SSC One Act Festival slated for Jan. 17

Posted on January 15, 2015

The South Suburban Conference One Act Festival is January 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m at Burnsville High School. This event is free to the public.

Each year the Minnesota State High School League hosts a competition for One Act plays. Each submitting entry to the competition features up to eight players in a 30-minute act, with supporting help from student technicians.

Preliminary competition starts January with the state competition slated for February.

3AA Preliminary Competition takes place January 28, 2015. Finals are February 5, 2015.

For additional information regarding the One Act Festival, visit the BHS Theatre Guild and Minnesota State High School League sites.

Posted in Arts | Tagged bhs, theatre guild, south suburban conference, One Act plays

Science Fair is coming. Are you ready?

Posted on January 14, 2015
Posted in Parents | Tagged science fair, sioux trail

Metcalf theater presents 'Pieces' beginning Jan. 15

Posted on January 13, 2015

Cassie Berglund and Henry Smalstig rehearse a scene from 'Pieces.'

Directed by Steve Orth, Metcalf Junior High drama students will present "Pieces," a series of vignettes written by Orth about difficult situations teenagers may face.

The play was featured by the Pioneer Press.

"Pieces" explores several teen-age lives, both their public personas and private pain. The most important question isn’t “who are they,” “where are they,” or “why are they like this.” No, the most significant goal we can strive to reach is understanding just how much—or how little—we can do to reach them in time. Inspired by actual young people, this serious play seeks to enhance the vision and impact the actions of both the performers and their audience.​

"Pieces" will be presented Jan. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. at Metcalf Junior High. Tickets are $6. The show is recommended for audience members 12 and older because of the topics presented.

Posted in Arts | Tagged theater, drama, steven orth, metcalf

Learn more about District 191 plan for the future at two upcoming meetings

Posted on January 13, 2015

Learn more about Vision One91, a plan for the future in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, at two upcoming community meetings.

Vision One91 is a plan to redesign the school district to better meet the needs of today’s learners and ensure each student is real-world ready. Vision One91 is based on over a year of staff, parent, student and community input gathered through staff meetings, PTO meetings, online forms, conversations and community forums.

Vision One91 community meetings will take place at:

  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Metcalf Junior High 2250 Diffley Road, Burnsville.
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Senior Campus Commons, Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville. Childcare provided at this meeting only. To reserve a spot, contact (952) 707-4150.

The school district can pay for some portions of Vision One91 through existing funds but it will require community support of the two ballot questions to be fully realized.

The proposal will be on a ballot on Tuesday, Feb. 24, with two questions for voters:

  • Question1 is a $65 million building bond referendum – the first request since the 1990s – to fund construction costs associated with realigning schools to K-5, 6-8 and 9-12, paying for security upgrades, relocating programs and offices, and expanding early childhood spaces.
  • Question 2 is a technology levy to provide $2.5 million per year for 10 years to provide critical technology for students, classrooms and staff and the infrastructure to support it.

If approved by voters, the tax impact on the average homeowner ($200,000 value home) of each question is approximately $6 per month, or a total of $12 per month if both questions pass.

"Vision One91 will make us stronger, as a district, and strengthen our students so they are on a college or career path when they graduate from Burnsville High School," said Superintendent Joe Gothard. "It is our plan for getting this district from where we are now to where we want to be."

“We've spent the last year listening to our community and shaping Vision One91 to ensure each student leaves our schools ready for a career or college,” said Board Chair Jim Schmid. “Vision One91 is based on education standards, best practices, 21st century learning needs and the realities of our schools. We need community support to make this happen for our students.”

More information about Vision One91 and the election on Feb. 24, 2015, is available at

Posted in Referendum, Community, Finance, Parents | Tagged referendum, Vision One91, community

District 191’s Vision One91 referendum receives positive review from state

Posted on January 13, 2015

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 has received a positive review and comment from Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius regarding proposed construction that is part of the Vision One91 referendum.

Under state law, proposed school projects over $2 million for building and/or remodeling facilities must be submitted to the Commissioner of Education for review before they can go before voters. The commissioner has 60 days to review and issue a positive, negative or unfavorable evaluation about the educational and economic advisability of the project.  

“This stamp of approval allows Vision One91 to more forward,” said Superintendent Joe Gothard. “The next step is Election Day on Tuesday, Feb. 24.”

Vision One91 is a plan to redesign the school district to meet the needs of today's learners and ensure the district’s mission of Each Student Real-World Ready.

The review and comment statement included a description of the proposed project and how it would be financed as well as other details. The entire 76-page document is on the district’s website at under “Resources.”

Posted in Referendum | Tagged referendum, review and comment

BHS 2014 graduate heads to Kazakhstan to ski with Team USA

Posted on January 13, 2015

Congratulations to Vivian Hett, a former Blaze skier who was recently named the to the Nordic Junior World Championship team. She will compete in the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships Jan. 28 to Feb. 8.

Currently, Hett is attending Northern Michigan University and is in her first year of college skiing.

For additional information on Vivian's success, please read the Savage Pacer article.


Posted in Athletics | Tagged bhs, vivian hett, nordic skiing, Team USA

Bus service expanded to Pines of Burnsville Apartments

Posted on January 9, 2015

We are pleased to announce that our students who live at the Pines of Burnsville Apartments will begin receiving transportation service to and from Vista View Elementary.

Because of this change, some buses that children ride, as well as pick up and drop off times might also change.

IF your child's transportation is changed, you will receive a notice in your child's backpack. This change will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. After you read the notice, if you have any questions, please contact the school.

Posted in Parents

District 191 Board elects officers for 2015

Posted on January 9, 2015

Members of the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education unanimously elected officers as part of their annual organizational meeting on Jan. 8.

Bob VandenBoom

Board member Bob VandenBoom was elected as chairperson, while Dan Luth was elected as vice chairperson. DeeDee Currier was elected as clerk and Abigail Alt as treasurer. Other members on the seven-person board are Ron Hill, Jim Schmid and Sandy Sweep.     

Board members will keep their 2015 pay at the same rate as the past seven years — $500 a month for each member except the chairperson who receives an additional $50 per month in recognition of expanded duties and responsibilities.  

Board meetings will continue to take place on the second and fourth Thursdays of most months. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and take place at the upper level senior campus at Diamondhead Education Center. Meetings are cablecast on Educational Channel 18 and are also streamed and archived on the district’s website at

Listening sessions take place prior to board meetings as opportunities to speak informally with board members and Superintendent Joe Gothard. Board listening sessions are scheduled from 6 to 6:30 p.m. prior to the first meeting of each month while superintendent listening sessions take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m. prior to the second meeting of each month.  

Meeting agendas, board packets and minutes are available on the district’s website at

Tagged school board

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