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posted Oct 19, 2016, 1:39 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Oct 19, 2016, 1:39 PM ]

Students Recognized for Volunteer Service 
   Students participating in the T12 Transition Program received an award from the Duluth Area Family YMCA in recognition of the volunteer work they provide to the organization.  The T12 program provides students with community based work exploration/job development based on strengths, preferences and interest.  One of their activities is volunteering at the YMCA where they work on job skills, socialization and confidence in their community.

Denfeld High School Boys Soccer Team Advances to Section 7A Final!
Congratulations and best wishes, go Hunters!

Duluth East Teacher Receives $1,000 Grant  
   The grant, presented to Dr. Richard Updegrove by Aaron Winkelman, Affinity Plus Credit Union, will be used in support of Dr. Updegrove’s College In The Schools (CITS) Economics course at Duluth East.  The grant is one of 15 awarded to area teachers who focus on financial education.


Duluth East High School Theatre Presents:
Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA
October 27, 28, 29 at 7:00PM
October 30 at 12:30PM
Duluth East High School
301 North 40th Ave East
Tickets:  $10 Students,  $15 Adults, Kids under 5 free. 
Tickets at the door, doors open 30 minutes before show time.


Denfeld High School Theater Presents the Musical:
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.


Lowell Students Help Monarch Butterflies
   Students at Lowell Elementary participated in the Monarch Restoration Project by planting milkweed. They're hoping Lowell will become a monarch way station during their annual migration. Thank you Kristen Klos-Maki for leading this initiative and getting our students and teachers excited about monarch butterflies!

Ordean East Middle School Students Selected to State Honor Choir
   The following students were selected to the 2016 State Honor Choir by the Minnesota Choral Directors Association, congratulations! 
Grade 7 for the Boys' 7-8 Choir:  Paavo Paasi, Brue Stingle 
Grade 7 for the Girls' 7-8 Choir:  Maija Knutson, Elaina Benson 
Grade 8 for the Girls' 7-8 Choir:  Kristina Pauna

2016 Great Lakes Apple Crunch    
   To celebrate National Farm to School Month, Duluth joined schools across Minnesota in participating in the 2016 Great Lakes Apple Crunch. The goal: one million students, teachers, staff and everyone in the Great Lakes Region crunching into a local apple on October 13 during their lunch shifts. Thanks to our partners at Healthy Northland Farm to School for making this happen! 

Lights On After School Event October 20   
   Hundreds of children, parents, business and community leaders will come together for a Lights on Afterschool rally at Lincoln Park Middle School (3215 West Third Street, Duluth, MN 55806) at 1:00PM on October 20.  The event celebrates the achievements of afterschool students and draws attention to the need for more afterschool programs nationwide.  The gathering is one of more than 8,000 events across the U.S. emphasizing the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open after school. 
   Youth will participate in gym games, crafts, dance to music, and local partners will provide fun activities.  Duluth Superintendent Bill Gronseth, a representative from Senator Al Franken’s office, City Council Members, School Board Members, parents and students will discuss the importance of afterschool programs.  
   The Northland Foundation serves as the Regional Partner of Ignite Afterschool.  More information on the Afterschool Alliance, Lights on Afterschool and America After 3PM is available at

High School Students Lead Path to Peace Walk  
   October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and students from Duluth East High School held their third annual Path to Peace Walk to raise awareness for bullying prevention. Thank you to the students and staff who organized this event!

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.