Greyhound News Bi-Weekly 10/15/21
No School October 21, 22, 25!
Long Weekend Coming!
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.
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.
School Safety: Driving, Biking, Walking - We need your help!
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.
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
Nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Extreme fatigue/feeling very tired
Severe/very bad headache
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
This is the link for all students, staff, and families of Duluth Public Schools.
Tutoring Available with St. Scholastica Students!
Counseling Office Notes
Counseling Office Contacts:
Jenn LaBelle, Registrar: ext 2143, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Savre, Counselor (A-E): ext 2154, email@example.com
Jessica Forsman, Counselor (F-La): ext 2041, firstname.lastname@example.org
Morgan Costley, Counselor (Le-Re), ext 1262, email@example.com
Laura Horton, Counselor (Rh-Z,) ext 1121, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kerri Persons, Counselor, ext TBD, email@example.com
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
Activities Office Contacts
Lynn Carlson, Clerical/Treasurer: ext 2304, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shawn Roed, Activities Director: ext 2151, email@example.com
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.