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posted Nov 18, 2016, 12:50 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Nov 18, 2016, 12:51 PM ]
With Hope…as people come together to address an increase in intolerant language and images and behavior in schools following the election. Taking steps to raise awareness and help students and staff respond; discussions and learning activities in the short and long term; and clearly communicating expectations. Thankful for community leaders and families who agree intolerance and hatred are not acceptable and that all students should feel welcome and supported at school.
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Duluth News Tribune Editorial:  Standing Up to Hate, Inspiring
   There isn’t much that moves Superintendent Bill Gronseth to tears, he said Tuesday at the Duluth School Board meeting. But the video he played got to him, he acknowledged.
   The two-minute video, with OneRepublic’s “Choke” providing a soul-searing and emotional soundtrack, featured the walls and halls of Denfeld High School this week, every surface plastered with positive messages scrawled onto colorful, can’t-miss-’em Post-it Notes. “You are loved.” “We’re all in this together.” “Unique is great.”   
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Proud of Our Denfeld Students!
A heartfelt video from Johanna Unden and her fellow students at Denfeld High School...hundreds of post-it notes with hundreds of messages of kindness and hope.
Denfeld students respond to hate speech with positive messages.
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Duluth East Students Inspire Us All
Proud of these young women supporting each other!
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Chesley Receives 2016 MNSHAPE Teacher of the Year Award
   Sandy Chesley received the MNSHAPE Developmental Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award at the MNSHAPE State Conference in Wayzata, MN.   The award honors and recognizes the outstanding services and contributions by Sandy in adapted physical education. Awards are presented to members of MNSHAPE and SHAPE America who demonstrate exemplary teaching abilities of respective grade levels and disciplines.  

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Denfeld Student Named 2016 MIEA Athlete of the Year
   Riley Pohl, Denfeld High School, has been named the 2016 Minnesota Indian Education Association Female Athlete of the Year.  She received the award this month at the MIEA State Conference in Welch, MN. Congratulations, Riley!




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Denfeld Boys Soccer Team Members Receive State Recognition 
   The Denfeld Boys Soccer team won the 2016 Section 7A championship, beating Chisago Lakes in sudden death overtime.  The team went to State for the 1st time in 12 years. In addition:
--Braden Emanuelson and James Faynik were named to All State honors.
--Jon Faynik was named to the State Class A All Tournament Team
--Coach Scott Anderson was named the Section 7A Boys Soccer Coach of the Year


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Denfeld Students Elected to Serve as Minnesota HOSA Officers  
   Conor Reindl and Jada Guthrie will serve as officers for the Minnesota Health Occupations Students of America organization.  Conor will serve as Vice President for MN HOSA, Jada will serve as Vice President for the North Region.  
   Students from Denfeld and Duluth East attended a recent MN HOSA conference, they’re part of the Duluth School district’s Career and Technical Education Health Occupations program, providing hands-on experience, opportunities to earn college credit in high school and prepare for a career in healthcare. 


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Quest for Healthy School Climates
  
   Students at Lowell Elementary were treated to a visit from Viktor the Viking, a program to help support healthy school climates and teach children about bullying and what they can do.  Students are encouraged to Stand up, Take action, Open up, and Protect themselves (STOP).  They learned how to identify different types of bullying (verbal, social, physical, cyber) and the role they can play in preventing, responding and recovering.  



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Awards, Accomplishments, Appreciation
--Lincoln Park’s Published Author:  Michelle Matthees, Lincoln Park Middle School, has published a collection of poetry about living in Eastern Europe and the adoption of her daughter from an orphanage in Vladivostok, Russia.  It’s called "Flucht,” Click here for more.
--Oh, Fur Cute!  Fox 21 News did a story about Jim Segel and his little dog Murry.  Each morning they greet students as they arrive at Piedmont Elementary.  KQDS-TV21
--Daredevils at Minne Mini Regional:  On Saturday, November 19, 2016  the Daredevils Robotics Team will be in Savage, Minnesota competing in the Minne Mini Regional at Prior Lake High School. There are thirty five teams competing with thirty four from Minnesota and one from North Dakota.   The Daredevils are the only team from Duluth. The event is centered on conditioning rookies and getting veterans back into the work season.  Here’s a link to the event website.
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Immunization Reminder
   Minnesota's Immunization Law:  Be sure you've submitted documentation of your child's vaccinations or legal exemption to your school.  Students whose families do not provide documentation may be excluded from school.  We want all children to be in school – please take steps to provide documentation.
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Be Prepared - Cold & Snowy Weather 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!