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posted Nov 12, 2014, 8:59 AM by Communications ISD 709

Nomination Deadline November 15 for 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

   Everyone remembers a favorite teacher, someone who motivates and inspires students for a lifetime. Minnesotans have the opportunity again this fall to nominate that unique educator for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

   Nominations remain open through Nov. 15. Nominations can be submitted online by accessing a simple nomination form or submitting a PDF form.  The 2015 Teacher of the Year will be named at a ceremony May 3, 2015. The Minnesota Teacher of the Year also becomes Minnesota’s candidate for National Teacher of the Year.

   Eligible nominees must meet these criteria:

  • Teach in a public or nonpublic pre-K through 12th-grade school, working at least 50 percent of the time directly with students.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree and a Minnesota teaching license.
  • Have completed three years of teaching by the nomination deadline.
  • Intend to teach during the 2015-16 school year.

   Anyone may nominate a teacher. Self-nominations are also accepted.

   The state program has been highly successful nationally – Minnesota ranks second behind California with four National Teachers of the Year.

   For more information or to receive a nomination form, call Kieren Steinhoff at 651-292-4865 or 800-652-9073.


Duluth East Students Host Walk to Raise Awareness of Bullying

  Duluth East High School students organized a “Path to Peace” walk in November to raise awareness of the issues surrounding bullying behavior. Students, staff and citizens walked from Sister City Park to the Duluth Public Library where speakers, including ISD 709 Superintendent Bill Gronseth, talked about the prevalence of bullying and current efforts to educate the community and effectively prevent, identify and respond to bullying.  


Food For Thought Student-Run Restaurant Open to the Public

   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.  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 (served with choice of soup or salad, homemade focaccia bread and choice of beverage.):

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

·         November 18, 19, 20: Beef Wellington for $14

·         November 25, 26: Fennel Roasted Pork Prime Rib for $11


Duluth Public Library | Downtown Family Volunteer Day

A day of service for families who want to volunteer and an expo of local organizations looking for family volunteers!

Duluth Public Library, 520 West Superior Street

Saturday, November 22, 1:00PM-4:00PM

REGISTER YOUR FAMILY Sign-up online to volunteer for one of the family-friendly projects at

PROJECT 1: Learn Hands-Only CPR from the Duluth Fire Department, volunteer slots available at 1PM, 2PM & 3PM.

PROJECT 2:  Screen books for the Big Red Bookshelf, volunteer slots available at 1PM, 2PM & 3PM.

PROJECT 3: Create holiday cards and placemats for local senior centers and food shelves, volunteer slots available 1-4PM.

EXPLORE THE EXPO!  Connect with local organizations to learn how your family can get involved!

Featured Booths:

Great Lakes Aquarium, Salvation Army, Second Harvest Food Bank

Questions? 218-730-4334 or



--Three Lincoln Park Middle School teams did well in recent Knowledge Bowl competitions!  They participated in three regional meets against about 20 teams in Mt. Iron and consistently placed in the top 5 for each meet.  Most recently, at a Knowledge Bowl held November 4, the teams earned second, third, and fourth places.  Congratulations and good luck to these talented students as they prepare for their next Knowledge Bowl: Hannah F, Mia B, Mya H, Keeli G, Carla G, Emily T, Connor F, Rachel S, Alyssa I, Jack M, John H, Quinten R, Nicole M, Autumn Z, Adrianna H, Phoenix O, Logan G.

--Calling last month “Socktober,” fifth grade students from Congdon Park Elementary collected 1,199 pairs of new

socks for donation to those in need.  Students and staff brought socks to school during the entire month of October, collecting and recording numbers of pairs.  Students and Principal Kathi Kusch Marshall then delivered the socks to CHUM and Kids Closet.  A heartfelt “Thank You” to the Congdon Park School Community for their generosity!

--Lia Saari, Duluth East Side Steppers Dance Team, has been named to Team Minnesota , comprised of top dancers in the state, and will be traveling to Hollywood, California in March 2015 to compete at the National level.  Six members of the East Side Steppers : Kate Locker, Kaitlin Lake, Ashley Castleman, Bailey Swor, Lia Saari  and Reese Nicklin,  competed in the  Miss Minnesota Dance Team competition in October. 

Best of Minnesota 9th grade division - 3rd Place -Reese Nicklin

Best of Minnesota 11th grade division – 3rd Place/Lia Saari, 5th Place/Bailey Swor

Miss Dance Team is dance based competition, open to all current members of Minnesota dance teams who exhibit  good character, intelligence, poise, health and fitness . Winners go on to compete at the National level in California.