From the Office of the Superintendent 11/15/19

Weekly Briefing for ISD 709 Faculty & Staff

Dear Colleagues,

Social media can be an incredibly useful tool for sharing information and building community. Our schools and school district use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, among others to reach out to families and help them keep up with what's going on.

This month the folks in Human Resources launched social media tools for sharing job openings in our district (see below). Please take a look, the platforms make it easy to share employment possibilities with others.

As educators, we also know social media can be used in a negative way, as when students or others use it to threaten, harass or bully. The website www.stopbullying.gov has information about digital awareness for parents, tips for teachers and other useful tools.

Social media has become part of the fabric of our society, it's good for us to be aware of what we can do to support a healthy climate in the digital community.

Kind Regards,


If you have questions or thoughts about what's going on in our school district, email: Superintendents@ISD709.org. Twitter: @billgronseth

Upcoming Duluth School Board Meetings

(This is not a comprehensive list)

>>School Board Meeting, Committee of the Whole - Boundary Project Update

Monday November 18 5:00PM HOCHS Board Room

ISD 709 Boundary Project Web Page

Detailed meeting schedules, agendas and Board materials are

available online.

Meetings are also streamed live and available on YouTube.

November School Board Agenda Items - Detailed Information Online

(This is not a comprehensive list of Board agenda items)

>>Facilities Management & Capital Projects Status Report

>>Assistant Superintendent and Director of Curriculum Reports

>>Policy Updates

>>Superintendent Search: The Board is scheduled to choose a firm to assist with Duluth's superintendent search. Two firms, MN School Board Association and BWP & Associates made presentations to the Board during a public meeting November 14.

View School Board Meetings on YouTube

2019 Annual Report for the Community & Newly Tenured Teacher Celebration

Tuesday November 19, 2019

Historic Old Central High School

215 N. 1st Avenue East, 2nd Floor Board Room Duluth, MN

4:45PM – 5:15PM: Refreshments by Denfeld Clock Tower Café Students; Music by Duluth East Sterling Strings; Tables and Displays

5:15PM – 6:00PM: Newly Tenured Teacher Celebration

6:00PM – 6:30PM: Annual Report for the Community

Free and Open to the Public

Please Note! Infinite Campus Parent Portal Notifications

On December 2, 2019, (and at the beginning of each school year) all families in Infinite Campus Parent Portal will automatically be set up to receive the following types of messages:

  • Emergency
  • Priority Notification
  • General Notification
  • Teacher
  • Attendance
  • Behavior

Families may log into Parent Portal and opt out of all settings EXCEPT Emergency and Priority, which will remain selected for all families. This will ensure that, when there's a school emergency, all families in Infinite Campus for that school receive notification. This could include lockdowns, evacuations, weather closings and all situations requiring immediate response.

Thanks for all you do to help keep our schools safe.

Share ISD 709 Job Opportunities via Social Media!

Duluth Public Schools Human Resources Department has their own social media pages, making it easy to share employment opportunities with others:




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ISD 709 News

We know there are a lot of great things going on in our schools - let's make sure we're letting everyone else know, too! Share your school, student, staff accomplishments, projects and events with Kathleen.Kaufman@ISD709.org, they'll be used in email newsletters, social media, websites and other communication venues.

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Award-Winning Ordean East Students

Two student teams from Ordean East Middle School earned 2nd Place and 4th Place in an international competition organized by the University of MN called "The Institute on the Environment.” They created stop-motion educational videos about climate change. A representative from the City of Duluth presented students and their advisor, Tanya Jackson, with a trophy and t-shirts during an all-school assembly. Congratulations to these talented teams!


Denfeld, Duluth East Concerts Honor Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, Duluth East and Denfeld High School music programs presented their annual concerts. Denfeld Jazz, Choirs and Concert band showed their appreciation, as did Duluth East Freshman & Concert Bands, Wind & Jazz Ensembles and Duluth East Choralaires.

#Inspire709 #ThankYouForYourService



Community-Minded Duluth East Students
Students at Duluth East High School put together over 125 bags of warm weather clothes and toiletries to give back to the local community. The season of giving is upon us, a great start to RESPECT month at Duluth East.
#Inspire709 #GivingBack

Beautiful Day in Our Neighborhood

On World Kindness Day, staff from Duluth Public Schools Early Childhood Programs wore cardigans in honor of Mr. Rogers. Fred Rogers was known for his iconic red sweaters and his efforts to promote goodness and kindness in the world, as well as appreciating people for who they are and their special qualities.
#Inspire709 #InspireAllOfUs #CardiganDay

Principal Reading Challenge at Lowell

In balmy, 14 degree temperatures, Lowell Principal Jen Larva bundled up and headed outside. She spent the day reading to students as part of the 2019 Principal Reading Challenge. Now that's dedication!

#Inspire709 #WereThereSmores



Piedmont Students Gifted with Free Vision Care

America's Best Contact and Eyeglasses provides free glasses to those who qualify during eye exam

Duluth News Tribune


90-Second Newbery Founder Visits Duluth

James Kennedy, founder of the 90-Second Newbery Award Film Festival, conducted film-making workshops at Lincoln Park and Ordean East Middle Schools. The Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers

create short movies that tell the entire story of a Newbery-winning book in about a minute and a half. What possibilities lie ahead!


Spotlight: ALC & Rivers2Lake

Students from Duluth’s Area Learning Center ventured out in canoes to help conduct water quality monitoring on the Pokegama River. Accompanied by Rivers2Lake staff and their ALC teachers, students conducted water chemistry analysis and classified aquatic macro invertebrates to assess indicators of the river’s water quality. They also learned canoeing skills and teamwork as they maneuvered through the winding river bends.

Many thanks to The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and Esperanza Fund, Rivers2Lake Program, the Office of Education Equity, Duluth Public Schools and Duluth Area Learning Center staff for supporting these impactful, high-quality educational experiences.