Community e-Newsletter

July 21, 2019

Note from the Superintendent

Hello District families,

I hope you are having a terrific summer!  I am writing to let you know that after a long, thoughtful process the School Board voted last Monday night to place a bond referendum question on the November 5 ballot.

The plan addresses needs district-wide:

  • Accommodates projected enrollment growth
  • Provides safe, secure & healthy learning environments for all students through investments in our aging facilities and infrastructure
  • Increases opportunities for students through a single 9-12 high school experience
  • Creates flexibly-designed learning spaces to support student-centered instruction

See the full press release here.

We will continue to provide updates to families and the community as informational materials are created, the most recent of which was a Bear's Update postcard sent to all district residents in June. More information and details about the planning process that led to the recommendation can be found at https://www.isd624.org/Bond2019.

Thank you for your commitment to our students as we courageously build the future!

Go Bears!

Wayne A. Kazmierczak, Ph.D.
Superintendent

In Photos: Sunny adventures

Collage of students having fun this summer

Student News

Summer explorations

Vadnais Heights Elementary hosted the first-ever Summer R.A.P. (Read, Activities, Play) event at Berwood Park. It was a great day to make a wind sock, play some games, determine how many rubber bands it takes to split a watermelon and everyone went home with a book. From White Bear to Europe, thirty high school students and five chaperones recently had a great experience traveling the world and visiting Ireland, Wales and England for nine days. Students got a chance to explore the culture, cuisine, and wonders of the area starting in Shannon, Ireland and ending in London, England. The summer opportunities continued! WBLAS Career Pathways students have been having a great summer participating in the GenZ Connection Program which is a paid, experiential learning program that allows students to see all the career possibilities in Manufacturing, Engineering, and Automotive industries. In other fun news, WBLAHS grad Farris Al-Humayani '14 will travel to Australia in October within a U of M student group to race a full-sized solar-powered car they designed. Check out the fun story in this White Bear Press article.

A group of students and adults smile at the camera during their trip to Europe

The traveling fun continues! Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) students recently enjoyed a trip to the Boundary Waters! Students were able to hike, canoe and take in the beauty of a waterfall! They had fun learning about the outdoors and sharpening their leadership skills! Speaking of the outdoors, students recently had fun getting their feet wet in the lake at Memorial Beach while testing out boats they created! Each group incorporated different materials to help their boats float in the water! This was a fun experience possible through a design-thinking process, emphasizing creativity, problem-solving and student-centered learning.

Community fun

Students recently enjoyed a Young Entrepreneurs Camp at Lincoln Elementary.  First, the students were able to create a business plan for a lemonade stand. Then, they were able to actually put their plans into action with hosting a stand. One component of their plan was to produce marketing and advertising content to get hands-on experience with promoting their goal, which was to serve the community! The students raised more than $250 and collected a few canned goods that will benefit the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf. From one fun experience to the next, families recently enjoyed a Party in the Park! All were invited to the Community Services and Recreation Department's free event where they could have fun with a picnic dinner, sports, games and crafts!

A group of students holding lemonade stand signs in the Media Center

It was recently a fun time for 144 golfers who came out to support the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation's 20th Annual Golf Tournament! Go Bears! In other fun summer news, district staff members have been having fun applying temporary tattoos, giving away pencils, sharing information and having great conversations with community members about the district's future at Marketfest! Check out this video to see the excitement. The White Bear football players recently attended the event and helped set up the Senior Center Craft Corner! Stop by this Thursday night for the last Marketfest this summer! Early childhood students and families have also been having fun playing and learning more about the environment around them this summer. Families recently attended a Blooming Babies class and were able to sing songs together and play at a water sensory station! The district news continues, as a connection to the District was mentioned in a recent White Bear Press story highlighting a group of Red Bull soldiers from the White Bear area. In other Bear-related news, several teachers have been participating in externships this summer to learn skills to bring back to their classrooms! WBLAHS teacher Seth Salenger recently participated in a White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce externship program, gaining industry experience in order to better teach students, with placement at CHIPS and Stillwater Express Solutions. Go Bears!

Activities Update

Former Bear Justin Braun has been acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers. Bears pitcher Trent Schoeberl was recently highlighted in the White Bear Press as a Gopher recruit and Mr. Baseball finalist. Bears' baseball coach Steve Henry was recently highlighted in the White Bear Press for work he's done with the team. Go Bears!

Find a complete list of all WBLAHS Activities, Athletics and Fine Arts here.

Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7695) to submit Student News for inclusion in future publications. 

School Board News

Upcoming Meetings

Past Meeting Highlights

June 27 Work-Study 

July 15 Regular

District News

General Information

Parent Notices

  • Board unanimously approves bond referendum question for November 5 ballot - At its July 15 regular meeting, the White Bear Lake Area School Board unanimously voted in favor of placing a bond referendum question to address building needs across the district on the November ballot. The action follows a nearly year-long facilities planning process that included a 90-member Facilities Planning Committee composed of parents, staff and community members. Find the full press release on the district’s website.
  • Back to School - We're excited to welcome students back on Tuesday, September 3. Check out available school supply lists.
  • School Board approves contract - At the July 15, 2019 Regular Board meeting, the White Bear Lake Area School Board approved the contract of Steve Asper as the Director of Technology and Innovation. Learn more.
  • Cone with Dr. K - Community members are invited to stop by and chat with White Bear Lake Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kazmierczak over an ice cream treat from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13 at Cup and Cone (2126 4th Street, White Bear Lake). There is no set agenda, so please feel free to order a treat from the server and find Dr. K at a reserved table to join the conversation! 
  • Free Summer Meals - There are free summer meals available throughout the community for kids and teens who are 18 years old and younger. Learn more
  • Career Pathways Newsletter - Please enjoy the July 2019 Career Pathways Newsletter!
  • We Are Hiring! - The district is hiring for a variety of positions. Find the online application page here.
  • Stay connected! - Join White Bear Lake Area Schools' social media circles - FacebookTwitter and YouTube.
  • Calling all baby models - We're looking for "Born to be a Bear" photos! Email photos to us here and you may find your little one featured in District publications!

Support WBLAS Students

  • Football Golf Fundraiser - Community members are invited to participate in the White Bear Lake Area High School Football Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Thursday, August 15 at 12 p.m. Register today and learn more.
  • Host an exchange student - International Cultural Exchange Services (ICES), a non-profit organization that has been promoting cultural understanding through student exchange for 25+ years, is looking to place two male international students at White Bear Lake Area High School. The students are from Germany and Spain. Families who are interested in learning more about hosting can find information at www.icesusa.org  or contact Heidi Heino at 952-200-7783.
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! Find the online application page here.

Awards and Honors

  • Communications department receives six national awards - The communications office recently received national-level awards for six of the following district publications:

    • Award of Excellence for:

      • 2018-19 Activities Calendar

    • Awards of Merit for:

      • 2018 Annual Update to the Community

      • #BackToSchoolBears Facebook Challenge contest

      • Early Childhood Program – Where Bears Begin Video

    • Honorable Mention accolades for:

      • Middle School Program Video


Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7578) to submit District News, General Information, Opportunities or Awards & Honors for inclusion in future publications.

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.

Senior Program Updates

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

  • Thank you - The Senior Center's Craft Corner would like to say thank you to the White Bear football players for their help in recently setting up their Marketfest booth! Go Bears!
  • FREE Activity Pass for Senior Community Members (age 65+) - White Bear Lake Area Schools offer a variety of activities - home athletic contests, concerts, and theater productions to name a few. Join us! Call the Superintendent's Office at 651-407-7563 to request a FREE Activity Pass for home athletics events and a District Activities Calendar. Find the application here. The Activities Pass is available to residents of the White Bear Lake Area School District who are age 65 and older. The FREE Activity Pass for community members can now be picked up at the Senior Center (2484 East County Road F, White Bear Lake), as well as the District Center (4855 Bloom Avenue, White Bear Lake)!
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! Find the online application page here.

Partnership Updates

  • The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation (WBLAEF) is an independent, non-profit corporation promoting excellence in education in White Bear Area School District 624 schools.
    • 20th Annual Golf Tournament - The WBLAEF held it's 20th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 24 and they had a great time out at Indian Hills Golf Course, even with a bit of rain to start! They said they are grateful to have sold out this year with 144 golfers and would like to say thank you to everyone who contributed, sponsored or came out to play.  To see photos of the event, visit their website.