District 191 students receive major recognition for volunteering

Posted on February 7, 2018

Shrey Pothini and Olivia BrammerTwo students from Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 are among top youth volunteers honored by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.

Shrey Pothini, an eighth grader at Eagle Ridge Middle School, is one of two state honorees who will receive $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to join with other state honorees for four days of national recognition events in April. During the trip, 10 students will be named as America’s top youth volunteers of 2018.

Shrey has organized a city-wide “day of service” for the past three years to mobilize community members to help others. Shrey has been passionate about community service ever since he collected new bath towels for a local homeless youth shelter when he was five years old. Next, he started a service club at his school, which earned a grant to create service clubs in other elementary schools in District 191.

His “Service Day Saturday” continues to grow and resulted in more than 1,500 people participating last year along with , the collection of 4,000 pounds of food, 2,000 books to nonprofits, 4,000 lunch bags for Meals on Wheels, and more.

Burnsville High School senior Olivia Brammer was among six Minnesota students named as Distinguished Finalists for their impressive community service activities. She has served as a member of her city’s parks and natural resources commission, the president of her school’s youth service advisory council, as a mentor for at-risk middle level students, and more. As a house manager for her school’s performing arts center, Olivia started a program that has recyclined more than 7,000 tickets, cups and other paper and plastic items. She’s also active with BurnsvilleStrong, WEDay and Bowls for BrainPower, which sends weekend food home with students in need.

Olivia was also a Distinguished Finalist last year (along with Egeziharya Yilma), reaching the highest honor for volunteering that any Burnsville High School student has attained.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 23rd year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Learn more about the award at

Posted in Community, Student Success | Tagged volunteer, shrey pothini, olivia brammer, prudential spirit award

2018-19 course registration is now open

Posted on February 7, 2018

All students currently in grades 8-11 can now go to their StudentVue account and request the courses they would like to take next school year.

Course requests must be submitted by February 19. You can find the course catalog, instructions for requesting courses in StudentVue and presentations on registration on the Burnsville High School website under 'Quick Links' on the homepage, 2018-19 Registration Info, or by clicking here

If there are questions you may have as you are working with your child to request their courses, please send an email to or contact their teachers or counselor directly.

There are so many options available so please encourage them to take time to look at all the courses and request those that align with their passions, skills, and goals for after high school.

Posted in Parents, Academics | Tagged bhs, 2018-19 course registration, StudentVue, course request, instructions

Blazettes receive opportunity to perform at Super Bowl

Posted on February 6, 2018

Attending the Super Bowl is a once in a lifetime memory in itself. But, how about being part of the Super Bowl halftime show with Justin Timberlake, with tens of millions of people watching you around the world?

That was an opportunity that the Burnsville Blazettes, along with 13 other high school dance teams in the state, received on Sunday during the Super Bowl LII halftime show at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The Blazettes learned about the opportunity before winter break when coach Anna Lardy received a phone call explaining the opportunity to them, and the team was asked to audition. They sent in a video to show the talent level of the team, and once they were accepted, they had to sign a confidentiality agreement. If they violated that agreement, they would have been disqualified from the show, so the team had to stay tight-lipped about their performance for two months.

“It was really challenging,” coach Jennifer Waller said. “We just wanted to tell everyone we were so excited, especially in the last week when we got to practice the show with Justin Timberlake.”

First, the dance team had to learn choreography sent to them by Timberlake’s choreography team. Then, there were a series of rehearsals that spanned over the course of two weeks before the game, where they clocked a total of 70 hours of rehearsal time. With this huge time commitment, there was some worry from the coaches about this event taking away practice time for sections.

“I was so excited for the opportunity for the girls, and a little overwhelmed about the time it was taking away from our team getting ready for sections,” said coach Lardy. “But letting the girls have this experience was worth it.”

The dancers all had the experience of a lifetime being a part of the event.

“It was a crazy experience,” said Maddie Pittorf, a Blazette, “and I was happy that I was apart of it.”

Coach Lardy noted that it was incredible to see the behind the scenes of how a production as big as the Super Bowl halftime show gets planned.

“The anticipation and excitement as you wait in the tunnels under the stadium the run onto the field is a pretty cool feeling too.” she said.

The Blazettes were not the only Burnsville High School students to take part in Super Bowl-related events. Two culinary students helped prepare food for the Taste of the NFL event the Saturday before the big game.

Posted in Activities, Athletics, Student Success | Tagged Super Bowl, dance, blazettes, anna lardy, jennifer waller

MWS Book Fair starts Feb. 21

Posted on February 6, 2018


FEBRUARY 21, 22, 23, 27



February 21     8 – 9 AM; 3:30 - 4:30 PM

February 22     8 - 9 AM; 4 - 8 PM

February 23     8 - 9 AM; 3:30 - 4:30 PM -- Breakfast with a Book

February 27     8 AM - 8 PM

BREAKFAST WITH A BOOK -- FEB. 23 -- Click here to RSVP

Join us for Breakfast with a Book.  Bring your own; shop the book fair or borrow a book for the morning. A special 25% off discount on all book fair purchases to families attending this event.  


Volunteers are needed for set up, classroom previews, book open hours.  Click the link for more information.  NOTE:  Volunteers receive a book or poster of choice.

SHOP ONLINE-- FEB. 19 - MAR. 1 -- Click here to shop

All orders delivered to your student's classroom; no delivery fees

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BHS school counselors 'help students reach for the stars' during National School Counseling Week

Posted on February 5, 2018

Burnsville High School is celebrating the school counseling department during National Counseling Week Feb. 5–9, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Focusing on the unique contribution of school counselors and how students are different as a result of their work, National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

Burnsville High School counselors’ focus for the week is “Helping Students Reach for the Stars.” Civil rights pioneer Harriet Tubman once said, “Every dream begins with a dreamer.” BHS counselors want students to know that they have within them the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. And, the counselors are here to help them explore their dreams and discover how to achieve them.    

"Burnsville High School's counselors have a tremendous impact in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career," said Dave Helke, principal at Burnsville High School. "We thank them for their dedication and commitment to our student body." 

In a proclamation, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton cited school counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

"School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and social/emotional skills,” said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. “Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success."

More than 100,000 school counselors nationwide will be participating in the week's festivities. Many school counselors will be hosting special events and activities to call attention to the countless benefits of a comprehensive school counseling program. 

Posted in Parents, Academics | Tagged bhs, national school counseling week, help students reach for the stars

MW Savage Science Fair information is available

Posted on February 2, 2018

It is Science Fair time! Here are some important notes! 

●     Students in grades K-2 are eligible to prepare a project in the Discovery Fair. This could be a model, research project, or scientific method project. These projects are not judged and students are not able to win awards.


●     Students in grades 3-5 are eligible to prepare a Science Fair project. These projects must follow the scientific method and have more strict requirements. These projects will be judged by a team of adults and certain projects will advance to regionals.   


Science fair boards are provided again this year at no cost to students. Students will not receive their board, however, until I have a completed registration form. 

Pizza party for all participating Science / Discover Fair students.

Here are some important dates you might want to know:

  • Fri. Jan 26 -- packets go home
  • Fri. Feb. 9 -- registration forms are due!
  • Tues. Mar 6 -- MWS Discovery & Science Fair
  • Sat. Apr 28 -- Regional Science Fair at Mankato
Tagged science fair, marion w savage

Students gearing up for second annual Multicultural Night on Feb. 16

Posted on February 2, 2018

Burnsville High School will host its second annual Multicultural Night on Friday, Feb. 16 from 6-9 p.m. in the school’s commons area and Mraz Center, located at 600 Hwy. 13. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be food representing various cultures offered in the commons from 6-6:45 p.m., with special performances, dances, poetry and a fashion show featured in the Mraz Center from 7-8:45 p.m.

The idea for Multicultural Night stemmed from the desire to celebrate the school’s diversity.

"I wanted to create a night that brought individuals from different backgrounds together, in a night where we celebrated what made them unique," said BHS senior Amal Mohamed, president of the Muslim Student Association and lead organizer of the event. “We have such a variety of cultural dances ranging from the traditional Somali Dhaanto to hip-hop performances. Seeing so many students dedicated to sharing with the community a piece of their culture in whichever artistic manner that suits them is the best part of the event!”

Morgan Stampley, a District 191 African-American Cultural Liaison who is mentoring the students and helping them plan and organize the event, believes that every school should have some type of show like this to celebrate the diversity among their students.

“As students move beyond high school and college into the workplace, they will enter jobs that require not only critical thinking skills, but also acceptance of others' differences,” said Stampley. “Students who learn to accept others of different cultures will have success in the diverse workforce they will find themselves in as adults. Over the last few months, these students have been collaborating with over 100 of their peers to put this celebration together ... and I can’t wait to see it all come together.”

Burnsville High School is committed to building a strong community of students, teachers, staff and families that makes it clear to each student that they are valued and welcome. BHS is a diverse community, with each student bringing unique experiences and perspectives. That cultural richness is part of what will help each student be #FutureReady.





















Posted in Community, Building Community at BHS | Tagged bhs, multicultural night, diversity, unity, celebration

Principal honored by statewide organization

Posted on February 1, 2018

Janice Porter, principal of Burnsville Alternative High School, is being honored by the Minnesota African American Heritage Center Committee (MAAHCC), which is a component of the Progressive Center for Educational and Economic Development Foundation.  

Every year the organization selects 12 outstanding and dedicated individuals to feature in their calendar which showcases the accomplishments of African Americans with roots in Minnesota. The 12th Anniversary theme of the 2018 calendar  is “The Year of the Educator” and Porter will be one of them.

“They have represented the field of education in an exemplary manner,” wrote Kim White, MAAHCC committee chairperson, in a news release about those selected. “Throughout their distinguished careers, they have actively engaged humanity and promoted the educational interests of Minnesota’s diverse communities.”

She said the calendar is meant to generate discussion about the many contributions of African Americans in the state.

Porter joined Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 in August 1998. She’s been a teacher, science specialist, dean of students and associate principal. Most recently, she’s served as director and principal of the Burnsville Area Learning Center and Burnsville Alternative High School. She will retire at the end of February.

Posted in Achievement | Tagged janice porter

Burnsville High School culinary students invited to Super Bowl event

Posted on February 1, 2018

Two Burnsville High School seniors, Austin Allen and Abdikadir Abdullahi, have been invited to participate in the “Taste of the NFL” event, which is being held Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

Taste of the NFL is an event that is held each year at the hosting city of the Super Bowl, where chefs from each NFL city prepare their signature dish alongside an NFL player. The result is 35 different food stations where guests can sample different types of food and meet NFL players.

“I was really excited when I heard of this opportunity,” Abdikadir said. “It’ll show me what I’m going to be getting into because I want to really pursue this path later on in the future.”

They were invited as part of the Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation (HMEF) ProStart program, a two year high school program that brings the foodservice industry to the classroom so students can have real-world experience in the culinary pathway. BHS is one of 51 high schools throughout the state that participates in this program.

You can learn more about HMEF and the ProStart program by visiting their website at You can also learn more about the Taste of the NFL event by visiting it’s website at

Posted in Student Success | Tagged Pathways, culinary, BHS Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts Pathway, Super Bowl, Taste of the NFL

Harriet Bishop book fair is Feb. 22 and 27

Posted on January 30, 2018

Join us for the Harriet Bishop Book Fair on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 4-8 p.m. and on Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Preview the digital catalog at:

Can't make it to the book fair? Shop this link and books will ship directly to your home:

Learn More

Questions? Contact:

Tracey Boraas, Independent Educational Services Representative

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