White Bear Lake Area Schools
June 1, 2012
Leading minds to learning, hearts to compassion and lives to community service.
In This Issue
· Unforgettable Memories
· General Information
· Awards and Honors
· 175 down, 200 to go
· Relaying the message
· Sums before summer
· Quarterly celebration
· High school students take home honors
· NJHS endeavors
· Activities updates
· School Board recognitions
· Upcoming meetings
· Transition Plus Graduation
· Area Learning Center Graduation
· White Bear Lake Area High School
· WBLAS School Board Meeting Graduation
· Stop by the WBLAS Marketfest
WBLAS In the News
· Mozzetti signs National
Letter of Intent
· New Principals Join WBL Area Schools
· We love our Special Olympians
· Minnesota schools say farewell to No Child Left
· Lou Ferreri wins artist
· Track and field jr.
· Roseville, White Bear Lake seniors win Lions Club
· Gebeke athlete of the
· Sunrise Park Principal in running for state award
· MSU’s Carter plays key role for Devils (Alumnus highlighted)
· White Bear chef hooks a new talent (Alumnus highlighted)
· White Bear Lake native Ryan Carter is giving Devils
just what they need (Alumnus highlight)
· Parents now helping parents (school volunteer highlighted)
· Activities News
· March 2, 2012
· May 11, 2012
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“How soon can you start?”
The young teacher had finished her student teaching in White Bear. Far from her native state of Nebraska, she was uncertain what the future would bring. Now to her surprise, she was offered an opportunity to teach in White Bear Lake Area Schools to fill a mid-year opening.
She said yes. Now, after thirty-eight years of inspiring students she is retiring.
In the fall of 1973, he began as a bus driver. Now after 39 years, and many years in leadership roles in the district, he too is retiring. Think of the number of students who were safely transported under his watch.
This spring we are honoring twenty-five retiring staff members. Their combined years of service to our students, families, and colleagues total 539 years! Of the 25, 11 are teachers, 3 in custodial and maintenance roles and 3 in clerical positions. Two are principals, one a paraprofessional, and five in other support roles.
All of them have made extraordinary contributions to our schools and community, and leave a remarkable legacy.
Spend time with these colleagues before they go. Yes, we are honoring them in receptions, dinners, and events. But take time to visit with them. Why did they choose White Bear Lake Area Schools when they came? Why have they stayed? Who encouraged and supported them when they began?
Then just listen. You are likely to hear some unforgettable memories.
We are grateful for their work, but are only beginning to understand their legacy.
To our retirees, thank you from us all.
Dr. Michael Lovett
Retirement dinner attendees. See a program of the event here.
websites launching Monday
DID YOU KNOW?
Find details about White Bear Lake Area Schools here.
Find a listing of the many, varied Community Services offerings in the Community Services Catalog, recently mailed to District residents. Find an electronic version of the catalog here.
A few samples of our classes:
· Health Care for Seniors - May 3, 6-8 p.m., $9
· Cake Decorating 101 - May 24 & 31, 6-8:30 p.m., $35
· Nature Book Club - May 9 & June 13, 6:30-8 p.m., $15
· Thriller Line Dance Workshop - June 6, 7-8:30 p.m., $15
Register for these classes and more here.
The WBLAS Community Services and Recreation Department provides a wide range of services and opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all members of ISD 624.
· Fare for All – Save up to 40% on Groceries – Find information about Fare For All Express here.
· Safe Schools Healthy Students Parent Survey – Your feedback about our schools and community will help us plan and support activities that keep our youth healthy and safe. Questions about the survey? Please contact Becky Stewart at the Improve Group at 651-315-8917. All those completing a survey can enter a drawing for one of four $100 gift cards to Barnes and Noble. Find the survey here.
Senior Program Updates:
The White Bear Area Senior Center is a program of the White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Services & Recreation Department
New/Used Audio Book DVD Library – The White Bear Area Senior Center (located at
Normandy Park Education Center in White Bear Lake) is starting an Audio Book
DVD Library. If you would like to pass your favorite audio book DVDs forward,
please consider our Lending Library. Everyone also is welcome to utilize our
library for your listening pleasure.
· Strategic Planning – The District’s 30-member Strategic Planning Committee met in May to hear an update on the Strategic Planning initiatives underway this year and to review upcoming initiatives. The Strategic Planning process is one we started during the fall of 2010 and has been helping us “write our story” since. Strategic Planning updates can be found here.
· Schools for Energy Efficiency – As we count down these final days of school, I would like to share with your our most recent energy conservation effort, the Plug Load Guidelines. This set of Guidelines is an addendum to the already established Energy Use Guidelines, which were put into place during last school year. The Plug Load Guidelines further extend our efforts to reduce energy across the district by more diligently regulating the type, and number, of items we choose to plug in each day. The new Guidelines address classrooms, offices, common areas, meeting rooms and other district spaces. The goal is not to take things out of the our schools which are imperative to teaching and learning; rather it is to continue to raise awareness and change the behaviors of all of us who contribute to the energy use, and savings, throughout White Bear Schools.
It is important to note that the
Guidelines are just that - Guidelines. Each individual building will be
responsible for deciding, and regulating, how plug load restrictions will look.
We recognize that there are exceptions which need to be made, and it is our
intention to ensure that no one's health or ability to complete their job
duties are hindered by these guidelines. Understand, however, that there may
be some "creature comforts" which will need adjusting by
everyone. We encourage you to embrace
to the Guidelines as a way to think differently about your daily routine, and
how your everyday choices and behaviors can - and do! - affect the district
as a whole.
Please read carefully through the Plug Load Guidelines, and pay special attention to the following:
o Personal refrigerators will no longer be allowed in any areas, unless approved by your building's SEE (School's for Energy Efficiency) Site Team
o Personal space heaters will no longer be allowed in any areas, unless approved by your buildings' SEE Site Team
o Personal coffee makers or microwaves will no longer be allowed in any areas. Communal coffee makers and microwaves will be made available for staff groups to share (whole staff, department, building areas, etc.)
o All items which are not in use (and can be safely accessed) should be unplugged - either nightly or when on the last day of the work week
o Computers will be set with a 40 minute sleep mode (the approximate length of a class period)
The final page of the Guidelines is a formal request for exception of equipment. If you have a request, please fill out the form and email/give to either our district Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Ann Arney, or your building principal. All requests will be reviewed by the building's SEE Site Team.
We appreciate all of your efforts and support as White Bear Lake Schools continues with the School's for Energy Efficiency Program, saving energy and money! To date, we have reduced our energy consumption by 6% and have saved over $75,000! There is still a lot of opportunity for savings in this district, and we are excited to see just how great we can do as we all work together to help keep this money in our schools.
If you have any questions, please contact our district EEC Ann Arney. She is happy to provide information on the Guidelines, district energy use and conservation, ideas and tips for how to adjust to the new guidelines or anything else you need.
· White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation – The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation, Inc. (WBLAEF) is an independent, non-profit corporation promoting excellence in education in White Bear Lake Area School District 624 schools. Find the WBLAEF website here.
o Reunions set for this summer:
§ Mariner High School Reunion – 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Withrow Ballroom. Find information here.
§ Class of 1992 20th Class Reunion - Saturday, September 15th at Manitou Station in WBL starting at 5 p.m. For more information contact Jennifer "McCormick"Rikkers at 608-325-4757.
§ Class of 1977 35th Class Reunion - Saturday, September 15th, 2012 at Applewood Hills Golf Course in Stillwater, MN. For more information contact Terry Honsa at 651-429-6172.
§ Class of 1962 50th Class Reunion - September 14 and 15, 2012. For more information contact Don Bloomquist at 715-234-5770.
o 13th Annual Golf Tournament – The White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation’s 13th Annual Golf Tournament will take place June 25, 2012 at Dellwood Hills Golf Club. Find information here.
o Lynn Mielke Award – Congratulations to White Bear Lake Area Learning Center Director Julia Jilek, who was awarded yesterday with the Lynn Mielke Award from the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation. Find photos from the ceremony here.
Support WBLAS students
· Graduation Ceremonies – Attend the following ceremonies to support our high school students:
o Transition Plus Graduation – 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 at District Center Community Auditorium
o Area Learning Center Graduation – 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at WBLAHS – South Campus Auditorium
o White Bear Lake Area High School Graduation – 7 p.m. Friday, June 8 at Aldrich Arena, Maplewood
· SpotLight tickets now on sale – The SpotLight Showcase, which will feature a medley of songs performed by the SpotLight award-winning cast from the WBLAHS “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” fall production and our two “Triple Threat” award contenders, will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2012 at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets, available for only $15, are now on sale. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1.800.982.2787 or visit the Hennepin Theatre Trust website here.
· Hire WBLAHS students – The White Bear Lake Area High School - South Campus Career Center offers a job board with all current local job opportunities for their students. If you are looking to fill any positions at your business with WBLAHS students, please contact counselor Josie Robinson to advertise on the Career Center job board.
· Early Childhood Screening Volunteer Opportunity - We are seeking volunteers to help greet families, register children and collect information during our Early Childhood Screening clinics. This is a fun way to meet families in our district and spend time with preschool age children. The time commitment is dependent on your schedule as we have many clinics scheduled throughout the school year on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Becki Kvitrud, Volunteer Coordinator at 651-429-1504 or Danielle Mickelson, Early Childhood Supervisor 651-653-3102.
· Lakeshore Players Summer Camps – White Bear’s Lakeshore Players Theater will present two theatre camp experiences for students this summer:
o Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids for 2-7 graders. Day camp/rehearsals June 13-29, with performances at 7:30 p.m. June 29, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 30 at the WBLAS Community Auditorium. Find information here.
o “The Hobbit” for 8-12 graders. Day camp/rehearsals July 2-25, with performances July 27 through August 5 at the WBLAS Community Auditorium. Find information here.
· Concordia Language Villages – Concordia Language Villages is an internationally recognized world language program located in beautiful northern Minnesota. Programs for youth ages 7-18 are offered in June, July, and August. This summer give your child a passport to see the world without ever leaving the Midwest! Each year, more than 9,500 young people take part in one of our language and culture immersion programs. By enrolling in a one- or two-week summer program in one of 15 world languages, your child will join an exclusive language community where learning, fun, and adventure are all on the agenda! There is an opportunity for Minnesota residents to receive a $1000 scholarship toward a Concordia Language Villages summer youth program this summer. For more information visit the website or contact: (800) 222-4750 or email@example.com.
Awards and Honors
· Lynn Mielke Award – Congratulations to White Bear Lake Area Learning Center Director Julia Jilek, who was awarded yesterday with the Lynn Mielke Award from the White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation. Find photos from the celebration here.
· Retirement – School Board members honored 25 staff members who announced their retirement during the 2011-12 academic year this week. Find the Retirement Dinner program here.
· iCivics Board appointment – Matoska International’s third grade teacher Ananth Pai has been appointed to the iCivics Teachers Council, a professional community that actively informs iCivics’ product development and help shape its long-term direction. Mr. Pai is the only elementary teacher on the council. iCivics was founded in 2009 by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to reverse Americans’ declining civic knowledge and participation.
· Awards of Merit – White Bear Lake Area Schools recently received three Awards of Merit from the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators in the following categories:
o Individual Photography Award for Climbing Wall photo
o Use of Photography Award for 2010-11 Annual Report
o Informational Brochure Award for 2010-11 Annual Report
· Eugene D. Johnson and Kathleen J. Johnson Student Enrichment Scholarship – The Eugene D. Johnson and Kathleen J. Johnson Student Enrichment Scholarship. Applications reviewed on a continual basis throughout the year until a maximum per year has been awarded.
Please contact Marisa Vette (651-407-7695) to submit Staff News, General Information, Opportunities or Awards & Honors for inclusion in future publications.
The Theatre Program fall musical “How to
Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” leads Dylan Rugh
and Emily Neis were named in Hennepin Theatre
Trust's top 12 musical theatre Triple Threat competition for the state
of Minn. Dylan and Emily competed against 24 semifinalists for local
and national judges. The top 2 Triple Threat (singing, dancing, and
acting) finalists will be announced at the Spotlight Showcase on June
11th, when the top 12 TT finalists perform a medley on the
Orpheum Stage. This process is what the judges
use as their final piece of the application to decide who performs at
Nationals. The top 2 students, one boy and one girl, will proceed to
the national competition in New York based on this final performance
piece. Also at the Spotlight Showcase, the WBLAHS production will be
honored with a Community Engagement Award. WBLAHS student Jon Woodruff,
who was awarded an Outstanding Overall Performance individual award,
will present the production’s community engagement efforts at the showcase.
Congratulations to the following Track athletes, who qualified for State yesterday at the Section
Track meet: Eric Gebeke in the 800, Joel Reichow in the 1600, Brian King in the Shot. Neal Burke,
Trevor Simanski, Wyatt Lemon, and Eric Gebeke also qualified in the 4 x 200 relay. Angie Guenther
also qualified in discus and shot and Alison Teirnes
qualified in the mile. Girls Golf athlete Abby
Mozzetti qualified for the state competition.
Girls Golf athlete Abby Mozzetti qualified for the state competition.
School Board recognitions
Before the May 14 School Board meeting, the board recognized the following students for state honors:
· Central Middle School, Sunrise Middle School and White Bear Lake Area High School students who represented the District in the State History Day competition. One Sunrise student, Kylie Noonan, will represent the District at the national competition in Washington, D.C. this summer.
· WBLAHS Speech Team members who recently competed at the state competition.
During the May 14 School Board meeting, the board recognized WBLAHS senior Michelle York, who has served as the School Board Student Liaison during the 2011-12 school year. Emilee Desmet also was recognized as the student liaison alternate, although she was not in attendance.
The School Board also approved on May 14 the appointment of three administrators who will start their positions effective July 1, 2012. Find the press release here.
year’s White Bear Lake Area School Board meeting agendas are available to
District staff members at J:\ALL
DISTRICT\2011-12 School Board Agenda Packets.