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posted Mar 3, 2014, 6:57 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Mar 3, 2014, 7:45 AM ]
   The 2014 FIRST Robotics Tournament takes place at the DECC March 6 - 8.  Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) will be competing in the Lake Superior Regional while Duluth East Daredevils will be competing in the Northern Lights Regional.

    Links to the webcast of both regionals as well as the schedule and standings can be found on the Daredevils website:  The Daredevils hope to webcast the practice rounds on Thursday afternoon. Friday competition begins at 9:00AM. These competitions will break the FIRST world record for the largest number of FRC teams under one roof for a regional event.  Teams are competing for a spot in the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, MO in April.   


   Mentoring Day will be held at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on March 17, 2014. More than 350 high school students with disabilities, representing regional school districts, will attend. More than 40 local business people from a wide variety of career fields will present to small groups of students in informal breakout sessions.  These career awareness presentations will occur every half hour from 9:30AM to 12:40PM.  In addition, a variety of breakout sessions related to other Transition areas will take place.  Students will also have the opportunity to engage in mock interviews which will take place throughout the day.   

   Representatives from regional colleges, adult service providers and businesses will be available to answer questions at over 20 booths.  Additionally, we will provide an informational strand for parents.
   Please consider being a part of this remarkable day. To register, contact Geri Lane 
218-879-1283 or


March is Youth Art Month

   Youth Art Month was initiated in the early 1960’s to emphasize the value of participating in art for all children.   Celebrated nationally, Youth Art Month is coordinated by the Council for Art Education, Inc. in cooperation with a number of organizations including the National Art Education Association. 

   Duluth Public Schools students had work chosen for several area art exhibitions.   The Duluth Art Institute’s exhibition is entitled First Spark, and runs from February 20 to April 20, 2014 in the Steffl Gallery.  There will be a celebration on April 17, from 5-7 pm.  Tours of the exhibit will also be offered during an “Art for Ed’s Sake” fundraiser on March 12.

   The University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Art Education department is hosting its third annual Twin Ports K-12 Art Exhibition, featuring work from both sides of the harbor, at UWS’s Kruk Gallery.  The show runs through Thursday, March 13.  The recognition is on Thursday, March 6, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, with a ceremony at 6:00 pm. 



--The Duluth East Boys Hockey Team earned their sixth consecutive trip to the State Tournament, prevailing over Elk River in overtime in the section 7AA final. 

-- Duluth East High School’s German Sharks #31 received Most Proficient at the 2014 Minnesota Zoo German Day event.  Congratulations to Emily Aho, Journey Gontjes, Natalie Hanson and Jessica Marshik.  German students from Duluth East, Denfeld and Ordean East schools participated in the event, making presentations which are judged on creativity and visual display.  This year two German instructors from the University of MN also interacted with the students, looking for German vocabulary and correct syntax usage, speaking freely and the ability to answer questions.