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posted Nov 17, 2017, 11:10 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 11:10 AM ]

2017 State MIEA Award for Leadership
   Edye Howes is the recipient of the 2017 Administrator of the Year Award from the Minnesota Indian Education Association (MIEA).  Ms. Howes is coordinator for the Office of American Indian Education for the Duluth Public Schools.  The Award recognizes Edye’s leadership, her work in the American Indian Education Community, the reflection of American Indian culture in her life/work and other achievements. Congratulations, Edye!


Ordean East Student Receives Greenhouse Grant
   Jackson Descombaz received a Youth in Philanthropy Grant to complete the inside of Ordean East Middle School’s greenhouse. This could help provide more locally grown food for the school cafeteria and more learning opportunities for students.  The grant is provided through the Northland Foundation and Minnesota Power.

Healthy Harvest
   The Duluth school district harvested more than 1,750 pounds of produce this fall, much of it making its way into school lunches, lessons and snacks. Many thanks to the community groups, organizations and individuals who help make this possible, especially Healthy Northland Farm to School, Essentia and coordinator Renee Willemsen.
Congratulations, Denfeld Swim & Dive Team! The girls team took 3rd at Sections, broke three records and is sending Erin Rudd and Shelby Johnson to State.
Stowe/Laura Mac Flag Football Program a Success: A big thank you for community support from D'Andre Sherill, Demetrice Whittaker, Duluth Area Family YMCA, the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland, the Duluth Police Department, the Valley Youth Center and from school principals Nathan Glockle and Clay Norman. WDIO-TV10
Meet Hunter, Denfeld High School's therapy dog!
Please Get Your Application In Now for Free/Reduced Price Lunch
A New Application Must Be Submitted Each Year
   Applying is easy and confidential; choose which application works best for you.
>>Apply online at, click the link and follow the instructions.  Online application is safe, secure, convenient and available 24/7.
>>OR fill out a hard copy form and submit by mail or drop off at the school office.   Hard copy forms are available from the school office, from the Child Nutrition Office or download an Application for free and reduced meals.
   Qualifying for free/reduced price lunch may also qualify families to pay a lower fee or no fee for school activities.  Students who qualify take the ACT Test at school for free.  Families who qualify are helping Duluth schools qualify for additional education funds and discounts. Approval for school meals is good for the school year.
Minnesota’s Immunization Law: Please be sure you’ve filed documentation of immunization or legal exemption with your school.
   Minnesota has various laws requiring immunizations for children and adults enrolled in child care,
school, and college settings.  Legal exemptions are allowed - both for medical reasons and
conscientiously held beliefs.
   Minnesota’s Immunization Laws require all students to provide documentation of vaccination or a legal exemption in order to enroll or remain enrolled in school or in a childcare facility.
>>Students whose families do not provide documentation of vaccination or a legal exemption may be excluded from school.
>>We want all children to be in school – please take steps to provide documentation of vaccination or to file legal exemption with your school.

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   Apply online at, click Online Application.  Call (218) 336-8722 for more information.  
   Use our computers to apply! Available 9AM - 3PM Monday thru Friday in the Human Resources Department at Historic Old Central High School (215 N 1st Ave East). Parking available in the Third Street parking lot, use the Third Street entrance to enter the building.
> Food Service Helpers (contract and substitutes)
> Instructional Paraprofessionals (contract and substitutes)
> Special Education Paraprofessionals (contract and substitutes)
> Supervisory Paraprofessionals (contract and substitutes)
> Custodians (contract and substitutes)
> School Bus Drivers Substitutes
> Bus Helpers Substitutes
> Certified Substitutes with a valid MN teaching license
> Homebound Teachers with valid MN teaching license
(short call substitute license is not eligible)

Chilly Reading Challenge  
   When a Lowell teacher asked Jen Larva, Principal, to participate in the Pizza Hut Book It Challenge, Jen immediately said yes.  The program encourages students to set a reading goal – if they meet the goal they receive a certificate and a reward.  In this case, their reward was seeing the Principal spend a day out in the cold reading Betsy Bowen books to students.  Said Jen, “If I had known it was going to be so cold, I might have picked a different challenge!  Brr!” 


As cold, snowy weather hits the Northland, Carolyn Zanko knit 69 hats, 57 mittens and four quilts for donation to our schools.  Thank you Ms. Zanko, for your generosity.