Mahmoud finishes eighth at Class AA state meet; named ASPIRE Athlete of the Week semi-finalist

Posted on November 3, 2014

Congratulations to senior Faysal Mahmoud, who finished his cross country career by placing eighth at the Class AA state meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield on Saturday, Nov. 1. He finished with a time of 15:40.1, the best time he's had at a state meet. 

Mahmoud has been named a semi-finalist in the ASPIRE Athlete of the Week competition. The ASPIRE Beverage Company recognizes and rewards top-performing high school student-athletes in Minnesota with a selection criteria that honors “greatness” demonstrated in four areas:

1. Athletics
2. Academics
3. Community involvement 
4. Upstanding character and leadership qualities

The ASPIRE Athlete of the Week program will run throughout the entire school year and seeks to recognize the incredible accomplishments of well-rounded high school individuals. Each week, five semi-finalists are selected by a committee.  One finalist is determined by online voting that is open to the public from 10am on Sundays to 10am on Wednesdays.  The semi-finalists and finalists will be featured on This Week in High School Sports radio program on ESPN1500 (KSTP) on Saturdays at 1PM and Game On TV program on FOX My29 (WFTC) on Sundays at 10AM. They will also be featured on a network of local online news and social media sites.

Click here to vote for Faysal!

Posted in Achievement, Athletics | Tagged bhs, boys cross country, state meet, ASPIRE Athlete of the Week

Marion W. Savage community service project knocks the socks off

Posted on October 31, 2014

Sixth grader Averie Pritchard got the idea that her school, Marion W. Savage Elementary in Savage, take on a community service project.

Averie Pritchard, on left in purple, and Ambassadors display sock donations collected at Marion W. Savage Elementary School.​​

She was inspired by Kid President (of YouTube fame) who encourages young people to get involved in helping others. He suggested an event called Socktober that Averie thought could happen at her school.

Averie secured the approval of Principal Jeff Nepsund and support from the school's new 20-member student Ambassadors group led by teacher Libby Duethman. Socktober took place the last week of October and was very successful!

Collections surpassed the goal of 500 pairs of new socks with 702 pairs being collected. Donations will go to the Armful of Love program of 360 Communities for families in need.

"Thanks to Averie and the Ambassadors this community service project was very successful," said Nepsund," and, as a result, more than 700 people of all ages will receive new socks."

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

The Flame at BHS opens on Monday, Nov. 3

Posted on October 31, 2014

​The Flame, a bistro-like shop that was built during summer construction at the  main campus, will open for lunch on Monday, November 3. You can stop by the new food station and purchase an assortment of items, including fresh salads, deli-style sandwiches, chips, flavored juices, cookies and more. This shop is especially great for seniors who are looking to grab a quick bite to eat before heading out to the senior campus. 

For the time being, The Flame will be operational only during lunches. Julie Kronabetter, ISD 191 Director of Food and Nutrition Services, says that the shop will expand its offerings and extend its hours in the future.  


Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, the flame, grand opening, cafeteria, lunch

Volunteers needed at Vista View

Posted on October 30, 2014

Are you hoping to get involved with your child's school? We need volunteers! Volunteers can help Vista View in so many ways--in the classroom, at special events, with Friday Folders, and much more! Please contact Corbin Orlenko at if you are interested!

Our first need is volunteers for Election Day (general supervision and assistance) and Friday Folders kick-off (copying, filling folders, etc.).

Posted in Community | Tagged volunteer

Blaze football team makes news on KARE 11 with Shepley brothers

Posted on October 30, 2014

Check out the story on the Shepley brothers -- Brett, Tucker and Jake -- by KARE 11 reporter Dave Berggren:

Some teams say they're like a family, but then there is the Burnsville Blaze football team where there's a good chance your brother is on the team.

"It's pretty unique," chuckles head coach Tyler Krebs.

The Blaze features three Shepley brothers on this year's team and they're all varsity starters. "I'm really proud of them, they've worked hard to be here," says senior Brett Shepley of his brothers.

Brett, who is a two-way, all-conference player, shares the field with his junior brother Tucker and his sophomore brother Jake. "There are times we'll be in a formation and they will all be lined up at receiver," explains coach Krebs.

The brothers admit it's a special deal.

"We've always thought what it would be like to all be on the same team and now we're living it," says Tucker.

After an upset win last week, Burnsville will face Eden Prairie Friday night in the section championship.

Shepley brothers video on Kare 11.

Good luck to the Blaze football team as they take on Eden Prairie on Friday, Oct. 31 in Eden Prairie!

Posted in Athletics | Tagged bhs, football

District 191 refinances bonds to save money

Posted on October 29, 2014

By refinancing some of its debt to a lower rate, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District will save nearly $174,000 over the next two years.

Board members agreed in September to refinance just over $4 million through a process that is similar to when homeowners refinance their mortgage to take advantage of lower interest rates.

"$174,000 is a very good savings on a small refunding," said Jeff Seeley of Ehlers and Associates, who said the sale of the bonds in October went even better than expected with the district even receiving a premium.

"Your district has the very high rating of Aa2, so there was quite a bit of interest," he told the Board of Education. "The high rating is a testament to the budgeting and finance decisions of the board."

The Aa2 rating affirms the district's financial health, said Seeley. Only nine other school districts in the state are currently rated higher than District 191 by Moody's Investor Services.

A district's bond rating is similar to credit scores for individuals with high ratings resulting in more favorable borrowing rates.

The refinancing will result in a reduction in property taxes levies for taxes payable in 2015 and 2016.

"We continually review our finances to look for places we can save money or reduce costs," said Lisa Rider, executive director of business services. "We have refinanced similar bonds in past years whenever it is possible." 

Posted in Finance | Tagged saving, finance, accountability, bond rating

Message to parents regarding Oct. 29 event

Posted on October 29, 2014

The following message was sent to parents on Oct. 29

This is Principal Renee Brandner. I’m calling parents of students at Nicollet Junior High to tell you about what took place at school today. During the day, a student reported to a staff member that another student may have brought a weapon to school. After considering the information, we initiated our “shelter in place” protocol throughout the school and Police officers searched school lockers using dogs.

No weapon was found and we returned to normal operations.

While some may have experienced fear, I want to emphasize what went right today.

  • One of our students had a concern and brought it to an adult.  
  • We did our “shelter in place” command with students staying in their classrooms for about 30 minutes.  
  • Our close partnership with Burnsville police allowed for a safe and quick search of the building to ensure student safety.

All of these steps, which led to a safe outcome today, started with a student caring about other students and taking action.

We are committed to maintaining a safe learning environment for all students at Nicollet Junior High, and each student, parent and staff member makes that happen. I encourage you to listen to your children if they have concerns about what happened today, remind them that school is a safe place for them to be. Please remind them to talk to an adult if they ever have any concerns.

Soy la Directora Renee Brandner. Estoy llamando a los padres de los estudiantes en Nicollet Junior High para decirles sobre lo que pasó en la escuela hoy. Durante el día, un estudiante reportó a un miembro del personal que otro estudiante había traído un arma a la escuela.  Después de considerar la información, nosotros iniciamos el protocolo de “refugio en el lugar” a través de la escuela y los oficiales de la Policía buscaron en los casilleros de la escuela con perros.

No se encontró ninguna arma y nosotros regresamos a nuestra rutina normal.

Mientras algunos hayan sentido miedo, yo quiero reiterar que es que pasó hoy que fue lo correcto.

  • Uno de nuestros estudiantes tuvo una preocupación y se lo dijo a un adulto.  
  • Nosotros dimos nuestro comando de “refugio en el lugar” lo que hace que los estudiantes se queden en sus clases por más o menos 30 minutos.  
  • Nuestra asociación con la policía de Burnsville nos permitió una búsqueda segura y rápida del edificio para asegurar la seguridad de los estudiantes.

Todos estos pasos, los que nos dieron un resultado seguro hoy,  empezaron con un estudiante solidario a quien le importaron los otros estudiantes y el tomar una acción.

Nosotros estamos comprometidos a mantener un medio de aprendizaje seguro para todos los estudiantes en Nicollet Junior High, y cada estudiante, padre y miembro del personal hace que esto suceda.  Yo les motivo a que escuchen a sus niños si es que ellos tienen preocupaciones sobre lo que pasó hoy, recuérdenles que la escuela es un lugar seguro para ellos.  Por favor recuérdenles de conversar con un adulto si es que ellos tienen alguna preocupación.

Tagged safety

Fall athletics survey

Posted on October 29, 2014

Attention Fall athletes and parents:

You are encouraged to fill out a survey about your experiences participating in a fall sport this past season. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Please click on the link below to access the survey.

Posted in Parents, Athletics | Tagged bhs, parent survey, athlete survey, fall sports

Read Night Book Swap is Nov. 13; Donate now

Posted on October 29, 2014

The Annual M.W. Savage Read Night Book Swap is just around the corner on Nov. 13. We are now collecting both picture books and chapter books for the event.

Bring your gently used books to school from now until Read Night in exchange for a ticket. Then, use your ticket to “buy” books that are new to you at Read Night. Teachers have tickets ready to go in each classroom!

November 13
6-8 p.m.
MWS GYM / Media Center

Dazzling Dave The Yo-Yo Master at 6:45 p.m. in the MWS Media Center

Ice Cream Social and Cookies available 6 – 8 PM


Sponsored by the MWS Parent Teacher Organization

See you at Read Night 2014!

Tagged reading, book swap, marion w savage

Tenth-graders will take the PLAN test on Nov. 11

Posted on October 29, 2014
All 10th-grade students will be taking the Plan test on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Taking PLAN® as a 10th-grader is a great way to prepare for the ACT, helping students prepare to succeed in college and beyond! The test includes four multiple-choice tests, including English, Math, Reading and Science. Questions? Visit here to read Frequently Asked Questions about the test.
Please visit the Daily Announcements, located in Quick Links on the BHS homepage, for news about these tests and other important events. 
Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, Plan Test, 10th grade