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posted Apr 9, 2015, 3:37 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Apr 10, 2015, 9:12 AM ]

YOUR IDEAS MATTER - More Think Kids Meetings In April!

   During the 2015 Think Kids conversation participants will be asked to share thoughts and provide advice


--What’s going well and what could be done better in Duluth’s schools.

--The results of an in-depth enrollment report.

--How to address racism in our community.

   ISD 709 staff and volunteers will be meeting with people from across our community to lead these important discussions. Anyone who wishes to can share their ideas – no one is excluded.

Wednesday April 15: Ordean East Middle School, 4:00PM/Lester Park Elementary, 6:30PM

Thursday April 16:  Piedmont Elementary, 4:00PM

Monday April 20:  Laura MacArthur Elementary, 4:00PM  

Wednesday April 22: Denfeld High School, 4:00PM/Duluth East High School, 6:30PM

   Please make plans to attend a Think Kids meeting  if you can’t make your neighborhood meeting, feel free to attend at another location.  

   Can’t make a meeting?  Take the Think Kids Online Survey!  Click here to access information and a link to the survey.


Help Victims of Applewood Knoll Apartments Fire

   Young families and single parents with children are among those impacted by the fire that recently destroyed the Applewood Knoll apartments.  Anyone with clothing, gently used appliances or financial assistance to donate can call United Way 211 at 2-1-1 or (800) 543-7709.  The Salvation Army is accepting cash donations for victims of this fire at


March to the Arch Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction April 16

Proceeds help Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team get to St. Louis, MO for the

FIRST World Robotics Championships!

   The Daredevils are hosting a pasta dinner and silent auction Thursday April 16 from 5:00PM to 7:00P.M. in the Duluth East High School atrium, 301 N. 40th Avenue East.  This event will kick-off a campaign to fund their trip to the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, MO.  Tickets are available at the door: $8 per single or $20 for families.  Each meal includes pasta, salad, bread, and a beverage.  Vegetarian options are also available.  There will be a bake sale and a chance to control a Daredevil’s robot that competed at a past World Championship.

   Those not able to attend the dinner but wishing to help the Daredevils get to the World Championship may contribute by mailing a check (credit cards not currently accepted) to: Duluth East Daredevils, FIRST Robotics Team 2512, 301 N. 40th Avenue East, Duluth, MN 55804. Every dollar gets the team closer to St. Louis!  More about the team at: THANK YOU for your support!


Tuesday April 28, 2015:  ACT Test Day & ACTion Day

ACT Test Day for Grade 11 Students:  MN State Law requires 11th grade students to take the ACT Plus Writing as a requirement for graduation. Participation is expected of all 11th grade students except those exempted by their IEP and notified by their case managers.  Click here for details.

ACTion Day Volunteer Opportunities:  9th, 10th and 12th grade students at Denfeld, Duluth East and the ALC will not attend school April 28 in order to accommodate the ACT Test.  ISD 709 is partnering with the United Way, Kiwanis and Rotary to create "ACTion Day", an opportunity for high school students who have the day off of school to give back to the community through volunteer service.  More information about how to sign up for volunteer activities can be found here.


Accomplishment, Activities, Appreciation

--Lincoln Park Middle School recently hosted a 3rd Quarter Family Night for parents and students.  The Olive Garden donated a delicious pasta dinner and guests were treated to the school’s Annual Talent Show.  Performances included singing, dancing, stand-up comedy, beatboxing and much more.  The students did a wonderful job performing to a packed house!  Videos of the Talent Show can be found on the Lincoln Park Middle School website, on YouTube and on Lincoln’s social media sites, or Click Here!

--Erin Coleman, Ordean East Middle School, qualified for and competed in the Minnesota State Geography Bee held in St. Cloud.  She was among Minnesota’s top 100 geographic scholars at the state meet, placing in the top 25% of all participants.  Congratulations to Erin for her dedication to geographic knowledge and for proudly representing Ordean East Middle School and the Duluth School District.   


--Students at Lakewood Elementary recently enjoyed a visit from The Raptor Center, a department of the University of MN’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  During the visit, students got to see four live species of raptor, including a bald eagle and an owl.  The Raptor Center rescues, treats and rehabilitates injured birds, with the aim of releasing them back into the wild.  Minnesota is home to a number of different species of raptors including bald eagles, American kestrels, falcons, hawks and owls.   


Discover Your Untapped Potential - April 22

   Students, parents, teachers, and mentors: Join us to learn how you can help youth reach their full potential. James Robertson, also known as Coach Rob, is a dynamic presenter, trainer, coach, and facilitator who engages youth in thoughtful and meaningful discussions about cultural awareness and social justice.  Stay for the Q&A session with Coach Rob, then enjoy food and refreshments in the atrium after the event!  This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 22 at 6:00PM

Denfeld High School Auditorium, 401 North 44th Avenue West

Questions: Contact Jessica Schiff, Director of Community Services, Woodland Hills, at 218-723-3523

   Presented by 2015 members of the Duluth Youth Agency Coalition Boys and Girls Club of the Northland, Valley Youth Centers, Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative, Woodland Hills – Neighborhood Youth Services, YMCA, YWCA, City of Duluth – Parks and Recreation, Voyageur Area Council for Boy Scouts


Registration for 2015-16 Birth to Pre-K Programs

   Do you have children ages birth to 5? Registration for ISD 709’s Birth to Pre-K programs will be mailed out the first part of April.   The newsletter contains information and pre-registration forms for Fall 2015-16 classes including Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and School Readiness/Community Education Pre-K programs.  It will also be available online at (Programs & Services/Birth to Pre-K)

For more information email: or call 218-336-8890


Refinancing of Bonds Projected to Save About $1.8 Million

  In March, the Duluth School Board moved forward to refinance a $46 million bond used for repairs and upgrades as part of the Long Range Facilities Plan.  The refinancing is projected to save taxpayers about $1.8 million over the next twelve years.


Outstanding Business Students Travel to Anaheim, CA to Participate in the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference

   Top students from Duluth East High School will attend the Business Professionals of America (BPA) 2015 National Leadership Conference, “Imagine, Believe, Become” in Anaheim, CA, May 6- May 10, 2015. Garrett Bock, Ailie Davidson, Patsy Davidson, Frans-Lukas Lovenvald, and Jonah Wehr will join over 5,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national level business skills competitions, workshops, general sessions, and the national officer candidate campaigns and elections. Besides having the opportunity to excel, they’ll experience the city of Anaheim, CA.

  “The conference will be the culmination of a school years’ worth of business education and training,” said Chapter advisor, Peggy Ehlert, who teaches Business and Personal Finance, Marketing, and Economics.

Jimmy Anderson, 6th Place – Network Administration Using Microsoft

Garrett Bock, 4th Place – Business Meeting Management Concepts

Ailie Davidson, Ambassador Torch Award

Patsy Davidson, 2nd Place – Administrative Support Concepts

Frans-Lukas Lovenvald – 3rd Place, C++ Programming

Jonas Wehr, 2nd Place – Personal Financial Management Concepts

   Business Professionals of America is a national organization for high school, college, and middle school students preparing for careers in business and information technology. The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school. BPA is assisted in this endeavor with financial support from corporations and companies including American Institute of CPAs, Certiport and Next Step Academy, who sponsor BPA’s National Leadership Conference, and member career building programs and scholarships.