At the February 13, 2023 School Board Regular Meeting, the White Bear Lake Area School Board approved a committee’s recommendation to change the name of Sunrise Park Middle School when it moves from the Sunrise Park neighborhood to the current White Bear Lake Area High School - South Campus building in the fall of 2024. The new name, Mariner Middle School, is a nod to the District’s past.
With heavy snowfall predicted this week, it’s never too early to make contingency plans for your family in case of weather-related changes to the school day.
No cancellations or disruptions have been announced at this time, but families are urged to plan ahead and stay tuned just in case.
Two upcoming Two Hour Late Starts that had originally been scheduled to take place for students in grades 6-12+ on Feb. 15 and May 17 have been changed to regular school days.
The district recently received the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The district also recently received the Excellence in Financial Reporting Award from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO). These two awards are the highest form of recognition a governmental agency can receive and represent a significant accomplishment for the finance department and its staff. This year’s recognition marks the 22nd consecutive year the district has received both awards.
Don Bosch, who began in the district in 2009 when he was named principal at North Campus and moved into his current role as principal at South Campus in 2017, recently announced that he will be retiring after the 2023-24 school year. He had been named in 2020 to be the principal of the unified high school to begin in 2024.
The unified high school principal employment search will begin in mid-January.
The 2022 Annual Update is currently available on the website. Print versions of the report will be available in January. The Annual Update information is also included in the Bear’s Bulletin flip-book portion of the Winter Community Services Catalog that will be shared electronically with the community soon.
Upcoming 2022-23 “Coffee with Dr. K” events:
- Feb. 8, 2023 from 12-1 p.m.
- May 2, 2023 from 4-5 p.m.
At the August 8, 2022 School Board meeting, the Board heard an update of the District's Strategic Planning process and approved four updated strategies.
Senior community members (age 65+) who live in the District are invited to participate in the Senior Activities Pass program and enjoy complimentary admission to school activities.
White Bear Lake Area Schools is currently hiring for a variety of positions. Apply to be a Bear today!
The Support Hub is a resource available on the district’s website to provide families with necessary information to address barriers and enhance well-being. This support gives families and community members access to information for essential services including crisis response, basic needs, mental health and well-being, physical health, social emotional learning and more.
There is an electronic form to report concerns regarding a student's well-being: mental health, chemical use, social isolation, bullying, harassment, etc.
Families have the ability to opt in to text message notifications that will be shared (to those who opt in) when school and district messages are sent regarding emergency closings, attendance and nutrition services notices, general upcoming events, and other important announcements from the district or school. Learn more.
Providing families with a reminder of emergency school closing notification information.
Check out these videos with information about Sunrise "Locks & Lockers", "Chromebooks" and "What to Bring to Class". These were made by Sunrise students to help new students feel ready for school.