March 8, 2019

ISD 709 School News

Double DECC'er Regional Robotics Meet March 7-9

Over 120 high school robotics teams will gather at the DECC in Duluth March 7-9 for two competitions, the Lake Superior Regional and the Northern Lights Regional. Duluth East Daredevils & Denfeld Nation Automation teams will take part. The event is free and open to the public.

Detailed information

Competitions combine the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology – FIRST Robotics calls it “the ultimate Sport for the Mind.” High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”

The Daredevils are planning to livestream all the matches.

Denfeld Nation Automation Robotics Team: https://denfeldrobotics4009.org/
Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team: https://daredevils2512.org/

Governor, Education Commissioner Visit Myers-Wilkins

Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker visited classrooms at Myers-Wilkins Elementary and spent time in a round table discussion with administrators, teachers and staff. They heard about the importance of increases to school per-pupil funding and how changes to the way special education is funded could benefit all students.
We appreciate the opportunity to talk with our state leaders about public education! Many thanks to Principal Amy Worden and the teachers and staff at Myers-Wilkins for hosting the visit.




Lincoln Park, Ordean East, Duluth East Skiers Earn Spots in Junior Championships in Colorado

Congratulations to Margaret Duncan (Lincoln Park MS), Veronica McHenry (Ordean East MS), and Carter Hegg (Duluth East HS) they qualified for the Rocky/Central Junior Championships in Winter Park and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Students are members of Team Duluth, a ski and snowboard team in association with Spirit Mountain.

Thank you, Brenda Vatthauer, for the photo and info.

Ordean East Students Qualify for State History Day Competition

Congratulations to all the students competing at the Northeast Regional History Day event at UMD! The following Ordean East MS students qualified to move on to State History Day: Mackenzie Lindberg/junior performance; Jackson Bouts/junior media documentary; Sydney Schaefer & Sonia Nelson/junior group media documentary; Saige Mattson/junior website; Tavin Roth & Cale Bortnem/junior group website; Hannah Mason/junior exhibit; Garin Hackbarth & Samuel Phillips/junior group exhibit and Allison Kircher & Chloe Palmer/junior group exhibit. Honorable mention: Ola Okoro, Noah Mason, Josiah Schwetman, Macey Kelley, Kora Webster, Scarlet Freese, Signe Jones, Sydney Breiland, and Mary Boyle.

Thank you, Glenn Tracey, for the photos and info.

Lincoln Park Student Council at the Capitol

Student Council members from Lincoln Park Middle School had an amazing day learning about government and Minnesota history as part of Youth Day at the Capitol. Many thanks to Senator Erik Simonson and Representative Liz Olson for taking time and sharing their experience with the students.

Duluth East Student Honored for Volunteer Service

Sam Ward, Duluth East High High School, received the President's Volunteer Service Award for his exemplary work. Sam has spent many hours volunteering through Boy Scouts of America and recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. The award recognizes Americans of all ages who volunteer significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country and is granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program.

Thanks, Lisa Wentworth, for the photo and info.

Minobimadiiziiwin - Cultural Event at Piedmont

An event organized through the Office of American Indian Education, bringing community together to teach and uplift the spirits of the students - our future generation. Thank you, Mrs. Sandman, Spirit Bay Singers Drumming and community guests! #pantherpride


Healthy Heart Help at Stowe

Stowe students participated in the "Kids Heart Challenge" in February. They helped raise $1,051.25 for donation to the American Heart Association. All students benefited by doing extra activities to make their own heart healthy. One of those activities included increasing muscle strength by climbing on their wall in the gym. Thank you, Linda Puglisi, for the photo and info.

Food For Thought Student-Run Restaurant Opens for Spring Semester March 12
ISD 709 high school students offer a classical menu for the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Duluth East.

Reservations and orders are required at least 24 hours in advance and become part of the lesson plan as students learn introductory and advanced techniques in line cooking, culinary skills and the intricacies of service.
All this makes for a unique experience, a hidden gem for dining in Duluth.

Check online for details
ISD 709 Career & Technical Education

Award for Duluth German Language Students

Over 180 students from the Duluth Public Schools' German program traveled to the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley for German Day. Upper-level students presented information about various animals at the zoo to younger German learners. Duluth students received one of three prizes: Charlie Teichroew and Chris Michalski, seniors from Duluth East, received an award for presentation skills, language skills, and creatively engaging their audience. Thank you, Emily Lull, for the photos and info.

First Place for Denfeld Speech Team

The team earned 1st Place Team Award for schools having under 20 speakers. They were the highest performing team with the most medal winners at the Walker Speech Tournament. Autumn Zierman took Champion, 1st Place, in Program Oral Interpretation and 2nd Place in Dramatic Interpretation. Kendric Anderson and Abby Longnaker took 5th in Duo and Abby scored another medal, 5th Place in Humorous Interpretation.

Thank you, Jill Lofald, for the photos and info.

Lowell Fancy Lunch

Lowell students are working hard on meeting cafeteria expectations. They earned a letter for each expectation, spelling out “Be Our Guest” and earning them a special reward - Fancy Lunch! Staff transformed the cafeteria into the Lowell Lion Cafe with tablecloths, table decorations and even (battery operated) candles. Teachers and staff dressed up and served the students their lunches at the tables. A special ice cream treat was also provided. Thanks to Jen Larva for the photos and info.

KEY Zone Summer 2019 Registration March 4 - May 15

To ensure enrollment, register early!

Open to area children (need not attend ISD 709).

For students who have completed kindergarten through completed 5th grade.

Field Trips, Enrichment & STEAM Activities, Physical Activities & Team Sports, Support for Learning Goals, more.

Program Dates: Monday June 17 - Friday August 23 (closed July 4)

Hours: 6:30AM - 6:00PM

Summer Sites: Congdon Park, Laura MacArthur, Lester Park, Lowell KEY Zone Outdoors

Rate: $39 Daily Rate (includes weekly field trips). $30.00 registration fee for each child (only if you did not participate in the school year program)

**NEW** KEY Zone Outdoors at Lowell Elementary

Be active in the outdoors, learn and play in a nature-based setting. Build forts, learn about plants & animals, hike, garden and more.

For information and to register for Summer KEY Zone, www.duluthcommunityed.org or Phone 218-336-8900 ext. 2

From University of MN - Duluth

UMD Men's Basketball Youth Summer Camps

The Bulldog players and coaches are excited for another fun summer in the gym. Multiple opportunities to participate are available across the duration of the summer. Spots will fill up fast so do not hesitate to go to http://mbasketball.umdbulldogsportcamps.com to register. We can not wait to help provide a memorable and fun experience for all involved.

Please direct questions to Coach Bruggeman via email at brugg072@d.umn.edu