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White Bear Lake Area Schools
4855 Bloom Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone: 651-407-7500


Dr. Michael Lovett, Superintendent of Schools
Office of the Superintendent
District Center, Room 204
4855 Bloom Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(651) 407-7563 - office
(651) 407-7566 - fax
Dr. Lovett's Bio
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Student Insights

"What do you think?" we ask students on my Superintendent Student Advisory Committees.

Committee members, grades 6 through 12, tell us what they think, candidly and respectfully. Examples of questions we have posed the past couple of years include:

How do you make decisions on which classes to take? What more would be helpful?

What gets in the way of recycling? What could we do to get all students to recycle?

Who do you talk to when you face a difficult problem or concern?

Principals and district level administrators join me, listening to conversations, and occasionally asking questions for clarification. Mostly the discussion flows from student to student. They take turns without interrupting.

Deciding on which classes to take? We learned that parents and counselors play a role but were surprised to discover that the "go-to" source of wisdom is older students--including brothers and sisters and team captains. We are working on ways to capitalize on this level of trust.

? Students advised a redesign of the cafeteria recycling areas to make signage more visible and improve traffic flow. Then, a high school student prepared a video and trained students to present to school advisories. Compliance is now near 100%.

Who do you talk to when you have a problem
? For the majority of students, the first step is to a teacher--or other staff member--with whom they have a relationship. Said one: "Our teachers are some of the smartest people we know." And obviously trusted. In response, we have provided training to all staff to better prepare them for the times that students "choose" them to trust.

This week we met with my advisory committees for the last time this year. On the agenda was time for our school board representatives to get feedback on a presentation, which they will make available to our School Board next week. As always, students had insights and experiences to share.

We left the meeting knowing that it is always a good idea to listen to students.

Michael J. Lovett, Ph.D
Superintendent, White Bear Lake Area Schools

See the Superintendent's Message Archive here.