The 2021-22 Academic Calendar was approved at the January 11, 2021 School Board meeting.
The district is currently hosting virtual registration events for the 2021-22 school year. Find additional information at www.isd624.org/welcome.
Based on new guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education and Governor Walz, we are planning for our elementary students to return to in-person learning on a phased schedule.
Principals, Board liaisons, district leaders and construction partners gathered recently to celebrate groundbreakings at construction sites currently underway throughout the district.
The projects include an additional gymnasium at the current South Campus; additions at Lincoln, Matoska International, Vadnais Heights and Willow Lane Elementary Schools; and a brand new Transportation Building.
2020-21 “Coffee with Dr. K” events:
- 7:30-8:30 a.m. on Oct. 6
- 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Jan. 7
- 4:30-5:30 p.m. on April 6
The White Bear Lake Area Educators Local #7286 is seeking nominations for Teacher of the Year in a nomination process. Please consider nominating an educator who will represent all of the dedicated teachers in our district and compete in the state-level program. Find the form online here. Nominations will be open until 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11
The Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) has named White Bear Lake Area Schools Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kazmierczak as the 2021 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. Dr. K was selected for this honor by a panel of representatives from a variety of Minnesota education organizations. Nominees are evaluated on how each candidate demonstrates leadership for learning, communication skills, professionalism, and community involvement.
WBLAHS athletic contests are now available via live streaming provided by PrepSpotlightTV. The live stream arrangement is done in partnership with MSHSL and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidance.
A revised 2020-21 district calendar was approved at the September 14 School Board meeting. Three of the four days originally scheduled as school days September 5-8, 2020 will be made up on the following days: Wednesday, Oct. 14; Friday, Feb. 12 (at-home learning day); and Monday, April 5.
Families, staff and community members are invited to share back-to-school pictures, along with why they are excited for the school year, on Facebook with a #BackToSchoolBears hashtag to have a chance at being featured in the Community e-Newsletter.
Find general Back to School information about school supply lists, the Skyward Online Family Update and free or reduced-price meal applications.
On Friday, August 7 the School Board approved a Fall 2020 Return to School Plan, during a School Board Special Work Session. White Bear Lake Area Schools will be offering a Hybrid Learning Model for all students K-12+. A Distance Learning Model will also be available for all families who choose that as an option.
As the district continues the planning process for the new elementary school in Hugo and the new unified high school, an important component of the design and construction phases is to have a principal named for each building so that key decisions can be made to ensure a successful opening.
At the July 13, 2020 School Board meeting, the School Board ratified the sale of the refinancing of leases related to the 2013 and 2014 gymnasium additions at Lakeaires, Matoska and Willow Lane Elementary Schools.
Please continue to give us your input by sharing your thoughts in the online conversation that was emailed to all staff members, students and families on the evening of Friday, July 10 about what we should consider as we prepare for a return in September.