June 23, 2019
Our school principals, district administrators and Board members look forward to having terrific conversations with community members at Marketfest this summer. Please be sure to stop by the district’s booth Thursdays through July 25 in Downtown White Bear Lake to receive a free pencil and Bear Paw temporary tattoo. Also, watch for other district-related booths and scheduled entertainment in the fun Downtown White Bear Lake summertime tradition. In other fun summer updates, District students who won the "Bears That Shine" Manitou Days Writing Contest represented the district in the recent Manitou Days Parade. Their essays were published by the White Bear Press! Other students had fun handing out candy as they walked the route and sported their Bear gear! Go Bears!
It was an exciting time for students, as they were able to get hands-on construction opportunities at a Learn2Build experience! Learn2Build exposes middle school students to a variety of career possibilities in Minnesota's Construction and Skilled Trades Industry. Students learned how to measure, cut, read blueprints, operate machinery, and use construction related skills to build! Students worked individually and in teams to learn about construction concepts and designs. They built take-home projects replicating real-world construction materials and processes. The experience included a combination of industry professionals, team competitions, and hands-on projects. WBLAS Career Pathways students are embracing the opportunity in the GenZ Connection Program which is a paid, experiential learning program that allows students to see all the career possibilities in Manufacturing, Engineering, and Automotive industries. This is a positive learning experience for students due to a collaborative partnership with local employers, organizations and WBLAS.
Student Sophie Davis has been hard at work advocating for Race 2 Reduce water conservation programming for four years now, which has had a positive impact on students throughout White Bear Lake Area Schools! The Race 2 Reduce curriculum has helped students acquire knowledge about water resource issues, and they have also developed advocacy skills, changed personal behaviors and influenced others to be more conservation minded.
Sunrise Park Middle School students were recently in Washington, D.C. for National History Day. Student Calvin Weier earned a National Honorable Mention Award, finishing in 11th place, and received a NHD medal for the outstanding state entry for their individual exhibit on the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. Every state selects one outstanding junior division and one senior division entry that best represents the state. Back in Minnesota, three White Bear educators are getting to embrace the opportunity to enjoy externships at local organizations! Seth Salenger, Katie Marsh, and Colleen Dunnigan were all selected by White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce to work as teacher externs this summer where they have been matched with employers related to their classroom instruction for one week. The White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce Business Education Network (BEN) seeks to narrow the workforce skills gap by better connecting employers with high school and college students. They are getting to work with employers at HealthPartners, Press Publications and CHIPS to bring back what they learn to their classroom!
A multi-generation alumni committee is currently planning an All-School Reunion, intended for former students, staff members and all community members. The celebration will take place on the weekend of Homecoming 2019 - Saturday, September 28 - with activities such as a pancake breakfast, an alumni car show, tours of District Center and the dedication of the Washington School Bell, which was recently celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony.
WBLAHS Homecoming events that will take place that weekend as well are the Homecoming parade and football game on Friday evening and the Homecoming BearPower 6.24K Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday. Official details will be announced by the Alumni Association as they are finalized, but community members are invited to mark their calendars to attend!
Students were recognized at the June 10 School Board Student Recognition Ceremony for state-level honors in boys' golf, boys' and girls' track, HOSA and adapted softball. Go Bears!
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Before the June 10 School Board Meeting, the School Board congratulated the following students and staff members for their accomplishments with:
- Boys’ Golf (not pictured)
- Girls’ State Track (not pictured)
- Boys’ State Track
- Adapted Softball