From the Office of the Superintendent 11/8/19

Weekly Briefing for ISD 709 Faculty & Staff

Dear Colleagues,

This week Duluth voters re-elected David Kirby and Alanna Oswald, and elected Paul Sandholm to the Duluth School Board. Serving as a board member requires a substantial investment of time, energy and talent - we appreciate all who choose to run and those elected to serve our students and schools.

Congratulations to Jamie de la Cruz, she is receiving a leadership award from the Minnesota Indian Education Association this month! See below for details.

I invite all to attend our Annual Report for the Community and Newly Tenured Teacher Celebration November 19, also see below for details. The Denfeld Clock Tower Cafe students will provide refreshments and Duluth East Sterling Strings are providing music, should be an inspiring evening! All are welcome.

Kind Regards,


If you have questions or thoughts about what's going on in our school district, email: Superintendents@ISD709.org. Twitter: @billgronseth

Upcoming Duluth School Board Meetings

(This is not a comprehensive list)

>>Special School Board Meeting - Canvass General Election Results

Tuesday November 12 4:15PM HOCHS Board Room

>>Special School Board Meeting - Superintendent Search Company Presentations

Thursday November 14 4:30PM HOCHS Board Room

Detailed meeting schedules, agendas and Board materials are

available online. Meetings are also streamed live and available on YouTube.

Duluth School Board Identifies Firms To Present Superintendent Search Services

During a public meeting held Friday November 8, 2019 at Historic Old Central High School, the Board reviewed requests for proposals and identified three firms to make presentations regarding their services.

  • BWP and Associates
  • Minnesota School Board Association
  • Ray and Associates

The Board meeting can be viewed online.

Presentations are currently scheduled for Thursday November 14, 4:30PM in the Historic Old Central 2nd Floor Board Room, 215 N. 1st Avenue East, Duluth. This will be a public meeting, meetings are also streamed live and available online.

Following those presentations, the Board will identify a firm to assist in working with the community to conduct a superintendent search.

Detailed meeting schedules, agendas and Board materials are

available online.

New Duluth School Board Member Seated

The Duluth School Board met Friday November 1 to swear in Dr. Kelly Durick Eder as the new At Large member.

Dr. Eder (third from left) is an Assistant Professor at the College of St. Scholastica. In her application she said, “As a member of the School Board, it will be my role to balance the needs of all our kids and build consensus among the community while protecting those children who are in the greatest need.”

Please Save The Date!

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

Please Note! Infinite Campus Parent Portal Notifications

On December 2, 2019, (and at the beginning of each school year) all families in Infinite Campus Parent Portal will automatically be set up to receive the following types of messages:

  • Emergency
  • Priority Notification
  • General Notification
  • Teacher
  • Attendance
  • Behavior

Families may log into Parent Portal and opt out of all settings EXCEPT Emergency and Priority, which will remain selected for all families. This will ensure that, when there's a school emergency, all families in Infinite Campus for that school receive notification. This could include lockdowns, evacuations, weather closings and all situations requiring immediate response.

Thanks for all you do to help keep our schools safe.

ISD 709 News

We know there are a lot of great things going on in our schools - let's make sure we're letting everyone else know, too! Share your school, student, staff accomplishments, projects and events with Kathleen.Kaufman@ISD709.org, they'll be used in email newsletters, social media, websites and other communication venues.

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2019 State MIEA Award for Leadership

Jamie de la Cruz will receive the 2019 K-12 Counselor/Liaison of the Year Award from the Minnesota Indian Education Association, congratulations! Ms. De la Cruz is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and an American Indian Home School Liaison for the ISD 709 Duluth American Indian Education Program.

The Award will be presented during the MIEA 35th Annual Conference in November. The Award recognizes leadership, work in the American Indian Education Community, the reflection of American Indian culture in life/work and other achievements.

Students Make Harbortown Rotary History

Alexandria Whitley, Eriven Pegues, Julia Severance, and Autumn Wallace are the first students from Duluth's Area Learning Center to become Junior Rotarians. They were acknowledged and congratulated at their first meeting for their willingness to serve.
The Harbortown Rotary will issue a $1,000 grant to the ALC to be used to further alternative programming,community based outreach, and educational service projects.
Many thanks to the Harbortown Rotary, the Office of Education Equity - Duluth Public Schools, and Duluth ALC Staff for supporting students.
#Inspire709 #StudentLeaders #CommunityMinded


Hunters Helping Hunters
Madelynn Rodberg and Ashleigh Porter, Denfeld High School, helped donate hundreds of dollars of supplies to the school’s Hunter Hut! The students are involved with Leo Club, a branch of the Lions Club. Items ranged from toothbrushes, shampoo and shaving cream to band aids, washcloths and chapstick. The Denfeld Hunter Hut provides food, toiletries, clothes and supplies to students free of charge.
#Inspire709 #HuntersCare #TeamWork


Lakewood Supports Bullying Prevention Awareness

During Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Lakewood Elementary staff wore orange and students helped create an awesome sign using hand prints and became the I in Kind. Together we can create communities that are kinder, more inclusive and accepting for all students.
#Inspire709 #SafeAndWelcoming


Lakewood Student of the Month Award

Lakewood Elementary's PBIS committee is doing new things this year, including a Student of The Month Award. In October the objective was Kindness, this month the award will center around being responsible. Congratulations to recipients of Kindness recognition: Top--Ella Shepard, Micah Henderson, Josey Johnston, Kaylin Raisanen, Ava May; Bottom - Rohan Strege, Charlie Johnston, Daegan McArdell, Ethan McDonald.

Duluth East 21st Annual Veterans Day Concert

The Duluth East Bands proudly invite you to the 21st Annual Veterans Day Concert. This event is to honor the men and women of our military with a night of patriotic music written by John Philips Sousa, John Williams, Glenn Miller and many more!
The music will be performed by the Freshman Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and feature the Duluth East High School Choralaires.

Monday November 11, 2019 7:00PM

Duluth East High School

301 N. 40th Avenue East, Duluth
Tickets sold at the door: $5 Adults, $3 Students, Veterans/Service Members get in FREE.


Lowell Celebrates Books
During Harvest of Literature Day at Lowell Elementary students and staff celebrated books, literacy and dressed up like awesome characters. Many thanks to all the wonderful readers who came to share stories with the Lowell community, so much fun!
#Inspire709 #LowellLovesReading


Likable Lunch
Cafeteria staff at Congdon Park Elementary, using fruit & veggies to share an extra smile with students at lunch time. Love it!
#Inspire709 #CreativeCongdonCrew


Lincoln Park Students Take a Bow

Two Lincoln Park Middle School students, Jack Chederquist and JD Van Doren, appeared in The Duluth Playhouse's version of Treasure Island.

#RockTheStage #PawsitivelyAwesome


Laura MacArthur Elementary Receives Generous Donation

The school received a great donation from Kids in Need Minnesota, twenty-eight boxes of school supplies. Much appreciated by our students and staff, wow, and thank you!

#WeLoveOurCommunity #DuluthSupportsEducation


Pumpkin Math Day for Kindergarten Piedmont Panthers
During this hands-on learning experience students:
*estimated pumpkin height and circumference
*cleaned out pumpkins
*carved a large pumpkin as a group

Each child took home their own small pumpkin after removing the pulp and seeds and carving with an adult Panther volunteer. Students played games like Zoo Phonics bingo, too.

#PumpkinFun #OrangeYouGladToDoMath


Duluth East Trap Team Success

Reed Patterson placed 1st in conference and 8th in the State for fall league with an average of 24.1. Macie VanBuskirk placed 1st in conference and 3rd in the state for females with an average of 23.7, congratulations!

Spotlight: Northern Stars Hockey Team

The Northern Stars, featuring players from Denfeld and Duluth East High Schools, open their 2019-20 season Friday night against nonconference Hopkins at Essentia Duluth Heritage Center.

Photos: Duluth East Theatre's Chicago

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