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posted May 28, 2014, 7:57 AM by Communications ISD 709
Lowell Elementary Grandparents Day/Memorial Day Event

   Last week, students at Lowell Elementary held a special day to honor grandparents. They invited their elder relatives and friends to visit the school and take part in several activities, including an outdoor program in honor of Memorial Day.  The program included raising of the American flag, several student speakers, singing of the National Anthem and an honor guard.


Volunteers Needed for 6th Annual Congdon Trail Run May 31

   Volunteers are needed to help out the day of the 6th Annual Congdon Cougar Chase Trail Run, Saturday May 31, 2014, through the beautiful trails of Lester River Park. Events start at 8:00AM and include a 0.5 Kitty K, 1K, 5K run/walk, and 10K run. Proceeds will be used to purchase Chromebooks and a charging cart for Congdon Park Elementary. If you’re willing to help, visit to sign up or visit Facebook for more information and registration.


Ordean East Middle School Duluth History Projects On Display May 29

   Ordean East Middle School 6th graders are having an open house to show off their hard work creating amazing Duluth History projects. The event will be held in the Ordean East Middle School Cafeteria, 2900 East Fourth Street, on Thursday, May 29th from 3:30PM - 5:30PM. Students will have their exhibits up and will be there to answer questions.


Enjoy Duluth’s Aquatic Facilities


Cost:  $3, bring your own suit and towel

Perfect for families and groups.  Call first if your group

 is 8 or more persons.

Lincoln Park Community Pool, 3215 West Third Street

June 9 – July 31, Monday – Thursday 1:00PM to 3:00PM

(no open swim June 30 – July 4)

Ordean East Community Pool, 2900 East Fourth Street

June 9 – July 31, Monday – Thursday 1:00PM – 3:00PM

(no open swim June 30 – July 4)


For more information:

or 218-336-8760.


Students Identify Recipe for School Cafeteria Use

   Family and Consumer Science students at Lincoln Park and Ordean East Middle Schools took part in a Hummus Recipe Test Kitchen project. Students learned about bean varieties and cultivation, then taste tested beans and executed 5-7 different hummus recipes to identify a final recipe for use in ISD 709 middle school cafeterias. 

   The project grew out of a request from the ISD 709 Child Nutrition Department for a new way to use canned beans.  The hummus test kitchen project was coordinated by the Duluth Community Garden Program’s Healthy School Food Coordinator.  

   ISD 709 is the recipient of a Minnesota Department of Agriculture Farm to School equipment grant of $24,000, which provides light processing equipment to increase use of Minnesota and Superior grown produce.  The hummus recipe developed by the middle school students will be among the first used to train middle school food service staff on this equipment. 


City’s Youth Flag Football League Registration Open Until June 6

   Flag Football is a non-contact sport which teaches boys and girls in grades 2 through 5 the fundamentals of football.  More importantly, it teaches kids sportsmanship and how to participate in sports while still having fun.  Last year, over 150 students signed up for this fun activity.  Games will be played primarily on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. All games are played at the Wheeler Softball Field Complex at 3501 Grand Avenue. Registration fee is $60. Deadline to register is June 6th.  For more information or to obtain a paper application, call Jesse in the City’s Parks and Recreation office at 218-730-4314.



-- Congdon Park teacher Cindy Miller received a $400 grant from the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation. The money will be used to purchase tools and supplies to sustain a Three Sisters Garden Integration project. Students will explore the cultural significance of the survival gardens as well as companion gardening and then implement what they learn in the Congdon School Community Garden.

-- During East High School Honor Night, the Lakewood School Foundation and the Lakewood American Legion Post 571 awarded a $1,000 dollar scholarship to Ashley Herman for her participation and leadership in school and community activities. This award will be an annual practice. The Lakewood American Legion provided funds for this scholarship, which is given to former Lakewood Elementary School students.