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posted Aug 17, 2017, 2:06 PM by Communications ISD 709
2017 Back to School Information from ISD 709  
   Info included in the District’s Back to School Packet and additional items useful for the beginning of the school year. School packets will be sent at the end of August.  View
ESSA - Opportunity for Public Comment in Duluth  
   Minnesota is preparing to transition to a new school accountability plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act, public review and comment is invited. 
Denfeld High School Cafeteria, 401 N. 44th Ave West
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Register for the Meeting:
More detail on the draft ESSA Plan:

Back to School Fair – Free Backpack/School Supplies 
Sponsored by CHUM, ISD 709, Union Gospel Mission, local churches, businesses and individual donors.
Thursday, August 31, 2017    
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Historic Old Central High School
215 North First Avenue East
Unity Gym, use Third Street door
Metered parking on streets and avenues
--Get ready for the upcoming year – no early sign up required, but supplies are limited.
--Resources, information booths, backpack distribution and registration for school lunch program for families who attend Duluth I.S.D. #709 public & charter schools 
--Please be prepared to show I.D. for each student (Social Security card, medical card or birth certificate) who will be requesting a school backpack. Backpacks provided for K-12 students only.
For more information, call Scott at 727-2391.
Attendance Works!  
   Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through middle and high school.  Families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understanding why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.
   Children are less likely to succeed if they are chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. 
   Research shows:    
• Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.  
• By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.  
• By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.  
Clearly, going to school regularly matters.
State and Local Plans Include Support for School Attendance  
   As Minnesota develops and transitions to a new accountability plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act, schools will focus more attention on helping address chronic absenteeism.
   “We like the addition of attendance,” says Superintendent Bill Gronseth.  “We know students can't learn if they're not in school and the new requirement will encourage schools to focus even more on creating welcoming environments and robust student engagement.  We're also happy to see the measurements move beyond test scores alone to a more global view of a student's success.  There's still work to be done to get there and these are important steps in the right direction.”
ISD 709 Parent Teacher Home Visit Program
   Families at Lincoln Park Middle School, Myers-Wilkins, Stowe, Lowell and Piedmont Elementary Schools are invited to take part in this program which is intended to build positive relationships with families and to support students.  Learn More.
   Parents and school staff come together, in a unique setting at your home or other location of your choice, to get to know one another and talk about your student’s future.  
   During the visit, time is taken to share your hopes and dreams for your child, experiences, and school resources.  This is not a parent/teacher conference - it's meant to get to know each other and to build a positive relationship with each other, for the benefit of your student.  
   Studies show that this program helps increase student academic achievement and improves parent engagement in schools.  It helps bring schools and families closer together and creates opportunities for better communication between home and school.
Planning an Outdoor Classroom  
   Duluth East High School, South St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation and Minnesota Conservation Corps staffs are working together on plans for an outdoor classroom in the Duluth East School Forest.  The project is funded by multiple grants; it’s going to be amazing!   
Wellness Supports Learning - ISD 709 Wellness Policy
   Research clearly demonstrates that attendance and academic performance are linked to good nutrition and physical activity.  Making healthy choices during the school day can be helpful in supporting a child’s education.  Learn More
Wondering what type of school supplies qualify for the K-12 Education credit/subtraction? Saving your receipts could save you money during tax season. Check the MN Department of Revenue website for details.
Support Healthy Northland Farm to School Through GIVE Program in August
   This month Whole Foods' G.I.V.E. (Generously Invest in Vital Entities) program will support Healthy Northland.  It’s a great way to raise funds to sustain the farm to school initiative within Duluth Public Schools. Shoppers can elect to “round-up” their purchases to the nearest dollar, with donations going to Healthy Northland during the month of August.  
   What Healthy Northland Farm to School DOES:
• Makes healthy choices easier and accessible for all students by getting more local fruits and vegetables into school cafeterias.
• Provides students the opportunity to learn about where their food comes from by visiting farms and tending school gardens.
• Creates healthy school food environments that improve eating behaviors
• Increases knowledge about nutrition and agriculture, and the environment.
• Benefits local farmers, strengthens community connections and the economy.
New Asthma Response Training For All MN HS Coaches 
   The Minnesota State High School League has joined the Minnesota Department of Health’s asthma program to launch an online training module that teaches coaches about asthma symptoms and how to respond if a student athlete has an asthma attack.
   To ensure athlete safety, the high school league is requiring that all 22,000 Minnesota high school coaches who work with students in grades 10-12 complete the online module. Current coaches must complete it prior to their 2017-2018 sports season. 
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.