ACT Aspire testing begins Oct. 8

Posted on September 21, 2018

Burnsville High School will be administering the ACT Aspire to all 10th graders beginning Monday, Oct. 8.

Aspire TestThe ACT Aspire is the only system of assessments directly connected to the most used college entrance exam, the ACT test. The test accurately predicts students' future scores on the ACT and helps close the gap between the skills students learn in school and the skills they need to succeed in their academic career and beyond.

If you have any questions about the exam, please contact the main office at 952-707-2100. 












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Back to School Fall Ball Super Hero Dance

Posted on September 20, 2018

Welcome Back To School! It's time for the annual Fall Ball Super Hero Dance at Marion W. Savage Elementary. Dress up as your favorite super hero and get ready to dance!

  • When: Friday, September 28, 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: MWS Gym
  • Cost: $2 / student

Students must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult 18 or older. Concessions will be available for purchase. Volunteer to help!

Green Apple Day of Service slated for Sept. 30

Posted on September 20, 2018

Green Apple Day of ServiceBurnsville High School will take part in its fifth annual Green Apple Day of Service on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Green Apple Day of Service is a national event that gives teachers and students the opportunity to come together and transform the school into a healthy, safe and productive learning environment through service projects.

Students will be engaging in a variety of tasks, like pulling weeds, picking up garbage, tending to the Giving Garden and much more!

This service day is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while giving back to the community. Please bring your work gloves and outdoor tools, if you have them! 

Sign up at:

To learn more about Green Apple Day of Service, you can visit the website.



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‘Hamilton’ serves as guide for student research, performances

Posted on September 18, 2018

Students in the College in the School (CIS) government classes at Burnsville High School received some exciting news during the first week of school.

Their school was selected for a special class project related to the popular historical musical “Hamilton.”

Their teachers, Colleen Coleman and Kathryn Wendling, received a grant from the Gilder Lehrman Institute that will subsidize the cost of tickets to the performance on Sept. 27 when it’s in Minneapolis.

Before they attend, students were required to follow a process similar to what Lin-Manuel Miranda did when he created the musical. He incorporated primary sources – like letters, journals, speeches and news articles – into the songs he composed for the show.

BHS students researched primary sources and then came up with their own two-minute performances featuring historical characters like George and Martha Washington, Dolly Madison, Paul Revere and events like the Boston Massacre and the Battle of Lexington and Concord. They used songs, skits, videos and poems to tell their stories. [View videos of two projects, below.]

“Lin-Manuel Miranda gave the students advice, ‘find the drama in the stories’,” said Coleman. “Students were able to take people and events of the Founding Era and tell stories in a new way by using primary sources to find the voices of the past. And what we found is those voices are more relevant than ever.”

As they developed their projects, students were coached by Ryan Shipley (above, at right) from Hennepin Theatre Trust who provided feedback.Their projects might be selected to be shown before the “Hamilton” performances.

As part of “Hamilton” learning, the Gilder Lehrman Institute created student and teacher guides for classroom use and a website featuring primary sources and videos to facilitate student research.

“This innovative program integrating history and performing arts allows teachers to bring American history to the classroom in a new way and helps students find their own connections to the Founding Era,” according to the organization’s website.

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Burnsville Chamber to host District 191 School Board candidate forum

Posted on September 18, 2018

Candidates for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education have been invited to participate in a forum at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, in the Burnsville Room, upper level, Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway.

At the forum, candidates will introduce themselves and answer questions from the audience.

The five candidates for four four-year terms on the Board of Education are Abigail Alt, Lesley Chester, Jen Holweger, Scott Hume and Jim Schmid. All five will be on the ballot Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The forum will be sponsored by the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce.

“We are pleased to help provide this opportunity for voters to become informed on this important race,” said Chamber President Jennifer Harmening. “I encourage people to attend the forum or watch it on TV or on the district’s website.” 

The forum will be recorded and available for viewing on the district's website at and also on the district’s educational Channel 18.

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BHS preschool has openings for school year

Posted on September 18, 2018

Preschool Lab is a course offered at Burnsville High School for preschool children from the community.

High school students, under the direction of Family and Consumer Sciences teachers, gain experience teaching and working with children in a preschool setting.  

The preschool children will benefit from goal-oriented, small group, personalized learning in the areas of art, music, math, science and pre-reading presented through activities, games and learning centers.

Preschool Lab has multiple sessions for 2018-2019:

  • Morning session offered first semester (9:50-11:20 a.m.) Monday-Friday, beginning Oct. 8.
  • Morning (9:50-11:20 a.m.) and afternoon sessions offered second semester (12:10-1:35 p.m.). Dates are still to be announced.

The costs is $70 per session. Eligible preschool children are 3-5 years old and fully toilet-trained.

If you are interested in more information and enrollment in the program please call or email Heidi Eichten at 952-707-2115 or

Grant from Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community will enhance classroom libraries at Harriet Bishop

Posted on September 18, 2018

The Harriet Bishop Elementary PTO has announced an $800 grant received from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The grant will be used to purchase classroom books as part of a literacy focus to engage reluctant readers and reflect the school’s diversity.

“We are grateful for the generosity of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and their support of this effort to provide all of our students with access to books featuring diverse protagonists and exciting formats like graphic novels,” said Erin Huber, Harriet Bishop second grade teacher.

This grant will add new books to each classroom library in the school. Providing books with diverse characters can help students see themselves in the literature and foster a larger interest in reading.

About the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) is a federally recognized, sovereign Indian tribe located southwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul. With a focus on being a good neighbor, good steward of the earth, and good employer, the SMSC is committed to charitable donations, community partnerships, a healthy environment, and a strong economy. The SMSC and the SMSC Gaming Enterprise (Mystic Lake Casino Hotel and Little Six Casino) are the largest employer in Scott County. Out of a Dakota tradition to help others, the SMSC has donated nearly $300 million to organizations and causes since opening the Gaming Enterprise in the 1990s and has contributed millions more to regional governments and infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer systems, and emergency services.

Harriet Bishop Elementary PTO

The Harriet Bishop Elementary PTO is a nonprofit with the mission of supporting and enhancing all learning opportunities for students at Harriet Bishop Elementary in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage  School District 191.

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District 191 secondary students receive library cards

Posted on September 18, 2018

All students in grades 6 through 12 in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 have library cards they can use in person or online with both the Dakota County and Scott County public library systems.

Students at Eagle Ridge, Metcalf and Nicollet Middle Schools, and Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School can easily access library resources including online one-on-one homework help, research tools, e-books, audiobooks, movies/TV DVDs, music CDs, translation services, electronic magazines and print books.

“I’m excited at the ways these resources are benefitting students and their learning,” said Doug Johnson, director of technology. “We’re very appreciative of this partnership with Dakota and Scott County public library systems that began last year.”

The cards will expire when students graduate from high school. Dakota County Library has made the cards fine-free for the materials from their libraries.

“Because all of our middle and high school students each have Chromebooks as personal learning devices, they can easily maximize use of the public library’s resources,” said Johnson. “We hope this encourages students to read, research and explore their interests all year round – including during the summer.”

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Remarkable graduates join BHS Hall of Fame

Posted on September 17, 2018
2018 Hall of Fame Induction

Six Burnsville High School graduates were inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 14, during a ceremony in the school’s Mraz Center. Inductees were also be recognized at halftime at the evening’s home football game.   

They join 91 individuals, teams/organizations who have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was created in honor of the school’s 50th anniversary in 2006.

“Our six new inductees took the educational, artistic and athletic opportunities they enjoyed at Burnsville High School and built on them to become individuals who have made exceptional achievements in their careers as well as significant contributions to their communities at the local, state, national and international levels,” according to Vicki Roy, co-chair of the Hall of Fame committee. “They serve as positive role models for our students and let them see what opportunities they may have and what they may achieve in their futures.”

2018 inductees are:

Anne Abicht, Class of 1977, was a member of the BHS girls' tennis team, the first girls' golf team, and the girls' basketball team that won the 1977 Class AA State Championship. She lettered in all three sports and was awarded a “reverse letter” for lettering at least six times during her high school career. She earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications with a minor in journalism from the University of Minnesota and her master's degree in sports management from St. Cloud State University. Abicht was the first, and so far only, female to be named the director of athletic media relations at St. Cloud State University, serving in that position for 30 years. She has received numerous awards including being inducted into the 2015 St. Cloud University Athletic Hall of Fame and the 2016 College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame. Anne served as the U.S. Olympic Committee's press officer for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Hockey team in Albertville, France. She has served on the Central Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross Board of Directors from 1989-2009, chairing the board in 2005-2006. She is also a member of the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee and is the secretary of the St. Cloud State Husky Booster Club. Abicht served as the media coordinator for the Minnesota North Star Games held in St. Cloud and Burnsville and on the Minnesota Special Olympics Opening Ceremony Organizing Committee when it took place in St. Cloud.

Dean LeBlanc, Class of 1988, was a member of the BHS Concert Band and the Jazz Ensemble. He was also a member of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony and a winner of the Schubert Club Solo Competition in 1987 and 1988. He graduated with a special performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music and received a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music, earning a master’s degree in orchestral performance. LeBlanc was also a concerto competition winner at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1992. LeBlanc is now a clarinetist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra where he has played over 2,000 performances, including numerous “Live from Lincoln Center” recordings and telecasts. He can be heard on two Grammy Award-winning Met recordings of “The Tempest” and “Der Ring des Nibelungen.” He was the solo clarinetist for the Oscar-winning movie “True Grit” and for the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce.” He has appeared as a guest musician with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Bavarian State Opera, Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, to name a few, and he has performed in Carnegie Hall over 100 times and many other major concert halls around the world.

Loren Miller, Class of 1982, was a member of the National Honor Society at BHS. He played on the soccer team and was a member of the cross country skiing team. He was also a member of the orienteering team that earned state championships in 1977 and 1978. He served as Dakota County president and state secretary and ambassador for the 4-H Youth Program. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology and his master's and Ph.D. in fisheries at the University of Minnesota. Miller is the first and only fish geneticist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He developed the first of a highly informative type of genetic marker for four fish species, has authored or co-authored many journal articles and made presentations at more than 60 scientific meetings and universities in 15 states and 4 other countries. Miller has received a University of Minnesota Star Professional Academic Award and a DNR Fisheries Award for Overall Excellence. He served as president and division and national committee member for the American Fisheries Society. Miller has made classroom presentations on fishery sciences in Minneapolis, Roseville and Faribault schools. He also developed an after school orienteering program for a Minneapolis school and has coached soccer, baseball, basketball and lacrosse. He volunteers at the Ordway, Great River Greening, Gibb’s Farm Museum and the American Swedish Institute.

Amy Nelson Plumb, Class of 1980, earned four letters in swimming at BHS and played the flute in the band. She was a member of the National Honor Society and received the faculty scholarship upon graduation. Nelson attended St. Olaf College where she earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry (magna cum laude). She was Phi Beta Kappa, a member of the Chemistry Honor Society and Senior Women’s Honor Society. She went on to the Mayo Medical School where she received her degree in 1988 and was named the Outstanding Female Medical Student. Nelson then proceeded to the University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health where she was a pediatric resident and chief resident becoming a board certified pediatrician in 1992. She has received the Outstanding General Pediatrician Award and the Charles E. Lobeck Medical Education Award as well as numerous patient experience and patient quality awards. She has volunteered at West Middleton Elementary School and Middleton High School where she volunteered with the cross country, track and tennis teams as well as the orchestra. Nelson has also been an active volunteer with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, receiving the Order of the Arrow Service Award.

Jason Wellington Sticht, Class of 1990, was first chair trumpet in the BHS Concert Band from 1987-1989. He also served as the president of the Church Youth Group Association for two years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and his master's with distinction from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Sticht joined the Marines in 1991. He was designated a naval aviator in 1999 and has piloted six different military aircraft over the years, travelling to 49 countries and 46 states. He was selected for command in 2012, for bonus command in 2013 and completed command assignments in 2014 and 2017. Sticht was appointed chief of staff for the deputy assistant secretary of defense in 2017. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal in 2003, the Air Force Commendation Medal in 2006, the Navy Commendation Medal in 2007 and 2010 and Meritorious Service Medals in 2013, 2014 and 2017. He was also made an Honorary Chief Petty Officer in 2017. In addition to his 27 years of military service, Sticht has been an active volunteer in the communities in which he and his family have lived, serving as a senior military inspector for high school JROTC annual military inspections in New York and New Jersey. He has also served as a church fundraiser volunteer, a homeless shelter volunteer and a soccer coach.

Jeffrey K. Van Nest, Class of 1986, was senior class vice president at BHS. He played on the 1984 state runners up and 1985 state champion football teams, serving as co-captain his senior year. Van Nest attended the University of Minnesota, earning his bachelor's degree in 1990. He attended the University of Wisconsin School of Law where he received his juris doctor degree with honors in 1994. He earned a master of laws degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Van Nest served in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a trial defense counsel in the Naval Legal Services Office West in San Francisco, and as appellate defense counsel for the Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Review in Washington, D.C., and operations attorney for the National Security Agency in Fort Meade. He served as unit chief of the Counterterrorism Division and as chief of the Genocide War Crimes Unit at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Van Nest currently serves as the FBI Chief Division Counsel in the Minneapolis Division. He volunteers as the coordinator for the FBI Chasing the Dragon opioid awareness program and as a Ski Jammers youth ski coach.

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Burnsville High School senior is a National Merit Semifinalist

Posted on September 14, 2018

Burnsville High School senior Will Trussell has achieved another national academic distinction.

He’s among fewer than one percent of U.S. 12th-grade students whose scores on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test have made them 2019 National Merit Semifinalists.

As a semifinalist, Will will be considered for finalist status (to be announced in February) and potential scholarships.

Last year, Will found out that he achieved a perfect score of 36 on the ACT exam, another  accomplishment that fewer than 0.1 percent of students nationwide obtain.

“For a student to achieve just one of these academic distinctions is amazing, but to have achieved both is truly remarkable,” said Principal Dave Helke. “We’re proud of Will and congratulate him on his success. We know he has a bright future ahead.”

“Will is an extremely motivated student,” said Kristina Aars, American history teacher at Burnsville. “He is naturally, extremely intelligent, but he also works very hard.”  

At Burnsville High School, William is involved in Quiz Bowl and Math League. He’s also in the marching band and theatre pit band.

“Being on the Quiz Bowl team and involved in Math League definitely helped with taking the test,” said Will. “I’m used to working under pressure and within time constraints while trying to remember theorems and formulas.”     

Will is applying to the University of Minnesota and is interested in studying engineering.

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