School Starts Tuesday, September 6!

Parking and Drop Off Information

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Final Schedules will be handed out in WIN at 9 am on Tuesday, September 6. (If you have a zero hour, it starts at 8:07)

Drop Off, Pick Up, and Parking Reminders (PLEASE READ)

The safety of our school community is critical. We have hundreds of vehicles dropping off and picking up students every day. We know there isn't a great way to do this but all traffic laws must be followed, whether or not they are convenient. If you see someone else stopping or parking where they shouldn't, don't use it as an excuse to do the same. We need everyone's help to keep our students and school community safe.


Even if you think you can do it quickly, you may not stop in front of the school for drop off.

It results in backups on the road, the driveway lanes being used for wrong-way traffic, and a whole lot of blind spots, frustration, and anger for those trying to get in and out.


WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS! We have many students in Duluth who walk to school. Watch out for them on your entire trip in and out every day.


DROP OFF and PICK UP Reminders

1. NEVER stop in the turn lane or the fire lane in front of the school. We try to have a staff member or Officer Stauber out there to remind you but you really need to remember that on your own. This creates incredibly dangerous situations for our school community.

2. In the morning, drop off by pulling all the way into the main lot or by stopping on Greyhound Drive. Doors 4 and 5 on Greyhound Drive are open in the morning.

3. Did I mention that you may not stop in the turn lane on 40th or in the fire lane in front of the school? Please don't do this. Ever.

4. Pick up after school is equally chaotic. Again - DO NOT STOP in front of the school or in the turn lane on 40th.

5. Do not pull into the staff lot for pick up unless you are waiting in an empty parking spot.

6. If you are picking up a student after school, please pull into a parking spot in the main lot to wait.


Student Parking Reminders

1. Parking in the student main lot (and only in the student main lot) is first come, first served through the first week of school (until parking passes are distributed).

2. Students MAY NOT park on Greyhound Drive, in the Stadium Lot, or in the Staff Lot this week.

3. Students may NEVER park in a visitor spot or a spot marked for any other staff member or purpose.

4. Cars that aren't in officially marked parking spots (BETWEEN TWO LINES) will be ticketed and may be towed. Do not block driving lanes!


Stay safe, Greyhounds! Despite these reminders and pleas, we will have MANY who do not follow these instructions. Use caution as you approach the school area and as you walk in and out!

As the year begins...

School starts for all students on Tuesday, September 6!


1. Zero Hour (there are only 5 classes so this doesn't apply to most students) starts that first day and begins at 8:07.

2. At 9:00 all East students will report to their WIN. You'll receive a final copy of your schedule and your chromebook (if a parent/guardian completed the Blended Learning form linked below).

3. After they go to WIN from 9-9:30 that first day, 1st hour will be 9:35-10:23, 2nd hour from 10:28-11:16 then our normal bell schedule resumes.

4. If you have Auto at Denfeld periods 1-2 (block class) report to the office first that day and we'll get you your schedule before you hop on the bus and try to have your chromebook waiting for you when you come back.

5. Chromebooks will be ready in WIN ONLY IF THE BLENDED LEARNING FORM is completed by Thursday, September 2 at NOON! Other students will have to wait until the 2nd day of school or 48 hours after the form is completed, whichever is later.


If you get lost or need help, look for our students in Exec and Association shirts, Hound Pack leaders wearing their really bright shirts, and our school staff - many of whom will be wearing red staff shirts.

Printed Planners will be available for all students again this year. Pick one up in the office.

Required Back-to-School Forms

REQUIRED FOR EVERY STUDENT: To be completed and submitted by Jump Start (Wednesday, August 24, 2022) in order to pick up schedules and locker information. Thank you for taking the time each year to learn about our policies and procedures and to help us learn about your student! If you don’t attend Jump Start these forms must all be completed by Friday, September 9, 2022.


Option 1: ONLINE FORM COMPLETION


Option 2: PRINTABLE OPTION - request copies from the office at 218-336-8845 or stop in to the office or print from here:

  1. Academic Honesty Agreement (signature is included in Handbook Consent Form)
  2. Attendance Policy and Procedure Summary

What about my schedule?

Final schedules can now be viewed in Infinite Campus. You will pick up a printed copy when you report to your WIN at 9 am Tuesday.


SCHEDULES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. As changes are made we often need to re-balance classes. The classes you have shouldn't change (though we did add a couple of sections so you might get a class that didn't have room for you before!), but the hour and teacher might. You'll get a fresh copy of your final schedule when you report to your WIN teacher right away on the first day of school.


Prior to the end of last year, students made a commitment to their course requests that will be strictly adhered to. The schedule was built based on these requests allowing little room for movement. Every effort was made to honor those requests but there may be limited cases where this wasn’t possible or a change needs to be made. We mailed home a course verification sheet over the summer to inform you of courses that will not be offered. If a course you registered for isn't running, you should have emailed your counselor to request an appointment already to select a different course (and/or you'll be placed in an alternate selection you registered for.)


Schedule changes will ONLY be made if a form is completed and turned in (NO EMAIL OR PHONE CALLS ACCEPTED):

  1. The student failed a class and needs to retake it.

  2. The student didn’t register for a class required for graduation.

  3. There was an error and a student was placed in a class they didn’t register for.

  4. The student is scheduled for the same class twice.

  5. There is a gap in your schedule and/or the student is registered for two classes in the same hour.

  6. The student wishes to make a change into or out of a study hall.

We will NOT be considering schedule changes if:

  1. The student is requesting a different teacher (unless the student failed a class with that teacher previously).

  2. The student is requesting a different lunch.

  3. The senior student is trying to re-arrange for an early release or late start.

  4. The student changed their mind about what was requested at registration.

  5. They are trying to re-arrange their schedule to be with friends.

Any student who meets any of the allowed circumstances may pick up a schedule change request form that must be signed before it is turned in to the counseling office. Please be patient when requesting a schedule change. Counselors are unable to meet with everyone on the first day and you may have to wait for an appointment. Students should report to their assigned class until the meeting with their counselor to see if a change is possible.

The final day to add or drop a course without penalty is Friday, September 16.

Visit the Birch Log East Yearbook Page!

Order a yearbook, submit your senior portrait, create a senior memory add, advertise or sponsor the yearbook, contact Birch Log Staff

SENIORS ONLY: Late Start/Early Release and Open Campus Lunch Forms

Seniors are only allowed to take one period off as an early release or late start. If you are currently scheduled for a study hall in that period you will remain in that study hall, required to attend, until the Early Release/Late Start Form is completed and turned in to the office and your counselor changes your enrollment. Seniors who have a late start or early release AND a study hall MUST be in attendance for the study hall in order for your enrollment to be considered full time.


We are allowed to have open campus for lunch as long as the parent/guardian and student agree to the following conditions. Failure to meet these conditions may result in the privilege of open campus being revoked for the student and possibly for the entire senior class. Students MUST have this completed form submitted by the parent/guardian in order to be allowed to leave campus.

You MUST have your student ID on it's lanyard and in order to be allowed to leave at lunch. Those students with a completed form will receive a sticker for the back, making it easily identifiable by supervisory staff and principals at the door.

JUNIORS ONLY: Home Lunch Option 2022-2023

For this year ONLY, Duluth Public Schools will be allowing 11th grade students to go HOME for lunch with parent/guardian permission. This will allow for greater social distancing for those students, and will allow for smaller numbers and more distancing in the cafeterias. The following conditions must be agreed upon and adhered to, or the student’s privilege to leave campus for lunch will be revoked for the remainder of the year. This is not an open lunch for our 11th graders; we are allowing parents/guardians to approve their coming home for lunch for this year only.


This one must be a printed paper form so we can truly verify the parent/guardian signature. Paper copies are available in the office or by printing here:

2022-2023 Parent/Guardian Permission for Junior Lunch Release


Juniors will not be allowed to leave for lunch until the paper form is turned in and they have their student ID badge with the approval sticker on it.

Parking Pass Applications

*Remember that we have relatively few parking spaces available for our population of students. MANY of you will not get a permit. Our priority is to take as many cars off the street for as much time as possible during the day, which is why only those students taking a full load of classes at East are eligible. Full time means 5 classes or 4 classes plus one study hall, all of which you must physically attend at East. This still leaves room for an early release or late start. (AEO, PSEO, student helper, cadet, and early release/late start do not count in your East full time status.)


We do realize that parking near East is a huge inconvenience. Remember to be good neighbors and only park in legal areas on the streets if you're not in a lot.


*During the first week of school, parking in the main lot is first-come, first-served.

All rules and regulations still apply during this first week, violations will result in becoming ineligible for a parking permit this year!

Students are NOT allowed to park on Greyhound Drive, in the Stadium Lot, or in the Staff Lot across the street. You can expect a Duluth Police Department Parking Ticket should you violate our parking rules. Repeat offenses result in your car being removed (towed) at your expense.


*You will not have to submit a paper copy of your valid driver's license or proof of insurance. You WILL be asked to show them at the time of permit distribution.

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Counseling Office Notes: Welcome New Counselors!

Duluth East College and Training Fair!

What are you going to do once you graduate from high school?

Go to college? Learn a technical skill?

For help with your decision, come to the Minnesota Education Fair. Nearly 75 educational institutions from across the nation will have displays and representatives there to talk to you about your questions and your plans.

Don’t miss this opportunity being hosted right at East!

WHAT: Minnesota Education Fair by the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling

WHEN: Tuesday, September 20th 6:00-7:30 pm

WHERE: Duluth East High School

WHO: High school students-parents are also welcome

WHY: To learn about your choices after graduation

COST: Admission is free!

PRE-REGISTER: www.strivefair.com, create a personal barcode to be scanned at the fair by the colleges that you are interested in. This also serves as your check-in to the fair and takes less than 2 minutes! The day after the fair, you will receive a report with information on the colleges with whom you scanned.


Counseling Office Contacts:

218-336-8845

Jen LaBelle, Registrar: ext 2143, jennifer.labelle@isd709.org

Jamie Savre, Counselor (A-E): ext 2154, jamie.savre@isd709.org

Jessica Forsman, .8 Counselor (F-Ka): ext 2041, jessica.forsman@isd709.org

Alaina Abraham, Counselor (Ke-Q): ext 1121, alaina.abraham@isd709.org

Laura Horton, Counselor (R-Z): ext 2148, laura.horton@isd709.org

Dave Bergan, Counselor (9th Grade): ext 1345, david.bergan@isd709.org

Meeting Mental Health Needs

Click for resources both at East and in our local community for supporting student and family mental health.

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East Events Calendar (Draft in progress!)

This is the summary document of all major events at EHS. For full details and team schedules, visit the link at the end of the newsletter. *ALL DATES AND EVENTS ARE TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE due to COVID, weather, etc.

Activities Office News

Activities Office Contacts

218-336-8845

Lynn Carlson, Clerical/Treasurer: ext 1321, lynn.carlson@isd709.org

Shawn Roed, Activities Director: ext 2151, shawn.roed@isd709.org

Full Activities and Facility Schedule

This calendar has details about practices, games, rehearsals, and events in our facilities.

Purchase Tickets to an East Event/Game

Tickets can be purchased online in advance and at the door/gate with cash, check, or card. Avoid the lines! Purchase online and have your e-ticket ready to scan as you enter.

Notes and Resources from Outside Agencies (Not ISD 709)

Duluth East All Night Grad Party 2023

Attention Seniors and Parents! Welcome back to the new school year. While graduation seems far off, there is no time like the present to start planning for the All Night Grad Party - and we need your help! Committee members are needed this year for all areas including entertainment, volunteers, food, website, treasurer, fundraising and more!


The first meeting of the All Night Grad Party Committee will take place Wednesday, September 28 at 6PM in the East Commons. Bring a friend and bring your ideas! Online registration for the ANGP will go live October 1st!


Questions prior to the meeting or to sign up for the committee: contact Charity Johnson at charity.star007@gmail.com or text 218-590-8974.

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Duluth East High School

Principal: Danette Seboe

Assistant Principals: Jon Flaa, Kyle Rock

Activities Director: Shawn Roed

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