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posted Mar 27, 2016, 9:20 AM by Communications ISD 709

Denfeld Music In Our Schools Month Performance
   Many thanks to students in the Denfeld Orchestra and their teacher Clare Chopp for beautiful performances in celebration of Music in Our Schools Month!
Watch the Video:


ISD 709 Bus Drivers, Transportation Department, Pass State Patrol Inspections

   The state patrol has been in the Duluth area performing random inspections of buses and driver credentials. 

   The ISD 709 Transportation Department received a visit from the state patrol for a random inspection.  Overall the inspection went very well with a couple minor opportunities for improvement.  The best news - no buses placed out of service and no drivers cited!


7th Annual Women’s Welding Project  

   Members of the Men as Peacemakers Girls Restorative Program, in partnership with WITC-Superior, took part in a 4-day/14-hour intensive welding program.  Working with a theme of “transformation,” they created a metal bench and table.  The bench will find a home in front of Denfeld High School, the table will be a new centerpiece for the girls group room which is also at Denfeld.



Help Support Denfeld Robotics Team Trip to World Championship

   Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) has had an amazing season!  They competed at the Lake Superior Regional and went undefeated in the qualification rounds, securing the first place alliance captain position and top pick  in the playoff selection draft.  Their alliance swept the best of 3 Quarterfinal Matches, Semifinal Matches, and Finals Matches, winning the Lake Superior Regional and qualifying for the FIRST Robotics World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.  

   DNA finished with an outstanding 14-0-0 undefeated record in the competition and earned the Engineering Inspiration Award, sponsored by NASA, which also qualifies them for the World Championship. 

   The team is fundraising to help support their trip to the World Championship. One of the many fundraising efforts includes:

Dinner/Silent Auction

April 14, 5:00PM – 8:00PM

Denfeld High School, 401 N. 44th Ave West

Price: $10.00 for adults; $5 for students

Meal: Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Fruit, Vegetables, and Salad

Items for the Silent Auction would be appreciated.

To make a donation to support DNA:  call (218) 341-3545 or (201) 232-5861 or e-mail at


Families Invited to Explore Language Immersion Classroom Options at Lowell Elementary 

   Students who enroll in a language immersion classroom (Spanish & Ojibwe available) will begin learning a second language in the same way they learn a first language, by using it for day-to-day conversation.

Rather than a language being taught as a subject, in an immersion classroom it is the primary means of communication.

   Research on the benefits of language immersion education suggests it can contribute to academic achievement.  It's also been suggested that immersion students exhibit greater problem-solving abilities, more flexible thinking and advanced levels of language literacy and proficiency. Learning in another language can help foster appreciation for other cultures.


>>Spanish Language Classrooms - Kindergarten


>>Misaabekong Ojibwe Language Classrooms - Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2.



Myers –Wilkins Hosts Cabin Fever Reliever

   Myers-Wilkins Elementary hosted a Cabin Fever Reliever for students and families, providing a healthy meal and many fun activities - zumba, cooking, art, camp games and much more.



Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation

-- Libby Johnson, Duluth East, is the recipient of the Minnesota Academic All State Award from the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association.  The Award recognizes academic and athletic excellence.  Libby served as Captain for the Duluth East Girls Basketball team in 2015-16. 

-- The Northland Foundation's KIDS PLUS Youth in Philanthropy Board has approved a grant for $929.00 to Lincoln Park School's After School Art Club for the Art from the Heart project.  These students will be able to continue their glass pendant project to raise money for charities both inside and outside of Duluth.  The students involved in writing this grant were:  Annabelle Soderberg, Amy Oswald, Adrianna Birdseye, Sam Gilbert, Ben Walker, Cole Forseth, Candie Brown, and Bella Corbett.

-- Congdon Park Elementary School raised $3000 dollars for the American Heart Association, through the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.  This activity was organized through physical education class and over 65 students collected money for the cause.  Thanks to students, staff and the community for your support!

--Hunter Rackliffe, Area Learning Center, has had a successful season as a snowboarder riding with G Team and competing in USASA events.  So far this season:   Slopestyle ~ 7,9,9,6,7,10; Boardercross ~ 5,8,5; Giant Slalom ~ 4,4,5.