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posted Sep 7, 2017, 12:16 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 12:17 PM ]
Thanks to All for a Great Start to the School Year! 
   ISD 709 Employees, volunteers, families, students, and our Duluth community – everyone plays a role in making our schools the best they can be.  Thanks for all you do, every day.
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**September is Attendance Awareness Month -
Information courtesy Attendance Works!**
   Parents and families are essential partners in promoting good attendance, they have the bottom-line responsibility for making sure their children get to school every day.  Just as families focus on how their children are performing academically, they have a responsibility to set expectations for good attendance and to monitor absences, so missed days don’t add up to academic trouble. This Parent Handout outlines strategies including:
>>Make getting students to school on time every day a top priority.
>>Alert schools and community agencies to barriers that keep kids from attending class.
For parents of secondary school students, check out this handout.
Thanks for the Visit!
   Minnesota's Lt. Governor Tina Smith stopped at Lowell Elementary in Duluth to visit their preschool program and Ojibwe and Spanish Immersion classrooms. 
   The Duluth school district will use state funds to expand preschool. Children who attend quality preschool are better prepared for kindergarten, behave better in class, have higher math and reading skills, and are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college.

Lincoln Park, Ordean East Students Receive 2017 Apollo Gilruth Continuum Awards                   
   Peyton Nelson (Lincoln Park Middle School) and Claire Atella (Ordean East Middle School) received the Apollo-Gilruth Continuum Award for academic excellence  from the Duluth Aviation Institute.  The Institute supports 6th grade science teachers with curriculum and classroom kits for a two month aviation science unit. 
   The recipients excelled in all curriculum aero-activities, extra credit projects, and in the post-test.  Students in the top 15% took part in the Kundel First Flight Event at Lake Superior College in August, the top students will receive a Young Eagles flight at Superior’s Richard I. Bong Airport.
Help Your Child Prepare for Kindergarten
   Duluth Early Childhood Programs invite you to participate in Think Small ParentPowered Texts, a research-based text messaging program for families.  Each week families receive three text messages with fun facts and easy tips to boost a child’s learning – an approach that is scientifically proven to work.  While there is no cost for enrolling in the program, data and message rates may apply.
To sign up, text: DPS to 70138
Learn more at

Awesome Job!
   The Duluth East School Forest Outdoor Classroom is ready to go! Conservation Corps crew completed installation of the outdoor classroom seating, many thanks to the crew and the DNR School Forest Program.
   Students will use leftover boulder to stabilize trails and move class 5 gravel to improve footing along the trail and slopes. The students have a lot of work to do, but these projects are part of what we started last fall creating a trail from the Lakewalk to the eagle's nest.
AICHO Mural Unveiling Ceremony
   On Saturday, September 23, the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) will host a Mural Unveiling Ceremony in the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center at 6:00PM. Refreshments will be served on the rooftop of AICHO (202 West 2nd Street Duluth, MN) and there will be a meet and greet with the artist team. There is a $10 suggested donation and the event is open to the public.
Read about the mural here: 
First Witness Child Advocacy Center 'I Stand with Kids,' Blue Kid Campaign 2017
   First Witness will host their annual “I Stand with Kids” campaign in September to engage the community around issues of child abuse in a positive and proactive way.  
   To help raise program funds, First Witness encourages individuals, non-profits and other businesses to sponsor a “Blue Kid,” cut-out figures of two children about the size of a lawn sign.  Blue symbolizes the color of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention, signs can be customized with a name, photo or logo.  Sponsorships range from $20-$50.  Funding supports the Safe and Strong Child© Program, training delivered in classroom presentations, providing the education, tools and resources to help children and families within our community.   
   ‘I Stand with Kids’ Day!  Thursday, September 28th from 4:00PM – 6:00PM at the Spirit Valley Youth Center (Laura MacArthur Elementary).  See the ‘Blue Kids’ on display, celebrate the work being done in our community on behalf of children. Food, games and fun activities for kids and families.  
For more information please visit
Screenagers – Growing Up in the Digital Age
   This award winning documentary probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.
   A community showing of "Screenagers" at Marshall School, Wednesday September 13 at 7:00PM, admission is free
For more information about the film visit: