School Board News
As the 2017-18 school year comes to a close this week, we have much to celebrate and many to thank.
Throughout the year, our strategic planning process, initiated with the input of students, staff, parents and community members, has helped us create a road map of where we want to be in the future. Within eight strategies we will increase student agency, expand opportunities, foster engagement and partnerships, build capacity, embrace cultures, enhance educational experiences, engage families, and ensure social and emotional growth for our students. Working this summer and into the fall, we will implement change through a phased approach to move our already great programs to the next level.
In 2017-18, we saw many recognitions and distinctions earned throughout the district, with students and staff members honored at state and national levels in a variety of academic and extracurricular activities. As a district, we recently received word that we received a financial stewardship award for the eighteenth consecutive year. It is support given throughout the system that makes us all stronger and allows individuals and teams to accomplish these great feats.
We have also seen a nation touched by tragedy this year, with school shootings being more common than any of us would ever hope. This spring, our district served as an example to others when our students respectfully traveled to City Hall, meeting with city leaders and earnestly discussing student safety and security. The students' actions increased momentum that had already been started in the district, resulting in additional school security measures being implemented this spring that will continue throughout the summer. School safety will continue to be a topic at the forefront as the district embarks on a facilities planning process this fall, engaging with the community to plan facilities and programs that will ready us for the future.
I hope you continue your connection with the district throughout this summer, whether it is as involved as enrollment in a Community Services and Recreation class/activity or as simple as a visit to an elementary school playground for a trip down the slide. If you want to be assured a smile and conversation, and a pencil and temporary tattoo, be sure to stop by the district's Marketfest booth in June and July!
Thank you all, from students and family members to staff and community members, for the part you continue to play in the district's success.
Wishing you a safe and rejuvenating summer!
Dr. Wayne Kazmierczak
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The White Bear Area Senior Center is a program of the White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Services & Recreation Department.
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