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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.
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.
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.
Dr. Theresa Battle
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.
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.
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.
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:
Cross Country Running (7th–12th)
Adapted Soccer (7th–12th)
Cross Country Running (7th–12th)
Adapted Soccer (7th–12th)
Soccer (7th– 12th)
Dance Team (8th–12th)
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.
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=.
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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.
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.