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posted Sep 23, 2015, 12:12 PM by Communications ISD 709
Denfeld, Duluth East Student Leaders Recognized for Helping 9th Graders Transition to High School
   During their regular September meeting, the Duluth School Board presented certificates of recognition to student leaders and advisers associated with Denfeld Link Crew and Duluth East Hound Pack.  
   The transition from middle school to high school is a critical time for students.   One way to help make that transition a smooth one is through the work of groups like the Denfeld Link Crew and Duluth East Hound Pack.  These student leaders are trained to support incoming ninth grade students by orienting them to the school, informing them of activities and opportunities, making introductions and helping them feel at home.  They assist in building a feeling of connectedness, serving as role models and mentors and important information resources.  The work of Link Crew and Hound Pack students contributes greatly to the success and well-being of Duluth’s newest highschoolers. 
Many Thanks for Community Support!
   During the September School Board meeting, Superintendent Bill Gronseth and Board members expressed appreciation to the anonymous donor who helped provide free Duluth Pack backpacks to second grade students at Myers-Wilkins Elementary.  Superintendent Gronseth also thanked Maurices for their generous donations to local schools during their “Grand Give” event in September an talked about the Minnesota Supreme Court’s planned visit to Denfeld in October to help students learn more about our legal system.
   “We’re fortunate to live and work in a community where the education of children is an important priority,” said Gronseth. 
SAVE THE DATE:  ISD 709 Annual Report For The Community
Thursday November 19, 2015  6:00PM – 7:30PM
Display tables, celebration of student work & performance, overview of progress, reception with light refreshments 
Denfeld High School Commons, 401 N. 44th Avenue West
Community members, parents, teachers, staff, students are invited!
ISD 709 Projected Pay 2016 Levy Below State Average
   During the September School Board meeting, administrators provided a preliminary levy estimate to the school board, emphasizing that the numbers would be adjusted as the district receives more information from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).
    According to the preliminary estimate the pay 2016 maximum levy would be an increase of about 1.4% or $476,000.  This is below the statewide average projected by MDE of about 9.9% for all school districts.
   The estimates were developed in preparation for the maximum levy certification process required by MDE. A final levy will be calculated and presented to the School Board for approval in December.
Myers-Wilkins Elementary In the News
Harvest Fest:  The Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative sponsored a Harvest Fest at Myers-Wilkins Elementary this month.  The event included displays of homegrown vegetables; harvest-themed games and artwork; food sampling including potato soup and apple crisp and other fun activities.
Click below to see local media reports:
Donated Duluth Pack Backpacks Delivered to Myers-Wilkins 2nd Graders:   A generous donor saw a need for backpacks at Myers-Wilkins Elementary and this fall made sure every second grade student received their own Duluth Pack backpack.  The backpacks are designed to last a lifetime and the design includes a leather Myers-Wilkins patch.
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Lincoln Park Middle School 1st Annual Wildcat 1K Hill Climb!
   Walkers, runners, bikers - conquer our hill (1K with elevation increase over 200 feet) while enjoying a great day of fun, food, and friendship. 
   Join us on Saturday, October 3, for our 1st Annual Wildcat 1K Hill Climb!  
--Register at:  .  
--Race Day Registration 8:00AM – 9:00AM
--Runners and Walkers Race Time:  9:15AM
--Bicycle Heats Begin:  11:00AM  
Registration is $15 for ages 7 and over and free for ages 6 and under.   Can't decide if you want to walk, run, or bike?  Pay one registration fee and participate in as many or few of the events you want!
Money raised will be used to fund continued lunchtime physical activities and after school clubs and programming.
Check out our Facebook event page at:
2015 Duluth East Hall of Fame Football Game 
Friday October 2, 2015
5:45PM – Duluth East Hall of Fame Class of 2015 introductions by the voice of the Greyhounds, Brian Prudhomme
6:00PM – Kick-off (East vs Rogers) 
From the Duluth East Foundation:
Duluth East Hall of Fame Induction 2015 
Thomas “Dukes” Knutson, Kristi (Duncan) Plante, Glenn Lawrence Rolle, Judy Smith, Phil J. Verchota
Saturday October 3, 2015
Duluth East High School Mezzanine, 301 N. 40th Ave E., Duluth MN
Social:  6:00PM, Dinner:  6:30PM, Program: 7:00PM
Tickets:  $50.00 (must be purchased in advance, pick up at door).
In person:  $50/ticket at the East High Activities Office (address below)
To order: (Available through September 28, 2015)
Send a check for $50 (per ticket) to: Duluth East Foundation - 301 N. 40th Ave East, Duluth MN 55804.
Check made out to "Duluth East Foundation"
Hall of Fame Social at The Pickwick immediately following the program
Questions:  Contact Activities Director Shawn Roed @
Mark Your Calendar: Student-Run Restaurant Opens October 27!
Food for Thought restaurant (Duluth’s only high school student operated restaurant) will re-open for service on Tuesday, October 27.  
   This program, providing valuable experience for student chefs in grades 9-12, is open to the public by reservation Tuesday – Thursday.  Reservations and pre-orders are required at least 24 hours in advance as orders become the lesson plan for that day. Guests are asked to arrive between 11:35AM – 11:40AM, seating begins promptly at 11:45AM.  Make reservations and pre-order by calling: (218) 336-8845 Extension 4055.  Click here to see the full menu and more detail regarding service.   Please help provide Denfeld & Duluth East student chefs valuable experience by sharing this information with potential customers!
--Choose from a variety of delicious menu items:  salads, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, seafood, steak, homemade bread, desserts, and more. 
--Look for Weekly Features served with choice of soup or luncheon salad, homemade focaccia bread and choice of beverage:
   October 27, 28, 29  Halibut Provencal En Papillote:  Alaskan Halibut in a French sauce of fresh tomatoes, herbs de Provence, capers, olives, wild mushrooms, wrapped in paper and baked. Served with Haricot Verts and herb potato gratins   $14.00
   November 3, 4, 5  Chicken Tetrazzini :  A classic Italian dish of sautéed chicken breast wild mushrooms, sweet peppers and peas, in a creamy garlic sauce and gratin ‘ate of mozzarella cheese served on student made linguini.  $11.00                 
   November 10, 11, 12 Tuscan Roast Leg of Lamb:  Leg of Lamb seasoned with garlic and fresh rosemary and lightly pan smoked, and served with roasted tomato and authentic homemade Fettuccini Alfredo.  $12.00


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