Ordean East Middle School News

Volume 2, Issue 6 November 20, 2020

Distance Learning Canvas Modules

The module that was published last Thursday, Nov. 19, is due at 11:59PM next Wednesday, November 25. (We changed the time from 11:59AM to 11:59PM.) Your teachers will not be publishing a new module until Monday, November 30, by 9:00AM. Hopefully, this will provide an opportunity to close your Chromebook for the long weekend, so you can enjoy time with your family.

The module published on November 30 will be due on Wednesday, December 9, at 11:59PM. Even though there will be 8 school days instead of 5, the module will still only include approximately 2-3 hours of work per class. The length of the module includes some intentional time to catch up on any late assignments and additional time to connect with your teachers. All teachers can be reached by phone, email, Canvas messenger, or Google Meet.

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College of St Scholastica Students Provide Tutoring Support to ISD709 Students

Duluth Public Schools is entering into an agreement with the College of Saint Scholastica (CSS) to provide academic tutoring supports for our students that are participating in Distance or Hybrid Learning models. CSS tutors will begin providing supports within the next couple of weeks.

Parents must give permission for students to access these supports. Please complete the following form to indicate your interest in having your child participate to receive tutoring supports:

Request for Tutoring Support Form

OEMS Canvas One Stop Shop

A new course called "OEMS One Stop Shop" has been added to all OEMS student Canvas accounts. It is not a required academic course, but rather a place for students to access announcements and school resources while they are logged into Canvas.


We will continue to add information and send messages through the One Stop Shop. Currently, students will see-


  • Latest OEMS Newsletter
  • Tutor Request link
  • School Counselors Canvas link
  • ISD709 Digital Learning Landing Page link
  • Free Breakfast/Lunch Information & Application link
  • How to Take Attendance video


Let us know which resources you would like to have added.

Click to Provide Feedback on the One Stop Shop

OEMS Students Continue to Create, Perform, Respond & Connect

OEMS School Counselors & Support Services

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Social & Emotional Supports are Available through Distance Learning


  • School Counselors and School Social Workers are trained to support the mental health needs of children. They can address student needs at school as well as connect families to local services, as needed. School Counselors are here to support students socially, emotionally, and academically. Students with an IEP may have scheduled support services from our School Social Worker.

  • Co-located mental health therapy is available for OEMS students through Arrowhead Psychological Clinic. Arrowhead Psych is seeing students via teleheath until in-person school returns. Contact a school counselor or administrator for a referral.


Helpful Community Resources:

Semester I- Parent/Teacher Conferences

OEMS 1st Semester Conferences -

  • December 8 & 10 3:45-7:45PM


  • No In-Person, Only through Google Meet or Telephone Call


  • Scheduled through Google Calendar- 10 minute appointments with 5 minutes of transition time.


  • We will not be using Pick-a-Time this year.


  • Monday, November 30, an email will be sent through Infinite Campus Messenger with a list of all teachers and links to their conference appointment scheduler. Specific directions will also be sent at that time. You will not need to set up a special account in order to schedule an appointment.


  • Reminder: Teachers are available to meet outside of the two dedicated evenings of conference time for semester one. If you would like to schedule an appointment, reach out when the need arises. You don't have to wait.

IMPORTANT: We Need Your Help

Approved Free & Reduced Price Lunch applications generate state funding that provides important services and programs for our Duluth students. A decline in applications now can result in less programs and services for students in the next school year.

December 15 is the last day to have your application support this important school funding for next year. Please click here to complete the application. It's easy and confidential, apply any time, 24/7.

  • An eligible application can generate between $525 - $3,436 for each student based on the % of eligible students by school site.
  • Approved applications may also qualify students for discounted or free extra-curricular activity fees.

Applications can also be downloaded and returned to the building.

Questions? Call 218-336-8807, we're happy to help.

WiFi Hot Spots - Important Update

ISD 709 is able to extend internet accessibility to distributed hotspots thanks to local grant funding.

  • Families who received a notice from PC's for People about the discontinuation of the hotspot coverage can disregard those now that funding has been secured.
  • If you have a hotspot and did not receive a discontinuation email notice from PC's for People that means your hotspot is not registered and your connection will end on Dec. 3. Please reach out to your school in order to register your hot spot before coverage ends.
  • If your hotspot was registered with a vendor other than PC's for People, you can disregard this message.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) received a ConnectMN Grant through the state of Minnesota. LISC made continued hotspot connections for ISD 709 students a grant priority and we will be using these funds to extend the hotspot connections until the funds are exhausted or when hotspots are no longer needed.

Ordean East Middle School

Main Office: Anna Fridsma

Attendance: Dawn Warner


Principal: Gina Kleive

Assistant Principals: Rachel Jackson & Michael Emerson

School Counselors: Ashley Kedrowski, Sarah Seglem,

& Lisa Wentworth

School Social Worker: Tracy Litman