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posted Jan 13, 2015, 7:50 AM by Communications ISD 709

Cabin Fever?  Sign Up for a Duluth Community Education Class!

   The Duluth Community Education Winter 2015 schedule of classes and activities is available online for viewing and secure registration at

   Community Education offers opportunities to learners of all ages through:

·  Adult enrichment and youth activities - take a class in computers, music, yoga, cooking, painting, fitness, digital photography, languages, retirement planning, travel planning, swimming, dancing, much more - something for everyone

·  Adult basic education - GED and Adult High School Diploma - It's never too late to learn

·  Early childhood programs

·  School readiness/Pre-K

·  KEY Zone school-age care and academic enrichment

·  Drivers education

·  Aquatics classes

   These programs are open to any area resident, are affordable and close to home.

   For more information email:communityeducation@isd709.orgor call 218-336-8760 or visit  


School Board Reviews Remaining LRFP Projects

   During the January Business Committee meeting, Duluth School Board members received an update on remaining school projects associated with the Long Range Facilities Plan. 

   Of the remaining $5.4 million, about $2.7 million is earmarked for completing investments in Career and Technical education equipment and spaces at Denfeld and Duluth East High School and conducting roof repair, replacement of a crumbling retaining wall, water conservation updates and security and communication system updates, among others, at Historic Old Central High School.

   Another $2.7 million is associated with work scope at Congdon Park, Denfeld, East, Homecroft, Lakewood, Laura MacArthur, Lester Park, Lowell, Myers-Wilkins, Ordean East and Stowe.   A detailed presentation is available at, click here to view.

    The Board will consider a resolution to complete the remaining work at the January 20, 2015 School Board meeting in Historic Old Central High School.


Martin Luther King Day School Activities

Myers-Wilkins Elementary classrooms will receive a book about Martin Luther King titled, “Love Will See You Through."  The book, written by his niece, is about Martin Luther King Jr. six guiding beliefs.  Each morning a different person will read one of the beliefs over the intercom to all the students. Several Myers-Wilkins classes are designing placemats for the Martin Luther King Day community breakfast.

Students in Mary Ann Harala’s class at Congdon Park Elementary read about Dr. King all week and create I Have a Dream Clouds, mobiles made with paper clouds, each sharing a dream for the world, for the community and for the student. They take part in a Call to Action which involves a positive project to help the community, such as making scarves to donate to the Damiano Center.



-- Chrissy Valento , Laura MacArthur Elementary, was recently awarded a Daughters of the American Revolution grant in the amount of $500.  This money will be used to teach lessons on conservation in the classroom at Laura MacArthur in grades K-5.  The art lessons will stress the importance of the Early American Conservation Movement and how some Americans developed a deep and dedicated commitment to treating nature with respect.  

--Laura MacArthur's Artists of the Month showed hard work and dedication in Mrs. Valento's art room.  These students were focused and put forth their best effort while completing steps in a process.

December 2014: KeShaun Gilbert, Chloe Moe, Renee Gould, Ruby Landry, Ella McPhee

Scarlett Eugenis, Ryann Ostrom, Faith Biermaier, Diara Condes, Olivia Sanner

January 2015: Wyatt Berg. Libby Abernethy, Anabell Biermeyer, Giana Herrick, Alexis Lauderville, Lucas Martens, Derrick LaPre, Alexandra Kokotovich