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posted Dec 7, 2017, 9:48 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 9:48 AM ]

Students Take On Emergency Preparedness
   Denfeld and Duluth East students attended a Minnesota HOSA training at Camp Ripley this week, designed to introduce them to disaster preparedness, foster community resiliency, and build leadership skills. Students are enrolled in Denfeld and Duluth East Medical Occupations or First Aid/BLS and EMR courses, part of ISD 709’s Career & Technical Education Program.

Denfeld Mural Project Unveiling Event
Please join us for the unveiling of a mural created by Denfeld students in collaboration with members of the community and visiting artist Jonathan Thunder.  
Free and Open to the Public
Date: December 14, 2017
Time:  4:00PM – 6:00PM
Place:  Denfeld High School Commons & Auditorium, 401 N. 44th Ave West
Presented by the Duluth American Indian Education Department

Lincoln Park Middle Schoolers Art Show
   The following students will have their artwork displayed at the Denfeld Whole Foods Co-op during the month of December, come see their amazing work!  Shayla Goodsky, Chloe Brown, DeLayna Auginash, Faith Grammer, Gigi Boheim, Annabelle Soderberg, Paris Allen, Javon Griggs, Kamryn Hill, Qamar Ali, Bella Corbett. Yavin Flowers, Jada Brown, Mya Yunk. 

Students Join Women in Welding Program 
   Abbigayle Lundberg, Duluth East, received an Anne Bancroft Dare to Dream Award and will learn to weld after school at the Duluth FAB Lab at Denfeld High School for two months. She’s joined by Grace Daniel, Andrea Sas and Abigail Dryke, recipients of an AMFA grant for women in welding incentive programs.
   The program provides personal encouragement and incentives through mentorship by women currently working as welders. They’ll work with Lindsay Paulseth from Altec and Roxane Simonsen, Denfeld Tech Tutor, who is completing her welding certification program from Lake Superior College. T


Heading to State!
   Congratulations Tim Hoeksema, Duluth East HS and member of the Duluth Debate Team! Tim earned a spot at the Minnesota State High School League Congressional Debate tournament in Minneapolis. He’ll represent Section 5AA during the state tournament January 12-13, 2018 at the University of Minnesota.

Denfeld, Duluth East Students Explore Careers
   Students took part in the annual "Dream It. Do It." tour to learn about manufacturing going on in their own back yard, local career opportunities and how Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills are put into practice in modern manufacturing facilities. Students visited:
>>AAR and Cirrus (Engineering class) 
>>Ikonics, SCS Interiors and APAvionics (Graphic Arts class) 
>>Altec and AAR (Automotive and Work-Based Learning class)
   About 125 students took part thanks to funding and support from APEX Duluth, Lake Superior Carl Perkins Grant Consortium, 360 MN. Thank you to all involved for this great opportunity!
Local Scholarship Available – Apply by January 15, 2018
   Now is the time to apply for the huge bounty of scholarships available to graduating high school seniors.  Duluth is truly blessed with a huge number of awards. Some are based on academics, but others, like the Minnesota Power Community Involvement Scholarship, recognize community volunteerism. Other scholarships limit their eligibility pool by financial need, prospective major, school attending or religious affiliation and, with over 50 scholarships, there’s something for everyone.  Find out what’s available by using the Eligibility Quiz on the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation website. 
   Applications are due by January 15, 2018.  They'll take some time to fill out, so start early. More information can be found on the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation website or by phone to 218-726-0232. 
December School Board Agenda Items - Detailed Information Online
(This is not a comprehensive list of Board agenda items)
>>Truth In Taxation Hearing: Minnesota's Truth in Taxation Law requires school districts to provide a public hearing before adopting a tax levy for the following year. The hearing includes a presentation about the current budget and proposed tax levies.
>>Fiscal Year 2017 Audit: The School Board will receive results of the annual independent audit for the past school year. This is the last step in closing out last year's financial statements.
>>Current Budget Year Update: The Board will hear an update based on numbers from a variety of sources, including the MN Department of Education. Generally, the projections and final numbers over which we have control are fairly close. As we gathered final data for last year, however, we found an unexpected loss of revenue, due in part to a change in the special education formula combined with increased expenses reflected in out-of-district tuition adjustments.
Duluth East Outdoor Classroom, Veterans Concert 
Thank you, Look at Lakeside, for the nice articles!

Thank You, Duluth Fire Department  
   Children and families from our Early Childhood Family Education Program (ECFE) visited the Duluth Fire Department, exploring and learning a lot about fire prevention and safety. Many thanks to firefighter Cory Flesch for the great tour!
Congratulations DFT Minnesota Teacher of the Year Nominees
   The DFT Teacher of the Year Committee met to review and select nominees to move forward for Education Minnesota’s 2018 Teacher of the Year program. Upon review and careful consideration of 12 nominations, a big congratulations to Holly Bowen Bailey, Ordean-East, Elizabeth Kersting-Peterson, Homecroft and Cindy Upton, Lowell. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year program, now in its 54th year, is the oldest and most prestigious recognition program in Minnesota to honor excellence in education. The program chooses one teacher to represent Minnesota's thousands of excellent educators. That teacher will be announced in May 2018.
Handle With Care
   This Duluth Police Department and Duluth School District partnership helps provide extra support for students who may have experienced trauma outside of school. Thanks to St. Louis County, First Witness Child Advocacy Center, and PAVSA for your assistance with the project!

Duluth East Hoops Helping Out 
Student athletes gave of their time to bell ring for The Salvation Army of Duluth, Minnesota.

Denfeld Hockey Team Brings Holiday Cheer to Local Families
Inspiration and Purpose
   Art students from the ISD 709 Area Learning Center visited The Prøve Gallery in downtown Duluth to see the 2017 Plys With Purpose exhibit and talk with gallery founder Flo Matamoros about DIY art showings, choosing artists and supporting the subculture of artists. Plys With Purpose is Prøve Gallery’s fourth exhibition and a silent auction of 30 crafted skateboard decks by local, national, and international artists all sharing one purpose, building skateboard parks in communities.
ISD 709 Career & Technical Education:  Graphic Arts and Digital Design
   Through this program, Denfeld and Duluth East students explore digital design and communication careers through hands-on use of industry-based software utilized in advertising, design and layout. Students apply and contextualize art concepts for client and business needs to provide an authentic learning environment and career connections.
ISD 709 Career & Technical Education:  Aerospace Physics 
   Students learn the concepts of Physics through exploration of Aerospace Engineering and Design. Students are introduced to theories of flight, principles of engineering, airplane design and manufacturing. 

2017 Greg Irons Staff Award Nominations Due by January 15
   Know a great educator who deserves a pat on the back or some special recognition? Consider nominating them for the Greg Irons Teacher/Staff Award. Named after a former ISD 709 teacher, the Award recognizes individuals who ‘demonstrate their belief that all students have worth and the desire to succeed and that responsibility, sincerity, honesty and hard work are the foundation of a person's life.’ Past winners have received a cash award of $500.
   Nominations are due by January 15, 2018. Applications are at and can be submitted electronically. Details at or 218-726-0232.
“Paws”ing to remember Catsby
Remembering Catsby, a favorite at Duluth East High School...