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posted Sep 4, 2015, 6:54 AM by Communications ISD 709

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the September 2 Staff Development Day and to all who devoted a lot of time and effort to make it happen. 

Activities focused on research-based best practices to improve student learning and strategies for strengthening the focus on culture in our schools.  

Best wishes for a successful and satisfying school year!


From KQDS-TV21:

Ojibwe Language Immersion Expands to First Grade at Lowell Elementary

   With the successful launch of a Kindergarten Ojibwe language immersion classroom at Lowell last fall, ISD 709 is expanding the program to include both Kindergarten and Grade 1 this year.   Gordon Jourdain,  who taught last year’s Kindergarten class and is a first language Ojibwe speaker, talked with Fox 21 about what the classroom provides students.


From the Duluth News Tribune:

Minnesota Supreme Court To Visit Denfeld High School

   The Minnesota Supreme Court is coming back to Duluth.  The state's high court will convene at Denfeld High School in early October, according to a public court calendar released Thursday.  The visit is part of the court's "traveling oral argument" series, which began in 1995 in an effort to expand public outreach and education.


From the Duluth Budgeteer:

Former Duluth East Student Hired as Co-Op for NASA

   Almost everyone has heard the expression "it's not rocket science" and usually, it's true. But for Duluthian Kirsi Kuutti, this is not the case. She has been hired as a co-op, a position above that of an intern, with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Johnson Space Center in Houston…


From KQDS-TV21:

ISD 709 Transportation Manager Mike Johnson Talks About Back to School Safety

   Mike provided back-to-school safety tips during an interview with Fox 21 News.  He touched on how students can be safe while getting on and off the bus, what drivers should do when they see a school bus with flashing lights and an extended stop arm and other advice to promote a safe journey to and from school.


2015 ISD 709 State Multiple Measurement and Focus Rating Results

    This week the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released Multiple Measurement Ratings (MMR) and Focus Ratings (FR) for all Minnesota schools. 

    The ratings are an effort by the state of Minnesota to measure progress in closing the achievement gap, which is the difference in academic performance and on-time graduation rates between groups of students.  Most commonly, gaps are evident based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and the receiving of special education services.

    “The good news is that overall student achievement continues to grow and that in some areas students experiencing an achievement gap are seeing growth,” said Amy Starzecki, Assistant Superintendent for ISD 709.  “We must continue to focus and adjust our efforts to raise overall achievement and to increase achievement more quickly for students experiencing a gap.”

     In ISD 709 several student groups increased proficiency on state tests in 2015. In some cases, groups of students not experiencing an achievement gap saw even greater gains – so, while student achievement overall increased, in some cases the gap between student groups also increased.  

    Laura MacArthur Elementary School is Celebration Eligible, Piedmont Elementary School remains a Continuous Improvement School and Lowell Elementary School remains a Focus school. 

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ISD 709 is currently seeking applicants to serve as AmeriCorps members during the 2015-2016 school year. AmeriCorps members receive a modest financial stipend, healthcare benefits, and a financial award to pay down student loans. 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. Click here for more information about Americorps.  If you are interested in applying or would like to learn more, please contact Tom Albright at 218-336-8700 ext 1172 or


UW-Superior Victory Over Bullying Summit – September 30

   Explore the impact, causes and responses to bullying behaviors.  Each person is affected in some way at some time in life by bullying behavior. For some, the effects are life-long.  Many who have experienced bullying learn to bully others.  Research also shows that those who bully when they are children often continue bullying throughout their adulthood.  Each person has a role in stopping the cycle.    

   This summit will provide tools that can be used in the home, community and workplace to create compassionate, respectful environments.  This full-day event includes presentations and a variety of breakout sessions with opportunities for interaction.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015   8:30 AM - 4:15 PM

Yellowjacket Union, 1605 Catlin Avenue  Superior, Wisconsin


$35 Professional (Requiring CEUs)

$25 Community

$10 Full-Time Student 

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