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posted Oct 1, 2015, 8:56 AM by Communications ISD 709

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

   As members of the Duluth community, we value creating welcoming environments where the uniqueness of each

person is honored and valued, recognizing that we all come from many different circumstances and cultures. 

   We strive to provide safe, secure and respectful learning environments for all students in our school buildings, on school grounds, school buses and at school-sponsored activities.  A safe and civil environment is needed for students to learn and attain high academic standards and to promote healthy human relationships.

   Click here to learn more about local school policies related to bullying behaviors.  For tips and information about what you can do to address bullying check: and


Presented by St. Luke’s Pediatric Associates’ Parent Advisory Council:

Bullying—What It Is and What Can We Do About It

Featuring Ron Lake, MSW, LICSW, Climate Coordinator for Duluth Schools

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 6:00PM–7:00PM

St. Luke’s Campus Building A, Level 5 1012 East Second Street, Duluth

   Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this free educational event.  Childcare is provided.   

   Ron Lake has worked with kids and families for over 20 years as counselor, supervisor, therapist, social worker and adjunct instructor. This interactive presentation will provide a common understanding of bullying, 

with emphasis on:

• Discussing implications of power differences

• Ideas for helping students involved in bullying behavior

Questions? Call 218-249-7870


Denfeld SPIRIT Program Gives Students a Voice in Identifying Concerns and Finding Solutions

   SPIRIT is a student-driven process designed to teach problem identification and problem solving techniques through collaboration.  This initiative involves students working with administrators, teachers, support staff and community members to identify racial and other human rights issues in schools, develop solutions, and create an action plan for resolving them.

   “We’re excited about this initiative and the potential it offers students to have a voice in shaping the climate and culture at DHS,” said Tonya Sconiers, Principal. 

   SPIRIT is a program created by the US Department of Justice Community Relations Service and stands for Student Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together. 


2016 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists, Commended Students

   Sanna Berdahl, Sharon Billman, and James Hirsch, Duluth East High School, have been named 2016 National Merit Scholarship Semi Finalists.  Of the 1.5 million juniors nationwide who took the 2014 PSAT, these students scored in the top one half of 1% and had some of the highest scores in the state of Minnesota.  They are now eligible to compete for 7400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million to be offered this spring.

   Shannon Baker, Sylvia Bowen-Bailey, Brooke Davis, Daniel Dylla, Marianne Peterson, Rachel Sipress and Stevie Twining, Duluth East, have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program, recognized for their exceptional academic promise and for placing in the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition nationwide.


Progress on Duluth East Traffic Solutions

   A crossing guard at Duluth East High School is helping to address safety during high traffic at the beginning and end of the school day.  James Gittemeier, a senior planner with the Metropolitan Interstate Council, is coordinating a study of traffic and a process to identify additional solutions.

Duluth News Tribune Report


Congdon Park Elementary Students Celebrate Fall Festival

KQDS-TV21 Report


UMD Mobile Planetarium Visits Myers-Wilkins Elementary

Duluth News Tribune Report

KBJR-TV6 Report


Moving On II Transition Resource Fair

For students with an IEP or 504 Plan

Monday October 12, 2015  Duluth East Media Center, 301 N. 40th Avenue East

Tuesday October 27, 2015  Denfeld Media Center, 401 N. 44th Avenue West

2:30PM – 6:30PM

Learn about community, employment, and college resources!

--College Programs

--College disability services

--Social services

--Accessing the community

--Accessing recreational opportunities

--Getting job support after graduation

Contact Al Chepelnik at 336-8700 x4047 or Heidi Morris at 336-8740.


Duluth East Forestry, Fish and Wildlife Management students took a trip to Hawk Ridge to experience the migration of hawks and songbirds.  Student observed an osprey, bald eagles, and sharp shin hawks.  Hark Ridge staff captured a sharp shin and students were able to assist in its release back into the migration.  Students said it was a great experience.