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2019 BHS Commencement

Posted on June 14, 2019

Congratulations to the members of the Burnsville High School Class of 2019!

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Class of 2019 Commencement

Student Speeches

Posted in Achievement, Student Success | Tagged bhs, graduation, video, joy bogonko, commencement, Burnsville High School

Foundation 191 announced more than $11,000 in grants to District 191 schools

Posted on June 14, 2019

Foundation 191 announced grants totaling $11,127.50 to help fund 18 projects in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 for the 2019-20 school year.

2019-20 grants are:  

  • Burnsville High School, $3000 for Junior Achievement Finance Park;  
  • Harriet Bishop Elementary School, $231 for Orienteering for Everyone;
  • Hidden Valley Elementary School, $266 for Growing Resilience and $600 for Growing Roots;
  • M.W. Savage Elementary School, $250 for Whaletale Publishing and $250 for Learning Center;
  • Nicollet Middle School, $295 for AVID Binder Hospital, $399 for Atlas Subscriptions, $525 for Hate U Give Lit Project, $350 for 6th grade AVID Literature to Explore Diversity Read Aloud Refuge and $286.50 for Book Club to Explore Diversity and (Extra)Ordinary Students;
  • Rahn Elementary School, $500 for Podcasting and $500 for 50th Anniversary Celebration;
  • Sky Oaks Elementary School, $2500 for Peaceful Playground and $500 for YMCA Student Leadership training; and
  • William Byrne Elementary School, $150 for Kindergarten Math Bags, $150 for 3rd grade Math Bags and $375 for Native Plants.

“Foundation 191 was formed in 2005 to meet a need for innovative opportunities for students,” said Foundation Board President Robbie Bunnell. “We are proud to say we’ve touched thousands of students with these projects and are excited to be able to continue to do so this year.”

The Foundation 191 grant program began in 2007 and has awarded more than 100 grants totaling over $125,000 to projects created and developed by staff or students in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district impacting Early Childhood Education, Community Education, all ten elementary schools, three middle schools, Burnsville High School and the Alternative High School. Each project directly benefits students in the district and has carried a wide ranging impact for students, staff, their families and the District 191 community.

The mission of Foundation 191 is to enhance, enrich and expand educational opportunities within the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district.

Posted in Community | Tagged Foundation 191, grants, garden, AVID, literacy, math, kindergarten

Commencement ceremony will be held outside at 6 p.m.

Posted on June 7, 2019

Commencement ceremonies will take place in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 with graduates receiving diplomas at three locations in June.

Commencement for students in the BEST transition program will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 Wednesday, June 5 (rescheduled due to weather), at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy., Burnsville.

Burnsville Alternative High School will present diplomas to students during a commencement ceremony at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 at the Burnsville High School Mraz Center, 600 E. Highway 13, Burnsville.

At Burnsville High School, the commencement ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 7. The ceremony will take place outside in Pates Stadium next to the school at 600 E. Highway 13, Burnsville. 

Student speakers at the BHS commencement will be Andrew Vixayvong, Alyse Dees and Anna Cruz. Musical performers will be Jon Butler, Riley Pester and Joy Bogonko.

Posted in Achievement | Tagged bhs, graduation, 2018-19

Blazing Cats adapted softball team wins state title in epic comeback

Posted on June 6, 2019
The Blazing Cats adapted softball team won the state title in the cognitively impaired division of adapted softball on June 1 at Chanhassen High School. This is their first state title since 2013.
 
The team faced deficits in both the semifinals and championship game, 8-1 and 11-0 respectively, before rallying and ultimately winning the state title.
 
The Blazing Cats consists of students from Burnsville, Farmington and Lakeville. Burnsville High School students on the team include Stefan Evers, Parker Leagjeld, Leeban Mohamed and David Phalaket.
 
 
The Minnesota Association for Adapted Athletics (MAAA) was initially organized in 1975 with a three-team league, all from the Minneapolis area. The league has since grown to include students from over 21 schools from the Twin Cities area, as well as a few greater Minnesota schools. The MAAA program provides physical, social and psychological development to students with mental and/or physical disabilities.
 
Posted in Achievement | Tagged blazing cats, adapted softball, state title, burnsville/farmington/lakeville

2019 Senior Profile: Luna Yemane

Posted on June 6, 2019

To celebrate members of the Class of 2019 and help the One91 Community get to know some of the students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School, we're publishing several "Senior Profiles" as we gear up for commencement ceremonies the week of June 3. Congratulations to all of our seniors! 

Who was a favorite teacher or staff member & why?

Mrs. Vogt, because she is awesome! I had Mrs. Vogt only for a semester in 11th grade, but I always talk to Mrs. Vogt whenever I need help with anything school related or not. Even if I don't need help, Mrs. Vogt always listens to me vent!

What is one memory of high school you will take with you after leaving?

One of my favorite high school memories would be hosting the Speak Up event for the school with the Black Student Union. Seeing the Burnsville High School community actively work to communicate with each other and diminish the barriers that keep students divided gave me hope. I also was so proud of all the work that my peers involved in the Black Student Union accomplished to make this day successful.

What are your plans for after graduation?

After I graduate, I plan to attend the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in political science and minoring in African American studies.

What advice would you give to younger students to make the most of their high school experiences?

There are many opportunities to make your high school experience count. Use all your resources like your counselor and Mrs. Sexton. Burnsville High School has so many different ways to explore potential careers or interests if you just look for them.

Posted in Senior Profiles | Tagged 2019, senior profiles, bhs, luna yemane

2019 Senior Profile: Vladimir Lind

Posted on June 5, 2019

To celebrate members of the Class of 2019 and help the One91 Community get to know some of the students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School, we're publishing several "Senior Profiles" as we gear up for commencement ceremonies the week of June 3. Congratulations to all of our seniors! 

Who was a favorite teacher or staff member & why?

My favorite teacher was Mrs. Dempsey because I witnessed firsthand how much work she puts into the success of her students — taking time out of her busy day to work on her EMT certification, dealing with all the hoops of starting new programs, and always being there to help her students.

What is one memory of high school you will take with you after leaving?

I'll always remember messing around with the mountain bike team before races. I remember when we'd string up as many hammocks on one tree as we could, and when we'd mess with the other teams when they rode by us (even though we weren't really allowed to do that!).

What are your plans for after graduation?

I will be studying biology at Concordia College in Moorhead after I graduate from BHS.

How do you think you've changed as a person during the last four years?

When I was a freshman I had no idea what I wanted to do, I was just going along with things until eventually I found that I wanted to go into healthcare, and more specifically emergency medicine.

What was the most difficult challenge you faced in high school?

The most difficult challenge I faced in high school was finding motivation. I mainly dealt with this by looking at the big picture and envisioning the steps I would have to take to achieve the end goal.

What advice would you give to younger students to make the most of their high school experiences?

Take all the opportunities you can to enrich yourself. It helps you get a feel for what you want your future to be, it helps you learn new things, and it can connect you to people who will be a huge part of your life in the future.

How did your high school experience prepare you for your future?

It taught me to find what I care about and work hard to get the results I want.

What makes you most excited when you think about your future?

I'm excited to think that I'm going to be working in emergency medicine, something that I've loved learning about.

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Posted in Senior Profiles | Tagged 2019, senior profiles, bhs, graduates, vladimir lind

Weather cancels, reschedules June 4 events

Posted on June 4, 2019

Due to weather, the BEST graduation ceremony has been rescheduled. It will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, June 5 at 6 p.m. at Diamondhead Education Center. Details at https://www.isd191.org/isd191/news/201905/district-191-graduates-will-re...

The American Indian Family Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for June 4 has been canceled. 

Sky Oaks Elementary awarded grant for over $13,000 for ‘Bounce and Thrive’ program

Posted on June 4, 2019
Sky Oaks Elementary School has been awarded an Impact Grant in the amount of $13,100 for its Bounce and Thrive program. The grant is funded through the Education Minnesota Foundation.
 
Bound and Thrive is a monthly evening program that brings Sky Oaks families together through a variety of activities, such as sharing a meal together, discussing relevant parenting topics and connecting families to resources though 360 Communities, a District 191 partner.  
 
Bounce and Thrive will focus on families “bouncing forward” from where they are and thriving based on new knowledge, skills and community resources. Partners For Success at 360 Communities helps families lay the groundwork for greater educational success and connects them to opportunities on their path to becoming part of a vibrant, inclusive, caring, and thriving community.
 
Holly Schultz and Brittany Bruns, Sky Oaks school psychologist and social worker, respectively, along with Emily Robison, a family support worker at 360 Communities, were instrumental in securing the grant and are an integral part of the Bounce and Thrive program.
 
"We are excited to see our families continue to thrive as we connect, grow, and learn to bounce with whatever life brings our way,” said Schultz. “Bounce and Thrive will impact our school family by creating a welcoming environment for all to join in family togetherness."
 
Bounce and Thrive is designed to promote protective factors and develop resilience in the Sky Oaks school family, as well as within the Burnsville community, which will ultimately impact educational success.
 
The Education Minnesota Foundation seeks to encourage and support broad-based efforts, like Bounce and Thrive, to effect meaningful, long-lasting change in the policies and practices that shape teaching and learning. Through this grant, it is the Foundation’s intent to promote the research, development and adoption of policies and practices that will become the basis for those improvements.
 
The Foundation believes that a major and effective way to attain this far-reaching goal will be through systemic improvements in the experiences of educators and students.
 
For more information about the Impact Grant, visit https://edmnfoundation.org/overview/#IMPACT.
 
Posted in Achievement | Tagged education minnesota foundation, grant, bounce and thrive, sky oaks, 360 communities

2019 Senior Profile: Jacob Otto

Posted on June 4, 2019

To celebrate members of the Class of 2019 and help the One91 Community get to know some of the students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School, we're publishing several "Senior Profiles" as we gear up for commencement ceremonies the week of June 3. Congratulations to all of our seniors! 

 
Who was a favorite teacher or staff member & why?
 
Mr. Tesmer has helped me gain many automotive, business, and life skills that no other teacher could. He is always honest and to the point, both qualities I respect and like in a person.
 
What are your plans for after graduation?
 
I will be going to boot camp to become a United States Marine.
 
How do you think you've changed as a person during the last four years?
 
I have become more confident, outgoing, driven, and humble.
 
What was the most difficult challenge you faced in high school?
 
Continuing to show up even when I felt I could not do it anymore.
 
What advice would you give to younger students to make the most of their high school experiences?
 
Take risks, ask out crushes, have fun, and be yourself because it is over before you know it.
 
How did your high school experience prepare you for your future?
 
It taught me how to be a team member, and that what you put in to your work you get out of it.
 
What makes you most excited when you think about your future?
 
I get to see the world while serving something bigger and better than myself. I get to be my own person.
 
Posted in Senior Profiles | Tagged 2019, senior profiles, bhs, graduates, jacob otto

BHS Sophomore Osman Warfa spreads his wings at International Science and Engineering Fair

Posted on June 3, 2019

Osman Warfa, a sophomore at Burnsville High School, said his favorite activity as a child was building model airplanes. 

“I used to create my own models and try different designs to see how they would fly,” he said.

After crashing one of those models into a tree, he noticed how a small change to the wing created a big change in the way the plane flew. Years later, that change served as the inspiration for a school project that recently earned him a coveted spot at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Warfa was one of 1,800 high school students from more than 80 countries selected to participate in the fair, held May 16-18 in Phoenix, Ariz. He spent eight hours presenting his project, “Stability of Varied Winglets,” to the professional scientists and engineers who served as judges.

Originally created for his honors biology class, Warfa’s project aimed to determine how the stability of an aircraft wing would be affected by differently angled winglets, which are projections at the tips of the wings.

“Without a winglet, the air going over and underneath the wing will move in circular patterns called wingtip vortices, which create drag, especially during takeoff and landing, the most unstable part of a flight,” he said. “So I was testing different angles on the winglets to see how that would change the flight dynamics.”

His project initially won two awards at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair: an Inspiring Excellence Award and a U.S. Air Force Award. Out of nearly 400 projects, his was one of only a handful chosen to advance to ISEF. Students with winning projects at ISEF are awarded scholarships and cash prizes, including a $75,000 grand prize award.

“I had no idea I would get accepted to ISEF. I remember doing science fairs in sixth or seventh grade and I would see the names of the people who got into ISEF, and I wanted to do that really badly,” he said. “I was really excited.”

Warfa built all of his wing models in the BHS fabrication lab - called the “fab lab” - which is chock-full of tools and equipment for engineering classes. They were created using a 3D printer, and he tested them using the lab’s wind tunnel.

“I took Introduction to Engineering Design last year, where we used software to create 3D models. That class had a really big impact on how I created those wings this year,” he said. “My engineering teacher Mr. (Orion) Patrie and my biology teacher Mr. (Mike) Huemoeller have been a real help with this project.”

Huemoeller said advancing to ISEF is “a pretty big deal” and he thinks Warfa has an amazing future ahead of him.

“I’m really impressed with him. I knew right away his project was exceptional,” he said. “One of the things I look for is critical thinking, which he had in abundance, and then solving and designing. We want students to learn how to experiment and then really think critically and creatively about ways to solve problems. I thought the way he went about designing it in our fab lab was particularly good, and he did a lot of trials and had a lot of data.”

Warfa, whose ultimate goal is to become a Navy pilot, said seeing all of the different projects students presented was an invaluable learning experience. And even though he didn’t win anything this time, he plans to use what he learned to make some changes and try to get to ISEF again next year.

“During flight the wings aren’t static – they bend up. So next year I’m going to try to build a wing that can bend in the wind tunnel and test it with the winglets, as well,” he said.

While he enjoyed his entire experience at ISEF, he said his favorite part was connecting with people from all over the world.

“I just liked making new friends and getting to know people from different countries. I’m Kenyan, and I speak Swahili, and I met students from Kenya and got to talk to them in Swahili,” he said. “That was really cool.”

 
Posted in We Are One91 | Tagged osman warfa

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