January 25, 2019
ISD 709 School News
2019 Drum Major for Peace Award
Congratulations Patience Thompson, Myers-Wilkins Elementary! She received the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major For Peace Award, Youth Category. The presentation took place at the Twin Ports MLK Rally at the DECC this week.
The Award recognizes those who strive to build awareness, speak up for justice, celebrate diversity and work towards building a better future. Duluth Public Schools are proud to support the 2019 Twin Ports MLK Tribute. Thank you, Ivy Vainio, for the photo and information!
Please take a moment to review school district procedures during periods of snow and cold. This information is shared with all staff and families at the beginning of the school year and is available on our website. Stay warm and safe!
Do you know people getting ready to send their child to high school, middle school or kindergarten in September 2019?
Advocating for public education is more important than ever. In January, the Duluth School School Board approved a list of priorities for our elected representatives to consider during this legislative session. They include changes to the way Special Education is funded, increases to the per-pupil funding formula, funding for early childhood and mental health services, among others.
Duluth East Student Earns AAA Award Recognition
Molly Weberg will represent Region 7AA in the MSHSL Academics, Arts, and Athletics Award program. Molly is active in many school music groups, from pep band to full orchestra. She participates in Cross Country Running, Nordic Skiing, and Track. She qualified to the State Cross Country race for five years and for two years in the State Track meet. Molly maintains a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of National Honor Society. She hopes to help others succeed as well. Congratulations, Molly!
Denfeld's Music Listening Team competed at regionals this month - Logan Griggs, Phoenix Ocean and Hannah Feyen earned a trip to the State Music Listening Championship at Augsburg College in February! Kudos as well to team members Sadie Brown, Ericka James, and Acacia Wahlin. Contest materials cover classical music, global perspectives, and a variety of musical influences. The objective is to inspire students to become lifelong participants in the musical experience. Thank you, Clare Chopp, for the photo and information.
Ordean East Robotics Team SuccessCongratulations to the OEMS Devildogs robotics team! They competed in a Regional Tournament in Burnsville and won 3 of 5 matches, with an 8th place finish overall.
The Devildogs are part of FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), a robotics competition for 7th-12th graders founded by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The mission of FIRST is to get young people interested in STEM and inspire innovation and leadership. They're sponsored in part by the Duluth East Daredevils robotics team.
Each season, the team must build a robot to compete in a regional competition. The Devildogs meet several times a week to work on their robot, conduct media and outreach, compile an Engineering Notebook to show progress and challenges overcome during the build season.
Lincoln Park Middle School Students Help Those in NeedSixth graders conducted a two week Coin Drive competition. Students voted to choose which local charities and organizations would receive the donation. After a fun and spirited competition, the Gold Team earned the title for collecting the most money, good job! In total, both teams raised $197.20 and chose to donate the money to the Damiano Center in Duluth. Thank you, Tory Rock, for the info and photo!
Recognition for Denfeld Culinary Arts Students
Denfeld Clock Tower Café students recently conducted an amazing learning and fundraising project. They baked, decorated and boxed over 1500 cookies – about 120 dozen – and sold all within a half day. They also baked and sold 25 pans of lasagna. Proceeds support educational field trips to Hibbing Community College, Ranchers Legacy Meat Company and Little Angies kitchen.
It’s all part of Denfeld & Duluth East Career & Technical Education program, providing hands-on experience in a wide range of professions.
Hospitality is a huge industry in the Northland. Through Denfeld culinary arts classes, students learn how to order supplies and price what they create. They learn how to work in a professional kitchen and can earn certification in food safety. They take part in industry partnerships, internships, SkillsUSA teams, Prostart and can earn post-secondary scholarships.
Congratulations to Chef Leah Bangs and her students for this successful learning project.
Denfeld, Duluth East Career & Technical Education
Evening of Fine Arts
The evening features student talents from the Denfeld Music Department, Speech Team, Visual Arts Department and Denfeld Theater.
Thursday January 31, 6:00PM
Denfeld High School
401 N. 44th Avenue West, Duluth
Suggested Donation: $5.00
Questions? Call 218-336-8830 ext. 1028