From the Office of the Superintendent 9/12/19

Weekly Briefing for ISD 709 Faculty & Staff

Dear Colleagues,

The Duluth School Board is seeking applicants for the vacant At Large board seat. If you know someone who cares about public education and is willing to serve, please share the information below. Deadline for applications is September 23 4:00PM.

We're inviting ISD 709 families to join our school Continuous Improvement Teams. Invitations are going out over the next week, please help encourage participation.

Many of you know Ed Crawford, former Assistant Superintendent, principal for Denfeld High School and assistant principal for Duluth East. Eddie is one of several people being inducted into the Duluth East Hall of Fame this month, see below for information if you're interested in attending the event.

We're also sharing information about the Indigenous Food Expo, Steps to the Future Powwow, Denfeld Theater and Skate for 8, raising awareness and funds for mental health and suicide prevention.

Kind Regards,


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

Duluth School Board Seeks Applicants for Vacant At Large Seat

The Board of Independent School District 709, Duluth, MN, is seeking qualified applicants for a vacant At Large board seat.

· Applicants must be 21 years of age or more on November 2, 2019.

· They must be a resident within Duluth Public School boundaries for at least 30 days prior to November 2, 2019.

Applications and details are available:

· Online at www.ISD709.org

· Superintendent’s Office, Historic Old Central HS, 215 N. 1st Avenue East, Duluth MN 55802 Room 213

· Any ISD 709 School Office

Deadline for applications: 4:00PM Monday, September 23, 2019

Questions: Melinda Thibault, School Board Secretary, 218-336-8752

ISD 709 Families Invited to Join School Continuous Improvement Teams

When schools, families and communities work together more students achieve at higher levels. Knowing that, we’re inviting families to become more involved in our school leadership teams, which are called Continuous Improvement Teams or CITs.

  • The team includes building administration, teacher leaders, and parents/guardians. Its purpose is to improve student achievement for all learners.
  • Team meeting dates and times are the decision of each school. In general, teams meet 1-2 time(s) per month for 1-2 hour(s) before or after school. New CIT members receive introductory training.
  • CITs also focus on equity. The Duluth School District follows the Ten Minnesota Commitments to Equity. In addition, ISD 709 adopted an equity framework and uses the Tool for Equity Accountability to help make decisions and consider the impact of decisions on all learners.

We encourage families to consider joining their school CIT and helping us with this important work. Families can contact their school principal if they're willing to make the commitment.

September School Board Agenda Items - Detailed Information Online

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

>>Facilities Management & Capital Projects Status Report

>>Assistant Superintendent and Director of Curriculum Reports

>>Policy Updates

View School Board Meetings on YouTube

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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Habitat for Humanity Home Dedicated
Lake Superior College and ISD 709 Construction Technology students worked on this project last year. Through the program, high school students learn about safety, hand tools, professional construction/job site standards and and working together as a crew member/team player. Students are exposed to good-paying careers available in the construction trades and apprenticeship opportunities related to the construction industry.
Duluth News Tribune

ISD 709 Career & Tech Ed

Thank You, Mr. Drengler!

Lee Drengler's granddaughter attends Lowell Elementary. He designed, built and installed a beautiful "mud kitchen" in the school's Nature Playscape. It's a place where children can imagine, create and play. Many thanks for this incredible opportunity and for the giving of time and talent to our schools.



Sharing Their Talent

Students Julia Severence, Autumn Wallace and Wyatt Robison added a creative and artistic flair to the ALC hallway at Historic Old Central High School. Looks amazing, we love having student projects brighten up the first floor - thanks for the awesome work!


Panther Fest

Piedmont Panther Fest includes music, dance, Panther Pride and highlighting their 2019/20 school initiative, Present Panthers...Are You In The Game? The Denfeld Jazz Band played an outstanding concert for the Panthers, the talent in this group shined. A few Denfeld musicians were former Piedmont Panthers, teachers cheered and celebrated their return to elementary school. A great first week at Piedmont. #LeapingIntoExcellence #PantherProud

Duluth East Hall of Fame Induction 2019

Inductees: James McGregor, Anne (McDonnell) Hed, Denny Hughes, Peggy Kirsch and Eddie Crawford

Duluth East High School Mezzanine

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Social at 5:00 p.m./Dinner 5:30 p.m./Program 6:15 p.m.

Cost: $50 in advance (Tickets must be purchased by 9-20-19)

To order tickets and make reservations contact Ken Jensen at JensEHS@gmx.com

Hall of Fame Football Game

Friday, September 27, 2019 Ordean Stadium - East High

5:30 p.m. Coin Toss

5:35 p.m. Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Introductions

Duluth News Tribune

Support Needed for Denfeld Theater Spring Musical

Denfeld has a new theater director, Christina Stroup, and they're hoping to put together a spring musical. Theatre involvement is life-changing for students, building the confidence and communication skills that every employer seeks. The Denfeld Theater program is hoping you might help make these goals a reality by providing a donation or sharing the information.


Indigneous Foods Expo

The American Indian Community Housing Organization hosts Duluth’s first large-scale Indigenous Foods Expo. This family-oriented, community-wide inclusive event will be held:

Saturday September 21, 2019 11AM - 3PM

Niiwin Indigenous Foods Market

102 E. 4th Street and Central Hillside Park

Free and open to the public

Featuring local and regional healthy and Indigenous food vendors; cooking and food processing demos featuring Chef Sean Sherman, Founder of the Company The Sioux Chef; music featuring Annie Humphrey and others; cultural arts activities; a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, games, and more.
Contact: niiwinmarket@gmail.com

Check Our Website
Please help us spread the word to others. Miigwech!

Duluth Community School Collaborative

Steps to the Future Powwow

September 26, 2019 4:00PM - 7:00PM

Myers-Wilkins Elementary School

1027 N. 8th Avenue East, Duluth MN

4:30PM - 5:30PM Pop-Up Produce

5:00PM - 6:00PM Free Dinner

6:00PM - 7:00PM Powwow

This event will be held outside, please dress for the weather. Blankets and folding chairs encouraged.

Skate for 8

2019 Memorial No-Check Hockey Games

Heritage Sill Arena

Saturday, September 21, 2019 9AM-5PM

Free event open to both male and female players 11 years of age and up.

Dinner at Clyde Iron Works, 6PM - 10PM

Proceeds from this event will be kept local. Join us in raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. Register today at skatefor8.org

In Memory of Hunter Fronden, Hockey Player, Friend, Dearly Missed

NEW! 2019 Fall Duluth Community Education Course Catalog
Explore a new hobby, learn a new skill, meet new people. The gift of lifelong learning, something for everyone!
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>>Arts, Crafts, Hobbies: Walking Sticks, 2-D Felted Painting, Beginning Drawing, Intro to Gingerbread, Poetry Corner, More...
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>>Cooking: Sushi, Cookie Bake & Take, Taste of Mexico,Thailand, More...
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Spotlight: Lowell School Forest

Students in first grade Nueva Vision Spanish Immersion enjoying outdoor time and all that Lowell's School Forest has to offer. Duluth Public Schools are fortunate to have several school forests - we appreciate the opportunity students have to learn and be inspired by the outdoors.