February 7, 2019

ISD 709 School News

Author, Duluth ALC Student, Featured in The Woman Today

Sharon Shuck is a Native American elder, an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band and a student at the Duluth Adult Learning Center. She's featured in the February/March edition of The Woman Today Magazine. The article describes her life and her development as a writer. This spring, at age 80, Ms. Shuck will publish her book,"Blood Memories and Unbroken Spirit." "I can't say enough about the Adult Learning Center and all the support and encouragement they've given me," says Ms. Shuck. She's a graduate of Central High School.

Duluth News Tribune Article

The Woman Today, February/March, Page 22

Piedmont & UMD Partnership

UMD Science students joined 5th graders to engage in what the Piedmont students call “cool” STEM lessons. Content is aligned with 5th grade benchmarks, the Panthers love it and see the correlation to STEM learning and how it relates to science and engineering.
Denfeld Solid Gold Rocks
Denfeld's Solid Gold competed at the Locopalooza Show Choir regional competition in Altoona, WI, taking 3rd Place in the prep division against ten other Midwest schools! Solid Gold has been in the competitive circuit for two years. Their set, "Revival," features a live combo band, full costuming, and hit songs like Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" and Elton John's "I'm Still Standing."
See Solid Gold's entire set at one of these upcoming events:
>>February 23: Swingin' on the River in Hastings, MN (10am Competition)
>>March 2: Totino-Grace Spectacular in Fridley, MN (10am Competition)
>>March 14: Lincoln Middle School in Duluth, MN (7:00pm Concert)
Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to United States history. While African American history should be taught throughout the year as part of American History, this is a time to investigate more deeply the struggles, challenges and achievements of African Americans.

Websites and Resources Related to Black History:

Laura MacArthur Peacemaker Award

Students who receive the award have demonstrated the following qualities: sought to teach, to transform, to make friends, to heal, to defeat injustice and to choose love over hate. Several students were recognized in January in front of their peers and guests and received their Peacemaker certificates, congratulations to these inspiring students.

National School Counseling Week Feb 4-8, 2019: Thank you, Duluth School Counselors!

"School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and social/emotional skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., American School Counselor Association Executive Director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success."

ALICE Information Online

In partnership with the Duluth Police Department and St. Louis County Sheriff's Department we continue to move forward with ALICE training. Information for staff and families regarding ALICE threat response is posted on our website under Quick Links/Safe & Welcoming Schools.


Northland Healthy Minds Events:

Friday February 9 - Youth Mental Health First Aid - Learn basic first aid skills needed to help youth or a young adult who is experiencing a mental health problem or crisis including suicide. This training is being offered for FREE, but you do need to register. Highly recommended for those who have frequent contact with youth and young adults.

More information and details.

Monday March 4 - Make It OK, Stigma and Mental Illness – A film screening held at the Underground theatre. This is the 3rd film in the series. Free and open to the public, the film will begin at 6:00PM, with facilitated discussion to follow. More information and details.

Kindergarten Roundup Events - Register for September 2019

Highly skilled and caring teachers, a wide range of engaging educational opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities provide a rich learning experience for students grades K-5.

  • Free All Day, Every Day Kindergarten
  • Music, Art, Physical Education, Media
  • Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science
  • Emphasis on Family Partnership
  • Fun, creative learning activities
  • Advanced academic opportunities and comprehensive interventions to enhance reading and math skills
  • Guidance and support to help students learn responsibility, citizenship and respect
  • Community partnerships for learning

Kindergarten Roundup Schedule and Detailed Information

Denfeld, Duluth East High School Registration, Feb 1 -25

>>Advanced placement, honors courses

>>College in the Schools: Earn College Credit in High School

>>Career & Technical Education: Engineering, Graphic Arts/Digital Design, Medical Occupations, Business/Marketing/Finance, Construction Technology, Automotive Technology, Aerospace (Aviation), Culinary Arts/Hospitality Industry, Agriculture and Forestry

>>Art and music, including Band, Orchestra, Chorus

>>Dozens of extracurricular activities including award-winning robotics, speech, music listening, business, cheer teams

>>School Spirit – Greyhound and Hunter Pride!

>>Dozens of Unique College/Post-Secondary Scholarships

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Cold, Snowy Weather Strategies

Please take a moment to review school district procedures during periods of snow and cold. This information is shared with all staff and families at the beginning of the school year and is available on our website. Stay warm and safe!

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Denfeld Rotary Speech Tournament

Over 500 students from 25 high schools participated in the 58th annual Duluth Denfeld Rotary Speech Tournament on Saturday at historic Duluth Denfeld High School in West Duluth.

"It's like no other high school activity in Minnesota, and it's one of the oldest extra-curricular activities in the country," said Tournament Director Jill Lofald (pictured). "Who wouldn't want to sit in an audience and listen to our young people share wisdom, offer solutions and share stories that most adults don't want to talk about?"

Denfeld Speech Team Success
Denfeld Speech competed on a chilly Saturday in Andover and earned top spots. Autumn Zierman -1st Place Honor Finals of Drama; Abby Longnaker – 3rd Place Humor Finals; Brecken Caroon 4th Place Honors Finals of Drama; Quinten Rimolde – Honorable Mention Great Speeches. Congratulations!