January 20, 2019

Student News

  • In photos: Early Childhood adventures
  • Welcome to White Bear Month
  • Hands-on experiences
  • Paying it forward
  • 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: Early Childhood adventures

Student News

Welcome to White Bear Month

Families gathered at elementary schools throughout the district to join the Welcome to White Bear tours that were happening at each of the buildings! The tours were an opportunity for families to get to step inside a few classrooms, ask principals any questions they may have and learn about the district's various offerings. The experience was captured in this video. Speaking of tours, there is a more "virtual" way to check out White Bear Lake Area Schools High School program in this video. The experiences continued, as Oneka Extended Day students recently celebrated National Law Enforcement Day with Deputy Kelly Olson! It was a fun opportunity for the students, as they made appreciation bags for the Hugo Fire Department and Washington County Sheriff's Department. Deputy Kelly Olson came to Oneka Elementary to pick up their bags and pose for a picture together! 

While January has been busy with Welcome to White Bear Month activities and recognition days, it has also been full of great concerts with students performing and showcasing their skills with their instruments for families. Central Middle School students recently enjoyed band practice to get ready to perform. The experience can be seen in this video. In the Early Childhood classroom, students have also been enjoying enhancing their skills, as they recently had fun with art projects, dancing to music, and sensory activities at Vadnais Heights Elementary! The fun didn't stop there as they were able to hop through an obstacle course they made! Check out their adventures in this video. In other energetic news, the Pep Band recently had fun performing at a hockey game!

Hands-on experiences

The Tech Club at WBLAHS - North Campus has been staying busy! They've been exploring and expressing their ideas while working with new technologies they've purchased with money that has been raised through fundraisers they've hosted. Check out their hard work in this video. WBLAHS - North Campus students also recently had the opportunity to learn from a Laborers' International Union for North America representative where they explored career pathways related to construction. While students were getting hands-on experience learning about technology and Career Pathways opportunities, parents learned about potential hidden hazards in a teen's domain at The Top Secret Project event. This program gives adults the knowledge they need to be able to identify hazards that are often in plain sight. 

Sunrise Park Middle School students recently had the chance to enjoy hands-on learning, as well. In art class, they were busy making their very own plaster cast hand project! During the project, students constructed the cast by shaping the mold on their hands and then painting them with a unique design. Check out the learning in this video. While some used their hands to create their own masterpieces, other student athletes used their hands to dribble basketballs down the court! Recreational basketball is in full swing and students have been practicing away to play games on Saturday mornings at four different sites throughout the White Bear Lake area. Check out the fun in this video. There were recently more picturesque moments, as Central Middle School students posed for a picture with White Bear Lake Mayor Jo Emerson who visited their classroom to speak about persuasion. The students have been working on writing emails and letters and sending them to people about problems they hope to see fixed. Go Bears! 

Paying it forward

Otter Lake Elementary's parking lot recently transformed into a drive-thru for a cause. Fifth grade students in Carrie Carlson's class hosted this H2O for Hope event to raise money for clean water in Haiti by collecting donations and passing out donuts, fruit, water and coffee! The students were inspired to help those in Haiti when they learned about the need for clean water in the country after working on a persuasive letter and researching the global water crisis. The students raised $960.25 and are looking forward to all of the contributions going to help fill water trucks in Haiti to provide to the people of Cité Soleil. They raised enough money to pay for more than six loads of water, which is 126,000 gallons! Otter Lake Elementary would like to thank Kowalski's Markets and Caribou Coffee in White Bear for their generous contributions. In other giving news, the District Center staff also gave back by raising $872 for the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf! 

The Week in 62.4 Seconds

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

Activities Updates

Boys' basketball team member, Jeremy Beckler, recently made their 1,000th point and this news was featured in a recent White Bear Press 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 News

School Board Recognitions

Before the Jan. 14 School Board Meeting, the School Board recognized the students and adults who participated in this fall's "Mamma Mia! The Musical!" For many years, the White Bear Lake Area High School Theatre Program has represented the district well in the Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Program, and this year is no exception. This fall's "Mamma Mia!" production received Outstanding Overall Production and Outstanding Overall Performance - the highest accolades possible. Due to these high marks, the students will have an opportunity to showcase their talents at the Spotlight Showcase in June.

During the Jan. 14 School Board Meeting, the School Board honored the latest National Board Certified teachers including:

  • Lincoln Elementary teacher Katie Anderson
  • Hugo Elementary teacher Jane Briggs
  • Oneka Elementary teacher Evan Weissman (not pictured)

To see clips from the recognitions, watch the January 18 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
January 28 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center
February 11 Regular 7 p.m. District Center 
February 25 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center


For highlights from the most recent Board meeting, click here. Find information about the Board's Approval of Land Purchase Agreements here