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posted Oct 12, 2016, 8:31 AM by Communications ISD 709

Help Kids Learn About Voting - Volunteers Needed!

   Kids Voting Duluth is a nonpartisan effort to facilitate kids’ participation in mock elections at precinct locations from 3:00PM - 8:00PM on Election Day Tuesday November 8.  It’s led by the City of Duluth, the Duluth Public Schools and other community partners.

   Volunteers will help children register, hand them a ballot, and assist them in casting their vote. Volunteers are needed at all polling sites; you can work at one near your home or join a friend and choose another location.  

   To ensure Kids Voting takes place we need volunteers!  Learn more about Kids Voting Duluth and sign up to volunteer by visiting their website at "" (please note the site is case sensitive).


Denfeld High School Students Tour College of Art and Design

   Paige May, Kacie May, Winona Killsprettyenemy, Katherine Skwira-Brown and Allyson Cook toured the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and shared their work with representatives from over 30 art colleges! Special thanks to Julie Deters from Cloquet for inviting Denfeld students to join them on this trip.


Denfeld High School's Anishinaabe Club and Duluth American Lung Association hosted an educational event about sacred and commercial uses of tobacco.
   The night was part of an initiative to educate youth about the dangers of menthol and flavored tobacco, said Deb Smith, tobacco control manager of the American Lung Association in Duluth.

Duluth News Tribune Article


2017 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists, Commended Students

 Spencer Johnson and Eric Patterson, Duluth East High School, have been named 2017 National Merit Scholarship Semi Finalists.  Of the 1.5 million juniors nationwide who took PSAT, these students scored in the top one half of 1% and had some of the highest scores in the state of Minnesota.  They are now eligible to compete for 7400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million to be offered this spring.

   Emma Flynn, Joseph Kebbekus, Troy Martin and Alexander Waxman, Duluth East, have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program, recognized for their exceptional academic promise and for placing in the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition nationwide.


Duluth East ABO Hounds Receive Award

   Student volunteers from Duluth East received Memorial Blood Centers’ Outstanding High School Award - the  ABO Hounds were recognized for collecting 266 units during their school blood drives last year.  It’s the first time an ISD 709 school has received this honor, which is given annually.  ABO Hounds is a volunteer group at Duluth East dedicating many hours to their school blood drives to ensure success.  Kierra Heazlett accepted the award on behalf of the group. 


P.E. Teachers Train in Newly Adopted Curriculum

  Physical Education teachers recently participated in a Professional Development Day geared toward new State standards and use of new equipment.  Minnesota recently adopted the National Standards for Physical Education, teachers worked on updating ISD 709 PE curriculum in grades Kindergarten through 12 to align with these standards and support curriculum adoption.  New, updated equipment enhances the PE curriculum to help shape lifelong physically active habits of students.  


Lowell’s Spanish Language Immersion Kindergarten in the News

The Duluth News Tribune visited the class, click here to see the report.


Great Lakes Apple Crunch – Thursday October 13

   To celebrate National Farm to School Month, Duluth will join schools across Minnesota in participating in the 2016 Great Lakes Apple Crunch.  The goal is for one million students, teachers, staff and everyone in the Great Lakes Region to crunch into a local apple on Thursday, October 13 during their lunch shifts. 


October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month:   Find information, tips and more at and The Bully Project.


Transition Resource Fair

Tuesday October 25, 1:40PM – 6:00PM

Denfeld High School Media Center

401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth, MN

   The Transition Resource Fair will provide high school students with disabilities and their families transition information regarding post high school resources.  Students on 504 plans and their parents are also welcome to attend.  The event is hosted by Duluth Public Schools and the Interagency Coordination Council of Duluth (ICCOD).

   Representatives from area post-secondary education options, employment and supported employment providers, social service and community organizations that offer a variety of services and supports to young adults with disabilities will be present to talk about their programs and answer questions.

   Contact Al Chepelnik at 336-8700 x4047 or Coleen Norris  at 336-8740 x1144 if you have questions or need more information. 


Duluth East High School Presents:

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

October 27, 28, 29 at 7:00PM

October 30 at 12:30PM

Tickets:  $10 Students,  $15 Adults, Kids under 5 free. 

Tickets at the door, doors open 30 minutes before show time.

>> Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite story book prince or princess to join in with the magic! 

>>Our cast and production team have given so much to create this magic for you, and we welcome you to give to Feeding Local Kids, a partnership between CHUM and Second Harvest, supported by the Duluth Federation of Teachers to make sure kids have the food they need when they're not at school.

This version of Cinderella  is unexpected and  humorous but you'll still recognize the traditional story!  East's beautiful set and the actors' gorgeous voices along with an incredible orchestra will delight audiences, young and old. We'll dazzle you with magical transformations--gowns and carriages and footmen--oh my.  This show will captivate and entertain patrons of all ages.   


Denfeld High School Theater Presents the Musical:

Little Shop of Horrors

November 3, 4, 5 at 7:00PM

November 6 at 2:00PM

Denfeld High School

401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth, MN

Tickets:  $10 General Admission, at the door.

>>Students are conducting a “FEED ME” food drive each night of the show - bring any non-perishable food items to help our local food shelves during this upcoming holiday season!

Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.  Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop.  Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice and an unquenchable thirst for human blood!


From University of MN – Duluth:

UMD Homecoming Parade 

Saturday October 15, 10:00AM

UMD Campus – Starts by the Darland Administration Building 

Click here for the parade route and parking.

>>Parade wraps up in time for Family Fun Carnival, Tailgating and

1:05PM game against Aberdeen, South Dakota’s Northern State

>>Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, who received her master’s degree from UMD, is scheduled to be the Grand Marshal.  

>>Area bands and dance organizations, UMD athletes, Champ, and the Maroon Loon are among the 40 entries scheduled to participate in the Homecoming Parade.

>> Visiting families are encouraged to arrive by 9:45AM and park in Lot E


Project Joy

Friday, November 4, 2016, 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Duluth Curling Club, 327 Harbor Drive, Duluth
$20 ages 13+, $10 ages 6-12, 5 & under FREE
Net proceeds benefit the BackPack Program, providing area children in need with food to take home on weekends and during school vacations when other nutritional resources are not available.

Click here for more.