September 16th, 2022
Strategic Plan Input Needed
I have a huge favor to ask each of you - one of the most important “asks” since I have started as superintendent. I really need every parent, student and staff member to fill out your “Desired Daily Experience” survey.
If you want to help share the future of Duluth Public Schools, please fill it out today! We can’t build a great plan for the future without your voice being in the mix. I promise you that we consider all responses very seriously and appreciate your help more than you know. To those of you who have already filled it out, we really appreciate it and apologize for the volume of communication as we try to get as much participation as possible.
There are a lot of great things going on throughout the district. Last week, I said that the first week of school is my favorite, but the second is a close runner-up!
While the first week is filled with welcoming and teaching of expectations, the second week is still brimming with excitement, but begins to focus even more on student learning. Having spent a lot of time in schools and classrooms this week, it has been inspiring to watch our students deeply engaged in lessons, socializing, and having fun during after school activities!
Superintendent John Magas
Duluth Public Schools Family and Student Desired Daily Experience Survey 2022
This school year, a strategic planning team is working to draft a new districtwide strategic plan to guide the district's work for the coming years. The strategic plan includes the development of clear descriptions of the Desired Daily Experience for students, families and staff. Based on input from students, staff and families this spring, descriptions of the Desired Daily Experience were drafted.
Please review the draft Desired Daily Experience descriptions before completing the survey to provide your feedback about them. The deadline for the survey is Sept. 25.
The strategic planning team will review the feedback and refine the descriptions before including them as part of the strategic plan.
Families Desired Daily Experiences
- I have a voice in my child’s education, am connected to the school/district, and am informed through consistent multiple communication methods.
- I have a sense of belonging within the school community with meaningful relationships with staff, ensuring safety and trust in the quality of education.
- I feel welcomed and a sense of community at school including with other parents, teachers, and administration.
- My child is welcomed, seen, heard, safe, engaged and happy while at school.
- My child has pathways to success and opportunities beyond high school.
- My child’s school provides an interesting, meaningful, and engaging academic learning environment/experiences that are equitable, diverse, and inclusive.
- My child is supported with comprehensive resources that support their mental health, social emotional learning that allows for their growth.
- My child has class sizes that allow for differentiation and individualized attention to meet their learning needs.
- My child has equitable access to before, during, and after school activities where everyone can participate and experience success without barriers.
- When my child makes a mistake at school they are treated fairly.
Student Desired Daily Experiences
- I enjoy school and feel like I belong.
- I am accepted, cared about, and respected for who I am, regardless of the color of my skin, my identity and my beliefs.
- I have strong, meaningful connections with classmates and staff.
- I have many choices and options for courses including “real life” classes and extracurricular activities.
- My lunch meets my unique needs and interests through choices and time.
- Staff and teachers believe in me and my success, hear my voice, and will do what is needed to support me and my learning.
- I have access to mental health support and am safe at school.
- I know what is expected from me and know that I am treated fairly if I make a mistake.
- Important information is shared with me through ways accessible to me.
Duluth American Indian Parent Committee wins award second year in a row
Congratulations to our Duluth American Indian Parent Committee!
For the second year, the parent committee has won the National Johnson-O'Malley exemplary Program of the Year award! This award acknowledges the efforts of the parent committee, who have worked tirelessly to provide for the cultural, language and educational needs of American Indian students.
Our AIPAC Chairperson, Angela Buffalo, along with other members of the parent committee will be accepting this award at the National JOM conference this fall.
Supply giveaway at Myers-Wilkins
Kids in Need Foundation and McDonald's teamed up together to collect donations for their school supply drive. Myers-Wilkins received two boxes of school supplies for every classroom teacher.
They included notebooks, pencils (lots of pencils), crayons, markers, erasers, folders, scissors, pencil bags, cleaning wipes, hand sanitizer, and glue sticks. There was enough in the two boxes that teachers should be good on those specific supplies for a decent chunk of the school year.
McDonald's also gave a coupon for a free small McCafe beverage for all of the teachers.
Space is still available in the Transformation Through Art Class
This is an opportunity for youth with cognitive, developmental, emotional and physical disabilities to participate in the creative process and develop as artists. Students will have sensorial fun experimenting with different art mediums and at the same time engage within in a space that supports who they are. Rediscovering their hidden strengths and special gifts that may be suppressed and regain self-esteem.
Guardians, care-givers and volunteers are more than welcome. Remember to have your child dress appropriately for art class; we will be using materials that may stain clothes.
Limit 10 students. Supplies included in class. Register ahead of time here: https://duluth.ce.eleyo.com
#4200 Texture - Myers Wilkins: Cost is $5
Monday, Sept. 19 from 5-6 p.m.
#4205 Paint by Number - Laura McArthur: Cost is $5
Monday, Sept. 26 from 5-6 p.m.
#4210 Abstract - Piedmont: Cost is $5
Monday, Oct. 3 from 5-6 p.m.
United Athletics: Victory Day Football Event
Unified Athletics will play a game of their own at halftime of the Duluth East vs. Cloquet game. Players will be announced at about 5:40 p.m. before warm up.
Fri, Sep 23, 2022, 05:30 PM
Duluth East High School, North 40th Avenue East, Duluth, MN, USA
English for Healthcare Careers class begins Sept. 26
Duluth Adult Education's English for Healthcare Careers class beginning Sept. 26 - Nov. 16. Mondays and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a free class at Duluth Adult Education.
The class is designed for individuals whose first language is not English who work in the healthcare field or are hoping to work in the healthcare field. Class content:
- Key medical terminology
- Practice speech and writing essentials for healthcare
- Learn how to communicate with patients and coworkers
Interested individuals can sign up here: https://forms.gle/oqK2G8WXfqFyTYzC8
But, please note, after signing up, individuals are required to come in person to DAE to register BEFORE class begins.