Vision One91 voting by absentee ballot begins Jan. 9

Posted on January 9, 2015

Absentee voting begins Jan. 9 for the upcoming referendum election in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. Residents are being asked to vote on two questions that would fund Vision One91, a plan to redesign the district to meet the needs of today’s learners and ensure each student is real-world ready.

To vote absentee, District 191 residents must submit an application to receive their ballots and then submit the ballot for counting.

Dakota County voters can receive an application through the county website at, through the District 191 website at, or in person at the District 191 Administrative Services Center, 100 River Ridge Court in Burnsville.

Scott County residents can download absentee ballot applications at or pick them up in person at the District 191 Administrative Services Center. Absentee voting is not available at any Scott County offices.

Residents in both counties can also pick up applications at any District 191 school.

Completed applications can be mailed, faxed, or scanned and emailed to the contact information listed on the form, or they can be brought to the District 191 Administrative Services Center, 100 River Ridge Court, where voters can cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during regular business days starting on Jan. 9. Dakota County residents can also submit their absentee ballots in person at Dakota County Service Centers in Apple Valley and Hastings until the final day for absentee voting, which is Monday, Feb. 23, until 5 p.m.

Election day is Tuesday, Feb. 24, with the new combined polling places open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about the referendum, visit the district’s website at where you will find a summary of Vision One91, a sample ballot, polling place information, tax impact numbers and more.

Dakota County is overseeing the election for all of District 191, including the Scott County portion.

Posted in Community, Referendum | Tagged referendum, Vision One91, voting, absentee voting

Specialized program applications for 2015-16 now available

Posted on January 9, 2015

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 offers specialized school options, including magnet programs, at the elementary and junior high school levels. These programs offer enhanced learning opportunities in addition to the District's core curriculum, providing families with academic choices and unique opportunities.

Applications for all of these programs are now available and many schools will be hosting information nights during January. Applications are due for all magnet programs by Jan. 30. To download an application or for more information about each program, please visit the school’s website or

Gifted and Talented Magnet Schools
Harriet Bishop Elementary
Parent Information Night, Jan. 12, 6:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge Junior High

STEM Magnet Schools
William Byrne Elementary

Metcalf Junior High
STEM Parent Information Night, Jan. 26, 6 p.m.

AVID College Readiness Program
Nicollet Junior High
AVID Parent Meeting, Jan. 22, 7 p.m.

Arts & Technology Program
Rahn Elementary School of Arts & Technology
Parent Information Night, Jan. 20, 7:15 p.m. 

Students from within District 191 and from other school districts are invited to attend District 191 specialized programs.

Posted in Parents | Tagged magnet schools, specialized programs, AVID, gifted and talented, STEM, arts and technology, arts

Transitions information night set for parents of special education students

Posted on January 8, 2015

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will hold a special information night for parents of students receiving special education services who will be entering kindergarten, 7th grade, 10th grade or post-secondary programs and services during the 2015-16 school year.

This school transitions information night is scheduled for Jan. 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Senior Campus Commons of Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway.

Presentations and panel discussions will help parents plan for successful transitions for their children. Please call (952) 707-6260 to register by leaving your name, number of attendees, school your child attends and your contact information.

Posted in Parents | Tagged special education, school transitions

Academic Resource Center open to all students, provides help for finals

Posted on January 6, 2015

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is available to all students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:15-4:00 p.m. in the Media Center.  Don't miss out on this important opportunity to organize, study and clarify any of your academic needs.

On Thursday, Jan. 8, the ARC will have extended hours so that students can get additional help with studying for exams. Plus, there will be catered food for those who attend the finals prep session. Join us from 2:15-5 p.m. in the Media Center to prepare for your finals!


Posted in Parents | Tagged academic resource center, finals week, bhs

Burnsville's Got Talent is Thursday, Jan 8

Posted on January 5, 2015

Burnsville High School's premiere talent contest, "Burnsville's Got Talent," is Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Mraz Center.

Students will sing, dance, move and groove as they show off their unique talents! There will be many prizes, along with a chance to win $100! 

Come out and cheer on your fellow classmates as they bravely take the stage and showcase their talents. 


Posted in Arts, Parents | Tagged bhs, burnsville's got talent, student talent show

Savage splash pad is class project for second graders

Posted on December 29, 2014

Second grade students at Marion W. Savage Elementary School are already having an impact on their community. They’ve been meeting with Mayor Janet Williams on the topic of improvements at Savage Community Park.

Savage Mayor Janet Williams (left) and Parks and Recreation Manager Beth Witt speak with students about a potential parks improvement project.

“When I first met with them, I gave them several ideas and they zeroed in on the splash pad,” said Williams. “I love their enthusiasm.”

A splash pad is a water play area being considered as an upgrade for the park, located along County Road 27.  

“Students have researched splash pads and brainstormed ideas they’d like to see and now they’re creating concept drawings and developing presentations,” said teacher Lisa Christen.

Students are using all kinds of real-world skills and expanding their thinking as part of this project-based learning which meets state standards in the areas of writing, technology, math, reading and communication skills.

Her goal is to connect her students with what’s happening in their community. “I want them to know that they can already have a huge impact by helping to shape this project,” she said.  

Christen appreciates how the mayor has meet with her students twice and taken their ideas seriously. Beth Witt, manager of parks and recreation for the city of Savage, has also talked with the youngsters about their ideas and gathered feedback from them.

Williams reminded students that the development of the splash pad is a process and it will take awhile to become reality. “The splash pad might not be in place until you’re in 4th grade,” she said.

Posted in Community | Tagged savage, marion w savage, janet williams, splash pad, civics

Students spread cheer with hopeful holiday cards

Posted on December 29, 2014

Before the holiday break, Eagle Ridge Junior High students in Alexa Bailey’s and Luke Elward’s classes took time to write letters and cards to children for HopeKids, an organization that works to support children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families. In total, the students sent 325 cards and letters with a goal of “sharing some #burnsvillestrong,” according to Bailey.

Posted in Community | Tagged HopeKids, #burnsvillestrong, eagle ridge

Harriet Bishop Elementary takes team chess title

Posted on December 29, 2014

The team from Harriet Bishop Elementary took the championship title in the annual elementary chess tournament in Burnsville- Eagan-Savage School District 191 on Dec. 20 at Metcalf Junior High. Runner up was William Byrne Elementary and the third-place trophy went to defending champion Rahn Elementary. 

Top scorers for Harriet Bishop were Saketh Budideti, Calvin York, Carson Picard, and Yaha Khetiya, The team's head coaches are Don Picard and Jessica Perry. 

"This was a gathering of the greatest young thinkers in District 191 and the air was filled with tension, fun and brainwaves," said Brian Ribnick, the district's elementary chess coordinator who organized the event. 

He thanks State Rep. Will Morgan for presenting the awards. 

Overall, the top ten elementary players were: 

  1. Saketh Budideti of Harriet Bishop
  2. Adam Stadick of Rahn
  3. Tyler Haddorff of Sioux Trail
  4. Caige Oxendale of William Byrne 
  5. Gavin Kellen of Byrne
  6. Laitin Renner of Hidden Valley
  7. Cooper Fitch of Gideon Pond
  8. Calvin York of Harriet Bishop
  9. Mitchell Kellen of William Byrne
  10. Carson Picard of Harriet Bishop

Top players for grade levels were: 

  • First grade and below: Harrison Stage of William Byrne
  • Second grade award: Callen Oxendale, William Byrne
  • Third grade award: Sameer Bhatia (charter school)
  • Fourth grade award: Leo Christenson of Hidden Valley
  • Fifth grade award: Jacob Westerlund of Sioux Trail
  • Sixth grade award: Kadin Burkart of Rahn
Posted in Student Success | Tagged chess, harriet bishop, brian ribnick

Science Fair and Explore Night is March 5

Posted on December 19, 2014

The annual M.W.Savage Science Fair Explore Night will be here March 5, 2015. The Science Fair is open to all students in grades K–6.

Science Fair Important Dates and Deadline
Science fair registration must be submitted by January 30, 2015. 

NEW THIS YEAR – All students submitting projects will get a special pizza party celebration on March 5, 2015. 

Projects will be judged the morning of March 5 and winners, who will move on to the Regional Science Fair in Mankato on April 25, will be announced at Explore Night.

If you have questions regarding your project or the science fair please contact Mrs. Strahota at

Registration Packets
Please note there is a separate information packet for students in Grades K- 2 and Grades 3 – 6.

EXPLORE NIGHT – March 5, 2015, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Explore all of the student Science Fair projects on March 5 starting at 5:30 PM.  Here’s a chance for your family to explore science in action.

Potential Vendors and Fun

  • The Wheel of Pi and Science Scavenger Hunt
  • Bakken Museum
  • Works Museum
  • Aquaponics
  • U of M Chemistry Department
  • BHS Math League and Science Club
  • BHS Robotics
  • The Reptile Experience
  • Home Depot Kids Workshop
  • Mathnasium, and more….

To Volunteer To Help
Check out under email address:
See you at Explore Night!!!

Posted in Parents | Tagged science fair, marion w savage, explore night

BHS DECA featured in KARE11 segment, "What's Cool in our School"

Posted on December 18, 2014

The story behind the collaboration between DECA students and Mary Jo Stevens of Jo Jo's Rise and Wine is featured on KARE11's "What's Cool in our School" by reporter Kim Insley

Click here to watch this great story!

Don't forget that the "DECA the Halls" drink, a wonderful blend of white mocha peppermint, whipped creme and crushed candy cane, is available through Dec. 31. at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine in Burnsville.

Posted in Community | Tagged bhs, DECA, #burnsvillestrong, jojos rise and wine, kare 11