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posted Oct 24, 2017, 1:06 PM by Communications ISD 709
National School Bus Safety Week
   Thank you to our ISD 709 and Voyageur Bus Company drivers who get thousands of students to school safely every day!

State Bound ‘Hounds:  Congratulations to the 
Duluth East Boys Soccer Team!


Congratulations, Denfeld Debate Team
   Great performance at Coon Rapids!  Autumn Zierman and Quinten Rimolde, champions in Public Forum Debate; Tim Hoeksema, 4th in Congressional Debate; Grace Hollander and Elsa Madson Honorable Mention as best speakers. Congrats coaching staff Fred Friedman, Brian Schilling and all team members.


Invitation from Bill Gronseth, Superintendent:
   “To learn more about where we’re going and what we’re doing in Duluth Public Schools, I invite you to attend our Annual Report for the Community, Thursday November 9, 6:00PM at Lincoln Park Middle School.  It’s informative and fun, an evening showcasing our schools, student work and performance, with music by members of the Denfeld Band and Choir, and delicious food by students in the Denfeld Deli culinary arts program.  It’s free and open to the public, all are welcome; I hope you’ll join us.”
Lincoln Park Middle School is located at 3215 West 3rd Street in Duluth.
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Hunters and 'Hounds Help Out
   Denfeld and Duluth East Key Clubs conducted Camp In a Box events to help raise awareness of homelessness and collect funds for Life House. These caring high school students collected about $1,125 at Denfeld and $2,000 at Duluth East. Life House will use the funds to support area teens as they move into permanent housing.  Life House provides for the needs of young people left to fend for themselves on the streets, providing a place where youth can reclaim a positive, healthy and hopeful future.

Thank You, Jonathan Thunder
   Denfeld and Duluth East High School students are invited to work with painter and digital media artist Jonathan Thunder to create a mural at Denfeld High School for the Duluth American Indian Education Department. They'll be working on the project after school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting October 18.
   Thunder’s work has been featured in many state, regional, and national exhibitions, as well as local and international publications. He has won several awards in SWAIA's Annual Class 'X' Moving Images competition for his animation work on multiple projects.
Duluth Public Schools American Indian Education Department
   We Are Here to Support You:  We are in an ever changing world, and how we view and identify
with race and ethnicity is ever changing too. However, most school districts have created additional departments to help support groups that are at times under-represented, or that may demonstrate a special need. This can be anything from culture and language to academics, tutoring and mentorship. One group in our district that falls within this category is the Duluth Public Schools American Indian Education Department, which has their own set of staff and is spread throughout various sites within our district.
   Who Qualifies?  As educators we believe in supporting all students, but our main focus is American Indian and Alaskan Native students. These students are anyone who has self-identified or who a parent has identified as being a descendant of an American Indian or Alaskan Native family member or who is an enrolled member of a tribe themselves.
   How Do We Know Who You Are?  In the beginning of the year parents and guardians complete paperwork for their child or dependent. Within this paperwork is an area that asks the ethnicity of the child. Most of the time, you can only choose one race. Other times you can choose more than one option, which makes sense. However, if a parent or guardian is interested in receiving services for their child and are A.I. or A.N., this must be marked on the information cards under the race and ethnicity section.
   If a person is A.I. or A.N. and chooses not to identify or use our services, that is okay too. If you are a parent or guardian of an A.I. or A.N. student and would like these services available to your child, please make sure the paperwork is filled out correctly. If you have already filled out the paperwork and have not identified your child but want to, you can do this or make changes at any time.
Amanda Horton, American Indian Home Liaison
East High School, Ordean East Middle School
ISD 709 American Indian Education Department:  (218) 336 - 8700 ext. 1149 and 1152
Food For Thought Student-Run Restaurant Open to Public
   High school students offer a classical menu for the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Duluth East. 
   Reservations and orders are required at least 24 hours in advance and become part of the lesson plan as students learn introductory and advanced techniques in line cooking, culinary skills and the intricacies of service. 
   All this makes for a unique experience, a hidden gem for dining in Duluth. Check online for details
Duluth East HS Theatre presents Musical
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.
Duluth East High School, 301 N. 40th Ave East, Duluth
$10 Students, $15 Adults, kids under 5 Free

Coming in November, Denfeld High School students are hard at work, prepping and rehearsing a production of "HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL!"
Mark your calendar and get ready to see this Disney smash hit come to life on the Denfeld Auditorium stage: 
November 2 - 4: 7;00PM
November 5: 2:00PM
$10 General Admission, Tickets sold at the door.
Denfeld High School, 401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth

Visual/Media Arts teacher Debra Hannu was selected to serve on the Minnesota Department of Educations's Arts Standards Committee.  Tasked with updating the MN Academic Standards in the Arts, the committee work will take place over the course of the school year.
Exploring Possibilities:
Students from Denfeld High School traveled to the Minneapolis College of Art & Design this month. They toured the school, had their portfolios reviewed by several colleges and universities
and spent time at the Minneapolis Art Institute. 
--Riding the Rails: Students in Jennifer Fabbro’s class at Denfeld High School took a ride on the Lake Superior Railroad, with fall colors peaking and gorgeous weather.  
--Schools Go Crunch:  Apple Crunch Day was a big success, with students across our district taking healthy bites out of local produce. Thank you, Healthy Northland Farm to School!
Join KEY Zone Thursday, October 26 for Nationwide Lights on Afterschool Event
   Celebrating the importance of keeping the lights on and doors open after school and showcasing the remarkable work done by students. A powerful reminder that afterschool programs offer a range of supports to children and families.
   Connect with your KEY Zone site to see what kinds of activities will be going on. Duluth’s Enger Tower will be lit up in blue and gold that evening to bring awareness to this national initiative.