March 27, 2022
In Photos: Active Bears!
Ms. Jeske's kindergarten class at Mastoska International IB World School are diving into the world of engineering. Thanks to funding from the grant "Come Build With Me" they were able to purchase Tubelox and fort building kits. Students now take part in weekly building projects. First, they sketch out their ideas in journals. Then, they work together to bringing their creative designs to life. Several classes have also visited Ms. Jeske's room to play with the cool engineering based toys.
Ninth graders at WBLAHS - North Campus took part in an exciting, hands-on activity in their physical science class. They dropped eggs onto impact attenuators, which are cushioning devices. The students designed the devices with the goal of keeping the egg safe as they learned about decreasing impact forces. Each group received a score based on if the egg cracked or broke and from how high they could safely drop the egg into their attenuator. This fun lesson was highlighted in a recent video issue of "The Week in 62.4 Seconds" here.
Students at Central Middle School celebrated Pi Day during their math classes. Pi Day is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant figures of the mathematical constant. The students enjoyed a slice of their favorite pie and created irrational and rational bracelets which you can see come to life in a recent video here.
Students at Willow Lane Elementary are taking part in a unique experience in their music class. Through the Pan Outreach Program, they get to play different types of steel drums. The students are also learning about the history of the instrument and the culture from which it was developed. Watch the students learn to play in a video here.
Fourth graders in Mrs. Ulmer’s class at Oneka Elementary are enjoying their poetry camp. The students spent a few weeks learning about different types and styles of poetry before collaborating together. They used several mediums such as magnets, pictures and book titles to write their own poems which they read to their classmates. You can see how much fun the students had learning about poetry in a recent video here.
Inline with Women's History Month, Career Pathways organized a "Women in the Skilled Trades" panel event for high school students at South Campus interested in Automotive, Construction, Manufacturing and STEM based careers. Students had the opportunity to hear from and ask questions to female experts from McGough Construction which was highlighted in a recent video issue of "The Week in 62.4 Seconds" here.
20 students middle and high school students traveled to Costa Rica over Spring Break for the Week Without Walls trip. They spent 9 days exploring different areas of the country while immersing themselves in the beautiful culture. The students had an amazing time learning about Costa Rica's food, diverse fauna and flora, as well as getting to know each other and building lasting memories.
Third graders at Willow Lane Elementary were visited by a special guest, Celly the Minnesota Wild Dog! The students participated in the Minnow Tank Project competition which draws attention to different charities and organizations. Coco's Heart Charity won 3rd place in the competition. Celly was adopted from Coco's Heart by the Minnesota Wild and is being raised to become a future service dog for a veteran.
The Senior Center was hopping on March 18 for their TGIF (Thank Goodness It's Food!) event, a program made possible by a grant from the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation. The Center partners with area restaurants to serve delicious meals to community members. For $5, participants had the option of dining in-person at the Senior Center or grabbing their meal to go. This community based event was featured in a recent video here.
The WBLAHS girls' basketball team placed third in the 2022 MSHSL Tournament. During tournament play, the Bears defeated Rosemount 35-34 then lost to Hopkins 52-27. During the consolation game, the Bears beat Roseville 46-34 to secure their third place finish in the state tournament. Seniors Lauren Eckele and Neveah Hughes were also named to the All-Tournament team. Read highlights from the White Bear Press here. The team's success was also featured in a recent video issue of "The Week in 62.4 Seconds" here.
White Bear Lake Area Schools recently won Gold in the United States Department of Agriculture’s "Turnip the Beet! High-Quality Summer Meals Award Program." White Bear is the only school district in Minnesota to win the honor and is among only 14 throughout the country to earn Gold. The Turnip the Beet Award recognizes outstanding summer meal program sponsors across the nation who work hard to offer high quality meals to children that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious during the summer months.
Congratulations to White Bear Lake Area High School students who received honors in the Minnesota Scholastic Art Award process! Students received a slate of honors including Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention for their varied artistic representations. Find a list of the honorees and take a look at their masterpieces here.
District elementary teachers Joan Lu, Aimee Eriksen, Erika Jagiella and Theresa Stender recently received E3 grants to enhance environmental experiences from the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation. Read more about the grant here.
The Girls Basketball Team ended their season with a third place finish during the 2022 MSHSL Tournament. Read their article here. The Boys Basketball Team ended their season with a 15-13 record after losing to East Ridge in the semifinals of the 4AAAA Section Tournament. Read their article here.
Along with season passes and punch cards, the WBLAHS Activities office is now offering digital ticketing to all regular season, home athletic events. Information is available here.
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