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In Photos: Go Bears!

Student News

Excellent Accomplishments

Students and staff at Willow Lane Elementary celebrated a major accomplishment. For the first month of school, their building achieved an over 90% attendance rate! Carefully tracking attendance has been a major initiative for staff. They invited special guest Bear to come reward the students by announcing that they will receive 20 extra minutes of recess for their achievement!

Speaking of celebrations, an important way for Bears of all ages to celebrate is with a hardy "Go Bears" cheer! This exclamation is something everyone in our community should learn! You can practice at home with your pet or at school with your classmates! On the count of three, you try. One... Two... Three... Gooo Bears!!

In a recent video issue of "The Week in 62.4 Seconds", students were seen utilizing the newly-finished Price Field located at Central Middle School. The original grass was replaced with a turf field to allow for use by multiple activities and teams. Turning the field to run north-south created enough space to add an 8-lane running track - something that was not possible with the original field.

The White Bear Lake Area High School girls' soccer earned a trip to the State tournament after defeating Woodbury 3-0 during the Section 4AAA championship game. The Bears have not advanced to the State tournament since 2012. Find additional game details here.

Important Lessons

Extended Day students at Lakeaires Elementary used their engineering skills to map out what kind of tower they wanted to make, using spaghetti noodles and marshmallows as building materials. This STEAM related activity also allowed students to figure out, through trial and error. how to make their structures stand and what shape would be the strongest to make.

Students throughout the district participated in special hands-on lessons, created by our district's Indian Education Program coordinator, in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day on October 9. The lessons, which were captured in this video, were similar in nature, but tailored to fit the needs of students at different educational levels.

The WBLAHS Danceline visited kindergartener through second graders at Willow Lane Elementary last week. The older students spoke to the younger bears about areas of elementary school that were hard for them, how they worked through the obstacles and eventually figured it out. This conversation fit in with Willow Lane's Growth Mindset theme.

Working Together

Students involved with Project SEARCH are hard at work learning valuable skills alongside staff at Gillette Children’s Hospital. Each student completes three rotations working in different departments with varying tasks. Project SEARCH program is an evidence-based one-year internship which provides students the opportunity to practice employment skills in a professional environment and learn what it means to be a valued member of the workforce.

Central Beans is up and running for the school year. Students involved with the business make and deliver fresh coffee and other drinks to District Center and Central Middle School staff members who have ordered a delicious beverage. While tracking budgets, inventory and ordering supplies, the students learn valuable social and work skills. Get a closer look at the program in this video.

Tickets are now available for WBLAHS Fall Musical "Little Shop of Horrors". The musical-comedy follows Seymour, a down-on-his-luck florist and his co-worker Audrey. When he discovers a mysterious – and voracious – plant, suddenly Seymour and Audrey are thrust into an epic battle that will determine the fate of the entire human race! Show dates for "Little Shop of Horrors" are Nov. 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7:00pm and Nov. 11 at 2:00 pm. at the WBLAS Community Auditorium. Find ticket information here.

 Activities Updates

Registration is now open for Winter sports. Find more information here. The Girls Soccer Team is heading to the State tournament after defeating Woodbury 3-0. Find additional details here. The Girls Cross Country Team finished fourth out of nine teams in the SEC. Read their article here. The Boys Cross Country Team finished third in the Suburban East Conference. Learn more here. The Bears Football Team ended out Roseville 10-7 during a recent game. Registrations are now being taken for the Nov. 29 & 30 WBL Cheer Basketball Season Youth Clinic. Find information here.

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

Enjoy The Week in 62.4 Seconds videos highlighting weekly district activities throughout the school year.

School Board News

School Board Student Recognition

During the October 9 School Board regular meeting, School Board members honored students and members of the Class of ‘23 who represented the district as AP Scholars, National Merit Semi-Finalists and National College Board honorees. Watch the Student Recognition video here.

Upcoming School Board Meetings

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Community Room 112, District Center
School Board Regular Meeting Subscribe to Alerts
Community Room 112, District Center

Past Meeting Highlights

Oct. 9 Regular Session

Sept. 25 Work Session

Sept. 11 Regular Session

School Board News Posts

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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.

Calendars approved

At the November 13, 2023 School Board Regular Meeting, the School Board approved the following calendars:

  • 2024-25 Academic Calendar
  • 2025-26 Academic Calendar
Board approves “Mariner Middle School” beginning Fall 2024

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.

Updated Strategic Plan Approved

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.

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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.

District News

General Information

District-wide News Posts

photo collage of exciting district-wide happenings

The April 7 issue of the Community e-Newsletter is now available! The publication covers student and staff successes, School Board news, and school and Community Education offerings.

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Community members are invited to stop by throughout the academic year for an informal chat with Superintendent Kazmierczak over a cup of coffee.
    - Feb. 22, 2024 from 12-1 p.m.
    - May 7, 2024 from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

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The district’s most recent four-year graduation rate, released today by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), shows White Bear Lake Area Schools topping the state’s graduation rate by 5.7 percentage points, with 89.0% of 2023 seniors earning their diploma within four years.

The 2023 graduation rate at White Bear Lake Area High School - South Campus, which does not include students from the district’s Area Learning Center (ALC) or Transition Education Center (TEC) programs, is 94%. The Area Learning Center’s graduation rate of 73% is the highest ALC rate in the area. This most recent ALC rate is an increase of 9 percentage points over 2022 and 22 percentage points since 2021.

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If winter weather is so severe that schools need to close, families will be alerted via phone, email and text to those who have opted in to receiving texts from the district. (Instructions for opt-in here.) The message will be posted on the district's website and social media accounts, and the information will also be available on local media outlets.