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posted Oct 28, 2016, 11:56 AM by Communications ISD 709
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2016 ISD 709 Annual Report for the Community
Thursday November 10, 2016
Duluth East High School
301 N. 40th Avenue East, Duluth, MN  
6:00PM – 6:30PM:  
Music by Duluth East Sterling Strings, Displays, Booths  
6:30PM – 7:00PM:  
National Anthem presented by Duluth East Choralaires & Sterling Strings 
Annual Report Overview
7:00PM – 7:30PM:  
Light refreshments by ISD 709 Culinary Arts Students
Music by Duluth East Jazz Band, Displays, Booths
Free and open to the public 
Copies of the 2016 Annual Report will be available at the event and online at
ISD 709 Community Education Director Receives State Recognition
   The Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) named Jay Roesler, Director of Community Education and Services for Duluth Schools, as the 2016 Regional Community Educator of Excellence. He received the award at the MCEA Fall Conference in St. Cloud, MN in October.
   Jay has been with the Duluth Public Schools Community Education Department since 1998, starting as an interim director and program coordinator.  Prior to that, he worked in community education with Grand Rapids Public Schools.  He’s worked with numerous community and service organizations throughout his career, serving on advisory boards and supporting a variety of local initiatives.  Jay is a current member of the MCEA Legislative Committee and a past member of their Board of Directors.   
   His department’s recognition includes the 2015 Community Services Award from the Duluth Area Family YMCA.  
Duluth East Girls Tennis Team Competing in the State Class AA Tournament!  Congratulations and best wishes, Go ‘Hounds!

Generous Donation to Myers-Wilkins Elementary
   Myers-Wilkins Elementary recently received a $2,000 donation from Jo-Ann Fabrics in Duluth.  Principal Elisa Maldonado attended the check presentation and expressed the school’s appreciation for the gift. The donation will be used to provide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for students. Thanks to Jo-Ann Fabrics for their support of our students.  

Duluth East Students Raise Over $2,000 to Help Homeless
   Students held a Camp In a Box fundraiser and slept outside to raise awareness and funds, which were donated to Life House to help benefit homeless youth.
Denfeld Class of 1955 Provides Donations to Support Education
   Each year the Denfeld Class of 1955 provides staff a generous donation of about $4,000 to be used in classrooms or to help students in some way.  This year’s donations helped support:
Jan Hille - $250 for Math Calculators
Rebecca Alm-Foix - $250 for Spanish books
James Erickson - $250 for gym equipment for lunch time
Matt Pursi - $500 for the fall play
Jeff Nace - $500 for the Basketball program
Tom Tusken - $300 for Link Crew
Claudia Anderson - $200 for student supplies
Melissa Kliegle - $500 for Chrome books
Al Chepelnik - $250 for Life Skills books
Bob Fox - $500 for Science Supplies
​Paul Christenson - $500 for speakers for his classroom
Jill Lofald - $250 for the speech and debate team​
Many thanks to the Denfeld Class of 1955!
Duluth East Orchestra Café Concert November 1
   The East Orchestras will present their annual Café Concert on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00PM
at Duluth East High School, 301 N. 40th Avenue East.  Performing groups will include the Greyhound Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Sterling Strings. 
   Each group will perform a wide variety of styles, so there is sure to be something for everyone! Cost is $5.00 per adult, and $3.00 per student. The concert will begin in the auditorium and close in the atrium where the Sterling Strings will premiere this year’s strolling show, as guests are served cookies, bars, and punch. We hope you can come to hear the orchestra and help celebrate our first concert of the year!
For information:  Elaine Bradley, 218-336-8845 x3004
Be Prepared - Cold & Snowy Weather Season On the Way
   When severe winter weather conditions hit the Northland, be prepared for the possibility of School Closings, Two Hour Late Starts, or Rural Buses on Plowed Roads Only.
   All families, especially those with elementary age students, should have a contingency plan for their children in the event of weather-related school closings, a two hour late start or rural buses on plowed roads only. Thanks for helping keep students safe during severe weather!
Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
--Trying New Food is Fun:  As part of a partnership with Healthy Northland Farm to School, students at Myers-Wilkins Elementary enjoyed trying a new recipe - Autumn Tomato & Corn Salad – and voting with their wooden tasting spoons.
--October is Socktober at Congdon Park:  Congdon Park students are
taking part in a Social Studies service-learning project, collecting socks for donation to those in need.
--Nice Day for a Hike:  Students from Denfeld  High School enjoyed a beautiful hike along Duluth’s Lakewalk during an adapted physical education class.  Adapted P.E. is physical education which has been adapted or modified, so that it is as
appropriate for a person with a disability as it is for a person without a disability.  
--Denfeld's Key Club hosted a Coin War over Homecoming Week: The students challenged staff to see who could raise more funds. Staff won the challenge and a total of $528.00 was collected from all.  The Key Club donated the money to Denfeld's Art Department.
--The following students have been nominated as Artists of the Month for October/November 2016 at Lincoln Park Middle School:  Thomas Thach, Tehya  Lamberton, Lilly  LaJesse- Nason, Clarissa Thompson, Nadine  Robison, Sienna Meyer, Louis  Weisman, Alyssa M., Malea Fife, Brynn Olson, Kyla  Roberts, Jenna Lytle, Peyton Carlson, Maggie MacFarlane, Emma Jeanette, Armon McCaleb.  
Time for Three Performs at Ordean East Middle School   
   Students, staff and community members enjoyed a great performance by this groundbreaking trio, a group that transcends traditional classification, combining elements of classical, country western and jazz idioms to form a blend all its own. 
   The group has performed hundreds of engagements as diverse as its music: from featured guest soloists with the Philadelphia Orchestra to Club Yoshi’s in San Francisco to residencies at the Kennedy Center.  Recent highlights included their Carnegie Hall debut, appearances with the Boston Pops, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and an appearance on the ABC prime time hit show “Dancing with the Stars.”  Many thanks to Matinee Musicale for bringing Time For Three to OEMS! 
Lights On After School In the News
   Lots of media coverage of the Lights on After School event, raising awareness of the benefits of quality after school programming in Duluth and nationwide.
Apply for Minnesota Scholars of Distinction Award Program by December 16
   This program nurtures and recognizes distinguished achievement by highly motivated, self-directed students who specialize in areas developed through partnerships of educators, the business community and others.  Students may now apply for Scholars of Distinction Awards in Leadership, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, STEM and Theater Arts. All applicants are required to complete the Intent to Apply Form, available now through December 16. For information about the criteria, timelines, quality standards, and application process for an award, visit the Scholars of Distinction page.