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Foundation 191 annual golf tournament slated for Sept. 13

Posted on August 14, 2019
Foundation 191 will host its annual golf tournament and fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 13 at Crystal Lake Golf Club, located at 16725 Innsbrook Drive in Lakeville.
 
The cost per person for the event is $125, which includes golf, a golf cart, range balls, a lunch ticket and dinner. Dinner-only tickets are available for $20. Sponsorships are also welcome. 
 
Registration information can be found at www.foundation191.org/golf-tournament. The deadline to register is Monday, Sept. 9.  
 
Foundation 191 has awarded 135 grants totaling more than $120,000 to all of the district’s schools, as well as community education programs since its founding in 2005. In just two years of taking over sponsorship of the Community Scholarships program, the Foundation has facilitated more than $200,000 in scholarships to Burnsville High School graduating seniors.
 
For additional information about Foundation 191, visit www.foundation191.org or contact the Foundation at 191foundation@gmail.com or 952-707-4112.
 
Posted in Community | Tagged Foundation 191, golf tournament, crystal lake, scholarships

Seven new things in District 191 for 2019-20

Posted on August 9, 2019

Snow won’t stop learning

Severe weather will be less disruptive this year, with District 191 implementing a new plan for “Flexible Learning Days.” Under the plan, the first cancellation due to weather during a school year will remain a traditional cancellation. After that, Flexible Learning Days would kick in.

On a Flexible Learning Day, teachers, administrators and other licensed professionals will be available by email or Schoology from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. to answer questions, provide guidance or otherwise engage students.

  • For grades 6-12, teachers will publish lessons by 9 a.m. using Schoology, the district’s online learning system, so students can access courses and complete assigned work.

  • For grades PreK-5, students will complete portions of selected learning activities created and distributed in advance by their teachers.

Parents and students should watch for more information as the school year gets underway.

New banners for work on behavior

Eight schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will have banners on display this fall, recognizing them as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Sustaining Exemplar schools. 

PBIS is an approach where schools use evidence-based practices to enhance academic and social outcomes for all students. It helps establish clear expectations, common language and practices, and systems of positive feedback to help develop a strong school community.

The Sustaining Exemplar schools for this year are Gideon Pond, Harriet Bishop, Hidden Valley, Marion W. Savage, Neill, Sioux Trail, and Sky Oaks elementary schools and Eagle Ridge Middle School. In addition, District 191 was recognized as a "District Progressing towards Sustaining Implementation," making it one of only six districts statewide to be honored for its work around PBIS.

New middle school math, elementary writing curriculum

Middle school students will see some new math materials and lessons this year, as District 191 fully launches a new curriculum called “enVisionmath 2.0.” The new curriculum emphasizes conceptual understanding and procedural skills through problem solving, interactive experiences, and visual learning. District staff cited its enVisionmath’s robust intervention system as a primary benefit, and noted that it supports teachers in customizing assignments and activities to support all learners. 

At the elementary level, teachers will be using “Being a Writer” writing curriculum, which complements recent literacy curriculum adoptions of Making Meaning and Being a Reader. Using a workshop model, the Being a Writer program teaches the writing process while developing motivation for the craft of writing through immersion in various writing genres. Students will have the opportunity to write regularly with passion and intent, building an understanding of and appreciation for the skills and conventions of writing. The curriculum also interweaves academic and social skill development. 

Class will help community members earn bus driver’s license

District 191’s School for Adults will launch a new class this fall to support community members looking to earn their bus driving license. The class was piloted last spring and was developed with the support of the district’s transportation provider Schmitty & Sons. The class fills two community needs: providing training so community members can secure better paying jobs and helping to fill a shortage of high-quality bus drivers. 

Vista View Family Learning Academy

Vista View Elementary School will launch the Vista View Family Learning Academy, designed to build strong relationships and partnerships with families. Academy participants will address topics including homework, parent-teacher conferences, report cards, academic support at home, and social/emotional learning. “At Vista View we believe parents/guardians are each child's first teachers and that the family, as defined by each culture, is the primary system of support in the education of children,” says Principal Jeff Nepsund. “We recognize the need to facilitate learning together with our families in order to achieve greater student success!”

New faces in principals’ offices

Two elementary schools – William Byrne and Edward Neill – will have new principals this fall. 

Lyle Bomsta, who had been the principal at Byrne for nine years, takes over the leadership of Neill Elementary. Bomsta started his career in education as an elementary teacher in Brooklyn Park and has experience as a technology integrationist and assistant principal. He has his master’s degree in educational leadership. 

Mohamed Selim is new to District 191 and will be the interim principal at Byrne this year. Selim was chosen through an interview process that included district administrators, teachers, support staff and parents. Most recently, he was the assistant director of Tesfa International School in Columbia Heights, and has experience as a teacher, dean and math coordinator. He comes to Byrne with a track record of improving student achievement. 

New playground at Harriet Bishop

Thanks to the generosity of the school’s families, the Harriet Bishop Parent-Teacher Organization providing funding for new additions to the playground ahead of the 2019-20 school year. New equipment includes multiple swings, a climbing wall, a new bench, a picnic table with a built-in chess board, and a gaga ball pit. Principal Ken Essay said the additions will provide more opportunities to bring families together both during and outside the regular school day, and it’s already starting to do just that. 

 
Posted in Back to School | Tagged 2019-20, seven new things

Process for making facility decisions will include community engagement

Posted on August 9, 2019
In response to a facility report that recommended closing schools and making other changes to facilities, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education endorsed a plan that will engage the community over the course of the next few months and result in specific recommended actions.
 
“Better decisions are made when those who will be impacted by the decision are included in the decision making process,” Battle said. “We must engage our community if we want to do this right.”
 
The district will hire a consultant to help facilitate the process, noting the amount of time the process will need and the benefits have having a neutral, third-party facilitator that brings valuable experience to the district. Stakeholder input and development of options is expected to take place now through October, with decisions being made by December.
 
Details about how community engagement will take place are still to be developed, but Assistant Superintendent Brian Gersich noted that the district will be insistent that the entire community be represented and that any potential recommendations would reflect the district’s commitment to equity.
 
“We are approaching this not from a deficit lens, but we’re talking about the opportunity we have as a community to get better through this process,” Gersich said, “both from a financial efficiency standpoint and also in terms of strengthening student achievement because of the efficiencies we can find.”
 
Dr. Battle added that the facilities process will be one part of an integrated approach to put the district in the best position to serve students, families and the community, which includes financial management, seeking alternative funding sources like grants, continuing to improve our schools and programs, and advocating for better funding through legislative action. 
 
As the facility process continues, information will be available online at www.isd191.org/facilities
 
Posted in Facilities Process | Tagged facilities report, community

Free sports physicals for students on Aug. 7

Posted on August 5, 2019

University of Minnesota doctors will be giving free sports physicals at Burnsville High School on Wednesday, Aug. 7 from 5-7 p.m.

Consent forms must be completed prior to being seen, if a parent is not present with the child.

Appointments are open to all District 191 students who are planning on participating in athletics.

For more information, please contact the athletics office at 952-707-2151.

Posted in Athletics | Tagged sports physicals, bhs

Statement from Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle responding to the July 31 MPR Story

Posted on August 2, 2019

The behavior reported in the July 31st MPR story regarding Metcalf Middle School is very troubling, and we take any and all reports of harmful behavior seriously. As a district, we have been and will continue to take action to do what needs to be done to ensure all our students in all our schools feel welcomed and valued. 

As part of our commitment, we will be reviewing past investigations and complaints, as well as an investigation of new allegations in the MPR article. We will utilize resources like the NAACP and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to assist us to resolve concerns. School and district leaders have and will continue to engage in discussions about responding to racial slurs and bias. These discussions include staff, students and families understanding the impact of culturally destructive or racist behavior. 

This work – in part encouraged and organized by student leaders – led to an event last year at Burnsville High School called “Speak Up,” which included conversations among students and staff around issues of race to help build understanding, provided ideas for how the school can move forward together to ensure all students feel safe and welcomed, and involved discussions around how to talk about and respond when issues involving race happen in the school community.

The behaviors described in the MPR article are the antithesis of what ONE91 is all about. We are a District that values our diversity, and we expect our students and staff to hold themselves to high expectations and conduct themselves in a manner that creates a welcoming and respectful learning and work environment. We will work with students, parents and staff to make sure that is true for everyone.

We have many reasons to be proud of ONE91’s students and staff. We will continue to improve and we will take on any problems that need to be resolved. I have complete confidence in the ability of our staff, students, families, and partners to work together toward our common goal — the best learning environment possible for our students.

Thank you.

Dr. Theresa Battle
Superintendent

Celebrate National Night Out with Rahn Elementary

Posted on July 25, 2019

National Night Out flyer for Rahn ElementaryAll are welcome to join Rahn Elementary School of Arts and Technology and celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the school, located at 4424 Sandstone Dr. in Eagan.

There will be games, ice cream and a chance to win four tickets to a Minnesota Twins game. 

If you are able to do so, please bring a non-perishable item(s) to donate to The Open Door food pantry.

For information on items that are needed at the pantry, visit https://theopendoorpantry.org/how-to-give/donate-food/.

Questions? Contact Rahn Elementary Principal Brad Robb at 952-707-3601.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Community | Tagged rahn, national night out

Orientation, Open House will be held Aug. 21 & Aug. 28

Posted on July 22, 2019

Orientation for all Burnsville High School students will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Students can stop by the school during this time and pick up their class schedules, get locker information, update lunch accounts, have school pictures taken and visit tables for information on athletics, activities and clubs. Students in grades 10-12 can pick up their parking passes if they have already purchased them. 

Here is the Burnsville High School supplies list for the 2019-20 school year.

Ninth-grade students who need to receive their Chromebook can pick it up in the media center. Students who already have Chromebooks do not have to come to the media center unless the device they have has a problem and needs to be repaired before school starts.

Students who are unable to attend orientation can also receive their Chromebook, class schedule, etc. at Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 28. 

An Open House for students and their families will be held Wednesday, August 28 from 4-8 p.m. Teachers and office staff will be available during this time to assist students and answer any questions they may have.

We are looking forward to welcoming all our students back on the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 3.  

All students in grades 9-12 will attend school on the first day

 

Posted in Parents, Academics, Back to School | Tagged bhs, orientation, open house

Fall sports begin Aug. 12, registration open in FeePay

Posted on July 19, 2019

Fall sports begin Monday, Aug. 12. Make sure your student-athlete is ready for the first day of practice by registering online via FeePay and submitting payment.

Most high school athletics are open to students in grades 7-12; however, there are a few programs that are just grades 9-12. If your student is in 7th or 8th grade, please visit the athletics site on the Eagle Ridge, Metcalf or Nicollet website to see which sports programs are open to 7th and 8th graders. Entry into a sports program is, in some cases, dependent on evaluation during tryouts.   

Athletic offerings in the fall are:

 

BOYS

Cross Country Running (7th–12th)

Football (9th–12th)

Adapted Soccer (7th–12th)

Soccer (7th–12th)

 

$175

$215

$175

$205

GIRLS

Cross Country Running (7th–12th)

Adapted Soccer (7th–12th)

Soccer (7th– 12th)

Swimming (7th–12th)

Volleyball (7th–12th)

Dance Team (8th–12th)

Cheerleaders (7th–12th)

Tennis (9th–12th)

 

$175

$175

$205

$215

$205

$175

$140

$175

All students wishing to participate in athletics must complete and submit the following bullet point items to Burnsville High School for high school athletics at least one week prior to tryouts/practice for fall, winter and spring sports programs. 

  • Eligibility information – All registrations are submitted online and will be available starting July 1 for fall sports. No paper forms will be available or accepted. Registration is done through the FeePay website at https://isd191.feepay.com.

  • Sports physical – All student-athletes must have a current sports physical on file at BHS for high school athletics to be able to participate. Physicals can be turned in at the high school athletics office. Sports physicals are good for three years from the exact date of the physical.

  • Participation fee – Every sport has a participation fee that must be paid before tryouts or practice. Fees are submitted at the same time as the registration is completed and is done through FeePay or in-person. All scholarships are automatically applied in FeePay, with those students who qualify for reduced lunch receiving 1/2 off the participation fee and those students who qualify for free lunch being required to pay $25 for participation. If additional financial assistance is needed, please contact the high school athletics office.

As of July 1, 2019, users of FeePay will incur a 4.29% per transaction fee. This covers the cost of providing the FeePay online option for paying registration fees for athletics, activities, parking passes and meal accounts. To avoid transaction fees, payments may also be made with cash or by check at the school office. Visit https://isd191.feepay.com to register and, if desired, submit payment. 

Once required documentation is completed online and physical forms and fees have been submitted, the athletics office will notify coaches of students who can participate. 

Please contact the athletics office at 952-707-2151 if you have any questions concerning fall sports. 


More back-to-school information is available at www.isd191.org/back-to-school.

Posted in Athletics, Parents, Back to School | Tagged back to school, fall athletics, feepay

Reading, math tutors needed in District 191 schools

Posted on July 15, 2019

Make a difference in your community and join Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 as a reading or math tutor. Several District 191 schools are looking for reading tutors to give their time and talent to help our kids become successful readers and learners.

Schools in need of tutors are:

  • Eagle Ridge Middle School
  • Metcalf Middle School
  • Nicollet Middle School
  • Rahn Elementary
  • Hidden Valley Elementary
  • Edward Neill Elementary
  • Sky Oaks Elementary
  • MW Savage
  • Vista View Elementary 
  • Gideon Pond Elementary
  • Sioux Trail Elementary 
  • Harriet Bishop Elementary

To view and apply for available positions, go to https://www.applitrack.com/burnsville/onlineapp/jobpostings/view.asp?internaltransferform.Url=.

Minnesota Math Corps Tutors

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Minnesota Reading Corps Tutors

Tutors work one-on-one or in small groups with students during school hours throughout the school year. No matter if you’re a recent grad, career changer, stay-at-home parent or retiree, you can make a great tutor. No experience? No problem. Minnesota Reading Corps provides comprehensive training in strategies proven to help students learn, so tutors are well equipped to help students grow.

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  • Receive a stipend every two weeks.

  • Earn up to $4,200 for college tuition or student loans.

  • Tutors 55 and older may gift the award to their child, grandchild, stepchild or foster child.

  • Free health insurance and child care assistance for those who qualify.

Ready to be the change for struggling students? Learn more at ReadingAndMath.net. Questions can be sent to join@servetogrow.org or call 866.859.2825.

 
Posted in Academics, Community | Tagged tutors, math corps, reading corps

Board receives facilities report, recommendations

Posted on July 12, 2019
A comprehensive review of Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 facilities, programs, enrollment and finances resulted in several recommendations, including the recommendation to close two elementary schools and a middle school after the 2019-20 school year. 
 
District 191 has experienced declining enrollment for about 15 years, losing nearly 2,000 students from its peak. While reconfiguring grade levels and adding pre-kindergarten classes to elementary schools has made use of the space at district schools, the study found that six elementary schools and two middle schools are under-utilized in terms of square feet-per-student compared to state guidelines. 
 
“I don’t think these results come as a surprise to people who have followed the district,” said Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle. “But it is important to start with an impartial, accurate evaluation of our situation so that we can move forward and make the best decisions for our students and community.” 
 
In response to the study, Board members asked administration to come up with a process that will lead to them taking specific action regarding district facilities. The process is expected to be brought to the board in August.  
 
“I know that this will be a difficult process,” Battle said. “I’m committed to being open throughout and staying true to our values as district, and I know that together, we can come out of this stronger and better able to serve the One91 community.
 
Findings
Some of the study's major findings include:
  • The district offers a wide array of programs and services, and maintains comparable class offerings to similar school districts.
  • The district spends more per student than the state average, and that the district has a higher than average percentage of students who receive free or reduced lunch, and a higher than average percentage of students who are English learners.
  • Six district elementary schools are under-utilized, using state standards of students per square foot of space.
  • Two district middle schools are under-utilized, using state standards of students per square foot of space.
 
Recommendations
Although included in the report, the Board has not yet acted on any of these recommendations. The process for bringing final recommendations to the board will be outlined at a future board meeting.
 
Recommendations included creating a task force or task forces to study and bring recommendations to:
  • Close two elementary schools after the 2019-20 school year
  • Close one middle school after the 2019-20 school year
  • Sell Diamondhead Education Center and relocate administration, programs and services to the closed middle school as soon as feasible.
  • Reconfigure elementary schools to be PreK-2 and 3-5 (pairing two schools together) in the future.
  • Redraw attendance boundaries to reflect the new structure.
  • Comprehensively market the district programs to limit or reverse enrollment decreases.
 
 
Posted in Facilities Process | Tagged isd191, facilities report

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