March 11, 2018
- Notes from the Superintendent: Student Safety Reminders and An Invitation
- In photos: Tree tapping at Tamarack Nature Center
- Visits & violins
- Tapping into experiences
- Reading readiness
- The Week in 62.4 Seconds
- Activities updates
School Board News
- School Board Meetings
- General Information
- Awards and Honors
Notes from the Superintendent
Student Safety reminders
With students out and about more in the warmer weather, and the upcoming Spring Break, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind parents of the importance of reinforcing rules of personal safety with their children:
- always be aware of your surroundings
- don't be afraid to tell people "no"
- tell a trusted adult if you feel unsafe
Additional information, including resources and activities to facilitate with your child, can be found at www.kidsmartz.org.
Thank you for helping to keep all of our children safe.
March 20 Coffee with Dr. K - Community members are invited to stop by and chat with White Bear Lake Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kazmierczak over a cup of coffee between 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at the Downtown White Bear Lake Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bros. Bagels (4733 Highway 61, White Bear Lake, MN). There is no set agenda, so please feel free to order a coffee from the barista and find Dr. K in the meeting room to join the conversation!
In photos: Tree tapping at Tamarack Nature Center
To see more of the tree tapping experience, watch the March 9 edition of The Week in 62.4 Seconds video!
Visits & violins
The Minnesota State Capitol became Area Learning Center students' classroom for several hours as they participated in the MAAP STARS Legislative Day where they met with legislators and discussed benefits of alternative learning. They started off the day by meeting with other Area Learning Center students from across the state. Throughout the experience, students were encouraged to learn about crafting their elevator speeches to their legislators about why it's important for them to support schools like the Area Learning Center and Insight Recovery School. The experience was captured in this video. The MAAP Stars Legislative Day aims to provide students with a platform to embrace their civic responsibility, tell their stories and express their needs to legislators while simultaneously learning more about the legislative process.
The sound of violins filled the orchestra room at Central Middle School. It is Music In Our Schools Month, and students' hard work with their instruments was featured in this recent video. One student explained how orchestra has been a fun way to cherish new friendships that began to blossom in the program during their fifth grade year. Students are learning about rhythm and preparing for their upcoming spring performances. Speaking of performances, there are a variety of district productions coming up this spring. From the White Bear Lake Middle Schools Players production of "Singin' in the Rain Jr." to Lincoln Elementary's performances of "Oklahoma," there are many opportunities to enjoy entertainment while supporting students. Learn more about productions, times, and purchasing tickets on the district's website.
Tapping into experiences
Early childhood students at Tamarack Nature Center bundled up and hiked out into the woods to participate in the annual tree tapping experience. Students were able to work with their teachers to drill holes into maple trees. The fun was captured in this video. After the holes were drilled, the adventurers could safely tap and secure spiles with hammers into the trees. Once this happens, it means the tree is all ready to start dripping the sap into buckets. The early childhood students even wrote in their notebooks about their adventure. After the tree tapping journey, students were able to enjoy delicious syrup and pancakes with special guests they were able to invite to the experience. This was a yummy and sweet reward after their hard work and learning outdoors!
High school students tapped into experiences in a different way. Congratulations to White Bear Lake Area High School - South Campus seniors for competing in the inaugural American Heart Association's Advancing Sciences event. Not only did they walk away with a $1,000 prize to support the adoption of American Heart Association's First Aid/CPR Curriculum for students, they also volunteered their time (on their day off of school), offered free demos and did all the brainstorming on how they could share the great things happening throughout White Bear Lake Area Schools. Their success was even highlighted in this article.
Speaking of great opportunities happening throughout the district, Willow Lane Elementary fifth graders finished up another successful year of the "Donatelli's Takeover" experience, after five Tuesdays of serving lunch and learning important work-life lessons. Lessons learned along the way have also paid off for Sunrise Park Middle School student Megan Van Ostrand, who won the school geography bee and is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2018 Minnesota National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at Minnesota State University, Mankato in April.
WBLAHS - South Campus students are busy with JustUs, which is a discussion series happening that meets on a bi-weekly basis to discuss issues and initiatives around diversity, equity and inclusion. Their mission is to create a safe, collaborative space where students use their voices and experiences to create further awareness. Their next initiative is focused on creating safe spaces in middle schools. This has been a powerful dynamic being that staff have attended every meeting to absorb student feedback. Their most recent initiative is their JustUs Awareness video, which was emailed to all attendees of the "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota" community conversation. The recent community conversation was a powerful way for attendees to have open dialogue about race, equity and social justice. Read more about the experience. Another engagement opportunity is the White Bear Lake Indian Education Program that is made up of students, families, staff and the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC). Learn more about the program and how to get involved.
At Vadnais Heights Elementary, students formed a reading train with books in hand to celebrate a variety of happenings that support literacy initiatives. On March 2, they created a reading train to honor I Love to Read Month in February, the NEA's (National Education Association's) Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss's birthday. The reading train fun was captured in this video. Read Across America Day is an annual nationwide reading celebration to encourage diverse readers across the country to enjoy books in a fun environment. The opportunity took place following their all-school summit focused on assertion. While some elementary students enjoyed reading about topics that interested them, one Sunrise Park Middle School student pursued their interests and interviewed a former Gopher's football player! The student conducted the interview for a project focused on the dangers of concussions in sports.
Books, books and more books. Hugo Elementary students enjoyed their time while participating in a Book Tasting activity. The experience was recently captured in this video. Throughout the Book Tasting, they were able to test out mints that were placed at each of the tables. At the end of the activity, they were asked to identify their favorite books that they read during the experience. The Book Tasting was aimed to highlight the importance of reading and showcase a lesson about the love and fun reading can bring to students. While students participated in the Book Tasting activity, high school students at WBLAHS - North Campus focused on tutorials in their AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classes with tutors, such as one White Bear graduate, Hakeem Martins. The tutorial learning opportunity was highlighted in the March 9 edition of The Week in 62.4 Seconds video.
The Week in 62.4 Seconds
Enjoy The Week in 62.4 Seconds videos highlighting weekly district activities throughout the school year.
Congratulations to students on the wrestling team who qualified and competed in the Minnesota State Wrestling Tournament. The City of Vadnais Heights is planning a celebration for Olympians who started their hockey careers in a White Bear youth program! The exciting news was highlighted in this article. Go Bears!
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 Meetings
School Board meeting agendas, packets, minutes highlights and videos/audio files can be found here.
|March 26||Work-Study||5:30 p.m.||District Center|
|April 9||Regular||7 p.m.||District Center|
|April 23||Work-Study||5:30 p.m.||District Center|
For highlights from the most recent Board meeting, click here.