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posted Nov 5, 2014, 8:17 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Nov 5, 2014, 11:52 AM ]
You Are Cordially Invited:
ISD 709 Annual Report to the Community
Thursday November 6, 2014
6:00PM - 6:30PM: Student, School Displays & Performance
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
Superintendent Loses Beard to Help Buy Warm Coats for Children  
   Five local men, including Superintendent Bill Gronseth, put their facial hair on the line to help raise funds for Operation Warm, a program that provides new winter coats for children.  He pledged to lose the beard if he raised $2,500 for this worthy cause.  Thanks to many generous people, donations reached over $2,900 to see him take it all off and he did, with the help of a celebrity shaver, during an event held at Bent Paddle Brewery in Duluth.  
   Superintendent Gronseth expressed his thanks to everyone who helped support Operation Warm, an event that raised nearly $30,000 to help buy new coats for children.  
Myers-Wilkins Elementary welcomes families and the community to the 16th annual
Steps to the Future Powwow
Thursday November 13, 4:30PM – 7:30PM
Myers-Wilkins Elementary School
1027 North 8th Avenue East, Duluth
4:30PM Career Booths Open
5:00PM Feast
6:00PM Grand Entry
Invited Drums:  Little Horse, Stormy Day, Rising Wind
(Note:  only invited drums and dancers in regalia will receive honoraria)
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
No drugs or alcohol.
Event is free and open to the public.
For more information:  Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative 336-8700 x2459
Miigwetch – Muchas Gracias – Thank you to event sponsors:  Blue Cross Blue Shield foundation, College of St. Scholastica, CDBG, City of Duluth Parks and Recreation, Essentia Health Corporate Giving, MDE 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Minnesota Power Foundation, Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative, ISD #709 Office of Education Equity, ISD #709 Office of Indian Education, Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, Northland Foundation, Ordean Foundation, UMD Office of Civic Engagement, United Way of Greater Duluth, Whole Foods Co-op and individual contributions.

Lights On Afterschool Event
   The ISD 709 and Duluth YMCA KeyZone program, Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative, Valley Youth Center, True North Americorps and Duluth elementary school students gathered at Enger Park this month to celebrate Lights On Afterschool.  The Duluth event was one of more than 8,000 events across the nation, which helps raise awareness of the importance of after school programs and encourage more investment in them. 

True North Americorps Positions Available 
   True North AmeriCorps is hiring part-time service positions in local elementary schools. Serve approximately 5-6 hours per day during the school day or in the after school program. These positions will serve a caseload students in Kindergarten through 5th grade, administering academic interventions to children identified as needing extra support. Members will also support after-school programming through homework help and enrichment activities.
Service Dates: November 16, 2014 – August 15, 2015
Part-time: Serve 920 hours (22-25 hours/week). Earn approximately $500/month, a YMCA membership, opportunities for professional development and connecting to the community, and a $2822.50 education award upon successful completion of the program.
Qualifications: To be eligible for True North AmeriCorps, applicants must be 18 years of age by the start of the program, must have a high school diploma or equivalent and must be either a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
Apply online today at: or contact True North AmeriCorps at 722-4745 x123 for more information.
--The Duluth East Girls Cross Country Team placed 10th at State this month. Runners include: Phoebe Koski, Aria Plewa, Lauren Dynek,  Kelly Canavan, Isabella Sutherland, Nora Vos, and Molly Weberg.   Thank you to the many the Greyhound Fans that travelled to Northfield to cheer - you did a wonderful job representing East High School positively at State!  

--Members of the Duluth East Key Club helped clean up Lismore Road this month.  They worked with Kiwanis of Friendly Duluth members as part of the "Adopt a Highway" program.  

--Jake DeCaro, Denfeld High School, was named to the Minnesota All State team by the MN High School Soccer Coaches Association.  He’s been invited to play in the State Senior All Star Game on November 6th in St. Paul.  Jacob played defense for the Hunters and has been part of the program since he was an 8th grader on JV.
--Scott Anderson has been named the Section 7A Boys Soccer Coach of the Year by the MN High School Soccer Coaches Association. He’s been head coach at Denfeld for 20 years and with the program for 21 years.