April 8, 2018

Student News

  • In photos: Child and Babysitting Safety Class
  • Scholarships, skills & success
  • Learning opportunities
  • Science rules
  • Fractions & fun
  • The Week in 62.4 Seconds
  • Activities updates

School Board News

  • School Board Meetings

District News

  • General Information
  • Awards and Honors


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In photos: Child and Babysitting Safety Class

Student News

Scholarships, skills & success

In Karin Hogen's classes at Central Middle School, students got to put their advertising skills to real use! Students made advertisements for the White Bear Lake Middle Schools Players production of "Singin' in the Rain Jr." that will be taking place at the end of April. Check out students' outstanding promotional materials. Just like real people working in advertising, students got an information sheet from their "client" (the district) about what the objectives of the advertisements were as well as any required information that were "must haves" in the ads. Students then used a few online design software programs to create their advertisements. These musical promotions will be posted in several places, including in the daily announcements at both Sunrise Park Middle School and Central Middle School. Purchase tickets today for "Singin' in the Rain Jr." In other fun news at Central Middle School, students recently enjoyed creating a variety of pop art projects such as plaster casts, hard covered structures of their palms, paintings and drawings. The fun was captured in this video.

It was an exciting time for two WBLAHS - South Campus seniors who received inaugural Workforce Development Scholarships. This came as the result of collaboration between the Work Experience and Career Pathways programs. The recipients were recognized when Century College hosted the Workforce Development Signing Day. In other exciting news, several seniors are focusing on giving back this spring. The high school students have been busy organizing a Pennies for Patients Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fund blood cancer research and help families that are suffering from blood cancer. The event will take place on Friday, April 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. at WBLAHS - South Campus in the cafeteria. Learn more about the event. Community members can R.S.V.P. on this Facebook page

Learning opportunities

Students in Maggie Clark's class at Oneka Elementary have now completed several episodes of their "Real Talk" podcast series. Throughout the podcasts they have interviewed an author, professional athletes (from the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Timberwolves), a Bosnian refugee, executive chef, organ donor, the White Bear Lake police chief, a Team U.S.A. Paralympian, a Children's Theatre Company representative and more! The class has been working together to design, implement and produce their podcast episodes. Listen to the episodes and stay tuned for more! In other fun news at Oneka Elementary, students are also leading a Mental Health Awareness initiative. These students have completed a literacy study on mental health and to present their learning, hoped to raise awareness for mental health by having students and staff wear purple and turquoise to school. These fifth graders also created a website and hope to better inform students and adults of what mental health is and ways people can take better care of mental health. Other Oneka Elementary students are preparing to continue contributing to good causes, as they are organizing a BOSS (Bears Official Service Superheroes) field trip to Feed My Starving Children in May. 

For news with a different tune, beautiful orchestral music filled the gymnasium at Oneka Elementary, as students gathered for an all-school Orchestra Concert. The experience was captured in this video. On another note, fourth grade students at Otter Lake Elementary recently tested out butterflies of the future that they engineered to overcome environmental challenges. The fun was highlighted in this video. The fourth grade team was awarded a Brosious Grant earlier this year that helped make this fun unit come to life. In other grant news, Matoska International and Otter Lake Elementary were awarded E3 Grants from the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation. The E3 Grants further White Bear Lake Area Schools' students understanding and attitudes towards science, the community, the world and the outdoors. Matoska International received the grant for "Investigation on the Water," which will be used for Wilderness Inquiry in elementary summer school this year. Otter Lake Elementary received the grant for an outdoor learning space. Learn more about the exciting opportunities.

Science rules

Recently, at Central Middle School, science class involved balloons and races. Students blew up their balloon cars and tested how many meters their projects would travel down the hallway. Gutter boats were another fun activity happening in a Central Middle School science classroom where students blew on their boats to see how quickly they could race their projects down a waterway. Students at Central Middle School also recently had fun participating in a Google augmented reality experience, where participants could look at the world differently through devices by getting to explore a new perspective of animals and various realistic scientific happenings on their screens. From augmented reality to robots, students recently participated in the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition. The necessity of creativity continued, as community members enjoyed canvas art at the White Bear Area Senior Program. Blank canvases transformed into personal masterpieces by the end of the experience. While some enjoyed art in the community, families enjoyed food and games at the Otter Lake Elementary Carnival and Vadnais Heights Elementary Carnival.

Families could also enjoy an evening full of science at Lakeaires Elementary's first Science Fair. There were more than 30 kindergarten through fifth grade students who participated in the opportunity. A variety of topics were covered such as facts about the Earth, rainbows and the most common color of M&M's in packages. Students were excited to show their projects to the community and showcase their hard work. Speaking of showcasing hard work, Transition Education Center students were highlighted in this article for their contributions to the Project SEARCH program at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. This program allows students to learn on the job and provides them with meaningful job skills through systematic instruction in preparation for competitive employment. 

Fractions & fun

It was all about fractions and fun at Birch Lake Elementary. Students participated in an equivalent fraction hunt where they worked as a team to find and pair the correct fractions together. The excitement was captured in this video. In other exciting news, families enjoyed food and conversation together at Sunrise Park Middle School's Latino Family Night. This was an opportunity for families to talk to the principal, ask questions, and learn more about the great opportunities at the middle school. The experience was captured in this video. One student even shared their insight regarding AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and explained the benefits of the program to attendees. AVID students also recently enjoyed a college trip where they explored Hamline University. The experience was highlighted in this video. While some high school students toured a college in St. Paul, others also recently embraced the opportunity to visit the Minnesota State Capitol with district cultural liaisons!

More learning opportunities were underway, as staff and community members recently gathered at the Monthly Staff and Community Mental Well-Being Series. Chris Vendel recently presented about high achieving children and mental health pressure. The experience was captured in this video. Previous sessions have covered topics such as depression and anxiety. The next session will be on Wednesday, April 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at WBLAHS - North Campus. Learn more about upcoming sessions of this series. Other learning opportunities were fruitful, as interested students participated in the Child and Babysitting Safety Class where they learned about being prepared, safe, responsible and professional babysitters. There will be another Child and Babysitting Safety Class offered on Friday, June 22. If interested, view more details about the opportunity. 

The Week in 62.4 Seconds

Enjoy The Week in 62.4 Seconds videos highlighting weekly district activities throughout the school year.



Activities Updates

Congratulations to the following swimmers who were recently named Academic All-American: Madison Beck, Dan Johnson, Bailey Letourneau and Sydney MacDonald.

Find a complete list of all WBLAHS Activities, Athletics and Fine Arts here.


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School Board News

School Board Meetings
School Board meeting agendas, packets, minutes highlights and videos/audio files can be found here.

Date Type Time Location
April 9 Regular 7 p.m. District Center
April 23 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center
May 14 Regular 7 p.m. District Center 

For highlights from the most recent Board meeting, click here.