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posted Jan 22, 2016, 8:07 AM by Communications ISD 709

Denfeld Robotics Team Receives $10,000 Grant!

   Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) FIRST Robotics Team 4009 applied for and was awarded a grant for $10,000 from the Community Opportunity Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. This funding will allow the team to compete in a second robotics tournament at Boise State University. The team looks forward to participating in Idaho’s inaugural FIRST regional competition from March 31st through April 2nd.

Learn more about Denfeld DNA Robotics Team.


Congratulations to Michelle Bowker and Michael Emerson, nominated by the Duluth Federation of Teachers to be

considered for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award!

   Michelle teaches at Myers-Wilkins Elementary, Michael teaches culinary arts at Denfeld.  The two were honored recently at a reception held by the DFT at Duluth East High School.  A state Teacher of the Year will be announced by Education Minnesota in May.

   The Minnesota Teacher of the Year program, now in its 52nd year, is the oldest and most prestigious recognition program in Minnesota to honor excellence in education. The program chooses one teacher to represent Minnesota's thousands of excellent educators.


Many thanks to those who work hard to keep our school sidewalks and steps clear and safe during snowy, icy weather!


Ojibwe & Spanish Language Immersion Classrooms at Lowell Elementary 

Registration for September 2016 Now Open!

Learn More: Ojibwe Language Immersion, Kindergarten - Grade 2
Learn More: Spanish Language Immersion, three sections of Kindergarten


ACT Plus Writing Test Day – Tuesday April 19, 2016

   The ACT Plus Writing test will be administered to 11th Grade students on Tuesday, April 19.  Participation is expected of all 11th grade students except those exempted by their IEP and notified by their case managers.

   >>Students at Denfeld and Duluth East:  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will not attend school April 19 in order to accommodate the test - they’re encouraged to take part in ACTion Day, an opportunity for students who have the day off to give back to the community.  11th grade students will attend school and follow a special test day schedule.

   >>Students attending AEO, ALC and Residential Programs:  9th, 10th, and 12th Grade students will attend school as usual on April 19.  11th Grade students participating in the test should contact their guidance counselor or school principal to make arrangements.

   Click here for detailed information.


Jackson Churchill, Duluth East High School, has been selected to represent Region 7AA in the Minnesota State High School League Academics, Arts, and Athletics Award program.  According to the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) press release, Jackson has taken accelerated courses, maintained a 4.0 GPA and potentially earned thirty-five college credits while competing in Cross Country.  He served as team captain in both his junior and senior year, participated in the state tournament and received a Spotlight on Scholarship award for four years.  Jackson’s Fine Arts participation includes Band and Jazz Ensemble, the school orchestra, and piano accompanist for the choir. 

   The MSHSL sponsors the AAA award for a senior girl and a senior boy who excel in Academics (3.0 GPA or better),Athletics (at least one MSHSL-sponsored athletic activity) and Arts (MSHSL-sponsored debate, one-act play, speech, visual arts, and instrumental or vocal music).  Each Administrative Region 7AA member school may nominate one senior girl and one boy to the region level review and evaluation.  The Region Committee then selects one girl and one boy as the Region winners who advance to enter the state competition. 


Partnership Promotes Workforce Development

   A partnership between Duluth LISC, Community Action Duluth and ISD 709 Adult Basic Education (ABE) will help promote workforce development.  LISC is investing up to $600,000 over the next three years to help create partnerships with businesses seeking entry-level employees and connect them to newly trained candidates. 

  Community Action Duluth will provide coaching, child care and on-site food for candidates who take part in the training.  ISD 709 ABE will work in partnership with Community Action Duluth to provide services including a basic reading and math skill assessment and a 40-hour program to build math and reading skills, computer skills and soft skills.  ABE will also work in conjunction with Lake Superior College instructors to provide industry specific curriculum, creating opportunities for career pathways in banking, customer service and health care.


Middle School Students Say Yes to Hands-on Design and Construction

   Industrial Technology is often a student’s first exposure to Career and Technical Education courses, connected to

Construction, Engineering and Design, and Automotive high school programs and trades. 

   In middle school Industrial Technology classes, students learn:

>>Elements of CAD design principals

>>Technical drafting

>>How to prototype and plan a functional product

>>Basic job expectations of safety, creativity, collaboration and problem solving

>>And are provided an introduction to basic machines used in manufacturing of woods and lighter materials. 

Learn more about the opportunities – check the 2016-17 Middle School Course Catalog.