Greyhound News Bi-Weekly 1/21/22

Semester 2 Begins Monday, January 24!

STUDENTS SHOULD REVIEW THEIR SEMESTER 2 SCHEDULE IN INFINITE CAMPUS! Classes have been balanced as much as possible and this may have resulted in some changes. CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE before you report to classes on Monday! Study hall and AEO room locations will be updated by Sunday night.

COVID Rates, Staffing Shortages, and the Remote Possibility of Remote Learning Days

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. For now, extracurricular activities continue.

2. For us at East this means assemblies, dances, and concerts are canceled until further notice.

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

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


In the unlikely (but still possible) event that East needs to move to remote learning for 1-10 days, please note the following:

1. Students should bring home all materials they may need each day, most importantly their CHROMEBOOK.

2. We will operate our normal bell schedule with teachers providing some brief instruction in the first 15 minutes of each class. We understand that not all students will be able to log in to these. Students will have some additional days to get caught up if they miss things during remote learning.

3. Our WIN periods have not been in Canvas this year. Students will notice that they will appear in Semester 2. If a student needs additional support from a teacher this will provide an additional opportunity during remote learning.

4. Attendance will be monitored by teachers. Students will not enter their own attendance as they did last year in Distance Learning. Attendance can be logging in to the Google meet and/or completing work in Canvas that day.

5. Notification about any changes in learning model will come out via email and phone notification to families, similar to snow day notifications.

6. The building will remain open should students need to come get something out of their lockers. We will also provide a supervised work area in the commons if students need to come work here at East for some reason. They will not be able to meet with teachers, we will just provide an area with internet access.


We know that remote learning is challenging for ALL and will do our best to make things as manageable as possible, and be as flexible as possible, if we should need to move to remote learning.


The district has additional information on our website: https://www.isd709.org/community/isd-709-remote-learning

Winter Gear Needed!

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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February is American Heart Month
Thanks to generous blood donors like you, kids born with congenital heart disease like Chase have a chance to live happy, healthy lives!

Give blood in February and get tickets to see the Minnesota Timberwolves play a home game!

What?
East High School Blood Drive
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
7:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Where?
Buses Parked at School
Map & Directions

Blood Donation is by Appointment

SCHEDULE DONATION ONLINE

Or contact Trudy at (218) 740-1542 to Sign Up!

Double your donation, double the lives saved! You’re the right type if you are O+, O-, A-, or B-. Select the "DRBC" tab on the schedule to book your appointment as a double red cell donation. Learn more about double red cell eligibility.

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ISD 709 Booster Shot Clinic: NOW AGES 12+! Friday, January 28

The Booster Shot clinic run by Essentia Health and located at East this Friday filled quickly. Please contact your healthcare provider or sign up for a booster shot at a participating pharmacy or with St. Louis County: https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/boosters/index.jsp

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.

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.

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:

  • 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.

Activities Office News


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

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. 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