October 14, 2018

Student News

  • In photos: A happy 2018 Homecoming!
  • Homecoming joy
  • Fruity news
  • Skating towards fun
  • Awesome adventures
  • 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: A happy 2018 Homecoming!

Student News

Homecoming joy

Orange, orange and more orange filled the stands at the Bear's Homecoming football game against Woodbury! The football game was just one of the many exciting events that students, community members and staff could gather for while enjoying celebrating Homecoming! Pep fests, Coronation, a semi-formal Homecoming Around the World Dance and an abundance of sporting events filled the calendar throughout the week. Andrea Thompson and Casey Keeling were named the 2018 Homecoming Queen and King. Congratulations to all of Homecoming Royalty and the Prince and Princesses including Zachariah Weiman, Hannah Ertle, Cameron Sharlow and Danielle Auger. The cheerleaders focused on the "School Song" and fun cheers to get everyone excited at the game. Their hard work can be seen in this video. Each day, students could dress up to celebrate Homecoming by enjoying PJ Day, Tourist Day, Decade Day, Neon Day and Spirit Day! Staff members even dressed up for Pink Out Day!

Central Middle School's Student Council celebrated with Kindness in Chalk, where they wrote positive and encouraging messages on the school's sidewalks to greet students as they walked into school on Homecoming Day. The Student Council members also dressed in their favorite Bear wear and cheered for their fellow classmates to get them in the school spirit while heading to their classes. Middle school students weren't the only one's with Bear pride, as elementary students at Lincoln Elementary filled the school with their blue t-shirts for Lincoln Spirit Day. Some second grade students even had fun with equation chains while celebrating Spirit Day, which can be seen in this video. At the end of the celebratory week, families gathered and enjoyed the BearPower Homecoming 6.24K Family Fun Walk/Run. Bear and Chomp, BearPower's mascot, were energizing, as they encouraged runners and walkers in their adventures. Bear also showed up and encouraged students recently who are in the Vadnais Heights Elementary Run Club, as runners have been enjoying staying active after school. Check out the fun in this video

Fruity news

Students at Lakeaires Elementary joined schools, colleges, and individuals throughout the Great Lakes Region states, as they took giant bites into delicious locally grown apples in celebration of the third annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch and National Farm to School Month. The Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch promotes eating well and supports farm to school and other local food purchasing initiatives. Check out this video to see the great experience in action. The students joined together as a community to sing "Apples and Bananas," take the big crunch, and watch a short video about Johnny Appleseed. The Great Crunch aligns with the kindergarten and first grade curriculum. As a community, this was a way to celebrate farm-to-table processes and healthy food choices using music and movement. This event is also fitting for October, as National School Lunch Week is recognized between October 15-19. While students enjoyed eating well at Lakeaires Elementary, they also had fun being active, as they participated in Walk to School Day! Participating in this experience contributes to a cleaner environment, promotes safety and encourages active habits. The Walk to School Day fun was also highlighted in this video.

From one apple to the next, early childhood students at Tamarack Nature Center thoroughly enjoyed their experience learning about how to make the perfect apple cider. Students put on their fall gear and hiked out to the apple orchard to explore and learn more about how to find the perfect apple to make cider with. Students were excited, as they washed the apples and prepared them for cider-making by placing them in the apple cider press. Each student was able to step up to the press and take their turn at pressing all of the delicious juices out to make for the perfect and refreshing fall treat. Early childhood students were also able to learn about and make applesauce. Check out this video of the opportunity. Community members also had the perfect opportunity to learn more at the free Senior Housing Awareness Day where they could get more information about housing opportunities and options throughout the White Bear Lake area.

Skating towards fun

The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation's 2018 BEAR Legacy Fundraiser event was a success, as community members gathered to give back to students! This is an annual event, and this year was also a milestone to celebrate, as the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation celebrated its 25th Anniversary! Attendees had an opportunity to enjoy delicious food, a silent auction and live entertainment. Community members can learn more about how they can give back to students and the community by attending the Community Volunteer Fair on Monday, October 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. at WBLAHS - North Campus in the cafeteria. There will be information for students looking to complete service hours, adults and families looking for ways to get involved and much more. View this flyer for details.

In other exciting news, the North Campus Tech Club ran an Escape Room for the WBLAHS - North Campus teachers on their recent Staff Development Day. This activity was great for staff morale, wellness, and team-building. Tech Club students held their first Escape The Library Community event last March and it was a sweeping success! There will be two new family-friendly Escape Rooms (one with an Egyptian theme and another a secret mission theme) this year along with last year's popular Ghost in the Library themed room. Stay tuned for more information in upcoming editions of the e-newsletter regarding dates and tickets. There are other fun opportunities coming up with Open Skating around the corner. The Hippodrome's ice has been freshly painted and is sporting Bear pride with orange and black paint outlining the rink design. The rink is getting ready for visitors soon, as the first Open Skating event will begin taking place on Saturday, November 3 through March 3. Open Skating is open on Saturdays from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. and some non-school days from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. (including Nov. 21, 23, Dec. 27, 28, Jan. 21). We hope to see you there!

Awesome adventures

Congratulations to Brice Peters for recently being KARE 11's Hot Highlights winner! Brice was the winner of Hot Highlights, where people can vote for their favorite football play of the week, for a one-handed catch in the end zone in a game against Osseo, winning a $1,000 check for White Bear Lake Area High School! Check out Brice being recognized for this accomplishment in the October 5 edition of The Week in 62.4 Seconds video. Other high school students were recently able to also experience a winner of an experience by celebrating Manufacturing Day and enjoying trips to tour local businesses such as Mold Craft, Teamvantage, MME group, Inc. and Specialty Mfg. Co. In other Career Pathways news, students who are interested in pursuing a career in Automotive, Construction Trades, and/or Manufacturing will also have the exciting opportunity to participate in the MEA Career Sampler where they can gain hands-on experience at local businesses.

Visitors from around the world have been enjoying local experiences recently, as twelve Chinese students and two Chinese teachers from Hangzhou Foreign Language School, China recently visited White Bear Lake Area High School. During their stay in White Bear, they shadowed their host WBLAHS family students to classes at WBLAHS - South Campus. They also met the mayor of White Bear Lake, visited the White Bear Lake City Hall and Police and Fire Department! Other visitors have also recently been enjoying their adventures in White Bear. Students and teachers from Leipzig, Germany have been having fun by participating in activities at WBLAHS - South Campus, touring the White Bear Lake Police and Fire Department and will continue the fun by participating in several exploratory outings throughout the Twin Cities area.

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 Brice Peters who was recently voted as KARE 11's Hot Highlights winner for a one-handed catch in the end zone in a game against Osseo. Also, the cross country teams recently ran at the Griak Invitational and were highlighted in this White Bear Press article. Go Bears!

Find a complete list of all WBLAHS Activities, Athletics and Fine Arts here.


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School Board News

School Board Recognitions
Before the October 8 School Board Meeting, the School Board congratulated the following students for their accomplishments:

  • AP Scholars
  • AP Scholars with Honor
  • AP Scholars with Distinction

To see clips from the recognitions during the ceremony, watch the October 12 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
October 22 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center
November 12 Regular 7 p.m. District Center 
November 26 Work-Study 5:30 p.m. District Center


For highlights from the most recent Board meeting, click here