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posted Oct 16, 2013, 8:08 AM by Communications ISD 709

Duluth School Board Recognizes Set Your Student Up For Success Planners

   During the regular October meeting, the Duluth School Board recognized several individuals who played a key role in organizing Piedmont Elementary’s recent Set Your Student Up for Success event.  Those recognized include Becky Gerdes, Principal; Tim Doyle, Piedmont PTA President; Deb Montgomery, Community Liaison; Jenna Gust, KEY ZONE; Greg Jackson, Building Engineer; Jean Engebretson, WITC Cosmetology Instructor; Fae Shunk, Monitor and Office Assistant and Justin Chumick.

   The evening was created to work toward proactively raising the academic and behavioral standards for students in the Piedmont and Lincoln Park communities.  It also focused on the many community organizations available to provide for good health, positive well-being and increased academic success.

   Many community groups and organizations pitched in; Little Angies provided a Taco Bar for attendees, stylists were on hand offering free haircuts, local pediatricians and dentists were involved to educate on healthy living, and every Piedmont teacher committed to attend this event to increase communication and build relationships with families and community members.



Kim Olson, Denfeld High School, was selected to attend the Health Science Master Teacher Institute, organized by the National Consortium for Health Science Education.  The Master Teacher Institute seeks exemplary health science teachers who demonstrate excellence in teaching.  Selection criteria include forward-thinking, serves as a mentor, participates in collaborative initiatives. 

Sam Fehringer, Denfeld High School, has been named a "Commended Student" in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.  About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  They place among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 PSAT exam.

Members of the Duluth FFA Forestry Team - David Rowe, Kat Andrews and Hillarie Madden - placed 3rd in the

Northeast MN region event held at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.  Their performance on a written test, compass and GPS course, map reading, tree, wood, tool identification and timber cruising takes them to the state level later this year.  They are students in the Career and Technical Education class of Forestry, Fish and Wildlife offered at Duluth East High School.