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posted May 5, 2016, 8:08 AM by Communications ISD 709

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  May 2-6, 2016


Denfeld High School Breaks Ground on New ISD 709 Design CenterCenter 

Space Supports FAB Lab Engineering & Design Lab, Robotics, Graphic Arts & Digital Design

   The Denfeld FAB Lab provides Denfeld and Duluth East student inventors the knowledge base to take an idea into a prototype product.  It’s modeled after an MIT course that teaches digital design using 21st century software and equipment.

   Hands-on course work lets students explore robotics, electronics, architecture, metals, woods, plastics, advertising and digital media.  The space includes a Design/Creativity Lab, Printing Lab and Innovations Lab which consists of prototyping, 3D printing, vinyl, laser engraving, fine milling, scanning and creation.  The new space will house big work stations like wood manufacturing equipment, computer numerical control (CNC) machines, metal welding and CNC plasma, and will be used for larger scale projects and development.   

   The Denfeld FAB Lab involves community support and works in partnership with representatives from many organizations, including but not limited to:  Lake Superior College, UMD Swenson College of Engineering, First Technology, Glenwood Signs, Northern Acrylic, Acme Tools, Altec HiLine, Epicurean/Loll Design, Wal-Mart, FIRST Robotics DNA 4009.

ISD 709 Career & Technical Education

Duluth News Tribune



NEW Summer Community Education Course Schedule Online!

   Classes for everyone from children to adults. Programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home.  Review the opportunities online 

   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


REMINDER: Please RSVP If You Plan to Attend


Honoring Inspirational Public School Teachers

Thursday, May 12, 2016   7:00pm

Duluth East High School

301 N. 40th Avenue East, Duluth MN

Ice Cream Social following program  

Family & Friends Welcome!  If you plan to attend, 

please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible for you and your guests

(RSVPs help with planning for the ice cream, thank you!)



Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day – Friday May 6

   School nutrition staffs strive to make lunchtime the favorite part of every students day. From their friendly greetings in the cafeteria and the love they dish out with every students meal, to how they encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, our school nutrition professionals are truly heroes.  Thanks for all you do!

Denfeld DNA Does Well at FIRST Robotics 2016 World Championship

   In their first ever appearance at this international event in St. Louis, MO, Denfeld DNA Robotics made a strong showing, placing 36 of 75 teams in the Galileo Division.  Students not only competed with the robots they designed and created, they also made new friendships and gained valuable life skills. 

   “We are grateful for all of the support from the sponsors and community that made this amazing experience possible. It was so much more than robots!” said the team press release. 

   Many thanks to all who supported these talented students!

Denfeld DNA Robotics  


Catch the 2016 Denfeld Lip Dub Video
   Students from Denfeld High School worked together to produce the school's 3rd Annual Lip Dub video, featuring nearly the entire student body with appearances by Denfeld teams, clubs and student groups!  

Watch the Video


Logan Griggs, Lincoln Park Middle School, was featured on the local news about his preparations for the upcoming National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.  Go Logan!


Denfeld Theater students received great newspaper coverage for their powerful and moving production of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.”


Duluth News Tribune


Duluth East Mock Crash Provides Vivid Lesson in Safety

   Duluth East High School and community partners staged a Mock Crash event to help educate students about the terrible, tragic consequences of inattentive/impaired driving and to encourage safe and responsible use of motor vehicles.  Emergency vehicles were staged in the school parking lot before and during the demonstration, with lights and sirens used to simulate an actual crash scenario. 
   Students heard from speaker Matt Logan. Mr. Logan’s daughter DJ lost her life on the way home from school while texting and driving. The Logan family has since taken their story to students across the country to urge young people to drive safely and responsibly. 
   Many thanks to those who worked in partnership to help present The Mock Crash Demonstration: Duluth Police Department, Driving for Safe Communities, Gold Cross Ambulance, Essentia Health, St. Lukes, Life Link, Duluth Fire Department, St. Louis County Rescue Squad, Dukes Towing and the St. Louis County Medical Examiner.



Duluth News Tribune


ISD 709 Employees Recognized by United Way

   The Head of the Lakes United Way recognized ISD 709, along with several other organizations, for the largest increase in total dollars raised for United Way programs.  United Way provides funding for community goals that support education, help people achieve financial stability and promote healthy lives.   


Lester Park Students Succeed at Math Masters

   Students from Lester Park Elementary competed in the NE Regional 5th Grade Math Masters competition in April.  Team #1 placed third in the competition.  Zoe Amerman tied for third place in the individual competition.  Kosmos Vanchurin tied for eighth place in the individual competition.  

Team #1 - Zoe Amerman, Ashlynne Guenther, Eleanor Harrison, Eli Schlotec and Charlie Sutherland

Team #2 - Saige Mattson, Andrew McCall, Nathan Moment, Mariah Pollard-Martin, and Kosmos Vanchurin

   Teacher Anne Krafthefer is the team coach, congratulations to our Lester Park Math Masters!


Historical & Generational Trauma and its Relationship to Adverse Childhood Experiences

~Featuring Sam Simmons~

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 6pm-­8pm

Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium

3215 West 3rd Street, Duluth MN

ALL are WELCOME to this FREE event!

   Sam Simmons has over 25 ­years of experience as a behavioral consultant in the areas of chemical dependency, violence

abatement and historical trauma. He specializes in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work and promotes healthy nonviolent relationships. Sam is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota and is currently the SAFE Families Manager at The Family Partnership, managing the federally funded Be More Project to stop violence.

   Mr. Simmons is respected for his highly informed work around historical trauma and his highly successful Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing Conference around the country. He plainly states, “A community is empowered by the strength of the information it’s given.”

   This is the second of two sessions on this important topic that will be provided and open to the public this school year. Mr. Simmons has also been working with two cohorts of district staff in a three session Professional Development training series. This is a part of our district’s efforts to assist in meeting our goals of High Achievement for All and Safe & Welcoming Schools.

Questions regarding this event ~ contact Ron Lake ­ Climate Coordinator 218­336­8700 x2014.   


Accomplishments, Activities, Appreciation

--Myers-Wilkins Elementary hosted “Eat Healthy/Be Active Family Classes” this month.  Parents and children enjoyed a fun evening together learning healthy cooking tips and joining the crew of Carrot Bean in activities combining music and movement with imaginative stories about healthy choices.

--Students in Ordean East Middle School  Life Science Classes raised $905.89 through Pennies for Patients. Proceeds support the work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

--Fourth and fifth grade students at Myers-Wilkins are taking part in the Battle of the Books! They’re encouraged to read from a list of books and vote on their favorite - the winner will be announced at the end of the school year.

-- ISD 709 elementary schools helped raise  $19,010 to support healthy hearts this year.  Students took part in Jump Rope For Heart activities during Physical Education classes.  The jumping stations aligned with National PE Standards and helped raise a total of $19,010 for American Heart Association efforts to combat heart disease.  

--Sarah Chiodi, Duluth East High School, participated in the United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) Equestrian Athlete Lettering program.  This program was developed to provide recognition for the accomplishments of young equestrians and encourage their future involvement in equestrian sport.

--Konrad Kausch, Ordean East Middle School, was named the 2016 Goalie of the Year on Ten Minutes with Tony Scott. Kausch was selected over 11 other youth goalies nominated at the close of the season. Kausch completed his two year PeeWee career taking second place in the state with Duluth East's PeeWee AA team.

-- Congratulations to Cullen White, Jude Goossens, and Gabriel Stanley, Duluth East HS,  for placing 7th at the 2016 Minnesota History Day competition with their Senior Group Documentary, "Atoms Split, Worlds Collide:  Scientific Exchanges in Nuclear Physics and Their Global Implications.”  Approximately 70 documentaries were entered at the beginning of regional competition.

-- Hunter Rackliffe, member of the G Team at Spirit Mountain, competed at the USASA (United States of America Snowboarding Association) National Competition at Copper Mountain in Colorado.  He earned 32nd in Slopestyle and 11th in Halfpipe.