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posted Jun 5, 2015, 12:36 PM by Communications ISD 709

Congratulations to the Class of 2015 and to all who helped support their success!


Many thanks for all you do to support students, families and public education in Duluth – best wishes for safe, happy, satisfying summer!


Congratulations to the first Misaabekong Kindergarten Class students at Lowell Elementary! 

   In addition to a Kindergarten classroom, Lowell will offer a Grade 1 Ojibwe Immersion Language classroom beginning in September 2015.  Both classrooms are designed to enrich the education of students by teaching core academic subjects in Ojibwemowin and developing appreciation of their own and other cultures.  Bus transportation is provided for students in the Lowell or Myers-Wilkins attendance areas; otherwise transportation is the responsibility of families. To apply or for more information contact Edye Howes, Coordinator of American Indian Education for ISD 709, at 218- 336-8700 ext. 1152.


The Duluth Public Schools Endowment Fund Committee is seeking volunteers to help maintain and update the DPS Fund website.  The DPS Fund, managed by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, provides grants for innovative classroom projects.  This year the DPS Fund provided over $16,000 to support projects in ISD 709.  

If you can help with web support for this worthwhile program, please contact Ken Schoen at 218-724-9618or


ISD 709 Seeks AmeriCorps Applicants

   ISD 709 is currently seeking applicants to serve as AmeriCorps members during the 2015-2016 school year.  AmeriCorps members support district goals to reduce the achievement gap through academic and behavior interventions with students. Programs exist to place AmeriCorps members within elementary, middle, and high school settings. 

   In addition to the opportunity to connect with youth and develop experience working in a school setting, individuals who serve as AmeriCorps members receive a modest financial stipend, healthcare benefits, and a financial award to pay down student loans. If you are interested in applying or would like to learn more, please contact Tom Albright at 218-336-8700 ext 1172 or


Accomplishments, Activities, Appreciation

--Jasmine Fuller, Denfeld High School, is the recipient of the 2015 Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc. Scholarship of $2,500.  Jasmine received the scholarship based on the content and quality of her essay addressing racism and on the level and commitment of her community service and involvement, which includes Upward Bound, Washington Center Neighborhood Youth Services and Girls Group with Men as Peacemakers, among others.

--Tim Renier, Duluth East High School, is the recipient of a 2015 Scholars of Distinction Award from the Minnesota Department of Education.  To earn recognition, a student must complete required work in Minnesota’s academic standards, demonstrate mastery of complex subject matter, and apply their knowledge and skills on challenging projects.  Tim received the Award for his project “The Development of an Inexpensive Hand Hygiene Monitoring System with a Raspberry Pi Computer:

Applications for Healthcare and Beyond.”

--Betsy Bartel, Lakewood Elementary, received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for her work with the Lakewood Nature Trail.  Betsy enrolled the Lakewood Trail as a School Forest over 20 years ago and has worked to involve families, students and staff in its use and maintenance.  The school uses the Lakewood Nature Trail for nature walks, tree identification, language, studying birds, animals and insects, photography, map reading and other activities.  Families have helped out by building a chickadee feeding station, trail clearing and other support.

--Lowell Elementary Kindergarten and Grade 3 classes participated in the 4th Annual Reading Buddies Bark and Bake for Shelter Dogs.  Dog biscuits were counted and bagged for donation to Animal Allies, they’ll be provided to walkers at the organization’s annual Walk for Pets.  The children delivered the biscuits and fed dogs during a field trip to the shelter in May.  Grade 3 students have been reading buddies with their Kindergarten friends; service dogs Lucy, Skipper and Dylan have been reading buddies with the Grade 3 students.