December 18, 2022
In Photos: Exciting Activities!
The cold and snow are not slowing down students at Lakeaires Elementary when it comes to playing outside! Students are having a great time making forts, snow angels, sledding and more. We can’t wait for more flakes to fall!
WBLAHS - South Campus was turned into a Winter Wonderland ahead of winter break. High school students and staff took part in themed dress up days and enjoyed treats, movies, music, karaoke and a door decorating contest. Students also organized a food and clothing drive. Get a closer look at the weeks worth of fun in a recent video issue of "The Week in 62.4 Seconds".
Otter Lake Elementary Student Ambassadors were recently highlighted in the White Bear Press for their hard work organizing a toy drive. Students also collected monetary donations which they used to purchase more toys and fleece to create tie blankets. Students partnered with the White Bear Lake Lions Club who picked up their donations to distribute throughout the community.
The Winter Community Services & Recreation Catalog is currently available in an electronic form on the district’s website. A postcard will be mailed to all district residents soon to alert the community about the electronic information that has been posted. The change to the information share-out is due to printer issues that have arisen. A limited number of catalogs will be printed and available in district buildings in January. To view the catalog please visit Winter Catalog 2023 or scan the QR code in the image below.
STEAM Based Projects
Fifth graders at Lincoln Elementary are learning about computer coding in their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) class. As seen in this video, students collaborated together while playing a space themed game that taught them computer language and coding basics to animate objects.
Sixth graders at Sunrise Park Middle School worked on a 3D project which was highlighted in a recent video issue of "The Week in 62.4 Seconds". Students first assembled a cube puzzle and practiced creating different pieces on their computer to understand how puzzles fit together. Students then designed their own unique puzzle piece using a 3D printer.
In their science class, students at Area Learning Center tested water for contamination. Students created a mock groundwater experiment with different layers of soil and rocks. Then, they filtered the water and tested it to learn the levels of nitrate it contained. The exciting science lesson was featured in this video.
Ms. Baswewe from the American Indian Education Program offered Indigenous Games with Dr. Dan Ninham, in collaboration with Willow Lane Elementary's PE classes. Students learned how to infuse physical education with Indigenous traditions and cultures, as well as Indigenous languages.
As part of the district’s Career Pathways Program, high school students preparing for a career in education are stepping into the classroom to work with elementary students. They are visiting schools across the district which was highlighted in this video. Teachers at Matoska Int'l IB World School tell us their students love learning with their high school friends, especially when they get to make crafts together, play games and read with the older students.
During advisory class at Transition Education Center, students learned fun facts about Minnesota. The exciting lesson was featured in this video. They discussed the Halloween blizzard of 1991 and the company Target, whose headquarters are in Minnesota. Students also learned a historical fact, told a joke and looked at the weather for the day.
Central students have recently fared well in community contests. Eleanor Cannon won the Lion's Club Peace Poster district contest, with her poster now moving to the multi-district level. In the VFW Patriot's Pen essay contest, Zoe Siverson and Sadie Blauer both received honorable mentions and Brigid McVeigh won the district! Brigid now goes on to the State Level of the contest where she is competing against eight other students vying for the top spot at State.
WBLAHS student Brennan Schachtner's photo won the Football Hub Photo of the Year. The photo will now compete in the MN High School Hub Photo of the Year contest.
The White Bear Press recently highlighted several former White Bear Lake Area High School student-athletes who continued playing sports in college. The article provides a recap of their fall sports seasons.
The WBLAHS Boys' Hockey Team's exciting win over Centennial was recently covered in the White Bear Press. The Bears won 5-4 in overtime.
A recent White Bear Press article includes district initiatives within the list of grant recipients from the Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation. Read the full article here.
The White Bear Lake Area Schools district's facilities projects were recently highlighted in a "School Construction News" publication article. Complete construction updates can be found on the district's website. These projects are part of the district-wide comprehensive facilities plan that was made possible through the community’s support of the 2019 bond referendum. Community members can follow along in the district’s Building Our Future Facilities Process to see all the projects happening right now, what's been completed and the projects still to come.
The Bear Care Health and Wellness Clinic, located at WBLAHS - North Campus and providing service to students of all ages in the district, was recently highlighted in the White Bear Press. Read the full article here.
The Girls Basketball Team defeated Mounds View in a recent matchup. Find highlights here. The Boys Basketball Team topped Forest Lake in a recent matchup. Read their article here. The Boys Hockey Team won in overtime against Centennial. Read their article here. They also defeated Roseville, which highlighted in this article. The Girls Hockey Team defeated CDH but lost to Hastings. Read their article here.
This year White Bear Lake Area High School, along with every school in the Suburban East Conference (SEC) is going to online-only ticket sales for all varsity sporting events. All conference schools have partnered with Hometown Ticketing to make it easier for spectators. The easiest way to access our online tickets is by downloading the Hometown Ticketing App or you can access and purchase tickets to our home events by clicking here. An alternate way to view home games is by purchasing adult and/or student pass(es).
Senior community members (age 65+) who live in the District are invited to participate in the Senior Activities Pass program and enjoy complimentary admission to most school activities. Find out how to receive your free pass here.
Please contact the Communications Department (651-407-7695) to submit Student News for inclusion in future publications.
The Week in 62.4 Seconds
School Board News
School Board Student Recognition
During the December 12 School Board regular meeting, School Board members recognized students who represented the district at state-level contests as a members of the All-State Football team and Unified Special Olympics Bowling team. Watch the Student Recognition video here.
Upcoming School Board Meetings
Past Meeting Highlights
Dec. 12 Work Session
Nov. 28 Work Session
Nov. 14 Regular Session
At the February 13, 2023 School Board Regular Meeting, the White Bear Lake Area School Board approved a committee’s recommendation to change the name of Sunrise Park Middle School when it moves from the Sunrise Park neighborhood to the current White Bear Lake Area High School - South Campus building in the fall of 2024. The new name, Mariner Middle School, is a nod to the District’s past.
At the August 8, 2022 School Board meeting, the Board heard an update of the District's Strategic Planning process and approved four updated strategies.
A revised 2022-23 Academic Calendar was approved at the July 11, 2022 School Board meeting.
At the March 28, 2022 School Board Work Session, the White Bear Lake Area School Board unanimously approved a Resolution Supporting Commitment to Equity and Inclusion.
The district’s plan for changed attendance boundaries was approved at the Feb. 14, 2022 Regular School Board Meeting.
At its August 12 regular meeting, the White Bear Lake Area School Board approved two purchase agreements for land in Hugo that recently became available.