Principal Vaught hikes Patagonia

Posted on April 21, 2015

Over spring break, Dr. Vaught traveled to the Patagonia region of southern Chile to explore Torres del Paine National Park. While there, she hiked more than 50 miles, got to walk on a 15 mile-wide glacier, and explore beautiful forests. 

Although it was chilly and rainy, Dr. Vaught definitely enjoyed the amazing mountain views and meeting adventurous people from all over the world. Where will her next adventure take her?

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Pre-ACT mandatory registration for juniors is April 21-22

Posted on April 20, 2015

All juniors will be completing a pre-ACT registration process on either Tuesday, April 21 or Wednesday, April 22 in the morning. Students with last names (A – Lee) will be called down to the cafeteria/commons area at 8 a.m. on April 21, and students with last names (Lef – Z) will be called down on April 22. 

All students enrolled in 11th grade must take the statewide administration of the ACT Plus Writing (College Readiness Assessment). The date for the statewide administration of the ACT Plus Writing is April 28, 2015. This assessment is required for graduation
All 11th grade students will begin taking the ACT at the start of our school day on April 28 at the Burnsville High School main campus. The ACT assessment process is very structured and we will be adhering to all the official ACT assessment procedures and regulations.  
In order to replicate a typical ACT testing environment and ensure all ACT assessment procedures and regulations are adhered to, only 11th grade students will be at the Burnsville High School main campus on April 28.  
The test will begin at 7:33 a.m. and will take 4-5 hours to complete. Students will need their IDs in order to take this test. Students will be dismissed immediately following the test but buses will run on their regular schedule. Lunch will be provided following the test. All Seniors will attend classes at Senior Campus on this dateSophomore students will not attend school on this date.

Make-ups for the ACT are Tuesday, May 12:

The test will begin at 7:33 AM in C180. Passes will be sent for students taking the test.


Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, ACT, registration, 11th grade

Carnival Time!

Posted on April 15, 2015

It is Carnival time at William Byrne!  Mark your calendars for Friday, May 8th from 6-8:30!  The PTO is looking for volunteers to help out.  Visit the PTO website to sign up!  

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ERJH Theater presents 'Aladdin'

Posted on April 15, 2015

Posted in Arts | Tagged eagle ridge, theater

Metcalf teacher Sharon Shelerud receives national honor

Posted on April 15, 2015

Sharon Shelerud, a social studies teacher at Metcalf Junior High in Burnsville, is a 2015 recipient of the K-12 Distinguished Teaching Award from the National Council for Geographic Education.

The award recognizes and supports excellence in geography teaching among elementary, middle and high school teachers. Award winners are chosen based on their teaching skills, leadership, accomplishments in professional development, involvement in student activities, and development of innovative teaching strategies.

Shelerud will be honored at the National Conference on Geography Education on Aug. 8 in Washington, D.C.

Shelerud teaches honors global studies and Advanced Placement human geography, having helped develop the Advanced Placement (AP) human geography course. She has served in numerous leadership positions in District 191 and in other educational organizations, including the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education and the University of Minnesota. She has also coached several very successful World Savvy-World Challenge Day teams of District 191 students. She was the 2012 District 191 Teacher of the Year.

Posted in Achievement | Tagged geography, awards, metcalf, sharon shelerud

Students learn, serve others in pillowcase project

Posted on April 15, 2015

Volunteer Roberta Bonrud works with M.W. Savage Service Club members Brooke Friese (center) and Bana Asmeron.

Sara Strahota, science specialist at M.W. Savage Elementary, shows April Brekke (left) and Jexi Foslid how to use their sewing machine.

Students in the recently launched Marion W. Savage Elementary Service Club worked April 11 to make pillowcases for the One Million Pillowcase Challenge. The project was brought to the club by Carol Sherer, the school’s nurse, who helped secure fabric donations and volunteer sewing experts to help students. As part of the Challenge, the cases are given to local charities such as children’s hospitals, nursing homes and the Red Cross.

“There are a lot of things to love about this project,” said M.W. Savage teacher and Service Club advisor Libby Duethman, “but what I especially love is that students who may never have been exposed to the art of sewing will get a chance to learn.”

The Service Club was started this year with help from a grant from State Farm, earned by Harriet Bishop Elementary fifth grader Shrey Pothini for the express purpose of expanding service clubs to all District 191 elementary schools.







Posted in Community | Tagged community service, service, marion w savage

BHS Quiz Bowl team will host a fundraiser tournament on April 18

Posted on April 15, 2015

The Burnsville High School Quiz Bowl team is hosting a fundraiser tournament at Burnsville High School at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 18.

This year, BHS has had one of its most successful years ever, placing sixth in the state and second in the conference. As a result of its success, the team has been invited to participate in multiple national level tournaments. One tournament will be over Memorial Day weekend in New Orleans, La., and a second tournament will take place the last weekend of May in Chicago, Ill. 

The fundraiser tournament will help the team cover its costs for registration fees and hotel and travel expenses for these upcoming tournaments. 

Registration and check-in will begin at 8 a.m., with competition beginning at 9 a.m in the Upper C hallway at BHS. There will be multiple preliminary rounds in the morning, an hour break for lunch, and playoff competition in the afternoon to determine the champions. Participants will have the opportunity to order pizza and soda for lunch at check-in. 

The cost is $50 per team. Teams can compete four individuals at once but may have more than four total on the team (substitutions can be made during rounds). There will be two divisions within the tournament, a serious division for teams that want to show off their intellectual acumen, and a fun division for teams that want to participate. 

Teams interested in registering for this tournament should contact Les Moffitt at 952-707-2293 or email him at

Individuals and/or local businesses that are interested in donating prizes, including gift cards, cash, trophies, etc., for the top finishers in each division of the tournament should contact Moffitt. Financial support will greatly support the program and tournament. The Quiz Bowl team thanks you in advance for your contributions.  


Posted in Achievement | Tagged bhs, quiz bowl team, national tournaments, fundraiser

Community members invited to help at BHS Giving Garden

Posted on April 14, 2015
Burnsville High School students worked last fall on expanding the school’s Giving Garden.

Community members are invited to help Burnsville High School students build and start planting the school’s Giving Garden on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Burnsville High School's Giving Garden was established to give students and community members an opportunity to learn how to grown their own food and provide for families in the community who don't have food security. The goal is to donate 1,000 pounds of food to 360 Communities by the end of the 2015 planting season.

This fall students worked to expand from a small bucket garden to a larger plot of permanent ground on the BHS campus. On April 25, volunteers will be helping to build a fence for the garden and start planting vegetables. Lunch will be provided for anyone who registers and helps the entire day.

Volunteers can also plant a bucket garden to take home. Giving Garden members will teach you how to start your own home bucket garden, provide you with a recycled bucket, and help you plant beans (while supplies last).

If necessary due to weather, a rain make up day will take place May 9. Register online at or contact Bri Ostoff at for more information.

Posted in Community | Tagged community service, giving garden, bhs

Five BHS athletes sign National Letters of Intent

Posted on April 14, 2015

The athletic department at Burnsville High School is proud to announce that five student-athletes will sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, April 15, to play their respective sports at the NCAA Division I or II college of their choosing.

Pictured from left: Jarrod Leake, Andy Grahn, Pierce Novak, Adam Mehr and Brennan Pruszinske

Signing on Wednesday will be:

  • Andy Grahn, football, Rochester Community College
  • Pierce Novak, football, Ridgewater Community College
  • Jarrod Leake, football, Wayne State University
  • Adam Mehr, track, University of North Dakota
  • Brennan Pruszinske, baseball, Southwest Minnesota State University

All five of these athletes have put together outstanding athletic careers while attending Burnsville High School, as well as outstanding academic success in the classroom.

The Burnsville community wishes them the best of luck as they continue on with their athletic and academic careers.





Posted in Athletics, Student Success | Tagged bhs, NCAA, national letter of intent, football, baseball, track

Sky Oaks is seeking Reading & Math Corps tutors

Posted on April 13, 2015

Sky Oaks Elementary School is excited to announce opportunities for tutors through both the Minnesota Reading Corps and Minnesota Math Corps. These are life-changing opportunities to help children grow and succeed in school.

We will have two Reading Corps tutor positions for grades K-3, one Reading Corps position for kindergarten focus, and one Math Corps for grades K-3.

Learn more about Minnesota Reading Corps Positions

Learn more about Minnesota Math Corps Positions

Apply for a Position

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