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posted Apr 6, 2016, 11:34 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Apr 15, 2016, 10:49 AM ]

ENROLLMENT DEADLINE APRIL 11:  Spanish  Language Immersion Classrooms 

   Students who enroll in a language immersion classroom at Lowell Elementary 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


From William Howes, Office of Education Equity:

Misaabekong Ojibwe Immersion YouTube Page

   Boozhoo, we are working on documentation and celebration of our Ojibwe immersion program here in our district.  I invite you to visit the "Misaabekong Ojibwe" YouTube page and watch some of the first videos. Please feel free to Subscribe and share the link with others; we will continue to upload future videos.

Misaabekong Ojibwe YouTube Page


Early Childhood Registration for 2016-17 Now Open!  

   The early childhood years from birth to the start of kindergarten are an important time of rapid growth. A variety of helpful programs for parents and their children are available through ISD 709.

View our registration newsletter 

NEW!  Online registration form for ECFE

NEW!  Online registration form for Preschool


**Tuesday April 19, 2016:  ACT Test Day & ACTion Day**

   The ACT Plus Writing test will be administered to 11th Grade students on Tuesday, April 19.  Participation is expected of all 11th grade students except those exempted by their IEP and notified by their case managers.

   >>Students at Denfeld and Duluth East:  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will not attend school April 19 in order to accommodate the test - they’re encouraged to take part in ACTion Day, an opportunity for students who have the day off to give back to the community.  11th grade students will attend school and follow a special test day schedule.

   >>Students attending AEO, ALC and Residential Programs:  9th, 10th, and 12th Grade students will attend school as usual on April 19.  11th Grade students participating in the test should contact their guidance counselor or school principal to make arrangements.

Learn More About ACT Test Day

   ACTion Day:  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 - 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


ISD 709 Climate Coordinator to Receive Making a Splash Community Award

   The First Witness Child Advocacy Center will present Ron Lake with this annual award during their Spring Splash event April 22.  Ron is being recognized for working in partnership to bring Safe and Strong Child prevention programming into the Duluth Schools. 

First Witness Spring Splash Event

Friday April 22, 5:30PM – 9:00PM

Clyde Iron Works, Duluth

Tickets and Detailed information


From the Minnesota Department of Public Safety:

Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week:  April 11-15  

   Are you ready for severe weather?  Each year, HSEM, the National Weather Service and 16 State and local agencies and organizations sponsor Severe Weather Awareness Week in MN. The week is designed to refresh, remind and educate everyone about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to avoid them.  It's also a great time to make and practice your emergency plan and build or refresh your emergency preparedness kit.   

Learn More Regarding Emergency Preparedness


Job Opportunities – ISD 709 Duluth Public Schools

   Seeking applicants for the following contract, substitute and hourly positions:


>>Food Service Helpers


>>Playground/Cafeteria Monitors

>>Special Education Teachers

>>Teachers (Minnesota Licensed)

Interested?  Complete an online application!  


Denfeld Demonstrates High Tech

   Technology is ever-changing, impacting the way students learn and teachers teach.  Families, community members and staff got to see firsthand how students and teachers are using 21st century tools in the classroom by attending an ISD 709 Tech Fair at Denfeld High School.  The Fair included a demonstration of 3-D scanning and printing technology being used by students in the school’s Fab Lab.

Budgeteer Newspaper Article


Lester Park Elementary Battle of the Books  
   During the school's annual Battle of the Books, students read from a pre-determined list of titles, then face off in a quiz bowl format to answer questions about the authors, characters and plot events. Congratulations to Ellie Stumm, Finley Larson, Signe Jones, Zoe Olson and Hailey Cummins for winning this year's competition and to all Lester Park students and staff for making this a great event!
DuluthNews Tribune Photo of the Day/Bob King


Ordean East Destination Imagination Teams Advance to State

   Two teams from Ordean East Middle School are advancing to State competition!  DI Minnesota inspires and equips students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.

Mission Improvable Team:  Corbin Goodermote,Ellie Patronas, Mariah Loeffler-Kemp,Victoria Ball, Andrew Miller, Shayni Gustafson, Grace Peyer.  Team Manager: Ken Loeffler-Kemp.
Competing in Close Encounters Improv Challenge.
Robo Ham United Team:  
Annika Julsrud, Jade Westrum, Matthew Ball, Parker Gaida,Wes Chura,Lucas Harrison, Ethan Cole.  Team Manager: Taci Ball.  Competing in the Musical Mash Up Structure Challenge.


Denfeld, Duluth East Girls Lacrosse Team Holds First Official Practice

   The Duluth high school girls lacrosse team, a cooperative team comprised of players from Duluth East and Denfeld High Schools, held its first official practice at Seitz Arena in Duluth Heritage Sports Center. Players and coaches launched a team tradition by collectively raising their sticks at the end of practice.  

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