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posted Jan 21, 2015, 8:35 AM by Communications ISD 709
Duluth School Board Honors Duluth East HS Physics Students

   During their regular January meeting Board members took time to recognize Devin Johnson and Jackson Churchill from Duluth East High School.

   Devin and Jackson recently competed in the Physics Olympiad held at the University of Minnesota – Duluth.  Close to 20 students participated, Devin earned first place in the event and Jackson took third place, outstanding results! 

   Physics Olympiads are competitions for high school students and involve solving theoretical and experimental problems.  The event promotes academic excellence and provides intellectual stimulation for students interested in physical sciences.  Events are held regularly in many countries and conducted at the city, regional, state, country and international levels.


Duluth Selected as a Semifinalist in $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize

   Duluth was announced as one of 50 communities who are leading the way on energy efficiency and have officially advanced to the Semifinal round of the

Georgetown University Energy Prize.  This national competition is challenging communities to rethink their energy use.

   “Duluth energy efficiency is important to our residents and our local economy,” said Mayor Don Ness.  “This competition is a great way of encouraging residents to take steps that create long term commitment to saving energy and practicing good stewardship.  The benefits of this competition are far greater than the prize; I encourage the Duluth community to get involved.”

   ISD 709 is a community partner in this effort and will be encouraging staff and students to participate in efforts to minimize and reduce energy consumption both at school and at home.

   For more information visit or contact Duluth’s campaign headquarters, administered by local nonprofit Ecolibrium3 at 218-336-1038. 


School Board Approves Remaining LRFP Projects

   During the January meeting, Duluth School Board members approved 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.


Martin Luther King Week School Activities

--Students at Lester Park Elementary School are doing a Civil Rights Sing Along in their gym this week.

--Students in Mrs. Pilate’s 1st grade class at Congdon Park Elementary are involved in a week long study of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  In addition to being read books about Dr. King, students are talking about how they might change the world, viewing short video clips about Dr. King’s life, writing their own thoughts, and viewing art work from street artists to prominent African American artists such as Jacob Lawrence to John Woodrow Wilson.  Students are creating their own Portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Their artwork and writing will be displayed outside the classroom and for Parent Teacher Conferences.


From the Minnesota Department of Health:

Minnesotans urged to fight influenza, other viruses by staying home when ill

   In the midst of a tough influenza season, health officials are urging Minnesotans to protect themselves and others by staying home for the duration of their illness.

   "We know that some of this activity can be reduced if people stay home when they are feeling ill,” said Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger. “It may not always be convenient, but it is an important step in reducing the spread of these diseases."

   Minnesotans can also do their part to slow the spread of diseases by covering their sneezes and coughs and washing their hands thoroughly with soap and water for 15-20 seconds after coughing or sneezing in them, after going to the bathroom and before eating or preparing food. You can protect yourself and those around you by getting vaccinated for influenza. It’s still not too late, health officials said. 


Head Start Program Says “Thank You!” for Book Donations

   The ISD 709 Head Start program received over 2,000 books through the Barnes and Noble Holiday Book Drive.  Head Start Principal Pam Rees says staff will use the books in classrooms and programming and parents are able to take some of the books home to read with their children.  Rees says this may be a record and she’s extremely grateful to everyone for the donations.

    “On behalf of the children, families and staff at Duluth Head Start, thank you for your efforts and the generosity we feel from the Duluth community,” said Rees.


Public Auction:  ISD 709 Shop Tools, Supplies and Equipment

Saturday, January 24th, 9:00 a.m.  

Secondary Technical Center , 802 East Central Entrance 

   Large auction of equipment and tools including welders, band saws, lathes, sanders, planers, 

machinist tools, hydraulic press, milling machine, grinder, gantry crane, metal stitcher, 

gas engines, steel fabrication tools, fireproof storage cabinets, electric test machines, metal shear, 

wood shop tables, welding tables, concrete mixer, hand and power tools, too much to list here!!  This is a big auction!

   Inspection:  Friday, January 23rd, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

   Removal:  No later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 30th.

Go to for details and photos

For Information:  Nordic Auction, 218/525-4511218/390-3035