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posted Oct 30, 2014, 8:57 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Oct 30, 2014, 12:11 PM ]


Denfeld and Duluth East students teamed up to form the ISD 709 MSHSL Debate Team, coached by Jill Lofald.  In its first year, the team is already seeing successFlannery White took 7th place out of over 75 debaters during an event at the State Capitol and four students received awards at the St. Francis High School Tournament:  Skyler Nelson, Paul Manning, Jude Goossens and Danielle Slotness.


Duluth School Board Honors School Progress in Student Achievement

   Minnesota measures progress in raising achievement and closing the achievement gap in part through Multiple

Measurement Ratings and Focus Ratings.  Overall, most ISD 709 schools increased their MMR, FR or both.   It takes significant planning, collaboration, support and hard work from people inside and outside our schools to make these gains.

   The goal nationally, in Minnesota, and here in Duluth, is to raise achievement for all students, and to make greater gains more quickly for those students who experience an achievement gap.

   This month, the Minnesota Department of Education recognized several Title I schools for their progress in this regard.  They designated Lincoln Park, Piedmont and Stowe as Continuous Improvement Schools. Laura MacArthur Elementary was recognized as a Reward School, among the highest performing schools in the state. 

   The Duluth School Board recognized these schools for their progress at the regular October meeting.



November PTSA Community Program Presentation

Parent Involvement And Diversity in our Schools

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:30PM - 8:00PM  Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 West 3rd Street, Duluth


Minnesota, US Departments of Agriculture Highlight ISD 709 Farm to School Program

   Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

toured the Piedmont Elementary kitchen and cafeteria this week, highlighting 2014 Farm to School Grant recipients in Minnesota.  The Farm to School program helps districts purchase and prepare local foods while educating students about health and nutrition choices.  The goal is to purchase 20 percent of their food locally by 2020.

   At Piedmont, ISD 709 used a portion of grant funds to purchase a robot coupe, knives and cutting boards to help increase creative use of local fruits, vegetables and meats.     


Denfeld Key Club Celebrates 30 Years of Service

Port of Duluth and Spirit Valley Kiwanis Clubs hosted a 30th Anniversary Celebration for the Denfeld Key Club, featuring keynote speaker Col. Penny Dieryck.  Key Club is an international student run service organization providing opportunities to build character and develop leadership. Denfeld Key Club’s charter date was February 29, 1984.   


ISD 709 Construction Tech Students Building Garage in Lakeside

    Construction Technology courses provide students a hands-on experience in various       construction occupations to include carpentry, electrical, plumbing, heating, sheet           rocking, taping, painting and cabinet installation.  Advanced courses continue                 instruction in home construction, project management, building layout, planning and         cost estimation.


Duluth East High School Hall of Fame Honors Inductees

   Five outstanding individuals were inducted into the Duluth East High School Hall of Fame during a special ceremony in October. The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding achievements made by community leaders, athletes, coaches, advisors, and teachers from East High School.

   2014 Hall Of Fame Inductees include:

   Robert Burrows:  Taught music, directing many musicals and operettas, advising Glee Club and “The Modernaires.” 

During a second phase in his career he taught history and English.  The Burrows Scholarship is named in his honor. 

   Lester Crystal:  News writer for KDAL Radio and TV, joined NBC in Chicago and was transferred to New York, becoming the first news editor and associate producer of the Huntley-Brinkley Report.  President of NBC News from 1977-79, joined PBS in 1983 as Executive Producer of The News Hour,” receiving a Peabody Award and multiple Emmy Awards.

   Sheryl Jensen:  Taught English and theater, her production of "The Taming of the Shrew" won Bravo's National High School Theatre Competition.  Reader and consultant for the College Board for A.P. English, an Adjunct Professor for the UMD Theater Department, a Community Theater Director, and finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.  Member of the Board of Directors for WDSE/WRPT PBS, the Bluebird Foundation and Managing Editor of the Woman Today magazine.  

   Sherman Moe:  Taught a variety of social studies classes, coached boys' basketball and girls' track, named Region 7AA Coach of the Year, inducted as a member of the Moorehead State University's Hall of Fame.  Senator Mark Dayton named him a Minnesota Favorite Teacher, and he was listed in the U. S. Senate's Congressional Record. 

   Mary Vos:  Librarian, actively involved in coaching girls' swimming and co-advising the Association, named Girls' Swim Team Coach of the Year.  Volunteered  in the Career Center and with the Music Department following retirement, founded the Burrows Scholarship Committee and served as its first Treasurer.

   Check the Duluth East Foundation website for more detail about these amazing graduates of Duluth East High School:

   For a list of 2014 Denfeld Hall of Fame inductees (announced in August), visit


School Board Meeting Coverage Moves to Channel 187 on Cable

   Charter Communications upgraded their cable services from analog to digital for the Duluth area.  In the process, ISD 709’s public access channel moved from Channel 22 to Channel 187.  Look for live coverage of regular monthly School Board meetings on Channel187.  Board meetings are also available online at