School AP Scholars: East
gave 262 Advanced Placements exams to 204 students in May of 2014. Of
those students, 28 were granted various levels of Scholar status with an
overall average score of 3.95 (on a 5 point scale). Nineteen students
received an AP Scholar Award for achieving a score of 3 on
three or more AP exams; 4 students received an AP Scholar with Honor
Award for scoring an average of 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores
of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams; 4 students received an AP
Scholar with Distinction for scoring at least a 3.5 average on all AP
exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams; and one
student received a National AP Scholar award for scoring at
least a 4 on all AP exams, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of
--Deb Hannu presented during a national webinar on the Model
Cornerstone Assessments for the new National Standards for the Visual Arts. The
new standards provide models for assessment in the art classroom that can be
adapted to instructional units and tailored to local teaching and learning
--Lynn Tuomi, Library Media Specialist for Piedmont and
Lakewood Elementaries, received a $199 grant from the Digital Wish List
Foundation to support digital citizenship curriculum. The Digital
Citizenship Unit includes important lessons in Digital Citizens and the
Internet; Cyber Safety; Safety Skits for Reinforcement; and Copyright in the
Classroom. Lesson plan extensions and extra projects are
2014 ACT College Entrance Exam Results
ISD 709 outperforms national average
The District’s average composite score on the
ACT has remained steady, with a composite score of 22.9 (last year
23.0). This is consistent with the state average, and is well above
the national average.
The percentage of students meeting college
readiness benchmarks was higher than the state in the areas of English and
Social Science, and lower in Biology and Algebra. The percentage of
students meeting college readiness benchmarks was higher than the nation in
English, Algebra, Social Science, and Biology.
Students of color are underrepresented in the
results. This will change next year when all Minnesota juniors will take the ACT, free of charge,
as part of new graduation requirements approved by the 2013 Legislature.
Think Kids 2015 to Include Review of Boundaries
Review process will take place over the next school year, in
preparation for September 2015
During last year’s 2014 Think Kids
conversation, community members were asked to review data and provide input
regarding elementary school enrollments and boundaries throughout the city and
provide thoughts regarding class size management.
The process will continue this school year,
with an overall goal of supporting student achievement by ensuring all schools
have enough students to provide flexibility in managing class size and limit
the potential of future overcrowding. While the primary emphasis
will be on possible adjustments to elementary boundaries, data regarding the
middle school/high school boundary will also be included in the process.
Steps will be taken to keep parents, staff and
community member informed and provide opportunities for input into the decision
making process. Steps will also be taken to provide the detailed
data and analysis necessary to help make informed decisions.
More information at www.ISD709.org
Teachers Work Together to Improve Student Achievement
PLCs Approved for 2014-15
When educators work together strategically,
student achievement increases. With that in mind, members of the Duluth
Federation of Teachers approved implementation of Professional
Learning Communities (PLCs) throughout all of our schools this year.
Teachers will have more opportunities to work with their colleagues to
improve instruction, share best practices, and insure all students are learning
everything they need to be successful.
More Student Help Time
WIN Approved for 2014-15
At the high school level, implementation
of PLCs will also create a half-hour within the school day for students to
engage in enrichment activities (college/career readiness and planning, extra
academic support). This time period is referred to as WIN (What I Need).
2013-14 ISD 709 State Test
On Tuesday August
26 the Minnesota Department of Education released the
2013-2014 state test results. State tests include the results of the MCA,
MCA-Modified, and MTAS (“all accountability tests”). Consistent with AYP and
MMR calculations, results are reported for students enrolled October 1 in ISD 709. A detailed review will be provided at the September Education
2013-2014 Reading: Overall, most ISD 709 schools increased
in proficiency and the District percent proficient is consistent with the state
average. The District’s increase outpaced the the state.
- Most grades increased in
proficiency, with the biggest gains in grade 5 (7.5 points) and grade 7
- Subgroups that increased
proficiency include Free/Reduced, Black, and American Indian.
- Proficiency increased, and at a
faster rate, for students who are not of color, who are not from poverty
and who are not receiving special education services, which widens the
- Focus and Priority schools
(Laura MacArthur, Lincoln Park, Piedmont) saw significant gains. Our
Continuous Improvement school (Stowe) also saw a significant increase.
2013-2014 Math: Overall, the District increased in percent proficient and the
majority of schools increased in proficiency. The state’s proficiency
- All grades increased in
proficiency. The biggest gains were in grade 5 (11.1 points) and
grade 7 (6.1 points). A new test was introduced for students in grade 11,
so year-to-year comparisons cannot be made.
- All subgroups increased in
- As with Reading, proficiency
increased for students who are not of color, not from poverty and not
receiving special education services, which widens the achievement gap for
- Schools seeing steady increases
in proficiency include:
- Lincoln Park (13.8 since
- Lowell (10 since 11-12)
- Laura MacArthur (37.1 since
- Myers-Wilkins (15.2 since
- Piedmont (8.6 since 10-11)
- Stowe (9.7 since 11-12)
- Ordean East (10.3 since 11-12)
- East (10.4 points since 11-12)
2013-2014 MCA Science: Overall District proficiency increased
and each grade increased over last year.
- The District increased
proficiency at a rate faster than the state.
- About half of the schools
increased proficiency and half decreased.
- Results in several schools
demonstrate the power of teachers working together to address student
needs. We’re working to give all teachers this opportunity through
Professional Learning Communities.
- Individual student data will
continue to guide instruction.
- Investments have been made in
curriculum alignment and updated materials to help meet student needs.
Duluth School Board Honors True North
AmeriCorps Support for Education
During their regular August meeting, the Duluth School Board took time
to recognize True North AmerCorps for its support of on-time graduation,
ensuring that youth are prepared for academic, civic and economic success. A program of the Duluth Area
Family YMCA, they partner with nonprofits, schools, and community agencies to
serve Duluth and Proctor. This year True North AmeriCorps members will help
support reading and math interventions during the school day and academic
support and engagement activities after school in collaboration with
Tracie Clanaugh Branch Executive Director/Community Services
for the YMCA accepted the recognition on behalf of the
School Board Approves Bullying
In August, the Duluth School Board adopted the Minnesota School Board Association's Model
Bullying Prohibition Policy as a foundation for involving the community
and developing meaningful compliance with the state’s Safe Schools Act. The Act
requires school districts to rewrite their existing anti-bullying policies and train
staff to prevent, identify, and respond to bullying.
Denfeld, Duluth East Robotics Teams Present to
During the August Education Committee
meeting, students from the Denfeld and Duluth East Robotics Teams presented a
demonstration to the Duluth School Board and provided a recap of their
successful seasons. Both teams
participate in FIRST Robotics, which prides itself in gracious professionalism
and “coopertition.” The organization focuses
on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Graduates from local teams, such as the Duluth
East Daredevils, have obtained internships at major FIRST sponsors, machining
companies, and NASA right out of high school.
Denfeld Hunters Cheer Team
Receives 2014 Herkie Award
Denfeld cheerleaders received the 2014 Herkie Award during the National
Cheerleading Association (NCA) summer camp hosted by the College of St.
Scholastica. The NCA teaches young cheerleaders
how to be leaders on and off the field, within their schools and communities. The award is named after NCA founder Lawrence
“Herkie” Herkimer and is given to the team that exemplifies qualities of leadership,
teamwork and strong values.
The Denfeld cheerleaders spent four days at the NCA camp attending
classes and workshops, polishing their routines and competing daily. The
Denfeld cheerleaders took home numerous awards including two ribbons for
outstanding performance and two ribbons for excellent performance in the
competitions, which judged cheers, chants and stunts. They also received the
trophy for the 2014 NCA Chant Champions as well as the coveted Spirit Award.
Denfeld Robotics Team Alliance Wins Inaugural Gitchi Gummi Competition
The Duluth East
Daredevils Robotics Team hosted the first Minnesota full court summer
competition at East High School for 8 teams across the upper Midwest. The teams competed in last year’s game,
“Aerial Assist,” on a full FIRST Robotics playing field.
The winning alliance was Denfeld Nation
Automation “DNA” Robotics Team 4009 and Team 2169
KING TeC from Prior Lake, MN. The Duluth East Daredevils Team 2512 and Team 876
from Northwood, ND took second place in the competition.
Superintendent, Principal, Fly with US Navy Blue Angels
Superintendent Bill Gronseth and Duluth East
High School Principal Laurie Knapp had an opportunity to fly with US Navy Blue
Angel #7 Lt. Ryan Chamberlain this week during the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo.
“It’s amazing to get a firsthand look at what these pilots and their aircraft
are able to do,” said Gronseth. “It was the experience of a lifetime. My sincere thanks to the US Navy Blue Angels
for providing us this opportunity.”
Duluth East Captains Start Leadership Training Program
The Certified Team Captain program at Duluth
East kicked off on Thursday August 14 with presenter Craig Hillier and 59
Captains from Fall, Winter and Spring Sports. The course provides leaders the
tools and strategies to have a season of significance by completing a
comprehensive online leadership training program that will certify each
participant upon completion.
"I believe the Certified Team Captain
online course, materials, and workshops have started us down the path of
positive change in our culture at Duluth East. It has provided our leaders with
a solid level of leadership understanding and skills, which will enable our
young leaders to create positive relationships and lead with class and on and
off the field of play,” said Shawn Roed, Duluth East AD.
Certified Team Captain training is a blend
of interactive surveys, videos by Craig Hilliar, a nationally recognized author
and speaker, interviews with top-notch athletes and speakers, articles and
exercises on leadership, online workbooks and meetings throughout the year.
School Board Receives Information on School Gardens, Healthy Eating
the August Education Committee Meeting, Jamie
Zak, from Duluth Community Gardens, presented an overview of the School Garden
Projects and Healthy Eating Initiatives activities from the past two
years. The project was funded by the
Duluth Community Garden and Community Transformation Grant that will sunset in
Zak also presented information regarding a
Regional School Garden Bus Tour available September 13.
Regional School Garden Bus Tour
Catered lunch available at $10 each
Saturday, September 13, 2014
8:45AM board the bus at/4:00PM return to
Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 West Third Street, Duluth
Mileage to bus stop reimbursed for regional
Contact Jamie Zak, 218-310-7662 or
--Lincoln Park Middle School in Duluth: Start here 8:45am, End here 4:00pm
3215 West Third Street, Duluth, MN 55806 –
Front of Building
A project underway with many building and
installation take-away lessons
Kelley School in Silver Bay: Amazing
edible schoolyard!!! The “Fruit Bowl”,
brick oven, school garden, greenhouse and on-site institutional worm composting
Harbors High School: A courtyard
garden and fruit trees well-supported by the school and community. Catered
lunch here: $10.00
High School in Duluth: Newly-developed
agriculture science and extra-curricular-integrated
Park Elementary School in Duluth: Parent-community-supported
garden with connection to classroom and cafeteria
Elementary School in Duluth: 8,
4x12-foot, handicap-accessible raised-beds for use in various academic and
social program areas
2014 Duluth East
Athletic Association (DEAA) Golf Classic, Lester Park Golf Course, Sunday
September 21 - Rain or Shine
4-5 Person Scramble. Schedule:
18 Hole Registration begins @ 9:15am
18 Hole Shotgun Start @ 10:00 am
9 Hole Registration begins @ 11:15am
9 Hole Shotgun Start @ noon
Luncheon and Ceremony @ 2:30-ish
Fees (Includes Golf, golf cart and luncheon)
18 Holes - $65 per person
9 Holes - $55 per person
only - $15 per person
Send Registration &
Check to: DEAA, Duluth East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East, Duluth, MN
55804. Registrations are requested by
September 15th, with payment due on September 21. The Duluth East Athletic Association is a
fundraising booster club for all Duluth East Athletic Teams. 100% of the monies
raised goes to the teams. DEAA has raised >$300,000 since 1989.
information: Brett Hauer @ 218-481-4600, firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Offers Free Class
Family-to-Family is a free class for family members and
friends of individuals with a serious mental illness. The class begins on Sunday, September 7,
5:30pm-8:30pm, and continues for 12 weeks. The location is the
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, 835 W College Street.
Preregistration is required, please contact Barb at 218-728-4397 or Cindy
at 218-355-8928. For other free classes
and support groups go to www.namihelps.org.
Area Learning Center Open House and Registration for the 2014-15
Tuesday September 2, 2014
8;00AM – 5:00PM
Join us for a BBQ from 11:30AM-1:00PM
students ages 15-20 for Seat based and Independent study programs
Plan to register, meet the staff, get
your schedule and get your locker
ISD 709's Channel 22 Has Moved! Charter Communications moved ISD 709’s
Channel 22 to Channel 187.
Learn Innovative Ways to Use Technology at Tech Camp 2014
100 teachers and administrators attended Tech Camp 2014 at Duluth East High
School in August, learning innovative ways to use technology in the classroom. The event was organized by the ISD 709
Department of Innovation and is designed to help teachers adopt new
technologies and use them to engage students and support critical thinking,
collaboration, communication and
“Imagine what it’s like for teachers, facing
a room full of students that already have a full set of impressive skills –
utilizing the web, social media, interactive video, audio, digital photography
and more - and are putting those skills to use on a daily basis,” said
Superintendent Bill Gronseth. “Today’s
young people are consumers and creators of information; they’re accustomed to
immediate access to data and are gaining it through technology…as educators and
adults, we can provide a model for students in the use of technology as a tool
Hunter Hall of Fame Honors 2014 Inductees
Twelve outstanding individuals were inducted
into the Denfeld Hunter Hall of Fame during a special ceremony held
August 2. Nominations were made based on
individual school and life achievements. 2014 Hall Of Fame Inductees include:
James Banovetz: Senior fellow and founder of Northern Illinois University’s Center for
Endrizzi: English teacher/speech
coach whose career spanned nearly 30 years at Denfeld High School, inducted
into the Hurley High School Hall of Fame in 2013
Minnesota’s chief public defender
Gatlin: Elected to the Minnesota
Aviation Hall of Fame in 2000
Harteau: Minneapolis police
Heffernan: Longtime columnist
and editorial page assistant at the Duluth News Tribune
: Member of the U.S.
Olympic Ski Team at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria
: Professor at the
University of Minnesota, published more than 50 professional articles and
reports and co-authored “Health Politics and Policy,” now in its fifth printing
Corporate vice president at General Motors, introduced the “Seville” that made Cadillac
the top luxury car company in the nation
: Owner of the Puglisi
Gun Emporium, one of the premier gun shops in the nation
: Renowned Minnesota
: 40 years in the Denfeld
High School office as secretary to the principal
Check the Denfeld Alumni Association website
for more detail about these amazing graduates of Denfeld High School. www.denfeldalumni.com
For Duluth Community Education Schedule of Classes and Activities September 6
The Duluth Community Education
Fall 2014 schedule of classes and activities will be published September 6 with
the Duluth Budgeteer News. It will also
be available online for viewing and secure registration at
offers opportunities to learners of all ages through:
- KEY Zone
school-age care and academic enrichment
- Adult basic
enrichment and youth activities - take a class in computers, music, yoga,
cooking, painting, fitness, social media, much more - something for
These programs are open
to any area resident, are affordable and close to home.
For more information about our programs email: email@example.com
or call 218-336-8760 or visit www.ISD709.org. Celebrate the new season with us, see
you at class!
Save the Date – September 20 UDAC Walk a Mile In Our Shoes
Please join us for
Udac’s seventh annual Walk a Mile In Our Shoes to help support
STEPS, Udac’s specialized fitness center. STEPS’ specialty is providing a safe
and supportive environment for people with disabilities to exercise.
Walk a Mile will be held on:
Date: September 20th
Place: UMD’s Malosky Stadium
Time: 9:00AM – 12Noon
In addition to the
walk, there will be food and a number of fun activities for folks of all ages.
UMD athletes will be staffing various sport stations like football, basketball
volleyball and softball, plus there will be a variety of games for the whole
family to enjoy. Come and walk a mile,
or more, have some fun and help raise money for an important community program
For more information call, Dana or Laurie at
Congratulations--This summer, students from Denfeld High School participated in the Scott D. Anderson Leadership Forum.
The Forum provides high-quality, values-based leadership training and development opportunities for youth. Participating students: Ryan Benson, Lucy Billings, Kaitlin Marsaa, Brianna Montgomery, Thomas Stolee, Zane Peterson, Tyler Eaton, Liz Bergh, Crystal Armstrong and Chloe Conito- Page.
--The Duluth East Daredevils Robotic Team received a $5,000 check from the Lahti Foundation during a Duluth Huskies Baseball game in July. The Daredevils brought their robot, Control Y, to throw foam Huskies baseballs for children to catch on the field.
--Jake Turner, Duluth East, was named to the Minnesota State High School League Baseball Coaches Association All State Team for 2014. Turner was also honored as the Duluth News Tribune’s baseball player of the year. Chris Olson, Frankie Hanson and Jake Turner, Duluth East, were named to the Tribunes All Area Team for 2014.
--John Rudolph, Duluth East Baseball coached was recently honored by being named to the Play Ball Minnesota North coach staff. He coached the north squad with Kyle Wojtysiak of Proctor and Frank Ivancich of Ely.
School Board Recognizes ISD 709 Child Nutrition Department
During their regular July meeting, Duluth
School Board members took time to recognize the ISD 709 Child Nutrition
Department for passing rigorous federal and state audits. Representatives
accepting the award include:
--Pam Bowe, Manager and
--Sheila Oak, Area Supervisor
--Betsy Sislo, Site
--Kathie Johnson, Cafe
Manager, Duluth East High School
--Debbie Mckowski, Cafe
Manager, Ordean East
--Liz Russell, Cafe Manager,
--Jodi Puff, Summer Cafe
Manager, Lester Park
--Patti Barber, Cafe Manager,
Laura Mac Arthur
--Wendy Wakefield, Cafe
--Susan Geissler, Cafe
Earlier this year, food service programs at
Duluth East, Lakewood and Ordean East passed a rigorous Federal/State audit by
the Minnesota Food and Nutrition Department.
The ISD 709 Child Nutrition program also passed a Summer Audit and
Review conducted by the US Department of Agriculture with flying colors. School
district food service programs are regularly audited and must pass to remain
part of the USDA food service program.
The audits reviewed many areas including,
but not limited to: Student applications; Daily
business procedures in the kitchens, managers’ office and Child Nutrition Main
office; HACCP compliance; Health Department Reports; Breakfast
and lunch menu analysis (both nutritional and financial); ISD 709
Wellness policy, sanitation, daily meal counts, the monthly financial claim and
The auditors were complimentary
of the systems in place to serve appetizing meals to students within USDA/State
Accepts National Award for Think Kids Project
During its annual conference
in July, the National School Public Relations Association presented ISD 709
with a 2014 Gold Medallion Award for the Think Kids Community
Conversation. Superintendent Bill
Gronseth accepted the award on behalf of all those who worked on this important
“There were many people
involved in helping make Think Kids successful, from city, business and
non-profit leaders to parents, students, teachers and staff,” said
Gronseth. “We know amazing things can
happen when the community works together to support education and Think Kids is
a great example.”
The Gold Medallion Award is the
highest award given by the Association in recognition of outstanding school communication programs.
Social Studies Adoption
The K-5 Social Studies
Committee has completed the curriculum review process for Elementary Social
Studies. As a result of this extensive
review, which included curriculum writing, review/aligning benchmarks, and evaluating
materials from several vendors, it was determined that the components required
for Social Studies delivery, as well as content literacy needs, will best be
met with the purchase of the Pearson-Prentice Hall My World Social Studies
The components of this
program fit the need for social studies delivery as well as content literacy
and allows for flexibility in terms of instructional texts and leveled readers
to promote growth in reading among diverse learners. The total cost of the adoption is
7 and 8 Social Studies Adoption
The Middle School Social
Studies Committee, including all middle school social studies teachers, has
completed the curriculum review process for Middle School Social Studies. Based on an extensive review process, which
included reviewing/aligning benchmarks, curriculum writing, and evaluating
materials, it was determined that Pearson-Prentice Hall American History and My
World Geography are the best fit with regards to benchmarks.
For example, the American
History text fits the unique time period set out by the benchmarks as it is a
custom Minnesota version and the overall layout of the text and individual
pages is student-friendly and at the appropriate level. Differentiated reading level materials are
available and included. The total cost
of the adoption is $122,048.64.
YouthTheatre presents “Constellation
Revelation and the Big Space”
Students in the Hillside
Youth Theatre program at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School are excited to perform
an original musical play production, Constellation Revelation and The Big
Space. The public is invited to attend.
Matinee Performances: July 23, 24, and 25 at 1:00PM
Performances: July 24 (special
fund raising event beginning at 5:00 with appetizers, music, and
auction, $15 donation; play performance 7:00PM) and July 25 at 7:00PM
Performances will be held in the Myers-Wilkins Auditorium at East
High School (301 N. 40th Ave. East)
Admission is free (with the exception of the July 24 evening
must be accompanied by an adult.
The script, written by local playwright Jean
Sramek, takes the audience on a comedic adventure as they explore the mysteries
and wonders of space through different historical and cultural perspectives.
Mythology and science entwine as characters take you on an adventure
through the universe to unravel the mystery about the true identification of
For More Information: Jen Eddy,
Ph: 218-336-8860 x8 or Jen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Minnesota Immunization Laws
laws protect everyone because high immunization levels prevent disease
outbreaks. Minnesota has various laws requiring immunizations for children
and adults enrolled in child care, school, and college settings. Legal
exemptions are allowed - both for medical reasons and conscientiously held
Laws require all students to provide documentation of vaccination or a legal
exemption in order to enroll or remain enrolled in school or in a childcare
--Students whose families do not provide documentation of
vaccination or a legal exemption may be excluded from school.
--We want all children to be in school – please take steps to
provide documentation of vaccination or to file legal exemption with your
new state immunization requirements for schools, child care and early childhood
programs begin September 1, 2014. They include new requirements for students
entering 7th Grade and students enrolled in childcare and early childhood
--For a list of required immunizations, check the August
ISD 709 Back To School Packet for a list of Frequently Asked Questions and
the “Are Your Kids Ready?” Immunization Schedule. Or, check the
Minnesota Department of Health Website: www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/immunize/arekidsnew.pdf
--To obtain documentation of your child’s vaccinations,
contact your healthcare provider or call the Minnesota Immunization
Information Connection at 651-201-5503 or 1-800-657-3970.
--To have your child immunized contact your healthcare
provider or the St. Louis County Department of Health at 218-725-5210 or toll
-- Parents may file a medical exemption signed by a health care
provider or a conscientious objection signed by a parent/guardian and notarized.
Notary services are
available at no cost through ISD 709 Administration. Please call to make an
--ISD 709 Office of the Superintendent: 218-336-8752
--ISD 709 Human Resources: 218-336-8718
--ISD 709 Business Services: 218-336-8704
Notary services may also be available at low or no cost from
banks, county government centers, local city hall or city managers.
Information Available from the MN Department of Health:
Board Approves FY 2015 Budget Investments to Reduce Class Size, Raise
Achievement and Update Curriculum
During the June 17 meeting, the
School Board approved the budget 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
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.
2014-15 General Fund Reserve Projected at $9.6
The ISD 709 General Fund Reserve is
projected at about $9.6 million for 2014-15.
Board policy requires maintenance of a reserve of about 10% of
expenditures and building the reserve comes with
recommendation from Moody’s Investor Service and the ISD 709 Community Finance
Committee in order to provide financial stability.
School Board Honors Pheasants Forever of St. Louis/Carlton County for Outdoor
During their regular June
meeting, members of the Duluth School Board took time to recognize Pheasants
Forever of St. Louis & Carlton County for its work in creating the Habitat
for Homecroft outdoor classroom and donating curriculum and equipment to the
school. Phil Storsteen, Chapter President; Matthew Bremer, Chapter Vice
President; and David Lood, Chapter Youth Director, were present for the
Habitat for Homecroft
helps provide hands-on learning about wildlife ecology, conservation and biology
within a natural environment. Curriculum and equipment donated by Pheasants
Forever will allow all grades to explore, photograph and study nature with a
"hands-on" approach in the outdoor
classroom. During the meeting Pheasants Forever presented a check for $2,500 to ISD 709 to support the Lester Park Elementary School Forest bridge project.
709 Teachers Work Together To Align Curriculum
Nearly 100 ISD 709 elementary,
middle and high school teachers are working this summer to review and revise
curriculum documents used to demonstrate alignment to the latest Minnesota
standards and benchmarks. Aligning curriculum is akin to creating a map which
shows, step by step, where classrooms are going with each subject and how
they’re going to get there.
Both the Minnesota Department
of Education and school districts review and update their curricular “maps” for
mathematics, English language arts, science and social studies on a regular
“This is the real work of
educators,” said Superintendent Bill Gronseth. “To be in deep discussions about
what we want our students to know and be able to do as a result of their
educational career in ISD 709 and how we ensure all students have continued
access to an excellent education.”
Aligning curriculum to state
standards is an important goal in the ISD 709 4-year Continuous Improvement Plan
and is an expectation of the Minnesota Department of Education. Once alignment
is complete, formative assessments will be created and teachers will take part
in staff development related to the standards.
Biology Curriculum Approved
The K-12 Science Curriculum
Review Committee completed the review process for General and Honors Biology and
presented their proposal for the adoption of textbooks and supplemental
materials. The Committee recommended and the School Board approved investing
$103,176 toward purchase of Glencoe Biology by Mader from
Youth Educational Systems (AYES) Curriculum Approved
Members of the Automotive
Program Business Advisory Committee have completed the Curriculum Review process
for updating and maintaining national certification. The Committee recommended
and the School Board approved purchase of the CDX Automotive Curriculum for
AYES provides opportunities for
real-life applications of knowledge gained in the classroom, especially math,
science and communication skills, and offers academic and on-the-job challenges
in accordance with the highest standards for automotive technical programs in
We Play” Coaches Training Event
Over 100 coaches and
administrators from Denfeld, Duluth East, Cloquet, Hermantown, and Proctor
gathered at Denfeld High School for a training event called, “Why We Play.”
Staff from the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) presented the
conference, organized by school activity directors.
Jody Redman, Associate Director
of the MSHSL, and Tom Cody, Hall of Fame basketball coach, led a discussion that
participating schools hope will influence a culture, approach and philosophy
intentionally focused on students first, and athletes that want to challenge
themselves beyond winning.
Redman said that while winning
is certainly a goal, the purpose of an athletic/extra-curricular activity is to
help students challenge themselves emotionally, socially and behaviorally, to
compete and grow beyond winning.
“It’s really about creating
awareness around doing what we do,” Redman said. “It’s human growth and
development of kids and connecting them to their schools. Our goal is to win,
we’re going to plan, prepare and do all those things to try to win but it is not
Redmond added that
youth-level parents and coaches might benefit from answering four questions
asked in Joe Ehrmann’s book, “Inside Out Coaching;” Why do I coach? Why do I
coach the way I do? How does it feel to be coached by me? How do I define and
“If we’re only
concerned about how a kid dribbles a basketball, then we’re missing an
opportunity to teach kids lessons that will sustain them for their lifetime,”
--Taneasha Muonio, recent graduate of Denfeld High School, is the
recipient of a 2014 Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc. Scholarship of
$2500. An avid dancer and musician, a volunteer in several organizations
including Boys and Girls Club Snacktime, Take Back The Night, Blood Drive and
Food Shelf, among others, Taneasha earned and maintained a 4.0 GPA while working
several part-time jobs throughout her high school
--Nikolai Breimon, Lincoln Park Middle School, received the
Apollo-Gilruth Continuum Award for academic excellence. The Duluth
Aviation Institute along with the Lincoln Park Middle School science teachers
presented eleven lessons in aviation science this past semester. Nikolai
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 in
Ordean East Middle School Destination Imagination team- Lauren Nyenhuis, Kianna
Donnellan, Pearl Elliot and Andrea Plewa - competed at Global Finals in
took 19th place, out of 80 teams!
The team participated in the
Pandemonium Improvisational Challenge, which requires participants to create an
original five-minute improvisational skit, develop the interaction between a
character from the past and a contemporary character, show how those characters
work, using the time period, their occupations and skills, to deal with
Pandemonium, and use stage makeup to create, develop, and/or enhance one skit
16,000 people attended the global event and the girls visited with teams from
around the US, as well as Qatar and Mexico.
--Jake Turner and Chris Olson, Duluth East High School, were recently
elected by the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association to
participate in the Play Ball Minnesota All-Star Series. Jake and Chris were
selected based upon their strong 2014 season. Jake Turner is 6-1 with a 0.88
earned run average. Chris Olson was batting .528 when selected and finished with
a strong .370. They are playing for the North
Lincoln Park Students
Work On Community Improvement Projects
Park Middle School 7th grade students participated in the Kids in the
Community Day. Students, teachers, and chaperones gathered in the auditorium
for a sendoff by Mayor Don Ness and Officer Mike LaFontaine of the Duluth Police
Department. They then headed into the community, focusing on West Duluth, to
work on projects such as trash clean up, trail maintenance/building, gardening,
tree planting, and more!
provided an opportunity for students to give back to their community and learn
outside of the traditional school learning environment. Each student received a
Kids in the Community Day t-shirt which was designed by their classmate,
Lily Bolt. Lincoln Park is looking forward to making this an annual
Denfeld, Duluth East
Students Receive 2014 Hase Family Scholarships
Kemp, Denfeld, and Trygve Rennan, Duluth East, will each receive a $2,500
scholarship from the Hase Family Scholarship Trust. The Trust
honors Fred Hase, who graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1915 and
provides an annual scholarship for two Duluth high school graduates who are
enrolling in a post-secondary school in the fall. Names of
eligible students from each school are provided and two are chosen by random
drawing to receive the scholarships.
Lowell Elementary Service Learning Project Helps Animal
Kindergarten and 3rd grade students from Lowell Elementary helped out
with a Bark and Bake for Animal Allies. Nearly 30 students rolled
dough and cut dog bone shapes to help create animal treats and then helped bag
and label them for use at the annual Walk for Animals event in Duluth.
According to a letter from Animal Allies, “The other part that is so
great is the participation by families in the making of dough and the parental
help the day of the event. It’s so nice to see the teamwork of
teachers, parents, students to do such a positive thing for animals.”
ISD 709 Teachers Receive Grants for Creative Classroom
careful review of
grant applications, the
the Duluth Public Schools Fund (managed by the Duluth
Superior Area Community Foundation)
are pleased to announce awards of over $14,000 to the following
--Elizabeth Chelseth, Laura MacArthur Elementary School - iPads for
Kindergarten: Purchasing of iPads
and educational applications to be used with kindergarten students struggling
with reading or math.
--Adair Ballavance and Ethan Fisher,
Denfeld High School - Senior Wisdom Retreat: The Wisdom Retreat
is a special day for seniors and the culmination for the day helps bring closure
to not only the year, but closure to their public school education.
--Leann M. Udesen, Ordean East
Middle School - Global Access: Purchasing 6
Chromebook computers and a world interactive globe.
--Sheila Larsen Darker, Duluth East
High School - Teaching a Flipped Classroom: Purchasing
Chromebook computers to support a flipped classroom model for teaching
mathematics to high school students performing below grade level.
--Gwyn Curran, Congdon
Park Elementary School - Individual Leveled Learning: Purchasing iPads for kindergarden
students to increase reading, math and writing levels.
--Tanya Hallgren, Laura MacArthur
Elementary School - Literacy in Kindergarten: Purchasing of appropriate level
books and other hands-on literacy tools in a kindergarten
--Tanya Hallgren, Laura MacArthur
Elementary School - Social Studies for Kindergartners: Purchasing Social Studies
discovery tools -- a hands-on way to promote learning and the development of
higher level thinking skills.
--Nathan Norman, Ordean East Middle
School - Closing the Achievement Gap: Purchasing a license to use the
web-based ALEKS mathematics software.
--Tanya Hallgren, Laura MacArthur
Elementary School - Scientific Kindergartners: Purchasing
Scientific discovery tools -- a hands-on way to promote learning and the
development of higher level thinking skills.
--Tanya Jackson, Piedmont Elementary
School - Lego Robotics at Piedmont: Funding support for
a Lego Robotics Club at Piedmont Elementary School.
Since 1996, the DPSF has distributed grants within ISD
709 ranging from
show creativity and
classroom experiences for
Duluth Public School students. Since it
began making grants, the
Duluth Public Schools by over
For more information about the
Duluth Public Schools Fund, its
grant program, or
how to contribute to
the Fund, please contact Chairman Scott Fisher at
Jon Blevins, Development Officer, Duluth Superior Area Community
218 726-0232 (email@example.com) or http://www.duluthpublicschoolsfund.com
--Lauren Hesch, Duluth East High School, is the recipient of
Lowenstine Honors Scholarship from Conserve School. This scholarship, valued
at more than $15,000, is awarded on a competitive basis to students who
demonstrate academic achievement, character, and commitment to environmental
Duluth East, is the recipient of a Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Grant
for School Gardens. The award of $400 will be used to purchase
soil for the Duluth East High School Garden. The garden is a school-wide project
led by students in the Agriculture Science classes and FFA.
Elementary Grandparents Day/Memorial Day Event
Last week, students
at Lowell Elementary held a special day to honor grandparents. They invited
their elder relatives and friends to visit the school and take part in several
activities, including an outdoor program in honor of Memorial Day. The program included raising of the American
flag, several student speakers, singing of the National Anthem and an honor
Volunteers Needed for 6th
Annual Congdon Trail Run May 31
Volunteers are needed to help out the day of
the 6th Annual Congdon Cougar Chase Trail Run, Saturday May 31, 2014, through
the beautiful trails of Lester River Park. Events start at 8:00AM and include a
0.5 Kitty K, 1K, 5K run/walk, and 10K run. Proceeds will be used to purchase
Chromebooks and a charging cart for Congdon Park Elementary. If you’re willing
to help, visit congdoncougarchase.com to sign up or visit Facebook for more
information and registration.
Ordean East Middle
School Duluth History Projects On Display May 29
Ordean East Middle School 6th graders are
having an open house to show off their hard work creating amazing Duluth
History projects. The event will be held in the Ordean East Middle School
Cafeteria, 2900 East Fourth Street, on Thursday, May 29th from 3:30PM - 5:30PM.
Students will have their exhibits up and will be there to answer questions.
Duluth’s Aquatic Facilities
SUPERVISED OPEN SWIM
Cost: $3, bring your own suit and towel
Perfect for families
and groups. Call first if your group
is 8 or more persons.
Lincoln Park Community Pool, 3215 West Third
June 9 – July 31, Monday – Thursday 1:00PM to 3:00PM
(no open swim June
30 – July 4)
Ordean East Community Pool, 2900 East Fourth
June 9 – July 31, Monday – Thursday 1:00PM – 3:00PM
(no open swim June
30 – July 4)
For more information:
Students Identify Recipe for School Cafeteria Use
and Consumer Science students at Lincoln Park and Ordean East Middle Schools
took part in a Hummus Recipe Test Kitchen project. Students learned about bean
varieties and cultivation, then taste tested beans and executed 5-7 different
hummus recipes to identify a final recipe for use in ISD 709 middle school
project grew out of a request from the ISD 709 Child Nutrition Department for a
new way to use canned beans. The hummus
test kitchen project was coordinated by the Duluth Community Garden Program’s
Healthy School Food Coordinator.
709 is the recipient of a Minnesota Department of Agriculture Farm to School
equipment grant of $24,000, which provides light processing equipment to
increase use of Minnesota and Superior grown produce. The hummus recipe developed by the middle
school students will be among the first used to train middle school food
service staff on this equipment.
Youth Flag Football League Registration Open Until June 6
Flag Football is a non-contact sport which
teaches boys and girls in grades 2 through 5 the fundamentals of football. More importantly, it teaches kids
sportsmanship and how to participate in sports while still having fun. Last year, over 150 students signed up for
this fun activity. Games will be played
primarily on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. All games are played at the Wheeler
Softball Field Complex at 3501 Grand Avenue. Registration fee is $60. Deadline
to register is June 6th. For
more information or to obtain a paper application, call Jesse in the City’s
Parks and Recreation office at 218-730-4314.
-- Congdon Park teacher Cindy Miller
received a $400 grant from the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom
Foundation. The money will be used to purchase tools and supplies to sustain a
Three Sisters Garden Integration project. Students will explore the cultural
significance of the survival gardens as well as companion gardening and then
implement what they learn in the Congdon School Community Garden.
-- During East High School Honor Night, the Lakewood School
Foundation and the Lakewood American Legion Post 571 awarded a $1,000 dollar
scholarship to Ashley Herman for her participation and leadership in school and
community activities. This award will be an annual practice. The Lakewood
American Legion provided funds for this scholarship, which is given to former
Lakewood Elementary School students.