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posted Nov 11, 2016, 10:22 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Nov 14, 2016, 7:32 AM ]
2016 ISD 709 Annual Report for the Community
   Thanks to everyone who contributed to the 2016 Annual Report booklet, video and Annual Meeting!  Reports touch on achievement, safe & welcoming environments and effective, efficient systems. Below are links to information:
Many thanks to:
--School Principals, Edye Howes, William Howes, Jay Roesler, Jennifer Jaros, Joe Schingen, Becky
Crane, Coach Andy Gunderson & Denfeld DNA, Coach Tim Velner and Duluth East Daredevils, Brad Vieths for creating beautiful table displays.
--Deb Hannu and our Art teachers for organizing and sharing our students' artwork.
--Elaine Bradley, Jerry Upton and Blake Peterson for providing wonderful music from the Duluth East Sterling Strings, Choralaires and Jazz Band.
--Dave Spooner, Dylan Carlson, Danette Seboe, Tom Esse, John Gunderson, Jerry Upton and Tom Margo for their assistance in preparing Duluth East as a venue for this event.
--Chef Glenn D'Amour and the ISD 709 Culinary Arts students for the evening's refreshments.
--Melinda Thibault for a whole bunch of coordination and prep work!
--Bill Hanson, Jackie Dolentz, Robbin Tuominen, Nichele Canavan, Darren Sheldon, Patty Paquette, Edye Howes, Michelle Porter, Cheryl Krause, Jackie Ward, Jason Crane, Ron Lake, Mike Cary, Amy Starzecki for much appreciated assistance with set up and tear down.
--Jim Ficken and Terry McEwen for their work on the Annual Report booklet.
--Pam Bowe and Child Nutrition for assisting with beverages.
--Cabinet members, Department Heads and program leaders for their assistance with content for the Annual Report Booklet and Video.
--Bernie Burnham, Ron Lake, Beth Shermoen, Jen Larva, Edye Howes, Crystal Goldman, Brenda Vatthauer, Paul Sandholm, Debbie Farnham, Gordon Jourdain, Brittany Foster, Annmarie Ulvestad, Rachel Jackson, Jacob Laurent, Kathy Akervik and Kari Solarz for their assistance with and participation in the Annual Report Video. 
Lincoln Park Principal Receives National Award
   Brenda Vatthauer received the Home Visit Hero Award at the National Parent Teacher Home Visit Conference in Washington, DC.  The Award recognizes her leadership in advancing the Parent Teacher Home Visit program in Duluth.   PTHV helps build relationships, skills, and engagement for families, educators, and students from pre-K to 12th grade.     

Traditional Drum Group at Denfeld  
   Students are participating in a traditional drum group during Denfeld High School’s WIN period.  Mr. John Morrow, Instructor:  "For a long time this was outlawed. People like my grandparents kept it alive in basements and had to do it in secret. You being able to learn this during school is a good thing. This [the big drum] is one of the best things that ever happened to our people ... It's one of the best things you can do for yourself ... Always make sure you do it in a good way." 


Duluth Debate Team News  
   Members of the Denfeld and Duluth East Debate Team took part in a recent tournament in Coon Rapids.  Autumn Zierman 3rd place in Public Forum Debate, Quinten Rimolde and Nick Anderson 5th place in Public Forum and Nikolia Breimon took 8th place in Congressional Debate.

American Indian Culture Day at Ordean East
   Eighth-graders at Ordean took part in an all-day event consisting of different presentations and an end-of-day gathering and celebration centering around Ojibwe and Dakota culture, including history, business, recreation, the arts and conservation. Edye Howes, American Indian Education Coordinator, and her staff reached out to community members to help provide an authentic, interactive experience.  Presentations included Ojibwemowin (Ojibwe language), Smoke Dancers, Hand Games, Plants and Their Medicinal Uses, Boarding Schools and Education, Sovereignty and Treaties.  Ordean teacher Vince Senski first approached the Curriculum and American Indian Education offices with his idea for this day last year.

Lincoln Park Students Present to Local Kiwanis  
   Irene Xiong and Kanell Walker, Lincoln Park Middle School, spoke at a recent Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth luncheon.  They shared their experiences in a Shoot for the Stars STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Camp they attended through partnership with the College of St. Scholastica.  They received a warm welcome and enjoyed speaking with these local community leaders!

Denfeld High School College Knowledge Month
   During College Knowledge Month Denfeld student activities include the National College Fair in the Twin Cities, Scholarship Night, visits with local scholarship committees, Financial Aid Night hosted by the College of St. Scholastica, opportunities for families to complete their FAFSA applications with financial aid advisors from CSS, working on resumes and researching career information.  Area college admission representatives, Talent Search Staff, Denfeld Guidance & Career Center Staff, and Upward Bound were on hand to answer questions.  Even Duluth Mayor Emily Larson paid a visit!
National Community Education Day November 10
   First proclaimed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan, it reminds us that public education is a community project, and the lifelong mission of education involves everyone in the community.
   As a statewide, school-based network, Community Education connects local people and resources to improve schools and communities reaching over 3 million Minnesotans from our youngest learners to our oldest adults. Community Education has been providing quality programs to learners of all ages and abilities - infants and preschoolers, school-aged children, adults and seniors – for over 40 years. 
• Providing high quality school-based early learning.
• Expanding learning opportunities beyond the school day/school year.
• Creating partnerships between school, cities, businesses and organizations.
• Maximizing community use of school facilities.
• Promoting an educated workforce which is key to Minnesota’s prosperity.
• Serving the youngest to the oldest citizens in Duluth through lifelong learning.
Discover what Duluth Community Education has to offer at or or visit us on Facebook at Duluth Community Education.
Election Day at Lester Park Elementary    
   The Lester Park Elementary Student Council helped raise awareness of the importance of voting and the American democratic process. On Election Day, each classroom visited the student council voting booth and students were able to cast their vote for a presidential candidate and receive an "I Voted" sticker. There were also appropriate grade level activities for all students.
Accomplishments, Activities, Appreciation
--Denfeld Students Earn College Scholarship Opportunity:  Quinn Reamer and Kong XIong, Denfeld High School, have been selected as finalists for the QuestBridge National College Match Program. QuestBridge is a college and scholarship application process that helps outstanding high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges.   
--Congratulations Denfeld High School Girls Swimmers, 2016 Lake Superior Conference Champions!  Outstanding swim season by our dedication, fierce athletes!
--Helping Children in Hospitals:  Students from Lincoln Park Middle School's Art Club
made felted lanterns from sheep's wool and donated them to local hospitals for children
who need to stay overnight for a period of time. The lanterns were created to help kids feel more at home at the hospital.
--Duluth East Soccer Star Named All-State!  Duluth East Junior Midfielder Nolan Friday was named to the MSHSL All-State 2nd Team. Friday, a team captain, led the Greyhounds with 12 goals and 4 assists in 15 games.  
--Congdon Park Socktober a Success:  Fifth grade students in Cindy Miller's Social Studies classes, collected 1732 pairs of socks from the Congdon Park School community during Socktober. They were donated to CHUM and Kids Closet.
-- Students Host Halloween Fun Run to Help Those In Need:  Students from Duluth East High School hosted a 3K Halloween Fun Run/Walk to help support the Damiano Center in Duluth.