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posted Oct 15, 2014, 1:23 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Oct 15, 2014, 1:24 PM ]

Raising Awareness of Bullying in Duluth

ISD 709 and the City of Duluth are partnering to raise awareness of bullying and help provide children and adults with the tools and resources necessary to end bullying in local communities.

Film Screening & Community Conversation On Bullying

Mayor Don Ness and ISD 709 Superintendent Bill Gronseth invite you to attend the screening of BULLY and engage in a discussion about efforts being made to address bullying and ways we can work together to make Duluth a bully-free community. 

Date: Thursday October 30, 2014, 6:00PM – 9:00 PM

Where: Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W Michigan Street

Cost:  FREE (and light refreshments will be provided)

Free Childcare Available, Must Pre-Register:  218-336-8700 x1172


6:00PM Doors Open, Listening Circles/Resource Tables

6:30PM Welcome and Opening Comments

7:00PM Documentary Film Screening “Bully” and Discussion

--Prevention and Remediation Ideas, Ways to Become Involved in Community and Schools, Tools, Tips & Other Resources, Small Groups & Resource Tables

9:00PM Closing Comments 

ISD 709 Community Conversations on Bullying Behavior

Share your thoughts and ideas about how to handle bullying behavior. What is currently working well and what could be improved for preventing bullying behavior and responding when it happens.  Input will be considered as bullying policies and procedures are updated and we work to improve our safe and welcoming schools.  

Monday November 3:  Denfeld HS Media Center, 401 North 44th Avenue West, 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Wednesday November 5:  Ordean East MS Media Center, 2900 East Fourth Street, 6:30PM – 8:00PM  

Tuesday November 11: Myers-Wilkins ES Media Center, 1027 N. 8th Avenue East, 6:30PM – 8:00PM

*A Listening Circle will be available at each session for those interested from 6-6:30pm*

Free Childcare Available, Must Pre-Register:  218-336-8700 x1172


Food For Thought Student-Run Restaurant Opens October 21!

   Enjoy gourmet salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts at Duluth's student-run restaurant Food for Thought, located at

East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East.

   Entrees range from $7 to $14 and are prepared and served by Denfeld and East Culinary Arts students under the supervision of Chef Glenn D'Amour, CEC.

--Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning October 21.  Please plan to arrive between 11:20AM - 11:30AM for seating.

--Reservations are required: reserve and preorder at least 24 hours in advance by calling 218-336-8845 ext. 4055.

--For details and a full menu click here or go to, choose the Duluth East website and click the link at the top of the page.

--Upcoming Features:

·  October 21, 22, 23: BBQ Baby Back Style Ribs for $10

·  October 28, 29, 30: Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings for $10

·  November 4, 5, 6:  Tuscan Roast Leg of Lamb for $11

·  November 11, 12, 13:  French Herb Crusted Rack of Pork for $11

Weekly features are served with choice of soup or salad, homemade focaccia bread and choice of beverage. 


Trick or Treat to Feed Local Kids

   This Halloween, many children will be working to help others as they do their annual trick or treating.  As part of the Feed Local Kids initiative, they’ll carry specially labeled collection bags and ask for donations for the CHUM Food Shelf and the Second Harvest Backpack Program to help fight hunger in Duluth.  About 1500 collection bags are being distributed for this event.  Denfeld National Honor Society students are helping count and label the collection bags, Key Club members from Denfeld and Duluth East will help sort donations.     

For more information:


2014 Transition Resource Fairs – Moving On II

   ISD 709 and the Interagency Coordination Council of Duluth (ICCOD) are jointly offering two Transition Resource Fairs in October.  The fairs provide high school students with disabilities and their families with information regarding transition and post high school resources.   Students on 504 plans and their families are also welcome to attend.

--Monday October 20:  Denfeld High School, 401 North 44th Avenue West,  1:40PM -6:00PM

--Monday October 27:  Duluth East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East, 1:40PM – 6:00PM

   Representatives from area post-secondary education options, employment and supported employment providers, social service and community organizations that offer services and supports to young adults with disabilities will be present to talk about their programs and answer questions.

   Contact Al Chepelnik at 336-8700 X4047 or Heidi Morris at 336-8740 for more information.  


Middle School Students Experience Urban Wilderness Day

   Students from Lincoln Park and Ordean East Middle Schools participated in Urban Wilderness Day, a field trip highlighting the St. Louis River Estuary and its watershed.  Students rotated through different stations sponsored by several agencies all pertaining to the estuary and the environment.  The non-profit Wilderness Inquiry provided an opportunity for students to paddle voyageur style canoes, and a few Lincoln Park students paddled with Mayor Don Ness.  Approximately 500 students from Lincoln and Ordean East participated. 


Duluth East High School Performing Arts presents  Little Shop of Horrors

   The delightfully devilish sci-fi Broadway musical smash hit featuring a giant man eating plant, a trio of singing ladies and outlandish characters is going to leave you begging for more.  The plot spins around Seymour, a geeky floral assistant who comes across a new breed of plant that promises to take him and his lady crush from the slums of Skid Row, but not without a steep price.

   Little Shop of Horrors is directed by Peter Froehlingsdorf and features a talented cast and crew of Duluth East Performing Arts students.  Evening performances November 6-8 at 7:30PM and a matinee show November 9  at 2:00PM at the Ordean East Little Theatre Auditorium, 2900 East Fourth Street.  Tickets:  $15 for adults, $10 for students.


New Legislation Requires ACT Tests for MN Students  

   In November 2014, all Minnesota students in 10th grade will take the ACT Plan.  The ACT Plan is part

of the new Career and College Assessments (CCA) required by state legislation passed in 2013 to meet graduation testing requirements.   The test provides information to grade 10 students, parents, and educators about students’ achievement in Reading, English, Mathematics, and Science.  The assessment also includes a career interest survey. 

   In April 2015, the ACT Plus Writing will be given to all 11th grade students across Minnesota.  The test is a required graduation assessment that provides information to grade 11 students, parents, and educators regarding the level of preparedness for post-secondary success on a nationally recognized college entrance exam. 

   Both assessments are new graduation requirements, so it’s important that all students in grades 10 and 11 participate. High school counselors and principals are participating in a training session this month to help prepare for the April test administration. 



--Jay Roesler, Director of ISD 709 Community Education, co-chaired the planning committee for the 2014 Minnesota Community Education Association (MCEA) Fall Conference held at the DECC. The annual conference attracts about 400 community educators from across the state.  Program topics include early childhood and school readiness, out of school time programs and youth development, adult learning and recreation, community partnerships and use of school facilities, senior programs and more. 

-- The Northland Foundation has approved a grant for $60,000 to ISD 709 for the Youth Success Team Grant.  Funding will provide academic and behavioral support and interventions which rely upon the assistance of Americorps workers.