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posted Nov 17, 2015, 6:20 PM by Communications ISD 709

All Are Welcome:

ISD 709 Annual Report For the Community

Thursday November 19, 2015

Denfeld High School  401 N. 44th  Avenue West, Duluth

6:00PM – 7:30PM

Displays & Booths, Music by Denfeld Jazz Ensemble

National Anthem by Denfeld Little Mob Members

Annual Report Overview

Light Refreshments by ISD 709 Culinary Arts Students, Music by Denfeld Chamber Strings

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

RSVP online for you and your guests:


ISD 709 Spanish Language Immersion Classrooms To Begin September 2016

  The ISD 709 Spanish Language Immersion program will be located at Lowell Elementary beginning next fall with three sections of kindergarten.  Students will learn the same state standards and district established curriculum covered in English-only classrooms, in the target language of Spanish. This will be a public school choice option for all Duluth families and enrollment information and procedures will be in place after January 2016.

  Spanish is the most common language spoken in the United States after English, and the fourth most common language spoken in the world.  Being bilingual or multilingual creates many social and professional opportunities, and develops an understanding of other cultures. Many research studies on the benefits of immersion education suggest the following:

>Academic performance is at or above the same level as peers in English-only classrooms

>Advanced levels of functional proficiency in the second language are acquired in comparison to traditional language programs

>Demonstration of high levels of cultural awareness, identity, and competency

>Exhibition of many cognitive benefits like increased problem solving skills and the ability to think creatively

  For more information please contact Crystal Goldman, Immersion Specialist at #218.336.8700, ext.1166


Coach Wicker Honored for Dedication and Service

   During their regular November meeting, Duluth School Board members honored long time Coach Dave Wicker.  In recognition of his decades of service to the sport and to the student athletes, Dave was recently inducted into the Minnesota Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame.

   Dave served as head coach for the Duluth East Cross Country teams for nearly twenty years.  He led the girls to back to back state championships in 1997 and 98, and the boys to runner up in 2000, among other accomplishments.  His career includes Head Coach for Denfeld Cross Country from 1987 to 1996 and assistant coach and head coach for Denfeld and Duluth East Track & Field where, under his guidance, individual athletes and teams realized success.

   Through the years, Dave helped his student athletes improve their skills, develop character and gain confidence.  He built an authentic connection and in doing so supported students in learning new skills and life lessons. 


Top USDA Official Visits Lincoln Park Middle School

   Kevin Concannon, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, visited Lincoln Park Middle School to highlight their model farm to school program and school garden project. ISD 709 has expanded school gardening activities and healthy, locally grown foods served to students, with the help of two recent USDA Farm to School Grants. 
   Lincoln Park students provided a tour of the school garden, Child Nutrition Manager Pam Bowe provided a tour of the school kitchen and Under Secretary Concannon had lunch in the school cafeteria – Philly Cheesesteak on a wheat bun, baked tater tots, steamed broccoli and seasonal fruits & vegetables. 
   The Under Secretary reports directly to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He oversees federal nutrition assistance programs, including the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs and summer meals programs, among others.




Duluth High School Lacrosse Unveils Name – Wolfpack!

   Last spring the Duluth School Board approved sponsoring lacrosse as a sanctioned sport for Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) play, adding boys and girls teams as an East-Denfeld High School co-op. The name of the team, Wolfpack, was announced at a special event at Clyde Iron in Duluth, along with unveiling of a team logo designed by Tim Cortes.  Girls Coach Sarah Cheeney and Boys Coach Scott Wishart were on hand for the ceremony. 




Healthy Northland Farm to School, funded through grants from the USDA Farm to School & the Victory Fund kicked off a Food Service Training Program during National Farm to School Month.  During nine sessions, Cafeteria Managers and Staff are learning how to integrate local whole produce into recipes. The training theme for October was Apples.  Students at Congdon Elementary sampled one of the recipes, Harvest Apple Quinoa Salad, made with local apples! Taste tests are a fun way to introduce new foods or recipes, allowing students to provide feedback and vote.  Tastings will rotate among schools throughout the rest of the school year. 


The Feeding Local Kids Halloween campaign raised $3,070.50 and 418 pounds of food to help feed local children. The Duluth Teachers Credit Union and Retired Teachers Association provided support for this event. Lowell and Lakewood schools took part in service-learning opportunities,  Denfeld's National Honor Society collected over $800 and supported Feeding Local Kids with volunteer time.  Duluth East students collected donations at performances of The Addams Family.

Many thanks to the organizations, volunteers and community members who helped make this year’s Feeding Local Kids campaign a great success!


The Denfeld Theater Department Presents the New Stage Hit “Leaving Iowa”

November 19 – 21, 7:00PM

$8.00 General Admission, Tickets sold at the door

Denfeld Auditorium, 401 N. 44th Avenue West

   “Leaving Iowa,” the critically-acclaimed play by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, is a toast to the idealism and character of parents from the “greatest generation,” and a little roast of their dedication to the family road trip. Leaving Iowa is a postcard to anyone who has ever found himself or herself driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of his or her youth.

For more information call (218)-336-8844 Ex. 1028.


Accomplishments, Activities, Appreciation

--The Duluth Debate Team had seven team medalists in a recent competition at Coon Rapids.  Nick Anderson and Quinten Rimholde took 2nd place, Jude Goosens took 4th, Flannery White 5th, Kong Xiong 6th, Kage Peterson, 7th and Conor Reindl 8th.

--Duluth East’s mountain bike team continues their reign as Division 1 State Champions by winning the overall team competition for the 2015 season.  Top individual Greyhound finishers for the season overall results include:  Girls Varsity - Sophie Farrow 3rd, Boys Varsity - Levi Hayden 8th, Girls JV - Moriah Johnson 4th, Boys JV - Ian Derauf 4th Eric Patterson 7th, Sophomore Boys - Noah McPherson 1st Shawn Higgins Jr. 4th, Freshman Boys - Sam Chandler 2nd. 

--Students at Ordean East Middle School collected sock to donate to people in need during the month of October or

“Socktober.”  They collected 334 pairs of socks which were given to CHUM.   

--Lincoln Park Middle School students participated in Duluth’s All Souls Night or Dia de los Muertos, a celebration often seen in Mexico, Guatemala, Spain and other Spanish speaking countries to commemorate those who have passed away.  Students created artwork in their art classes and shared it at The Depot.

--The Duluth East Nordic Ski Team was awarded a Growing the Birkie Lifestyle One Grant from the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation. The team received the maximum amount available to a high school team, $1,000.  Funds will be used to purchase team ski suits, most of which pre-date 1999 and are in need of replacement. The team is working toward a 2016 fundraising goal of $3,000 to purchase 20 suits.  The team purchases ski suits from Mt. Borah Clothing, a Wisconsin company with an office located one mile from the Birkebeiner trail.  

   The Duluth East Nordic Ski Team anticipates 120 members for the upcoming season.  The team is a welcoming community that encourages all kids with an interest to learn to cross country ski, while at the same time providing high-level guidance and coaching in Nordic ski technique and athletic training.  Since 1995, Duluth East has fielded six Boys’ State Champion teams and six Girls’ State Championship teams.  

   Please see below for a link to the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation grant award announcement:


Lincoln Park Middle School Hosts Health Fair

   Lincoln Park held a Health Fair during the first two nights of school conferences.  The school nurse was on hand to answer immunization and health questions, teachers answered questions from parents about how to assist with reading and math, and many local businesses and organizations provided information, take home items and door prizes. 

   Many thanks to everyone who helped make this a successful event:  Community Action Duluth, Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative, Adventure Zone, Chester Creek Cafe, Duluth Grill, YMCA, CVS, Twin Ports Insurance Agency, Members Cooperative Credit Union, Whole Food Coop, MNSure, LSS Safe Space, Human Development Center, Harbor City Psychological Associates, Northwoods Children's Services, Nystrom and Associates LTD, Northland Children's Mental Health Collaborative, St. Lukes, Woodland Hills/Cambia Hills, Insure Duluth, Text4Life, PAVSA, Lake Superior Community Health Clinic, Life House, Emily Program, Amberwing, St. Louis County Public Health.


FREE Family Night at Community Action Duluth

All families welcome!  Light dinner included

Every second Wednesday 5:30PM - 7:00PM

2424 West 5th Street - lower level cafeteria

Kids of all ages are welcome to come. Must be with their parents/caregivers for fun art and science projects!

Wednesday December 9:  Simple Gifts Family project in time for the Holidays with Northern Expressions Arts Collective

Wednesday, January 13:  Family Engineering - Paper Rockets, Paper Airplanes, with Duluth Children's Museum

Brought to you by the Community Action Duluth Participant Advisory Council