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posted Jun 4, 2014, 8:24 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Jun 5, 2014, 6:44 AM ]

Lincoln Park Students Work On Community Improvement Projects

   Lincoln Park Middle School 7th grade students participated in the Kids in the Community Day. Students, teachers, and chaperones gathered in the auditorium for a sendoff by Mayor Don Ness and Officer Mike LaFontaine of the Duluth Police Department. They then headed into the community, focusing on West Duluth, to work on projects such as trash clean up, trail maintenance/building, gardening, tree planting, and more!

   The day provided an opportunity for students to give back to their community and learn outside of the traditional school learning environment. Each student received a Kids in the Community Day t-shirt which was designed by their classmate, Lily Bolt. Lincoln Park is looking forward to making this an annual event.


Denfeld, Duluth East Students Receive 2014 Hase Family Scholarships

   Sam Kemp, Denfeld, and Trygve Rennan, Duluth East, will each receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Hase Family Scholarship Trust. The Trust honors Fred Hase, who graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1915 and provides an annual scholarship for two Duluth high school graduates who are enrolling in a post-secondary school in the fall. Names of eligible students from each school are provided and two are chosen by random drawing to receive the scholarships.


Lowell Elementary Service Learning Project Helps Animal Allies

   Kindergarten and 3rd grade students from Lowell Elementary helped out with a Bark and Bake for Animal Allies. Nearly 30 students rolled dough and cut dog bone shapes to help create animal treats and then helped bag and label them for use at the annual Walk for Animals event in Duluth. According to a letter from Animal Allies, “The other part that is so great is the participation by families in the making of dough and the parental help the day of the event. It’s so nice to see the teamwork of teachers, parents, students to do such a positive thing for animals.”


ISD 709 Teachers Receive Grants for Creative Classroom Projects

   After a careful review of grant applications, the Trustees of the Duluth Public Schools Fund (managed by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation) are pleased to announce awards of over $14,000 to the following 2014 Grant Recipients:

--Elizabeth Chelseth, Laura MacArthur Elementary School - iPads for Kindergarten: Purchasing of iPads and educational applications to be used with kindergarten students struggling with reading or math.

--Adair Ballavance and Ethan Fisher, Denfeld High School - Senior Wisdom Retreat: The Wisdom Retreat is a special day for seniors and the culmination for the day helps bring closure to not only the year, but closure to their public school education.

--Leann M. Udesen, Ordean East Middle School - Global Access: Purchasing 6 Chromebook computers and a world interactive globe.

--Sheila Larsen Darker, Duluth East High School - Teaching a Flipped Classroom: Purchasing Chromebook computers to support a flipped classroom model for teaching mathematics to high school students performing below grade level.

--Gwyn Curran, Congdon Park Elementary School - Individual Leveled Learning: Purchasing iPads for kindergarden students to increase reading, math and writing levels.

--Tanya Hallgren, Laura MacArthur Elementary School - Literacy in Kindergarten: Purchasing of appropriate level books and other hands-on literacy tools in a kindergarten classroom.

--Tanya Hallgren, Laura MacArthur Elementary School - Social Studies for Kindergartners: Purchasing Social Studies discovery tools -- a hands-on way to promote learning and the development of higher level thinking skills.

--Nathan Norman, Ordean East Middle School - Closing the Achievement Gap: Purchasing a license to use the web-based ALEKS mathematics software.

--Tanya Hallgren, Laura MacArthur Elementary School - Scientific Kindergartners: Purchasing Scientific discovery tools -- a hands-on way to promote learning and the development of higher level thinking skills.

--Tanya Jackson, Piedmont Elementary School - Lego Robotics at Piedmont: Funding support for a Lego Robotics Club at Piedmont Elementary School.

   Since 1996, the DPSF has distributed grants within ISD 709 ranging from $200 to $2000 for projects that show creativity and innovation to improve the classroom experiences for Duluth Public School students. Since it began making grants, the fund has enriched the Duluth Public Schools by over $275,000.

   For more information about the Duluth Public Schools Fund, its grant program, or how to contribute to the Fund, please contact Chairman Scott Fisher at 218-727- 6881 ( or Jon Blevins, Development Officer, Duluth Superior Area Community foundation at 218 726-0232 ( or



--Lauren Hesch, Duluth East High School, is the recipient of Lowenstine Honors Scholarship from Conserve School. This scholarship, valued at more than $15,000, is awarded on a competitive basis to students who demonstrate academic achievement, character, and commitment to environmental stewardship.

--Jennifer Madole, Duluth East, is the recipient of a Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Grant for School Gardens. The award of $400 will be used to purchase soil for the Duluth East High School Garden. The garden is a school-wide project led by students in the Agriculture Science classes and FFA.