December 19, 2018

ISD 709 School News

Congratulations, Denfeld Dance Team
This talented Hunter team took 1st place in Kick, 2nd in Jazz and 2nd Overall at the Lake Superior Conference dance championships in Duluth!

See Facebook Video

Duluth East Dance Team Exhibition

The Duluth East dance team performed an exhibition at the Lake Superior Conference dance championships in Duluth.

See Facebook Video

Thank you, Holly Mattila Jouppi and Howie Hanson for the photos, video and info!

Give the Gift of Lifelong Learning
Duluth Community Education gift certificates are a great present for someone who loves learning a new skill or hobby, meeting new people, sharing new experiences.
For information or to order, please email communityeducation@isd709.org, or call 218-336-8760.
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December School Board Agenda Items - Detailed Information Online

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

>>Truth In Taxation Hearing: Minnesota's Truth in Taxation Law requires school districts to provide a public hearing before adopting a tax levy for the following year. The hearing includes a presentation about the current budget and school district tax levies (including results of the November levy referendum).

View School Board Meeting on YouTube - Truth in Taxation about 9 minutes in.

Local Scholarships Available! Applications Due January 15

Now is the time to apply for the huge bounty of local scholarships available to graduating high school seniors. Some are based on academics, others recognize community volunteerism or focus on student need. With over 50 scholarships, there are opportunities for everyone.

Applications are due by January 15, 2019 but the application will take some time to complete, so start early. Detailed information can be found on the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation website or by phone to 218-726-0232.

Congratulations, Health Services Certificate SOAR Career Training Graduates

Your determination and hard work turned into the perfect skills for a high demand job.
Training is funded in part by the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Women’s Economic Security Act, and are offered in partnership with Duluth Public Schools, Lake Superior College, City of Duluth and Community Action Duluth.
If you or someone you know is interested in this training, the next opportunity is in Fall of 2019.
ISD 709 Adult Education: https://bit.ly/2BqonQ1
#PlanAhead to #ReachHire

Thanks, Patty Fleege, for the photos and info!

Exceptional Learning Opportunity
Students from Ordean East Middle School had an opportunity to work and learn with Minnesota Artist Anne Labovitz. Labovitz is an American artist based in St Paul, whose practice includes painting, drawing, and printmaking as well as experimental film and sound. Her paintings are part of permanent collections at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul, MN; the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth; the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla; the Frederick R Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, MN; and the International Gallery of Portrait in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Thanks to Deb Hannu for the photos and info!

Denfeld Student Front Page News

Blake Eaton is student at Denfeld High School. He spent a week at Breckenridge, CO at the beginning of this month and here he is on the front page of the Denver Post!

Blake is a mono-ski participant and takes part in the Great Lakes Mono-Ski, Nordic and Race Camp.

According to the article, "Mike Schultz, a U.S. Paralympic gold medalist in snowboarding, surprised nine young athletes with disabilities with new adaptive equipment Thursday, Dec. 6, at Breckenridge Ski Resort. The program is sponsored by Disabled Sports USA, one of the nation’s largest winter sports festivals for people with disabilities. The week-long event includes skiing and snowboarding lessons."

Link to Article

Thank you, Marcia Nelson, for the info and photo!

Congratulations, Graduates of the Machine Operator SOAR Career Training

This program was created under the Women’s Economic Security Act to train more women in non-traditional career fields. Graduates now have the skills for a high paying and high demand job. Training is offered in partnership with Duluth Public Schools, Lake Superior College, City of Duluth and Duluth Workforce Development.
ISD 709 Adult Education: https://bit.ly/2BqonQ1

Thank you, Patty Fleege, for the information and photos!

Learning to Code Robots

Professors and students from the College of St. Scholastica's computer science department joined Lowell Elementary media classes, teaching lessons is coding Sphero SPRK robots. A huge thank you to CSS, and volunteers Amy Lundberg, Teresa Johnston, and Julie Seidelmann for their help!

Thanks to Sheryl Van Scoy for the info and photos!

Lester Park Students Bring Cheer to Local Patients

Lester Park Elementary students are conducting their Annual Giving Tree Project, spreading cheer to patients at local hospitals by purchasing, decorating and donating small trees and providing gifts. Children bring donations they earn at home or happen to have in their piggy banks to purchase the artificial trees and make decorations in their classrooms during the weeks leading up to the delivery date.

Thank you, Susan Janchar-Baker for the info!

Warm Wishes
Students in Homecroft Elementary KEY Zone making tied fleece quilts for Heritage Haven residents. Volunteers from APEX joined in, many thanks for the support!
Dancing with the (Lowell Elementary) Stars
Fifth grade students at Lowell Elementary spent this fall working with Heart of Dance to learn ballroom dancing and several competed in the Colors of the Rainbow dance competition in the cities. See dance videos and photos on the Lowell Facebook page:
This artist-in-residency program features Andrea Kuzel from Superior Ballroom Dance as the instructor. Through this opportunity, students learn about different forms of dance as well as the social-emotional components of confidence, respect and trust.

Thanks, Jen Larva, for the heads up on this fun event!

Consent Notice for Parents:

School District Plan to Survey Students 2019 Minnesota Student Survey

Our school district is asking students in grades 5, 8, 9 and 11 to participate in the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey (MSS). Federal law requires us to notify parents of this school activity.

The MSS is conducted in schools across our state every three years. Questions on the survey are about many topics relating to young people’s lives. The survey asks about how well school is going, future plans, out-of-school activities, physical and mental health, relationships, substance use and more. High school students are asked about sexual behavior. This useful information about their thoughts and behaviors helps communities and schools develop effective programs and provide better services.

This survey is anonymous. To prevent individuals or families from being identified, students do not provide their names, student identification numbers or other personal information. This survey is voluntary.

You may choose to have your child not take the survey by completing and returning this form by January 25, 2019. Students may also decline to take any part of the survey or the whole survey. They will be informed of that option by staff.

Date(s) the Minnesota Student Survey (MSS) will be administered:

● Elementary Schools: February 4-15

● Middle Schools and High Schools: March 11-22

● Residential/Day Treatment Sites: March 11-22

If you have questions about the survey, or would like to review a copy, please contact: Dr. Tawnyea Lake tawnyea.lake@isd709.org 218.336.8700 x1027.

Greg Irons Teacher/Staff Award Nominations Due January 15

Know a great educator who deserves special recognition? Consider nominating them for the Greg Irons Teacher/Staff Award. Named after a former ISD 709 teacher, the Award recognizes teachers/school staff who ‘demonstrate their belief that all students have worth and the desire to succeed and that responsibility, sincerity, honesty and hard work are the foundation of a person's life.’ Past winners have received a cash award of $500.

Nominations may be made by students, teachers, other school staff, parents or community members and are due by January 15, 2019. Forms are available at www.dsacommunityfoundation.com/forms-and-applications and can be submitted electronically. For more information, contact the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation at scholarships@dsacommunityfoundation.com or 218-726-0232.