From the Office of the Superintendent 6/7/19

Weekly Briefing for ISD 709 Faculty & Staff

Dear Colleagues,

It's been a bittersweet week of milestones, celebrations and farewells. Gathering our classes for the last day of school, preparing seniors for graduation - watching young people we've taught and mentored take that long-awaited walk across the stage. The days and weeks you’ve spent building a community of learning has no doubt included ups and downs, laughter and tears, and perhaps a few memories that will stay with you forever.

This week I attended graduation ceremonies for students from ALC/T12/ABE/GED, AEO, Arrowhead, Rockridge, Merritt Creek, Chester Creek, Duluth East and Denfeld. It's such a pleasure, seeing the culmination of our years of work together. Staff and volunteers work hard to make these wonderful celebrations, filled with excitement and hope for the future. The pride on the faces of our students and their families - the pride in your faces, too - is inspiring to see.

Our graduates will take varied paths. Some are choosing to continue their education here in Duluth while others head to Wisconsin, North Dakota, New York, Illinois, Arizona, Yale, Boston College - the list is amazing! Some are entering into apprenticeships, joining the military, or starting a career right away-- whatever their choice, it has been greatly influenced by your efforts in our classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, buses, and playgrounds. Thank you for all you do for our students and their families.

After today, many of you will have time to recharge. Some of us will continue to work over the summer teaching students, making sure our buildings are ready for the first day of school, supporting summer meals or KEY Zone, doing the administrative work that keeps our schools and district going.

Whichever is the case for you, I hope that your summer is filled with wonder! Enjoy!

Kind Regards,


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

June School Board Agenda Items - Detailed Information Online

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

>>FY 2019-20 Budget: The Duluth School Board received information on budget planning at a Committee of the Whole meeting June 4. They'll discuss the budget in more detail at the Business Committee meeting June 11 and could vote on the budget at the regular meeting June 18. These are public meetings - they're also streamed live and archived online, see link below.

>>Facilities Management & Capital Projects Status Report

>>Assistant Superintendent and Director of Curriculum Reports

>>Policy Updates

View School Board Meetings on YouTube

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Make It OK - Mental Health Awareness

Thanks so much in partnering with us, over the past month, to build awareness and reduce stigma. Mental Illness and the effects of it can be felt by each of us at some point in our life. By learning more about them, and how to respond, we help create a stronger community in both our workplace and our community at large.

Please take the followup survey, thanks for your help!

ISD 709 News

We know there are a lot of great things going on in our schools - let's make sure we're letting everyone else know, too! Share your school, student, staff accomplishments, projects and events with Kathleen.Kaufman@ISD709.org, they'll be used in email newsletters, social media, websites and other communication venues.
Congratulations, Class of 2019

This week 665 students graduated from Duluth Public Schools! Thanks to all - families, staff, community - for supporting their achievement. Best wishes to all for a happy, successful, satisfying future. (Photo: AEO Graduation Ceremony)

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Duluth East High School

Denfeld High School

Denfeld, Duluth East Senior Walk 2019
Denfeld and Duluth East High School graduating seniors visited all ISD 709 elementary schools plus Lincoln Park Middle School for a “Senior Walk” in the hallways. Seniors wore their caps and gowns to celebrate and to be role models for the younger students. Thanks to all who shared their photos and video!
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Denfeld Students Receive PEO Star, Chick Evans Scholarships

Mya Halvorson is a recipient of the prestigious PEO STAR Scholarship, awarded for excellence in academics, leadership, extracurricular activities, community service and potential for future success. PEO Duluth Chapter DD recommended Mya for the scholarship, which will be applied to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where she plans to study Political Science, Education and Spanish.

Jacob Johnson has been awarded the Chick Evans Scholarship which provides full tuition and housing for four-years to specific colleges. Jacob will apply his scholarship to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities to study Business and Marketing. The scholarship is named in honor of legendary amateur golfer, Chick Evans, whose charitable legacy was to send deserving caddies to college. The Northland Country Club in Duluth nominated Jacob for this prestigious award.

Duluth East Dress Wear Closet

Duluth East National Honor Society (NHS) collected donations of clothing for all genders and sizes, including dresses, skirts, dress shirts, dress pants, ties, shoes, blazers, and suit jackets. The group hopes this dress wear closet will meet several needs including clothing for job and scholarship interviews, music concerts, athletic events and any school sponsored activities.

Duluth East Students Receive Alworth Scholarship, Birchen Award

Alworth Scholarship recipients from Duluth East High School -- Kathryn Brinkert, Natalie Daly, Anna Mayou, Haley Montgomery, and Samson Ward.

2018-19 Birchen Award Winners - Joseph Anderson, Katherine Carlson, Emma Hannu, Oliver Hasler, Britta Jones, Richard Lyle Jr, Kaleb Rock, Cassandra Sepp, Lauren Skar, Finnegan White.

Congratulations to all!

Free Meals for Children: 2019 Summer Breakfast & Lunch Program

Funded by the US Department of Agriculture, meals are provided to children 18 years of age and under without charge; adults accompanying their children can purchase a breakfast for $2.50 or lunch for $4.50.

No paperwork necessary, just show up for good food and friendly service!

Menus include a variety of items - hot entrees, salads, sandwiches, vegetables, fruits, bread, milk. Specific menus will be available online shortly before June 11.

Meals served June 11 – August 23, 2019 (No service July 4).

Breakfast: 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Lunch: 11:30 AM to 1:00PM

ISD 709 Summer Meal Locations:

  • Myers-Wilkins Elementary, 1027 N 8th Avenue East
  • Piedmont Elementary, 2827 Chambersburg Avenue
  • Laura MacArthur Elementary, 720 North Central Avenue
  • Lincoln Park Middle 3215 West 3rd Street
  • Lowell Elementary 2000 Rice Lake Road
  • Stowe Elementary, 715 – 101st Avenue West

Note, meals must be consumed at serving sites.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.