October 4, 2015

In this issue

Superintendent's Message

  • Homecoming

Student News

  • In Photos: Manufacturing Pathway
  • Much to celebrate!
  • Room for learning
  • Excitement at the ALC
  • Students in the spotlight
  • 62.4-second video updates
  • Activities updates

School Board News

  • School Board Meetings

District News

  • General Information
  • Opportunities

Upcoming Events

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High school Homecoming is celebrated with time-honored traditions.

Energy and enthusiasm builds during a week of coronations, pep-fests, athletic contests and fun.

On Friday afternoon, student-made floats, some of them actually finished, parade through downtown White Bear Lake, past 19th Century homes and businesses, thorough golden and scarlet tree-lined avenues and up to the blue lake sparkling in the afternoon sun.

The route is crowded with families and cheering students dressed in orange and black. Among the familiar faces along the way are graduates of White Bear High from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.

By the evening, any store within 50 miles stocking blaze-orange hooded sweatshirts is sold out. Fans, friends and families gather for the football game, and for many members of recent classes, this is time to return from college or work to reconnect with staff and friends.

To all, welcome back!

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

In Photos: Manufacturing Pathways!

Student News 

Much to celebrate!

It's no secret our district and White Bear community have a tremendous amount of Bear pride, but this month is when we truly "bleed orange and black" - it's Homecoming! This year's Homecoming week takes place October 5-10 and the theme is "Wreck the Raiders," as our Varsity Football team will be playing against our neighboring rival, the Roseville Raiders, during the Homecoming game on Friday, October 9. However, before that match-up, there are a number of other activities going on including the daily "dress up" events during the week, coronation and the annual Homecoming parade, to name a few. A more detailed schedule can be found here. The fun doesn't stop after Friday's game either - gather your family, friends and neighbors for the BearPower Homecoming Celebration 6.24K run/walk Saturday, October 10. It's a free event and the first 624 registered participants will get one of the new BearPower winter hats. Click here to learn more! 

The 62.4K is also the launch of the BearPower Family Challenge, which is a chance for friends, neighbors and families across the community to spend four weeks getting BearPowered. Each week there are different challenges, which are all centered around eating well and being active. In addition to developing great habits, participants can win big prizes. Some of those include a new bike, fresh fruit delivered to your home, a $200 Festival Foods gift card and more! To be eligible for those prizes, participants must take photos of their different challenge activities and share them via Facebook or email with the hashtag #BearPower. More information on the challenge can be found here. Signing up is easy, just click here!

Room for learning

Tamarack Nature Center recently hosted a grand opening celebration for the new Early Childhood Learning Center. The event included a ribbon cutting, tours of the new facility, and remarks from Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman and Superintendent Dr. Michael Lovett. The partnership, which began in 2005, includes both preschool and Early Childhood Family Education classes that use a unique curriculum focused on immersing children in nature, allowing them to learn with, from and about it. Each class is led by both a preschool teacher from the district and an early childhood naturalist/educator from Tamarack Nature Center. For the first nine years of the partnership, classes were held in an existing classroom within the nature center. The opening of the new addition allows the program to move into an updated, spacious and permanent facility to help ensure its continued growth and success. For the entire press release, click here.

Similar to our Tamarack preschool students, Oneka students experienced the fun of outdoor learning during a recent field trip. With help from staff and volunteers, Hugo studentsvisited nearby apple orchard, Applecrest Orchards. The learning began right as the students left the building, as they practiced traffic safety by walking roughly a mile to and from the orchard with chaperons and staff. While at the orchard, students learned everything from bee production, the life cycle of apples and how to detect a perfect apple. Also during their time at Applecrest, students played outdoor games and fed farm animals including chickens, bunnies and goats. This is the fourth year Oneka students have enjoyed this field trip. Teachers who accompanied the students say this adventure is generally a favorite activity of the year!

Over at WBLAHS - South Campus, the fun was brought indoors for the celebration of the district's first-ever manufacturing pathway. The September 25 White Bear Lake Area Schools Manufacturing Pathway Kick-Off event provided students, community leaders and area business leaders an opportunity to mingle and learn about the many manufacturing-related opportunities available in the area. The event was hosted by Century College, HIRED, Vandnais Heights Economic Development Corporation and White Bear Lake Area Schools to celebrate the launch of the Manufacturing Pathway at White Bear Lake Area High School, made possible due to a $250,000 grant recently received from the United Way.

Commissioners Blake Huffman and Victoria Reinhardt presented Superintendent Lovett and White Bear Lake Area School Board members with a Ramsey County Proclamation, which honored September 25, 2015 as "Manufacturing Pathway Day" in Ramsey County. During the event, area industry leaders took the stage and shared industry information and insights, then a panel discussion concluded the program. For the full press release on this event, click here. Additional details on the new Manufacturing Pathway program will be shared at the October 12 board meeting. There will also be a WBLAS Manufacturing Pathway Program Showcase event on at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 5 at WBLAHS - South Campus.

Excitement at the ALC

The district's Insight Recovery School, housed in the district's Area Learning Center, recently became fully accredited by Association of Recovery High Schools ARS. The program is now one of four recovery high schools in the country to be fully accredited by ARS. There are an estimated 35 recovery high schools currently operating throughout the United States. The Insight program provides a supportive learning environment for recovering teens that nurtures their mind, body, and spirit, and encourages healthy decision-making. The district has offered a recovery program as a school-within-a-school since January of 2001 and has graduated 81 students since that time. A number of additional students have attended Insight for a time and transferred back to their home school once strong enough to maintain their recovery. An entire press release on Insight's recent accreditation can be found here.

Our Area Learning Center was also recognized recently for going green. The ALC designs its yearbooks with a company called Treering. For every book sold, Treering plants one tree with their partner company Trees for the Future, in the school's name. The ALC sold 30 yearbooks last year, so the organization and its partner, Trees for the Future, will be planting that many trees in ALC's name.

Students in the spotlight

Transition Plus student Michael Engebretson successfully completed the Project SEARCH application and interview process and was selected to become a Project SEARCH intern at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, Minn. for the 2015-16 school year. Project SEARCH is an initiative that began in Minnesota in 2009. Student interns, such as Michael, are provided work opportunities and practical learning experiences to enhance their academic preparation and expose them to the world of work. Project SEARCH interns are students with disabilities that are provided systematic instruction during three ten-week unpaid internship rotations. Interns learn to apply marketable skills such as: communication, financial literacy, critical thinking, self-management, problem solving, leadership, decision-making, flexibility and teamwork. Interns also gain the ability to navigate complex work environments. The goal for each intern is integrated competitive employment upon graduation


Meanwhile, our White Bear Lake Area High School theater students are preparing for the spotlight, for the upcoming Fall Musical. This year's show, "Nice Work if You Can Get It," is a newer show that hit Broadway in 2013 and involves an old classic storyline about gangsters, prohibition and wealth, along with music by Gershwin. Rehearsals are currently in full swing, but you still have time to catch the show. The musical is set to debut the week of November 13, with tickets being available to the public on October 10. Updates will be available on the district's Facebook and Twitter pages for 624 Fact updates and upcoming video highlights!

62.4-second video updates

Take a look at our 62.4-second video updates that highlight weekly activity throughout our schools during the school year


Activities updates 

The 2015 Homecoming Week takes place October 5-10. Coronation will take place Monday, October 5 at 7 p.m at WBLAHS - South Campus. The Homecoming Football Game against the Roseville Raiders will take place Friday, October 9 at WBLAHS - South Campus. For a list of all of the homecoming events, click here.

Click here for a schedule of all fall sports contests. 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. 

Student News

School Board Meetings

School Board meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.

School Board Meetings

School Board meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.

Date Type Time Location
October 12 Regular 7 p.m. District Center
October 26 Work-study 5:30 p.m.  District Center
November 9 Regular 7 p.m. District Center

Highlights from the most recent School Board meetings can be found here.