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posted Feb 28, 2017, 7:30 PM by Communications ISD 709

Dare to Dream Student Welders Recognized 
Congratulations Jillian Beetcher, Esther Carrillo, Charleigh Frederick, Emma Haugen, Rose Munoz, Clarissa Smith and mentor Roxane Simenson.
   Career and technical education, or CTE, helps prepare students for high-wage, high-demand careers. CTE covers many fields, including health care, information technology, business, advanced manufacturing, hospitality management and more.
   As part of their CTE program, Denfeld High School received six Dare to Dream grants from the Ann Bancroft Foundation. The Foundation strives to inspire, build confidence and offer tools that will allow a young woman to go after her dreams and feel supported along the way.  The $3,000 in grant funds provides an opportunity for six female students to learn how to weld after school, covering materials, supplies and personal equipment.
Fiscal Year 2018 General Fund Budget Planning
   During a Committee of the Whole meeting February 28, Duluth School Board members received preliminary draft projections as the district prepares a budget for the next school year.  Projections will likely change over the next few months as new information, such as the status of state K-12 funding, becomes available.
   Projections focus on:
>Maintaining efforts focused on student achievement, curriculum updates and managing class size
>Prioritizing General Fund spending to the instruction and support of students
>Maintaining 2013 Education Levy investments and working toward goals associated with Minnesota's World's Best Workforce legislation. They align with supporting plans, including Reading Well by Grade 3 Literacy and ISD 709 Achievement & Integration.
   As planning progresses, the budget takes into consideration ongoing discussions with teacher, principal, and administrative leadership, the School Board, and multi-year community conversations.
   The final budget will identify any new investments, cost savings and adjustments necessary to help balance revenue to expense. A final budget is approved in June per State Statute.  The new fiscal year begins July 1, 2017.
Activities, Accomplishment, Appreciation
--Congratulations, State Bound ‘Hounds!  Duluth East diver Miles Rohrbaugh, freestyler Ryan Zelen and the 200 free relay team qualified for the Minnesota state swim meet with impressive performances at the Section 7AA meet in Coon Rapids, Minn.  
--State Recognition for Stowe Artist:  James Van Duran, Stowe Elementary, received 3rd Place in the Statewide Art Educators of Minnesota Youth Art Month Contest. His artwork emphasizes use of recycled paper materials, watercolor, tempera and marker.  James will receive a supply of art products from Triarco Art and Crafts.
--Young Artist Takes 1st Place at Twin Ports Show:  Khloe B-Kovisto, Stowe Elementary, received First Place in the Elementary Division for her artwork entitled “Lion.”   Her work was included in the annual Twin Ports Art Show at the Kruk Gallery on the UW-Superior campus. 
--Elementary Students Help Fight Heart Disease and Stroke:  Students at Homecroft Elementary raised $1,306 for the American Heart Association during their Jump Rope for Heart event.

Cabin Fever?  Take a Duluth Community Education Course!
New Class Schedule, Over 100 Choices
   Learn how to dye a silk scarf, attract bats, do laser engraving, 3-D printing, grow herbs, create a blog, make classic Italian tomato sauces, fresh spring rolls, pita bread.  Try belly dancing, ballroom dancing, swing dance, or luminary dancing using flashlights and glow sticks.  Find out what it takes to play a mountain dulcimer, wingshoot, play pickle ball, take part in a community band or orchestra.  Explore retirement planning, how to keep the family cabin in the family, saving and paying for education, financial goal setting.  Learn bee keeping, sewing, genealogy, how to think like a magician or find the humor in situations.  Study historic sites in Duluth and Minnesota; participate in mindful yoga, Tai Chi, classes in Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and sign language.  Learn how to create a garden to attract butterflies, pollinators, other beneficial insects.  Take part in first aid, CPR and AED training, aqua aerobics, scuba diving, sea kayaking, underwater hockey and much more! 
   Programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home.  Look for the new Spring Class schedule online March 5 and in this weekend’s Budgeteer newspaper.  
   Interested in TEACHING your hobby or skill to a class? We’re always looking for new courses! For more information email: or call 218-336-8760 or visit

KEY Zone Summer 2017 Registration Begins Monday March 6
Space is limited – register early.
KEY Zone provides field trips, site enrichment and STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), physical activities, team sports and support for learning goals.
Summer Sites:  Congdon Park, Laura MacArthur, Lester Park, Lowell, Piedmont
Program Dates:  Monday June 19 – Friday August 25 (closed July 4)
Hours:  6:30AM – 6:00PM
Flexible scheduling, 25 Day minimum
For rates and detailed information: or call 218-336-8900 x2
Inspire, Learn, Grow…2017 Kindergarten Roundup  
   During Kindergarten Roundup events, register your child for the September 2017 school year, meet the teacher and principal and learn more about ISD 709 elementary schools. 
Detailed Information and schedules:
• Free All Day, Every Day Kindergarten
• Strong Academics
• Music, Art, Physical Education, Media
• Time for Creative Play and Recess
• Emphasis on Family Partnerships
• Social, Emotional Learning and Support
• Comprehensive support to enhance reading and math skills
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
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!