January 17, 2019

ISD 709 School News

Modeling Excellence in Education

This week Duluth Public School leaders and students are attending the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) Annual Leadership Conference.

It’s a great opportunity for educators to learn from each other and Duluth's schools are in the spotlight.

Health Occupation students are presenting their coursework; school administrators are sharing results of the BARR program at Denfeld, and how to encourage STEM education in elementaries; representatives from Lincoln Park Middle school are talking about how to organize an effective Parent Camp; members of our Office of Education Equity and board are presenting information about creating our Education Equity framework.

Across the state, school districts are looking to Duluth as a model for great immersion programs, career and technical education, online learning and so many ways in which we’re on the cutting edge.

Many thanks to our teachers, principals, administrators and staff for their dedication and willingness to continually learn new strategies to meet the changing needs of students in an ever changing world.

Congratulations to Diane Mozol (ECFE), Kristin Bergerson (Lowell) and Jane Juten (Ordean East), nominated by the Duluth Federation of Teachers for the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Award!

The three teachers were honored at a reception held at Lincoln Park Middle School and each received a special proclamation from Duluth Mayor Emily Larson.

A state Teacher of the Year will be announced by Education Minnesota in May.

The MN Teacher of the Year program, now in its 55th year, is the oldest and most prestigious recognition program in Minnesota to honor excellence in education. The program chooses one teacher to represent Minnesota's thousands of excellent educators. That teacher will be announced in May 2019.

Coming Up:

Do you know people getting ready to send their child to high school or kindergarten?

Do You Know Someone Interested in a Career as an Educational ParaProfessional?

The ParaPro Prep is a FREE class that will prepare students to take the official ETS Parapro Certification Assessment.
Please call Duluth Adult Education at (218) 336-8790 for registration information.
Class will be held from 12:00PM – 3:30PM in room 132 at Historic Old Central High School on the following dates:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
March 4, 5, 6, 7
March 11, 12, 13, 14
March 18, 19, 20, 21

January School Board Agenda Items - Detailed Information Online

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

>>Fiscal Year 2018 Independent Audit: Presented by Wipfli LLP CPA and Consultants

>>Assistant Superintendent and Director of Curriculum Reports

>>Policy Updates

View School Board Meetings on YouTube

Regional Coach of the Year

Denfeld Boy's Soccer Coach Scott Anderson received the 2018 Great Lakes Region High School Coach of the Year Award at the United Soccer Coaches convention in Chicago. Congratulations!

From the Minnesota Head Start Association:

A Gold Star for Duluth Head Start
We know high quality teacher/child interactions drive great outcomes for young children. CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) is one measure of these interactions. Duluth teachers last year posted impressive CLASS scores, with some teachers posting 7's (scale from 1 to 7) on all three domains - Emotional Support, Classroom Organization and Instructional Support. Congratulations Duluth Head Start! You Rock!

See the Facebook Post


Congratulations Autumn Zierman and Quinten Rimolde, Denfeld, taking 1st Place Championship trophy in Public Forum Debate and Abbie Amundsen and Sydney Olson, Duluth East, taking 6th place in Public Forum Debate at Section 5 Tourney! They will compete at the MSHSL State Tournament this weekend at the University of Minnesota.

Hunters Prep for Finals
Denfeld Link Crew hosting the school's 25th Cram event this week to prepare for final exams. Over 200 students getting ready while enjoying cocoa and cookies!

2019 Twin Ports Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Events

Sunday January 20, 2019

  • 4:00PM: Interfaith Service, Peace Church (1111 N. 11th Ave East, Duluth)

Monday January 21, 2019

  • 7:00AM: Community breakfast at First United Methodist Church (230 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth)
  • 10:00AM: March through downtown, beginning at Washington Community Center (310 N. First Ave. W., Duluth)
  • 12 Noon: Rally at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
Duluth East High School Presents:

4th Annual Evening of the Arts.

Join Duluth East students and families January 24 at 7:00PM in the Duluth East Auditorium, 201 N. 40th Avenue East, as we celebrate the arts with performances by the fine arts department!

The school's one-act play submission, The Lost Boy, will be presented. The 35 minute one-act tells the story of how author J.M. Barrie created the beloved tale of Peter Pan. This submission will travel to sub-sections in Hibbing to compete for a spot at the One-Act Sectional meet on February 2nd at Duluth East. This may be the only public performance of this year's one act, don't miss out!

$5 donation at the door.

New! 2019 Winter/Spring Duluth Community Education Course Catalog
A great opportunity to explore a new hobby, learn a new skill, meet new people. Something for everyone.
>>Arts, Crafts, Hobbies: Backwoods Ice Fishing, Fly Fishing, Dye a Silk Scarf, Make a Last Name Sign, Fused Glass Jewelry, Photography, Felting, More...
>>Computers & Technology: Blogging, Mobile Devices, Internet, Facebook, Instagram, More...
>>Cooking: Red Sauces, Pizza, Soups, Appetizers, Sushi, Valentine's Day Ideas, More...
>>Dance: Swing, Ballroom, Belly, International, More...
>>General Interest: Astronomy, Bridge, Astrology, Cards, Organic Gardening, Get Organized, More...
>>Health & Wellness: Tai Chi, Meditation, First Aid, CPR & AED, Aromatherapy, Becoming Vegan, More...
>>Language: Spanish, Chinese, Sign Language, More...
>>Music: Guitar, Ukelele, Dulcimer, Band, Orchestra, More...
>>Swimming Pool Activities: Swimming Lessons, Aqua Zumba, Scuba Diving, More...
>>Sports & Exercise: Golf Lessons, Zumba, Yoga, Walking, More...
>>Project Access: Courses designed specifically for adults with disabilities.

Ojibwe and Spanish Language Immersion Classrooms - Registration for September 2019 Begins January 9
Research suggests language immersion may contribute to academic achievement, and that students exhibit greater problem-solving abilities, flexible thinking and advanced language literacy and proficiency. Classrooms are located at Lowell Elementary, 2000 Rice Lake Road, Duluth.
Learn more:
Misaabekong Ojibwe Immersion
Edye Howes, Coordinator:
edith.howes@isd709.org or 218.336.8700, ext.1152
Nueva Vision Spanish Immersion
Crystal Goldman, Coordinator:
crystal.goldman@isd709.org or 218.336.8700, ext.1166