Metcalf, Nicollet theater students present 'Oklahoma!'

Posted on February 25, 2015

Theater students from Metcalf and Nicollet junior highs will be presenting the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" this spring. Performances will be March 4-7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mraz Center for Performing Arts at Burnsville High School. 

Set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, "Oklahoma!" tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. A secondary romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado Annie.

Tickets are $8 adults, $7 seniors, $5 students and can be reserved online at or purchased at the door the evening of the performance.







Posted in Arts | Tagged theater, mraz center, oklahoma!, nicollet, metcalf

Gustafson memorial basketball game will raise funds for scholarships

Posted on February 25, 2015

Students and staff at Metcalf Junior High School will honor a former teacher with a special public event that will also raise funds for scholarships.

Renae Gustafson

The eighth annual Renae Gustafson Scholarship Basketball Game with staff versus students will take place at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at the school, 2250 Diffley Road, Burnsville. Tickets are $3 with all proceeds going to a scholarship fund at Burnsville High School.

"Renae had a wonderful sense of humor and she always brought that to Metcalf and her classroom," said Lucretia Jeffers, a teacher at Metcalf who was a friend of Gustafson. "We play, as she would have wanted us to ... poorly, but with spirit! We carry on."

Gustafson was a physical education teacher and coach at Metcalf who was killed in a car accident during spring break in 2007. Several scholarships have been presented in her name to former Metcalf female students as they graduated from Burnsville High School.

For more information, contact the school at (952) 707-2400.

Posted in Community | Tagged scholarship, metcalf, gustafson, basketball

Fund-raiser at Freddy's on March 3

Posted on February 23, 2015

Enjoy a burger and shake and know you're supporting Eagle Ridge Junior High at the same time when you go to Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers on Tuesday, March 3 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Bring the flyer below, and 15 percent of your order will be donated to the school. 

Freddy's is located on the northeast corner of Highway 13 and County Road 42 in Savage.



Tagged fund-raiser, eagle ridge

Auditions for 'Aladdin' are Feb. 24-25

Posted on February 23, 2015

Auditions for the Eagle Ridge spring play "Aladdin" are Feb. 24-25 starting at 3:10 p.m. each day in the school's Performing Arts Center. Audition information can be picked up from Mrs. Stead in Room 1001 or in the main office. Students should sign up for a day to audition on the posters in the music suite area.

The tech positions and student director positions have been filled. In addition, no set crew will be needed, as the set is being built for the company. 

A large company is needed for this show. All cast members are on stage performing for more than 70 percent of the show. Students grades 7, 8, and 9 are welcome to audition.

Performance dates for "Aladdin" are:

  • April 23 at 7 p.m.
  • April 24 at 7 p.m.
  • April 25 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • April 30 at 7 p.m.
  • May 1 at 8 p.m.
  • May 2 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Come join us for this year's musical spectacular!

For information, contact Amy Stead or Molly Holmes.

Posted in Arts | Tagged theater, eagle ridge, aladdin

District 191 elementary art exhibit continues through April 5 at Burnsville’s Ames Center

Posted on February 23, 2015

A Children’s Art Festival featuring over 100 selected pieces of artwork by students in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will be on display from Feb. 26 to April 5, in the gallery of the Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., in Burnsville.

The exhibit will include drawings, paintings and a variety of three-dimensional works from students in kindergarten through grade 6 from all 10 elementary schools in the district.

“This exhibit is a wonderful opportunity for families and community members to see how hard our students work to achieve their artistic goals," said Sara Merkel, art teacher at Edward Neill Elementary School and organizer of the event. "It is exciting to see all the different ways our students perceive the world around them and how they choose to share their ideas. We can all be very proud of their artistic accomplishments.”

The free opening reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. The exhibit will be closed March 13-15 and March 20-22. The Ames gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. There is no charge to view the exhibit.

In addition to Merkel, other elementary art teachers are Elizabeth Weilandgruber, Lynn Pauly, Roely Lawrence, Kelly Knott, Jill Derouin, Kathryn Petri, Mara Schriver, Kelly Rae Vo, and Jennifer Cooper.

Posted in Arts, Student Success | Tagged art show, Ames Center, elementary

Parent-teacher conferences set for March 18-19

Posted on February 23, 2015

We invite all parents to attend parent conferences with their child on the evening of Wednesday, March 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and the morning of Thursday, March 19 from 7:30-11 a.m.  Please note the time changes for conferences from the district calendar.

Prior to conferences, please look up your child's schedule on SchoolView so you know the teachers you need to see. Also, think about any specific questions you may have regarding your child's performance in a class so you are prepared to ask them at the conference.

When you arrive for conferences, please enter through our main entry at Door 2 (by the flagpole). There will be a table as you enter to pick up information.

The majority of teachers will be located in our lower level front hallway (CTE, Music, and PE teachers), commons area (Language Arts and World Language), media center (Math), lower level back hallway (Science), and upper level C commons area (Social Studies) immediately at top of stairs.

Some teachers are not available during all of the conference times and their schedules are listed below.  Also, please note that teacher availability may be subject to change due to illness, emergencies, or other unexpected, unavoidable conflicts.  In the event a teacher who you wish to conference with is not here, please send them an email directly or contact them and leave a voice message indicating you would like to discuss your child's progress.





Kristina Aars

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Nathan Anderson

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Not available

Kathy Bunkers

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

7:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Colleen Coleman

Not available

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Jen Graff

Not available

7:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Marie Hansen

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

7:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Sara Holcombe

Not available

7:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Brian Perry

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Not Available

Karin Sauermann Page

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

7:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Jennifer Waller

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

7:30 AM – 11:00 AM

David Weinberg

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Parents interested in attending a FAFSA Workshop should visit the Media Center (M102/103) on Wednesday, March 18 from 5-8 p.m.  There will be free assistance to students and families who are applying for financial aid for postsecondary education. 

For more information, please contact Marcia Sexton in the Career Center at 952-707-2339.


Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, spring conferences, real-world ready

BHS boys hockey team advances to section title game

Posted on February 23, 2015

Congratulations to the boys hockey team in their overtime victory against second-seeded Prior Lake on Saturday, Feb. 21 in the Section 2AA semifinals at the Bloomington Ice Gardens. The Blaze will be up against top-seeded Edina in the final on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Tickets ($12 adults, $8 students) for Wednesday's hockey game at Mariucci Arena at the University of Minnesota will be on sale in the main office beginning at noon on Monday through noon on Wednesday. 

Posted in Athletics, Achievement | Tagged bhs, boys hockey, section finals, mariucci arena

Create a poster for your BHS 2015 graduate!

Posted on February 23, 2015

Create a poster honoring your BHS 2015 Graduate to be displayed at the 2015 Burnsville High School Senior Party on June 5!

Here are some instructions regarding the Senior Poster

You have plenty of time to create a beautiful poster featuring your graduate! Posters are due June 3.

For questions related to using Focus in Pix free software and online ordering, contact Teresa at 952-891-8707. Calls will be answered Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Email at or visit for contact form, tips & tutorials. If it is between 2-5 p.m., please call Cornerstone Copy at 952-891-8700.
Burnsville High School Senior Party contacts are Karen & Leon Stebbins at 952-215-7998 or and Angie & Eric Gislason at 612-839-3625 or
For more information about the Senior Party, please visit the Class of 2015 webpage.
Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, class of 2015, senior party, senior poster

"Of Mice and Men" opens Thursday, Feb. 26; senior preview canceled

Posted on February 20, 2015

Of Mice and Men opens Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and runs through March 1.

Please note that there will be no senior preview for the final rehearsal on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 3:30 p.m. However, admission for senior citizens is free for the evening performances Feb. 26-28. Also, student tickets are Buy One/Get One Free when students purchase their tickets Thursday evening at the door. This offer is open to any K-12 student in the metro area. 

Hope to see you there!



Posted in Arts, Community | Tagged bhs, theatre guild, Of Mice and Men, steinbeck

Winter sports surveys

Posted on February 19, 2015

In an effort to better serve and enhance our athletic program, the Burnsville High School Athletic Department is encouraging student-athletes and their parents to fill out a survey regarding the winter sports season. Please take a moment to provide feedback about your experience with your respective sport. Visit the Athletics website to access the surveys. There are separate surveys for athletes and parents to fill out.

The BHS Athletic Department thanks you in advance for providing this information.

Posted in Athletics, Parents | Tagged bhs, winter sports, survey, athletic department