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posted Mar 9, 2017, 8:04 AM by Communications ISD 709
National School Social Work Week
   Many thanks to Duluth’s School Social Workers and the work they do to create a positive school climate; partnerships between the home, school, and community to ensure student academic success; efforts to improve student achievement and personal well-being and promote skills for life-long learning.

Duluth Mayor Speaks with KEY Zone Students about Women in Leadership
   Mayor Emily Larson visited the KEY Zone after school program at Homecroft Elementary to talk with members of the Girl’s Club about women in leadership.  Thank you, Mayor Larson, for taking time to inspire our youth!


Ordean East Student Heading to State Geographic Bee
   Colin Willemsen, Ordean East Middle School, earned an opportunity to compete at the Minnesota National Geographic Bee at Mankato State University this month.  The champion from each state will qualify to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship in Washington, D.C. in May.   The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.

ACT Plus Writing Test for 11th Grade Students
Wednesday April 19, 2017 – Seated by 8:50AM
   Participation is expected of all 11th grade students except those exempted by their IEP and notified by their case managers.
·  Students at Denfeld and Duluth East:  9th, 10th, and 12th grade students will not attend school April 19 in order to accommodate the test.  11th grade students will follow a special test day schedule.
·  Students attending AEO, ALC and Residential Programs:  9th, 10th, and 12th Grade students will attend school as usual on April 19.  11th Grade students participating in the test should contact their guidance counselor or school principal to make arrangements.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Math = FUN!
   A big thank you to students from the College of St. Scholastica for creating a wonderful STEM DAY filled with learning and fun for children at Lowell Elementary.
Duluth East Alum Featured Speaker at Women’s History Month Event
   The American Association of University Women (AAUW) invites all to an exploration of careers in Science and Math. Duluth East Alumni Kirsi Kuutti will speak on Women in Science and Math Tuesday, March 14, 7:00PM-8:30PM at First United Methodist Church (the Coppertop).  Kirsi is a college student who is currently working at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
   This session is open to all with a special invitation to middle and high school young women, their parents and teachers, contact Mary Jo Thomas at to reserve spots.
Congratulations to the Denfeld, Duluth East Robotics Teams!
   Denfeld DNA had a successful run at the Lake Superior Regional in Duluth, finishing in the top 25 out of 63 teams. They received the Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox, celebrating creativity in design, use of components and strategy of play.
   Duluth East Daredevils had a great showing at the Northern Lights Regional, they Ranked 5 with a record of 10-5-0 and received the following awards:  
>>FIRST Dean's List Finalist Award (Olivia Nelson)
>>Regional Finalists
>>Team Spirit Award sponsored by FCA Foundation
Due to a wild card distribution, the Daredevils will attend the World Championship in April in St. Louis.
   Both teams extend their thanks and appreciation to everyone who came down to the DECC – spectators, families, fans and volunteers.
Student Run Restaurant “Food for Thought” Now Open!  Click here for details, including a complete menu.  Reservations and meal orders are required at least 24 hours in advance and become the lesson plan for the day. Enjoy a tasty meal while helping students gain valuable experience! 
Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
--Ordean East Students Selected for UMD Honor Band:  Congratulations to Evelyn Youngquist, Duncan Zentz, Ezra Schomberg, Ryan Carlson, Tommy Smyth, Jack Nelson. Elizabeth Johnson, Adrianna Dahlberg and Scout Weinandt.
--Students Fight Heart Disease & Stroke:  Students from Lester Park Elementary raised $3,400 for the American Heart Association through a Jump Rope for Heart event.  Top fundraisers: Eli Filby at $1,000 and Evan Lammi-Goorhouse at $670.  Thank you, Lester Park Families, for making this a special event! 
--Dr. Seuss Carnival Promotes Reading:  Students in the KEY Zone program at Laura MacArthur and Piedmont were treated to a Dr. Seuss Carnival, presented by students from the College of St. Scholastica.  Activities related to books by Dr. Seuss, students travelled from station to station, receiving a prize bag and Dr. Seuss book upon completion.  Thank you, CSS students!
--Students & Seniors Partnership:  Students in the Lester Park KEY Zone program have created a partnership with the  Diamond Willow Assisted Living facility in Lakeside, scheduling visits and inviting residents to participate in fun activities – making greeting cards, Halloween masks, fresh centerpieces for the facility dining room. 
Free Workshops: Jump Start Your Job Search
   ISD 709 Adult Education, the Duluth Public Library and MN Workforce Center are working together to host a month-long workshop series to support job searches.
   Learn basic computer skills, get tips on writing a stand-out cover letter or resume, and get help from hiring professionals in the form of resume feedback or mock interviews.
   Workshops take place Thursdays March 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 4:00PM to 7:30PM at the Duluth Public Library 520 West Superior Street. Job seekers are welcome to attend any or all sessions.
To sign up, please call the Adult Education office at 218-336-8790.  For more information visit DPL online at
From Duluth Parents for Healthy Playgrounds:
Come Celebrate for HEALTHY Change! 
   DPHP is hosting an Earthday Celebration at Skyline Lodge, raising funds to help defray the cost in resurfacing the District's playgrounds with wood fiber.  Join us for food, fun and a fantastic silent auction event!
Saturday April 22, 4:30PM-7:30PM
The Lodge @ Skyline Lanes,  4894 Miller Trunk, Duluth
For details on how to help, contact Brie at or friend us on Facebook
From the Duluth PTSA Council
Connect Through the Duluth PTSA Council – March 16
Please join us and other PTA members and active citizens from across Duluth:
Thursday 3/16 11:30AM – 12:30PM
PTSA 2017 Council Meeting
Rm 302 @ HOCHS, 215 North First Ave East
(must enter on 3rd St, walk to end of hall, elevator on the right)
   Have you wondered what the role of PTSA Council is related to your school PTA, do you want to know what services and benefits participating in PTSA can provide?  Do you want to know how YOU can get involved? Then JOIN US on March 16!  There are many issues facing education in our city, state and nation, your participation and interest can help.
Parents, families and interested Community Members are welcome and encouraged to come. Refreshments will be served.  Please contact us at least 3 days in advance if you have child care needs at 341-6099.
For more information regarding PTSA, or to volunteer your school to host a 2017 meeting, please contact Zandy at 341-6099 or