White Bear Lake Area Schools
June 29, 2012
Leading minds to learning, hearts to compassion and lives to community service.
In This Issue
· Finding Your Way
· General Information
· Awards and Honors
· Contributing members of society
· White Bear Lake Area School District middle schools accepted as International Baccalaureate Candidate Schools
· New York, New York
· Activities updates
· School Board recognitions
· Upcoming meetings
· Stop by the WBLAS Marketfest
WBLAS In the News
· White Bear Lake’s Eric Gebeke
wins AAU scholarship
· Oneka Elementary –
Together we can create a healthier future for the children
· Pioneer Press female athlete of the year Alexis Foley
of White Bear Lake
· Free lunches for kids on rise
· SpotLight Triple Threat
Best Actress: Emily Nies (White Bear Lake)
· Two SpotLight Student
Winners Selected to Represent Minnesota at the National High School Musical
· White Bear Lake Class of 2012
· High School track: White Bear Lake’s Gebeke repeats in 800
· Good Question: Why are we so loyal to our schools? (mention of White
Bear Lake Rec t-shirt)
· Willow Lane Principal will miss the children, but not
the lunchroom noise
· Two White Bear Lake Area High School performers are
e-Newsletter Published By
Somewhere on the second floor I realized I was going around in circles, and had no clue where I was. Like Daniel Boone, I would not admit to being lost, but was certainly bewildered.
I then passed a student coming from the opposite direction, one of you here tonight. We both nodded politely, and walked on slowly. Then we stopped.... and turned toward one another. I said, "I’m hopelessly lost.... You too?"
You nodded and laughed nervously. "Yes, me too..."
Together we walked the halls and figured out where we were. You found your class, and I was no longer quite as bewildered.
Finding your way is a lot easier when you share the journey with someone else.
Do you remember your first day of kindergarten? Think back.
You are proud to be going to real school. You wear your favorite clothes.
Your new backpack keeps slipping off your shoulders because your parents insist on one that will last you at least until fourth grade. In your new pencil box you have hidden treasures from home.
Some of you have the security of an older brother or sister who, this one time, is not bossy or mean but really helps you find your way.
You let go of your mom’s hand and, looking back over your shoulder, wonder why she has tears in her eyes.
Just seven years ago you began middle school.
You and your friends plan everything in detail, from how to organize your lockers to what you will wear on the first day. That was what girls did, anyway. Boys-- you are mostly too cool for school, at least until the last minute, when you figure you had better be presentable.
Your parents give you endless advice. You nod and forget to thank them because you want to be on your own.
Finding your way has a new meaning in middle school.
When you began high school our country was slipping into a recession.
You dream about clothes and school supplies you hoped to have but never do ask your parents for money.
During these four years of high school you are still learning to find your way.
The good news is that you all made it here tonight, though some of you with suspense and drama known only to you and those in the audience who still love you.
Tonight we celebrate your graduation. Tonight it will be easy to find your way. Stay in line, just like we practiced this morning. Right hand shake, left hand diploma. Turn and smile. And if you trip, we will be there to catch you. Promise.
But what about after tonight? How will you find your way after tonight?
After tonight you will find your way because you know your roots: who you are and where you are from. You come from a community that for six generations has sacrificed and supported each successive generation. They are with us tonight in person and in memory.
After tonight you will find your way because you know what you value. For the past thirteen years you have lived our shared core values of compassion, integrity, respect, responsibility, and service.
After tonight you will find your way because you will not be alone. All of us who know you will be supporting you still.
As you begin the next stage of your journey, remember to stop and look back over your shoulder. Like your parents were on your first day of kindergarten, we will be there.
Dr. Michael Lovett
Editor’s Note: “Like” the District’s Facebook page to see additional photos of the graduation celebrations for the District’s Transition Plus program, White Bear Lake ALC and White Bear Lake Area High School.
DID YOU KNOW?
Find additional information about White Bear Lake Area Schools here.
• Teaching Smarter with SMART Boards
• Solving Classroom Discipline Problems
• Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom
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.
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.
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.
· 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 – the WBLAEF sponsors the White Bear Lake Area Alumni Association. Find information about the Alumni Association, including scheduled reunions, here.
Support WBLAS students
· 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.
Flea Market Fundraiser – The White Bear Lake Area Learning Center Is hosting a flea market
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 22. ALC students will facilitate the process
of renting out 46 spaces in the school’s gymnasium and hallways to vendors
who will sell their wares. The vendors get to keep the money they earn, with
rent and money earned from concessions funding the service learning project.
For more information on how you can participate as a vendor, contact teacher Tim McGraw at 651-773-6406.
· Lakeshore Players Summer Camps – White Bear’s Lakeshore Players Theater will present two theatre camp experiences for students this summer:
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
· Who’s Who – Cultural Liaison Graciela Hammeken was recognized in May by The Latino American Who’s Who. Find the article here.
· SAME Grant – Chris Lyons and Bob McDowell were awarded a $2500 SAME (Society of American Military Engineers) grant in June. They will use the award to purchase laptops for the Sunrise Park Middle School LEGO Robotics Club.
Please contact Marisa Vette (651-407-7695) to submit District News, General Information, Opportunities or Awards & Honors for inclusion in future publications.
Congratulations to the students listed below, who were named 2011-12 Most Valuable Players for their respective sports throughout the year.
The students received an MVP plaque at their activity’s end-of-the-year banquets and their names are enscribed and entered on the MVP wall next to the White Bear Lake Area High School – South Campus gymnasium.
Boys Cross Country - Joel Reichow
Girls Cross Country - Allison Ternes
Football - Eric Gebeke
Boys Soccer - Tyler Books
Girls Soccer - Cassie Le
Swimming, Girls - Mikayla Suchomel
Volleyball - Liz Frey
Adapted Soccer - Nathan Phan
Girls Tennis - Lauren Welch
Boys Basketball - Zach Meyer
Girls Basketball - Alexis Foley
Boys Hockey - Mitch Morrisette
Girls Hockey - Hayley Hill
Swimming, Boys - Patrick Slagerman
Alpine Ski - Eddie Cox & Katie Cox
Nordic Ski - Sean Kasprisin & Allison Ternes
Wrestling - Cody Anderson
Gymnastics - Kellie Dougherty
Adapted Hockey - Jordan Vance
Baseball - Alec Stute
Softball - Danielle Renner
Boys Golf - Mike Pitcher
Girls Golf - Abbie Mozzetti
Boys Lacrosse - Trenton Gahm
Girls Lacrosse - Lyndee Boyce
Boys Track - Eric Gebeke
Girls Track - Angie Guenther
Boys Tennis - Quinn Combs
Adapted Softball - Julie Nelson
Female Athlete of the Year - Alexis Foley
Miss Bear - Rebecca Dysthe
CH Christensen - Eric Gebeke
Dick Bradley - Joel Reichow
School Board recognitions
Before the June 11 School Board meeting, the board recognized the following students for state-level honors:
· State Bus Safety Poster Contest winners
· Sailing Team
· Girls’ Golf State competition participants (not pictured)
· Girls’ Track State meet participants
· Boys’ True Team State meet participants
· WBLAHS – South Campus Student Council