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posted Jan 31, 2014, 8:44 AM by Communications ISD 709

Your ideas about education matter – share them through a Think Kids meeting or participate through the online survey at!

Upcoming Meetings – If you can’t make a meeting in your school or neighborhood, feel free to attend one at another location.

Monday February 3:

4:00PM – 5:30PM Myers-Wilkins Elementary, 1027 N. 8th Avenue East

6:30PM - 8:00PM Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 West Third Street

Tuesday February 4:

4:00PM – 5:30PM Congdon Park Elementary, 316 East Superior Street

Wednesday February 5:

4:00PM – 5:30PM Piedmont Elementary, 2827 Chambersburg Ave

6:30PM – 8:00PM Stowe Elementary, 715 – 101st Avenue West

More Think Kids meetings at


Perkins High School Hockey Frenzy Monday February 3

   Four of the area’s best boys hockey teams face off in the 4th Annual Perkins High School Hockey Frenzy Monday February 3 at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center. Denfeld faces Hermantown at 5:00PM, Duluth East and Cloquet-Esko-Carlton square off at 7:15PM.

   There are many on and off ice activities, including a guest appearance by “Too Tall Ike,” the world’s tallest ice skater and t-shirt tosser; youth hockey games and the Perkins “Cool Cookie” contest. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Proceeds help fund athletic programs for both Duluth schools.


Free Early Childhood Screening Available Through April 2014

Early childhood developmental screening helps a school district identify children who may benefit from district and community resources available to help in their development.

--Recommended during the year children are three.

--Required for kindergarten entrance.

Duluth Public Schools will offer free screenings through April 2014.

Appointments are available most weeks Monday, Wednesday or Friday

at Barnes Early Childhood Center.

Additional off-site screen dates are available:

March 3 (Monday) Gimaajii Mino Bimaadizimin

March 5 (Wed.) Stowe

March 12 (Wed.) Washington Center

March 19 (Wed.) Homecroft

March 26 (Wed.) Lincoln Park Children & Family Collaborative (Old Lincoln)

To schedule an appointment, call 336-8816 or email (Duluth residents) or contact your local school district for more information


ECFE- Early Childhood Family Education, serving parents and their children from birth through 3 years and the School Readiness Pre-K program is registering families for the 2014-15 school year this spring. Call 336-8890 for more information or to get on their mailing list.



--The Duluth East FFA Fish and Wildlife Team will advance to the State competition at the University of Minnesota after a 3rd place finish at the FFA Region 2 Fish and Wildlife Career Development event in Brainerd. Team members Nic Ronningen, Jessy Perrault, Dalton Reinking and Seth Nelson proved their knowledge of birds, fish, mammals, and insects in the competition of 14 northeastern Minnesota teams.

-- The following students have been awarded Artist of the Month at Laura Mac Arthur Elementary, showing hard work, dedication and creativity.

November/December 2013: Jenna Rabold, Ethan Starstead, Ella Engels, Morgan Wilmer, Ella Porter, Ben Walker, Annabelle Soderberg

January/February 2014: Madison Bennett, Ayla Bjerke, Kiya Marino, Nia Gaskell, Maddie Jouppi, Emily Scrignoli, Jaymeson Strom, Nicholas Misuraco, Odin Maudel, Lachlen Starstead,

At Laura MacArthur, students strive to be focused, appropriate and cooperative and these young people are great role models. Artwork was created in Mrs. Valento's art room.

-- ISD 709 Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and School Readiness classrooms were the recipients of 1200 new books as a result of the Barnes and Noble Holiday Book Fair. A great big "thank you" goes out to Barnes and Noble and the Duluth community for all of the wonderful new books which will help support the literacy foundation of our classrooms.