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posted Dec 9, 2015, 9:53 AM by Communications ISD 709

UMD Athletes Celebrate the Season with Laura MacArthur Key Zone Students

   Through a partnership between UMD and ISD 709, athletes are serving as mentors to students in the Laura MacArthur Elementary Key Zone program.  In the spirit of the season, this week the athletes surprised students with gifts.  See below for local media coverage of this special event:

Duluth News Tribune



Fox 21 News


Duluth East Holiday Concert Tickets On Sale!

   Hear hundreds of student musicians from all of the Duluth East Bands, Choirs and Orchestras perform both traditional and non-traditional holiday music Saturday December 19, 7:00PM, at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Symphony Hall. Tickets are on sale and open to the public at Duluth East High School, 301 N. 40th Avenue East from 11:00AM - 1:30PM (tickets will also be sold at the door the night of the performance):  $10 for adults and $5 for students.

For more information please contact Jerome Upton at or call at (218) 723-2345 ext. 2311.


ISD 709 Annual Independent Audit  

   Each year ISD 709 undergoes an independent audit of financial statements as required by law and as part of the annual budget process.  During the December Business Committee meeting, the independent audit firm of Wipfli LLP presented their preliminary results.  A final report will be posted for public review at   

   During their presentation, the audit firm noted the following:

  • They issued an unmodified opinion on the basic financial statements.
  • Management was cooperative and helpful, records were available and in good condition
  • No significant deficiencies or material weaknesses over compliance or internal controls over federal programs
  • No noncompliance with Minnesota Statutes tested
  • Disclosures are adequate, clear and complete
  • Financial statements reflect implementation of new GASB/federal government reporting requirements for school districts related to state-mandated pension contributions.
  • The General Fund fund balance decreased $1.5 million to a total of $2.6 million.
  • The report noted two findings, one related to a Special Education adjustment and another to a grant reimbursement request, both of which had been addressed.
  • In the opinion of the audit firm, the statements represent a true and fair picture of ISD 709 finances.


Lincoln Park Middle School to Receive Community Schools Grant

   The Minnesota Department of Education announced that Lincoln Park is one of four schools selected to receive funds to support their work toward becoming a community school.  The model helps create partnerships between schools and community resources and can lead to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.  

Duluth News Tribune


Congdon Park Mitten Project

    Fifth grade students at Congdon Park Elementary worked with parent volunteers to sew fleece mittens for children in need.  The activity was part of a Social Studies service learning project.    



Achievement, Activities, Appreciation
--Denfeld’s Annual Food Drive collected over 1,700 pounds of food for donation to local food shelves!  
The event was sponsored by the Denfeld High School Student Executive Board.

--Duluth East students and staff collected 1200 books for donation to the African Library Project, an organization that coordinates book drives in the United States and partners with African schools and villages to start small libraries.   

--ISD 709 Culinary Arts Students helped out with the Arrowhead Chefs Association 11th Annual Veterans Remembrance Dinner at the Depot. The dinner was dedicated to "The Year of the Servicewoman" and included keynote speaker former Chief Master Sergeant Jodi Stauber.  The event was a great way for students to gain hands-on experience and learn from area chefs.

--Through the 18th Annual Duluth East Giving Tree Project, 250 gifts were purchased and wrapped and will be provided to families in need!  The project provides gifts to children whose names are submitted by local elementary schools, Women’s Transitional Housing Coalition and Washington Early Childhood Family Education.   


Lincoln Park Middle School Barnes & Noble Book Fair December 13

A percentage of Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit Lincoln Park MS (coupon/voucher #11715034).

Sunday, December 13, 1:00PM – 5:00PM

Barnes and Noble, Miller Hill Mall

   The event includes a trivia contest where teacher, students, and the public will compete against each other.  The day will end with a Knowledge Bowl Celebrity Challenge during which teachers, local celebrities, and Lincoln Park’s Knowledge Bowl Team will face off.  We will also provide free gift wrapping!  Hope to see you there!


From the City of Duluth:

Skate With Santa & Rudolph

LIVE DJ with Special Holiday Music Program!

Duluth Heritage Sports Center (120 South 30th Avenue West)

Wednesday, December 16, 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Join Santa and Rudolph for Holiday Fun - Get your last minute requests in!

Cookie Decorating, Holiday Crafts and Winter Science Demonstrations