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posted May 5, 2015, 1:43 PM by Communications ISD 709

Many thanks to the students, families, staff and community groups that helped make the first ever April 28 ACT Plus Writing Test Day and ACTion Day run smoothly and successfully!


Congratulations to our 2015 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award Nominees!

  • Roberg 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

The Manley and Lillian Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award Fund is a fund of the

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation – Click here for more.


Student’s Annual Bedding Plant Sale May 13!

  The Plant Science students at Duluth East have been busy in the greenhouse, getting ready for their annual bedding plant sale!  To better serve customers, students are expanding the hours of the sale, here are the details:

  • Wednesday May 13th
  • 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • Duluth East High School – Greenhouse, 301 North 40th Avenue East

Crops include:  4.5" pots of Geraniums, Pollinator garden plants, assorted 4" pots of annuals, packs of annual flowers, vegetables and herbs.


Summer Duluth Community Education Class Schedule Available Online  

   The Duluth Community Education Summer 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:

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

·         Aquatics classes

·         KEY Zone school-age care and academic enrichment

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

·         Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

·         School Readiness/Pre-K programs

·         Driver education

   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 Summer with us, see you at class!


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


Lincoln Park Middle School’s Eighth Grade Book Club joined forces with the UMD Rotaract Club to collect over 1000 books for donation to Hillcrest Primary School in South Africa as part of the African Library Project.  Through the month of April, Lincoln Park students collected new or gently used books which will be shipped to Hillcrest School in May.  To promote the drive, the Eighth Grade Book Club designed posters, created announcements, wrote school newspaper articles and devised a "Book-O-Meter" which tracked their progress. Their slogan: "Be the change you want to see in the world and give a kid a book!" These students truly made a difference!


Activities, Accomplishments, Appreciation

--Lincoln Park Middle School held its annual "Poetry Slam" in April.  More than 80 students stayed for this creative after-school event.  Students and staff recited both published and original poetry to help celebrate National Poetry Month.

--Autumn Pohl, Denfeld High School, is competing in the Photographic Society of America's Youth Showcase.  Her two submissions are Pinhole photographs, her pinhole camera is made out of a cookie tin.

--Dr. Richard Updegrove, Duluth East High School, has been accepted as one of 11 teachers for the American Revolution Master Teachers' Seminar in Washington, D.C.  Sponsored by The American Revolution Institute of the Society of Cincinnati, the goals of the seminar are to enrich understanding of the American Revolution in ways that translate to the classroom, to introduce outstanding teachers to the resources of the Institute, and to develop lesson plans that can be posted in a special section of the Society’s website as a resource to teachers nationwide. 

--Congratulations to ISD 709 students competing at the Minnesota State History Day event at the UM Minneapolis in these categories: Group Exhibit :  Sydney Olson, Katrina Lindgren, Emma Johnson; Marie Curie, Angie Davis, Saijal Vacek; Julius Caesar, Kanna Okoro, Isaac Bailey, Nick Peters; Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, Individual Website:  Sarah MasonFly Girl, Group Website: Shay Callaway & Raena YoungquistNeil Armstrong, Individual Media Documentary: Vera PattonElizabeth Cady Stanton and the Women’s Rights Movement, Clara KramerMilton Hershey: Beyond the Chocolate, and Group Performance: Grace Hollander,Abbigail Hagen, Jacque Black;A Legacy in the Sky: Jacqueline Cochrane and Nancy Love. Anna Kebbekus, Elle PatronasClara Barton’s Red Cross Legacy.

   Earning Honorable Mention awards for their entries were Sydney Olson, Katrina Lindgren, Emma JohnsonGroup Exhibit Marie Curie, and Grace Hollander, Abbigail Hagen, Jacque BlackGroup Performance A Legacy in the Sky: Jacqueline Cochrane and Nancy Love.


Drop & Give Me 20 Minutes of Reading Each Day!  The Duluth Public Library Foundation Presents 8 Weeks of Free Children’s Literacy Programs at the Miller Hill Mall.  The first 7 events will be held in Center Court. The grand finale will be held on June 27 in the Barnes & Noble Court.

MONKEY WITH A NOTEBOOK:  Chris Monroe runs workshops for kids, with paper and pencils included, on drawing comic art. Saturday, May 9,  11am-11:55am; 12pm – 1:00pm (each hour-long workshop is limited to 25 children)

READ TO A DOG:  Donna Kirk welcomes children to read animal books to her therapy dog, Spirit.  Saturday, May 16, 11am – 1pm

POET-TREE:  Children are invited to write poetry and color leaves to decorate a bare tree and to carry a seedling home.  Saturday, May 23, 11am – 1pm

PLAY BY THE BOOK:  UMD Bulldogs hockey athletes read sports books with children.  Saturday, May 30, 11am – 1pm

READ & SING WITH A PRINCESS:  Princesses sing Disney songs and read fairy tales with children. Saturday, June 6, 11am – 1pm

DRAW WITH AN ARTIST:  Chris Monroe runs workshops for kids, with tablets and pencils included, on how to draw. Saturday, June 13, 11am-11:55am; 12pm-12:55pm (each hour-long workshop is limited to 25 children)

CARS, TRUCKS & TRAINS:  Children are invited to read books about cars, trucks, and other vehicles.  Thursday, June 18, 4:00pm-6:00pm

ROLL OUT THE RED CARPET FOR READING:  Kids are invited to walk the red carpet, meet book characters, participate in activities, have appetizers, and read in the Barnes & Noble court.  Saturday, June 27, 11am – 12:30 pm

Contact:  Patra Sevastiades, Duluth Library Foundation, or  Machelle Kendrick, Simon Properties,


Free Ultimate Frisbee Sports Offered at Duluth Heritage Sports Center for Youth

   The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division is partnering with the Duluth Heritage Sports Center (120 S. 30th Ave West)  to offer ultimate frisbee sports for area youth every Sunday during the month of May. The program runs from 1-3:00 PM during which volunteers will teach kids how to play the sport and coordinate informal games with participants.  These events are free and open to youth ages 8-17.

Free Chester Creek Concert Series- Summer 2015

   June 2 is the kick off of the annual Tuesday night Chester Creek Concert series in Chester Bowl Park. Music starts at7 PM every Tuesday, unless canceled due to weather. These events are free to the public. Bring your own chairs or blankets. Check the concert hotline for updates, 730-4326.