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posted Apr 15, 2014, 12:55 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Apr 22, 2014, 12:25 PM ]


--Benjamin Johnson, Denfeld High School, was selected through audition to be a member of the 2014

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Regional Honor Choir. Approximately 100 high school students were selected for this honor from hundreds of auditions from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North and South Dakota and Nebraska. Ben’s choir was led by Robert Harris, Northwestern University in Chicago, and the choir spent 2 days rehearsing before their performance in the Des Moines Civic Center. Benjamin sings in the two top auditioned choirs at Denfeld, and plays violin in the Duluth Youth Symphony.

--Charlie Bray and Sarah Curran, students at Duluth East High School, received the Minnesota State High School League AAA Award. This award recognizes and honors one senior girl and boy that have excelled in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in the fine arts.

-- Duluth East’s Erik Thibault took 1st Place in the category of Discussion at the Minnesota State High School League’s State Speech Tournament. Denfeld High School’s Aurora Vautrin and Tommy Wolfe placed 2nd in the State in Duo and Billy Menor, Duluth East, took 7th place in the category of Great Speeches. Because Erik won his category at state, he also received the Wells Fargo Spotlight on the Arts Award of Excellence.

--Duluth East High School students collected over $1,200 dollars and donated over a ton of food for local distribution through CHUM. Exec Board, Key Club, Students For the Future, and Association Members were among the student leadership groups that contributed their time and ideas to make the food drive a success. Highlights include the March Madness basketball competition, 2nd hour Ice Cream Party for the class that collected the most food, a movie night at school to watch “A Place at The Table” (recent documentary about hunger in the U.S.), and having over 20 students help carry boxes/load vehicles. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when we all work together.


2014 Go Guide – Summer Guide for Youth Activities

Looking for summer activities for children? ISD 709 and the United Way of Greater Duluth are pleased to provide parents and community members with free access to the 2014 Go Guide: Guide To Summer Opportunities for Youth. An electronic copy of the Guide (go green!) is available at or Paper copies of the Go Guide will be available at various community sites or by calling the United Way 211 offices at the Ordean Building, downtown Duluth, 218-726-4770.


After School Discussion with Generation Next and ISD 709:

Closing the Achievement Gap

RT Rybak – CEO Generation Next with Superintendent Bill Gronseth

Thursday, April 24th 4:00PM to 5:00PM

Depot Underground Playhouse 506 W Michigan St.

R.T. Rybak, former Mayor of Minneapolis, current CEO of the Generation Next Partnership will discuss cooperative efforts of businesses, education and government agencies, foundations, and nonprofits in the Twin Cities area to address education on a community level.

Free Admission, All Welcome: Question and Answer session on what can and is being done for students and parents in our Duluth Community.

Sponsored by: Duluth PTSA Council, The Underground, United Way of Greater Duluth


Piedmont Elementary Teacher Presents at National Event

   The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) held its 61st National Conference on Science Education in Boston, Massachusetts in April. Over 1,500 sessions encompassing all natural science disciplines were presented and over 11,000 people attended the conference.

   Elizabeth Kersting Peterson from Piedmont Elementary School was invited to present at the conference and provided a work shop called "And they all lived Scientifically ever after" for 110 participants. They learned how to use fairy tales, common household materials, science and engineering to engage elementary students in creative adventures. During the workshop Elizabeth shared samples of her student’s work. Amy Bodin, Instructional Data Coach at Piedmont, served as Elizabeth's co- Presenter.


Laura MacArthur Elementary “Spring Into Reading”

Thursday April 24, 4:30PM – 6:30PM

Dinner is served between 5:30PM and 6:30PM

--“Spring Into Reading:” Best practices for reading with your child

--“2 Can Read” Poetry: Reading poetry with your child

--“Caps for Sale” Play

--Homework How-To, Principal Chat, much more!