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posted May 28, 2015, 8:29 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated May 28, 2015, 8:37 AM ]

Duluth School Board Honors Doreen Ruhanen

   During their regular May meeting, Duluth School Board members took time to recognize and honor Doreen Ruhanen, Homecroft Elementary, recipient of the 2015 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award.  The Award, established by Manley and Lillian Goldfine in 2007, honors inspirational teachers for their dedication, skills and hard work.  Criteria for the award include impact in the classroom, school and community and efforts to pursue professional development.


Olson Receives 2015 Matt Berry Award of Excellence

   Carol Olson, ISD 709 Community Education, is the recipient of the 2015 Matt Berry Award of Excellence for outstanding contributions to traffic safety education.  The Award recognizes Carol’s leadership in the field and her ongoing dedication to helping Duluth teens become safe drivers.  She received the Award at the annual conference of the Minnesota Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association.  Carol has taught driver education in the classroom and behind the wheel in ISD 709's Community Education program for over 20 years.  This is the second year in a row that an ISD 709 instructor has won the award and the third time since the awards inception in 1988. 


2015 Greg Irons Award Recipients Announced

   The Greg Irons Award Fund (managed by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation)

honors the tenets and beliefs of Greg Irons by recognizing and rewarding the efforts of students in Duluth Public Schools and teachers who help students succeed.  Click here for more.

   2015 Staff Award - John Rudolph, Duluth East:  John is a science teacher and a champion for all students, especially those requiring extra help, tutoring, and support. He is coach of the baseball team, advisor for the East Green Club, a volunteer on design committees for Duluth East, and site manager for soccer, football, basketball and outside groups as well as president of the Duluth East Athletic Association.  

   2015 Student Award - Meaghan O’Connor, Denfeld High School:  Meaghan’s life revolves around volunteerism.  She is the recipient of the Minnesota Power Community Involvement Scholarship, recognizing students who help out in their community. To quote her essay, “All of the volunteering opportunities have stuck with me and will stay with me forever. I will always have a passion for volunteering and helping others. Volunteering is what defines me.”

   2015 Student Award - Danielle Sauve, Duluth East High School:  Whether it’s Link Crew (Seniors helping 9th graders get orientated to the school), Key Club, Teen Council, NHS or her church’s Youth Group, it’s clear that Danielle is always there to lend a hand. Danielle plans to attend the University of Minnesota Duluth in the fall and study Law Enforcement.


ISD 709 Elementary Schools to Increase Phy. Ed. Time Next Year

   Elementary schools will provide an additional 45 minutes of physical education time next year through funding designated for student achievement.  Research indicates physical activity can help boost student academic performance and help manage behavior. The extra time is associated with an eight-day rotation of music, art, media center and physical education students receive throughout the year.


Working on Duluth East Traffic Solutions

   School and district administrators are working on short and long term solutions to traffic congestion that occurs when school lets out around Duluth East High School.  Short term solutions include working with the Duluth Police Department to train staff to help direct traffic during busy times.  Long term solutions include working with the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council to study traffic and pedestrian patterns and identify root causes so they may be effectively addressed.  More information is expected in the fall.


Congratulations to Retiring Teachers, Staff and Administrators

Many thanks for your dedicated service to ISD 709 students and schools!

   Administration:  Eddie Crawford;  Clerical: Rosemary Donald;  DDWIAA:  Janis Kramer;  Ed. Directors:  Laura Fredrickson;  EEA: Nancy Dormedy, Jody LeBlanc, Ken Willms;  Food Service: Mary Anne Dolan;  Maintenance: Gregory Byrne, Mary Forseth, Gregory Fuller, Gregory Jackson, Daniel John, Ronald Nelson, Roselyn Oja, Mark Wells;  Non-Certified Business: John Hoban; Principals: Jim Arndt;  Paraprofessionals: Judy Annala, Georgia Baumgarth, Audrey Blankenship, Linda Booker, Jeannette Hedlund, Cathy Hill, Margaret Oman, Colleen Parlin, Linda Waters;  Teachers: Ila Anderson, Kim Anderson, Sandra Anderson, Cheryl Beaver, Robert Berg, Debra Berntson-Gutz, Janine Bjerklie, Lila Boehland, Barbara Boline, Linda Braaten, Cory Clay, Karin Dahlberg, Janine Dahlquist, Penelope Dearth, Peggy Ehlert, Lee Ellen Emanoff, Margaret Ferguson, Carol Kempf, Rita Krisak, Richard Lindberg, Jennifer Madole, Phyllis Makila, John McEwen, Katherine Moore, Sally Ockwig-Larson, Dorothy Opack, Sarah Pierre, Ann Price, Michael Randolph, Deborah Sauer, Barbara Schweda, David Taylor, William Verhel, Deborah Wendling, Gladys Williams, Karen Wirth.


Summer Breakfast & Lunch Program June 9 – August 21

   Funded by the USDA, meals are provided to children 18 years of age and under without charge, adults who accompany their children can purchase a meal for $3.75.  Meals are served from June 9 - August 21 (no service July 3). 

--Breakfast:  8:00AM to 10:30AM

--Lunch:  11:30AM – 1:00PM 

   Menus include a variety of food items: hot entrees, salads, sandwiches, vegetables, fruits, bread, milk, and dessert items.  Join us for good food and friendly service!

ISD 709 Summer Meal Locations

>Lester Park Elementary, 5300 Glenwood Street 

>Lowell Elementary, 2000 Rice Lake Road 

>Myers-Wilkins Elementary, 1027 N 8th Avenue East

>Piedmont Elementary, 2827 Chambersburg Avenue

>Laura MacArthur Elementary, 720 North Central Avenue

>Stowe Elementary, 715 – 101st Avenue West

>Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 West Third Street 

>Denfeld High School, 401 North 44th Avenue West 

Also Available: Brown Bag Lunches at Lincoln Park Boys & Girls Club! 2407 West 4th Street


Accomplishments, Activities, Appreciation

--Charlie Danielson of Up North Farm and Restoration visited Ms. Oliver's Lincoln Park Middle School classes to talk about the importance of animals within sustainable farming and restoring soil composition.The students had previously investigated where their food comes from for a research project. The visit was made possible through a USDA Farm to School Grant, Healthy Northland Farm to School.  Click here for more.

--Alec Boyhtari, Denfeld High School, will be bowling in a National Junior Gold Tournament in Chicago this July. He was named Most Outstanding Player this year for High School Bowling and represented this area in an All-Conference Tournament. In February 2015 he bowled a perfect 300 game at 16 years old.

--Duluth East Chemistry students provided science demonstrations at

Congdon Park and Myers-Wilkins Elementary Schools.  They conducted experiments in which they ignited hydrogen bubbles and nitrocellose (flash cotton) and showed the elementary students a crystal that disappears in water.

--Students at Lowell Elementary collected $602 to provide a waterproof roof on the Hope of Joy School in Africa so children can stay dry during the rainy season.  The funds were presented to Lisa Berg, a Uganda soccer coach.  Berg will deliver the funds to the school and bring back pictures of the children, the school, and the new roof.Lowell has had a four year partnership with the Hope of Joy School in Mbale, Uganda, Africa.  Thanks to all the families at Lowell for supporting this great cause!


From the City of Duluth:

Family, Group Opportunities at the Bayfront Family Center

Open Monday – Thursday, 11:00AM – 7:00PM

May 26 – September 17, 2015

(Closed some days due to Festival Park Events)

   Recreational Equipment is available for people to use FREE OF CHARGE and includes Frisbee Golf, Kites, Volleyball, Kickballs, Croquet and more.  Sheltered seating, extra bathrooms and concession options are also available.  Call 730-4300 for more information.

   Take a walk around the festival grounds, stage and past the harbor.  Play on the biggest, most innovative playground in Duluth.  Bayfront Festival Park is a great place for people to go with friends and family almost any time.