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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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ISD 709 News

posted Sep 7, 2017, 12:16 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 12:17 PM ]

Thanks to All for a Great Start to the School Year! 
   ISD 709 Employees, volunteers, families, students, and our Duluth community – everyone plays a role in making our schools the best they can be.  Thanks for all you do, every day.
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**September is Attendance Awareness Month -
Information courtesy Attendance Works!**
   Parents and families are essential partners in promoting good attendance, they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day.  Just as families focus on how their children are performing academically, they have a responsibility to set expectations for good attendance and to monitor absences, so missed days don’t add up to academic trouble. This Parent Handout outlines strategies including:
>>Make getting students to school on time every day a top priority.
>>Alert schools and community agencies to barriers that keep kids from attending class.
For parents of secondary school students, check out this handout.
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Thanks for the Visit!
   Minnesota's Lt. Governor Tina Smith stopped at Lowell Elementary in Duluth to visit their preschool program and Ojibwe and Spanish Immersion classrooms. 
   The Duluth school district will use state funds to expand preschool. 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.
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Lincoln Park, Ordean East Students Receive 2017 Apollo Gilruth Continuum Awards                   
   Peyton Nelson (Lincoln Park Middle School) and Claire Atella (Ordean East Middle School) received the Apollo-Gilruth Continuum Award for academic excellence  from the Duluth Aviation Institute.  The Institute supports 6th grade science teachers with curriculum and classroom kits for a two month aviation science unit. 
   The recipients excelled in all curriculum aero-activities, extra credit projects, and in the post-test.  Students in the top 15% took part in the Kundel First Flight Event at Lake Superior College in August, the top students will receive a Young Eagles flight at Superior’s Richard I. Bong Airport.
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Help Your Child Prepare for Kindergarten
   Duluth Early Childhood Programs invite you to participate in Think Small ParentPowered Texts, a research-based text messaging program for families.  Each week families receive three text messages with fun facts and easy tips to boost a child’s learning – an approach that is scientifically proven to work.  While there is no cost for enrolling in the program, data and message rates may apply.
To sign up, text: DPS to 70138
Learn more at thinksmall.org/texts
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Awesome Job!
   The Duluth East School Forest Outdoor Classroom is ready to go! Conservation Corps crew completed installation of the outdoor classroom seating, many thanks to the crew and the DNR School Forest Program.
   Students will use leftover boulder to stabilize trails and move class 5 gravel to improve footing along the trail and slopes. The students have a lot of work to do, but these projects are part of what we started last fall creating a trail from the Lakewalk to the eagle's nest.
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AICHO Mural Unveiling Ceremony
   On Saturday, September 23, the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) will host a Mural Unveiling Ceremony in the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center at 6:00PM. Refreshments will be served on the rooftop of AICHO (202 West 2nd Street Duluth, MN) and there will be a meet and greet with the artist team. There is a $10 suggested donation and the event is open to the public.
Read about the mural here: 
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First Witness Child Advocacy Center 'I Stand with Kids,' Blue Kid Campaign 2017
   First Witness will host their annual “I Stand with Kids” campaign in September to engage the community around issues of child abuse in a positive and proactive way.  
   To help raise program funds, First Witness encourages individuals, non-profits and other businesses to sponsor a “Blue Kid,” cut-out figures of two children about the size of a lawn sign.  Blue symbolizes the color of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention, signs can be customized with a name, photo or logo.  Sponsorships range from $20-$50.  Funding supports the Safe and Strong Child© Program, training delivered in classroom presentations, providing the education, tools and resources to help children and families within our community.   
   ‘I Stand with Kids’ Day!  Thursday, September 28th from 4:00PM – 6:00PM at the Spirit Valley Youth Center (Laura MacArthur Elementary).  See the ‘Blue Kids’ on display, celebrate the work being done in our community on behalf of children. Food, games and fun activities for kids and families.  
For more information please visit www.firstwitness.org.
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Screenagers – Growing Up in the Digital Age
   This award winning documentary probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.
   A community showing of "Screenagers" at Marshall School, Wednesday September 13 at 7:00PM, admission is free
For more information about the film visit:  www.screenagersmovie.com 

ISD 709 News

posted Aug 29, 2017, 7:55 AM by Communications ISD 709

Duluth East Students Honored for Community Service, Leadership and Spirit 
   Members of the Duluth East Cheerleaders received recognition for their volunteer support for local events including Grandma’s Marathon, Strides Against Cancer Walk, Alzheimer’s Walk and
Wednesday Night at the Races.They volunteered once a month at Second Harvest Food Bank and in one month alone packed over 800 meals for the Nutritional Assistance Program for Seniors. They also conducted a donation campaign for St. Judes Childrens' Hospital and helped teach East Youth Football program cheerleaders.
   The team also had three members chosen for a significant honor. The Universal Cheerleaders Association holds try-outs for their All-American Team, people who demonstrate leadership, skills, knowledge, and spirit.  All three Duluth East seniors - Emily Scinocca, Aziza Houser, Haley Marble - tried out and made the All-American Team! In addition, the instructors recruited them to become staff once they graduate high school. 
   Congratulations to these amazing young athletes and dedicated Duluth citizens! Claire Earley, Cassie Sepp, Haley Marble, Rylee Johnston , Emily Scinocca, Emma Chehock, Grace Hollander, Maleigha Janke, Naomi Meints, Claire Brickley, Lily Betros , Avery Waller, Corbyn Goodermote, Keya Rollins, Avery Waller. Miraeya Pasely, Keelan Syck , Amanda Noe, and Head Cheerleading Coach Danny Strohman.
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Welcome to our new Duluth Public School teachers and staff, we're glad to have you on our team!




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NEW - Duluth Community Education 2017 Fall Class Schedule!
   Over 100 Choices - arts, crafts, hobbies, computers, technology, cooking, dance, health & wellness, language, music, sports, exercise and much, much more. Astronomy, genealogy, geocaching, making sushi, PIYO, Duluth history, social media, belly dancing, snowshoe making, amateur radio, self-defense, CPR & AED training, underwater hockey, the list goes on. 
Register online today:  www.duluthcommunityed.org


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Haven’t Registered Your Child for School?  Now’s The Time!   
   The first day of school for students is September 5. Families who have not yet registered their child are encouraged to do so as soon as possible rather than wait for the first day of school. 
   Registering now helps ensure teachers have a place and materials ready for each student and makes for an organized and welcoming first day. School office staffs are back in the buildings right now and available to help.
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Proud of Our Lincoln Park Dragon Boat Team!  
   Their school’s team, In It to Win It, had a “soggy but awesome” time in the competition at Barkers Island on Saturday, clocking in at 2:13 for the first race and 2:02 for the second.  Many thanks to Duluth Plumbing Supply for sponsoring the team.  

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Welcome, Minnesota Math Corps, Reading Corps
   These people serve in Duluth Public Schools and help students make gains in both reading and math. There are opportunities to make a difference at school near you.
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Check out the new positions open in Duluth Public Schools
Please share if you know someone who might be interested!
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Happy 90th Birthday, Gordy Lundquist, Denfeld Alum and founder of “Gordy’s Hi-Hat” - thanks for the great food and great memories!
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Congratulations Duluth Central Alum De’Lon Grant, Making His Broadway Debut!  
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Duluth Provides Feedback to ESSA
   Minnesota is transitioning to a new school accountability system under the Every Student Succeeds Act.  An important conversation, thanks to MN Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and to everyone who took part.
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The Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth Family Kite Fly
Free for the entire family
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Bayfront Festival Park
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Info included in the District’s Back to School Packet and additional items useful for the beginning of the school year.  
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Back to School Fair – Free Backpack/School Supplies For Families
Sponsored by CHUM, I.S.D. #709, Union Gospel Mission, local churches, businesses and individual donors.
Thursday, August 31, 2017    
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Historic Old Central High School
215 North First Avenue East
Unity Gym, use Third Street door
Metered parking on streets and avenues
--Get ready for the upcoming year – no early sign up required, but supplies are limited!
--Resources, information booths, backpack distribution and registration for school lunch program for families who attend Duluth I.S.D. #709 public & charter schools 
--Please be prepared to show I.D. for each student (soc.sec. card, medical card or birth certificate) who will be requesting a school backpack. Backpacks provided for K-12 students only.
For more information, call Scott at 727-2391.
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NEW: Apply Online to Receive Free or Reduced Price School Meals: www.paypams.com/onlineapp
   Families can apply online anywhere, anytime - the process is safe, secure, convenient and available 24/7.  Data is transmitted to your local school district office the same day you apply, allowing for quicker processing. Families qualifying for free/reduced school meals may also qualify for reduced school activity fees.  

ISD 709 News

posted Aug 17, 2017, 2:06 PM by Communications ISD 709

2017 Back to School Information from ISD 709  
   Info included in the District’s Back to School Packet and additional items useful for the beginning of the school year. School packets will be sent at the end of August.  View
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ESSA - Opportunity for Public Comment in Duluth  
 
   Minnesota is preparing to transition to a new school accountability plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act, public review and comment is invited. 
Denfeld High School Cafeteria, 401 N. 44th Ave West
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Register for the Meeting: http://buff.ly/2uh6j5o
More detail on the draft ESSA Plan: http://buff.ly/2vknoPX

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Back to School Fair – Free Backpack/School Supplies 
Sponsored by CHUM, ISD 709, Union Gospel Mission, local churches, businesses and individual donors.
Thursday, August 31, 2017    
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Historic Old Central High School
215 North First Avenue East
Unity Gym, use Third Street door
Metered parking on streets and avenues
--Get ready for the upcoming year – no early sign up required, but supplies are limited.
--Resources, information booths, backpack distribution and registration for school lunch program for families who attend Duluth I.S.D. #709 public & charter schools 
--Please be prepared to show I.D. for each student (Social Security card, medical card or birth certificate) who will be requesting a school backpack. Backpacks provided for K-12 students only.
For more information, call Scott at 727-2391.
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Attendance Works!  
   Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through middle and high school.  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.
   Children are less likely to succeed if they are chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. 
   Research shows:    
• Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.  
• By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.  
• By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.  
Clearly, going to school regularly matters.
State and Local Plans Include Support for School Attendance  
   As Minnesota develops and transitions to a new accountability plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act, schools will focus more attention on helping address chronic absenteeism.
   “We like the addition of attendance,” says Superintendent Bill Gronseth.  “We know students can't learn if they're not in school and the new requirement will encourage schools to focus even more on creating welcoming environments and robust student engagement.  We're also happy to see the measurements move beyond test scores alone to a more global view of a student's success.  There's still work to be done to get there and these are important steps in the right direction.”
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ISD 709 Parent Teacher Home Visit Program
   Families at Lincoln Park Middle School, Myers-Wilkins, Stowe, Lowell and Piedmont Elementary Schools are invited to take part in this program which is intended to build positive relationships with families and to support students.  Learn More.
   Parents and school staff come together, in a unique setting at your home or other location of your choice, to get to know one another and talk about your student’s future.  
   During the visit, time is taken to share your hopes and dreams for your child, experiences, and school resources.  This is not a parent/teacher conference - it's meant to get to know each other and to build a positive relationship with each other, for the benefit of your student.  
   Studies show that this program helps increase student academic achievement and improves parent engagement in schools.  It helps bring schools and families closer together and creates opportunities for better communication between home and school.
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Planning an Outdoor Classroom  
   Duluth East High School, South St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation and Minnesota Conservation Corps staffs are working together on plans for an outdoor classroom in the Duluth East School Forest.  The project is funded by multiple grants; it’s going to be amazing!   
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Wellness Supports Learning - ISD 709 Wellness Policy
   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.  Learn More
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Wondering what type of school supplies qualify for the K-12 Education credit/subtraction? Saving your receipts could save you money during tax season. Check the MN Department of Revenue website for details.
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Support Healthy Northland Farm to School Through GIVE Program in August
   This month Whole Foods' G.I.V.E. (Generously Invest in Vital Entities) program will support Healthy Northland.  It’s a great way to raise funds to sustain the farm to school initiative within Duluth Public Schools. Shoppers can elect to “round-up” their purchases to the nearest dollar, with donations going to Healthy Northland during the month of August.  
   What Healthy Northland Farm to School DOES:
• Makes healthy choices easier and accessible for all students by getting more local fruits and vegetables into school cafeterias.
• Provides students the opportunity to learn about where their food comes from by visiting farms and tending school gardens.
• Creates healthy school food environments that improve eating behaviors
• Increases knowledge about nutrition and agriculture, and the environment.
• Benefits local farmers, strengthens community connections and the economy.
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New Asthma Response Training For All MN HS Coaches 
   The Minnesota State High School League has joined the Minnesota Department of Health’s asthma program to launch an online training module that teaches coaches about asthma symptoms and how to respond if a student athlete has an asthma attack.
   To ensure athlete safety, the high school league is requiring that all 22,000 Minnesota high school coaches who work with students in grades 10-12 complete the online module. Current coaches must complete it prior to their 2017-2018 sports season. 
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NEW:  Apply Online to Receive Free or Reduced Price School Meals www.paypams.com/onlineapp
   Families can apply online anywhere, anytime - the process is safe, secure, convenient and available 24/7.  Data is transmitted to your local school district office the same day you apply, allowing for quicker processing. Families qualifying for free/reduced school meals may also qualify for reduced school activity fees.  
Families Are Encouraged to Apply:
>>This is an important way to ensure children are receiving nutritious meals each day which can have a positive impact on behavior and learning.  
>>Qualifying to receive free or reduced price meals may help families qualify to pay no or lower school activity fees.  Students who qualify can take the ACT Test at school for free!
>>Families who qualify for free or reduced price meals help schools receive more federal funding for education in Duluth.
>>It can help families avoid running up unpaid lunch debt and having that debt go to collection.
>>Lower unpaid lunch debt means more funds to provide healthy, tasty meals for children.
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ISD 709 News

posted Aug 2, 2017, 12:25 PM by Communications ISD 709

High Schoolers Share Enthusiasm for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
   
   The Duluth East Daredevils hosted their second annual Boys & Girls Club LEGO Camp for youngsters interested in robotics.  The kids built robots to complete multiple tasks using LEGO EV3 kits.  The team helped youngsters build and program their robots from scratch using physics, symmetry, and logical reasoning.  Testing and retesting is part of the fun – if a robot doesn’t work as designed kids use problem solving skills to figure why. 
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National Partnership for Denfeld, Lincoln Park, Myers-Wilkins Full Service Community Schools
   Duluth was selected as one of five health focus sites to receive support from the Coalition for Community Schools, a national network that works with schools to help create more equitable and healthier communities.
   The work currently focuses on the role of full service community schools in decreasing absenteeism and supporting health/education equity through partnership.  Full service community schools bring together multiple partners to offer a range of support and opportunities to students, their families, and the broader community.
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Teachers Working to Ensure Student Success  
Area teachers learn more ways to de-mystify math, engage students.  Thank you, CSS! 
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A Warm Welcome to Clayton (Clay) Norman, Principal for Laura MacArthur Elementary 
   Clay comes to us from the St. Michael Albertville School District where he served as Dean of Students/504 Coordinator for Big Woods Elementary in St. Michael, MN.  In addition to working with student discipline, attendance and supervision his experience includes the school’s Child Study Team, Staff Development Chair, Building Our Kids Success physical activity program, building testing coordinator, targeted services, Q-Comp facilitators and Student Leadership Team.  Prior to Big Woods Elementary, Clay served as an elementary physical education teacher at North Elementary and acting summer school administrator at Princeton Middle School in Princeton. 
   Clay holds a Sixth Year Degree K-12 Principal Licensure, a Masters in Leadership and Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University.  Please help welcome Clay to ISD 709 and best wishes for a successful school year!
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Lincoln Park Integration Specialist Honored for Work with Youth  
   Marlon Grant, Integration Specialist at Lincoln Park Middle School, is the recipient of the 2017 Gary Gordon Adult Peacemaker Award.  Men as Peacemakers presented the award during their Celebration of Peacemakers in June, the Duluth School Board honored Mr. Grant and his work at their meeting in July.  According to nominators, Marlon goes above and beyond for his students, donating time and resources outside of work to ensure their success.  Congratulations, Marlon!
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Denfeld High School Honors WWII Veteran’s Sacrifice  
   James Joseph Hubert was about to start his junior year at Denfeld High School when he enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve.  After two years of service he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country in World War II.  He was killed in action in 1943 in the battle of Tarawa, his remains were found in 2011 and identified in 2015.  Sergeant Hubert was brought home to Duluth this summer to be buried at Calvary Cemetery.
   Denfeld High School presented Sgt. Hubert’s family with his high school diploma and an Honor D, the highest honor given to Denfeld students.  Family members were invited to write Hubert’s name and graduation year in the school bell tower, accompanying thousands of graduates who place their name in the tower during graduation week.
   “This is just one small thing we as a district and as a community can do to honor the ultimate sacrifice the family and Sgt. Hubert made for our country,” said Amy Starzecki, Duluth Public Schools Assistant Superintendent. “We’re privileged and honored to be able to present this diploma.”
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Student-Run Restaurant Featured in Local Magazine
  
   Thank you, Moms & Dads Today, for the great article on Food for Thought, ISD 709's student-run restaurant. The course is part of the Career & Technical Education Program and operates when school is in session. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance and become the lesson for the day, students from Denfeld and Duluth East prepare and serve the meals.

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NEW:   Apply Online to Receive Free or Reduced Price School Meals: www.paypams.com/onlineapp
   Families can apply online anywhere, anytime - the process is safe, secure, convenient and available 24/7.  Data is transmitted to your local school district office the same day you apply, allowing for quicker processing. Families qualifying for free/reduced school meals may also qualify for reduced school activity fees.  
Families Are Encouraged to Apply:
>>This is an important way to ensure children are receiving nutritious meals each day which can have a positive impact on behavior and learning.  
>>Qualifying to receive free or reduced price meals may help families qualify to pay no or lower school activity fees.  Students who qualify can take the ACT Test at school for free!
>>Families who qualify for free or reduced price meals help schools receive more federal funding for education in Duluth.
>>It can help families avoid running up unpaid lunch debt and having that debt go to collection.
>>Lower unpaid lunch debt means more funds to provide healthy, tasty meals for children.
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Wednesday Night at the Races  
 
   Wednesday Night at the Races kicked off at Duluth East High School, drawing hundreds of participants!  Organized by Grandma’s Marathon, it’s become a summer tradition for families throughout the Northland. This youth race series is held on six consecutive Wednesday evenings in July and August, and draws an average of over 400 children per night.
**2017 Schedule**
July 26: Duluth East High School, Ordean Stadium
August 2: Proctor High School Track, behind Proctor High School
August 9: Denfeld High School, Public Schools Stadium
August 16: Hermantown High School, Corey Veech Memorial Field
August 23: Superior High School, NBC Spartan Sports Complex
August 30: Wade Stadium, year-end run & picnic
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Homecroft Elementary Student a Minnesota State Capitol Essay Winner 
Congratulations, Hope Anderson!
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Ordean East Middle School Science Students Heading to National Semi-Finals/Finals   
Congratulations, Nabiha, Max and Ava!
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Denfeld High School Alum CJ Ham Headed for Larger Role with MN Vikings
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Fine for Failing to Stop for a School Bus Raised to $500    
As the school year approaches, please be alert around school buses, follow the law and watch out for little ones!
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ISD 709 News

posted Jul 7, 2017, 8:20 AM by Communications ISD 709



Lincoln Park Integration Specialist Honored for Work with Youth
 
   Marlon Grant, Integration Specialist at Lincoln Park Middle School, is the recipient of the 2017 Gary Gordon Adult Peacemaker Award.  Men as Peacemakers presented the award during their Celebration of Peacemakers in June.  According to nominators, Marlon goes above and beyond for his students, donating time and resources outside of work to ensure their success. The ripple effects may at first seem small but just wait - the tidal wave of making the difference comes when all these students graduate.  Congratulations for this well-deserved award!

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Denfeld Students Recognized for State and National Success  
   Alyssa Isaacson and Keeli Gustafson, Denfeld High School, took the top two spots in the Minnesota 2017 Esri ArcGIS Map Competition and were honored by the Duluth School Board in June.
   Alyssa took first place in both the State and National high school division for her project “Minnesota Iron Range Mines," an in-depth look at the economic and community impact of iron mines in Minnesota.  Alyssa and her teacher, Gina Hollinday, will be honored at the national Esri User Conference in San Diego in July.  Keeli earned second place in the State high school division for “Morgan Park Minnesota," a history of the nation’s first company town.  
   The contest challenges students to create and share maps about something in their home states.  GIS professionals judge each entry based on Topic, Map Presentation, Cartography, Data, Geographic Analysis and Documentation.  
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Duluth East Student Receives $10,000 Strength in Community Scholarship 
   Kallie Baldwin, Duluth East High School, is the recipient of the 2017 Strength in Community Scholarship.  Kallie spent her high school years not just cheering on the team, but also her fellow students.  “The community wants you to do better, push for people to do better in general. It’s people helping people,” says Kallie.  She plans to attend Hamline University for Anthropology.
   The Fox 21 Strength in Community Scholarship was created to help students reach their goals to pursue higher education in a time of rising tuition costs.   
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Lincoln Park Students Take on Rocket Science  
   Through a partnership with the College of St. Scholastica, students from Lincoln Park Middle School spent time on campus studying science and engineering by building and launching rockets.   Special thanks to the Duluth Family YMCA, Enbridge, Upward Bound, Advantage Emblem and AlyJean Photography for collaborating on this challenging, amazing opportunity for students.
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Duluth East Student Honored in Statewide Poetry Contest
   Faith Schadewald, Duluth East High School, earned a top spot in the poetry contest “Celebrating the Veteran in My Life,” sponsored by Minnesota Senator Al Franken.  Students in grades K-12 submitted entries and winners recently shared their poems at the awards ceremony in St. Paul.  Faith took third place in the 9-12 division for her poem “My Veteran,” she received a certificate and her poem will be displayed in Sen. Franken's St. Paul office. 
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$20,000 Donation to Duluth East Robotics Team Scholarship  
   Steve Loudin, Tricel Honeycomb Corporation, is a founder and longtime sponsor of the Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team.  He visited the team in June to provide a personal donation of $10,000 and another $10,000 from his company to go into a scholarship for the team.  The scholarship honors Russ Myers, a dedicated team mentor who recently passed away.  Many thanks to the Loudins for their ongoing support and for this wonderful recognition of the contributions of Russ Myers.
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Hiring Events July 18 & 19 for School Food Service Helpers, Many Openings! 
>>Tues July 18, 11AM – 1PM: Lester Park Elementary, 5300 Glenwood St (media/library center)
>>Wed July 19, 11AM – 1PM, Laura MacArthur Elementary, 720 N Central Ave (media/library center)
   We will be conducting interviews, completing new hire paperwork and online training during the sessions for those that wish to work for the Duluth Public Schools Child Nutrition Department.   Please bring your valid driver’s license, social security card and a voided check or banking information for direct deposit.
   The Duluth Public Schools has many Food Service Helper openings. Duties include but are not limited to preparation and serving of meals, cleaning, basic computer operation and the ability to maintain good working relations with co-workers and students. Positions work mid-day for up to three hours or more.  The contract hourly wage is $11.04 and the substitute hourly wage is $9.50. Each employee is provided a lunch after their shift.
   If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Porter at (218) 336-8722.
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Duluth Community School Collaborative Hillside Youth Theatre Presents:
All You Need is Bugs!
Performances:
July 27 at 1:00PM and 7:00PM
July 28 at 1:00PM and 7:00PM
Free Admission
Lincoln Park Middle School 3215 West 3rd Street, Duluth
   SILENT AUCTION: Thursday July 27 to benefit the work of the Duluth Community School Collaborative.  Appetizers, Games, Music and Auction 6:00PM – 7:00PM, then stay and enjoy the performance!
   The Duluth Community School Collaborative helps support Full Service Community Schools at Denfeld High School, Lincoln Park Middle School and Myers-Wilkins Elementary.
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NEW Way to View School Meal Menus  
Families now have an interactive, online way to view Duluth Public Schools meal menus:
>View meal images and descriptions
>View nutrition information for each food
>Filter the menu for specific food allergens
>Rate foods and see carb counts
>Access menus with the Nutrislice mobile app
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POP: Power of Produce, Free Fruits & Veggies for Kids
   
   Each week from July 13 through October 19, children ages 4-12 can receive a $2 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. 
   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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FIRST LEGO Robotics at Laura MacArthur Elementary/Valley Youth Center
   Do you love robots?  We are looking to get a FIRST LEGO Robotics program started at Laura MacArthur / VYC.  We need ambitious students in grades 3-5, and adults who would be able to coach or help out with the team.  If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please contact Laurene at: laurenejl@yahoo.com. The LEGO League season starts early in the Fall, so we are hoping to get all our resources together this summer so we can hit the ground running when the new school year starts!
   From FirstInspires.org:  "FIRST LEGO League teams apply science, engineering, and math concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to develop solutions to real-world challenges.  They also design, build, and program LEGO Mindstorms-based robots to perform autonomous "missions" on a playing field.  Along the way, they develop critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills."  
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