Harriet Bishop student qualifies for state geography bee

Posted on March 11, 2015

Matthew Feraru, a sixth grade student at Harriet Bishop Elementary School in Savage, has qualified to compete at the state level of the National Geographic Bee.

Matthew won the school competition earlier this year and then completed a qualifying test through the National Geographic Society. Only the top 100 students in Minnesota were selected to participate in the state bee.

The state champion will receive a medal, a $100 prize and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent Minnesota at the National Geographic Bee Championship, held May 11-13. The national champion will win a $50,000 college scholarship.

The state competition will take place on Friday, March 27 at St. Cloud State University.

Posted in Student Success | Tagged geography, harriet bishop

Interested in joining BHS Student Council?

Posted on March 11, 2015
The purpose of the Burnsville High School Student Council (Studco) is to promote school spirit and build community. It is a group of  approximately 30 students, 10 from each grade, who apply and are voted in by current student council members. The student council works year-round to organize most school activities and is comprised of dedicated students who want to support all Burnsville students in their academics, activities, athletics and talents.
Student council coordinates a variety of events, including the Homecoming Powder Puff game, bonfire, coronation, junior high assemblies and dance. Winter activities include the Sadies Dance/Masquerade Dance and Snow Week. The year culminates with the All District Dance and Mr. Burnsville.

Students who are interested in joining BHS Student Council should fill out the application and submit it by April 17. Mr. Riggs, Ted Ko or Claire Boatman will contact you about interviews, which will take place the week of April 20. 

All applicants will be notified (through mail) by May 4 their application status.

Posted in Parents, Athletics | Tagged bhs, student council, student activities

Science Fair winners headed to regionals!

Posted on March 10, 2015

Congratulations to the following students who were chosen to continue on to the regional science fair in Mankato on April 25.

Vincent Birch, Lexxi Chanthabouasy, Katherine Coppa, Monica Dinh, Brooke Friese, Maddie Holden, Josh Holden. Carly Johnson, Zoe Lewis, Sierra Link, Liam Nelson, Ali Norton, Ciara Nyberg, Marie Ramos, Drew Rian, Cassie Santelman, Alexa Stirn, Vyvian Strogen, Peter Voigt, McKenzie Weller, Alyssa Wood and Milan Ysaguirre


Posted in Student Success | Tagged science fair, marion w savage

Explore an ocean of books at the spring book fair

Posted on March 10, 2015

The M.W. Savage Spring Book Fair is open online now through March 28, or come to the school and pick out your new favorite books in person. 

The fair will be running:

  • Monday, March 16, 3:45-6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 17, 8-9:15 a.m. and 3:45-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 19, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

To shop online, go to 

Volunteers Needed

To volunteer at the spring book fair, go to Volunteers will receive a free book!

Reading Celebration

Join this year’s reading celebration. Visit the MWS Gym during student conferences to check out what is happening Under the Sea.

Spiritwear On Sale!

Plus, during the book fair, MW Savage Spiritwear will be available.

All purchases benefit our school. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted. For more information on this year’s fall book fair, to volunteer, or if you have questions contact Pam Voigt at or 612-819-4404.

Posted in Parents | Tagged book fair, marion w savage

BHS Quiz Bowl team finishes sixth at state

Posted on March 10, 2015

The Burnsville High School Quiz Bowl team went 7-3 at the State Championship at Eastview High School on Saturday, March 7. In preliminaries, the team went 4-1 to make the playoffs from their grouping. Wayzata B was the undefeated winner in Burnsville's grouping. Moving on to a group of six for the round robin playoff, Burnsville beat Armstrong, St. Paul Academy B and the number one team in the state, Wayzata A (80-2). In the end, Burnsville lost to Eden Prairie B and St. Paul Central.  

From left to right: Les Moffitt (coach), Jacob Tangney, Mitchel Fischer, Kien Truong, Dakota Wickham and Drew Ehler

Burnsville's victory over Wayzata A was an outstanding accomplishment. Wayzata had won nearly every tournament –​ only Eden Prairie had beaten them before. Their loss against Burnsville put them in a difficult position to win the state championship; they would have had to beat Eden Prairie's top two teams in three consecutive matches. And, they were unable to do so.


  • 1st: Eden Prairie
  • 2nd: Eden Prairie B
  • 3rd: Wayzata A
  • 4th: Wayzata B
  • 5th: Mounds Park
  • 6th: Burnsville  

In the last two weekends, Burnsville knocked out Eden Prairie A at ACRONYM (Robbinsdale) and Wayzata A at the state championship!  This puts Burnsville in a great position for nationals. 

Mitchel with his winnings












Congratulations to Mitchel Fischer! He was the second place highest individual scorer in the tournament, earning himself a trophy.  

Posted in Student Success | Tagged bhs, quiz bowl team, state championship

Blaze Olympic Weightlifting team wins state championship

Posted on March 9, 2015

The Burnsville High School Olympic Weightlifting team won the state championship for the second consecutive year on Saturday, March 7 at Lakeville South High School. Burnsville's junior varsity team finished in second place.

In the varsity girls’ division (17 years old or older), Aneesa Ally is the state champion in the 53Kg weight class. Aneesa is now a three-time state champion. Jackie LeVvintre finished second in the 48Kg weight class. Grace Peterson finished second in the 63Kg weight class. Claire Boatman finished second in the 69Kg weight class. Katie Smith finished second and Geneva Brandt finished third in the 75+Kg weight class. Katie Kleinow finished fourth in the 75Kg weight class.

In the varsity boys’ division (17 years old or older), Ben Nhan is the state champion in the 62 Kg weight class. Ben is now a three-time state champion. Michael Schiller is the state champion in the 85Kg weight class. Michael is now a three-time state champion. Kevin Kucera finished second in the 85Kg weight class.  Jackson Gilman finished second in the 105Kg weight class. Abdi Farah finished second in the 56Kg weight class. Bryce Jorgenson finished second and Luke Simon finished third in the 62Kg weight class. Andy Grahn finished third in the 105+Kg weight class. Gerrit Olsen finished third in the 94Kg weight class. Alex Garlington finished fourth in the 69Kg weight class. Jacob Engel finished fifth in the 94Kg weight class.  Eric Voxland also competed at state in the 77kg weight class.

In the junior varsity girls’ division (16 years old or younger), Erin Bachmeier is the state champion in the 44Kg weight class. Miah Keller finished second in the 63Kg weight class. Raezjine Merriweather finished second in the 69+Kg weight class.

In the junior varsity boys’ division (16 years old or younger), Noah Bachmeier is the state champion in the 69Kg weight class. Nick Burton is the state champion and Jake Staats finished second in the 94+Kg weight class. Travis Agarano finished second in the 62Kg weight class. Matt Odegard finished second in the 85Kg weight class. Jared Shearer finished second and Jake Boatman finished fifth in the 69Kg weight class.

Michael Schiller set a new state record in the varsity boys 85Kg weight class with a clean and jerk of 148Kg (325 pounds) and a combined total of 258Kg (568 pounds). Aneesa Ally set new state record in the varsity girls 53Kg weight class with a snatch of 56Kg (123 pounds), a clean and jerk of 66Kg (145 pounds) and a combined total of 126Kg (275 pounds).

Congratulations to the Blaze Olympic Weightlifting team on an outstanding, record-breaking season!

Posted in Athletics, Achievement, Student Success | Tagged bhs, Olympic Weightlifting, state championship

SSC Visual Arts Exhibit runs through March 20 at Normandale Community College

Posted on March 9, 2015

Several Burnsville High School students participated in the South Suburban Conference Visual Arts Exhibit and High School Art Day on Feb. 20. The 'Reception and Awards Night' celebration for the conference exhibit is Tuesday, March 10. The event begins at 6 p.m., with the awards program starting at 6:40 p.m. 

Students showing art at the exhibit include Sabrina Carper, Danielle Fairchild, Erick Meza, Erik Olsen, Jonathon Vang and Jaclyn Weiss.

The exhibit runs through March 20 in the Fine Arts Building at Normandale Community College. The gallery is open to the public during regular business hours. 


Posted in Arts, Student Success | Tagged bhs, visual arts exhibit, high school art day, south suburban conference, awards

Lubbesmeyer receives 2015 Frank Brimsek Award

Posted on March 9, 2015

The Frank Brimsek Award is given to the top high school goaltender in the state of Minnesota in honor of Frank Brimsek, one of the first great American hockey players. This year, the award has been given to Dyllan Lubbesmeyer. He is 13-11-2 with a 2.47 GAA, .897 save percentage and four shut-outs. 

Congratulations to Dyllan on an outstanding hockey career and best wishes for the future!

Posted in Athletics, Achievement | Tagged bhs, hockey, dyllan lubbesmeyer, goalie of the year

Nicollet Junior High AVID program receives national recognition

Posted on March 6, 2015

Nicollet Junior High in Burnsville has been named an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) National Demonstration School because of its success in using the AVID program to help students succeed academically and prepare for college. The recognition was presented at a ceremony March 5, following an extensive on-site review by AVID officials.

Nicollet AVID students celebrate the school’s recognition as an AVID National Demonstration School on March 5.

Reviewers from AVID spoke with students about their experiences in Nicollet’s AVID program on March 5. Several students, including Jackie Kayee, talked about how they were more organized and spent more time thinking about their futures, including college.

At Nicollet, AVID is both a building-wide initiative and an elective class designed to help students prepare for and succeed in college by developing critical thinking and organizational skills and establishing a “college-bound” culture among students.

With this recognition, Nicollet will serve as a model for other schools looking to implement or improve their AVID programs. AVID is implemented in more than 4,900 schools around the country, but only 140 have been selected as National Demonstration Schools.

“Schools chosen as demonstration sites have proven their ability to successfully implement the AVID academic elective course and take the strategies schoolwide to impact all students,” said AVID Chief Executive Officer Sandy Husk.

Nicollet Junior High Principal Renee Brandner said she was pleased that the school was chosen as an AVID National Demonstration School, noting the impact of the program on staff and students.

“We are proud of our AVID program and our school as a whole,” Brandner said. “It’s clear that using the AVID strategies has positively impacted students and staff, and we continue to see a more engaged and college-ready student body.”

Read more about AVID at Nicollet online at

Posted in Achievement | Tagged AVID, nicollet, national demonstration school

Students compete, move on at Twin Cities Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Posted on March 6, 2015

Congratulations to all of the Burnsville High School students who competed in the Twin Cities Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Minnesota on Feb. 27-28.

There were many students who qualified for State. In addition, junior Emily Carlson and senior Colton Van Dorpe qualified for an international competition The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. In May, the students will travel to other cities – Emily to Houston and Colton to Pittsburgh – with their projects.

Congratulations to all, and best wishes to Emily and Colton! 


Posted in Student Success | Tagged bhs, twin cities regional science and engineering, international science and engineering fair