School News

photo collage of end of school year activites

The June 16 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.

June 27 Marketfest sponsorship

District representatives will be back this summer at Marketfest, which runs Thursdays, June 13 - July 25 in Downtown White Bear Lake. Stop by the district’s booth for pencils, bear paw tattoos and fun conversation! New this year is an “Orange Out” photo at 6:30 p.m. on June 27 on 4th Street!

Michele Norcross 2024 White Bear Lake Area Educators Teacher of the Year slide

White Bear Lake Area Learning Center Teacher Michele Norcross was named the 2024 White Bear Lake Area Educators Teacher of the Year at a celebration and recognition event. The Language Arts teacher was chosen from an impressive slate of 6 finalists from throughout the district.

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WBLAS is pleased to announce that Kristen Nelson has been chosen to serve as the district’s new assistant director of early childhood programs, a position that was vacated when current assistant director Darcy Rodriguez accepted a position as the new early childhood family education specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education.

Celebrating Student-athletes

Six WBLAHS student-athletes participated in a spring National Signing Day event this week at WBLAHS - South Campus. Also celebrated were 13 student-athletes who have committed to play a sport(s) at their chosen Division III university or college. 

rock paper scissors

A friendly competition of rock, paper, scissors took over North Campus. Both students and staff took part, earning an orange beaded necklace for every win. Watch a few rounds of the contest in this video issue of the district's The Week in 62.4 Seconds.

construction site tour

Dr. Kazmierczak hosted his Middle School and High School Student Advisory groups last week. The meeting was captured in a recent video issue of the district's The Week in 62.4 Seconds. 

musical performance

Middle and high school orchestra students filled the South Campus Theater with music during the District Night of Chamber event. Their concert was captured in a recent video issue of this district's The Week in 62.4 Seconds.

notice of WBLAHS Community Open House on Aug. 29

Those who are interested in touring the renovated White Bear Lake Area High School are invited to mark their calendars for a Community Open House event from 3-6 p.m. on Aug. 29. Additional information will be shared as the event approaches.

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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.

group of children in classroom

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.

robotics competition

The WBLAHS Robotics team competed in the MN 10,000 Lakes First Robotics Regional Competition. The biggest highlight of the event came on the first night after the Bright Bears won their first three matches and were ranked first overall.

career pathways lesson

High school students in the Biomedical Engineering class were invited by WBLAHS graduate Sydney Beck, now a Biomedical Engineering student at the University of Minnesota, to attend a STEM Outreach Event sponsored by Medtronic.

Custom Fishing Rods

High Schoolers in the Outdoor Education and Recreation class are building custom fishing rods from scratch.  Get a closer look at the project in this recent video issue of the district's The Week in 62.4 Seconds.

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