Fall 2017 conference information at Nicollet

Posted on October 9, 2017

At Nicollet Middle School we value having all of our parents/guardians attend conferences.  We  also value students attending conferences with their parent(s) or guardian(s). Your child is expected to attend conferences with you and be an active participant in the process.  We want students to participate in conferences by providing information, answering questions, or discussing goals.  There are two different formats for conferences at Nicollet.  

The two formats are drop in conferences and teacher scheduled conferences.

  • Drop in conferences are on a specific day and time range.  Come to Nicollet and talk to any of your child’s teachers.  Please limit the discussion to 5 minutes with each teacher.  If you need more time, feel free to schedule an appointment with the teacher. Drop in conferences will be held on Monday, October 16th from 4:00pm-8:00pm and Tuesday, October 17th from 11:30am-3:30pm.  All teachers will be in their classrooms.
  • Teacher scheduled conferences are when a teacher calls or sends an email to make an appointment with a parent/guardian of a specific student.


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MWS Book Fair arrives Oct. 11

Posted on October 4, 2017



The MWS Fall Book Fair is arrives October 11. This year’s theme is Wild West – Saddle Up and Read!  Join the fun and support MWS at the same time.


  • October 11, 12, 13            8:00 – 9:30 AM; 3:30 – 4:30 PM
  • October 16                          3:00 – 8:00 PM
  • October 17                          8:00 AM – 8:00 PM


Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up



MWS Book Fair Online Shopping and Information

  • No delivery fees
  • All items delivered to your student’s classroom after MEA Break        



It's Book Fair Time at MWS!

Book Fair Highlights 2017

Wild West Book Fair Author and Book Information Video

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October is College Knowledge Month

Posted on October 4, 2017

College Knowledge Month is a statewide program to help students explore their career and college options, plan for life after high school and complete college applications.

The goal of College Knowledge Month is to provide every graduating senior with the opportunity to learn about and apply to college, and to encourage younger students to start planning for life after high school. While much of the focus of College Knowledge is geared toward first-generation, low-income students, we encourage all students to participate in events to help them explore and prepare for post-secondary education, including certificate programs, two-year and four-year degrees.

Upcoming Events at Burnsville High School

  • College visits in the Career Center are scheduled throughout the month; go to Naviance under the college tab.
  • Financial Aid Night is Thursday, Oct. 12 in the Mraz Center at 7 p.m.
  • Free MN Application Week is Oct. 23-27; free app schools in Naviance on Home page under Pages.
  • Application Day is Tuesday, Oct. 24 all day in the Career Center; get help all day applying to colleges.
  • FAFSA Completion Workshop is Thursday, Oct. 16, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Career Center.
  • Career Exploration guest speakers; see daily announcements and TVs for dates and times.
  • College Wear Wednesdays: Wear your college gear every Wednesday during October.

Career Center Events Calendar can be viewed here.

If you have any questions, please see Ms. Sexton in the Career Center.


Posted in Academics, Parents | Tagged bhs, college knowledge month, college application

Preschool families invited to learn about District 191 kindergarten

Posted on October 3, 2017

Parents of preschoolers can learn about kindergarten choices for their child during two upcoming one-hour information sessions offered by Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

Topics will include full-day kindergarten programs, magnet school options, and other topics of interest to parents/guardians of children ages 3 to 5. A school principal and kindergarten teacher will be available to answer questions. Enrollment forms will be available.

Curious About Kindergarten parent information sessions:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m.

Both sessions will offer the same information and will take place in the Burnsville Room of Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway. Enter Door 1 on the southeast side of the building.

To register online for the free session, go, click on "Register" and search for "Kindergarten" to find and register for the session you wish to attend. For more information or to register by phone, call 952-707-4150.

Kindergarten registration also takes place online at and at the District 191 Welcome Center at Diamondhead Education Center. Call 952-707-4180 or email for more information.

Posted in Parents | Tagged kindergarten, enroll, preschool, parents, early childhood, curious about kindergarten

DECA, Burger Jones offers Blaze Burger throughout October

Posted on September 28, 2017

Blaze Burger at Burger JonesCan you beat the heat of a Blaze Burger?

Beginning Oct. 1, the Blaze Burger will be available at the Burnsville Burger Jones throughout the month.

The burger's bun includes the Blaze branding, designed by DECA students last year, and features cheese, bacon, egg, peanut butter, hot sauce and jalapeños. Blaze Burger ingredients can be modified to suit personal taste, though DECA will only receive proceeds if a Blaze Burger is ordered. 

DECA students' goal is to sell 400 burgers. For every burger sold, DECA will earn a dollar.

Students, teachers and community members are encouraged to take a picture with their Blaze burger and tag @BurnsvilleDeca or post to their stories on Snapchat.

DECA's mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Posted in Community, Academics | Tagged bhs, DECA, business education, marketing, Burger Jones, blaze burger

Burnsville High School seniors earn national academic recognition

Posted on September 27, 2017

Seven seniors at Burnsville High School are among the most academically-talented scholars in the country based upon their performance in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program.

Erik Andersen, pictured above. Group picture at  top includes, from left, Alex Gude, Bailey Pekar, Luke Haddorff, Elizabeth McCormick and Albert Liu.
victor sanchez villegas
Victor Sanchez Villegas

"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 this accomplishment."

Alex Gude, Luke Haddorff and Albert Liu are among fewer than one percent of students who are named National Merit Semifinalists. They will now be considered for National Merit Finalist recognition, a designation that will be announced at a later date.

All three began in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 at Sioux Trail Elementary School, then attended Metcalf Junior High (as it was then) before going to Burnsville High School.

Alex is involved in National Honor Society (NHS), is a captain of both boys cross country and Nordic ski teams and also plays varsity tennis. Alex plans on majoring in computer science in college.

Luke is involved in NHS, student council and the tennis team. He plans to attend college next year and study engineering. Luke serves as the student representative to the District 191 Board of Education.

Albert is vice president of NHS. He plays varsity tennis and participates in Quiz Bowl, the #BurnsvilleStrong group and Bowls for BrainPower. Albert plans to study computer science in college and eventually go to graduate school for neuroscience.

Erik Andersen, Elizabeth McCormick and Bailey Pekar have been named Commended Students, a recognition that goes to fewer than 3.5 percent of those who took the test.

Erik, who is currently a PSEO (Post Secondary Enrollment Option) student, participates in Quiz Bowl and swimming. His future plans include studying computer science in college. Elizabeth is active in DECA and is interested in a career in business administration and/or finance. Lastly, Bailey plans on studying history and architecture with the hopes of working in historic preservation or in a museum.

Senior Victor Sanchez Villegas has earned National Hispanic Recognition from the College Board for his performance on the National Merit Qualifying Test in his junior year in conjunction with his Grade Point Average at Burnsville High School. He’s among 5,000 of the 250,000 test-takers who identified themselves as Hispanic/Latino on the test and are now being honored for academic achievement. Victor is involved in DECA, Math League, Quiz Bowl and volunteering. He plans to study engineering in college next year.

Last spring, Victor, Alex, Albert, Elizabeth and Bailey were among seven high-achieving juniors who were presented with Junior Book Awards from prestigious colleges in recognition of their outstanding academic accomplishments, dedication to learning, leadership, school involvement and community service.


Posted in Achievement, Student Success | Tagged bhs, national merit semifinalists, commended students, academic recognition, PSAT

Burnsville High School class of 1972 reunion slated for Oct. 14

Posted on September 26, 2017
The Burnsville Class of 1972 reunion is slated for Saturday, October 14 at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, located at 1201 West  94th Street in Bloomington.
The reunion's theme is "Back to the 70's." Attendees are encouraged to dress as they did in the 70's, but it is not required.
For more information, call 763-218-5281 or 952-215-7082.
Posted in Alumni | Tagged bhs, class of 1972, reunion

Nicollet’s Kathy Wittnebel is nurse of the year finalist

Posted on September 25, 2017

kathy wittnebelKathy Wittnebel, the licensed school nurse at Nicollet Middle School in Burnsville, is one of five finalists for the 2017 Minnesota March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in the Community Health Nursing category. More than 400 nurses across the state were nominated for the honor.

“Kathy takes pride in her role at Nicollet. She is focused and detailed about the care for each and every students with a health concern,” said Nicollet Principal Renee Brandner. “Sometimes she encounters medical concerns which require immediate assistance, but you will always see Kathy calm and clear about what needs to be done. In these situations, her medical expertise really comes through.”

Wittnebel is starting her 19th year as Nicollet’s school nurse. She and other finalists will be honored at an awards ceremony Oct. 6, where one of the finalists will be named the Distinguished Nurse of the Year.

The March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards Program honors nursing excellence and pays tribute to the tireless efforts of nurses throughout the community. Hundreds of applications in several categories were reviewed and scored by nursing leaders in order to select this year’s finalists.

Posted in Achievement | Tagged awards, school nurse, nicollet, kathy wittnebel

Join the Byrne Fun Run fund-raiser now!

Posted on September 25, 2017

Our REACH Fun Run kicked off Sept. 22 with an exciting Pep Rally, and we are thrilled about this year’s program! We’ve asked the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run program (which will last about two weeks), making our fundraising simpler, more fun and have more impact. Our Fun Run includes EVERY student in a fun, fitness event while helping our school raise much-needed funds.

This year, our entire school is raising funds for Stem Lab/Maker Space materials & Active Playground Equipment. Our goal is to raise $10,000, and we need YOUR help!

Here’s how you can support William Byrne:

  • Register your student on using this code:  253-779 Once you do, your student will receive a FREE GIFT just for being registered. Then, use to log pledges for your child.

  • Reach out to sponsors. Every student’s goal is to connect with 10 sponsors. And with’s smart sharing features, reaching out to sponsors is easier than ever. The easiest way to get pledges is to simply click the Facebook share button on your student’s pledge page. Plus, with a few clicks you can create a custom Student Star video to share on social media. You can also use the Easy Emailer to connect with friends and family. As you gather pledges, be sure to record each sponsor’s e-mail address so they have the opportunity to easily pay for your student’s pledge online via credit card.

  • Ask your child about the Castle Quest Character Lesson of the day! This year’s character program is Castle Quest, a castle theme all about bravery. On their quest to regain Bravemore Castle, students will learn the “SIX VIRTUES of a TRUE HERO” from a cast of colorful characters. Join along by watching the fun character videos with your child on

  • Come to the Fun Run on September 29th! All students are included in the Fun Run, regardless of financial participation. Remember, students will be running 30-35 laps, and we would love for you to come out and cheer!

Thank you for supporting our school. We hope to see you next week at the Fun Run!


William Byrne PTO

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Six individuals and a chess team will join BHS Hall of Fame

Posted on September 25, 2017

BHS hall of fame torch

Burnsville High School will be inducting six individuals and the 2001-02 Chess Team into its Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 13 at the school’s Mraz Center for Performing Arts. A reception will take place starting at 4:30 p.m. followed by the formal induction ceremony at 5:30 p.m. that is free and open to the public. Inductees will also be recognized at halftime at that evening’s home football game.

They will join 84 individuals, teams and organizations that have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was created in honor of the school’s 50th anniversary in 2006.

“The Hall of Fame honors graduates, staff members, teams and community members or organizations who have made exceptional achievements in their fields, significant contributions to BHS or unique contributions to their community on a local, state, national or international level,” according to Vicki Roy, chairperson 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.”

Inductees in 2017 are:

Joe Bueltel, class of 1979, graduated with honors from Normandale Community College and received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota. He received his juris doctor degree with honors from William Mitchell School of Law where he wrote for the Law Review. Bueltel won the Don’t Tread on Me Award in 1993 and the Clarence Earl Gideon Outstanding Service Award in 1996. He held many positions and served on several task forces, becoming chief public defender for the Third Judicial District from 1999-2002. He was appointed Minnesota State District Court Judge for the Third Judicial District in 2002 and elected to that position in 2004, 2010 and 2016. He currently serves as assistant chief justice, as well as Steele Waseca Drug Court Lead Judge and Steele County Truancy Court Lead Judge. Bueltel is a member of the Steele County Habitat for Humanity Board and has coached in the high school mock trial program.

Jennifer Hall, class of 1986, graduated ninth in her BHS class and excelled in sports, winning the 1986 Athena Award as captain of three sports and winner of eight letters. She was named all-conference and all-region in both soccer and softball. The 1986 Minnesota Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year and 1986 Metro Player of the Year, she was the leading scorer at the 1986 Minnesota state tournament. She also earned all-state and conference leading scorer honors twice and was the first 1,000-point scorer for Burnsville. At the University of Minnesota, she played in every basketball game her freshman and sophomore years and started every game her junior and senior years. The 1990 team captain was named team Most Valuable Player twice and was named an All Big Ten player twice. Hall was recognized with the 1994 South Suburban Conference Achievement Award - Athletics for outstanding accomplishments in high school and beyond. She teaches social studies at Armstrong High School in the Robbinsdale school district.

Greg Holker, class of 1996, was a member of the National Honor Society and served as vice president of the BHS Student Council. A member of the boys’ soccer team from 1993 to 1995, he earned 1995 All-State Honorable Mention honors and was named to the 1995 Star Tribune All Metro Team and the 1995 All-Conference Team. He continued his soccer career at Gustavus Adolphus College where he was a 4 year starter, serving as captain in 1999 and earning NSCAA All-Region and All-MIAC honors. He earned his degree in English and was a member of Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society. Since 2004, he has served as Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Augsburg College where he holds the honor of being the winningest coach in team history and has been recognized twice as the MIAC Coach of the Year. He also serves as the Burnsville Soccer Club director of coaching.

Kerry Kraemer, class of 2007, was a member of the National Honor Society and swam on the girls’ varsity swim team for five years. She was the first swimmer in Minnesota history to win five consecutive individual state titles (100 breaststroke). She broke the all-time Minnesota AA record in the 100 breaststroke and was a 16 time All-American, winning 10 state titles during her high school career. Attending Stanford University on a swimming scholarship, Kraemer earned her degree in international relations with a 3.7 grade point average. Her college swimming career earned her NCAA Division 1 All-America honors twice and Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honors three times. She finished in the top eight at the 2009 U.S. National Championships in the 100 breaststroke. Co-founder and president of Friends of TASAAGA, an organization supporting vulnerable women and children in rural Uganda, Kramer was selected a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow in 2013 and a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project in 2017.

Renata (Heupel) Mayrhofer, class of 1977, was a member of the National Honor Society and served on the BHS Yearbook staff. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1982, she earned her masters degree in business administration from Boston College in 1985. Commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army in 1980, she served with the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade in Germany from 1983-1988. From 1985-1991, she was the chief negotiator for international loans for Commerzbank Germany. As a Professor of Business Management at the University of Phoenix, she was recognized as the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year for 2003-2004. She is currently department chair and professor of business management at Concordia University. Mayrhofer is a founding member and board member of the Saving Grace Village, coordinates the Angel Tree Christmas initiative for children of incarcerated adults and serves as president of the Urban Cross Cultural College Consortium.

Douglas Wendland, class of 1969, was a National Honor Society member and winner of the Barry Mott Memorial Scholarship. He participated in cross country and track at BHS. He earned his bachelors and medical doctor degrees at the University of Wisconsin where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Wendland started and serves as chief of the Family Medicine Department at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. He helped design and implement response to the 2009 influenza pandemic while serving as medical director of occupational medicine and employee health for St. Luke’s Health System serving Northwestern Wisconsin and Northeastern Minnesota. He served as the World Health Organization’s national coordinator for occupational health and safety for Sierra Leone during the 2014-2015 ebola outbreak and won the 2016 50 Over 50 award from the Minnesota AARP for that response work.

2001-2002 Chess Team was the 2001 National K-12 Champions, Grade 12, with four individuals placing in the top 25. They won the 2002 Minnesota State High School Championship with seven team members placing in the top 21 and placed 11th in the 2002 National High School Championship with four players placing in the top 200. Grady Cantrell and Brett Larsen were crowned the 2002 National Double Bughouse Champions. Members of the team, coached by Eduard Zelkind, were Caleb Bousu, Grady Cantrell, Jesse Fredeen, Kyle Geiken, Matthew Kleman, Phil Koistra, Landon Larch, Brett Larsen, Rachel Larsen, Nick Naegeli, Garrick Nelsen, Nick Pechman, Mark Rupp, Bobby Steffen and Chi Tran.

Posted in Alumni, Achievement, Student Success | Tagged hall of fame, bhs