Welcome to the 2014-15 School Year!
Welcome to the 2014-15 School Year!
This month we welcome you, our students and families, to the 2014-15 school year. Major construction projects at Lakeaires and Willow Lane Elementary Schools are nearly finished. Outside our buildings you will see enhancements made by our landscape team. Inside the buildings our custodial and maintenance staff are finishing deep-cleaning of all buildings. Our technology staff are assuring technology is ready, including new Chromebooks and wireless access points.
Many of our staff members are participating in training sessions, including elementary gifted cluster training, International Baccalaureate, and extensive technology options, such as specialized training for eighth grade teachers participating in this year's 1:1 initiative. Others are working with building principals, reviewing student assessment data, advising on elementary report cards, updating literacy benchmarks, and completing other work important in preparing for the year.
At the elementary level, we begin our second year of the new elementary gifted and talented cluster program, and our second year with full-day kindergarten.
At the secondary level, our high school students recently began in sports and activities.
Last week, eighth grade students were trained as leaders in WEB (Where Everybody Belongs); next week these young leaders will help with an orientation for all new sixth graders at Central and Sunrise. High school students are training to be part of the LINK crew, an orientation for students beginning ninth grade at North Campus.
Beginning of the Year Updates
During two of the past three years, we have begun the year informing you about upcoming referenda. In 2011 the community approved an operating referendum renewal by 73% to 27% margin. Last November, our community supported us again, approving a new ten year capital projects levy by a 61% to 39% margin.
This fall you will use the investments from that capital projects levy that support the four T's: textbooks, technology, test tubes, and tubas. Our students will benefit from additional instructional materials, science equipment, musical instruments, and technology consistent with our long-range plans.
Also, this year all eighth grade students will receive individual Chromebooks. Significant new technology will be available at each of our school sites.
Opening School Events
We look forward to having you join us for preschool activities happening at each of our schools and programs, and we look forward to welcoming students back for the 2014-15 academic year on September 2!
Michael J. Lovett, Ph.D
Superintendent, White Bear Lake Area Schools
In Photos: Otter Lake Extended Day Birthday Boxes
Extended Day summer students have participated in three community service projects recently. First, at the Oneka Elementary the Extended Day group had their annual food shelf project. In the past, they have donated food to the Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf.
This year, they added an interesting twist - not only collecting food items but also bringing in household items as well as personal care items. Each category was given a different point value (food was worth five points, personal care items were worth ten points and household items were worth fifteen points).
Students brought in a total of 1,085 points and the staff collected 1,785 points. On Thursday August 7, the winners (staff) had the chance to put a whip cream pie in the face of three volunteering students! Check out a few pictures in the 62.4-second update below.
At Otter Lake Elementary, Extended Day students completed two service projects this summer. The first was through the sale of Usbourne Books to our Extended Day families. They were then given credit to select books for a charity - this year to help children rescued from or fleeing human trafficking. They raised approximately $300!
The Extended Day program donated through the organization Civil Society, which serves to provide safety and services to human trafficking victims including medical, dental, food, shelter, clothing, ESL, and vocational counseling.
For the second service project, Otter Lake Elementary Extended Day students and families gathered items for Birthday Boxes that could be used to help celebrate a child's birthday for families in need. They brought in cake mixes, frosting, candles, paper products, party hats, and much more!
The students decorated the boxes and then small groups of students chose birthday party supplies for each box. In total, they made 25 boxes and delivered them to the White Bear Lake Food Shelf.
In other community outreach news, students in the Summer Playground Program participated in what they called "Service Project Thursday." Every Thursday afternoon, each school site would do a service learning project. Recently, one of these projects was to create placemats for Meals On Wheels.
"This program illustrates how the different programs within our district are working together to support one another across multiple generations," said Joel Barthol, Playground Program Supervisor.
White Bear memories
Some of our more seasoned Bears have held two memorable events this summer. First, on August 2 at Manitou Station, retired teachers and former students of the class of 1974 from both White Bear Lake Area High School and White Bear Mariner High School gathered for their 40-year reunion.
Former teacher Gerry Karakas said of the event, "Hello class of 1974, Go Bears! Go Dolphins! Now we are one school, one community. Go Bears!" Below are a few pictures from the event.
Senior members of the White Bear Lake community had a fun opportunity earlier this month as well. On August 6, the Senior Program had their annual pontoon ride with Pat McFarlane. Leaving from Tally's dockside, McFarlane's volunteer community members drove the pontoons to give rides for enthusiastic seniors from 1-3 p.m.
Along with the ride, seniors also had the opportunity to hear about and discuss the history of White Bear Lake! Check out a few clips in the 62.4-second update below.
62.4-second video update
Take a look at our 62.4-second update that highlights weekly activity throughout our schools!
The White Bear Lake Girls' Swim Team
tied for first place with Duluth East at the Greyhound Triangular on Saturday. Stella Cotner
was deemed the third place winner in the State for the Ladies Auxiliary Patriotic Art Explorers Contest. Several White Bear Lake students from Central Middle School and North Campus received ribbons for their artwork at the State Fair
. From Central Middle School: Natalie Dumas (1st Place - 6th Grade Sculpture), Jordan Gast (2nd Place - 7th Grade Sculpture), Jordan Gast (2nd Place - 7th Grade Reports), Eaden Hebert (Honorable Mention - 7th Grade Mixed Media), Ben Kroll (Honorable Mention - 7th Grade Reports), Zach Weiman (Honorable Mention - 7th Grade Reports), Colin Hupert (3rd Place - 8th Grade Pencil Drawing), Sadie Johnson (2nd Place - 8th Grade Pastel Drawing), Anthony Montalbano (Honorable Mention - 8th Grade Pastel Drawing), Chloe Nelson (Honorable Mention - 8th Grade Sculpture); from North Campus: Matt Genord (Honorable Mention - Color Pencil Drawing), Summer Parzyck (Honorable Mention - Clay Sculpture, Elise Ogden (Honorable Mention - Oil Pastel Self Portrait, Emma Corcoran (Third Place - Pencil Drawing, Molly Riley (Third Place - Pencil Drawing). Other winners include: Jacob Pierce (2nd Place), Oliver Harieux (3rd Place), Iris Lee (2nd Place), Abigail Cermak (2nd Place), Katie SIlverness (2nd Place), and three books from Abby Stenrud's class (Costa Rica Exchange). If you find yourself in the Education Building at the State Fair this year, check out these students' great works of art!
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