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posted Sep 12, 2014, 11:59 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Sep 12, 2014, 1:06 PM ]

ISD 709 is offering surplus items for auction on the Public Surplus Auction Website (  Search for items under Independent School District 709, Minnesota.  Twelve items are currently up for auction, including multiple computer tables.   Next week additional items will be added including shop equipment, exercise equipment and antique cabinets. All items must be picked up by the successful bidder at their own expense. All items are sold “as is.”  Items can be viewed Monday to Friday from 9:00AM – 11:00AM at Central High School, 800 East Central Entrance in Duluth (use Blackman Avenue access).  For more information:  218-336-8905.


Duluth Parks and Recreation's FREE School Year Open Skate program has started and runs through May 27, 2015 at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center, 120 S. 30th Ave. W.  Free Open Skating will be offered almost every Wednesday evening on days when school is in session from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and also during scheduled school release days. Limited skates are available to use for free. Information on special events and school release skating hours are available at and notifications go out on their Facebook page, DuluthParksMN. Grab your family and your skates and get out on the best indoor ice surface in Duluth!

Every Wednesday that school is in session:  Sept 10-May 27 | 6:30-8:00PM

MEA School Release Days:  October 16 & 17 | 2:00-4:00PM

Special Skating Parties 6:30-8:00PM:

Skate & Scare, Oct. 29

Gobbler Glide, Nov. 26

Santa Skate, Dec. 17

Skate for the Heart, Feb. 11

Holiday Break

Friday, Dec. 26, 2:00-4:00PM

Monday, Dec. 29, 10:30-12:30

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 10:30-12:30

Friday, Jan. 2, 2:00-4:00PM

Mid-Winter Break:  February 16-20 | 2:00-4:00PM

Spring Break:  April 6-10 | 2:00-4:00PM 


From the Minnesota Department of Health:  Enteroviruses

Enteroviruses have been in the news recently.  They can cause a variety of illnesses. 

Symptoms:  Your child may have cold-like symptoms with fever.  Sore throat, mouth sores, rash, vomiting and diarrhea are the most common symptoms.  If your child is infected, it may take 3 to 6 days for symptoms to start.

Spread:  By coughing or sneezing, touching contaminated hands, surfaces or objects, eating or drinking contaminated food or beverages

Contagious Period:  During symptoms and as long as the virus is in the stool.  This could be for several weeks.


·         Cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.  Use a tissue or your sleeve.  Dispose of used tissues. 

·         Wash hands after touching anything that could be contaminated with the secretions from the mouth or nose or with stool and before preparing food or eating. 

·         Clean and disinfect any objects that come in contact with stool or secretions from the nose or mouth.  This includes toilets (potty chairs), sinks, toys, diaper changing areas, and surfaces.  Use a product that kills germs.

If you think your child has an Enteroviral infection:

Tell your childcare provider or call the school.

Need to stay home?

Childcare:  Yes, until diarrhea and vomiting have stopped.

School:  No, unless the child is not feeling well and/or has diarrhea and needs to use the bathroom frequently.



--Members of the Ordean East Middle School eCybermission Program “Dr. D.O.R.K.” Team earned a First Place State Award for 7th grade in the 2014 competition!  Hard work and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) shows they have what it takes to be future STEM leaders for our nation. 

--Five Duluth East High School students have been named 2015 National Merit Semi-Finalists:  Ji-Won Choi, Alyssa Everson, Henry French, Devin Johnson, and Derick Rossell.  Approximately 1.4 million juniors entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the October 2013 PSAT test. Semi-Finalists represent less than one percent of the US high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.  

--Duluth East High School AP Scholars:   East gave 262 Advanced Placements exams to 204 students in May of 2014.  Of those students, 28 were granted various levels of Scholar status with an overall average score of 3.95 (on a 5 point scale). Nineteen students received an AP Scholar Award for achieving a score of 3 on three or more AP exams; 4 students received an AP Scholar with Honor Award for scoring an average of 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams; 4 students received an AP Scholar with Distinction for scoring at least a 3.5 average on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams; and one student received a National AP Scholar award for scoring at least a 4 on all AP exams, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

--Deb Hannu presented during a national webinar on the Model Cornerstone Assessments for the new National Standards for the Visual Arts.  The new standards provide models for assessment in the art classroom that can be adapted to instructional units and tailored to local teaching and learning settings.

--Lynn Tuomi, Library Media Specialist for Piedmont and Lakewood Elementaries, received a $199 grant from the Digital Wish List Foundation to support digital citizenship curriculum. The Digital Citizenship Unit includes important lessons in Digital Citizens and the Internet; Cyber Safety; Safety Skits for Reinforcement; and Copyright in the Classroom.  Lesson plan extensions and extra projects are included.