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posted Feb 27, 2017, 12:06 PM by Communications ISD 709

Many Thanks to Duluth's School Bus Drivers as we celebrate a special appreciation day February 27!

Student Learn Career-Ready Construction Skills
   Denfeld and Duluth East Construction Technology students are building a greenhouse for the Ordean East Middle School Garden project and gearing up to build a 12’ x 16’ on site storage project for a local citizen.  Students learn hands on construction safety, application of mathematics, reading and writing, materials estimation, blueprint reading, construction trade practices, and the work ethics needed to be successful in any job. 
  Career opportunities in the construction industry and associated businesses include potential for good paying jobs. Persons entering the building trades generally complete an apprenticeship that can vary from 2- 5 years depending on the occupation and “earn as they learn,” with starting pay that can range from $25 or more an hour including benefits. 
   The Construction Technology class is interested in locating potential building projects in the Duluth area. Contact the teacher, Mr. Tony Leone, at 336-800 x 4082 regarding enrollment opportunities or potential/ future projects.
Visit Highlights Workforce Opportunities for High School Career/Technical Education Students 
   Career and technical education, or CTE, is education that directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers. CTE covers many different fields, including health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, hospitality management and more.
   US Senator Al Franken visited the new Design Center at  Denfeld High School to learn more about programs increasing college/career-readiness for Denfeld and Duluth East students. 

Denfeld Students Explore Engineering with Toothpicks
   Students in the Physical Sciences classes at Denfeld High School built and tested toothpick bridges to determine which were strongest. Those, plus the most aesthetically pleasing bridges, are heading to the 24th Annual Toothpick Bridge Competition at UMD, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The competition was started in 1994 as a fun way to reach out to high school students and introduce them to engineering concepts.

Denfeld Cyberpatriot Team Success
   The Denfeld CyberPatriot Team placed 1st in the Minnesota Open Division Silver Tier state round of the nation's premier youth cyber defense competition. Congratulations Matt Johnston, Zakarias Howes and Coach Tim White!
   The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.
Black History Month Celebration 
   Congratulations to Carl Crawford, Xavier Bell, Jebeh Edmunds, Claudie Washington, Robin Washington, Dudley Edmondson, Princess Kisob, Archie Davis, Ivy Vainio, Lavenda Vann, Cassie Dudley, Boissey Johnson, Mike Tinsley, Keandre Gorham and Charles Obije, honored for their accomplishments during the Black History Month Celebration held February 17 at Lincoln Park Middle School.
Exhibit Features Work by Duluth Students
   The Minnesota Youth Art Month student art exhibition takes place from now through March 25 at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet in Hopkins, MN.  Art students from numerous Duluth Schools are represented in the exhibit. A closing reception and awards ceremony is scheduled from 3:00PM-4:30PM on Saturday, March 25. 
Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre and
Laura MacArthur Elementary School present…
The Wizard of Oz
Friday, March 3 @ 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 4 @ 1:00 P.M.
Denfeld High School Auditorium
401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth
Adults $5 Children $1
For more information, contact Mrs. Jody Peck at (218) 336-8900 ext.1065
From Duluth Parents for Healthy Playgrounds:
   Our group is fundraising to help defray some of the cost in resurfacing the District's playgrounds with wood fiber.
   The first fundraiser will take place on Tuesday, February 28th from 4:00PM-8:00PM at Chipotle, where we will receive 50% of the profit when our group is mentioned while making a purchase.  The second fundraiser is taking place at Skyline Bowl’s Banquet Hall on Saturday, April 22nd, details to follow.
   We have teamed with Conservation Minnesota to create a crowd funding website to facilitate direct monetary donations. All donations from this site will be turned over to the ISD 709 General Fund to defray the costs of mulch removal and replacement.  Here is the link to the crowd-funding website for you to visit, donate to and share.
   We welcome anyone who is interested in helping with this effort, please contact us.
For more information:
Duluth FIRST Robotics Regional Competitions March 1 – March 4 at the DECC
   Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 20 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. Both events are open to the public and free for all spectators. 
DECC Arena/South Pioneer Hall
NORTHERN LIGHTS REGIONAL – Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team
DECC Arena/Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall