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posted Mar 11, 2014, 3:46 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Mar 12, 2014, 7:01 AM ]

ISD 709 Proposes Adding Instructional Time to Offset Cold/Snow Cancellations

ISD 709 has had 7 snow/cold days off this year. Recognizing that instructional time is vital to the student learning process, and after discussions with principals and teachers, ISD 709 administration is proposing adjustments to the school year:

--Students attend school Friday May 16 (formerly a Staff Development day with no school for students).

--Students attend school Friday June 6 (June 5 was formerly the last day of school).

--Extend the end of the school day by 12 minutes beginning Monday March 24 and through the end of the school year (adds the equivalent of 1.6 days of instructional time).

The Board is expected to vote on the addition of this instructional time at its March 18th meeting.


Spring 2014 Community Education Class Schedule Now Available

Spring fun and learning for the entire family - arts, hobbies, computers, cooking, music, language, swimming, sports, health & wellness and more!

   Go online for a complete schedule and registration instructions:, Community Education.


Student-Run Restaurant Food For Thought Open To the Public

   Enjoy delicious gourmet salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts at Duluth's student-run restaurant Food for Thought, located at East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East.

   Entrees range from $7 to $14 and are prepared and served by Denfeld and Duluth East culinary arts students under the supervision of Chef Glenn D'Amour, CEC and Michael Emerson, front of house.

--Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12Noon to 1:00PM.

--Reservations are required: reserve and preorder 24 hours in advance by calling 218-336-8975 ext. 4055 or 218-336-8845 ext. 4055.

--For a full menu go to, choose the Duluth East website and click the link at the top of the page.

--Upcoming Features:

March 11, 12, 13: Old Fashioned Chicken & Dumplings for $10.00

March 18, 19, 20: Tuscan Roast Leg of Lamb for $11.00

March 25, 26, 27: French Herb Crusted Rack of Pork for $11.00

April 1, 2, 3: Beef Wellington for $14.00

April 15, 16, 17:  Fennel Roasted Pork Prime Rib for $11.00

April 22, 23, 24:  Fresh Grilled Halibut en Mole Verde for $12.00

Weekly features are served with choice of soup or salad, homemade focaccia bread and choice of beverage.


Educating and Inspiring Duluth’s Children

   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.

   Lincoln Park and Ordean East Middle Schools Provide:

  • The support 11-14 year olds need to be successful
  • A wealth of after school opportunities
  • Exploratory and Elective Classes - Art, Computers, Family & Computer Science, Pre-Engineering, World Language, Band, Choir, Orchestra - check the Course Catalog
  • Athletics - volleyball, basketball, swimming, track
  • Comprehensive interventions to boost Reading & Math achievementA multitude of course choices, check the Course Catalogs.
  • Modern teaching tools and science labs

Families new to ISD 709, please call for Fall 2014 Registration Information:

Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 West 3rd Street

Phone: 218-336-8880 x3282 or

Ordean East Middle School, 2900 East 4th Street

Phone: 218-336-8940 or



--Duluth East Daredevils Mentor Phil Norris received FIRST's (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) prestigious Woodie Flowers Award. This award is presented to an outstanding Mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, teaches, and empowers their team using excellent communication skills. Phil received this award at the Northern Lights Regional on March 7. Phil has mentored on FIRST Robotics teams for 10 years. He has been a mentor on our team for 6 years and was involved at Ordean with FLL for four years. He has inspired, led, and encouraged many students.

--Lincoln Park Middle School was well represented at the 2013-2014 Regional Spelling Bee held in Mt. Iron.  Hannah Feyen placed FIRST, Shelby Johnson 6th place, and Quinten Rimolde 9th place out of 29 students.  Hannah Feyen continued on to the Multi-Regional Spelling Bee in Fergus Falls.  Out of the 21 bee participants, Hannah Feyen placed 3rd.  Congratulations to ALL of the participants for BEE-ing outstanding and on their PAWsome accomplishments.