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posted Oct 19, 2016, 1:39 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Oct 19, 2016, 1:39 PM ]

Students Recognized for Volunteer Service 
   Students participating in the T12 Transition Program received an award from the Duluth Area Family YMCA in recognition of the volunteer work they provide to the organization.  The T12 program provides students with community based work exploration/job development based on strengths, preferences and interest.  One of their activities is volunteering at the YMCA where they work on job skills, socialization and confidence in their community.

Denfeld High School Boys Soccer Team Advances to Section 7A Final!
Congratulations and best wishes, go Hunters!

Duluth East Teacher Receives $1,000 Grant  
   The grant, presented to Dr. Richard Updegrove by Aaron Winkelman, Affinity Plus Credit Union, will be used in support of Dr. Updegrove’s College In The Schools (CITS) Economics course at Duluth East.  The grant is one of 15 awarded to area teachers who focus on financial education.


Duluth East High School Theatre Presents:
Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA
October 27, 28, 29 at 7:00PM
October 30 at 12:30PM
Duluth East High School
301 North 40th Ave East
Tickets:  $10 Students,  $15 Adults, Kids under 5 free. 
Tickets at the door, doors open 30 minutes before show time.


Denfeld High School Theater Presents the Musical:
November 3, 4, 5 at 7:00PM
November 6 at 2:00PM
Denfeld High School
401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth, MN
Tickets: $10 General Admission, at the door.


Lowell Students Help Monarch Butterflies
   Students at Lowell Elementary participated in the Monarch Restoration Project by planting milkweed. They're hoping Lowell will become a monarch way station during their annual migration. Thank you Kristen Klos-Maki for leading this initiative and getting our students and teachers excited about monarch butterflies!

Ordean East Middle School Students Selected to State Honor Choir
   The following students were selected to the 2016 State Honor Choir by the Minnesota Choral Directors Association, congratulations! 
Grade 7 for the Boys' 7-8 Choir:  Paavo Paasi, Brue Stingle 
Grade 7 for the Girls' 7-8 Choir:  Maija Knutson, Elaina Benson 
Grade 8 for the Girls' 7-8 Choir:  Kristina Pauna

2016 Great Lakes Apple Crunch    
   To celebrate National Farm to School Month, Duluth joined schools across Minnesota in participating in the 2016 Great Lakes Apple Crunch. The goal: one million students, teachers, staff and everyone in the Great Lakes Region crunching into a local apple on October 13 during their lunch shifts. Thanks to our partners at Healthy Northland Farm to School for making this happen! 

Lights On After School Event October 20   
   Hundreds of children, parents, business and community leaders will come together for a Lights on Afterschool rally at Lincoln Park Middle School (3215 West Third Street, Duluth, MN 55806) at 1:00PM on October 20.  The event celebrates the achievements of afterschool students and draws attention to the need for more afterschool programs nationwide.  The gathering is one of more than 8,000 events across the U.S. emphasizing the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open after school. 
   Youth will participate in gym games, crafts, dance to music, and local partners will provide fun activities.  Duluth Superintendent Bill Gronseth, a representative from Senator Al Franken’s office, City Council Members, School Board Members, parents and students will discuss the importance of afterschool programs.  
   The Northland Foundation serves as the Regional Partner of Ignite Afterschool.  More information on the Afterschool Alliance, Lights on Afterschool and America After 3PM is available at

High School Students Lead Path to Peace Walk  
   October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and students from Duluth East High School held their third annual Path to Peace Walk to raise awareness for bullying prevention. Thank you to the students and staff who organized this event!

Transition Resource Fair
Tuesday October 25, 1:40PM – 6:00PM
Denfeld High School Media Center
401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth, MN
   The Transition Resource Fair will provide high school students with disabilities and their families transition information regarding post high school resources.  Students on 504 plans and their parents are also welcome to attend.  The event is hosted by Duluth Public Schools and the Interagency Coordination Council of Duluth (ICCOD).
   Representatives from area post-secondary education options, employment and supported employment providers, social service and community organizations that offer a variety of services and supports to young adults with disabilities will be present to talk about their programs and answer questions.
   Contact Al Chepelnik at 336-8700 x4047 or Coleen Norris  at 336-8740 x1144 if you have questions or need more information. 

ISD 709 News

posted Oct 12, 2016, 8:31 AM by Communications ISD 709

Help Kids Learn About Voting - Volunteers Needed!

   Kids Voting Duluth is a nonpartisan effort to facilitate kids’ participation in mock elections at precinct locations from 3:00PM - 8:00PM on Election Day Tuesday November 8.  It’s led by the City of Duluth, the Duluth Public Schools and other community partners.

   Volunteers will help children register, hand them a ballot, and assist them in casting their vote. Volunteers are needed at all polling sites; you can work at one near your home or join a friend and choose another location.  

   To ensure Kids Voting takes place we need volunteers!  Learn more about Kids Voting Duluth and sign up to volunteer by visiting their website at "" (please note the site is case sensitive).


Denfeld High School Students Tour College of Art and Design

   Paige May, Kacie May, Winona Killsprettyenemy, Katherine Skwira-Brown and Allyson Cook toured the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and shared their work with representatives from over 30 art colleges! Special thanks to Julie Deters from Cloquet for inviting Denfeld students to join them on this trip.


Denfeld High School's Anishinaabe Club and Duluth American Lung Association hosted an educational event about sacred and commercial uses of tobacco.
   The night was part of an initiative to educate youth about the dangers of menthol and flavored tobacco, said Deb Smith, tobacco control manager of the American Lung Association in Duluth.

Duluth News Tribune Article


2017 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists, Commended Students

 Spencer Johnson and Eric Patterson, Duluth East High School, have been named 2017 National Merit Scholarship Semi Finalists.  Of the 1.5 million juniors nationwide who took PSAT, these students scored in the top one half of 1% and had some of the highest scores in the state of Minnesota.  They are now eligible to compete for 7400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million to be offered this spring.

   Emma Flynn, Joseph Kebbekus, Troy Martin and Alexander Waxman, Duluth East, have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program, recognized for their exceptional academic promise and for placing in the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition nationwide.


Duluth East ABO Hounds Receive Award

   Student volunteers from Duluth East received Memorial Blood Centers’ Outstanding High School Award - the  ABO Hounds were recognized for collecting 266 units during their school blood drives last year.  It’s the first time an ISD 709 school has received this honor, which is given annually.  ABO Hounds is a volunteer group at Duluth East dedicating many hours to their school blood drives to ensure success.  Kierra Heazlett accepted the award on behalf of the group. 


P.E. Teachers Train in Newly Adopted Curriculum

  Physical Education teachers recently participated in a Professional Development Day geared toward new State standards and use of new equipment.  Minnesota recently adopted the National Standards for Physical Education, teachers worked on updating ISD 709 PE curriculum in grades Kindergarten through 12 to align with these standards and support curriculum adoption.  New, updated equipment enhances the PE curriculum to help shape lifelong physically active habits of students.  


Lowell’s Spanish Language Immersion Kindergarten in the News

The Duluth News Tribune visited the class, click here to see the report.


Great Lakes Apple Crunch – Thursday October 13

   To celebrate National Farm to School Month, Duluth will join schools across Minnesota in participating in the 2016 Great Lakes Apple Crunch.  The goal is for one million students, teachers, staff and everyone in the Great Lakes Region to crunch into a local apple on Thursday, October 13 during their lunch shifts. 


October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month:   Find information, tips and more at and The Bully Project.


Transition Resource Fair

Tuesday October 25, 1:40PM – 6:00PM

Denfeld High School Media Center

401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth, MN

   The Transition Resource Fair will provide high school students with disabilities and their families transition information regarding post high school resources.  Students on 504 plans and their parents are also welcome to attend.  The event is hosted by Duluth Public Schools and the Interagency Coordination Council of Duluth (ICCOD).

   Representatives from area post-secondary education options, employment and supported employment providers, social service and community organizations that offer a variety of services and supports to young adults with disabilities will be present to talk about their programs and answer questions.

   Contact Al Chepelnik at 336-8700 x4047 or Coleen Norris  at 336-8740 x1144 if you have questions or need more information. 


Duluth East High School Presents:

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

October 27, 28, 29 at 7:00PM

October 30 at 12:30PM

Tickets:  $10 Students,  $15 Adults, Kids under 5 free. 

Tickets at the door, doors open 30 minutes before show time.

>> Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite story book prince or princess to join in with the magic! 

>>Our cast and production team have given so much to create this magic for you, and we welcome you to give to Feeding Local Kids, a partnership between CHUM and Second Harvest, supported by the Duluth Federation of Teachers to make sure kids have the food they need when they're not at school.

This version of Cinderella  is unexpected and  humorous but you'll still recognize the traditional story!  East's beautiful set and the actors' gorgeous voices along with an incredible orchestra will delight audiences, young and old. We'll dazzle you with magical transformations--gowns and carriages and footmen--oh my.  This show will captivate and entertain patrons of all ages.   


Denfeld High School Theater Presents the Musical:

Little Shop of Horrors

November 3, 4, 5 at 7:00PM

November 6 at 2:00PM

Denfeld High School

401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth, MN

Tickets:  $10 General Admission, at the door.

>>Students are conducting a “FEED ME” food drive each night of the show - bring any non-perishable food items to help our local food shelves during this upcoming holiday season!

Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.  Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop.  Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice and an unquenchable thirst for human blood!


From University of MN – Duluth:

UMD Homecoming Parade 

Saturday October 15, 10:00AM

UMD Campus – Starts by the Darland Administration Building 

Click here for the parade route and parking.

>>Parade wraps up in time for Family Fun Carnival, Tailgating and

1:05PM game against Aberdeen, South Dakota’s Northern State

>>Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, who received her master’s degree from UMD, is scheduled to be the Grand Marshal.  

>>Area bands and dance organizations, UMD athletes, Champ, and the Maroon Loon are among the 40 entries scheduled to participate in the Homecoming Parade.

>> Visiting families are encouraged to arrive by 9:45AM and park in Lot E


Project Joy

Friday, November 4, 2016, 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Duluth Curling Club, 327 Harbor Drive, Duluth
$20 ages 13+, $10 ages 6-12, 5 & under FREE
Net proceeds benefit the BackPack Program, providing area children in need with food to take home on weekends and during school vacations when other nutritional resources are not available.

Click here for more.

ISD 709 News

posted Sep 29, 2016, 11:00 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Sep 29, 2016, 11:00 AM ]

Governor Dayton Appoints ISD 709 Educators to State Councils

   Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Becky Crane (photo, right) as Special Education Coordinator Representative of the Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Intervention. Becky is an Early Childhood Teacher on Special Assignment for ISD 709; the Council addresses methods for implementing a statewide system of comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary interagency programs of early intervention services for young children with disabilities and their families. 

   Pam Rees, Duluth Head Start Administrator, has been appointed to the Early Learning Council by Governor Dayton.  The Early Learning Council (ELC) makes recommendations to the Governor and Children’s Cabinet, including proposed legislation on how to effectively create a high-quality early childhood system in Minnesota to ensure all children arrive at kindergarten school-ready. 


Immunization Article by Duluth Health Professionals Published in Minnesota Physician Magazine

   ISD 709 School Nurse Camille Murphy, MA, RN and Emily Onello, MD, worked together to publish an article in the September issue of Minnesota Physician.  They wrote about strengthening the partnership between primary care physicians and school nurses to help improve immunization compliance and communication.  

   Camille is a licensed school nurse in the Duluth School District and was nominated for the 2014 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award.  Onello is an assistant professor in the department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of MN Medical School in Duluth and a practicing physician at the Lake Superior Community Health Center.

Minnesota Physician


Families Support Early Learning

   Families with infants gathered at Washington Center in Duluth for a special Literacy Live Event, hosted by ISD 709 Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE).  They took part in fun activities focused on talking, reading, singing and playing to encourage early learning.  Through a grant from the Arrowhead Reading Council, each family received books for their children.  They’ll also receive a follow up home visit and a book from an ECFE Parent Educator. 


Looking to Get Out Of the House and Put a Little Extra Cash in Your Pocket?  Work Part-time as a Food Service Helper with Duluth Public Schools! 

   We have employment opportunities for part-time permanent and substitute Food Service Helpers in the School Cafeterias. 

>>No experience is required, we will train you. 

>>Most work is at lunchtime from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. usually, three hours a day.

>>A meal is provided each day you work.

>>We staff district wide, choose your work location.

   If you enjoy being part of a team and believe in excellent customer service, WE NEED YOU. For more information about the positions or application process, please call the Child Nutrition Office at (218) 336-8707 or check online:


October is Bullying Prevention & Awareness Month

   As members of the Duluth community, we value creating welcoming environments where the uniqueness of

each person is honored and valued, 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 attain high academic standards and to promote healthy human relationships.

   Click here to learn more about local schoolpolicies related to bullying behaviors.  For tips and information about what you can do to address bullying check: and  


Duluth East 2016 Hall of Fame Dinner

Saturday, October 8, 2016

5:00PM Social, Dinner at 5:30PM, Duluth East High School

Cost:  $50 (includes Oct 7, 5:30PM Hall of Fame Football Game)

Tickets:  Available through October 3, contact  Duluth East Activities Director Shawn Roed

More at:

2016 Inductees:

>William (Torm) Tormondsen began his career at East as Band Director. "Torm's" students consistently earned superior ratings at state regional music contests and have been recipients of numerous awards and honors at music festivals held around the nation. In 1980, Bill received the Jazz Educator Award at the UMD Jazz Festival; in 2003 the Greg Irons Memorial Award as a Teacher of Excellence, and in 2005 he was awarded the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the NFHS Music Association. Tormondsen retired from East in 2005

>Kara (Wheeler) Goucher was a State Champion in Cross Country for four years at East. At the University of Colorado, Goucher became the NCAA Outdoor Champion in two events and the NCAA Cross Country Champion. She won a bronze medal in the 2007 world championships and has competed in numerous races around the world.  Goucher has represented the United States on two Olympic Teams, competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.

>Sally Sjogren Tarnowski played varsity softball, volleyball, and basketball and was a member of the National Honor Society. A graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law, she was appointed to the bench by Govenor Tim Pawlenty in 2007.  Judge Tarnowski was the recipient of the Northland's News Center 2012 Women in Leadership Award for her work as the creator of a court for criminal offenders with mental health issues. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota presented Tarnowski with its Criminal Justice Program of the Year Award.

>David Ross was an All-City and All-Conference Football player, and a member of the 1974 Shriners All-State Football Team. David was a Merit Scholar and a starter in football for Co-Conference Champion Concordia College. Ross earned a Master of Arts in Management Degree, with honors, from CSS. He has been President and CEO of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years. David received the Martin Luther King Drum Major for Peace Award and the Senator Sam Solon Lifetime Legislative Service award. He is the DECC Board of Directors Chairperson.

>Scott D. Anderson was Band President, Football Captain, and Student Forum President. Anderson was a graduate of Stanford University where he built a working submarine. Anderson was an F-16 Fighter pilot with the Duluth Air National Guard where he rose to the rank of Major. Scott authored three books: Distant Fires, Unknown Rider, and Mosquito Book. Anderson was a test pilot and Director of Flight Operations with Cirrus Aircraft when his life was tragically cut short flight testing the first production model of the Cirrus SR20.


2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program – Nomination Deadline October 14, 2016

   The USPSP was established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and since that time, the program has honored more than over 7,000 outstanding high school seniors.  The mission of the program is to recognize and honor outstanding high school seniors, and thereby encourage high attainment among all students. Students are selected on the basis of outstanding scholarship.

   Chief State School Officers are invited this year to nominate up to 20 candidates from their states for the general component of the program and an additional five students for the CTE component. Please consider nominating students in your district who are outstanding high school seniors. Read the memorandum from Commissioner Brenda Cassellius for nomination details.

If you have questions, please contact Terry Alvarado at


Lincoln Park Students Harvesting School Gardens

   Family & Consumer Science students from Lincoln Park Middle School are harvesting vegetables from their school garden, including lettuce and potatoes.  They’re cooking with the school garden produce in their class.  Thank you volunteers from Essentia Health and core members of the Action for Healthy Kids Grant - Rachel Thapa, Lincoln Community Coordinator; Linda Erdahl, SNAP Educator; Josh Gorham, St Louis County Public Health Nurse - SHIP; Renee Willemsen, Farm to School; Deb Porter, Lincoln FACS Teacher.


2017 United States Senate Youth Program Applications Available – Deadline October 28, 2016

   The U.S. Senate Youth Program is a nationwide program that brings high school students to Washington, D.C., for an onsite introduction to the functions of federal government, particularly the U.S. Senate. 

   Selected students will learn about the Senate and meet with political leaders March 4-11, 2017. In addition, each delegate will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. To be eligible, students must be in 11th or 12th grade and hold an elected office (student government, civic, community, etc.) during the 2016-2017 school year.

   The program is sponsored by the U.S. Senate. All expenses for U.S. Senate Youth students are paid by The Hearst Foundations. Visit the U.S. Senate Youth Program website.  Access the application form.


From Community Action Duluth:

FREE Family Night Out at Community Action Duluth

All Families Are Welcome! Kids of all ages are welcome - must be with their

parents/caregivers for fun art and science projects!

Every second Thursday,  5:30PM – 7:00PM

Thursday, October 13:  Make Cool Paper Airplanes with the Children’s Museum

Thursday, November 10:  Make a Thanksgiving decoration with the Children’s Museum

2424 West 5th Street – lower level cafeteria 

Light dinner included

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ISD 709 News

posted Sep 23, 2016, 11:01 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 11:04 AM ]

Duluth Students Take Part in 2016 Minnesota WE Day – Inspiring Transformational Change!

   Students from Denfeld and Duluth East High Schools, Lincoln Park and Ordean East Middle Schools, traveled to St. Paul to take part in WE Day, a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. 

WE Schools is a yearlong program that nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create social change.

Learn more about WE Day

 Denfeld & Duluth East High Schools

 Lincoln Park & Ordean East Middle Schools


Nachtsheim, Oliver, Receive Recognition

   Katie Oliver and John Nachtsheim, Lincoln Park Middle School, were recognized by the Duluth School Board for their work in helping obtain a $50,000 grant from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation to support the parent-teacher home visits project. 

   The project seeks to build a strong connection with parents of school age children by bringing teachers into a student’s home to meet their entire family. It’s an innovative strategy to help increase family engagement and address the opportunity gap.

   The Opportunity Gap refers to differences in opportunities available to poor and rich families nationwide. The gap impacts the ability of communities and the nation to solve problems, seize opportunities and achieve goals for education and economic growth.  According to Foundation president Holly Sampson, “We hope to make an important difference in the lives of children and families locally as well as develop models that can be expanded and replicated to make meaningful change elsewhere.”


Old Central Bells Ring Out in Peace

   The bells in Duluth’s Old Central High School clock tower rang out with others across the city to mark the International Day of Peace this week, which began with the ringing of the Peace Bell in Enger Tower Park.  The commemoration was established by the United Nations and calls for all to help build a world free from violence.

(Photo:  Dave Spooner, Facilities Management, readies the clock mechanism at Old Central to ring for International Day of Peace)


Denfeld Aerospace Engineering and Design Students Off to a Flying Start

   To learn the basics of flight, students put together simple model planes and tested distance, flight path and velocity.  They were then asked to make three modifications to improve performance and retest the planes.  For their final project, students will collaboratively use physics and engineering principles to design a model aircraft, build it and fly it. 

   The course was created in collaboration with Duluth's Science Department, CTE Engineering and Design Department, and Lake Superior College's Aviation school and meets Minnesota graduation standards in physics. Duluth was involved creating the first commercial airline and today the aviation industry is one of the region’s top employers.  The class helps students prepare to for a career in aviation and earn required physics credit.

Learn More about Career & Technical Education Courses


Looking For Preschool?
   ISD 709 preschools currently have some half day openings for children who are four years old in the Myers-Wilkins and Piedmont Elementary Schools. If you have a child in these attendance areas, call or email today to see what options are available.  If you live within these school service areas, your child may qualify for transportation and breakfast or lunch.  ISD 709 preschools are committed to preparing your child for success.

Please call our office at 218-336-8890 or email

Learn More About The Opportunities


From the MN Department of Education:

YOU’RE INVITED:  Join Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and

The Minnesota Department of Education for a regional meeting on

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Wednesday October 5, 2016  6:00PM - 7:30PM

Denfeld High School Auditorium

401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth, MN

>For more information and to register, visit the ESSA page of the MDE website:

>If you have questions, please contact

>To request a reasonable accommodation to participate in these events call 651-582-8800 or email

   The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and changed many portions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  All states will be required to submit a new state plan to the U.S. Department of Education for the 2017-2018 school year. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) is committed to engaging with districts, stakeholders, and the general public throughout the process of developing Minnesota’s new plan for how we will implement ESSA.


Kids Voting Returns to Duluth Schools – Volunteers Needed
   Remember Kids Voting when you were younger? A great opportunity to learn how voting works and the role it plays in civic responsibility.  You could go to the polls on Election Day and vote for your favorite candidate along with the adults.

   Well, Kids Voting is back and needs your help. Volunteers are needed to be election judges at the polls. You will help kids register, hand them a ballot, and assist them in casting their vote. Judges are needed at all polling sites. You can work at one near your home or join with a friend and choose another location. Sign up to be an election judge at


Denfeld 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Open to All

Saturday, October 8, 2016  1:00PM

Denfeld High School Auditorium

401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth, MN

Reception in the Commons to follow

2016 Inductees:

>Andrew Sobczyk (deceased):  Ph.D. from Princeton, theoretical mathematician who taught at Universities of Oregon, M.I.T., Boston, Florida, Miami, Southern Illinois and Clemson where he established their graduate program in mathematics and authored over 50 papers on theoretical mathematics.

>Robert M. Fraser (deceased):  Robert started in the shipyards in highs school, worked his way up to Superintendent and finally owner of Fraser Shipyards in Superior, WI.  Very innovative he is credited with keeping shipbuilding and ship repair alive in the Twin Ports after WWII.

>Lew Latto (deceased):  Lew began his broadcasting career at WKLK in Cloquet and became music director at WDSM as a high school senior.  As a promoter he brought Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and "The Big Bopper" to Duluth.  He bought his first radio station in 1964 (WAKX) and stayed in broadcasting as a dynamic on-air personality and station owner.

>Kristen (Nelson) Coggin:  All State in Basketball and Softball she made Sports Illustrated Faces In The Crowd for her volleyball serving accuracy.  She won 13 letters in volleyball, basketball and softball and excelled at UMD in basketball and academics.

>Richard Swanson:  The first coach at Denfeld whose teams in two sports - girls basketball and girls softball – reached 300 wins.  A member of the MN GBB Coaches Hall of Fame, his teams set school records for wins in a season (22 in GBB) (19 in GSB). The softball fields at Wade were renamed the Dick Swanson fields in 2016.

>Rolland "Rollie" Strand:  Legendary coach Walt Hunting's last football captain, All-City and Honorable Mention All-State, went on to a distinguished career teaching and coaching.

>Ed Felien:  Ed taught high school science for 43 years, the last 26 at Denfeld.  Nominated for and won several distinguished teacher awards on the local, state, and national level, coached baseball and volleyball and officiated hockey and volleyball.

>1947 State Champions Basketball Team: This iconic team has become a legend in Western Duluth.  The five living members of that team: Kenny Sunnarborg, Tony Skull, Keith Stolen, Howie Tucker, and Eugene "Pug" Norlander have all been invited back.

>Dale Stocke (deceased):  An elementary teacher who dedicated his free time to promoting youth basketball, he ran the elementary feeder program for Denfeld in conjunction with DAYBA and single handedly got more kids interested in playing the sport than anyone before or since.

>Gary Lepisto:- Gary played tennis at Denfeld and was a tennis, Nordic skiing, swimming, and most famously a track and cross-country coach. He coached for 35 years at Denfeld, taking several individuals and teams to State meets.  He is a consultant with many Minnesota and National level distance runners.


Lincoln Park Middle School Students Learn about Sustainable Farming at UMD

   Students spent the day at UMD’s Sustainable Agriculture Program farm, learning about local food and the components of farming. They rotated through six interactive, hands-on stations, where adult leaders taught about soil health, land cultivation, composting, planting, harvesting, pollination and local food.

WDIO-TV10 Coverage


Duluth 5th Grade Students Participate in Forestry Field Day

The event is a chance for kids to learn about how trees grow, wildlife management, hydrology and other information related to forestry.    

WDIO-TV Coverage  


Hands On Learning in the Garden 

   Children in an Early Childhood Family Education class harvested tomatoes and peppers from the school garden. They took the vegetables inside where they were washed and sliced to make a great snack. The children also enjoyed the sensory garden with fragrant mint, bristly millet and sunflowers. Happy kids making memories at ECFE!
Learn More About the Opportunities


ISD 709 News

posted Sep 15, 2016, 2:05 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Sep 15, 2016, 2:07 PM ]

ISD 709 Teachers Receive 20 Under 40 Award 
   Three Duluth Public School teachers received the award, which recognizes the Twin Ports’ young movers and shakers.  Congratulations Dani Westholm, Duluth East HS; Joe Schingen, AEO High School and Karla Winterfeld, Lincoln Park Middle School!
   Last year Cal Harris, Achievement Center Coordinator for ISD 709, received the award for his leadership. Other past ISD 709 recipients include (but are not limited to): Nathan Glockle, Edye Howes, Shawn Roed and Superintendent Bill Gronseth who received the award in 2007 while Assistant Principal at Duluth East. 

Learn About the Recipients:…/4115462-20-under-40-publ…



2016 ISD 709 Annual Meeting 

Thursday November 10, 2016

6:00PM – 7:30PM

Display tables, celebration of student work & performance, overview of progress

Reception with light refreshments 

Duluth East High School, 301 N. 40th Avenue East, Duluth MN

ALL ARE WELCOME - Community members, parents, teachers, staff, students


Many Thanks to School Safety Patrols
   Fox 21 TV went live from Stowe Elementary this week, talking with members of the student

safety patrol and their important role in helping classmates get to school each morning. They also talked with teacher Paul Davis who works with the student volunteers, and Principal Cynthia Moldonado, who says safety patrols help students learn responsibility and provide a benefit to the community.


Denfeld, Duluth East 9th Grade Transition Program Promotes Safe, Welcoming Schools

   Members of the Denfeld Link Crew and Duluth East Hound Pack presented information to the Duluth School Board Education Committee this week.  These student leaders are part of a program that welcomes 9th graders and helps make them feel comfortable throughout their first year of high school.

   Research shows that if students have a positive experience during their first year, they’ll be more successful throughout their high school years. Denfeld Link Crew and Duluth East Hound Pack student mentors are trained to provide high school orientation, ongoing support and guidance, and academic and social follow-ups.    


Sign Up for a 2016 Fall Community Education Class -  Fun & Learning at Any Age!  
   Classes for everyone from children to adults. Learn pet first aid and CPR, snowmobile safety, take

a swimming class, aqua aerobics, Tai Chi, aqua Zumba, learn how to preserve garden herbs, snorkel, play bridge, belly dance, line dance, use social media, make fresh spring rolls, pretzel buns, make a snowshoe, create a friendship basket, make a fused glass piece, learn about ham radio, sign language, historic Duluth sites and much more. Programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home.
Review the opportunities online:
Or check your September 11 Budgeteer Newspaper 
Do you have a skill/talent/hobby you’d like to share?  Teach a Community Education class!   For more information, email: or call 218-336-8760 or


Kiwanis Family Kite Fly

Saturday September 17, 2016

(Rain Date Sunday September 18)

11:00AM – 3:00PM

Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth

Free Kites for Kids!

Volunteers provided by Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth and Duluth East Key Club


3rd Annual Art for Ed’s Sake

Friday, September 23, 2016

6:30PM – 8:30PM

Zeitgeist Center for Arts & Community

222 East Superior Street

$20 donation suggested

Celebrating the importance of visual and media arts education.

Silent auction, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and musical guest Georganne Hunter


From the City of Duluth:

Imagine Duluth 2035 - Comprehensive Plan Kick-Off Event

September 21, 2016

Denfeld High School, 401 North 44th Avenue West

Doors open at 4:45PM

Presentation begins at 5:30PM

Event concludes 7:30PM

Light meal will be served.

Fun activities and demonstrations for kids and adults.

   A comprehensive plan serves as a road map and a guide for land use and development to meet the current and future needs of tis residents with respect to public health, safety and welfare. The 2035 Imagine Duluth Comprehensive Plan will create two new governing principals and revisit the community vision, goals and recommendations to maintain and enhance the City’s quality of life.

More at:

ISD 709 News

posted Sep 8, 2016, 6:24 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 6:28 AM ]

Thanks for a Great Start to the School Year!

   From registration, to Open House, to that big first day, thanks to ISD 709 school secretaries and administrative assistants, transportation, principals, teachers, maintenance staff, cafeteria staff, paraprofessionals, volunteers, families, students and all who work diligently to prepare for the beginning of a new school year. 

And thanks to all who helped donate supplies and stuff backpacks...

    ISD 709 staff and volunteers helped stuff school supplies into

backpacks provided by CHUM's Adopt-a-Backpack program and generous donations from the community.

    For over 10 years, CHUM, their community partners and the ISD 709 Homeless program have worked together to ensure backpacks and school supplies, along with other back to school resources, are available for at risk children. Donations come from community members and organizations and other CHUM partners.  Since 2002, CHUM has collected at least 7,000 backpacks to children in need.


A Warm Welcome to new principals Danette Seboe, Amy Worden, Cynthia Moldonado and Elisa Modonado - best wishes for a successful school year!

Duluth News Tribune Article


NEW Fall Duluth Community Education Course Schedule This Weekend!

   Classes for everyone from children to adults.  Programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home.  Check the insert in this weekend’s Budgeteer or review the opportunities online.

   Do You Have a Skill/Talent You'd Like to Share?  Teach a Community Education Class!   For more information, email: or call 218-336-8760 or visit


Congratulations, Denfeld Alum CJ Ham

   The Minnesota Vikings on signed nine players to the practice squad, including rookie running back and Denfeld High School alum C. J. Ham.

   “My parents, Duluth, the Duluth public school system and my coaches, they all have greatly helped to make me into the person I am today,” said Ham, who competed in football, basketball and track for the Hunters.       

   “Growing up in Duluth’s West End, you work hard and earn everything you get.  It’s 100-percent possible to reach your dreams, and dreams really do come true if you’re willing to work for them,” said Ham.


Lowell Elementary Celebrates New Outdoor Opportunities for Students

   Parents partnered with the Lowell PTA, teachers, staff, and ISD­709 facilities to create a nature

playscape, nature trail and outdoor classroom for pre-K and elementary students.   

   “Active free play in a natural setting leads to healthy bodies, creative minds, academic success, emotional stability, and strong social skills,” says Principal Jen Larva.  “We want our students to benefit from the natural setting our school is situated in at every opportunity.”

   “It is just beautiful out here.  I’m so excited to expand learning opportunities to incorporate the outdoors,” says Lowell teacher Kristy Zwak.

   “There are so many possibilities to connect curriculum to nature and to extend learning beyond our classroom.  And it’s right outside our door!   We are planning to share the space with students all year long,” says Lowell teacher Amy Larson.



Denfeld Robotics Team Inspires Youngsters

   As they have for the past three years, Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) held a two week LEGO Robotics Camp for children in the Duluth area. 
   Older students mentor young students, helping them build a robot that has to complete multiple tasks. At the end of the two weeks, the LEGO Camp students modify their robots to compete with each other in a “sumo bot” match where they try to push the other robots out of a circular arena. On the last day of camp, DNA demonstrates their robots from previous years to show how the young students may apply recently learned skills later in their lives.

Learn more about the Denfeld Robotics Team


Working Together – Schools, Families, Community
   Lincoln Park Middle School and the Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative are receiving grants from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation (DSACF) to help continue work with

students and families and narrow the opportunity gap. 
• Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative, $100,000 to expand the full-service community school program that provides activities and support for children and families for Myers-Wilkins and Lincoln Park Middle Schools
• Duluth Public Schools, Lincoln Park Middle School, $50,000 for the parent-teacher home visits project
   “The Opportunity Gap is affecting our nation and our entire community in the Twin Ports,” said Community Foundation President Holly C. Sampson. “With these grants, we hope to make an important difference in the lives of children and families locally as well as develop models that can be expanded and replicated to make meaningful change elsewhere.”  
The Foundation awarded nine non-profits and one government agency the grants through a competitive process.

More Information   

ISD 709 News

posted Aug 18, 2016, 12:24 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Aug 18, 2016, 12:32 PM ]

Welcome Back!  Students return to school Tuesday September 6, 2016.

View 2016 Back to School Information

Please Note:  ISD 709 schools and school offices will be closed the morning of Tuesday August 30 as employees participate in staff development.  Activities focus on researched-based best practices to improve student learning and strategies for strengthening the focus on culture in our schools.  Athletic practices will take place that morning as scheduled by coaches.  Thanks for your patience! 


Denfeld Robotics Team Receives School Board Recognition

   During the regular August meeting, members of the Duluth School Board presented a certificate of recognition to the Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) Robotics Team and congratulated them on the success they had this season.  Team co-Captains Jamie Larson and Brianna Williams, Coach Andy Gunderson, team members and mentors were on hand for the presentation.

   According to Amy Starzecki, Assistant Superintendent, “These bright, talented students, with support from community partners, mentors and volunteers, are, if I may paraphrase FIRST founder Dean Kamen, ‘…helping to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.’”

   Congratulations to the Denfeld Robotics team for their successful season!

July 2016: 1st & 2nd Place, Gitchi Gummi Mini-Regional, Received Helping Hands Award for Gracious Professionalism

May 2016: 2nd Place, MSHSL State Robotics Championship, Received Dunwoody Award for Outstanding Engineering & Design

April 2016: FIRST Robotics World Championship, Semi-Finalists in the Galileo Division

March 2016: 1st Place Lake Superior Regional, 14 matches undefeated, Received Engineering Inspiration Award


Congratulations, CJ!  

   Former Denfeld High School fullback and Augustana University alum C.J. Ham scored on a 10-yard run in the third quarter and Minnesota Vikings held on to defeat Cincinnati 17-16 in a National Football League preseason game in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ham rushed for 35 yards on 12 carries and had one reception for nine yards and a first down.


Duluth East Robotics Team Hosts Lego Robotics Camp

   Great to see our high school students encouraging interest in science, technology, engineering and math!


Tech Camp:  Using Technology to Boost Achievement, Engagement

   This week principals, teachers and staff participated in Tech Camp, learning how to use new

technologies and social media in the educational process.  Opportunities include learning more about the Fab Lab equipment at Denfeld, using Facebook and Twitter to engage, inform and interact with families, creating interactive webquests to meet multiple learning targets and much more.  Nationally recognized speaker Dr. Joe Sanfelippo talked about the success his school district has seen using social media to share day-to-day school activities and accomplishment and how it has helped engage families, helped parents talk with their children about what goes on in school and build a positive school and district culture.


ISD 709 to Receive More Than $400,000 in State Funds to Help Support Pre-K  Programs

   Early Childhood programs are an important way to help support student achievement...…/State-Program-Benefit…/41112718


Duluth East Student Receives State Counselors Association Scholarship

   Nancy Swanson, Duluth East High School, received the Minnesota School Counselor Association Scholarship.  As part of applying for the Scholarship, Nancy wrote about her school counselor at Duluth East, saying, “Mrs. Berini came into my life my senior year and changed everything. She became my counselor, helping me plan my schedule when it was too overbooked, coaching me to write scholarship essays, and continually talking to me about future plan ideas. She listened to my story in a way no one had before: with her ears and her heart. I laid all the pieces of my life before her, but she didn’t look at me like I was broken. She saw my strength.”


Area Learning Center (ALC) Open House

Tuesday September 6, 2016

3:00PM to 5:00PM

Historic Old Central High School, 215 N. 1st Avenue East, 3rd Street Entrance

Taco Bar meet and greet with the staff, students, and parents

For information: or 218.336.8756 x 1164


REMINDER, LOOKING FOR DONATIONS:  CHUM Adopt-A-Backpack For Kids in Need of School Supplies

   CHUM is once again working with the Duluth School District to host a “Back to School Fair” on

Tuesday August 23.  Families with limited resources will be provided school supplies and backpacks at this event, check with CHUM for details:

You Can Help:  Donate a Backpack filled with Supplies!  Backpacks can be dropped off in the HOCHS Board Room Thursday August 18 or Friday, August 19 between 9:00AM and 3:00PM(use the 3rd Street entrance, other doors are locked).

Backpacks are distributed to two age groups:


3 Wide Ruled Notebooks, 1 Box Crayons1 Scissors, 2 glue sticks – not glue bottles6 Pencils, 3 Pocket Folders, 1 Box Markers 

GRADE 6-12 BACKPACK:  6 Pencils, 3 Pens, 1 College Ruled Loose Leaf Paper3-Ring Binder, 3 Pocket Folders3 College Ruled Notebooks, 1 Box Colored Pencils

   To ensure fairness to all students, we pack each backpack identically based on this list.  It is helpful if additional items are not included in your donation. If you are unable to donate a full backpack, the items most needed each year are backpacks, 3-ring binders and pocket folders.

Thank you for supporting local students!   


From the City of Duluth:

Imagine Duluth 2025:  What’s Your Vision of Duluth?

   Members of the Duluth School Board met with representatives from the City’s Imagine Duluth 2035 as part of Duluth’s Comprehensive Plan data analysis and public input process.  The entire community is invited to share their vision for the city of Duluth over the next 20 years:

Kickoff Celebration:  Wednesday September 21, 5:30PM, Denfeld High School

Web: Take a Survey at


Phone:  218-730-5580

Address:  City of Duluth Community Planning Division, City Hall, Room 208, Duluth, MN 55802

Find @ImagineDuluth on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

   The Comprehensive Plan is the City’s road map for development, the delivery of public services, the layout of public infrastructure and the preservation of natural beauty and open spaces.  The plan guides all that the City provides and oversees for the residents of Duluth, from the location of job centers to residential sites along with park development and where streets, buses and trails are located.


Duluth East Athletic Association Gold Classic September 25

   The 2016 Duluth East Athletic Association Hounds Golf Classic will be held Sunday, Sept. 25 at Lester Park Golf Course. The 18-hole, four-person scramble begins at 11:00AM, cost is $70 per person, includes golf, cart and lunch.

Contact Brett Hauer at 218.481.4600 or for more information.


Minnesota’s Immunization Laws – Please Be Sure You’ve Filed Documentation of Vaccination or Legal Exemption with Your School!

   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 are subject to exclusion 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.
• For a list of required immunizations, check the Minnesota Department of Health Website:
• To obtain documentation of your child’s vaccinations, contact your healthcare provider or call the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection at 651-201-5503 or 1-800-657-3970.
• To have your child immunized contact your healthcare provider or the St. Louis County Department of Health at218-725-5210 or toll free 800-450-9777.
• Parents may file for legal exemption:  medical exemption signed by a health care provider or a conscientious objection signed by a parent/guardian and notarized. 
   More detailed information available by contacting the Minnesota Department of Health online: or calling 1-800-657-3970651-201-5503.

ISD 709 News

posted Jul 28, 2016, 12:23 PM by Communications ISD 709

3rd Annual Gitchi Gummi Get Together Robotics Competition July 29 & 30
  Free and Open to the Public!
    On Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 2016 the Duluth East Daredevils Robotics team will host the 3rd Annual Gitchi Gummi Get Together at Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 W 3rd Street in Duluth. 
Competition begins at 3 pm on Friday and ends at 4 pm Saturday.

   Eighteen teams from Minnesota and Michigan (including Denfeld High School DNA) will be playing the 2016 FRC Game, “Stronghold”, a medieval themed challenge with six robots at a time on the field.    

   Teams will be required to utilize new team members to drive the robot during this competition to help prepare for next year’s competition. This event is free and open to the public.

Check Online for More Information  


Denfeld Alum Matthew Johnson Wins National Culinary Challenge  

   Matthew is a student at The Culinary Institute of America in New York – while attending Denfeld High School he took culinary arts courses and began learning the basics in the student run restaurant Food for Thought. Such courses are part of ISD 709’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) program, designed to help focus students into career/post-secondary pathways that fit their personality and academic interests.

   According a press release from The Culinary Arts Institute, Matthew teamed up with Kurt Flaherty to take part in the national Boar’s Head Bold Culinary Arts Challenge.   Esteemed media and food experts gathered for a tasting luncheon at the Astor Center in New York City to sample the students’ innovative dishes, which were judged based on taste, creative use of the product, presentation, and production/technical skill.  Following a tally of the scores, a panel of judges declared Matthew Johnson and Kurtis Flaherty the Grand Prize Winners of the competition for their Asian-inspired steamed buns dish, awarding them $10,000 in scholarship funds.

Click here for more information and to see the winning recipe. 


Minnesota Department of Education Releases 2015-16 State Test Results

   State tests include results of the MCA and MTAS (all accountability tests).  Consistent with AYP and MMR calculations, reading and math results are reported for students enrolled October 1 in ISD 709, all accountability tests. Science scores reported are for MCA only (Oct 1), unless noted.

2015-16 Reading: 

For the fourth year in a row, overall reading scores increased.  District is above state average. 

--Schools increasing scores over last year:  Homecroft, Lakewood, Lester Park, Lowell, Piedmont, Stowe, Lincoln Park, Ordean East, Woodland Hills Academy

--Above state average scores:  Congdon, Homecroft, Lakewood, Lester Park, Lowell, Stowe, Ordean East, Duluth East

--Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 increased over last year (all above the state average)

--Student groups increasing proficiency scores over last year:  American Indian (above state average, gap reduced), Hispanic (above state average, gap reduced), Black (gap reduced), White (on par with state), Special Education (gap increased), Free/Reduced Lunch (above state average, gap increased).  Asian (above state average, no gap)

--Schools with the greatest increases in reading scores:  Lincoln Park, Stowe, Piedmont, Lowell, Lester Park, Woodland Hills Academy

2015-16 Math:

For the fifth year in a row overall math scores increased.

--Schools increasing scores over last year:  Lakewood, Lester Park, Lowell, Lincoln Park, Ordean East, Woodland Hills Academy

--Above state average scores:  Congdon, Homecroft, Lakewood, Lester Park, Lowell, Ordean East

--Grades 7 and 8 increased over last year (grade 7 is above the state average, grades 4 and 5 are on par with the state average)

--Student groups increasing proficiency over last year:  Black (gap reduced), White

--Student groups with increased gap:  American Indian, Hispanic, Special Education, Free/Reduced Lunch

--Schools with the greatest increases in math scores:  Lincoln Park, Ordean East, Lester Park, Woodland Hills Academy

2015-16 Science:

For the fourth year in a row, overall science scores increased.

--Schools increasing scores over last year:  Congdon, Lakewood, Laura MacArthur, Lester Park, Myers-Wilkins, Stowe, Ordean East    

--Above the state average scores:  Congdon, Lakewood, Lester Park, Ordean East

--Grades 5 and 8 increased proficiency (grade 5 is above state average)

--Student groups increasing proficiency over last year:  Hispanic (above state average, gap reduced), Black (gap reduced), White, Special Education, Free/Reduced Lunch (on par with state)  

--Schools with the greatest increases in science scores: Myers-Wilkins, Congdon, Lester Park, Lakewood, Laura MacArthur

--Overall MTAS Science Scores decreased (remain above the state average)

2016-17 Achievement Strategies:

--Continuous Improvement teacher teams and Professional Learning Communities to increase collaboration, leadership and use of data geared toward identifying where each student is in the learning process and providing the support they need to realize individual success.

--Continued curriculum work to align learning and assessment to Minnesota standards

--Elementary standards based grading to increase focus on key academic standards and to help families support their child’s learning           

--Continued staff development on the important role culture plays in learning

--Working collaboratively with local organizations to support students and families:  for example, the Myers-Wilkins Collaborative, True North Americorps, Reading Corps, Math Corps, Duluth YMCA

--Targeted staff development for teachers and building leaders on primary improvement strategies:  Professional Learning Communities, Multi-tiered Systems of Support and Safe & Welcoming Schools

--Expanding the Full Service Community School model to include Lincoln Park Middle School

--Professional development for principals – with emphasis on instructional leadership

--Continued staff development on the use of individual student data to impact day-to-day teaching strategies

A detailed report will be provided at the August Education Committee Meeting.


ISD 709 News

posted Jul 26, 2016, 1:09 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 1:10 PM ]

Hillside Youth Theatre Students Impress and Inspire in Their Summer Production of 
“Escape From Puzzle Island” Duluth July 28 & 29
   Students in the Hillside Youth Theatre program, part of summer programming at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, are excited to perform an original musical play production, Escape From Puzzle IslandThe public is invited to attend; admission is free (with the exception of the July 28th evening fundraiser).
Matinee Performances: July 28th and 29th at 1:00PM
Evening Performances:  July 28th (special fundraising event beginning at 6:00PM with appetizers, music, and silent auction. $15 donation; play performance at 7:00PM)
July 29th at 7:00PM
Performances will be held in the Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium (3215 West 3rd Street), children must be accompanied by an adult.
For information:  218-343-9952
With appreciation to financial and in-kind sponsors: Arrowhead Regional Arts Council City of Duluth Parks & Recreation Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Essentia Corporate Giving Family Service Collaborative of St. Louis County Head of the Lakes United Way, Incredible Exchange program, ISD 709, Lincoln Park Middle School, Lloyd K Johnson Foundation, Mardag Foundation, MDE 21st Century Learning Centers, MN Literacy Council, Myers-Wilkins School, New Scenic Café, Ordean Foundation, Northland Foundation, Sheltering Arms Foundation, True North AmeriCorps, Whole Foods Co-op, and Individual Contributions

Summer Learning is Fun!
   Students are taking part in a summer learning program provided by ISD 709 Community Education and the Duluth Area Family YMCA.  It’s designed to help prevent “summer slide,” the learning loss some children experience when school is out. Mornings are dedicated to literacy work; afternoons are filled with enrichment activities that include art, music, science, field trips and physical activity. This is the fourth year for the program - participants show strong gains in reading skills.

Hiring Events for ISD 709 Child Nutrition Department – August 2 and 3
Openings Throughout the District, Please Share With Anyone Who May Be Interested!
Denfeld High School:  401 N 44 Ave W (media center), Tues, August 2, 2016, 9:00am – 11:00am
Duluth East High School:  301 N. 40th Avenue East (media center), Wed August 3, 2016, 9:00am – 11:00am
   ISD 709 has many openings in the Child Nutrition Department throughout the school district.  Food Service Helpers 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 $10.82 and the substitute hourly wage is $9.50.  Each employee is provided a lunch after their shift.
   If you’re interested in learning more about the positions, please attend one of the above sessions.  You can complete an online application at prior to the session or, if you don’t have a computer or internet access, complete your application at either session.  We’ll be conducting interviews, completing new hire paperwork and online training during the sessions for those that wish to work for the Child Nutrition Department.  Please be sure to bring your valid driver’s license, social security card and a voided check or banking information for direct deposit.
   If you have questions, please contact Michelle Porter, Human Resources Assistant at (218) 336-8722.

ISD 709 News

posted Jul 15, 2016, 2:15 PM by Communications ISD 709

Denfeld Students Winners in Minnesota ArcGIS Map Contest
   Congratulations to Maria Ossanna and Tess Urrutia, Denfeld High School!  They’re two of five high
school winners in the Minnesota ArcGIS Map Contest, sponsored by the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium, MDE, MAGE and Esri.  Several Denfeld students received Honorable Mention for the high quality of their map project, congratulations to  Adrian Ferguson, Kong James Xiong, Sarah Scrignoli and Benjamin Emmel.
   Minnesota public, private, or homeschooled students are eligible to enter the contest. Maps can be submitted individually or as a team of two people.  Students are challenged to create an original Minnesota based map on their topic of interest or concern.  The area mapped can range from the entire state to a smaller area, like a county or city. The five maps judged the best in each division are each awarded a $100 prize.  
From the City of Duluth:
City of Duluth to Host Public Safety Town Hall Meeting on July 19
   Mayor Emily Larson, Duluth’s Public Safety team (Police and Fire) and the Duluth Citizen Review Board (CRB) invite residents to attend a Public Safety Town Hall forum on July 19, 2016 from 6:00PM-7:30 PM at Denfeld High School, 401 N 44th Ave West.  The event is open to the public.
   The forum provides an opportunity to dialogue as community members that care for the well-being of all residents. Attendees will hear from Public Safety officials and the CRB followed by opportunities for the audience to share insight, ask questions, and issue concerns with the goal of helping to strengthen the partnership between the City and its residents. The public will also meet Duluth’s incoming Human Rights Officer, Carl Crawford, who will play an important role in community collaborations when he officially starts at the City later this month.

Denfeld, Duluth East Robotics Teams Prepare for Summer Competition
   Members of the Denfeld DNA and Duluth East Daredevils are preparing for the annual Gitchi Gummi Get Together, a summer robotics competition hosted by the Daredevils, taking place July 29-30 at Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 . Over a dozen teams from across Minnesota are scheduled to participate.  The event is free and open to the public.  

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipients
   The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation (DSACF) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the 2016 Scholarship recipients. 
    “For almost thirty years, the Community Foundation has supported area students in their efforts to achieve their educational dreams,” said Holly C. Sampson, President. “These young adults are the future leaders of our community and we’re proud to be a partner in their success.”
   Scholarship winners include, but are not limited to:
Hubert A. Nelson Scholarship: Alexis Rajanen, Denfeld HS   
Paul Antonich Scholarship: James Powe, Duluth East HS
Duluth Central Sports Association Legacy Scholarship: Taylor Johnson, Derek Huston, Denfeld HS
William E. Barto Scholarship Fund:  Emma Spooner, Duluth East HS
Bernard B. & Mary L. Brusin Scholarship:  Michael Kelly, Duluth East HS
Gernander Scholarship:  Derek Huston and Gabriella Nordman, Denfeld HS
Duluth Building and Construction Trades Council Scholarship:  Madeline Brown, Duluth East HS
Patricia S. Gustafson '56 Memorial Scholarship:  Karen Boynton, Denfeld HS
Gus & Henrietta Hill Scholarship: Stephanie Curran, Duluth East HS
Greg Irons Award:  Christine LeGarde, Denfeld HS and Michael Kelly, Duluth East HS 
Greg Irons Teacher Award, Karla Winterfeld, Lincoln Park MS  
Cory Jam Memorial Award:  Sanna Berdahl, Duluth East HS   is Sanna Berdahl.
Harold & Laura Jorgenson Memorial Scholarship:  Hannah Carlson, Denfeld HS
The Minnesota Power Community Involvement Scholarship : Jackson Churchill and Alyssa Lauzon, Duluth East HS 
Amelia and Emanuel Nessell Family Scholarships: Alyvia Dobs, Denfeld HS 
Anderson-Niskanen Scholarships: Abigail Vincent, Duluth Public Schools
Steve Rolland Youth Peacemaker Award:  Michael Kelly and Bryce Holak, Duluth East HS
Walter & Anna Soneson Scholarship: Alyvia Dobs, Denfeld HS and Grant Wickman, Duluth East HS
Jack and Mary Rowe Memorial Scholarship:  Joseph Rauzi, Duluth East HS
Kenneth and Concetta Schoen Scholarship:  Pernille Soderlind, Duluth East HS
Robert B. & Sophia Whiteside Scholarships:
Denfeld HS - Dawkin Erceg, Benjamin Fehringer, Derek Huston, Gabriella Nordman, Violet Wennberg
Duluth East HS - Shannon Baker, Jacob Beery, Sanna Berdahl, Sylvia Bowen-Bailey, Daniel Dylla, Kendall Hill, Autumn Kittilson, Grace Lane, Anja Leitz-Najarian, Kayla Nyenhuis, Eleanor Peterson, Marianne Peterson, Jonah Wehr
   The DSACF promotes private giving for the public good. The Foundation is a permanent community endowment, built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations. Guided by a 14-member Board of volunteer civic leaders, the Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations and to individuals for scholarships and provides leadership on important community initiatives in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Since its inception in 1983, they have distributed over $47 million and currently hold over 370 different funds, each with its own charitable purpose.  Learn more  
Middle School Student Receives Trip to a Twins Game for Perfect Attendance
   Congratulations Bode Hislop, Ordean East!  Organized by the MN Middle School Association, the Perfect Attendance-Perfect Game program rewards students who achieve perfect attendance during the school year. Students receive a certificate and the opportunity to attend a Twins baseball game and receive recognition on the field during a pregame ceremony. 

Duluth East High School Student Receives Extraordinary Impact Award  
   Kaitlyn Lake received the "Know the Truth Extraordinary Impact Award" from the Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge Know the Truth substance abuse prevention program. The award, presented to two high school and two middle school students in Minnesota, recognizes students who are making positive, healthy choices in their own lives and actively encouraging and advocating for those choices in their school and community. Kaitlyn received the award for advocating for increased mental health services at school.

Run With the ‘Hounds – 5K Run
Lester Park in Duluth  
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - Race at 6:00PM
Preregistration online by Wednesday, July 20, 2016 
to guarantee a T-shirt , $20 Payment due at race time
Same day registration is $25 from 5 - 5:45 pm at Lester Park
Support Duluth East Cross Country Running

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