Greyhound News Bi-Weekly 10/15/21

No School October 21, 22, 25!

Long Weekend Coming!

Please remember that next week there is no school for students and most staff on Thursday or Friday. The following Monday is a Professional Development Day for staff, and there is no school for students. Use the long weekend to make sure you're all caught up and to take a much-needed break. The return to full time school has been exhausting for many. Get outside, spend time with your family and friends, and stay safe and healthy!


Term 1 ends on Friday, November 5.


Some important items included in this bi-weekly newsletter:

1. Seniors: get your photos in and give us feedback on the venue for Commencement

2. Drop Off/Pick Up Safety: we are still REALLY struggling with this and will start ticketing violators soon. Please read and follow the directions about pick up and drop off!

3. Covid Reminders

4. College Fair at East

5. Picture Retake Day and Group Photo Day is Wednesday, October 20.

Harvest Ball Canceled for 2021

This week our student leaders at East and Denfeld determined that it is time to officially cancel our fall semi-formal dances, Harvest Ball at East and Fall Ball at Denfeld. East's dance was tentatively scheduled for November 13. This decision was made at both sites due to high COVID case counts and the continued need for the indoor mask mandate within the Duluth Public Schools.

We had delayed this decision as long as possible in the hopes that circumstances with the pandemic would improve and they haven't. Postponement is not being considered due to the likelihood that case counts will continue to remain high or increase as we enter traditional cold and flu season. We apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment this causes our students and their families and continue to hope that mitigation strategies will help us turn the final corner so we can move on.

Please note that our student leaders and administration are evaluating opportunities to provide a semi-formal dance for our students in grades 9 and 10 sometime later this winter or in the spring. Harvest is our only semi-formal or formal dance that these grades are allowed to attend, and we will do our best to replace the opportunity later this year.

As of now, Sweetheart and Prom are still tentatively on the schedule.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. This was not an easy decision for either site.

Class of 2022 and Families: Give us feedback on venue!

We are considering moving Duluth East Commencement permanently into Amsoil. We are becoming too large for the stage in Symphony Hall but welcome your feedback as we evaluate our options.

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School Safety: Driving, Biking, Walking - We need your help!

We continue to struggle with safety at drop off and pick up time. We have ordered additional signage, but please remember the following, every day:

1. Students should not be dropped off in front of the school. Use Greyhound Drive - Doors 4 and 5 are open until 9:15 A.M.

IF YOU STOP IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL, YOU BLOCK THE DRIVING LANE. This results in many people taking over the middle lane to enter the parking lot. That is an outbound lane and creates a significant safety issue.

2. At pick up time, please pull into a parking spot to wait for your student.

DO NOT STOP TO WAIT IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL, IN THE TURN LANE ON 40TH, OR AROUND THE FIRE HYDRANT ISLAND.

3. In the afternoon, plan to drive all the way around the lot to exit. We have had significant traffic backups around the fire hydrant and will be blocking the lane on the back side in the afternoons. This should direct traffic all the way around the lot to exit again.

DO NOT STOP IN A DRIVING LANE TO WAIT FOR A STUDENT AT ANY TIME. This causes traffic to back up at the intersection in to the school and creates an incredibly unsafe situation for our pedestrians.

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Please stay home if you're sick!

If your student is showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, we are asking that you please keep them home and get tested or consult your healthcare provider for an alternative diagnosis. We are still seeing strep, influenza, and RSV circulating around the state and our area. It is imperative that they remain home when symptomatic to help us protect the integrity of in-person learning. We thank you for your help in keeping our school community safe. When in doubt, call our health office at 218.336.8845 ext 2114.


COVID19 Signs & Symptoms:

Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

New cough or a cough that gets worse

Difficulty/hard time breathing

New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose

Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Muscle pain

Extreme fatigue/feeling very tired

Severe/very bad headache

Chills

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 Enter DECC parking lot east gate. Enter DECC Door D, to Paulucci Hall.

From the East PTSA

One of the events the East PTSA organizes each year is a Teacher Appreciation Dinner on a conference night. Please consider helping us support our hardworking Duluth East Teachers and Staff! Click the link to sign up to help. https://signup.com/go/aaARBRw

-East PTSA

ISD 709 Duluth Public Schools Canvas LogIn

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

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

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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, ext TBD, kerri.persons@isd709.org

Boundless is Back!

Boundless is a student activity group for students. They meet to support one another, discuss positive coping strategies, make connections, and promote awareness, all in the interest of mental health. They meet Tuesdays at 8:00 in Ms. Warmanen's room 2172.
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Winter Sports and Activity Information

It's almost time for WINTER ACTIVITIES to start! Click here to learn about start dates, tryouts, and meetings.

Activities Office News


Expecting the Unexpected…..It is what we do every day. It is also what we teach our students. Problem solving and adversity are a reality. Sometimes the unexpected is more public.

You realize how amazing people are. Coaches from both teams step in, officials show up from other fields, and on their night off. The band jumps in and plays amazing music and performs without missing a beat, the Dance Team performs, not once, but twice. The Cheerleaders step up with cheer after cheer, the student section dressed in red and grey - sing the school song and never stop with positive energy, the press box crew jumps in to keep fans informed (best crew in Minnesota!), the concession workers are pressed into OT - as they volunteer to raise funds for the Football team, the chain gang waited patiently, East Coaches keep their team motivated and support the officials, the visiting coaches express support and model how to act in the face of adversity, and players on both teams - play with sportsmanship and class….Our processes and procedures for assuring assigned officials failed last week. Thankfully, it is the first time it had occurred in my tenure for varsity football., and to practice what I preach - in the end it is my responsibility. I am thankful for the official's association, the support from East parents, Grand Rapids, and others - and at the same time understand and accept the frustration. Teachable moments happen each and every day, some are in front of crowds, others are behind the scenes and that’s what makes High School sports awesome, it can bring out the best in people.

-Shawn Roed, Activities Director


Click to purchase tickets to an East event/game.


Click to view the full activities and facility schedule.


Click to learn more about activities at East!


Click to live stream East events.


Activities Office Contacts

218-336-8845

Lynn Carlson, Clerical/Treasurer: ext 2304, lynn.carlson@isd709.org

Shawn Roed, Activities Director: ext 2151, shawn.roed@isd709.org

Congratulations to East's College Book Award Winners!

College Book Awards are given each year to exceptional students who have excelled in their intelligence, determination, motivation, and are visible and integral members of their schools and communities.


Book Award Winners from left to right: Natalie Miller (Yale University), Madaline Domagall (Wellesley College), Sophia Revoir (Harvard University), Eric Zhou (Dartmouth College)

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Community Education Opportunities


UNDERSTANDING ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACEs)

Instructor: Molly Harney, Ph.D November 4, 6 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Understanding the impacts of childhood adversity changes the discussion from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” This online class provides information and brain science that explains why ACEs impact people’s lives. It sheds light on some differences children with ACEs encounter in cognitive development, early health outcomes, and behavior. The class provides time for Q&A and discussion of resiliency strategies to improve health and build resiliency in our community from a childhood perspective via an online Zoom meeting. Scholarships available to cover the $5 registration fee. Required: Participants must watch the ACEs TED Talk before class. Google ”Nadine Harris Burke ACEs TED Talk” or go to the class description on duluthcommunityed.org for a posted link to the video.


UNDERSTANDING ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACEs)

Instructor: Michelle Nelson, B.A.,M.A.M., Certified Trainer October 25 and November 15

Understanding the impacts of childhood adversity changes the discussion from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” This online class provides information and brain science that explains why ACEs impact people’s lives. It sheds light on some differences children with ACEs encounter in cognitive development, early health outcomes, and behavior. The class provides time for Q&A and discussion of resiliency strategies to improve health and build resiliency in our community from an adult perspective via an online Zoom meeting. Scholarships available to cover the $5 registration fee. Required: Participants must watch the ACEs TED Talk before class. Google ”Nadine Harris Burke ACEs TED talk” or go to the class description on duluthcommunityed.org for a posted link to the video.

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.

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. Bring it to Jump Start! 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