Greyhound Newsletter 8/27/21

Open House, Junior Lunch news, & School Supplies Available!

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Back to School!

Jump Start was a great success. Thank you to all who were able to come!

If you missed it, or if you haven't finished filling out forms yet, please click the links below to do so by the end of the first week. We have some additional opportunities to get into the building and find your way around.

Hound Pack for all incoming 9th graders is Wednesday, September 1 at 10 am.

Open House is Wednesday, September 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Students may only bring one guest. If you just want to see teachers and hear a bit about the courses, we will be creating open house "videos" again this year that you'll be able to view from home. You don't need to come for open house! We will share those videos on Thursday.

We are grateful to all of our guests for abiding by our mask policy. Wearing masks will have a significant impact on the number of students who will be sent into quarantine after positive cases. They will help us remain in person! Remember to keep it up over your nose and under your chin.

Need School Supplies? Visit the tables past the counseling offices at open house or the first week of school. We have a LOT of supplies available for our students!

All students must check out a school issued chromebook.

All students in grades 6-12 will be issued a district Chromebook and should have it in their hands by the end of the first week!

What does this mean and what do we need to do?

  • Blended learning enhances in-person learning by providing each student educational access to digital and online resources.
  • Teachers and students will use the Chromebooks for in-person classroom activities and students may take the devices home for schoolwork and collaboration.
  • ONLY district owned Chromebooks will be allowed. You will not be able to send a personal Chromebook, laptop, or tablet to school. Necessary apps and permissions will only be enabled on a school chromebook, which is why you can't use a personal device this year.
  • Blended learning is not distance learning. While it will definitely make life easier for students who miss school due to illness or school activities, it will not look like distance learning did last year.
  • There are no up-front fees for families. Fees may be assessed for missing or damaged equipment.
  • Devices will be returned at the end of each school year.
  • The Blended Learning 1-1 Agreement Form must be completed for each student.
  • Students may not pick up a Chromebook unless that agreement has been completed by their parent or guardian.
  • Additional opportunities for Chromebook check out will be held during Open House and in the first week of school. All students are expected to have the form filled out so they can have the Chromebook in their hands by the end of the first week.
  • Teachers may start expecting student work through those Chromebooks the second week of school.

Required Back-to-School Forms (itemized list)

Required for ALL STUDENTS:

  1. 2021-2022 Blended Learning 1 to 1 Agreement This one is really important, all students must have a district chromebook this year.
  2. Annual Health History Sorry, this one is still paper only- a paper copy is on it's way to you in the mail now.
  3. Family and Student Handbook Consent Form
  4. The District mails a copy of the handbook to each household, make sure you read it and sign the online consent form.
  5. Locker Agreement Form
  6. Academic Honesty Online Form
  7. Attendance Policies and Procedures Online Form
  8. Dress Code Online Acknowledgement

Optional or just for some students:

  1. Order a Back to School Tshirt from Exec for $1
  2. School Photo Orders
  3. Educational Benefits Form (We encourage ALL families to fill out this form, whether you may use the individual benefits or not, as it is a critical aspect of school funding.)
  4. Parking Permit Online Application (Seniors have first priority)
  5. SENIORS ONLY: Late Start or Early Release (not both) Parent/Guardian Permission Form
  6. SENIORS ONLY: Open Campus Lunch Parent/Guardian Permission Form
  7. Yearbook Website Please visit the Birch Log site to learn how to order a yearbook, send in senior photos, etc.
  8. Music Boosters Contact Info Form- THIS ONE IS PRINT ONLY
  9. All Night Grad Party Registration Form (Seniors only)

Remember that right now masks are required in all district buildings and only one guest per student will be allowed at Open House. Thank you in advance for your support in helping us with this by arriving with a mask on. If you forget we will have one for you.

Printed Planners will be available for all students again this year. They will be distributed the first week of school.

Click to Order a Welcome Back T-shirt from Exec

Each fall Exec Board sells shirts to students at a very low cost. Click here to sign up to purchase yours. They will be distributed the first week of school.

Student Schedules

You were first able to pick up a copy of your tentative schedule at Jump Start. If you missed jump start you can grab it at Open House. (We will not have additional copies for those who already picked up their schedule.) After that time, you'll be able to schedule an appointment to see your counselor if changes are NEEDED.

Schedules will be open to view in Infinite Campus beginning at 4 pm on Friday, September 3.

SCHEDULES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. As changes are made we often need to re-balance classes. The classes you have shouldn't change, but the hour and teacher might.

Schedule changes will ONLY be made if a form is completed and turned in (NO EMAIL OR PHONE CALLS ACCEPTED).

Any student who meets any of the allowed circumstances may pick up a schedule change request form that must be signed before it is turned in to the counseling office. Please be patient when requesting a schedule change. Counselors are unable to meet with everyone on the first day and you may have to wait for an appointment. Students should report to their assigned class until the meeting with their counselor to see if a change is possible.
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NEW: JUNIORS will be able to go HOME for lunch again for the 21-22 school year

For this year ONLY due to COVID social distancing needs, Duluth Public Schools will be allowing 11th grade students to go HOME for lunch with parent/guardian permission. This will allow for greater social distancing for those students, and will allow for smaller numbers and more distancing in the cafeterias. The following conditions must be agreed upon and adhered to, or the student’s privilege to leave campus for lunch will be revoked for the remainder of the year. This is not an open lunch for our 11th graders; we are allowing parents/guardians to approve their coming home for lunch for this year only.

  1. The student may not leave campus until this form is signed and returned and they have the appropriate permission indicated on their student ID badge.

  2. They will not be allowed to leave unless they have their ID badge with this indicator on it. (If they don’t have their badge with them they must remain in the cafeteria, no exceptions.)

  3. The parent/guardian is responsible for the student when they leave campus.

  4. The parent/guardian agrees to allow the student to go home for lunch and verifies that they live close enough to get home and return to school ON TIME every day.

  5. The student must be in their next class ON TIME.

  6. The 11th grade student may not go to a public place to eat or purchase food.

  7. The student may be required to document their location and anyone they were with in the car or at the home EVERY DAY. If we are required to complete contact tracing on that day, there will be a QR code posted at the doors for students to document.

  8. This approval may be revoked at any time if the student violates any mandates or laws while they are gone for lunch or if they violate school policy while on campus. This includes refusal to comply should they be informed they must remain on campus for lunch any day.

  9. This approval may be revoked by the school or district at any time if it becomes no longer necessary to reduce numbers in our cafeterias.

A signed copy of this form must be submitted and approved, and the student must have their ID with the approval sticker on it, before they may leave for lunch. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Duluth East High School and Denfeld High School 2021-2022 Parent/Guardian Permission for Junior Student Lunch Release

SENIORS ONLY: Late Start/Early Release and Open Campus Lunch Forms

Seniors are only allowed to take one period off as an early release or late start. If you are currently scheduled for a study hall in that period you will remain in that study hall, required to attend, until the Early Release/Late Start Form is completed and turned in to the office and your counselor changes your enrollment. Seniors who have a late start or early release AND a study hall MUST be in attendance for the study hall in order for your enrollment to be considered full time.

We are allowed to have open campus for lunch as long as the parent/guardian and student agree to the following conditions. Failure to meet these conditions may result in the privilege of open campus being revoked for the student and possibly for the entire senior class. Students MUST have this completed form submitted by the parent/guardian in order to be allowed to leave campus.

You MUST have your student ID on it's lanyard and in order to be allowed to leave at lunch. Those students with a completed form will receive a sticker for the back, making it easily identifiable by supervisory staff and principals at the door.

Parking Pass Applications

*Remember that we have relatively few parking spaces available for our population of students. MANY of you will not get a permit. Our priority is to take as many cars off the street for as much time as possible during the day, which is why only those students taking a full load of classes at East are eligible. We do realize that parking near East is a huge inconvenience. Remember to be good neighbors and only park in legal areas on the streets if you're not in a lot.

*During the first week of school, parking in the main lot is first-come, first-served. Students are NOT allowed to park on Greyhound Drive, in the Stadium Lot, or in the Staff Lot across the street. You can expect a Duluth Police Department Parking Ticket should you violate our parking rules. Repeat offenses result in your car being removed (towed).

*NEW this year, you will not have to submit a paper copy of your valid driver's license or proof of insurance. You WILL be asked to show them at the time of permit distribution.

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.

Counseling Office Notes: Welcome New Counselors!

We are thrilled to welcome our new counselors and appreciate the additional time we will now be able to devote to our students in these much smaller caseloads. Our new counselors begin the week of August 30. Until then Mrs. Savre and Mrs. Forsman are doing their very best to answer any questions and respond to counseling office requests. We thank you for your patience as the school year begins.

New Counselor Assignments are below with their contact information.

Counseling Office Contacts:


Jenn LaBelle, Registrar: ext 2143,

Jamie Savre, Counselor (A-E): ext 2154,

Jessica Forsman, Counselor (F-La): ext 2041,

Morgan Costley, Counselor (Le-Re), ext 1262,

Laura Horton, Counselor (Rh-Z,) ext 1121,

Meeting Mental Health Needs

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

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Congratulations Coach Schmidt on your debut game win! Our volleyball team was amazing and beat Princeton 3-1 on Thursday night at East. Way to go!

Activities Office News

CLICK HERE for the Athletic Registration Packet (can be filled out online if you are currently enrolled and in the system as an East High School Student)

Please have the following information ready before starting the registration process:

  • ISD709 Student Number (Lunch Number)
  • Contact Information (E-mail Addresses, Phone Numbers)
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Family Medical History
  • Health/Dental Insurance Information

We welcome a new Activities Office Clerical staff member this year, Lynn Carlson, who begins August 30.

Activities Office Contacts


Lynn Carlson, Clerical/Treasurer: ext 2304,

Shawn Roed, Activities Director: ext 2151,

Full Activities and Facility Schedule

This calendar has details about practices, games, rehearsals, and events in our facilities.

Purchase Tickets to an East Event/Game

Tickets can be purchased online in advance and at the door/gate with cash, check, or card. Avoid the lines! Purchase online and have your e-ticket ready to scan as you enter.

Sign Up for your PORT CARD! This is a great resource!

The Duluth Public Library and ISD709 are collaborating to expand access to free library resources to as many students as possible by offering ISD709 students PORT CARDS (electronic library cards).

Parents and Guardians: Please, make sure to sign the PORT CARD Opt-In Form! It’s quick! All that’s needed is a name and signature.

PORT CARD Opt-In Form:


- Students can check out up to 5 books or materials from the public library by typing their student ID number on a pad.

- Students can access the Duluth Public Library’s ebooks, audiobooks and databases for research while at school.

- If students are stuck at home due to COVID, they can check out up to 10 ebooks or audiobooks from the public library and read them on their Chromebooks or other devices.

+ There’s no financial risk! If a student loses a book, library staff will work with that student to “pay” the replacement cost by reading or completing other activities.”

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. Bring it to Jump Start! 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