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posted Feb 27, 2014, 11:12 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Feb 27, 2014, 12:56 PM ]

Duluth School Board Recognizes Kwik Trip, Inc. For Donation to Support Digital Fabrication Laboratories in High Schools

During their regular meeting in February, Duluth School Board members took time to recognize and thank Kwik Trip, Inc. for donating $10,000 to help fund digital fabrication laboratories, also known as "fab labs," in ISD 709 high schools. Such labs are being adopted by schools as platforms for project-based, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.


Safe Routes to Congdon Park Elementary School – Community Meeting Monday March 3
Congdon Park Principal Kathi Kusch-Marshall and the Congdon Park Safe Routes to School Committee are inviting parents and Congdon Park neighbors to a community meeting at the school Monday March 3 at 5:30PM to review potential strategies to promote a safe walking environment for students. Congdon Park Elementary is located at 3116 East Superior Street.

The Committee believes the safety of students walking to school could be improved through a number of different strategies.
Discussion topics will include:
• Addressing traffic around the school
• Creating a trail crossing at Superior Street and Congdon Park Drive
• Implementing a school speed zone
• Possible creation of community uses at Congdon Park Elementary School
The Committee would like to hear from parents and community members before taking these ideas forward to the City of Duluth for further consideration.


National FFA Week takes place in February and is a time to share what FFA is and the impact it has on its members. "Future Farmers of America" was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. Today, FFA helps its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways - FFA is also the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too!

Local members of FFA have been busy this year with many projects, here are just a few:

--Invasive species- Buckthorn and Honeysuckle in the Certified DNR- "East High School Forest"

--Spring tapping of maple trees in the forest.

--Planted over 200 trees in the forest with City of Duluth, neighbors and Duluth Stream Corp

--Partner with Natural Resource Institute and UMD in a scientific study of effectiveness of deer repellent: "Repellex" on White Pine in our forest.

--Implementation of the East School Garden

--Tomato Man Project: FFA Members teach a lesson and assist Congdon students in growing tomatoes

--Participated in the EHS Schoolyard Habitat Plan- built bird nest boxes and feeders to be placed early spring.


Denfeld & Duluth East High School Class Registration February 24 – March 9

Highly skilled teachers, a wide range of rigorous and engaging course work and state-of-the-art facilities provide a rich learning experience with many educational and extracurricular opportunities for all students.

--A multitude of course choices, check the Course Catalog at

--Modern teaching tools and science labs

--Advanced Placement, Honors Courses

--College In the Schools - Earn college credit in high school

--Career/Tech Ed Training - medical, business, culinary arts, more

--Art and Music, including Band, Orchestra, Chorus – small and large groups

--Comprehensive interventions to boost reading and math skills

--Guidance and support to teach responsibility and citizenship

--Caring, experienced teachers - Average 17+ years experience, most hold Masters Degree or higher

--Dozens of extracurricular activities, including Robotics

--School Spirit – Greyhound and Hunter Pride!

--Unique Local College/Post-Secondary Scholarship Opportunities

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--Students Emily Pohl and Andrew Ngyugen represent Congressional District 8 on the Minnesota Youth Council. The Minnesota Youth Council (MYC) is a collaboration of youth and adults working together to empower and mobilize youth across the state to exercise their voices, opinions. On March 7th they will be participating in the first ever MYC Committee hearing at the State Capitol. The MYC Committee advises legislators on youth related bills, thanks to the 2013 Omnibus E-12 Education Act.

--The Ordean East 8th Grade Orchestra will travel to the College Of St. Benedict's February 28 to participate in a day long Middle School Orchestra Festival. Over forty three Middle School Orchestras from the State of Minnesota will perform at three different sites to advance to Tier 2 level. If selected to Tier 2 they are invited in March to rehearse with members of the Minnesota Orchestra.

--Over 120 Marketing and Business Students participated in the Regional Competition of the Business Professionals of America in Grand Rapids.  During the competition, students from Duluth East High School received awards and are eligible to advance to the State competition in Minneapolis.

Jim Anderson: 2nd Insurance Concepts

Rachel Aslyn: 4th Human Resource Management

Kristel Baltazar: 2nd Medical Office Procedures

Hannah Beaudry: 5th Basic Office Systems And Procedures, 5th Fundamental Desktop Publishing

Rachel Berg: 2nd Administrative Support Concepts

Erica Churchill: 4th Banking And Finance

Ailie Davidson: 4th Advanced Word Processing Skills, 5th Medical Office Procedures

Madeline Dusek: 3rd Human Resource Management

Brady Evanson: 2nd Computer Network Technology, 3rd Information Technology Concepts, 4th PC Servicing And Troubleshooting, 4th Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts, 4th Financial Math And Analysis Concepts

Whitney Garden: 1st Fundamental Desktop Publishing

Iyzaya Gill: 3rd Computer Programming Concepts, 5th Insurance Concepts, 5th PC Servicing And Troubleshooting

Noah Golden: 2nd Network Administration Using Microsoft, 4th Computer Network Technology, 5th Information Technology Concepts

Kristina Green: 4th Advanced Office Systems And Procedures

Hannah Halverson: 3rd Legal Office Procedures, 3rd Advanced Office Systems And Procedures

Ashley Lax: 1st Human Resource Management, 2nd Management/Marketing/Human Resources Concepts, 2nd Parliamentary Procedure Concepts, 3rd Keyboarding Production, 3rd Extemporaneous Speech

Will O’Neil: 2nd Human Resource Management, 3rd Computer Network Technology

Tessa Paquette: 5th Fundamental Desktop Publishing

Brandt Pilon: 4th Fundamental Desktop Publishing, 5th Project Management Concepts

Jonah Wehr: 1st Banking And Finance, 1st Insurance Concepts, 5th Administrative Concepts

Abby Weisinger: 2nd Graphic Design Promotion, 2nd Fundamental Desktop Publishing

Taylor Wendinger: 1st Keyboarding Production

Gus Ziegler: 2nd Computer Programming Concepts, 3rd Banking And Finance, 3rd Project Management Concepts