Greyhound News Bi-Weekly 1/7/22

Happy New Year!

As COVID Case Rates Rise...

We are continuing to do everything we can to remain in-person for learning. Staffing shortages due to illness and unfilled positions continues to be our greatest challenge. This is followed closely by student absences. It is challenging to miss even one day of school and we have many, many students who are missing weeks of school due to illness and quarantine.

Some notes and reminders with this in mind:

1. The district has canceled most large gatherings that aren't part of curriculum during Quarter 3. For us at East this means assemblies, dances, and concerts are canceled until further notice.

2. Rapid test are available in the office for students who need one

3. Final Exams have been canceled for Semester 1. School will still be in session as normal and this time (January 19-20) will now be used to extend instruction for the term. Additional details will come out next week, and teachers will work with classes to discuss what the end of the semester will now include in their class. Final exams can often help a student improve their grade, and there will still be opportunity for grade improvement in each class, but those opportunities will vary by course. We do still have details to work out, including whether or not we will need to give CITS final exams. Please watch for more information next week. Rumors started flying today, so we felt the need to give this brief explanation now.

4. Any additional changes to COVID protocols will be communicated by the district.

Winter Gear Welcome!

We have a clothing rack outside our office that holds winter weather wear for our students who need it. If you have any new or very gently used winter coats, hats, mittens, and gloves, we welcome them! We prefer they arrive clean and ready to distribute but if they aren't we can wash them. Thank you!
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ISD 709 Booster Shot Clinic: NOW AGES 12+! Friday, January 28

ISD 709 is pleased to be able to another Essentia Health COVID 19 Booster Shot Clinics to our staff and community on January 28, 2022. This clinic will be held at East High School and is open to all who are eligible. Please make sure you understand the following before signing up for a time slot:


  1. The person you are signing up is ELIGIBLE for a booster. (Ages 12+ and at least 6 months past their second vaccine dose.)
  2. The person you are signing up is scheduled for an appropriate booster shot. 12-17 year olds may only sign up for the PFIZER. Please note that time slots are labeled MODERNA or PFIZER. For this clinic, ages 18+ may sign up for either but will be asked about your original Vaccination Series before you finalize your sign up.
  3. You must have two forms ready to go when you arrive or come early enough to fill them out. The Registration Form and the GCA must be completed by all, whether or not you are already in the system as an Essentia patient. Those forms are linked here and will be linked in the reminder email you are sent later.
  4. The person must have their completed Vaccination Card in hand for the appointment. Essentia Health will not be able to recreate cards at the clinic event.
  5. If a student between the ages of 12 and 17 will be receiving the booster without a parent present, an additional form MUST be completed and with the student at that time.


The East booster clinic will be held in the Career Center. Park anywhere you find a legal space and enter through the main curved doors. The Career Center is just in and to the right along the curved glass. Booster clinic guests may not go anywhere else in the building during this time.


Link to sign up:

January 28 Booster Clinic for 12+ at East High School

Students and ISD 709 staff who have COVID symptoms can receive a Rapid Testing kit from our office. Please do not send students into the building with symptoms. Call the office to arrange for a pick up.

Student COVID Reporting Form

Please use this link to report any positive COVID cases. Duluth Saliva Test Site: DECC Mon-Thurs: 11 A.M. - 6 P.M. Schedule an appt: mncovidtestingappt.as.me *Students experiencing symptoms may request a rapid test from the health office.

Please stay home if you're sick!


  1. Quarantine anyone with symptoms (fever, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, chills, cough, runny nose or congestion, sore throat, headache, fatigue). Those with symptoms should remain quarantined from all school, extracurricular, and social activities until they:

    1. Have a negative COVID test AND symptoms improve OR

    2. Receive a positive test and have passed the quarantine date set by our health office.

  2. Get a COVID test done. If students have symptoms, the school has test kits available to send home. If they are leaving with symptoms, we can send them with one. If they stayed home with symptoms, a family member or friend without symptoms can pick up a test for them. There are also numerous test sites in the community that may have availability. Please note that rapid testing (kits from school and at other sites) are only for symptomatic people. If you have been exposed and need a test but don’t have symptoms, you will have to be tested at a saliva test site, where anyone can be tested.

  3. Report any symptoms and both positive and negative test results to our health office.

  4. Increase all mitigation strategies (masking, social distancing, washing hands, limiting contact, etc.) in all areas, not just school.

    1. Encourage and enforce proper mask wearing. Wash hands before and after putting your mask on and taking it off. Over the nose and under the chin. Don’t touch the front of the mask while wearing it. KEEP IT UP!

  5. Work with your healthcare provider and consider vaccination if you haven’t already. If and when entire classes need to quarantine those who are vaccinated will be able to continue attending school and won’t be required to quarantine.


EAST HEALTH OFFICE

Gerri Settergren, Heath Office Aide ext 2114, geraldine.settergren@isd709.org

Susan Sederberg, School Nurse ext 2429, susan.sederberg@isd709.org

ISD 709 Duluth Public Schools Canvas LogIn

This is the link for all students, staff, and families of Duluth Public Schools.

Saturday School and Prescription for Success Reminder

Saturday School and Prescription for Success are an opportunity for students to make up time from unexcused absences/unexcused tardies, to complete unfinished school work, projects or tests/quizzes, and to receive tutoring from an East National Honor Society Student. The Prescription for Success is a voluntary agreement between teacher and student that allows for work to be made up during Saturday School. Quality work completed during that time will be given at least 60% credit. Students can be assigned a specific tutor to assist while at Saturday School. Students should see their classroom teacher if they would like to take part in Prescription for Success or would like a tutor for Saturday School.


Remaining Saturday School Dates for 21-22 School Year:

  • January 15, 2022
  • February 12, 2022
  • March 5, 2022
  • March 26, 2022
  • April 9, 2022
  • May 7, 2022
  • May 21, 2022



Attendance Issue Contacts:

Main East High School Number (218)336-8845

Kyle Rock: Assistant Principal Ext. 2348, kyle.rock@isd709.org

Jon Flaa: Assistant Principal Ext. 2325, jon.flaa@isd709.org

Tutoring Available with St. Scholastica Students!

We are pleased to announce that ISD 709 is again partnering with the College of St. Scholastica to provide tutoring support to our students. Click the link to book support time:

https://css709tutor.setmore.com

Counseling Office Notes

REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR COUNSELOR OR SOCIAL WORKER


Click for resources both at East and in our local community for supporting student and family mental health.



Counseling Office Contacts:

218-336-8845

Jenn LaBelle, Registrar: ext 2143, jennifer.labelle@isd709.org

Jamie Savre, Counselor (A-E): ext 2154, jamie.savre@isd709.org

Jessica Forsman, Counselor (F-La): ext 2041, jessica.forsman@isd709.org

Morgan Costley, Counselor (Le-Re), ext 1262, morgan.costley@isd709.org

Laura Horton, Counselor (Rh-Z,) ext 1121, laura.horton@isd709.org

Kerri Persons, Counselor (9th Grade), ext 1345, kerri.persons@isd709.org

Career Center and Counseling Department Newsletter

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO ACCESS NEWS FROM THE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT AND CAREER CENTER, INCLUDING UPCOMING EVENTS AND COLLEGE / JOB / CAREER / SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION.

East Events Calendar

This is the summary document of all major events at EHS. For full details and team schedules, visit the link at the end of the newsletter. *ALL DATES AND EVENTS ARE TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE due to COVID, weather, etc.

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Federal Programs Advisory Committee

Hello. My name is Darren Sheldon. Besides being the principal at Lakewood Elementary, I'm also the Federal Programs Coordinator for the district. I'm looking for 3-4 parents (who aren't employed by the school district) and possibly a community member to serve on the Federal Programs Advisory Committee. As you consider putting your "name in the hat" for this committee, here are some specifics about the committee:
What: Federal Program Advisory Committee
Meeting Dates: Once a month on Fridays (or a day to be determined)
Meeting Format: 45-60 minutes mostly virtual (but may have some in-person)
Purpose: Learn about, advise, and recommend various aspects of Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV, Foster Care Transportation, Neglected/Delinquent, and more. For more information regarding Federal Programs, you can go here: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/ESEA/parta/

If you are interested in this committee, please fill out the link below. Selection will be done in January 2022. If you have any questions, please email me at darren.sheldon@isd709.org

Federal Program Advisory Link


Notes and Resources from Outside Agencies (Not ISD 709)

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Class of 2022 ANGP Flyer

Click to learn about the volunteer led All Night Grad Party. This is an event organized and run by a parent/guardian volunteer group with the help of many local businesses.

ANGP Registration/Agreement Form

This form and payment can be turned in to the ANGP box located in the high school office at any time. We will have paper copies available.

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Duluth East High School

Principal: Danette Seboe

Assistant Principals: Jon Flaa, Kyle Rock

Activities Director: Shawn Roed