Weekly Update

ISD 709 News 9/17/21

From Superintendent John Magas

Dear Families:

We are coming to the end of our first full week of school and fall is just around the corner. I have seen so many successes and have heard about so many more over these past few days. I just met with our district’s parent advisory group, as well as with a team from Leadership Duluth, and both groups shared a lot of positive feedback.

Again, there is nothing better than seeing our students in school, all day every day, learning and spending time with their classmates. It is also great to have our students and families participating in our fall athletics and activities!

We are also very excited to see the results from having added over 30 positions to support our students. These positions have included counselors, interventionists, deans of students and others through our recent federal ESSER funding. We also received a grant for nearly two million dollars over the next five years to support student mental health needs.

That’s not to say that there haven’t been some challenges. Often, in the second week, some of the road bumps of the start of the year begin to surface. We continue to work through issues related to a shortage of bus drivers, custodians, paraprofessionals, and child nutrition employees. As these needs emerge we will work together to address them systematically.

Safety continues to be a top priority for all of us. We have had a few situations where students have come to school with COVID symptoms and later had positive tests. Please make sure that you err on the side of caution and stay home if you or your student has symptoms.

We appreciate your support as we learn and grow together this fall!

With appreciation,

John Magas

If you have questions or thoughts about what's going on in our school district, email:


Follow Us for ISD 709 School News

Update: Safe Learning Plan

The Safe Learning Plan was updated last week to include requests for Shortened Quarantine and information regarding Quarantine Exception. The SLP was also updated to include additional information regarding masking and exemption requests. Check pages 4, 5 and 6 for the updated information.

Details at www.ISD709.org/SafeLearningPlan

Please Make Sure Your Student Has a Mask From Home

Students, staff and families have done a great job so far wearing masks in school. Wearing masks and getting vaccinated are two important ways to keep schools open for in-person learning this fall.

Please understand that school buses and schools have a limited number of masks available for use when students forget or lose theirs and be sure your child has their own mask from home when they come to school. Last year schools received state funding to provide all staff and students with masks - that funding is not available this year.

Denfeld COVID Vaccination Clinic September 24

Denfeld High School will once again host an Essentia Vaccine Clinic at Denfeld High School in the Auditorium on Friday, September 24, 2021, from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

This is for a FIRST dose (of TWO) for anyone age 12+, and a SECOND dose for those who were vaccinated during the Hunter Kickoff on September 1. It is available to students, families, staff, and community members.

This clinic will offer the Pfizer COVID 19 Vaccine #1 or #2 for eligible community members who are age 12 and over. You do not need to be a Denfeld student to get the vaccine.

Pre-registration is required, click here.

NEW! Duluth Community Education Course Catalog

Duluth Community Education provides opportunities for all ages through classes and activities serving people’s social, recreational, enrichment and academic needs.

Learn to make beeswax wraps, a gingerbread house, Sami inspired bracelets, paper, fused glass ornaments. Take a cooking, drawing, beginner crochet, amigurami or creative writing class; learn swing, belly or ballroom dancing; take a yoga, extreme hip hop aerobics, CPR/AED or meditation class. Learn French or sign language, take banjo or ukelele lessons; aqua fitness, swim lessons, much more.

Register for classes online using VISA, MasterCard or Discover.

View the Fall 2021 Online Catalog

Register for Classes Online

Help Recruit New Hires!

Duluth Public Schools provide rewarding regular and substitute jobs in a variety of roles. Plus a robust benefit package to full-time employees and part-time employees who meet eligibility requirements. Please share this information with people you know - encourage them to join our team!

Current Job Openings

Questions? Email: noncerthr@isd709.org or call (218) 336-8722

KEY Zone Is Hiring

KEY Zone provides after school academic and enrichment activities, apply today!
Big picture

Denfeld Teacher & Coach Honored

Legendary retired Duluth Denfeld teacher and football coach Marv Heikkinen, 81, received recognition during halftime of the Hunters game against Cloquet at historic Public Schools Stadium.
#Inspired #GoHunters

Laura MacArthur Students Helping Out

Two students from Laura MacArthur Elementary took time to help raise funds for school supplies for those in need, setting up a neighborhood lemonade stand.

Thank you, Jim Erickson, for the photo and info.



Denfeld Hunter Hall of Fame Adding New Inductees

The Denfeld Alumni Association will add 11 new names to the Denfeld Hunter Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 10am in the Denfeld High School Auditorium, 401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth, MN.

The event is free and open to the public.

Eleven new faces will grace the hall of fame including: Elvira (Thompson) Johnson ’25, Ingrid Strom ’31, Armond Hauge ’46, James Felton ’52, Dennis Maki ’61, Ben Kanninen ’64, William Bester ’68, Patrick Schiltz ’78, Dawn Hocevar ’89, Diana (Nelson) Radestock ’90, John Salminen (teacher).

Contact: Reba Marana Copeland @ marana.reba@gmail.com

Denfeld Students Helping Out

Members of the Denfeld Speech Team helped created decorations for the class of 75-76 as they celebrate their 45th class reunion at a recent Friday football game.

#Inspire709 #HunterPride


Denfeld, Duluth East Activities

A busy start for our high schools, love the school spirit!

#Inspire709 #GoHunters #GoHounds



Big picture