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posted Aug 6, 2014, 8:49 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Aug 6, 2014, 9:45 AM ]

Teachers Learn Innovative Ways to Use Technology at Tech Camp 2014

   Nearly 100 teachers and administrators attended Tech Camp 2014 at Duluth East High School in August, learning innovative ways to use technology in the classroom.  The event was organized by the ISD 709 Department of Innovation and is designed to help teachers adopt new technologies and use them to engage students and support critical thinking, collaboration, communication and

   “Imagine what it’s like for teachers, facing a room full of students that already have a full set of impressive skills – utilizing the web, social media, interactive video, audio, digital photography and more - and are putting those skills to use on a daily basis,” said Superintendent Bill Gronseth.    “Today’s young people are consumers and creators of information; they’re accustomed to immediate access to data and are gaining it through technology…as educators and adults, we can provide a model for students in the use of technology as a tool for learning.”


Denfeld Hunter Hall of Fame Honors 2014 Inductees

   Twelve outstanding individuals were inducted into the Denfeld Hunter Hall of Fame during a special ceremony held

Saturday August 2.  Nominations were made based on individual school and life achievements.  2014 Hall Of Fame Inductees include:

James Banovetz:  Senior fellow and founder of  Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental Studies
Jean Endrizzi:  English teacher/speech coach whose career spanned nearly 30 years at Denfeld High School, inducted into the Hurley High School Hall of Fame in 2013
Fred Friedman:  Northeastern Minnesota’s chief public defender
Wayne Gatlin:  Elected to the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame in 2000
Janeé Harteau:  Minneapolis police chief
Jim Heffernan:  Longtime columnist and editorial page assistant at the Duluth News Tribune

Dave Hicks:  Member of the U.S. Olympic Ski Team at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria
Ted Litman:  Professor at the University of Minnesota, published more than 50 professional articles and reports and co-authored “Health Politics and Policy,” now in its fifth printing
Robert Lund:   Corporate vice president at General Motors,  introduced the “Seville” that made Cadillac the top luxury car company in the nation
Jack Puglisi:  Owner of the Puglisi Gun Emporium, one of the premier gun shops in the nation
Howard Sivertson:  Renowned Minnesota artist 
Betty Suliin:  40 years in the Denfeld High School office as secretary to the principal

Check the Denfeld Alumni Association website for more detail about these amazing graduates of Denfeld High School.


Look For Duluth Community Education Schedule of Classes and Activities September 6

   The Duluth Community Education Fall 2014 schedule of classes and activities will be published September 6 with the Duluth Budgeteer News.  It will also be available online for viewing and secure registration at

   Community Education offers opportunities to learners of all ages through:

  • Early childhood programs
  • School readiness/Pre-K
  • KEY Zone school-age care and academic enrichment
  • Adult basic education
  • Driver education
  • Aquatics classes
  • Adult enrichment and youth activities - take a class in computers, music, yoga, cooking, painting, fitness, social media, much more - something for everyone!

   These programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home.

For more information about our programs email: or call 218-336-8760 or visit  www.ISD709.orgCelebrate the new season with us, see you at class!


Save the Date – September 20 UDAC Walk a Mile In Our Shoes

   Please join us for Udac’s seventh annual Walk a Mile In Our Shoes to help support STEPS, Udac’s specialized fitness center. STEPS’ specialty is providing a safe and supportive environment for people with disabilities to exercise.

Walk a Mile will be held on:

Date: September 20th

Place: UMD’s Malosky Stadium

Time: 9:00AM – 12Noon

   In addition to the walk, there will be food and a number of fun activities for folks of all ages. UMD athletes will be staffing various sport stations like football, basketball volleyball and softball, plus there will be a variety of games for the whole family to enjoy.  Come and walk a mile, or more, have some fun and help raise money for an important community program and service.

   For more information call, Dana or Laurie at 722-5867.