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posted Jun 1, 2017, 9:32 AM by Communications ISD 709

Denfeld Students Earn Top Spots in Statewide GIS Mapping Contest
   Denfeld's Alyssa Isaccson took first place in the state high school division for her project “Minnesota Iron Range Mines."  Keeli Gustafson earned second place for “Morgan Park Minnesota."  The competition, hosted by Esri, challenges students to create and share maps about something in their home states. Maps were judged independently by GIS professionals, the top five students each received a $100 gift certificate from Amazon.
High School Students Recognized for Career & Technical Education Success
   Denfeld and Duluth East CTE Courses are for all students, integrated with academics in a rigorous
and relevant curriculum.  Students work hands-on with the material, learn life skills and may also earn college credit.  Courses may also help students qualify for and earn accreditation or certification in their area of interest.
   The Duluth School Board recognized several outstanding students for their hard work, dedication and willingness to do what it takes to realize success. 
>>Malcolm Hall recently earned first place in his event at the Minnesota SkillsUSA Culinary Competition and will move on to national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June.  Malcolm is in the CTE Culinary Arts program and is a student chef at Food for Thought restaurant; his instructor is Chef Glenn D’Amour, CEC. 
>>Nicholas Garden, Lorien Gunsolus and Makenna Paquette qualified for the Business Professionals of America 2017 State Leadership Conference and traveled to the BPA National
Leadership Conference in Florida.
 They’re students in CTE Business, Marketing and Finance, their advisor is Barb Struck. 
>>CTE Health Occupation students Brianna Ankrum, Liam Bohmann, Miranda Dahl, Anissa Lane, Nicola D'Angiola, Jasmine Acosta, Conor Reindl and Mason Elder were successful on many levels at the 2017 Minnesota Future Health Professionals Conference, earning top spots in several competitions and receiving recognition for service, volunteering, and participation in emergency and disaster preparedness.  Several students will attend the International Leadership conference in Florida in June.  Their instructor is Kim Olson. 
Lowell Elementary Receives 2017 Nature Play Achievement Award
   The Duluth Nature Play Collaborative is presenting Lowell Elementary School with the
2017 Nature Play and Learning Achievement Award. 
   The award recognizes the school’s commitment to connecting students with learning and play opportunities in nature, including Lowell's nature playscape, trail system, outdoor classroom, after school Adventure Club, before school recess, participation in the Monarch Restoration project, work towards becoming designated as a DNR School Forest, and the ongoing support of teachers engaging their students in outdoor activities.

Lincoln Park Student Leaders Prep to Help Incoming 6th Graders 
   Lincoln Park Middle School PRIDE Leaders engaged in mentor training and team building at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center. They're preparing to welcome and support incoming 6th graders during Wildcat Welcome Orientation in August.


Thank you, Congdon Park Foundation, Duluth Police, Duluth Fire Dept and Mayor Larson 
   Third graders from Congdon Park Elementary enjoyed an amazing field trip to meet Duluth’s mounted police, Officer Oakley (K9), tour the Fire Hall and meet Duluth Mayor Emily Larson in the City Hall Chambers.  Mayor Larson left the students with a wonderful message – never give up and always reach for your dreams.

Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
>>Duluth Lacrosse Team Members Make Academic All-State:  Congratulations to Wolfpack team members Annie Reichhoff, Samantha Velander and Chloe Cederstrom!  The award recognizes GPAs of 3.95 and above. 
>>Adrian Ferguson and Keeli Gustafson, Denfeld High School, Earned 1st and 2nd Runner Up and a $50 Prize in the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center Essay Contest.  Students were asked to write a short essay on whether the United States was effective in deterring the spread of Communism as a result of our presence in Southeast Asia.  The contest was open to all High School students in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  
>> Joshua Peterson, Duluth East High School, is the recipient of the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship.  It’s a full 4-year college scholarship for golf caddies who plan to attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  For over 85 years the Western Golf Association has administered the Evans Scholarship, the nation’s largest privately funded scholarship program providing full tuition and housing.  It is named in honor of legendary amateur golfer Chick Evans, whose charitable legacy was to send deserving caddies to college. 
>>Congratulations to Lynn Hinzmann, Duluth East High School, one of three finalists for 2017 Minnesota German Language Teacher of the Year.  The award is presented by the American Association of Teachers of German.
>>Duluth East, Ordean East and Congdon Park Destination Imagination Teams had a great experience at the Global Competitions in Knoxville, TN.   About 8,000 students/1500 teams (Elem, MS, HS, College) from all US states and 17 countries competed at the DI Globals this year.  Duluth East’s Mission Improvables placed 27 of 83 teams from around the world in their category and level.  Congdon Park’s Dominating Doritos placed 33 of 52 and Ordean East’s Ham United placed 25 of 53. 
>>Lowell Students Show Kindness to Animals:  Students at Lowell held a Bark and Bake to help out Animal Allies.  Kindergarteners and third graders made dog and cat treats for donation, Animal Allies stopped by with shelter dogs to sample the treats – they liked them! 
Free Classes from MN National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
   NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. NAMI Minnesota offers education, support and advocacy.  The following classes are free, please register at or call 651-645-2948.
>>Children’s Challenging Behaviors
June 21, 2017, 8:30AM – 3:30PM, Birch Tree Center
   Understand the difference between typical age appropriate behaviors and the challenging
behaviors that may be a symptom of something more serious. Learn when and how to seek
help, parenting strategies, how to access special education or other educational programs, and learn about resources through insurance and the county to help your child and family. This is a six-hour workshop and is for parents or caregivers of children.
>>Recognizing Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents
June 21, 2017, 9:00AM – 11:00AM, College of St. Scholastica
   Learn about mental illnesses in students, the impact on a student’s success in school and
how parents and teachers can work together as allies to support these students. This two-hour
workshop meets the continuing education requirement for teachers.
>>Understanding Early Episode Psychosis for Families
June 20, 2017, 6:00PM – 8:00PM, Amber Wing
   Understanding Early Episode Psychosis class will help family members and loved ones of a
person who has experienced psychosis understand symptoms, causes and treatments of psychosis. Participants will learn how to advocate for and how to help a young person get back to work, school and achieve recovery.
>>Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)
June 21, 2017, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, College of St. Scholastica
   Learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is
an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely
taught gatekeeper training program in the United States. This is a one-hour workshop
for members of the community over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in
suicide prevention.
From the City of Duluth:
Duluth Parks Offering Free Recreational Equipment for Public Use at Bayfront Family Center
   The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division is inviting the public to take advantage of free activities and recreational equipment offered Monday through Thursday from 11 AM to 7 PM at the Bayfront Family Center in Bayfront Park.
   Visitors have use of kickballs, croquet sets, kites, volleyballs, and frisbees. Concessions and restroom facilities are also available.  Equipment is free of charge and available to anyone to borrow during their visit to the Family Center now until September 21.
   NOTE: The Family Center activities may be unavailable at times due to special events that are scheduled at Bayfront during the 2017 summer season.
   Go to the Parks and Recreation website at or call 730-4300 for more information on this and many other summer Recreational opportunities.