April 4, 2019

ISD 709 School News

Please Save the Date, All Welcome!

Honoring Our Inspirational Teachers

2019 Gold Star Teacher Award Event May 15

This year honors elementary school nominees and includes an Ice Cream Social plus music by members of the Denfeld Orchestra.

Family and friends are welcome, the event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday May 15, 2019 7:00PM

Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium

3215 West 3rd Street, Duluth

You're Invited:

2019 Duluth Public Schools Student Art Exhibition

April 22-28, Barnes & Noble Court, Miller Hill Mall

Opening Reception Wed April 24, 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Lots of great work by our talented students - come out and show your support!

In the News:
Tomato Man Project
Students from Lester Park and Congdon Park Elementaries visited the green house at Duluth East where high school students taught them about seeds, how they grow, and helped them plant tomatoes as part of the annual Tomato Man project. They’ll grow their tomato plants over the summer, many thanks to the Duluth East Plant Science students for helping out and teaching the little ones!

Thank you, Renee Willemsen, for the photos and John Rudolph for the info.
Denfeld, Duluth East Career & Technical Education

Over 2 Tons of Food

Lester Park Elementary students, staff and families collected over 2 tons of food and $550 for donation to the Union Gospel Mission in Duluth. Mrs. Isbell's 1st grade class alone brought in 628 pound of food, wow!
Many thanks to all who helped with this project and to Ruby's Pantry - Coppertop Church, Super One Lakeside and Papa Murphy's Pizza.
Thank you, Tracy Thompson, for the photos and info.

Denfeld, Duluth East Students Take State Conference Awards

Health Occupation students from Denfeld & Duluth East High Schools earned top honors at the 2019 State HOSA Leadership Conference!
Congratulations, Adriana Birdseye, Arra Cora, Maddie Smith, Sophie Jezierski, Alyssa McCorison, Ise Lind, Elora Weiland, Rian Braun, Noelle Stellmaker, Shiena Sonaco, Ally Dahl, Trinity Alm, Alexandra Dahl, Mullen Johnson and Kaleb Rock.
Students earned top spots in Medical Terminology, Medical Spelling, Home Health Aide, Nursing Assistant, Veterinary Science, Medical Reserve Corps Partnership, Barbara James Service Award, MRC Volunteer Recognition and a service project for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, among others.
Thank you, Kim Olson, for the photos and info.
Denfeld, Duluth East Career & Technical Education: https://bit.ly/2xhDdGG

State Bound Hunters
Denfeld students competed at the MSHSL Section 7AA Tournament at Elk River - the Denfeld Speech Team is sending 6 speakers to the Minnesota State High School League State Speech Tournament April 12-13 at Wayzeta High School. They’ve worked, grown and succeeded. Our community is proud of you all. Word warriors using your voices. Challenging your audience. Inspiring. Brave. Congratulations.
Thank you, Jill Lofald, for the post and photos.

Construct Tomorrow Organizers Honored

Members of the Construct Tomorrow organizing committee were recognized by the Duluth School Board in March. The Construct Tomorrow event provides high school students opportunities to learn more about good-paying careers in the building and construction trades. Many thanks for this important work!

Rachel Loeffler-Kemp, AFL-CIO & United Way
Betsy Harmon, DEED
Craig Olson, Duluth Builders Association
Katherine Stolp, Lake Superior College
Kelly Kendle, Boldt Constructrion
Nelle Rhicard, DEED and YES! Duluth
Rhonda Rutford, DEED
Shawn Herhusky, DEED
Stan Paczynski, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers

Harlem Globetrotter Visits Lakewood

Deandre Taylor stopped by Lakewood Elementary to visit with students and talk about bullying prevention. Taylor says the Globetrotters basketball team are ambassadors of good will and work to touch the lives of children in a positive way. Taylor has been a Globetrotter for six years, the team recently played in Duluth.


Lincoln Park, Ordean East Students Shine
Students from Lincoln Park and Ordean East Middle School choirs sang the National Anthem at the Harlem Globetrotters game in Duluth. They sounded great and represented themselves and their schools well!

Ordean East Swimmers Break City Records

Congratulations to these talented student athletes:

  • Julia Zimple - 8th grade 50 Breaststroke (34.11)
  • Jamison Dietlan - 7th grade 100 Breaststroke (1:18.84)
  • Alex Tomczak - 6th grade 100 Breaststroke (1:26.93)
  • Christine Hendrickson, Rachel Landsteiner, Kate Schiller, Abigail Linston - 6th Grade 200 Freestyle Relay (2:09.04)

Homecroft STEM Night

Homecroft Elementary School held a STEM + Families Science Festival, the event included 10 experiment stations plus demonstrations by the Denfeld DNA Robotics Team, UMD, St. Louis County Youth in Action, and 4-H.

Thanks to staff, parent leaders, families and community members who helped make this fun, engaging night possible.



Congdon Park Students Receive Art Achievement Honors

Congdon Park Elementary students won first place in the National PTA Reflections Art Program at their school and went on to compete at the state level.

State Award Winners:


Primary (grades K-2), 1st - Andrew Froehle

Intermediate (grades 3-5), 1st - Abigail Froehle

The literature pieces from Andrew Froehle and Abigail Froehle have now moved on to compete in the National PTA Reflections Program in Washington D.C.

Photography: Intermediate (grades 3-5), 2nd - Annika Saur

Music Composition: Intermediate (grades 3-5), 2nd - Annika Saur

Film Production: Intermediate (grades 3-5), 2nd - Annika Saur

Visual Arts: Primary (grades K-2), 3rd - Sasha Lubovich

Congdon Park School First Place Awards:


Primary (grades K-2), Andrew Froehle

Intermediate (grades 3-5), Abigail Froehle

Photography: Intermediate (grades 3-5), Annika Saur

Visual Arts: Primary (grades K-2) - Tied, Gemma Kim, Sasha Lubovich

Music Composition: Intermediate (grades 3-5), Annika Saur

Film Production: Intermediate (grades 3-5), Annika Saur

Thank you, Angel Sarkela-Saur, for the photo and info.

Lincoln Park Student Receives Art Award

Molly Tusken, Lincoln Park Middle School, received an Inspired Medium in the Visual Arts Award at the Kruk Gallery on the UW-Superior Campus. Her artwork was submitted for a month-long art show at the Kruk and chosen for this award out of 250 total student works. Congratulations, Molly!

Thank you, Chrissy Valento, for the photo and info.

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