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posted Mar 31, 2016, 7:38 PM by Communications ISD 709

Caring Denfeld Graduate Helps Save A Life

   On a routine run Sunday afternoon, Thomas Stolee, a 19-year-old Duluth Denfeld grad, encountered a young woman who appeared poised to jump from a bridge into the Mississippi River below.

Duluth News Tribune



Policies Regarding Sale of Property to E-12 Organizations Will Remain in Place

   On March 22, the Duluth School Board met in closed session to review parameters regarding the sale of the Central High School property related to a proposal from Tischer Creek Duluth Building Co., a nonprofit entity affiliated with Edison Charter Schools. 

   Following a community listening session March 28, the Duluth School Board held a special meeting March 31 to discuss the potential waiver of two policies which prohibit sale of district property to other E-12 organizations.  Board members thanked members of the community who took time to share their thoughts regarding the proposal and acknowledged those who were both for and against the sale.

   After much discussion and deliberation, the Board voted not to enter into negotiations with the Tischer Creek Duluth Building Co. for the Central property, citing the potential short and long term impact, the need for in-depth research about potential impact, and community feedback from various stakeholder groups, among others.


ACTion Day! Tuesday, April 19

   While 11th Grade students are taking the ACT Plus Writing Test on April 19, students in grades 9, 10 and 12 have the day off and are encouraged to use that day to make a difference in our community. 

   Through ACTion Day, the Head of the Lakes United Way is helping provide volunteer opportunities for students, ranging from working in the Damiano Soup Kitchen, helping create a new “Rhubarbara” for the CHUM Rhubarb Festival, cleaning the Railroad Museum and more.  Student clubs and teams can sign up together; individual students are welcome to sign up on their own.    

   There are many worthwhile volunteer opportunities available - it's One Day to Make A Difference!

Sign Up for ACTion Day

Learn more about ACT Day


Duluth’s Student Run Restaurant “Food for Thought” In the News 
   Chef Glenn D’Amour and students from Denfeld and Duluth East High Schools offer a classical menu for the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Duluth East. 
From the Budgeteer newspaper article 

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Help Support Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team!

Pasta Dinner/Silent Auction April 15, 5:00PM – 8:00PM

Duluth East High School, 301 N. 40 Avenue East

$10/person or $25/family

   Last year the Daredevils' alliance placed 2nd at the 2015 FIRST World Championships in St. Louis and won the 2015 FIRST/MSHSL State Championship!  This fundraiser helps the team with their competition expenses, as well as community outreach and educational activities.  

   The silent auction includes gift certificates from local businesses, artwork, gift baskets, and so much more! The event will also include a bake sale with dessert plates, cakes and pies available for purchase. There will be fun activities for the kids, too!  If you are not able to attend the dinner and silent auction, please consider sending in a separate donation by mailing a check to: Duluth East Daredevils, FIRST Robotics Team 2512, 301 N. 40th Avenue East, Duluth, MN 55804, or donate online and learn more about the team at: “Like" and follow the team on Facebook THANK YOU for your support!


Denfeld High School Hosts Asian Pacific Legal Experience in America Exhibit

April 13 5:00PM - 7:00PM

   Denfeld's AP History students will assist in presenting information from the exhibit which provides a retrospective look at the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Japanese American Incarceration in WWII, and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. This legal-themed exhibit has traveled to various courthouses across the state.

   The Denfeld Asian Student Association and Mandarin Chinese students will have cultural and language displays as well as food samples. Community members will be present to discuss the rich and diverse narrative of Asian American experience in our community.

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Duluth East High School Theater Presents the Pulitzer Prize Winning Play

Lost in Yonkers

   By America's great comic playwright, this memory play is set in a Yonkers in 1942. Bella is 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, ne'r do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady's doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.

April 21,22, 23 Thursday-Saturday

$5 Students, $10 Adults

7:00 PM East HS Auditorium 


Denfeld Students Donate Teddy Bears to Help Children

   Students in Jennifer Fabbro’s class at Denfeld High School collected ten boxes of stuffed animals to give to police, fire and paramedics.  The emergency professionals will give the toys to children they may encounter who are frightened or distressed. This "Teddy Bear Drive" is a good example of project-based learning, students working on a project and learning a variety of academic, team-building and social skills as they go.   

   Students receiving special education services worked closely with the rest of the student body during the "WIN - what I need" period in the morning and at other times throughout the day, involving the entire student body and staff at the school in collecting new or gently used teddy bears that they have outgrown.  


Art Show: Duluth K-12 Visual/Media Students

April 11-17

Miller Hill Mall, Barnes & Noble Commons

Opening Reception:  Thursday April 14, 4PM-6PM


Duluth & St. Louis County Days

   Duluth School Board members Annie Harala, Rosie Loeffler-Kemp and David Kirby, along with Superintendent Bill Gronseth and Assistant Superintendent Amy Starzecki, joined hundreds of  Duluthians for Duluth & St. Louis County Days at the Capitol in March.  This annual event, sponsored by the Duluth Chamber of Commerce, is an opportunity to meet with legislators and support local interests. 


Ignite Learning Twin Ports:  A series of short talks about real life learning

Thursday April 14, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Lincoln Middle School Auditorium, 3215 W. 3rd Street

   Join members of the Duluth educational community in this TED Talk-style event.  Individuals will share stories about learning and how it profoundly impacted their life.  Among the many guest speakers are:

Helen Mongan-Rallis:  An Associate Professor in the Education Department at the University of Minnesota- Duluth (UMD). Her experiences as a child growing up during the apartheid era in South Africa led her to her decision to become a teacher and then later a teacher educator.   

Joe Schingen:  A semi-finalist for 2016 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, Joe teaches English at Academic Excellence Online School in the Duluth Public School District where he has been working with students for 16 years.  Joe is also an M.Ed Facilitator for St. Mary's University of Minnesota. ​

Logan Griggs:  A student at Lincoln Park Middle School and winner of the 2016 Minnesota Multi-Regional Spelling Bee, earning a trip to the National Spelling Bee in May.  

Jebeh Edmunds:  A first grade teacher at Myers-Wilkins Elementary, Jebeh immigrated to the United States from Liberia in 1982 because of a civil conflict.  She holds an MS Teaching Degree and a BA in Elementary Education from the College of St. Scholastica and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from UMD.

Ed Lewis:  Born in Saigon, South Vietnam, Ed is a math teacher at Denfeld High School and is a graduate of Duluth Public Schools and UMD. 

Michael Cary:  Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Duluth Public Schools, he’s been an educator for 14 years and has served as a teacher, building principal, college program administrator and district office administrator. He holds an undergraduate degree in Biology, a master's degree in teaching and a doctorate degree in school administration and leadership.

John Pokrzywinski:  John is a 6th grade mathematics teacher at Ordean East Middle School.  John and his wife, MarySue, taught for two years in Shanghai, China elementary classrooms at Shanghai American School.  


Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation

--Lester Park Elementary students and staff collected over ONE TON of food (2,275 pounds) and funds ($303) for donation to the Union Gospel Mission.  Many thanks to all who took part in this school wide project!  

--Laura MacArthur Elementary students raised $2,354 for the American Heart Association during the Jump Rope For Heart Event, learning about important choices and behaviors that will keep their hearts healthy.  Students also took part in the Heart Adventure.  The obstacle course featured the parts of the heart, with each student becoming a blood cell that moved through the anatomy of the heart.  

-- Congdon Park Social Studies students organized a School Wide Food Drive and collected 689 pounds of food and $265 for the CHUM Food Shelf.  Because the donation was received during the March Minnesota FoodShare Campaign, it will bring in extra money for CHUM. The donation will supply 5 days of food for around 120 people.  


FREE Family Night Out at Community Action Duluth

Take part in free, fun art and science projects

2424 West 5th Street – lower level cafeteria

Kids of all ages are welcome - must be with their parents/caregivers

5:30PM – 7:00PM, Light dinner included

>>Wednesday, April 13:  Celebrate Earth Day with Northern Expressions Arts Collective by creating “melted crayon art” using recycled materials. Bring your old, broken crayons!  (There will be crayons available, but we cannot guarantee favorite colors!)

>>Wednesday, May 11:  Space Science, make constellations out of spaghetti noodles and mini marshmallows and other space activities with Duluth Children’s Museum


From City of Duluth Parks & Recreation:

Spring Break Activities

Monday – Friday, April 4-8

Rain or Shine!

Heritage Sports Center

120 W. 30th Avenue West

>>12Noon – 2:00PM Non-Traditional Sports

Skill Introductions and Play Time On the Indoor Turf

Monday:  Golf w/Enger Golf Course Pro

Tuesday:  Lacrosse w/UMD Mens Team

Wednesday: Rugby w/YMCA Rookie Rugby

Thursday: Disc Golf w/area course enthusiasts

Friday:  Ultimate Frisbee w/UMD Mens & Womens Teams

>>2:00PM – 4:00PM

Family Skating:  Bring your skates (limited skates available for use)

All activities are FREE and open on a first come-first served basis.

Equipment goes fast!

For more information:  218-730-4322