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posted Feb 16, 2016, 12:44 PM by Communications ISD 709

Heartfelt Appreciation

   Two Ordean East Middle School students organized a heart-felt thank you for their school cafeteria employees.  Jeana and Tessa say they were moved to “a random act of kindness” because the staff are so nice to the students and in appreciation for the food they provide each day.  And the lunch ladies?  Their smiles say it all.

Denfeld Student Finalist for Brimsek Award

   Denfeld's River Alander was named as one of two finalists for The Frank Brimsek Award. Named after the late NHL goalie from Eveleth, the award is given to the top senior goalie in the state of Minnesota.  Alander has a 2.52 goals-allowed average and a .916 save percentage for the Hunters. His record is 7-8-1. The awards banquet will be held at the Grand Ballroom at RiverCentre in St. Paul.


Thank You, 2016 Hockey Day MN Organizing Committee
   Many congratulations and thanks to the local organizing committee for their dedicated work this winter creating a memorable and successful Hockey Day Minnesota 2016. 
Special thanks to: Jeremy Downs, Alina Heydt, Tim Doyle, Pat Heffernan, Jeremy Jeannette, Ray Peterson, Mike Feiro, Andy Reierson, Jen Reierson, Lon Hovland, Joe Scott, Amy Doyle, Shelly Scott, Kristine Feiro, Lisa Wormuth and Glen Avon Hockey Association, Piedmont Hockey Association, and the Sponsors. 
   Tom Pearson, Denfeld Activities Director and Shawn Roed, Duluth East Activities Director offer their special thanks to the Hockey Day MN - Duluth Committee.


Denfeld CyberPatriot Team Advances to Regionals

   The inaugural Denfeld CyberPatriot Team - Ben Fehringer, Taylor Johnson and Matt Johnston, coached by Tim White - took third place in the Minnesota State Competition. They now advance to the regional competition on February 19. Go Hunters!

​   CyberPatriot puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.

   Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.​


Duluth East Student Helps Support Memorial Blood Center with Video

   Lexi Lanigan, Duluth East, has submitted a video to Memorial Blood Centers’ high school video contest.  The video with the most “likes” on Memorial Blood Center’s YouTube or Facebook page wins a movie party at Marcus Theatres.


Piedmont Students Take Part in Kindness Revolution

   Students are taking part in the Kindness Revolution over the next month, encouraging adults and children to recognize and practice kindness. 

Watch the Video


Ordean East Middle School Choir Taking the Stage!
   Led by music teacher Sheila Shusterich, choir students put their hearts and voices into presenting the National Anthem

at a recent UMD Women's Hockey game.  The students were also selected to perform at a UMD Music Education Summit in January.

   Six OEMS Choir students have been selected to participate in the second annual Lake Superior Youth Chorus Honor Choir event on March 12 (to be held at Duluth East H.S.) Students will prepare four song selections ahead of time and come together with 100 students from area schools to work on their singing skills and perform a concert as the culminating activity of the day. Congratulations Elizabeth Broman, Ekaterina Gomez, Addy Hagen, Elana Koller-Mancuso, Eli Kramer, Jakob Langenbacher, Maleeah Langdon-Lason, Oskar Lindaman, Paavo Passi, Calvin Plewa, Laura Rasch.

Watch the National Anthem video.
Learn more about ISD 709 middle school opportunities.


Denfeld Nat’l Honor Society Students Donate to Lifehouse

   Denfeld National Honor Society Students collected and donated over $600 worth of personal care products to Lifehouse in February.  Life House provides homeless and street youth ages 14-24 with unconditional support, transitional housing, and a safe alternative to the streets.   It’s a place of acceptance, safety, and belonging where youth can reclaim a positive, healthy and hopeful future.


INVITATION:  Please Join Us For Think Kids  February 24 thru March 17

   Volunteers are trained and ready to facilitate community conversations about our schools during Think Kids February 24 – March 16. All are welcome to attend a meeting and share their thoughts - this year’s conversation will include, among other topics, student engagement and updates to the continuous improvement plan. 

   Think Kids Meeting Schedule



A celebration of cultures Thursday February 25, 2016 from 5:00PM to 6:00PM at

Laura MacArthur Elementary, 720 N. Central Avenue in Duluth.

The event includes music, dance, song and food sampling; it’s free and open to the public.

The celebration is made possible with help from the ISD709 Office of Education Equity, Laura MacArthur Elementary School staff, students, F.E., PTA, parents and other volunteers.  


INVITATION: Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Open House – February 22  

   On Monday, February 22, 2016 the Daredevils, a FIRST Robotics team, will hold an Open House at Duluth East High School, 301 N. 40 th Avenue East.  Starting at 6:00 PM in the Media Center, the team’s Strategy Department will give a presentation on this year’s medieval themed game, Stronghold, and answer questions.  The team will also unveil their new robot and demonstrate how it was built to play this year’s game.  Refreshments will be served and the event will conclude at 8:00 PM.

   Learn More About Duluth East Daredevils


Lakewood Elementary School Forest Receives $500 Grant

   The Greysolon Daughters of Liberty recently awarded the School Forest Committee a grant in the amount of $500 for work on the School Forest for the remainder of this year.