April 18, 2019

ISD 709 School News

Congratulations, 2019 Gold Star Teacher Award Nominees

The Goldfine family presents $5,000 annually to an outstanding teacher within the Duluth Public School system. The Award recognizes public school teachers who inspire their students and provide a strong foundation for educational, personal and professional success.

Nominees for 2019:

  • Philip Warmanen, Lowell Elementary
  • Lynn Thompson, Piedmont Elementary
  • Kristin Paschen, Lester Park Elementary
  • Erin Krizaj, Homecroft Elementary
  • Nancy Broman, Myers-Wilkins Elementary
  • Adam Metzer, Laura MacArthur Elementary
  • Lisa Heehn, Stowe Elementary
  • Kim Evavold-Bolf, Lakewood Elementary
  • Kathleen Lofstuen, Congdon Park Elementary

You're Invited: All Duluth Public School employees, families, students and friends are invited to a special event to announce the recipient of the $5,000 Award and help celebrate our inspirational teachers:

Wednesday May 15, 2019 7:00PM

Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium

3215 West 3rd Street, Duluth

The evening includes an Ice Cream Social, it's free and open to the public.

Please RSVP number attending by May 12 (helps plan for the ice cream!) https://2019goldstar.eventbrite.com

Thank You, School Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

National Administrative Professionals Day, April 24

National Administrative Professionals Week, April 21 - 27

Next week is a great time to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists and other administrative support professionals. They keep our schools and offices running smoothly, we appreciate they do.

April School Board Agenda Items - Detailed Information Online

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

>>FY 2019-20 Budget Planning Update

Business Committee Budget Presentation (starts about 1:06:50)

Business Committee Budget Presentation Handout

>>Facilities Management & Capital Projects Status Report

>>Assistant Superintendent and Director of Curriculum Reports

>>Policy Updates

View School Board Meetings on YouTube

School Safety & Crisis Response

The events of Friday April 5 at Duluth East High School and throughout our community are a reminder of how important it is to have a crisis response plan in place and to practice that response regularly. These are some of the most challenging situations school personnel and police can face.

  • We often say, if you hear something say something. The fact that someone did report what they heard was key in preventing a possible tragedy. We are so grateful to the person who reported what they heard to the police, they are a hero.
  • We appreciate the work of the Duluth Police Department and the response of our Duluth East staff, students and families. Our staff did a tremendous job quickly and calmly working to take appropriate steps and students did well responding to direction.
  • As is our practice, we’ll review our response with staff and police to see what we can learn and use it to further inform our emergency response plans and procedures.

Thanks for all you do each day to help keep our schools safe. Many thanks to the Duluth community for their support during this time and into the future.

You're Invited:

2019 Duluth Public Schools Student Art Exhibition

April 22-28, Barnes & Noble Court, Miller Hill Mall

Opening Reception Wed April 24, 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Lots of great work by our talented students - please come out and show your support.

Myers-Wilkins Students to Perform at Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival

Myers-Wilkins The World Beat Drummers will be performing at the Homegrown Music Festival again this year. They have performances on April 28 and May 3, check the link for schedules.

Duluth Homegrown Music Festival

Student Talents Shine at Duluth State of the City
Denfeld High School Clock Tower Cafe culinary arts students catered refreshments for Mayor Emily Larson's State of the City address this week. Myers-Wilkins The World Beat Drummers performed for the event, which Mayor Larson hosted at Myers-Wilkins Elementary. The school is named for Duluth leaders Ruth Myers and Marjorie Wilkins.

Duluth East Heading for Global Finals
Congratulations to the Duluth East Destination Imagination team, Mission IMPROVable. They came in third place at the State Tournament, earning the team a trip to the Global Finals in Kansas City in May. This year’s team includes Sean Hampton, Matt Ball, Parker Gaida, Corbyn Goodermote, and Mariah Loeffler-Kemp. 1,400 teams from across the United States and 15-20 other countries will be competing at the Global Tournament.

Denfeld NBC Today Show
Over spring recess the Denfeld High School Orchestra got a little air time on the Today Show in New York City – Hunters in the House!



Well Done, Duluth East Knowledge Bowl

Congratulations to the following Hounds who participated at the State Knowledge Bowl Competition Seth Niska, Gautam Mereddy, Shanze Hayee, Finnegan White, and Michael Reichoff.
Stowe Math & Reading Night
Math, reading, families, fun - thanks to staff, community members, families and all who helped make this learning event for our students happen.

Duluth East Speech at State

Congratulations to the following Duluth East students who participated in the State competition for Speech this month: Jay Vaidyanathan, Ellie Patronas, Shanze Hayee, Anna Huber, and Copper Petermeier.

Duluth East Daredevils Helping Out
The Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team shared their knowledge with kids at Lester Park Elementary while they volunteered at the school's STEM night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Love to see big kids inspiring little ones!
Follow the Daredevils on Facebook

Lester Park STEM Night
Science, technology, engineering, math - thanks to parent leaders, staff, families and community members who helped make this fun, engaging event happen.

Give Your Child the Best Start: Duluth Early Childhood Education Birth to Age 5

Register Now for 2019/20 School Year

The early childhood years are an important time for your child's potential development and growth. A variety of helpful programs for families and their children are available through the Duluth Public Schools.

Duluth Preschool: Prepares each child for success in Kindergarten and beyond.

>MN Parent Award Rated – Four Stars of Excellence, the highest rating possible.

>Social-emotional, language, physical and intellectual development.

>Fun classrooms with licensed teachers using research-based curriculum who understand that children learn through play.

>Free and affordable options at locations throughout the city based on family eligibility.

>Early childhood special education services available.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE): Enriching classes, parent/child activities and discussions for parents and caregivers to strengthen and support their child’s early learning and development. For families with children ages prenatal through 4 years old.

Income-based financial assistance available. For more information:

Phone: 218-336-8890 or 218-336-8815

Email: earlychildhood@isd709.org

Online Registration Available

Facebook: Duluth Early Childhood Programs

Check the 2019 Spring/Summer Duluth Community Education Catalog