January 11, 2019

ISD 709 School News

Denfeld, Duluth East Pathways2Teaching Highlighted in Star Tribune

Duluth Schools promote teaching, thinking critically about inequity. Thank you, College of St. Scholastica, for this partnership.

Star Tribune Article

Duluth East, Denfeld Robotics Teams Gear Up for 2019 Competition Season

In January, the Duluth East Daredevils hosted 24 area teams for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) game reveal. A world-wide broadcast announced the new robotics challenge, "Destination Deep Space," and rules for this year. During this kick-off event, teams meet and exchange ideas, make new friends and most importantly, spread the joy of robotics. Teams gathered at the UMD Marshall Performing Arts Center, including Denfeld DNA, Esko Icestorm, Marshall Topperbots, Babbit Mosquitoes, Two Harbors Rock Solid Robotics and rookie team Cloquet RipSaw.

Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team

Denfeld Nation Automation Robotics Team

Denfeld Alum Sworn In As St. Louis County Auditor
Nancy Nilsen took the oath of office in the historic Denfeld Auditorium last week. Another Denfeld alum, the Honorable United States District Judge Patrick Schiltz, conducted the ceremony. Following the swearing-in, Nilsen spoke briefly, encouraging students to set goals, work hard to achieve them and to encourage others in positive ways. Nilsen is the first woman to fill this position in the County’s history. Congratulations!
Duluth School Board Elects Officers for 2019
During an organizational meeting held January 7, 2019 the School Board of Independent School District 709 elected the following officers:
Chairperson: Rosie Loeffler-Kemp
VIce Chairperson: Jill Lofald
Clerk: Josh Gorham
Treasurer: Sally Trnka

Officers will serve in their positions for one year. Serving as a school board member is an important responsibility, helping to establish educational standards that will affect the future of Duluth’s students, community and society.
School board meeting schedules, agendas, minutes, video and detailed information packets are available online: https://www.isd709.org/district/school-board

Denfeld Hockey Team Supports Community

Players and coaches continued a storied team tradition, distributing holiday gifts to families in the community.

"We've adopted two families the last couple of years," said Hunters assistant coach Jake Johnson. "The entire team did some grocery bagging and raised $1,000, and spent $500 per family. Nice gesture by the boys, which shows the kind of character we have in our locker room, the kind of guys we have here at Denfeld."

Said Hunters senior power forward Zach DeCaro: "To see families with big smiles on their faces when they see us rolling in with gifts to place under their trees, it's special."

DeCaro's mother, DeeAnna, helped coordinate the fundraising and gift distribution efforts.

"It's a tradition we brought over from the former Duluth Central hockey program," she said. "The kids shop, they wrap the presents, and the seniors deliver the gifts. The players look forward to this every year. Denfeld Hockey does a lot of volunteering throughout the year. We're proud of the kids for doing good in our community.

Big Scholarship Surprise for Denfeld Student
Kelly Killorin, Denfeld High School, got a surprise visit from Goldy and the University of Minnesota in December - they presented her with several scholarships and admission to the U of M Twin Cities!
#Inspire709 #HunterPride
Over 120 Dozen Cookies
Students in the Denfeld Clock Tower Cafe culinary arts program baked, decorated and boxed over 1500 cookies in December, making the holidays bright and yummy! Students sold all of the cookies within a half day. Half the sales go to the student activity fund for field trips, the other half helps support the Clock Tower Cafe culinary arts program.
ISD 709 Career & Technical Education

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

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.

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

We're proud to join dozens of Duluth organizations to help support the work of the Duluth Trafficking Task Force. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

For training opportunities and other events, check Facebook: Duluth January Trafficking Prevention/Awareness Month

Duluth News Tribune Article

Community Organizations supporting Duluth Trafficking Awareness Month: League of Women Voters Duluth, PAVSA, The Hills, Lutheran Social Service, First Witness, Life House, North Homes, Essentia Health, Men As Peacemakers, Lake County Sex Trafficking Task Force, American Association of University Women, AICHO, Fond du Lac Human Services, CASDA, Sister Cities International, YWCA, Duluth Public Library, IGO Legacy Hotel Group, Women’s Resource & Action Center-UMD, NAACP, Duluth Public Schools, First United Methodist Church, Unitarian Universalist Congregation Duluth, St. Louis County Attorney’s Office, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Duluth Police Department

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.