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posted Apr 14, 2016, 7:53 AM by Communications ISD 709
Lester Park, Lincoln Park Destination Imagination Teams Advance to State 
   DI Minnesota inspires and equips students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.
Lester Park End Scene Crew Team: Greta Hendrickson, Taytem Shields, Jackson Wagner, Bode Swanson, Rory Flynn, Isla Pepelnjak.  Team Managers: Sara Hendrickson, Erin Pepelnjak.  Competing in Improv Challenge.  Lester Park DI is sponsored by the Lester Park Foundation.
Lincoln Park Apocalyptic Guinea Pigs Team:
  Serena Barker, Ben Walker, Carson Schulte, Annabelle Soderberg.  Coach Karen McCormick.


Denfeld, Duluth East Students Advance to State Speech Tournament

   Members of the Duluth Speech Team will compete this weekend at the Minnesota State High School League State Speech Tournament. Duluth East students:  Kayla Nyenhuis, Grant Carl.  Denfeld students:  Leighton Strom, Michaela Ossanna, Anna Leonard, Skyler Nelson, Dalton Lipinski.  Let their voices be strong!


Denfeld Students Tour Washington, DC Universities, Historic Sites

   The TRIO Talent search program took four Denfeld High School students - Lauren Huchel, Taylor Karjala, Julia Ketola, Austin Nelson - to Washington DC to tour George Washington University and Georgetown University.  Students also visited memorials, Smithsonian Museums, the Capitol, Arlington Cemetery, and the White House. 

   “These young people were not only very fine representatives of their school but also of their families, community and this program,”  says Susan Kurth, Director of Talent Search.  

   Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a college preparatory program federally funded through the U.S. Department of Education TRIO Programs with The College of St. Scholastica sponsorship.  The Program encourages students to complete high school and enroll in a post-secondary educational institution.  Participants and parents receive information on academic, career, and college planning, including financial aid resources and applications. 


ISD 709 Culinary Arts Students Win Big Scholarships at SkillsUSA!

   Sean Lindblad and Samuel Carpenter, students in ISD 709’s Culinary Arts program, participated in the 2016 SkillsUSA competition at St. Cloud Technical College and came away with some exciting awards.

   Sean took 1st place and received a $15,000 scholarship to the New England Culinary Institute.  He’ll advance to the National competition this spring.  Samuel took 2nd Place and received a $12,000 scholarship to the New England Culinary Institute.

   The competition required students to demonstrate classical knife cuts and show their culinary skills by creating a salad, and then an entrée consisting of a pan seared chicken breast with a pan sauce, rice pilaf and caramelized carrots, all within two hours.    

   ISD 709 Career & Technical Education:  The classes taken by Sean and Samuel are part of the Hospitality and Tourism career cluster available through ISD 709 Career & Technical Education, offering opportunities from cooking, serving, hotel management and services all the way marketing and service in large convention settings.  More Online


U.S. Representative Rick Nolan Visits Duluth Head Start

   Representative Nolan was invited by the Duluth Head Start Policy Council to visit   Head Start classrooms at Myers-Wilkins Elementary and learn more about how the program is making a positive difference in the lives of children in Duluth.

   Head Start is a comprehensive program for children 0-5 years old and their families with incomes below the federal poverty guideline.  Families receive comprehensive services in early childhood education, health and nutrition, parent involvement, special needs coordination, and family support and advocacy.  

LEARN MORE:  ISD 709 Early Childhood Programs:  Registration for

2016-17 School Year Now Open!





The Denfeld Theater is proud to present the WWII drama

"I Never Saw Another Butterfly" by Celeste Raspanti. 

April 28 – 30, 7:00PM

Denfeld High School Auditorium

401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth

Tickets at the Auditorium doors:  $8.00 General Admission
   During WWII, over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, a concentration camp, and only about a hundred were still alive when Terezin was liberated at the end of the war. Raja lived through it all, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping give them hope when there was little reason for hope. 
   This play is her story. It is history as much as any play can be history, showing the best and worst of which the human heart is capable. 

For more information, call 218-330-8836 ex.1028 or join us on Facebook: or on Twitter: DenfeldTheater


Denfeld Students Collect Teddy Bears for Children in Emergency Situations

   Students in Jennifer Fabbro’s class at Denfeld High School organized a teddy bear drive, collecting stuffed animals for the Duluth Police, Fire Department and emergency responders to give to children who are scared or upset in emergency situations.  They worked with students and staff to collect nearly 400 bears!

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GED Now Free for Minnesotans

   Governor Mark Dayton recently announced that taking the General Educational Development (GED) Test, it is now free to anyone living in Minnesota through June 30, 2016. To take advantage of this opportunity:

>> Register online at the GED website OR

>> Contact Duluth’s Adult Basic Education program

Staff will help walk you through the registration process and also provide resources and classes to prepare for taking the test.  Let us help you get ready for GED success!

Read Governor's Office press release.