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Creative Lessons

Hugo Elementary students took part in a history lesson. They listened to a song, learned how to say thank you and goodbye in a Native American language and discussed the meaning of Indigenous Peoples Day. Students and the community also took part in a Drum and Dance Event, which was highlighted in a video here. 

High school choir students are getting in tune and singing their hearts out as they prepare for upcoming concerts. Students are using fun selections and warm up exercises to practice. Check out the choir concerts on October 26 at WBLAHS - North Campus and October 28 at WBLAHS - South Campus, both at 7 pm. The students hard work in class was also featured in a recent video here. 

Students in Ms. Lacasse's classes are putting together candy, short phrases and pictures to be handed out in various parts of Central Middle School. The students came up with the idea as a way to counteract the negative social media challenges and help brighten people’s days. Watch their act of kindness come to life in a video here. 

Students are enjoying getting together for lunch at Oneka Elementary. October 11-15 was National School Lunch Week, and students had a variety of options to choose from. See all the fun students are having at lunch in a recent video issue of "The Week in 62.4 Seconds" here. 

students at Oneka Elementary enjoying their choices during National School Lunch Week

Students at Vadnais Heights Elementary have a new place to have fun and be creative! Over the summer the Media Center underwent a transformation and has become a multi-purpose Learning Commons. With flexible seating and spaces, soft seating throughout, and up-to-date technology, this area is inviting for all students to learn and enjoy some great books!

District Kudos

Several WBLAHS ALC and Insight students represented the district at the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs Stars Fall Conference. Following campaigns and speeches at the event, Justin Nunez, a dual enrolled student at WBLAHS - South and ALC and Nickel Tom, representing Insight Recovery School, were elected officers to represent alternative education across the state and lead student events with their other fellow elected officers.  

It’s been a terrific year for all of our fall sports teams, as they begin to wrap up their seasons. There have been many great performances both on the field, in the pool and on the court. Several teams are finishing up their conference meets and games, while preparing for section play. See some of our fall sports teams in action in a video here. 

The 2021-22 recipients of the Ryan Family Art Grant have been announced. Congratulations to Stacy Brodt and Jennifer Elias from Lakearies Elementary, Beth Englund from Oneka Elementary,  and Alison Davies, Shannon Sullivan, Kelly Coorough and Jen Reckinger from Matoska International IB World School. The Ryan Family Fund, established in honor of Judy Ryan, helps supplement art instruction for elementary students in the White Bear Lake Area School District. 

The WBLAHS Student Council is helping those in need through their annual food drive supporting the White Bear Lake Area Emergency Food Shelf. Anyone interested in donating items such as non-perishables, baking goods and hygiene items can do so at either WBLAHS - North Campus or WBLAHS - South Campus from Monday, October 25th through Friday, October 29th. Monetary donations are also being accepted. 

Outdoor Fun

The district’s free community baby shower event recently took place at Normandy Park for families of new babies. This was an opportunity for parents with new babies to learn fun ways to support and nurture their infant’s health and development. Information about community resources and the Early Childhood Care programs offered in our district were also shared. The event takes place approximately every six months in order to serve families who welcome new additions throughout the year. This event was featured in a recent video issue of "The Week in 62.4 Seconds" here. 

3rd and 4th graders at Vadnais Heights Elementary took advantage of the nice weather to make Tie-Dye t-shirts! Several volunteers came out to help with the activity. This has been a fun tradition at the school for many years. 

A Meals on Wheels volunteer was enjoying a nice day while spreading some sunshine as she delivered meals and her own home grown flowers. Meals on Wheels is a community service that delivers nutritious meals with the help of volunteers and is one of our senior programs. Click here to learn how to get involved. 

Activities Updates

The Girls Cross Country Team placed 7th in the Suburban East Conference meet led by Lily Schneider who placed 31st over all. Read the article here. The Boys Cross Country Team finished fourth in their Suburban East Conference meet led by senior Ernest Mattson, who placed fourth over all. Read the article here. Girls Volleyball beat Stillwater in close sets during a recent match. Read the article here. The Football Team recently defeated Osseo 41-27. Read the article here. The Girls Swim & Dive Team placed 4th out of 6 teams at True Team Sections. Individually, Senior Gianna Mcleod placed 4th in diving and Sophomore Lucy Borofka placed 6th in the 100 Freestyle. They also tied Park High School in a recent dual meet. Girls Soccer took second in their section tournament . Read the article here. The Cheerleading Team will host a kids clinic on December 3. This is open to all students in grades K-5. Please visit and click on "Youth Clinics" for more information.

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.  

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

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