From the Office of the Superintendent 12/4/19

Weekly Briefing for ISD 709 Faculty & Staff

Dear Colleagues,

We're moving forward from what the National Weather Service says is the 9th biggest two-day snowfall on record in the city, with 21.7 inches of snow in parts of Duluth. Not the typical "snow day" situation! We'll remember this storm for a long time (just like the Halloween Blizzard of '91, for those of us who've been around Duluth a while).

Many thanks to our facilities staff and contractors for digging us out. Some of the drifts around the district were huge and many hours were spent moving mountains of snow. Thanks also to our bus drivers for their skilled efforts as the City works to clear the roads. We appreciate the patience of our students and families as we make decisions regarding schools being closed and open. Thanks goes to all of our teachers, administrators and employees for doing their best with a challenging situation.

We are hopeful that everyone in the community will continue to work together to clean up after this storm by clearing sidewalks and walkways to ensure that all of our students and staff can get to school as safely as possible.

We live in a community where it snows and gets cold on a regular basis -- it’s both a joy and a challenge! Thanks for all you do to support our schools, students and families.

Kind Regards,


If you have questions or thoughts about what's going on in our school district, email: Superintendents@ISD709.org. Twitter: @billgronseth

ISD 709 Boundary Project Update & Next Steps

Following work sessions and focus groups in October and November, district leaders and the community were provided an update on the ISD 709 Boundary Project.

There's much more work to be done, in preparation for community discussion and feedback in January 2020. The Board will consider adjustments in February, the earliest changes would take place is September 2020.

Next Steps:

January 2020: Information Available Online

  • Draft scenarios will be available for community review online.
  • Information will include maps and detailed impact analysis.
  • Feedback will be immediately available through online survey.

January 22-23, 2020 Community Meetings

  • Presentation of draft scenarios and impact.
  • Opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions.
  • Online materials and survey available.

Watch the Boundary Study Update

ISD 709 Boundary Project Information and Timelines

Job Opportunity: Special Education ASD Program Paraprofessional

Denfeld High School
32.5 hours/week | Monday - Friday | 8:45 am - 3:45 pm
Starting Wage: $16.08/hr + Benefits — at Hunter Pride - Denfeld HS.

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ISD 709 News

We know there are a lot of great things going on in our schools - let's make sure we're letting everyone else know, too! Share your school, student, staff accomplishments, projects and events with Kathleen.Kaufman@ISD709.org, they'll be used in email newsletters, social media, websites and other communication venues.

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Duluth East Student Appointed to Young Women's Cabinet

Izzy Laderman, Duluth East High School, has been appointed to the Young Women's Cabinet of Minnesota. The appointment was through a partnership between the governor's office and the Women's Foundation of Minnesota, congratulations, Izzy!

Duluth News Tribune Article

Photo: Duluth News Tribune

Donation for Denfeld

West Duluth American Legion Post #71 's Sue Korhonen presented Interim Denfeld Principal Laurie Knapp with a check for $200. The funds will be used to support students so they are able to participate in field trips, school activities and other opportunities. Many thanks for this generous donation!



Denfeld Swim and Dive Team Success

Lindsay Johnson and Elly Balzevic, Denfeld, qualified for and competed at State! Lindsay qualified by placing 1st in the 100 butterfly in the Section 7A finals, Elly qualified by placing 4th in Section 7A.
In sectionals, Lindsay had a time of 1:01.09 in the 100 butterfly - a new Hibbing pool record. The previous record was 23 years old. Lindsay also set a new Denfeld school record in the 100 fly and a new school record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:02.65. At the State swim meet, Lindsay was seeded and finished in 23rd place with a time of 1:01.69. Elly finished in 32nd place at state, congratulations!
#Inspire709 #HunterPride

Piedmont Display of Thanks

Talented folks in Piedmont Elementary's Early Childhood Family Education program made a colorful display with expressions of thanks and gratitude. Grateful for Piedmont staff, students, families and community.

#PantherPride #Gratitude


Lincoln Park Middle School - Best "School Closed" Graphic

Folks at Lincoln Park MS get props for the best "school's closed" social media graphic.

Not too far from the truth!

#SchoolsClosed #ClosedAgain #AndAgain


Congdon Park Super Spellers

Congratulations to all Congdon Park spelling bee participants!


Photos: Duluth East Talent Show

Two-night talent show at Duluth East, wonderful job on the stage and behind the scenes! Looks like great fun for a great cause - proceeds benefit Safe Haven and Youth Street Outreach. Many thanks to all who chipped in.

#Inpire709 #HoundsGotTalent


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2019 Duluth Public Schools Annual Report for the Community

Citizens are invited to review the 2019 Annual Report, including student achievement and school climate strategies, cultural competence, staff development, exceptional learning opportunities, use of resources and student progress.Citizens are encouraged to review the information and share thoughts and ideas:

Email: info@ISD709.org
Mail: ISD 709 Community Information, Room 213
215 N. 1st Avenue East, Duluth, MN 55802