Greyhound Special Edition 12/21

As the end of Semester 1 approaches...

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Please remember that school staff members are also on break. Emails and phone calls may not be returned until January 4. Thank you for your patience!

Winter Break Community Resource List

Duluth Public School buildings will be closed Wed., 12/22 thru Mon., 1/3 for Winter Break.

Our community is here to offer connection and support during this time. A list of resources including Crisis Lines, Youth Programs, Food Support and additional resources is available for those who need it.

Many thanks to Rachel Thapa and our community partners for compiling these resources.

Access the Community Resource List

Semester 2 Schedules Distributed Monday and Tuesday

Students received a copy of their Semester 2 schedule during WIN on Monday or Tuesday (whichever day they were not scheduled to be in the assembly). Schedules can also be viewed by logging on to Infinite Campus. Please review the schedule and check for any errors or missing classes.


Schedule Change Request Forms in Counseling Office:

Any student who meets any of the allowed circumstances must pick up a schedule change request form that must be signed by a parent/guardian before it is turned in to the counseling office. Please be patient when requesting a schedule change. Counselors will review the request forms after break. You must complete the schedule change request form from the counseling office; do not call or email for a schedule change. If the change isn’t made prior to the start of Semester 2, the student should follow their current schedule..


Reasons allowed by district policy:

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

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

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

  • The student is scheduled for the same class twice.

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

Schedule changes will not be approved if:

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

  • The student is requesting a different lunch.

  • The student is trying to re-arrange for early release or late start. (Only applies to seniors.)

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

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


Our priority is to make sure students are on track for graduation. Make sure all of the required courses are on the schedule now.

Grading for 2021-2022

When COVID first hit and things shut down, everything about grading and attendance had to change. This year as we returned to our normal schedule, attendance and grading policies have returned to what they were before the pandemic. This has been a tough transition for many, and we want to send some reminders as the end of Semester 1 approaches.


1. There are no more "No Credit" or NC grades. Students will earn letter grades that will be reported on their transcript, including Fs. While an NC meant they essentially failed the course, it did not have an impact on their cumulative grade point average. An F will significantly impact GPAs.

2. Students are also no longer allowed to elect to have a passing grade changed to a "P" this year. Some students chose to do that last year to avoid having a B, C, or D impact their GPA in a way they didn't want.

3. Semester grades are calculated by combining term grades and final exam grades. Term 1 = 43%, Term 2 = 43%, and the Final Exam = 14%. All students must fully participate in the final exam (which can look very different by course and by teacher) in order to pass the class.

4. We report grades in two documents: the report card and the official high school transcript.

5. A report card is issued after each Term. It includes Term Grades, Final Exam Grades, and Final Semester Grades. It also includes an isolated Term GPA.

5. The official transcript contains ONLY Final Semester Grades and the Cumulative Semester GPA that will be updated after each semester of high school.

6. TERM GPA is only used to recognize honor roll students. CUMULATIVE GPA based on semester grades is used for class rank, college applications, and scholarship applications.

7. If your student is in an MSHSL activity or sport, their TERM grades are used to determine eligibility. An F on the report card makes a student ineligible to compete. Semester grades are still critical as you must also be making credit progress to be eligible.


If you have questions about grades, the grading process, or anything else mentioned here, please contact the teacher, counselor, or an administrator.

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Wondering About Your Semester Grade?

If you're worried about your final grade and want to see how things are shaking out, make a copy of the Google Sheet Calculator below. Enter your Term 1 grade and you can try different scenarios to see what your final grade will be. You can put in your current Term 2 grade and estimate what you expect to get on the Final Exam grade. Your teachers can walk you through the use of this calculator, too!

COVID Test Sites Open January 3, 2022, 12-6 P.M.

On the second extended break day, January 3, 2022, ISD709 is again partnering with Essentia Health to provide COVID testing at two locations from 12:00-6:00.


Essentia will provide a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. This form of test can take up to two days to receive results. This is not a rapid test. Remember that students and staff who have symptoms should not come to school unless test results are negative and symptoms have improved.


The West side location is Evergreen Senior Center located at 5830 Grand Ave, Duluth, MN 55807.


The East side location is Lutheran Church - Good Shepherd 1325 N 45th Ave E, Duluth, MN 55804.


Before you come to these test sites, you can sign up for Essentia's My Chart to receive notification of any positive tests. Learn more by clicking these links:

My Chart Instructions

My Chart Link

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Students and ISD 709 staff who have COVID symptoms can receive a Rapid Testing kit from our health office. Please do not send students into the building with symptoms. Call the health office to arrange for a pick up.

Student COVID Reporting Form

Please use this link to report any positive COVID cases. Duluth Saliva Test Site: DECC Mon-Thurs: 11 A.M. - 6 P.M. Schedule an appt: mncovidtestingappt.as.me *Students experiencing symptoms may request a rapid test from the health office.

Counseling Office Notes

REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR COUNSELOR OR SOCIAL WORKER


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



Counseling Office Contacts:

218-336-8845

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

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

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

Morgan Costley, Counselor (Le-Re), ext 1262, morgan.costley@isd709.org

Laura Horton, Counselor (Rh-Z,) ext 1121, laura.horton@isd709.org

Kerri Persons, Counselor (9th Grade), ext 1345, kerri.persons@isd709.org

Career Center and Counseling Department Newsletter

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO ACCESS NEWS FROM THE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT AND CAREER CENTER, INCLUDING UPCOMING EVENTS AND COLLEGE / JOB / CAREER / SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION.

Watch Out for FAKE Live Stream Links!

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East Events Calendar

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.

Notes and Resources from Outside Agencies (Not ISD 709)

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Class of 2022 ANGP Flyer

Click to learn about the volunteer led All Night Grad Party. This is an event organized and run by a parent/guardian volunteer group with the help of many local businesses.

ANGP Registration/Agreement Form

This form and payment can be turned in to the ANGP box located in the high school office at any time. We will have paper copies available.

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Duluth East High School

Principal: Danette Seboe

Assistant Principals: Jon Flaa, Kyle Rock

Activities Director: Shawn Roed