November 16, 2018

ISD 709 School News

Denfeld, Duluth East Medical Occupation Students Learn Lessons in Empathy
Students in ISD 709 Career & Technical Education learned firsthand how it feels to have limited mobility, visual impairment and other conditions as they participated in an aging-simulation training this week.
The opportunity is designed to help students better understand and empathize with people they may serve working in the medical and health profession.
High school students completing Health Occupation courses in the Duluth Public Schools have an opportunity to earn CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant)and HHA (Home Health Aide) certification and qualify for college credit.
Learn more about ISD 709 Health Occupation Courses

Stowe Elementary Students Honor Veterans

Students listened to a retired Master Sgt. from the 148th Fighter Wing, Dave Blazevic. He said four years ago he started an experiment with the students. He had them take home a worksheet and ask their families about servicemen and servicewomen in their family history.


LPMS Students Launch & Learn
Lincoln Park Middle School Science Club released a weather balloon from the school recreational field. There's a camera and GPS unit on board to follow its progress. Check out video of the launch on the LPMS Facebook page: https://goo.gl/HfCGgP

Please Join Us:

2018 Annual Report for the Community & Newly Tenured Teacher Celebration

Tuesday November 20, 2018

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, Denfeld Choir; 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

More Information

Duluth East Cheerleaders Bound for Nationals
Duluth East Cheerleaders took first in their division and earned a trip to Nationals in Orlando, Florida. They competed in the UCA 10,000 Lakes Regionals in Minnetonka, congratulations!


Voters Renew & Increase Duluth Education Levy

On Tuesday November 6, Duluth citizens voted in favor of Questions 1 and 2, renewing and increasing Duluth's Education Levy. Question 3 missed passing by a slim margin. Many thanks to Duluth voters and to the citizens group, teachers, staff and community members who worked on this campaign to support education in Duluth.

This increase brings the operational levy close to the state average and provides funding for an additional 25 teachers across the district next year to lower class sizes. It will also allow for increased discretionary funding, to be allocated based on student populations, to meet the needs identified through the comprehensive needs assessments at each site.

Thanks again to all who made efforts to support this referendum

Ordean East Students Perform at State Conference
Students were selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association State Conference. The Ordean East Grade 7-8 Choir was the only public school group from the Northeast Region of ACDA invited to sing at this year's event. The group is under the direction of Sheila Shusterich, thanks to Sheila for the photo and information. Top Photo: OEMS Grade 7 Choir, Bottom Photo: OEMS Grade 8 Choir.

Big Kids Helping Little Ones

Denfeld High School students visited Laura MacArthur Elementary to talk with 2nd graders about bullying. Great to see big kids helping little ones! Thank you, Calvin Harris, for the photo and information.

Lowell El Dia De Los Muertos

Thank you, Nueva Vision Spanish Immersion Teachers for your participation making crafts with students, decorating with student art and visiting with families at the event.


Photos from the opening performance of Anything Goes! at historic Denfeld Auditorium, presented by Denfeld Theater and Music. Bravo, student actors and kudos to the staff who joined in - Adair Ballavance, Brian Jungman, Tom Tusken and Tim White, center photo.

Once a Week, Take A Peek!

Head lice can be an uncomfortable but common issue among children. An estimated 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year among U.S. children 3 to 11 years of age.

Head lice do not carry diseases. Personal hygiene or household or school cleanliness are not factors for infestation. Lice do not jump or fly; they only move by crawling. They spread mostly by direct head-to-head contact.

As a matter of routine, families should check their child’s head regularly for signs of head lice - especially elementary school-age children. If head lice are found in your child's hair or scalp, please talk with your school nurse, pediatrician or family physician to get appropriate care. There are a number of new prescription treatment options that are safe and easy to use. There's no scientific evidence that home remedies are effective treatments.

Check the MN Department of Health for more information: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/headlice/

Help Prevent Influenza (The Flu)

As the flu season approaches, please help us keep school a healthy place to learn:

· Keep children home if they have flu-like symptoms. This includes a fever of 100 degrees or greater, including a cough and/or sore throat. If your child says they aren’t feeling well, please check their temperature to see if they have a fever.

· Keep children home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing drugs.

· Teach children to cough or sneeze into their sleeve and to wash their hands frequently.

When you report your child’s absence to their school, please indicate if your child has a fever of 100 degrees or more, including a cough and/or sore throat. This information helps us to keep track of influenza in our schools.

Detailed Information from the Minnesota Department of Health

Symptom Screening Tool from the MN Department of Health