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posted Mar 10, 2015, 7:00 AM by Communications ISD 709

 Spring Duluth Community Education Class Schedule Available Online!   

   The Duluth Community Education Spring 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:

·         Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

·         School Readiness/Pre-K programs

·         KEY Zone school-age care and academic enrichment

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

·         Driver education

·         Aquatics classes

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

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

   For more information email: or call 218-336-8760 or visit  Celebrate Spring with us, see you at class!


The Duluth Speech Team (comprised of Denfeld and Duluth East students) did well at two recent competitions. At Centennial the team had many final round winners and placed 8th out of 32 teams from across the state. At Walker the team placed 8th out of 28 schools!


Denfeld High School Graduates Sworn In as New Duluth Police Officers   

   The Duluth Police Department held its swearing in ceremony for six new officers on March 5 at Police Headquarters. Two of the new officers, Aaron Haller and Jeremy O'Connor, are graduates of Denfeld High School.  During the ceremony, attended by family and friends, the new officers are pinned with their Duluth police badge.  Denfeld Principal Tonya Sconiers was on hand for the ceremony.


Congratulations, Duluth East Boys Hockey Team!

Section 7AA  Coach of the Year:  Mike Randolph, Duluth East  

State Boys Hockey All Tournament Team:

Ryan Peterson - Duluth East - Forward

Gunnar Howg - Duluth East - Goalie

Ash Altmann - Duluth East - Forward

Alex Spencer - Duluth East – Defense

   New records set at the MSHSL Hockey Tournament:  135,618 all-time Tournament attendance, most ever to attend the hockey tournament in Minnesota.  Additionally, a new single session record was also set. On Friday, March 6, 21,609 fans attended the 2015 MSHSL Boys’ Hockey Tournament Class AA Semifinals at Xcel Energy Center, setting a new record for the largest crowd to ever attend an indoor hockey game in the state of Minnesota. 


Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) Team 4009 competed at the FIRST Lake Superior Regional Robotic competition in February and received the FIRST Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation.  The team ended as 6th seed alliance captain, and chose Syntax Error Team 4693 (Rockford, MN) and Cobalt Catalysts Team 3042 to compete with during the playoffs. Their next competition will be at the Central Illinois Regional, March 19-21 in Peoria, Illinois. More information can be found on their webpage,  


The Duluth East Daredevils participated in the Double DECCer competition and received several of F.I.R.S.T.’s most

prestigious awards.  The Chairman’s Award honors the team that best represents a model of other teams to emulate.  The award means the Daredevils will advance to the World Championship in St. Louis, MO.  The team won 2nd place in the Northern Lights Regional with Team 5172 and Team 4768.  Anna Karas, team co-Captain, received the Dean’s List Award which celebrates outstanding student leaders.  Coach Tim Velner received the Woodie Flowers Award, presented to an outstanding mentor who leads, inspires, teachers and empowers their team.

More information available at


Upcoming Public Auction:  ISD 709 Wood Shop, Restaurant and Misc. Equipment

Saturday, March 14th, 9:00 a.m.  

Central High School , 802 East Central Entrance 

Central Entrance to Blackman Avenue, South 6 Blocks, East Through Gate to Lower Building.   

   Large auction of wood shop and restaurant equipment including a Rockwell Tilting Arbor Saw, Rockwell Jigsaw, Rockwell Band Saw, Rockwell Planar, Rockwell Floor Model Drill Presses, butcher block shop tables, Hobart Food Chopper, Superior Prep Cooler, Hobart Meat Slicer, Hobart Mixer, Blodgett Gas Double Convection ovens, antique wooden cabinets, antique drafting tables, antique shelving units, desks, office and classroom chairs, file cabinets, Ping Pong tables, slate chalk boards, musical instruments, Chevy Cargo Vans, Chevy Suburban, John Deere Lawn Tractors, and much more!

Inspection:  Friday, March 13th, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Go to for details and photos

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


ISD 709 Child Nutrition Department Collaborates On Farm to School Grant Project

   The Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis Community Health Board was recently awarded $100,000 for a two year USDA Healthy Northland Farm to School Grant.  The project is a collaboration between ISD709, Lake Superior ISD381 and Wolf Ridge Environment Learning Center.  The grant provides an opportunity to continue growing Farm to School initiatives within ISD709, including supporting school gardens and procurement of more local foods within the school cafeterias.  As part of the initiative, ISD709's Child Nutrition Department has committed $200 for seeds, soil and amendments to each of the 13 schools within the district. 


ISD 709 Students Participate in 2015 Youth Authors Conference

   The local Arrowhead Reading Council recently sponsored the 30th Annual Young Authors Conference at the College of St. Scholastica.  Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms in ISD 709 and other area schools sent students to the conference.  They listened to guest author Joy Dey and her illustrator Nikki Johnson and then divided into small writing groups, taught by presenters who shared their own writing experiences.  Each student wrote a short piece and shared it with the group.  This annual event provides a wonderful opportunity for students to meet and interact with professionals who have an interest in reading and writing. 

    Rachel Moseley, teacher at Piedmont Elementary, helped organize the event, assisted by Scott Markle, a substitute teacher for ISD 709.  The Arrowhead Reading Council is affiliated with the Minnesota Reading Association and the International Literacy Association.    


Accomplishments, Activities, Appreciation

--During a recent All City Swim Meet, Ryan Zelen, Ordean East Middle School, set a new 8th Grade city record in the 100 freestyle, replacing the record set by his great uncle Rick Hembach in 1966.  Ryan is the fourth Zelen to try to beat the record. Ryan’s winning time:  54.48.   

--Artwork from Laura MacArthur Elementary School was chosen for exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute, Historic Union Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street.  The show runs March 2-25, 2015.

Congratulations to: Kyle McDonald, Olivia Sanner, Alex Borman, Toby Berndt, Izabel Johander, Nathan Danielson, Hunter Kuehnow, Noah Gamache.

--Artwork from Laura MacArthur Elementary School was chosen for exhibition at the Zeitgeist Arts Center, Teatro Lobby, 222 E. Superior Street. The show runs from March 1-April 27, 2015.  Congratulations to: Isaac Erickson, Odin Maudal, Kaylee Knight, Brita Wourms, Ethan Starstead, Isabel Jimenez, Madison Bennett, Mark LeDoux, Ella Carter, Finley Valento, Emmagin Carman, Noah Abernethy, Caleb Erdman.

--Piedmont Elementary Visual Art Department has been very involved in a variety of Awards and Exhibitions for the first semester. The Artists of the Month in grades K-5 for the first semester are: JocelynB., Choelyn A., Annika H.,Caden C., John A., Cailyn V., Annika F., Ryan B., Brayden R., Jackson C., Madeline W., Claire R., Tristan S., Tyler L., Deborah A., Camryn S., Brady M., Courtney C., Carter H., Calliope F., Libby E. 

--Piedmont student artwork was exhibited at The Twin Ports K-12 Youth Art Exhibit, held in the Kruk Gallery on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Superior: Ryan B., Adler W., Aaliyah F., Marley B.

--Piedmont student artwork was chose for the Youth Art Month  K-12 Youth Exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.  Calliope F., Matthew G., Maeve T.,  Kaley K., James P., Gracie C., Bryce C., Jackson C., Ellianna J., Kayla K., Alexis S., Lauren S., Ian T., Debbie A., Nashiya M., Samantha N.