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ISD 709 News

posted Nov 17, 2017, 11:10 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 11:10 AM ]




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!


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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.

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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.
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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.
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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
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Meet Hunter, Denfeld High School's therapy dog!
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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 www.paypams.com/onlineapp, 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.
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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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***Please Share*** 
DULUTH PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE HIRING - APPLY TODAY
   Apply online at www.isd709.org/community/job-opportunities, click Online Application.  Call (218) 336-8722 for more information.  
   Use our computers to apply! Available 9AM - 3PM Monday thru Friday in the Human Resources Department at Historic Old Central High School (215 N 1st Ave East). Parking available in the Third Street parking lot, use the Third Street entrance to enter the building.
> Food Service Helpers (contract and substitutes)
> Instructional Paraprofessionals (contract and substitutes)
> Special Education Paraprofessionals (contract and substitutes)
> Supervisory Paraprofessionals (contract and substitutes)
> Custodians (contract and substitutes)
> School Bus Drivers Substitutes
> Bus Helpers Substitutes
> Certified Substitutes with a valid MN teaching license
> Homebound Teachers with valid MN teaching license
(short call substitute license is not eligible)
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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!” 

  
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Heartwarming! 
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.

ISD 709 News

posted Nov 10, 2017, 9:45 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Nov 10, 2017, 9:47 AM ]


2017 Annual Report for the Community
   Many, many thanks to all who contributed to this event, including people representing our Schools, Programs, Denfeld Deli, Denfeld Choir, Denfeld Band, Volunteers, Lincoln Park MS Staff and all participants; to the schools who provided photo and video opportunities, to the teachers and staff who helped with the video and the administrators and managers who helped compile information for the booklet.  
   All helped make this a great night for our Duluth Public Schools.

Media Coverage:
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Governor Dayton Proclaims Community Education Day
   In his proclamation, MN Governor Mark Dayton said, "Community Education enables full use of public facilities, programs and services by every age group in the community.  When local communities identify their own needs and resources and public agencies work cooperatively, communities will thrive."  Thanks to our Duluth Community Education staff for the multitude of opportunities they provide our city!
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Denfeld High School Begins New Work to Improve Student Outcomes
   It's called BARR — Building Assets, Reducing Risks — and it was created by a St. Louis Park, Minn., school counselor in 1998. It's grown into a national model, and is now in more than 80 schools in 13 states. The federal government has invested in it with multiple grants.
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Congratulations Johanna Caskey, Ryan Johnston, Brita Larsen, Angela Park, Annika Pokorny, and Kahl Steinmetz, Duluth East High School, named as Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Commended students are recognized for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the PSAT.

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Bravo, Denfeld & Duluth East Theater Students  
   Sold out shows for Beauty & the Beast at Duluth East, packed houses for High School Musical at Denfeld. Congratulations to all student actors, crew, sponsors and advisors on two hugely successful productions!


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Congratulations Rebecca Miles and Molly Weberg for All-State Academic Honors! The two Duluth East Cross Country runners finished in the top 15 at sections and hold 4.0 GPA's.
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Denfeld, Duluth East Students Building Home
   Duluth Denfeld and Duluth East carpentry students are helping Lake Superior College students build a beautiful home in Hermantown this fall.  They’re taking part in Construction Technology classes, part of ISD 709’s Career & Technical Education program.

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Congdon Park Students Enjoy Science Night
Thanks, UMD, and all who helped make this engaging night possible!
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Duluth East Graduate Selected First BA/MD Cohort at U of M
   Tatianna Maghan was one of 10 students chosen to be in this cohort.   is the fourth from the right.  The U of M receives approximately 40,000 applications for the freshman class each year, and Tatianna was one of 10 students chosen to be in this cohort.  The B.A./M.D. pipeline program enables students to gain the knowledge and confidence needed to thrive during their medical training and careers.  
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Article:  Student rewards…that aren’t junk food!
   Have I mentioned that I’m tired of all the junk food at my daughter’s elementary school? And I am not talking about what they’re serving in the cafeteria. I am talking about the junk food that’s constantly being used for rewards, parties and activities.

ISD 709 News

posted Nov 1, 2017, 2:48 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 2:48 PM ]





Denfeld Theater Presents:
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
See this Disney smash hit come to life on the historic Denfeld Auditorium stage!
November 2 - 4: 7:00PM
November 5:  2:00PM
$10 General Admission, Tickets sold at the door.
Denfeld High School, 401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth

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Denfeld’s Gibson Selected for All-State  
Ben Gibson was selected for All-State by the Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association. Players are nominated by coaches, and all-state selection committees vote to determine which players make the First and Second teams.  Congratulations, Ben! Thank you, LeAnn Jaksha Photography, for the great pics.


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Duluth East Division Champs  
The Duluth East Greyhound Cheer Team took first and won division champions at the 10,000 Lakes Competition. Congratulations, proud of your hard work and determination!





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Denfeld, Duluth East Earn Energy Star Certification
  Report cards are in and these two high schools are among the most energy efficient learning environments in the country!  The accomplishment reflects a long-time commitment to energy efficiency and continues today with a focused facilities management team and support from Minnesota Power...(read the article)    WDIO-TV10

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Denfeld Student Leaders Up Their Skills
   Members of the Denfeld High School Link Crew attended a conference in Coon Rapids in October, a great learning experience!  Student groups like Denfeld's Link Crew and Duluth East's Hound Pack are trained to support incoming ninth grade students, orienting them to the school, informing them of activities and opportunities, making introductions and helping them feel at home. 

ISD 709 News

posted Oct 31, 2017, 2:23 PM by Communications ISD 709


ISD 709 News

posted Oct 24, 2017, 1:06 PM by Communications ISD 709

National School Bus Safety Week
   Thank you to our ISD 709 and Voyageur Bus Company drivers who get thousands of students to school safely every day!
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State Bound ‘Hounds:  Congratulations to the 
Duluth East Boys Soccer Team!


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Congratulations, Denfeld Debate Team
 
   Great performance at Coon Rapids!  Autumn Zierman and Quinten Rimolde, champions in Public Forum Debate; Tim Hoeksema, 4th in Congressional Debate; Grace Hollander and Elsa Madson Honorable Mention as best speakers. Congrats coaching staff Fred Friedman, Brian Schilling and all team members.

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Invitation from Bill Gronseth, Superintendent:
   “To learn more about where we’re going and what we’re doing in Duluth Public Schools, I invite you to attend our Annual Report for the Community, Thursday November 9, 6:00PM at Lincoln Park Middle School.  It’s informative and fun, an evening showcasing our schools, student work and performance, with music by members of the Denfeld Band and Choir, and delicious food by students in the Denfeld Deli culinary arts program.  It’s free and open to the public, all are welcome; I hope you’ll join us.”
Lincoln Park Middle School is located at 3215 West 3rd Street in Duluth.
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Hunters and 'Hounds Help Out
   Denfeld and Duluth East Key Clubs conducted Camp In a Box events to help raise awareness of homelessness and collect funds for Life House. These caring high school students collected about $1,125 at Denfeld and $2,000 at Duluth East. Life House will use the funds to support area teens as they move into permanent housing.  Life House provides for the needs of young people left to fend for themselves on the streets, providing a place where youth can reclaim a positive, healthy and hopeful future.

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Thank You, Jonathan Thunder
   Denfeld and Duluth East High School students are invited to work with painter and digital media artist Jonathan Thunder to create a mural at Denfeld High School for the Duluth American Indian Education Department. They'll be working on the project after school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting October 18.
   Thunder’s work has been featured in many state, regional, and national exhibitions, as well as local and international publications. He has won several awards in SWAIA's Annual Class 'X' Moving Images competition for his animation work on multiple projects.
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Duluth Public Schools American Indian Education Department
   We Are Here to Support You:  We are in an ever changing world, and how we view and identify
with race and ethnicity is ever changing too. However, most school districts have created additional departments to help support groups that are at times under-represented, or that may demonstrate a special need. This can be anything from culture and language to academics, tutoring and mentorship. One group in our district that falls within this category is the Duluth Public Schools American Indian Education Department, which has their own set of staff and is spread throughout various sites within our district.
   Who Qualifies?  As educators we believe in supporting all students, but our main focus is American Indian and Alaskan Native students. These students are anyone who has self-identified or who a parent has identified as being a descendant of an American Indian or Alaskan Native family member or who is an enrolled member of a tribe themselves.
   How Do We Know Who You Are?  In the beginning of the year parents and guardians complete paperwork for their child or dependent. Within this paperwork is an area that asks the ethnicity of the child. Most of the time, you can only choose one race. Other times you can choose more than one option, which makes sense. However, if a parent or guardian is interested in receiving services for their child and are A.I. or A.N., this must be marked on the information cards under the race and ethnicity section.
   If a person is A.I. or A.N. and chooses not to identify or use our services, that is okay too. If you are a parent or guardian of an A.I. or A.N. student and would like these services available to your child, please make sure the paperwork is filled out correctly. If you have already filled out the paperwork and have not identified your child but want to, you can do this or make changes at any time.
Miigwech!
Amanda Horton, American Indian Home Liaison
East High School, Ordean East Middle School
ISD 709 American Indian Education Department:  (218) 336 - 8700 ext. 1149 and 1152
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Food For Thought Student-Run Restaurant Open to Public
   High school students offer a classical menu for the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Duluth East. 
   Reservations and orders are required at least 24 hours in advance and become part of the lesson plan as students learn introductory and advanced techniques in line cooking, culinary skills and the intricacies of service. 
   All this makes for a unique experience, a hidden gem for dining in Duluth. Check online for details
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Duluth East HS Theatre presents Musical
"BEAUTY & THE BEAST"
October 26-28, 7:00PM: Tickets can be purchased with cash or check the evening of the show. Tickets go on sale at 6:00PM with general admission seating and doors opening at 6:30PM. The show starts at 7:00PM.
October 29, 1:00PM: Sunday matinee ticket sales begin at 12Noon with doors opening at 12:30PM. The matinee begins at 1:00PM.
Duluth East High School, 301 N. 40th Ave East, Duluth
$10 Students, $15 Adults, kids under 5 Free
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Coming in November, Denfeld High School students are hard at work, prepping and rehearsing a production of "HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL!"
Mark your calendar and get ready to see this Disney smash hit come to life on the Denfeld Auditorium stage: 
November 2 - 4: 7;00PM
November 5: 2:00PM
$10 General Admission, Tickets sold at the door.
Denfeld High School, 401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth

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Visual/Media Arts teacher Debra Hannu was selected to serve on the Minnesota Department of Educations's Arts Standards Committee.  Tasked with updating the MN Academic Standards in the Arts, the committee work will take place over the course of the school year.
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Exploring Possibilities:
Students from Denfeld High School traveled to the Minneapolis College of Art & Design this month. They toured the school, had their portfolios reviewed by several colleges and universities
and spent time at the Minneapolis Art Institute. 
--Riding the Rails: Students in Jennifer Fabbro’s class at Denfeld High School took a ride on the Lake Superior Railroad, with fall colors peaking and gorgeous weather.  
--Schools Go Crunch:  Apple Crunch Day was a big success, with students across our district taking healthy bites out of local produce. Thank you, Healthy Northland Farm to School!
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Join KEY Zone Thursday, October 26 for Nationwide Lights on Afterschool Event
   Celebrating the importance of keeping the lights on and doors open after school and showcasing the remarkable work done by students. A powerful reminder that afterschool programs offer a range of supports to children and families.
   Connect with your KEY Zone site to see what kinds of activities will be going on. Duluth’s Enger Tower will be lit up in blue and gold that evening to bring awareness to this national initiative.
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ISD 709 News

posted Oct 12, 2017, 10:13 AM by Communications ISD 709

October is Principal Appreciation Month
   Thanks to all Duluth Public School principals and school administrators for your leadership, hard work, and dedication to helping every student succeed, every day!
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Enrollment on the Rebound?  Duluth School District Enrollment Up
"We are starting off with higher numbers, not only higher than we projected but higher than last year, which is great," said Duluth superintendent Bill Gronseth.
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Sharing Our Vision:
2017 ISD 709 Annual Report for the Community
An evening of music, food, school exhibits, program displays and information 
regarding the education of Duluth’s children.
Free and Open to the Public, All Welcome!
Thursday November 9, 2017
6:00PM – 7:30PM
Lincoln Park Middle School
3215 West Third Street, Duluth MN
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VIDEO:  11 Year Old Narrowly Misses Getting Struck by a Truck After Exiting School Bus
   Please be alert around school buses, follow the law and watch out for little ones! A reminder that as of Aug. 1, drivers who violate the state's school bus stop arm law will face a larger fine as citations increase from $300 to $500 this year.
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Respect the Rice:  
Students in Lowell Elementary's Misaabekong Ojibwe Language Immersion program spent time outdoors this week, experiencing traditional wild rice (manoomin) processing. 




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Lifesaving Work:
  ABO Hounds did it again! Largest blood drives in the region with 268 units collected in 2017. Their next blood drive is November 10. Thank you, students, staff, donors.



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Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
--Kindness in Chalk:  During Bullying Prevention & Awareness Month, students from Lowell Elementary wrote messages of kindness across the school sidewalks.
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Talking with Children About Tragedy
   With the recent shooting in Las Vegas we want to share some best practices for talking with your children about tragedies of any nature. 
>>First, our responses matter. This is an opportunity to have healthy conversations and shape core beliefs. Listen and validate feelings, then share information. Talk about the good people are doing as much or more than the tragedy itself.
>>Second, limit exposure to information, news, and visual imagery that is developmentally appropriate and they can handle. You know your children best. At the same time, most kids have likely seen or heard about the shooting in Las Vegas, whether you talked about it with them or not. Ask them what they’ve seen, heard, or have questions about. 
>>Third, you don’t have to figure this out on your own. Talk with family members, friends, your child’s doctor, or a local mental health provider. 
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PLEASE SHARE: From the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation:
What if every single child in this community had the opportunity to reach their full potential?
We invite you—our neighbors from every corner of Duluth—to be our guest as we kick off a major initiative to forge a path to better opportunity for all of our kids.
OPPORTUNITY RISING:  Our promise to our kids.
Community-Wide Dinner October 25
Join us to share a warm meal of soup and bread, meet each other and learn how—by working together—we can provide rising opportunities for all our kids. 
Date:   Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:  5:30PM–7:30PM, Program begins at 6:00PM
Place: Lincoln Park Middle School—Commons Area, 3215 W 3rd St, Duluth, MN 55806
Need a Ride? Free rides to and from the event will be provided.
Event Free and Open to the Public 
RSVP: Seating will be limited, so please let us know you are coming, and if you need a ride, by October 18. Call 218.726.0232 or RSVP ONLINE HERE
NOTE!  If you registered prior to 10/12/17, please use the link above to register again. The link provided in previous messages was a test and did not capture RSVPs. The Foundation apologizes for the confusion.
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Wellness Supports Learning 
   Research clearly demonstrates that attendance and academic performance are linked to good nutrition and physical activity.  Making healthy choices during the school day can be helpful in supporting a child’s education. The goal this school year is to work collaboratively with employees, families and students to make further progress through the ISD 709 Wellness Policy:
Food and beverages marketed to students meet USDA Nutritional Guidelines
All foods and beverages sold on school grounds to students during the school day(including items sold a la carte in the cafeteria, vending machines, schools stores, in-school fundraisers) meet USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards at a minimum. 
Provide healthy ideas for celebrations and parties, classroom snacks, rewards and incentives and fundraisers held outside the school day, including alternatives to food and a list of foods and beverages that meet Smart Snacks nutrition standards.
Proactively teaching and encouraging positive recess behavior and indoor active recess throughout the year
Providing periodic classroom breaks for students to stand and be moderately active
Encouraging walking and biking to and from school based on age appropriate standards 

Resources for Nutrition, Foods That Meet USDA Compliance:
Pam Bowe, ISD 709 Child Nutrition Manager:  Pamela.Bowe@ISD709.org
Josh Gorham, ISD 709 Wellness Committee: gorhamj@stlouiscountymn.gov
Fundraising Resources:
Questions regarding the ISD 709 Wellness Policy:
Amy Starzecki, ISD 709 Assistant Superintendent:  Amy.Starzecki@ISD709.org

ISD 709 News

posted Oct 9, 2017, 1:40 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 1:53 PM ]

October is National Bullying Prevention & Awareness Month
   As members of the Duluth community, we value creating welcoming environments where the uniqueness of each person is honored, recognizing that we all come from many different circumstances and cultures.
   We strive to provide safe, secure and respectful learning environments for all students in our school buildings, on school grounds, school buses and at school-sponsored activities.  A safe and civil environment is needed for students to learn and achieve and to promote healthy human relationships.
   Click here to learn more about local school policies related to bullying behaviors.  For tips and information about what you can do to address bullying check:
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Indigenous Peoples Day – October 9, 2017
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From the Duluth Indigenous Commission:
   The public is invited to a special event to recognize and raise awareness of Indigenous people's culture, contributions and current issues in our community. 
   Thursday, October 12, the public is invited to the annual Feast and Forum to be held at 5:30 PM in the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center (AICHO/Trepanier Hall), 212 W. Second St. in downtown Duluth. This yearly celebration is open to the public from 5:30PM - 9:00PM where attendees can bring a dish to share and discuss the most serious issues facing our Indigenous community today. The topics will deal with issues affecting Native youth today—primarily in educational disparity and opioid addiction.  The event is free and open to the public.
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ISD 709 Wellness - Encourage Students with Healthy Alternatives
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From the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation:
What if every single child in this community had the opportunity to reach their full potential?
We invite you—our neighbors from every corner of Duluth—to be our guest as we kick off a major initiative to forge a path to better opportunity for all of our kids.
OPPORTUNITY RISING:  Our promise to our kids.
Community-Wide Dinner October 25
Join us to share a warm meal of soup and bread, meet each other and learn how—by working together—we can provide rising opportunities for all our kids.
Date:   Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:  5:30PM–7:30PM, Program begins at 6:00PM
Place: Lincoln Park Middle School—Commons Area, 3215 W 3rd St, Duluth, MN 55806
Need a Ride? Free rides to and from the event will be provided.
Event Free and Open to the Public
RSVP: Seating will be limited, so please let us know you are coming, and if you need a ride, by October 18. Call 218.726.0232 or rsvp online here.
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Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation

--2017 Walk/Bike to School Day:
  Over 1,000 students turned out to promote active lifestyles this month - joined by Superintendent Bill Gronseth and Duluth Mayor Emily Larson. Many thanks to all the families, staff and community
members who helped with this event.
--Denfeld Holds National Honor Society Induction:  Denfeld held its National Honor Society induction ceremony this month and welcomed Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken, DHS Class of '87, as the keynote speaker. Congratulations,Hunter scholars!
--Leaders of the Pack:  Myers-Wilkins Elementary presented several students with the first ever “Leader of the Pack” Award this month.  The award was a
surprise for the students and presented with family members present.  It’s a way to recognize students who demonstrate school wide expectations of being respectful, responsible and safe. 
--Thanks, Mr. Erickson: Denfeld High School and Harvard University alum Cliff Erickson visited Denfeld to share his post-secondary experiences at an Ivy League school and to encourage students to aim high, set goals and pursue the life they want after high school. Mr. Erickson visits the school each year, thanks for inspiring our students
--Inspiring Musicians:  Orchestra students from Ordean East Middle School attended the Minnesota Orchestra concert at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis this month.
--Denfeld Key Club Pies Teachers (for a good cause):  Members of the Denfeld Key Club organized a Coin War, pitting teachers against students.  Students collected the most change, earning science teacher Robert Fox and English teacher Matthew Pursi pies in the face. Coin War proceeds totaled $626 and went to the school’s Special Education Department to fund field trips for students in that program.
--Homecroft’s Kersting Peterson Named Teacher of the Year:  The Bong Chapter of the Air Force Association named Elizabeth Kersting Peterson their Chapter Teacher of the Year.  She was selected from a group of nearly 40 candidates for demonstrated excellence in education and in recognition of sustained, outstanding performance as an educator.
--Exchange Program a Great Success:  Duluth East hosted nearly 30 students from Albstadt, Germany as part of the German American Partnership Program (GAPP).  The students visited the North Shore,
MN State Capitol, and the Mall of America and experienced American life with their host families. In June 2018, Duluth East German language students will visit their German partners during a three-week stay in Germany, visiting Berlin, Munich, and Austria, in addition to living with their host families.
--Students Dig Sustainable Farming:  Lincoln Park and Ordean East Middle School science students had a great time at the UMD Land Lab, aka Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) Farm. They learned about a variety of
topics including pollinators and soil. Some favorites include harvesting squash and eating fresh carrots. Many thanks to volunteers, UMD, and Duluth Community Gardening.
--Metamorphosis:  Piedmont Elementary students learned about the life cycle, migration and habits of monarch butterflies.  Tom Uecker and Carolyn Schroeder from Duluth Monarch Buddies
provided three chrysalides for each classroom so students could watch them become butterflies, identify male and females, and then tag and release the monarchs for their migration to Mexico.
Thank you, Duluth Monarch Buddies, for this opportunity.
--Eyes on the Skies:  Students from Congdon Park Elementary took a field trip to Hawk Ridge to continue study of birds of the boreal forest. Many thanks to Hawk Ridge educators for the great, hands-on learning experience.
--Touchdown:  Thanks to everyone helping out with flag football for Stowe and Laura MacArthur Elementary students, lots of healthy, active fun!
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2018 Twin Ports Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Mass Choir Rehearsals 
“Birth of a New Nation”
Guest Clinician:  Mr. Johnny Barker from St. Louis, Missouri
October 16-20, 2017  6:00PM
Peace United Church of Christ
1111 North 11 Avenue East, Duluth, MN
OPEN TO ALL
For More Information email: henryleonbanks@gmail.com
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New Members Welcome!
   The Historic Old Central Museum Committee welcomes alumni and interested community members to join their group. They’re dedicated to preserving Duluth's educational heritage, connecting today's youth with tradition, and instilling a common vision of respect for the value of public education.
Committee members:
>>Manage a local high school Scholarship program
>>Manage donations and assist with sales of t-shirts, yearbooks and prints to support scholarships
>>Manage and maintain the 1890’s Classroom Museum
>>Conduct tours of the Historic Old Central High School building and clock tower by appointment
   Learn more by attending a monthly meeting, held the first Friday of each month from 9:00AM to 11:00AM in Room 112 of Historic Old Central High School, 215 N. 1st Avenue East. 
Contact us, we’re happy to answer questions:
218-724-1887 or email shirleyevensen@gmail.com
218-728-2904 or nancylsm@charter.net
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ISD 709 News

posted Sep 29, 2017, 1:45 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 1:47 PM ]






Denfeld Students Travel to National College Fair 
   Denfeld High School students attended the National College Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center this week. The students had an opportunity to meet with college reps from hundreds of colleges and universities across the U.S. and around the world. 


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2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
   Congratulations Lucie Han, Alison Lee, and Isabella Sutherland , Duluth East High School!  They qualify as Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by achieving PSAT scores in the top 1% in the nation.

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Thank You, Community School Coordinators
   During Community School Coordinators Appreciation Week, we’d like to share our appreciation for the people who are supporting the Community School model at Denfeld, Lincoln Park and Myers-Wilkins.  They’re building a strong bridge between the schools and community, working diligently to create and manage partnerships that allow students to learn and thrive.   
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You’re Invited, Please Join Us!
2017 ISD 709 Annual Report for the Community
Thursday November 9, 2017
Lincoln Park Middle School
3215 W. 3rd Street, Duluth, MN 
6:00PM – 6:30PM: Music, Displays, Booths  
6:30PM – 7:00PM: Annual Report Overview
7:00PM – 7:30PM: Light refreshments by ISD 709 Culinary Arts Students
Music, Displays, Booths
Free and open to the public.  For information call 218-336-8752.
Copies of the 2017 Annual Report will be available at the event and online at www.ISD709.org.
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Activities, Accomplishment, Appreciation
>>Fun Field Trip to UMD Farm:  A great day of digging in with FIELD based learning at UMD Sustainable Agriculture Program Farm.  Over 600 Ordean East & Lincoln Park Middle School students visited the farm as part of their Life Science classes.  WDIO-TV10, KQDS-TV21
>>Taking the Field:   A great first flag football practice for Stowe and Laura MacArthur Elementary students – many thanks to staff and community members who are helping with this opportunity.
>>Supporting Student Achievement:  ISD 709 adds social-emotional learning specialists to two schools…  Duluth News Tribune  
>>Pathways2Teaching:  Recruiting teachers with a social justice hook… Duluth News Tribune
>>Celebrating Author Roald Dahl’s Birthday:  KEY Zone students at Homecroft Elementary celebrated this popular author of children’s books with stories and art projects.    
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Duluth East HS Theatre presents Musical “Beauty & the Beast”
October 26-28, 7:00PM:  Tickets can be purchased with cash or check the evening of the show. Tickets go on sale at 6:00PM with general admission seating and doors opening at 6:30PM.  The show starts at 7:00PM.
October 29, 1:00PM: Sunday matinee ticket sales begin at 12Noon with doors opening at 12:30PM.  The matinee begins at 1:00PM.
$10 Students, $15 Adults, kids under 5 Free
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Coming in November:   Denfeld HS Theater presents “High School Musical”
Disney’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on the Denfeld Auditorium stage! 

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Minnesota's Immunization Law:  Be sure you've submitted documentation of your child's vaccinations or legal exemption to your school.  More
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POP: Power of Produce Club, Free Fresh Fruits & Veggies for Kids thru October 18   
   Through October 19, children any age can receive a $4 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers at the Lincoln Park Farmers Market. The Farmers Market is held Thursdays from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at the Harrison Community Center, 3002 W. 3rd Street in Duluth. 
POP is made possible through collaboration with Community Action Duluth, Lincoln Park Middle School, St. Louis County, University of Minnesota Extension and Healthy Northland.
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Community Support Means Everything
   Many thanks to employees of Maurices for including our schools in their Grand Give event! They helped restock clothes at Myers-Wilkins Elementary, helped out in the Denfeld Hunter Hut and brought donations for the school’s clothing and supply closets for Duluth East students in need.  They also worked in East’s school forest classroom and in the school garden helping the Forestry class and culinary classes.  
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A Warm Welcome…
 
   Myers-Wilkins Elementary is named after Duluth Community leaders Ruth Myers and Marjorie Wilkins. Working together and as individuals, their contributions did much to enhance the quality of educational programs and schools in Duluth
   Brenda Joy Doggett, granddaughter of Ms. Myers, stopped in to visit the school in September.  Ms. Doggett said she was impressed with Myers-Wilkins and hopes to visit again.
   THE HISTORY: Ruth Myers served in many leadership roles, including the Board of Education of the Duluth Public Schools and the Minnesota State Board of Education.  She received an honorary doctoral degree from UMD and received several awards, including the Minnesota Indian Education Association Elder of the Year; Marvelous Minnesota Woman Award; UMD Chancellor’s Distinguished Civil Service Award; and University of Minnesota President Hasselmo’s Diversity Award, among others.   
   Marjorie Wilkins was the first African American woman graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing and later became the first African American anesthetist at St. Luke’s Hospital.  She served as Duluth NAACP President and on the board of the United Way, and assumed a leadership role in many other community organizations.  .
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Free PACER Workshop for Parents & Professionals   
PACER Center is bringing their free “How Parents Can Effectively Communicate with the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team” workshop to Duluth.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017  6:30PM to 8:30PM
Hampton Inn 310 Canal Park Dr. Duluth, MN 55802
To register, please contact: PACER CENTER 952-838-9000
(Voice) 800-537-2237 (Toll free) PACER.org/workshops
If an ASL interpreter is needed, call 952-838-1338 with 48 hrs. notice
• Are you effective when advocating for your child at IEP meetings?
• Are you able to ask clarifying questions or speak up if you disagree
with what the school is proposing?
This interactive workshop will help you build effective communication skills with your child’s IEP team.
This workshop is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.
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Attendance Works! Students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate and find good jobs. A high school graduate makes, on average, a million dollars more than a dropout over a lifetime. Learn more at www.AttendanceWorks.org 
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ISD 709 News

posted Sep 22, 2017, 12:19 PM by Communications ISD 709

Lincoln Park Middle School Receives State Recognition 
   The Minnesota Department of Education chose Lincoln Park Middle School as a 2017 PBIS Sustaining Exemplar School. The award recognizes schools for successful work using Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS).
   PBIS is a data driven program used throughout the state, with training and technical support to promote improvements in student behavior.  It helps schools set clear expectations for students, teachers and families and provides new ways to address behavior issues.
   Congratulations to Lincoln Park staff, students and families.  Thank you for all you do to promote safe, welcoming environments in our schools.
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High School Chefs Take 1st Place Amateur Division Award and People’s Choice Award at 2017 United Way Chili Cook-Off!  
   Students in ISD 709’s Culinary Arts program and their instructor Chef Glenn D’Amour cooked up an award-winning Black Bean and Chipotle Chili for the 2017 Head of the Lakes United Way Chili Cook-off. Many thanks to the United Way and sponsors of this year's cook-off for putting together a great event!
The students are part of Duluth East's student-run restaurant Food for Thought which re-opens to the public October 24.
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Congratulations, CJ Ham!   
   Denfeld Alum and Minnesota Viking CJ Ham scored his first NFL touchdown against the Steelers last Sunday. "There's not much magic to it," Ham said. "It's just one of those smash-mouth football plays. Grab the ball, find some space and squeeze in there."


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Myers-Wilkins Collaborative Receives 2017 Touchstone Award
   Congratulations to the Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative and all 2017 Touchstone Award recipients and finalists who dedicate themselves to helping our communities.
Touchstone Awards:
>>Inclusiveness:  The Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative for its Enhancing Youth Opportunities program, which provides students new experiences such as field trips, STEM experiments and a gardening club.
>>Civic Engagement: The Scott Anderson Leadership Forum for providing leadership training to area high school students. The program, now in its 13th year, has provided foundational leadership skills and programs to hundreds of teens across the Northland.
>>Generosity: The American Red Cross Serving Northern Minnesota for its Home Fire Campaign, an effort to provide education and smoke detectors to residents to prevent fires, provide early escape warning and ultimately save lives.
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Press Release from American Choral Directors Association of MN (ACDA-MN)
Duluth East High School Choir Selected for Statewide Festival
  The Duluth East High School A Cappella Choir, under the direction of Jerome Upton through competitive audition, has been selected to appear in a state-wide high school choral festival conducted by noted American conductor/composer Mack Wilberg, artistic director of the internationally renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City UT.
   An Americana Portrait with Mack Wilberg will feature six outstanding Minnesota high school choirs appearing together on Friday, November 17, 8:00 pm at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi.  
   Choirs performing individually and together as a combined choir are:
Centennial High School, Chanhassen High School, Duluth East High School, Angelica Cantanti Singers (Bloomington), St. Michael-Albertville High School, and Northfield High School.
   General admission tickets are available at:  AmericanaPortrait.Brownpapertickets.com or at the door prior to the performance.
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Birth to Age 5:  Early Childhood Education Counts!
   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 will engage our learning community in understanding the importance of early learning, work to identify and address barriers for accessing early learning programs, and build partnerships to support early childhood education.  
    A variety of helpful programs for families and their children are available through the Duluth Public Schools.
   Preschool:  Prepares each child for success in Kindergarten and beyond with social-emotional, language, physical and intellectual development.  Fun, affordable classes, licensed teachers, research-based curriculum and locations throughout the city.  Early childhood special education services available.  MN Parent Award Rated – Four Stars of Excellence, the highest rating possible.
   Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE):  Enriching classes and activities help families strengthen and support their child’s early learning and development.  For families with children ages birth through 4 years old.
Income-based financial assistance available. For more information:
Phone: 218-336-8890 or 218-336-8815
Email: earlychildhood@isd709.org
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Misaabekong Ojibwe Language Immersion Program Receives $80,065 Grant
   The program submitted and was awarded a State of Minnesota Indian Affairs Council grant for the 2017-18 school year.  Funds will help cover costs for an Ojibwe Immersion Coordinator, technology for students, curriculum development and family/teacher Ojibwe Language Camps.
   The Misaabekong Ojibwe Language Immersion program is an option currently offered for Kindergarten and Grades 1, 2 and 3 at Lowell Elementary, 2000 Rice Lake Road in Duluth.  
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Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
>>High School Students Help Out Kiwanis - Members of the Duluth East Key Club helped out with the Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth's annual Kite Fly, a free event for children and families.
>>Taking It Outdoors - Forestry Field Day is fun, hands-on learning for our students, everything from wildfire prevention to forest management to conservation. Many thanks to area organizers for this opportunity! 
>>Community Partners - Thank you to the Smithville Garden Club for coming to Stowe Elementary to help judge their annual Fruit, Flower and Vegetable event.  
>>Lions Pride – Lowell Elementary students showed their Lions Pride at a kickoff assembly for the new school year, wearing red shirts and promoting Safe, Kind, Respectful and Honest behaviors.
>>Homegrown Color, Design, Shapes, Sizes - The Piedmont Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Show for 2017 was a success! Thank you to all of the staff and students who participated and showcased their work. A special thanks to PTA for bringing this event to life each year.
>> Stowe Elementary Receives $14,484 Grant for Fresh Fruits, Veg - The Minnesota Department of Education awarded the grant, which will be used to purchase produce and food preparation equipment.
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From the MN Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund:
Join the Super Snack Challenge!
   Eating healthy snacks helps children put their best foot forward both on and off the field.  And this year, it might take them to the Super Bowl Festival! 
   Children in Minnesota between the ages of 8 and 14 are invited by the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund to submit a healthy snack recipe as part of Super Snack Challenge.  Your Super Snack could be selected as one of the 52 winning snacks, earning you a chance to attend the Super Snack Challenge Kids Tailgate Party during the 10-day Super Bowl LII festival. 
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ISD 709 News

posted Sep 15, 2017, 11:41 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 11:42 AM ]

Congratulations Jebeh Edmunds, Recipient of the 2017 20 Under 40 Award! 
   Jebeh is a teacher 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 and works to educate, teach, and inspire young Duluth learners every day.  Congratulations, Jebeh!    Duluth News Tribune

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High School Chefs Cooking Up Community Support
   Students in ISD 709’s Culinary Arts program and their instructor, Chef Glenn D’Amour, are cooking up a Black Bean and Chipotle Chili for next week’s 2017 United Way Chili Cook-off! The dish features fresh tomatoes and onions from the Duluth East School Garden.
   The Cook-off draws over 1,500 chili lovers and over 40 chilies. Area chefs vie for bragging rights while the public joins the fun by sampling and voting for their favorite. Please give these high school chefs your support if you attend!
2017 Head of the Lakes United Way Chili Cook-Off
Tickets: Adults $8.00, 12 years and under $3.00, 5 years and under free.
Date/Time: Thursday September 21, 2017, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Location:  DECC
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Duluth Traverse Trail Extension Includes Connection to Lincoln Park Middle School
   The new segment has a specially built connection from the Duluth Traverse to Lincoln Park Middle School to encourage youth to explore the trail system and use as a potential commuter route.     
   The City of Duluth, Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and Duluth Public Schools held a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the completion of extension in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.
   The trail was built with funding from the state Legacy Fund, Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores, youth from Northwoods Children Services and the City of Duluth. Campbell Lumber donated the lumber supplies for the connector trail to the school.  Many thanks to all partners who made this possible!
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2017 ACT Results - District Scores Above State, Nation
   The ACT measures educational development in English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Writing and is designed to measure the skills needed for success in post-secondary/college coursework. 
Composite Scores:
District 21.7
State 21.5
Nation 21.0
>>The district’s average composite score increased from last year to this year.
>>Increases in the percentage of students meeting college readiness benchmarks were noted in all four areas.
>>There is an achievement gap between student groups in both performance and participation.
>>Students who take "core or more" score significantly higher than those who do not.  Core or more = 4 or more years of English and three or more years each of math, social studies, and natural science.
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Encouraging Healthy Choices – ISD 709 Wellness Policy
   Research clearly demonstrates that attendance and academic performance are linked to good nutrition and physical activity.  The goal this school year is to work collaboratively with employees, families and students to make further progress toward helping provide kids healthy choices and ensure USDA compliance. 
· Food and beverages marketed to students meet USDA Nutritional Guidelines
· All foods and beverages sold on school grounds to students during the school day (including items sold a la carte in the cafeteria, vending machines, schools stores, in-school fundraisers) meet USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards at a minimum. 
· Provide healthy ideas for celebrations and parties, classroom snacks, rewards and incentives and fundraisers held outside the school day, including alternatives to food and a list of foods and beverages that meet Smart Snacks nutrition standards.
· Proactively teaching and encouraging positive recess behavior and indoor active recess throughout the year
· Providing periodic classroom breaks for students to stand and be moderately active
· Encouraging walking and biking to and from school based on age appropriate standards 
Resources for Nutrition, Foods That Meet USDA Compliance:
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ATTENDANCE WORKS!  September is Attendance Awareness Month  
   Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through middle and high school.  
What is Chronic Absence?
>>Missing 10% (18 days) or more of the school year for any reason – this includes excused and unexcused absences. 
>>Chronic absence can be sporadic, as little as 2 days per month over the course of the school year.
>>Chronic absence is a red alert that students are headed for academic trouble and eventually for dropping out of high school. 
>>Poor attendance isn’t just a problem in high school.  It can start as early as pre-kindergarten.
   Families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understanding why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.
>>Get to know teachers and administrators. With younger children, introduce your child to teachers before school starts and keep in touch with the teachers.  For older students, school officials can help you stay on top of academic progress to make sure your child is staying on track.
>>Set an example for your child. Show them that attendance matters to you and that you won’t allow an absence unless it’s truly necessary. 
>>Turn to your school for help. Many schools offer access to services for the whole family.  For example, Denfeld, Lincoln Park and Myers-Wilkins are Full Service Community Schools.
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