Explore District 191 middle schools at upcoming events

Posted on December 11, 2018

Parents of future middle school students are invited to attend an upcoming "Explore Middle School" event at any of the three middle schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

These events will provide opportunities for parents and students to learn how the district's middle schools help students in grades 6-8 explore their academic interests in a supportive environment. Every middle school in District 191 is a STEA³M school with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, plus Arts, AVID and Advanced Learning.

Activities will include tours, demonstrations, a brief presentation, student panel and more.

Families may go to any of the three events, but are encouraged to go to the school their child is most likely to attend.

  • Metcalf Middle School, 2250 Diffley Road, Burnsville - Monday, Jan. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Eagle Ridge Middle School, 13955 Glendale Road, Savage - Monday, Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m.
  • Nicollet Middle School, 400 E. 134th St., Burnsville - Thursday, Feb. 7, 6-8 p.m.

Learn more and register to attend the events at

Artwork of BHS students selected for South Suburban exhibit

Posted on December 11, 2018
South Suburban Art Exhibit
Artwork created by students at Burnsville High School was selected for the annual South Suburban Conference High School Visual Arts Exhibition in the Fine Arts Gallery of Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave. South, Bloomington. A reception and award ceremony will take place on Jan. 8 from 6-8 p.m., which is the final day of the exhibit.
BHS students with artwork in the exhibit are:
Grade 10: Jane Davis, Lilliana Schmitz
Grade 11: Sonita Hang, Alexandra Lee, Michelle Pliego Juarez, Alyssa Schmidt
Grade 12: Jo' Wan Blunt, Melissa Islas Arcega, Emily Lang, Lindsay Larson
Each school from south of the Minnesota River can submit 10 pieces. Burnsville High School students were selected by their teachers Susan Buckrey, Kate Quirk and Robyn Tousignant.
“We chose these 10 artists based on their high technical ability and their distinct artistic voice,” said Quirk. “We’re very proud of these super talented students with artwork in this exhibit.”
The gallery is open to the public during regular business hours.
The annual art show, which has been held at Normandale for more than 20 years, provides sharing and learning opportunities in the visual arts for talented students who attend high schools in the South Suburban Conference.
Images: Two pieces of artwork that will be on display include “Handful of Emotions” by senior Melissa Islas Arcega and “Poison” by sophomore Lilliana Schmitz.
Posted in Arts | Tagged bhs, south suburban conference, normandale community college, art exhibit

Eagle Ridge students are top three winners in VFW essay contest

Posted on December 5, 2018

Well-written essays have earned prizes for three Eagle Ridge Middle School 8th grade students in the Patriot's Pen essay contest sponsored by Burnsville VFW Post 5833 recently.

Students in the community in grades 6-8 were invited to submit essays related to the theme of “Why I Honor the American Flag.” Members of the Post evaluated the entries and selected three winners, said Howard Lundin, commander of the Post.

All three winners are students at Eagle Ridge Middle School:

  • 1st Place - Chayse Picard received $100
  • 2nd Place - Elijah Simington received $75
  • 3rd Place - Corrina Benson received $50

The students are in an honors literacy arts class taught by Mike Blair who introduced the essay contest to students by talking about the theme and the intended audience. They reviewed the rules and parameters (300-400 words) of the essay and how best to introduce, support and summarize their thoughts within those parameters.   

Blair said it’s an authentic learning opportunity for his students. “They learned to write for an audience and to express their thoughts clearly and concisely,” he said.

“The students did a really good job on their essays,” said Lundin who was assisted in judging by 12 members of the Post. “We were impressed with the thought process that went into the essays, and also by the quality of the writing.”  

Entries are due each year by Nov. 1 for the Patriot’s Pen Essay contest for students in grades 6-8 and the Voice of Democracy speech contest for students in grades 9-12.

Photo from left: Corrina Benson, Chayse Picard and Elijah Simington with their teacher Mike Blair, left, and Howard Lundin, VFW Post Commander.

Academically-talented BHS seniors receive national recognition

Posted on December 5, 2018

Four students at Burnsville High School are among the most academically-talented scholars in the country based on their performance in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program.

Three seniors, above from left, Cormac Pearce, Zander Gorton and Terra Tvedt have been named as Commended Students, a designation earned by fewer than three percent of students in the country who took the test.

“These students have earned significant academic recognition—the type that is noticed by admission offices at colleges and universities," said Ashley Welke, a counselor at Burnsville High School. "They can take great pride in their accomplishment."

Cormac attended Sky Oaks Elementary and Metcalf Junior High. His favorite subject this year is AP Calculus BC, and extra curricular activities include robotics team, National Honor Society, soccer and tennis. Cormac, son of Leo Pearce and Michaela Gallagher of Burnsville, is interested in studying computer science.

Zander attended Rahn and Harriet Bishop Elementary Schools and Metcalf Junior High. His favorite subject this year is literature, and he’s involved in chess, BurnsvilleStrong, senior class officers and the Quiz Bowl team. Zander, son of Drew and Rachel Gorton of Burnsville, is considering going into politics or become an entrepreneur.

Terra attended Harriet Bishop Elementary and Eagle Ridge Junior High. AP Computer programming is her favorite subject this year and she is involved in the Legacy Career Club. Terra, daughter of Hilarie and Michael Tvedt of Savage, is considering becoming a videogame designer and developer and/or programmer.

In addition, it was announced earlier this fall that Will Trussell is among fewer than one percent of US 12th-grade students whose scores on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test have made them National Merit Semifinalists. He will be considered for finalist status (to be announced in February) and potential scholarships.

Will is involved in Quiz Bowl and Math League. He’s also in the marching band and theatre pit band. He is applying to the University of Minnesota and is interested in studying engineering. Will, son of Jeanne and Patrick Trussell of Burnsville, attended William Byrne Elementary and Metcalf Junior High.

Posted in Academics

Students invited to District 191 chess tournament on December 15

Posted on December 5, 2018

Students in kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to compete in the annual Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 chess tournament on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Metcalf Middle School, 2250 Diffley Road.

Registration is 8:15 to 8:35 a.m. and the tournament wraps up around 3:30 p.m.  

“Chess teaches problem-solving skills that make our students future ready,” said Brian Ribnick, tournament organizer. “Our annual battle of the minds at our district's chess championship will pit the finest minds in the district against one another in an all-out brain party. At the conclusion of the tournament, players shake hands as we don't consider one another as opponents but partners in the search for truth.”

Chess is an important part of the culture in District 191. All fourth-grade students participate in a residency with a chess master and most schools in the district have chess team.

At the annual chess tournament sections will be:

  • Grades K-3: For primary players with very little tournament experience. No team awards.
  • Elementary K-5: Team and individual awards including top grade level trophies. Teams are based on the top four players’ scores added together. Schools can enter as many players as they want.
  • Grades 6-12: Top team and top three individuals will receive trophies.

The five rounds will take place approximately at  9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:55 p.m. and 2:05 p.m. If players cannot stay all day, they can take a bye for the round they miss and still play the rest of the day.

The entry fee is $19 (checks made payable to Metcalf Chess Club). Participants are asked to bring a chess set along if they have one, paper and pen for notation, and a lunch or money for concessions.

Prizes will include trophies and merit points. The top player in the elementary section will get a free entry into the state tournament and half price entry into advanced beginner chess lessons.

For more information, contact Ribnick at (612) 916-4011 or

Kindergarten information nights scheduled in District 191

Posted on December 5, 2018

Parents are invited to attend kindergarten information nights at District 191 elementary schools this January. These events are great opportunities to learn more about a school, ask questions, visit classrooms and complete your child's enrollment process, if you haven't already done so.

Thursday, January 10 - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Gideon Pond Elementary, 613 E. 130th St., Burnsville
  • Hidden Valley Elementary, 13875 Glendale Rd., Savage
  • Rahn Elementary, 4424 Sandstone Dr., Eagan

Thursday, January 17 - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Edward Neill Elementary, 13409 Upton Ave. S, Burnsville
  • Harriet Bishop Elementary, 14400 O'Connell Road, Savage
  • William Byrne Elementary, 11608 River Hills Dr., Burnsville

Thursday, January 24 - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Marion W. Savage Elementary, 4819 W. 126th St., Savage
  • Sioux Trail Elementary, 2801 River Hills Dr., Burnsville
  • Sky Oaks Elementary, 100 E. 134th St., Burnsville
  • Vista View Elementary, 13109 County Road 5, Burnsville

Let us know you're coming!

How to Enroll

To complete enrollment, parents should bring their child’s birth certificate or other proof of age, immunization records, emergency contact information, and a utility bill or other proof of residency (not a driver’s license). Children must be five years old by Sept. 1, 2019, to enroll in kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year.

You can also enroll by visiting the District 191 Enrollment Center at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 West Burnsville Pkwy., 952-707-4180 or Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Calling all STEM Superheroes!

Posted on December 5, 2018

STEM Night is Dec. 13

Please join us for all things STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) for our William Byrne STEM Night. Families will participate in a variety of STEM Superhero activities. Pizza will be served to fuel our Superhero STEM brains!

The event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.


Spirit wear available online

Posted on November 26, 2018

Byrne BulldogsYou can now purchase Additional Spirit Wear Items online in 4 easy steps:

1. Visit the Byrne Online Store. Under the message Private Store enter the password: Byrne191
2. Create your unique online account and Password
3. Choose your items and add them to your cart
4. Securely checkout with your credit card

The store will be open intil Sunday, Dec. 2 at midnight. 

Orders will be available for pick-up on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 3:55–6 p.m. at William Byrne Elementary. Orders not picked up on Dec. 19 will be sent home with students on Dec. 20 or 21.

Reception will honor departing District 191 Board members

Posted on November 26, 2018

A public reception will take place Thursday, Dec. 13 to honor three long-time members who are leaving the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education.

Dan Luth (left) was first elected in 2001 and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He’s served as Board chair, vice chair, clerk and is the current treasurer.

Jim Schmid (center) has served two four-year terms on the Board, having been first elected in 2010. He’s the current Board chair and the representative to the Minnesota State High School League.

Bob VandenBoom (right) joined the Board after being appointed to fill a vacancy in 2011. He was then elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2014. He’s the current Board clerk and chair of the Technology Committee.

The reception will be from 5–5:45 p.m. in the Campus Cup Café at Diamondhead Education Center, upper level, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway. Refreshments will be served.

District 191 receives innovation award for Pathways at BHS

Posted on November 20, 2018

For the third time in three years, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 has been awarded a Local Government Innovation Award (LGIA) by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, this time for the creation of career pathways for all students at Burnsville High School.

The school was among five recipients in the school category of the 12th annual awards.

Schools, cities, townships, counties and Native nations can apply for the award each year. A panel of judges consider submissions for their creativity, sustainability and collaboration.

“This year, like every other, we’re struck by the innovation that’s happening in Minnesota. It’s always evolving, which is inspiring for the judges to see,” says Jay Kiedrowski, senior fellow at the Humphrey School’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center and LGIA program lead. “The exciting part is sharing all of this innovation with the broader community in hopes that they see opportunities in these innovative models to apply to their own communities.”

All students at Burnsville High School participate in College and Career Pathways that prepare them for their futures, provide college credit and/or industry certifications, and enable over 200 business leaders to partner with teachers and students for relevant learning.

“Burnsville reimagined the high school experience,” said Kathy Funston, the district’s director of strategic partnerships and pathways. “Instead of registering for courses and checking off requirements, students select scaffolded, interdepartmental courses within 14 distinct pathways based on their interests, goals, and opportunities for future success.”

All pathways are offered within the school building so that no student is denied access or opportunity to a unique, engaging and rewarding high school experience.

District 191 has received three other Local Government Innovation Awards:

  • 2017: Shaping Success for All Students: Financial Literacy, Career Pathways, and Business Partnerships—Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Public School District
  • 2016: Sioux Trail Elementary for cultural proficiency was overall category winner and received $5,000.
  • 2009: Burnsville High School awarded for the partnership with the city of Burnsville that created the state-of-the-art tv studio at the school.
Posted in Academics | Tagged Pathways, partnerships, community