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posted May 20, 2016, 6:57 AM by Communications ISD 709

Congratulations, 2016 Greg Irons Award Recipients!

   Karla Winterfeld, Lincoln Park Middle School, received the 2016 Greg Irons Teacher Award.  Karla was nominated for

the award by principal Brenda Vatthauer, who writes, “Karla makes a dynamic impact in her classroom.  She builds relationships with our most at-risk students and families and is a breath of fresh air to inspire anyone she is around. She has an aptitude to see what needs to be done and carries out actions to address issues and to assist where needed.  Students will tell you that Mrs. Winterfeld has been their inspiration at school and they have grown in strength and ability when facing life’s challenges due to her support.”  Karla is involved with the  Boys & Girls Club, YMCA, St. Louis County Social Services, and Mentor Duluth, among others.  Karla will receive a $500 award.

   Christine LeGarde, Denfeld High School, and Michael Kelly, Duluth East High School, are recipients of the 2016 Greg Irons Student Award.   The Award is presented to students who have been able to attain their personal goals through self-motivation, perseverance and, perhaps, through the guidance and assistance of a mentor who characterizes Greg Irons.

   In addition to being president of Denfeld’s Key Club, Christine is involved in Speech, Link Crew, Special Olympics and volunteers with other community organizations.  Michael has participated in numerous clubs and organizations including Key Club, Exec Board, Environmental Club, Students for the Future and is active in his church.

   Both recipients will be recognized at their school’s Honor Night ceremony and each will receive a $1000 scholarship to put toward their higher education goals.


ISD 709 Engineering Students Printing a 3D Duluth Depot  

   Four ISD 709 Engineering Design students – Noah Flynn, Kayla Johnson, Jake Miles and Tyler Milner – are using the Denfeld Fab Lab 3D printer to create a scale model of the Duluth Depot. 

   Josh Miller from the North Shore Scenic Railroad heard about 3D printing in the Fab Lab and asked about the possibility of working together on a project.  The students used a scaled model from the museum to take measurements and used Autodesk Inventor to create a printable file.  The final product will be presented to the museum the week of May 23. 

   Students are also planning to print six prototype key chains for possible sale in the museum gift shop.

Learn More:  ISD 709 High Schools, Career and Technical Education Programs


Lincoln Park, Ordean East Students Meet Olympian Carrie Tollefson

ISD 709 Elementary students take part in Fit ‘n Fun Run - Great Day for Fitness!

   Tollefson visited Lincoln Park and Ordean East to talk with students about the importance of exercise and good health.  She grew up in Dawson, MN and won 13 Minnesota high school championships in cross country and track. While in college at Villanova, she was a 12-time All American and five-time NCAA national champion.

   The middle school assemblies are in association with the annual Essentia Health Fit ‘n Fun Run which took place this week.  Approximately 1,900 students in grades 3 – 5 participated in quarter mile races throughout the event.  Grandma’s Marathon, the Young Athletes Foundation, ISD 709 Duluth Public Schools and Essentia Health created the event in 2008 to help motivate children to adopt healthier lifestyles.  

Fox 21 News


Duluth News Tribune



Denfeld, Duluth East Robotics Teams On Their Way to State Competition

   The Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA)and Duluth East Daredevils Robotics teams qualified for the 2016 Minnesota State Robotics Competition at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. The event takes place this Saturday, May 21, it’s free and open to the public, everyone is encouraged to attend.

   The competition features the top thirty teams from across the state, based on their performance at their initial FIRST Regional competition (regardless of location). 

   Denfeld DNA is the #1 ranked non-chairman’s team out of 30 high schools heading to the State Competition this weekend, primarily due to their undefeated championship run at the Lake Superior Regional where they received the prestigious Engineering Inspiration Award.  The Duluth East Daredevils are ranked #11 - last year the Daredevils won first place in State with FRC3130 - the ERRORS and FRC4215 - Tritons.  

  Click here for the schedule.   


2016 Guide to Summer Opportunities for Youth

Check out a handy listing of Duluth organizations that offer summer program opportunities for youth!  The publication is produced by the Head of the Lakes United Way 211 and is available as a downloadable PDF.

2016 Go Guide

Also available on the following websites:

Head of the Lakes United Way

Duluth Public Schools

Duluth Parks and Recreation

Duluth Public Library


Lester Park Crayola Experience Featured on National News

   People at Crayola brought the Crayola Experience to Lester Park Elementary and provided one student with a special message from her dad, who’s deployed with the 148th Fighter Wing in South Korea. 

ABC News


Lester Park Students Walk ‘N Roll to School

  Students used their bikes, scooters, skateboards and tennis shoes to get to school, with free coffee for the grownups!  The event was organized by the Lester Park Wellness Council.


Duluth School Board Honors Accomplished Students in Career/Technical Education

   In May the Duluth School Board took time to recognize the accomplishments of students in ISD 709 Career and

Technical Education programs.  

   The programs are designed to help focus students into career/post-secondary pathways that fit their personality and academic interests.   Courses are taught by some of the most highly qualified professionals in the region - over 80% come from industry first and then education, bringing real-world knowledge and connections to help students explore and succeed in the competitive job market.

   The Board presented certificates to:

>>Eric Tahtinen and Erik Kangas, students in the Automotive Technology program and participants in the SkillsUSA competition.  Eric Tahtinen received a gold medal in Automotive Service Technology, earning a $10,000 scholarship to Universal Technical Institute in Illinois plus about $600 worth of Snap On Tools; he advances to the national SkillsUSA competition. Erik Kangas brought home two silver medals, one in Tools and Equipment identification, the other in Safety. 

>>Sean Lindblad and Samuel Carpenter, students in the Culinary Arts program – they also participated in the SkillsUSA competition.  Sean took first place and received a $15,000 scholarship to the New England Culinary Institute; he’s advancing to the National SkillsUSA competition.  Samuel took 2nd place and received a $12,000 scholarship. 

>>Mikayla Cozzi, Johanna Marciniak, Tori Anderson, Augustanna Korkalo, Mariah Goodreau, Jena Kessler, and Lauren Lemker, Health Occupations students and participants in the 2016 HOSA State Leadership Conference competitions.  Individually, these students took from 1st place to 5th place in several categories, including Medical Terminology, HOSA Knowledge Bowl, Public Service Announcement and others.  Mikayla received the Barbara James Service Award.  Johanna and Tori serve as elected State HOSA leaders.  Duluth was recognized as a HOSA Honors Chapter and received National Service Project and Minnesota Service Project recognition.

Learn More:  ISD 709 Career & Technical Education


Summer Breakfast & Lunch Program June 14 – August 26

   Funded by the USDA, meals are provided to children 18 years of age and under without charge, adults who accompany their children can purchase a meal for $3.80.  Meals are served from June 14 - August 26 (no service July 4). 

--Breakfast:  8:00AM to 10:30AM

--Lunch:  11:30AM – 1:00PM 

   Menus include a variety of food items: hot entrees, salads, sandwiches, vegetables, fruits, bread, milk, and dessert items.  Join us for good food and friendly service!

ISD 709 Summer Meal Locations

>Lester Park Elementary, 5300 Glenwood Street 

>Lowell Elementary, 2000 Rice Lake Road 

>Myers-Wilkins Elementary, 1027 N 8th Avenue East

>Piedmont Elementary, 2827 Chambersburg Avenue

>Laura MacArthur Elementary, 720 North Central Avenue

>Stowe Elementary, 715 – 101st Avenue West

>Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 West Third Street 

>Denfeld High School, 401 North 44th Avenue West 

Also Available: Brown Bag Lunches at Lincoln Park Boys & Girls Club! 2407 West 4th Street


From the City of Duluth:

Ultimate Frisbee Sports Offered at Duluth Heritage Sports Center for Youth

   The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division is partnering with the Duluth Heritage Sports Center (120 S. 30th Ave West) to offer ultimate frisbee sports for area youth every Sunday from May 15 to June 5. The regular program runs from 1:00PM-5:00 PM during which volunteers will teach kids how to play the sport and coordinate informal games with participants.  
   This event is free and open to youth ages 8-17. Additional details are available at


Fundraiser to Support Denfeld High School Activities

   The “Ford Drive 4UR School” fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 21st between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Denfeld HS.  This no strings attached fundraiser is an easy way for the community to test drive a  vehicle and support Denfeld High School activities at the same time.

·  Test drive a Ford vehicle in our school parking lot – Denfeld earns $20.

·  Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license.

·  The $20 donation is limited to one per household.

·  This is truly a NO STRINGS ATTACHED fundraiser – you will not be added to any mailing lists, email lists or pressured to buy anything.

·  $6,000 can be raised if 300 people test drive a vehicle.

Contact Tom Pearson at if you have any questions.