BHS will open Academic Resource Center (ARC) on Oct. 28

Posted on October 22, 2014

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Burnsville High School will open the Academic Resource Center (ARC), a designated space for all students to complete homework and get after-school academic help. It is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Media Center. Teachers and staff members are on hand to assist students with their work. The open study space features tables, computers with internet access and printers. This academic workspace is intended to provide students with resources to meet their academic potential.

To attend the ARC, please sign up online here or scan the QR code to visit the sign-up form.

Or, you can sign in upon arrival in the Media Center. Contact Mr. Pettinelli or Mr. Bellmont if you have any questions. 

You can access the ARC webpage via the Academics and Resources sections of the BHS website.


Additionally, the Writing Center is open 2:15-2:45 p.m. Monday-Friday in the Media Center. Peer coach assistance is available. The sign-up is located just outside the Media Center. Contact Ms. Hansen if you have questions. 


Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, academic resource center, real-world ready

Winter sports registration and meeting

Posted on October 21, 2014

Winter athletics start as early as Monday, October 27. Online registration, payment and current sports physicals need to be completed before the winter sport begins. If you previously registered for a fall sport this year, you do not need to complete the registration form again. If you have any athletic registration questions, please contact Jeanine Riggs in the Athletic Office at (952) 707-2151.

Also, tonight there is an athlete-parent meeting for those students planning on participating on either the girls hockey team, boys hockey team, Nordic ski team, alpine ski team, girls basketball team or Olympic Weightlifting team. The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Mraz Center. Individual sports meetings will follow the all-sport meeting. Boys swimming, boys basketball, and wrestling athletes will have their meeting on Monday, November 17.

Posted in Athletics, Parents | Tagged bhs, winter sports, registration, meeting

Ready! for Kindergarten fall session is Oct. 21, 23 and 25

Posted on October 21, 2014

READY! for Kindergarten is an innovative program offered by District 191 Community Education that provides parents of infants to five-year-olds the opportunity to impact the lively early learning years before a child enters school, helping to lay the foundation for successful learning in the future. It is completely free for District 191 residents.

READY! for Kindergarten teaches parents how to "play with a purpose," building strong minds and relationships. Parents learn activities and recieve materials to make learning at home fun and effective based on their child's current age.

Fall 2014 sessions are held Oct. 21, 23 and 25 at Diamondhead Education Center, 202 W. Burnsville Pkwy. Various times are available for each age range. Additional sessions will be held in the winter and spring, and parents should only attend one session per season. For the full listing of dates and times, go to the READY! for Kindergarten registration page.

For more information, contact Carmen Cook at or call (952) 707-4150.


Posted in Parents | Tagged early childhood, READY for kindergarten, community education

Good luck to Blaze Volleyball in 3AAA Sections!

Posted on October 21, 2014

Good luck to the Blaze Varsity Volleyball team as they head into 3AAA Sections against Bloomington Jefferson tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. The game will be held at Jefferson High School.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students. Passes will not be accepted.

Go Blaze!


Posted in Athletics | Tagged bhs, blaze, varsity, section tournament

Senior All-Night Party Committee Meeting

Posted on October 20, 2014

If you have a student who is a senior at BHS, please plan to attend the Senior All-Night Party Committee meeting on Monday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at BHS Main Campus, Room 150A (in hallway between Mraz Center and Gymnasium). Help promote the #BurnsvilleStrong initiative by planning a fun, safe night for our seniors to celebrate together! Come to the planning meeting to learn more about the party, help set the budget and ticket prices, get involved with a committee and help implement the new theme!

Currently, there are several volunteer roles that need to be filled, including a secretary and chair people for decorations, food, hospitality and casino, as well as several more committee members.

Thank you in advance for considering a volunteer position and for helping making this special event for seniors a success!

Visit Sign-Up Genius to see where you can help. 

Contact Ms. Welke or Ms. Dyrhaug if you have questions.

Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, senior class party, parent volunteers

Nominations sought for 4th annual Inclusive Education Practices Award

Posted on October 20, 2014

Barbara Gierada, a teacher at William Byrne Elementary, was the 2013 Inclusive Education Practices Award winner.

Nominations are being sought for the 2014 Inclusive Education Practices Award to recognize outstanding school staff members whose work ensures students with disabilities receive an inclusive education in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

The award was created by the district's Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC), which is comprised of parents, community members, school staff and administrators. The group advises the special education department on policy and program planning.

SEAC is seeking nominations of school staff members who put the qualities and words of the District 191 Strategic Roadmap — Expectations, Respect, Integrity and Partnership — into action in support of inclusive education practices.

Nominations are due by Friday, Oct. 31. A winner will be announced in December.

Inclusive education is:

  • children with all abilities participating and learning together.
  • ensuring that each and every student feels welcome and that their unique needs and learning styles are attended to and valued.
  • the realization of community membership and greater opportunities for academic achievement and social involvement for all students.

Previous recipients of the award are teachers Mark Riggs of Burnsville High School, Leanne Banks of Eagle Ridge Junior High and Barbara Gierada of William Byrne Elementary.

For more information, contact Stephanie Corbey at Download the nomination form below.

Posted in Community | Tagged inclusion, special education, award, SEAC

Winter sports meeting slated for Tuesday, Oct. 21

Posted on October 20, 2014

Attention winter sports athletes and parents!

There will be an athlete-parent meeting on Tuesday, October 21, for those students planning on participating on either the girls hockey team, boys hockey team, Nordic ski team, alpine ski team, girls basketball team or Olympic Weightlifting team. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mraz Center. Individual sports meetings will follow the all-sport meeting.

Boys swimming, boys basketball and wrestling athletes will have their meeting on Monday, November 17.

Please contact the Athletic Department at 952-707-2151 if you have any questions.

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

Monster Mash needs Zombies!

Posted on October 20, 2014

Join your fellow zombies for a fun night of socializing and dancing at the first-ever Monster Mash on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 8 p.m. to Midnight! Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Save one dollar by bringing a non-perishable food donation to support BrainPower in a Backpack. Don't forget to wear a costume!

Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, monster mash, costume, dance, BrainPower in a Backpack

BHS is No. 1 in College in the Schools program

Posted on October 13, 2014

Students at Burnsville High School get a jump start into post-secondary learning by taking college-level courses right at their school.

Burnsville High School teacher Katie Burke works with students in her College in the Schools writing class.

One way is through College in the Schools (CIS) and students have been enthusiastic about this program. In fact, Burnsville High School ranked first in participation and credits earned from among the 125 high schools that offer CIS through the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Last year, BHS students set a new record for their school by earning 3,653 credits which saved them nearly $1.7 million in tuition since high school students do not pay to take CIS classes. Earned credits apply to the University of Minnesota but also transfer to other colleges and universities across the country.

"By taking CIS classes, students experience the rigor and increased pace of a college class while still in the comfortable support of their high school," said Principal Dave Helke. "This is the best possible preparation for future success at colleges and universities."

Burnsville High School offers CIS courses in American History, government, economics, literature, writing, calculus, sociology, public speaking, Spanish level 5 and French level 5. High school students taking CIS courses follow the same curriculum and are held to the same academic standards as students on the University of Minnesota campus.

Seventeen teachers in District 191 have been selected to receive training from the University of Minnesota to teach CIS courses. They are Kristina Aars, Katie Burke, Colleen Coleman, Wendy Drugge, Michelle Dyrhaug, Matt Eppen, Michael Franssen, Sara Holcombe, Tim Lehner, Dave McDevitt, Teresa Meuser, Ben Stapp, Nate Strand, Katherine Van Schoonhoven, Gloria Webber, David Weinberg and Kathryn Wendling.

“We are fortunate to have so many teachers dedicated to their own professional learning and active in all of the professional development and networking opportunities available through CIS," said Helke. "Their impact on the achievement of our students is evident in these numbers.”

Posted in Student Success, Achievement | Tagged bhs, College in the Schools, college-ready, real-world ready

Adults will read to youngsters to set new record on Oct. 21

Posted on October 13, 2014

Literacy for young learners is the focus of a national effort on Oct. 21 called "Read for the Record" in which Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will participate.

Savage Mayor Janet Williams read to students at M.W. Savage Elementary during Read for the Record in 2013.

At several schools and community locations the same book, “Bunny Cakes” by Rosemary Wells, will be read to young children. In addition, Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz has proclaimed Oct. 21 as Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Day in the city.

This is part of a national effort to focus attention on the importance of early literacy by setting a new record for the largest shared reading experience.

“Last year’s book was read to more than 3,000 children locally and over 2.4 million nationally," said Vicki Roy, one of the event's organizers. "We hope to beat that number with this year’s event."

Readers at locations across the community will include District 191 Superintendent Joe Gothard, Burnsville High School Athletic Director Jeff Marshall and mascot Sparky, State Sen. Jim Carlson, Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom, Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, Burnsville City Manager Heather Johnston, Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire, Eagan City Manager Dave Osberg, Savage Mayor Janet Williams. Savage City Manager Barry Stock, Burnsville Chamber Executive Bill Corby, Savage Chamber Executive Anne Masis, local business people, police officers and members of local civic organizations. 

“By participating in Read for the Record, we focus attention on ending the achievement gap in early education and promoting a solid foundation for all children to succeed academically while we help set a new world record,” according to Cindy Check, coordinator of District 191's Community Education Early Childhood Family Education.

“Bunny Cakes” will be read in Spanish at 2:30 p.m. in the lower-level atrium at Diamondhead Education Center and the Savage Library is featuring the book at the 10:30 a.m. Early Literacy Preschool Storytime on Oct 21. Contact to register your group or individual for the event or to let Check know you have read the book online at

“We hope parents, grandparents and friends will take this chance to read to a child,” said Roy. "It helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap. Read for the Record helps to highlight the importance of reading.”

Posted in Community | Tagged read for the record, literacy, community, early childhood