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posted Aug 2, 2017, 12:25 PM by Communications ISD 709
High Schoolers Share Enthusiasm for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
   The Duluth East Daredevils hosted their second annual Boys & Girls Club LEGO Camp for youngsters interested in robotics.  The kids built robots to complete multiple tasks using LEGO EV3 kits.  The team helped youngsters build and program their robots from scratch using physics, symmetry, and logical reasoning.  Testing and retesting is part of the fun – if a robot doesn’t work as designed kids use problem solving skills to figure why. 
National Partnership for Denfeld, Lincoln Park, Myers-Wilkins Full Service Community Schools
   Duluth was selected as one of five health focus sites to receive support from the Coalition for Community Schools, a national network that works with schools to help create more equitable and healthier communities.
   The work currently focuses on the role of full service community schools in decreasing absenteeism and supporting health/education equity through partnership.  Full service community schools bring together multiple partners to offer a range of support and opportunities to students, their families, and the broader community.
Teachers Working to Ensure Student Success  
Area teachers learn more ways to de-mystify math, engage students.  Thank you, CSS! 
A Warm Welcome to Clayton (Clay) Norman, Principal for Laura MacArthur Elementary 
   Clay comes to us from the St. Michael Albertville School District where he served as Dean of Students/504 Coordinator for Big Woods Elementary in St. Michael, MN.  In addition to working with student discipline, attendance and supervision his experience includes the school’s Child Study Team, Staff Development Chair, Building Our Kids Success physical activity program, building testing coordinator, targeted services, Q-Comp facilitators and Student Leadership Team.  Prior to Big Woods Elementary, Clay served as an elementary physical education teacher at North Elementary and acting summer school administrator at Princeton Middle School in Princeton. 
   Clay holds a Sixth Year Degree K-12 Principal Licensure, a Masters in Leadership and Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University.  Please help welcome Clay to ISD 709 and best wishes for a successful school year!
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, the Duluth School Board honored Mr. Grant and his work at their meeting in July.  According to nominators, Marlon goes above and beyond for his students, donating time and resources outside of work to ensure their success.  Congratulations, Marlon!
Denfeld High School Honors WWII Veteran’s Sacrifice  
   James Joseph Hubert was about to start his junior year at Denfeld High School when he enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve.  After two years of service he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country in World War II.  He was killed in action in 1943 in the battle of Tarawa, his remains were found in 2011 and identified in 2015.  Sergeant Hubert was brought home to Duluth this summer to be buried at Calvary Cemetery.
   Denfeld High School presented Sgt. Hubert’s family with his high school diploma and an Honor D, the highest honor given to Denfeld students.  Family members were invited to write Hubert’s name and graduation year in the school bell tower, accompanying thousands of graduates who place their name in the tower during graduation week.
   “This is just one small thing we as a district and as a community can do to honor the ultimate sacrifice the family and Sgt. Hubert made for our country,” said Amy Starzecki, Duluth Public Schools Assistant Superintendent. “We’re privileged and honored to be able to present this diploma.”

Student-Run Restaurant Featured in Local Magazine
   Thank you, Moms & Dads Today, for the great article on Food for Thought, ISD 709's student-run restaurant. The course is part of the Career & Technical Education Program and operates when school is in session. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance and become the lesson for the day, students from Denfeld and Duluth East prepare and serve the meals.

NEW:   Apply Online to Receive Free or Reduced Price School Meals:
   Families can apply online anywhere, anytime - the process is safe, secure, convenient and available 24/7.  Data is transmitted to your local school district office the same day you apply, allowing for quicker processing. Families qualifying for free/reduced school meals may also qualify for reduced school activity fees.  
Families Are Encouraged to Apply:
>>This is an important way to ensure children are receiving nutritious meals each day which can have a positive impact on behavior and learning.  
>>Qualifying to receive free or reduced price meals may help families qualify to pay no or lower school activity fees.  Students who qualify can take the ACT Test at school for free!
>>Families who qualify for free or reduced price meals help schools receive more federal funding for education in Duluth.
>>It can help families avoid running up unpaid lunch debt and having that debt go to collection.
>>Lower unpaid lunch debt means more funds to provide healthy, tasty meals for children.
Wednesday Night at the Races  
   Wednesday Night at the Races kicked off at Duluth East High School, drawing hundreds of participants!  Organized by Grandma’s Marathon, it’s become a summer tradition for families throughout the Northland. This youth race series is held on six consecutive Wednesday evenings in July and August, and draws an average of over 400 children per night.
**2017 Schedule**
July 26: Duluth East High School, Ordean Stadium
August 2: Proctor High School Track, behind Proctor High School
August 9: Denfeld High School, Public Schools Stadium
August 16: Hermantown High School, Corey Veech Memorial Field
August 23: Superior High School, NBC Spartan Sports Complex
August 30: Wade Stadium, year-end run & picnic
Homecroft Elementary Student a Minnesota State Capitol Essay Winner 
Congratulations, Hope Anderson!
Ordean East Middle School Science Students Heading to National Semi-Finals/Finals   
Congratulations, Nabiha, Max and Ava!
Denfeld High School Alum CJ Ham Headed for Larger Role with MN Vikings
Fine for Failing to Stop for a School Bus Raised to $500    
As the school year approaches, please be alert around school buses, follow the law and watch out for little ones!