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posted Sep 29, 2016, 11:00 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Sep 29, 2016, 11:00 AM ]

Governor Dayton Appoints ISD 709 Educators to State Councils

   Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Becky Crane (photo, right) as Special Education Coordinator Representative of the Governor’s Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Intervention. Becky is an Early Childhood Teacher on Special Assignment for ISD 709; the Council addresses methods for implementing a statewide system of comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary interagency programs of early intervention services for young children with disabilities and their families. 

   Pam Rees, Duluth Head Start Administrator, has been appointed to the Early Learning Council by Governor Dayton.  The Early Learning Council (ELC) makes recommendations to the Governor and Children’s Cabinet, including proposed legislation on how to effectively create a high-quality early childhood system in Minnesota to ensure all children arrive at kindergarten school-ready. 


Immunization Article by Duluth Health Professionals Published in Minnesota Physician Magazine

   ISD 709 School Nurse Camille Murphy, MA, RN and Emily Onello, MD, worked together to publish an article in the September issue of Minnesota Physician.  They wrote about strengthening the partnership between primary care physicians and school nurses to help improve immunization compliance and communication.  

   Camille is a licensed school nurse in the Duluth School District and was nominated for the 2014 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award.  Onello is an assistant professor in the department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of MN Medical School in Duluth and a practicing physician at the Lake Superior Community Health Center.

Minnesota Physician


Families Support Early Learning

   Families with infants gathered at Washington Center in Duluth for a special Literacy Live Event, hosted by ISD 709 Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE).  They took part in fun activities focused on talking, reading, singing and playing to encourage early learning.  Through a grant from the Arrowhead Reading Council, each family received books for their children.  They’ll also receive a follow up home visit and a book from an ECFE Parent Educator. 


Looking to Get Out Of the House and Put a Little Extra Cash in Your Pocket?  Work Part-time as a Food Service Helper with Duluth Public Schools! 

   We have employment opportunities for part-time permanent and substitute Food Service Helpers in the School Cafeterias. 

>>No experience is required, we will train you. 

>>Most work is at lunchtime from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. usually, three hours a day.

>>A meal is provided each day you work.

>>We staff district wide, choose your work location.

   If you enjoy being part of a team and believe in excellent customer service, WE NEED YOU. For more information about the positions or application process, please call the Child Nutrition Office at (218) 336-8707 or check online:


October is Bullying Prevention & Awareness Month

   As members of the Duluth community, we value creating welcoming environments where the uniqueness of

each person is honored and valued, recognizing that we all come from many different circumstances and cultures.

   We strive to provide safe, secure and respectful learning environments for all students in our school buildings, on school grounds, school buses and at school-sponsored activities.  A safe and civil environment is needed for students to learn and attain high academic standards and to promote healthy human relationships.

   Click here to learn more about local schoolpolicies related to bullying behaviors.  For tips and information about what you can do to address bullying check: and  


Duluth East 2016 Hall of Fame Dinner

Saturday, October 8, 2016

5:00PM Social, Dinner at 5:30PM, Duluth East High School

Cost:  $50 (includes Oct 7, 5:30PM Hall of Fame Football Game)

Tickets:  Available through October 3, contact  Duluth East Activities Director Shawn Roed

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2016 Inductees:

>William (Torm) Tormondsen began his career at East as Band Director. "Torm's" students consistently earned superior ratings at state regional music contests and have been recipients of numerous awards and honors at music festivals held around the nation. In 1980, Bill received the Jazz Educator Award at the UMD Jazz Festival; in 2003 the Greg Irons Memorial Award as a Teacher of Excellence, and in 2005 he was awarded the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the NFHS Music Association. Tormondsen retired from East in 2005

>Kara (Wheeler) Goucher was a State Champion in Cross Country for four years at East. At the University of Colorado, Goucher became the NCAA Outdoor Champion in two events and the NCAA Cross Country Champion. She won a bronze medal in the 2007 world championships and has competed in numerous races around the world.  Goucher has represented the United States on two Olympic Teams, competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.

>Sally Sjogren Tarnowski played varsity softball, volleyball, and basketball and was a member of the National Honor Society. A graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law, she was appointed to the bench by Govenor Tim Pawlenty in 2007.  Judge Tarnowski was the recipient of the Northland's News Center 2012 Women in Leadership Award for her work as the creator of a court for criminal offenders with mental health issues. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota presented Tarnowski with its Criminal Justice Program of the Year Award.

>David Ross was an All-City and All-Conference Football player, and a member of the 1974 Shriners All-State Football Team. David was a Merit Scholar and a starter in football for Co-Conference Champion Concordia College. Ross earned a Master of Arts in Management Degree, with honors, from CSS. He has been President and CEO of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years. David received the Martin Luther King Drum Major for Peace Award and the Senator Sam Solon Lifetime Legislative Service award. He is the DECC Board of Directors Chairperson.

>Scott D. Anderson was Band President, Football Captain, and Student Forum President. Anderson was a graduate of Stanford University where he built a working submarine. Anderson was an F-16 Fighter pilot with the Duluth Air National Guard where he rose to the rank of Major. Scott authored three books: Distant Fires, Unknown Rider, and Mosquito Book. Anderson was a test pilot and Director of Flight Operations with Cirrus Aircraft when his life was tragically cut short flight testing the first production model of the Cirrus SR20.


2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program – Nomination Deadline October 14, 2016

   The USPSP was established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and since that time, the program has honored more than over 7,000 outstanding high school seniors.  The mission of the program is to recognize and honor outstanding high school seniors, and thereby encourage high attainment among all students. Students are selected on the basis of outstanding scholarship.

   Chief State School Officers are invited this year to nominate up to 20 candidates from their states for the general component of the program and an additional five students for the CTE component. Please consider nominating students in your district who are outstanding high school seniors. Read the memorandum from Commissioner Brenda Cassellius for nomination details.

If you have questions, please contact Terry Alvarado at


Lincoln Park Students Harvesting School Gardens

   Family & Consumer Science students from Lincoln Park Middle School are harvesting vegetables from their school garden, including lettuce and potatoes.  They’re cooking with the school garden produce in their class.  Thank you volunteers from Essentia Health and core members of the Action for Healthy Kids Grant - Rachel Thapa, Lincoln Community Coordinator; Linda Erdahl, SNAP Educator; Josh Gorham, St Louis County Public Health Nurse - SHIP; Renee Willemsen, Farm to School; Deb Porter, Lincoln FACS Teacher.


2017 United States Senate Youth Program Applications Available – Deadline October 28, 2016

   The U.S. Senate Youth Program is a nationwide program that brings high school students to Washington, D.C., for an onsite introduction to the functions of federal government, particularly the U.S. Senate. 

   Selected students will learn about the Senate and meet with political leaders March 4-11, 2017. In addition, each delegate will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. To be eligible, students must be in 11th or 12th grade and hold an elected office (student government, civic, community, etc.) during the 2016-2017 school year.

   The program is sponsored by the U.S. Senate. All expenses for U.S. Senate Youth students are paid by The Hearst Foundations. Visit the U.S. Senate Youth Program website.  Access the application form.


From Community Action Duluth:

FREE Family Night Out at Community Action Duluth

All Families Are Welcome! Kids of all ages are welcome - must be with their

parents/caregivers for fun art and science projects!

Every second Thursday,  5:30PM – 7:00PM

Thursday, October 13:  Make Cool Paper Airplanes with the Children’s Museum

Thursday, November 10:  Make a Thanksgiving decoration with the Children’s Museum

2424 West 5th Street – lower level cafeteria 

Light dinner included

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