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posted Jan 15, 2016, 8:26 AM by Communications ISD 709

Thank You, Paraprofessionals!

   Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed the week of January 11-15, 2016 as Paraprofessional Recognition Week, honoring the contribution of the more than 20,000 paraprofessionals who provide services in multiple settings within Minnesota's schools.  Many thanks to all ISD 709 paraprofessionals for their contribution to educational success and for the support you provide our students and staff!


Denfeld & Duluth East Career and Technical Education – We GET to Work!

   Career clusters are broad categories in the workforce which branch into specific careers.  ISD 709 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are based on this premise.   Our high schools currently offer programs in ALL nationally recognized “clusters,” each meant to help focus students into career pathways that fit their personality and academic interest. 

   CTE Programs for 2016-17 include:

Agriculture & Forestry:  Sustainable plant sciences, horticulture, and natural resource management

Automotive & Engines:  The inner workings of automobiles. Students can earn NATEF and ASE certification

NEW: Aviation Physics:  Designed and tied into LSC's Aviation program, Duluth Aviation Institute, and local industry needs. Meets state science requirements

Business, Marketing & Finance:  Leadership, accounting, entrepreneurship, and 21st century

media and personal marketing

Construction Trades:  Skills in construction, electrical work, basic plumbing, and on-site building experience

Early Childhood:  Infant and toddler care services

Engineering & Design:  Based on MIT Fab Lab.  Computerized drafting, 3D prototyping, engineering: mechanical, architecture,

industrial, manufacturing and innovation

Graphic Design & Digital Arts:  Computer designed print, art, screen-printing, advertising, and digital communication

Health Occupations:  Health care services.  Students earn First Aid/CPR certification and  CNA license through completion of program and clinical experiences.

Hospitality & Tourism:  Culinary arts & restaurant services.  Students can earn certifications in ServSafe,

and NRAEF Prostart

…and More

NEW!  Check the CTE Web Pages for Detailed Information

Learn More, Review the 2016-17 High School Course Catalog


Culinary Arts Students Appear on KQDS-TV21 Cooking Connection

   Student chefs demonstrated their skills in front of the TV camera, click here to see a segment on preparing Scallops & Shrimp Sauce.  Through the ISD 709 Culinary Arts program, students from Denfeld and Duluth East learn the skills necessary to run a restaurant.


Duluth Northern Stars Hockey Featured on WDIO-TV10

  The Duluth Northern Stars, comprised of athletes from Denfeld and Duluth East, are two wins away from matching their total from last season, all under first year head coach and former UMD Bulldog Jamie Kenyon.



Myers-Wilkins STEM Days:  We Love Science, Technology, Engineering & Math!

   During STEM Family Night and STEM Day, Myers-Wilkins Elementary teachers partnered with The Works Museum in Bloomington, WDIO-TV, Denfeld Robotics Team, Duluth Children's Museum, local scientists and engineers to provide students learning opportunities through building paper towers, mini-hoverboards, air-powered rockets, small bridges made from magnets and metal bars, launching paper gliders, learning about the weather and robots and more.  Science plus Technology plus Engineering plus Math equals Fun!

Click here to see the video.

Click here for WDIO-TV10 report.


New Elementary Standards-based Report Cards Coming Soon

  ISD 709 elementary schools are grading and reporting student progress using a standards-based system that helps provide:

>A clear measure for parents of their child’s individual progress

>Meaningful, user-friendly feedback

>A description of learning goals as parents help support their child’s achievement

>Consistency between elementary classrooms and elementary schools across the district.

    Families will notice numbers rather than letter grades. The numbers represent the level to which a student has progressed toward mastering different parts of the standard.

   Report cards will reflect a student’s individual progress toward achieving learning goals associated with the standards in each content area.  Scores are based on the student's work compared to the standards - not compared to other students in the class.  

   Learn more about the elementary standards-based report cards.


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

Learn More: Ojibwe Language Immersion

Learn More: Spanish Language Immersion


Duluth East Theatre Department Presents

An Evening of the Arts Along with the One Act Play “Dear Finder”

Time: 7:00 pm/ Thursday January 28th

Duluth East High School, 301 N. 40th Avenue East
   This award-winning documentary one act play about the Holocaust will be performed at Duluth East High School thirteen years after its premiere performance at UMD. Drawing on interviews, letters, and materials from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the play chronicles Hitler’s rise to power, the persecution of European Jews, the massacres at Babi Yar, life in the ghettos and concentration camps, and liberation. A powerful, poignant look at humankind and a must-see for anyone who recognizes we must never forget.

   This one act will be presented along with other performances from the Duluth East Fine Arts Departments and Duluth East Speech Team.  The performance is free, a donation is suggested.  
Call 218 336-8940 ext 4127 for more information.


Funds Available for Creative Classroom Ideas/Projects: DPS Endowment Grant – Due March 1, 2016

   The Duluth Public Schools Fund annually reviews proposals and recommends grant awards (ranging from $500 to $2,000) for projects by teachers that encourage creativity and innovation in the classroom. The fund is managed and invested independently through the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.
   Since its inception, the Fund has awarded over a quarter of a million dollars in grants to nearly 100 teachers, principals, and specialists improving learning experiences for students.   Applications are due March 1, 2016.
For detailed information about how to apply and application forms:
To see previous creative projects that received a DPS Fund Grant:


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture & Blue Cross Blue Shield awarded a $21,000 equipment grant to Healthy Northland Farm to School in partnership with ISD 709. The district will match $7,000 for an overall purchase of $28,000 of baking equipment to make healthy breakfast baked-good items with local produce. Studies show that students who eat a nutritious breakfast are more successful in school and have less behavior issues. Culinary Instructor Arlene Coco will provide ISD 709 Food Service staff with recipes as part of a 9-part training series made possible through the Victory Fund.


From the City of Duluth:

NHRA Day at the WorkForce Center

Tuesday January 19, 2016 

9:00-11:00 Job Fair and Resume Critique and Mock Interviews

Timeslots available for clients to meet with HR professionals to get feedback on resumes and interview answers, sign-up sheets at the front desk.

Employers scheduled (as of 1/5/16):  Essentia (will be doing on-the-spot interviews for food service positions); Whole Foods Co-op (hiring for new Denfeld store); UDAC, AAR (tentative), Accend Services, Kelly Services, MN Veteran’s Home Silver Bay, Woodland Hills, Job Corps. Black Bear Casino Resort, American Precision Avionics, City of Duluth, maurices, Innovative Services

11:00 – 12:30 Human Resource Panel

Great chance for job seekers to ask questions about hiring practices, application process, interview do’s and don’ts! Panelists (as of 1/5/16): Essentia Health, Whole Foods Co-op, Woodland Hills

Employers interested in participating can contact:  Betsy Hill: 218-730-5228 or

Job seekers interested in registering for mock interview/resume critique call: WorkForce Center front desk at 218-302-8400

If you require accommodation to fully participate in this event please call:  218.302.8400