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posted Mar 27, 2014, 12:18 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Mar 27, 2014, 1:50 PM ]

Homecroft Students Receive Free Camp-In Trip to MN Science Museum

   Fifth grade students at Homecroft Elementary recently took a free overnight trip to the Twin Cities to "camp" at the Minnesota Science Museum. Teacher Niki Munthe received funding for the event from Flint Hills Resources, which covered transportation, meals and other expenses.  She also received a $500 technology grant for the school.  During their stay, students explored museum exhibits, saw Dinos Alive in the Omnimax Theater and a cryogenics show, made fossils, slept with the mummy and took part in other fun activities. Students and staff also received free Science Matters shirts and free admission to the museum for the remainder of 2014. The Camp-Ins program is a partnership between Flint Hills Resources and the Science Museum of Minnesota that enables thousands of students from around the state to experience the world-class museum each year.


From United Way of Greater Duluth

Children & Screen Time How Technology Has Changed Childhood

Thursday April 10th, 2014   Community Action Duluth

2424 W 5th St #102, Duluth, MN 55806

Free to the Public

For Professionals 4:00PM - 5:30PM

Early Childhood Professional & Childcare Provider Training

St. Louis County Child Care Provider Certified Training (Certificate awarded upon completion)

For Parents 5:30PM - 8:00 PM

Discussion about technology and your children

Food Provided, Childcare Provided Upon Reservation

RSVP for Event Preferred:  Call (218) 726-4729

Presentation by Erin Walsh, M.A., a nationally recognized speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and digital media.


From Mentor Duluth and Mentor Superior

Try Something New - Become a Mentor!

   Join Mentor Duluth and Mentor Superior at the Fitger's building on Saturday, April 5th from 11:00am-3:00pm for a family-friendly event and try something new! Snacks, activities, and a raffle will be going on throughout the afternoon so be sure to stop by! Dance lessons, cookie decorating, root beer tasting, henna, and more, as well as information on the mentor programs!  There are over 280 kids in the Twin Ports area waiting for a mentor! Come find out how to get involved!

For Information:  Jessica TeSelle, 303-917-1093


April is Autism Awareness Month

   On April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, the Autism Association of Northern MN is working to light up Enger Tower:  blue for autism and a rainbow of color at the top to represent the Autism Spectrum.  Please show your support by wearing Blue and looking at Enger Tower the evening of April 2nd!


--Through a selection process with Crayola, a painting by Angelique Davis, Ordean East Middle School, was chosen to be included in the U.S. Department of Education’s permanent collection in Washington, DC. Angelique's painting was completed for the "Imaginary Environments" lesson in Art 6, which focused on drawing from nature and scientific observation as well as arranging imaginary compositions.

--Phoenix Ocean, Myers-Wilkins Elementary; Erin Coleman, Lester Park Elementary; and Ryan Johnston, Ordean East Middle School are semifinalists in the Minnesota State Geography Bee.  The National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia,  Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete at the state level. The 2014 Minnesota State Geographic Bee will be held at St. Cloud State University in April.

--Emma Knettel, Congdon Park Elementary, participated in the regional spelling bee in Mt. Iron. She placed 8th out of 29 participants at that bee!

--Two Duluth East High School Knowledge Bowl teams have earned a trip to the State competition in April. Members representing Duluth East include:  Peter Sand, Sarah Alabsi, Mariah Berner, Siri Larsen, Danish Imtiaz, Alyssa Everson, Tim Renier, Paul Manning, Kier Zimmerman, Devin Johnson

--Top students from Duluth East qualified to attend the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2014 National Leadership Conference, “Accelerate Your Future,” in Indianapolis, IN, April 29 - May 4, 2014. Duluth chapter members who received awards are:

Jonah Wehr                             First Place                   Insurance Concepts

Ashley Lax                               Third Place                  Extemporaneous Speech

Kristel Baltazar                       Third Place                  Medical Office Procedures

Abby Weisinger                       Fifth Place                   Fundamental Desktop Publishing

Hannah Halverson                  Eighth Place                Legal Office Procedures

The students will join over 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national level business skills competitions, workshops, general sessions, and the national officer candidate campaigns and elections. Besides having the opportunity to excel, they’ll experience the city of Indianapolis, IN.