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posted Jan 7, 2016, 9:01 AM by Communications ISD 709

Myers Wilkins “World Beat” Performs at 2016 Inaugural Ceremony

   World Beat (a student drumming group from Myers-Wilkins Elementary School) performed at the Inaugural Ceremony for Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and City Councilors, held January 4th at the DECC. Great job by these talented students and their teachers!


Ojibwe & Spanish Language Immersion Information Night

Wednesday, January 20, 6:00PM to 7:00PM

Lowell Elementary, 2000 Rice Lake Road, Duluth

   Lowell will host an information night for all families interested in learning more about the language immersion

programs within Duluth Public Schools.  Topics include the benefits of immersion education, the specific Ojibwe and Spanish language program models offered, and steps in the application process. 

   Beginning in September 2016, Lowell will offer three kindergarten sections of Spanish Language Immersion and expand the current Misaabekong Ojibwe Kindergarten & Grade 1 program to include Grade 2.  Registration for both immersion programs begins January 20th, space is limited!  

   For more information please contact:

>> Edye Howes, Office of American Indian Education:  or 218.336.8700, ext.1152

>>Crystal Goldman, Spanish Immersion Coordinator: or 218.336.8700, ext.1166


Food for Thought Student Restaurant Featured on Fox 21 TV

   Chef Glenn D’Amour and student chef Brandon were featured on Fox 21 News’s Cooking Connection segment, serving up a delicious recipe for Shrimp Thai Fried Rice.  Chef Glenn and Brandon are part of the ISD 709 Culinary Arts program where students from Denfeld and Duluth East learn the professional skills necessary to run a restaurant.  For more about hands-on, career-ready courses available through Denfeld and Duluth East High Schools, check the ISD 709 Course Catalog.



Kickoff to 2016 FIRST Robotics Season!

   The Duluth East Daredevils host the 6th Annual Kickoff for the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition on January 9 at the Marshall Performing Arts Center at UMD.  The event begins at 9:00AM.  Twenty-two teams from around the area will

join over 4,000 teams worldwide to watch a NASA live broadcast featuring FIRST Officials outlining details related to this year’s game. Click here for a link to the website.  Other featured speakers include Josh Hamilton, Dean of Science and Engineering at UMD; Christine Karas, Daredevil Alumni and U of M student and a video message from Senator Al Franken.   

   After the video, teams will split off to begin the design process and strategy.  For more about the Denfeld and Duluth East Robotics Teams:

>>Duluth East Daredevils:

>>Denfeld DNA:


FREE, Fun Family Night Out! Community Action Duluth

Wednesday January 13, 5:30PM-7:30PM

2424 W. 5th Street, Lower Level

Light Dinner Provided

This month we’re focused on family engineering by making paper rockets and paper airplanes with the Duluth Children’s Museum.  Children of all ages are welcome and must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.

Check Facebook for more information.


Community Invited to 2016 Twin Ports MLK Holiday Arts and Culture Festival

   Join us in a variety of events planned to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For more details on times and locations of festival events in Duluth, click the links below or follow the events  on Facebook or visit

   Duluth Mayor’s MLK Reception:  Thursday, January 14, 6:30PM, The Underground

   Twin Ports’ Got Talent:  Friday, January 15, 7:00PM, Denfeld Auditorium

   Jammin’ with MLK:  Saturday, January 16, 6:00PM Community Meal, 7:00PM Performance, Peace United Church of Christ

   Ecumenical Worship Service:  Sunday, January 17, 5:00PM, St. Mark AME Church

   MLK Community Breakfast:  Monday, January 18, 7:00AM Registration and Breakfast, 8:00AM, Holy Family Catholic Church. Large screen broadcast of Deval Patrick’s speech from Minneapolis.  Freewill offering taken to support community programs.   

   MLK Day March & Rally:  Monday, January 18

>>March:  10:45 am, Washington Center, corner of 4th Street and Lake Avenue.

>>Rally:  11:45 am, DECC Auditorium.  The rally will be interpreted into American Sign Language and recorded for broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio, FM 91.3.   

   Labor Movie Night:  Monday, January 18,  7:00PM, Wellstone Labor Hall