BHS senior Jack Ahcan named to the ALL-USA Boys Hockey Third Team

Posted on April 13, 2015

Congratulations to Burnsville High School hockey player Jack Ahcan, who was named to the 2014-15 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Hockey Third Team.

The team was selected by David Darby of the Detroit Free Press with assistance from state hockey coaches associations and the NHL Central Scouting Department.

This year, Ahcan was among the candidates for the 31st annual Mr. Hockey Award. The Mr. Hockey Award is given to the outstanding senior high school boys’ hockey player in the state of Minnesota and is selected by a panel of National Hockey League Scouts, Junior Scouts/Coaches and selected media members from around the state. 

He also signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 12, to play Men's Ice Hockey at St. Cloud State University, Division I level. Ahcan has put together an outstanding athletic career while attending Burnsville High School, as well as demonstrating outstanding academic success in the classroom.


Posted in Achievement, Athletics | Tagged bhs; jack ahcan; ALL-USA Hockey

BHS junior Scott Tinkham wins NATAS awards

Posted on April 13, 2015

Burnsville High School junior Scott Tinkham won two 2015 NATAS-Upper Midwest Region student video production awards on Sunday, April 12. Winners were announced at a ceremony held at the Radisson Blue Hotel at the Mall of America. 

Scott Tinkham wins two Crystal Pillars

Scott won the high school sports category for videos he shot and edited for the Burnsville football team. He also won the PSA category for a video on energy conservation.

Burnsville students were also nominated in five other categories: commercial, animation/graphics/special effects, director, editor, and photographer.    

The Upper Midwest Region includes schools from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 

Burnsville students have won 12 NATAS awards over the past three years.  


Posted in Arts, Athletics, Student Success | Tagged bhs, scott tinkham, NATAS, video production, football, energy conservation

Order your spring plants, support William Byrne

Posted on April 10, 2015

It's time again for the William Byrne PTO Plan Sale. There are three great ways to support William Byrne and make your garden look great: pre-order plants or gift cards, use our special coupon at Pahl's, or purchase plants to donate to our STEM Garden.

Orders are due on April 22 and there will be a one-day pickup on May 8 between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Any plants not picked up by 8 p.m. will be donated. Download the order form.

If you don't see what you want on the order form, you can use our special invitation at Pahl's Market between May 11 and June 1, and Byrne will receive 10 percent of your total purchase.

STEM Garden Donations

Last summer volunteers at William Byrne cleared out the front garden to create a STEM Garden. The concept is to have an interactive garden where students will apply concepts of STEM. The goal is to have each grade level use the garden in an area of STEM.

We are looking for donations for the 1st grade project of creating an area for a butterfly garden. 1st graders study butterflies in the spring by having caterpillars in the classroom and watch them as they make their chrysalis and emerge as butterflies. We would like to create a butterfly habitat for when the butterflies are released. You may donate any amount to this project. All proceeds will go toward purchasing plants that attract and benefit butterflies.

To donate, please write in the amount on the plant sale order form and include that amount in your overall plant purchase total.

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Vista View seeks Minnesota Reading Corps tutors

Posted on April 10, 2015

Vista View Elementary School is excited to announce opportunities for tutors through the Minnesota Reading Corps. We have two positions available for the 2015-16 school year. These are life-changing opportunities to help children grow and succeed in school.

Learn more about Minnesota Reading Corps Positions

Apply for a Position





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Rahn is seeking Reading & Math Corps tutors

Posted on April 10, 2015

Rahn Elementary School of Arts & Technology 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.

Learn more about Minnesota Reading Corps Positions

Learn more about Minnesota Math Corps Positions

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Metcalf chess wins 28th state championship

Posted on April 9, 2015

The Metcalf Junior High chess team in Burnsville won the Minnesota State Junior High Chess Championship on March 28-29. It’s the 28th state chess title in Metcalf’s history, adding to the school’s reputation as one of the most successful junior high chess programs in the nation.

Top individuals for Metcalf were Cole Medin in 4th place, Zander Gorton in 6th, Pratik Nehete in 11th and Jackson Reichert in 12th overall.

“Their success is due to kids who care, parents who care and coaches who care,” said long-time head coach Brian Ribnik, a math teacher at Metcalf. “It’s attributable to kids who don’t just want to be good, they want to be the best.”

Next up for the team is a trip to Kentucky in late April for the National Junior High Chess Championships.

Posted in Student Success | Tagged chess, metcalf

BHS students headed to international science competitions

Posted on April 9, 2015

Once again, Burnsville High School students have been selected to attend both the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment Project Olympiad (ISWEEP) and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) after presenting their research at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair.

Emily Carlson and Colton Van Dorpe

Junior Emily Carlson is going to ISWEEP in Houston in May. Her project is "Effects of Organic Agriculture and Grass-Feeding on the Bacterial Content of Raw Ground Beef." Along with presenting her work and competing with top science students from around the world, Emily will also have an opportunity to meet and speak with top scientists in the fields of energy, engineering and the environment.

Senior Colton Van Dorpe is going to ISEF Pittsburgh in May. His project is "Low Density Polyethylene Biochemical Degradation." ISEF is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, which brings together more than 1,600 high school students from around the world to showcase their research. This is the 21st time since 1992 that Burnsville High School students have been selected to attend — a remarkable record.

Emily plans to major in science with a pre-med track. Colton will major in biochemical engineering and is considering attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison next year.

Posted in Student Success, Achievement | Tagged science, international science and engineering fair, ISWEEEP, bhs

BHS Chamber Orchestra makes music, lifts spirits at Children's Hospital

Posted on April 9, 2015

The Burnsville High School Chamber Orchestra performed for the families, patients and The Dude during the "Kids Clubhouse" show at Minneapolis' Children's Hospital on Wednesday, April 1, as part of its spring tour.

In its first year, the BHS Chamber Orchestra's tour included a master class and a small concert for the orchestra at Rahn Elementary, a concert for the entire school at Sioux Trail Elementary, a concert for the music department at Metcalf Junior High, and a performance in the Atrium at  the Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.

According to Children's Instagram feed, the halls of #Minneapolis "were alive with the sounds of #music Wednesday."

Along with musicians from the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, the BHS Chamber Orchestra gave an amazing performance in the atrium and their talents were appreciated by staff and patients alike.

"The students did an amazing job of performing and representing BHS with pride," said Orchestra Instructor Hope Grover. "The highlight of the day was watching the kids dance behind [BHS students] as parents and doctors stopped to watch and listen while they played ... they definitely brought joy to the faces of people everywhere they went​."

The programs were sponsored by the Healing Arts Planning and Programming Committee.

Posted in Arts, Community | Tagged bhs, chamber orchestra, minneapolis children's hospital, community service, service

Buy One Get One Free Book Fair One Day Sale on May 8th

Posted on April 8, 2015

Enter the Bookmark Contest to raise funds for the Media Center to buy books at the BOGO Book Fair on May 8th. Hurry, entries and fees must be turned in to your classroom teacher by April 22.

Prize winners will be announced by May 8. Entry forms and details are on the PTO website:

Electronics Drive

Posted on April 8, 2015

The Enviro Club at William Byrne is hosting its annual electronics drive. The recycling drive starts after spring break and ends on May 1st. The winning class receives extra gym/recess time. Please check out the following link for more information on which items can be accepted and which cannot.

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