From the Office of the Superintendent 10/23/19

Weekly Briefing for ISD 709 Faculty & Staff

Dear Colleagues,

This week saw weather that brought flooding to areas of town, fallen trees, loss of power at many of our schools, and even snapped the flagpole in half at Lincoln Park Middle School! It is a good reminder that severe weather should always be taken seriously. I'm proud of the way our schools, programs, transportation and facilities staff responded, thank you for your good work!

Speaking of weather changes, evenings and mornings get colder as winter finds its way back into the Northland and puddles seem to turn to ice patches before we know it! Please keep safety in mind as slips and falls are among the most common causes of injury. If you notice an icy area please report it so maintenance staff can take care of it.

Kind Regards,


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

Upcoming Duluth School Board Meetings

(This is not a comprehensive list)

>>Committee of the Whole - Review Superintendent Search RFPs

Tuesday, October 29 4:30PM HOCHS Board Room

>>Special School Board Meeting - Swear In New Board Member

Friday November 1 1:00PM HOCHS Board Room

Detailed meeting schedules, agendas and Board materials are

available online.

Please Save The Date!

2019 Annual Report for the Community & Newly Tenured Teacher Celebration

Tuesday November 19, 2019

Historic Old Central High School

215 N. 1st Avenue East, 2nd Floor Board Room Duluth, MN

4:45PM – 5:15PM: Refreshments by Denfeld Clock Tower Café Students; Music by Duluth East Sterling Strings; Tables and Displays

5:15PM – 6:00PM: Newly Tenured Teacher Celebration

6:00PM – 6:30PM: Annual Report for the Community

Free and Open to the Public

ISD 709 News

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Skate for 8 Donates $3,000 to Sources of Strength

Members of the Hunter Fronden family presented $3,000 to Sources of Strength during the October Duluth School Board meeting. Funds were collected through Skate for 8, an event dedicated to providing financial assistance for local youth programs that support mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Sources of Strength is a suicide prevention program in Denfeld and Duluth East High Schools.

Hunter Fronden passed away from suicide in April of 2018. Skate for 8 was started by his father, Erick, and by parents of kids his son had grown up and skated with.

Depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, stress or other concerns can come on suddenly, or so slowly they can be hard to see. One clear indicator is when a child or young person’s emotions or substance use interferes with their ability to be successful at home, school or in the community.

By knowing more about developing symptoms, or early warning signs, steps can be taken to reduce the severity of an illness—and possibly even delay or prevent a major mental illness altogether. If signs or symptoms are occurring, a serious condition may be developing. If you see warning signs, please don’t ignore them.

Learn More

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text MN to 741741

Minnesota Schools on Front Line of Vaping Epidemic

School administrators from Denfeld & Duluth East speak to the challenge of vaping in schools in a recent Star Tribune report. According to the article, the number of students vaping in Minnesota high schools is soaring. A new survey of students by the state’s Health Department shows that more than a quarter of Minnesota 11th-graders reported vaping at least once in the last month — a 54% increase from 2016, when the survey was last administered.

Star Tribune Article
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Chemistry students from Duluth East & Denfeld celebrate Mole Day together with interactive experiments & cinnamon rolls! A big thank you to our chemistry teachers, food service staff & building engineer for making it happen!
OK, so, what's Mole Day? An unofficial holiday celebrated on October 23, between 6:02AM and 6:02PM [1][2] making the date 6:02H 10/23. The time and date are derived from the Avogadro number, which is approximately 6.02×1023, defining the number of particles (atoms or molecules) in one mole (mol) of substance, one of the seven base SI units (Wikipedia).
#Inspire709 #GoHunters #GoHounds

Sunny Scrimmage at LPMS

Lincoln Park Middle School held their annual Staff vs. Student Softball Game during intramurals. Great weather, awesome game for both teams, Staff eked out a win. Thanks to all who played!

#playball #outdoorfun


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Duluth East HS Theatre Department can’t wait to entertain you with their production of the musical:
Thursday October 24-26 7 pm
Sunday October 27 1 pm

Duluth East High School

301 N. 40th Avenue East, Duluth
Tickets on sale at the door for check/cash 1 hour before doors open: $10 students $15 adults.
Doors open 30 minutes before show time.
Note, this show contains mature content and language.

Duluth East students Corr Godfrey and Hamza Rushdi were on WDIO-TV talking about the production, great job, check it out!


Lights On After School - Show Your Support for After School Programs

October 23, 2019

Bayfront Festival Park

350 Harbor Drive, Duluth MN

6:30PM: Bentleyville ceremonial lighting of their Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge display for Lights on Afterschool.

More after school programs are needed to serve the millions of children nationwide who are unsupervised and at risk each weekday afternoon. The gathering in Duluth is one of more than 8,000 such events across the nation emphasizing the importance of keeping the lights on and the doors open after school.