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posted Sep 22, 2017, 12:19 PM by Communications ISD 709
Lincoln Park Middle School Receives State Recognition 
   The Minnesota Department of Education chose Lincoln Park Middle School as a 2017 PBIS Sustaining Exemplar School. The award recognizes schools for successful work using Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS).
   PBIS is a data driven program used throughout the state, with training and technical support to promote improvements in student behavior.  It helps schools set clear expectations for students, teachers and families and provides new ways to address behavior issues.
   Congratulations to Lincoln Park staff, students and families.  Thank you for all you do to promote safe, welcoming environments in our schools.
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High School Chefs Take 1st Place Amateur Division Award and People’s Choice Award at 2017 United Way Chili Cook-Off!  
   Students in ISD 709’s Culinary Arts program and their instructor Chef Glenn D’Amour cooked up an award-winning Black Bean and Chipotle Chili for the 2017 Head of the Lakes United Way Chili Cook-off. Many thanks to the United Way and sponsors of this year's cook-off for putting together a great event!
The students are part of Duluth East's student-run restaurant Food for Thought which re-opens to the public October 24.
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Congratulations, CJ Ham!   
   Denfeld Alum and Minnesota Viking CJ Ham scored his first NFL touchdown against the Steelers last Sunday. "There's not much magic to it," Ham said. "It's just one of those smash-mouth football plays. Grab the ball, find some space and squeeze in there."


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Myers-Wilkins Collaborative Receives 2017 Touchstone Award
   Congratulations to the Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative and all 2017 Touchstone Award recipients and finalists who dedicate themselves to helping our communities.
Touchstone Awards:
>>Inclusiveness:  The Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative for its Enhancing Youth Opportunities program, which provides students new experiences such as field trips, STEM experiments and a gardening club.
>>Civic Engagement: The Scott Anderson Leadership Forum for providing leadership training to area high school students. The program, now in its 13th year, has provided foundational leadership skills and programs to hundreds of teens across the Northland.
>>Generosity: The American Red Cross Serving Northern Minnesota for its Home Fire Campaign, an effort to provide education and smoke detectors to residents to prevent fires, provide early escape warning and ultimately save lives.
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Press Release from American Choral Directors Association of MN (ACDA-MN)
Duluth East High School Choir Selected for Statewide Festival
  The Duluth East High School A Cappella Choir, under the direction of Jerome Upton through competitive audition, has been selected to appear in a state-wide high school choral festival conducted by noted American conductor/composer Mack Wilberg, artistic director of the internationally renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City UT.
   An Americana Portrait with Mack Wilberg will feature six outstanding Minnesota high school choirs appearing together on Friday, November 17, 8:00 pm at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi.  
   Choirs performing individually and together as a combined choir are:
Centennial High School, Chanhassen High School, Duluth East High School, Angelica Cantanti Singers (Bloomington), St. Michael-Albertville High School, and Northfield High School.
   General admission tickets are available at:  AmericanaPortrait.Brownpapertickets.com or at the door prior to the performance.
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Birth to Age 5:  Early Childhood Education Counts!
   Research indicates high quality early learning experiences help children get ready to learn and succeed later in life.  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.  They show better overall health, less depression and improved mental health. 
    ISD 709 will engage our learning community in understanding the importance of early learning, work to identify and address barriers for accessing early learning programs, and build partnerships to support early childhood education.  
    A variety of helpful programs for families and their children are available through the Duluth Public Schools.
   Preschool:  Prepares each child for success in Kindergarten and beyond with social-emotional, language, physical and intellectual development.  Fun, affordable classes, licensed teachers, research-based curriculum and locations throughout the city.  Early childhood special education services available.  MN Parent Award Rated – Four Stars of Excellence, the highest rating possible.
   Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE):  Enriching classes and activities help families strengthen and support their child’s early learning and development.  For families with children ages birth through 4 years old.
Income-based financial assistance available. For more information:
Phone: 218-336-8890 or 218-336-8815
Email: earlychildhood@isd709.org
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Misaabekong Ojibwe Language Immersion Program Receives $80,065 Grant
   The program submitted and was awarded a State of Minnesota Indian Affairs Council grant for the 2017-18 school year.  Funds will help cover costs for an Ojibwe Immersion Coordinator, technology for students, curriculum development and family/teacher Ojibwe Language Camps.
   The Misaabekong Ojibwe Language Immersion program is an option currently offered for Kindergarten and Grades 1, 2 and 3 at Lowell Elementary, 2000 Rice Lake Road in Duluth.  
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Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation
>>High School Students Help Out Kiwanis - Members of the Duluth East Key Club helped out with the Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth's annual Kite Fly, a free event for children and families.
>>Taking It Outdoors - Forestry Field Day is fun, hands-on learning for our students, everything from wildfire prevention to forest management to conservation. Many thanks to area organizers for this opportunity! 
>>Community Partners - Thank you to the Smithville Garden Club for coming to Stowe Elementary to help judge their annual Fruit, Flower and Vegetable event.  
>>Lions Pride – Lowell Elementary students showed their Lions Pride at a kickoff assembly for the new school year, wearing red shirts and promoting Safe, Kind, Respectful and Honest behaviors.
>>Homegrown Color, Design, Shapes, Sizes - The Piedmont Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Show for 2017 was a success! Thank you to all of the staff and students who participated and showcased their work. A special thanks to PTA for bringing this event to life each year.
>> Stowe Elementary Receives $14,484 Grant for Fresh Fruits, Veg - The Minnesota Department of Education awarded the grant, which will be used to purchase produce and food preparation equipment.
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From the MN Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund:
Join the Super Snack Challenge!
   Eating healthy snacks helps children put their best foot forward both on and off the field.  And this year, it might take them to the Super Bowl Festival! 
   Children in Minnesota between the ages of 8 and 14 are invited by the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund to submit a healthy snack recipe as part of Super Snack Challenge.  Your Super Snack could be selected as one of the 52 winning snacks, earning you a chance to attend the Super Snack Challenge Kids Tailgate Party during the 10-day Super Bowl LII festival. 
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