January 14, 2018

Student News

  • In photos: Senior Foods
  • Arts and math
  • Shaping the future
  • Lunch and learning
  • Exciting visitors
  • The Week in 62.4 Seconds
  • Activities updates


School Board News

  • School Board Recognitions
  • School Board Meetings


District News

  • General Information
  • Awards and Honors


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In photos: Senior Foods at WBLAHS - South Campus 

Student News

Arts and math

Kindergarten students in Paige Kazak's class at Lakeaires Elementary recently transformed into artists, as they created personalized special paintings. Strokes of red, orange and yellow filled the page, as students painted the backgrounds of their masterpieces during their watercolor lesson. The experience was recently captured in the January 5 edition of The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. After the background was complete, the students dipped their brushes in more water and painted a turtle on the center of the page. Paper towels were used to absorb any excess water. This is an opportunity for students to embrace creativity and express their artistic talents. After their turtles were painted precisely how they wanted them, students let the paintings dry to finalize the process. 

Early childhood students also embraced creativity and learned first-hand that with their imagination and some fabric, they can make their very own hats. At Tamarack Nature Center, students participated in the clothing unit of study. On the last day of the unit, they worked with their teacher and used and learned about sewing machines to help finalize their hats. The experience was recently captured in the January 12 edition of The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. While some students were busy sewing together their newest clothing item, White Bear Lake Area Schools' mathletes recently had success, as the Central Orange Team, placed first out of 16 teams in the Burbs Division with an overall score of 522. Sunrise Orange, Sunrise Park Middle School's team, came in second in the division with a score of 312. In the Burbs Division, five students from Central Middle School placed among the top ten individually.

Shaping the future

Students recently admired the precision of the new CNC router, made possible through a STEM grant, in Phil Sundblad's Manufacturing Education class at Sunrise Park Middle School. The router will give sixth, seventh and eighth graders a first-hand experience with manufacturing and industry principles that are currently being used. The class watched the router carve White Bear Lake Area Schools' logo into a piece of wood. The experience was recently captured in the January 5 edition of The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. After learning more about the CNC router, wood shavings were flying around as students continued working on their Animal Bank Projects. Students were sanding down and cutting pieces to ensure their project turned out just the way they wanted. Other students throughout the district were also taking the initiative to make sure one of their service projects was a success. 

It was all about giving back for Transition Education Center students who hosted a book drive with the help of the WBLAHS - North Campus AVID Program. WBLAHS - North Campus collected twelve boxes of new or gently used books. Transition Education Center, Central Middle School, Hugo Elementary, and Otter Lake Elementary students, staff and families donated a total of six boxes of new or gently used books. All of the books were delivered to the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital Child and Adolescent Behavioral/Mental Health Units. Carla Olson from the University of Minnesota Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Department was pleasantly surprised and very thankful for the generous donation. This was a great way for students to spread the opportunity to enhance literacy and a love for reading to others.

Lunch and learning

The lunch hour was filled with a lot more than food recently at WBLAHS - North Campus. Ninth and tenth grade students participated in the Lunch and Learn Series. This is an opportunity for students who are interested in manufacturing, construction, healthcare or information technology to gather with like-minded peers and industry experts to learn more about career fields they are interested in. Students who are a part of the Information Technology Career Pathway recently met with guests from RedTeam Security, while students interested in healthcare were able to converse with a professional from HealthPartners. The experience was recently captured in the January 12 edition of The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. Other high school students learned through hands-on opportunities with cooking in the classroom.

Some high school students might as well have been saying "bon appétit" in their Senior Foods class. At WBLAHS - South Campus, seniors were busy cooking cheese stuffed shells. They chopped onions, boiled water and heated up their sauce to create the perfect blend. The experience was recently captured in the January 5 edition of The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. They prepared the meal, and then were able to taste test their delicious pasta platters afterwards. Throughout these cooking lessons, students are reminded of the importance of practicing the three Cs, which are collaborating, communicating and critically thinking. The learning and fun continued, as staff members and students recently celebrated the largest cohort of White Bear Lake Google Certified Educators to date. Bear made special visits throughout the district to congratulate educators on their prestigious achievements. For a full list of recent Google Certified Educators, check out the December 31 edition of the e-newsletter. Congratulations!

Exciting visitors

Students at Lincoln Elementary recently had visitors in their classrooms. Educators from Minot, North Dakota observed the Explorations classes and took some time to talk with teachers to understand more about White Bear Lake Area Schools' offerings and opportunities. The leaders connected and chatted with students while asking them questions about their work. The visitors were learning more about the Explorations program because they are looking to create an opportunity for their gifted students and wanted to understand White Bear Lake Area Schools' approach better. In total, the educators visited four gifted programs throughout the Twin Cities area before driving more than 500 miles back to Minot. The educators from Minot were not the only visitors who enjoyed time throughout the district in elementary buildings this week. 

Elementary students may have noticed a few extra visitors in the buildings during Welcome to White Bear Week. Families were invited to tour elementary schools to learn more about White Bear Lake Area Schools. The experience was recently captured in the January 12 edition of The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. While some families toured elementary schools, other students and staff members gathered in the gymnasium at Willow Lane Elementary to show gratitude to Patty Erickson, parent leader and staff member, at their monthly Youth Summit. With their theme this month being gratitude, they took time to thank Patty, whose effort and time was pivotal in getting the school a new playground. Last month, the theme was service, which Patty exemplified in her actions. This was the school's way of honoring Patty and doing their part in expressing gratitude. 

The Week in 62.4 Seconds

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



Activities Updates

Parents of the boys' basketball team saw a great game on Parent Appreciation Night last week, which was highlighted in this White Bear Press article. 

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. 

School Board News

School Board Recognitions
Before the Jan. 8 School Board Meeting, the School Board recognized the following students:

  • Bowling Team members
  • Swim Team member
  • Fall Musical cast and crew


To see clips from the recognition ceremony, watch last week's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video.

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

Date Type Time Location
January 22 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center 
February 12 Regular 7 p.m. District Center
February 26 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center 


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

District News

General Information

Community Services

 The WBLAS Community Services and Recreation Department provides a wide range of services and opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all members of ISD 624.

Parent Notices

  • A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota - Community members are invited to read "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota" and then listen, discuss and learn from others in community conversations. Learn more.
  • Importance of outdoor recess - Starting this week, all of the elementary buildings in the White Bear Lake Area School district are using a -10 degree wind chill rule. If the weather is -10 degrees or warmer, the students will be going outside for recess. This decision is based on the importance of physical activity, the benefits of unstructured play and outdoor play for young children, and scientific information provided by the National Weather Service. See the complete information here.
  • Welcome to White Bear - Opportunities to hear about the district's offerings, from early childhood to high school, are available in the month of January. Find a complete listing of 2018 registration events here.
  • Family-to-Family - On Wednesdays, starting on February 7, 2018, community members are invited to attend Family-to-family from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at WBLAHS - South Campus, which is a free 12-week class for family members and friends of individuals with a serious mental illness taught by trained family members. Learn more
  • We Are Hiring! - The district is now hiring substitute teachers, Extended Day staff, nutrition services staff, bus drivers, paras and more. Find the online application page here.
  • Stay connected! - Join White Bear Lake Area Schools' social media circles - Facebook and Twitter.
  • Calling all baby models - We're looking for "Born to be a Bear" photos! Email photos to us here and you may find your little one featured in District publications!

Senior Program Updates:

The White Bear Area Senior Center is a program of the White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Services & Recreation Department.

  • Creating Dementia Friendly Communities - CLASS is bringing together members from all parts of our community to understand how well we are serving people with dementia and their family and friend caregivers and to explore how the community can act together to become dementia-friendly. View a flyer and invitation for dates, times and locations. Please join us for a meeting to share your ideas and knowledge on how we can create a supportive environment for people living with dementia.
  • FREE Activity Pass for Senior Community Members (age 65+) - White Bear Lake Area Schools offer a variety of activities - home athletic contests, concerts, and theater productions to name a few. Join us! Call the Superintendent's Office at 651-407-7563 to request a FREE Activity Pass for home athletics events and a District Activities Calendar. Find the application here. The Activities Pass is available to residents of the White Bear Lake Area School District who are age 65 and older.
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! See additional information here, and find the online application page here.

Partnership Updates:

  • White Bear Center for the Arts provides programming to all members of the community to educate new and established artists, cultivate the understanding of art and its many forms and celebrate the joys of art. For more information on this community partner visit their website
    • Fun and Free Family Events - Community members are invited to enjoy the exhibition "Start the Songs, Tell the Tales" through Feb. 16. Additionally, there is a Winter Open House on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 1-3 p.m. where there will be fun and free activities indoors and out to celebrate their 50th year. Learn more.
  • BearPower is a community-wide movement helping White Bear Lake area families eat well and be active. For more on this community partner and its upcoming events, click here
    • BearPower Open Gym - Come check out featured friends at Open Gym. Learn more.

Support WBLAS Students:

  • 39th Annual Night Club - Community members are invited to the 39th Annual Night Club event that will take place in the cafeteria at WBLAHS - South Campus on Saturday, Feb. 17. Learn more and purchase tickets online!
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! See additional information here, and find the online application page here.
  • Bundle Up Bears - Families and community members are invited to the free Bundle Up Bears event on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at WBLAHS - North Campus. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy music, hay rides, ice skating and food options. Register today

Awards and Honors

  • January Recognitions: 
    • January - Welcome to White Bear Month
    • January 22-26 - Paraprofessional Recognition Week 

Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7578) to submit District News, General Information, Opportunities or Awards & Honors for inclusion in future publications.