Greyhound News Bi-Weekly 4/29/22

Next Week is Staff Appreciation Week!

Reminder: Prom Visitor Forms DUE by 3:30 p.m MONDAY, MAY 2. No exceptions. No visitors will be allowed in without a completed form turned in on time.

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Staff Appreciation Week

Each year we take the first week in May to celebrate and honor the staff who are at the heart of our school. I hope you are able to take a moment this week to thank at least one of our Greyhound staff members for all that they do to support our school community. We have an incredible team of teachers, paraprofessionals, counselors, clerical, maintenance, food service, mentors, coaches, nurses, social workers, psychologist, specialists, drivers, coordinators, administrators, and tutors. I am grateful for their dedication, endurance, perseverance, grace, compassion, and enthusiasm. They come back every day with a smile to serve and support our students and each other. Positive messages from our students and families are a powerful gift that is appreciated more than you'll ever know.

Thank you!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: WEAR GREEN ON THURSDAY, MAY 5

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Boundless, East’s student mental health support group, has a special message for you:

Calling it difficult to be the parent of a young person with mental illness is an understatement. While it is true that parents and guardians pass on habits, thought patterns, and behaviors, this does not mean that parents are at fault, but you can help. Here are some ways you can be supportive:

  • Understand that mental illness is real (not imagined), and it’s both diagnosable and treatable by doctors.

  • People with mental illness don’t always have an external cause or trigger.

  • Be calm and open so that your child will feel safe to confide in you and come to you for support.

  • While it’s true that choosing positive coping strategies is helpful and necessary, it’s also true that loss of motivation and joy are actual symptoms, not character weaknesses. People with mental illness face a much greater struggle than just eating and sleeping well, exercising more, or changing their attitude.

Learning about your child’s diagnosis will empower you and help you be more understanding. Stigma from society, families, and even from one’s self can prevent people from getting the help they need. The good news is that mental health is treatable. Boundless encourages anyone whose quality of life is negatively impacted seek help. Your family doctor or the National Alliance on Mental Illness Duluth chapter is a great resource:

Boundless meets Tuesdays during WIN in Mrs. Warmanen’s room. Anyone can come!

10th Grade to "Construct Tomorrow" Event May 11

Construct Tomorrow is an event that provides area high school students with hands-on opportunities centered around different building and construction trade careers. Students will have the opportunity to wire circuits, trowel cement, set tile and much more as they move through a series of stations staffed by representatives of 14 local union apprenticeship programs. Students are exposed to earn-as-you-learn apprenticeships in high demand and living wage careers that are vital to the economic growth of our region.

Each year ISD 709 sends our 10th graders to this event as they begin to explore post-secondary options. We are so excited it's back for 2022!

They are assigned to a group based on their English 10 course (including students taking English 10 through AEO). Bus lists will be posted and shared by English 10 teachers the week of the trip.

Most Final Exams Canceled for Semester 2

1. We will run a normal bell schedule that week instead of extended final exam periods.

2. Attendance is still required. They are normal school days.

3. A handful of CITS courses are still required by our college partners to administer final exams. Teachers will make this very clear to impacted students.

4. Last day for Seniors is Friday, June 3. Last day for grades 9-11 is Thursday, June 9.

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Congratulations to the East members of HOSA!

HOSA is a global student-led organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services and several federal and state agencies. HOSA’s mission is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community, through education, collaboration, and experience. HOSA actively promotes career opportunities in the health industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.

The Competitive Events Program is designed to motivate HOSA members and provide a system for recognizing the competencies developed by members through Health Science and Biomedical Science class instruction, related job training, and HOSA-related activities.

Students from East and Denfeld competed at the Minnesota State HOSA competition over break, and they knocked it out of the park!!

HOSA Knowledge Bowl 1st place team

Colby Larson

Tyler Smith

Mackenzie Welch

(team includes Denfeld member)

HOSA Knowledge Bowl 4th place team

Issak Hackbarth

Charles Ketola

Gwen Morgenstern

Daniel Neimi

PSA Public Service Announcement 1st place

Anders Wakefield

Isaak Hackbarth

Charlie Ketola

PSA Public Service Announcement 4th Place

Serena Miller

(team includes Denfeld students)

Health Lifestyles

1st place Issak Hackbarth

2nd place Anders Wakefield

Home Health Aide

3rd place Gwyn Morgenstern

Extemporaneous Writing

2nd place Daniel Neimi

Medical Law and Ethics

3rd place Charlie Ketola

Behavioral Health

4th place Issak Hackbarth


4th place Anders Wakefield

History Day Celebrations!

Congratulations to the following students moving on to the History Day State Competition.

The Theme for 2022: Debate & Diplomacy in History Successes, Failures, Consequences

All of the History Day participants have moved on to state! This is a first to have all East participants move on from a regional competition. They made it to the History Day finish line and competed this past month at the region level. Thanks to regional support staff Sue DeNio for meeting with the students and providing feedback. Great job to this group, and we wish them the best of luck at the virtual state competition mid April.

Student(s) and their Project Topic

Michael Kastelic & Owen Holsinger: The Failures of Big Stick and Dollar Diplomacy

Garin Hackbarth & Samuel Phillips: The Iranian Hostage Crisis: Debate and Diplomacy Across Countries.

Grace Beaster, Martyn Dahl: Using Diplomacy to Save Lives Worldwide: The Duluth Model

Tavin Roth: Diplomatic Cooperation formed through Debates: The Bretton Woods Conference

Emma Ambrosi: United States of America v. Reserve Mining Company: The Environmental Legacy of a Debate over Taconite Tailings

Claire Atella: Iranian Hostage Crisis - Diverse Methods of Diplomacy

Natalie Miller: Women Strike for Peace: How 1960s American Mothers Used Diplomacy to End Atmospheric Nuclear Testing

2021-2022 Plan to Administer Minnesota Student Survey Passive Consent Notice to Parents

Our school district is asking students in grades 5, 8, 9 and 11 to participate in the 2022 Minnesota Student Survey (MSS). Federal law requires us to notify parents of this school activity. The MSS is conducted in schools across our state every three years.

Questions on the survey include many topics relating to young people’s lives. The survey asks about how well school is going, future plans, out-of-school activities, physical and mental health, relationships, substance use and more. High school students are also asked about sexual behavior. This information about their thoughts and behaviors helps communities and schools develop effective programs and provide better services.

This survey is anonymous. To prevent individuals or families from being identified, students do not provide their names, student identification numbers, or other personal information.

This survey is voluntary. Students will be informed that they may decline to take any part of the survey or the whole survey. You may also choose to have your child not take the survey by completing and returning the form below.

Dates the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) will be administered:

  • Elementary Schools (Grade 5): June 6 - 9

  • Middle Schools (Grade 8): May 30 - June 9

  • High Schools (Grades 9 & 11): May 23 - 27


f you have questions about the survey or would like to review a copy in advance, please contact:

Dr. Tawnyea Lake

218.336.8700 x1027

If you do not want your child to take the Minnesota Student Survey, please return this form no later than May 15, 2022. You may do so by email ( or by U.S. mail (Duluth Public Schools, Attention: Tawnyea Lake, 4316 Rice Lake Road, Suite 108, Duluth, MN 55811).

ISD 709 Strategic Planning - We need your help!

Duluth Public Schools is embarking on a strategic planning process. This process will allow the district to develop an up-to-date operational plan and provide clarity and focus on our work. The last time the district went through a strategic planning process was in 2018 ("Think Kids"). We are partnering with an organization called TeamWorks International in a “classroom to boardroom” strategic planning process.

A key part of the process is the development of stakeholder's Desired Daily Experiences. To begin this process, we are holding several focus group meetings to listen to students, families, and staff and learn more about their Desired Daily Experiences as they engage with the school district and schools. Click the link below to sign up for the high school focus groups or contact Adelle Wellens, ISD 709 Communications Officer at or call or text 218-461-1970 to express interest. If you can't make it to these options, there will be full community input sessions coming up, as well.

Visit to learn more and view the full schedule.

Focus group sessions for parents and guardians of high school students:

A. Virtually on May 3 from 5:30-7:00 P.M. You will be sent a link following sign up. (Make sure you enter an email address below)

B. In person on May 11 from 5-6:30 P.M. at Duluth East High School in the media center

C. In person May 12 from 5-6:30 P.M. at Denfeld High School in the media center


Focus group sessions for high school students:

April 26, on site, during the school day, both high schools


Please join this free event to learn more about the Vaping Epidemic (Featuring Principal Seboe and Health Teacher, Ms. LaFontaine!).

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Spring Testing Calendar

Please note the following test dates that apply to some students. If your student is included, avoid scheduling appointments or trips during these times. Thank you!
  • May 2-5: MCA Science test for biology students (mostly 10th grade, administered in biology classes)
  • May 2-13: AP Exams for some students in current or completed AP courses
Purchase Tickets to East Events

Prom and Music Concert Tickets: Please note that there are open and close dates for ticket sales for each event. While you can see the event you may not be able to purchase tickets yet.

Royal Ball - PROM 2022

Tickets will be available online and in person starting April 25 for $25/person. Prom is on May 7 from 8-11 P.M. at the Harborside Ballroom at the DECC. Grand March will be in the East auditorium from 4:30-5 P.M. Grand March is free with a paid prom ticket.


1. Tickets may only be purchased by current East 11th and 12th grade students.

2. You may bring one guest who is in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade or UNDER 21, not 21.

3. Visitors from other schools must have a completed Visitor Form submitted BY MAY 2.

Please stay home if you're sick!

Students and ISD 709 staff who have COVID symptoms can receive a Rapid Testing kit from our office. Please do not send students with symptoms into the building. Call the office to arrange for a pick up.


Gerri Settergren, Heath Office Aide ext 2114,

Susan Sederberg, School Nurse ext 2429,

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: *Students experiencing symptoms may request a rapid test from the health office.

Counseling Office Notes

Click for resources both at East and in our local community for supporting student and family mental health.

Counseling Office Contacts:


Jenn LaBelle, Registrar: ext 2143,

Jamie Savre, Counselor (A-E): ext 2154,

Jessica Forsman, Counselor (F-La): ext 2041,

Morgan Costley, Counselor (Le-Re), ext 1262,

Laura Horton, Counselor (Rh-Z,) ext 1121,

Kerri Persons, Counselor (9th Grade), ext 1345,

Career Center and Counseling Department Newsletter


Activities Office News

Activities Office Contacts


Lynn Carlson, Clerical/Treasurer: ext 2304,

Shawn Roed, Activities Director: ext 2151,

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.

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:

  • April 30, 2022
  • May 21, 2022

Attendance Issue Contacts:

Main East High School Number (218)336-8845

Kyle Rock: Assistant Principal Ext. 2348,

Jon Flaa: Assistant Principal Ext. 2325,

Notes and Resources from Outside Agencies (Not ISD 709)

Substance Use Services Now Co-Located at East

My name is Stacey Flom, and I am available to provide substance use services as a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor from Center for Alcohol & Drug Treatment to provide outpatient treatment services to adolescents.

Outpatient Services for substance use:

Substance use counseling as defined in the 12 Core Functions in MN Statutes Chapter 148F

Screening, Intake, Orientation, Assessment, Diagnosing substance use disorders, Counseling, Treatment planning, Case management, Crisis intervention, Client education, Referral, Consultation with other professional services

For more information or to obtain a referral packet, contact:

¨ Your school guidance counselor or mental health team.

¨ CADT Admissions: 218-723-8444,

¨ Stacey Flom: 218-529-3475, or

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Sign Up for the All Night Grad Party!

Graduation will be here before you know it. Plan to come and celebrate your graduation with the Class of 2022 at the All Night Grad Party on June 8, 2022! The party will take place at the Duluth Essentia Heritage Center, and buses will transport you from the DECC to the Duluth Essentia Heritage Center right after your graduation. There will be LOTS of entertainment, great food, and prizes! DON’T MISS THIS SPECIAL EVENT THAT IS PLANNED FOR YOU AND YOUR CLASSMATES! If you haven't registered for this fun event, it’s not too late. Just need to stop by the main office and pick up a registration form near the ANGP Dog House & turn it in!
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