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posted Feb 10, 2016, 7:26 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Feb 10, 2016, 7:27 AM ]

Denfeld Shoreliners dance team is advancing to the MSHSL state tournament after placing at sections.  Denfeld will travel to the Twin Cities for the state meet February 12.  Best wishes for a successful competition!


INVITATION:  Denfeld FIRST Robotics Open House February 22

You are invited to the Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) FIRST Robotics Team 4009 Robot Reveal Open House on Monday, February 22, 2016 from 5:00PM‐7:00PM in the Denfeld Commons, 401 N. 44 Ave West.  This will be the first time our robot is presented to the public. Refreshments and tours of the robotics room will be provided.

Learn More About Denfeld DNT Robotics Team


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, finances
  • 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, attend at another location.


Acclaimed Master Drummer Works with Duluth Students

  Master Drummer M’Bemba Bangoura shared his talent and expertise with hundreds of ISD 709 students through workshops and performances conducted the first week in February. Mr. Bangoura is an internationally acclaimed master drummer, choreographer and teacher of Djembe and African dances.  He served as master drummer for the Ballet National Djoliba of Guinea and has worked with Les Ballets Africans of Guinea.  He’s a teacher at Brooklyn School of Music, co-founder of Wula Drum and has created choreography and developed repertoire for dozens of dance companies in New York City and abroad.

   A big thank you to Mr. Bangoura for sharing his unique knowledge of drum and dance with students at Denfeld and Duluth East High Schools, Lincoln Park Middle School, Lowell and Myers-Wilkins Elementaries.

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Anthony Dollens, Jaydee Johnson, Clayton Gruetzmacher, Charlene Davey, and Tianna Raisanen, ISD 709 Area Learning Center, have their artwork on display at the University of Wisconsin, Superior for the month of February as part of the Twin Ports K-12 Youth Art Exhibit.  Over 100 artworks will be on display showing a variety of talents in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.  Congratulations to these talented students! 


2016 Kindergarten Roundup March 16 – April 1

   Kindergarten Roundup is a time to visit school, meet the teachers and principal, and register your child for the September 2016 school year.  Click here for a complete list of dates, times and more information.


Fun With Physics

   Duluth East teacher Ted Ford goes the extra mile to make physics lab work fun and engaging for students.  Physics courses at Denfeld and Duluth East High Schools include lessons in velocity, momentum, energy, acceleration, light, electricity, force, waves, magnetism, Newton’s laws of motion and gravitation.

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Learn more about high school opportunities.


Miigwech!  2016 Steps to the Future Powwow

   Many thanks to the Myers-Wilkins Collaborative and the area organizations and community members that work together to create the annual Steps to the Future Powwow.

   The Powwow offers Myers-Wilkins children and their families an opportunity to

learn about and participate in the traditions of a powwow, including a feast, singing, and dancing. A Career and Higher Education Fair includes hands-on exhibits by presenters from local colleges, businesses, and organizations, and is integral to this event which honors educators and celebrates lifelong learning.

   Miigwech to Steps to the Future planners Jennifer EddyLaura AlaspaBetty BellangerBrittney Johnson, Edye Howes, Stephanie Heileg, and especially to head staff Les Gibbs, Virgil Sohn, Frank Goodwin and Drum group members John Morrow, Jeremy Wilson, Joe Bruce, and Landon Manitowabi.

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