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posted Mar 14, 2014, 12:11 PM by Communications ISD 709

Boozhoo gakina awiiya ! Hello everyone!

Lincoln Park Middle School is proud to announce its Ziigwaan Niimi'iding Spring Powwow. Please join us for miijiim (food), nagamowin (singing), gaye niimiwin (and dancing).

Aaniin api (When): Friday March 21st, 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Aaniin di (Where): Lincoln Middle School, 3215 W. 3rd Street

Onaagoshi-wiisiniwin (Dinner): 5:00PM – 6:00PM

The Round Dance: starts at 5:30PM, and Grand Entry is at 6:30PM.

Free and Open to the Public - Please help spread the word!


For more information: Diana Anstett , Integration Specialist 218-391-5798

ISD 709 Office of American Indian Education

Brought to you by: Duluth Public Schools - American Indian Education, Office of Education Equity


How Do We Prepare Our Teachers?

Education Minnesota leaders are hosting community conversations to improve teacher preparation, recruitment and diversity. Parents, educators, students, advocates, community leaders—anyone interested in the future of Minnesota public education—are invited to attend.

This is more than just a talk. Education Minnesota leaders will collect your ideas and bring them to a wider audience in spring 2014.

When: Thursday, Mar. 20

Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: Washington Center310 N. First Ave. W., Duluth

The evening will begin with a 30-minute panel followed by small group discussions. Registration is preferred, but not required. The event is free and open to the public. Bring a friend!

For more information and to sign up, go to:


Over 50 students from the Duluth Speech Team will be in concert on Thursday March 20, 7:00PM, in the Duluth

East High School Myers-Wilkins Auditorium, 301 North 40th Avenue East.  This amazing group of performers will entertain, inform and inspire you.  Come and enjoy their professionalism and talent.  Tickets are on sale at the door for $5.00, monies raised go to help members of the team travel to the National Speech Tournament in Kansas this June.


Ordean East Middle School theatre presents Snow Angel, a one-act play by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire. John Pokrzywinski directs an able cast and crew. Shows are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, March 26-28 at 7:00PM in the Ordean East Little Theatre, 2900 East Fourth Street. Tickets are $5.00.  For more information:
Play Synopsis:  When the quiet town of Deerpoint, Vermont is hit by the biggest blizzard in 107 years, a mysterious girl named Eva steps out of a snow bank and into the lives of 16 confused teenagers who are asked to help her in her search. What Eva’s searching for-and who she truly is-becomes a mystery that baffles, divides, and energizes the teens of Deerpoint. Snow Angel is a funny and eerie tale of teen angst, discovery, and the power of believing.


Duluth & St. Louis County Days at the Capitol

Superintendent Bill Gronseth, Assistant Superintendent Ed Crawford, and School Board members Annie Harala, Rosie Loeffler-Kemp and Judy Seliga Punyko joined hundreds of  Duluthians for Duluth & St. Louis County Days at the Capitol in March.  This annual event, sponsored by the Duluth Chamber of Commerce, is an opportunity to meet with legislators and support local interests. 



--Destination Imagination teams from Congdon Park, Lester Park and Ordean East schools have earned an opportunity to compete at the State tournament in April!  

Lester Park Teams:

The Atom Splitters - Structural

Squishy Purple Sparkly Cuckoo Hummingbird - Improv

Ordean/East Teams:
The Mission: Improvable - Improv

*The Mission: Improvable received the DaVinci Award for Outstanding Creativity

The Awkopations – Improv

--Several Ordean East Middle School band students were selected to perform at the UMD Honor Band Festival in March: Even Abrahams, Frost Bowen-Bailey, Gordon Buffington, Kianna Donnellan, Clara Nordheim, Haley Oswald, Addie Sampson, Kaylee Schmidt and Emily Scinocca. The day was spent rehearsing music which they performed at that afternoons "Informance" (Informal performance). It was an awesome experience!

--The Duluth FFA Floriculture-Greenhouse team competed at their regional event in March at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. The team earned 1st place and will compete at the University of Minnesota at the MN State FFA Convention in April. Team members are Yuqi Chen- 1st place individual, Ed Napoli-Quisling -3rd place. Adam Burklund, Kayla-Mae LaTour and Gunnar Aas. All of these students attend East High School.