May 12, 2019

In photos: Accomplishing goals

Student News

Embracing decisions
The Class of 2019 was recently able to enjoy an exciting day at WBLAHS - South Campus. Students participated in Decision Day where they placed Post-It flags on a map indicating where they plan to go to a college or a university, an apprenticeship, an internship or the military. The fun can be seen in this video. In other exciting news, White Bear Lake Area High School Chemistry Club students recently had fun participating in the American Heart Association's STEM competition! Speaking of competitions, White Bear students have been embracing their creative side and enjoying participating in White Bear Center for the Arts' contests as writers and artists! Students have even been able to showcase their work for audiences at White Bear Center for the Arts' events!

Sunrise Park Middle School choir students recently enjoyed a visitor in the classroom! The students were able to play on African drums and sing a song in Swahili. They would get to create a beat with the drums while the visitor danced to the rhythm! The fun experience can be seen in this video! The White Bear Area Senior Program was recently highlighted for their musical expertise in the White Bear Lake Magazineregarding their success in learning the magical instrument - the ukulele. In other musical news, three classrooms at Matoska International have been enjoying participating in a grant called Share the Rhythm through the Ordway! The students will be performing for each other next week!


Putting on a show

Students are preparing for the upcoming WBLAHS spring play called Letters et Café! The show takes place in the summer of 1946, two years after Paris was liberated from the Nazi's occupation. Check out a sneak preview in this video of students rehearsing for the production! The performances will take place at 7 p.m. on May 17 & 18 and at 2 p.m. on May 19 at the WBLAHS - North Campus Theater (5045 Division Avenue, White Bear Lake). The spotlight continues to shine on in the district as Matoska International orchestra students recently performed at the Senior Program Volunteer Appreciation event, which is a fun time to honor those who devote their energy to giving back to the community. Willow Lane Elementary second grade students also had fun preparing for their recent concert! They even sang along with a ukulele and stomped their feet to the beat. They prepared several fun crowd-pleasing songs including "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles. Check out the students' hard work in this video.


Applauding successes

Jake Ture, Jillian Andress and Marcus Engstran were recently selected as the 916 Career and Tech Center's April Students of the Month! Jake is in the Construction Occupations program and was selected as an April Student of the Month for being a hard-working student with a willingness to learn. Jillian is in the Animal Science program and was chosen as a Student of the Month for being a positive motivator and self-starter. Marcus was also chosen for their dedication to being a part of the EMT program and always helping out when needed! In other accomplished news, students were recently celebrated for being welcomed in to the National Honor Society at the Induction Ceremony!

Congratulations to the Central Middle School students Max Teeters, Lacey Aegerter, Cheng Sing Lee and Jensen Josephs who were recently announced as winners for the Ramsey County Bar Association Law Day Essay Contest. Jensen even made a winning video! The students recently received an award at the Ramsey County Courthouse! From contests to poetry, for the second year in a row, Lincoln Elementary students had their poems out for the month of April for the customers of Caribou to enjoy. Central Middle School students even stopped by to read their creations! In other creative news, students recently found success at the 2019 Minnesota HOSA State Conference! HOSA focuses on promoting career opportunities in the health care industry and the enhancement of the quality of health care to all people. Charlotte Hetzer was awarded first place in the Dental Terminology and Dental Science state events and Genna Thomazin placed third in the Dental Terminology event. 

Running towards goals

Lincoln Elementary students have been enjoying their Run Club where they are running laps around the school's playground. This is a fun time for them to be active with their friends. Recently, the theme was Olympics and students were able to run around holding a fun flag while enjoying being active! Check out the fun experience in this video. Running from one fun story to the next, Otter Lake Elementary students recently were able to enjoy their Rainbow Run! Color was flying in the air as students had fun running alongside their friends and enjoying moving during the school day! All community members will have another opportunity to get active at Otter Lake Elementary coming up on Saturday, May 18 for the BearPower Breakaway Bike Ride at 9:30 a.m. Register today!

The opportunities continue, as it was another successful year for White Bear middle school students competing in the State History Day. Several students even qualified for National History Day (June 8-14) at the University of Maryland. In other exciting news, at WBLAHS - South Campus preparations were in full force for the "Bear Fiesta Potluck" in the cafeteria. This is the fifth year the South Campus Cluster program has held this event. This event is an opportunity for students and their families to come together to socialize with friends, celebrate a successful school year, as well as honor 2019 Graduates. They were even able to enjoy delicious food while there were more than 115 people in attendance! Families were able to meet one another and play games such as lawn Jenga and bean bag toss! 


Celebrating good times

There was recently a charter ceremony for the White Bear Lake Key Club at WBLAHS - South Campus. The group formerly known as the Ambassadors chose to become a Key Club this year and the Stillwater Area Kiwanis Club are excited to be their sponsors. Key Club is an international student-led organization providing its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. They became a Key Club in January, but they recently and officially welcomed them into the Kiwanis family of service and leadership organizations. They received individual membership pins and certificates as well as the Club charter certificate. Several Kiwanians took part in the ceremony, including District 7 Lt. Governor and Lt. Governor elect, members of the Stillwater Area Kiwanis Club and Stillwater Area High School Key Club. In other White Bear Lake Area Schools news, the district is currently working on redesigning the district and school websites. The new look and capabilities will be launched on Wednesday, May 15! Check out a preview of the new website in this video that will be launching on Wednesday, May 15!


The fun continued as Healthcare Career Pathways students recently visited the University of Minnesota Heart Lab! Back in White Bear, Central Middle School 6th grade classes recently celebrated Minnesota's birthday (May 11, 1858)! Students spun a wheel and picked a city/town to complete a short scavenger hunt about, then marked where their town was located in Minnesota on a map during class. Students also worked on their poster titled "What is Minnesota?", which is a culmination of the things they've learned, past and present, about Minnesota this year. While they were doing this, they were even enjoying milk (the state drink) and blueberry muffins (the state muffin)! From celebrating Minnesota to giving back, Sunrise Park Middle School student winners recently had fun with their Penny Wars rewards, which included enjoying snacks and games for raising money for local charities/foundations in the community!

The Week in 62.4 Seconds

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


Activities Updates

2017 White Bear graduate Bryana Sherrick and current senior Callie Kaspszak recently made the University of Minnesota Duluth Cheerleading Team! The WBLAHS Boys' Track team recently won the St. Thomas Boys High School Invitational, which was highlighted in this White Bear Press article. Erika Townley was recently named a prep athlete of the week by the Star Tribune! 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
May 13 Regular 7 p.m. District Center
May 20 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center 
June 10 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

  • 2019-20 Calendar file updated - The 2019-20 calendar approved by the School Board in December of 2018 has been updated to reflect edits. The March parent teacher conference date has been changed due to the primary election date, and the schedule for District Center being closed during winter break has changed. See the edited calendar file here.
  • Website Redesign - The district is currently working on redesigning the district and school websites. The new look and capabilities will be launched on Wednesday, May 15, which will give students, families and staff members the chance to get a taste of the new site before summer. A few of the new features we think will be especially helpful: calendars that offer a subscribe feature, website content that fits the screen of the device you're using, robust search functionality, and student/family/staff landing pages. Check out a preview of the new website in this video that will be launching on Wednesday, May 15!
  • Notice of Filing - 2019 School District General Election - The filing period for candidates to file affidavits of candidacy for the 2019 election in school districts with a primary, including White Bear Lake Area Schools, is May 21 - June 4. The final day for candidates to file affidavits of withdrawal for the 2019 school districts with a primary is June 6. A primary election would take place if the number of candidates filing is twice the number of open seats plus one. Find the official Ramsey County Notice of Filing document here.
  • Monthly Mental Well-Being Series - District staff and families are invited to attend monthly presentations focused on mental well-being throughout the school year. The last presentation will be 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.
  • Innovate 624 - Check out the latest editions of Innovate 624 with one about how schools can lead with four C's(communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking) and another edition about creating a balanced approach in a digital world.
  • Career Pathways Newsletter - Please enjoy the May 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 Bike Ride - Get BearPowered by riding bikes with families and community members at the free BearPower Breakaway Bike Ride on Saturday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. at Otter Lake Elementary. Check out this flyer and fun videoSign 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.
    • On behalf of the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation Board of Directors and Staff, thank you to District 624 teachers and staff for your commitment and dedication to our students. Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Support WBLAS Students

  • WBLAHS Spring Play - The WBLAHS spring play, Lettres et Café, will be performed at 7 p.m. May 17 & 18 and at 2 p.m. on May 19 at the WBLAHS North Campus Theater (5045 Division Avenue, White Bear Lake). Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets available for purchase in the auditorium lobby one hour before each performance. See a play poster here.
  • Football Golf Fundraiser - Community members are invited to participate in the White Bear Lake Area High School Football Golf Tournament Fundraiser on Thursday, August 15 at 12 p.m. Register today and learn more.
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! Find the online application page here.

Awards and Honors

  • Ongoing/Upcoming May Recognitions:
    • May 18 - Armed Forces Day
    • May 27 - Memorial Day

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