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posted Dec 16, 2014, 5:21 PM by Communications ISD 709

See what the teachers, staff, students and families of ISD 709 have accomplished over the past year.

This 16-minute video features school photos, video and information related to student achievement, safe and welcoming environments and effective, efficient systems.


INVITATION:  Gift Make 'n Take

Sponsored by the Department of American Indian Education

Wednesday December 17, 5:00PM – 7:30PM 

Gimaaji Building/AICHO-Trepanier Hall, 202 W. 2nd Street, Duluth

A variety of art and craft activities will be available for you to make and take home!

Dinner provided

Free and open to the community

Please contact Diana Anstett 336-8830 x4166 with questions.



Duluth School Board Honors Student Representatives

During the regular December meeting, members of the Duluth School Board took time to recognize Kobi Tremble, Denfeld High School, and Paul Manning, Duluth East High School, who have served as student representatives to the Board for the past year. 

   In this leadership role, Kobi and Paul invested time and effort to learn more about how the school district operates and how decisions are made.  They shared information with their peers and brought a thoughtful student perspective to the meetings.  Their participation has helped immensely as Board members and administrators consider decisions impacting student achievement, school climate and effective systems.

   Many thanks to Kobi and Paul for their service to the Duluth School Board. 


Feeding Local Kids Makes Donation to Fight Hunger

   During the December School Board meeting, Anne Krafthefer, a teacher at Lester Park Elementary School, and Bernie Burnham, President of the Duluth Federation of Teachers, made a special presentation to representatives from CHUM and Second Harvest.

   One in five children in St. Louis County is at risk of going hungry - in the spirit of addressing this community concern, Anne helped organize the first annual Feeding Local Kids event.  Fifth grade Lester Park students worked with WDIO-TV to help write and film a PSA to promote the event. Thrivent Financial and the Duluth Federation of Teachers provided funds for donation bags.  Over forty classrooms and student organizations took part in the event.  Donations totaled $2,675, which was split between CHUM and the Second Harvest Backpack program – enough to provide more than 300 children with a weekend’s portion of food.  Over 200 pounds of food was collected and delivered to CHUM through this event. 


INVITATION:  Please join us!

Academic Excellence Online High School Open House

Wednesday January 7, 2015

3:00PM – 6:00PM

215 North First Avenue East, Room 100  Duluth, MN

--Lessons Demonstrations


--Meet the teachers

--Take an assessment; see if online learning is a good fit

--Test personal devices for ease and compatibility

--Opportunities to learn about and/or initiate the enrollment process

More Info:  218-336-8766 or


Science classes at Merritt Creek Academy conducted a hands-on study of pollywogs and tadpoles found in a pond and creek near the school this fall.  All classes were involved in taking water and air temperatures and analyzing soil samples from three different places around the school.  Students captured some of the pollywogs/tadpoles and recorded data on the size, color, back and front legs and transparency.  They identified them as Cope’s Gray Tree Frog which is not found in the Duluth area and determined they were hatching very late.  The students learned how to make observations and record data; how to identify a species; that frogs make an anti-freeze that protects them over the winter and that frogs are amphibians and that amphibian means “double life.”  Deanna M. Erickson, Education Coordinator of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, came to the school to help the students’ with this project and said she was impressed with the detail of the observations.  Working with their teacher they wrote a press release about the project.  


Merritt Creek and Northwood Students Learn From Dralion Performers

Students at Merritt Creek Academy had an opportunity to meet performers from Dralion Cirque de Solei, which appeared at the DECC in November.  The performers came from Thailand, Australia and Great Britain and demonstrated the art of clown and mime.   Students and staff from Northwood Children Services had an opportunity to attend a live afternoon Dralion performance at the DECC. 



--Devin Johnson and Jackson Churchill, Duluth East High School, earned 1st and 3rd Place at the UMD Physics Olympiad.  Physics Olympiads are competitions in Physics for high-school students and involve solving theoretical and experimental problems.  They are held regularly in many countries and are conducted at city, regional, state, country, and international levels. Close to 20 students competed in the Duluth event and took home t-shirts and Frisbees.  Check this link for more information:


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