September 17, 2017

Student News

  • In photos: Welcome back Bears!
  • Kicking off the 2017-18 school year
  • Building friendships
  • Embracing the outdoors
  • 62.4-second video updates
  • Activities updates


School Board News

  • School Board Meetings


District News

  • General Information

In photos: Welcome back Bears!

Student News

Kicking off the 2017-18 school year

Busses lined up, backpacks were zipped and phones were ready to capture pictures of the precious moments of the first day of the 2017-18 school year! Students excitedly headed to their classrooms where they were greeted by their teachers. They took their seats next to new classmates while also enjoying connecting with long-term friends, as well. Elementary and early childhood students hugged their parents goodbye while high school and middle school students warmly welcomed their friends. Early childhood students started learning about what it means to be a Bear. The experience was captured in this Friday's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. Excitement for the new school year was seen district-wide as students, staff members and parents reconnected and participated in the #BackToSchoolBears Facebook Challenge. Everyone was invited to share their excitement for the 2017-18 school year in a Facebook post and include the #BackToSchoolBears and tag the district for a chance to receive a special ice cream treat hand-delivered from Bear. Watch Bear deliver the winner a treat to their classroom in this Friday's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. This was a fun opportunity to highlight Bear pride while kicking off the new school year. The first week of school experience was recently captured in last week's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video

Transition Education Center students also recently kicked off an exciting opportunity, as they started the first Project SEARCH class at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul. This class provides students with job skills through systematic instruction and three internship opportunities in preparation for competitive employment. During the day at Project SEARCH, there is classroom instruction, career exploration and job skills training. The business led high school transition model is accomplished through a collaborative effort with Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, the district, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Ramsey County and the Project SEARCH State Leadership Team. Learn more about this initiative. 

Building friendships

The White Bear Senior Program hosted an Open House where community members could enjoy treats and learn about various activities, groups, classes and services. In addition, they could hear more about rewarding volunteer opportunities. A few of these opportunities include being Senior Program Ambassadors, volunteering in elementary schools and participating in a Meals on Wheels route delivery. Seniors could hear about further ways to enhance their communication connections this fall through TED Talks, a Caregiver Series, Wellness Checks, Mobile Markets and Lunch & Learn opportunities. The experience was recently captured in last week's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. Attendees could also learn about opportunities regarding becoming Dementia Friends, which is aimed at creating more dementia friendly communities in the Northeast Metro through one-hour sessions that are face-to-face discussions. Learn more about registering today. 

Embracing the outdoors

Otter Lake Elementary students transformed into scientists, as they conducted research in the school's prairie. Thom Green, fourth grade teacher, took a class at the University of Minnesota this summer called Citizen Science - Driven to Discover, which is part of a National Science Foundation grant. His students along with the other fourth grade classes were able to participate in the research process related to the class by conducting observations of organisms visiting pollinators in the prairie and sharing the data collected with The Great Sunflower Project. The experience was recently captured in this Friday's The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. After this, students will continue their learning by conducting their own research concerning pollinators in and around Otter Lake Elementary's prairie. 

Other students have been enjoying time outdoors being active while exploring various trails around the state. Last weekend, students put the pedal to the metal at the mountain bike race at 'Jail Trail' in St. Cloud. There are 16 students on the team from seventh through twelfth grade. They took third place in the first meet of the season, which was in Austin, Minnesota on Aug. 27. The fun experience at 'Jail Trail' was captured in this video. White Bear Lake Area Schools Mountain Bike Team is an official high school club and co-ed team for mountain bike enthusiasts.

62.4-second video updates

Enjoy 62.4-second video updates highlighting weekly district activities throughout the school year. 



Activities Updates

Last weekend, students on the White Bear Lake Area Schools Mountain Bike Team put the pedal to the metal at the mountain bike race at 'Jail Trail' in St. Cloud. The team took third place in their first meet of the season.

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

Date Type Time Location
September 25 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center 
October 9 Regular 7 p.m. District Center
October 23 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center 


For highlights from the most recent Board meeting, click here