Gifted & Talented Summer Institute continues until July 27 in District 191

Posted on July 12, 2018

The first half of the Gifted & Talented Summer Institute is over but classes for students entering grades 1 through 7 continue until the end of July in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

Upcoming classes cover a wide variety of topics and are designed to motivate, challenge and inspire children. Some examples are Spanish and French language, online game and app creation, computer programming, fencing, movie making and more.

The final two week-long sessions are July 16-20 and July 23-27 at Gideon Pond Elementary School, 613 E. 130th St., Burnsville.

Students who are currently enrolled or identified in a gifted and talented program are eligible to attend. In addition, students demonstrating a skill in the courses offered may enroll.

The GTI Summer Institute has been managed through District 191 Community Education since 2002. It’s a partnership with Lakeville Area Schools ISD 194, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan ISD 196 and Prior Lake-Savage ISD 719. For more information and to register, go to

Gifted & Talented Institute 2018

Posted in Academics, Community | Tagged gifted and talented, summer, GTI, gideon pond

‘Externships’ pair teachers with businesses, connect classroom to workplace

Posted on July 10, 2018

Local businesses opened their doors to teachers from Burnsville High School this summer for an externship pilot project that connects classrooms to workplaces.  

This was a chance for teachers to spend time in local businesses and learn through direct experience about trends, skills requirements and the wide array of job opportunities in local industries.

“The knowledge and understanding teachers gain from this experience can enrich their teaching and add relevance to student learning,” said Kathy Funston, the district’s director of strategic partnerships and pathways. “This prepares teachers to share the WHY of what’s being taught, not just the what.”

Teachers visited businesses in each of the school’s four pathways:

  • Design, Engineering & Manufacturing Technologies: New Spaces and UTC Aerospace
  • Health Services and Human Services: Fairview Health Services
  • Business, Management & Entrepreneurship:  Premier Best Western
  • Arts, Global Communications & Information Systems: Cornerstone Copy Center

Another benefit of the exchanges is that relationships will be built that could result in new collaborations that will benefit student learning. Participating businesses are eager to share their expertise through guest speaking, providing tours to students, and working on video clips that highlight workplace skills, like communication and teamwork.

“We appreciate that local business were so willing to open their doors,” said Funston. “We look forward to expanding externships next year.”

She thanks the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Twin Cities United Way for their support of the externship program.

Posted in Community, Academics | Tagged bhs, staff, community

National Night Out at Rahn

Posted on July 10, 2018

All are welcome to join us at Rahn Elementary School of Arts & Technology for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 5:00-7:00pm.  We will have games, ice cream, and a time to get together as a community.  There will even be a drawing for 4 Twins Tickets.  

Having a strong community is important to educating and developing our children.  We will have visits from Eagan Police as they are a critical partner in our community.  Find out ways you might be able to get connected to Rahn Elementary.  We also have the opportunity to give back to the community by contributing items for The Open Door.  Please bring items to help this great community organization.  More information can be found in the attached flyer.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you there.  

We will be inside the gym in case of bad weather.  

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Free Wednesday in the Park outdoor concerts begin July 11

Posted on July 9, 2018

Free outdoor concerts for all ages will be offered this summer through Wednesday in the Park, a partnership of Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Community Education and the City of Burnsville.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m. in Burnsville’s Civic Center Park, just east of Nicollet Avenue between 130th and 134th Street.

Bring a nonperishable food item to donate and receive a free Pepsi product to enjoy during the show. Freshly popped corn will be selling for $1.

In case of inclement weather, concerts will take place at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway.

Concerts will be:

July 11 with Riverside Rockets

Early Rock ‘N Roll at its finest. Guitar, upright bass, and drums. Expect to hear Elvis, Chuck Berry, The Stray Cats and original music.

July 18 with Alma Andina Latin Band

A traditional band from Chile that plays folk music from the Andes mountains and Latin America using traditional instruments such as Pan Flutes, Charango and drums, among others.

July 25 with Rock It Man Entertainment

Two pianos, two microphones and two skilled entertainers ready to take your requests, lead to one memorable, interactive night of music!

Aug. 1 with We Are The Willows

Activities begin at 6 p.m. with an all-ages kickball game and wood carving demos by the Burnsville Seniors, followed by performance of orchestral indie rock band featuring countertenor voice, guitar, banjo, violin, cello, bass, drums and keys by We Are The Willows (pictured).   

Aug. 8 with A Night at THE GARAGE

Activities begin at 6 p.m. with tours of THE GARAGE, an all-ages music venue operated by Twin Cities Catalyst in partnership with District 191 Community Education and the City of Burnsville. Concert by Early Eyes which popped onto the local music scene in 2016 and landed on the ballot for Best New Band 2018 at City Pages.

Aug. 15 Family Fest Featuring The High 48s

Activities for all ages start at 6 p.m. including log rolling, photo booth, instrument crafting and more. Information fair and registration fair for fall Early Childhood programs. Stay for the music at 7 p.m. with the High 48s which kicks off with a short introduction to bluegrass for kids.

More information at

Posted in Community | Tagged community education, city of burnsville

Board approves budget for 2018-19 school year

Posted on July 2, 2018

At its June 21 meeting, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education approved a budget including $128.8 million in general fund spending for the 2018-19 school year. With revenue expected to be $127.1 million, the district will use about $1.6 million from its reserves to cover expenses.

The adopted budget reflects about $4 million in adjustments that had been presented as recommendations and discussed at previous public meetings. To see those detailed recommendations, go to

Lisa Rider, the district’s executive director of business services, said the budget is based on several assumptions, including expected enrollment of 8,678 in early childhood through grade 12, keeping elementary class sizes averaging about 24.5-to-1, and a 5 percent increase in the district’s portion of health insurance costs.

“We’ve right sized to address the decrease in enrollment. We’ve found efficiencies where we can, and I really think this budget reflects our best effort to maintain our effort and continue with our momentum of Vision One91,” said Board Member Abigail Alt.

Rider noted that the adopted budget will be revised during the 2018-19 school year to reflect updates to enrollment, staffing, and other factors as they are known.

Posted in Finance | Tagged budget, 2018, finance

Meet incoming Nicollet Principal Angie Pohl

Posted on July 2, 2018

Watch this video to get to know incoming Nicollet Middle School Principal Angie Pohl and hear why she is looking forward to being part of the Nicollet community!

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Teachers receive Hanson Scholarships to further their education

Posted on June 26, 2018

Two teachers in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 have been selected to receive $1,000 scholarships from the Hanson Scholarship Fund to further their own graduate school education.

Recipients are Lisa Carlson, an ESL teacher at Vista View Elementary, and Abby Young, a language arts teacher at Eagle Ridge Middle School.

The scholarships are presented by the Hanson Scholarship Fund each year to teachers who are also extra-curricular advisors or coaches while furthering their own education. In addition to the teacher scholarships, the fund also provides numerous scholarships to graduating seniors at Burnsville High School.

"Congratulations to these teachers who are recipients of Hanson scholarships this year," said Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. "We greatly appreciate the financial support of the Hanson Scholarship Fund for our teachers and students as they further their education. This is a wonderful way to honor the memory and legacy of Dick Hanson."

Dick Hanson retired in 1994 after 33 years as an inspirational teacher and 25 years as the head football coach at Burnsville High School. After his retirement, former players and students began giving scholarships in his name to both students and teachers.

A major fundraiser for scholarships is the 24th annual golf tournament, which will take place on Monday, July 30, at Brackett's Crossing Country Club. Online registration is at



Tentative agreement reached on teachers' contract

Posted on June 22, 2018

On June 20, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 and the Burnsville Education Association released the following joint statement.

At a mediation session held on June 20, members of the District 191 Board of Education and representatives of the Burnsville Education Association (teachers’ union) reached a tentative contract agreement.

Leaders from both sides said they were pleased to be moving forward to allow everyone to focus on the great work that is happening in District 191 schools, and assure families and students that there will be a successful start to the school year.

Details of the tentative agreement will be released after union leaders have an opportunity to share information with their members.

If approved by both sides, the contract will be retroactive to July 1, 2017 and continue through June 30, 2019.

Tagged contract, negotiations

District 191 Board of Education welcomes new student representative

Posted on June 22, 2018

Sundus Farah, who will be a senior at Burnsville High School, will be the new student representative to the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education for the 2018-19 school year.

The school district was one of the first in Minnesota to have a student serve on the Board of Education as a non-voting member, representing the interests of students.

The student representative is seated with board members at meetings. Every month, the student representative gives a report on events and activities at the high school.

“We appreciate comments from the student representative on various topics we’re discussing,” said Chair Jim Schmid. “The student perspective is important to us.”

Sundus attended Sky Oaks Elementary and Nicollet Junior High (as it was called then) before coming to Burnsville High School where she will be a member of the Class of 2019.

She answered a few questions about her new role (below):

Q: What made you interested in serving as the student representative to the Board of Education?
A: I wanted to give back to my community and use my voice to make Burnsville High School (BHS) a much better place. I hope to represent students who look like me and are not able to have their voices heard, and I also want to represent the voices of all students. BHS is a wonderful place, but just like any other school, it could become better and has its own issues. As next year will be my last year attending BHS, I wanted to find a way in which I could leave the biggest impact, and being the school board representative was the best way to do that.

Q: You’re in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program in the Health Sciences Pathway at BHS. How have you benefited from it so far?  
A: I love how the CNA program gave me a chance to escape my comfort zone and have a taste of the real world. The majority of the course was hands-on work, which was new to me. By visiting Ebenezer Ridges during my clinicals, I experienced a glimpse of the real world and was able to work with a CNA. I do not want to go into nursing, however, but as my career choice may change, this class gave me vital experience in the field of healthcare.

Q: Are you thinking about a career in healthcare?
A: Yes, I plan to pursue a career in ophthalmology, and I hope to attend a four-year university and then attend medical school.

Q: What activities are you involved in at Burnsville High School or in the community?
A: I am in student council and Burnsville Strong. I’m also in National Honor Society and will serve as the volunteer coordinator for the 2018-19 school year. I’ve also volunteered at Fairview Ridges Hospital in the same-day surgery area and at the English Language Learners Homework Help sessions at school. Currently, I work at a local coffee shop.

Posted in Student Success | Tagged sundus farah, school board, bhs

Filing opens July 31 for District 191 School Board

Posted on June 22, 2018

Filing dates are July 31 through Aug. 14 for four four-year terms on the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education.

Candidates can file beginning at 8 a.m. on July 31 until 5 p.m. on Aug. 14 at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway. The filing fee is $2.

There is no primary election. All those who file for office will be on the ballot for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

A candidate must be:

  • An eligible voter;
  • At least 21 years of age when the term begins, and
  • A resident of District 191 within 30 days before the general election

The terms of board members Abigail Alt, Dan Luth, Jim Schmid and Bob VandenBoom expire on Dec. 31. Newly-elected board members will begin their terms in January 2019.

Others on the seven-member board include DeeDee Currier, Eric Miller and Darcy Schatz. For more information, call the district at 952-707-2005.

Tagged school board, elections