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ISD 709 News

posted Apr 14, 2017, 11:33 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Apr 14, 2017, 11:34 AM ]

Denfeld, Duluth East Speech Students Heading to State!  
   Several students from the Duluth Speech Team earned a spot at the 2017 MSHSL State competition, congratulations to all participants and to Greg Jones, named 2017 7aa Speech Coach of the Year!
>>STATE COMPETITION:  Christian Chederquist, Matthew Campbell, Jay Vaidyanathan, Conor Reindl, Flannery White, Glory Gross, Anna Leonard, Emma McNamee
>>FINALISTS:  Joann Puglisi, Skyler Nelson, Nick Anderson, Brecken Caroon, Anna Huber, Tati Silverness Maghan, Kong Xiong, Vincent Kolanda, Sydney Olson, Sheila Vaidyanathan, Autumn Zierman, Krystyna Ruhnke, Laney Goei, Ocean Miller-Shaked 
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Student Chef Moves on to National Competition
  
   Malcolm Hall, Duluth East student chef at Food for Thought restaurant, earned first place at the Minnesota SkillsUSA competition and will move on to nationals in Louisville, KY in June.  The event was held at the Crocus Hill Culinary School in Cook, MN and in Minneapolis. 



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Stowe Student Colonial Fair Brings History to Life
   Fifth grade students are studying what life was like in a colonial village. Each student researched a job or role common in that time, dressed in costumes and presented information to family and schoolmates. The school gym became a colonial village, with a commons and “shops” such as a blacksmith, general store, butcher, etc.
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From the Denfeld Robotics Team:
REMINDER:  Denfeld Robotics Team Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser April 14!
   The Dinner and Silent Auction will be held in the Denfeld High School Cafeteria Friday April 14 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM.  Cost is $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per student.  The meal is BBQ Chicken with sides with a meatless option available. There are a variety of Silent Auction items to bid on so stop by!  Bring friends, family, all are welcome.  The team will provide a demonstration of our robots!  Funds raised will help pay for tournament feels, robot materials and other team needs.
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Denfeld’s Journey Toward Becoming a Full Service Community School
Students, staff, parents/guardians and community members are sharing their understanding of Denfeld’s strengths and challenges and developing a vision for what Denfeld could become as a Full Service Community School.
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House Representative Erin Murphy Visits Duluth Schools
Representative Murphy’s visit focused on the educational benefits of Full Service Community Schools (like Myers-Wilkins, Lincoln Park and Denfeld) and Universal Pre-K.
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Panthers with Answers – Piedmont Preps for State Tests
Love the school spirit and enthusiasm generated by students!
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Underwater Hockey
Another engaging class available through Duluth Community Education - 2017 Summer Schedule coming April 30, look for it online and in the Budgeteer.
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Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
>>Lincoln Park Middle School Hosts Their First Parent Camp:  Parents and staff have opportunities to choose topics to discuss and work together to create possible solutions for all students and families.  Topics included:  Healthy Lincoln Park, Navigating Social Media in Middle School, How to Connect with Staff & Programming, Re-Branding LPMS.  Lincoln Park is a Full Service Community School.
>>Lester Park Students Helping Out:  Lester Park is collecting reusable bags during the month of April.   They’ll bring the bags to CHUM and the Food Shelf to provide reusable bags for people who may not otherwise have them and help reduce the need for single use plastics.
>>Lincoln Park Middle School Art Students Visit Local Businesses:  The after school Art Club is visiting local businesses to see how their wares are designed and created.  Student visited Loll Designs, Frost River, Pineapple Arts, The Children's Museum, The Duluth Art Institute, and will soon visit Makerspace in West Duluth.
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Students in our Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs continue to amaze and inspire us!
Congratulations Future Health Professionals (HOSA) 2017 State Winners from Denfeld & Duluth East:
MEDICAL SPELLING:  WRITTEN TEST AND SPELL DOWN
>>1st Conor Reindl (DHS) 
NURSING ASSISTANT: WRITTEN TEST AND SKILLS
>>1st Liam Bohmann(EHS) 
>>2nd Jasmine Acosta (EHS) 
>>3rd Conor Reindl (DHS) 
>>4th Nicola D’Angiola (EHS) 
PREPARED SPEAKING: TOPIC LEADERSHIP- SERVICE-ENGAGEMENT 
>>1st Conor Reindl (DHS) 
HOME HEALTH AIDE: WRITTEN TEST AND SKILLS
>>1st  Brianna Ankrum(EHS) 
>>2nd  Liam Bohmann(EHS) 
>>3rd  Miranda Dahl (EHS) 
>>4th  Anissa Lane (EHS) 
>>5th  Nicola D’Angiola (EHS)     
EXTEMPORANEOUS HEALTH POSTER:  Topic Distracted Driving 
>>1st  Jasmine Acosta (EHS) 
CAREER HEALTH DISPLAY: Create a Trifold and Presentation on an Allied Health Career Choice
>>2nd  Brianna Ankrum(EHS), Nicola D’Angiola (EHS) 
JOB SEEKING SKILLS:  Competitors apply  for any health related position in which they are trained or are being trained.  They prepare a cover letter, résumé, complete a job application and participate in a job interview.
>>3rd  Anissa Lane (EHS) Senior
MRC PARTNERSHIP: Emergency Preparedness Event
>>2nd Miranda Dahl (EHS), Liam Bohmann(EHS),  Anissa Lane (EHS), Mason Elder (EHS) Senior
BARBARA JAMES SERVICE AWARD:  Recognition Event  
>>Miranda Dahl (EHS) Senior
MRC VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION:  Recognition Event
>>Miranda Dahl (EHS), Liam Bohmann(EHS),  Anissa Lane (EHS), Mason Elder (EHS),  Nicola D’Angiola (EHS), Jasmine Acosta (EHS)
FOURTH ANNUAL MN HOSA MRC CAMP:  20 Hours of Disaster Preparedness Training
>>Denfeld and Duluth East HOSA Students  
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2nd Annual Twin Ports Ignite Learning
Wednesday April 26, 6:00PM
Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium
3215 West 3rd Street, Duluth
Free and open to the public, everyone welcome!
Ignite Learning is a short “TED Talk” style series about learning.  Hear from local people about something they learned, how they learned it and how it impacted their lives.
Scheduled speakers include:  
>>Rebecca St. George, Staff Attorney for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
>>Bob King, Duluth News Tribune Photographer and “Astro Bob” Astronomy Blog Writer
>>Daniel Oluwaseyi Oyinloye, Nigerian - born Artist, Storyteller and Community Organizer.
>>Kami Norland, CEO of Integrative Re-Sources
>>Kateri Little, MARSS Coordinator for Duluth Public Schools
>>Paul Manoppo, Technology Teacher at Lincoln Park Middle School
>>Luke Moravec, KEYZone
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Duluth East High School Theater presents:
William Shakespeare’s
The Taming of the Shrew
A Groovy Comedy
Thursday-Saturday, April 27-29 at 7:00PM
Duluth East High School Auditorium
Tickets $5 Students, $10 Adults
   Shakespeare wrote a play about a very confident young man confronting a very confident young woman and bending her to his will. Sound entertaining?  East High School has set this difficult play in 1970, when gender wars were heating up and women weren’t willing to quietly do what they were told.  Come see very capable high school actors tackle this hilariously groovy play of love and struggle, disguise and trickery.  Journey back to a time of the hippest clothes and the funkiest music wrapped around the magnificent words of our greatest playwright.
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REMINDER: ACT Plus Writing Test for 11th Grade Students
Wednesday April 19, 2017 – Seated by 8:50AM
   Participation is expected of all 11th grade students except those exempted by their IEP and notified by their case managers.
•  Students at Denfeld and Duluth East:  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will not attend school April 19 in order to accommodate the test.  11th grade students will follow a special test day schedule.
•  Students attending AEO, ALC and Residential Programs:  9th, 10th, and 12th Grade students will attend school as usual on April 19.  11th Grade students participating in the test should contact their guidance counselor or school principal to make arrangements.
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ISD 709 News

posted Apr 11, 2017, 9:39 AM by Communications ISD 709


Denfeld Students Earn Top Spots in Regional Math Contest  
   Students from Denfeld High School took the top three spots in this year's Trig-Star contest at Lake Superior College.  Denfeld was also the highest scoring school:
>>Benjamin Emmel, First Place - $200, $50, School Winner & Plaque
>>Kelly Killorin, Second Place -  $150.00
>>Connor Feyen, Third Place - $100.00
   Trig-Star is a timed competition which involves solving trigonometry problems that incorporate the use of right triangle formulas and the laws of sines and cosines plus a real world problem a land surveyor might encounter. Contestants have up to one hour to complete the exam, the person achieving the highest score in the shortest amount of time wins. The competition is sponsored by the Minnesota Society of Professional Land Surveyors. 
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Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Planning Update
   The Duluth school district is in the midst of budget planning for the next school year (fiscal 2018). This includes preliminary draft projections for revenue and expense, new investments and identifying cost savings and adjustments that can be made to ensure a balanced budget for approval in June 2017.
   The budget planning emphasizes:
>Prioritizing General Fund spending to the instruction and support of students
>Maintaining 2013 Education Levy investments which include student achievement, curriculum updates and managing class size 
>Working toward goals associated with Minnesota's World's Best Workforce legislation.
>Aligning with supporting plans, including Reading Well by Grade 3 Literacy and ISD 709 Achievement & Integration.
   The budget planning takes into consideration ongoing discussions with teacher, principal, and administrative leadership, the School Board, and multi-year community conversations.
   At the April 10 Business Committee meeting the School Board received an update on the budget planning process.  The information includes draft investments, adjustments and potential cost savings to arrive at a balanced proposal that supports our goals and primary strategies.  Click here for information shared with the Board.
   Some of the information is not specific at this time - we will work to determine the needs of programs and departments and will propose specific recommendations in the coming weeks. A final budget is approved in June per State Statute.  The new fiscal year begins July 1, 2017.
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The Duluth Speech Team presents:
State-Bound Speech Showcase
Denfeld and Duluth East students bound for the Minnesota State High School League state speech competition present award-winning performances.
Thursday April 13, 7:00PM
Duluth East High School Auditorium
301 N. 40th Avenue East
Suggested Donation:  $3 at the door (Doors open at 6:40PM)
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Ordean East Students, Teacher Receive State Science Recognition
   Teagan Flynn and Erin Coleman, Ordean East Middle School, received the Seagate’s Rising Star Award at the 2017 Minnesota Academy of Science State Science & Engineering Fair for their project “Measuring the mortality rate of Daphnia magna exposed to tire chip leachate." The received a $1,500 award, trophy and Seagate hard drive.  The Award recognizes emerging scientists whose project exemplify excellence in their category, as well as high degrees of difficulty, thoroughness, complexity, creativity, innovation and effective communication.
   Nabiha Imtiaz, Ordean East, received an award from Graduate Women in Science.  The organization presents awards to the top female projects grades 6-12 and to the top female papers from grades 7 to 12.  GWIS is an international, interdisciplinary society of scientists whose mission is to build a global community that inspires, supports, recognizes, and empowers women in science.
   Seagate also spotlights outstanding teachers from around the state who find creative ways to nurture students' interest in scientific research and discovery, going above and beyond the classroom to promote STEM education. Eric Seidelman of Ordean East was recognized as winner in the teacher 1-10 years category. 
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From River Quest Organizers:
St. Louis River Quest 25th Anniversary:  We’d Like Stories/Feedback from Former Students  
   We hope to gather stories and experiences from those who attended wherever they live or whatever they’re doing today.  We ask you to click on this link to answer 7 short questions concerning your experience with River Quest.  The responses you share will be used in our celebration efforts and are completely anonymous.  Thank you, in advance, for taking time to provide your insights!  
For Information:  aaron.salmela@isd709.org
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From Duluth Parents for Healthy Playgrounds:
Come Celebrate for HEALTHY Change! 
   DPHP is hosting an Earthday Celebration at Skyline Lodge, raising funds to help defray the cost in resurfacing the District's playgrounds with wood fiber.  Join us for food, fun and a fantastic silent auction event!
Saturday April 22, 4:30PM-7:30PM
The Lodge @ Skyline Lanes,  4894 Miller Trunk, Duluth
For details on tickets and how to help, contact Brie at Brie.Giorgi@hotmail.com or friend us on Facebook
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ISD 709 News

posted Apr 6, 2017, 7:16 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 7:16 AM ]

Sharing Our Vision Night:
Denfeld’s Journey to Becoming a Full Service Community School
Tuesday April 11, 2017  4:30PM – 6:30PM
Denfeld High School Media Center, 401 N. 44th Avenue West
Refreshments provided.  Transportation and child care are available (please call/text/email Kathy Bogen 218-940-1593,
kathybogen@msn.com.
   Students, staff, parents/guardians and community members have been sharing their understanding of Denfeld’s strengths and challenges and developing a vision for what Denfeld could become as a Full Service Community School. Everyone who has participated in the focus groups along with interested students, families, staff and community members are invited and encouraged to attend.
   A Full Service Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources.  Its focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.
   A Full Service Community School grows to meet the unique needs of its students, families, and community.  One of the first steps is to find out from parents, students, teacher and community members what they feel is needed to provide all students with the supports needed for their well-being and success in school and in life.
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Miigwech! Minawaanigoziwin Round Dance 
   Many thanks to the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), community members and area organizations that worked together with the Duluth American Indian Education Department to create the Minawaanigoziwin Round Dance at Denfeld High School.

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Give Your Child the Best Start:  Duluth Early Childhood Education Birth to Age 5
Register Now for 2017/18 School Year!
   The early childhood years are an important time for your child's potential development and growth.  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
Online:   www.isd709.org
To Register:
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Check Out the 3D Printing Process at Denfeld High School
   Cathy Kates, KKCB Radio, paid a visit to the Denfeld High School Design Center to see firsthand how 3D printing works (plus other fun, hands-on stuff like computer design, routers, plasma torches, lathes, welding, milling machines and more).
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Starbase Program Inspires Lowell Students
   Building and programming a model of the Mars rover using LEGO EV3 sets and software, Lowell students were tasked with using an integrated STEM approach to identify and solve problems that might arise at a colony on Mars.
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Food for Thought Student Chef Competes at State SkillsUSA
   Malcolm Hall took first place in his competition and will move on to nationals!
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Caring Students Make a “Ton” of Difference
  
   Students and staff at Lester Park Elementary collected and donated over a ton of food (2426 pounds!) and $225 to help replenish the food shelves at Duluth’s Union Gospel Mission. Inspiring to see Duluth's young citizens working to help others!



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Interquest K-9:  An Additional Prevention Tool  
   Interquest K-9 is a proactive effort to deter and reduce the presence of drugs, alcoholic beverages, abused medications, and weapons on campus and school grounds.  Disciplinary action is at the discretion of the schools. It doesn't replace searches by the police department; it's done differently and a bit less intrusively.
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Myers-Wilkins Students Give Back to Community
   Students collecting food, clothes and books for local charities.  Awesome!
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FREE Family Night Out at Community Action Duluth
Every second Thursday
5:30PM – 7:00PM
Light dinner included – 5:30 pm
2424 West 5th Street – lower level cafeteria
Kids of all ages are welcome to come for fun art and science project- must be with their parents/caregivers
April 13, 2017:  NORTHERN EXPRESSIONS ARTS COLLECTIVE 
Mini Terrariums, Celebrate Earth Month with your own mini ecosystem!
May 11, 2017:  NORTHERN EXPRESSIONS ARTS COLLECTIVE 
Pebble Art, “Draw” a picture with pebbles and display it for all to see!
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From the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
8th Annual Northland Career Fair 
April 12, 2017  10 :00AM – 3:00PM  
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center – Pioneer Hall, Free Parking
>>Find local jobs in the Northland area, look for the ISD 709 booth for school jobs.  
>>Meet with employers from various industries with open positions from entry-level to senior management. 
>>The event is free to attend. No registration needed to attend. 
>>Bring copies of your resume and dress for success. 
>>Don’t miss the resume critique and interview snapshots.  
Find a list of attending employers online: http://mn.gov/deed/events/northland.jsp
For more information visit: mn.gov/deed/events/northland.jsp
Or Contact: Rhonda.Rutford@state.mn.us 218.302.8406
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ISD 709 News

posted Mar 31, 2017, 11:38 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Mar 31, 2017, 11:39 AM ]


Duluth East Birchwood Choir and A’Capella Choir Earn Superior Ratings
   Congratulations to the students of the Duluth East Birchwood Choir and A'Cappella Choir for their outstanding performances at the Minnesota State High School League Region 7AA Large Group Vocal Music Contest this month. Both choirs received Superior Ratings, with A'Cappella receiving two perfect "40" scores.
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Please Save the Date:  Wednesday May 17, 2017 7:00PM
Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award Ceremony & Ice Cream Social
Honoring Duluth’s Inspirational Teachers
All Welcome – ISD 709 Staff, Students, Family, Friends
To be held at Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 W. 3rd Street
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Lester Park Elementary Teacher Reappointed to State Board of Teaching
   Governor Mark Dayton has reappointed Anne Krafthefer to the Minnesota State Board of Teaching.  Anne teaches at Lester Park Elementary School and has been with ISD 709 since 1991. She joins ten other teachers, administrators and members of the public who will work to ensure the state has qualified and professional teachers.    
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Duluth East Student Chef Competing at State SkillsUSA Contest – Good Luck, Malcolm! 
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ACT Plus Writing Test for 11th Grade Students
Wednesday April 19, 2017 – Seated by 8:50AM
   Participation is expected of all 11th grade students except those exempted by their IEP and notified by their case managers.
·  Students at Denfeld and Duluth East:  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will not attend school April 19 in order to accommodate the test.  11th grade students will follow a special test day schedule.
·  Students attending AEO, ALC and Residential Programs:  9th, 10th, and 12th Grade students will attend school as usual on April 19.  11th Grade students participating in the test should contact their guidance counselor or school principal to make arrangements.
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Denfeld Robotics Team Receives Entrepreneurship Award  
   After 3 days of competition at the Iowa Regional, the DNA robotics team finished the qualification rounds in 9th place and became the 6th alliance captain during the alliance selections. They chose teams 525 and 6359 to join their alliance, the team was eliminated in their second quarterfinal round.
   At the awards ceremony, the team received the Entrepreneurship Award. This award recognizes the entrepreneurial spirit by celebrating a team that had developed the framework for a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives.

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Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team Heading to World Championships
   The Duluth East Daredevils competed at the Northern Lights Regional in March, taking 2nd place in the event and receiving the Wildcard to attend the World Championships in St. Louis April 26-29.  Their second regional took place in Cedar Falls, Iowa where they were selected by the 1st place alliance and made it to the finals once more. The team is excited to go back to Worlds – last time they placed second and are hoping to do as well or better this time around! 
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Could Language Immersion Benefit Your Child?
   Research suggests it may contribute to academic achievement, and that students exhibit greater problem-solving abilities, flexible thinking and advanced language literacy and proficiency.   Learn more about the benefits, the specific Ojibwe and Spanish language program models offered at Lowell Elementary.  
Applications for September 2017 school year are available. 
For detailed information:
Edye Howes, Office of American Indian Education: 
edith.howes@isd709.org or 218.336.8700, ext.1152
Crystal Goldman, Spanish Immersion Coordinator: 
crystal.goldman@isd709.org or 218.336.8700, ext.1166
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Congdon Park Elementary Students Succeed at State MN PTA Reflections Program
Juri Lubovich:  1st Place - Photography Grades K-2
Annika Saur:  1st Place – Photography Grades 3-5
Edie Robinson:  2nd Place - Literature : Grades 3-5
Artwork by Juri Lubovich and Annika Saur will move on to the National PTA Reflections competition in Alexandria, VA.  Winners will be recognized and presented their award at the state ceremony this spring.
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From the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
8th Annual Northland Career Fair 
April 12, 2017  10 :00AM – 3:00PM  
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center – Pioneer Hall, Free Parking
   Find local jobs in the Northland area, including ISD 709 School Employment opportunities!  Meet with employers from various industries with open positions from entry-level to senior management. The event is free to attend. No registration needed to attend. Bring copies of your resume and dress for success. Don’t miss the resume critique and interview snapshots! 
Find a list of attending employers online: http://mn.gov/deed/events/northland.jsp
For more information visit: mn.gov/deed/events/northland.jsp
Or Contact: Rhonda.Rutford@state.mn.us 218.302.8406
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From the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
Pre-Northland Career Fair Prep Workshops 
Minnesota WorkForce Center — Duluth
402 West First Street
Wednesday, April 5:  9:00AM – 10:30AM
Wednesday, April 5 (Vets Only):  1:00PM – 2:30PM
Monday, April 10:  3:00PM – 4:30PM
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ISD 709 News

posted Mar 23, 2017, 12:09 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 12:10 PM ]


March is Music in Our Schools and Youth Art Month
   Thank you to the Denfeld Jazz Band for their performance at the March School Board meeting and to all teachers and student groups who provide music in the Duluth community throughout the year.  
    Many thanks to the teachers and students who created the Duluth Public Schools Youth Art Month Exhibition at the Miller Hill Mall and for all you do to inspire individual creativity and imagination.
 
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Denfeld Plans Community School Model   
   Full-service community schools create partnerships with area resources which can lead to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.  Myers-Wilkins Elementary is a full-service community school, the model is expanding to include Lincoln Park Middle School and Denfeld.
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Denfeld Students Honored for Cyber Defense Excellence  
 
   Zakarias Howes, Matt Johnston and their coach Tim White were recognized by the Duluth School Board for achieving 1st Place in the Minnesota Open Division Silver Tier State Round of CyberPatriot, a National Youth Cyber Education Program organized by the Air Force Association. 
   The program inspires students to explore careers in c​ybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.  The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company.  In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems.  They’re tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.
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Annie Harala, Duluth School Board, is the recipient of the St. Mary’s University of Minnesota 2017 Outstanding Young Alumna Award, congratulations!  The Award goes to a young alumna who has made significant professional accomplishments and served her alma mater and society.  Ms. Harala has worked in nonprofits, schools, and county government, gaining experience with greater Minnesota’s rural and urban communities in the areas of health policy, youth engagement, and community empowerment. She serves on the Duluth School Board and is the Northeast Minnesota regional coordinator for the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership. The university will recognize Ms. Harala and three other outstanding alumni at a ceremony in June.  
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FIRST Robotics Competition - Iowa Regional
   Denfeld DNA and the Duluth East Daredevils are competing in the 2017 Iowa Regional in Cedar Falls this weekend along with robotics teams from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, and Minnesota.  In this year's challenge, teams needed to build a robot that could pick up and put balls into a "boiler," move gears and pull themselves up a rope.
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Free College Prep Classes to Prepare for CNA/CMA Coursework
April 24 - May 17
Mon, Tues, Wed, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Community Action Duluth
Dinner and childcare provided
***Call to register: 218-726-1665***
   Looking for a career in healthcare or a part-time job as you continue your education? This class will help people prepare for entering Certified Nursing Assistant or Certified Medical Assistant Classes at Lake Superior Community College. The class is taught by instructors from ISD 709 Adult Basic Education.
>>Participants must be 18 at the time the class starts.
>>The class is three nights a week for four weeks at Community Action Duluth.
>>Childcare and a meal are provided.
>>Each student will have a coach to help them complete the courses to become certified and then obtain employment in the medical field.
>>People who successfully finish the class will receive a $50 gift certificate.
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Hands-On, Outdoor Learning   
   Duluth East students studying Plant Science were out last week tapping maple trees in the school forest. Hands-on learning in a beautiful environment! Through such courses, students learn more about careers in forestry, fish and wildlife management.



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Duluth Speech Team Presents
2017 SPEECH CONCERT – A Night of Award-Winning High School Speech Performances
Thursday, March 23, 2017   7:00PM
Denfeld High School Auditorium
401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth
Tickets $5.00 at the door or purchase in advance from a speech team member
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Activities, Accomplishment, Appreciation
--Academic Recognition for Duluth East Student:  Annika Pokorny, Duluth East High School, has been invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) for scoring in the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT among Hispanic and Latino test takers in the mid-west United States
region.
--Duluth Public Schools Youth Art Month Student Exhibition:  Student work in a variety of mediums, showcasing the talent of Duluth's young artists from elementary, middle and high school.  March 20-26, 2017, Miller Hill Mall, Barnes & Noble Court.  For information: debra.hannu@isd709.org
--Stowe Student Honored by Art Educators of MN:  The annual Art Educators of MN closing ceremony will take place at the Hopkins Center for Arts on March 25 from 3:00PM-5:00PM.  James Van Duran won third place in the elementary division for his recycled materials collage called, 'Mountain Birds."  James will receive a packet of arts supplies from Triarco Art and Craft supply company and a gift from Sargent Arts. 

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The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra will present a combined concert with the Duluth East High School Orchestra at 7:00PM on Thursday, March 30 at Duluth East High School (301 N 40th   Ave E).
   Under the direction of Dr. Ruth Lin, the 60 member Gustavus Symphony Orchestra is on a tour that highlights collaboration between college and high school musicians.  The concert program features composer Ferde Grofé’s Mississippi Suite (Tone Journey) and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, popularly known as the New World Symphony.  The Duluth East HS Symphony will join the Gustavus Symphony for the final selection, The Toreadors, from Carmen Suite #1 by Bizet
The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be accepted at the door.
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ISD 709 News

posted Mar 16, 2017, 2:08 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 2:09 PM ]

City Records Set at All City Swim Meet!
   Congratulations to the following middle school students for setting new records at the All City Swim Meet held this month at Ordean East and thanks to Ryan Marshik for the great photos!
Lincoln Park
>>Lindsay Johnson: 300 Freestyle 3:34.70
Ordean East Middle School
>>Owen Manchester: 200 Freestyle 2:00.52, 50 Freestyle :24.66
>>Beau Giddings: 100 IM 1:03.62, 50 Butterfly 28.14 (27.94)
>>Haley Zelen: 50 Freestyle 28.82, 100 Freestyle 1:05.48
>>Maari Rohrbaugh: 50 Backstroke 33.23
>>Dylan Manchester: 300 Freestyle 3:41.13, 100 Backstroke 1:16.07
>>Erik Oase: 50 Breaststroke 40.72
>>7th Gr. Girls 400 Freestyle Relay - 5:07.27, Sophie Hansen, Abigail Williams, Olivia Cranston, Grace Rubin
>>7th Gr. Boys 400 Freestyle - 4:48.18, Jeremiah Erickson, Christopher Kirby, Derek Andrew, Beau Giddings
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Duluth American Indian Education presents:
Minawaanigoziwin Round Dance
Friday, March 31, 2017  6:30PM - 9:30PM
Doors open: 6:00PM (Singers be ready by 6:30pm)
Denfeld High School Gymnasium
401 North 44th Ave West Duluth, MN
Emcee:  Michael “Migizi” Sullivan                             
Stickman:  Sherwin “Stick” Obey
Invited Singers:  John “Snoop” Morrow, Opie Day, Darrel Kingbird, Hokie Clairmont, Eric Gahbow, Bernie Lemieux
First 12 additional singers to register will be paid! Must register by 6:30PM
For more information contact Edye Howes (218) 336-8700 ext. 1152
Vendors: Contact Jamie de la Cruz (218) 336-8860 ext. 1230 Limited space!
*This event is free and open to the public.  All are welcome to attend and participate!*
Sponsored in part by AICHO American Indian Community Housing Organization
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Players Take a Dive Into Underwater Hockey Through Duluth Community Education Class
   Over 100 different courses are available through Duluth Community Education, from swimming, cooking, social media, and sewing to dancing, genealogy, 3-D printing and many more. Programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home. 
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Plant Science Class Growing Fresh Rosemary, Basil & Mint for Student-Run Restaurant Dishes
   Duluth East Plant Science students are growing rosemary, basil and mint in the greenhouse for use in the school's student-run restaurant Food for Thought.
  “Food for Thought” is now open to the public for second semester.  Click here for details, including a complete menu.  Reservations and meal orders are required at least 24 hours in advance and become the lesson plan for the day. Enjoy a tasty meal while helping students gain valuable experience!
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Students Check Out High Demand Careers in Construction
   Students from Denfeld, Duluth East and other area high schools learned about earn-as-you-learn apprenticeships in high demand, living wage careers during the annual Construct Tomorrow event at the DECC. 
  They received hands-on opportunities to experience work performed in different building and construction trade careers - wiring circuits, troweling cement, setting tile and much more as they moved through a series of stations staffed by representatives of 14 local union apprenticeship programs.  Such jobs are vital to the economic growth of our region.  
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Lincoln Park, Ordean East, Duluth East Students Heading to State History Day Competition!
   History Day competitions require students to go beyond facts and dates to explore a historical topic analytically and in depth. In preparing a project about their findings, they learn skills used by exhibit designers, filmmakers, historic interpreters and scholars.  Congratulations to all students who took part in the Regional competition:
Lincoln Park MS State Bound
*Malaya Perkins = Susan B. Anthony and her stand for Women’s Rights  
Lincoln Park MS Honorable Mention
*Noah McGrew (Group Website)
 Lincoln Park MS Participants
*Christian Ray, Seth Freije, Jacob Koski, Amelia Armstrong-Dougherty, Abigail Kaptonak, Jackson Morales, Hanna Hovland
Ordean East MS State Bound
*Joey Warner, Chris Kirby, Sophie Grunzke-Johnson (Individual Media Documentary)
*Natalie Miller, Keegan McAuliffe, Elle Westrum (Individual Exhibit)    
*Annalise Borman (Individual Website)
*Isabella Taylor (Research Paper)
Ordean East Honorable Mention
*Finn Shoaps (Media Documentary)
*Collin Larson, Jordan Blais (Group Exhibit)
*Grace Rubin (Individual Exhibit)
Duluth East HS State Bound
*Maeve Fairbanks, Kiana Davis, Haley Marble (Web page) = Taking a Stand for Organic Agriculture
* Cooper Speers (Documentary) = Hungarian Revolution
* Justine Martin (Exhibit) = Taking a Stand to Protect Yosemite
* Flannery Glisczinski, John Kroska, Spencer Frederickson, Elle Christian (Performance) = 
Reserve Mining vs. EPA 
* Issac Bailey and Clare Fresvik (Web page) = Charles Loring Bruce and the Children's Aid Society 
* Luke Hietala, James Abelson, Blake Salfer, Kahl Steinmetz, Ryan Johnston (Documentary) = Tienanmen Square
*Angela Park and Lucie Han (Exhibit) = Taking a Stand For Gay Rights
*McKenna Clark & Molly Gaerdner (Exhibit)  = Tibetan Revolution
*Tessa Mlinar, Paige Olson, Danielle Verdugo (Exhibit)  = Taking a Stand Against Communism 
Duluth East HS Honorable Mention
*Kaitlyn Dexter = The World Bank, Taking a Stand for Economic Assistance
*Greta Fischer & Lauren Nyenhuis = America's Favorite Fighting Frenchman
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Duluth East Business Students Earn Trip to State!   
   Top students from Duluth East High School will attend the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2017 State Leadership Conference, "Spread Your Wings" in Minneapolis this month.  Students earned 20 awards at the Region 5 Competitive Event/Leadership Conference held in Grand Rapids, congratulations to all:
QUALIFIED FOR STATE
Digital Publishing:  Kasey Thoreson – 1st
Medical Office Procedures:  Chloe Carlson – 1st
Personal Finance:  Lorien Gunsolus – 2nd
Computer Programming:  Kasey Thoreson – 2nd
Fundamental Spreadsheets:  Kasey Thoreson – 2nd
Fundamental Word Processing:  Chloe Carlson – 2nd
Advanced Accounting:  Nick Garden – 3rd
Accounting Math Concepts:  Kasey Thoreson – 4th,  Nick Garden – 5th
Information Technology:  Kasey Thoreson – 4th
Parliamentary Procedures:  Chloe Carlson – 5th
Torch Awards:  Abby Wright, Makenna Paquette
FINALISTS  (placed 6 – 8)
Administration Support Concepts:  Chloe Carlson 
Business Meeting Management Concepts:  Chloe Carlson
Banking & Finance:  Nick Garden 
Fundamental Accounting:  Lorien Gunsolus 
Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts:  Chloe Carlson 
Payroll Accounting:  Nick Garden, Lorien Gunsolus 
Career & Technical Education - Business, Marketing, Finance
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ACT Plus Writing Test for 11th Grade Students
Wednesday April 19, 2017 – Seated by 8:50AM
   Participation is expected of all 11th grade students except those exempted by their IEP and notified by their case managers.
·  Students at Denfeld and Duluth East:  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will not attend school April 19 in order to accommodate the test.  11th grade students will follow a special test day schedule.
·  Students attending AEO, ALC and Residential Programs:  9th, 10th, and 12th Grade students will attend school as usual on April 19.  11th Grade students participating in the test should contact their guidance counselor or school principal to make arrangements.
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Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
--Destination Imagination Teams Head to State!  Ordean East’s DI team "Ham United" took a 1st Place finish at regionals and will move on to the State competition in April.  Congratulations Ethan C, Jade W, Annika J, Parker G, Wes C, Lucas H and Matthew B.  Duluth East’s team Mission Improvables also took a 1st Place finish and will move on to State.  Congratulations Mariah Loeffler-Kemp, Grace Peyer, Andrew Miller, Victoria Ball, Shayni Gustafson, Ellie Patronas, Corbin Goodermote, & Coach Ken
Loeffler-Kemp.   
--Sharing Culture and History:  Jamie de la Cruz visited Sherri Walker’s class at Denfeld High School to share American Indian culture and history with students, including a cooking demonstration.  The lesson was part of the student-led American Indian cultural celebration at Denfeld. 
--Ordean East Students Participate in Honor Choir:  The 3rd Annual Lake Superior Youth Chorus Honor Choir included students from Ordean East:  Eli Schlotec, Meggie Johnson, Lukas Niska, Nick McGillivray, Peter Rhoads, Veronica Wahman, Gage Canavan, Thomas Kroll, Ailee Naus, Emily Spearman. 
--Young Artists Place at Twin Ports Show:  Khloe B-Kovisto, Stowe Elementary, received 1st Place in the Elementary Division for her artwork entitled “Lion.”  2nd place:  Karys J. , Grade 5, Lakewood Elementary, for her Winter Birch Trees painting.  3rd place:  Henry R. Grade 3, Meyers-Wilkins Elementary, with his Chalk pastel leaf with warm and cool colors. The works were exhibited in the annual Twin Ports Art Show at the Kruk Gallery on the UW-Superior campus. 
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Duluth Public Schools Youth Art Month Student Exhibition
March 20-26, 2017
Miller Hill Mall, Barnes & Noble Court
Opening Event:  March 20, 4:00PM – 6:00PM
Barnes & Noble customers on March 20 who mention the student art show will garner donations to Art 4 Ed's Sake, which benefits DPS visual and media arts programming
For information:  debra.hannu@isd709.org
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New Volleyball Coach at Duluth East High School 
   Duluth East High School officials announced the hiring of Rachel Isaacs to coach the school’s volleyball team.
   “It’s a thrill to be joining the Duluth East Greyhound’s Volleyball Program,” she said, adding, “I’m passionate about finding ways to promote individual and team successes and encouraging a love for the sport at all levels.”
   Isaacs' coaching experience includes the North St. Paul Volleyball Club, Woodbury High School, Visitation High School, Club “Sota” in Eagen and the Velocity Volleyball Club in Northern Chicago.
   Her competitive playing career began in sixth grade and continued into high school and part of college.  In high school she served as varsity co-captain in her senior year and was voted Most Valuable Player by her teammates.  She was ranked for both blocking and attacks and acknowledged as an All-Conference Athlete. 
   Isaacs holds a Graduate degree from Creighton University School of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota.  She’s currently a Registered Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse at Essentia Health, St. Mary’s Medical Center In Duluth.
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ISD 709 News

posted Mar 9, 2017, 8:04 AM by Communications ISD 709

National School Social Work Week
   Many thanks to Duluth’s School Social Workers and the work they do to create a positive school climate; partnerships between the home, school, and community to ensure student academic success; efforts to improve student achievement and personal well-being and promote skills for life-long learning.
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Duluth Mayor Speaks with KEY Zone Students about Women in Leadership
   Mayor Emily Larson visited the KEY Zone after school program at Homecroft Elementary to talk with members of the Girl’s Club about women in leadership.  Thank you, Mayor Larson, for taking time to inspire our youth!

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Ordean East Student Heading to State Geographic Bee
   Colin Willemsen, Ordean East Middle School, earned an opportunity to compete at the Minnesota National Geographic Bee at Mankato State University this month.  The champion from each state will qualify to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship in Washington, D.C. in May.   The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.

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ACT Plus Writing Test for 11th Grade Students
Wednesday April 19, 2017 – Seated by 8:50AM
   Participation is expected of all 11th grade students except those exempted by their IEP and notified by their case managers.
·  Students at Denfeld and Duluth East:  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will not attend school April 19 in order to accommodate the test.  11th grade students will follow a special test day schedule.
·  Students attending AEO, ALC and Residential Programs:  9th, 10th, and 12th Grade students will attend school as usual on April 19.  11th Grade students participating in the test should contact their guidance counselor or school principal to make arrangements.
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Science, Technology, Engineering, Math = FUN!
   A big thank you to students from the College of St. Scholastica for creating a wonderful STEM DAY filled with learning and fun for children at Lowell Elementary.
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Duluth East Alum Featured Speaker at Women’s History Month Event
   The American Association of University Women (AAUW) invites all to an exploration of careers in Science and Math. Duluth East Alumni Kirsi Kuutti will speak on Women in Science and Math Tuesday, March 14, 7:00PM-8:30PM at First United Methodist Church (the Coppertop).  Kirsi is a college student who is currently working at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
   This session is open to all with a special invitation to middle and high school young women, their parents and teachers, contact Mary Jo Thomas at mjthomas333@gmail.com to reserve spots.
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Congratulations to the Denfeld, Duluth East Robotics Teams!
   Denfeld DNA had a successful run at the Lake Superior Regional in Duluth, finishing in the top 25 out of 63 teams. They received the Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox, celebrating creativity in design, use of components and strategy of play.
   Duluth East Daredevils had a great showing at the Northern Lights Regional, they Ranked 5 with a record of 10-5-0 and received the following awards:  
>>FIRST Dean's List Finalist Award (Olivia Nelson)
>>Regional Finalists
>>Team Spirit Award sponsored by FCA Foundation
Due to a wild card distribution, the Daredevils will attend the World Championship in April in St. Louis.
   Both teams extend their thanks and appreciation to everyone who came down to the DECC – spectators, families, fans and volunteers.
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Student Run Restaurant “Food for Thought” Now Open!  Click here for details, including a complete menu.  Reservations and meal orders are required at least 24 hours in advance and become the lesson plan for the day. Enjoy a tasty meal while helping students gain valuable experience! 
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Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
--Ordean East Students Selected for UMD Honor Band:  Congratulations to Evelyn Youngquist, Duncan Zentz, Ezra Schomberg, Ryan Carlson, Tommy Smyth, Jack Nelson. Elizabeth Johnson, Adrianna Dahlberg and Scout Weinandt.
--Students Fight Heart Disease & Stroke:  Students from Lester Park Elementary raised $3,400 for the American Heart Association through a Jump Rope for Heart event.  Top fundraisers: Eli Filby at $1,000 and Evan Lammi-Goorhouse at $670.  Thank you, Lester Park Families, for making this a special event! 
--Dr. Seuss Carnival Promotes Reading:  Students in the KEY Zone program at Laura MacArthur and Piedmont were treated to a Dr. Seuss Carnival, presented by students from the College of St. Scholastica.  Activities related to books by Dr. Seuss, students travelled from station to station, receiving a prize bag and Dr. Seuss book upon completion.  Thank you, CSS students!
--Students & Seniors Partnership:  Students in the Lester Park KEY Zone program have created a partnership with the  Diamond Willow Assisted Living facility in Lakeside, scheduling visits and inviting residents to participate in fun activities – making greeting cards, Halloween masks, fresh centerpieces for the facility dining room. 
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Free Workshops: Jump Start Your Job Search
   ISD 709 Adult Education, the Duluth Public Library and MN Workforce Center are working together to host a month-long workshop series to support job searches.
   Learn basic computer skills, get tips on writing a stand-out cover letter or resume, and get help from hiring professionals in the form of resume feedback or mock interviews.
   Workshops take place Thursdays March 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 4:00PM to 7:30PM at the Duluth Public Library 520 West Superior Street. Job seekers are welcome to attend any or all sessions.
To sign up, please call the Adult Education office at 218-336-8790.  For more information visit DPL online at www.duluthlibrary.org.
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From Duluth Parents for Healthy Playgrounds:
Come Celebrate for HEALTHY Change! 
   DPHP is hosting an Earthday Celebration at Skyline Lodge, raising funds to help defray the cost in resurfacing the District's playgrounds with wood fiber.  Join us for food, fun and a fantastic silent auction event!
Saturday April 22, 4:30PM-7:30PM
The Lodge @ Skyline Lanes,  4894 Miller Trunk, Duluth
For details on how to help, contact Brie at Brie.Giorgi@hotmail.com or friend us on Facebook
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From the Duluth PTSA Council
Connect Through the Duluth PTSA Council – March 16
Please join us and other PTA members and active citizens from across Duluth:
Thursday 3/16 11:30AM – 12:30PM
PTSA 2017 Council Meeting
Rm 302 @ HOCHS, 215 North First Ave East
(must enter on 3rd St, walk to end of hall, elevator on the right)
   Have you wondered what the role of PTSA Council is related to your school PTA, do you want to know what services and benefits participating in PTSA can provide?  Do you want to know how YOU can get involved? Then JOIN US on March 16!  There are many issues facing education in our city, state and nation, your participation and interest can help.
Parents, families and interested Community Members are welcome and encouraged to come. Refreshments will be served.  Please contact us at least 3 days in advance if you have child care needs at 341-6099.
For more information regarding PTSA, or to volunteer your school to host a 2017 meeting, please contact Zandy at 341-6099 or zzwiebel@gmail.com.

ISD 709 News

posted Feb 28, 2017, 7:30 PM by Communications ISD 709


Dare to Dream Student Welders Recognized 
Congratulations Jillian Beetcher, Esther Carrillo, Charleigh Frederick, Emma Haugen, Rose Munoz, Clarissa Smith and mentor Roxane Simenson.
   Career and technical education, or CTE, helps prepare students for high-wage, high-demand careers. CTE covers many fields, including health care, information technology, business, advanced manufacturing, hospitality management and more.
   As part of their CTE program, Denfeld High School received six Dare to Dream grants from the Ann Bancroft Foundation. The Foundation strives to inspire, build confidence and offer tools that will allow a young woman to go after her dreams and feel supported along the way.  The $3,000 in grant funds provides an opportunity for six female students to learn how to weld after school, covering materials, supplies and personal equipment.
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Fiscal Year 2018 General Fund Budget Planning
   During a Committee of the Whole meeting February 28, Duluth School Board members received preliminary draft projections as the district prepares a budget for the next school year.  Projections will likely change over the next few months as new information, such as the status of state K-12 funding, becomes available.
   Projections focus on:
>Maintaining efforts focused on student achievement, curriculum updates and managing class size
>Prioritizing General Fund spending to the instruction and support of students
>Maintaining 2013 Education Levy investments and working toward goals associated with Minnesota's World's Best Workforce legislation. They align with supporting plans, including Reading Well by Grade 3 Literacy and ISD 709 Achievement & Integration.
   As planning progresses, the budget takes into consideration ongoing discussions with teacher, principal, and administrative leadership, the School Board, and multi-year community conversations.
   The final budget will identify any new investments, cost savings and adjustments necessary to help balance revenue to expense. A final budget is approved in June per State Statute.  The new fiscal year begins July 1, 2017.
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Activities, Accomplishment, Appreciation
--Congratulations, State Bound ‘Hounds!  Duluth East diver Miles Rohrbaugh, freestyler Ryan Zelen and the 200 free relay team qualified for the Minnesota state swim meet with impressive performances at the Section 7AA meet in Coon Rapids, Minn.  
--State Recognition for Stowe Artist:  James Van Duran, Stowe Elementary, received 3rd Place in the Statewide Art Educators of Minnesota Youth Art Month Contest. His artwork emphasizes use of recycled paper materials, watercolor, tempera and marker.  James will receive a supply of art products from Triarco Art and Crafts.
--Young Artist Takes 1st Place at Twin Ports Show:  Khloe B-Kovisto, Stowe Elementary, received First Place in the Elementary Division for her artwork entitled “Lion.”   Her work was included in the annual Twin Ports Art Show at the Kruk Gallery on the UW-Superior campus. 
--Elementary Students Help Fight Heart Disease and Stroke:  Students at Homecroft Elementary raised $1,306 for the American Heart Association during their Jump Rope for Heart event.
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Cabin Fever?  Take a Duluth Community Education Course!
New Class Schedule, Over 100 Choices
   Learn how to dye a silk scarf, attract bats, do laser engraving, 3-D printing, grow herbs, create a blog, make classic Italian tomato sauces, fresh spring rolls, pita bread.  Try belly dancing, ballroom dancing, swing dance, or luminary dancing using flashlights and glow sticks.  Find out what it takes to play a mountain dulcimer, wingshoot, play pickle ball, take part in a community band or orchestra.  Explore retirement planning, how to keep the family cabin in the family, saving and paying for education, financial goal setting.  Learn bee keeping, sewing, genealogy, how to think like a magician or find the humor in situations.  Study historic sites in Duluth and Minnesota; participate in mindful yoga, Tai Chi, classes in Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and sign language.  Learn how to create a garden to attract butterflies, pollinators, other beneficial insects.  Take part in first aid, CPR and AED training, aqua aerobics, scuba diving, sea kayaking, underwater hockey and much more! 
   Programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home.  Look for the new Spring Class schedule online March 5 and in this weekend’s Budgeteer newspaper.  
   Interested in TEACHING your hobby or skill to a class? We’re always looking for new courses! For more information email: communityeducation@isd709.org or call 218-336-8760 or visit www.ISD709.org.
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KEY Zone Summer 2017 Registration Begins Monday March 6
Space is limited – register early.
KEY Zone provides field trips, site enrichment and STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), physical activities, team sports and support for learning goals.
Summer Sites:  Congdon Park, Laura MacArthur, Lester Park, Lowell, Piedmont
Program Dates:  Monday June 19 – Friday August 25 (closed July 4)
Hours:  6:30AM – 6:00PM
Flexible scheduling, 25 Day minimum
For rates and detailed information: www.duluthymca.org or call 218-336-8900 x2
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Inspire, Learn, Grow…2017 Kindergarten Roundup  
   During Kindergarten Roundup events, register your child for the September 2017 school year, meet the teacher and principal and learn more about ISD 709 elementary schools. 
Detailed Information and schedules:  www.isd709.org/kindergarten
• Free All Day, Every Day Kindergarten
• Strong Academics
• Music, Art, Physical Education, Media
• Time for Creative Play and Recess
• Emphasis on Family Partnerships
• Social, Emotional Learning and Support
• Comprehensive support to enhance reading and math skills
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FREE Family Night Out at Community Action Duluth
Every second Thursday
5:30PM – 7:00PM
Light dinner included – 5:30 pm
2424 West 5th Street – lower level cafeteria
Kids of all ages are welcome to come for fun art and science project- must be with their parents/caregivers
March 9, 2017 DULUTH CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Experiments Hands-on weather science.
April 13, 2017 NORTHERN EXPRESSIONS ARTS COLLECTIVE 
Mini Terrariums, Celebrate Earth Month with your own mini ecosystem!
May 11, 2017 NORTHERN EXPRESSIONS ARTS COLLECTIVE 
Pebble Art, “Draw” a picture with pebbles and display it for all to see!
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ISD 709 News

posted Feb 27, 2017, 12:06 PM by Communications ISD 709



Many Thanks to Duluth's School Bus Drivers as we celebrate a special appreciation day February 27!




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Student Learn Career-Ready Construction Skills
   Denfeld and Duluth East Construction Technology students are building a greenhouse for the Ordean East Middle School Garden project and gearing up to build a 12’ x 16’ on site storage project for a local citizen.  Students learn hands on construction safety, application of mathematics, reading and writing, materials estimation, blueprint reading, construction trade practices, and the work ethics needed to be successful in any job. 
  Career opportunities in the construction industry and associated businesses include potential for good paying jobs. Persons entering the building trades generally complete an apprenticeship that can vary from 2- 5 years depending on the occupation and “earn as they learn,” with starting pay that can range from $25 or more an hour including benefits. 
   The Construction Technology class is interested in locating potential building projects in the Duluth area. Contact the teacher, Mr. Tony Leone, at 336-800 x 4082 regarding enrollment opportunities or potential/ future projects.
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Visit Highlights Workforce Opportunities for High School Career/Technical Education Students 
   Career and technical education, or CTE, is education that directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers. CTE covers many different fields, including health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, hospitality management and more.
   US Senator Al Franken visited the new Design Center at  Denfeld High School to learn more about programs increasing college/career-readiness for Denfeld and Duluth East students. 
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Denfeld Students Explore Engineering with Toothpicks
 
   Students in the Physical Sciences classes at Denfeld High School built and tested toothpick bridges to determine which were strongest. Those, plus the most aesthetically pleasing bridges, are heading to the 24th Annual Toothpick Bridge Competition at UMD, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The competition was started in 1994 as a fun way to reach out to high school students and introduce them to engineering concepts.


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Denfeld Cyberpatriot Team Success
 
   The Denfeld CyberPatriot Team placed 1st in the Minnesota Open Division Silver Tier state round of the nation's premier youth cyber defense competition. Congratulations Matt Johnston, Zakarias Howes and Coach Tim White!
   The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.
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Black History Month Celebration 
   Congratulations to Carl Crawford, Xavier Bell, Jebeh Edmunds, Claudie Washington, Robin Washington, Dudley Edmondson, Princess Kisob, Archie Davis, Ivy Vainio, Lavenda Vann, Cassie Dudley, Boissey Johnson, Mike Tinsley, Keandre Gorham and Charles Obije, honored for their accomplishments during the Black History Month Celebration held February 17 at Lincoln Park Middle School.
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Exhibit Features Work by Duluth Students
   The Minnesota Youth Art Month student art exhibition takes place from now through March 25 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet in Hopkins, MN.  Art students from numerous Duluth Schools are represented in the exhibit. A closing reception and awards ceremony is scheduled from 3:00PM-4:30PM on Saturday, March 25. 
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Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre and
Laura MacArthur Elementary School present…
The Wizard of Oz
Friday, March 3 @ 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 4 @ 1:00 P.M.
Denfeld High School Auditorium
401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth
Adults $5 Children $1
For more information, contact Mrs. Jody Peck at (218) 336-8900 ext.1065
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From Duluth Parents for Healthy Playgrounds:
   Our group is fundraising to help defray some of the cost in resurfacing the District's playgrounds with wood fiber.
   The first fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, February 28th from 4:00PM-8:00PM at Chipotle, where we will receive 50% of the profit when our group is mentioned while making a purchase.  The second fundraiser is taking place at Skyline Bowl’s Banquet Hall on Saturday, April 22nd, details to follow.
   We have teamed with Conservation Minnesota to create a crowd funding website to facilitate direct monetary donations. All donations from this site will be turned over to the ISD 709 General Fund to defray the costs of mulch removal and replacement.  Here is the link to the crowd-funding website for you to visit, donate to and share.
   We welcome anyone who is interested in helping with this effort, please contact us.
For more information:  brie.giorgi@hotmail.com.
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Duluth FIRST Robotics Regional Competitions March 1 – March 4 at the DECC
   Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 20 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. Both events are open to the public and free for all spectators. 
LAKE SUPERIOR REGIONAL – Denfeld DNA Robotics Team
DECC Arena/South Pioneer Hall
NORTHERN LIGHTS REGIONAL – Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team
DECC Arena/Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall

ISD 709 News

posted Feb 15, 2017, 11:53 AM by Communications ISD 709

National School Counseling Week
   Many thanks to Duluth’s School Counselors and the work they do to help students explore their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; help parents focus on ways to further the educational, personal and social growth of their children; and help students realize their full potential and become productive members of society.
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Denfeld Student Chosen for State Level Honors Orchestra  
   Logan Griggs, ninth grader and violist at Denfeld High School, was selected by audition to participate in the Middle Level Honors Orchestra, scheduled to perform during the state convention for the Minnesota Music Educators Association this weekend. Congratulations, Logan!




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Ordean East Spellers Heading to State 
   Nina Wilkowske and Sophia He, Ordean East Middle School, earned first and second place in the NE Service Cooperative Regional Spelling Bee and are heading to the Multi-Region State Competition in Fergus Falls this month, congratulations!  The first place finisher at the multi-region bee will travel to Washington, DC for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.



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Congratulations Makayla Pearson, Denfeld High School – Named Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year! 
   Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive.  The Award recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s Club, family, school and community, service, academic success, moral character, life goals and public speaking ability.



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Black History Month Celebration 
Friday, February 17, 2017 
Dinner: 5:00PM
Program: 6:15PM - 8:00PM
Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium
3215 W 3rd St Duluth, MN
Event is free & open to the public
Performing: Duniya Drum and Dance from Minneapolis
   Individuals being recognized include: Carl Crawford, Xavier Bell, Jebeh Edmunds, Claudie Washington, Robin Washington, Dudley Edmondson, Princess Kisob, Archie Davis, Ivy Vainio, Lavenda Vann, Cassie Dudley, Boissey Johnson, Mike Tinsley, Keandre Gorham and Charles Obije. 
For information: djibril.bangoura@isd709.org
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Duluth East Daredevils 2017 Open House – Feb 15  
Join the team as they unveil their newest robot in preparation for the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics FRC 2017 Competition. There will be treats, punch, previous robots and Daredevils!
Wednesday February 15, 2017
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Duluth East High School Media Center
301 N. 40th Avenue East, Duluth MN
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Denfeld DNA Robotics 2017 Robot Reveal Open House – Feb 16
Please come support the team and see the progress they've made on this year’s robot
in preparation for the 2017 F.I.R.S.T. Robotics FRC Competition.
Thursday February 16, 5:00PM - 7:00PM 
Denfeld High School Commons
401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth MN
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Ordean East History Day Exhibit – Feb 16 & 17
   Ordean East Middle School Seventh Grade History Day Exhibits will be on display in the school’s media center February 16 from 6:00PM to 7:00PM and February 17 from 8:45AM to 3:15PM.  Families and community members are invited to visit and view.  Ordean East is located at 2900 East 4th Street.
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Lincoln Park Middle School Home Visits in the News
Visits help connect schools and families.
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Denfeld Students & Alum CJ Ham Lend a Hand   
   Denfeld graduate and Minnesota Viking CJ Ham was invited to be part of a Denfeld Key Club fundraiser for a family who lost their home to fire in December. Students in the club raised more than $1,000 in donations. Key Club President Kong Xiong said if enough funds were raised he would shave his head, Ham did the honors. 
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Student Success at German Day 
   German language students from Ordean East Middle School, Denfeld and Duluth East High Schools joined schools from across the state to take part in German Day, held at the Minnesota Zoo.  Upper level students competed in informational and entertaining presentations. Denfeld students Denise Citti, Tugce Onkuzu, Molly Anderson and Autumn Zierman earned the prize for Best Visual Display.  Students who didn’t compete were able to watch and interact with the presentations.
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State Bound ‘Hounds   
Congratulations to the Duluth East Alpine Skiers who earned a trip to state:
Ryan Nordin - 6th at Sections
Avery Plude - 9th at Sections






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