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posted Nov 29, 2017, 11:29 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Nov 29, 2017, 11:31 AM ]

Duluth School Board Honors Congdon Park Teacher 
   Jebeh Edmunds definitely deserves the Duluth News Tribune's 2017 20 Under 40 Award which looks for "awesomeness" in young leaders.  She teaches at Congdon Park Elementary and also taught at Myers-Wilkins Elementary. She holds a Masters of Science in Teaching from The College of St. Scholastica, is a Blandin Community Foundation Alum, recipient of a Minnesota Reading Corps Teacher Corps Scholarship, Cofounder of the multicultural blog and she founded the EBOLA BlockAID Fundraising initiative for Liberia. 
   Her service with the school district includes the Nettle Site Council Committee, ISD 709 African American Educational Advisory Committee, the ELA Adoption Team, and ISD 709 Professional Development Committee.  Congratulations, Jebeh!

Newly Tenured Teachers
   Following three years of rigorous evaluations, observations, in-servicing and mentoring, teachers and administrators who meet district standards and expectations are granted tenure.  This year’s newly tenured teachers were presented to the School Board and received formal recognition at the November 21 School Board meeting.  

Duluth East Choir Performs at Statewide Festival
   The A'Capella Choir appeared in a state-wide high school choral festival conducted American conductor/composer Mack Wilberg, artistic director of the internationally renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City UT.

Here's to Health
   A big thank you to Josh Gorham, PHN, St. Louis County Public Health (and newly elected School Board member), for teaching Lincoln Park Middle School students more about nutrition and inspiring healthy choices.

Record of Continuous Improvement (RCI) Presentations
   Throughout the school year, each school is providing an update to the Board regarding their school improvement plan. The work on RCI is led by the school's Continuous Improvement Team (CIT). Each school has gone through a comprehensive needs assessment and developed action steps to improve student outcomes. This month Duluth East and Congdon Park made presentations.
Secondary Schedule Task Force Update
   We recognize that our community would like more course options than can be accommodated under our current secondary schedule (6-Period Day).  Last spring, a process was designed to gain a full range of feedback from stakeholder groups and includes staff and family surveys. The process also involves a team of teachers and administrators from both high schools and middle schools to review the options, consider organizational priorities and make recommendations.
Rockridge Academy
   Woodland Hills Academy will soon be relocating their school operations to the Rockridge building. The Duluth school district provides the educational program for Woodland Hills.  District administration recommends the name change from Woodland Hills Academy to Rockridge Academy.
Duluth Special School Board Meeting November 28
   The Board heard from community members and staff regarding distribution of compensatory education dollars and equity. The interest and passion of the attendees is much appreciated and we hope all will continue to support a larger conversation regarding education equity in the coming months.
>>Plans for a community driven conversation about educational equity are being developed. Community advisers, focus groups, public input and board discussion will be used to develop a commitment to equity.
>>The FY 2019 budget process has already begun internally as we continue to build projections for the next school year, finalize enrollment and percentages of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch, which will determine Compensatory Education and Title I funding levels for next year. There will be opportunities for staff and public input through that process.
>>The preliminary planning stages for renewal of the 2013 levy referendum also began early last year.  In the coming weeks and months we will continue to develop a community vision for the referendum.

Early Childhood Education Counts - 
The Road to Graduation Starts at Birth
>>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 Early Childhood Birth to Age 5 Programs - Do you know someone with a preschool age child? Pass along the information.