Weekly Update

Duluth Public Schools News June 3, 2022

From Superintendent John Magas

Dear colleagues,

As we approach the end of the school year, it feels like we are nearing the finish line of a marathon. As we all know, this past year has been quite a challenge, but as we are celebrating graduations and our end-of-year successes, it is also a wonderful time to embrace everything that we have accomplished!

With next week being our final year of the school year, we also get to see our seniors walk across the stage as they complete their time with us and move into the world! Many times, we think about what the high schools have done to prepare our scholars for college, career, and their lives in general, but it is also the combination of many years of hard work in middle school, elementary, and even early childhood programming. Students, families, and staff alike can give each other a collective “pat on the back” for these many years of dedication and perseverance. I, too, want to again show my appreciation for each of you for what we have accomplished this past year.

For staff, as a small token of appreciation, we are inviting you for informal "Donuts at Dawn" on Friday, June 10 at 6:45 a.m. in Canal Park next to the Maritime Museum. If it's raining we will be taking this event inside the Tech Village, Suite 450. We will have a variety of donuts and muffins. Coffee will also be available. To keep down on waste this will be a "Bring Your Own Mug" event. It’s a completely optional opportunity for us to have closure on the school year and celebrate all of our accomplishments. What would be better than watching the sunrise over Lake Superior for that?

This past week I had the pleasure of working with two groups of students and staff at Denfeld and East high school as they met with families for our check and connect graduation celebrations! As you may know, our check and connect programs have been very successful in providing structures and support to assist students in crossing the graduation finish line!

I am also pleased to share that due to the decline in COVID-19 rates in the Duluth area and in particular in our schools, masking for staff will be optional for this final week of the school year. I am glad that we can all see each other's smiles as we say farewell and head into the summer! Of course, we support and recommend masking for those who are in a situation with sensitive medical needs, or for anyone else who chooses to wear one.

Have a great last week of the 2021-22 school year and a great last day for this year's seniors!

Best regards,


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2022-23 Paraprofessional Positions have been updated

2022-23 Paraprofessional positions have been updated on the District website

as of Wednesday, June 1st, 2022. All postings close at 4:00 pm on the closing date.

This includes ISPECS, ECSE, Early Childhood Screener, and preschool.

To view openings click on this link below:


Extended School Positions for Paraprofessionals

Extended School Year (ESY) Paraprofessional positions have been updated on the District website

as of Wednesday, June 1st, 2022. All postings close at 4:00 pm on the closing date.

There are 34 Paraprofessional positions available.

To view openings click on this link below:


Duluth Public Schools Retiree Train Ride

Duluth Public Schools retirees are invited to ride the North Shore Scenic Railroad train and tour The Depot on June 21. The 75 minute train excursion will leave the St. Louis County Depot in downtown Duluth at 3 p.m. Before your train ride, you are invited to a complimentary guided tour of the St. Louis County Depot starting at 2 p.m. Each retiree may bring one guest. The North Shore Scenic Railroad asks that you arrive at 2:30 p.m. for boarding. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please go to z.umn.edu/NSSRRtrain to register online for the event. To ensure further details reach you, please provide your non-district email address when you register. Please register by June 1. The registration link will stay active until June 10 to accommodate late registrations but early registration is recommended.

If you have questions regarding the train ride, please contact Stacey at deroches@stlouiscountymn.gov. If you know a fellow retiree that may not have received an invite (i.e. they retired before June) please forward this invitation to them.

This event is sponsored by the North Shore Scenic Railroad and St. Louis County Depot in partnership with the Duluth PTSA Council.

Duluth Public Schools Fund March Awardees

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ALC student Sam McEvoy is headed to Florida for baseball

Congratulations to the Area Learning Center's (ALC) Sam McEvoy, who signed his National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play baseball for Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida.

Edward Waters athletic teams are the Tigers. The university is a member of the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Congratulations Sam!

A night with the Lynx

ALC students enjoyed a night with the Minnesota Lynx last week. Thank you to the Office of Education Equity and funds from an attendance grant to support this event.
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Happy Pride Month!

June 1 marked the first day of Pride Month. A month for LGBTQ+ to have their voices amplified, to celebrate LGBTQ+ culture, and for the community to show their support. Pride is acknowledged and celebrated by ISD709 so that our students and staff know they are loved and valued. As a district, we have and continue to work on finalizing a Gender Inclusion Regulation and professional development for all staff this upcoming Fall so that we can better support and serve all of our students. We are ALL Duluth Public Schools. We are ONE community. Happy Pride!

Construction Pathways classes

Graduates, Parents, Community Members: Interested in more than just a job? Get on a career pathway that pays well in the construction trades with this free training. There are still spots available. Enrollment is extended until June 10th. Act now!

Construction Pathways is an introduction to the trades and a way to explore career options. Participants will have the chance to train with the Iron Workers, Operating Engineers and more.

This training opportunity is great for anyone who is income-qualified, 18+ years old, people with a driver's license and reliable transportation, people with no prior experience and people who are interested in a starting wage of $24 per hour

For more information or to enroll contact Nicole Bloom at SOAR at 218-722-3126 or Betsy Hill at CareerForce at 218-730-5228.

Meet & Greet with author Angeline Boulley

Welcoming local teens and young adults for a meet and greet with Angeline Boulley, author of the "Firekeeper's Daughter." Free to attend and no RSVP is required. Guests are encouraged to bring a copy of the book if they have one. Light refreshments will be available.

Sunday, June 5, 2022 | 3:30 PM

Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center

202 W 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55802

22-23 Duluth Public Schools Blended Learning Form

A new blended learning agreement is required each year to ensure access for your student to all of the licensed materials and their device.

If your student is attending summer school the form will need to be filled out before they begin. If they are not attending summer school, it needs to be filled out before the beginning of next school year.

Get it done for each of your students now so you don’t have to worry about it in the fall!

Click on the link below.

22-23 Duluth Public Schools Blended Learning Form

Summer meals are available to all kids

Duluth Public Schools will be serving summer meals once again from June 20 through August 19. Meals will be available to all kids age 18 and younger at no cost. To eat, just show up.

Breakfast will be served from 8-10:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Laura MacArthur Elementary, Lincoln Park Middle School, Lowell Elementary, Myers-Wilkins Elementary, Piedmont Elementary and Stowe Elementary.

If you have questions, please call 218-336-8707.

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Americans can order additional free at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests

It was announced Tuesday that COVIDTests.gov is now open for a third round of orders. U.S. households are now able to order an additional 8 free at-home tests at COVIDTests.gov.

The tests available for order:

  • Are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR.
  • Can be taken anywhere.
  • Give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required).
  • Work whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Work whether or not you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Are also referred to as self-tests or over-the-counter (OCT) tests.

You should take an at-home test:

  • If you begin having COVID-19 symptoms like fever, sore throat, runny nose, or loss of taste or smell, or
  • At least 5 days after you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, or
  • When you're going to gather with a group of people, especially those who are at risk for severe disease or may not be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines.

You can also get a rapid antigen or PCR saliva test at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) for free Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students should stay home if they are sick

For the safety of our students, staff and families, we ask that you please continue to screen your child daily for any symptoms of illness and keep them home if they are ill. COVID-19, Influenza, Strep Throat, Norovirus, and basic colds are still present in our community and affecting some of our students.

If your student is experiencing any COVID-19 like symptoms, please keep your student home and test as soon as possible. Please review Duluth Public Schools district webpage for our current COVID-19 guidelines.

District COVID-19 numbers

These numbers reflect positive COVID-19 cases by site. The total includes all self-reported positive cases based on the date the case was reported to the school district. Not every person who reported a positive case was in a district building while contagious. These numbers include at-home COVID-19 test kits.

The CDC and Minnesota Department of Health only report positive cases where the person was inside a school building while infectious. The department’s numbers do not include positive cases determined by an at-home COVID-19 test kit.

They do this because there is not a medical professional present to:

  • Confirm who is taking the test,

  • That the home test has not expired,

  • That a proper sample is taken and more.

The CDC and Minnesota Department of Health is also reporting numbers that are at least a week old. If you have questions regarding these numbers, feel free to send your questions to covidquestions@isd709.org.

Detailed updates are available from the Minnesota Department of Health and St. Louis County Department of Health.

Minnesota Weekly COVID Report

Minnesota Situation Update

St. Louis County MN COVID-19 Dashboard

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