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

Senior hockey star Dupre named a semi-finalist in ASPIRE Athlete of the Week

Posted on March 2, 2015

Throughout the school year, ASPIRE Beverage Company recognizes the greatness of exceptional high school senior student-athletes through the ASPIRE Athlete of the Week program.

In each participating state/region, athletic directors and coaches nominate senior student-athletes each week based upon the greatness they have displayed in:

  • Athletics
  • Academics
  • Community service and involvement
  • Character

Click on the following link to vote for Carter!

Aspire Athlete of the Week

The senior Captain led the team to the section finals with the game winning goal against Prior Lake before falling to Edina to advance to the State Tournament. Carter is not only a hard worker on the ice, but in the classroom as well – carrying a 3.9 GPA and a member of the National Honor Society. He volunteers his time, helping out at youth hockey clinics and with Feed My Starving Children.  Carter is a great teammate – he leads by example and encourages and mentors the younger players on the team. Carter has had an unbelievable career for the Blaze and will continue to have success in his future! 

Posted in Athletics, Achievement | Tagged bhs, carter dupre, ASPIRE Athlete of the Week, semifinalist

BHS senior earns $180,000 ROTC scholarship

Posted on March 2, 2015

At not much more than five feet tall, Burnsville High School senior Jaqueline Le Vvintre may not fit a military stereotype. But that hasn’t stopped her from earning a $180,000 college scholarship from the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC), one of only a dozen granted to high school students in the Midwest.

“I’m small,” Jaqueline says, “so sometimes people have told me that I can’t do something. But that just motivates me to say, ‘Watch me.’”

A military career has long been in Jaqueline’s sights. Her father was in the Marine Corps and Jaqueline has been in the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, a program for youth to learn about naval life, since she was 10. The leadership experience she gained in that program, along with her determination and academic standing, helped her earn the scholarship, she says.

Jaqueline says that without the scholarship, she would have enlisted in the Marines. With the scholarship, which covers tuition, books and other education-related expenses, she’s hoping to attend the University of Southern California to study marketing and business. Eventually, she wants to be a public affairs officer in the Marines.

Posted in Student Success | Tagged scholarship, ROTC, bhs, BHS real-world

Spring concerts are set for March 9-10

Posted on March 2, 2015
The spring concerts are almost here!
Symphonic, Varsity and Jazz Bands will perform on Monday, March 9. Concert Band and the sixth-grade SuperBand will perform on Tuesday, March 10. On both nights, the concerts will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Mraz Center. Admission is $3 per person. 
The choirs will perform Monday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Mraz Center. The first concert includes Blaze Choir, Women's Chorus, FreeStyle and BHS Madrigals. The second one features Bel Canto, BHS Madrigals, Concert Choir and FreeStyle. A variety of music will be showcased, including Renaissance, an Israeli folksong, modern, pop and even a Pentatonix version of White Winter Hymnal. Admission is $3.
If you buy a ticket for the first concert, you can stay for the 8 p.m. concert at no charge!
Posted in Arts | Tagged bhs, symphonic band, 6th grade superband, choir concert

Author M.A. Larson visits Gideon Pond

Posted on February 27, 2015

Author M.A. Larson visited Gideon Pond Elementary on Friday, Feb. 27, talking with students about inspiration, his career, and his debut novel, "Pennyroyal Academy." Larson attended Gideon Pond growing up and graduated from Burnsville High School.

Posted in Arts | Tagged M.A. Larson, reading, I love to read month, gideon pond, pennyroyal academy

Register for AP Exams at BHS

Posted on February 27, 2015

Students taking AP exams at Burnsville Senior High School must register for exams here by 11:59 PM, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. For the 2015 AP Exams, the cost is $55.00 per exam. Tests ordered after 11:59 PM, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 but before 11:59 PM, Friday, March 20, 2015, will incur a $20 late fee per exam.

Students must answer all of the questions in order to complete the exam registration. Printing out the confirmation page indicates that the exam registration process has been successfully completed.

Burnsville Senior High School is excited to offer families the ability to pay their exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration.

*Payments not received by 11:59 PM, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 will incur a $20 late fee per exam.

  • Registrations that are not paid by 11:59 PM, Friday, Mar 20, 2015, will be canceled and exams will not be ordered.
  • Registrations made after 11:59 PM, Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 but before 11:59 PM, Friday, March 20, 2015 will incur a $20 late fee per exam.

Please contact Mr. Limke if you would like to register for an exam not listed, have questions about financial assistance or any other questions.

Posted in Parents

Athletic booster meetings slated for Sunday, March 1

Posted on February 27, 2015

Students who are interested in participating in badminton, boys' and girls' track and field and softball should plan on attending the athletic booster meeting with their parent(s) at Burnsville High School on Sunday, March 1. Team-specific meetings will begin at 7 p.m (badminton in C180; boys' track in Mraz; softball in Mraz; and girls' track in Media Center) followed by a large group meeting in the Mraz Center with the Athletic Director at 8 p.m.

The next booster meeting will be Sunday, March 8 at 7 p.m. Students participating in baseball, boys' and girls' golf, boys' tennis, and boys' and girls' lacrosse will have team-specific meetings following the main meeting. The meeting with the Athletic Director begins 7 p.m in the Mraz Center.​

If you previously registered your student during the 2014-2015 school year for a fall and/or winter sport, you may skip directly to Step 3 to pay the online fee for your spring sport. Only a more current physical is required​ if  any spring season athlete's sports physical expires prior to June 5, 2015. Sports physicals can be faxed or emailed to Mrs. Riggs. Please contact Mrs. Riggs at 952-707-2151 if you have questions.
Posted in Athletics | Tagged bhs, athletic booster meeting, athletic director, boys track and field, girls track and field, baseball, softball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys tennis, badminton

Preschool teacher receives award for inclusive education practices

Posted on February 27, 2015

Lori Haggerty was pleasantly surprised to find when hired as a preschool teacher nearly 20 years ago in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 that inclusion was already taking place in the district and that her students would include those with disabilities.  

Preschool teacher Lori Haggerty is enthusiastic about opening the world of learning to all children. 

“This district was ahead of others back then, and inclusion has grown here even more since then,” said Haggerty, who teaches in the Tiny Tots preschool program offered at Rahn Elementary School through District 191 Community Education.

Haggerty’s inclusive classroom and instructional practices have resulted in her being named as the recipient of the 2014 Inclusive Education Practices Award. She received her award at a District 191 Board of Education meeting in December from Stephanie Corbey, the executive director of individualized student services.

The award was created by the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) to recognize staff members who are fostering meaningful inclusion of students with disabilities in classrooms and extracurricular activities. SEAC, comprised of parents, community members, school staff and administrators, advises the special education department on policy and program planning.

“Lori is the epitome of the teacher who claims all of her students as hers. She takes it upon herself to make sure that each student, including any child receiving special education services, feels a part of the classroom community,” said those who nominated her. “Lori does this with her huge smiles, warm greetings, compassionate care, and genuine enthusiasm for opening the world of learning to all children.”

Others nominated for the award this year were Beth Mortinson, special education resource teacher at Eagle Ridge Junior HIgh; Genevieve Kappel, special education teacher at Nicollet Junior High; Jean Jaeger, early childhood special education teacher; Jennifer Bordonaro, behavioral interventionist/assessment coach at Vista View Elementary, and Katie Nelson, special education teacher at Sioux Trail Elementary.

Previous recipients of the award are Mark Riggs of Burnsville High School in 2011, Leanne Banks of Eagle Ridge Junior High in 2012 and Barbara Gierada of William Byrne Elementary in 2013.

Posted in Achievement | Tagged inclusion, inclusive education, lori haggerty, rahn, tiny tots, pre-k

Fifth grader bringing ‘Day of Service’ to Savage

Posted on February 26, 2015

Any day is a good day to promote community and celebrate service, but Saturday, April 18 will be an exceptional day to do that in the city of Savage thanks to the efforts of Shrey Pothini, a fifth grader at Harriet Bishop Elementary School.

Shrey, who founded the Harriet Bishop Service Club as a third grader, is promoting “Service Day Saturday” in Savage to encourage businesses, youth groups, faith groups, families and residents to participate in some sort of service activity and report the results. The day of service is modeled on a similar event in Edina.

“I saw all the great volunteer work that was happening in the schools and wanted to offer opportunities for everyone in my city to learn about the needs in our community and work together to have a huge impact,” Shrey explained.

There are many ways for people to get involved. Local businesses and organizations can host events on site. Residents can get together with neighbors to provide a service in their communities. Families can volunteer for opportunities around the Twin Cities area. Young children can attend a “service fair” planned at Savage City Hall where they can contribute to a service project led by members of the Harriet Bishop Service Club.

An service projects completed during the week leading up to Saturday, April 18 can count toward the event. Participants will be able to find and sign up for volunteer opportunities and report their service through the City of Savage website.

Residents, businesses and organizations that are interested in participating in Service Day Saturday can learn more online at

Posted in Community | Tagged community service, service, harriet bishop, shrey pothini, Service Day Saturday, savage