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Ninth-grade baseball tryouts

Posted on March 5, 2015

Interested in trying out for baseball? Baseball tryouts for ninth-grade boys are March 9-13 at Burnsville High School

9th-Grade Baseball Tryouts Information:

  • Monday: 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 4:30-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 7-9:30 p.m.
Please arrive promptly at the BHS gym. 
 
Tryouts for sophomores, juniors and seniors will be the following week, March 16-20.
 
For more information, visit the BHS Blaze Baseball website.
Posted in Athletics | Tagged bhs, baseball, tryouts

With referendum approval, changes coming to buildings, technology and learning

Posted on March 5, 2015

When students arrive for the 2016-17 school year, they will find changes throughout Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 thanks to voter approval of the two Vision One91 referendum questions on Feb. 24.

“The next 18 months will be busy with construction design, building projects and moving students, staff and programs,” said Superintendent Joe Gothard. “We’re really grateful that our community has given us this opportunity to expand opportunities and learning for our students.”

The goal of Vision One91 is to redesign the district to meet the needs of today’s learners and ensure the district’s mission of “Each Student Real-World Ready.” Among changes will be realigning grades so elementary schools serve grades k-5, current junior highs transform to middle schools with grades 6-8, and Burnsville High School will have grades 9-12. Remodeling will take place at some schools, especially at Burnsville High School. At William Byrne Elementary, aging portable classrooms will be removed and replaced with an addition. Security improvements will also be made at schools.

New funding available starting with the 2016-17 school year will allow the district to significantly increase student access to technology, online resources, collaborative problem-solving experiences and different approaches to learning. Teachers will receive ongoing training and support to embed technology into everyday learning and individualize instruction. A more robust, reliable and secure infrastructure will support the expanded use of technology.

“Vision One91 is OUR vision and it’s time for us to do some great work together,” said Gothard. “I’m thrilled with the election results and I’m even more excited to implement our plans alongside our staff, students and community. We will continue to work hard building off the positive momentum from the results of this vote.”

Gothard listed some of the work now underway in the following four categories:

Learning:

  • Design teams (of teachers and administrators) have been meeting since fall in four groups — early childhood, elementary, middle and high school — to research, explore and start to develop concepts of what schools will be like at each level when alignment takes place to K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
  • They will continue to solidify, for example, what high school career pathways will be offered, what the middle school model will look like, how space will be used in elementary schools and how and when early childhood offerings will be expanded.

Technology:

  • Focus is on availability of technology to enhance teaching and learning on an everyday basis.
  • The 2015-16 school year will be used to prepare for the expanded use of technology. Staff members will use the time to plan and prepare for 2016-17 school year and beyond.
  • A technology advisory committee has been established and has begun meeting. Students, parents and community members are sought to serve on the committee along with teachers, principals and other employees. Those who are interested can contact Technology Director Doug Johnson at (952) 707-2065. The group will meet three or four times a year and serve in an advisory capacity and provide input into technology planning.
  • The technology department is developing a three-year technology plan to submit in June 2015 to the Minnesota Department of Education for review.

Building Construction:

  • Aggressive timeline to complete building bond projects and have facilities ready to welcome students for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Sale of bonds at March and April board meetings, taking advantage of good interest rates.
  • Work with architects (and BHS alumni) Mark Hayes and Eric Anderson of ATS&R (architectural firm) to finalize details.
  • Construction will begin summer 2015 and continue all the way to August of 2016.

Continued Community Involvement:

  • Vision One91 was developed with input from students, parents, staff members and community members. Conversations and engagement will continue with many opportunities for people to provide feedback through meetings, online and social media.
  • Regular updates and ongoing information will be provided through the district’s electronic and paper newsletters, school newsletters, social media (Facebook and Twitter) and the district’s website at www.isd191.org.

Connect with the district:

www.isd191.org
info@isd191.org
www.facebook.com/isd191
www.twitter.com/isd191
Instagram: isd191
Subscribe for electronic newsletter: www.isd191.org/enews
Phone: 952-707-2020

Posted in Vision One91 | Tagged Vision One91, referendum, construction, real-world ready, technology

Building 'Teacher of the Year' nominations being accepted

Posted on March 5, 2015

The Burnsville Education Association (BEA) is encouraging parents, students, employees and community members to nominate educators for the building Teacher of the Year awards.

Exceptional teachers at each school building in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will be recognized, and from that group, a District 191 Teacher of the Year will be selected.

The BEA Teacher of the Year program is intended to express appreciation for and celebrate the many outstanding men and women in the teaching profession whose examples serve as inspiration to students and fellow teachers, according to Wendy Drugge Wuensch, a Burnsville High School math teacher who chairs the Teacher of the Year committee.  

Nominated teachers must have completed three full years of teaching in District 191. The BEA Teacher of the Year committee will choose from nominations based on exceptional skill and dedication, influence on students, professionalism, community involvement, and a well-articulated philosophy of teaching.

To nominate a teacher, complete the nomination form (available below) and submit it along with a one-page letter explaining how your candidate fits the selection criteria listed above. Nominations should include specific evidence of the teacher's accomplishments and roles, such as committee service, extra-curricular activities, leadership positions, and volunteering.

Completed nominations are due by Friday, April 3. They can be submitted to any school Teacher of the Year coordinator (listed on the nomination form) or sent to Drugge Wuensch at wdrugge@isd191.org

Posted in Achievement, Community | Tagged teacher of the year

Windmill project a lesson in many disciplines for Harriet Bishop students

Posted on March 4, 2015

Students in fifth grade science classes at Harriet Bishop Elementary School in Savage designed and then created windmills after learning about the advantages and disadvantages of renewable and non-renewable resources.

In this engineering project, students used a virtual website to learn about variables like the shape, number and pitch of windmill blades and how they can change the effectiveness of a windmill. Students used what they learned about revolutions per minute and how that translates into kilowatts per hour to build and test their own designs using their own "wind power" to turn their windmills.

"Effectiveness was measured by counting the number of paperclips their windmill could lift in one big breath," said Cheri Warmka, science specialist. "The current school record is 42 paperclips!"

Projects like this weave together standards from different subjects. The concepts of surface area, friction and weight come into play when designing a windmill. Some students even researched how much it costs to build a real windmill and how long it would take to realize a return on their investment if they did.

"Current events are also easily woven into science lessons," said Warmka. "Discussing news stories about the pros and cons of oil fracking in North Dakota for example, and how that affects the price of gasoline at the pump makes students realize that what they're learning about in school reaches far beyond the classroom."

Tagged science, engineering, renewable energy, green, harriet bishop

Nine students qualify for state science and engineering fair

Posted on March 3, 2015

Congratulations to the nine Eagle Ridge Junior students qualified to compete at the state Science and Engineering Fair set for March 20-22. They are: (back row, l to r) ninth graders David Ashley and Annie Ashley, seventh grader Marwa Osman, eighth graders Hannah McAleer and Crystal Yiu; (front, l to r) seventh graders Leah Hopperstad, Audra Hakanson, Casey Hennessy and Ryan Crawford.

Posted in Student Success | Tagged science, science fair, eagle ridge

Read-a-Thon Success!

Posted on March 3, 2015

William Byrne Elementary students read about 55,000 minutes combined and raised more than $9,000 dring its first ever Read-a-Thon in February. The school celebrated at an assembly on Feb. 27 where prizes were awarded and a special challenge was met. Because the school easily surpassed its fund-raising goal, Principal Bomsta had his shaved by PTO member Jeannie Trussell. The funds raised will be used for technology and playground purchases.

Posted in Community | Tagged I love to read month, read-a-thon, william byrne

ASVAB test set for Thursday, March 19

Posted on March 3, 2015

An ASVAB test is scheduled at Burnsville High School on Thursday, March 19 at 9 a.m. If you are a senior and have not passed the Reading or Math MCA Test you need to take the ASVAB, ACT or Accuplacer in order to graduate.

If you are interested in taking the ASVAB, a sign-up sheet is located in the Attendance Office. The cut-off date to sign-up for this test is Friday, March 13.

It's important to note that March 19 is a teacher/conference day, and there is no school on this day. You are responsible for transportation to and from the test. The test will begin promptly at 9 a.m. at BHS and will last three to four hours. This is the last opportunity to take the ASVAB test here at BHS.

If you have any questions, please call the main office at 952-707-2100.

 
Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, ASVAB test, graduation

William Byrne Science Fair

Posted on March 3, 2015

On Thursday, February 19th, approximately 150 students competed in the William Byrne STEM Elementary Annual Science Fair. Students in grades 3-6 used the scientific method and the engineering design process to complete their projects. Project categories included Botany, Physics and Astronomy, Energy and Transportation and Environmental Sciences.

Twenty-five projects were selected to represent William Byrne at the annual science fair that is held at Mankato State University. This science fair is held on Saturday, April 25th.

Former and current Blaze Nordic skiers named to Midwest Junior National Team

Posted on March 2, 2015

Best wishes to former Blaze Nordic skier Vivian Hett (Northern Michigan University) and current skier Kelly Koch as they compete in the USSA Cross Country Junior National Championships. The competition is set for March 8-14 in Soda Springs, Calif. Read the following press release for additional information:

CXC Skiing and the Midwest Junior Committee is pleased to announce this year’s Midwest Junior National Team that will be competing in the USSA Cross Country Junior National Championships hosted by the Auburn Ski Club in Soda Springs, Calif., March 8-14. After a strong US Senior Nationals, the Midwest pre-qualified many athletes adding to the USSA quota of 21 boys and 21 girls allowed per team.

Leading this year’s team are World Junior Championship qualifiers and Northern Michigan University freshman Vivian Hett and Ian Torchia. Also qualifying for US Ski Team trips to Europe were Abigail Drach, Nicole Schneider, Mac FitzPatrick, and Zak Ketterson who raced in Sweden as part of the U18 Nations Cup trip. Amanda Kautzer, last year’s U16 sprint champion, recently returned from representing the USA at Biathlon’s World Junior Championships in Minsk, Belarus, and will be competing as a U18 this year.

From a team perspective, the Midwest team looks to build upon last year’s second place in the Alaska Cup points. Girls high school champions Wayzata High School will be tough to beat again with four girls named to this year’s team. Loppet Nordic Racing, last year’s boys and girls club champion, looks to repeat again with 34 athletes on the team.

Posted in Achievement, Athletics, Alumni | Tagged bhs, nordic skiing, national junior championships, vivian hett, kelly koch, alumni

BHS eligible for $15,000 grant in "Drive for Education" contest

Posted on March 2, 2015

Chevy is an on-going supporter of high schools nationwide through grants and scholarships, and Burnsville High School is one of eight high schools that received a $2,500 grant to enhance academic or extra-curricular programs at the school. BHS now has an opportunity to receive an upgraded grant of $15,000, which will be presented on March 7 during the Minnesota State High School League Boys Hockey Tournament championship games.

Visit the Drive for Education site, read the BHS essay and click the Vote tab (upper right-hand side) to submit your vote.

Only one vote allowed per entry.

Posted in Finance, Achievement | Tagged bhs, Drive for Education, grant

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