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posted Apr 28, 2017, 12:49 PM by Communications ISD 709

Lincoln Park Students Explore Careers   
   Students from Lincoln Park Middle School spent an exciting day exploring education and career opportunities through a visit to Lake Supeiror College’s main and off-site campuses.  One stop included the Emergency Response Training Center where students donned firefighting gear and crawled through a tunnel, hopped into a fire truck, explored an ambulance and tried out a fire hose.  Thank you, LSC, for providing students this wonderful, hands-on experience!

Administrative Professionals Day 
   Many thanks to the people who keep Duluth’s schools, departments and offices organized, on-track and running effectively and efficiently!
Ordean East, AEO, Receive 2016/17 Star of Innovation Awards 
   The award recognizes MASSP member schools statewide for the development and support of an exemplary and innovative education program in their school.  Principal Gina Kleive and Ordean East received a Silver Star for their “W.I.N. – What I Need” program.  Principal Adrian Norman and Academic Excellence Online High School received a Bronze Star for “AEO Is a New School.” 
High Schoolers Help Out with Tomato Man Project  
   Congdon Park kids had a great time visiting the greenhouse at Duluth East. The high school Plant Sciences students helped the little ones learn about seeds, how they grow and helped them plant seeds as part of the annual Tomato Man Project.  The high schoolers will grow seedlings in school greenhouse and then deliver the plants to Congdon Park to be transplanted into larger containers the children can take home at the end of the school year. 
   The Tomato Man project, started by the late Ray Picconatto, provides starter tomato plants to area elementary students along with instructions for the plant’s care and a tomato recipe to try.
Planning for the Future:  Enrollment and Demographics Project Discussion
   During an April 26 meeting, the Duluth School Board discussed entering into a contract with RSP & Associates to provide detailed data and work with the Duluth school district in facilitating community discussion regarding school utilization and boundaries.  If approved, the project would take place through Spring, Summer and Fall of 2017.  The Board opted to delay a vote and tabled the item pending further review and consideration in May.
   RSP studies and projects school district enrollment trends and assists with community discussions regarding school utilization, including boundary adjustments.  RSP gathers and analyzes information from the school district, city, county and development community for use in those discussions and future decision-making.  Areas monitored include Land Use (Residential, Commercial, Industrial); Residential Density (Single-Family, Mobile Home, Duplex, Apartment); Natural Features (Rivers and Creeks); Manmade Features (Railroad and Streets); Attendance Area, among others.
Myers-Wilkins World Beat Drummers to Perform at Homegrown Music Festival
Students are scheduled to perform at two Homegrown events:
>>Sunday, April 30 at 12:15PM:  Duluth Children's Museum - Family Day, Free Event
>>Wednesday, May 3 at 6:00PM: Clyde Iron Works – Mezzanine area, Free
Mezzanine area - Free
The Denfeld High School Drama Department Presents:
May 4 - 6 at 7:00PM
Denfeld Auditorium, 401 N. 44th Avenue West
Tickets sold at the door, $8.00 General Admission
   Agatha Christie, the undisputed queen of crime, pens this fiendishly delightful, nerve-shredding whodunnit. A perfectly twisted web of a play, this mystery-thriller truly invented the rules of the genre. You'll be filled with shuddering suspense and edge-of-your-seat intrigue until the final twist unfolds. Be careful, murder lurks around every corner! **Please Note: Show may not be suitable for children under 10**
   For more information call 218-336-8830, ext. 1028 or on Facebook & Twitter @ Denfeldtheater
Ordean East Student Recognized for State Geo Bee Success  
   Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society.
   Colin Willemsen competed locally at Ordean East Middle School and placed in the top 100 qualifiers out of thousands of students competing statewide. He traveled to Mankato State University for the Minnesota Geographic Bee and did an outstanding job, placing in the top 30%. Congratulations, Colin, you’ve certainly mapped out a path to success!
Lincoln Park Community School Shares DTA News
   The Lincoln Park Community School Leadership Team received news that, starting in August 2017, the DTA will make stops at Lincoln Park Middle School during the day.  The team worked with Duluth Mayor Emily Larson, city officials and the DTA leadership on this project, which will be a two year trial.  The Community School Transportation committee has work yet to do in further planning and collaborating with the DTA on hour times, stop site and further details. 
   Many thanks to all involved and to Community School Coordinator Rachel Thapa for her help organizing the collaboration and communication for this project.     

Denfeld High School Welders Show Their Skills
   Denfeld  students placed 3rd in team scores and earned individual 4th and 7th places during a welding competition at Lake Superior College.  Congratulations Charleigh Frederick, Jake Hillman, Matt Johnston - 7th Place Individual, Derek Lund - 4th Place Individual, Rose "Leaf" Munoz, Roxane Simonsen - Technical Tutor/Mentor, Kevin Chederquist – Advisor.
Good luck and safe travels to the Duluth East Daredevils as they head to F.I.R.S.T. Robotics World Championship!
Laura MacArthur Students Help Those  in Need
Love to see these students from Laura Mac KEYZone reaching out to help others!
Congdon Park Students Advance to National Level
   Congdon Park Elementary students were recognized at a ceremony on April 13th for placing top in the Minnesota State PTA Reflections Art Program.
Photography, Primary (grades K-2):  1st - Juri Lubovich
Photography, Intermediate (grades 3-5): 1st - Annika Saur
Literature, Intermediate (grades 3-5):  2nd - Edie Robison
   The photography pieces from the two first place winners, Annika Saur and Juri Lubovich, move on to compete in the National PTA Reflections Program in Alexandria, VA. Winners will be announced May 2nd.
Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
>> Lincoln Park, Ordean East Students Share Success Stories:  Students from Lincoln Park and
Ordean East Middle Schools attended a recent school board meeting and signed up to speak regarding their activities.  One group of Lincoln Park students talked about how they planned, organized and presented a community health fair; another talked about their Ancestry project. Students from Ordean East shared their experience participating at the state science fair.  
>>Thank You, Duluth Junior League:  ECFE Lester Park had a huge helping hand from the Junior League of Duluth! On Earth day, a large crew met at the school’s outdoor classroom and got right to work: cleaning out the garden beds, raking, removing old mulch, peeling logs and creating new play elements.
>>Student Leaders Support Education:  Duluth Rotary Club 25 Junior Rotarians from Duluth East High School presented the Special Education Department with two Chromebooks as part of their Honorarium Project. Great example of young people making a difference in their school and community! 
>>Partnering with UMD:  Teacher Holly Bowen-Bailey invited guests from UMD to present information about civil rights to 8th grade students as a part of an English language unit based on the book Revolution by Deborah Wiles.  Thanks for providing this unique learning opportunity!
>>Students Support Education:  Duluth Rotary Club 25 Junior Rotarians from Duluth East High School presented the Special Education Department with two Chromebooks as part of their Honorarium Project.   
>>Teaming Up to Present National Anthem:  The Ordean East and Lincoln Park Middle School Choirs joined together to sing the National Anthem at the Harlem Globetrotters event at the DECC.   
>>Thank You, Operation Grace:  Thank you to all volunteers for being an integral part of the Operation Grace MN team. Because of you the March dental clinic at Denfeld High School was a success. More than $3000 worth of free oral healthcare was provided for 10 patients.
>>Making a Difference:  The Lincoln Park Middle School Student Council held a fundraiser for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of Minnesota. The students raised $402.21 for donation to the Society.  
>>Students Succeed at State Knowledge Bowl:  One of Duluth East’s Knowledge Bowl teams competed at the state Knowledge Bowl meet took 12th place out of 48 teams in the competition. Congratulations Spencer Johnson, Zane Dietlin, Emma Flynn, Rana Imtiaz, and Annie Reichhoff.
>>Learning About Sound:  Students from Ordean East Middle School received a visit from local TV Meteorologist Colin Orasokich who provided a lesson on How Sound Travels.
>>Snowboard Success:  Duluth East snowboarder Abby Benser competed at the USASA Snowboard Nationals at Copper Mountain, CO.  She finished 7th in both Slalom and Boarder Cross, and finished 3rd, earning a Bronze medal, in Giant Slalom.