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Students Take On Emergency Preparedness
   Denfeld and Duluth East students attended a Minnesota HOSA training at Camp Ripley this week, designed to introduce them to disaster preparedness, foster community resiliency, and build leadership skills. Students are enrolled in Denfeld and Duluth East Medical Occupations or First Aid/BLS and EMR courses, part of ISD 709’s Career & Technical Education Program.

Denfeld Mural Project Unveiling Event
Please join us for the unveiling of a mural created by Denfeld students in collaboration with members of the community and visiting artist Jonathan Thunder.  
Free and Open to the Public
Date: December 14, 2017
Time:  4:00PM – 6:00PM
Place:  Denfeld High School Commons & Auditorium, 401 N. 44th Ave West
Presented by the Duluth American Indian Education Department

Lincoln Park Middle Schoolers Art Show
   The following students will have their artwork displayed at the Denfeld Whole Foods Co-op during the month of December, come see their amazing work!  Shayla Goodsky, Chloe Brown, DeLayna Auginash, Faith Grammer, Gigi Boheim, Annabelle Soderberg, Paris Allen, Javon Griggs, Kamryn Hill, Qamar Ali, Bella Corbett. Yavin Flowers, Jada Brown, Mya Yunk. 

Students Join Women in Welding Program 
   Abbigayle Lundberg, Duluth East, received an Anne Bancroft Dare to Dream Award and will learn to weld after school at the Duluth FAB Lab at Denfeld High School for two months. She’s joined by Grace Daniel, Andrea Sas and Abigail Dryke, recipients of an AMFA grant for women in welding incentive programs.
   The program provides personal encouragement and incentives through mentorship by women currently working as welders. They’ll work with Lindsay Paulseth from Altec and Roxane Simonsen, Denfeld Tech Tutor, who is completing her welding certification program from Lake Superior College. T


Heading to State!
   Congratulations Tim Hoeksema, Duluth East HS and member of the Duluth Debate Team! Tim earned a spot at the Minnesota State High School League Congressional Debate tournament in Minneapolis. He’ll represent Section 5AA during the state tournament January 12-13, 2018 at the University of Minnesota.

Denfeld, Duluth East Students Explore Careers
   Students took part in the annual "Dream It. Do It." tour to learn about manufacturing going on in their own back yard, local career opportunities and how Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills are put into practice in modern manufacturing facilities. Students visited:
>>AAR and Cirrus (Engineering class) 
>>Ikonics, SCS Interiors and APAvionics (Graphic Arts class) 
>>Altec and AAR (Automotive and Work-Based Learning class)
   About 125 students took part thanks to funding and support from APEX Duluth, Lake Superior Carl Perkins Grant Consortium, 360 MN. Thank you to all involved for this great opportunity!
Local Scholarship Available – Apply by January 15, 2018
   Now is the time to apply for the huge bounty of scholarships available to graduating high school seniors.  Duluth is truly blessed with a huge number of awards. Some are based on academics, but others, like the Minnesota Power Community Involvement Scholarship, recognize community volunteerism. Other scholarships limit their eligibility pool by financial need, prospective major, school attending or religious affiliation and, with over 50 scholarships, there’s something for everyone.  Find out what’s available by using the Eligibility Quiz on the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation website. 
   Applications are due by January 15, 2018.  They'll take some time to fill out, so start early. More information can be found on the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation website or by phone to 218-726-0232. 
December School Board Agenda Items - Detailed Information Online
(This is not a comprehensive list of Board agenda items)
>>Truth In Taxation Hearing: Minnesota's Truth in Taxation Law requires school districts to provide a public hearing before adopting a tax levy for the following year. The hearing includes a presentation about the current budget and proposed tax levies.
>>Fiscal Year 2017 Audit: The School Board will receive results of the annual independent audit for the past school year. This is the last step in closing out last year's financial statements.
>>Current Budget Year Update: The Board will hear an update based on numbers from a variety of sources, including the MN Department of Education. Generally, the projections and final numbers over which we have control are fairly close. As we gathered final data for last year, however, we found an unexpected loss of revenue, due in part to a change in the special education formula combined with increased expenses reflected in out-of-district tuition adjustments.
Duluth East Outdoor Classroom, Veterans Concert 
Thank you, Look at Lakeside, for the nice articles!

Thank You, Duluth Fire Department  
   Children and families from our Early Childhood Family Education Program (ECFE) visited the Duluth Fire Department, exploring and learning a lot about fire prevention and safety. Many thanks to firefighter Cory Flesch for the great tour!
Congratulations DFT Minnesota Teacher of the Year Nominees
   The DFT Teacher of the Year Committee met to review and select nominees to move forward for Education Minnesota’s 2018 Teacher of the Year program. Upon review and careful consideration of 12 nominations, a big congratulations to Holly Bowen Bailey, Ordean-East, Elizabeth Kersting-Peterson, Homecroft and Cindy Upton, Lowell. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year program, now in its 54th year, is the oldest and most prestigious recognition program in Minnesota to honor excellence in education. The program chooses one teacher to represent Minnesota's thousands of excellent educators. That teacher will be announced in May 2018.
Handle With Care
   This Duluth Police Department and Duluth School District partnership helps provide extra support for students who may have experienced trauma outside of school. Thanks to St. Louis County, First Witness Child Advocacy Center, and PAVSA for your assistance with the project!

Duluth East Hoops Helping Out 
Student athletes gave of their time to bell ring for The Salvation Army of Duluth, Minnesota.

Denfeld Hockey Team Brings Holiday Cheer to Local Families
Inspiration and Purpose
   Art students from the ISD 709 Area Learning Center visited The Prøve Gallery in downtown Duluth to see the 2017 Plys With Purpose exhibit and talk with gallery founder Flo Matamoros about DIY art showings, choosing artists and supporting the subculture of artists. Plys With Purpose is Prøve Gallery’s fourth exhibition and a silent auction of 30 crafted skateboard decks by local, national, and international artists all sharing one purpose, building skateboard parks in communities.
ISD 709 Career & Technical Education:  Graphic Arts and Digital Design
   Through this program, Denfeld and Duluth East students explore digital design and communication careers through hands-on use of industry-based software utilized in advertising, design and layout. Students apply and contextualize art concepts for client and business needs to provide an authentic learning environment and career connections.
ISD 709 Career & Technical Education:  Aerospace Physics 
   Students learn the concepts of Physics through exploration of Aerospace Engineering and Design. Students are introduced to theories of flight, principles of engineering, airplane design and manufacturing. 

2017 Greg Irons Staff Award Nominations Due by January 15
   Know a great educator who deserves a pat on the back or some special recognition? Consider nominating them for the Greg Irons Teacher/Staff Award. Named after a former ISD 709 teacher, the Award recognizes individuals who ‘demonstrate their belief that all students have worth and the desire to succeed and that responsibility, sincerity, honesty and hard work are the foundation of a person's life.’ Past winners have received a cash award of $500.
   Nominations are due by January 15, 2018. Applications are at and can be submitted electronically. Details at or 218-726-0232.
“Paws”ing to remember Catsby
Remembering Catsby, a favorite at Duluth East High School...

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Duluth School Board Honors Congdon Park Teacher 
   Jebeh Edmunds definitely deserves the Duluth News Tribune's 2017 20 Under 40 Award which looks for "awesomeness" in young leaders.  She teaches at Congdon Park Elementary and also taught at Myers-Wilkins Elementary. She holds a Masters of Science in Teaching from The College of St. Scholastica, is a Blandin Community Foundation Alum, recipient of a Minnesota Reading Corps Teacher Corps Scholarship, Cofounder of the multicultural blog and she founded the EBOLA BlockAID Fundraising initiative for Liberia. 
   Her service with the school district includes the Nettle Site Council Committee, ISD 709 African American Educational Advisory Committee, the ELA Adoption Team, and ISD 709 Professional Development Committee.  Congratulations, Jebeh!

Newly Tenured Teachers
   Following three years of rigorous evaluations, observations, in-servicing and mentoring, teachers and administrators who meet district standards and expectations are granted tenure.  This year’s newly tenured teachers were presented to the School Board and received formal recognition at the November 21 School Board meeting.  

Duluth East Choir Performs at Statewide Festival
   The A'Capella Choir appeared in a state-wide high school choral festival conducted American conductor/composer Mack Wilberg, artistic director of the internationally renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City UT.

Here's to Health
   A big thank you to Josh Gorham, PHN, St. Louis County Public Health (and newly elected School Board member), for teaching Lincoln Park Middle School students more about nutrition and inspiring healthy choices.

Record of Continuous Improvement (RCI) Presentations
   Throughout the school year, each school is providing an update to the Board regarding their school improvement plan. The work on RCI is led by the school's Continuous Improvement Team (CIT). Each school has gone through a comprehensive needs assessment and developed action steps to improve student outcomes. This month Duluth East and Congdon Park made presentations.
Secondary Schedule Task Force Update
   We recognize that our community would like more course options than can be accommodated under our current secondary schedule (6-Period Day).  Last spring, a process was designed to gain a full range of feedback from stakeholder groups and includes staff and family surveys. The process also involves a team of teachers and administrators from both high schools and middle schools to review the options, consider organizational priorities and make recommendations.
Rockridge Academy
   Woodland Hills Academy will soon be relocating their school operations to the Rockridge building. The Duluth school district provides the educational program for Woodland Hills.  District administration recommends the name change from Woodland Hills Academy to Rockridge Academy.
Duluth Special School Board Meeting November 28
   The Board heard from community members and staff regarding distribution of compensatory education dollars and equity. The interest and passion of the attendees is much appreciated and we hope all will continue to support a larger conversation regarding education equity in the coming months.
>>Plans for a community driven conversation about educational equity are being developed. Community advisers, focus groups, public input and board discussion will be used to develop a commitment to equity.
>>The FY 2019 budget process has already begun internally as we continue to build projections for the next school year, finalize enrollment and percentages of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch, which will determine Compensatory Education and Title I funding levels for next year. There will be opportunities for staff and public input through that process.
>>The preliminary planning stages for renewal of the 2013 levy referendum also began early last year.  In the coming weeks and months we will continue to develop a community vision for the referendum.

Early Childhood Education Counts - 
The Road to Graduation Starts at Birth
>>Research indicates high quality early learning experiences help children get ready to learn and succeed later in life.
>>Children who attend quality preschool are better prepared for kindergarten, behave better in class, have higher math and reading skills, and are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college.
>>They show better overall health, less depression and improved mental health.
ISD 709 Early Childhood Birth to Age 5 Programs - Do you know someone with a preschool age child? Pass along the information.

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2017 State MIEA Award for Leadership
   Edye Howes is the recipient of the 2017 Administrator of the Year Award from the Minnesota Indian Education Association (MIEA).  Ms. Howes is coordinator for the Office of American Indian Education for the Duluth Public Schools.  The Award recognizes Edye’s leadership, her work in the American Indian Education Community, the reflection of American Indian culture in her life/work and other achievements. Congratulations, Edye!


Ordean East Student Receives Greenhouse Grant
   Jackson Descombaz received a Youth in Philanthropy Grant to complete the inside of Ordean East Middle School’s greenhouse. This could help provide more locally grown food for the school cafeteria and more learning opportunities for students.  The grant is provided through the Northland Foundation and Minnesota Power.

Healthy Harvest
   The Duluth school district harvested more than 1,750 pounds of produce this fall, much of it making its way into school lunches, lessons and snacks. Many thanks to the community groups, organizations and individuals who help make this possible, especially Healthy Northland Farm to School, Essentia and coordinator Renee Willemsen.
Congratulations, Denfeld Swim & Dive Team! The girls team took 3rd at Sections, broke three records and is sending Erin Rudd and Shelby Johnson to State.
Stowe/Laura Mac Flag Football Program a Success: A big thank you for community support from D'Andre Sherill, Demetrice Whittaker, Duluth Area Family YMCA, the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland, the Duluth Police Department, the Valley Youth Center and from school principals Nathan Glockle and Clay Norman. WDIO-TV10
Meet Hunter, Denfeld High School's therapy dog!
Please Get Your Application In Now for Free/Reduced Price Lunch
A New Application Must Be Submitted Each Year
   Applying is easy and confidential; choose which application works best for you.
>>Apply online at, click the link and follow the instructions.  Online application is safe, secure, convenient and available 24/7.
>>OR fill out a hard copy form and submit by mail or drop off at the school office.   Hard copy forms are available from the school office, from the Child Nutrition Office or download an Application for free and reduced meals.
   Qualifying for free/reduced price lunch may also qualify families to pay a lower fee or no fee for school activities.  Students who qualify take the ACT Test at school for free.  Families who qualify are helping Duluth schools qualify for additional education funds and discounts. Approval for school meals is good for the school year.
Minnesota’s Immunization Law: Please be sure you’ve filed documentation of immunization or legal exemption with your school.
   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 beliefs.
   Minnesota’s Immunization 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 facility.
>>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 school.

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> Instructional Paraprofessionals (contract and substitutes)
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Chilly Reading Challenge  
   When a Lowell teacher asked Jen Larva, Principal, to participate in the Pizza Hut Book It Challenge, Jen immediately said yes.  The program encourages students to set a reading goal – if they meet the goal they receive a certificate and a reward.  In this case, their reward was seeing the Principal spend a day out in the cold reading Betsy Bowen books to students.  Said Jen, “If I had known it was going to be so cold, I might have picked a different challenge!  Brr!” 


As cold, snowy weather hits the Northland, Carolyn Zanko knit 69 hats, 57 mittens and four quilts for donation to our schools.  Thank you Ms. Zanko, for your generosity.

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