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In Photos: Success

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Student News

Celebrating students

The unforgettable 2020-21 school year has come to an end, which brings with it celebrations of student successes. Perhaps one of the most unique celebrations is the graduation walks White Bear Lake Area High School students do at their former elementary schools, with current students in grades K-5 lined up on either side of the graduate line to cheer on the Class of 2021. The experience was captured by the White Bear Press in this article.
graduates walking through elementary students
During the last few days of school, the district's oldest students were also honored with graduation ceremonies. The last Thursday of the school year saw Transition Education Center students honored during the day, with the Area Learning Center graduation ceremony following that evening. Special highlights that were enjoyed during the ceremonies included a student address by TEC graduate Kayla Scott and individual stories shared about each of the ALC grads.
graduate receiving diploma
student being honored at graduation ceremony
The White Bear Lake Area High School commencement ceremony took place on Friday evening, with family and friends once again gathered at Aldrich Arena to celebrate students. The video of the ceremony can be found on the Suburban Community Channel's YouTube page here.
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Students ended the school year with a video in their inbox that contained messages of thanks and support from staff members throughout the district. Although the signs were made by different individuals, the messages shared a common theme of being proud of the strength and resilience students and families have shown this school year - along with wishes for a terrific summer! See the full video here.
adult holding sign
The White Bear Press recently offered a "Then -&- Now" section with photos of members of the Class of 2021, along with notes from family members who submitted the photos. 
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"Then and Now" looked a bit different when three members of the Class of 2021 stopped by Matoska International and remade a fun photo Principal John Leininger that had been taken long ago as a thank you during a read-a-thon. It's safe to say that all those who participated had fun with the remake.
elementary students posing with principal
graduates posing with principal
The district's 2021 retirees were sent off in style, and in a new way, last week with a "Luncheon on the Lawn" in their honor. The celebration honored the employees for their 1525 years of service to the district and the community. This year's retirees were joined for the casual event by 2020 retirees, who missed out on an in-person retirement event last year due to COVID-19. Find a program honoring this year's retirees here.
group of adults in front of District Center

Making a name for themselves

During the June Regular School Board Meeting, district students were honored for state-level honors in academics, activities and the arts. Our Student Recognition video shown at the meeting highlighted district students who represented the district in the following activities: MAAP Stars State Conference, Speech State Tournament, Boys' Golf State Meet and MBDA 6-8 State Honor Band. See the video here.
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District grads have been given a lot of attention recently. White Bear Lake Area High School alumnus Donny Longendyke was highlighted in this week's White Bear Press for his silver medal earned in the Pan Am Games, wrestling Greco-Roman in a competition the USA dominated in all areas - men's freestyle, folk style and Greco-Roman and the women's team. Read more about Longendyke's success in this article.
adult displaying silver medal
WBLAHS grad Maggie Meyer was recently highlighted as a 2021 inductee into the UW Athletic Hall of Fame. Her induction came as a result of her successes as a member of the swimming and diving program, which included a NCAA individual title win. Read more about Maggie's accomplishments and most recent honor here.
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WBLAHS grad Emmah Mardaus was recently highlighted by Minnesota State University - Mankato for a scholarship they received to study abroad next year. Mardaus, a junior economics major, will spend 2021-22 at the University of Seoul. See the full article here.
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Add to your calendar

Free meal pick-up is available this summer to any child age 18 and under. Summer meal pick-up runs on Wednesdays from June 23rd through August 18 at locations throughout the district. Families should remember to sign up each week using the NEW and improved Meal Order Form or by calling 651-407-7524 or emailing so Nutrition Services knows what to prepare. All sites are first come, first serve. 
screenshot of summertime free meal pick-up information
This Thursday, June 24, is the first of four monthly White Bear Lake Area Community Conversations on Race sponsored by Many Faces of the White Bear Lake Area. The series is presented by Many Faces and the Minnesota Humanities Center in partnership with the City of Vadnais Heights, the City of White Bear Lake and White Bear Lake Area Schools. Find additional information about the events and register here.
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We are excited to be back at Marketfest for six weeks of fun starting July 1. Find our orange tented booth to say hello, pick up a pencil and enjoy this Thursday evening summertime tradition with us again.
adult and two children at an outdoor event booth
The Senior Center is hosting its first ever Manitou Art & Craft Fair on July 9, and they are looking for artists who would like to participate. Join us with your sculptures, carvings, weavings, paintings, drawings, glassworks, pottery pieces, photography and more! Find additional information about how to register as an artist here.
Craft Fair flyer
Those who are looking for events to add to their calendar can check out the recently-published issue of Senior Voice, a publication of the district's Senior Program. The piece includes important information about the Senior Center as well as a calendar of events and classes, information about area resources, and a few fun brain teasers. The opening story in the publication shares the exciting news that the Center is open with groups re-starting last week.
screenshot of The Voice newsletter
Those planning to enroll for the 2021-22 school year are invited to do so on the district's website here. Enrollment options include traditional in-person school and participation in the district's Distance Learning Academy, a virtual school option for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Bear mascot holding sign of enrollment info

Activities Update

WBLAHS Track and Field team members were recently highlighted in the White Bear Press for earning spots at the State Meet. The Girls' team has three section champs and four state entrants. See the article here. The Boys' team made it to state in five events and placed second in the section. See the article here. Girls' Softball had a great season that ended recently in a game vs. Woodbury. Find additional information here.

Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7695) to submit Student News for inclusion in future publications. 

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