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posted May 3, 2017, 6:47 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated May 3, 2017, 6:48 AM ]
Thank you, Duluth School Nutrition Employees!   
   May 1-5 is National School Nutrition Employee Week - many thanks for the important work you do in fueling our schools and helping students learn every day!
Congratulations 2017 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award Nominees
   The Goldfine family presents $5,000 annually to an outstanding teacher within the Duluth Public School system.  Long-time Duluth leaders Manley and Lillian Goldfine established this award through the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation in 2006 to recognize public school teachers who inspire their students and provide a strong foundation for educational, personal and professional success.
Congratulations to this year’s nominees:
Jen Boyson, Myers-Wilkins Elementary
Paul Davis, Stowe Elementary
Troy Erie, Lowell Elementary
Holly Johnson, Lakewood Elementary
Matthew Knutson, Laura MacArthur Elementary
Cindy Miller, Congdon Park Elementary
Rachel Moseley, Piedmont Elementary
Nicole Munthe, Homecroft Elementary
Sherry Williams, Lester Park Elementary
The Award recipient will be announced at an Award Ceremony & Ice Cream Social:
Wednesday May 17, 7:00PM
Lincoln Park Middle School
3215 West Third Street, Duluth MN
   All welcome, please join us in honoring the nominees!  If you plan to attend, R.S.V.P. for you and your guests online:
(RSVPs help plan for the ice cream!)
New Summer Youth & Adult Duluth Community Education Class Schedule  
   Learn how to relax through breathing and small movement techniques, make rubber stamped greeting cards, participate in Scrabble, sunrise yoga, swing dancing and Tai Chi. Check out computer basics for seniors during Senior Surf Day, explore Spanish language, Zumba, how to make a Sami bracelet. Kids can learn babysitting basics, ceramics, cooking or baking, double dutch jump rope & dance, luminary dance, mask making, tennis, print making, and more plus check out summer activities available from the Duluth Public Library 
 >>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
Duluth Public School Students Heading to DI Globals  
   Following their success at State, three Duluth Public School teams earned a spot at the Destination Imagination Global Competition in Knoxville, TN.  Duluth East’s Mission Improvable team, advancing to Globals for the 3rd year in a row, Ordean East’s Ham United and Congdon Park Elementary’s Dominating Doritos.  Congratulations and best wishes to all!
Lincoln Park Student Artists Present Work at Zeitgeist  
   Lincoln Park Middle School students are well represented at the Student Art Show at Zeitgeist Arts in downtown Duluth - their work is currently on display, the show continues through May 11. Great job, artists!
Outdoor learning at Lakewood Elementary
Myers-Wilkins World Beat Drummers Perform at Homegrown Music Festival   
Please Be Aware:  Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why and Youth Suicide
Information from the National Association of School Psychologists
   The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why revolves around 17-yearold Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. Each tape recounts painful events in which one or more the 13 individuals played a role.
   The series, which many teenagers are binge watching without adult guidance and support, is raising concerns from suicide prevention experts about the potential risks posed by the sensationalized treatment of youth suicide.
   Research shows that exposure to another person’s suicide, or to graphic or sensationalized accounts of death, can be one of the many risk factors that youth struggling with mental health conditions cite as a reason they contemplate or attempt suicide.
   While many youth are resilient and capable of differentiating between a TV drama and real life, engaging in thoughtful conversations with them about the show is vital. Doing so presents an opportunity to help them process the issues addressed, consider the consequences of certain choices, reinforce the message that suicide is not a solution to problems and that help is available. This is particularly important for adolescents who are isolated, struggling, or vulnerable to suggestive images and storylines.
   Below are resources which may be of help regarding this topic.
>>13 Reasons Why Talking Points: Information for families, educators and students by Suicide Awareness Voices of Education and the JED Foundation 
>>Duluth Public Schools have many qualified School Counselors, School Social Workers, and Co-Located Therapists to work with you and your family if your child has a mental health need. Please contact your child's school with any questions or concerns. 
From the MN Department of Health:
   Minnesota is currently experiencing a measles outbreak, primarily in Hennepin County.  As of May 2 there are 34 cases, all children ages birth to 5. This information and more is available on the MDH Measles page.  
Vaccination recommendations
>>All Minnesota children 12 months and older who have not received a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine should get it now.
>>Adults who have never received the MMR vaccine and have never had measles should get the vaccine now.
>>These children can get their second dose of MMR vaccine now:  Somali Minnesotan children statewide, Hennepin County children
>>Vaccine recommendations may expand if the measles outbreak spreads to more communities.
Check your immunization record
>>Talk to your doctor or clinic if you are not sure if you need to get vaccinated.
>>MIIC Immunization Record Requests:  Request your immunization record.
More information about measles from the MN Department of Health:
>>Measles Basics:  General information about measles, including symptoms, complications, vaccines, tests, and treatment.
A Winning Partnership – UMD Creates Plan for Duluth East
   Each semester, the UMD Center for Economic Development collaborates with the Labovitz School of Business and Economics faculty to connect student teams and businesses for specific projects. This year, UMD business students dedicated a semester to creating an integrated marketing and communications plan for Duluth East High School, working with Shawn Roed, the school's Activities Director. The project includes research and analysis, a formal presentation to the client and creation of a plans book for client use. Thanks, UMD, for a great collaboration!
FREE Family Night Out at Community Action Duluth
May 11, 2017  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
Pebble Art, “Draw” a picture with pebbles and display it for all to see!