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posted Nov 4, 2015, 12:02 PM by Communications ISD 709


You’re Cordially Invited:

ISD 709 Annual Report For the Community

Thursday November 19, 2015 

6:00PM – 6:30PM

Music by Denfeld Jazz Ensemble

Displays, Booths 

6:30PM – 7:00PM

National Anthem, Presented by Denfeld Little Mob

2015 Annual Report Overview 

7:00PM – 7:30PM

Light Refreshments by ISD 709 Culinary Arts Students

Music by Denfeld Chamber Strings

Displays, Booths 

Denfeld High School

401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth

Free and open to the public.  If you plan to attend, please 

RSVP online for you and your guests:


Denfeld Seniors Celebrate Minnesota’s College Knowledge Month

   The Denfeld Guidance Office, in conjunction with the Talent Search Program, brought seniors together to complete college applications for Minnesota's College Knowledge Month.  Through this event, students could complete applications (many colleges waive their application fees) and get their questions about post-secondary education answered.  The event included admission representatives from local colleges, prizes and a photo booth. The goal is to provide every graduating high school senior with the preparation, opportunity and support needed to apply to college.    


Food for Thought:  Student-Run Restaurant is Open for Business

   Chef Glenn D’Amour and students from Denfeld and Duluth East High Schools offer a classical menu for the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Duluth East.  Reservations and orders are required at least 24 hours in advance and become part of the lesson plan as students learn introductory and advanced techniques in line cooking, culinary skills and the intricacies of service.  All this makes for a unique experience, a hidden gem for dining in Duluth.  Check online for details:

Student Success Story:  Denfeld Grad Cooks Way to Super Bowl

   Former Food for Thought student chef Matthew Johnson, Denfeld, went on to attend the Culinary Institute of America in New York.  In a national competition last year, Matthew and his teammate’s recipe took first place and won them a trip to the Super Bowl.  Judges included Food Network chef Anne Burrell, celebrity chef David Burke, New York Jets Pro Bowl Center Nick Mangold, CIA Director of Food and Beverage Operations Waldy Malouf, and PepsiCo Corporate Executive Research Chef Stephen Kalil.


Denfeld, Duluth East Construction Tech Students Tour Local Industries

   During October, Arrowhead Manufacturing & Fabrication Association, Lake Superior College, and the Lake Superior Carl Perkins Consortium provided tours around the Northland, allowing local high school students to experience and explore great-paying careers in construction and manufacturing right in their own backyard. 
   Denfeld and Duluth East Construction Tech students, and their instructor Tony Leone, toured Altec Industries and Bendtec. Altec is a leading provider of products and services to the electric utility, telecommunications, tree care, lights and signs, and contractor markets. Bendtec provides trusted steel bending and fabrication to a variety of industries, including pipeline, power, mining, and architectural.


October 29: 100 Days to Hockey Day Minnesota!

   For the first time ever, Duluth will play host to Hockey Day Minnesota, celebrating Minnesota’s outdoor hockey heritage.  Representatives from Denfeld & Duluth East High Schools, the Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Hockey, Duluth’s Local Organizing Committee, Fox Sports North and others were on hand October 29 to conduct a Hockey Day Minnesota flag raising ceremony, marking 100 days until the big event.

   Hockey Day takes place February 6, 2016 at Bayfront Park where Duluth East will face Lakeville North and Denfeld will take on Eveleth-Gilbert in outdoor games.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Duluth area youth hockey programs.


AEO Online High School Courses NCAA Approved

   Academic Excellence Online (AEO), ISD 709’s Online High School, has successfully completed the NCAA approval process for all courses and is an official NCAA-approved provider. 

Click here for more information.


Accomplishments, Activities, Appreciation

--Brynne Hauer, Shay Callaway, and Aili Hietala, Duluth East Tennis, qualified for State!  Brynne and Shay took 1st place in doubles, Aili took 2nd place in singles. Congratulations to the team and to Josie Humphreys and Gates LaSavage on their 3rd place finish in doubles in the individual sectional competition.

-- Duluth East Boys Soccer took 2nd Place in Section 7aa Competition.  Congratulations to Alec Sauve, Zach Madill, Cameron Ross, Hunter Zhuikov, Sam Brickley, Nolan Friday, Chris Stingle, Nick Braun, Luis Turner, Jack Lansing, Matt Campbell, Corrado Rosato, Zane Meyer, Jasper Corey-Flatau, Brian Waddick,  Head Coach Nick Bremer, Assistant Nick Guimont, Max Nachtsheim, RJ Waksdahl, Bryce Holak, Nick Lanigan, Jackson Manthey, assistant Mike Sorenson, Assistant Kyle Rock.

--Lester Park and Homecroft Elementary students worked on a service-learning project, creating auction paddles for a local non-profit.  About 100 paddles were designed and created in art class for Companies to Classrooms, providing free classroom supplies to local schools (donated by local businesses).  They’ll use the paddles for their November 10, 5:00PM auction at Clyde Iron Works.  Students enjoyed learning about good design elements and were able to put that knowledge to use. They also enjoyed being able to do something to help others. 


Community Education Course for Adoptive and Foster Parents

   You’ve opened your heart and home, you’ve changed your life for the life of another.  Join discussions that are unique to you as an adoptive or foster parent.  Enjoy conversation with others that may be experiencing similar joys and challenges of parenting.  Attend this 6 week class led by a licensed Parent Educator.                    

Class Fee: $40  Childcare Fee: $10 per child

Note:  No family will be turned away due to inability to pay

Wednesdays 11:30AM-1:00PM

Piedmont Elementary, 2827 Chambersburg Avenue

Dates:  Nov 4, 11, 18, Dec 2, 9, 16

To register please call 218-336-8890


Community Education Class Featured in Duluth News Tribune

   Through ISD 709’s Community Education program, people of any age can take enrichment courses ranging from arts, crafts and hobbies to cooking, computers, couponing, gardening, health & wellness, music and much more.

Courses are created and taught by members of the community.  The Duluth News Tribune highlighted one instructor and her class on natural cleaning options.  Click here for more.

   For a complete list of courses and registration information, click here.


4th Annual Project Joy Event Helps Feed Children in Need

Friday November 6, 5;00PM – 9:00PM

Duluth Curling Club

Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Banks Backpack Feeding Program – feeding children in need on weekends throughout NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin

Click here for detailed information and ticket cost.  


From the Duluth PTSA Council:

Smart From the Start Grant Supports Healthy Children, Families

   The Duluth PTSA Council received one of ten $10,000 grants provided by National PTA and The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) addressing an early childhood school readiness program titled Smart From the Start.  The grant helped educate families of children ages 3-5 about practical ways to ensure their children achieve a balanced intake of nutritious foods and physical activity every day and mobilize community-based stakeholders to focus on increasing access to nutritious foods and physical activity options in the community.

   Thank you to the wonderful teachers and their classes for participating in the Smart From the Start program!

   Duluth PTSA Council is a City-wide PTA program that channels thoughts, ideas, and provides support for ISD 709’s schools. Anyone interested in the advancement of our communities’ children or outcomes at our public schools is welcome to attend, join and participate.