May 23, 2019

ISD 709 School News

Lakewood Elementary Teacher Receives $5,000 Gold Star Teacher Award

Congratulations to Kim Evavold-Bolf, recipient of the 2019 Goldfine Gold Star Teacher Award and all Nominees!

Andy Goldfine made the announcement at a reception at Lincoln Park Middle School Wednesday May 15 during which he presented Kim with a trophy and a $5,000 check.

Kim says, “It is critical for me to inspire my students to believe in themselves and to know that they are special, appreciated, respected and able to learn at their own developmental pace. Some students need me to believe in them first, and make me prove it; others just need positive acknowledgement of their successes, big or small. This takes time and thought but it’s worth every second once every student gets there. That’s when I feel success.”

Manley and Lillian Goldfine established a fund for the Gold Star Teacher Award in 2006 through the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, to honor inspirational Duluth Public School teachers for their dedication, skills and hard work.

Duluth News Tribune




Free Meals for Children: 2019 Summer Breakfast & Lunch Program

Funded by the US Department of Agriculture, meals are provided to children 18 years of age and under without charge; adults accompanying their children can purchase a breakfast for $2.50 or lunch for $4.50.

No paperwork necessary, just show up for good food and friendly service!

Menus include a variety of items - hot entrees, salads, sandwiches, vegetables, fruits, bread, milk. Specific menus will be available online shortly before June 11.

Meals served June 11 – August 23, 2019 (No service July 4).

Breakfast: 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Lunch: 11:30 AM to 1:00PM

ISD 709 Summer Meal Locations:

  • Myers-Wilkins Elementary, 1027 N 8th Avenue East
  • Piedmont Elementary, 2827 Chambersburg Avenue
  • Laura MacArthur Elementary, 720 North Central Avenue
  • Lincoln Park Middle 3215 West 3rd Street
  • Lowell Elementary 2000 Rice Lake Road
  • Stowe Elementary, 715 – 101st Avenue West

Note, meals must be consumed at serving sites.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Make It OK: What to Say

Talking more openly about mental illnesses is one way we can reduce the stigma. Sometimes people resort to silence during conversations because it can be hard to find the right words.

Here are a few tips from the “Make It OK” toolbox that may help as we become more comfortable talking about mental illnesses.

What can you say
Perhaps someone you know just told you they’re struggling with an anxiety disorder or depression. What do you say? Here are a few suggestions

· “What can I do to help?”

· “I’m here for you if you need me”

· “Things will get better”

· “I can’t imagine what you’re going through”

· “We’ll make it right. It’ll be OK”

· “Can I drive you to an appointment?”

· “We love you”

What you shouldn’t say
Sometimes our words may reinforce the stigma. Remember that mental illnesses are biological in nature, just like diabetes, and need treatment. Avoid using derogatory or dismissing language.

· “It could be worse”

· “Snap out of it”

· “Everyone feels that way sometimes”

· “You may have brought this on yourself”

· “There’s got to be something wrong upstairs”

· “We’ve all been there”

And don't use words such as crazy, psycho, nuts or insane

Rule of thumb

Although talking about mental illnesses may be uncomfortable at first, know that it is also a difficult conversation for your friend or loved one. Be nice, supportive and listen. Offer to help and keep the conversation going.

Visit MakeItOk.org to learn more about the campaign to learn what you can do.

Thanks so much for all you do and please join us for exciting community events this month.


Denfeld Robotics Team Earns 2nd Place at State
Denfeld Nation Automation (DNA) FIRST Robotics Team 4009 took 2nd Place at the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) State Tournament, congratulations!
This was the team’s fourth appearance at state, qualifying in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Denfeld DNA also finished second in the state championship in 2016.
Bolstered by an undefeated run through the qualification rounds at the 2019 Lake Superior Regional, DNA finished seventh in overall state ranking points. The top 36 teams in Minnesota receive invites to the state tournament.
DNA would like to thank all of their generous sponsors and supporters for making the successful season possible.
Denfeld DNA Facebook Page
Lincoln Park, Ordean East Students Take Part in River Quest
Hundreds of students from Lincoln Park & Ordean East Middle Schools took part in the St. Louis River Quest. They traveled via boat, engaging in hands-on educational stations aboard the Vista Star, learning about the St. Louis River ecosystem and related commercial, industrial and recreational activities. A great educational adventure!
Students Recognized for Volunteer Service
Students participating in the T12 Transition Program received recognition during the Head of the Lakes United Way Annual Luncheon. They were nominated as United Way Volunteers of the Year by the Duluth Area Family YMCA. The T12 program provides students with community based work exploration/job development based on strengths, preferences and interest. One of their activities is volunteering at the Duluth Area Family YMCA where they work on job skills, socialization and confidence in their community.

Help Support Denfeld, Ordean East Students in International Competition

Students from Denfeld High School and Ordean East Middle School created educational videos about climate smart municipalities and climate change; they earned a spot in an international competition with schools from around the state and from Germany.

The video with the most views wins, and Denfeld and Ordean East students are asking for your help now through May 29:

>>Use this link: https://www.eqb.state.mn.us/CSM_Video_Competition.

>>Then look for:

Duluth 1 & 2: Ordean

Duluth 3: Denfeld

Each view is a vote in support of their video, you can watch a video as many times as you wish.

Congratulations, ISD 709 Construction Tech & LSC Students
This week they held an open house celebration for their Habitat House construction project at 24th Avenue West and 1st Street in Duluth. High school and Lake Superior College students worked all year on the house, it looks great! The project is part of ISD 709’s Career & Technical Education Construction Technology program - students learn about safety, hand tools, professional constuction/job site standards and and working together as a crew member/team player. They apply reading, writing, and math skills to estimating, building techniques and blueprint reading. Students are exposed to good-paying careers available in the construction trades and apprenticeship opportunities related to the construction industry.
ISD 709 Career & Technical Education
Lincoln Park Students Rock the Auditorium
Fantastic music coming from the Lincoln Park Middle School auditorium this month as students perform in concert - lots of talent, work and enthusiasm on display!

Act Out Loud: Denfeld HS Student Performance

Through Act Out Loud, youth develop skills to tell their own stories, performing pieces they wrote based on personal experiences - singing, acting, dancing and more. Students from Denfeld High School have been working on their projects throughout the school year, they performed this month in the Historic Denfeld Auditorium.

Duluth News Tribune Article

Lakewood Students Take It Outdoors

Students from Lakewood Elementary spent a day outdoors to learn more about the environment and take part in fun activities. Environmental education and a great day in the sun...


Lakewood Students Trout in the Classroom Program

5th graders from Lakewood Elementary School are participating in the Trout in the Classroom program. They raised rainbow trout from eggs, learned about the trout life cycle, trout habitat, and river conservation. Earlier this month, the 5th graders got to release their 151 trout, with permission from the MN DNR Fisheries, into Clearwater Lake, a designated trout lake in Fredenberg Township. This is the second year Lakewood Elementary has participated in the Trout in the Classroom program.
Duluth East DI Team Heading to Global Finals
The Duluth East Destination Imagination team, Mission IMPROVable, earned a trip to the Global Finals in Kansas City, Missouri May 22-25! They're looking forward to representing the Duluth Public Schools and are the only Duluth team to advance.
This year’s East team includes Sean Hampton, Matt Ball, Parker Gaida, Corbyn Goodermote,Mariah Loeffler-Kemp and team manager Ken Loeffler-Kemp.
1400 teams from across the United States and 15-20 other countries will be competing at the Global Tournament.