October 17, 2019

ISD 709 School News

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2019 Annual Report for the Community & Newly Tenured Teacher Celebration

Tuesday November 19, 2019

Historic Old Central High School

215 N. 1st Avenue East, 2nd Floor Board Room Duluth, MN

4:45PM – 5:15PM: Refreshments by Denfeld Clock Tower Café Students; Music by Duluth East Sterling Strings; Tables and Displays

5:15PM – 6:00PM: Newly Tenured Teacher Celebration

6:00PM – 6:30PM: Annual Report for the Community

Free and Open to the Public

October School Board Agenda Items - Detailed Information Online

(This is not a comprehensive list of Board agenda items)

>>Facilities Management & Capital Projects Status Report

>>Assistant Superintendent and Director of Curriculum Reports

>>Policy Updates

>>North Star Data: At the Education Committee meeting the Board received detailed information regarding Minnesota's North Star accountability system data and district strategies.

>>Superintendent Search: At the HR Committee meeting the Board discussed proposals received from outside consultants interested in assisting with the superintendent search. Three proposals were received, the Board opted to extend their deadline to see if two more firms would submit proposals.

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Spotlight: Round Dance

Miigwech! Many thanks to all who supported Minawaanigoziwin Round Dance at Denfeld High School this month - the Duluth American Indian Parent Advisory Council, talented singers and drummers, Duluth American Indian Education Department, area organizations and community members, Denfeld Clock Tower Cafe culinary arts students, Denfeld high school staff and others. Photos: Howie Hanson, JP Rennquist.
2019 ACT Results - ISD 709 Outperforms State & Nation

ACT college entrance exam results for the graduating class of 2019 show that, overall, our district out-performed both the state and the nation.

>>ACT Composite scores increased at the district level

>>ACT Composite scores increased for Denfeld and Duluth East

>>Scores for most individual student groups also increased

District: 22.6

State: 21.4

Nation: 20.7

Duluth East Circle of Friends Honored
Circle of Friends provides an opportunity for partnership and friendship between students with disabilities and students without disabilities. Students, teachers and faculty advisors received recognition for their work at the October meeting of the Duluth School Board.
Circle of Friends participates in activities that promote collaboration and cooperation, work to reduce incidents of bullying, and promote disability awareness among students and staff.
The group participated in Duluth East for Peace week, the Peace Walk, student activity fairs, Cookie Club and Night to Shine. They’re assisting with the creation of a new physical education course for next year, modeled after Special Olympics Unified Physical Education.
#Inspire709 #InspireUsAll

Duluth Hosts Zenith City Debate Tournament

Duluth Debate hosted a tournament at Denfeld High School this month. Eighteen schools from across the state took part, the debate team was proud to show off their skills, their schools and family support.

The Duluth Debate team includes students from both Duluth high schools including Vivian Shaffer of Denfeld and Maria Freese of Duluth East.

"Debate has given me confidence in what I say, brought me out of my shell," said Shaffer, a sophomore.

"Instead of viewing the world from an 'I'm right, you're wrong' perspective, debate helps me to say, 'Oh, you see this differently. I'm curious, why do you feel this way?'" said Freese, also a sophomore.

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Outdoor Education Day for KEY Zone Students

Students from Congdon KEY Zone program participated in the Duluth Parks and Rec Outdoor Education Day at Enger Tower. UMD students provided experiences in:

  • Fishing
  • Tree identification
  • The proper way to set up a campsite
  • How to use a compass for navigation

The experience was a great opportunity for the students to learn new skills and to enjoy some of the outdoor activities that Duluth has to offer.

Duluth KEY Zone

MN Reading Corps Makes a Difference at Myers-Wilkins
Athena Hartley shares her experience as a Minnesota Reading Corps tutor at Myers-Wilkins Elementary. Those interested in tutoring are encouraged to visit the Minnesota Reading Corps website: minnesotareadingcorps.org
Thank you, Athena, and MN Reading Corps, for supporting education in Duluth.

Duluth News Tribune Column
#Inspire709 #EveryChildEveryDay

Denfeld Art Students Explore MCAD
Art students from Denfeld High School participated in National Portfolio Review Day at MN College of Art & Design. They took a campus tour and attended a Q&A session with current MCAD students and faculty. Best of all, they had the opportunity to have their artwork/ portfolios reviewed by colleges across the country! These Hunters were awesome and represented Denfeld exceptionally.
#Inspire709 #HunterPride

Spotlight: ISD 709 Boundary Project

Many thanks to families, community members and staff for the hours of effort on boundary study work sessions in October. The conversations were meaningful and insightful, a lot of good thoughts and advice to take into consideration.
  • The results of the work sessions will be thoroughly analyzed and reviewed for impact.
  • In November, focus groups representing diverse stakeholders will review draft scenarios, discuss benefits, challenges and additional data required.
  • The Duluth School Board will meet in November to review information as well.
  • Further analysis will take place and refinements made.
In January 2020, draft scenarios will be available online for review with feedback gathered through online surveys and community meetings.

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Lights On After School - Show Your Support for After School Programs

October 23, 2019

Bayfront Festival Park

350 Harbor Drive, Duluth MN

6:30PM: Bentleyville ceremonial lighting of their Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge display for Lights on Afterschool.

More after school programs are needed to serve the millions of children nationwide who are unsupervised and at risk each weekday afternoon. The gathering in Duluth is one of more than 8,000 such events across the nation emphasizing the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open after school.

Duluth KEY Zone sites will also hold activities in the buildings that day.

Duluth East High School Theatre Presents the Musical:



Show Dates: October 24-26 7:00 PM, October 27 1:00 PM

Duluth East High School

301 N. 40th Avenue East, Duluth MN

Ticket Prices: $15 Adults, $10 Students

Tickets sold at the door only. Sales begin 1 hour before curtain, doors open 30 minutes before curtain! Show runs 1 hour and 45 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.

**Some minor adult language and content**

In roaring twenties Chicago, Roxie Hart murders faithless lover Fred Casely and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap...until Amos finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie!

Convicted and sentenced to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess" Velma Kelly vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the American Dream: fame, fortune, and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked the original staging and choreography by Bob Fosse.

Duluth Area Learning Center Blood Drive

(You're invited & all your family and friends, seriously, invite everyone!)


Wednesday, October 23rd from 7:30AM to 2:30PM


Bus parked in 3rd St. & Lake Ave. parking lot

HUGE BONUS: For every unit collected, $10 goes towards a scholarship for an ALC student (minimum of 50 units required between our 3 blood drives).

Last year's two blood drives (one canceled due to weather) resulted in 63 units collected and $630 in scholarship money!

Click HERE to schedule online or contact Jackie Dolentz at (218) 336-8704, ext. 1008 or jacqueline.dolentz@isd709.org

SAVE THE DATES for future blood drives (same time and location):

  • 01.30.20 (Thursday)

  • (Thursday)