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posted Aug 22, 2014, 1:31 PM by Communications ISD 709


Duluth School Board Honors True North AmeriCorps Support for Education

   During their regular August meeting, the Duluth School Board took time to recognize True North AmerCorps for its support of on-time graduation, ensuring that youth are prepared for academic, civic and economic success.  A program of the Duluth Area Family YMCA, they partner with nonprofits, schools, and community agencies to serve Duluth and Proctor. This year True North AmeriCorps members will help support reading and math interventions during the school day and academic support and engagement activities after school in collaboration with community-based organizations.

   Tracie Clanaugh Branch Executive Director/Community Services for the YMCA accepted the recognition on behalf of the organization.   


School Board Approves Bullying Prohibition Policy

   In August, the Duluth School Board adopted the Minnesota School Board Association's Model Bullying Prohibition Policy as a foundation for involving the community and developing meaningful compliance with the state’s Safe Schools Act. The Act requires school districts to rewrite their existing anti-bullying policies and train staff to prevent, identify, and respond to bullying. 


Denfeld, Duluth East Robotics Teams Present to School Board

   During the August Education Committee meeting, students from the Denfeld and Duluth East Robotics Teams presented a demonstration to the Duluth School Board and provided a recap of their successful seasons.  Both teams participate in FIRST Robotics, which prides itself in gracious professionalism and “coopertition.”  The organization focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  Graduates from local teams, such as the Duluth East Daredevils, have obtained internships at major FIRST sponsors, machining companies, and NASA right out of high school.  


Denfeld Hunters Cheer Team Receives 2014 Herkie Award

   Denfeld cheerleaders received the 2014 Herkie Award during the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) summer camp hosted by the College of St. Scholastica.  The NCA teaches young cheerleaders how to be leaders on and off the field, within their schools and communities.  The award is named after NCA founder Lawrence “Herkie” Herkimer and is given to the team that exemplifies qualities of leadership, teamwork and strong values.

   The Denfeld cheerleaders spent four days at the NCA camp attending classes and workshops, polishing their routines and competing daily. The Denfeld cheerleaders took home numerous awards including two ribbons for outstanding performance and two ribbons for excellent performance in the competitions, which judged cheers, chants and stunts. They also received the trophy for the 2014 NCA Chant Champions as well as the coveted Spirit Award.


Denfeld Robotics Team Alliance Wins Inaugural Gitchi Gummi Competition

   The Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team hosted the first Minnesota full court summer competition at East High School for 8 teams across the upper Midwest.  The teams competed in last year’s game, “Aerial Assist,” on a full FIRST Robotics playing field.  

   The winning alliance was Denfeld Nation Automation “DNA” Robotics Team 4009 and Team 2169 KING TeC from Prior Lake, MN. The Duluth East Daredevils Team 2512 and Team 876 from Northwood, ND took second place in the competition.  


Superintendent, Principal, Fly with US Navy Blue Angels

   Superintendent Bill Gronseth and Duluth East High School Principal Laurie Knapp had an opportunity to fly with US Navy Blue Angel #7 Lt. Ryan Chamberlain this week during the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo. “It’s amazing to get a firsthand look at what these pilots and their aircraft are able to do,” said Gronseth. “It was the experience of a lifetime.  My sincere thanks to the US Navy Blue Angels for providing us this opportunity.”  


Duluth East Captains Start Leadership Training Program

  The Certified Team Captain program at Duluth East kicked off on Thursday August 14 with presenter Craig Hillier and 59 Captains from Fall, Winter and Spring Sports. The course provides leaders the tools and strategies to have a season of significance by completing a comprehensive online leadership training program that will certify each participant upon completion. 

   "I believe the Certified Team Captain online course, materials, and workshops have started us down the path of positive change in our culture at Duluth East. It has provided our leaders with a solid level of leadership understanding and skills, which will enable our young leaders to create positive relationships and lead with class and on and off the field of play,” said Shawn Roed, Duluth East AD.

   Certified Team Captain training is a blend of interactive surveys, videos by Craig Hilliar, a nationally recognized author and speaker, interviews with top-notch athletes and speakers, articles and exercises on leadership, online workbooks and meetings throughout the year.


School Board Receives Information on School Gardens, Healthy Eating Initiatives

  During the August Education Committee Meeting,  Jamie Zak, from Duluth Community Gardens, presented an overview of the School Garden Projects and Healthy Eating Initiatives activities from the past two years.  The project was funded by the Duluth Community Garden and Community Transformation Grant that will sunset in September.

Zak also presented information regarding a Regional School Garden Bus Tour available September 13.


Regional School Garden Bus Tour

Ride Free!  Catered lunch available at $10 each

Saturday, September 13, 2014

8:45AM board the bus at/4:00PM return to Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 West Third Street, Duluth

Mileage to bus stop reimbursed for regional participants

To Register:  Contact Jamie Zak, 218-310-7662 or

--Lincoln Park Middle School in Duluth:  Start here 8:45am, End here 4:00pm

3215 West Third Street, Duluth, MN 55806 – Front of Building

A project underway with many building and installation take-away lessons

--William Kelley School in Silver Bay:  Amazing edible schoolyard!!!  The “Fruit Bowl”, brick oven, school garden, greenhouse and on-site institutional worm composting

--Two Harbors High School:  A courtyard garden and fruit trees well-supported by the school and community.  Catered lunch here: $10.00

--East High School in Duluth:  Newly-developed agriculture science and extra-curricular-integrated

raised-bed demonstration

--Congdon Park Elementary School in Duluth:  Parent-community-supported garden with connection to classroom and cafeteria

--Myers-Wilkins Elementary School in Duluth:  8, 4x12-foot, handicap-accessible raised-beds for use in various academic and social program areas


2014 Duluth East Athletic Association (DEAA) Golf Classic, Lester Park Golf Course, Sunday September 21 - Rain or Shine

Format: 4-5 Person Scramble.  Schedule:

 18 Hole Registration begins @ 9:15am

 18 Hole Shotgun Start @ 10:00 am

 9 Hole Registration begins @ 11:15am

 9 Hole Shotgun Start @ noon

 Luncheon and Ceremony @ 2:30-ish

Participation Fees (Includes Golf, golf cart and luncheon)

 18 Holes - $65 per person

 9 Holes - $55 per person

Luncheon only - $15 per person

Send Registration & Check to: DEAA, Duluth East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East, Duluth, MN 55804.  Registrations are requested by September 15th, with payment due on September 21.  The Duluth East Athletic Association is a fundraising booster club for all Duluth East Athletic Teams. 100% of the monies raised goes to the teams. DEAA has raised >$300,000 since 1989.

For more information: Brett Hauer @ 218-481-4600,


The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Offers Free Class

   Family-to-Family is a free class for family members and friends of individuals with a serious mental illness.  The class begins on Sunday, September 7, 5:30pm-8:30pm, and continues for 12 weeks.  The location is the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, 835 W College Street.  Preregistration is required, please contact Barb at 218-728-4397 or Cindy at 218-355-8928.  For other free classes and support groups go to


Area Learning Center Open House and Registration for the 2014-15 School Year

Tuesday September 2, 2014  8;00AM – 5:00PM  

Join us for a BBQ from 11:30AM-1:00PM

Open to students ages 15-20 for Seat based and Independent study programs

Plan to register, meet the staff, get your schedule and get your locker


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