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posted Oct 9, 2013, 9:14 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Oct 9, 2013, 2:52 PM ]

Laura MacArthur Invited to Apply for Celebration School Status

    Laura MacArthur Elementary has been invited by the State to apply for Celebration School status!  According to communication from the Minnesota Department of Education, the invitation was extended because the school’s recent MMR score was above the Celebration Eligible threshold.  Congratulations to teachers, staff, students, families and community partners on the great progress made at Laura MacArthur!


Student-Run Restaurant Open to the Public

   Enjoy gourmet salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts at Duluth's student-run restaurant Food for Thought, located at East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East.

   Entrees range from $7 to $14 and are prepared and served by Denfeld and East Culinary Arts students under the supervision of Chef Glenn D'Amour, CEC.

--Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12Noon to 1:00PM beginning October 8.

--Reservations are required: reserve and preorder 24 hours in advance by calling 218-336-8975 ext. 4055 or 218-336-8845 ext. 4055.

--For details and a full menu click here or go to, choose the Duluth East website and click the link at the top of the page.

--Featured this month:

  • October 15, 17: Old Fashioned Chicken & Dumplings for $10
  • October 22, 23, 24: Tuscan Roast Leg of Lamb for $11
  • October 29, 30, 31: French Herb Crusted Rack of Pork for $11

Weekly features are served with choice of soup or salad, homemade focaccia bread and choice of beverage.


Lincoln Park Students, Staff Join National Walk to School Day

   Hundreds of students and staff from Lincoln Park Middle School took part in the National Walk to School Day event in October.  Students met at Wheeler Field in Duluth and walked the trail to school in teams.  Each team created posters for

the event and received t-shirts at the end of the walk.  Parents, volunteers, and representatives from the Duluth Police Department were on the trail to encourage walkers. 

   National Walk to School Day is designed as a first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are inviting for everyone.  Walking to school helps promote healthy habits, is easier on the environment, promotes safety and can be fun.  

(Photo, Right: Mayor Don Ness and Superintendent Bill Gronseth encourage students at the event.)


Community Action Duluth “Seeds of Success” at Lincoln Park Farmers Market

    Seeds of Success helps Duluthians attain economic stability by providing them with transitional employment growing vegetables in vacant lots - produce is used to meet food access needs by selling it at the Lincoln Park Farmer's Market.  The market is hosted by the Harrison Community Center at 3002 W 3rd Street and will be open Thursday afternoons from 3PM - 6PM through October 24. Contact Outreach Coordinator Sarah Lee for more information, 218.726.1665 x34 or



Jill Lofald, Denfeld High School, is the recipient of the 2013 Greg Irons Teacher Award.  The award recognizes outstanding employees of ISD 709 who uphold the tenants of Greg Irons and help students succeed.  Jill teaches communication, theater and English and has taught, directed and coached the competitive speech team for 28 years.   The selection committee noted her exceptional ability to nurture all students in their worth and their desire to succeed.      

Jill will use the $500 award to help members of the Duluth Speech team compete at the national Speech Tournament.