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posted Feb 5, 2014, 8:18 AM by Communications ISD 709   [ updated Feb 5, 2014, 8:19 AM ]

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Topics Include:

FY 2015 Budget Planning: With increased support from the state and passage of the 2013 Education Levy,

funds are being earmarked to support lowering class size, raising student achievement, and curriculum updates. Using resources wisely must continue to be a priority and the district is looking for ways to be efficient and effective and to realize non-classroom savings.

Reducing class size, balancing elementary enrollment: Enrollment at most ISD 709 elementary schools is at capacity. A few schools are below capacity. Based on projected enrollment trends, in 2-3 years several elementary schools could potentially reach over-capacity and impact the ability to balance class size. Taking steps to balance enrollment at each elementary school could help. Such steps could include adjusting attendance areas, reviewing the transfer policy, providing incentives for families to attend under-capacity schools, capping enrollment, or other strategies.

Wednesday February 5:

4:00PM - 5:30PM Piedmont Elementary School, 2827 Chambersburg Avenue

6:30PM – 8:00PM Stowe Elementary School, 715-101st Avenue West

Monday February 10:

11:30AM – 12:15PM Morgan Park Senior Center, 1242 88th Avenue West

Tuesday February 11:

11:30AM – 12:15PM Evergreen Senior Center, 5830 Grand Avenue

Wednesday February 12:

11:30AM – 12:15PM Portman Community Center, 4601 McCulloch Street

4:00PM – 5:30PM Homecroft Elementary School, 4784 Howard Gnesen Road

6:30PM - 8:00PM Lowell Elementary School, 2000 Rice Lake Road

Thursday February 13:

4:00PM – 5:30PM East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East

6:30PM – 8:00PM Lakewood Elementary School, 5207 North Tischer Road


30 Students from Dalien, China Visiting Duluth Schools

Thirty students from Dalien, China are spending two weeks with host families in Duluth in February, attending

Duluth East, Denfeld and Esko High Schools and learning more about American culture. This visit is also an opportunity for Duluth students to meet and gain insight into the social, educational and cultural aspects of the Chinese people.

The students arrived February 1 and were welcomed with a potluck lunch at East High School on February 2. The Dalien students are scheduled to participate in a bus tour of Duluth during their stay, stops tentatively include Enger Tower, the Depot, Aquarium, Marine Museum and a visit to City Hall to meet Mayor Don Ness.

The Dalien students have travelled to Duluth at their own expense and are staying with volunteer host families for the duration of their visit.


Elementary teachers met at Ordean East Middle School during a recent Staff Development Day to learn about the new Delta Foss Kits for use in science instruction. The other half of the day was spent working on using the Science benchmarks to collaboratively create Learning Targets written in “kid friendly” language. Brenda Vatthauer, principal at Lincoln Park Middle School, gave a presentation for teachers regarding construction of Learning Targets and how they relate to aspects of the 4-Year Continuous Improvement Plan’s Aims and Goals. Trainers from Delta led the Foss Kit training and elementary principals, along with data coaches, assisted teachers in the creation of the Learning Targets.


East Alum Makes National TV Acting Debut

Brandon Dahlquist, a 1998 East High graduate and son of teachers Janine and Rod Dahlquist, is making his television acting debut on Wednesday, February 12th at 9:00PM in the new NBC show Chicago P.D. Brandon, currently in the Broadway cast of Bronx Bombers, is featured in this episode as the "bad guy" Terry.



--Nikki Hill, Julie Ostazeski and Kevin Hendrickson, Denfeld High School, took first place in the region and will represent ISD 709 in the 2014 State Music Listening Competition at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. The competition is sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio and is considered the Knowledge Bowl of music.

--Denfeld violinist Alia Gribbon took first place in the 2014 Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition. The competition is open to high school students and college students up to age 19. Alia is a three-time winner of the Youth Orchestra Hester Scholarship competition and recently took second place in the solo competition in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.