Students, staff and families started packing away to provide food to others in need around the world. More than 120 people from Matoska International's school community signed up to help pack meals for children in Third World countries at Feed My Starving Children. They packed 96 boxes, which is 20,736 meals. Staff members and students invited their families to join them to participate in the rewarding experience. Former Matoska International students even came to help out with the action goal. This opportunity gives students a global perspective while having fun making a difference in others' lives. While Matoska International's staff and students worked together for a good cause recently, their PTO also hosted a Staff Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night for approximately 70 guests to give thanks to educators and all of the staff who make a positive impact on students' development. They provided a meal, live entertainment and presented staff awards to show teachers and staff how appreciated they are. Eighth grade NJHS citizen scholars also gave a shout-out to teachers and their most memorable middle school moments in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week. This was a special time for students and staff to reflect on the impact educators have on students' lives. The shout-outs gave students an opportunity to express their gratitude while educators could reflect on their dedication to being world changers.
Two elementary school students also embraced an extremely special moment in the classroom recently. A father of an Oneka Elementary and Hugo Elementary student is in the military and has been deployed overseas for the last five months and wanted to surprise his daughters at school. He headed over to surprise one daughter in Beth Englund's classroom at Oneka Elementary and then to surprise his other daughter over at Hugo Elementary in Laurie Hahn's classroom. When the father arrived in Beth's classroom they were watching a slideshow of some photos of his travels and when he arrived in Laurie's kindergarten classroom they were reading a C-130 book about an aircraft that deploys to help the troops. The daughters were focused on class one minute, and standing up hugging their dad completely shocked the very next.
Other elementary school students invited a special visitor into their classroom, as well. Second grade students at Otter Lake Elementary had the privilege of hosting Don Rooney who was a World War II veteran and a 1940 graduate of White Bear Lake High School. He also is the owner of Rooney's Nursery. During his visit, he told students and staff about his service to the country while serving as a pilot in the Navy. He showed students pictures of the planes he piloted and answered questions. His two daughters accompanied him during his visit, and after he shared his stories the students surprised him with thank you cards. Thank you cards were not the only token of gratitude students presented to him. Students handed the World War II veteran a quilt that the students and Otter Lake Elementary Teacher Mr. Barnes' step-mother helped make. The quilt contained patriotic messages and themes that were designed by students on the fabric squares.
Three Transition Education Center students have been nominated by their instructors as outstanding students/students of excellence. They will be honored at the Career Technical Center Student Awards Program on Thursday, May 25 at Century College. Other Transition Education Center students have been working hard at highlighting and producing a "TEC News" publication in a new class this year called TEC Popular Publications. This publication includes information about a student selected as student of the month, classroom and staff spotlights, job spotlights and upcoming events. Read
the April newsletter.
From one group of recognized outstanding students to the next. Lakeaires Elementary fifth grader Victoria Humphrey was selected to participate in the Vikings Empower Leadership Academy for Girls. She was nominated by her former fourth grade teacher. The event will be hosted on Saturday, June 10 and will focus on building the girls' confidence, leadership and resilience skills. She was one out of 50 girls selected to participate. Another student also was selected for a tremendous honor. Otter Lake Elementary's PTA picked former Otter Lake Elementary student and high school graduate Micah Anderson to receive a $500 scholarship. He was the first recipient of this type of scholarship. While Micah picked up a scholarship, other White Bear Lake Area High School students who participated in the Career and Technical program offered through Intermediate District 916 recently represented the district well and earned spots on the national stage. Students took top honors in their specialized events at the student organization State Conference - SkillsUSA. The students created a presentation related to a career pathway. They highlighted the training, mastery of the training, benefits to community and their presentation skills.
A competition full of numbers was just what 12 Otter Lake Elementary students were recently looking forward to. The students participated in the regional Math Masters of Minnesota Challenge. The problem-solving competition for fifth and sixth graders included both individual and team components. The school's three teams placed seventh, twelfth, and sixteenth. There were 118 students in attendance with 25 teams competing. Math Masters challenges encourage students to use critical thinking skills while recognizing achievement and academic effort. Learn more
about the experience. While students exercised their math skills at this competition, other elementary school students used numbers in a different way, to run a business.
Birch Lake Elementary students took a trip to BizTown. The fourth grade students have been doing prep lessons to get them ready for the experience that gives them a chance to explore what it is like to run a business. Junior Achievement is the affiliate of BizTown, which is a kid-sized city in Maplewood that gives students the opportunity to participate in a simulated community and global economy while working in a collaborative atmosphere. It is a great event each year that fourth grade students participate in to meet several social studies standards. While elementary students were taking care of business at BizTown, high school students were working hard on research projects in the newly redesigned Media Center at North Campus. The collaborative space aims to encourage students to come together, enjoy one another's company and grow as a community of friends and learners. This experience was captured in this Friday's 62.4-second video update
Students at Otter Lake Elementary created a collaborative atmosphere as they took fairy tales to a whole new level. Fourth grade students at Otter Lake Elementary participated in a Fairy Tale Trial project where they read two fairy tales and analyzed them from a legal point of view for the facts, as well as inferences supported by the evidence presented. The two books students read included "The Emperor's New Clothes" and "Rapunzel." The defendants in each tale were charged. The tailors in "The Emperor's New Clothes" are charged with fraud and Dame Gothel in "Rapunzel" is charged with kidnapping. Each student is able to take on a role for the trial as either witnesses, attorneys, defendants, as well as a bailiff and a judge. The project concludes with the trial for each of the fairy tales. During this project, they were able to hear from two guest speakers who spoke about their roles in the legal process as a court reporter and a police officer. The Fairy Tale Trials is a project that aims to engage students in critical thinking, questioning, and persuasive speaking and writing techniques. The experience was captured in this Friday's 62.4-second video update
High school students took center stage as they performed "Play On." This show told the story of an amateur community theater that tries to save money by producing the murder mystery of a local inexperienced playwright. Everything that can go wrong does, and the playwright keeps changing the story and the script days before the opening show. The "Play On" plot twists and turns and brings audiences on an adventure, as the community theatre's sound cues were accidentally deleted on the eve of opening night, and the cast was at each others' throats. This show took audiences through the journey of the disastrous, but comical opening night. The experience was captured in last week's 62.4-second video update
While some high school students acted out "Play On," Central Middle School, Sunrise Park Middle School, North Campus and South Campus students all joined together to play their instruments. The middle school and high school students joined together to perform pieces they have been working hard on for the District Night of Jazz. Students took turns performing for other students, staff members and families. The event gives students an opportunity to showcase their hard work and musical abilities. The District Night of Jazz also serves as a final hurrah for students to come together while enjoying a beautiful blend of unique instruments. This event was captured in this Friday's 62.4-second video update
The newest member of the White Bear Alumni Association Mark Fitzpatrick ('71) inspired high school students at the induction ceremony held during the South Campus Awards Night. Making the world a safer place by reducing nuclear dangers was the central theme of Mark's 26 years of service to our country as an international diplomat in the U.S. Department of State and his 11 years at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISSA), a London-based world-renown think tank. He earned a reputation as a premier expert in the field of nuclear proliferation and is often requested to comment on nuclear weapons on CNN, NPR, and the BBC. He visited South Campus after the ceremony to speak with high school students about his experiences.
Students embraced a fun experience of their own at Oneka Elementary School, as they celebrated Bike to School Day by biking and walking to class. It was a beautiful day for students to get out and enjoy the sunshine and see all the community members walking them to school. By walking and biking to school, students had the opportunity to exercise and get their brains ready for a day of learning. Bike to School Day was a great way for students to build community, exercise and have a great time enjoying the weather. This experience was captured in last week's 62.4-second video update
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