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posted Apr 22, 2016, 1:40 PM by Communications ISD 709
Lowell STEM Day: Science-Technology-Engineering-Math-FUN!

   Students at Lowell Elementary enjoyed a day of engaging, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities through a partnership with faculty and students from The College of St. Scholastica.  The day was designed to spark their natural enthusiasm for exploration and discovery and introduce exciting career paths. 

   Students watched and measured a mock volcanic eruption (using sand and water), saw how engineers construct buildings to withstand damage from earthquakes (using jello, marshmallows and toothpicks), studied the basic chemical features of DNA (building a candy DNA model and viewing pea DNA under a microscope),  and the basic structural and functional features of cells, designed parachutes for an egg drop challenge, investigated the digestive, circulatory and visual systems of the body and more.

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Ordean East Students Succeed at State Science & Engineering Fair

   The 2016 Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair took place this month in Bloomington.  

Congratulations to these award-winning students from Ordean East Middle School and to 

all students who participated:

Lucas Harrison:

3M Innovations Award ($1,000)

Wolfram Research Award (Mathematical Software)

Broadcom Masters (Move on to National On-line Competition)

Seagate Emerging Scientist Award (Trophy)

Top 7th Grade Papers Award (Medal)

Gold Award for Top 5% (Medal)

Shanze Hayee and Clara Kramer:

Broadcom Masters (Move on to National On-line Competition)

Bronze Award for Top 30% (Medal)

Teagan Flynn and Erin Coleman:

Office of Naval Research Award (Certificate and Medal)

Kudos to their colleagues:  Josie Faye, Nabiha Imtiaz and Emelia McGiffert and to their teacher Annette Strom.


IT'S COMING - 2016 Denfeld High School Lip Dub!
Produced by Denfeld students with participation from nearly the entire student body, this year’s Lip Dub debuts Monday April 25, click below to see the trailer.


Denfeld, Duluth East Students Give Back to Community Through ACTion Day

   While 11th Grade students took the ACT Plus Writing Test on April 19, other students had the day off and were encouraged to use that day to make a difference in our community. 
   Through ACTion Day, the Head of the Lakes United Way helped provide volunteer opportunities - working in the Damiano Soup Kitchen, creating a new “Rhubarbara” for the CHUM Rhubarb Festival, cleaning the Lake Superior Railroad Museum at the Depot and more.
   Members of the Denfeld DNA Robotics Team volunteered at the Depot, helping clean up the rail yard and demonstrating their robot in The Depot’s Great Hall for museum patrons. Team 4009 makes an annual tradition of pitching in and volunteering on ACTion day, and team members thoroughly enjoy giving back to the community.
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Stowe Elementary Hosts Environmental Resource Fair

   Stowe Elementary students combined learning and fun during the school’s Environmental Resource Fair.  They had an opportunity to pet a turtle and snake, learn about Ojibwe seasonal harvesting, explore the lives of bats and bugs, animals of northern Minnesota, mountain biking, reptiles, composting, recycling and much more.  Many thanks to UM Extension, WLSSD, St. Louis River Alliance, US Forest Service, Boulder Lake ELC, Jay Cooke State Park, the Lake Superior Zoo and other local and regional organizations that helped make this event possible!


Myers-Wilkins World Beat Drummers to Perform at Duluth’s Homegrown Music Festival in May

   Myers-Wilkins Elementary School organizes an after-school, African-based drum circle group comprised of  students from grades 4 and 5. World Beat uses authentic dress, percussion instruments, and rhythms to perform original, global-style compositions regionally and throughout the state. Recent gigs include school functions, community fundraisers and Duluth Mayor Emily Larson’s Inauguration. Directors of the program include Teri Akervik, Michelle Bowker and Adam Metzer.

Friday May 6, 7:00PM

Sacred Heart Music Center

201 West 4th Street, Duluth MN

Homegrown Music Festival Schedule


Denfeld Hosts  Asian Pacific Legal Experience in America

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Duluth Speech Teams Prepare for State Competition



Ordean East DI Team Prepares for Nationals




Piedmont Elementary Panther Fest – Kicking Off MCAs

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Angela Park, Duluth East, is the High School Winner in the 2016 H2O Minnesota Department of Health “Use Water Wisely” poster contest.  Angela received a $50.00 prize from H2O representatives from White Bear Lake, and her poster will be displayed by H2O. Congratulations Angela!

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Denfeld, Duluth East HOSA Students Excel at State Leadership Conference

   Congratulations to Denfeld and Duluth East HOSA students (Future Health Professionals) for a solid performance at the 2016 HOSA State Leadership Conference competitions.  They will be attending the International Leadership Conference/ Competition in Nashville, TN in June. 

Students received Minnesota HOSA recognition for:

>>National Service Project- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 

>>HOSA Honors Chapter

>>Mikayla Cozzi  (Denfeld) :  Barbara James Service Award

>>Minnesota Service Projects Award 

ISD 709 High Schools have two elected State leaders: 

>Johanna Marciniak, Denfeld (State Medical Reserve Corp )

>Tori Anderson, East (State Secretary)

Nursing Assistance:

1st Place:  Augustanna Korkalo (East)

2nd Place:  Mariah Goodreau (Denfeld)

3rd Place:  Johanna Marciniak (Denfeld)

5th Place:  Jena Kessler (East)                      

Medical Terminology:

1st Place:  Augustanna Korkalo (East)

HOSA Bowl: (Knowledge Bowl for Health Care)

2nd Place :  Lauren Lemker (Denfeld), Tori Anderson (East), Jena Kessler (East), Augustanna Korkalo (East)

Home Health Aide:

3rd Place:  Lauren Lemker (Denfeld)

4th Place:  Augustanna Korkalo (East)       

Public Service Announcement: 

2015 - 2016 Topic/Sitting is Death:  All About Physical Activity

3rd Place:  Augustanna Korkalo (East), Jena Kessler (East), Tori Anderson (East)   

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ISD 709 Automotive Students Succeed at SkillsUSA Competition

  Eric Tahtinen (Duluth East) and Erik Kangas (Denfeld), students in ISD 709’s Automotive Technology program, participated in the 2016 SkillsUSA competition in the Twin Cities and came away with high marks.

  Eric took a first place gold medal in Automotive Service Technology, earning a $10,000 scholarship to UTI (Universal Technical Institute in Lyse, IL) and approximately $600 in Snap On tools.  He and instructor Phil Rannila will attend the National SkillsUSA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, in June, where Eric will compete for the national title. Erik Kangas brought home two silver medals, one in Tools & Equipment Identification, the other in Safety. 

   Eric and Erik are taking part in Automotive and Engines classes, a high school program of distinction, certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).  They’re part of ISD 709’s Career & Technical Education (CTE) program, designed to help focus students into career/post-secondary pathways that fit their personality and academic interests. 
   ISD 709 CTE courses are taught by some of the most highly qualified professionals in the region - over 80% come from industry first and then education. They bring real-world knowledge and connections to help students explore and succeed in the competitive job market.

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From Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius

Water Action Week in Minnesota

   It’s a week-long effort to engage Minnesotans in conversations about the challenges facing lakes, rivers, and drinking water systems.  Establishing an ethic of responsible stewardship needs to start early - MN Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius urges parents, teachers and school leaders to talk with young people about the importance of water in our lives, and what Minnesotans can do—even as children—to leave a lasting legacy of clean water for this generation, and generations that follow.
 Water Action Week website

 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s website 

 Visit to learn more.