Meet the future middle school principals on March 20

Posted on March 19, 2018

Sky Oaks Elementary parents have a unique opportunity to meet the future principals of both Nicollet Middle School and Metcalf Middle School on March 20 at 6 p.m. at Sky Oaks.

Shannon McParland and Akram Osman were recently named the principal and associate principal, respectively, at Metcalf Middle School starting with the 2018-19 school year.

At Nicollet Middle School, Angie Pohl and Bill Heim will take over as principal and associate principal, respectively, next fall.

If you can't attend the Sky Oaks meeting on March 20, there are other opportunities to meet the new principals at nearby elementary schools. Check out the full schedule in the images below.

We hope to see you there!

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meet nicollet middle school principals flyer

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Meet the new Metcalf Middle School principals

Posted on March 19, 2018

Parents of students at Sky Oaks, William Byrne and Rahn elementary schools are invited to attend any of these upcoming meetings to meet Shannon McParland and Akram Osman, who will become principal and associate principal, respectively, at Metcalf Middle School starting with the 2018-19 school year. We hope to see you there!

meet the metcalf principals flyer

Posted in Parents | Tagged sky oaks, william byrne, rahn

Meet the new Nicollet Middle School principals

Posted on March 19, 2018

Parents of students at Sky Oaks, Vista View, Edward Neill and Gideon Pond elementary schools are invited to attend an upcoming meeting to meet Angie Pohl and Bill Heim, who will become principal and associate principal, respectively at Nicollet Middle School starting with the 2018-19 school year. Parents can attend any of the meetings listed. We can't wait to meet you!

Nicollet meet the principals flyer

Posted in Parents | Tagged nicollet, sky oaks, vista view, gideon pond, edward neill

‘Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical’ opens April 12

Posted on March 15, 2018

Mary Poppins flyer“Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical” opens Thursday, April 12 featuring music, dancing and some surprises at Burnsville High School’s Mraz Center for the Performing Arts, located at 600 E. Highway 13.

Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney Co. film, Cameron Mackintosh's “Mary Poppins” introduces the troubled Banks family in 1910’s England.

Narrated by Bert, a jack of all trades, the musical sets off to the streets of London to meet the Banks family. The Banks children have just driven away the last of a string of nannies with their unruly behavior. George Banks is absent too much from the family with his work at the bank, and his wife Winifred is distracted as she tries to fit into London society unsuccessfully. Mary Poppins flies in, literally, bringing magic and whimsy along with structure and order. She takes Jane and Michael on memorable and magical activities. Mary Poppins' influence does not stop with the children but rather extends to the adults as the Banks family learns the meaning of family and that ‘anything can happen if you let it.’ 

There is loads of magic and even more dancing in the production. A highlight is a tap dance scene in which Bert (played by Jon Butler), dances up one side of the proscenium, across the top of the stage, and down the other side. 
Five students from Sioux Trail Elementary will be part of the cast in honor of the Minnesota School of Excellence Award their school received this year. The entire school will be treated to a private performance, too! 
There has been a pretty intensive research and design area for set builders, Mark VanderWoulde and Nick Wolf. In addition, there are far more scenes needed in this show than in any other in recent years.  
The cast of Mary Poppins includes the following students:
  • Bert (Jon Butler)

  • Winifred (Kelly Solberg)

  • George (Max Taylor)

  • Jane (Sofia Kemeny)

  • Michael (Sophie Herzog)

  • Mary Poppins (Kaitlin Johnson)

Directed by Amy Stead, performances run April 12-14 and 19-21 at 7:30 p.m., and there is a matinee showing on April 14 and 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available online beginning March 21. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door; however, it is likely that some performances will be sold out.

Tickets are $12 adults, $11 seniors and $10 students, and One91 badge holders are free.


Posted in Parents, Community | Tagged bhs, mary poppins, broadway musical, spring musical, music theatre international, flying effects

Burnsville High School winter drumline beats out the competition

Posted on March 15, 2018

The Burnsville High School winter drumline captured first place at a drumline competition at Elk River High School on March 10. With a score of 81.15 out of 100 – the highest score the team has received this season – Burnsville topped the other three teams.

This is the drumline’s fourth competition and its third time placing first this season. Their show is called “Just Breathe.”

The team has three more competitions left in their season, including events at Dassel-Cokato High School on March 17, Burnsville High School on March 24 and finals at St. Cloud State University on April 7.

In addition to their competitive events, the team will be hosting and performing at Community Night, an event that will be held at Burnsville High School on Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m.   

Posted in Achievement | Tagged bhs, winter drumline, competition, finals

BAHS students raise funds for Colobus Conservation

Posted on March 13, 2018

A fundraiser at Burnsville Alternative High School (BAHS) exceeded its goal and raised $465 for Colobus Conservation Limited, a member of the Pan Africa Sanctuary Alliance. A match from TJ’s Painting brings the grand total to $715.

“I am so proud of the students’ dedication to this process,” said science teacher Angela Engelhardt. “Students were involved every step of the way, and took their leadership skills and used them to create a global impact.”

Students decided to sponsor seven orphaned monkeys and one Dwarf Galago. They will get information on them throughout the year as their rehabilitation progresses.

Colobus Conservation Limited is a not-for-profit organization designed to conserve, preserve and protect primates in Kenya. For more information:

Photo: Burnsville Alternative High School students collected donations in a number of ways, including by selling Candy Grams for Valentine’s Day.
Posted in Community | Tagged service, community, BAHS, Colobus Conservation Limited

Eagle Ridge spelling champ takes 4th at regionals

Posted on March 12, 2018

Eagle Ridge Middle School 8th grader Jessie Vogler, who won the school’s spelling bee last fall, finished in a tie for fourth place out of 42 spellers at the South Central Regional Spelling Bee in Mankato recently.

Eagle Ridge teacher and spelling bee coordinator Shelley Hermes called the regional competition fun, challenging and exciting.

“Jessie represented Eagle Ridge and District 191 in an exemplary way,” Hermes said.

Jessie came out on top of the Eagle Ridge competition after 143 words. Sixth grader Jack Morgan took second, and eighth grader Shrey Pothini finished in third.

Pictured: Eagle Ridge top spellers, from left, Shrey Pothini, Jack Morgan and Jessie Vogler
Posted in Student Success | Tagged eagle ridge, spelling bee

Thirty DECA students compete at State, one moves on to Nationals

Posted on March 9, 2018

Thirty Burnsville High School DECA students competed at the 2018 Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference (SCDC), held March 4-6 in Minneapolis. One student qualified for Nationals and nine students were named state finalists in a competition that had more than 2,000 students compete.

Senior Ryan Horrocks was a state finalist in the Advanced Interview and Marketing Communications series. He placed third in the Marketing Communications series event and qualified for DECA Nationals, which will be April 21-24 in Georgia.

Other students who qualified for finals at the state level include Jake Chudecke, Kaylee Martynow and Elizabeth McCormick for their Public Relations Project (9th place); Ariana Driscoll-Cherland and Emma Hovde for their Financial Literacy Promotions Project (7th place);

Matthew Nguyen for his Principles of Marketing event (8th place and top 10% in his test category); Kayla Kallstrom for Sales Demonstration Hard Line (5th place); and Victor Sanchez for Business Services Marketing series (10th place).

In addition, Ryan Blackwood placed in the top 10% of his test category, Elizabeth McCormick was selected for the Minnesota DECA Scholarship, and Matthew Nguyen’s and Victor Sanchez’s project placed second overall in the Marketing Plan Project competition.

“This year SCDC was the most competitive I have ever seen, with more students and more sections in each event,” said BHS DECA advisor and business teacher Meggan Malone. “Burnsville students couldn’t have made me more proud with their professional attitudes and preparedness for their events.”

DECA is a leadership program that provides real-world experiences to prepare students for careers in finance, entrepreneurship, hospitality, marketing and management. Students in DECA-related classes, such as Introduction to Business and Marketing, Professional Sales and Marketing, and DECA Seminar, also have the opportunity to participate in competitive events that focus on demonstrating the skills they’ve learned.

Posted in Achievement, Student Success | Tagged bhs, DECA, State Career Development Conference, state, nationals

District 191 Bowls for Brainpower Event set for April 12

Posted on March 8, 2018

The eighth annual Bowls for BrainPower is set for Thursday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the upper level of Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy, in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

This annual fund-raiser supports BrainPower in a Backpack, a largely student-supported community service program that provides weekend meals to elementary school students in need. BrainPower, which is funded entirely with donations, currently sends food home with more than 675 children each weekend during the school year in District 191.

Like in past years, attendees of Bowls for BrainPower can make a free-will donation and receive a simple meal of soup and bread, along with a handmade pottery bowl as a reminder that children in our community face empty bowls every day. The event has raised more than $95,000 to support BrainPower in a Backpack since its inception in 2009.

With more than 800 bowls created by volunteers and available at the event, the goal this year is to raise more than $17,000, which would surpass the original goal of $100,000 in 10 years. Donations to BrainPower via District 191 are tax deductible, and all proceeds are designated to purchase food for BrainPower in a BackPack.

Bowls for BrainPower is a collaboration between the Burnsville High School art department and the District 191 Community Education Youth Services Program. The program, which relies on Burnsville High School students and community volunteers, serves all District 191 middle and elementary schools, preschools, Early Childhood Special Education, and Early Childhood Family Education. There are also food shelf options at Burnsville High School, Eagle Ridge Middle School and Nicollet Middle School.

This year’s Bowls for BrainPower sponsors include Foundation 191, Burnsville High School, District 191 Community Education, Continental Clay Company, Burnsville Breakfast Rotary, Eagan Foundation, Skyline Displays Midwest, Minnesota Clay and Target.

For more information about Bowls for BrainPower, go to or contact Pam Voigt at (612) 819-4404, or, Fay Finn at (952) 356-7999, or

Additional information is available on the Bowls for BrainPower Website at: or the BrainPower in a BackPack website at:  

Posted in Community | Tagged Bowls for BrainPower, BrainPower in a Backpack, District 191 Community Education, youth service, Continental Clay Company, Burnsville Breakfast Rotary, Eagan Foundation, Skyline Displays Midwest, Minnesota Clay, Target, Burnsville High School, Foundatoin 191

District 191 tech director selected as ‘Outstanding Central Office Administrator’

Posted on March 8, 2018

Doug Johnson portraitDoug Johnson, the director of technology in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, has been selected as the 2018 Outstanding Central Office Administrator – Metro Award by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA).

The annual award honors two non-superintendent MASA members (one from a metro district and one from Greater Minnesota) who are central office administrators exhibiting excellence in leadership.

Johnson received this award for exhibiting a willingness to take risks, possessing strong communications skills, being a progressive change agent, and having high expectations for himself and others. He was honored at the organization’s statewide conference in March.

Since he joined District 191 in July 2014, Johnson has assisted in the successful passage of a $25 million technology referendum levy, initiated a 1:1 technology program in grades 6-12, and implemented GSuite for Education, Schoology, MyOn Reader, and RapidIdentity SSO. The district was able to create a new position of digital learning specialist in all of its 10 elementary buildings to teach both students and staff about digital citizenship, technology skills and resources, and harness the power of MakerSpaces.

Under Johnson's leadership, the district has supported the use of computer programs for interventions and as adaptive devices for special needs students. The district has partnered with businesses and other organizations to create their own “geek squad” and to obtain a grant for 200 Internet hotspots that can be taken home by students who are financially disadvantaged.

Johnson has served as a professional educator since 1976, serving in a variety of capacities including classroom teacher, and school librarian. Johnson earned his master's degree in Library Science from the University of Iowa. He received a bachelor's degree in English Education from the University of Northern Colorado.

Johnson has been an active member and leader in many professional associations and organizations including the American Association of School Librarians, International Society for Technology in Education, Minnesota Educational Media Organization, MASA, Rotary and Kiwanis.

He has written nine books and more than over 125 articles and has created seven columns in long-running national publications. His Blue Skunk Blog at averages over 50,000 visits a month. He has conducted workshops and given presentations for over 200 organizations throughout the United States and internationally.

Posted in Achievement | Tagged doug johnson, award, MASA