Coming this summer, White Bear Lake Area Schools theatre alumni are teaming up for a performance of: "White Bear Lake Musical Theatre Alum Show: Past, Present and Future" at 7 p.m. on June 15 at the Community Auditorium. Click here
to get your tickets and take a look at this promotional video
made by current student Alex Ullmann.
Who will you see on stage at the show? Alumni from the past fifteen years' worth of shows will participate, representing the cast of Grease, Hello Dolly!, 42nd Street, Aida, Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, Anything Goes, West Side Story, How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Urinetown, Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, Beauty and the Beast and Oklahoma. The event will raise funds for the WBLAHS theatre department.
The long-standing tradition of great White Bear Theatre continues to strengthen as the department continues to rack up accolades. Recently, this year's fall musical received additional accolades from the prestigious Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Musical Theatre Program.
Both Emily Nies and Sam Adamsson recently learned they made it to the final cut of the top 12 for the Triple Threat Award, the winners of which will be announced at the Spotlight Showcase on June 2nd. Additionally, the following additional Spotlight honors were added to the school's musical accolades list for the 2012-13 year:
- Community Engagement Award - full production of Anything Goes
- Technical Achievement Awards:
- Chase Ator, Sound
- Courtney Westveer, Hair/Makeup/Backstage Crew
Find additional information and a full listing of Spotlight Awards for Anything Goes here
Counting the stars
Students at each of the three White Bear Lake Area Schools Early Childhood Program locations - Hugo Elementary, Tamarack Nature Center and Normandy Park Education Center - are officially receiving a top-rated experience. The programs recently received a 4 star rating from Parent Aware, an initiative led by the Minnesota Department of Human Services in coordination with the Minnesota Office of Early Learning.
To be considered for the rating, the District went through an application process to prove the program implements particular assessment and curricular items deemed to be of high quality. Training and credentials of staff also were evaluated during the application process.
Only five other programs in our area are 4-star rated from Parent Aware.
Early Childhood registrations are currently being accepted for the 2013-14 academic year. Find additional information here
It's a bird... it's a plane... it's a weather balloon!
If you looked to the skies last Friday, you might have seen an unusual site floating above the White Bear Lake area. Meteorology students from the White Bear Lake Area High School - South Campus once again teamed up with the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine University to launch a high altitude weather balloon. You may remember reading about a similar launch featured in the December 14 issue
of the Community e-Newsletter.
The 5-foot wide balloon, also equipped with a camera, carried several meteorology and physics experiments to an altitude of nearly 100,000 feet before descending back to Earth. "This time couldn't have gone better," said WBLAHS teacher Peter Pitman. "It was a beautiful day with clear skies and the balloon landed within two miles of the predicted target near Ellsworth, WI. Students were able to track the course of the balloon in real-time from WBLAHS - South Camps and record valuable temperature, wind and pressure measurements."
Growing the community
The second annual "Fill the Heart" event was a great show of support for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This year, 88 individuals wearing "End the R-word" shirts attended the event, including Special Olympics athletes, parents, teachers, students and community members.
"Everyone was there to accomplish one thing - gaining respect and inclusion in our community for everyone," said one parent. "I feel like we got one step closer to that." When asked if they will continue to host the event in the future, volunteers gave a loud and clear answer: "We will continue each year until we are finally able to fill the heart."
This is just one activity through which students have shown support. Additional efforts throughout the academic year have included banner signings at Central Middle School and WBLAHS - North Campus and "R-word" t-shirt sales. Next fall, the group will perform an "It's My School Too" skit at the Middle Level Education (AMLE) conference.
Hugo Elementary School also sought ways to grow our community this month by joining forces with neighbor New Life Church for a very special community service project. Mrs. Hickman's kindergarten class and Mr. Bates's first grade students worked together to plant a garden that will be maintained throughout the summer. All food grown in the garden will be donated to the local food shelf after it is harvested.
Students were able to incorporate science standards, fulfill the core values of compassion & service and reinforce the strong partnerships that White Bear Lake Area Schools has within our community. Click here
to view a slideshow of the activity and see the students planting the seeds and plants.
Members of the Boys Golf Team who have qualified for the state meet include: Mason Fiddle, Pat Ohman, Sam Peterson, Matt Pitcher, Mike Pitcher and Alex Schaber. The team also won the Section 4AAA Championship. Congratulations to Boys Lacrosse Team on an outstanding regular season which led to an SEC Championship. Player Nick Timmons has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Minnesota Minute Men Mr. Lacrosse Award. The top winner will be announced on June 9. The Girls Track & Field Team took home 2nd place overall at the Section 4AA finals earlier this week with an incredible finish to the season. State meet qualifiers include: Kiersten Johnson (Long Jump), Bethany Kozak (1600m, 3200m), Shayla Munson (Shot Put) and Anna Ojczyk (Discuss). Coach Richard "Sam" Samuelson was also named Section Coach of the Year. For the 2013 season, All-Conference Athletes include: Katie Hawkinson, Tarah Hobbs, Bethany Kozak, Tess Netterstad, Anna Ocjzyk, Allison Ternes and Katie Zoborowski. State qualifiers from the Boys Track & Field Team include: Quintin Abel (Discus), Evan Blomquist (Long Jump), Connor Koll (300m Hurdles), Noah Lee (Shot Put), Wyatt Lemon (110m High Hurdles, 300m Hurdles), Trevor Simanski (Long Jump) and Bernard Vinson (Triple Jump). Coach Dan Destache was also named Section Assistant Coach of the Year. For the 2013 season, All-Conference Athletes include: Quintin Abel, Evan Blomquist, Neal Burke, Benny Jones, Connor Koll, Noah Lee, Wyatt Lemon, Trevor Simanski and Bernard Vinson. Congratulations to the following WBLAHS Students of the Month for their outstanding performances: Female Athlete of the Month: Carrie Tuttle - Girls Lacrosse, Male Athlete of the Month: Adam Montividas - Baseball, Fine Arts Students of the Month: Seaver Holter & Jon Woodruff - Theater