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posted Oct 26, 2015, 3:21 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Oct 27, 2015, 1:37 PM ]

2015 ISD 709 Annual Meeting - All Welcome!

   Community members, parents, teachers, staff, students are invited to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting and learn more about ISD 709's progress over the past year.

Thursday November 19, 2015

Denfeld High School

401 N. 44th Avenue West  Duluth, MN 

6:00PM: Display Tables, Student Work & Performance

6:30PM  Annual Report Overview

7:00PM Reception with Light Refreshments

Copies of the 2015 Annual Report will be available at the event and online at

If you plan to attend, please click here to RSVP for you and your guests.


From Peter Froehlingsdorf:

The Addams Family Broadway Musical to Open Duluth East High School Theater

One Weekend Only!  Tickets On Sale at the Door:  Adults $15, Students $10, Children under 7 Free

Thursday October 29 – Saturday October 31, 7:00PM

Sunday November 1, 2:00PM

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

Doors open ½ hour prior to show time.

>Costume Contest for the October 31 Halloween performance – tricks or treats provided

>Pictures with the kreepy, kooky cast are part of the family fun

> The cast of The Addams Family is giving back!  The Duluth East Drama Club will collect monetary and Food Donations for CHUM and Second Harvest at all shows. Donations help support the school backpack program which helps feed students and families over weekends/holidays/school breaks.

   Nearly 40 students grade 9-12 will participate in a musical comedy that brings this beloved and bizarre family to life, complete with show-stopping musical numbers, costumes by Kris Biles, music direction by Jerome Upton and choreography by Marney Crandall.  Stage Direction by Peter Froehlingsdorf and Greg Jones. 

   Don’t miss the show that Bloomberg News declared, “Uproarious! A glitzy-gloomy musical entirely worthy of the macabre drawings by Charles Addams.”

   For more information:


Historical and Generational Trauma and its Relationship to Adverse Childhood Experiences

**Featuring Sam Simmons**

Thursday November 12, 2015 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium

3215 West 3rd Street, Duluth MN

All are welcome to this FREE event

   Sam Simmons has over 25 years’ experience as a behavioral consultant in the areas of chemical dependency, violence abatement and historical trauma.  He specializes in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work and promotes healthy nonviolent relationships.  Mr. Simmons is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interfaced Trainer in the state of Minnesota and is currently the SAFE Families Manager at The Family Partnership managing the federally funded Be More Project to stop violence.

   He is respected for his highly informed work around historical trauma and his successful Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing Conference around the country. 

   This is the first of two sessions that will be provided and open to the public this school year.  Mr. Simmons will also be working with two cohorts of district staff in a three-session Professional Development training series.


Duluth East Students Host 2nd Annual Path to Peace Walk   
   The Duluth East Exec Board hosts the annual event to raise awareness of the issues surrounding bullying behaviors. This year they invited schools throughout the area to participate. Students, staff and citizens walked to the Duluth Public Library where speakers, including ISD 709 Superintendent Bill Gronseth, talked about bullying and current efforts to provide education and effectively prevent, identify and respond to bullying behaviors.





Celebrating After School Programs for Children

  Families, business and community leaders gathered for a Lights On Afterschool rally at Lowell Elementary. The event celebrates the achievements of afterschool students and draws attention to the need for more afterschool programs to serve the millions of children nationwide who are unsupervised and at risk each weekday afternoon. 
   The gathering was one of more than 8,000 such events across the nation emphasizing the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open after school. 

Duluth News Tribune