From the Office of the Superintendent 3/30/18

ISD 709 School News For Families

Think Kids Community Conversations:

Our Schools, Our Community, Our Future

Thanks to all who participated in the Think Kids Community Conversation this year. From education equity to budgets; early childhood, middle and high school opportunities to classroom technology, your voice is important.

Thanks to all who are participating through the Online Survey, too. The Think Kids Survey and Education Equity Framework Survey will remain open through Saturday March 31. http://www.isd709.org/home/2018-think-kids

Denfeld Maroon 16 Choir Receives Top Votes to Peform with Foreigner at the DECC

They will be performing on stage with Foreigner and the Dave Eggar Orchestra on Wednesday night April 4. The band will donate $500 to their program and Music Go Round in Duluth will match that donation. Congratulations, Denfeld Maroon 16, Ordean East/East Choirs and all who participated. Thanks to all who provided support to these talented students!

Duluth News Tribune Article

Duluth East Robotics Team Receives 2018 Chairman’s Award, Head to World Competition

The FIRST Robotics Chairman’s Award is given to one team that best exemplifies the values and goals of FIRST and is a team to emulate. This is the second time the Daredevils have received the Award, they now qualify to compete at the World Championships in Detroit, Michigan in April.

(Team is pictured here with members of the robotics team from our sister city in Vaxjo Sweden)

March School Board Agenda Highlights

(Note, this is not a comprehensive list - complete agendas are available online)

>>FY 2019 Preliminary Budget Recommendations: The Board approved preliminary budget recommendations at their Tuesday March 27 meeting. A final budget will be approved in June.

Honoring Teachers:

2018 Gold Star Teacher Award May 16

Please save the date for this special event! This year honors middle school and high school nominees - and includes an ice cream social! Family and friends are welcome and the event is free.

Wednesday May 16, 2018 7:00PM

Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium

3215 West 3rd Street, Duluth

LEGO Challenge Club at Laura MacArthur

Students take on engineering design challenges and build solutions using LEGO bricks. It's all part of the weekly LEGO Challenge Club at Laura MacArthur Elementary! Thank you, Cal Harris, for the photos and info.
Denfeld Student Honored, Music In Our Schools Celebrated
Kaleb Robison, Build Team Captain for the Denfeld Robotics Team, was honored by the Duluth School Board this month. Kaleb received the FIRST Robotics Dean’s List Finalist Award, recognizing outstanding student leaders. Kaleb will attend the World Robotics Championships in Detroit next month to compete with other Dean’s List finalists.
Students from Homecroft and Lester Park Elementaries were at the Board meeting to celebrate Music in Our Schools month with a beautiful rendition of "My Country 'Tis of Thee." Thank you students, families and teacher Kristen Paschen!

Big Splash for Duluth Community Education

Nice article in the local paper about on a water aerobic class offered through Duluth Community Education!

Duluth News Tribune

Hundreds of classes offered each quarter, a diverse source for lifelong learning opportunities for people who want to learn a new skill, explore a new interest and hobby or enrich their personal and professional lives.
Brand new Duluth Community Education Spring/Summer course catalog out, see what sparks your interest: https://bit.ly/2EbaDJL

***How about teaching a class, sharing your special skill, talent, hobby or expertise with the community?***
For more information, contact one of our Community Education Coordinators at 218-336-8760 or communityeducation@isd709.org.

Denfeld, Duluth East Students Meet with Local Legislators
Students participated in Duluth & St. Louis County Days at the Capitol in March, touring the Capitol building, learning about the High School Page program and meeting with a Duluth East grad who now works as a legislative aid for a state senator. Students met with Representative Liz Olson and Senator Erik Simonson during their visit, many thanks for the opportunity!

KEY Zone 2018-19 School Year Registration Begins in April

KEY Zone is a high quality out of school time program, committed to offering a fun, safe, and engaging environment for children after school and during school and summer breaks.

Children have opportunities to explore hands-on activities in the arts, science, outdoor education and healthy living. Brain games and activities are incorporated into all programming through clubs, field trips, academic enrichment and homework support, including mentoring and tutoring

  • During the school year K.E.Y. Zone runs in all nine Duluth Elementary Schools Monday-Friday from 2:15PM-6:00PM.
  • During break weeks, K.E.Y. Zone runs 6:30AM-6:00PM at select sites.

To learn more about how to register contact Mark Connor at 218 336-8900 x 2 or mark.connor@isd709.org

Contact your school's KEY Zone Site Coordinator for more information and registration dates:

Congdon – 218 336-8825 x 3

Homecroft – 218 336-8865 x 2550

Lakewood – 218 336-8870 x 2602

Lester Park – 218 336-8875 x 6

Lowell – 218 336-8895 x 2947

MacArthur – 218 336-8900 x 3104

Myers-Wilkins - 218 393-4463

Piedmont – 218 336-8950 x 2795

Stowe – 218 336-8965 x 3904


Give Your Child the Best Start: Duluth Early Childhood Education Birth to Age 5

Register Now for 2018/19 School Year!

The early childhood years are an important time for your child's potential development and growth. A variety of helpful programs for families and their children are available through the Duluth Public Schools.

Preschool: Prepares each child for success in Kindergarten and beyond with social-emotional, language, physical and intellectual development. Fun, affordable classes, licensed teachers, research-based curriculum and locations throughout the city. Early childhood special education services available. MN Parent Award Rated – Four Stars of Excellence, the highest rating possible.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE): Enriching classes and activities help families strengthen and support their child’s early learning and development. For families with children ages birth through 4 years old.

Income-based financial assistance available. For more information:

Phone: 218-336-8890 or 218-336-8815

Email: earlychildhood@isd709.org

Online Registration Available

Facebook: Duluth Early Childhood Programs

Check the 2018 Spring/Summer Duluth Community Education Catalog