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posted Feb 12, 2015, 1:42 PM by Communications ISD 709

ISD 709 FY 2016 Budget Projections Maintain Investment to Support Class Size Reduction, Curriculum Updates and Student Achievement Strategies

   Duluth school board members received preliminary FY 2016 budget planning information during a committee of the whole meeting this week.  Additional budget meetings will be scheduled through March, with a final budget approved in June. 

   As a result of favorable adjustments made for K-12 education during the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions, along with passage of the 2013 Education Levy, the district is in a position to continue investments made to support class size reduction, curriculum updates and student achievement.

   While projections for next year present a surplus as a result of the pending sale of the Central property, the ability to sustain additional ongoing investments remains limited.  State per pupil funding is under discussion by the Minnesota legislature and will be included in the projections when their decision making process is more complete.  

   Board members reviewed and discussed ideas both for using budget funds efficiently and for increasing investment in strategies related to student achievement. 

   Click here for more detail.


INVITATION: Denfeld Robotics Team Open House February 12, 5:00PM  Team DNA invites you to their Robot Reveal Open House Thursday, February 12 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Denfeld High School in room 1310. Look for signs leading to the room from the main entrance.  During the Open House, Team DNA will reveal their robot for the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition. The team spent six weeks working on their robot and look forward to showing it to the public and answering questions. For more information contact Coach Andy Gunderson at 


INVITATION:  Duluth East Daredevils 2015 Open House February 12, 7:00PM

The Duluth East Daredevils invite you to their 2015 Annual Open House where they will unveil their latest robot and its name. There will be a demonstration and previous robots will be displayed.  It will be an exciting night full of tasty treats, punch, good conversation, and of course, the Daredevils. Attendees will have the chance to interact with the robot and ask questions. The game this year will be Recycle Rush. This game focuses on the real life situation of recycling and going green for red.

Duluth East High School Library/Media Center 301 N. 40th Ave. E. 

February 12, 7:00PM-8:30PM


INVITATION:  Free Community Event!  Ojibwe Story Telling February 25

   Join us on Wednesday, February 25, at the Gimaaji Building for dinner and story telling.  Mike "Migizi" Sullivan will be sharing traditional winter stories. Afterward, the kids can enjoy hearing "Esiban" and make their own puppets!

   This event is free and open to the public.  Dinner will be provided.

5:00PM-5:30PM Dinner

5:45PM-5:55PM Introductions

6:00PM-7:30PM Storytelling and activities


212 W 2nd Street, Duluth

Contact Yolanda Goseyun 336-8700 x4172 or Diana Anstett x4166 for questions or more information.


ISD 709 Kindergarten Roundup in March

   During Kindergarten Roundup, register children for the September 2015 school year, meet the teachers and principal and learn more about ISD 709 elementary schools. 

·         Free All Day, Every Day Kindergarten

·         90 minutes literacy (reading & writing) each day

·         60 minutes math

·         Art, Music, Phy. Ed., Media

·         Advanced academic opportunities and comprehensive interventions to boost reading and math skills

·         Guidance and support to help students learn responsibility, citizenship and respect

·         Parent and community partnerships to support education

Check for Kindergarten Roundup Dates & Times


Denfeld Students To Participate in Science Immersion Program

   Thanks to a partnership with Wolf Ridge and the National Forest Service, a group of Denfeld students will participate in a high school science immersion program called SEAK (Scientists Eagerly Acquiring Knowledge) this spring.  Through SEAK, students will engage in meaningful, authentic field science and learn about a wide variety of outdoor professions. The program hopes to strengthen the Forest Service's connection with a local school and encourages students to pursue education and careers in the sciences. Classes will be held at Denfeld throughout the spring culminate with three weeks at Wolf Ridge ELC this summer.  To watch students from last year in action, visit