May 15, 2020

ISD709 School News

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Virtual Graduation, Celebrating the Class of 2020

Denfeld and Duluth East High Schools are preparing for Virtual Graduation Ceremonies which will be broadcast on WDSE-TV8. Both schools are scheduling graduating seniors to come to school in cap and gown and have their photos taken on the school stage with a limited number of family members or guests present as part of the pre-production.



#GreyhoundStrong #DenfeldStrong



Congratulations, 2020 Gold Star Teacher Nominees!

We have outstanding teachers in the Duluth Public Schools. This virtual event honors all teachers and this year will lift up several inspiring middle and high school teachers.

The final Gold Star Teacher Award recipient will be announced live during the event, they'll receive $5,000 from the Goldfine Family and the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.


  • Doug Antonich, Ordean East
  • Kim Olson, Duluth East
  • Ed Lewis, Denfeld
  • Katie Britton, Lincoln Park
  • Scott Forbort, ALC
  • Barb Paquette, Residentials

2020 Gold Star Teacher VIRTUAL Award Ceremony

Wed May 27, 2020 7:00PM

Live Streamed on the Duluth Public School Board's YouTube Web Page

This is the 14th year for the Gold Star Teacher Awards.

Duluth Bus Drivers, Transportation Staff Go Above & Beyond

Troy Tuve is a bus driver for Duluth Public Schools, delivering meals and curriculum packets each day. "It's good to see everybody, kids like to see the bus driver, they like to see food. We get a lot of thank yous, people saying they appreciate it," says Tuve.

Like other ISD 709 staff, Tuve says it'll be good to go back to a normal schedule, whenever that may be. "We miss 'em, we miss having kids on the bus, familiar faces you get to see every day. We're usually the first and last faces they see, so if they're having a bad day and if you can make their day better it's nice to do that."

"The dedicated drivers, bus aides and transportation staff of ISD 709 have gone above and beyond during this unsure time," says Steve Johnson, Transportation Manager. "They have a strong desire to help the community and more specifically the children they come to care for so fervently."

Many thanks to Duluth bus drivers and transportation staff for their support of children, families and our community.

#Inspire709 #RockStars


Celebrating Denfeld Class of 2020

Teams of teachers and staff ventured out into the community, delivering celebratory signs, caps & gowns to Denfeld High School seniors. WDSE-TV8 followed some of the deliveries, too, getting footage for the Denfeld Virtual Graduation Ceremony. News media were also on hand, WDIO-TV produced a video with music.

WDIO-TV10 Coverage

WDIO-TV10 Video w/Music



Duluth News Tribune

#Inspire709 #HunterPride #DenfeldStrong


Celebrating Duluth East Class of 2020

Members of the Duluth East HS Class of 2020 participated in a drive-thru event to receive their caps & gowns, honor awards, yearbooks, gifts and more.

#Inspire709 #GreyhoundStrong



Duluth News Tribune



Support for Duluth Preschool Families

See how the community and teaching teams came together to provide Duluth Preschool families supplies, friendly faces and a whole bunch of love!



Duluth East Students Receive Mrkonich Award

The Mrkonich award is named after Minnesota Football Coaches Hall of Fame member Joe Mrkonich, a teacher and coach at East from 1963-1987. It is given to athletes who have lettered in a sport, kept up their grades, shown good citizenship, and have been involved at East, and in the community. Congratulations to Maj-Lis Helmer, Aubrie Guenther, Evan Leonidas, and Noah Winesett as the recipients of the 2020 Mrkonich Award!



Hunter Pride, Community Wide
Signs on Grand Avenue, supporting the Denfeld Class of 2020. Community support means everything to students, many thanks!
Thank you, Leah Hamm, for the photos.
#Inspire709 #DenfeldStrong #CommunitySupport

Laura MacArthur Teachers, Staff Hold Parade for Students

“It is our nature to be with kids, it’s not our nature to be away from kids so to be with them and see them today was an awesome experience. We love each other and we’re like a family. When new people come to our school we say welcome to the Laura MacArthur family because we are the eagles, we soar together.”

#Inspire709 #EaglesSoar

Congdon Park Elementary Virtual Spirit Week

Students and staff took part in Sports/Jersey Day.

Sharing the fun event when we're apart.

W - Wacky Wednesday (wacky hair/clothes/socks)
Th - Beach/Hawaiian Day
F - School Spirit Day/Blue & White Day


Duluth East Boys Basketball Take a Turn as Virtual Boy Band

Freshman assistant coach Zach Duket posted a video Friday of the team lip-synching to "I Want It That Way."

Team spirit!

Duluth News Tribune

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