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posted Apr 16, 2015, 2:19 PM by Communications ISD 709

Congratulations to our 2015 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award Nominees!

   Teachers are nominated and selected for this prestigious award through a competitive application process based on several criteria, including impact in the classroom, school and community, and their efforts to pursue professional development.  The final recipient of the award will be announced at a special reception May 14 and receive $5,000 through a fund established by Manley and Lillian Goldfine. 

   Congratulations to our 2015 Nominees:

·         Robert Berg, Stowe Elementary

·         Carol Gallinger, Congdon Park Elementary

·         Debra Gilbertson, Piedmont Elementary

·         Melissa Kelley, Myers-Wilkins Elementary

·         Anne Krafthefer, Lester Park Elementary

·         Phyllis Makila, Lakewood Elementary

·         Doreen Ruhanen, Homecroft Elementary

·         Melissa Scanlon-Olson, Laura MacArthur Elementary

·         Cyndi Venberg, Lowell Elementary

   Manley and Lillian Goldfine established a fund for the award through the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation in 2006, in their belief that great teachers lay the foundation for the future success of their students in further education, productive careers and well-rounded enjoyment of life. The award is intended for the personal use of the recipient and there are no “strings” attached.  This year the award will go to an elementary school teacher; last year it went to a secondary school teacher.


NOW SHOWING!  ISD 709 Student Art Display

April 16 – 19, Miller Hill Mall in Duluth

Barnes & Noble Commons Area

Featuring Visual Arts & Media Arts:  Check out all the fantastic work, courtesy of

ISD 709 Art Teachers and Students K-12!


Denfeld, It’s In My Soul – 2015 Lip Dub Video Premiere!

    Great job by Denfeld students in a production that includes nearly the entire student body!  Look for appearances by representatives from most of the school’s activities, clubs and specialty classes -and Mayor Don Ness!  The song is“The Walker” by Fitz and the Tantrums


MN Education Commissioner to Host Listening Session in Duluth April 23

   Commissioner Brenda Cassellius will be in Duluth to host a listening session on early learning and other investments made in Governor Dayton’s 2015 budget proposal.  Cassellius will be answering questions and looking for input on what is working in Minnesota public schools and what needs more support. Members of the community are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on education in Minnesota.

Where: Myers-Wilkins Elementary, 1027 N 8th Ave E, Duluth, MN 55805

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 3:30PM


The Denfeld Automotive SkillsUSA team members received scholarships and awards at the State Conference and Skill contests on April 10-12, in Bloomington Minnesota. 

--Wyatt Swanson earned an $8,000 Scholarship to UTI in Lisle, IL, a Silver medal, and $350 in SnapOn tools.
--Nicholas Chambers earned 
a $5,000 Scholarship to UTI in Lisle, IL, a Bronze medal, and $200 in SnapOn tools.  
  Swanson and Chambers are enrolled in UTI for the Fall of 2015 and the scholarships are a great asset.  Phil Rannila is the Denfeld AYES Automotive Instructor and SkillsUSA Advisor.


ACT Test Day & ACTion Day – April 28

   While 11th Grade students are taking the state-mandated ACT Plus Writing Test on April 28, students in grades 9, 10

and 12 have the day off and are encouraged to use that day to make a difference in our community. 

   Through ACTion Day, the United Way, Kiwanis and Rotary are providing volunteer opportunities, ranging from working in school gardens, Hartley Nature Center cleanup, helping at the Second Harvest Food Shelf and much more.   Student groups, like Denfeld DNA Robotics, are teaming up to work together on a single volunteer project – in this case, helping out at the Duluth Children’s Museum. 

   There are many worthwhile volunteer opportunities available - it's One Day to Make A Difference!

Click here for more information about ACTion Day 

For details regarding ACT Test Day, click here.


Denfeld DNA Robotics Qualifies for State Competition

   Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) Team 4009 has been invited to the 2015 MSHSL/FIRST competition. DNA ranked in the top 10% of Minnesota teams (19th out of 192). The State Championship will be held at the Williams Arena on the University of MN Twin Cities Campus on May 16th, with the top 30 teams in the state competing.  


UMD 2015 Annual Fiesta April 18

Join us for a night of festivities as we celebrate Latino culture with food, dance, and much much more!

Saturday April 18, 2015 Kirby Ballroom
Silent Auction is from 5pm - 6pm in the Kirby Rafters.
Dinner/Show is from 6pm - 9pm in the Kirby Ballroom, followed by the dance from 9pm - 11pm.
$15 General Public, $10 UMD Students

Tickets on sale in Kirby Commons in front of the lower level bookstore on April 17th from 9am to 3pm. 
For questions/tickets, please contact Thelmy Maldonado at


Duluth East Theatre Presents Almost, Maine

By John Cariani, Directed by Peter Froehlingsdorf

May 7, 8, 9 at 7:00PM, Duluth East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East

All seats $8.00:  Tickets can be purchased at the door for general seating.  

This show is rated PG due to some mild language and innuendo.

   On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, magical, mythical town of Almost, Maine.  As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.    

Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry as it explores the mysteries of the human heart.

   Duluth East Performing Arts is a high school theater organization which offers performing opportunities in all aspects of drama and theater. Throughout the year, productions offer high school students a chance to perform in musical theater as well as new productions that offer thoughtful, challenging theatrical work for high school students.


Heroin Community Forums – April 16, 21 & 30

   No one plans on their family member struggling with an addiction.  If this is your reality, come and get connected to resources that can help.  If not, come and get helpful information to help you keep it that way.

   Major community organizations stand united to inform, protect and help our community stop opiate addiction in its tracks.  Hear from community leaders, law enforcement and health professionals.  Listen in as young adults share their personal stories of substance abuse.

   Please join us at one of these FREE events for parents, youth workders, teachers and concerned adults.  CEUs available. 

April 16:  UMD Campus, Griggs Center, Kirby Student Center, 1120 Kirby Drive in Duluth, MN

April 21:  WITC Campus, Conference Center, 600 North 21st Street in Superior, WI

April 30: Miner’s Memorial Building, North Room, 821 S. 9th Avenue in Virginia, MN

7:00PM – 8:00PM Presentation

8:00PM – 8:30PM Q&A

Presented by St. Louis County, Duluth Police Department, Douglas County, Douglas County & St. Louis County Sheriff’s Departments, Superior Police Department, Virginia Police Department