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posted Apr 27, 2015, 2:35 PM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Apr 28, 2015, 6:09 AM ]
Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team – 2nd Place at the World Championships!

The Daredevils are the first Minnesota team to make it all the way to the finals on Einstein Field where they took 2nd place with their alliance partners.   The Daredevils were proud to represent Minnesota and Duluth F.I.R.S.T. World Championships in St. Louis, MO - thank you to the many families and fans who turned out to welcome the Daredevils home!

Clickhere to see video from the World Championships.


Devin Johnson, Duluth East High School, has been named one of 565 semifinalists in the 2015 U.S. Presidential  Scholars Program.  Semifinalists were selected from more than 4,300 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character and involvement in community and school activities.  Final selection of the Scholars will be made by the Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of eminent citizens appointed by the President.  Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC in June to participate in a recognition ceremony and in various activities and events held in their honor.  Semifinalists were chosen by a panel of distinguished educators after a review of students’ essays, self-assessments, activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.


2015 Go Guide – Summer Guide for Youth Activities is available through the United Way of Greater Duluth.  Click here to view the online copy:


ISD 709 High School Students Use April 28 Day Off to Help Community

   In Duluth, Tuesday April 28 will be a day off for grades 9, 10 and 12 as students in grade 11 take the statewide ACT Plus Writing Test. 

   About 65+ students from Denfeld and Duluth East High Schools are choosing to use their day off to help their community by participating in “ACTion Day.”  The United Way of Greater Duluth, ISD 709 and Kiwanis worked in partnership to create “ACTion Day,” a one-day opportunity for high school students to give back by signing up for service activities with area non-profits.

   Students will be volunteering with Animal Allies, Second Harvest Food Bank, Hartley Nature Center, YWCA Girl Power, MAC-V, The Duluth Children's Museum, and more.  At each site, students will be joined by members of local Kiwanis Clubs who will help with projects while also sharing the value of volunteering as adults.  


ISD 709 Provides High School Tour for Dalien, China Principal

   Superintendent Bill Gronseth and Assistant Superintendent Ed Crawford provided a tour of Denfeld and Duluth East High Schools for Mr. Yuejin Wang, Principal of the High School attached to Dalien University of Technology in China.  This summer, students from the Northland will travel to Dalien as part of an exchange program.  Last year students from Dalien visited Duluth. 

   Mr. Wang met with high school principals, students and staff and toured each building.  Stops included Denfeld’s automotive lab and Duluth East’s greenhouse. 


Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation

--Artwork by Laura MacArthur Elementary students will be on display at Beaner's Coffeehouse Art Show, 324 North Central Avenue in Duluth.  Student are hosting an Opening Reception Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM and

the artwork will be displayed throughout the month of May.

-- Duluth Speech Team member Hannah Wodrich received a 4th Place Medal in Discussion at the 2015 MSHSL State Speech Tournament.  Six members of the Duluth Speech Team advanced to the Tournament:  Leighton Strom, Emma McNamee, Derick Rossell, Paul Manning, Hannah Wodrich and Kayla Nyenhuis. 

--Lincoln Park Middle School “Guys In Ties” group visited Lake Superior College to learn more about the degrees offered and hands-on program options.   “Guys In Ties” is a leadership program which encourages members to put academics first.

-- The Duluth East High School Exec Board, Students for the Future and Key Club received a letter from Meg Kearns at CHUM in appreciation for conducting a successful food drive.  We were delighted to receive the donation of 1,189 pounds of food and $1,213 collected by your organizations at East High for the CHUM Food Shelf during March,” Kearns said.  “This gift will be included in the amount that will receive a proportional match from the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Thanks for helping us to continue our work with people in our community who are having a difficult time feeding their families.”

--Lester Park Elementary students competed individually and as teams in the 2015 5th Grade Northeast Minnesota Regional Math Masters competition.  Jack Beyer, Aiden Olson, Andrew Sailstad, Felicia Stewart and Elle Westrum took 3rd Place as a team.  Taking 4th Place were team members Ella Hanhan, Kai Hoffman, Sam Krollman, Collin Larson and Ava Patronas. Andrew Sailstad placed fifth out of 144 competitors in the individual competition.  Anne Krafthefer, fifth grade teacher at Lester Park School, coaches the teams.   Math Masters of Minnesota has been holding competition for fifth graders since 1989.  Many thanks to the volunteers who make this annual event such a great opportunity for Minnesota students! 

--Stowe Elementary students combined learning and fun during the school’s Environmental Resource Fair.  They had an opportunity to squirt water out of a fire hose (with help from firefighters!), check out safety and rescue gear, learn about animals of northern Minnesota, mountain biking, bird migration, reptiles & amphibians and much more.  Many thanks to the many local and regional organizations that helped make this event happen!

-- Kenn McNulty, Homecroft Elementary, received a letter from President Barack Obama, thanking him and student Megan Nygaard for their “Would You Bully Me?” bullying prevention book.  

-- Laura MacArthur Elementary students participated in a school-wide fundraising effort to raise money for Duluth's Empty Bowl event, held at The Depot Great Hall in April. All students at Laura MacArthur created clay bowl necklaces as part of this event and collected over $840.00 to help the hungry.

--December Simmons, Denfeld High School, is participating in the Photographic Society of America's 2015 Youth Showcase.  Her abstract, digital photograph will be competing with other high school photographers from all over the country. 

--The Duluth East Boys & Girls Cross Country Running teams received the MN State High School Coaches Association 2015 Gold Award for Academic Excellence.


Denfeld, Lowell & Piedmont Schools Receive Financial Awards

As participants in the School Breakfast Challenge, Denfeld, Lowell and Piedmont earned financial awards for increasing the number of breakfasts served to low-income students in the 2014-2015 school year:

--Piedmont Elementary: $5,393.98

--Lowell Elementary: $663.72

--Denfeld High School: $2,833.63

 These gifts were made possible by the General Mills Foundation and the Cargill Foundation.


Buddies Not Bullies is hosting a 5K Walk on Saturday May 2 from 9:00AM to 12Noon at Bayfront Park in Duluth.  The event is dedicated to raising awareness of bullying and providing support to communities.  For more information: 


Free Lead Testing from Housing Resource Connection

When: Wednesday  -  April 29, 2015

Where:  Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, 1027 N 8th Ave E – Duluth

Time:    10:30am – 3:00pm

If you answer YES to any of these questions, get your child tested:

--Do you have a child under the age of 6?

--Do you live in a home built before 1978?

--Have you recently scraped, sanded or repaired any painted surfaces in your home?

--Have you moved from another country or big city in the past year?

--Does your child have a playmate or sibling that has had lead in his or her blood?

Keep Children Lead Safe

FACT:   Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born.

FACT:   Most children are poisoned by lead dust from lead based paint in older houses.

FACT:   Lead causes irreversible brain and developmental damage in young children.

FACT:   Lead Poisoning is 100% preventable!

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