Celebrating unity & community
Schools throughout the district were filled with orange on October 24, as students and staff came together against bullying in honor of Unity Day, a day to be UNITED for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Unity Day is a time for individuals to put on their favorite orange clothing items to express solidarity. In addition to wearing orange, students at Transition Education Center signed a pledge, watched an important video for Unity Day and have been enjoying a poster campaign that raises awareness about being kind to others. Their efforts can be seen in this video
. WBLAHS - North Campus students even placed sticky notes around the school to increase awareness surrounding bullying. Staff members also wore their orange and even posed for a picture with students from Transition Education Center and the Middle School Advisory Council to encapsulate solidarity throughout the district.
In other district news, babies recently sat back, relaxed and enjoyed their massages at the bi-annual free Community Baby Shower at Normandy Park Education Center. Parents of babies, birth to six months old, were able to meet other community members, learn more about community resources, and gain knowledge about nurturing their child's health and development. Community members also recently enjoyed a Community Volunteer Fair where they could learn about various ways to give back throughout the White Bear Lake area. Each volunteer plays a vital role in community success. Check out this video
highlighting volunteers recently giving back through the Meals on Wheels program. This is just one of many ways individuals can contribute their time to improve others' lives. The Community Volunteer Fair was a time for community members to learn more about these various volunteer opportunities available to them from roughly 40 organizations!
The first session of the Monthly Staff and Community Mental Well-Being Series recently took place and kicked off the series for the 2018-19 school year. Take a look at the experience in this video
. The next session, "Suicide Identification and Intervention (QPR--Question, Persuade, and Refer)," by NAMI-Minnesota will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at the District Center Auditorium from 7-8:30 p.m. Learn more
about upcoming events in the series. While families and staff members could learn more about mental well-being, parents were also recently invited to attend ParentCamp at WBLAHS - North Campus. During this experience, parents were able to participate in face-to-face discussions where they could share strategies to benefit student learning, teaching and parenting. In other fun learning news, students at Birch Lake Elementary put a fun spin on learning subtraction by walking up and down a number line like a silly monster, as they completed addition and subtraction problems. The experience can be seen in this video
From math to history, community members recently enjoyed a Chat Cafe at the White Bear Area Senior Program where the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society presented on "Mahto Bde: The Dakota Legend of White Bear Lake." This is part of The Many Faces of the White Bear Lake Area series, which is a collaborative introducing participants to the people who inhabited the area around the lake during various periods of time. Community members have the opportunity to participate in the Many Faces of the White Bear Lake Area with the next event presentation, "Original People: Dakota and Ojibwe," being on Wednesday, November 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the District Center. This is a continuation of last season's community conversations around the book "A Good Time for the Truth." The event is free and includes a light dinner, but registration is required. Call 651-407-7501 for more information or register online
. Learn more
about the series.
Congratulations to WBLAHS - North Campus student Fiona Wiltse who was recently recognized at the TWIST (Target Women in Science and Technology) EPIC Awards Ceremony for being chosen as one of the 25 winners of the 2018 TWIST EPIC Awards! From science achievements to Career Pathways, students at WBLAHS - North Campus were able to participate in the first day of the Hot Jobs series, which is an opportunity for students to learn from industry experts about careers they are interested in exploring this year. The experience was highlighted in this video
. In other Career Pathways news, high school students also recently visited Century College to explore career options at the Health and Human Services Career Expo. Matoska International students explored in other ways, as they have been busy in the garden and recently donated 52 pounds of produce to the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf!
Celebrations were in full swing at Willow Lane Elementary, as students celebrated National School Lunch Week by taste testing the new macaroni and cheese recipe! The excitement can be seen in this video
. While some students enjoyed tasting new food, others were busy during MEA Break learning how to make their very own Pokémon movie. The fun was highlighted in this video
. Speaking of rewarding experiences, WBLAHS - South Campus student Emma Walker recently attended a White Bear Lake Rotary Club meeting where they donated $400 to the S.T.A.R. (Students Taking Active Roles) Club. In other accomplished news, Bob Jackson, who passed away last spring, and Lisa Reinhart were recently inducted into the White Bear Lake Area High School Athletic Hall of Fame and recognized at half-time during the football game before MEA Break.
The Week in 62.4 Seconds
Enjoy The Week in 62.4 Seconds videos highlighting weekly district activities throughout the school year.