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posted Jan 29, 2016, 2:04 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Jan 29, 2016, 2:05 PM ]

Denfeld  Students Take 1st  Place in Regional Music Listening Competition!

   Karen Boynton, Dawkin Erceg, and Taylor Johnson (coached by music teacher Clare Chopp) took first place in the 2016 Minnesota High School Region 1 Music Listening Contest held at Weber Music Hall in January.  The team advances to the State Competition at Augsburg College in February.


Our Schools.  Our Community.  Our Future.

   Duluth citizens help create schools that welcome children, inspire them and educate them for the future through annual Think Kids conversations February 24 – March 17.  

    2016 Discussion includes:

  • What's going well and what could be done better 
  • Student achievement, school climate, finance
  • Updates to the District-wide Continuous Improvement Plan
  • Student engagement strategies

Take Part in a Think Kids Community Meeting If you can’t make your neighborhood meeting, feel free to attend at another location. 


Generous Donation Made to Duluth East Orchestra Program

   Duluth East High School is the recipient of a $1,500 donation check from Kellogg’s thanks to local Duluth resident William Keller.  Mr. Keller obtained the donation through the Kellogg’s Back to School Text-to-Win sweepstakes. Not only did Mr. Keller designate the donation to Duluth East, he then matched it with a personal donation of $1,500.  Both donations will benefit the Duluth East Orchestra program.  Many thanks to Mr. Keller for thinking of our schools and for this generous donation! 


Schingen Nominated for 2016 Teacher of the Year

    Joe Schingen, Academic Excellence Online High School, has been nominated for the 2016 MN Teacher of the Year Award.  A state Teacher of the Year will be announced by Education Minnesota in May.  Adrian Norman, principal at AEO, submitted the nomination. 

   Joe says his goal as a teacher is to do what it takes to make school meaningful for students.  “I believe in innovation, trying different things,” he says.  “Working together with students and colleagues to make what we do in the classroom as effective as possible.” 

  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.


Duluth East Students One Act Play Featured on WDIO-TV

   This award-winning documentary one act play about the Holocaust was performed at Duluth East High School thirteen years after its premiere performance at UMD.  Students are scheduled to perform again Saturday January 30 at the One Act Play Competition at Duluth East.



Lincoln Park Student Artwork Benefits Local Charities

   Students from the Lincoln Park Middle School Art Club have been busy creating glass fused pendants and selling them to raise money for charity.  To date, these students have collected over $650.00 and the monies raised have benefited Animal Allies, Unbound,  and the Batten Disease Foundation, among others.


Elementary Students Support Healthy Hearts
   Students had a great time participating in an adventure obstacle course and Jump Rope for Heart event at Stowe Elementary. Students collected over $1,700 in donations to help fight heart disease, in addition to getting a great workout and learning more about how to keep hearts healthy.


From the City of Duluth:

FREE Winter Skating Party

Sunday January 31, DECC

3:00PM – 5:00PM

>>Bring your own skates

>>No chairs, sticks, pucks or shoes on the ice

>>Prizes for Kids

>>Music provided

>>Kids 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult

Helmets strongly recommended for children 18 and under