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posted Mar 1, 2016, 7:01 AM by Communications ISD 709
2016 Think Kids – Thanks, Mr. Pettersen!

   When Bernie Pettersen received an invitation to participate in this year’s Think Kids, he immediately gave us a call.  Mr.

Pettersen says he's 96 years old and a World War II veteran.  He told about visiting with Duluth East history classes and sharing his war experience.  He said the students and teachers were enthusiastic, shook his hand in appreciation and later sent him a thank you letter they all signed.

   Mr. Pettersen’s  Think Kids idea for engaging students - regularly invite people from the community to visit classrooms and talk about their experiences - what it’s really like to be a doctor, truck driver, business owner, plumber – any job, so long as the person can share what’s good about it and not so good.  He said books can only teach so much - personal experiences can be very engaging and that way young people get the whole story with "behind-the-scenes" details.

   Thank you, Mr. Pettersen, for taking part in Think Kids!

What’s Your Idea?  Attend a Think Kids Meeting Or Review the Information Online & Take the Survey



   The 2016 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday May 12, 2016, 7:00PM, in the Duluth East High School auditorium, ice cream social to follow.  Please save the evening and help us celebrate and honor Duluth's inspirational teachers.


FIRST Robotics Regional Competitions at the DECC March 4-5

   Denfeld DNA, Duluth East Daredevils and over a hundred teams will gather at the DECC for the FIRST Robotics Regional Competitions March 4-5.  Opening ceremony is scheduled to begin at 8:30AM on Friday March 4, awards ceremony will be Saturday March 5 at 6:30PM.


NORTHERN LIGHTS REGIONAL:  DECC Arena/Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall

Click here for details.


Spring Fun and Learning for the Entire Family – Sign Up for a Duluth Community Education Class!

   Classes for everyone from children to adults.  Learn to line dance, make sushi, play bridge, work a computer, use Facebook, cross-country ski, do yoga, paint, speak a different language, plan a trip, swim, get fit, plan your retirement, take beautiful photos, do some star gazing, scuba diving, ballroom dancing and much more.  Programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home. 

   Check your Budgeteer Newspaper this weekend or review the opportunities online after March 5th.

For more information, email: or call 218-336-8760 or visit


INVITATION:  Community  Invited to ISD 709 Tech Fairs in March

   Technology is ever-changing, impacting the way students learn and teachers teach.  Families, community members and staff are invited to see firsthand how students and teachers are using 21st century tools in the classroom by attending an ISD 709 Tech Fair in March. 

Monday March 14, 6:00PM – 8:00PM:  Duluth East High School Media Center, 301 N. 40th Avenue East

Tuesday March 29, 6:00PM – 8:00PM:  Denfeld High School Media Center, 401 N. 44th Avenue West

   Both events are free and open to everyone.  Students will be on hand to demonstrate a wide variety of tools, including but not limited to:

Canvas Learning Management System – Used to access the online lessons, assignments and resources.

3-D Scanning and Printing – Students will demonstrate what they’re learning in Engineering & Design.

Coding - Students will show what they've learned about writing computer code.

Google Classroom – Classroom gives teachers one place to post assignments and resources for students to access and submit completed assignments from any device with an internet connection. 

Screencastify – Students use this screen and audio recording tool to record themselves reading so they can listen to the recording later and work to meet fluency goals.

Kahoot - A fun online tool used to quiz students and observe their levels of understanding.  

Google Slides - Students will use Google Slides to show how they are meeting third grade Landforms standard.

For more information:  Tammi Wilkins, or 218-336-8700 x1119


Food For Thought Student-Run Restaurant Opens March 8

   Duluth’s only student operated restaurant will be re-opening for Spring Semester on Tuesday, March 8.  Reservations 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!

Detailed menu, pricing and information.

ISD 709 Career and Technical Education Information


Who Says Math Can’t Be Fun?

   William Earley is a student teacher at Denfeld High School this year.  He came up with an innovative way to motivate his geometry students – by creating a math rap video.  It’ll make you wanna do math in your Honda! 

See the Video  

See the MIX 108 Radio story


Duluth East Students Make All-State Orchestra 

   Congratulations to Duluth East High School Orchestra Students Lucie Han, Sharon Billman, Joshua Peterson, Marissa Faerber, Jace Jordan and Sidney Stone (cello) for earning placement into the 2016 Minnesota All-State Orchestra. 
   They attended an intense All-State orchestra camp this past summer and reconvened in February with other All-State winners from throughout Minnesota for a performance at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis for the Minnesota Music Educator Association convention.
ISD 709High School Opportunities  


Thank You, UMD Student Athletes    

   UMD student athletes stopped at Piedmont Elementary last week to talk about bullying awareness and prevention. Athletes visited with children and read aloud "Would You Bully Me?", a book written by Homecroft Elementary teacher Kenn McNulty. 
   After reading, the UMD students led children in a discussion about bullying -- what to do, have you ever been bullied or have you ever bullied someone, and classroom teachers shared their insights regarding bullying awareness and prevention.


Congdon Park Students Use John Beargrease Race to Study Design   
   Students used dog sleds to learn about design, about being engineers, investigating an object, deciding what it might be used for and how it has been designed to solve different problems or meet a variety of needs. This includes trying out their hypotheses and discovering how different objects actually perform, and part of their lesson was outdoors and hands-on. After trying out different sleds, students decided which would work best for the John Beargrease Marathon given their understanding of the course and knowledge of how different sleds performed. 
   Learn more about 2016 Kindergarten Roundup:…/how-to-en…/2014-kindergarten-roundup


Homecroft and the College of St. Scholastica Partner for Reading 

   Volunteers from the College of St. Scholastica work together with teachers and staff from Homecroft Elementary to provide a Read-A-Thon for students in the fall and in February for I Love to Read Month.  This year, 75 volunteers helped provide about 30 minutes of one-on-one reading opportunity for students during the Read-A-Thon. 


MCA Test Security Tip Line
   Maintaining the integrity of tests and test items is of great importance to the Minnesota Department of Education. Improper or unethical behavior by students or educators undermines the validity of test score interpretation. Please report suspected incidents of cheating or piracy of test items using the Minnesota Statewide Test Security Tip Line.


From the City of Duluth:

Hiring Event March 1st & 2nd to Fill 30 Summer Positions

   This is a new hiring event sponsored and hosted by the City of Duluth to fill 30 summer (full time) positions in the streets and parks maintenance teams.  Positions pay $12 hour.  Applicants are required to be 18 years of age or older, provide a photo ID, and have the ability to work outdoors and be able to lift and carry items/supplies.

Employment period is May – August. 

For more information:

Phone: 218-730-5210