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posted Feb 19, 2015, 8:04 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Feb 19, 2015, 12:58 PM ]
Each month, fifth graders from Congdon Park Elementary celebrate their giving spirit in the community through service learning projects.  In January, the students donated and delivered twenty four warm blankets to the Bethany Crisis Shelter in Duluth.  Some were hand-tied using donated fleece and some were purchased for donation.  In February, students made posters and decorated Mount Royal Pines Assisted Living Complex for Valentine’s Day.  


INVITATION:   1st Annual Myers-Wilkins Community Black History Celebration February 25

   The celebration includes performances by the Myers-Wilkins World Beat Drummers and Kako’s Choir and a presentation by guest speaker Malaak Shabazz.  Ms. Shabazz works with the United Nations, delivering aid for women and children in developing countries.  She is the daughter of human rights activist Malcom X and Dr. Betty Shabazz.

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WHERE: Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, 1027 N. 8th Avenue East

TIME:    5:00PM Dinner (provided by St. Scholastica Students)

5:30PM Drum and Choir Performances

6:00PM Presentation by Ms. Shabazz followed by a dessert reception.  

For Information:  Duane Byrd, 218-336-8860 x2501 or 651-335-8331


ISD 709 Transportation Manager Ken Willms and Bus Drive Jim Guzzo helped out with WDIO-TV10’s recent story on the importance of obeying school bus stop arm laws and helping keep students safe. 


Several Ordean East Middle School students received 1st Place Awards at the 2015 NE Minnesota Regional Science Fair.  Dani Likar, Olivia Nelson, Shanze Hayee,  Erin Coleman, Josephine Fay, Teagan Flynn and Maari Rohrbaugh will represent Ordean East at the state science fair in March.  Congratulations also to 2nd place winners Max Thibault, Emily Archibald, Izzy Laderman and Sunna Mujteba, and 3rd place winners Nabiha Imtiaz and Emilia McGiffert

Students receiving special awards include:

--Erin Coleman, Josephine Fay:  NRRI Environmental Excellence Award and the ASM Materials Education

--Olivia Nelson, Shanzee Hayee:  Broadcom Masters Rising Stars

--Shanze Hayee:  UMD Biology Award, Lake Superior American Chemical Society

--Nabiha Imtiaz, Emilia McGiffert, Shanzee Hayee:  Northwoods Women in Science

--Izzy Laderman: American Indian Science and Engineering Prize

These young women are invited to attend the Northwoods Women in Science "Lunch with a Scientist" at the Aquarium.


Five Denfeld students and three Duluth East students were recognized during a Duluth Rotary Club #25 meeting in January.  They made outstanding investment choices while learning and playing the Stock Market Game in their Futures/Independent Living high school classes.  From Denfeld:  Noe Diaz, Trevor Manisto, Bryce Hair, Ryan Orso, Phalecia Shogren.  From Duluth East:  Nick DarlingCaitlin KenneyAmber Tietge. 


Shawn Roed, Duluth East High School Activities Director, received the Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  The award was presented in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance provided for better understanding and friendly relations among our community and area youth sports and activities. 


Students and staff from the Area Learning Center High School participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients Campaign.  Working together they exceeded their goal and collected $132.79 to donate to the society!  


Dan Richards, cellist from Duluth East HS, is competing in MN Varsity, sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio. Dan travelled to the MPR Studios to have his piece professionally recorded, that piece will air on Classical MPR in March.  Four of the finalists will be chosen by judges, with a fifth voted in by listeners March 23-29. To learn more about MPR’s MN Varsity and hear the initial recording submitted by Dan, click the link below: