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posted Sep 29, 2017, 1:45 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 1:47 PM ]

Denfeld Students Travel to National College Fair 
   Denfeld High School students attended the National College Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center this week. The students had an opportunity to meet with college reps from hundreds of colleges and universities across the U.S. and around the world. 


2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
   Congratulations Lucie Han, Alison Lee, and Isabella Sutherland , Duluth East High School!  They qualify as Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by achieving PSAT scores in the top 1% in the nation.

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Thank You, Community School Coordinators
   During Community School Coordinators Appreciation Week, we’d like to share our appreciation for the people who are supporting the Community School model at Denfeld, Lincoln Park and Myers-Wilkins.  They’re building a strong bridge between the schools and community, working diligently to create and manage partnerships that allow students to learn and thrive.   
You’re Invited, Please Join Us!
2017 ISD 709 Annual Report for the Community
Thursday November 9, 2017
Lincoln Park Middle School
3215 W. 3rd Street, Duluth, MN 
6:00PM – 6:30PM: Music, Displays, Booths  
6:30PM – 7:00PM: Annual Report Overview
7:00PM – 7:30PM: Light refreshments by ISD 709 Culinary Arts Students
Music, Displays, Booths
Free and open to the public.  For information call 218-336-8752.
Copies of the 2017 Annual Report will be available at the event and online at
Activities, Accomplishment, Appreciation
>>Fun Field Trip to UMD Farm:  A great day of digging in with FIELD based learning at UMD Sustainable Agriculture Program Farm.  Over 600 Ordean East & Lincoln Park Middle School students visited the farm as part of their Life Science classes.  WDIO-TV10, KQDS-TV21
>>Taking the Field:   A great first flag football practice for Stowe and Laura MacArthur Elementary students – many thanks to staff and community members who are helping with this opportunity.
>>Supporting Student Achievement:  ISD 709 adds social-emotional learning specialists to two schools…  Duluth News Tribune  
>>Pathways2Teaching:  Recruiting teachers with a social justice hook… Duluth News Tribune
>>Celebrating Author Roald Dahl’s Birthday:  KEY Zone students at Homecroft Elementary celebrated this popular author of children’s books with stories and art projects.    

Duluth East HS Theatre presents Musical “Beauty & the Beast”
October 26-28, 7:00PM:  Tickets can be purchased with cash or check the evening of the show. Tickets go on sale at 6:00PM with general admission seating and doors opening at 6:30PM.  The show starts at 7:00PM.
October 29, 1:00PM: Sunday matinee ticket sales begin at 12Noon with doors opening at 12:30PM.  The matinee begins at 1:00PM.
$10 Students, $15 Adults, kids under 5 Free

Coming in November:   Denfeld HS Theater presents “High School Musical”
Disney’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on the Denfeld Auditorium stage! 

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POP: Power of Produce Club, Free Fresh Fruits & Veggies for Kids thru October 18   
   Through October 19, children any age can receive a $4 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers at the Lincoln Park Farmers Market. The Farmers Market is held Thursdays from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at the Harrison Community Center, 3002 W. 3rd Street in Duluth. 
POP is made possible through collaboration with Community Action Duluth, Lincoln Park Middle School, St. Louis County, University of Minnesota Extension and Healthy Northland.
Community Support Means Everything
   Many thanks to employees of Maurices for including our schools in their Grand Give event! They helped restock clothes at Myers-Wilkins Elementary, helped out in the Denfeld Hunter Hut and brought donations for the school’s clothing and supply closets for Duluth East students in need.  They also worked in East’s school forest classroom and in the school garden helping the Forestry class and culinary classes.  
A Warm Welcome…
   Myers-Wilkins Elementary is named after Duluth Community leaders Ruth Myers and Marjorie Wilkins. Working together and as individuals, their contributions did much to enhance the quality of educational programs and schools in Duluth
   Brenda Joy Doggett, granddaughter of Ms. Myers, stopped in to visit the school in September.  Ms. Doggett said she was impressed with Myers-Wilkins and hopes to visit again.
   THE HISTORY: Ruth Myers served in many leadership roles, including the Board of Education of the Duluth Public Schools and the Minnesota State Board of Education.  She received an honorary doctoral degree from UMD and received several awards, including the Minnesota Indian Education Association Elder of the Year; Marvelous Minnesota Woman Award; UMD Chancellor’s Distinguished Civil Service Award; and University of Minnesota President Hasselmo’s Diversity Award, among others.   
   Marjorie Wilkins was the first African American woman graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing and later became the first African American anesthetist at St. Luke’s Hospital.  She served as Duluth NAACP President and on the board of the United Way, and assumed a leadership role in many other community organizations.  .
Free PACER Workshop for Parents & Professionals   
PACER Center is bringing their free “How Parents Can Effectively Communicate with the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team” workshop to Duluth.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017  6:30PM to 8:30PM
Hampton Inn 310 Canal Park Dr. Duluth, MN 55802
To register, please contact: PACER CENTER 952-838-9000
(Voice) 800-537-2237 (Toll free)
If an ASL interpreter is needed, call 952-838-1338 with 48 hrs. notice
• Are you effective when advocating for your child at IEP meetings?
• Are you able to ask clarifying questions or speak up if you disagree
with what the school is proposing?
This interactive workshop will help you build effective communication skills with your child’s IEP team.
This workshop is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education.
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