Good luck to BHS winter sports teams tonight

Posted on December 2, 2014

Come out and support the Blaze! The following teams will be in action tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 2:

  • Boys hockey is at No. 7 Benilde-St. Margaret's at 7 p.m.
  • Girls hockey is home at the Burnsville Ice Center, taking on Farmington at 7 p.m.
  • Boys basketball is at No. 3 Hopkins at 7 p.m.
  • Girls basketball is at Bloomington Kennedy at 7 p.m.
  • Burnsville dance team is at BHS at 7 p.m.
  • Burnsville Nordic skiing is at Hyland Park in Bloomington at 3:30 p.m. 
Posted in Athletics | Tagged bhs, hockey, basketball, dance team, nordic skiing

Marketing project spreads warmth, cheer through coffee

Posted on December 1, 2014

As a class project, Burnsville High School students Bailey Kump and Emma Toomire worked with a local coffee shop to devise a unique mocha beverage and are now marketing their product at JoJo’s Rise & Wine. The drink will be available through Dec. 30 and every purchase will result in a $1 donation to #burnsvillestrong.

Burnsville High School students collaborated with a local coffee shop to create a unique mocha that will raise funds for #burnsvillestrong. Bailey Kump, left, and Emma Toomire, right, worked with Mary Jo Stevens at JoJo's Rise & Wine.


That’s real-world learning for these and other students at Burnsville High School.

Meggan Malone, a business education teacher, focuses on providing experiences like this for students.

She has linked her students with restaurant Burger Jones for several years with her students creating and marketing specialized burgers, and this fall a portion of the profits of their “Blaze Burger” benefited Tackle Cancer. This year students are also working with Mozza Mia, Aspire Beverages, Junior’s Sports Cafe and Venue 13. All of the students have met with the company owners or executives and visited their headquarters.

“The most effective way for students to internalize the concepts they learn in class is to apply it in a real-life setting where they experience actual results,” said Malone, who is also the school’s advisor for DECA, a school club that prepares students to be college and career ready. “Students can learn information from a textbook, but by working with a local company, they will remember the lessons forever.”  

Bailey and Emma wanted to connect with a coffee shop because they love coffee and they know that coffee shops are popular places for their peers to hang out.

They selected JoJo’s Rise & Wine because it’s a favorite of theirs and it’s a local business. Owner Mary Jo Stevens, parent to three Burnsville High School grads, was receptive so Bailey and Emma began meeting with her in August.  

They helped develop a signature mocha drink called “DECA the Halls” that features peppermint and white chocolate with candy cane sprinkled on top. It is delicious, with or without coffee, said Emma. “Sweet with a wintery flavor, but not overpowering,” is how Bailey describes it.

The drink will be sold until Dec. 30 at JoJo’s, 12501 Nicollet Avenue, in Burnsville’s Heart of the City. For every DECA the Halls mocha sold, $1 will be donated to #burnsvillestrong, a community initiative to support the well-being of children and youth. The goal is to raise $200.  

Bailey and Emma have developed an advertising campaign and are promoting the signature drink through radio stations, TV stations, local newspapers, social media and colorful posters in strategic locations. They hope to enlist Sparky, the school’s mascot, to wave at the curb and entice customers to try the beverage.

Both juniors serve as DECA officers and are students in Malone’s advanced marketing class. They will be submitting their advertising campaign for JoJo’s Rise & Wine to the DECA district competition in January. Bailey’s future plans include earning a college major in marketing and working for a major retail company. Emma intends to earn a nursing degree and someday start a medical sales company.

“Mary Jo has been extremely helpful and flexible with the students,” said Malone. “They communicate with her through email and go to JoJo’s for meetings.”

Malone thanks businesses for providing real-world learning opportunities for her students. Any business interested in forming partnerships, can contact her at (952) 707-2100.

Posted in Community | Tagged DECA, BHS real-world, real-world ready, marketing, coffee, jojos rise and wine

Auditions for upcoming plays will be held Dec. 3-4

Posted on December 1, 2014

Auditions for this year's One Act plays, including the competition show, "Crimes of the Heart," and the winter play, "Of Mice and Men," will be held on Dec. 3 or 4 after school in C180 at 3 p.m. Please see Ms. Hansen in C272 with any questions.

For the audition, you'll need to prepare a short monologue. Even if you have no previous experience, you are welcome to attend the auditions. Everyone is welcome!


Posted in Arts | Tagged bhs, auditions, theatre guild, One Act plays, Of Mice and Men

Congratulations to the new Junior Class Officers

Posted on November 25, 2014
Congratulations go out to the this year's Junior Class Officers:  
  • Melanie Fox 
  • Maria Graves 
  • Adonya Gray 
  • Ian Harris 
  • Toby Manouphath 
  • Angela Le 
  • Jesse Orak 
  • Regina Thep 
Now that the spots have been filled, all posters can be taken down. Thank you to everyone who applied. We look forward to a fun year!
Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, junior class officers

Senior Party Invitations

Posted on November 24, 2014

Seniors and their parents/guardians should have received a Senior Party invitation. The Senior Party is an end-of-the-year hurrah for seniors, featuring an array of activities, prizes and food. Tickets make a great holiday gift! You can purchase tickets for $70 until December 31; the price increases to $80 beginning January 1. If you need additional information, please email the BHS Senior Party Committee


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

Two BHS students awarded for extraordinary volunteerism

Posted on November 21, 2014

Sunny Vuong (left) and Maedin Abegaz

Two extraordinary student volunteers were recently named local honorees to represent Burnsville High School for the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

Sunny Vuong and Maedin Abegaz are now in the running to be named one of Minnesota's top youth volunteers of 2015. The award is sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals to recognize outstanding community service by young Americans. Selection criteria is based on initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.

“The program's goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities,” said Assistant Superintendent Cindy Amoroso.  

Sunny, a senior, has a volunteered a total of 436 hours since she started as a sophomore at Burnsville High School. She volunteers in an elementary afterschool program and many school events. She also volunteers at a local food shelf and with BrainPower in a BackPack at Burnsville High School, which is a community service project that provides weekend food for elementary students in need.

At Burnsville High School, Sunny participates in the AVID and Upward Bound college readiness programs, Travel Club and Diversity Club. She is a member of badminton and softball teams.

"I volunteer to help my community as much as they have helped me when I was little," said Sunny. "Volunteering has shown me that helping others is really fun and helps me see other people's points of view in life."

Maedin, a junior, has volunteered 130 hours at Fairview Ridges Hospital and with Youth Environmental in Minnesota. She is in the Student Council and serves as secretary for the Youth Advisory Council at Burnsville High School. She also participates in Science Quiz Bowl, Science Club, Green Team, National Honor Society and the Ethiopian Student Association. She is on the cross country and track teams.

"By volunteering at the hospital, I was able to picture myself working in the medical field among other care providers who share the same passion as me," said Maedin, who encourages other young people to volunteer in their community. "I will continue to volunteer at the hospital because it is what I love to do."  

Learn more about the award at

Posted in Student Success, Community | Tagged bhs, volunteer, Prudential, awards

District 191 teachers to present at statewide conference

Posted on November 21, 2014

Nine different staff members from Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will be presenting their work, experience and knowledge at the TIES 2014 Education Technology Conference Dec. 6-9 in St. Paul.

Presenters are instructional technology coordinator Rachel Gorton, Rahn Elementary teacher Cara Slattery, M.W. Savage Elementary teacher Lisa Christen, Harriet Bishop Elementary teacher Joe Risteau, M.W. Savage Elementary teacher Alex Tofte, instructional coach Amy Smalley, media specialist Nancy Meyer, Director of Technology Doug Johnson, and student information and testing coordinator Connie Erickson.

TIES is an  education technology collaborative of 49 Minnesota school districts. The TIES Education Technology Conference has been a leading conference in the Midwest for over 30 years, covering subjects including classroom technology, digital citizenship, and technology support and infrastructure.

For more information about the TIES Education Technology Conference, go to

Posted in Achievement | Tagged TIES, outstanding teachers, technology

Orth named 'Excellent Educator' by WCCO-TV

Posted on November 21, 2014

Metcalf Junior High language arts teacher (and Burnsville High School alumnus) Steven Orth received a surprise visit from WCCO-TV reporter Kim Johnson this week as a station nominated him as an "Excellent Educator." The station praised his ability to connect with students and provide meaningful advice about more than just language arts.

Posted in Achievement, Alumni | Tagged steven orth, metcalf, WCCO, excellent educator, awards, alumni

District 191 spelling bee will be Dec. 1

Posted on November 21, 2014

The best spellers in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will participate in the 31st annual district spelling championship at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1, in the Mraz Center for the Performing Arts at Burnsville High School.

The 31 participants will be the building co-champions from 13 schools in District 191 along with two students representing St. John the Baptist school in Savage. The event is open to the public.

The spelling representatives from Nicollet Junior High are eighth-graders Tyler Schommer, Aradhana Menon and Rachel Dylla. The Metcalf Junior High representatives are eighth-grader Simon Ault and seventh graders Ilhan Adan and Chance Persons. The Eagle Ridge Junior High representatives are seventh-graders Meagan Haase, Brandon Vi and Anastasia Williams. The champion spellers from St. John the Baptist are eighth-graders Joe Brunner and Lucas Lesser.

The building co-champions from the 10 elementary schools in District 191 are: sixth-grader Eloisa Carrasco and fifth-grader Abshir Ahmed of Sky Oaks; sixth-graders Omar Ahmed and Kaitlyn Palacios of Vista View; fifth-graders Anas Mohamed and Bailey Wishart of Sioux Trail; sixth-graders Jurusalem Gebrekristos and Hollyann Marquez of Rahn; sixth-graders Chloe Jones and Hannah Herman of Edward Neill;  sixth-graders Michael Angara and Erika Leeman of Gideon Pond; fifth- grader Anthony Yip and sixth-grader Joshua Holden from Marion W. Savage; sixth-graders Owen Geegan and Evan Beattie of Hidden Valley; fifth-grader Zena Martin and sixth-grader Yana Khetiya of Harriet Bishop, and fifth-graders Ellie Scheldberg and Greta Kneisl of William Byrne.

Students in grades five through eight were eligible to compete for the building championships.

Jennifer Bohr, a sixth-grade teacher at Hidden Valley Elementary School, is coordinating the district's spelling bee activities.

Posted in Student Success

Come out to the Community Remembrance tonight!

Posted on November 21, 2014

#BurnsvilleStrong is hosting the first Community Remembrance on Friday, Nov. 21 in the Heart of the City Park from 7-8 p.m. There will be cookies, cocoa, coffee, a few speakers, and creating and lighting luminaries. Community members young and old are invited to attend the event and remember anyone they've lost. Please join us for an inspiring and grateful start to the holiday season!


Posted in Community | Tagged #burnsvillestrong, heart of the city, nicollet commons park