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posted Apr 27, 2016, 12:03 PM by Communications ISD 709

Denfeld Students Receive Recognition for Teddy Bear Drive

   During their regular April meeting Duluth School Board members took time to recognize students in Jennifer Fabbro’s class at Denfeld High School.  Working with the rest of the student body and staff, they conducted a Teddy Bear Drive, collecting 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. The 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.   


Committee of the Whole Discusses Playground Surfacing

  Members of the Duluth School Board, a representative from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and a group of parents reviewed information related to rubber mulch used in playground surfacing in Duluth and across the state.  Over the past year, the parent group started an online petition and expressed concern for potential exposure to toxic chemicals and other issues regarding rubber mulch. 

   There have been many studies, with results ranging from low to no risk to some potential risk of exposure to contaminants, with as yet inconclusive results.

   According to the MDH, given the extensive use of synthetic turf in Minnesota and the lack of reported health issues associated with their use, it is unlikely that they pose a significant, acute health concern.  In their presentation they say more information is needed to assess possible long-term issues and cite two major studies currently underway, one by the Environmental Protection Agency, the other by the California Office of Health Hazard Assessment.  A draft status report is expected in late 2016 for the EPA, the California study will run through 2018.

   “The safety and health of our students is the highest priority,” said Bill Gronseth, Superintendent, in his presentation.  “We appreciate hearing from parents and share their desire that our playgrounds be safe and healthy places to play.”  The School Board will continue to review and take information under consideration.  


Lakewood Elementary Environmental Day

   Students from Lakewood Elementary enjoyed an activity-filled day learning about the great outdoors - safety around water, fish habitat, archery, macro invertebrates, wild rice, environmental storytelling, birding, bird banding, and orienteering.  The goal of the day is to give the students a better understanding and appreciation for the environment around them.  The day was made possible in part through partnerships with the National Estuary Research Reserve, Minnesota DNR MinnAqua Program, the University of Minnesota – Duluth, Fond du Lac, Hawk Ridge and other local, regional and state organizations.  




NEW Summer Community Education Course Schedule Coming This Weekend!

   Classes for everyone from children to adults.  Programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home.  Look for a new course schedule online or in this weekend’s Budgeteer newspaper.

Do You Have a Skill/Talent You'd Like to Share?  Teach a Community Education Class!   

For more information, email: or call 218-336-8760 or visit


Congdon Park Destination Imagination Team Advances to State! 

   DI Minnesota inspires and equips students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders.

Congdon Park 7 Mysterious Unicorns Team: Gage Canavan, Ryan Carlson, Andre Good, Zach Marshak, Bianca McGiffert, Emily Spearman, Colin Willemsen.  Team Managers: Jeana Marshak and Renee Willemsen

Competing in Fine Arts, Get A Clue.  


2016 Pathways to Postsecondary Summit

Aligning ABE, MnSCU Campuses & Community Partners for Student Success

   The purpose of the summit is to expand Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ (MnSCU) ability to partner with Adult Basic Education (ABE) providers, workforce development, and community-based organizations to expand opportunities for students to access postsecondary credit-bearing pathways.  The event came about through a growing collaboration between Lake Superior College and ISD 709 Adult Basic Education and integration in developmental and college level courses on the LSC campus.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Lake Superior College, Duluth, MN

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Check in and continental breakfast starts at 8:15 a.m.

Registration is FREE!

Register here for May 6th at Lake Superior College.


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? Know someone who might be? Complete an online application!  


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