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posted Sep 15, 2017, 11:41 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 11:42 AM ]
Congratulations Jebeh Edmunds, Recipient of the 2017 20 Under 40 Award! 
   Jebeh is a teacher at Congdon Park Elementary and also taught at Myers-Wilkins Elementary. She holds a Masters of Science in Teaching from The College of St. Scholastica and works to educate, teach, and inspire young Duluth learners every day.  Congratulations, Jebeh!    Duluth News Tribune

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High School Chefs Cooking Up Community Support
   Students in ISD 709’s Culinary Arts program and their instructor, Chef Glenn D’Amour, are cooking up a Black Bean and Chipotle Chili for next week’s 2017 United Way Chili Cook-off! The dish features fresh tomatoes and onions from the Duluth East School Garden.
   The Cook-off draws over 1,500 chili lovers and over 40 chilies. Area chefs vie for bragging rights while the public joins the fun by sampling and voting for their favorite. Please give these high school chefs your support if you attend!
2017 Head of the Lakes United Way Chili Cook-Off
Tickets: Adults $8.00, 12 years and under $3.00, 5 years and under free.
Date/Time: Thursday September 21, 2017, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Location:  DECC
Duluth Traverse Trail Extension Includes Connection to Lincoln Park Middle School
   The new segment has a specially built connection from the Duluth Traverse to Lincoln Park Middle School to encourage youth to explore the trail system and use as a potential commuter route.     
   The City of Duluth, Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and Duluth Public Schools held a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the completion of extension in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.
   The trail was built with funding from the state Legacy Fund, Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores, youth from Northwoods Children Services and the City of Duluth. Campbell Lumber donated the lumber supplies for the connector trail to the school.  Many thanks to all partners who made this possible!
2017 ACT Results - District Scores Above State, Nation
   The ACT measures educational development in English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and Writing and is designed to measure the skills needed for success in post-secondary/college coursework. 
Composite Scores:
District 21.7
State 21.5
Nation 21.0
>>The district’s average composite score increased from last year to this year.
>>Increases in the percentage of students meeting college readiness benchmarks were noted in all four areas.
>>There is an achievement gap between student groups in both performance and participation.
>>Students who take "core or more" score significantly higher than those who do not.  Core or more = 4 or more years of English and three or more years each of math, social studies, and natural science.
Encouraging Healthy Choices – ISD 709 Wellness Policy
   Research clearly demonstrates that attendance and academic performance are linked to good nutrition and physical activity.  The goal this school year is to work collaboratively with employees, families and students to make further progress toward helping provide kids healthy choices and ensure USDA compliance. 
· Food and beverages marketed to students meet USDA Nutritional Guidelines
· All foods and beverages sold on school grounds to students during the school day (including items sold a la carte in the cafeteria, vending machines, schools stores, in-school fundraisers) meet USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards at a minimum. 
· Provide healthy ideas for celebrations and parties, classroom snacks, rewards and incentives and fundraisers held outside the school day, including alternatives to food and a list of foods and beverages that meet Smart Snacks nutrition standards.
· Proactively teaching and encouraging positive recess behavior and indoor active recess throughout the year
· Providing periodic classroom breaks for students to stand and be moderately active
· Encouraging walking and biking to and from school based on age appropriate standards 
Resources for Nutrition, Foods That Meet USDA Compliance:
ATTENDANCE WORKS!  September is Attendance Awareness Month  
   Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through middle and high school.  
What is Chronic Absence?
>>Missing 10% (18 days) or more of the school year for any reason – this includes excused and unexcused absences. 
>>Chronic absence can be sporadic, as little as 2 days per month over the course of the school year.
>>Chronic absence is a red alert that students are headed for academic trouble and eventually for dropping out of high school. 
>>Poor attendance isn’t just a problem in high school.  It can start as early as pre-kindergarten.
   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.
>>Get to know teachers and administrators. With younger children, introduce your child to teachers before school starts and keep in touch with the teachers.  For older students, school officials can help you stay on top of academic progress to make sure your child is staying on track.
>>Set an example for your child. Show them that attendance matters to you and that you won’t allow an absence unless it’s truly necessary. 
>>Turn to your school for help. Many schools offer access to services for the whole family.  For example, Denfeld, Lincoln Park and Myers-Wilkins are Full Service Community Schools.