School News

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The May 19 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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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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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.

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.

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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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Willow Lane Elementary fifth graders “took over” local restaurant Donatelli’s in White Bear Lake. They are working as the cooks, servers and hosts over the lunch hour. See the student's hard work come to life in this video issue of the district's "The Week in 62.4 Seconds".

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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.

Student Summit Special Guest

Willow Lane Elementary students were visited by a special guest this week. University of Minnesota Gopher Men's Basketball player Parker Fox stopped by during their Student Summit.

Lesson on Healthy Habits

Willow Lane Elementary second graders discovered healthy habits with Nutritionist Jackie Mart. She read students the book, "What's So Yummy? All about Eating Well and Feeling Good" by Robie H. Harris.

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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.

Bench covered in snow

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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Willow Lane Elementary third graders are participating in a leadership project called Minnow Tank, inspired by the TV show Shark Tank, which teaches the value of service, teamwork and persuasive speaking. Their preparations for the project were captured in a recent video issue of the district's The Week in 62.4 Seconds.

creative students

For the past 10 years, Willow Lane Elementary has hosted a "Hunt for the Great Flake". They've modeled their medallion hunt after the medallion hunt that takes place during the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

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