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posted May 15, 2015, 8:21 AM by Communications ISD 709

Homecroft Elementary Teacher Receives $5,000 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award

   Doreen Ruhanen, Homecroft Elementary School, is the recipient of the 2105 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award.  Andy Goldfine, son of Manley and Lillian Goldfine, made the announcement at a reception Thursday evening during which he presented Ruhanen with a trophy and a $5,000 check.

   Ruhanen has taught in Duluth for 25 years and currently teaches first grade at Homecroft Elementary.  She holds a Master of Science and Education in Teacher and Reading from UW-Superior, and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Duluth, licensed in K-6 education with a collateral field in Special Education. 

   See the story from the front page of the Duluth News Tribune!


Duluth School Board Members Show Support for Women’s Health

   Duluth School Board members Rosie Loeffler-Kemp, Judy Seliga Punyko and Annie Harala joined community members in showing support for the American Lung Association’s Lung Force week by wearing turquoise at the Tuesday Education Committee meeting. Lung Force supports innovations in research, earlier detection of lung cancer and better treatments.


Summer School 2015-2016


Denfeld High School (Seat-based program):  401 North 44th Ave. West, Duluth, MN  

June 15 through July 23, 2015

8:00AM to 10:00AM Monday through Thursday

10:15AM to 12:15PM Monday through Thursday

Phone:  218-336-8756  Fax:  218-336-8770

This program is open to students age 14 and older who need to complete a half or full credit course.


Area Learning Center (Independent Study program): Historic Old Central High School

215 North 1st Avenue East Room 101, Duluth, MN

June 16 through August 27, 2015 

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm. Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Phone:  218-336-8756     Fax:  218-336-8770

This program is open to students ages 16 to 20 who meet one or more of the state eligibility guidelines (as indicated on the registration form.)


Please see counselors for registration forms/referrals.


Superintendent, School Board Members Help Out at Annual Pancake Breakfast

   Superintendent Bill Gronseth and School Board Clerk Rosie Loeffler-Kemp donned aprons and paper hats and joined dozens of community leaders flipping pancakes at the Duluth Lions Club Annual Pancake Day in Duluth.  Board Chair Judy Seliga Punyko was also on hand to join volunteers serving coffee.  Proceeds from this annual event fund programs for the sight impaired, hearing impaired, youth, diabetes and many others.


Isyss Limoseth and Phoenix Ocean, Lincoln Park Middle School, received the 2015 Apollo Gilruth Continuum Award for

Academic Excellence from the Duluth Aviation Institute.  The Institute, along with Lincoln Park science teachers, presented eleven lessons in aviation science this semester.  Isyss and Phoenix excelled in all classroom activities, plane quizzes, and extra credit projects and were among the top 15% students who excelled throughout the program and received a Young Eagles Flight from Sky Harbor Airport.

   Students in this program learn about aviation, from the parts of an airplane to the science of what makes those parts fly.  They watch eleven presentations on various aviation topics and for each topic they participate in a project and take a quiz.  It’s a vigorous, popular, hands-on program – students say they enjoy flying Alka Seltzer rockets, practicing radio calls with walkie-talkies, and pretending to land a plane.  


Achievement, Activities, Appreciation

--Mari Doffin, a Denfeld High School student, is helping make a difference for people recovering from the earthquake in Nepal.  Click here to see the story from the Northlandsnewscenter

--Duluth East High School students participated in the Area III Envirothon held at the University of Minnesota-Cloquet Forestry Experiment Station, earning the “Team Spirit Award” for their outstanding team participation and passion!  Jacob Kohlbry, Hillarie Madden, David Rowe, Maddie Snyder, Nic Roningen took part in the event, which tested their knowledge of natural resources and solved an urban forestry problem.  Their team placed 5th overall.

-- Lincoln Park Middle School is piloting “Walk to School Wednesday” during the month of May! Walkers and bussers (who have their parents drop them off) meet each Wednesday morning at the Harrison Community Center. Students, staff members, and special guest walkers, including UMD’s Champ the Bulldog, are walking to school as a group, and students who participate can put their name into a drawing to win prizes. Lincoln Park hopes to continue the program in the fall.
Link to Animoto video:

--Help the Ordean East Destination Imagination Team make it to Nationals!  Show your team spirit by participating in a Duluth Chipotle fundraiser to support the Team.  Just come into the Duluth Chipotle on Saturday, May 16th, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and when you check out, tell the cashier you're supporting this cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Ordean East Destination Imagination Team.

--The following student's artwork was chosen for Artist of the Month for May at Laura MacArthur 

Elementary School:  Kristina Birdseye, Charity Leskey, Scott Leslie, Dilin Bakken, Ryley McKeon, Lukas Young, Maddie Juetenen, MacKenzie Kuenow, MacKenzie Carlson. Congratulations, students!


Lakewood Elementary students took part in a Buckthorn Removal Day for the Lakewood School Forest. Students, teachers, and community volunteers tagged, cut, bagged, and removed the invasive Buckthorn from the school forest property. 

   Lakewood School Forest has undergone a forestry assessment, and created a new forest stewardship plan to help guide the school to better maintain this natural outdoor classroom environment for the school and the community.   Goals created out of this forestry plan included reducing the amount of the invasive Buckthorn plant and do more native tree planting.  The Buckthorn Removal Day is a time for the school community to come together and take action on the forest plan and to prepare for the planting of 300 native trees the school purchased for their Global Youth Service Day Project.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR!  Free, Fun Reading Events for Children!  The Duluth Public Library Foundation Presents Free Children’s Literacy Programs at the Miller Hill Mall.  Events will be held in Center Court with a grand finale held on June 27 in the Barnes & Noble Court.

Saturday May 16, 11AM – 1PM:  READ TO THERAPY DOG “SPIRIT”  Donna Kirk welcomes children to read animal books to her therapy dog, Spirit.  

Saturday, May 23, 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 30, 11AM – 1PM:  UMD BULLDOGS PLAY BY THE BOOK:  UMD Bulldogs hockey athletes read sports books with children.  

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

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

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

Saturday, June 27, 11AM – 12:30PM: GRAND FINALE!  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.  

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