November 25, 2018

Student News

  • In photos: Career Pathways Expo & Transition Resource Fair fun!
  • Hands-on exploration
  • Engaging opportunities
  • Athletic accomplishments
  • The Week in 62.4 Seconds
  • Activities updates


School Board News

  • School Board Recognitions
  • School Board Meetings

District News

  • General Information
  • Awards and Honors


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In photos: Career Pathways Expo & Transition Resource Fair fun!

Student News

Hands-on exploration

It was recently a busy evening at WBLAHS - South Campus as families and students were able to visit both the Career Pathways Expo and Transition Resource Fair! Check out the excitement that was captured in this video. The Transition Resource Fair was an opportunity for attendees to learn about resources to ensure success after graduation. All in the same evening, at the same place, families were also able to stop by the Career Pathways Expo where they could learn from more than 60 industry partners who showcased the fun opportunities in local industries that are a part of the expanding Career Pathways program. The four industries they highlighted with demos and hands-on activities were manufacturing and engineering, healthcare, information technology and the construction skilled trades. Families were also able to listen to inspirational speaker Acooa Ellis, Senior Vice President for Community Impact with Greater Twin Cities United Way, who talked about the exciting opportunities with Career Pathways. Participants were also able to win prizes, connect with student volunteers, and learn about paid internships!


White Bear Lake Area High School - South Campus business education students also had the opportunity to learn in meaningful ways while enjoying the University of St. Thomas High School Innovation & Entrepreneurship Day. The students attended a hands-on workshop in design thinking and ideation. Their visit also included a tour of the St. Paul campus and meeting with Schultze School of Entrepreneurship faculty members. The day ended with the opportunity to watch St. Thomas undergrad and graduate students pitching business ideas in the annual Fowler Business Concept Challenge.


Another group of students recently visited Schwan's Company corporate offices in Bloomington for an in-person component of the an eMentor program the Career Investigations course students and matched mentors had participated in for the past several weeks. Topics discussed via email during the program included workplace values, career experiences, job searching and interviewing skills. Once the pairs met in person, students learned history of the company and enjoyed lunch with the mentors who had provided advice, insights and a glimpse into the profession.

Engaging opportunities

It was a full room as community members gathered for the Many Faces of the White Bear Lake Area event at District Center. This collaborative introduces participants to the people who inhabited the area around the lake during various periods of time. The Many Faces of the White Bear Lake Area is a continuation of last season's community conversations around the book "A Good Time for the Truth." At this event, community members were able to enjoy a light dinner from the Sioux Chef, listen to a presentation coordinated by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society and participate in table conversations. The experience was highlighted in this video. The next event will be happening on Tuesday, December 4 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Mahtomedi District Education Center. The event is free, but registration is required. Call 651-407-2018 to register. Check out this flyer for more details.

Other fun learning experiences were happening in the district, as one parent at Willow Lane Elementary took time to present to students about Kenyan culture through storytelling, singing, and explaining customs. The students loved singing with the appreciated guest! There was more engaging fun happening at Sunrise Park Middle School, as students learned new vocabulary and played games to learn the new vocabulary in Spanish class and then also did skits of stories they assessed for their classmates! The engaging experiences continued throughout White Bear, as community members were able to recently grab their coffee from the barista and meet White Bear Lake Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Wayne A. Kazmierczak at Caribou Coffee for an informal conversation at the second Coffee with Dr. K event of the 2018-19 school year! The next Coffee with Dr. K event will be held on Tuesday, January 15 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Caribou Coffee, Downtown WBL. We hope to see you there!

Athletic accomplishments

An impressive total of 11 WBLAHS - South Campus athletes picked up their pens and signed their national letters of intent on National Signing Day. Families gathered around and took pictures of their student's signing the letter while wearing their future school's branded clothing! Check out the list of athletes. In other exciting sports news, congratulations to student athlete Ian Hase, who is one of the captains of the White Bear Lake Area Schools Mountain Bike Team, for winning this year's Minnesota High School Cycling League 2018 Athletes with Heart Award! This award honors student-athletes who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, sportsmanship, academic performance and volunteerism in their team, school and community! The accomplishments continued as WBLAHS - North Campus student Charlie Larson was in Russia to compete in gymnastics, and Charlie was recently highlighted on Twin Cities Live! Go Bears!

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



Activities Updates

Congratulations to Ian Hase, who is one of the captains of the White Bear Lake Area Schools Mountain Bike Team, for winning this year's Minnesota High School Cycling League 2018 Athlete with Heart Award! Also, congratulations to the adapted soccer team for being the State Consolation Champions at this year's Adapted Soccer State Tournament!

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 November 12 School Board Meeting, the School Board congratulated the following students and staff for their accomplishments with:

  • All-State Soccer
  • Boys' Cross Country 
  • Girls' Cross Country


To see clips from the recognition ceremony, watch the November 16 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
November 26 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center
December 10 Regular 7 p.m. District Center 
January 14 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 presented to Board - A complete 2019-20 calendar, linked here, was reviewed at the October 22, 2018 School Board Work-Study meeting and presented for discussion at the November 12, 2018 School Board Regular meeting. Official approval of the calendar is expected at the December 10, 2018 School Board Regular meeting.
  • Monthly Staff & Community Mental Well-Being Series - District staff and families are invited to attend monthly presentations focused on mental well-being. The second session of the series is "Suicide Identification and Intervention (QPR--Question, Persuade, and Refer)" by NAMI-Minnesota and will be held at District Center on Wednesday, November 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. Learn more about this opportunity and upcoming series dates. Then, on Thursday, December 13, there will be another presentation called Make it OK by WBLAS educator Nancy Krocak. Check out the details for this upcoming event.
  • Special Education Parent/Staff Advisory Council (PAC) Meetings - The purpose of the Special Education Parent/Staff Advisory Council is to act as an advisory body to the district through the Student Support Services Administrative Team on behalf of students receiving special education services. The PAC is scheduled to meet four times during the 2018-19 school year and the second meeting is on Thursday, November 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Room 206 at District Center (4855 Bloom Avenue, White Bear Lake). View future meetings on the district's website.
  • Holiday Food Programs and Toy Distributions - Community members can receive food for the holidays and toys through the Holiday Food Program and Toy Distributions. View this flyer to register and learn more information about these opportunities.
  • Upcoming cultural learning opportunities and celebrations:
    • Community Holiday Feast and Conversation - Families are invited to the free Community Holiday Feast and Conversation, a student-led Intentional Social Interaction event, held on Saturday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at WBLAHS - North Campus. Check out the flyers for details (English version and Spanish version).
    • Ojibwe Language and Culture - Join Hope Flanagan and WBL Indian Education, as they explore Ojibwe culture and language through numerous teachings and activities. Come learn and practice Ojibwe conversational skills while deepening cultural understanding through a variety of teachings. This free opportunity will take place at WBLAHS - North Campus from 6-9 p.m. throughout the 2018-19 school year. The first class is on Tuesday, November 27. View this flyer for more information and event dates.
    • Dakota Language and Culture - Come learn and practice Dakota conversational skills while deepening cultural understanding through numerous teachings by Justin Kurta at the free Dakota Language and Culture classes throughout the 2018-19 school year. The next class will take place on Tuesday, December 4 at WBLAHS - North Campus from 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more
  • Pop-Up Hiring Event - There will be a Pop-Up Hiring event on Thursday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the District Center Auditorium (4855 Bloom Avenue, White Bear Lake) where attendees can learn about working for White Bear Lake Area Schools, all in one-stop. Kids are welcome to play while attendees apply, gather information, and even interview for positions. Check out this flyer for more details about the opportunity.
  • Randy Shaver's TakeDown Cancer event - White Bear Wrestling is hosting Ryan Shaver's TakeDown Cancer event at their meet, which takes place on Friday, December 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the WBLAHS - North Campus gym. View this flyer to learn how you can support the efforts by either donating items for the raffle or purchasing raffle tickets. All proceeds go directly towards cancer research and patient aid programs.
  • We Are Hiring! - The district is now hiring substitute teachers, Extended Day staff, nutrition services staff, bus drivers, paras and more. Find the online application page here.
  • Stay connected! - Join White Bear Lake Area Schools' social media circles - Facebook and Twitter.
  • 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:

  • 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.
    • Winter Farmers Market - Community members are invited to get BearPowered and enjoy the White Bear Lake Winter Farmers Market happening on Saturday, December 8 and Saturday, January 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. indoors at Tamarack Nature Center. View this flyer for details and check out the Facebook page
  • 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.
    • The Closet - It is important to remember to dress warmly on these cold winter days. The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation, through "The Closet," has an ample supply of jackets, mittens, hats and scarves. Should you know any families who could benefit from the generosity of our community, please contact "The Closet" or visit this website for more information. Members of our Foundation and other volunteers will then contact the family and make confidential arrangements to help those who do not already have warm clothes. In collaboration with the district and the WBLAEF, the White Bear Lake Police Department will be accepting gift card donations this holiday season to benefit "The Closet" and families in the White Bear Lake Area School District. Throughout the month of December, there will be a gift card donations drop box in the lobby of the White Bear Lake Police and Fire Department (4701 Highway 61 North, White Bear Lake). 
    • Holiday Angels - The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the kick-off of their annual Holiday Angels program, a special fundraising initiative for the Angel Fund of the WBLAEF. Honor someone special to you while sharing with those in need, right in White Bear Lake Area Schools through the Holiday Angels program. Fill out this form to give back.

Support WBLAS Students:

  • Love Your Melon Signup - The WBLAHS gymnastics team is selling Love Your Melon hats as a fundraiser. The description of the item is available here and a step-by-step ordering guide can be found here.
  • Escape the Library - Families and community members are invited to come have fun at the Escape the Library event on Saturday, December 8 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at WBLAHS - North Campus. Children must be 10 years old and admission is $10 per person. All proceeds will go towards WBLAHS - North Campus's MakerSpace. View this flyer for details. 
  • Be a Bear! The district currently has many staff openings available! See additional information here, and find the online application page here.

Awards and Honors

  • December Recognitions:
    • December 24 through January 1 - Winter Break


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