October 20, 2013

Ambassadors of "good"

White Bear Lake Area High School students are learning first-hand what it means to represent the district well with the Ambassadors program. More than 130 students helped out at the Oct. 6 Twin Cities Marathon - getting there by 6 a.m. to run a water-stop and encourage runners with White Bear Pride.

A couple of days later, 40 WBLAHS - North Campus students joined other District students, and 18,000 other kids from around the state, for WE Day at the Xcel Energy Center. The students were inspired to continue to make a difference in our school, community, and world. A short video the group made about the day can be found here

Other initiatives have taken place a bit closer to home. New Ambassadors recently participated in an "Immersion Day" that allowed all new Ambassadors to work on team-building, challenging themselves, and having fun. Next week, the group will clean a portion of Highway 61 as part of our Adopt-a-Highway initiative.

Hugo hair and habitat

Students at Hugo and Oneka Elementary Schools recently had a hair-and-raising experience. They raised more than $27,000 and earned a double-prize of shaving Associate Principal Healy's head and "gluing and feathering" Principal Dahlem. The fundraiser supports the students and the PTA, which in turn supports the school's math/reading interventions, provides students with extra art lessons with Amy Servatious, purchases SmartBoards and programs that enhance student learning, and gives some money for each individual teacher to purchase materials for student success.

Other excitement happening at the northern end of the district is of the outdoor variety. The School Board approved a resolution to establish and maintain a Hugo School forest and outdoor classroom in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In addition to that partnership, a local Boy Scout working toward his Eagle Scout Badge built 33 outdoor learning boxes (also known as "field desks") that the students have been using this year.

One fifth grade Oneka student took it one step further. She worked with her family to secure the funding and materials, then they worked together to build and outfit another 35 boxes for the school's students. Hugo company JL Schwieters Building Supply Construction, Inc. supplied the wood needed. 

The good will spread even further when another student in the class brought in money for the clip boards and magnifying glasses to stock in the boxes. The class is looking forward to staining and varnishing the boxes, tying in the handles, sliding in the clip boards, and heading back outside for some more outdoor learning opportunities!


On the move

Last week saw students walking and running in all directions! Students at Lakeaires Elementary participated in their annual "Walk and Read" activity this week, incorporating exercise and literacy on a beautiful fall day. Students walk a designated path and drop change into buckets along the path. This year the change collected will help support the Lakeaires Student Leadership's activities through the school year.

Enjoy a video of the students wrapping up the "walking" portion of their day with an enthusiastic celebration of Lakeaires!

Central also hosted its annual one-mile-run recently. Students qualified for the race in physical education class, then competed in front of the student body. The event is an annual favorite, with racers decked out in Bears gear and bystanders cheering from the sidelines.

A few weeks ago, District families and students of all ages participated in a BearPower Homecoming Celebration Fun Run, an event created to engage families in the District's BearPower initiative and celebrate the spirit of homecoming week. The 365 participants chose from two courses - a 1 mile and 6.24 K. 

The event was an example of partners-in-action. Walkers/runners warmed up with zumba and dancing, led by YMCA staff members. The district's Community Service Department facilitated the event and had the popular Rec T-Shirts tweaked for the race, and Festival Foods offered participants 

ALC Craft Sale

The White Bear Lake Area Learning Center's second annual Craft and Treasure sale was a great success. There were a variety of vendor selling their unique wares. There were also many members of the White Bear community who come out to peruse the sale and eat concessions. Several enthusiastic ALC students volunteered to work the concession stand, wait on vendors, help both shoppers and vendors find their way around, and help with set-up and clean-up. 

The success was a financial one as well, bringing in a profit of almost $1,000. The money will help ALC teacher Tim McGraw fund his Economics project centering around KIVA, an organization that offers entrepreneurial loans to people around the world. The funding will also allow ALC Language Arts teacher Michele Greenhalgh to take several ALC students to a theatrical production of Othello at the Guthrie Theater this Spring. 

The ALC expresses a heartfelt thank you to all who participated as shoppers or sellers, helping raise more money to enhance rigor in our classrooms!  

Activities Updates

The Ambassadors have been busy lately, with stints volunteering with the Twin Cities Marathon, attending WE Day with 18,000 other kids,Adopt-a-Highway clean-up initiatives, and "Immersion Day" for new Ambassadors. The Cheerleaders competed against 17 other teams from our state and had the overall highest score which earned them their 4th consecutive State Championship this past weekend on October 12th at the Minnesota State Cheer-Off. Along with their victory, Juniors Baylie Sherrick, Bailee Ehnstrom, Maddi Galloway, Kenzie Kaspszak, Tiffany Wallace, and Michelle LaCasse 6 were honored as All-State cheerleaders. The Girls Cross Country team finished 4th at the conference meet on Tuesday, October 15th. We had 3 All Conference Athletes; Bethany Kozak (4th), Allison Ternes (14th) and Katelyn Galvin (15th). And 7th grader Emily Brockberg earned Honorable Mention All Conference Honors (30th). The Junior Varsity squad finished 2nd in the conference and was lead by Isabel Brown (7th), Sophie Perron (9th) and Olivia Schwintek (10th). Congratulations to the South Campus Student Council members, who collected more than 3,000 pounds of food items for our White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf during last week's Harvest Bowl football game vs. Mounds View. Also, congratulations to the Football team, which pulled off a regular-season win vs. Mounds View for the first time in a decade! White Bear Lake Wrestling will host a Spaghetti Dinner from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, October 28 at WBLAHS - South Campus. Dine-in or carry out are available. Cost is only $7. All proceeds benefit the White Bear Lake Area High School Wrestling Team. The WBLAHS 2013 Fall musical is Once Upon A Mattress. A parody on the story of Princess and the Pea, this fun-for-all-ages musical is sure to entertain! This rated PG spoof of a potential marriage between the prince and the princess (from the swamp) has many fun twists and turns. A cross between Shrek and Cirque Du Soleil, this high energy show will be sure to wow the audience and tickle the funny bone! The show will be performed at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8,9,14,15 and 16. A 2 p.m. matinee will be performed on Nov. 9 (matinee free for senior citizens). All performances will take place at the WBLAHS - North Campus Theater.

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

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School Board Recognition

Before the October 14 School Board meeting, students who were honored in the AP Scholar and National Merit programs were honored.

School Board Meetings

School Board meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.

Upcoming meetings 

Date Type Time Location
Monday, Oct. 28 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center
Monday, Nov. 11 Regular 7 p.m. District Center
Monday, Nov. 25 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center