Fall 2014 Conferences at ERJH

Posted on October 10, 2014

At Eagle Ridge Junior High School we value having all of our parents 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 be active participants in conferences by providing information, answering questions, or setting goals.

  • Thursday, Oct. 9 from 4:30-8 p.m. - Drop in, arena style - All teachers will be in the cafeteria or the gym.
  • Monday, Oct. 13 from 4:30-8 p.m. - Drop in, arena style - All teachers will be in the cafeteria or the gym.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 7:30-11:30 a.m. - Drop in - All Teachers will be in their classrooms.

Posted in Parents | Tagged parent-teacher conferences, eagle ridge

Battle of the Bands at The Garage

Posted on October 9, 2014

Check out the Battle of the Bands being sponsored by The Garage in Burnsville on Saturday, October 11. If you are in high school and have a band that you'd like to enter into the competition, submit your band name and information to Anthony Dattilio

Rock on!

Posted in Arts, Community | Tagged bhs, battle of the bands, the garage

Ready to get your "Orange" on?

Posted on October 9, 2014

Burnsville football is hosting its first “Tackle Cancer” game on Friday, Oct. 10, as they play against the Lakeville North Panthers. Don't forget to pick up a Burnsville DECA-designed t-shirt for $10. Seniors can also purchase a shirt in the office at the Senior Campus.

SuperFans are staging an “orange out” that night, so be sure to wear your orange to the game in support of our Tackle Cancer efforts.

You can read more about Tackle Cancer here.



Posted in Community, Athletics | Tagged bhs, tackle cancer, randy shaver, DECA

District 191 schools boost their state accountability ratings

Posted on October 8, 2014

NOTE: This information has been updated on Oct. 9 based on new calculations provided by the Minnesota Department of Education. 

Seven of the 15 schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 increased their ratings on the state's measurement of school performance called Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR), according to information from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).  

The MMR score is based on students' scores on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) state tests along with yearly academic growth for students and the reduction in the achievement gap between racial and economic groups of students.

Schools that improved their MMR scores for the 2013-14 school year are: Burnsville High School, Edward Neill Elementary, Gideon Pond Elementary, Harriet Bishop Elementary, Sioux Trail Elementary, Vista View Elementary and William Byrne Elementary.

Three of the schools -- Edward Neill, Gideon Pond and Vista View elementaries -- had the most significant increase in the combination of growth proficiency and closing the gap.

“This progress speaks to the efforts of everyone in our schools who is focused on increasing student success across the district," said Assistant Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. "Our goal is proficiency and growth for all students in Burnsville, Eagan and Savage.”

In addition to the MMR rating, schools also received a rating on their progress in closing the achievement gap between white and minority students. Six schools showed progress on that measure: Burnsville High School, Edward Neill, Gideon Pond, Harriet Bishop, Vista View and William Byrne.

Two schools in District 191 achieved Reward School status. They ranked among the top 15 percent of Minnesota schools that qualify for federal Title I funding, which is based on the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches. This is the fourth consecutive year that Gideon Pond Elementary in Burnsville has been designated as a Reward School and the second consecutive year for Edward Neill Elementary, also in Burnsville. Reward Schools should serve as models for others in the state, according to MDE.

Marion W. Savage Elementary in Savage is eligible to apply for Celebration status for the second year in a row. The school is among the top 25 percent of Title I schools in the state.

Despite improving its MMR score and rising from the 48th percentile to the 75th percentile among public schools in Minnesota in terms of its achievement gap in the previous year, Sky Oaks Elementary in Burnsville was named a Focus School because it landed in the lowest 10 percent of Title 1 schools in the state last year. Focus schools are required to set aside 20 percent of Title I funds to support school improvement efforts.

“While we are pleased with overall steady progress in our district, we will continue to provide an even stronger academic program, at every level, for our all our students," said Amoroso. 

Schools work in several ways to boost MMR scores. Most importantly, said Amoroso, every school and educational program in District 191 is required to develop a School Improvement Plan (SIP) each year. Created by teams of teachers and school leaders, these plans lay out specific goals for the school and outline the research-based steps the school will take to improve student achievement.

Some of the other steps District 191 schools have taken to improve student achievement include:

  • Strategic use of data so instruction can target individual needs of students, at all levels.
  • New math curriculum (Math in Focus, commonly called Singapore Math) for kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • Expansion of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college readiness program to Metcalf and Eagle Ridge junior high schools. It's already in place at Nicollet Junior High, Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School.
  • The Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program in all schools to set consistent expectations about behavior and reinforce good choices made by students, creating an improved learning environment.
  • Other improvements in programming to meet students’ social, emotional, nutritional, behavioral, and language acquisition needs are also being implemented.
Posted in Achievement | Tagged MMR, state tests, accountability

No school Oct. 13-17

Posted on October 6, 2014

There will be no school for students from Monday, Oct. 13 through Friday, Oct. 17, due to parent-teacher conferences and the Education Minnesota Professional Conference for teachers.

Parents, please make sure you attend parent-teacher conferences, where teachers will provide input on your child's progress in his/her classroom. It is a great opportunity to hear how your child is doing in school and get feedback about his/her performance. In addition, other school personnel will also be available to answer your questions.

  • October 13 • 5-8:30 p.m.
  • October 14 • 7:30-10:30 a.m.
Posted in Parents, Student Success | Tagged bhs, parent-teacher conferences, no school

Bowls for BrainPower gearing up for another year of service

Posted on October 6, 2014
Do you want to be part of an exciting team that makes ceramic bowls, teaches others and raises money to feed hungry children in our school district? It's a great way to volunteer! Attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 pm in H108 or see Mr. Hammes.
Bowls for BrainPower is a community fundraiser for people to make a free-will donation to our hunger cause and receive a beautiful, hand-made pottery bowl and a meal of soup and bread! The bowl goes home as reminder that some people face an "empty bowl" all too frequently. Proceeds from Empty Bowls events always go to a hunger cause, and ours go to buy food for children in ISD 191 (Burnsville-Eagan-Savage) through BrainPower in a BackPack. 
Empty Bowls started in 1990 with students and an art teacher searching for a way to make a difference by serving in their community. Together they came up with the idea to make clay bowls, serve a simple soup and bread meal, and let participants keep the bowl as a reminder that many people frequently have too little to eat. From that humble beginning in a single school, the idea has spread across the nation and around the world and now each year millions of dollars are raised to fight hunger through Empty Bowls events. Small actions, like making a bowl, CAN make a BIG difference. 
Posted in Community, Arts | Tagged bhs, Bowls for BrainPower, BrainPower in a Backpack, youth service

BHS Writing Center opens Tuesday, Oct. 7

Posted on October 6, 2014

The BHS Writing Center opens on Tuesday, October 7. It'll be open every day after school from 2:15-2:45 p.m. This year, the Writing Center will be located in the Media Center. Students can either drop by with any of their papers or sign up for a spot ahead of time on the calendar outside the Media Center. See Ms. Hansen in C272 or a peer coach with questions.  

Posted in Student Success | Tagged bhs, writing center, language arts, peer coaching

District property tax levy may increase for next year

Posted on October 3, 2014

The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education approved a preliminary annual operating levy recently that will locally raise about $34.9 million for the 2015-16 school year. This is about 20 percent of the district's total revenue. School districts receive most of their revenue from the State of Minnesota.

The proposed property tax levy, payable in 2015, would be an increase of 4.10 percent from the current year. The effect of the school district's levy will vary for property owners depending upon individual circumstances. Property owners will receive tax statements from their counties in November with details of their specific situations. 

"Although the dollar amount has increased for 2015, there is also an anticipated growth in the tax base, so it is likely that taxpayers may not see an increase in the school tax portion of their statement," said Lisa Rider, executive director of business services.

For 2014, taxpayers saw a decrease of 2.25 percent, primarily because of legislative action in 2013 to equalize referendum funding for school districts. 

The school district’s annual Truth in Taxation hearing will take place during the regular school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the senior campus commons (upper level) of Diamondhead Education Center, 200 West Burnsville Parkway. This is an opportunity to learn more about the district’s budget and the annual operating levy and to ask questions.

By Dec. 31, the school board must approve a final property tax levy which is the first step in the budgeting process for the 2015-16 school year.

Posted in Finance | Tagged budget, finances, levy

MW Savage Book Fair starts Oct. 10

Posted on October 3, 2014


October 10, 13, 14 during conferences
Check out Sir Readalot’s Kingdom of Books in the MWS Gym
Online Shopping starting October 8

Detailed Dates and Times

  • Oct. 10: 7-9 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Oct. 13: 4-8 p.m.
  • Oct. 14: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Preview the books that will be available at

Online shopping is open Oct. 8-25


To volunteer to help the MW Savage Book Fair, go to

Special Bonus

Preorder the latest "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" book, ad the final book of the "Heroes of Olympus" series will be available for purchase!

All purchases benefit our school.  Cash, Checks, Credit Cards accepted

For more information on this year’s fall book fair, to volunteer or if you have questions, contact Pam Voigt at or (612) 819-4404.

Posted in Parents | Tagged book fair, marion w savage

Peanut butter, egg, cheese, jalapeño peppers and hot sauce?

Posted on October 2, 2014

Students are once again partnering with Burger Jones, a Burnsville restaurant, to offer the popular “Blaze Burger” throughout October. The juicy, all-beef patty is beautifully topped with a brilliant mix of pepper jack cheese, jalapeño peppers, a fried egg, hot sauce and peanut butter. Can you say, "Yum?" For each Blaze Burger sold, $1 will be donated to the Randy Shaver Fund.

Burnsville High School students, athletes and fans will help fight cancer when the school hosts its first “Tackle Cancer” football game on Friday, Oct. 10, featuring the Burnsville Blaze and Lakeville North Panthers football teams.  

For additional information about the project, upcoming football game and DECA's campaign, read the story here

To learn more about Tackle Cancer and the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund, go to


Posted in Community, Athletics | Tagged bhs, DECA, football, real-world ready, randy shaver, cancer research