Teachers receive Hanson Scholarships to further their education

Posted on September 19, 2014

Two teachers in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 have been selected to receive $1,000 scholarships from the Hanson Scholarship Fund to further their own education.

They are Veronica McCartney, a fourth grade at Marion W. Savage Elementary School in Savage, and Jessica Perry, a music teacher at Harriet Bishop Elementary School in Savage.

The scholarships are presented by the Hanson Scholarship Fund each year to teachers who are making a further commitment to their teaching careers by earning post-graduate degrees.

They must also have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to education and students and have served as coaches or activity advisors.

In addition to the teacher scholarships, the fund also provides numerous scholarships to graduating seniors at Burnsville High School.

Dick Hanson retired in 1994 after 33 years as an inspirational teacher and 25 years as the head football coach at Burnsville High School. After his retirement, former players and students began giving scholarships in his name to both students and teachers. The number of scholarships has grown significantly over the years because of corporate support along with contributions from hundreds of individuals as well as participation in the annual golf tournament. Additional information is available at

Posted in Achievement | Tagged hanson scholarship, jessica perry, veronica mccartney, marion w savage, harriet bishop, scholarship, dick hanson

Board gives superintendent high marks in review

Posted on September 18, 2014
Joe Gothard
Superintendent Joe Gothard

On Aug. 21, 2014, the District 191 Board of Education met with Superintendent Joe Gothard in a closed session to conduct his annual performance evaluation covering the period from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. In addition to conducting the formal evaluation, board members took time to celebrate and reflect on the positive accomplishments for the year and provided constructive feedback to help drive future success.

As part of the formal process, Gothard's performance was evaluated on seven key goals in four major categories. The Board reported that Gothard exceeded board expectations on three of the key goals and successfully met board expectations in all other areas.

Download the full statement from the Board of Education

Tagged school board, superintendent, joe gothard, evaluation

Volunteers needed at Eagle Ridge

Posted on September 18, 2014

Volunteers are needed for several upcoming events at Eagle Ridge. Please click the links to sign up and support our school and students!

9/24 Vision Screenings

9/26 School Dance

10/20 Music Fundraiser Distribute Product

5/15 9th Grade Lock-In

Posted in Parents | Tagged volunteer, eagle ridge

Get involved at BHS!

Posted on September 18, 2014

There are plenty of ways to get plugged in at BHS! If you'd like to join an upcoming activity, there will be several informational meetings. Or check out the Student Activities Handbook to see everything that BHS has to offer.

Disc Golf Club

There will be a meeting on Friday, September 19t at 2:45 pm at Red Oak Park Disc Golf Course in Burnsville. Join us for an enjoyable time playing the greatest sport ever. No discs? Not a problem! We'll have some you can borrow.

Chess team

Coach Craig Heirigs will be here on Monday during all lunch mods in the cafeteria. Please stop by and sign up to join our outstanding chess team!

Math League

Come find out how competitions work and see what other great things we do in Math League. There will be an informational meeting in room D226 at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22. See Mr. Croatt if you have any questions.

Debate team

There will be a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18 in room C266 at 2:20 p.m. Debate team is a great competitive activity to add to your resume. No experience necessary! Stop by for more information or see Mr. Deutsch.


Come to an informational meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 2:20 p.m in B210.


There will be an informational meeting on Friday, Sept. 19 at 7 a.m. or 2:20 p.m. in B220.

Kickball League

The City of Savage is partnering with Burnsville High School and Prior Lake High School for a winter kickball league at the Savage Sports Dome. If interested, please see Mr. Marshall or Mrs. Riggs in the athletic office for a registration form or if you have any questions.

Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, student activities

Join the Vista View Chess Club

Posted on September 18, 2014

The Chess Club is back at Vista View! Sign up online at under K-6 Elementary Enrichment for class #ECH-VV2. 

We begin on Tuesday, Sept. 30 after school. Students will meet in the cafeteria for a snack prior to going to the media center for chess. We will meet every Tuesday until 4:50 p.m. through Dec. 9.

Transportation is not provided. The Chess Club is open to students in grades 1-6. Call Community Education at 952-707-4150 with questions.




Tagged chess, vista view, club, activities

Sign up for conferences online

Posted on September 16, 2014

Fall conferences are Oct. 13 (4-8 p.m.) and Oct. 14 (8 a.m.-8 p.m.), and this year we are asking families to sign up electronically through My Conference Time

Here are some frequently asked questions:

Where can I sign up?
Sign-up beginning Sept. 16 at

When can I sign up?
The sign-up will be available Sept. 16 through Oct. 3.

What if I miss the sign-up window?
After Oct. 3, please contact the appropriate classroom teacher to schedule or make a change to your conference time.

I have more than one child. Will I be able to schedule conferences together?
Yes! My Conference Time has a button labeled ‘Register for Multiple Conferences.' You can see more than one teacher’s schedule side by side to schedule conferences back to back.

To assist with learning this new system, we are offering one open house event. Please attend if you want assistance signing up.

Conference Sign Up Open House

When: September 16, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Harriet Bishop Office
Who: Anyone wanting assistance signing up for conferences

Posted in Parents | Tagged conferences, harriet bishop

Join the Metcalf student newspaper

Posted on September 16, 2014

The Chronicles of Metcalf want you!

Improve your writing skills while creating our school's newspaper. Whether you're interested in writing or the layout (putting it all together), this club is for you.

When: Tuesday and Thursdays, Beginning on Sept. 30

Where: BALC Room 220 - Ms. Foldenaur

Tagged metcalf, student newspaper, writing

District 191 school board candidates’ forum will be Oct. 2

Posted on September 16, 2014

Candidates for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education have been invited to participate in a forum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Senior Campus (upper level) of Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway.

The forum will be broadcast live on the district’s educational Channel 18 and on the district’s website (watch live beginning at 7 p.m.). It will be replayed on the district website and on cable channels in Burnsville, Eagan and Savage. It will also be available on DVD from the school district by calling (952) 707-2020.

At the forum, candidates will introduce themselves and answer questions from the audience.

The seven candidates for four four-year terms on the board of education are Abigail Alt, Dustin Cesarek, Dan Luth, Harold Sandahl IV, Jim Schmid, Robert VandenBoom and Bradley Wolfe.

They will be on the ballot Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The forum will be sponsored again by the Shippers Resource Center (SRC), a Burnsville-based business. Tom Taylor, president of SRC, will serve as moderator.

“We are pleased to help provide this opportunity for voters to become informed on this important race,” said Taylor. “I encourage people to attend the forum or watch it on TV or on the district’s website.”  

The terms of board members Abigail Alt, Dan Luth, Jim Schmid and Bob VandenBoom expire on Dec. 31. Newly-elected board members will begin their terms in January 2015.

Others on the seven-member school board include DeeDee Currier, Ron Hill and Sandy Sweep.

For more information on the board of education election, go to

Posted in Community | Tagged election, school board, candidates, forum

Order your class ring on Sept. 17

Posted on September 16, 2014

Class rings are both a tradition and rite of passage at Burnsville High School. We are excited for the upcoming class ring orders at Burnsville where we will be helping you design and order a class ring. Please join Herff Jones on Wednesday, Sept. 17 outside the school store for a special ring ordering event during lunch and after school until 4 p.m.​

Herff Jones is the official class ring provider for BHS. They provide custom items that can’t be found anywhere else, including class rings with a custom school mascot. You can check out all their items online and be on the lookout future communications to your inbox for upcoming class ring ordering events at Burnsville High School.

For more information about class rings, please contact Herff Jones representative Jon Speich at (763) 536-8588.

Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, class rings, herff jones

Eagle Ridge buses to pick-up students 5 minutes earlier

Posted on September 12, 2014

Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 16, all Eagle Ridge Junior High students who ride the bus will be picked up five minutes earlier in the morning. This change is being made to help ensure students arrive to school on time.

There will be no change to the after-school drop-off schedule.

If you have questions about the change, please contact the District 191 Transportation office at (952) 707-2067.




Posted in Parents | Tagged bus, eagle ridge, transportation