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

Food donation, ugly sweater nights at girls basketball games

Posted on December 17, 2014

The Blaze Girls Basketball program is offering two great deals for students!

On Friday, Dec. 19, admission to the JV/Varsity game is $2 when students bring one non-perishable food item to donate to a local food shelf.

Additionally, on Monday, Dec. 22, the girls basketball team will be playing at home, and all students wearing an Ugly Sweater will get in for free! There will also be an Ugly Sweater contest at halftime.

What a way to celebrate right before winter break!

Posted in Athletics | Tagged bhs, girls basketball, donations, ugly sweater

Kindergarten information nights slated for January

Posted on December 17, 2014

The 10 elementary schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 have scheduled kindergarten information nights for parents/guardians whose children will be starting kindergarten in the fall of 2015

This is an opportunity to meet the principal and staff members and hear about the curriculum and other programs that make each school unique. Parents/guardians can attend as many information nights as they wish.

Kindergarten orientations for the 2015-16 school year are:

  • William Byrne Elementary - Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Edward Neill Elementary - Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 at 6 p.m.
  • Harriet Bishop Elementary - Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sioux Trail Elementary - Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Hidden Valley Elementary - Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at 6 p.m.
  • Rahn Elementary - Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sky Oaks Elementary - Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Vista View Elementary - Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Gideon Pond Elementary - Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Marion W. Savage Elementary - Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Sessions are for parents only, except at Harriet Bishop, Edward Neill, M.W. Savage, Vista View and Gideon Pond, where children are welcome to attend, too.

Parents can learn which attendance boundaries they live in by using the District 191 SchoolFinder online at

Children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2015, are eligible to start kindergarten in September. Parents/guardians will receive a kindergarten registration packet at the event. Completed packets should be returned to the District 191 Welcome Center, located at the Diamondhead Education Center, 200 West Burnsville Pkwy. Parents can also register their children for school online at

For more information, contact the Welcome Center at (952) 707-4180 or Hours are 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

State law requires that children complete an early childhood screening prior to starting school. This can be completed by the school district at no cost to families. Call (952) 707-4100 to schedule an appointment.

Posted in Parents | Tagged kindergarten, information night, burnsville

District 191 elementary chess tournament is Dec. 20

Posted on December 15, 2014

Students from all 10 elementary schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 are invited to participate in the District 191 Elementary Chess Championships on Saturday, Dec. 20.

The tournament will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Metcalf Junior High. The cost to participate is $16 and students can register at the door starting at 8:20 a.m. Trophies will be given to top teams, individuals and players in each grade. Chess sets are needed.

For more information, contact tournament coordinator Brian Ribnick at

Posted in Community | Tagged chess, metcalf, brian ribnick

Creating with technology emphasized with Hour of Code

Posted on December 11, 2014

Teachers and students throughout Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 are taking extra time the week of Dec. 8-12 to focus on creating computer code as part of a global movement that will involve millions of students in more than 180 countries.

Hafiza Nure, a second grader in Lisa Christen's class at M.W. Savage Elementary, crosses her fingers as she prepares to run the program she wrote.

Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science as part of Computer Science Education Week Dec. 8-14. With online support or just with their own knowledge and resources, teachers will spend at least an hour during the week with students working through a tutorial on using computer code to create programs including drawings, animations, games and much more.

According to organizers, the goals of the event include demystifying code to show that anybody can learn the basics, engage students in creative technology, and increase participation in computer science at schools and among under-represented populations.

“The Hour of Code is a chance to engage every student, teacher, and family member to open their mind to coding and show them what computer science is all about,” said Cindy Drahos, business education teacher. “Even the basics of coding help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills, and prepare students for any future career.”

“The latest stats show the there are 39 schools in Minnesota that teach computer science and Burnsville High School is one of them,” she said, adding that there will be more future job openings in the field than there will be qualified people to fill them.

In District 191, just some of the projects planned for Hour of Code include:

At Hidden Valley Elementary, fifth grade students will hear from a panel of computer science professionals about their careers, the careers that will be available to students, and some of the interesting ways technology is changing the world. Later in the day, students will be working on writing their own code.

At William Byrne Elementary, students in Rick Geddes’ sixth grade class will work through tutorials on and

At Sioux Trail Elementary, second graders in Sharron Stalock’s classroom will be watching an informational video and then working through a tutorial at

At Burnsville High School, Cindy Drahos will be teaching code in her business education classes all day on Thursday. Then after school, staff members from around the district will join with high school students for coding.

For more information about Hour of Code, go to

Posted in Student Success | Tagged marion w savage, bhs, william byrne, sioux trail, hidden valley, #hourofcode, coding, computer science, technology education

BHS biannual American Red Cross Blood Drive is almost here!

Posted on December 10, 2014

Burnsville High School's biannual American Red Cross Blood Drive is slated for Friday, Dec. 12 in the BHS gym. Students who are 16 and older are eligible to participate. Donation sign-up forms, which require a parent signature, will be available in the main office. Please see Mr. VanderWoude if you have any questions.

Consider donating to help save lives. We thank you in advance for your donation!


Posted in Community | Tagged bhs, american red crosss, blood drive

BHS Store is open additional hours for holiday season

Posted on December 9, 2014

Make sure you stop by the School Store for your holiday gifts!

The store is regularly open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but will be open additional hours for the holiday season. The store will be open tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 9 and Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 5-7:30 p.m. It's a one-stop-shop for all your Blazewear! From winter hats and pajama pants to hooded sweatshirts and BHS Letter Jackets, the store offers a variety of items for the whole family.    

The store accepts cash or check payment.

Posted in Athletics, Parents | Tagged bhs, school store, holiday shopping