April 14, 2019

Student News

  • In photos: Enjoying experiences
  • Rewarding times
  • Fun visits
  • Giving back
  • Exciting opportunities
  • The Week in 62.4 Seconds
  • Activities updates

School Board News

  • School Board Recognitions
  • School Board Meetings

District News

  • General Information
  • Awards and Honors


In photos: Enjoying experiences


Student News

Rewarding times

District Technology Department leaders recently had fun visiting with a group of 12 Central Middle School students and used a Human Centered Design process to solve problems relating to Chromebook usage at their building! The Technology Department brought four representatives from the student innovation team to present about the process at the Projects, Pedagogy and Play Conference! This is an opportunity for educators and students from around the metro to gather and spend time further understanding project-based learning and the impact of playful learning in the classroom! In other project-based learning experiences, high school students were able to recently participate in the Minnesota North Star Regional event where they designed a robot that performed in a competition! In other science-related news, White Bear Lake Area Learning Center students recently found a dobsonfly/fish fly larva in the Audubon Center of the North Woods, which is a rare bioindicator for the health of their creek!


The fun continued, as Birch Lake Elementary was recently getting ready for their performances of "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope." This show was about being kind to others and embracing empathy and was possible due to a White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation Ryan Family Art Grant and a partnership with Children's Performing Arts. A fun highlight of their rehearsals can be seen in this video. They were excited to show their families and community members all that they had been working on. In other performances news, students played instruments and performed sneak previews of Willy Wonka, Jr. at Sunrise Park Middle School's Community Dinner. Families and community members could enjoy food while listening to the performances. The fun can be seen in this video. Tickets for Willy Wonka, Jr. are on sale and can be purchased on this website.

Fun visits

Otter Lake Elementary students recently had a fun visitor in their classroom! White Bear grad and former Wild Hockey Player Ryan Carter stopped by and read students a book! They even got to ask Ryan questions about their career in the NHL. The fun experience was featured in this video. From one fun experience to the next, during Spring Break, middle school students were able to enjoy a Week Without Walls trip to Costa Rica. The fun opportunities they were able to experience can be seen in this video. In other fun news, congratulations to district students who were announced winners in the Minnesota State Clean Drinking Water Poster Contest this year! Birch Lake Elementary students Giorgia Luzia and Seanna Davis won third place, Otter Lake Elementary student Maya Link won second place and Sunrise Park Middle School student Elias Ramirez won third place! Check out the posters!


From art to Career Pathways, Entrepreneurship/Business Management students from WBLAHS - South Campus recently attended the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx 10th Annual Business Club Day at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Students and teachers from Minnesota and Wisconsin attended the annual event and it was a first for White Bear students. Students participated in sessions that highlighted various career paths within a sports franchise. Timberwolves and Lynx top-level executive team members presented on a variety of topics including: Sales and Marketing, Communications, Networking, NBA Gaming and The Business of Basketball. The interactive sessions allowed students to ask questions and learn about basketball operations. In more exciting career-focused news, Career Pathways student Anthony Schouveller recently enjoyed an opportunity getting hands-on experience by job shadowing at Techie Dudes. This is an organization that focuses on providing computer and networking services!

Giving back
WBLAHS - North and South Campus students have been showing others how their shoes can help give back to others. They have been busy with a community shoe drive campaign for the Shoe Away Hunger Program, which keeps shoes out of landfills and provides hunger relief! The students were able to advocate for the great cause and learn about the impact they can make on eliminating local hunger, as the Shoe Away Hunger Program states, "one sole at a time." Other high school students have been busy preparing for Prom that will happen on Saturday, May 4! While Prom is almost here and spring is underway, district students, families and staff members recently had an interesting experience when they had a Snow Day in April! Check out the blustery weather in this video!

Hugo Elementary students had fun kicking off the PowerUp School Challenge by tasting delicious veggies that can be seen in this video. Elementary students throughout the district have been embracing this opportunity this school year! The PowerUp School Challenge is a fun way to get students excited to Try for 5 fruits and veggies every day! Speaking of wellness, community members were able to gather with their babies, birth to six months old, for the free Community Baby Shower! During this opportunity, community members could learn about ways to support and nurture their infant's health and development while getting information about community resources! White Bear Lake Area High School student Sophie Davis presented about the importance of resources to the Legislature, as they talked about the Race 2 Reduce Bill. The Race 2 Reduce Bill will aim to continue empowering students to be water warriors in a race to reduce inefficient use of precious water resources. Sophie discussed how water resources across the state have been negatively impacted by the rapid development and associated increased pumping of groundwater throughout the area. Sophie also went on to share how they have been empowered to make an impact both locally and globally regarding water conservation! Other students embraced opportunities by participating with staff members in the Urban Leadership Academy, which brings people together to focus on creating equitable and culturally responsive spaces for all students to learn!

Exciting opportunities
Community members were able to recently participate in the last of the Many Faces of the White Bear Lake Area event. This collaborative introduced participants to the people who inhabited the area around the lake during various periods of time! The community involvement continued, as district representatives participated in the Northeast Metro Community Business Expo event and visited with others about White Bear Lake Area Schools! This is an event where community members could learn about businesses in the area, visit with organizations and enjoy free entertainment! It was an exciting time for two high school students! Abby Zavadil was elected secretary for the Minnesota Association of Student Councils State Executive Board and Nicole Agurto was elected vice president for the Capital Division Executive Board (which encompasses the largest division in our state). Congratulations and go Bears!

FLEX had their first annual dance and it was a huge success with more than 100 Central and Sunrise Park Middle School students attending! The dance was put on by the FLEX program with help from the Central Student Council. FLEX is the district's middle school program, providing after school programming during the school year, special events on some non-school days and full-day programming during the summer. Students had fun dancing, participating in a limbo contest and spending time with friends. In other exciting news, Bela Larsen and Victoria Wilson participated in a Youth Skills Training discussion where they spoke with a variety of people about their Career Pathways experiences, which included Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Nancy Leppink, White Bear Lake Mayor Jo Emerson and Senator Jason Isaacson. WBLAHS - South Campus students Bela Larsen, Victoria Wilson and Andre Keller were even recently interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio where they also shared stories about their Career Pathways experiences.

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


Activities Updates

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 News

School Board Recognitions
Before the April 8 School Board Meeting, the School Board congratulated the following students and staff members for their accomplishments with:



To see clips from the recognitions during the ceremony, watch the April 12 edition of 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
April 22 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center
May 13 Regular 7 p.m. District Center 
May 20 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

  • April 16 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 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16 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!
  • Monthly Mental Well-Being Series - District staff and families are invited to attend monthly presentations focused on mental well-being. The following presentations will take place coming up:
    • CANCELED - Healthy Teens and Safety by Ramsey County Public Health on Tuesday, April 16
    • Finding Self Control: Responses to Children's Emotional and Physical Outbursts by Jenny Hanlon, M.Ed, on Tuesday, May 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the WBLAHS - North Campus Theater. Check out this flyer for more details.
  • Board approves contract - At the April 8, 2019 Regular Meeting, the White Bear Lake Area School Board approved the contract of Lori Mosser, who will begin her role as principal of Oneka Elementary on July 1, 2019 when current principal Teresa Dahlem retires from the position. View the district's website for more information.
  • The Many Cultures of White Bear Early Childhood - Families are invited to attend The Many Cultures of White Bear Early Childhood event for free on Thursday, April 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Normandy Park Education Center where they can enjoy traditional clothing, music, ethnic foods, arts and games! View this flyerfor more details.
  • Drum Stick Design Workshop - Students and families are invited to join the Indian Education Program and attend the free Drum Stick Design workshop that will be held on April 18, April 24 and May 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Central Middle School in Room 140. View this flyer for more information. This event will prepare students and families for the upcoming free Drum Making workshop that will be held on Wednesday, May 15 at WBLAHS - North Campus from 6 to 9 p.m. 
  • Spring into Action - Families are invited to enjoy the free Spring into Action event at Lakeaires Elementary from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 26. Check out this flyer for more details. 
  • Public Notice - Due to guidelines specified in the grant application, we are sharing a public notice that White Bear Lake Area Schools is intending to apply for a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant through the Minnesota Department of Education. Those who wish to review the completed application may contact Ashlie Anzel after the April 19, 2019 submission deadline.
  • AIPAC Public Hearing - The American Indian Parent Advisory Committee will be holding a Public Hearing on Monday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m. at District Center (4855 Bloom Avenue, White Bear Lake) in Room 206.
  • Innovate 624 - Check out the latest editions of Innovate 624 with one featuring a reflection on what teachers can learn about audience engagement from the dance-a-long comedy show and another focused on three district themes to inspire work.
  • T-Ball Supervisor Opening - The Community Services & Recreation Department is looking for an adult t-ball supervisor to manage the t-ball program. Apply today
  • Career Pathways Newsletter - Please enjoy the April 2019 Career Pathways Newsletter!
  • We Are Hiring! - The district is hiring for a variety of positions. Find the online application page here.
  • Stay connected! - Join White Bear Lake Area Schools' social media circles - FacebookTwitter and YouTube.
  • 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.

  • 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. The FREE Activity Pass for community members can now be picked up at the Senior Center (2484 East County Road F, White Bear Lake), as well as the District Center (4855 Bloom Avenue, White Bear Lake)!
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! See additional information here, and find the online application page here.

Partnership Updates:

  • 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 Breakaway Family Bike Ride - Get BearPowered by riding bikes with families and community members at the free BearPower Breakaway Family Bike Ride on Saturday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. at Otter Lake Elementary. Register by May 1 to receive a BearPower gift and check out this flyerSign up to volunteer today!
  • The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation (WBLAEF) is an independent, non-profit corporation promoting excellence in education in White Bear Area School District 624 schools.
    • E3 Grant Recipients - Congratulations to this year's recipients of an E3 Grant. The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation granted funds for Phase II of Otter Lake Elementary's Prairie School outdoor classroom, to educators Kristi Olness, Elizabeth Olson, Sara Starke, and J.J. Parker. View their smiling faces. The Prairie School will be an outdoor learning space for students and teachers to creatively explore and honor the unique natural environment that surrounds the school. The primary objective of the project is to strengthen the outdoor learning experiences for the students, with a focus on complementing the prairie and Otter Lake Elementary's Otter Trail. In addition, the Foundation was pleased to grant $10,000 for elementary environmental camps last fall. 
    • Kernels for Kids - Central Middle School students were excited to kick off Kernels for Kids on April 9. The new initiative was funded by the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation. Student support teacher Susan Hicks and special education teacher Lisa Olson were awarded a Brosious Grant to provide funding to start Kernels for Kids, a student-focused initiative that will allow 50 students to have a hands-on opportunity to develop work-related skills by creating a small business run by "the kids." The students will plan their small business, purchase supplies, prepare the popcorn, fill popcorn orders, market, sell and deliver orders to Central and District employees. Popcorn sales are ongoing and can be purchased for fifty cents per bag on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the District Center 2nd floor. Check out pictures of the fun experience.
  • White Bear Center for the Arts provides a broad range of year-round art classes, events, and programs for children, adults and families. 
    • Celebrating Authors and Artists - The White Bear Center for the Arts will be hosting upcoming awards ceremonies for the High School Visual Arts Exhibition on Thursday, April 25 with the reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony starting at 7 p.m., and the WriteNow! High School Writing Contest on Thursday, May 2 with the awards ceremony from 7 to 9 p.m. Learn more

Support WBLAS Students

  • Willy Wonka, Jr. - White Bear Lake Middle School Players will be presenting Willy Wonka, Jr. at 7 p.m. on April 25, 7 p.m. on April 26 and 2 p.m. on April 27 at White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Auditorium (4855 Bloom Avenue, White Bear Lake). Find more information on the district's website and purchase your tickets!
  • Spring Theatre Productions - See a variety of springtime theatre productions to be performed by district students here.
  • Minnesota Golf Cards for sale - The Boys' Golf Team is once again selling the Minnesota Golf Cards. This is a two for one golf opportunity at hundreds of courses statewide. Please feel free to contact Coach Nasvik to get a Minnesota Golf Card and support the golf program.
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! Find the online application page here.

Awards and Honors

  • Courage Award Recipient - Congratulations to White Bear Lake Area High School Coach Ryan Bartlett for being named the 2019 Courage Award Recipient by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Coach Ryan Bartlett will be recognized at the 12th Annual Minnesota Football Honors on Saturday, April 27! Check out more information about this recognition!
  • Rising Star Award - Congratulations to Career Pathways Navigator Jenny Moore for being recognized as a Rising Star by the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation (VHEDC) for ensuring excellence in connecting students and businesses in the Northeast Metro through the Career Pathways program!
  • Ongoing/Upcoming April Recognitions:
    • National Poetry Month
    • Math and Statistics Awareness Month
    • April 15-19 - Public School Volunteer Week
    • April 22-26 - Administrative Professionals Week
    • April 22-26 - Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week
    • April 22 - Earth Day
    • April 24 - Administrative Professionals Day
    • April 26 - Arbor Day

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