Ahcan signs National Letter of Intent

Posted on November 13, 2014

The Athletic Department at Burnsville High School is proud to announce that senior Jack Ahcan signed a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Ahcan has chosen to play Men's Ice Hockey at St. Cloud State University, Division I level.

Ahcan has put together an outstanding athletic career while attending Burnsville High School, as well as demonstrating outstanding academic success in the classroom. The Burnsville community wishes him the best of luck as he continues on with his athletic and academic career.


Posted in Achievement, Athletics | Tagged bhs, Jack Ahcan, national letter of intent, hockey

"Movember" at BHS is growing on students and staff

Posted on November 13, 2014

Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High students are invited to support the Movember campaign, which will raise funds for the Movember Foundation's Men's Health Programs. Teachers at Burnsville High School volunteered to support this campaign by sporting a new beard/mustache style for the month of November. During the lunch periods of November 17-21, students can vote in four different categories:

  • Most Intimidating Mo.

  • Most Dignified Mo.

  • Mo that Needs To Be Shaven Immediately.

  • Mo we Love So Much It Must Stay Until Friday, December 5.

Each vote will be $.25. Students can vote for multiple teachers or a single teacher multiple times. Students can vote as often as their bank account allows. Funds raised will go to charities that support men's health and mental health issues. At the end of Movember, money will be counted and the teacher with the mo' money in each category will be "honored." Winners will be announced on November 25.

Pick your teacher and pick your mo, just don't pick your teacher's mo. Find some quarters and let's help raise awareness of issues affecting men's health.

If you have questions, please see Mr. Burk at the Senior Campus or Mr. Riggs or Mr. Krebs at the Main Campus.


Posted in Parents, Community | Tagged bhs, Movember, men's health, mental health, mustache, beard

'I Love to Read Celebration' is Nov. 13

Posted on November 12, 2014

Join us for the 1st annual "I Love to Read Celebration" on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Rahn Elementary School.

This will be a fun night of celebrating reading with your student. Come and learn about the online reading program "Raz Kids," get helpful reading strategies from Rahn reading interventionists Keri Peterson and Lori Keuler, and enjoy popcorn while reading with your child.

If you have an iPad or table, bring that with you. Otherwise, one will be provided. 

Just by attending, you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble! To add to the fun, you can play bingo for a chance to win additional $5 Barnes and Noble gift cards. 

Plus, every student will leave with a book!

Tagged rahn, literacy, reading

Schools perform play of former Nicollet student, now playwright

Posted on November 12, 2014

When Amy Stead selected a play called "The Track Home" for junior high students to perform this fall, she had no idea it was written by a former student in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

"The Track Home" director Emily Duea, seated, gives student-actors instructions as the cast rehearses at Burnsville High School.

"I was searching for highly-rated dramas for large, young casts," said Stead, a language arts teacher and drama director at Eagle Ridge Junior High in Savage. "This show has won some national awards at festivals. I chose it because of the structure of it and the fact that the characters were compelling and I could envision it on my stage. It is beautifully written." 

Turns out the playwright is Kari Catton, who lived in Burnsville from 1969 to 1973 until her family moved to Sprinfield, Ill, where she now lives.

She heard from her publisher that her former school, Nicollet Junior High, was performing her play, "The Track Home."

"It is quite a coincidence that my old school is doing this play," said Catton. "I am just thrilled beyond belief."

In fact, she's traveling from Illinois to see the performance and a long-time friend from Nicollet, Mel Boudreau Allen, will be joining her.

The following weekend, the combined Nicollet and Metcalf cast will perform at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 and 22 and at 3 p.m. on Nov. 22, also at the PAC at Eagle Ridge Junior High, 13955 Glendale Road, Savage. Stead is directing the Eagle Ridge production while the joint Nicollet/Metcalf production is directed by Emily Duea, a 2010 graduate of Burnsville High School who graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2014 with a double major in Theatre and Psychology.

"My years spent at Nicollet were some of the best," said Catton. "We painted shoes in the gym hallways.  We painted a spiral rainbow in a stairwell." She also recalls Nicollet teachers who led field trips to the Guthrie, were enthusiastic about communications, and who taught typing. They all had an impact on her playwriting.

Catton began writing plays as a second grader and eventually developed the character of Casey who is featured in many stories and adventures including "The Track Home" and its sequel.

She continued to write numerous plays in high school and college, and then majored in theatre. Some of her works were produced and earned awards.

"The Track Home" is about the orphan trains, which were part of a welfare program that transported about 250,000 orphaned and homeless children from crowded cities in the eastern United States to find homes  in rural areas of the Midwest between 1853 and 1929.

"This history just unfolded before me and I buried myself in the research," said Catton. "It was so much fun to discover this dramatic piece of our American history that I had never heard before. It was the perfect motivation for this play."

Posted in Arts, Community, Student Success | Tagged the track home, theater, kari catton, nicollet, metcalf, eagle ridge

BHS WeDay kick-starts year of action at Xcel Energy Center

Posted on November 12, 2014

BHS We Day has joined more than 15,000 people at the Xcel Energy Center today, Wednesday, Nov. 12, to kick-start a year of action through We Act. World renowned speakers and performers, along with tens of thousands of youth, gather together to make this commitment. 

We Day and We Act

We Day is the movement of our time, empowering a generation of young global citizens through an inspirational event and a year-long educational initiative called We Act, which offers curricular resources, campaigns and materials to help turn the day’s inspiration into sustained activation.

We Act is the blueprint for young people to take action as agents of social change.

Why? Because we believe that we are the first generation that can truly end the worst forms of poverty, embrace we thinking and we acting and remove the barriers to youth being agents of social change. And there’s no time to waste: every single day we have the opportunity to make this world a better place. And everyone has a role to play.

How are we doing this? By pushing forward the boundaries of charity and creating change. It’s a worldwide movement that proves anyone can change the world—and revolutionizes how we make that change.

We Day and Free The Children

How are the international charity and the movement of our time connected?

We Day is an initiative of Free The Children.

Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner that educates, engages and empowers youth to become agents of change. We Day inspires us into action.

Visit the WeDay site for more information.

Posted in Community | Tagged bhs, WeDay, Xcel Energy Center

Le heads to Class AA state meet

Posted on November 10, 2014

Congratulations to junior Angela Le, who was the only Blaze swim member to qualify for the Class AA state swim meet during the Section 2AA finals. She took third in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 100 backstroke. 

On Nov. 13-14, Le will head to the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center to compete in the Class AA meet.   

Good luck, Angela! 


Posted in Athletics, Achievement | Tagged bhs, angela le, girls swimming, state meet

Herff Jones at BHS on Friday, Nov. 14

Posted on November 10, 2014

Class ring orders will be delivered on Friday, November 14 during lunch periods outside the cafeteria at the main campus. If you forgot to order a class ring, it’s not too late!  Extra ordering packets will be available in the office. Or, you can talk to a Herff Jones representative on Friday.

At the same time, seniors who forgot to order graduation gear can also meet with Herff Jones to find out what they must do to get their cap, gown and tassel. Also, if you have not completed a graduation registration card, this is your last opportunity to turn it in. Make sure you stop by to speak with the Herff Jones representative.


Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, herff jones, class rings, graduation, cap and gown, senior class

Support BHS Baseball by eating at Buffalo Wild Wings on Monday, Nov. 10

Posted on November 10, 2014

Don't let a little snow stop you from supporting BHS Baseball! Head out to Buffalo Wild Wings in Savage on Monday, Nov. 10 and present the flyer (attached below). BHS Baseball will receive 10 percent of the proceeds from your meal.

Please tell your friends and family about this great fundraising event! Since the program cannot hand out flyers in the restaurant or parking lot on this day, it's important that you forward the coupon to anyone who would enjoy eating at Buffalo Wild Wings and supporting Blaze Baseball!

To make things interesting, Scott Hanson will be competing at 8:00 p.m. in the Blazing Hot Wing Contest! 

Posted in Parents, Athletics | Tagged bhs, baseball, fundraiser, buffalo wild wings

Seniors signing National Letters of Intent

Posted on November 7, 2014

Any BHS senior who is signing a National Letter of Intent to play collegiate athletics at the Division 1 or Division 2 level during the early November signing period should see Mr. Marshall in the athletic office as soon as possible. Burnsville High School wants to properly recognize all of these athletes. Questions should be directed to Jeff Marshall, Athletic and Activity Director, at (952) 707-2111.

Posted in Athletics, Parents | Tagged bhs, seniors, national letter of intent

Krebs featured on KARE11's 'Land of 10,000 Stories'

Posted on November 7, 2014

Photo credit: KAREThe heartwarming story of the relationship between varsity football coach Tyler Krebs, the Blaze football team, and former football coach Dick Hanson, for whom the Blaze football field is named, has been featured on KARE11's "Land of 10,000 Stories." Click the following link to watch the inspiring story:

"Burnsville team bonds with stricken former coach" by Boyd Huppert, KARE11.



(Photo credit: KARE)

Posted in Athletics | Tagged bhs, tyler krebs, dick hanson, kare 11, land of 10, 000 stories