District Closed June 19 in observance of Juneteenth
Juneteenth (June 19) was recently signed into law as a State holiday. In keeping with the new law, all White Bear Lake Area Schools buildings will be closed on June 19, 2023. There will be no classes or programs, school board meetings, activities, athletic camps, practices, competitions, or other school-associated events hosted by the district on this day.
Individual schools and programs that had previously scheduled activities to occur on Monday, June 19 will communicate with program registrants to provide additional information specific to their activity.
In Photos: Go Bears!
Graduates from the district’s Area Learning Center, Transition Education Center programs, and White Bear Lake Area High School were honored at graduation ceremonies earlier in June. Some of the graduation ceremonies were captured in a video issue of "The Week in 62.4 Seconds". Congratulations, Class of 2023!
Before walking across the stage to receive their diplomas, members of the Class of 2023 visited their former elementary schools in their caps and gowns for the senior walkthrough event that happened across the district. Graduates connected with their former teachers while being congratulated by current elementary school students. The event was highlighted in this video issue of "The Week in 62.4 Seconds".
The White Bear Press recently offered a "Then -&- Now" section with photos of members of the Class of 2023, along with notes from family members who submitted the photos.
Our seniors were not the only students celebrated at the conclusion of the 2022-23 school year. Fifth graders across the district were honored by fellow classmates, staff and their families during ceremonies recognizing the completion of their elementary education as they now prepare to enter middle school this fall.
The district's 2022-23 retirees were sent off in style with a luncheon in their honor. The celebration honored the employees for their combined 649 years of service to the district and community. Find a video honoring this year's retirees here.
Four Sunrise Park Middle School students competed at the National History Day competition. Aryanna Charles entered her individual project and the group of Juliette Weier-Rauscher, Eleanor Hern, and Maeve O’Brien entered their group exhibit and placed third.
The Boys' ands Girls' Track and Field teams had several members qualify for the Class 3A State Meet. Three athletes finished in the top 9 receiving a medal. Senior Katelyn Porter placed fourth in the 800m, sophomore Lys-Aurele d’Almeida finished ninth in the 100m dash and junior Caleb Anderson placed seventh in the 200m dash. Find more highlights from the meet in this White Bear Press article.
The White Bear Press highlighted the three WBLAS golfers who participated in the State high school tournament. Seventh grader Easton Fiddle placed 28th of 88 players in the State Class 3A tournament. He was the only seventh grader in the tournament. For the girls' team, senior Kristina Pratt placed 46th and junior Ivory Dusch placed 49th among 88 golfers.
In back-to-back Class 4A State Tournament appearances, the Bears Softball team once again finished fourth after several hard fought games. The Bears won their first game of the tournament against St. Michael-Albertville before losing to Rosemount (the State Champion) and Maple Grove. Find additional game details here.
The WBLAHS Girls' Ultimate Frisbee team finished with their best season in program history. After clinching the Conference Championship, the team placed third in the State tournament. Find more season highlights in this White Bear Press article.
The WBLAHS Speech Team competed in the National Speech and Debate Association tournament this past week in Phoenix, AZ. Alexander Her broke into the first round of finals in Expository. Mariam Elias-Danjuma made it to the semi-finals and finished in 8th place overall in Prose. Sanyu Mwassa made it to finals and finished 4th place overall in Dramatic Interpretation. She has now auto qualified for next year’s NSDA tournament in Des Moines. The team also received a 2023 Speech School of Honor award for team points earned.
Central Middle Schoolers brought their final geometry project of the school year to life in the District Center Auditorium. Students made inflatable objects that they could sit and stand inside! The exciting project was captured in this video. Students were given a certain amount of tape and material, which they had to calculate and cut accordingly to form their 3D object which included a dice, pencil, firetruck and more.
At the end of the semester, WBLAHS - South Campus Automotive Technology II students had an opportunity to take a 35 question test to become ALLDATA certified. Six students passed the test! This certification tested student's ability to navigate the industry recognized program, ALLDATA, to find factual information. Having this certification helps improve the student's resume by showing potential employers that they can find factual information at a professional level.
A group of Birch Lake Elementary fourth and fifth graders made one of their favorite books come to life. The students crafted "buddy benches" and painted them black and orange in true White Bear fashion. The book "The Buddy Bench" is about a group of kids who find a place to learn and grow together. The group of students visited different classrooms throughout the school year to read the book and talk about the purpose of the benches.
Matoska Int'l IB World School fifth graders presented their exhibition projects to kindergarten-fourth grade students. The fifth graders worked in groups for several weeks, researching a topic of their choosing including water pollution, solar energy and the effects of pesticides among others. District staff and community members mentored each group by helping them understand different facts about their topics and creating a slideshow presentation.
Central Middle School students spent their final days of school, finalizing their end of the year projects. Eighth graders visited Podvin Park to fly kites and launch rockets they made in their science and math classes. While other students repotted plants they had been growing since winter to take home to grow over the summer months.
We are excited to be back at Marketfest in downtown White Bear Lake for six weeks of fun, which started on June 15. Find our orange tent and booth to say hello, pick up a pencil, a temporary tattoo and enjoy this Thursday evening summertime tradition with us again on June 22. And don't forget, you can see the WBLAHS Drumline perform at the Gazebo Stage on June 29.
It's a trifecta! These three young Bears are showing off our trio of district shirts: the baby onesie, the Screen at Three shirt and the Kindergarten shirt! All are perfect to wear during the warm summer days. We are always looking for "Born to be a Bear" or "I'm a Bear" photos! Email photos to us here and you may find your little one featured in District publications!
District alumnus Dan Jones' White Bear Lake water tower design was featured in a recent KSTP Water Tower Wednesday segment. View the full story and learn about how his original design came to life here.
Matoska Int'l IB World School held a family night before the end of the school year. Families were encouraged to join in the everyday Extended Day experience that included, Gaga Ball, basketball in the gym, sensory painting and delicious treats.
Several spring sports teams qualified for their respective state meets and tournaments. The Bears Softball Team took fourth place in the State Tournament. Find highlights from their games here. The Girls' Ultimate Frisbee Team placed third at State. Read their article here. The Boys' and Girl's Track and Field Teams had several members participate in the State Meet. Three athletes landed in the top 9. Read additional details here. The Boys' and Girls' Golf Teams sent a combined three players to the State Tournament. Read their article here. The Adapted Softball Team participated in MSHSL State Tournament. The Girls Lacrosse Team ended their season with a loss in their Section semifinals. Their record was 11-4. Find game highlights here. The Bears Baseball Team wrapped up their season after advancing to the fourth round of Section 4AAAA play. Read additional details here. Two Otter Lake Elementary students received high honors at the State WordMasters Challenge event.
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.
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School Board News
School Board Student Recognition
During the June 12 School Board regular meeting, School Board members recognized students for state-level honors in Elementary WordMaster Challenge, All-State Band, Boys' and Girls' Golf, Boys' and Girls' Track and Field, Softball, Adapted Softball, and the Girls’ Ultimate Frisbee. Watch the Student Recognition video here.
Upcoming School Board Meetings
At December’s Regular School Board Meeting, representatives from the Be SMART awareness campaign and local law enforcement leaders presented information about a program developed to bring together parents and all adults concerned about kids, guns, and safety. The White Bear Lake Police Department, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and White Bear Lake Area Schools are teaming up to share an important message about proper gun storage and safety.
At the November 13, 2023 School Board Regular Meeting, the School Board approved the following calendars:
- 2024-25 Academic Calendar
- 2025-26 Academic Calendar
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.
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.