Kindergarten enrollment, information fair set for April 7

Posted on March 18, 2015

Preschool children and their parents/guardians are invited to a 2015 Enrollment & Information Fair in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 on Tuesday, April 7, in Diamondhead Education Center, Upper Level, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway.

Parents/guardians can drop by anytime from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to learn what the district offers to students in the full-day kindergarten program, ask questions, gather information, and enroll on the spot.

“We have a high-quality kindergarten program and we invite parents to learn more about it,” said Superintendent Joe Gothard, who adds that District 191 has been a leader in full-day kindergarten. “Our teachers start children off right for a life-time of learning.”

At the fair, parents will be able to:

  • Enroll now to reserve their child’s spot in the 2015-16 kindergarten class.
  • Learn more about services including school meals, transportation and health services.
  • Talk with school principals, nurses and other district staff members.
  • Register for before- and after-school care (Project KIDS).

In order to complete the enrollment process, parents will need to bring the following for their children:

Required Documents are:
  1. Proof of legal name - birth certificate, passport, I-94, hospital birth record
  2. Proof of residency - home purchase agreement, rent/lease agreement, utility bill (driver's license not accepted)
  3. Immunization record

Childcare and light refreshments will be provided.

Families can also enroll online at or in person at the District 191 Welcome Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy. For more information, please call (952) 707-4180.

Posted in Parents | Tagged kindergarten, enrollment, pre-k

‘Class Acts’ will raise funds for scholarships

Posted on March 18, 2015

Nearly 150 employees in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 are involved in the upcoming 27th annual Class Acts comedy variety show to raise money for scholarships for graduating students.

So far, Class Acts has raised more than $242,000 to help students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School pay for college.

This year’s show, dubbed “An Evening with the Stars” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on April 9-11, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 11. All performances will be in the Mraz Center at Burnsville High School, 600 E. Highway 13.

Staff members will sing, play instruments, act in skits, tell jokes and dance. There will also be a basket raffle again this year. 

Tickets are $5 and available 30 minutes before each show. Tickets can also be purchased in advance by contacting Kari Deering at

Posted in Community | Tagged class acts, scholarships

Parents can discuss classroom placements for 2015-16

Posted on March 17, 2015

Once again this year, parents have the opportunity to meet directly with Principal Nesvig for a brief conference to discuss their child's strengths and weaknesses, as well as what classroom environmental factors they feel are most important.

To select a conference date and time, parents can go to Meetings with Principal Nesvig can be in person or by phone by calling (952) 707-3901 during the time selected time slot. Emails and paper requests will not be accepted.

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BHS senior earns Dease Scholarship, full ride to St. Thomas

Posted on March 17, 2015
With encouragement and support from her teachers, Burnsville High School senior Libin Said submitted an essay to St. Thomas University, one of her top college choices, in hopes of earning a four-year, full-tuition scholarship.
On Friday, March 13, her hopes were realized when a university representative, Codi Seoun, greeted her in the Career Center with some surprising news. Libin was one of 14 students out of 300 applicants to receive the Dease Scholarship, a scholarship program initiated to increase access to a St. Thomas education for students historically underrepresented at the university. This group includes first-generation students, students of color, and students from families without the means to afford a private-school education.
“I never thought I would get the scholarship. I was so surprised,” said Libin. “When they brought me to the Career Center, and Mr. Helke was standing there, I thought I was in trouble. I thought maybe I would be suspended for skipping class and going to the Black History performance instead.”
This year, Dease Scholarship applicants had to answer the question, “What would receiving a Dease Scholarship mean to you personally and how would you use this opportunity at St. Thomas to celebrate cultures of diversity while advancing the common good?”
As the daughter of a single mother who is a Somali immigrant and also disabled, Libin’s expectations of attending college were low. No one in her family has ever gone to college. However, that didn’t stop Libin from challenging herself by taking Advanced Placement and honors classes. Through these classes, Libin learned that a college degree was paramount to her success.
Through volunteering at a local hospital, mosque and her apartment building, where she organized a fashion show and potluck for residents to come together and foster positive relationships, Libin says she has learned the value of celebrating diverse cultures. She also hopes that her voice and perspective of a Muslim woman will advance the common good during a time when the media portrays various voices of her religion.
“Libin is highly motivated to succeed — not just to do a good job but to do the best job that she can,” added Katie Burke, BHS language arts teacher.

In the aftermath of receiving the news, Libin’s aunts and uncles from Europe called to congratulate her. Her mother was shocked.
“It was weird because I don’t like getting a lot of attention, but I felt very loved that day,” said Libin.  
Posted in Student Success | Tagged bhs, St. Thomas University, Dease Scholarship, Libin Said

2015 Spring Testing

Posted on March 16, 2015

To help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and also meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Burnsville High School will be administering several tests when students come back from spring break. Please read the following information regarding the upcoming tests.


10th Grade


All MCA Science Tests are done online and students will be testing in one of the Media Center computer labs. One week prior to testing, room assignments, dates and testing times will be posted outside of the Attendance Office entrance, outside the Media Center entrance adjacent to the elevator, and in the Science hallway.

Testing Dates

  • Thursday, May 7, 2015
  • Friday, May 8, 2015
  • Monday, May 11, 2015
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
  • Thursday, May 14, 2015 (Make-up Testing)


11th Grade

ACT TEST - Make-ups for the ACT are Tuesday, May 12:

The test will begin at 7:33 AM in C180. Passes will be sent for students taking the test.


Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, MCA, ACT, GRAD Writing Test

Ashley Vanderwoude named Athena Award winner

Posted on March 16, 2015

Senior Ashley Vanderwoude was recently named the top female athlete at Burnsville High School, winning the Athena Award. The annual award is handed out to the most outstanding female athlete in each metro area high school.

Vanderwoude, a three-year letter winner, will receive her award at the 43rd annual banquet, held at the Minneapolis Convention Center in May.

Blaze volleyball coach Kari Raymond says, "Ashley was a great student-athlete to have in our program. She is a true competitor, always bringing her best to practice and leading others to do the same. Ashley put the team above herself her senior season by changing positions to libero in order to best meet the needs of the team. She brought a great balance of intensity and encouragement to our team and led by example on and off the court."

In the spring, you can find Vanderwoude on the badminton court, where she is the team's No. 1 singles player. Badminton coach Jeff Limke adds, "Ashley is a great kid. She's one of our captains, along with Amanda Larson and Kayla Kruse. Truthfully, they work as team in captaining, and that explains how Ashley works. She is a leader, but she shares it with her co-captains."

Congratulations Ashley, and best wishes to you this season and beyond!


Posted in Athletics, Achievement, Student Success | Tagged bhs, ashley vanderwoude, volleyball, badminton, Athena Award

Nominate teachers for recognition in ISD191

Posted on March 16, 2015

Parents, students, employees and community members can nominate educators for the annual building Teacher of the Year awards in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. 

Exceptional teachers at each school building will be recognized, and from that group, a District 191 Teacher of the Year will be selected.

The Teacher of the Year program, sponsored by the Burnsville Education Association (BEA), is intended to express appreciation for and celebrate the many outstanding men and women in the teaching profession whose examples serve as inspiration to students and fellow teachers, according to Wendy Drugge Wuensch, a Burnsville High School math teacher who chairs the Teacher of the Year committee. 

Nominated teachers must have completed three full years of teaching in District 191. Selection will be based on exceptional skill and dedication, influence on students, professionalism, community involvement, and a well-articulated philosophy of teaching.

To nominate a teacher, complete the nomination form (attached below) and submit it along with a one-page letter explaining how your candidate fits the selection criteria. Nominations are due by Friday, April 10, and can be submitted to any school or sent to Drugge Wuensch at

Posted in Community, Parents | Tagged bhs, 2015 Teacher of the Year, nominations, one91

Congratulations to first semester A and B Honor Roll students!

Posted on March 13, 2015

Several Burnsville High School students made the A and B Honor Roll for first semester. Please visit the following link to see if your student made honor roll. Congratulations to all the hard-working students on these lists!

Honor Roll

Posted in Parents, Student Success | Tagged bhs, A honor roll, B honor roll, real-world ready

Students excel at Math Masters competition

Posted on March 13, 2015

Harriet Bishop 6th graders participated in the 6th Grade Math Masters competition on March 6 at Lakeville South High School along with 160 individuals and 33 teams from ISD191 and neighboring districts. 

The com​​petition begins with a round of fact drills where the students have five minutes to complete up to 75 order of operations problems. Harriet Bishop had seven students place in the top 20. Tommy Ordahl led the way by finishing first overall. 

Next the students move on to compete in four individual rounds where in each round they would answer eight difficult problems in a ten minute time span. Harriet Bishop had nine students place in the top 10, and again Tommy Ordahl led the way with a first place overall. 

The competition concluded with 33 teams competing in the team rounds. There were three team rounds scored which ended with a very tight race between several schools. Harriet Bishop finished strong with a first, second and seventh place overall. The students worked extremely hard during the school year and should be very proud of their accomplishments. Math Masters teams are coached by teacher Joe Risteau.

6th Grade Math Masters Teams - 2014-15

Harriet Bishop Black
Yana Khetiya
Tommy Ordahl
Nikhitha Gollamudi
Chris Haekenkamp
Mansfield Yiu

Harriet Bishop Yellow
Logan Menning
Matthew Krzmarzick
Shannon Murray
Nick Hughes
Eric Froebe

Harriet Bishop Green
Everett Sandbo
Jade Haugen
Sophie Herzog
Carson Picard
Matthew Feraru

Posted in Student Success | Tagged math masters, harriet bishop

Math Masters

Posted on March 12, 2015

On Friday, March 6, the annual Math Masters Tournament was held in Chaska.  16 students from William Byrne participated with Rick Geddes and Tracey Plante as their advisors.  Students competed through the fact drill, the individual round and within a team.  Competing against 170 participants, William Byrne students won 6 ribbons and one medal. Students who participated are:  Wyatt Isakson, Anthony Friedmann, Joslyn Reuter, Sydney Ernst, Jacob Holtzleiter, Nate Trussell, Luke Trussell, Grace Milhaupt, Kate Christian, Nathan Cao, Justin Walberg, Kianna Walberg, Patrick Francis, Cole Voss, Maddi Anderson and Sara Negasi.