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posted Sep 8, 2016, 6:24 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 6:28 AM ]

Thanks for a Great Start to the School Year!

   From registration, to Open House, to that big first day, thanks to ISD 709 school secretaries and administrative assistants, transportation, principals, teachers, maintenance staff, cafeteria staff, paraprofessionals, volunteers, families, students and all who work diligently to prepare for the beginning of a new school year. 

And thanks to all who helped donate supplies and stuff backpacks...

    ISD 709 staff and volunteers helped stuff school supplies into

backpacks provided by CHUM's Adopt-a-Backpack program and generous donations from the community.

    For over 10 years, CHUM, their community partners and the ISD 709 Homeless program have worked together to ensure backpacks and school supplies, along with other back to school resources, are available for at risk children. Donations come from community members and organizations and other CHUM partners.  Since 2002, CHUM has collected at least 7,000 backpacks to children in need.


A Warm Welcome to new principals Danette Seboe, Amy Worden, Cynthia Moldonado and Elisa Modonado - best wishes for a successful school year!

Duluth News Tribune Article


NEW Fall Duluth Community Education Course Schedule This Weekend!

   Classes for everyone from children to adults.  Programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home.  Check the insert in this weekend’s Budgeteer or 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


Congratulations, Denfeld Alum CJ Ham

   The Minnesota Vikings on signed nine players to the practice squad, including rookie running back and Denfeld High School alum C. J. Ham.

   “My parents, Duluth, the Duluth public school system and my coaches, they all have greatly helped to make me into the person I am today,” said Ham, who competed in football, basketball and track for the Hunters.       

   “Growing up in Duluth’s West End, you work hard and earn everything you get.  It’s 100-percent possible to reach your dreams, and dreams really do come true if you’re willing to work for them,” said Ham.


Lowell Elementary Celebrates New Outdoor Opportunities for Students

   Parents partnered with the Lowell PTA, teachers, staff, and ISD­709 facilities to create a nature

playscape, nature trail and outdoor classroom for pre-K and elementary students.   

   “Active free play in a natural setting leads to healthy bodies, creative minds, academic success, emotional stability, and strong social skills,” says Principal Jen Larva.  “We want our students to benefit from the natural setting our school is situated in at every opportunity.”

   “It is just beautiful out here.  I’m so excited to expand learning opportunities to incorporate the outdoors,” says Lowell teacher Kristy Zwak.

   “There are so many possibilities to connect curriculum to nature and to extend learning beyond our classroom.  And it’s right outside our door!   We are planning to share the space with students all year long,” says Lowell teacher Amy Larson.



Denfeld Robotics Team Inspires Youngsters

   As they have for the past three years, Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) held a two week LEGO Robotics Camp for children in the Duluth area. 
   Older students mentor young students, helping them build a robot that has to complete multiple tasks. At the end of the two weeks, the LEGO Camp students modify their robots to compete with each other in a “sumo bot” match where they try to push the other robots out of a circular arena. On the last day of camp, DNA demonstrates their robots from previous years to show how the young students may apply recently learned skills later in their lives.

Learn more about the Denfeld Robotics Team


Working Together – Schools, Families, Community
   Lincoln Park Middle School and the Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative are receiving grants from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation (DSACF) to help continue work with

students and families and narrow the opportunity gap. 
• Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative, $100,000 to expand the full-service community school program that provides activities and support for children and families for Myers-Wilkins and Lincoln Park Middle Schools
• Duluth Public Schools, Lincoln Park Middle School, $50,000 for the parent-teacher home visits project
   “The Opportunity Gap is affecting our nation and our entire community in the Twin Ports,” said Community Foundation President Holly C. Sampson. “With these grants, we hope to make an important difference in the lives of children and families locally as well as develop models that can be expanded and replicated to make meaningful change elsewhere.”  
The Foundation awarded nine non-profits and one government agency the grants through a competitive process.

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