August 3, 2014

In this issue

- In the Summer Spotlight
- In Photos
Student News
- A BearPowered Summer Playground
- Extra, extra! Read all about our Bears!
- Summer dedication
- Activities Updates

School Board News
- School Board Meetings

District News
- General Information
- Opportunities
- Awards and Honors

Upcoming Events

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Going Away and Returning Home 

The last Thursday in July is fine weather. By the start of the evening Marketfest celebration in downtown White Bear Lake, the warmth of the day gives up a few degrees to make the weather close to perfect. 

(Yes, after a winter with 60 days of below zero temperatures, we may be easy to please.) 

A half-dozen principals and other representatives of the White Bear Lake Area Schools greet the crowds, which swell in size to what you might expect to see on a Saturday night at the state fair. 

This night there is an excitement about retuning to school; summer sports seasons, camps and family trips draw to a close, and the school supply list is a frequent request. 

Members of the graduating class of 2014 stop by to talk, and linger a while. In a matter of days they will be across town or across the country, beginning college or work. 

"We've talked about what you are looking forward to in college... what will you miss?" 


The students reflect quietly until one smiles and says "the close-knit community."

We talk more, but all agree; our community and our schools are a "close knit community" and graduates leave for the next step of their journeys secure. 

And like more than 8,000 students from preschool through high schools, who look forward to "returning home" to school the day after Labor Day, these high school graduates know they will always be "Bears" children. Be prepared to cheer and enjoy!

Michael J. Lovett, Ph.D
Superintendent, White Bear Lake Area Schools

In Photos: A BearPowered Summer Playground


Student News

A BearPowered Summer Playground 


The district's summer playground program, led by Joel Barthol, has been hosting amazing activities this summer in celebration of BearPower. Every Wednesday has been a dedicated BearPower day. At each of their sites the staff has planned different activities to help engage kids with good food and physical activity.

"Students had a lot of fun planting a vegetable garden, learning about healthy foods and where they come from," said Barthol. "We have kept the participants in the playground program physically active through activities such as a bike rodeo, a kickball tournament, and exercise/aerobics days."

In addition, they have participated in other BearPower driven activities such as creating a play instead of watching a movie, taste-testing fruits and veggies, completing a create-your-own nutrition label and restaurant menu, as well as making fruit infused water. Not to mention - the playground program have kept the kids busy every day with multiple gym and playground games as well! 

Check out the video below to see a few clips from last Wednesday's BearPower activities during the playground program!

If you and your family would like to get BearPowered during Homecoming weekend, staff, families and community members are invited to join BearPower for a free fun walk/run on Sept. 27 at 8 a.m. at South Campus. The first 624 registered participants will get a BearPower Community Services Recreation t-shirt! Free snacks and refreshments will be served. They will also have pre- and post-activities for the participants.

Register online or in person in the community services office at District Center before Sept. 25 or in person an hour before the event.

Extra, extra! Read all about our Bears!

Bears are making headlines in print and on the web! First, Michael Djupstrom, 1998 graduate of White Bear Lake Area High School, was awarded one of a dozen $60,000 fellowships from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage in June.

Djupstrom's story was featured in the White Bear Press including an in-depth look into his background and musical style!

In other news, a video from White Bear Lake Area High School went viral on Buzzfeed, a popular entertainment website that features lists. This list, 12 Performances Of "Anything Goes" That You Must Listen To Today, included White Bear Lake Area High School student, Emily Nies who finished at #12. Click the link above to watch see the list and watch the performance!


In breaking theatre news, White Bear Lake Area High School would like to announce the upcoming performance of The Addams Family on Nov. 7,13,14,15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2:00 p.m., which will be free for senior citizens. Tickets will be available on on Oct. 1 or at the door one hour prior to showtime. 

WBLAHS will be the first high school theatre in the state of Minnesota to perform this show! The show will include another community outreach campaign. Just as Wednesday Addams wants to help her family understand that there is really no definition for the term 'normal,' White Bear Lake Area Schools thespians will work with the elementary, middle and high schools to promote an anti-bullying campaign of "DEFINE NORMAL" by encouraging kids to break away from using stereotypes and to embrace and value uniqueness.


Summer dedication


Dedicated White Bear Lake Area Schools students have been working toward their academic goals during summer school at WBLAHS - South Campus, Central Middle School, Sunrise Park Middle School, as well as Vadnais Heights, Oneka, Matoska, and Birch Lake Elementary Schools.

The free summer school program has given students the opportunity to develop a strong base that will help them prepare for next year's curriculum. This innovative programming will continue to help students excel academically in the coming school years.

As a district, in addition to providing students with fun opportunities, we are also dedicated to providing top-notch facilities. As highlighted in the previous newsletter, the district is dedicated to keeping our buildings and grounds safe, beautiful, and useful! For a more in-depth look at the summertime construction projects, check out this White Bear Press article. For a short video walk-through, check out the video of the construction and landscaping sites below.


62.4-second video update

Take a look at our 62.4-second update that highlights weekly activity throughout our schools!



Activities Updates
The White Bear Lake Orange 14-under softball team got sixth place out of 16 teams at the Minnesota Metro Fastpitch Tournament. Caroline Grubs of White Bear Lake got second in the 180 Degrees Division of the swivel ski competition in Wisconsin Dells and was the youngest competitor.

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

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

School Board Meetings

School Board meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.

Date Type Time Location
August 11 Regular 7 p.m. District Center
August 25 Work Study 5:30 p.m. District Center
September 8 Regular 7 p.m. District Center