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posted Nov 20, 2013, 9:23 AM by Communications ISD 709

Duluth School Board Honors Stand Up For Kids

   ISD 709 had an education levy that was up for renewal in November.  Through Stand Up For Kids, many people came together to share information with the public about the importance of renewing and increasing this levy. Tom Albright, chairperson, and members of Stand Up For Kids worked tirelessly, dedicating a tremendous amount of their time and talents to this endeavor. They did so because they care deeply about the quality of our public education system in Duluth.

   Passage of the education levy questions on November 5 will help support the community vision and priorities identified through Think Kids and the 4-Year Continuous Improvement Plan.  Goals include reducing class size, increasing student achievement and reducing the achievement gap, and updating curriculum.


Laura MacArthur Elementary is in the final screening to be showcased on the U.S. Department of Education’s School Turnaround Learning Community website!  After comprehensive screening of schools across the nation, a small number have been selected to potentially receive recognition on this national website. 


Denfeld High School is holding a Barnes & Noble Bookfair on November 22, all day, to raise funds to purchase books for their Media Center. The Denfeld Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Clare Chopp, will provide seasonal music in two half-hour sets between 4:00PM and 5:30PM.  A voucher is needed at checkout, and can be obtained via the Denfeld Media Center webpage, from the Denfeld office, or at a table set up at Barnes & Noble the day of the fundraiser. Shoppers can also support the Denfeld Media Center online between Nov 22 and 27 by entering Bookfair ID 11232485 to their online order. The Hunters appreciate your support!

Friday, November 22 , All Day at Barnes & Noble, 1600 Miller Trunk Highway


Community Organizations Use School Facilities

Duluth schools are available for community use before and after school.  The Girl Scout Brownie Bolts meet at Piedmont Elementary, they recently joined with residents of Viewcrest Health Center to fill 40 shoeboxes of toys and goodies for Operation Christmas Child.  Organizations interested in using school facilities may contact ISD 709 Community Education – check for details.


Youth from Woodland Hills Residential Treatment Center will present "PUSHED" November 25 & 26 at 7:00PM at The Underground.  Under the guidance of teaching artist Angie B. Frank, youth have drawn on personal experience with power inequities to create and produce a theater performance that promotes community dialogue. The play is recommended for mature audiences only due to adult language and subject matter.  A reception for the artists and audience will follow each performance.  The production is made possible through a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Monday, November 25 & Tuesday November 26, 7:00PM

The Underground at the Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street, Duluth

Reserve a seat!  Call 218-728-7500 x175 or email

Suggested donation:  $5.00


From the City of Duluth:

Winter Skating Parties 2013-14, Duluth, MN


Sunday, December 22 DECC, 3:00-5:00 PM

Sunday, January 26 DECC, 3:00-5:00 PM

Sunday, February 23 AMSOIL ARENA, 3:00-5:00 PM

All Skating Parties are FREE!

--Bring your own skates; No tag or skating fast; No chairs, sticks, pucks or shoes on the ice

--Prizes for kids, Music provided

Kids 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult



--Taryn Pederson, Denfeld High School has been selected for the Minnesota American Choral Directors State 9th and 10th Grade Honor Choir. She is one of approximately 100 girls in the state selected for this honor.

--Students from Lincoln Park Middle School created works of art that were on display at the Depot for All Souls Night Event in November. Kat Livadaros of the ISD 709 Adelente Center presented the cultural aspects of this Mexican Event to each class. Participating students created the following pieces in their respective classes: "tree sculptures" from Spanish (Laurie Kovacovic) , sugar skulls from FACS ( Deb Porter), and skeletal "calac

as" from 8th grade Art ( Ann Price). The display was put together by Kat Livadaros and received lots of praise.

--Keaton Long and Phoebe Koski, East High School, participated in the 2013 Cross Country State Meet in Northfield, MN.

  Keaton placed 73rd with a time of 16:45.7 and Phoebe placed 104th overall with a finishing time of 15:41.3.  Congratulations on an outstanding season.