May 31, 2013

What's on the menu? Breakfast, lunch and service!

In addition to recent days spent studying for finals, signing yearbooks, and practicing walking in their caps and gowns, the Class of 2013 recently enjoyed a time-honored tradition of Senior Day. The students gathered last Friday for a Senior Breakfast, enjoying time together and a great message from motivational speaker Mark Scharenbroich of "Nice Bike" fame. Find fun photos of the students at the District's Facebook page.

Next week, seniors will be sitting for finals on Monday and Tuesday, their last day of school. On Wednesday, their first official day as a student who has completed high school, 225 seniors will gather at the WBLAHS - South Campus Stadium for a Senior Service Day. The initiative was chosen as a way to give back to the community that has given so much to the senior class.

The benevolent students will choose between seven projects happening that day:

  • Cleaning around Lake Varney
  • Beautifying the grounds at WBLAHS - South Campus
  • Beautifying the grounds at WBLAHS - North Campus
  • Cleaning up Ebba Park
  • Visiting with senior citizens at Cerenity Care Center and Normandy Park
  • Doing yard work for neighbors of our high school.
  • Assembling 1000 sandwiches for 363 Days Organization - to be distributed to homeless in the Twin Cities

After they're finished with the service projects, the students will reconvene at South Campus to enjoy a lunch, with a variety of treats available from a food truck and an ice truck. It is sure to be a memorable "last lunch at South" for the students.

Crunch time

Third grade students in Merrily Wolters class at Lakeaires Elementary had a surprise visitor in their classroom earlier this week. Crunch - the Timberwolves mascot - made the special trip to congratulate the classroom as Delta Dental/Timberwolves Slam Dunk Challenge winners. 

The students were excited to see the sports mascot up close, to receive autographed postcards and posters, and to receive dental health supplies to keep their smiles bright. One student exclaimed multiple times "This is the best day of my life!" during Crunch's visit.

The students won the contest earlier this spring after keeping track of their weekly brushing and flossing habits and submitting drawings of themselves, Crunch or the Tooth Fairy brushing their teeth.

See photo of the visit at the District's Facebook page photo album


A theatrical reunion 

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.

Activities Updates

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

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 Meetings

School Board meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.

Upcoming meetings

Date Type Time Location
Monday, June 10 Regular 7 p.m. District Center Community Room 112
Monday, July 8 Regular 7 p.m. District Center Community Room 112
Monday, August 12 Regular 7 p.m. District Center Community Room 112