BHS seniors earn national academic recognition

Posted on October 1, 2014

Three seniors at Burnsville High School (BHS) are among the most academically-talented scholars in the country based upon their performance in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship program.

From left, Jack Hanson, Jasmine Lim and Evan Fuller

Approximately 1.5 million students across the country took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), and 50,000 are now being recognized for their outstanding scores.

"These students have earned significant academic recognition — the type that is noticed by admission offices at colleges and universities," said Ashley Welke, a counselor at Burnsville High School. "They can take great pride in this accomplishment."

Jasmine Lim is among fewer than one percent of students who are named as National Merit Semi-finalists. She will now be considered as a National Merit Finalist, a list that will be announced at a later date.

Evan Fuller and Jack Hanson have been named as Commended Students, a designation that goes to fewer than 3.5 percent of those who took the test.

Jasmine is considering a career in mechanical engineering while Jack may go into computer science or engineering, and Evan is thinking about becoming an engineer or chemist. 

Posted in Student Success | Tagged bhs, national merit, scholars

New music classes attract students at BHS

Posted on October 1, 2014

New music classes being offered at Burnsville High School are popular with students, including many who have not been involved in the music program before.

Burnsville High School offers an extensive music department with several bands and choirs along with music theory classes. Orchestra was added this year along with three other new classes: Piano, Guitar and History of Rock & Roll. Nearly 300 students registered for the new classes, surprising even the teachers.

"Everyone loves music," said Molly Holmes, one of the school's music instructors. "But we didn't know for sure what the response would be and how many would register for the new classes. It is wonderful to see so many more students involved in music at Burnsville High School."

"Not every student who loves music wants to be part of a band or orchestra," said Principal Dave Helke. "We wanted to offer some new classes that would be appealing to students who want a different music experience."

Ezana Abraha, 11th grader, is a student like that. He enrolled in both the guitar and piano classes. "This is an opportunity to learn two instruments that I have wanted to learn," he said. "And I can do it right in school."

Research shows that students benefit in many ways from studying music, said Holmes. It boosts test scores, reading/math skills and academic success. It also teaches self discipline and increases self confidence.

Another advantage, said Helke, is that when students find classes that excite them, then they feel more connected to school and are more successful overall. New music classes may also open doors to future careers for students in music-related occupations.

The History of Rock and Roll class focuses on the history of popular music and its impact on society and culture. Students will study the chronological history of significant rock and roll icons, performers and events from the early 1950s through the present day.

In both the Beginning Piano and Guitar classes, basic notes, rhythms and theory will be taught to give students the ability to play beginning piano and guitar music -- individually and in groups. Piano repertoire will include classical, folk, jazz and pop music, while guitar repertoire will include rock/blues, folk, jazz and pop music. Students who complete these courses will be able to further study any musical instrument and gain the knowledge necessary to form a lifelong enjoyment of music.

Posted in Arts | Tagged bhs, music, arts

Senior Panoramic orders due by Friday, Oct. 3

Posted on September 30, 2014

Remember your senior year with a panoramic! Orders for the Class of 2015 panoramic are due by Friday, Oct. 3. The cost is $20. Please drop off your order form at either the main campus office or the senior campus office. 


Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, class of 2015, senior panoramic

Burnsville High School students achieve AP recognition

Posted on September 30, 2014

A total of 68 students have achieved recognition based on their scores on rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) exams they took last spring after completing college-level courses at Burnsville High School.

The nationally-recognized AP Scholar Awards recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. These are academic distinctions that students may cite among their credentials on applications, resumes and so on.

"We are impressed and proud of the success that our students have achieved on AP exams," said Principal Dave Helke. "These students have demonstrated they are prepared to thrive at colleges and universities.”

Some of the students took the tests as seniors and have since graduated while others took the tests as sophomores and juniors and are still attending Burnsville High School. Students who earn a 3 or more on the exams (out of a possible 5) may be eligible for credits, advanced placement, or both, at the colleges and universities they will attend.

Molly Calhoon, class of 2014, and Colton Van Dorpe, a current senior, were named as National AP Scholars -- the highest honor. They were among top students in the United States who received an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Twelve students were named an AP Scholars of Distinction for earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams. They are Sydney Botz, Molly Calhoon, Taylor Ewing, Ross Fuller, Mariah Havlicek, Maxwell Johnson, Christopher Larsson, Samuel Porter, Bonssa Teizazu, Colton Van Dorpe, Amber Wetzel and Dakota Wickham. 

Twenty-four students were named AP Scholars with Honor for receiving scores of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of the exams. They are Selvi Bunce, Katie Carlson, Matthew Dorow, Amanda Fee, Evan Fuller, Sara Funkhouser, Daniel Gillis, Samantha Gray, Nicholas Hall, Kristyna Hughes, Kevin Kucera, Linda Lien, Jasmine Lim, Natalie Neisen, Anh-Thu Pham, Alex Shackleton, Adam Sink, Jacob Tangney, Abigail Ulrich, John Walker, Lauren Warmka, Riley Wedan, Courtney Wolfe and Ralston Yiu.

Thirty-two students qualified to be AP Scholars, for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. They are Jenna Allen, Samir Bushra, Connor Bye, Joseph Carlstrom, Elijah Clements, Marissa Dunning, Samuel Eckstrom, Anna Fritchman, Marie Heim, Grant Hopkins, Lauren Johnson, Samuel Johnson, Brandon Kaas, Nicole Lynch, Alexander Mason, Ella McClarnon, Jordan Medeiros, Tess Mueske, Timothy Oliver, Madeline Orr, Erin Russell, Katrina Smith, Sarah Somar, Ashley Swanson, Madeline Thomas, Logan Trachsel, Kien Truong, Julia VandenBoom, Louie Chelle Villamor, Evan Wenzinger, Claire Williams and Daniel Yousufzai. 

Posted in Achievement, Student Success | Tagged bhs, AP, scholars, academics, real-world ready

BHS Yearbook Now on Sale

Posted on September 30, 2014


The 2015 yearbook is now on sale. The cost of the yearbook, if purchased prior to Spring Break, is $65. If the yearbook is purchased after Spring Break, the cost goes to $85.  

Go to to purchase a yearbook. Use Yearbook ID Code 11442015.

If you have any questions regarding the purchase of a yearbook, please contact Allison Millea, Yearbook Adviser, at

Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, yearbook, lifetouch

Harriet Bishop Service Club earns grant to expand club

Posted on September 29, 2014

It’s one thing to reach out and help those around you. It’s another to organize those around you to help even more people. But Shrey Pothini, a fifth grader at Harriet Bishop Elementary School in Savage, has gone one step further.

Shrey Pothini accepts the $25,000 grant from State Farm. 

The founder of the Harriet Bishop Community Service Club, which has been highly successful both in terms of the work it’s done and the number of students who have contributed, Shrey committed last year to expanding the club to the nine other elementary schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. With some writing help from his mom, Seema, he recently received a $25,000 grant from State Farm to accomplish just that.

“As soon as I started the club at Harriet Bishop, I hoped other schools would start clubs too,” Shrey said. “When I saw how popular the club was at our school and how we were able to help to thousands of people, I decided it was time for more action.

“It's something I want to see happen because I believe everybody in the elementary schools can make the world a better place and students shouldn't have to wait for junior high or high school to do service,” he said.

According to Shrey, the money will be used to purchase supplies and cover expenses for community service clubs at other schools as they begin their work. Shrey and other Harriet Bishop student leaders will also help their peers get off on the right foot by sharing their experiences and knowledge.

“I was obviously thrilled to see the award,” said Erika Nesvig, principal at Harriet Bishop. “The best thing about the award is that students will be teaching other schools about the Service Club. I think that is what will make it even more powerful.”

The award was presented to Shrey and the Harriet Bishop Service Club at a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 2.

Posted in Community, Student Success | Tagged community service, service, harriet bishop, shrey pothini, grants, state farm

Board finalizes academic calendar for 2015-16

Posted on September 26, 2014

Parents who plan ahead will be pleased to know that the academic calendar for the 2015-16 school year has been finalized by the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education. Download the calendar below.

The calendar is similar to the current year except the 2015-16 school year starts later because Labor Day is Sept. 7, 2015.

The first day of school for most students will be Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, but there are exceptions. Juniors and seniors at Burnsville High School will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 9, as will 8th and 9th graders at Nicollet Junior High.

All kindergarten students will start school on Thursday, Sept. 10.

There is the traditional week-long break from Oct. 12-16 for students when parent-teacher conferences and the state teacher convention take place. Winter break will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and students return to school on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Spring break will take place during the last week of March in 2016. 

The school year will end on Thursday, June 9, 2016, and commencement for the Burnsville High School Class of 2016 will be Friday, June 10. 

Posted in Community, Parents | Tagged calendar, 2015-16

Community invited to help ‘Tackle Cancer’ at Oct. 10 football game

Posted on September 25, 2014

Burnsville High School students, athletes and fans will help fight cancer when the school hosts its first “Tackle Cancer” football game on Friday, Oct. 10, featuring the Burnsville Blaze and Lakeville North Panthers football teams.  

Students in the Burnsville High School DECA program and their advisor, teacher Meggan Malone, have designed a t-shirt that will be sold at the game to raise money for Randy Shaver’s Cancer Research and Community Fund. In addition, the students are once again partnering with Burger Jones, a Burnsville restaurant, to offer the popular “Blaze Burger” throughout October. For each Blaze Burger sold, $1 will be donated to the Randy Shaver Fund.

“The first day of school, the DECA students were introduced to the Tackle Cancer project and have run with it,” Malone said, who is always looking for ways to involve her students in real-world learning. “They are implementing their original ideas from the concept stage to planning to executing and measuring their effectiveness. Each student has been affected by this cause in some way or another and, through their efforts, they want to make a difference.”

DECA students have been marketing the Blaze Burger and the Tackle Cancer game in a number of ways, including walking in the Burnsville Fire Muster Parade, handing out flyers at the homecoming football game, designing and hanging posters throughout schools and the community, and even through Twitter campaigns.

Laurie Samuel, a member of the Football Boosters and educational assistant at M.W. Savage Elementary in Savage, is organizing the events surrounding the game itself. She says the cause is close to her heart.

“I’ve always thought it was a phenomenal idea to use these high school football games as a platform to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Unfortunately, like many others, I’ve had family and friends who were diagnosed with cancer and have lost some,” she said, adding that her best friend had just recently been diagnosed with cancer.

The Tackle Cancer game will kick off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 at Pates Stadium. Along with t-shirts, there will also be donation boxes available to support the cause. Organizers are calling for an “orange out” at the game, meaning fans are encouraged to wear orange to show solidarity and raise awareness for cancer research.

To learn more about Tackle Cancer and the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund, go to

Posted in Community, Athletics | Tagged Burger Jones, football, bhs, DECA, real-world ready, community service, cancer research, randy shaver

Vista View fall book fair opens Oct. 9

Posted on September 25, 2014

The Vista View fall book fair runs Oct. 9-14. Come support our school and pick out some great new books to read.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open:

  • Thursday, Oct. 9 from 4-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 10 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 13 from 4-8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more details, go to

Questions? Contact Christa Erp at (612) 756-0719 or

Posted in Parents | Tagged book fair, vista view

Fall Ball is Friday, Sept. 26

Posted on September 19, 2014

Students are invited to dress up like their favorite superhero and attend the M.W. Savage Fall Ball on Friday, Sept. 26 from 6-8 p.m.

Sponsored by the MWS PTO, the annual dance is run in support of a food drive for Brainpower in a Backpack, a local, student-run effort that provides weekend meals for students in need. If you bring five non-perishable food items to Brainpower in a Backpack, your ticket to the dance is free. Tickets can also be purchased for $2 per student.

In addiiton:

  • Bring in your Boxtops for a super treat!
  • Check out the upcoming Fall Fundraiser options!
  • Dress up as a super hero and get an extra raffle chance to win!

Join the celebration with DJ Crazy Legs (a.k.a Mr. Tofte). Concessions available for purchase. See you at the dance.

Posted in Parents, Community | Tagged brainpower, marion w savage, dance