Page by page, students across the district are picking up books and embracing I Love to Read Month! Recently, Birch Lake Elementary students were able to enjoy listening to staff members from District Center read their favorite books! Lakeaires Elementary students have also been celebrating the importance of reading with their Wonka Reading Factory that is open for business! Throughout the coming weeks, classes are able to take turns relaxing and reading in the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where they can sit on boxes around the chocolate waterfall! The reading fun continued, as Otter Lake Elementary students were able to welcome Community Heroes into their classrooms to read to them. Special guests included White Bear Lake Mayor Jo Emerson, the White Bear Lake Fire Department and U.S. Army Officer M. Stachowiak!
While some students were busy enjoying reading opportunities, others had fun with Chemistry Day at WBLAHS - South Campus! Matoska International second graders were able to learn about science through fun activities that high school students planned for them! They could enjoy all sorts of opportunities including making homemade lava lamps, watching a game show themed demonstration and playing science games in the gymnasium! A couple of Matoska International students even went home and made a colorful substance they learned about at Chemistry Day! WBLAHS - South Campus students also enjoyed more invaluable experiences! Those who are involved with the Information Technology Career Pathway recently had an opportunity to participate in an eMentors experience where they could learn from industry experts about the knowledge and skills needed for a professional career, improve written communication skills and feel more comfortable with writing professional emails!
Food & fun
Willow Lane Elementary students have been having fun learning and growing their skills as they have been working hard as servers, cooks and hosts at Donatelli's! Check out this video
to see the service in action! The students will continue to serve every Tuesday in February from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Tuesday, March 5. Stop on by for a terrific meal! View this flyer
for more details. It was also recently a special experience for Matoska International third grade students who participated in a mini-hat making project to support a classmate's friend who is battling cancer. Third grade student Juliette Weier-Rauscher led her class to participate in the project to support their best friend! Other Matoska International students also stayed busy with exploring in a Maker Space where they were able to learn about construction and get hands-on experience with using tools to explore computers and drill holes in wood!
There was also no shortage of fun as families gathered at Lakeaires Elementary and got BearPowered at a Family Fun Night! Families were able to enjoy a challenging obstacle course that was easily adapted to all ages and skill levels! This was a great way to get active and warm-up indoors on a cold Friday evening! In other fun Friday night news, Community Services & Recreation hosted their very first Sweetheart Dance. District students brought along a special adult to play games, make crafts, eat sweet treats and dance the night away with! While some students were the stars of the night on the dance floor, Willow Lane Elementary student Aiden Hamlin also was a star as they were featured in a Sanford Orthopedics: Health Lives Here commercial that can be seen playing on TVs across the Twin Cities area. Aiden is featured right in the beginning of the commercial
where they are showing off their arm wrestling skills and again right around the :20 second mark!
It was a successful evening at the Transition Education Center Community Partner event where students and staff invited community partners to be recognized for their contributions to students through offering them jobs in the community! The excitement can be seen in this video
! In other partnership news, the district's Comprehensive Facilities Planning Committee has been busy meeting and having great conversations about the district's future, which can be seen in this video
. The collaboration continues! The White Bear Press
recently highlighted The Big Sleuth, the district's innovative ideas project that yielded six ideas to be implemented or researched this year through the design thinking process. Students have also been helping design solutions to accomplish the ideas!
From one idea to the next, Oneka Elementary fifth grade students are working on their very own podcast! Their podcast is called BAMT, which is all of the podcasters initials combined. During their podcasts, they have three questions and include many interesting facts. They also have daily Harry Potter facts that they share and special guests (such as other classmates and students) who join them! They upload all of their podcasts on their website and said they have been having a lot of fun with it, which can be seen in this video
. Oneka Elementary students are not the only ones having fun with technology! High school students have been embracing technology, as they recently thanked the Greater White Bear Lake Foundation for gifting them with Raspberry Pis. These tiny computers help students learn how to program while having fun with practical projects!
Winter is in full swing and Tamarack Nature Center students have recently been taking advantage of the snow and embracing snowshoeing adventures! They have had the opportunity to teach their adults how to snowshoe! These have been exciting days for students who were able to show their adults what they know about their outdoor classroom and lead their grown ups around Tamarack Nature Center! Check out the snowy experience in this video
! Speaking of winter weather, the district implemented a 2-hour late start recently, which was a new experience. Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kazmierczak recently thanked families and staff members in this video
for their flexibility in working with the changed schedule for the day, which helped keep students safe on that icy Minnesota winter day!
The Week in 62.4 Seconds
Enjoy The Week in 62.4 Seconds videos highlighting weekly district activities throughout the school year.