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posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:11 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 8:14 AM ]
Discover a Fresh Interest; Learn a Different Skill This Winter through Duluth Community Education Courses!  New Class Schedule January 8
   Learn how to make a canoe paddle, do felting, paint a barn quilt, create a blog, plan the perfect event; do some date night cooking, backwoods ice fishing, fruit tree grafting, retirement planning.  Take part in first aid, CPR and AED training, learn how to outsmart scammers, play pickleball, take part in fit camp, learn PiYo (combination of Pilates and yoga), aqua Zumba, underwater hockey, sign up to walk indoors at Lincoln Park Middle School, take swing dancing lessons, learn how to make sushi, work a computer, use Facebook, speak a different language, plan a trip, swim, get fit, do some star gazing, snorkeling, ballroom dancing and much more!
   Also available:  
>>Adult Basic Education - GED and Adult High School Diploma - It's never too late to learn
>>Early childhood programs Birth to Pre-K
>>KEY Zone school-age care and academic enrichment
>>Drivers education
>>Aquatics classes, swimming lessons, open swim sessions
>>Adoptive & Foster Parenting discussions
>>Parent Talk: Parent Your Child with Special Needs
   Programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home.  Look for the new schedule online January 8  and in this weekend’s Budgeteer newspaper.  For more information email: or call 218-336-8760 or visit
   Interested in TEACHING your hobby or skill to a class? Use the contact information above, we’re always looking for new courses! 
2017 Twin Ports MLK Tribute January 12 – 16
January 12:  Mayor’s MLK Reception
January 13:  Twin Ports Got Talent
January 14:  Rhythm & Hues, Dinner & Performance
January 15:  Community Ecumenical Worship Service 
January 16:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
>>Community Breakfast & Broadcast, 7:00AM  First United Methodist Church
>>March begins at Washington Center, 10:45AM
>>Rally at the DECC, 11:45AM
>>Labor Movie Night, 7:00PM, Duluth Labor Temple
For detailed information:
Duluth School Board Elects Officers for 2017 
   During an organizational meeting held January 3, 2017 in Historic Old Central High School, the Duluth School Board elected the following officers for 2017:  
>>David Kirby, Chairperson
>>Rosie Loeffler-Kemp, Vice Chairperson
>>Annie Harala, Clerk
>>Nora Sandstad, Treasurer
   Officers will serve in their positions for one year.  Serving as a school board member is an important responsibility, helping to establish educational standards that will affect the future of Duluth’s students, community and society.
   School board meeting schedules, agendas, minutes, video and detailed information packets are available online at, check under District/School Board. 

Intro to Curling at Ordean East Middle School:
 Students had an opportunity to learn the basics of curling and top it off with a trip to the Duluth Curling Club to watch "Curling in America", a National event with many Olympic curlers from the United States, Scotland, Japan and China.


Showing Support:  
Students at Lincoln Park Middle School wore surgical masks to show support for one of their fellow classmates who recently had major surgery and needs to wear a mask to protect herself from germs and illness during her recovery.


Area Learning Center Holds Holiday Auction:
  In December, students earn “auction bucks” for participation, citizenship, punctuality, and other positive behaviors.  They set up an account with the Economics class to keep track of what they earn.  Bucks can be used during the school’s holiday party to purchase gifts for themselves or others during a special auction or in a temporary school store.  Items are donated to the event by staff and community members.  Thanks to all who help make this event possible!

Congratulations Denfeld Alum CJ Ham!
 The Minnesota Vikings recently promoted Ham from their practice squad, best wishes to this talented young man.

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 it 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