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Note from the Superintendent

We continue to enjoy conversations with community members regarding the Nov. 5 Bond Referendum. There will be three Bond Referendum Public Meetings held in the coming weeks that all community members are invited to attend. This will provide the community with an opportunity to receive more information through a presentation while also being able to ask any questions they may have. The Bond Referendum Public Meetings will be taking place:

  • 7 p.m. on Tues, Sept. 24 at District Center, 4855 Bloom Ave, WBL
  • 7 p.m. on Wed, Oct. 2 at Hugo Elementary, 14895 Francesca Ave N, Hugo
  • 7 p.m. on Thurs, Oct. 3 at Vadnais Heights Elementary, 3645 Centerville Rd, VH

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Absentee voting began last week, Sept. 20. Find complete Early Voting Information here.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions to or contact me at 651-407-7563. More information about the referendum can also be found here (

Wayne A. Kazmierczak, Ph.D.

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In Photos: #BackToSchoolBears - Early Childhood's First Week

Collage of early childhood students during their first week of school

Student News

Gearing up

Fall sports are in full swing and students are training hard and continuing to prepare for their games! The athletic excitement can be seen in this video. Speaking of excitement, tomorrow is the beginning of Homecoming Week! Check out all of the fun activities happening including Coronation, a parade in downtown White Bear Lake, the football game against East Ridge and the Homecoming BearPower 6.24K Family Fun Run/Walk event followed by the All-School Reunion! In order to prepare for this fun run/walk event, elementary students helped create this Homecoming BearPower 6.24K Family Fun Run/Walk event video! A preview of the footage was also included in this weekly video. All families are invited to the free event that will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at WBLAHS - North Campus - which is a new time and location.

The All-School Reunion will be taking place the same day at District Center! All are invited to attend the All-School Reunion, 100 Year Celebration of WBLHS and Dedication of the Washington School Bell event, which is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Sept. 28 on the lawn of District Center. Highlights of the morning’s events include recognition of 2019 Scholar Award of Excellence recipients, unclaimed diplomas that some graduates can pick up and the display of the Washington School Bell at District Center.  More than 1500 unclaimed diplomas from the Area Learning Center, White Bear Lake Area High School and Mariner High School will be made available to alumni for pick-up at the Sept. 28 All-School Reunion and Washington School Bell dedication event. Several staff members already claimed their diplomas, which was featured in this video. Find more information and full stories on the district's website

Two adults smiling at the camera while one adult holds diploma

In addition, author and White Bear graduate David Gehrenbeck will be signing their book "White Bear High School: Celebrating the Centennial of a Building 1918-2018."

Continuing back to school fun!

It was recently an exciting week for early childhood students, as they were greeted back to school. The students were excited to be able to have fun with singing, playing outside and meeting new friends. The great experience can be seen in this video. The fun didn't stop at the back to school excitement for early childhood students. Students at Normandy Park Education Center have been able to enjoy a new sensory pathway! The sensory path is an evidence-based, colorful, creative and playful way for students to improve motor planning, fundamental motor skills and build stronger sensory connections in the brain! In addition to helping children become aware of their own senses, sensory play through the use of the sensory pathway also may function as an excellent "brain break." Check out a video of the exciting new opportunity for students, including the district's weekly video they were recently featured in!

Students enjoying new sensory pathway at Normandy Park Education Center

In other great student news, three National Honor Society students recently volunteered at the Taste of White Bear Lake fundraising event! The proceeds from this event go to support projects in the community and around the world.

Students volunteering at event with adult

Exciting accomplishments

The Citizen recently highlighted an Oneka Elementary "reading tree" project, which was completed this summer by a family of WBLAHS grads. Check out the article. Go Bears! In other grad news, two Hall of Fame inductees, Tim Hermann and Julie Retka, were recently recognized at a WBLAHS football game! Julie graduated with honors from WBLAHS in 2004. During Julie's time as a student, Julie was a standout three sport athlete in soccer, basketball and softball. Tim Hermann was also a three sport athlete along with being a letter winner in football, basketball, and baseball while also being selected as captain in both football and baseball.

Julie being recognized for Hall of Fame induction at football game
Tim being recognized for Hall of Fame induction at football game

The graduate accomplishments continue! White Bear Lake alumnus Josh Mason is able to lead Gustavus Adolphus College's large jazz ensemble for their 50th year celebration! From jazz ensembles to biking, the White Bear Mountain Bike team started and completed a 55-foot long pathway reconstruction at Carver Lake Park Off-Road Cycling Park.

Mountain Bike team smiling at camera on new pathway project

Event fun

More fun opportunities continued throughout the community, as district representatives enjoyed giving attendees Bear paw temporary tattoos at the White Bear Township Days event. One attendee even proudly placed the temporary tattoo on their forehead, a tradition they've been enjoying for years now!

White Bear Town Ship Days attendee with Bear paw tattoo on forehead

In other district news, community members were recently invited to a public meeting regarding the Nov. 5 Bond Referendum at the Senior Center, which a clip of can be seen of in this video. There will be three Bond Referendum Public Meetings coming up on Sept. 24, Oct. 2 and Oct. 3. Learn more information on the district's website. The events continued as all were invited to the Senior Center Open House! At this event, attendees could learn more about the various opportunities to get involved in the community. The Senior Center Open House excitement can be seen in this video.

Community member smiling while adult coloring


Community members recently attended the free BearPower Harvest Party event where they could enjoy fresh, locally grown produce! In addition, families could have fun with activities while also getting the opportunity to learn gardening and seed saving tips.

Elsa's Community Garden

Activities Update

The White Bear Mountain Bike team started and completed a 55-foot long pathway reconstruction at Carver Lake Park Off-Road Cycling Park. 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. 

The Week in 62.4 Seconds

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

School Board News

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Past Meeting Highlights

August 26 Work-Study

September 9 Regular

District News

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