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February 27, 2019

ISD 709 School News

First Place for Denfeld CyberPatriot Team
Denfeld's CyberPatriot team took first place in the silver tier open division of the Minnesota State Competition. They now advance to the regional competition.
Team members: Nikolai Breimon, Charles Gilbert, and Madeline Bjonskaas. Coach: Timothy White
CyberPatriot puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals managing a small company network. Teams review virtual operating system images and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.
Top teams in the nation can earn all‐expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.

Thank you, Susan Johnson, for the photo and info.
#GoHunters #Inspire709

In honor of School Board Recognition Week (which took place during break) we recognize our Duluth School Board members and all they do for our schools and our community. There are many facets to being an elected official responsible for over a dozen schools, residential and day treatment centers, thousands of students and over a thousand employees. We're fortunate to have people on the board who are focused on the education of our community’s young people. Thanks for all you do.

This week includes School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. We're especially appreciative of drivers in Minnesota and Duluth who work hard each day to bring children safely to and from school - and do so in all kinds of challenging weather situations. Thank you.

Next week is Paraprofessional Appreciation Week. Our paraprofessionals are an important part of our team, providing so many supportive services to our students and their families. We appreciate everything they do everyday.

Author, Duluth ALC Student, Honored by Duluth School Board

Sharon Shuck is a Native American elder, an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band and a student at the Duluth Adult Learning Center. She's featured in the Duluth News Tribune and in the The Woman Today Magazine. The articles describe her life and her development as a writer. This spring, at age 80, Ms. Shuck will publish her book,"Blood Memories and Unbroken Spirit." "I can't say enough about the Adult Learning Center and all the support and encouragement they've given me," says Ms. Shuck. She's a graduate of Central High School.

Duluth News Tribune Article

The Woman Today, February/March, Page 22

Myers-Wilkins Elementary School welcomes families and the community:

21st Annual Steps to the Future Powwow

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 4:30PM-7:30PM

Myers-Wilkins Elementary School

1027 North 8th Avenue East, Duluth

4:30PM Career Booths Open * 4:45PM Feast * 6:00PM Grand Entry

Invited Drums: North Wind, Spirit Bay

(note: only invited drums and dancers in regalia will receive honoraria)

*Children must be accompanied by an adult. No drugs or alcohol*

For more information, call 218.336.8860 x8

Miigwech, Thank you to sponsors of this event:

City of Duluth Parks and Recreation, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth American Indian Parent Advisory Committee, ISD #709 Office of Education Equity, ISD #709 Office of American Indian Education, Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, Ordean Foundation, Sheltering Arms, Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, Trillium Services, Head of the Lakes United Way, and individual contributions.

Laura MacArthur Elementary & Prairie Fire Children's Theater Present Sleeping Beauty
Students from Laura MacArthur Elementary, under the direction of Prairie Fire Children’s Theater, will present a rendition of Sleeping Beauty.
Friday, March 1 @ 7 PM, Saturday, March 2 @ 1 PM

Denfeld High School Auditorium
401 N. 44 Avenue West, Duluth
Tickets are $5.00 per person.
Proceeds go back into the theater fund at the school to continue the program into the future.
Denfeld Theater student volunteers are helping the elementary students behind the scenes and running the lights and sound.
Please join us for this fun performance and support our Duluth Public Schools youth!

Duluth East Speech Showcase

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 7:00PM

Duluth East Auditorium, 301 N. 40th Avenue East

Suggested $5 Donation at the Door

Students will share portions of their performances that range from humorous to the heartbreaking, from thought-provoking to just silly. Come support the dozens of Duluth East speakers and see the talent of their team.

Thank you, Greg Jones, for the information.

February School Board Agenda Items - Detailed Information Online

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

>>Career & Technical Education Annual Report

>>Facilities Management & Capital Projects Status Report

>>Assistant Superintendent and Director of Curriculum Reports

>>Policy Updates

View School Board Meetings on YouTube

Kindergarten Roundup Events - Register Children for September 2019

Highly skilled and caring teachers, a wide range of engaging educational opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities provide a rich learning experience for students grades K-5.

  • Free All Day, Every Day Kindergarten
  • Music, Art, Physical Education, Media
  • Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science
  • Emphasis on Family Partnership
  • Fun, creative learning activities
  • Advanced academic opportunities and comprehensive interventions to enhance reading and math skills
  • Guidance and support to help students learn responsibility, citizenship and respect
  • Community partnerships for learning

Kindergarten Roundup Schedule and Detailed Information

Kindergarten Roundup Flyer

Kindergarten Roundup Video

Cold, Snowy Weather Strategies

Please take a moment to review school district procedures during periods of snow and cold. This information is shared with all staff and families at the beginning of the school year and is available on our website. Stay warm and safe!

Learn More

In the News:

Wonderful article in the Duluth News Tribune about Claudia Anderson, Denfeld School Secretary! Thank you, Claudia, and all of our school secretaries who help support students, families and staff.

Duluth News Tribune Article

Advocating for Pubic Education

Many thanks to all who took part, to the Duluth Chamber of Commerce and those helping organize and support this opportunity to represent Duluth & St. Louis County at the Capitol!

Thank you, Rosie Loeffler-Kemp, for the photos.

Denfeld, Duluth East Students Explore Construction Careers
The Duluth Construction Career Night planning team -- in partnership with the City of Duluth Workforce Center, several local sponsors, and community partners -- hosted a Construction Career Night this week at the DECC.
Students had an excellent opportunity to experience a variety of good paying construction careers through hands-on opportunities with local union apprenticeship programs - literally see what it's like to weld, lay bricks, and more.

Duluth News Tribune

WDIO-TV10

KQDS-TV21

Ordean East Choirs, Directors Featured in ACDA Publication

The Ordean East Middle School Choir program is featured as a Star Program in the Winter 2019 Edition of ACDA-MN Star of the North publication, congratulations! Thank you, Sheila Shusterich, for the information.

Read the Article

Great Showing for Duluth East Cheerleaders at Nationals
First time at UCA National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, FL Duluth East Cheerleaders took15th (top 12 move forward), had zero deductions and received the “Superior Plaque.” Great job, congratulations!
#GoHounds #Inspire709

Denfeld Speech Students Compete at Harvard
These talented Denfeld Speech Team members spent time at the campus of Harvard University competing with students across our country. Speaking up, speaking out, Denfeld proud.

Thank you, Jill Lofald, for the photos and information.
#Inspire709 #GoHunters

Duluth East Basketball Helping Out
Members of Duluth East Girls Basketball, helping out with SA Rookie Basketball. Love to see older students inspiring younger ones.
#Inspire709 #GivingBack

Denfeld Aerospace Awesomeness
Students from Denfeld's Aerospace Physics class demonstrating their remote control cars/boats in the school commons. The course is designed for students who like hands-on problem solving, collaborative teamwork and creatively finding solutions. An awesome display and fun day!
#VroomVroom #HunterPride #Inspire709

Duluth East Skiers Make Midwest Junior National Teams
The Midwest Junior team includes two of the girls section 7 champions Duluth East High School Nordic ski members. Lily Brown will represent the Midwest at the NENSA U16 trip in Bethel, Maine from March 7-10, 2019. Gretchen Haggenmiller will make her second consecutive trip with the Midwest team to Junior Nationals March 11-16, 2019 in Anchorage, Alaska.
The Midwest Junior Cross Country Ski Trams are made up of the top 30 females from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota. Congratulations to both student athletes! Thank you, Amy Haggenmiller, for the photos and info.

Denfeld Speech Team - 5 Medal Winners
Denfeld Speech Team competed at Centennial High School earning five top place finishes, many honorable mentions and great performances by all. The ability to speak and craft their words makes these students shine! Thank you, Jill Lofald, for the photos and info.
#Inspire709 #HunterPride

Duluth East Swim Team Success
Congratulations, Duluth East Boys Swim, earning Section 7AA Second Place and breaking records! Congratulations Section 7AA Boys Swim Coach of the Year Sandy Verry and Section 7AA Assistant Coach of the Year Cliff Knettel.
Swimming and Diving State Qualifiers: Finn Braaten (East), Jack Knettel (East), Joe Rudd (Denfeld), Luke Sailstad (East), Charlie Tiechroew (East), Nelson Wennberg (Denfeld), Grant Wodny (Home School, East), Julien Yung (East), Ryan Zelen (East).
7 School Records Broken: 400 Free Relay, 200 Free Relay, 200 Free, 500 Free, 100 Fly, 100 Breaststroke, 200 IM.
Ryan Zelen set a new Section 7AA & Northdale MS pool record in the 100 Butterfly at 50.18, also breaking his Uncle Matt Zelen’s team butterfly record, congratulations!

Denfeld DNA Robot Reveal
The Denfeld Robotics Team hosted their Robot Reveal Open House this month in the Denfeld High School Commons. FIRST Robotics Competitions are coming up fast!

KQDS-TV21

Congratulations, Duluth East Girls Nordic Ski
Duluth East Girls Nordic Ski Team earned a trip to State this year, congratulations: Natalie Daly, Gretchen Haggenmiller, Clara Kramer, Maj-Lis Helmer, Molly Weberg, Lily Brown, McKenzie Radloff, Grace Chandler.
Congratulations, Riley Pohl, Denfeld Nordic Ski

Riley earned a spot at the State Competition this year, congratulations!
#GoHunters #HunterPride

Congratulations, Duluth East Boys Alpine Ski
The team earned 2nd place at Sections and qualified for the State Meet. Team members are: Bren Elleson, Bryce Mlynarczyk, Cale Hendricks, Ethan Neveau, Matias Merten, Wyatt Shultz, Coaches: Joe Macor, Andrea Hendricks

A Little Love with Our Veggies
School cafeteria staff are always looking for ways to encourage students to enjoy fruits & vegetables - folks in the Lester Park Elementary kitchen came up with this creative presentation for Valentine's Day. Thank you, Angie Beyer and Dawnmarie Larson for sharing this with us!