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posted Jul 7, 2017, 8:20 AM by Communications ISD 709

Lincoln Park Integration Specialist Honored for Work with Youth
   Marlon Grant, Integration Specialist at Lincoln Park Middle School, is the recipient of the 2017 Gary Gordon Adult Peacemaker Award.  Men as Peacemakers presented the award during their Celebration of Peacemakers in June.  According to nominators, Marlon goes above and beyond for his students, donating time and resources outside of work to ensure their success. The ripple effects may at first seem small but just wait - the tidal wave of making the difference comes when all these students graduate.  Congratulations for this well-deserved award!

Denfeld Students Recognized for State and National Success  
   Alyssa Isaacson and Keeli Gustafson, Denfeld High School, took the top two spots in the Minnesota 2017 Esri ArcGIS Map Competition and were honored by the Duluth School Board in June.
   Alyssa took first place in both the State and National high school division for her project “Minnesota Iron Range Mines," an in-depth look at the economic and community impact of iron mines in Minnesota.  Alyssa and her teacher, Gina Hollinday, will be honored at the national Esri User Conference in San Diego in July.  Keeli earned second place in the State high school division for “Morgan Park Minnesota," a history of the nation’s first company town.  
   The contest challenges students to create and share maps about something in their home states.  GIS professionals judge each entry based on Topic, Map Presentation, Cartography, Data, Geographic Analysis and Documentation.  

Duluth East Student Receives $10,000 Strength in Community Scholarship 
   Kallie Baldwin, Duluth East High School, is the recipient of the 2017 Strength in Community Scholarship.  Kallie spent her high school years not just cheering on the team, but also her fellow students.  “The community wants you to do better, push for people to do better in general. It’s people helping people,” says Kallie.  She plans to attend Hamline University for Anthropology.
   The Fox 21 Strength in Community Scholarship was created to help students reach their goals to pursue higher education in a time of rising tuition costs.   

Lincoln Park Students Take on Rocket Science  
   Through a partnership with the College of St. Scholastica, students from Lincoln Park Middle School spent time on campus studying science and engineering by building and launching rockets.   Special thanks to the Duluth Family YMCA, Enbridge, Upward Bound, Advantage Emblem and AlyJean Photography for collaborating on this challenging, amazing opportunity for students.
Duluth East Student Honored in Statewide Poetry Contest
   Faith Schadewald, Duluth East High School, earned a top spot in the poetry contest “Celebrating the Veteran in My Life,” sponsored by Minnesota Senator Al Franken.  Students in grades K-12 submitted entries and winners recently shared their poems at the awards ceremony in St. Paul.  Faith took third place in the 9-12 division for her poem “My Veteran,” she received a certificate and her poem will be displayed in Sen. Franken's St. Paul office. 
$20,000 Donation to Duluth East Robotics Team Scholarship  
   Steve Loudin, Tricel Honeycomb Corporation, is a founder and longtime sponsor of the Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team.  He visited the team in June to provide a personal donation of $10,000 and another $10,000 from his company to go into a scholarship for the team.  The scholarship honors Russ Myers, a dedicated team mentor who recently passed away.  Many thanks to the Loudins for their ongoing support and for this wonderful recognition of the contributions of Russ Myers.
Hiring Events July 18 & 19 for School Food Service Helpers, Many Openings! 
>>Tues July 18, 11AM – 1PM: Lester Park Elementary, 5300 Glenwood St (media/library center)
>>Wed July 19, 11AM – 1PM, Laura MacArthur Elementary, 720 N Central Ave (media/library center)
   We will be conducting interviews, completing new hire paperwork and online training during the sessions for those that wish to work for the Duluth Public Schools Child Nutrition Department.   Please bring your valid driver’s license, social security card and a voided check or banking information for direct deposit.
   The Duluth Public Schools has many Food Service Helper openings. Duties include but are not limited to preparation and serving of meals, cleaning, basic computer operation and the ability to maintain good working relations with co-workers and students. Positions work mid-day for up to three hours or more.  The contract hourly wage is $11.04 and the substitute hourly wage is $9.50. Each employee is provided a lunch after their shift.
   If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Porter at (218) 336-8722.
Duluth Community School Collaborative Hillside Youth Theatre Presents:
All You Need is Bugs!
July 27 at 1:00PM and 7:00PM
July 28 at 1:00PM and 7:00PM
Free Admission
Lincoln Park Middle School 3215 West 3rd Street, Duluth
   SILENT AUCTION: Thursday July 27 to benefit the work of the Duluth Community School Collaborative.  Appetizers, Games, Music and Auction 6:00PM – 7:00PM, then stay and enjoy the performance!
   The Duluth Community School Collaborative helps support Full Service Community Schools at Denfeld High School, Lincoln Park Middle School and Myers-Wilkins Elementary.
NEW Way to View School Meal Menus  
Families now have an interactive, online way to view Duluth Public Schools meal menus:
>View meal images and descriptions
>View nutrition information for each food
>Filter the menu for specific food allergens
>Rate foods and see carb counts
>Access menus with the Nutrislice mobile app

POP: Power of Produce, Free Fruits & Veggies for Kids
   Each week from July 13 through October 19, children ages 4-12 can receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers at the Lincoln Park Farmers Market.  The Farmers Market is held Thursdays from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at the Harrison Community Center, 3002 W. 3rd Street. 
   POP is made possible through collaboration with Community Action Duluth, Lincoln Park Middle School, St. Louis County, University of Minnesota Extension and Healthy Northland.

FIRST LEGO Robotics at Laura MacArthur Elementary/Valley Youth Center
   Do you love robots?  We are looking to get a FIRST LEGO Robotics program started at Laura MacArthur / VYC.  We need ambitious students in grades 3-5, and adults who would be able to coach or help out with the team.  If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please contact Laurene at: The LEGO League season starts early in the Fall, so we are hoping to get all our resources together this summer so we can hit the ground running when the new school year starts!
   From  "FIRST LEGO League teams apply science, engineering, and math concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to develop solutions to real-world challenges.  They also design, build, and program LEGO Mindstorms-based robots to perform autonomous "missions" on a playing field.  Along the way, they develop critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills."