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posted Apr 11, 2017, 9:39 AM by Communications ISD 709

Denfeld Students Earn Top Spots in Regional Math Contest  
   Students from Denfeld High School took the top three spots in this year's Trig-Star contest at Lake Superior College.  Denfeld was also the highest scoring school:
>>Benjamin Emmel, First Place - $200, $50, School Winner & Plaque
>>Kelly Killorin, Second Place -  $150.00
>>Connor Feyen, Third Place - $100.00
   Trig-Star is a timed competition which involves solving trigonometry problems that incorporate the use of right triangle formulas and the laws of sines and cosines plus a real world problem a land surveyor might encounter. Contestants have up to one hour to complete the exam, the person achieving the highest score in the shortest amount of time wins. The competition is sponsored by the Minnesota Society of Professional Land Surveyors. 
Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Planning Update
   The Duluth school district is in the midst of budget planning for the next school year (fiscal 2018). This includes preliminary draft projections for revenue and expense, new investments and identifying cost savings and adjustments that can be made to ensure a balanced budget for approval in June 2017.
   The budget planning emphasizes:
>Prioritizing General Fund spending to the instruction and support of students
>Maintaining 2013 Education Levy investments which include student achievement, curriculum updates and managing class size 
>Working toward goals associated with Minnesota's World's Best Workforce legislation.
>Aligning with supporting plans, including Reading Well by Grade 3 Literacy and ISD 709 Achievement & Integration.
   The budget planning takes into consideration ongoing discussions with teacher, principal, and administrative leadership, the School Board, and multi-year community conversations.
   At the April 10 Business Committee meeting the School Board received an update on the budget planning process.  The information includes draft investments, adjustments and potential cost savings to arrive at a balanced proposal that supports our goals and primary strategies.  Click here for information shared with the Board.
   Some of the information is not specific at this time - we will work to determine the needs of programs and departments and will propose specific recommendations in the coming weeks. A final budget is approved in June per State Statute.  The new fiscal year begins July 1, 2017.

The Duluth Speech Team presents:
State-Bound Speech Showcase
Denfeld and Duluth East students bound for the Minnesota State High School League state speech competition present award-winning performances.
Thursday April 13, 7:00PM
Duluth East High School Auditorium
301 N. 40th Avenue East
Suggested Donation:  $3 at the door (Doors open at 6:40PM)

Ordean East Students, Teacher Receive State Science Recognition
   Teagan Flynn and Erin Coleman, Ordean East Middle School, received the Seagate’s Rising Star Award at the 2017 Minnesota Academy of Science State Science & Engineering Fair for their project “Measuring the mortality rate of Daphnia magna exposed to tire chip leachate." The received a $1,500 award, trophy and Seagate hard drive.  The Award recognizes emerging scientists whose project exemplify excellence in their category, as well as high degrees of difficulty, thoroughness, complexity, creativity, innovation and effective communication.
   Nabiha Imtiaz, Ordean East, received an award from Graduate Women in Science.  The organization presents awards to the top female projects grades 6-12 and to the top female papers from grades 7 to 12.  GWIS is an international, interdisciplinary society of scientists whose mission is to build a global community that inspires, supports, recognizes, and empowers women in science.
   Seagate also spotlights outstanding teachers from around the state who find creative ways to nurture students' interest in scientific research and discovery, going above and beyond the classroom to promote STEM education. Eric Seidelman of Ordean East was recognized as winner in the teacher 1-10 years category. 
From River Quest Organizers:
St. Louis River Quest 25th Anniversary:  We’d Like Stories/Feedback from Former Students  
   We hope to gather stories and experiences from those who attended wherever they live or whatever they’re doing today.  We ask you to click on this link to answer 7 short questions concerning your experience with River Quest.  The responses you share will be used in our celebration efforts and are completely anonymous.  Thank you, in advance, for taking time to provide your insights!  
For Information:
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 tickets and how to help, contact Brie at or friend us on Facebook