WBL Newsletter

District News
- Is it time for lunch yet?
- General Information
- Opportunities
- Awards and Honors

Student News
- District makes AYP for third consecutive year
- Legacy, Commitment and Promise
- New initiatives underway for 2012-13
- Activities updates

School Board News
- Meeting agendas
- Upcoming meetings

School Board Regular Meeting
7 p.m.
September 10
District Center

Homecoming Week
September 17-22

School Board Work-Study Meeting
5:30 p.m.
September 24
District Center

Parent Internet Safety Presentation
7-8:30 p.m.
September 26
District Center
(see flyer)




Find the complete 2012-13 Activity Calendar and other calendar listings here.



September 7, 2012

District News

Is it time for lunch yet?

For our youngest learners, the approach of the school year fills the whole of their lives and imaginations. From early August on, this once distant event comes closer and closer. New clothes. A backpack of sufficient size to last a first grader through middle school.

School supplies gradually fill the backpack. Plus a box of tissues. Snacks for the first day.


By dawn on the Tuesday after Labor Day, boys and girls are fully dressed and ready to go to school. The backpack, which by now weighs more than eighty pounds, is repacked - minus all the extra clothes, stuffed animals, and other items that ended up in the backpack for safekeeping.


Photo on the front steps. Ride or walk to school. Enter the front door of school and walk slowly down the hallway though a forest of towering adults. Finally, my classroom!


Bells ring, school begins. About an hour later, the questions begin.


"Teacher, is it time for lunch yet?"


This week more than 8000 students returned to our White Bear Lake Area schools, plus 640 kindergartners for whom school is a whole new adventure.

For all of our students, and for all of the adults to whom families have entrusted their children, every year is a new adventure. This week has been a time for students to get to know teachers, staff, and classmates, and for all of us to welcome and get to know -- and value-- each student.

Our best wishes to all for the best year ever!

Dr. Michael Lovett
Superintendent

 

General Information

DID YOU KNOW?

Find additional information about White Bear Lake Area Schools here.

 

Community Services

The WBLAS Community Services and Recreation Department provides a wide range of services and opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all members of ISD 624.


Find a listing of the many, varied Community Services offerings in the Community Services Catalog, recently mailed to District residents. Find an electronic version of the catalog here.


Take an online class, from anywhere and at any time! Sample courses include:


For full descriptions and to register, visit www.whitebearregistration.org or www.whitebearcommunityservices.org.


Featured Class:
Becoming a Love and Logic Parent - Kids don't come with an owner's manual. This parenting program is designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately!

The topics that will be covered include:

Registration is $15/pair in the same family.

Kelli Klein is a Love and Logic independent facilitator with experience as a social worker, licensor, and mother that has trained countless people in Love and Logic.

 

Parent Notices:

 

Senior Program Updates:

The White Bear Area Senior Center is a program of the White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Services & Recreation Department


In every issue:

 

Opportunities

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Partner Opportunities

 

Awards and Honors

 

Please contact Marisa Vette (651-407-7695) to submit District News, General Information, Opportunities or Awards & Honors for inclusion in future publications.


Student News

District makes AYP for third consecutive year

Based on data released last week by the Minnesota Department of Education, White Bear Lake Area Schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the third consecutive year. Under the Federal 2002 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, school district students are tested by the state in both reading and math. The scores are used to determine whether the district makes AYP after the state analyzes district data as a whole and by subgroups by race, ethnicity, free and reduced lunch, and special education. White Bear Lake Area Schools is one of only two districts of 13 in the East Metro area to make AYP for the past three consecutive years.


Earlier this month, school-by-school results of the 2012 state testing data were published. For the fourth straight year, the District saw increases in student proficiency. In state MCA results, math scores improved better than 5% and reading scores were up 2%. District students also continued to show significant growth during the year. Using a national test measuring student growth (MAP), White Bear Lake Area Schools students in grades one through ten grew 1 year, 4 months in reading, and 1 year, 7 months in mathematics.


“We are proud of our students and staff for these gains, and are committed to assure all of our students will exceed the proficiency threshold,” said Michael Lovett, Superintendent. “The fact that we have made AYP three years in a row shows we’re progressing toward this goal.”


Another analysis of data received this week uses a new method of measurement developed by the State of Minnesota, called Multiple Measurement Rating (MMR). Eleven out of 12 White Bear Lake Area School District schools measured received maximum points in “proficiency,” one category in the ratings.


“The purpose of the new system is to help us understand which students and groups of students are being most successful in annual growth in reading and mathematics,” said Mary McGrane, the district’s assessment coordinator. “Compared to past systems, this new analytical process is much more statistically complex, so we will continue to work with principals and leaders to understand how the scores are calculated.”


Three of the District’s Title I elementary schools are recognized under the MMR system as Celebration Eligible Schools: Birch Lake, Lakeaires and Willow Lane Elementary. All three schools received all possible points on proficiency, and high scores on “growth” and “achievement gap reduction” sections, to be ranked in the top 25 percent of schools statewide.


Legacy, Commitment and Promise

This week, District staff members welcomed students and families into the school for the first day of classes, with buses running their routes, parents waving their goodbyes at the schoolhouse doors, and students breaking out their text books for homework after the very first day of school. But 2012-13 academic year began in August for most families, with school supply list purchases being made at local retailers and friendly visits with staff members and other families at Meet the Teacher events.


Students also were busy last week at the 2012 Opening Convocation event, the "official kick-off" to the school year, as they welcomed staff members back for the school year. The event's entertainment roster included a WBLAHS student quartet, members of the high school drumline, the Mariners Choir and the WBLAHS cheer team. A surprise performance of the "National Anthem" by Emy Marier, a Willow Lane Elementary graduate and new Sunrise Park Middle School sixth grader, evoked a special round of appreciation before District leaders addressed the crowd and focused on the District's Legacy, Commitment and Promise. See videos produced for the event below.





The 2012 Convocation event video will be broadcast in its entirety on the Local Community Channel 19 at 7 p.m. on September 11, 3 p.m. on September 14, 9 p.m. September 15 and 16, and 7 p.m. September 17. A program for the event can be found here.


New initiatives underway for 2012-13

A variety of new initiatives are underway starting this fall. Read below for a quick synopsis of the exciting innovations happening in our schools:

If you have any questions about the initiatives above, please contact your school or the Superintendent's Office at 651-407-7563.


Activities Updates

WBLAHS senior and Theatre participant Emily Nies, who won a MN Spotlight Award and the chance to travel to New York City this summer to participate in the prestigious Jimmy Awards process, is one of 60 high school musical performers included in a PBS miniseries on the Broadway boot camp. The show will debut this Sunday. September 9 and will be continued on September 16 and September 23. Find additional details - and see Emily in both photos! - in this USA Today write-up. Girls Cross Country runner Bethany Kozak was named a StarTribune prep athlete of the week. Boys Hockey player Lance Carney was highlighted in the inaugural issue of White Bear Lake Magazine. Theatre and Choir student Jonathon Woodruff and Girls Basketball player Danielle Renner were highlighted as two of five of the region's prep elite in the inaugural issue of White Bear Lake Magazine.


White Bear Lake Area High School Athletics schedules can be found here.


A comprehensive 2012-13 District Activities schedule can be found here. The 2012-13 Activities Calendar will be mailed to District families later this month.


Please contact Marisa Vette (651-407-7695) to submit Student News for inclusion in future publications.


School Board News

School Board meetings

Upcoming meetings
Date Type Time Location
Monday, September 10 Regular 7 p.m. District Center Community Room 112
Monday, September 24 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center Room 201
Monday, October 8
Regular 7 p.m. District Center Community Room 112
Monday, October 22
Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center Room 201


Regular School Board meetings are re-broadcast on Cable Channel 20 in the local viewing area after regular business meeting as follows: