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posted Oct 9, 2014, 12:48 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Oct 10, 2014, 8:33 AM ]

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ISD 709 Annual Report to the Community

Thursday November 6, 2014

6:00PM - 6:30PM Student, School Displays   

6:30PM - 7:00PM Annual Report Overview

7:00PM - 7:30PM Reception with Light Refreshments

Lincoln Park Middle School

3215 West Third Street, Duluth, MN 

Featuring Displays of Student Work and Performance


MN Governor Visits Congdon Park Elementary

   This week Governor Mark Dayton visited an All Day Kindergarten class at Congdon Park Elementary School in Duluth, reading to the students and answering questions.  The Governor then took time to participate in a roundtable discussion about K-12 education with the principal, teachers, parent leaders and district administration.


Students from Lester Park, Lowell and Stowe Elementary Schools are winners in the Duluth Fire Department’s Fire Safety Contest and received a ride to school in a fire truck this week!  The winners were randomly selected from over 300 students who qualified by completing a fire safety checklist with their family.  The checklist included verifying their homes had a working smoke alarm and escape plan.  


Lincoln Park Middle School Students Participate in National Walk to School Day

   Hundreds of students and staff from Lincoln Park Middle School took part in the

National Walk to School Day event this week. Students met at Wheeler Field in Duluth and walked the trail to school in teams.  Congdon Park and Myers-Wilkins schools also held Walk events.

   National Walk to School Day is designed as a first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are inviting for everyone. Walking to school helps promote healthy habits, is easier on the environment, promotes safety and can be fun.


ISD 709 Construction Technology Program Seeks Residential Construction Projects

   The ISD 709 Construction Technology  program is seeking building projects  (i.e.,) houses, additions, garages,  sheds, remodeling,  to be used as an instructional experience for the Construction Technology students of the Duluth Public Schools for the (2015-2016 school year).   The ideal location would be within a 5 mile radius from either East or Denfeld high schools.  Please call the instructor, Mr. Leone at 218-336-8830 x 4082 or email him at


The Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team will participate at the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s “New Frontiers” Concert Saturday October 11. The Daredevils will be the featured School Spotlight group. They’ll be in the lobby before the concert and on the mezzanine during intermission with some of their past robots. Their award winning robot Archie, who attended the 2011 FIRST World Championship, will participate with the symphony for an on-stage surprise during the performance.  The concert begins at 7 PM at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC).


Laura MacArthur Student Artwork To Be Featured at UMD Concert

  Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 at Laura MacArthur Elementary School created artwork while listening

to Beethoven's 5th Symphony in Mrs.Valento's art classes. Their artwork will be projected on a large screen while UMD Orchestra students perform the music of Beethoven on November 5 & 8, 2014, at Weber Music Hall. This concert will be conducted by Rudy Perrault, Director of Orchestras at UMD.


Operation Warm – New Coats for Children In Need

   Operation Warm provides new winter jackets to kids in need.  Duluth firefighters are working to raise $10,000 to buy jackets for 300 Duluth children.  Five men, including ISD 709 Superintendent Bill Gronseth, have offered to shave their beards if enough money is raised for this project! 

More Information at


ISD 709 Academic Excellence Online High School Accepting Students

   Academic Excellence Online (AEO) offers comprehensive and supplemental online courses to students in grades 9-12 for the 2014-2015 school year. The Minnesota Department of Education approved AEO this fall and the online school, which includes courses taught by local teachers, looks forward to serving students throughout the Northland.

   For more information:



--Elizabeth Bergh and Lucy Billings, Denfeld High School, and Sarah Baker, Jacob Carlson, Yugi Chen, Sydney Nelson and Kier Zimmerman, Duluth East High School, have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.  About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise by placing in the top 5% of the more than 1.5 million students who took the 2013 PSAT exam. 

--Alexander Sconiers-Hasan, Duluth East High School, has been named an Outstanding Participant in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding Black American high school students.  Approximately 3,100 outstanding 2015 National Achievement Program participants are brought to the attention of about 1,500 four-year colleges and universities in the United States.