--Benjamin Johnson, Denfeld High School, was selected through audition to be a member of the 2014 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Regional Honor Choir. Approximately 100 high school students were selected for this honor from hundreds of auditions from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North and South Dakota and Nebraska. Ben’s choir was led by Robert Harris, Northwestern University in Chicago, and the choir spent 2 days rehearsing before their performance in the Des Moines Civic Center. Benjamin sings in the two top auditioned choirs at Denfeld, and plays violin in the Duluth Youth Symphony.
--Charlie Bray and Sarah Curran, students at Duluth East High School, received the Minnesota State High School League ExCel Award. This AAA award recognizes and honors one senior girl and boy that have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in the fine arts.
-- Duluth East’s Erik Thibault took 1st Place in the category of Discussion at the Minnesota State High School League’s State Speech Tournament. Denfeld High School’s Aurora Vautrin and Tommy Wolfe placed 2nd in the State in Duo and Billy Menor, Duluth East, took 7th place in the category of Great Speeches. Because Erik won his category at state, he also received the Wells Fargo Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence.
--Duluth East High School students collected over $1,200 dollars and donated over a ton of food for local distribution through CHUM. Exec Board, Key Club, Students For the Future, and Association Members were among the student leadership groups that contributed their time and ideas to make the food drive a success. Highlights include the March Madness basketball competition, 2nd hour Ice Cream Party for the class that collected the most food, a movie night at school to watch “A Place at The Table” (recent documentary about hunger in the U.S.), and having over 20 students help carry boxes/load vehicles. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when we all work together.
2014 Go Guide –
Summer Guide for Youth Activities
Looking for summer activities for children? ISD 709 and the
United Way of Greater Duluth are pleased to provide parents and community
members with free access to the 2014 Go Guide: Guide To Summer Opportunities
for Youth. An electronic copy of the Guide (go green!)
is available at www.ISD709.org
or www.unitedwayduluth.org. Paper copies of the Go Guide will be available at various
community sites or by calling the United Way 211 offices at the Ordean Building,
downtown Duluth, 218-726-4770.
After School Discussion
with Generation Next and ISD 709:
Closing the Achievement
RT Rybak – CEO
Generation Next with Superintendent Bill Gronseth
24th 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Underground Playhouse 506 W Michigan St.
R.T. Rybak, former
Mayor of Minneapolis, current CEO of the Generation Next Partnership will
discuss cooperative efforts of businesses, education and government agencies,
foundations, and nonprofits in the Twin Cities area to address education on a
community level. www.tcgennext.org
All Welcome: Question and Answer session on what can and
is being done for students and parents in our Duluth Community.
Duluth PTSA Council, The Underground, United Way of Greater
Teacher Presents at National Event
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) held its 61st National Conference
on Science Education in Boston, Massachusetts in April. Over 1,500 sessions
encompassing all natural science disciplines were presented and over 11,000
people attended the conference.
Elizabeth Kersting Peterson from Piedmont Elementary School was invited
to present at the conference and provided a work shop called "And they all
lived Scientifically ever after" for 110 participants. They learned how to
use fairy tales, common household materials, science and engineering to engage
elementary students in creative adventures. During the workshop Elizabeth
shared samples of her student’s work. Amy Bodin, Instructional Data Coach at
Piedmont, served as Elizabeth's co- Presenter.
Elementary “Spring Into Reading”
Thursday April 24,
4:30PM – 6:30PM
Dinner is served
between 5:30PM and 6:30PM
Reading:” Best practices for reading with your child
--“2 Can Read” Poetry:
Reading poetry with your child
--“Caps for Sale”
Principal Chat, much more!
Denfeld and Duluth East
Robotics Teams Earn Trip to State
The Duluth East and
Denfeld Robotics Teams placed in the top 20 out of 186 robotics teams to earn a
trip to the 2014 MSHSL/FIRST State Championship competition in May.
The Duluth East Daredevils placed 11th and the Denfeld DNA placed 19th in
regional competition. The State Championship will be held Saturday
May 17th at Williams Arena on the University of MN Twin Cities Campus.
Load-in, pit set-up, registration, robot inspection, and robot-field
radio connection will occur Friday May 16th.
Ordean East Student
Receives Apollo Gilruth Continuum Award
to Aviation Centennial
student Sarah Mason, Ordean East Middle School, received the Apollo-Gilruth
Continuum Award for academic excellence in March.
The Duluth Aviation Institute along with the Ordean East science teachers
presented eleven lessons in aviation science this past semester. Sarah excelled
in all classroom activities, extra credit projects, 11 plane quizzes and the
post-test. The top 15% students who excelled throughout the program were
rewarded with a Young Eagles Flight from Sky Harbor Airport.
The Duluth Aviation Institute’s vision is community inspired and enriched
by the art and science of aviation. Robert Gilruth, Father of Human Space Flight
and child citizen of Duluth, was inspired in his youth to become an aeronautical
engineer. As the first director of the Johnson Space Center, he
led the national effort to achieve the objective of “landing man on the moon and
bringing them safely back to earth.”
The Denfeld Academic
Learning Center received an $825 grant to create a service-learning project
related to the food system. As part
of the project, students visited Whole Foods Coop, toured the store, tried the
produce and received a cooking lesson on healthy meals. Each student received a
$10 gift card to purchase produce. They also reviewed What’s On
Your Plate and created a presentation/display about their findings which may
be presented at the Duluth Community Garden’s Spring Fling or the Mall of
America for Global Youth Service Day.
East Hockey Players Inspire Portman Hockey Mite 2 Team
Several members of
the Duluth East Boys Hockey Team joined the Portman Hockey Mite 2 Team’s end of
the year celebration at East High School. Alex Trapp (senior
captain) was asked to recruit a few of the varsity hockey players to battle the
Portman M2's in a game of floor hockey in the gym. The Portman kids and parents
enjoyed having so many Greyhounds join them on a Saturday afternoon. The
Greyhounds spent almost two hours playing floor hockey, coaching, and then
joining the M2's for pizza. Jack Hughes, Portman player, said it was best time
he's ever had playing hockey.
City of Duluth Spring
10:00AM - 12Noon Rain or shine!
120 S. 30th Avenue West
activities are FREE and open on a first come - first served basis.
Equipment goes fast!
Introductions and Play Time ON THE INDOOR TURF !
Monday: Kick Ball
Tuesday: Golf w/Enger
Park Golf Pro
Wednesday: Rugby w/Yusa
w/YMCA Skill’s Camp
Friday: Disc Golf
w/Mont Du Lac Team
skates (limited skates available for use)
For more information
--Four ISD 709
Culinary Arts students earned recognition at a recent SkillsUSA
In Culinary Arts: Russel Cunningham - Gold
Medal, Kyle Lindblad - Silver Medal, Chris Stetson - Bronze
Medal. In Skills Demonstration Category: Sean Lindblad - Bronze
Medal. Russel Cunningham will be going on to Nationals in Kansas City in
--Phoenix Ocean from Myers-Wilkins Elementary has been selected to participate in the Minnesota State Geography Bee. The National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete at the state level. The 2014 Minnesota State Geographic Bee will be held at St. Cloud State University in April.
--Duluth East had twelve students make it to final rounds at the 7AA section State Speech qualifying meet: Tristan Carl, Kayla Nyenhuis, Paul Manning, Derick Rossell, Erik Thibault, Hannah Wodrich, Marissa Menzel, Stevie Twining, Billy Menor, Layla Koch, Megan McNamee, and Sam Moscatelli. Overall, the East team earned fourth place and will send four students on to compete at State: Derick Rossell, second place in Extemporaneous Speaking, Erik Thibault, first place in Discussion, Billy Menor, first place in Great Speeches, and Megan McNamee, first place in Humorous Interpretation.
-- Ordean East
Middle School students did well at the Northeast Regional History Day
Competition at UMD.
Documentary: Will Smyth, “Wilderness Act in the Boundary
Junior Group Exhibit:
Maya Marchel-Hoff and Rowan Racette, “The Wild Horse Annie
Jackson Dykhuis and
Ryan Chaffee, “Japanese Internment Camps”
Moving On to Minnesota
State History Day in Minneapolis:
Performance: Maggie Geidner, “Deborah Sampson, Revolutionary War
Performance: Grace Hollander and Abbigail Hagen, “Auschwitz: Jewish
Documentary: Emma Anderson, “Helen Keller” and Anika Lakhan “Harvey
Milk Leader and Activist”
Exhibit: Karin Berdahl, “Guinea Pigs of the
Holocaust” Olivia Rawylk, “Revealing the Holodomor”
and Cami Fischer “They Moo if Something is Wrong”
Junior Group Exhibit:
Shelby Johnson and Elisabeth Walker, “The Horror of the
Website: Peyton Vogt , “John Peter Zenger: Rights to Freedom
of the Press”
“Pennsylvania Hospital: The Birth of Psychiatry in the American
and Alison Lee,
“Miracle on the Han River: The Repressive Regime of Park Chung
following students have been awarded Artist of the Month at Laura Mac Arthur
Elementary for March/April 2014: Ethan
Berg-Peterson , Nathan Walker,
Jenova Breimon, Gabby Jacoby, Karson Running, Carter Herrick, Trinity Nordberg,
Ashlee Maloney, Isaac Erickson, Gracie Johnson, Kennidee Becker, Piper Bjerke,
showed hard work, dedication, and creativity when creating their
MacArthur, students strive to be focused, appropriate and cooperative and these
are great role
models for others.
--Three Duluth East students are among those chosen from an initial
248 submissions to advance to the State round of the 2014 Letters About
Literature program: Jenna Anderson, Tabitha Chesser, and
Homecroft Students Receive Free Camp-In Trip to MN Science Museum
Fifth grade students at Homecroft Elementary
recently took a free overnight trip to the Twin Cities to "camp" at
the Minnesota Science Museum. Teacher Niki Munthe received funding for the
event from Flint Hills Resources, which covered transportation, meals and other
expenses. She also received a $500
technology grant for the school. During
their stay, students explored museum exhibits, saw Dinos Alive in the Omnimax
Theater and a cryogenics show, made fossils, slept with the mummy and took part
in other fun activities. Students and staff also received free Science Matters
shirts and free admission to the museum for the remainder of 2014. The Camp-Ins
program is a partnership between Flint Hills Resources and the Science Museum
of Minnesota that enables thousands of students from around the state to
experience the world-class museum each year.
From United Way of Greater Duluth
Children & Screen Time How
Technology Has Changed Childhood
Thursday April 10th, 2014
Community Action Duluth
2424 W 5th St #102, Duluth, MN 55806
Free to the Public
For Professionals 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Early Childhood Professional & Childcare Provider Training
St. Louis County Child Care Provider Certified Training
(Certificate awarded upon completion)
For Parents 5:30PM - 8:00 PM
Discussion about technology and your children
Food Provided, Childcare Provided Upon Reservation
RSVP for Event Preferred: Call
Presentation by Erin Walsh, M.A., a
nationally recognized speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on
topics related to brain development and digital media.
Mentor Duluth and Mentor Superior
Something New - Become a Mentor!
Join Mentor Duluth and Mentor Superior at
the Fitger's building on Saturday, April 5th from 11:00am-3:00pm for a
family-friendly event and try something new! Snacks, activities, and a raffle
will be going on throughout the afternoon so be sure to stop by! Dance lessons,
cookie decorating, root beer tasting, henna, and more, as well as information
on the mentor programs! There are over
280 kids in the Twin Ports area waiting for a mentor! Come find out how to get
For Information: Jessica
April is Autism Awareness Month
On April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, the Autism
Association of Northern MN is working to light up Enger Tower: blue for autism and a rainbow of color at the
top to represent the Autism Spectrum.
Please show your support by wearing Blue and looking at Enger Tower the evening of April 2nd!
--Through a selection process with Crayola, a
painting by Angelique Davis, Ordean East Middle School, was chosen to be
included in the U.S. Department of Education’s permanent collection in
Washington, DC. Angelique's painting was completed for the "Imaginary
Environments" lesson in Art 6, which focused on drawing from nature and
scientific observation as well as arranging imaginary compositions.
--Phoenix Ocean, Myers-Wilkins Elementary; Erin Coleman, Lester Park Elementary; and
Ryan Johnston, Ordean East Middle School are semifinalists in the Minnesota
State Geography Bee. The National
Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores in each of the
50 states, District of Columbia,
Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete
at the state level. The 2014 Minnesota State Geographic Bee will be held at St.
Cloud State University in April.
Congdon Park Elementary, participated in the regional spelling bee in Mt. Iron. She placed 8th out of 29 participants at that bee!
--Two Duluth East High School
Knowledge Bowl teams have earned a trip to the State competition in April.
Members representing Duluth East include:
Peter Sand, Sarah Alabsi, Mariah Berner, Siri
Larsen, Danish Imtiaz, Alyssa Everson, Tim Renier, Paul Manning, Kier
Zimmerman, Devin Johnson
--Top students from Duluth East
qualified to attend the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2014 National
Leadership Conference, “Accelerate Your Future,” in
Indianapolis, IN, April 29 - May 4, 2014. Duluth chapter members who received
Place Insurance Concepts
Baltazar Third Place
Medical Office Procedures
Halverson Eighth Place Legal Office Procedures
The students will join over 5,000
other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national
level business skills competitions, workshops, general sessions, and the
national officer candidate campaigns and elections. Besides having the
opportunity to excel, they’ll experience the city of Indianapolis, IN.
Board Honors Student Musicians
In honor of Music in Our Schools Month the Duluth School Board took time
during their regular meeting to honor student musicians Alia Gribbon from
Denfeld High School and Madeleine Monson Geerts from Duluth East High
took first place in the 2014 Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's Young Artist
competition is open to high school students and college students up to age 19.
is a three-time winner of the Youth Orchestra Hester Scholarship competition and
recently took second place in the solo competition in Eau Claire,
won the 2014 Youth Orchestra Hester Memorial Scholarship
participated with many students from throughout Minnesota, performing a
beautiful and expressive interpretation of the Haydn Concerto in C Major,
movement 2, as her winning solo.
to two very talented young women!
ISD 709 Adds
Instructional Time to Make Up Cold/Snow Cancellations
During their regular
March meeting, the Duluth School Board approved adding instructional time to
make up cold/snow cancellations:
school Friday May 16 (formerly a Staff Development day with no school for
school Friday June 6 (June 5 was formerly the last day of
--Extend the end of
the school day by 12 minutes beginning Monday March 24 and through the end of
the school year (adds the equivalent of 1.6 days of instructional
FY 2015 Budget Investments Include Reducing Class Size, Raising
Achievement and Updating Curriculum
During the March 18 meeting, the School Board approved budget
considerations for the fiscal 2015 school year. Investments include priorities
identified through the Think Kids initiative, including about $1.45 million to
hire additional teachers to reduce class size, $150 thousand for enriching and
renewing curriculum, and $200 thousand to go towards improving student
achievement. Together, they represent the $1.8 million gained through the second
education levy question.
About $3 million will be held and used to keep those investments in place
over time and provide financial stability, given there’s no guarantee of an
increase in the state formula beyond the 2014-15 school year. The Board also
approved $275,000 toward aligning curriculum with State benchmarks and standards
over the summer, $85,000 to support state mandated changes to employer
contributions for pension plans, $200,000 for the modified closed high school
campuses and about $275,000 in savings.
choosing to invest conservatively, steps taken to reduce class size and impact
student achievement and curriculum can be maintained over a longer period of
Board Approves 3-Year
Contract for Superintendent Bill Gronseth
During their regular March meeting, the School Board approved a 3-year
contract with current Superintendent Bill Gronseth. Total salary
and benefits included in the contract remain the same as the previous contract at Gronseth’s request and do not increase. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve
Duluth’s schools and look forward to continuing our efforts to raise student
achievement, create positive school climates and maintain an efficient,
effective and financially stable organization,” said Gronseth.
MN Immunization Law Prompts Free Clinics in April
In September 2014, changes to Minnesota's Immunization Law will
take effect for all schools and will specifically impact students entering 7th
grade at that time (students who are currently in 6th grade). Vaccines
required by this law:
diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) for all students entering 7th grade in
conjugate vaccine) for all students entering 7th grade in 9/14.
To help families meet these legal requirements, ISD 709 is partnering
with St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services to provide FREE
immunization clinics at the middle schools:
►Lincoln Park Middle
School on Wednesday April 23, 2014
►Ordean East Middle
School on Thursday April 24, 2014
order for a child to receive the free immunizations, a Parent/Guardian must sign
the St. Louis County Public Health Vaccine Administration Form and return it to
the child's school by March 31, 2014. This form is among the materials
mailed to families and is also available at www.ISD709.org under Health
Families of students
who will not be immunized must file a legal exemption with their
school. They may file a
medical exemption signed by a healthcare provider or a conscientious objection
signed by a parent/guardian and notarized.
! Hello everyone!
Lincoln Park Middle School is proud to announce its Ziigwaan Niimi'iding Spring Powwow.
Please join us for miijiim (food), nagamowin (singing), gaye niimiwin (and dancing).
Friday March 21st, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Lincoln Middle School, 3215 W. 3rd Street
Onaagoshi-wiisiniwin (Dinner): 5:00PM –
Round Dance: starts at 5:30PM, and Grand Entry is at 6:30PM.
Free and Open to the Public - Please help spread the word!
more information: Diana Anstett , Integration Specialist 218-391-5798
709 Office of American Indian Education
Brought to you by: Duluth Public Schools - American Indian
Education, Office of Education Equity
How Do We Prepare Our Teachers?
Education Minnesota leaders are hosting community
conversations to improve teacher preparation, recruitment and diversity.
Parents, educators, students, advocates, community leaders—anyone interested in
the future of Minnesota public education—are invited to attend.
This is more than just a talk. Education Minnesota leaders will
collect your ideas and bring them to a wider audience in spring 2014.
When: Thursday, Mar. 20
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.; doors open at 6
Where: Washington Center310 N. First Ave.
The evening will begin with a 30-minute panel followed by small
group discussions. Registration is preferred, but not required. The event is
free and open to the public. Bring a friend!
For more information and to sign up, go to:
Over 50 students from the Duluth Speech
Team will be in concert on Thursday March 20, 7:00PM, in the Duluth East High
School Myers-Wilkins Auditorium,
301 North 40th Avenue East.
This amazing group of performers will entertain, inform and inspire
you. Come and enjoy their
professionalism and talent. Tickets are
on sale at the door for $5.00, monies raised go to help members of the team
travel to the National Speech Tournament in Kansas this June.
Ordean East Middle School theatre presents
Snow Angel, a one-act play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, David
John Pokrzywinski directs an able cast and crew. Shows are Wednesday, Thursday,
and Friday, March 26-28 at 7:00PM in the Ordean East Little Theatre, 2900 East
Fourth Street. Tickets are $5.00. For
more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Play Synopsis: When the quiet town of Deerpoint, Vermont is
hit by the biggest blizzard in 107 years, a mysterious girl named Eva steps out
of a snow bank and into the lives of 16 confused teenagers who are asked to
help her in her search. What Eva’s searching for-and who she truly is-becomes a
mystery that baffles, divides, and energizes the teens of Deerpoint. Snow Angel
is a funny and eerie tale of teen angst, discovery, and the power of believing.
Duluth & St. Louis County Days
at the Capitol
Bill Gronseth, Assistant Superintendent Ed Crawford, and School Board members
Annie Harala, Rosie Loeffler-Kemp and Judy Seliga Punyko joined hundreds
of Duluthians for Duluth & St. Louis
County Days at the Capitol in March.
This annual event, sponsored by the Duluth Chamber of Commerce, is an
opportunity to meet with legislators and support local interests.
--Destination Imagination teams from Congdon Park, Lester Park and
Ordean East schools have earned an opportunity to compete at the State
tournament in April!
The Atom Splitters - Structural
Squishy Purple Sparkly Cuckoo
Hummingbird - Improv
The Mission: Improvable - Improv
*The Mission: Improvable received the DaVinci Award for Outstanding
The Awkopations – Improv
--Several Ordean East
Middle School band students were selected to perform at the UMD Honor Band
Festival in March: Even Abrahams, Frost Bowen-Bailey, Gordon Buffington, Kianna
Donnellan, Clara Nordheim, Haley Oswald, Addie Sampson, Kaylee Schmidt and
Emily Scinocca. The day was spent rehearsing music which they performed at that
afternoons "Informance" (Informal performance).
It was an awesome experience!
--The Duluth FFA
Floriculture-Greenhouse team competed at their regional event in March at
Central Lakes College in Brainerd. The team earned 1st place and will compete
at the University of Minnesota at the MN State FFA Convention in April. Team members are Yuqi Chen- 1st
place individual, Ed Napoli-Quisling -3rd place. Adam Burklund, Kayla-Mae
LaTour and Gunnar Aas. All of these students attend East High School.
ISD 709 Proposes Adding Instructional
Time to Offset Cold/Snow Cancellations
709 has had 7 snow/cold days off this year. Recognizing that instructional time
is vital to the student learning process, and after discussions with principals
and teachers, ISD 709 administration is proposing adjustments to the school
--Students attend school Friday May 16 (formerly a Staff Development day with no
school for students).
--Students attend school Friday June 6 (June 5 was formerly the last day of school).
--Extend the end of the school day by 12
minutes beginning Monday March 24 and through the end of the school year (adds the equivalent of 1.6 days of
Board is expected to vote on the addition of this instructional time at its
March 18th meeting.
2014 Community Education Class Schedule Now Available
fun and learning for the entire family - arts, hobbies, computers, cooking,
music, language, swimming, sports, health & wellness and more!
Go online for a complete schedule and
registration instructions: www.ISD709.org,
Student-Run Restaurant Food For Thought Open To the Public
Enjoy delicious gourmet salads, sandwiches,
entrees and desserts at Duluth's student-run restaurant Food for Thought,
located at East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East.
Entrees range from $7 to $14 and are
prepared and served by Denfeld and Duluth East culinary arts students under the
supervision of Chef Glenn D'Amour, CEC and Michael Emerson, front of house.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12Noon to 1:00PM.
are required: reserve and preorder 24 hours in advance by calling 218-336-8975
ext. 4055 or 218-336-8845 ext. 4055.
a full menu go to www.ISD709.org, choose the Duluth East website and click the
link at the top of the page.
11, 12, 13: Old Fashioned Chicken & Dumplings for $10.00
18, 19, 20: Tuscan Roast Leg of Lamb for $11.00
25, 26, 27: French Herb Crusted Rack of Pork for $11.00
1, 2, 3: Beef Wellington for $14.00
15, 16, 17: Fennel Roasted Pork Prime
Rib for $11.00
22, 23, 24: Fresh Grilled Halibut en
Mole Verde for $12.00
Weekly features are served with choice of soup or salad, homemade
focaccia bread and choice of beverage.
and Inspiring Duluth’s Children
Highly skilled teachers, a wide range of
rigorous and engaging course work and state-of-the-art facilities provide a
rich learning experience with many educational and extracurricular
opportunities for all students.
Lincoln Park and Ordean East Middle Schools
support 11-14 year olds need to be successful
wealth of after school opportunities
and Elective Classes - Art, Computers, Family & Computer Science,
Pre-Engineering, World Language, Band, Choir, Orchestra - check the Course
- volleyball, basketball, swimming, track
interventions to boost Reading & Math achievementA multitude of
course choices, check the Course Catalogs.
- Modern teaching
tools and science labs
Families new to ISD 709, please call for Fall 2014 Registration
Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 West 3rd Street
Phone: 218-336-8880 x3282 or Susan.Cora@duluth.k12.mn.us
Ordean East Middle School, 2900 East 4th Street
Phone: 218-336-8940 or Margaret.Weber@duluth.k12.mn.us
East Daredevils Mentor Phil Norris received FIRST's (For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science and Technology) prestigious Woodie Flowers Award. This award
is presented to an outstanding Mentor in the robotics competition who best
leads, inspires, teaches, and empowers their team using excellent communication
skills. Phil received this award at the Northern Lights Regional on March 7. Phil
has mentored on FIRST Robotics teams for 10 years. He has been a mentor on our
team for 6 years and was involved at Ordean with FLL for four years. He has
inspired, led, and encouraged many students.
--Lincoln Park Middle School was well represented at the 2013-2014 Regional
Spelling Bee held in Mt. Iron. Hannah
Feyen placed FIRST, Shelby Johnson 6th place, and Quinten Rimolde 9th
place out of 29 students. Hannah Feyen
continued on to the Multi-Regional Spelling Bee in Fergus Falls. Out of the 21 bee participants, Hannah Feyen
placed 3rd. Congratulations
to ALL of the participants for BEE-ing outstanding and on their PAWsome
The 2014 FIRST Robotics Tournament takes place at the DECC March 6 - 8. Denfeld
Nation Automation (DNA) will be competing in the Lake Superior Regional while
Duluth East Daredevils will be competing in the Northern Lights Regional.
Links to the
webcast of both regionals as well as the schedule and standings can be found on
the Daredevils website: www.daredevils2512.org.
The Daredevils hope to webcast the
practice rounds on Thursday afternoon. Friday competition begins at 9:00AM. These
competitions will break the FIRST world record for the largest number of FRC
teams under one roof for a regional event.
Teams are competing for a spot in the FIRST World Championships in St.
Louis, MO in April.
Mentoring Day will be held at the Fond du
Lac Tribal and Community College on March 17, 2014. More than 350 high school students with
disabilities, representing regional school districts, will attend. More than 40
local business people from a wide variety of career fields will present to
small groups of students in informal breakout sessions. These career
awareness presentations will occur every half hour from 9:30AM to 12:40PM.
In addition, a variety of breakout sessions related to other Transition areas
will take place. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in
mock interviews which will take place throughout the day.
regional colleges, adult service providers and businesses will be available to
answer questions at over 20 booths. Additionally, we will provide an
informational strand for parents.
Please consider being a part of this
remarkable day. To register, contact Geri Lane 218-879-1283 or email@example.com.
March is Youth
Youth Art Month
was initiated in the early 1960’s to emphasize the value of participating in
art for all children. Celebrated
nationally, Youth Art Month is coordinated by the Council for Art Education, Inc. in cooperation
with a number of organizations including the National Art Education
Schools students had work chosen for several area art exhibitions. The Duluth Art Institute’s exhibition is
entitled First Spark, and runs from
February 20 to April 20, 2014 in the Steffl Gallery. There will be a celebration on April 17, from
5-7 pm. Tours of the exhibit will also
be offered during an “Art for Ed’s Sake” fundraiser on March 12.
of Wisconsin-Superior’s Art Education department is hosting its third annual
Twin Ports K-12 Art Exhibition, featuring work from both sides of the harbor,
at UWS’s Kruk Gallery. The show runs
through Thursday, March 13. The
recognition is on Thursday, March 6, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, with a ceremony at
--The Duluth East Boys Hockey Team earned
their sixth consecutive trip to the State Tournament, prevailing over Elk
River in overtime in the section 7AA final.
Duluth East High School’s German Sharks
#31 received Most Proficient at the 2014
Minnesota Zoo German Day event. Congratulations to Emily Aho, Journey Gontjes, Natalie Hanson and
Jessica Marshik. German students
from Duluth East, Denfeld and Ordean East schools participated in the event,
making presentations which are judged on creativity and visual display. This year two German instructors from the
University of MN also interacted with the students, looking for German
vocabulary and correct syntax usage, speaking freely and the ability to answer
Duluth School Board Recognizes Kwik
Trip, Inc. For Donation to Support Digital Fabrication Laboratories in High
their regular meeting in February, Duluth School Board members took time to
recognize and thank Kwik Trip, Inc. for donating $10,000 to help fund digital
fabrication laboratories, also known as "fab labs," in ISD 709 high schools.
Such labs are being adopted by schools as platforms for project-based, hands-on
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.
Routes to Congdon Park Elementary School – Community Meeting Monday March
Congdon Park Principal Kathi Kusch-Marshall and the
Congdon Park Safe Routes to School Committee are inviting parents and Congdon
Park neighbors to a community meeting at the school Monday March 3 at 5:30PM to
review potential strategies to promote a safe walking environment for students.
Congdon Park Elementary is located at 3116 East Superior Street.
The Committee believes the safety of students walking to school could be
improved through a number of different strategies.
topics will include:
• Addressing traffic around the school
• Creating a
trail crossing at Superior Street and Congdon Park Drive
• Implementing a
school speed zone
• Possible creation of community uses at Congdon Park
The Committee would like to
hear from parents and community members before taking these ideas forward to the
City of Duluth for further consideration.
National FFA Week takes place in
February and is a time to share what FFA is and the impact it has on its
Farmers of America" was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928.
Today, FFA helps its members to develop their own unique talents
and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways - FFA is also
the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians,
Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too!
Local members of FFA have been busy this year with many
projects, here are just a few:
--Invasive species- Buckthorn and Honeysuckle in the Certified DNR- "East
High School Forest"
tapping of maple trees in the forest.
over 200 trees in the forest with City of Duluth, neighbors and Duluth Stream
with Natural Resource Institute and UMD in a scientific study of effectiveness
of deer repellent: "Repellex" on White Pine in our forest.
--Implementation of the East School Garden
Man Project: FFA Members teach a lesson and assist Congdon
students in growing tomatoes
--Participated in the EHS Schoolyard Habitat Plan- built bird nest boxes
and feeders to be placed early spring.
& Duluth East High School Class Registration February 24 – March 9
Highly skilled teachers, a wide range of rigorous and
engaging course work and state-of-the-art facilities provide a rich learning
experience with many educational and extracurricular opportunities for all
multitude of course choices, check the Course Catalog at
--Modern teaching tools and science labs
--Advanced Placement, Honors Courses
--College In the Schools - Earn college credit in high
--Career/Tech Ed Training - medical, business, culinary arts,
and Music, including Band, Orchestra, Chorus – small and large
--Comprehensive interventions to boost reading and math
--Guidance and support to teach responsibility and
--Caring, experienced teachers - Average 17+ years experience, most hold
Masters Degree or higher
--Dozens of extracurricular activities, including
--School Spirit – Greyhound and Hunter Pride!
--Unique Local College/Post-Secondary Scholarship
--Students Emily Pohl
and Andrew Ngyugen represent Congressional District 8 on the Minnesota Youth
Council. The Minnesota Youth Council (MYC) is a collaboration of youth and
adults working together to empower and mobilize youth across the state to
exercise their voices, opinions. On March 7th they will be
participating in the first ever MYC Committee hearing at the State Capitol. The
MYC Committee advises legislators on youth related bills, thanks to the 2013
Omnibus E-12 Education Act.
Ordean East 8th Grade Orchestra will travel to the College Of St.
Benedict's February 28 to participate in a day long Middle School Orchestra
Festival. Over forty three Middle School Orchestras from the State of Minnesota
will perform at three different sites to advance to Tier 2 level. If selected to
Tier 2 they are invited in March to rehearse with members of the Minnesota
--Over 120 Marketing
and Business Students participated in the Regional Competition of the Business
Professionals of America in Grand Rapids. During the competition,
students from Duluth East High School received awards and are eligible to
advance to the State competition in Minneapolis.
Human Resource Management
Medical Office Procedures
Basic Office Systems And Procedures, 5th Fundamental Desktop
Administrative Support Concepts
Banking And Finance
Davidson: 4th Advanced
Word Processing Skills, 5th Medical Office
Dusek: 3rd Human
Computer Network Technology, 3rd Information Technology
Concepts, 4th PC Servicing And
Concepts, 4th Financial Math And
Fundamental Desktop Publishing
Computer Programming Concepts, 5th Insurance
Concepts, 5th PC Servicing And
Network Administration Using Microsoft, 4th Computer Network
Advanced Office Systems And Procedures
Halverson: 3rd Legal
Office Procedures, 3rd Advanced Office Systems
Human Resource Management, 2nd Management/Marketing/Human
Resources Concepts, 2nd Parliamentary Procedure
Concepts, 3rd Keyboarding
Production, 3rd Extemporaneous
Human Resource Management, 3rd Computer Network
Fundamental Desktop Publishing
Fundamental Desktop Publishing, 5th Project Management
Banking And Finance, 1st Insurance
Concepts, 5th Administrative
Graphic Design Promotion, 2nd Fundamental Desktop
Computer Programming Concepts, 3rd Banking And
Finance, 3rd Project Management
From Mike Roemhildt:
Band And the Big Time Jazz Orchestra Present:
Jazz and Java
Tuesday February 25, 7:30PM, Denfeld High School
44th Avenue East, Duluth
Tickets are Adults:
$5.00 Students: $3.00
Join us for great food
and coffee, win gifts from local
businesses such as:
Target, Applebees , Buffalo Wildwings, Home Depot and much more!
Program: Volunteer Positions Available
The Foster Grandparents
Program is looking for volunteers to help tutor and mentor children who need
extra academic and social assistance to achieve their full potential.
Volunteers serve 15-40 hours per week. In appreciation for
your time as a volunteer tutoring & mentoring children with special needs in
schools, daycares & Head Starts, the Program provides:
tax-free stipend of $2.65/hour
--Daily meal at some
--Vacation & sick
If you are
interested, contact the Foster Grandparent Program at 715-394-5384 or e-mail:
Kask, Duluth East High School, has been named Section 7 Assistant Coach of the
Year by the Minnesota Nordic Ski Coaches Association. Dave
has been the Assistant Nordic Ski Coach at Duluth East High School since the
2002-2003 ski season. Highlights in Dave’s
career as an Assistant Coach at Duluth East include:
2004 – Boys Team State
2007 – Girls Team
2011 – Boys Team State
2011 – Girls Team
2012 – Girls Team
2013 – Girls
Individual State Champion
following students have been awarded Artist of the Month at Stowe
Elementary, showing hard
work, dedication and creativity.
2014: Jasmyn Biddle,
Kamryn Hill, Hilary Walsburg, Alyssa Bowen, Grant Thompson, Gavin Zigich, Sienna