2018 Senior Profile: Ryan Wolfe

Posted on May 2, 2018

ryan wolfeWhat's one memory of high school you'll take with you?
My senior prom was a very fun experience. I would say that everyone should go to their senior prom. 

Who was a favorite teacher or staff member & why?
Mr. Tesmer and Mr. Wolf. They are always there for me when I need help. I can sit, chill, and talk about life all day with the both of them. 

What are your plans for after graduation?
I am going to UTI in Orlando to study diesel mechanics. 

How did your high school experience prepare you for your future?
High school really piquedmy interest in mechanics and helped me narrow down what kind of mechanics I'm into. 

What was the most difficult challenge you faced in high school?
Focusing in normal sit down classes. I am a very hands on learner so sitting in a classroom reading out of a book is really difficult. 

How do you think you've changed as a person during the last four years?
I changed in how I view my education. Back in 9th grade, I didn't care in the slightest. I saw no light at the end of the school tunnel and had no direction. Once I discovered shop classes and my love for mechanics my whole attitude changed.

What makes you most excited when you think about your future?
The freedom to do what I want and go where I want. 

What advice would you give to younger students to make the most of their high school experiences?
Experiment and try out all the pathway options. You could be pleasantly surprised and like a pathway you never thought of going into. 

See more Senior Profiles

To celebrate members of the Class of 2018 and help the One91 Community get to know some of the students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School, we're publishing several "Senior Profiles" as we gear up for commencement ceremonies the week of June 4. Congratulations to all of our seniors! 


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2018 Senior Profile: Justin Amaker

Posted on May 1, 2018

What's one memory of high school you'll take with you?
I once got a flat tire in the parking lot at the high school so I had to change it — with no prior knowledge of vehicles beyond getting in one and driving it. Thankfully, somebody that did have a relatively decent knowledge in cars helped me out in changing the tire. While the memory of actually changing the tire wasn’t super good, the memory of that student that was willing to help me out in changing the tire is a good one that I’ll take with me.

Who was a favorite teacher or staff member & why?
I have two​: ​Mr. Benson from Metcalf, because he was a teacher I could talk to about anything during my time there and he made math class more understandable and enjoyable — and Ms. Millea from BHS, because she was a teacher that truly cared about her students and always wanted the best for them. She made my English and journalism classes really fun.

What are your plans for after graduation?
I’m planning on going to the University of St. Thomas and studying communications and journalism. After college, I hope to work somewhere in the news industry as some sort of a journalist.

How did your high school experience prepare you for your future?
I was the editor-in-chief of the BHS student newspaper, The Voice, as well as being an intern in the district’s communications department this year. Both of these things together helped me out in writing, editing, news gathering, and time management skills — which are skills that journalists need to know.

What was the most difficult challenge you faced in high school?
Doing my fair share of extracurriculars along with six classes a day, juggling all the work together for those things was definitely a challenge for me — but that taught me how to manage my time wisely, and now I’m ​really good at working under pressure!

How do you think you've changed as a person during the last four years?
I definitely became a more mature person and was able to discover my true interests as to what I really wanted to do. Four years ago, I would have never guessed that I wanted to be a journalist.

What makes you most excited when you think about your future?
I’ve had a passion for journalism and telling the stories of others to the public​ for a while now​, and I believe journalists are really important people in this society. I’m excited to be working as a journalist, or working somewhere in the news field, in my future.

What advice would you give to younger students to make the most of their high school experiences?
Take classes here that you know will help you in your future, and participate in things beyond your six and a half hour day at BHS. Attend sporting events, go to social functions such as school dances and prom, and just have fun. It goes by really fast, so make the most of it!

See more Senior Profiles

To celebrate members of the Class of 2018 and help the One91 Community get to know some of the students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School, we're publishing several "Senior Profiles" as we gear up for commencement ceremonies the week of June 4. Congratulations to all of our seniors! 

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Volunteers selected for Coskran Award in District 191

Posted on May 1, 2018

John Coskran Volunteer Award LogoSeven extraordinary volunteers received 2018 John Coskran Volunteer Awards in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 on May 10.

"We thank these exceptional volunteers for the positive difference they make in our schools, programs and across the district," said Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. "Their dedication and support is extraordinary as they volunteer their time and talents to prepare our students to be future ready and to make our community strong."   

This is the 17th year of the awards which are named in honor of John Coskran, a long-time advocate for volunteerism who served 34 years at Catholic Charities and retired as associate director in 1993. Mr. Coskran, who also served as a member of the District 191 Board of Education, died in 2014.

Recipients of the 2018 John Coskran Volunteer Award are:


  • Jacob Johnson, a student at Nicollet Middle School, who is an active volunteer and also promotes volunteerism among his classmates.
  • Olivia Brammer, a senior leader at Burnsville High School who has volunteered in numerous ways.


  • Sarah Schulte, a dedicated volunteer at Rahn Elementary School.
  • Tom and Deb Shepley, long-time volunteers in athletic programs at Burnsville High School.


  • Steve Fiebiger, who led the creation of Foundation 191 in 2005 was involved with it for 13 years.
  • Janet Rempher, who (along with her therapy dog, Arthur) supports student learning at Sioux Trail Elementary.

For more information about the award or for information on how you can become a volunteer, go to the district website at

Photo: Recipients of the 2018 John Coskran Volunteer Award are, from left, Tom and Deb Shepley, Jacob Johnson, Jan Rempher, Steve Fiebiger, Olivia Brammer and Sarah Schulte. 


Award Winner Profiles

Jacob Johnson

Jacob Johnson is in 7th grade at Nicollet Middle School and has already shown a commitment to volunteering and has already had an impact.

He serves as president of the school’s ME to WE Club, which is now in its second year of planning and coordinating school-wide volunteer activities to serve others in the local community and around the world.

Jacob not only heads up the club's brainstorming for ideas, but he coordinates all of their efforts and puts in extra time and energy as needed.     

Club projects included a challenge to reduce plastic bottle purchases by re-using water bottles throughout November. The club raised $1,200 by selling Rafiki bracelets for hurricane relief in Haiti and as payment to the Kenyan artisans who made the bracelets.

Because of Jacob's brainstorming for an activity to involve more of the Nicollet community, the ME to WE Club rounded up more than 50 Nicollet students, parents, and staff members to make 530 sandwiches for homeless people in January 2017.

Since then they’ve made another 2,990 sandwiches, and the group has committed to making 3,000 sandwiches in May -- all inspired and under the direction of Jacob. As the total goal for sandwiches has increased, Jacob has come up with new ways to raise money for the groceries needed to make them.

This past winter, it was Jacob’s idea to have a clothing drive contest between advisory classes. Within three short weeks, Nicollet collected a small truckload of clothing to donate for those in need.

This amazing student demonstrates a concern and caring for others and a commitment to volunteering that is extraordinary for someone of his age.  


Olivia Brammer

Olivia Brammer truly brings the district’s mission of “Future Ready” and “Community Strong” to life.

This remarkable student has been involved with so much of what happens at Burnsville High School, and her extraordinary commitment to volunteering has inspired many others.

Olivia has volunteered over 1,081 hours of service during the past 2 and a half years at Burnsville High School, wisely using her volunteering to express her passions in life and explore her options for the future.  

Some examples of her volunteering include Bowls for BrainPower, BHS Giving Garden, South of the River Pow Wow, multi-cultural night, BurnsvilleStrong, and senior class officer.  

Olivia is the house manager for theater productions at BHS, and she created a mentor program in working with special education students to become volunteer ushers during theatre productions.

Olivia is the only student member of two community groups: the city of Burnsville’s Park and Natural Resources Commission and the city’s International Festival. She’s a leader in the YMCA’s Youth in Government program.

She is a person who dives into life and activities with passion and excitement which ignites sparks in the people around her. She is driven to make a change in the world and has many ideas on how to do that. Whatever she’s involved in, Olivia always has the best interests of ALL students at heart and is working to make her school and community a better place.  

Olivia has tremendous impact by her example, and she makes everyone feel included and gets them to work together as a team. She is a role model and mentor for younger students.

Students at Burnsville High School see how dedicated she is to her community, how kind she is to everyone, and how hard she works to achieve goals.


Sarah Schulte

Sarah Schulte goes above and beyond and is a shining example of what a committed and giving volunteer is, according to community member Renee Strom, who nominated Sarah for this award.

Sarah’s involvement started small and has continued to grow. First she assisted her child’s teacher with some classroom projects. Then she volunteered to create silent auction baskets for the school carnival.

That led to her becoming deeply involved in many aspects of volunteering at Rahn!

Sarah is an incredibly creative person and her passion for the arts is clear through her volunteer service. For three years Sarah has been the parent lead on the school’s Art Adventures committee. She coordinates the art theme for the year and recruits parent volunteers to share information about various pieces of art with Rahn students.

This project results in important discussions with students about diversity in art, historical events represented in art, and the subjective nature of art.

Sarah serves on the yearbook committee, and ensures that Rahn students feel included and valued in the publication.

She is often seen with a camera taking photos at school events.

This year Sarah took on an even bigger leadership role in the PTO by serving as co-chair. In her new role, Sarah has brought new ideas and a passion for improving the lives of students and staff.

This is her third year as chairperson of Rahn’s teacher appreciation activities. Again, her creative talents are in full view during the wonderful week of activities to honor Rahn’s staff members.  

In Fall 2017, Sarah co-chaired the Rahn PTO’s first-ever “Blazing Fun Run” which raised over $10,000 for Brainpower in a Backpack and other events to strengthen community at the school.

Sarah is dependable, hard-working and kind. Her willingness to step into a leadership role in the PTO, and her continued commitment to so many volunteer positions at Rahn, show her dedication to students, families and staff members.


Tom and Deb Shepley

Tom and Deb Shepley have been volunteering in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage community since 2008 when the oldest of their four sons was in the 5th grade.

In particular, Tom and Deb have been involved in supporting student-athletes, their families and athletic programs, according to community member Cheryl Bardwell, who nominated the couple for this award.

They’ve provided continued positive support to each and every player at various athletic events including football, basketball, baseball, track and field, lacrosse and tennis.

They’ve spent many hours supporting, feeding, fundraising not only for their boys, but many student-athletes. They are outstanding examples of what it means to volunteer; to willingly serve their community and schools.

Tom and Deb have run Booster Clubs, served on boards, organized tournaments, led fundraising events, and managed concessions. The time they’ve put into these activities is truly remarkable.

They’ve also built community by hosting team meals and organizing team banquets.  

Tom and Deb are the biggest super fans to ALL the athletes and provide continued positive support.

Tom and Deb were among parents who contributed to the start of a homework tutoring sessions and provide students-athletes with academic support, a meal, a semi-quiet place to study and rides home if needed. They also reach out to the parents of the players to welcome them and encourage and support their involvement.

Creating this positive environment is what makes Tom and Deb so special. They encourage others to volunteer of their time and talents. They lead by example and are role models for other parents in the district on how to give back to their community and provide support to their children.

Tom and Deb are a dynamic duo whose leadership, dedication and commitment to helping others has touched the lives of students, families, staff and community members. They are truly inspiring.


Steve Fiebiger

Back in 2005, a parent and community member Steve Fiebiger began working to set up a not-for-profit foundation to “enhance, enrich and expand educational opportunities” for all students in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

He met with district staff members and active volunteers in the community to present his idea for a foundation and to ask others how such an organization could benefit students.

After determining that a foundation would be a great benefit to the district in providing additional opportunities for learning and growth for students from preschool on up, Steve, who is an attorney, began the process of setting up a 501c3 organization. This is not an easy process.

As the Founding Father of Foundation 191, Steve has had enormous impact. He has served as chair of the foundation from its inception until this year. During that time, he was instrumental in obtaining more than $100,000 in funds and in-kind contributions to benefit students in all of our schools.

He worked tirelessly to recruit board members and to raise funds through numerous events including reading events at Barnes & Noble, a Grapes and Grains event at the Ames Center, co-sponsoring the  Dan Patch Days Race, and an annual golf tournament.

He helped grow the foundation to the point where it has given more than 65 grants totalling over $55,000 and literally benefited every student in the district from early childhood through high school.

An early project was the “Sounds of Math” in all 10 elementary schools with a folk musician teaching students to build and play dulcimers using math and music concepts.

Another project was helping to fund a new literacy program for incoming kindergarteners through Community Education’s Early Childhood Education.

Other examples of projects funded by the foundation include Bowls for BrainPower, the Harriet Bishop Service Club, BHS Robotics and drumline, a calculator lending library, Girls on the Run, field trips and more.  

Because of Steve, students in our school district have had amazing educational enrichment experiences that they would NOT have had without Foundation 191.


Jan Rempher

Jan Rempher is a long-time neighbor of Sioux Trail Elementary. She lives in the North River Hills neighborhood and volunteered at the school when her children were students there.

Now 20 years later, her connection to Sioux Trail Elementary remains strong!

Jan now volunteers at the school with her trained English springer spaniel, Arthur, to boost reading skills of students.  

She approached the school several years ago with the offer to come into school and work with some reluctant readers who might benefit from some reading practice and confidence building.

Jan is affiliated with “Tail Waggin’ Tutors” which is a reading program of Therapy Dogs International. The main objective of this program is to provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice the skill of reading.

By sitting down next to Arthur and reading to him, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on reading out loud. Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill of reading, building self-esteem, and associating reading with something pleasant.

Jan and Arthur faithfully arrive at Sioux Trail three days each week and bring sunshine, affection, and consistency to students’ lives.

“Jan and Arthur are gifts to Sioux Trail Elementary,” according to Sharron Stalock, enrichment teacher.

Second grade teacher Karen Otremba says, “The willingness of my students to try reading and the progress they have made is fantastic. This program is PHENOMENAL!”

Jan and Arthur are models of patience and encouragement and each student enjoys his or her time with them. Jan brings two suitcases full of books she’s bought that are culturally appropriate and high interest to students so there’s always a different selection for students to choose when they read with Janet and Arthur.

Janet and Arthur are truly a testament of the value that our community has for students and their learning at Sioux Trail Elementary.

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2018 Senior Profile: Lauren Walker

Posted on May 1, 2018

What are your plans after high school?
My plans after high school would be to attend Alabama A&M University in the fall of 2018 and major in Marketing and minor in international business.

What was the most difficult this you faced in high school?
I moved around a lot throughout middle school and high school so loss of identity was a big problem; unstable home life was also a reason why I was diagnosed with moderate to severe depression, which made it very difficult to enjoy my high school experience the way I wanted to.

By the time I had got to my sophomore year, I lost myself completely because I missed a lot of opportunities for myself and by skipping numerous classes, which at the end of my 10th grade year made me realize my actions weren’t matching up with my expectations of myself.

How do you think you’ve changed at BAHS?
BAHS has changed me in so many ways as far being a better leader and more so being involved in my community and actually being aware and interactive with the people I’m around. You can only get these experiences from certain milestones in your life and I’m lucky enough to get this one

How did your high school experience prepared you for your future?
My classes that I have taken prepared me for what I intended. However, my experiences and memories have made me proud and assured of myself that I can be successful in my future. My teachers and mentors have paved my way and my building blocks - my experiences have made me confident in my future.

See more Senior Profiles

To celebrate members of the Class of 2018 and help the One91 Community get to know some of the students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School, we're publishing several "Senior Profiles" as we gear up for commencement ceremonies the week of June 4. Congratulations to all of our seniors! 

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2018 Senior Profile: Eyerusalem Abebaw

Posted on May 1, 2018

eyerusalem abebawWhat are your plans after graduation?
I will be attending Macalester College to study Political Science and International Relations.

What was the most difficult challenge you faced in high school?
I think the most challenging part of high school for me was finding the confidence to go outside of my comfort zone. Although I slowly began to overcome it by joining clubs and sports, it was something I continued to work on throughout.

What makes you most excited when you think about your future?
I'm excited to be in a totally new environment at college because I think it will help me grow as a person as well as meet new people from various places and backgrounds. I also look forward to finding more ways to be active in my interests such as being more politically active.

What advice would you give to younger students to make the most of their high school experiences?
My advice would be to try to make the most out of high school but to also not place too much pressure on yourself on making these four years or however much you have left perfect. It's okay if not every moment of high school is enjoyable, just try to find ways to go outside of your comfort zone. For example, join more clubs or find new hobbies and interests that will make the high school experience more enjoyable.

See more Senior Profiles

To celebrate members of the Class of 2018 and help the One91 Community get to know some of the students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School, we're publishing several "Senior Profiles" as we gear up for commencement ceremonies the week of June 4. Congratulations to all of our seniors! 

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2018 Senior Profile: Chris Fuentes

Posted on May 1, 2018

What's one memory of high school you'll take with you?
One of the memories I will take with me is the one of meeting Dr. Funston and Dr. Gothard while presenting my 11th grade Inver Hills speech. I was astonished by their kindness and how much suport they showed to me. While Dr. Gothard was always attentive while also giving me feedback on what I seemed interested in such as history and language arts where he was amazed with the amount of focus I put into those two areas.

Who was a favorite teacher or staff member & why?
My favorite teacher is Jennifer Waller because her support and encouragement to achieve my goals. I cannot overstate how her support has helped me overcome some of the fears I had as well as how she is willing and able to talk about anything that may be a problem or bothering me. She has been a great support to me and helped me become a better person.

What are your plans for after graduation?
After graduation I plan to attend Hamline University and get a Bacherlor's degree even though I am still uncertain on which part of the social sciences aspect I would like to attend. Apart from that I will also be working while in college to minimize as much as possible any debt that may come my way during college.

What was the most difficult challenge you faced in high school?
My most difficult challenge while in high school would have to be the language barrier that chased me for so long while I was trying to improve my English, yet all of my hard work at first seemed trivial and downright useless at times. With time and a lot of support from my teachers I was able to overcome my fear of speaking publicly and to be less afraid of my accent that is still present in my speech to this date.

See more Senior Profiles

To celebrate members of the Class of 2018 and help the One91 Community get to know some of the students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School, we're publishing several "Senior Profiles" as we gear up for commencement ceremonies the week of June 4. Congratulations to all of our seniors! 

Posted in Senior Profiles | Tagged 2018, senior profiles, chris fuentes, gradutes, bhs

Join us for an All-Star Lunch Date on May 8

Posted on April 25, 2018

We are having an All Star Lunch Date on Tuesday, May 8 in conjunction with the annual Buy One Get One Free Book Fair.  We encourage each student to invite a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, neighbor, dear one or other awesome adult to join them for lunch – either purchase or bring your own lunch.


Or email Pam Voigt at


  • Kindergarten                      11:15 – 11:50
  • 2nd Grade                            11:35 – 12:10
  • 3rd Grade                             11:55 – 12:30
  • 4th Grade                             12:30 – 1:05
  • 5th Grade                             12:55 – 1:30


  • Hot Dog on a Bun
  • Baked Beans
  • Fresh Vegetables
  • Milk
  • COST:  $3.90/Adult

NOTE:  We are unable to make change.  Please bring exact payment if you are purchasing lunch



  • Purchase a lunch or bring your own – RSVP by April 25 to preorder lunch
  • Fabulous prize give aways during each lunch period
  • Visit the Summertime Reading Buy One Get One Free Book Fair in the media center
  • (NOTE:  Special $2 BOGO shopping bonus coupon to those RSVPing for the event)
  • Free popcorn with purchase at the BOGO BOOK FAIR – TUESDAY ONLY!!!!
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Join us in celebrating our volunteers on May 4

Posted on April 25, 2018

We all know that MWS Elementary volunteers are STARS! We'll be celebrating them with a special volunteer appreciation breakfast on Friday, May 4.


DATE:           Friday, May 4
TIME:           8:00 — 9:00 AM
WHERE:           MWS Gym

  • Enjoy a continental breakfast
  • Sign up to win several fabulous prizes
  • Visit the Summertime Reading Buy One Get One Free Bookfair in the media center

(NOTE:  Special $5 BOGO shopping bonus coupon to all volunteers RSVPing for the event)

Students and children are welcome with an adult.

Please RSVP by emailing at Pam Voigt at or sign up via online at under email address by May 1

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Questions and Answers Regarding Student Classroom Placement

Posted on April 25, 2018

Sioux Trail Elementary School Guide for 2018-19 
Questions and Answers Regarding Student Classroom Placement

Each spring, plans for the next school year begin to take shape. Classroom assignments for students are one of the important decisions a principal makes. Information from a number of people is used to make the most effective placement. Teachers who know individual students provide much of the information. Parents have insights about learning styles, personality traits, and out-of-school friendships which educators are sometimes unaware of. The purpose of this guide is to clarify the placement process at Sioux Trail, and to inform parents how to make the principal aware of the unique needs of their child. 

1. What are the goals of student placement?
It is our goal to have all students in instructional settings that will allow them to learn as much as possible in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Classrooms are heterogeneous in their makeup. This means each class has a wide variety of talents, abilities, and interests. A well-balanced classroom is in everyone’s best interest. It is also our intent to match teacher strengths to student needs and talents.

2. Who is responsible for placing students in classrooms?
The principal is designated by the Board of Education to make the final decision on student placement. The principal is the one who is able to gather information from all available sources in order to make decisions which are appropriate for all students in the school. At Sioux Trail School, student placement is done with the assistance of the staff. 

3. May parents help the principal make the appropriate assignment?
Yes, by completing a Classroom Assignment Information Form. Forms are available from the school office and on our website which is Forms returned by May 1, 2018 will be used in the placement process. Forms returned after that date may not be included in the placement process. Information provide by parents will be treated as confidential. 

4. What criteria is used for placement?
There are many variables which affect the assignment process. Some of these variables include: input from staff and parents, performance on assessment measures, a child’s work habits, study skills, daily level of performance and peer relationships, gender, and teacher style.

5. May parents choose their child’s teacher?
No, this is not a good idea for several reasons. First, the teacher has no control over the ultimate placement decision. The present teacher is able to give input and make recommendations regarding the placement variable. Secondly, the request puts the teacher in an awkward professional position. Teachers know one another as friends and professionals, but they do not have the opportunity to watch each other teach. Therefore, they are not in good position to know who would be best for a particular student. 

6. When are classroom assignment made?
Tentative class lists are developed during the month of May. They remain tentative throughout the summer months. In August, the principal weighs students’ movement both into and out of the school. Balance is maintained between classrooms and the number of students in each class. Classroom assignments will be finalized on, or about the week of August 20th. 

Shannon McParland, Principal
Sioux Trail School

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Six new inductees will join BHS Hall of Fame in September

Posted on April 25, 2018

Six new inductees will be welcomed into the BHS Hall of Fame in September.The Burnsville High School Hall of Fame will welcome six new members at an induction ceremony on Sept. 14, 2018. They are Anne Abicht (Class of 1977), Dean LeBlanc (Class of 1988), Loren Miller (Class of 1982), Amy Plumb (Class of 1980), Jason Sticht (Class of 1990) and Jeffrey Van Nest (Class of 1986).  

They will join 91 former students, staff, school groups/teams and community members who have been inducted since the Hall of Fame recognized its first group of inductees during the school’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2006.

Inductees are recognized for exceptional achievements in their field, significant contributions to BHS and/or unique to the community on a local, state, national or international level. Inductees may be school groups or teams which have extraordinary performance in a given year and are significant to the history of the school and individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the operation and success of BHS are also recognized. Check back for more information about them this summer: BHS Hall of Fame

Posted in Community, Athletics, Achievement | Tagged bhs, hall of fame inductees, recognition, contributions