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posted Jan 20, 2017, 10:43 AM by Communications ISD 709
Thank You, Paraprofessionals!
   Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed the week of January 23-27, 2017 as Paraprofessional Recognition Week, honoring the contribution of the more than 20,000 paraprofessionals who provide services in multiple settings within Minnesota's schools.  Many thanks to all ISD 709 paraprofessionals for their contribution to educational success and for the support you provide our students and staff!
Congratulations to Annette Petersmeyer and Sheila Shusterich, nominated by the Duluth Federation of Teachers  for 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award 
   The two teachers were honored recently at a reception held at Denfeld High School.  A state Teacher of the Year will be announced by Education Minnesota in May. 
   The Minnesota Teacher of the Year program, now in its 53rd year, is the oldest and most prestigious recognition program in Minnesota to honor excellence in education. The program chooses one teacher to represent Minnesota's thousands of excellent educators. 
Denfeld, Duluth East Students Recognized for Service
   In a sermon titled “Three Dimensions of a Complete Life,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”  Throughout the school year and especially during the holiday season, students do so much to help support people in need.
   The list is long and ranges from camping out to raise funds for homeless youth, collecting gifts for families and children, bringing cheer to patients in hospitals and gathering donations for the local food pantry to visiting senior citizens, volunteering to help with community events and supporting their fellow classmates in difficult times and much more.
   During their regular January meeting, the Duluth School Board recognized two student groups who recently dedicated time and effort to helping others.  Denfeld’s Student Exec Board helped collect and deliver about two tons (five carloads) of non-perishable food items for donation to CHUM.  Duluth East’s Student Forum made blankets to donate to those in need. They’re a shining example of service to others and being engaged members of our community.
Duluth East Robotics Team Receives $2,000 Grant
   The Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team 2512 received a $2,000 donation from the Lahti Charitable Trust in recognition of the team’s positive influence on youth in the community.
   The Daredevils have partnered with the Lahti Foundation to help develop a summer outreach program, funding a the Gitchi Gummi Get Together to provide local FIRST team members an opportunity to take on and learn new leadership roles, and developing and expanding the team’s Lego Robotics Camp to include the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Duluth. 
   The grant will support community outreach, youth programming, and general operating funds.  Thank You, Lahti Foundation, for becoming a strong partner and helping our community engage in STEM.
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Duluth East Annual Night of the Arts, Featuring  One Act Play 
January 26, 2017 7:00PM
Duluth East High School Auditorium
301 North 40th Ave East, Duluth
Suggested donation at the door: $5
   The evening will showcase students in the fine arts on stage with music, speeches, and the Minnesota State One Act Competition play The Diviners.
   The Diviners is the Winner of the American College Theatre Festival. The story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s. The preacher, set on breaking away from a long line of Kentucky family preachers, is determined not to do what he does best, which is preach, and in turn develops a unique friendship with the boy. 
More information: 218-336-8940 ext. 4127
Denfeld Presents:  An Evening of Fine Arts
February 2nd – Doors open at 6PM, Music starts at 6:15PM
and the Theater portion begins at 7:30PM
Denfeld High School Commons & Auditorium
401 North 44th Ave West, Duluth
Suggested donation at the door: $5
   The evening will showcase students in the fine arts with music, speeches, art, culinary treats and the Minnesota State One Act Competition play The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. 
   In October 1998, on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, a 21-year-old gay college student named Matthew Shepard was savagely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die. Characterized as a hate crime, the murder became a watershed moment in civil rights in America. In the aftermath of Shepard’s death, members of Tectonic Theater Project conducted more than 200 interviews with town residents and created The Laramie Project, an award-winning play that chronicles how the community grappled with the slaying. Ten years later Tectonic members returned to Laramie and found a town wrestling with its legacy. The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later is a bold new work which asks, "How does society write its own history?"
More information: 218-336-8830 ext. 1028
Help Prevent Influenza (The Flu)
   During the flu season, please do your part to help keep school a healthy place to learn:
>>Keep children home if they have flu-like symptoms.  This includes a fever of 100 degrees or greater, including a cough and/or sore throat.  If your child says they aren’t feeling well, please check their temperature to see if they have a fever.
>>Keep children home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing drugs.
>>Teach children to cough or sneeze into their sleeve and to wash their hands frequently.