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posted Dec 14, 2016, 11:47 AM by Communications ISD 709
Denfeld High School Design Center
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 5:00PM to 7:00PM
Denfeld High School, 401 N. 44th Avenue West in Duluth
5:00: Welcome, Refreshments, Denfeld Commons
5:30: Speakers, Denfeld Commons
5:45 Ribbon Cutting, Hallway Outside Design Center
5:45-7:00 Design Center Open House
Free and Open to the Public – All Welcome!
   This exciting new addition, which serves both Denfeld and Duluth East students, is based on MakerSpace and MIT FAB Lab Models and supports a FAB Lab Engineering & Design Lab, Robotics, Graphic Arts & Digital Design:
·         Design Lab:  Industry software and computers for CAD, digital design and modeling.  
·         Innovations Lab:  Prototyping, 3D printing, vinyl, laser engraving, fine milling, scanning and creation. 
·         Fabrication Lab:  Wood manufacturing equipment, computer numerical control (CNC) machines, metal welding and CNC plasma
·         Graphic Communications Lab:  Digital production printing, offset press operations, binding and finishing, screen printing
For information: 218-336-8711 ext. 1031  

Ordean East Students Accepted into Minnesota State Honor Choir
   Elaina Benson, Maija Knutson, Kristina Pauna and Mayson Whitlock were selected by the American Choral Director’s Association for the State 7-8 SSA Honor Choir by audition.  About 491 students applied for 150 available positions. 
   Paavo Passi and Brue Stingle were selected for the State 7-8 TTB Honor Choir by audition, about 244 students applied for 150 spots.  Choir Director Sheila Shusterich helped students prepare and memorize five songs each for an all-day festival and concert in Mahtomedi, MN. 


Denfeld Girls Swim Team Earns State Academic Award
   In addition to winning conference and sending a diver (Shelby Johnson) and swimmer (Erin Rudd) to State, the Denfeld Girls Swim Team received the Minnesota State High School League "Spotlight on Scholarship" Award for achieving a grade point average of 3.0 or higher while participating. Congratulations to these outstanding student-athletes!

Laura MacArthur Students Receive Surprise from UMD Athletes
   KEY Zone and UMD Athletics partnered to sponsor a special evening for the youth who participate in the KEY Zone program at Laura MacArthur Elementary.  The youngsters were treated to ice skating, pizza and other fun activities at the Heritage Center in Duluth. 
   The partnership between the programs developed when Annmarie Ulvestad, Site Coordinator at Laura MacArthur, contacted the UMD athletic department to bring in positive adult role models for the children in her program.  The athletes volunteer their time to build positive one on one relationships with a child.  
Rannila Receives National ASE Award
   The ASE Industry Education Alliance presented Phil Rannila, Denfeld Automotive Program, with the award of Alliance Instructor for his outstanding dedication to automotive technology and automotive students.  Phil received the award at the National ASE Conference in Concord, North Carolina.  Denfeld is one of 9  NATEF/AYES (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation/ Automotive Youth Educational Systems)  schools in the state and the fourth to be accredited in 2002.
   Phil is a 25-year ASE Master Technician and Chrysler Master Tech in his 19th year of teaching Automotive Technology with Duluth Public Schools.  Phil is the second recipient of this award in the State of Minnesota.
Congratulations Duluth East High School Student Athletes
Volleyball:  Maya Callaway - Duluth News Tribune All Area Team , Kashay Sheff and Daisy Hoops - named to the local All Star Team
Girls Tennis:  Silver Academic Award, State Participant Ale "Aya" Peterson- Academic All-State 
Girls Swim:  Silver Academic award
Boys  &  Girls Cross Country:  Gold Academic Award 
Girls Soccer:  Gracie Butchart & Erin Teichroew- Duluth News Tribune All Area Team 
Boys Soccer:  Nolan Friday  - MSHSL All-State 2nd Team , Nolan Friday & Alec Sauve - Duluth News Tribune All Area Team 
Football:  Mississippi 8 All Conference, Jack Rashid, QB; Josh Daniels-Hanbury, RB; Tyler Seymour, WR, DB; Jake Dubla, WR, DE
Duluth Debate Team Success
   From Coach Jill Lofald:  “These fine Duluth Debaters represented the Duluth community so proudly. Researching current events, acting as Senators and Representatives, they passed legislation and used their voices to speak for change and improvements. Denfeld Debater Conor Reindl will be representing Minnesota at the National Debate Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama this June. Duluth also captured three top medal winners: Kong, Nikolai and Tim.”
Generous Donation of Newbery Award Books to Myers-Wilkins
   The new books have arrived and are already being read and enjoyed by students.  This year's fifth graders have been invited to take the Newbery Challenge.  Students can challenge themselves to read 3, 5 or 10 Newbery winners over the course of the school year.  
   Many thanks for your support:  Amy Fink, Sharon Yung & Tony Yung, Betsy Schwartz, Betsy Matt Kate Anna, Nina Platt, Tammy Davis & Jeff Davis, Patti Beutel Hallback & Jeff Hallback, Lynne Rasche and Scott Seagroves, Mrs. Kniskern, Susan Johannesson, Kate Storey Hansen, Scott and Anne Jasperson, Natalie H., Amy Johannesson, Timothy Craig and Emily Kniskern
Awards, Accomplishments, Appreciation
--Denfeld High School students visited with residents at the Edgewood Vista Retirement Home
and helped them decorate eight trees for the holidays.
 The students enjoyed hearing residents share their stories.
--Physical Education teachers took part in a Professional Development Day, learning the history of lacrosse and playing using traditional sticks.  They also learned how to introduce and teach golf to elementary students through high school. 
--Third graders at Homecroft Elementary combined their study of coniferous and deciduous trees with lessons in Anishinaabe culture, respect for the earth and use of natural resources.  One hands-on activity involved using birch bark from downed trees to make a basket.   
--Congratulations Chloe Lane, Tristen Cone, Cole Kerttula and Samantha Gillund from Homecroft Elementary, finalists in the Essentia Health Tree of Lights Essay Contest.  They read their essays to an audience and received awards for their work.  
--Construction Students On Site at Ordean East:  Students in Tony Leone’s Construction Technology course are building a greenhouse at Ordean East Middle School.  The course is part of Duluth East and Denfeld High Schools Career & Technical Education program.
--Hour of Code for Lowell Elementary Students:  Instead of playing on phones, Lowell Elementary students learned how to write programs for them!  They had a lesson in coding using Ozobots courtesy of computer science students from the College of St. Scholastica.  It’s a great problem solving and reasoning activity and a lot of fun, too.  
FREE Family Night Out at Community Action Duluth
Every second Thursday
5:30PM – 7:00PM
Light dinner included – 5:30 pm
2424 West 5th Street – lower level cafeteria
Kids of all ages are welcome to come for fun art and science project- must be with their parents/caregivers
Washer Medallions & “Word of the Year” Magnets, start the new year off right with a reminder of your goals and dreams for 2017.
Game Night Board games and larger than life games.
Experiments Hands-on weather science.
Mini Terrariums, Celebrate Earth Month with your own mini ecosystem!
Pebble Art, “Draw” a picture with pebbles and display it for all to see!