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The WBLAHS Spring Play, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is being performed May 24-26. Due to ongoing construction at WBLAHS, the performances will take place at Irondale Senior High School Auditorium (2425 Long Lake Rd., New Brighton, MN).

Find detailed information and purchase tickets online here

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Read More about May 24-26 WBLAHS Spring Play
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The White Bear Lake Area School District is pleased to announce that Jenni Sjosten has been hired to serve in the role of High School Associate Principal - ALC at the district’s Area Learning Center. Sjosten will step into the role this summer upon the retirement of Gretchen Harriman, who has led the ALC for the past 12 years.

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Read More about Area Learning Center leader named
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At the April 22 School Board Work Session, a video debuted that highlights students and staff members sharing their thoughts about the impact flexible furniture and common spaces have made on teaching and learning in White Bear Lake Area Schools. These facilities improvements were supported by the passage of the 2019 Bond Referendum.

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Read More about Video showcases the bond referendum impact on teaching and learning
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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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Read More about District continues to exceed state graduation rate, ALC tops list
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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.

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Read More about Reminder of Emergency School Closing Notification Information
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Jim Galvin, long-time coach, teacher, and community member, has been honored by White Bear Lake Area Schools for his decades of service to the school community. The White Bear Lake Area School Board voted at its March 4, 2024 meeting to name the fully renovated White Bear Lake Area High School gymnasium “Galvin Court.”

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Read More about Board approves naming of Galvin Court
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The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation hosted a fundraising breakfast in the White Bear Lake Area High School Union area. After enjoying a breakfast together and hearing district staff members describe ways the Foundation’s support has impacted various district programs and classrooms, attendees enjoyed tours of the completed portions of the building.

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  • Facilities
Read More about Phase 1 tours enjoyed at White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation event
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A Building Our Future Update 2023 video was recently created and shared out to the community. This fourth annual update video provides an overview of progress that has been made across the district since the comprehensive facilities review and planning work began in 2018 and the community supported the Building Our Future Bond Referendum in 2019.

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Read More about Building Our Future Update 2023 video shared (opens in new window/tab)
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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.

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Read More about District partners on important safety messaging
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During Winter Break, have fun with your family taking pictures of Bears you see out in the wild - whether they’re real bears (be careful with those ones!), bears on signs, or statues of bears. Email your photos to us at communications@isd624.org and you may see your pics highlighted in our first Community e-Newsletter edition of 2024!

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Read More about 2023 Winter Break activity - Spot A Bear! (opens in new window/tab)
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WBLAS recently received the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The district also received the Excellence in Financial Reporting Award from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO). These awards are the highest form of recognition a governmental agency can receive and represent a significant accomplishment for the finance department and its staff. This year’s recognition marks the 23rd consecutive year the district has received both awards.

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Read More about District receives finance awards for 23rd consecutive year
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District leaders accompanied a team from Wold Architects and Engineers, the firm that designed the majority of the district’s construction projects made possible by the community’s support of the 2019 bond referendum, to present at the EDspaces “Designing the Future of Education” national conference. The annual event is described as the place where leaders and innovators unite to drive the future of learning environments, where technology, space and pedagogy converge.

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Read More about District leaders present at national design conference
First page of the PDF file: 102323_ReferendumProjectsUpdate

At the October 23, 2023 School Board Work Session, representatives from Wold Architects and Kraus-Anderson provided an update on the district-wide Building Our Future Referendum projects.

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Read More about Referendum Projects Update presented at School Board Work Session