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September 14, 2018

ISD 709 School News

Denfeld High School Alum Climbs in Honor and Remembrance of 9/11 First Responders

Bill Trethewey, who wants to be a firefighter someday, had his own way of marking the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Trethewey, 22, a student in the firefighting program at Lake Superior College, returned to his alma mater — Denfeld High School in Duluth — in full gear to recreate the climb up the World Trade Center towers by some of the 343 firefighters who died there.

Read the MPR News Story

CBS3 Story

High School Chefs Cooking Up Community Support

Students in ISD 709’s Culinary Arts program and their instructor, Chef Glenn D’Amour, are cooking up a special recipe for the 27th Annual United Way Chili Cook-off! The event draws over 1,500 chili lovers and over 40 chilies. Area chefs vie for bragging rights while the public joins the fun by sampling and voting for their favorite.

Please give these high school chefs your vote if you attend!

2018 Head of the Lakes United Way Chili Cook-Off

Date/Time: September 20, 2018, 5-7 pm
Cost: $8 Adult/$3 Kids 5-12/under 5 Free

Location: DECC

Details Available

Denfeld & Duluth East Career and Technical Education Program



2018 Duluth Education Levy

On November 6, voters are asked to consider renewing and increasing education funding in Duluth.

Details online.

Please Vote November 6, 2018

ALICE Staff Training Continues

Most staff members took part in the online training in August and there's a train-the-trainer workshop happening in September. We expect to introduce changes in our lockdown procedure step by step over the course of the school year.

September Duluth School Board Information

Detailed agenda and supporting information available online.

>>The Business Committee reviewed information regarding refinancing Long Range Facilities Plan debt to reduce costs and save taxpayer dollars.

>>The Business Committee also reviewed information related to setting its maximum levy certification. School districts are required by the state to do this in September. A specific dollar amount will be reviewed and approved in December. This action allows the Board the most flexibility in determining the final levy amount in December.

>>The Education Committee reviewed North Star Accountability results for Duluth, see below for links to details.

Duluth Public Schools Overview

Board Presentation

Minnesota Department of Education Information

>>The Education Committee also discussed how passage of Question 3 of the November 6 Duluth Education Levy could be invested in classroom technology for students and teachers, teacher training and infrastructure.

Sharing Denfeld's School Spirit and Hunter Pride

Principal Tonya Sconiers made a brief appearance on KUMD Radio, they played a short excerpt of her welcome address to the class of 2022, school spirit and the Link Crew program were discussed.

Read and Listen, KUMD

Duluth KEY Zone Students Lend A Hand

Students in the Duluth KEY Zone program help out with the Twin Ports Coastal Cleanup.
KQDS-TV21
Duluth KEY Zone



Former Denfeld Student’s Stolen Art Recovered

A former Denfeld High School student’s artwork that disappeared from a student display at the Miller Hill Mall last year has been recovered.

Duluth News Tribune Article

Celebration of Music Highlights Young Talent

In this PBS series, Ethan Bortnick will search for young talents across America and play host to them at local PBS studios nationwide. Participants have an opportunity win a guest spot performing in front of the cameras on television, and to appear live onstage at one of Bortnick's concerts.

Local participants include several Duluth Public School students:

>>Cadence Graber, Homecroft Elementary

>>Lussi Salmela, Duluth East

>>Northern Lights: Cate Peterson, Cici Stender and Sylvie Markham, Ordean East Middle School; Katie Higgins and Lussi Salmela, Duluth East High School.

Learn more & vote for your favorite contestent: https://celebrationofmusic.com/home

Go, Hunters, 'Hounds!