April 19, 2013

Friday fun

This morning brought a bit of action for Lakeaires Elementary students, who capped off a fun and healthy week today by traveling to the Vadnais Heights Dome for an active fitness day. Since Monday, the students have been tracking their fruit and veggie intake, effort to promote healthy eating. Students also kept track of their fitness hours by recording time spent active at home and in classroom fitness breaks.

Today's action is happening on stage as well. With opening night under their belt, Central and Sunrise Park Middle School students have been excited today for tonight's Middle School Players' production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. - happening tonight at 7 p.m at the White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Auditorium. There will also be a matinee showing at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 20. Those who still need tickets for the show can purchase them at The Nest in Downtown White Bear Lake. (Photo at right is courtesy of the White Bear Press.)

And speaking of musicals, the touring cast of Calculus: The Musical made a stop at the White Bear Lake Area High School - South Campus theater this morning to perform for 220 calculus students. This comic "review" of the concepts and history of Calculus featured a variety of musical parodies to spread the knowledge of Calculus. In the past, WBLAHS teacher Matt Danielson has taken students on a field trip to the play when it was performed at a theater in Minneapolis. However, this morning's experience marks the cast's first on-site location for a high school performance.


Students in action

April has been busy for members of the White Bear Lake Area High School Student Council. Earlier this month, Student Council members hosted a Battle of the Bands competition, featuring six student bands with musical styles ranging from acoustic to heavy metal. While the final votes were being tabulated, a teacher band consisting of Brian Perry, Fred Feirn, Connor Luby and John Forestell made a guest appearance. When all was said and done, third place went to The Executives, a jazz combo group (Mitch Hancock, Josh Mason, Taylor Isberner, Scott St. Amant, Ryan Allen, Sam Hassel and Joey Herring). Second place was the metal act, Heroes Aren't Born (Griffin Konkler, Gavin Lindeau, Henry Schwartz, Jordan Eckhoff-Bennett and Josh McGrane). Taking home 1st place was the winning classic rock trio, In the Basement (Jeff Guenther, Matt Guenther and Nick Bruton) who wowed the crowd by playing Led Zepplin with their 11-year-old drummer!


A delegation of WBLAHS Student Council members from both campuses also recently attended the Minnesota Association of Student Councils State Convention in Medford and Owatanna, joining more than 400 students from across the state. Student leaders shared ideas for how to improve their schools, engaged in service projects and even drafted an opinion for the state legislature. John Forestell, WBLAHS Student Council Advisor, was awarded Advisor of the Year for the Capital Division. The WBLAHS - South Campus Student Council also was awarded Outstanding Student Council of the Year.


Driven by dedicated members, the group is also preparing for another April event. Next week begins Fundraising Week including daily activities to support the White Bear Lake Education Foundation's Angel Fund. An iPad mini raffle, lunchtime karaoke, morning caffeine cart, bear hugs and powder buff volleyball are just a few of the events the students have planned. The events will culminate with a Saturday outdoor movie night. Community members of all ages are invited to attend the WBLAHS outdoor G-rated movie night at 7 p.m. on April 27 at WBLAHS - South Campus. A second feature PG-rated movie will begin at approximately 8:45 p.m. The movie location is planned for football field, but the location will change to the tennis courts if snow is covering the field. The cost of the double feature is $2. Student Council also will sell water and popcorn for $1 each. Proceeds will go to the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation’s Angel Fund.



White Bear Lake Area High School junior Bethany Kozak has been named a Minnesota State High School League ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) award winner for the 2012-2013 school year. Kozak is the daughter of Matthew and Cheryl Kozak.

Outside of the classroom, Bethany is involved in the Ambassadors Program, Band, Leadership Club, State History Day, Cross Country and Track and Field. Bethany is also engaged in a wide variety of community service activities by volunteering at her local church, Feed My Starving Children, Dress for Success, Special Olympics and other activities. "I love being around a variety of groups to meet new people," said Bethany. "I have a pretty busy schedule, but I have fun with everything that I do." In her occasional block of free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling and being outdoors.

According to White Bear Lake Area High School Director of Student Activities Tim Hermann, Bethany is the first WBLAHS student to receive this award. "When it comes to exemplifying the qualities of the Minnesota State High School League's ExCEL award, Bethany's body of work shines through!" says Hermann. "We all are proud of her accomplishments."

After a successful Cross Country season last fall, including first place finishes at conference and section meets, Bethany is looking forward to running in her first track and field meet of the season. She shares that her goals for the year are "to improve my times, run strong, stay healthy and have fun!" Another goal the junior would like to reach before graduating is that of setting a new WBLAHS record in both the 1-mile and 2-mile races. "When you put in that much work, you know that you can accomplish. My coaches give me the confidence to know that I can run with the lead pack and break away at the right time," said Bethany. "My parents, coaches and teachers are a great support team and I couldn't do it without them."

Bethany draws inspiration from her many role models including U.S. Olympic runners Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan. Following graduation, Bethany plans on continuing her running career in college and studying sports medicine or physical therapy.

ExCEL is a is a unique recognition program designed exclusively for Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities and who volunteer in their communities. The annual award is presented to 32 juniors from across the state. Congratulations Bethany!

Activities Updates

Girls' lacrosse player Lyndee Boyce signed a National Letter of Intent this morning. She will attend the University of Tampa as a student and a female lacrosse team member. Cross country and track and field participant Bethany Kozak, junior, has been named a Minnesota State High School League ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) award winner for the 2012-2013 school year.

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

A comprehensive 2012-13 District Activities schedule can be found here.

Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7578) to submit Student News for inclusion in future publications.

School Board Recognitions

School Board Meetings

Before its April 8 regular meeting, the School Board recognized the following students who recently competed at state or national competitions:

Scholastic Art Award recipients

National History Day competition participants

School Board Meetings

School Board meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.

Upcoming meetings

Date Type Time Location
Monday, April 22 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center Room 201
Monday, May 13 Regular 7 p.m. District Center Community Room 112
Monday, May 20 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center Room 201
Monday, June 10 Regular 7 p.m. District Center Community Room 112