September 25, 2018

ISD 709 School News

Community School Coordinator Week, Sept 24-28, 2018

Community School Coordinators are key to successful implementation of community schools. They work diligently to create and manage the partnerships that allow students to learn and thrive. Thanks for all you do, have a great week!

  • Myers-Wilkens Elementary - Jen Eddy
  • Lincoln Park Middle School - Rachel Thapa
  • Denfeld High School - Angel Peluso
School Board News

Beginning in October the day of the week School Board committee meetings are held will change - Education Committee will be on Mondays and HR/Business Committees will be on Tuesdays - None of the dates have changed, only the day of the week the committees are held. Thanks for your attention!

Detailed Agendas & Information for Upcoming Meetings

ISD 709 Official ParaPro Assessment Test Center

The ParaPro Assessment test is being offered through ISD709's Adult Basic Education department. Contact ABE at 218-336-8790 for test information and to register.

Click here for information on the test.

2018 Duluth Education Levy

On November 6, voters are asked to consider renewing and increasing education funding in Duluth to hire more teachers to address class size and to update classroom technology.

Details online.

Informational Flyer to Share

Contact kathleen.kaufman@isd709.org for hard copies of the informational flyer.

Please Vote November 6, 2018

"A Very Classy Idea"

Denfeld and Duluth East football cheerleading squads united to perform stunts and pose for a team photograph during halftime at the Hunters-Greyhounds game Friday night at Public Schools Stadium.

Said one person on Facebook: "Nice! A classic photo and a very classy idea. Notice they are holding hands. Rivalry is fun but, it’s good to see it only goes so far for them."

Another comment: "Awesome! Way to represent leadership and community respect!"

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Duluth School Board Members Receive 2018 20 Under 40 Award
Members Nora Sandstad and Sally Trnka are recipients of the 2018 20 Under 40 Award, recognizing outstanding young leaders in the Northland.
Ms. Sandstad is an Assistant St. Louis County Attorney and Duluth School Board Member. She is a member of the Planned Parenthood Regional Advisory Committee and has had previous involvement with the Volunteer Attorney Program, Chester Bowls Improvement Club and Minnesota Women Lawyers.
Ms. Trnka is Executive Director of Breakwater Health Network, a health center controlled network, leading the strategic, financial, operational and implementation aspects of Breakwater. She is a member of the Duluth School Board, chairs the Duluth Public Schools Business Committee and sits on the Early Childhood, Transportation and Intergovernmental affairs committees. She is a member of the advisory council for the Downtown YMCA and the Board of the Greater Minnesota Telehealth Broadband Initiative.
Congratulations and thank you for your service to Duluth’s students and schools!
Nora Sandstad: https://bit.ly/2xqxu26
Sally Trnka: https://bit.ly/2xqba8D

Award-Winning High School Chefs
Students in ISD 709’s Culinary Arts program cooked up an award-winning recipe for the 27th Annual United Way Chili Cook-off, earning 2nd Place in the Amateur Division! Congrats, students and instructor Chef Glenn D'Amour!
Looking forward to lunch at Food for Thought student-run restaurant at Duluth East and student-run Denfeld Deli this semester (yum!).

Denfeld & Duluth East Career and Technical Education Program

Award for Homecroft Elementary
Homecroft Elementary received recognition from the Duluth Nature Play Collaborative this week for rebuilding the school forest and promoting education in the outdoors. Nice work Homecroft! #gohomecroft

Duluth Debate Team Success

Duluth Debate Team (students from Denfeld & Duluth East) earned 2nd Place at a recent debate tournament at Wayzata. Quinten Rimolde and Autumn Zierman, Denfeld, took 2nd in PF, Else Madsen, Duluth East, walked away with 2nd place in LD. Great start to the season!

Piedmont Students "Read to the Final Four"

UMD men’s and women’s basketball teams came to Piedmont Elementary to launch the “Read to the Final Four” program. The initiative includes free access to a library of more than 5,000 books online. All third grade students in Duluth Public Schools are taking part, great opportunity!


Lakewood Students Promote Positive School Climate

Older students helped teach younger ones how to recognize and address bullying - nice to see big kids helping little kids!


Duluth School Board Honors CHUM for Backpack Distribution

Each year CHUM partners with our school district to help set the tone and start kids off right. For sixteen years, CHUM and their community partners have worked together to ensure backpacks and school supplies are available for at-risk children. Donations come from community members and organizations. This year alone, over 1,100 backpacks were distributed to local families.Since 2002, CHUM has provided over 8,000 backpacks to children and families in need. Their amazing work and their partnership are enhancing opportunities for Duluth’s children and helping all students have a great start to the school year.

Denfeld Students Prep for Upcoming Musical
Denfeld band members are in rehearsal for "Anything Goes," featuring the music of Cole Porter. They're off and swinging to a great start! This Denfeld High School Theater production will run November 1 through 4, mark your calendar!

Arts Walk Features Art Supply Drive for Duluth Schools

The Downtown Duluth Arts Collective (DDAC) is excited to partner with Art for Ed’s Sake, the local nonprofit created by public school visual arts educators to raise funds to further support art education and visual literacy for students in Grades K through 12.

Donations may be dropped off in collection bins, Sept 26-28 at: Joseph Nease Gallery, Pineapple Arts Supply Store, Art in the Alley, and Zeitgeist.

On the night of Downtown Arts Walk (Sept 28), for every $5 of supplies/money donated, a matching donation will be made: Joseph Nease Gallery (up to $250), AICHO (up to $100), Wagner Zaun Architecture (up to $100), Tischer Photographic Gallery (up to $50) and The Nordic Center (up to $50). Pineapple Arts Supply store will offer a 25% discount on supplies purchased for the Art Supply Drive Sept 28, 5 to 8 PM.

For up to date information visit the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk Facebook page (@DowntownDuluthArtsWalk). For info: Amanda Hunter at 218-461-8380 or manager@josephneasegallery.com.

From UMD Assistant Basketball Coach:

UMD Bulldog Men's Basketball Team Fall Skills Academy

Camp dates include 4 Sundays (September 30, October 7,14, 21) from 2-4 PM each session. Boys AND Girls in current grades K-8 are eligible to attend. Cost is $75 which includes instruction from the Bulldog Men's Basketball Coaching Staff and Players as well as a camp t-shirt. Email questions to Coach Casey Bruggeman: (brugg072@d.umn.edu).

Registration is available online