March 31, 2019

Student News

  • In photos: Creative opportunities
  • Rewarding times
  • Springing into fun
  • Engaged learning
  • Welcoming visitors
  • Awesome accomplishments
  • The Week in 62.4 Seconds
  • Activities updates

School Board News

  • School Board Meetings

District News

  • General Information
  • Awards and Honors


In photos: Creative opportunities


Student News

Rewarding times

Project SEARCH student Chris Tucker had an exciting experience recently competing at the Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games! Chris earned gold medals in shot put and the 100 meter run! Their team placed fourth place in the 4 by 100 meter relay! Congratulations! In other exciting news, families were recently invited to enjoy food, games and face painting at the Vadnais Heights Elementary Carnival! While some families enjoyed time together at the Vadnais Heights Elementary Carnival, other White Bear families had fun cheering for Lincoln Elementary students as they performed their Mary Poppins, Jr. production! The students were excited to show their families all of their hard work preparing for what Mary Poppins would describe as a "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure"!


On to another adventure! Students recently focused on giving back to others with their Kid Pack Food Drive. Students and families volunteered at participating stores where shoppers could help give back by buying certain items and leaving them in bins near the exits! In other food-related news, Lincoln Elementary student Paul Kozhimannil and Vadnais Heights Elementary student Rita Kozhimannil recently enjoyed serving their Overachiever's Rainbow Salad recipe to students during lunch, which was a creation of theirs that made it into the top five for the PowerUp Recipe Contest! Congratulations to Rita and Paul! The fun experiences continued throughout the district as Matoska International students enjoyed a powerful letter writing assignment! The students wrote notes that they are sending to a World War II veteran who is turning 100 years old! The students' hard work can be seen in this video.


Springing into fun

Early childhood students were able to put on their spring gear and hike outside where they could find the perfect maple tree to tap a spile into and enjoy a tree tapping experience! Once the students take turns tapping the spile into the tree, they can learn about how the spile helps the sap drip into a bucket that students place underneath the tree to collect the sap. They then were able to learn about and taste how the sap turns into a delicious syrup! The experience can be seen in this video. From tree tapping to audiences clapping, Birch Lake Elementary students are enjoying preparing for Birch's first school play, which will be a production based on the book "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope!" Author SissyMarySue even visited several Birch Lake Elementary classrooms to share the book and their journey as a writer. This show is about an adventure that takes place between a girl and a cheetah and emphasizes the importance of embracing diversity, showing empathy, and conveying kindness to others! Purchase tickets today.

With spring productions being in full swing, it means that spring weather is truly and finally here! While many were busy shoveling away this winter, the district was also busy having fun with the snow removal. It takes 26 staff members to help clear the piles of snow in the district that utilizes 16 plow trucks, four dump trucks and seven skid steers! The most hours plowed for one snow event was 31 hours, which in that time a person could drive from White Bear Lake to the warm shores of Miami (1,786 miles) with five hours to spare for time on the beach! The buildings and grounds crew removed 2,156 cubic yards of snow, which one could build 77 large polar bears or 231 fun-sized snow people with "Go Bears" stocking caps! Happy spring to all White Bear families and community members!

Engaged learning
Central Middle School AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students recently had fun with an exciting and interactive vocabulary game. Students were able to participate in Shoo Fly where they were paired up with another student, listened for the definition of a vocabulary word, and swatted the correct word on the white board that was related to post-secondary and career paths. The student who swatted the correct word first was the winner. Check out the excitement in this video and learn more about AVID. In other career-focused news, high school students were able to recently enjoy the Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx Business Club Day at the Target Center where they could learn more about career paths they could pursue within a sports franchise! Construction Career Pathway students were also able to enjoy an interactive experience as they recently shadowed those working at Carpenters & Joiners Training Center to get a first-hand look at the construction industry! Other students were able to visit Hallberg Engineering where they could get a better understanding of the engineering career path!

Welcoming visitors
Fourth grade students recently welcomed guest visitor and KARE 11 Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard at Otter Lake Elementary. Sven spoke to the students about the monarch butterfly migration! The experience was even featured in this KARE 11 video! The passion to understand more about monarch butterflies was also prevalent at Lakeaires Elementary, as some students chose this as their topic to present on during their Science Fair. Students also enjoyed showcasing other topics to attendees including subjects such as how rain forms, elephant toothpaste, and rocks! The excitement continued at Lakeaires Elementary, as students were able to enjoy a movement break and hop through the hallways on their sensory path that can be seen in this video

Hopping to the next exciting story, Lincoln Elementary students recently were able to collaborate with WBLAHS - South Campus students in a collaborative process where students worked with their classmates to think about solutions for how Feed My Starving Children might better use their bags that are used to transport rice and soy. Feed My Starving Children will be looking at the ideas and will use them to help them be a more sustainable organization. Check out the students' problem-solving process in this video. The exciting opportunities continued throughout the district! Minnesota Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker recently visited White Bear Lake Area Schools! The Commissioner toured classrooms and met students! The commissioner even read "The Feelings Book" to a first grade classroom. Senator Chuck Wiger also joined along on the tour. The experience can be seen in this video

Awesome accomplishments

High school students are staying active with their Curling Club practices! This has been an opportunity for students to learn more about the sport that athletes work together to slide stones while attempting to get it closest to the center circle or better known as "the center button of the house." The Curling Club has provided students with an opportunity to improve their skills and accuracy with their teammates by their side. Check out the experience in this video. In other cool news, Vadnais Heights Elementary students recently have been participating in a storytelling unit with coding where they are able to make stories come to life on screens using their creativity and imaginations! Students are able to visualize in their minds what they want to happen on the screen and then work to make that come to life by understanding the coding process. 

From one creative endeavor to the next! A big congratulations to WBLAHS - South Campus student Aerial Carter for being recognized by the Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards Committee as a Rising Star Honoree! In other fun opportunities, Student Support Supervisor Becky Mullaly was focusing on students, as they attended Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE) Day at the Capitol where they could meet with various legislators! It was recently an exciting time for middle school students as well as they could enjoy a regional History Day event together! This was a great time for Central and Sunrise Park Middle School students to meet with others and showcase the lessons they've learned through their History Day projects! 


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



Activities Updates

High school students are staying active with their Curling Club practices! Project SEARCH student Chris Tuckerhad an exciting experience recently competing at the Abu Dhabi 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games! Chris earned gold medals in shot put and the 100 meter run! Their team placed fourth place in the 4 by 100 meter relay! 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 Meetings
School Board meeting agendas, packets, minutes highlights and videos/audio files can be found here.

Date Type Time Location
April 8 Regular 7 p.m. District Center
April 22 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center 
May 13 Regular 7 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!
  • Transition Presentation and Dinner - The Suburban Ramsey County Community Transition Interagency Committee is presenting the Transition Presentation and Dinner for special education students from WBLAHS, T+ and TAPP on Tuesday, April 9 at 5 p.m. The free event will include a meal and speakers and will take place in North St. Paul at North High School (2416 11th Avenue East, North St. Paul). Learn more and RSVP by March 29. 
  • Monthly Staff & Community 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:
    • Healthy Teens and Safety by Ramsey County Public Health on Tuesday, April 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the WBLAHS - North Campus Theater. View this flyer for more more information about the upcoming session.
    • 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.
  • 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 March 28, 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. 
  • Community Baby Shower - Community members and their baby are invited to join other parents of new babies, birth to six months old, for a free Community Baby Shower on Monday, April 8 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Normandy Park Education Center. View this flyer for more information.
  • Adult Softball - Join the winter resistance and beat those snowy blahs with thoughts of sunny days! Adult Softball Leagues are now forming! Community Services and Recreation offers Mens, Womens and Co-Ed leagues - all played at the beautiful Lakewood Hills Park! Sign up today! 
  • Innovate 624 - Check out the latest editions of Innovate 624 about ensuring classroom collaboration is successful and how to prepare for and avoid technology fails.
  • 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.
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! See additional information here, and find the online application page here.

Partnership Updates:

  • 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.
    • Lynn Mielke Distinguished Educator Award - The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation is proud to honor Lynn Mielke, a former White Bear Lake cherished educator, through the Lynn Mielke Distinguished Educator Award. Lynn was a speech/language clinician and special education coordinator who worked for the District for more than 25 years. Educators are nominated by their colleagues, supervisors, students, parents or community members. Each year many wonderful, deserving people are nominated for the Lynn Mielke Award. This award, given in memory of Lynn and her legacy, acknowledges others who have used their talents to positively impact the lives of students and staff in our district. The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, April 5, 2019. The nomination form can be found on WBLAEF's website.

Support WBLAS Students

  • Sunrise Community Dinner - The Sunrise Park Middle School Community Dinner will take place the evening of Tuesday, April 2. All are invited to attend this fun family event. Additional information available on the event flyer.
  • Matoska After Dark - All adults are invited to enjoy Matoska After Dark on Saturday, April 13 from 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. to have a night of fun while raising money to support students! Check out this flyer for more information.
  • 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

  • Teacher of the Year Finalists - Congratulations to the seven teachers named as finalists in the White Bear Lake Teachers' Association Teacher of the Year process:
    • Robert Anderson - South Campus/ALC - EL
    • Alex Carlson - South Campus - Social Studies/AVID
    • Katelin Held - North Campus - Language Arts
    • Abby Kath - Lincoln - Kindergarten
    • Megan Perry - Sunrise Park - Language Arts
    • Leah Sitka - Lincoln - 5th Grade
    • Julie Stonehouse - Oneka - Media/Enrichment
  • April Recognitions:
    • National Poetry Month
    • Math and Statistics Awareness Month
    • April 1 - April Fools' Day
    • April 3 - Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
    • April 7-13 - National Library Week
    • April 8-12 - Assistant Principals Week
    • April 9 - National Library Workers' Day
    • 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.