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posted Oct 9, 2015, 8:52 AM by Communications ISD 709

MN Supreme Court Convenes at Denfeld High School

   About 1500 students from Denfeld, Duluth East and other area high schools had a

great opportunity to sit in on Minnesota Supreme Court oral arguments regarding a real court case.  The Court visited Denfeld High School and convened to hear the case in the school auditorium.  They’ve been hearing cases at schools since 1995 as a way to engage students and build confidence in the judiciary branch.  After hearing oral arguments, justices took questions from the students.

Duluth News Tribune Article




2015-16 Elementary Report Card Information

   As shared with families last spring and in back-to-school information, this year ISD 709 elementary schools will grade and report student progress using a standards-based system that helps provide:

>A clear measure for parents of their child’s individual progress

>A description of learning goals as parents help support their child’s achievement

>Consistency between elementary classrooms and elementary schools across the district.  

   Parents will receive a mid-year report card shortly after the end of first semester and a final report card in June.  Parent/Teacher conferences with goal-setting reports are held in October, and families are always welcome to contact their school with questions regarding their child’s progress.

Click here for more detail regarding Elementary Report Cards


Scholarship Season Begins with October High School Presentations!

   Often called Scholarship Nights, they provide students and parents an opportunity to identify resources to pay for college and ask questions of local experts.

   Local scholarship providers will introduce various awards, explain how to apply and stress the January 15 application deadline.  “Graduation may seem far in the future, but it will be here sooner than you think,” says Alworth Fund Executive Director Patty Salo Downs. “Now is the perfect time to start working on your application.”

Duluth East High School:  Thurs, October 22 6:00PM

Denfeld High School:  Wed, October 28 6:30PM

   “Few areas in the nation have the bounty of scholarships available to graduates of our local high schools,” adds David Hammer,  Scholarship Officer at the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.  “Generous benefactors have dedicated great amounts of money to support our students.”


Students Celebrate International Walk to School Day

   Hundreds of students from several ISD 709 schools filled sidewalks and trails in celebration of International Walk to School Day October 7.

   Students from Lincoln Park met at Wheeler Field and hiked up to their school.  Congdon Park students met at Ordean East and walked together.  The Lester Park Wellness Council provided coffee for parents who walked with their children to school. 

   Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day.  It’s part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October.  

KBJR-TV6 Coverage

MIX 108 Coverage


Lincoln Park Video Highlights


Lowell Kicks Off Bullying Prevention Awareness Month with Kindness in Chalk

   Lowell Elementary is encouraging parents and students to participate in "Kindness in Chalk."  During parent conferences in October, families are encouraged to "chalk a message" around the idea of kindness anywhere on the school grounds.  The program was started by a parent in the Twin Cities and has since spread to schools across Minnesota. For more information about Kindness in Chalk check this link:

   Several local media outlets covered Lowell’s event, see below.

Duluth News Tribune

WDIO TV Report

KQDS-TV21 Report


The Duluth Public Schools and the Interagency Coordination Council of Duluth (ICCOD) are jointly offering two Transition Resource Fairs at the high schools in Duluth.

   The Transition Resource Fairs are called Moving On II and will be held at Duluth East High School and Denfeld High School Media Centers during the fall conference evenings.  The resource fairs will provide high school students with disabilities and their parents’ transition information about post high school resources.  Students on 504 plans and their parents are also welcome to attend.

   The first event will be held at Duluth East High School on October 12 from 1:40PM until 6:00.  The second resource fair will be held at East High School on October 27 from 1:40PM until 6:00.    

   Representatives from area post-secondary education options, employment and supported employment providers, social service and community organizations that offer a variety of services and supports to young adults with disabilities will all be present to talk about their programs and answer questions.

   Contact Al Chepelnik at 336-8700 X4047 or Heidi Morris at 336-8740 if you have questions or need more information.  


Students From Dalian, China Tour Historic Old Central Clock Tower

   Over 30 high school students and teachers from Dalian China are spending three weeks in the Northland, attending area high schools and checking out the local sights.  The students and their host families met at Historic Old Central High School for a potluck supper and a tour of the Old Central Clock Tower.  Click here to see the video.

   Students also travelled to Bayfield for the Annual Apple Festival, visited UMD and Cirrus and will take a trip up the North Shore, among other activities.


Elementary Students Earn Ride to School In Fire Truck

   Students from Myers-Wilkins, Piedmont, Lowell and Laura MacArthur Elementary Schools received rides to school in fire truck this week.  The Duluth Fire Department holds a contest for the ride as part of Fire Prevention Week. Children complete a fire safety checklist that includes creating an escape plan and checking their home smoke detectors.

KBJR-TV6 Report


FREE Family Night Out at Community Action Duluth

All families welcome!  Light dinner included

Every second Wednesday 5:30PM – 7:00PM

2424 West 5th Street – lower level cafeteria

Kids of all ages are welcome to come. Must be with their parents/caregivers for fun art and science projects!

>Wednesday October 14:  Family Mask Making, Just in time for Halloween with Northern Expressions Arts Collective

>Wednesday, November 11:  Dinosaur Dig Investigation with the Duluth Children’s Museum

>Wednesday December 9:  Simple Gifts Family project in time for the Holidays with Northern Expressions Arts Collective

>Wednesday, January 13:  Family Engineering - Paper Rockets, Paper Airplanes, with Duluth Children’s Museum

Brought to you by the Community Action Duluth Participant Advisory Council