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posted Mar 23, 2017, 12:09 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 12:10 PM ]

March is Music in Our Schools and Youth Art Month
   Thank you to the Denfeld Jazz Band for their performance at the March School Board meeting and to all teachers and student groups who provide music in the Duluth community throughout the year.  
    Many thanks to the teachers and students who created the Duluth Public Schools Youth Art Month Exhibition at the Miller Hill Mall and for all you do to inspire individual creativity and imagination.
Denfeld Plans Community School Model   
   Full-service community schools create partnerships with area resources which can lead to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.  Myers-Wilkins Elementary is a full-service community school, the model is expanding to include Lincoln Park Middle School and Denfeld.

Denfeld Students Honored for Cyber Defense Excellence  
   Zakarias Howes, Matt Johnston and their coach Tim White were recognized by the Duluth School Board for achieving 1st Place in the Minnesota Open Division Silver Tier State Round of CyberPatriot, a National Youth Cyber Education Program organized by the Air Force Association. 
   The program inspires students to explore careers in c​ybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.  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.  They’re tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.
Annie Harala, Duluth School Board, is the recipient of the St. Mary’s University of Minnesota 2017 Outstanding Young Alumna Award, congratulations!  The Award goes to a young alumna who has made significant professional accomplishments and served her alma mater and society.  Ms. Harala has worked in nonprofits, schools, and county government, gaining experience with greater Minnesota’s rural and urban communities in the areas of health policy, youth engagement, and community empowerment. She serves on the Duluth School Board and is the Northeast Minnesota regional coordinator for the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership. The university will recognize Ms. Harala and three other outstanding alumni at a ceremony in June.  
FIRST Robotics Competition - Iowa Regional
   Denfeld DNA and the Duluth East Daredevils are competing in the 2017 Iowa Regional in Cedar Falls this weekend along with robotics teams from Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, and Minnesota.  In this year's challenge, teams needed to build a robot that could pick up and put balls into a "boiler," move gears and pull themselves up a rope.
Free College Prep Classes to Prepare for CNA/CMA Coursework
April 24 - May 17
Mon, Tues, Wed, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Community Action Duluth
Dinner and childcare provided
***Call to register: 218-726-1665***
   Looking for a career in healthcare or a part-time job as you continue your education? This class will help people prepare for entering Certified Nursing Assistant or Certified Medical Assistant Classes at Lake Superior Community College. The class is taught by instructors from ISD 709 Adult Basic Education.
>>Participants must be 18 at the time the class starts.
>>The class is three nights a week for four weeks at Community Action Duluth.
>>Childcare and a meal are provided.
>>Each student will have a coach to help them complete the courses to become certified and then obtain employment in the medical field.
>>People who successfully finish the class will receive a $50 gift certificate.

Hands-On, Outdoor Learning   
   Duluth East students studying Plant Science were out last week tapping maple trees in the school forest. Hands-on learning in a beautiful environment! Through such courses, students learn more about careers in forestry, fish and wildlife management.

Duluth Speech Team Presents
2017 SPEECH CONCERT – A Night of Award-Winning High School Speech Performances
Thursday, March 23, 2017   7:00PM
Denfeld High School Auditorium
401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth
Tickets $5.00 at the door or purchase in advance from a speech team member
Activities, Accomplishment, Appreciation
--Academic Recognition for Duluth East Student:  Annika Pokorny, Duluth East High School, has been invited to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) for scoring in the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT among Hispanic and Latino test takers in the mid-west United States
--Duluth Public Schools Youth Art Month Student Exhibition:  Student work in a variety of mediums, showcasing the talent of Duluth's young artists from elementary, middle and high school.  March 20-26, 2017, Miller Hill Mall, Barnes & Noble Court.  For information:
--Stowe Student Honored by Art Educators of MN:  The annual Art Educators of MN closing ceremony will take place at the Hopkins Center for Arts on March 25 from 3:00PM-5:00PM.  James Van Duran won third place in the elementary division for his recycled materials collage called, 'Mountain Birds."  James will receive a packet of arts supplies from Triarco Art and Craft supply company and a gift from Sargent Arts. 

The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra will present a combined concert with the Duluth East High School Orchestra at 7:00PM on Thursday, March 30 at Duluth East High School (301 N 40th   Ave E).
   Under the direction of Dr. Ruth Lin, the 60 member Gustavus Symphony Orchestra is on a tour that highlights collaboration between college and high school musicians.  The concert program features composer Ferde Grofé’s Mississippi Suite (Tone Journey) and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, popularly known as the New World Symphony.  The Duluth East HS Symphony will join the Gustavus Symphony for the final selection, The Toreadors, from Carmen Suite #1 by Bizet
The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be accepted at the door.