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posted Jul 15, 2015, 11:41 AM by Communications ISD 709
 ISD 709 Community Education Receives 2015 Community Services Award from Duluth Area Family YMCA!  

   Community Education Director Jay Roesler and Duluth School Board member Annie Harala accepted the award on behalf of the department.  The award is presented for providing time and talent to strengthen the community through YMCA programs and services and impacting the lives of many.  ISD 709 Community Education was recognized for their Key Zone School Age Child Care and Youth Development Partnership with the YMCA.


Superintendent Bill Gronseth and his son Caleb went “Over the Edge” to help raise funds for Duluth Area  Family YMCA Youth Programs, rappelling down the side of the Sellwood Building during Duluth’s annual Sidewalk Days celebration.  Thanks to everyone who helped support this year's "Over the Edge" event!


Duluth School Board Approves Amended Purchase Agreement for Morgan Park 

   During a special meeting held July 14, the Duluth School Board approved an amendment to a purchase agreement for Rockridge and Morgan Park school properties.  The amendment terminates the purchase agreement for Rockridge and moves forward with a purchase agreement for Morgan Park for $100,000, with a closing date on or before July 31. Officials say budget planning for the next school year did not include the sale of either property and no budget adjustments are necessary. 

   Earlier this month, ISD 709 officials received notification from Schweiger Development, Holding & Management LLC to amend a purchase agreement for the Rockridge and Morgan Park school properties (click here to access).

   In a letter to officials, SDH&M LLC representative Aaron Schweiger stated that they “spent considerable time determining the full development potential for the Rockridge School adjoining undeveloped land” and “we have now concluded the type of housing we wish to construct is not possible at that site.” The developer also stated in the letter, “We remain very interested and excited about the development of quality housing at the Morgan Park School site and wish to amend our agreement to purchase only that property.” 

   According to Kerry Leider, ISD 709 Property and Risk Manager, the Rockridge property will go back on the market.  “The Rockridge building is very flexible in its design and conducive to redevelopment to apartments, assisted living or other housing. Zoning is already in place to allow those types of re-purposing.   It’s also a great location, near Hawk Ridge and Skyline Parkway.”


ISD 709 Students, Staff Visit Dalien, China

   The visit was part of an exchange program between the High School Associated with the Dalien

University of Technology and Duluth.  Last year, high school students from Dalien visited the Northland and this year a delegation from Duluth visited Dalien.

   In addition to living with host families and attending high school in Dalien, Duluth students had an opportunity to visit Beijing, tour the Forbidden City and climb The Great Wall.

   More students from Dalien are scheduled to arrive in Duluth in late September 2015 for a three-week stay and attend Denfeld and Duluth East High Schools.  To learn more about hosting a Dalien student or an event for the Dalien students, please contact or phone (218) 336-8752.


WANTED:  Instructors Interested in Offering a Class Through ISD 709 Community Education

   Do you have a valuable skill or idea that you would like to share, but you are not sure where to start?  Would you like to earn some extra money?  We are looking for new instructors willing to share their special skill, talent, hobby or expertise with the community.

   For more information, contact one of our community Education coordinators or email 

   Check out the ISD 709 Duluth Community Education Facebook page


Hillside Youth Theatre Students Impress and Inspire in Summer Production July 23 & 24
   Students in the Hillside Youth Theatre program at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School are excited to perform an original musical play production, "Total Eclipse of the Art." The public is invited to attend. 
--Matinee Performances: July 23rd and 24th at 1:00p.m.
--Evening Performances: July 23rd (special fundraising event beginning at 6:00p.m. with appetizers, music, and silent auction. $15 donation; play performance at 7:00p.m.), and July 24th at 7:00p.m.
   Performances will be held in the Myers-Wilkins Auditorium at East High School (301 N. 40th Ave. East)
   Admission is free (with the exception of the July 23rd evening fundraiser)
   The script, written by local playwright Jean Sramek, takes the audience on a comedic adventure as they explore the value of and meaning of art and the struggle for recognition as characters take you on a lively journey to find a missing painting.
   The Hillside Youth Theatre is a program of the Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative.  The evening performance on July 23rd, which begins at 6:00PM, is a fundraiser with entertainment, appetizers and a silent auction to support continuation of these programs.


Minnesota’s Immunization Laws – Please Be Sure You’ve Filed Documentation of Vaccination or Legal Exemption with Your School

   Immunization laws protect everyone, because high immunization levels prevent disease outbreaks. Minnesota has various laws requiring immunizations for children and adults enrolled in child care, school, and college settings.  Legal exemptions are allowed - both for medical reasons and conscientiously held beliefs.
   Minnesota’s Immunization Laws require all students to provide documentation of vaccination or a legal exemption in order to enroll or remain enrolled in school or in a childcare facility.
• Students whose families do not provide documentation of vaccination or a legal exemption may be excluded from school.
• We want all children to be in school – please take steps to provide documentation of vaccination or to file legal exemption with your school.
• For a list of required immunizations check the ISD 709 Back To School Packet in August for a list of Frequently Asked Questions and the “Are Your Kids Ready?” Immunization Schedule. Or, check the Minnesota Department of Health Website:
• To obtain documentation of your child’s vaccinations, contact your healthcare provider or call the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection at 651-201-5503 or 1-800-657-3970.
• To have your child immunized contact your healthcare provider or the St. Louis County Department of Health at 218-725-5210 or toll free 800-450-9777.
• Parents may file for legal exemption:  medical exemption signed by a health care provider or a conscientious objection signed by a parent/guardian and notarized. Notary services are available at no cost through ISD 709 Administration.  Please call to make an appointment with the Office of the Superintendent (336-8752) or Business Services (336- 8704). Notary services may also be available at low or no cost from banks, county government centers, local city hall or city managers.
   More detailed information available by contacting the Minnesota Department of Health online: or calling 1-800-657-3970651-201-5503.