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posted Jul 28, 2016, 12:23 PM by Communications ISD 709
3rd Annual Gitchi Gummi Get Together Robotics Competition July 29 & 30
  Free and Open to the Public!
    On Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 2016 the Duluth East Daredevils Robotics team will host the 3rd Annual Gitchi Gummi Get Together at Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 W 3rd Street in Duluth. 
Competition begins at 3 pm on Friday and ends at 4 pm Saturday.

   Eighteen teams from Minnesota and Michigan (including Denfeld High School DNA) will be playing the 2016 FRC Game, “Stronghold”, a medieval themed challenge with six robots at a time on the field.    

   Teams will be required to utilize new team members to drive the robot during this competition to help prepare for next year’s competition. This event is free and open to the public.

Check Online for More Information  

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Denfeld Alum Matthew Johnson Wins National Culinary Challenge  

   Matthew is a student at The Culinary Institute of America in New York – while attending Denfeld High School he took culinary arts courses and began learning the basics in the student run restaurant Food for Thought. Such courses are 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.

   According a press release from The Culinary Arts Institute, Matthew teamed up with Kurt Flaherty to take part in the national Boar’s Head Bold Culinary Arts Challenge.   Esteemed media and food experts gathered for a tasting luncheon at the Astor Center in New York City to sample the students’ innovative dishes, which were judged based on taste, creative use of the product, presentation, and production/technical skill.  Following a tally of the scores, a panel of judges declared Matthew Johnson and Kurtis Flaherty the Grand Prize Winners of the competition for their Asian-inspired steamed buns dish, awarding them $10,000 in scholarship funds.

Click here for more information and to see the winning recipe. 

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Minnesota Department of Education Releases 2015-16 State Test Results

   State tests include results of the MCA and MTAS (all accountability tests).  Consistent with AYP and MMR calculations, reading and math results are reported for students enrolled October 1 in ISD 709, all accountability tests. Science scores reported are for MCA only (Oct 1), unless noted.

2015-16 Reading: 

For the fourth year in a row, overall reading scores increased.  District is above state average. 

--Schools increasing scores over last year:  Homecroft, Lakewood, Lester Park, Lowell, Piedmont, Stowe, Lincoln Park, Ordean East, Woodland Hills Academy

--Above state average scores:  Congdon, Homecroft, Lakewood, Lester Park, Lowell, Stowe, Ordean East, Duluth East

--Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 increased over last year (all above the state average)

--Student groups increasing proficiency scores over last year:  American Indian (above state average, gap reduced), Hispanic (above state average, gap reduced), Black (gap reduced), White (on par with state), Special Education (gap increased), Free/Reduced Lunch (above state average, gap increased).  Asian (above state average, no gap)

--Schools with the greatest increases in reading scores:  Lincoln Park, Stowe, Piedmont, Lowell, Lester Park, Woodland Hills Academy

2015-16 Math:

For the fifth year in a row overall math scores increased.

--Schools increasing scores over last year:  Lakewood, Lester Park, Lowell, Lincoln Park, Ordean East, Woodland Hills Academy

--Above state average scores:  Congdon, Homecroft, Lakewood, Lester Park, Lowell, Ordean East

--Grades 7 and 8 increased over last year (grade 7 is above the state average, grades 4 and 5 are on par with the state average)

--Student groups increasing proficiency over last year:  Black (gap reduced), White

--Student groups with increased gap:  American Indian, Hispanic, Special Education, Free/Reduced Lunch

--Schools with the greatest increases in math scores:  Lincoln Park, Ordean East, Lester Park, Woodland Hills Academy

2015-16 Science:

For the fourth year in a row, overall science scores increased.

--Schools increasing scores over last year:  Congdon, Lakewood, Laura MacArthur, Lester Park, Myers-Wilkins, Stowe, Ordean East    

--Above the state average scores:  Congdon, Lakewood, Lester Park, Ordean East

--Grades 5 and 8 increased proficiency (grade 5 is above state average)

--Student groups increasing proficiency over last year:  Hispanic (above state average, gap reduced), Black (gap reduced), White, Special Education, Free/Reduced Lunch (on par with state)  

--Schools with the greatest increases in science scores: Myers-Wilkins, Congdon, Lester Park, Lakewood, Laura MacArthur

--Overall MTAS Science Scores decreased (remain above the state average)

2016-17 Achievement Strategies:

--Continuous Improvement teacher teams and Professional Learning Communities to increase collaboration, leadership and use of data geared toward identifying where each student is in the learning process and providing the support they need to realize individual success.

--Continued curriculum work to align learning and assessment to Minnesota standards

--Elementary standards based grading to increase focus on key academic standards and to help families support their child’s learning           

--Continued staff development on the important role culture plays in learning

--Working collaboratively with local organizations to support students and families:  for example, the Myers-Wilkins Collaborative, True North Americorps, Reading Corps, Math Corps, Duluth YMCA

--Targeted staff development for teachers and building leaders on primary improvement strategies:  Professional Learning Communities, Multi-tiered Systems of Support and Safe & Welcoming Schools

--Expanding the Full Service Community School model to include Lincoln Park Middle School

--Professional development for principals – with emphasis on instructional leadership

--Continued staff development on the use of individual student data to impact day-to-day teaching strategies

A detailed report will be provided at the August Education Committee Meeting.

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