October 15, 2017

Student News

  • In photos: Happy Homecoming
  • Homecoming celebrations
  • Healthy literacy and lifestyles
  • Fruitful adventures
  • Enjoying 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

A Note From the Superintendent
You are invited to get involved in shaping the future of White Bear Lake Area Schools by joining an Action Team! (To sign up, click here.) A 30-member Strategic Planning team met September 18-20 and identified draft beliefs, mission, objectives, and strategies (see the full details at /about/Strategic-Planning.asp). After a process that will take place this fall and winter, School Board action on the Strategic Plan is expected in March or April 2018.

The next step in the process involves forming Action Teams, which will develop action plans for each of the eight strategies (listed below). Action Team meetings are scheduled to take place from 6-8 p.m. on the following evenings: November 16 & 30, December 14, January 4 & 18, and February 1 & 15. Action Team meetings will take place at White Bear Lake Area High School - North Campus.

The new White Bear Lake Area Schools Strategic Plan consists of the following eight Strategies:

  • We will ensure that each student is the primary agent in their learning.

  • We will provide expanding access to a broad range of opportunities for all students.

  • We will foster community engagement and partnerships.

  • We will build organizational capacity.

  • We will embrace all cultures with humility and respect.

  • We will ensure learning environments enhance students' educational experience.

  • We will engage families as partners in the education of their children.

  • We will ensure the social and emotional growth of our students.

We act on these strategies in order to accomplish our mission and objectives. We are at a critical juncture as we consider the future of White Bear Lake Area Schools, and your involvement is essential as we continue this important work. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for your consideration.

Wayne Kazmierczak, Ph.D
Superintendent, White Bear Lake Area Schools

In photos: Happy Homecoming


Find additional photos of the Homecoming events on the district's Facebook page.

Student News

Homecoming celebrations

The leaves were falling and students, staff and community members were rising to cheer for the Bears at the much anticipated 2017 Homecoming game. The festivities kicked off on Monday where students could participate in "dress up" days the entire week to prepare for the big game on Friday night. WBLAHS - North and South Campus had pep fests where students could enjoy watching performances from the high school drumline, high school band, the cheerleading team and the danceline. The experience was captured in this Friday's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. Sisloob Lo and Yajaira Lansiquot wore the crowns as the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen. The Central Middle School Student Council enjoyed Kindness in Chalk where both students and staff members etched words of kindness into the cement to start off people's Homecoming day right. Orange and black filled the hallways on Friday, as students showcased their Bear pride. The excitement from these pep fests, Kindness in Chalk and the "dress up" days continued into the game on Friday night, where the bleachers were covered with fans in "Bear wear." 

The fun continued on Saturday morning when runners and walkers lined up to participate in the annual BearPower Homecoming 6.24K Family Fun Walk/Run. All of the fun activities made for another exciting and Bearified Homecoming Celebration! Students and staff hopefully won't be tucking their orange clothing away too far in their closets, as Unity Day is right around the corner on Wednesday, Oct. 25. On Unity Day, students and staff are encouraged to wear orange to show support against bullying and stand together to advocate for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Healthy literacy and lifestyles

Hugo Elementary students laughed their way through the staff performance during the One School, One Book Kick-Off Event. At the assembly, a book was revealed and given to each student to take home to start reading that night. Each night, families were encouraged to read two chapters. While families read the book, there were exciting events at school to go along with the text. The experience was recently captured in last week's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. This was a fun and exciting opportunity to engage students and families while promoting the importance of literacy.

Step by step and pedal by pedal, students at Lakeaires Elementary also participated in an exciting opportunity, as they celebrated National Walk to School Day along with thousands of other students throughout the country. Walking and biking to school is important to promote healthier lifestyles amongst youth. By lacing up one's tennis shoes and walking to school, students can build strong bones while decreasing the risk of obesity. In addition, by walking to school, families can reduce the amount of air pollutants and help contribute to a cleaner environment. The experience was recently captured in last week's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. This year, Minnesota Safe Routes to School ran a photo contest to encourage students to snap a picture and post it to their Facebook page using the #mnwalks for a chance to win a gift card. 

Fruitful adventures

Families took a hike out to an apple orchard to learn more about the special fruit at Tamarack Nature Center. Families then could enjoy a day of making their very own apple cider after they learned more about where apples come from. The experience was captured in this Friday's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. The families joined together in song to prepare for the apple cider making activities. Students washed apples, placed them in an apple cider press and helped press all of the juices out to make for a delicious treat at snack time. One by one, students would step up to the apple cider press and excitedly contribute their fruit to the cider. 

While Early Childhood students pressed apples, middle school students had a fruitful venture at their math meet. Both the Central Middle School and Sunrise Park Middle School Math teams are competing in the Burbs division this year, and they recently did great at their first meet. Central Middle School took first and Sunrise Park Middle School took second at the meet. In other exciting news, the Community Forum on Seniors continues to positively impact the community by promoting healthy lifestyles and collaborating about how to better serve the senior population. The Consortium of Lake Area Senior Services (CLASS) received a $2,500 grant from the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation. The grant is in support of the Creating Dementia Friendly Communities initiative, which helps community members understand what dementia is, how it affects families and how to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by dementia. Individuals are encouraged to attend upcoming Dementia Friends training sessions. Learn more. There will be a number of Community Conversations everyone is welcome to attend including gatherings on Feb. 7 from 4-5:30 p.m. at District Center and Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Vadnais Heights City Hall. 

Other conversations throughout the district gave students who wondered what it would be like to serve as a Founding Father of the United States the actual experience in Melissa Wickert's Honors American class. Students at North Campus were able to explore what it may have felt like to be a part of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The students recreated the historical moment in society. Each student was assigned to represent Founding Fathers who were delegates to the Constitutional Convention representing states such as Pennsylvania, Virginia and New York. They then engaged in debate surrounding the issues that were prevalent in the country in 1787.

Enjoying visitors

Early Childhood, elementary, middle and high school students had visitors from Krasnoyarsk, Russia and a translator stop by in their classrooms, as they were touring the district's special education programs. Each year, the Rotary in collaboration with Open World has hosted a new group of educators or related professionals to promote a collaborative understanding of the district's educational system. This gives the visitors an opportunity to ask staff, students and administrators questions regarding curriculum, equipment and student activities. The visit was recently captured in last week's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. Students introduced themselves to the guests and in turn were taught how to say "hello" in Russian. Senator Wiger was recently another visitor in the district, as he stopped by Matoska International where he discussed rights, responsibilities and the role of government with students.

Special visitors joined students for a new type of celebration at Oneka Elementary. The aroma of delicious pancakes and sausages filled the air, as students and their guests enjoyed the school's first "Perfect Attendance" Luncheon. Leaders are inspiring students and rewarding them for showing up at school with these fun opportunities. The school will celebrate perfect attendance each month by giving perfect attendance certificates and drawing one lucky winner per classroom to be invited to the special luncheon. This is where the winner can invite a special adult who they can enjoy lunch with. 

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 Central Middle School seventh grade volleyball team for taking third in the Hastings Middle School Tournament. The baseball players are getting ready for their season with their new coach Steve Henry, as they recently gathered for an informational meeting. The painting of the rink at the Hippodrome will be highlighted on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. on Comcast, Channel 19!

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 Oct. 9 School Board Meeting, the School Board recognized the following students:

  • AP Scholars
  • AP Scholars with Honor
  • AP Scholars with Distinction
  • Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Program
  • Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program recognized by the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP)



To see clips from the recognition ceremony, watch this Friday'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
October 23 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center 
November 13 Regular 7 p.m. District Center
November 27 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center 

For highlights from the most recent Board meeting, click here