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posted Dec 22, 2016, 1:35 PM by Communications ISD 709
May joy and peace be yours this holiday season and throughout the New Year...

Congratulations to all Duluth Public Schools Spelling Bee participants!
 The District Spelling Bees took place on December 15 at Lincoln Park Middle School. The top three participants from each grade set are moving on to participate in the Regional Spelling Bee in February 2017. 
1. Joe Nick, Homecroft Elementary
2. Matthew Kunst, Laura MacArthur Elementary 
3. Arthur Calinao, Lester Park Elementary 
1. Sophia He, Ordean East Middle School 
2. Logan Slosson, Lincoln Park Middle School 
3. Nina Wilkowske, Ordean East Middle School


The Spirit of Giving...
Members of the Duluth East High School Social Justice Club, bell ringing for the Salvation Army in Duluth's SuperOne Plaza.


Denfeld Robotics Receives $2,000 Donation
   Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) Team 4009 received a $2,000 donation from the Lahti Charitable Trust in recognition of DNA’s positive influence on youth in the community. DNA Team 4009 is grateful to the Lahti foundation for their donation and will use their funding to continue the advancement of STEM education.  

Duluth School Board Approves Pay 2017 Local Tax Levy Decrease of 4%
   During their December 20 meeting, the Duluth School Board approved a pay 2017 local tax levy decrease of about 4.0% or $1,333,455. 
   For the third year in a row, the levy will result in a decrease in the estimated tax impact for homeowners and business owners- about $16.57 less for the owner of a $150,000 home and a reduction of about $40.17 for the owner of a $150,000 business.
   The levy will decrease from about $33.1 million in pay 2016 to about $31.8 million in pay 2017.
   Preliminary estimates were developed as part of the maximum levy certification process required by MDE and discussed at the November and December School Board Business Committee meetings, in preparation for the annual Truth in Taxation meeting December 20 in Historic Old Central High School.
Denfeld Students Recognized for Leadership
   Conor Reindl and Jada Guthrie, Denfeld High School, were recognized by the Duluth School Board for accepting leadership positions with a state student health organization.  They’re taking part in our 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.  
   Jada and Conor, along with other students from Denfeld and Duluth East, attended a MN State Health Occupations Students of America, or “HOSA” conference and were elected to serve as officers for the Minnesota HOSA organization.  Conor will serve as Vice President for Minnesota HOSA, Jada will serve as Vice President for the North Region. 
   The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science education students.
Lester Park Students Bring Cheer to Local Patients 
   Lester Park Elementary students conducted the 14th Annual Giving Tree Project, spreading cheer to patients at local hospitals by purchasing, decorating and donating small trees and providing gifts. Children bring donations they earned at home to purchase the artificial trees and make decorations during the weeks leading up to the delivery date.  They collected over $1,200 for the trees and gifts for patients. 
   This year students also delivered felted wool tea light “candle” holders to brighten patient rooms.
All Families Welcome:
Ojibwe & Spanish Language Immersion Information Night
Monday January 23, 2017  6:00PM to 7:00PM
Lowell Elementary, 2000 Rice Lake Road, Duluth
   Research suggests language immersion may contribute to academic achievement, and that students exhibit greater problem-solving abilities, flexible thinking and advanced language literacy and proficiency.
   Learn more about the benefits, the specific Ojibwe and Spanish language program models offered, and steps in the application process during Language Immersion Information Night at Lowell Elementary.
   Applications for September 2017 school year will be available.  
For detailed information:
Edye Howes, Office of American Indian Education:     or 218.336.8700, ext.1152
Crystal Goldman, Spanish Immersion Coordinator: or 218.336.8700, ext.1166
Over 50 Scholarships Available, Applications Due by January 15
   Duluth has a huge number of scholarships available to graduating high school seniors - some are based on academics but others, like the Minnesota Power Community Involvement Scholarship, recognize community volunteerism.  With over 50 available, there’s something for everyone.  Find out more using the Eligibility Quiz on the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation website. 
   Applications are due by January 15, 2017 - the application will take time to complete, so start early.  More information is available at or by phone at 218-726-0232. 
Know a great educator who deserves special recognition?  Consider nominating them for the Greg Irons Teacher/Staff Award. Named after a former ISD 709 teacher, the Greg Irons Award recognizes teachers/school staff who ‘demonstrate their belief that all students have worth and the desire to succeed and that responsibility, sincerity, honesty and hard work are the foundation of a person's life.’ Past winners have received a cash award of $500.  
   Nominations may be made by students, teachers, other school staff, parents or community members and are due to the Community Foundation by January 15, 2017. Applications are available at and can be submitted electronically. For more information, contact the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation at or 218-726-0232.