Burnsville running back selected to play in Minnesota Football Showcase

Posted on November 17, 2017

Burnsville High School senior Tre Thomas, a running back for the Burnsville football team, has been selected to play in the 45th Annual Minnesota Football Showcase on Saturday, Dec. 9 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

“This is a great honor for Tre to represent the Burnsville football program and community by participating in the Minnesota Football Showcase,” said Vince Varpness, varsity football head coach. “He has worked hard the past few years to put himself into position to become one of the top athletes in Minnesota.”

Varpness added, “Tre is a diverse athlete who has the ability to play offense or defense in college (LB or RB) due to his combination of agility, size and strength. Currently, several colleges are recruiting him from both the DI and DII levels. This is a testament to his character and abilities. We are very excited to see Tre move onto the next level and watch his progress though his college years.”

Developed in partnership between the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Football Coaches Association (MFCA), the Minnesota Football Showcase All-Star football game features outstanding senior players from the current year’s high school football season.

Players and coaches representing 89 schools and nearly 40 sub-districts will participate in this year’s game.  

For additional information about the Minnesota Football Showcase, please visit

Posted in Athletics, Achievement | Tagged bhs, football, minnesota football showcase, minnesota football coaches association, tre thomas

Students get an inside glimpse of work at Burnsville City Hall

Posted on November 16, 2017
CIS American Government Field Trip


Students in Burnsville High School teacher Colleen Coleman’s American Government CIS (College in the Schools) class visited Burnsville City Hall on Nov. 8 to enhance their understanding of the role of local government.

Elizabeth Kautz, mayor of Burnsville, greeted fifty-five students upon their arrival. The students rotated through 10 departments ﹘ including Finance, Human Resources, IT, Communications, Administration, Community Development, Fire, Police, Parks and Recreation and Public Works/Engineering ﹘ to see how each area of government functions.

Representatives from each department had a brief presentation about their role in government, explaining why they got into government, what their daily work entails, and what kind of training or specialized education they need for their jobs. The tour concluded with a mock city council meeting, in which students assumed roles in conducting a meeting.

Kaylee Martynow, a senior who plans on studying international business in college, was delighted and honored to play the role of mayor in the mock city council meeting.

“It was very humbling to play that role,” said Kaylee. “It was also interesting to see what happens in a city council meeting and all the planning that goes into it. It’s encouraging to know that, as a citizen, you can affect change by getting involved.”

“We study the president and Congress and, though it is very interesting, it often seems distant from our day-to-day lives,” said Coleman. “So, it was great to see city government and how accessible it is to all of us.”

College in the Schools is a program in cooperation with the University of Minnesota, where students may gain college credit for satisfactory completion of specific courses like American Government. Students at Burnsville High School earn more college credit through these CIS courses than at any high school in Minnesota.

Posted in Academics | Tagged bhs, CIS, College in the Schools, american government, burnsville, city hall

Message for Burnsville High School Families regarding Nov. 15 incident

Posted on November 15, 2017

Dear Burnsville High School Families,

(Hadii aad Somali ubaahan tahay hoos aqriso) (Para español, leer acontinuación)

Today just before 1 p.m., a physical confrontation took place between two small groups of students outside our school’s main office.

Our school resource officers called other police officers to assist and the incident was brought to a close. As a result, your child may have seen multiple police vehicles present at the school.

To calm the situation, we followed a safety procedure that we call “Stay Put” with students remaining in their classrooms and no passes being issued.  

The incident was contained and the general student body was not in danger. No weapons were involved.

The safety of all students and staff is our top priority and I am grateful for the rapid, collaborative response of school administration and the Burnsville Police Department. We will continue to assist the police with the investigation.

Dave Helke, Principal

Estimadas familias de la escuela secundaria Burnsville,

Hoy, justo antes de la 1 p.m., tuvo lugar una confrontación física entre dos pequeños grupos de estudiantes fuera de la oficina de escuela.

Los oficiales de base en la escuela llamaron a otros oficiales de policía para ayudar y el incidente llegó a su fin. Como resultado, es posible que su hijo haya visto varios vehículos policiales presentes en el estacionamiento.

Para calmar la situación, seguimos un procedimiento de seguridad que llamamos " Stay put" que quiere decir que los estudiantes permanezcan en en sus aulas y no se emiten pases.

El incidente fue contenido y el cuerpo estudiantil en general no estuvo en peligro.

La seguridad de todos los estudiantes y el personal es nuestra principal prioridad y estoy agradecido por la respuesta rápida y colaborativa de la administración escolar y el Departamento de Policía de Burnsville. Continuaremos ayudando a la policía con la investigación.

Dave Helke, director

Fariin ku socoto waalidiinta BHS ay ilmahooda dhigtaan,

Manta saacadu markey aheyd 1:00 pm BHS waxaa ka dhacya  dagaal laba qeyb oo arday ah in ay isku dagaaleyn xafiisyada hortooda.

Ciidamada booliska ee iskuulka iyo ciidamo  kale  ayaa iska kaashaday  dagaalaas in ay xaliyaan, waxaaa la ga yaabaa in ay ilmahaaga ay la kulmaan ama ay ku  arkaan ciidamo faro badan iskuulka dhexdiisa  wax ka le ma aha waa ciidamada nabada iskuulka ka shaqeynaayay, waxaan raacnay dariiqii amaanka , waxaan ardaa u sheegnay in ay qololkooda in ay ku jiraan aysan banaank a u soo bixi karin ilaa arinta dagaalka laga dhameeyo.dagaalkan wax qatar ma ku aheyn ardada.

Iskuulka mar walba wxuu ilaaliyaa amaanka ardada iyo shaqaalaha, waxaan aad ugu mahad celinaa sidii ugu dhaqsaha badan ee looga hortagay iyom iskaashioga maamulka dugsiga iyo ciidamada nabada, waan wadeynaa sidii aan ku caawini lahey ciidamada sidii ku heli lahaayeen cida mar walba dhibka ama dagaalad wada.

Dave Helke, maamulaha

Students will perform at Burnsville's winter lighting ceremony

Posted on November 15, 2017

Two student musical groups from Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will perform at the 19th annual Winter Lighting Ceremony in Burnsville from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, in Nicollet Commons Park, 12550 Nicollet Avenue.

The FreeStyle choir from Burnsville High School will perform under the direction of Jaclyn Anderson. Students in the Sioux Trail Elementary School Choir, under the direction of Garrett Gessman, will also sing.

During the ceremony, over 200,000 mini-lights and 230 streetlight snowflakes will be turned on along with lights on a 30-foot tree. Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes and hot sandwiches will be provided by area businesses. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will also make an appearance. Free parking is available at nearby ramps.

The lighting program is sponsored by the non-profit Burnsville Community Foundation. For more information, visit

Posted in Community | Tagged winter lighting, winter, burnsville, bhs, freestyle choir, sioux trail

ERMS Theater presents 'CSI: Wonderland"

Posted on November 15, 2017

When the detectives from Crime Scene Imagination arrive to arrest Alice, the poor girl realizes that she will be returning to a place that she had tried to forget. A place that she wished was just a bad dream. A place called Wonderland. Once Alice jumps back down that rabbit hole, she gets caught up in a wild and ridiculous murder-mystery. Someone has removed the king's head, and the Queen is furious. Alice and the Mad Hatter must find the culprit or suffer the Queen's wrath.

Filled with fast-paced humor and fun-to-stage fantasy, CSI - Wonderland is showing Nov. 16-18 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Eagle Ridge Middle School Performing Arts Center.

All seats are $5.

Posted in Activities, Arts | Tagged theater, eagle ridge, wonderland

District 191 Quiz Bowl teams all finish in top 10 at recent tournament

Posted on November 15, 2017

Six teams represented Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 in a Quiz Bowl tournament at Shattuck-St. Mary's on Nov. 11 and each team finished in the top 10 of their respective divisions with two qualifying for national championships, according to Coach Les Moffitt.

The Burnsville High School A team finished 5-2 in a tie for fifth place, qualifying for the national championship on Memorial Day weekend in Atlanta. Participants and their scoring finish included Nick Schatz (17), Matthew Fischer (21), Justin Jasperse (31) and Ethan Tinklenberg (116 out of 141 students). The BHS B team finished 4-2, barely missing qualification for nationals, in a tie for ninth place. Participants and their scoring finish included Joe Schatz (14), Wyatt Andrews (55), Zander Gorton (91) and Aradhana Menon (117). The BHS C team finished 3-3, participating in the underclassmen division, short a person, and finished in a tie for fifth place. Wyatt Isakson on the C Team had the fourth highest individual score out of all the participants in the underclassmen division, winning an individual trophy. Additional participants and their scoring finish included Nate Trussell (20) and Luke Trussell (48 out of 51 students).

Eagle Ridge Middle School stole the show, according to Moffitt. The school was a perfect 8-0, winning the tournament and qualifying for the middle school national championship on Mother's Day weekend in Chicago. Eagle Ridge defeated Spectrum (a charter school in Elk River) teams three times and Mounds Park Academy (a private school in St. Paul) teams twice. Erik Gorton had the highest individual score of any middle school participant, winning an individual trophy. Other participants in the order they finished in individual scoring included John Goettl (17), Jasper Strayer (23), Allan Habiger (35), and August Tinklenberg (39 out of 44 students).

Nicollet Middle School went 5-3 and earned third overall in the tournament, winning a trophy for their placement and just missing the cutoff for qualifying for the national championship. Calvin Hume, Keegan McDevitt, and Cameron Passon finished 9th, 10th and 11th, respectively, in overall scoring, just missing the cutoff for individual trophies. Other participants in the order they finished in individual scoring included Alex Stanek (20), Matt McGuire (34) and Hadley Alt (38).

Metcalf Middle School went 2-3 and finished in sixth place out of 10 teams, the highest finish for a team of sixth graders in the tournament. Metcalf narrowly missed the playoffs with a 10-point loss on the last question in a round against eighth graders from Mounds Park Academy A. Collin Boyum had the seventh highest individual score in the middle school tournament, earning an individual trophy for his efforts.  Other participants in the order they finished in individual scoring included Matt Trussell (14), Noah Leipnitz (27), Timmy Trussell (33) and Josh Trussell (36).

Posted in Activities, Student Success | Tagged quiz bowl, nationals, les moffitt, bhs, eagle ridge, nicollet, metcalf

District 191 voters approve two school funding requests

Posted on November 7, 2017

Voters in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 approved both school funding requests on the Election Day ballot Nov. 7:

  • Question 1: 75% yes, 25% no. This approval will renew the district’s operating levy, which provides $7.3 million per year to operate the schools, pay staff and supports classroom materials.
  • Question 2: 63% yes, 37% no. This approval will increase the operating levy to provide an additional $3.9 million per year to help maintain class sizes, protect student support and educational programs and minimize future budget cuts.

“We are so grateful to our community for their yes votes in support of our students, our staff and our educational programs,” said Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. “This funding will help us maintain our Vision One91 momentum and ensure each student is future ready, so that all doors are open to them to realize their dreams.”

The increased operating funding will help the school district:

  • Maintain the momentum of Vision One91 by providing students and staff with programs and opportunities to support their success
  • Continue low average class sizes in our schools
  • Attract and retain high quality staff
  • Maintain student support services, including counselors, mental health services and cultural liaisons to support achievement
  • Strengthen college- and career-ready focus, including Pathways, to raise achievement for all students.

"We owe a special thanks to our families and community members including our many partners — our cities, Chambers of Commerce, non-profit organizations, and businesses alike — for understanding that strong schools are the cornerstone of a strong community," said Board Chair Abigail Alt. "We are grateful for our community’s continued support as we do our part in contributing to the vitality of our communities."

The two funding requests were in response to state funding that has not kept up with inflation or increasing educational costs over the past 15 years. This will be the district’s first levy increase in a decade.

Results are unofficial until canvassed by members of the District 191 Board of Education at their next regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16. More information:

See precinct-by-precinct results


Posted in Community | Tagged referendum

Six student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent on Nov. 8

Posted on November 6, 2017

The athletic department at Burnsville High School is proud to announce that six student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 8 to play their respective sports at the NCAA Division I or II college of their choosing.

Signing students are:

  • Sawyer Brewster, Softball, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

  • Emma Buchanan, Volleyball, Bucknell University - Lewisburg, PA

  • Sydney Dahl, Swimming, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

  • Zachary Matthews, Baseball, University of Minnesota - Duluth 

  • Megan Osterhaus, Softball, George Washington University - Washington D.C.

  • Kenzie Schroeder, Lacrosse, Mercyhurst University - Erie, PA

All of these athletes have displayed outstanding athletic careers while attending Burnsville High School, as well as outstanding academic success in the classroom. The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage community wishes them the best of luck as they continue on with their athletic and academic careers.

Posted in Athletics, Academics, Achievement | Tagged bhs, national letter of intent, NCAA, softball, swimming, lacrosse, baseball, volleyball

Veterans invited to program at Hidden Valley Elementary Nov. 10

Posted on November 3, 2017

Military veterans and community members currently serving in the military are invited to a Veterans Day program at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, at Hidden Valley Elementary School in Savage.

Students will present poppies and cards to veterans. Students will also be singing patriotic songs and some will be speaking.

“We would love to have a gym full of veterans attending our program,” said Kimberly Wood, music specialist. “It’s great for our students to see veterans and have the opportunity to honor them.”

The school is located at 13875 Glendale Road, Savage. If you need information, contact the school at (952) 707-3800.

Posted in Community | Tagged veterans day, hidden valley

BHS students learning Chromebook repair

Posted on November 1, 2017

Chromebook Repair Training with Acer

On Oct. 26 and 27, computer science students at Burnsville High School participated in a web-conference training to learn common Chromebook repairs, including testing and replacing various components such as the wi-fi card and battery. The training was provided by Acer, which is the company that makes the Chromebooks used by BHS students and teachers. 

According to teacher Cindy Drahos, the focus for the training was to help students understand the mechanics of the Chromebook and build confidence that each student can perform duties or be able to access material that will assist them in fixing and repairing Chromebooks.

These and other students in the BHS Geek Squad provide service to other students and staff members as part of the IT Pathway at BHS.

Posted in Academics | Tagged Pathways, technology, chromebooks, bhs, cindy drahos, geek squad, computer science, IT