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posted Oct 9, 2017, 1:40 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 1:53 PM ]
October is National Bullying Prevention & Awareness Month
   As members of the Duluth community, we value creating welcoming environments where the uniqueness of each person is honored, recognizing that we all come from many different circumstances and cultures.
   We strive to provide safe, secure and respectful learning environments for all students in our school buildings, on school grounds, school buses and at school-sponsored activities.  A safe and civil environment is needed for students to learn and achieve and to promote healthy human relationships.
   Click here to learn more about local school policies related to bullying behaviors.  For tips and information about what you can do to address bullying check:
Indigenous Peoples Day – October 9, 2017
From the Duluth Indigenous Commission:
   The public is invited to a special event to recognize and raise awareness of Indigenous people's culture, contributions and current issues in our community. 
   Thursday, October 12, the public is invited to the annual Feast and Forum to be held at 5:30 PM in the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center (AICHO/Trepanier Hall), 212 W. Second St. in downtown Duluth. This yearly celebration is open to the public from 5:30PM - 9:00PM where attendees can bring a dish to share and discuss the most serious issues facing our Indigenous community today. The topics will deal with issues affecting Native youth today—primarily in educational disparity and opioid addiction.  The event is free and open to the public.
ISD 709 Wellness - Encourage Students with Healthy Alternatives
From the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation:
What if every single child in this community had the opportunity to reach their full potential?
We invite you—our neighbors from every corner of Duluth—to be our guest as we kick off a major initiative to forge a path to better opportunity for all of our kids.
OPPORTUNITY RISING:  Our promise to our kids.
Community-Wide Dinner October 25
Join us to share a warm meal of soup and bread, meet each other and learn how—by working together—we can provide rising opportunities for all our kids.
Date:   Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time:  5:30PM–7:30PM, Program begins at 6:00PM
Place: Lincoln Park Middle School—Commons Area, 3215 W 3rd St, Duluth, MN 55806
Need a Ride? Free rides to and from the event will be provided.
Event Free and Open to the Public
RSVP: Seating will be limited, so please let us know you are coming, and if you need a ride, by October 18. Call 218.726.0232 or rsvp online here.
Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation

--2017 Walk/Bike to School Day:
  Over 1,000 students turned out to promote active lifestyles this month - joined by Superintendent Bill Gronseth and Duluth Mayor Emily Larson. Many thanks to all the families, staff and community
members who helped with this event.
--Denfeld Holds National Honor Society Induction:  Denfeld held its National Honor Society induction ceremony this month and welcomed Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken, DHS Class of '87, as the keynote speaker. Congratulations,Hunter scholars!
--Leaders of the Pack:  Myers-Wilkins Elementary presented several students with the first ever “Leader of the Pack” Award this month.  The award was a
surprise for the students and presented with family members present.  It’s a way to recognize students who demonstrate school wide expectations of being respectful, responsible and safe. 
--Thanks, Mr. Erickson: Denfeld High School and Harvard University alum Cliff Erickson visited Denfeld to share his post-secondary experiences at an Ivy League school and to encourage students to aim high, set goals and pursue the life they want after high school. Mr. Erickson visits the school each year, thanks for inspiring our students
--Inspiring Musicians:  Orchestra students from Ordean East Middle School attended the Minnesota Orchestra concert at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis this month.
--Denfeld Key Club Pies Teachers (for a good cause):  Members of the Denfeld Key Club organized a Coin War, pitting teachers against students.  Students collected the most change, earning science teacher Robert Fox and English teacher Matthew Pursi pies in the face. Coin War proceeds totaled $626 and went to the school’s Special Education Department to fund field trips for students in that program.
--Homecroft’s Kersting Peterson Named Teacher of the Year:  The Bong Chapter of the Air Force Association named Elizabeth Kersting Peterson their Chapter Teacher of the Year.  She was selected from a group of nearly 40 candidates for demonstrated excellence in education and in recognition of sustained, outstanding performance as an educator.
--Exchange Program a Great Success:  Duluth East hosted nearly 30 students from Albstadt, Germany as part of the German American Partnership Program (GAPP).  The students visited the North Shore,
MN State Capitol, and the Mall of America and experienced American life with their host families. In June 2018, Duluth East German language students will visit their German partners during a three-week stay in Germany, visiting Berlin, Munich, and Austria, in addition to living with their host families.
--Students Dig Sustainable Farming:  Lincoln Park and Ordean East Middle School science students had a great time at the UMD Land Lab, aka Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) Farm. They learned about a variety of
topics including pollinators and soil. Some favorites include harvesting squash and eating fresh carrots. Many thanks to volunteers, UMD, and Duluth Community Gardening.
--Metamorphosis:  Piedmont Elementary students learned about the life cycle, migration and habits of monarch butterflies.  Tom Uecker and Carolyn Schroeder from Duluth Monarch Buddies
provided three chrysalides for each classroom so students could watch them become butterflies, identify male and females, and then tag and release the monarchs for their migration to Mexico.
Thank you, Duluth Monarch Buddies, for this opportunity.
--Eyes on the Skies:  Students from Congdon Park Elementary took a field trip to Hawk Ridge to continue study of birds of the boreal forest. Many thanks to Hawk Ridge educators for the great, hands-on learning experience.
--Touchdown:  Thanks to everyone helping out with flag football for Stowe and Laura MacArthur Elementary students, lots of healthy, active fun!
2018 Twin Ports Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Mass Choir Rehearsals 
“Birth of a New Nation”
Guest Clinician:  Mr. Johnny Barker from St. Louis, Missouri
October 16-20, 2017  6:00PM
Peace United Church of Christ
1111 North 11 Avenue East, Duluth, MN
For More Information email:
New Members Welcome!
   The Historic Old Central Museum Committee welcomes alumni and interested community members to join their group. They’re dedicated to preserving Duluth's educational heritage, connecting today's youth with tradition, and instilling a common vision of respect for the value of public education.
Committee members:
>>Manage a local high school Scholarship program
>>Manage donations and assist with sales of t-shirts, yearbooks and prints to support scholarships
>>Manage and maintain the 1890’s Classroom Museum
>>Conduct tours of the Historic Old Central High School building and clock tower by appointment
   Learn more by attending a monthly meeting, held the first Friday of each month from 9:00AM to 11:00AM in Room 112 of Historic Old Central High School, 215 N. 1st Avenue East. 
Contact us, we’re happy to answer questions:
218-724-1887 or email
218-728-2904 or