School News‎ > ‎

ISD 709 News

posted Jan 27, 2015, 8:04 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Jan 27, 2015, 8:29 AM ]

Governor Proclaims Paraprofessional Recognition Week

   Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed 7he week of January 25, 2015 to be Paraprofessional Recognition Week.  The proclamation recognizes the work done by paraprofessionals to provide a number of services within schools, including support for instruction, student activities, and numerous tasks which contribute to educational success, improving student achievement and increasing the effectiveness of Minnesota schools.


Accomplishments, Activities, Appreciation

--Sixty-three students have been inducted into the Denfeld Chapter of the National Honor Society.  The induction took

place during a banquet in the Denfeld Commons, dinner was prepared and served by the school’s Culinary Arts students, under the supervision of Mike Emerson.  Keynote speakers included Principal Tonya Sconiers and Joe Vukelich.  Michele Helbacka is advisor to the Denfeld National Honor Society, Jacob Faynik and Lucy Billings are Co-Presidents. 

--Guys With Ties, a young men’s group at Lincoln Park Middle School, participated in Day on the Hill hosted by the Council on Black Minnesotans. Students met with legislators to discuss peace from a youth perspective and were featured in WDIO-TV news coverage.

--The Ordean East Middle School 8th Grade Orchestra will travel to Alexandria, MN in February to participate in the Minnesota Tier 1 Orchestra Festival.  There are 74 Orchestras participating in Tier 1.  The three sites include Hopkins,

Alexandria and Roseville, Minnesota.  On March 30th, two Orchestra from each site will have an opportunity to advance to Tier 2, receive coaching from professional musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra, perform a concert, and earn a trophy.

--Student artwork from Laura MacArthur Elementary was chosen for an art exhibition at the University of Wisconsin-Superior Kruk Gallery – the show runs February 2 - 26, 2015. Students created a clay replica of Anasazi pottery after learning about the Southwest region of the United States in Social Studies.  Congratulations to: Max Reese, Jacob Erickson, Annabelle Soderberg, Brendan Hughes, Darren Turcotte, Brooklyn Reilly, Thomas Thach, Ayla


--Denfeld Key Club and Denfeld National Honor Society students are partnering with a local sewing club to make mittens for local children.  Students received a grant from Thrivent Financial to cover costs for materials and are working to make more than 200 pairs of mittens for donation. They call the project “Happy Hands.”

--Emma Maher, Homecroft Elementary, was selected as a winner in Essential Health's "Light of Love" essay contest.  The contest had over 200 entrants and chose 13 winning essays.  Emma was honored at a special ceremony held in Duluth.

--The Denfeld Exec Board adopted two families over the holidays.  The students worked to provide both families with gifts and Super One gift cards.  


From Linda Magni, Duluth Sister Cities

   Duluth Sister Cities International is seeking families with students aged 11-14 to host Japanese students from Duluth's sister city of Ohara Isumi-City, Japan August 8-15, 2015. The Duluth student is then eligible to travel to Japan the following (2016) summer to stay with host families for about a week to experience life in Duluth's sister city.  If you would like to host a student or have questions on the Ohara Isumi-City student exchange program, please email  or call Linda Magni at Duluth Sister Cities International (218) 727-8375 or check our website:   Application deadline is February 15.


From Julia Cheng, Community Action Duluth

Community Action Duluth Free Tax Site is Open

   Community Action Duluth’s Free Tax Site is open now until April 15. All clinics are at 2424 West 5th Street, Suite 102, in the old Lincoln Park School. Use the 5th Street “smokestack” entrance.  Tax site hours at these walk-in only clinics are:

--Mondays and Tuesdaysdoors open at 4:30 pm

--Saturdays, doors open at 8:45 am

--Wednesday, doors open at 4:30 pm, January 28 and April 15 ONLY

   Supervised by Community Action staff, IRS-certified volunteers will prepare 2014 federal, state and property tax returns for households with income up to $53,000. Clinics last 4 hours.  We take the first 30-50 clients in line, depending on the number of volunteers available. People may arrive outside our office 1-2 hours in advance.

   For prior year or amended returns, please call (218) 726-1665, ext. 39, for an appointment. Tax year 2011 refunds expire on April, 2015, so don’t wait.  For more information and a tax prep “What to Bring” checklist, visit or call (218) 726-1665.

Do Your Own Taxes and E-File for Free

   In addition to the volunteer-run tax site, Community Action Duluth supports self-preparation

through  Individuals and families with household income up to $60,000 can use this website to prepare their own federal and state returns and file them electronically, all for free.

   “In Duluth, we provide Minnesota-specific guidance and link to MyFreeTaxes from our agency website,” says Julia Cheng, tax site program coordinator. “Community Action Duluth, the Claim it! campaign and Duluth Public Library are recognizing Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day this Friday, January 30, with a facilitated self-prep clinic at the main branch from 10 am to 2 pm. Tax site volunteers will be available to help taxpayers navigate                

   All Duluth Public Library branches provide online access to MyFreeTaxes, which licenses H&R Block software.­  See above for contact information if you have questions.