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Neill Elementary named ‘Reward School’ again

Posted on October 10, 2014

Staff and students at Edward Neill Elementary School in Burnsville were rewarded in early October with the announcement that the school was named a “Reward School” by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for the second consecutive year.

Based on state test results, student growth from year to year, and success in narrowing the achievement gap between white and minority students, the designation places Neill in the top 15 percent of schools statewide that serve a significant population of low-income students. A total of 131 schools in Minnesota qualified for this recognition. According to the MDE, Reward Schools should serve as models for other schools in the state.

Principal Elizabeth Vaught praised the efforts of school staff to meet the needs of each student.

"We take time to sit down and have productive conversations about individual student data and how we can support learning," she said.

Vaught added that the school emphasizes caring for the whole child, including academic, emotional and social needs.

"We believe that academic achievement cannot occur unless a student feels welcome and cared for throughout the school,” she said. “At Neill, we place importance on emotional health and positive school culture as a pathway to academic success."

Every school and educational program in District 191 develops an annual School Improvement Plan. Created by teams of teachers and school leaders, these plans lay out specific goals for the school and outline the research-based steps the school will take to improve student achievement.

Posted in Achievement, Student Success | Tagged edward neill, MMR, Reward School, achievement

Gideon Pond earns ‘Reward School’ status for fourth straight year

Posted on October 10, 2014

In early October, Gideon Pond Elementary School in Burnsville became one of only 20 schools in the state to be named a “Reward School” for the fourth consecutive year.

The designation, given by the state Department of Education, is based on state test results, student growth from year to year, and success in narrowing the achievement gap between white and minority students. It places Gideon Pond in the top 15 percent of schools statewide that serve a significant population of low-income students. According to the MDE, Reward Schools should serve as models for other schools in the state. Only 131 schools in the state achieved the recognition this year. 

Principal Kristine Black said that there is a shared commitment among Gideon Pond staff members and students’ families to make sure all students are receiving what they need in their learning. In particular, she pointed to the school’s system of interventions and enrichments that give each student instruction at their level in addition to core instruction.

"Our goal is not only to make a year’s worth of growth for all students, but to accelerate their growth as well,” Black said. “Creating this system has allowed us to make sure we’re using our resources, staff and professional development to maximize student achievement."

Every school and educational program in District 191 develops an annual School Improvement Plan. Created by teams of teachers and school leaders, these plans lay out specific goals for the school and outline the research-based steps the school will take to improve student achievement.

Posted in Student Success, Achievement | Tagged MMR, gideon pond, Reward School, achievement

Winter sports at Nicollet JH

Posted on October 10, 2014

There are numerous opportunities for junior high students to participate in winter sports, including at Nicollet and as part of teams at Burnsville High School.

Boys’ 9A and 9B Basketball: Boys’ 9A basketball is open to any interested 9th grade boy. The team will conduct tryouts at the high school and will consist of a limited number of players. Any 9th grade boy who does not make the 9A team is encouraged/welcome to try-out for the 9B team at their respective junior high. Boys’ 9B Basketball is open to any 7th-9th grade boys who would like to try out for 9B basketball, an extension of the high school program. Each junior high will field its own 9B team and will compete against other 9B high school teams. Practices will be held at Nicollet with games taking place at both the high school and the junior highs. 9th grade students are encouraged to try out for the 9A team that is housed at the high school. These tryouts will take place starting Monday, November 3rd. 9th grade students who don’t make the 9A team and all 7th/8th grade students can try-out for the Nicollet 9B team at Nicollet starting on Wednesday, November 5th. If you have any questions, please contact Head Coach Matt Eppen at meppen@burnsville.k12.mn.us.

Girls’ Basketball is open to any and all interested 7-9th grade girls. The team will offer 4 levels this year – varsity, JV, B Squad, and 9A. Depending on the number who tryout, cuts may have to be made. All practices and games will be held at BHS. Please check the BHS Girls’ Basketball website or contact head coach, Larissa Parr, at risparr7@gmail.com for more information.

Dance Team is open to all 7-8th grade girls at Nicollet. The start date will be Monday, October 27th. Girls should meet in the cafeteria at Nicollet for practice. Girls should come prepared to dance by wearing shorts, t-shirts, and tennis shoes. Please contact head varsity coach, Anna Abbe at aabbe@burnsville.k12.mn.us if you have any questions.

Boys’ Hockey is open to any interested 9th grade boy. The team will conduct tryouts with players potentially being cut due to limitations in squad size. Practices and games are held at the Burnsville Ice Center. Please check the BHS Boys’ Hockey website or contact Janne Kivihalme, head coach, at jjkivihalme@mchsi.com for more information.

Girls’ Hockey is open to any interested 8-9th grade girl. The team will conduct tryouts with players potentially being cut due to limitations in squad size. Practices and games are held at the Burnsville Ice Center. Please check the BHS Girls’ Hockey website or contact Tracy Cassano, head coach, at Tracy.Cassano@district196.org for more information.

Alpine Skiing is open to any and all interested 7-9th grade girls or boys. Practices and meets are held at Buck Hill Ski Area. Please check the BHS Alpine Ski website for more information or contact Derek Nash, head coach, at dnash@burnsville.k12.mn.us or 952-707-2459 or Tim Bocklund, head coach, at tab@penncycle.com.

Nordic Skiing is open to any and all interested 7-9th grade boys or girls. Practices are held at Terrace Oaks Park in Burnsville. Please check the BHS Nordic Ski website for more information or contact Chris Harvey, head coach, at charvey@barr.com.

Boys’ Swimming is open to any and all interested 7-9th grade boys at Burnsville High School. Practices and meets are held at the BHS pool. Please check the BHS Boys’ Swimming website for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Michelson, head coach, at amichelson10@gmail.com.

Olympic Style Weightlifting is open to any and all interested 7-9th grade boys or girls. Practices are held in the BHS Weight Room. Please check the Olympic Style Weightlifting website for more information or contact Scott Sahli, head coach, at scott.sahli12@gmail.com.

Wrestling is open to any and all interested 7-8th grade students at Nicollet. 9th grade students will participate on the BHS team with practices and competitions being held at BHS. 7th and 8th grade students will start on Monday, November 17th at Nicollet in the auxiliary gym. 9th grade students will start Monday, November 17th at the BHS wrestling gym. Uniforms are provided. Students are strongly encouraged to wear wrestling shoes. If you have any questions, please contact Zach Wilson, head coach at zachwilson44@gmail.com

Posted in Athletics | Tagged nicollet, winter sports

2014 winter athletics at Eagle Ridge

Posted on October 10, 2014

Athletic Opportunities at Each Junior High

Wrestling is open to any and all interested 7-8th graders at each junior high. 9th graders will participate on the high school team with practices and competitions being held at the high school. 7th and 8th graders will start on Monday, November 17 at each respective school. Eagle Ridge students should meet in the cafeteria. 9th graders will start on Monday, November 17 at the high school in the wrestling gym. Uniforms are provided. Wrestling shoes are strongly encouraged. If you have any questions, please contact Zach Wilson, head coach, at zachwilson44@gmail.com.

Dance Team is open to any and all 7-8th grade girls at each junior high. Start date will be Monday, October 27. Girls should meet in the cafeteria at each respective school for practice. Girls should come prepared to dance by wearing shorts, t-shirts, and tennis shoes. Please contact head varsity coach, Anna Abbe at aabbe@isd191.org if you have any questions.

Boys’ 9B Basketball is open to any 7th-9th grade boys who would like to try out for 9B basketball, an extension of the high school program. Each junior high will field its own 9B team and will compete against other 9B high school teams. Practices will be held at each junior high with games taking place at both the high school and the junior highs. 9th graders are encouraged to try out for the 9A team that is housed at the high school. These tryouts will take place starting Monday, November 3rd. 9th graders who don’t make the 9A team and all 7th/8th graders can try-out for their school’s 9B team at their junior high starting on Wednesday, November 5. If you have any questions, please contact Head Coach Matt Eppen at meppen@isd191.org.

Athletic Opportunities for Junior High Students at the High School

Boys’ Swimming is open to any and all interested 7-9th grade boys at Burnsville High School. Practic-es and meets are held at the BHS pool. Please check the BHS Boys’ Swimming website for more in-formation. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Michelson, head coach, at amichel-son10@gmail.com .

Alpine Skiing is open to any and all interested 7-9th grade girls or boys. Practices and meets are held at Buck Hill Ski Area. Please check the BHS Alpine Ski website for more information or contact Derek Nash, head coach, at dnash@isd191.org.us or 952-707-2459 or Tim Bocklund, head coach, at tab@penncycle.com.

Nordic Skiing is open to any and all interested 7-9th grade boys or girls. Practices are held at Terrace Oaks Park in Burnsville. Please check the BHS Nordic Ski website for more information or contact Chris Harvey, head coach, at charvey@barr.com .

Olympic Style Weightlifting is open to any and all interested 7-9th grade boys or girls. Practices are held in the BHS Weight Room. Please check the Olympic Style Weightlifting website for more infor-mation or contact Scott Sahli, head coach, at scott.sahli12@gmail.com .

Girls’ Hockey is open to any interested 8-9th grade girl. The team will conduct tryouts with players potentially being cut due to limitations in squad size. Practices and games are held at the Burnsville Ice Center. Please check the BHS Girls’ Hockey website or contact Tracy Cassano, head coach, at Tracy.Cassano@district196.org for more information.

Boys’ Hockey is open to any interested 9th grade boy. The team will conduct tryouts with players potentially being cut due to limitations in squad size. Practices and games are held at the Burnsville Ice Center. Please check the BHS Boys’ Hockey website or contact Janne Kivihalme, head coach, at jjkivihalme@mchsi.com for more information.

Girls’ Basketball is open to any and all interested 7-9th grade girls. The team will offer 4 levels this year – varsity, JV, B Squad, and 9A. Depending on the number who tryout, cuts may have to be made. All practices and games will be held at BHS. Please check the BHS Girls’ Basketball website or contact head coach, Larissa Parr, at risparr7@gmail.com for more information.

Boys’ 9A Basketball is open to any interested 9th grade boy. The team will conduct tryouts at the high school and will consist of a limited number of players. Any 9th grade boy who does not make the 9A team is encouraged/welcome to try-out for the 9B team at their respective junior high. Please contact head coach, Matt Eppen, at meppen@isd191.org for more information.

High School Dance Team tryouts begin October 20th - 23rd and are open to 9th-12th grade stu-dents. Please check the announcements for the date and time of upcoming informational meeting. Any questions please contact Anna Lardy at AAbbe@isd191.org.

Posted in Athletics | Tagged winter sports, eagle ridge

Fall 2014 Conferences at ERJH

Posted on October 10, 2014

At Eagle Ridge Junior High School we value having all of our parents attend conferences. We also value students attending conferences with their parent(s) or guardian(s). Your child is expected to attend conferences with you and be an active participant in the process. We want students to be active participants in conferences by providing information, answering questions, or setting goals.

  • Thursday, Oct. 9 from 4:30-8 p.m. - Drop in, arena style - All teachers will be in the cafeteria or the gym.
  • Monday, Oct. 13 from 4:30-8 p.m. - Drop in, arena style - All teachers will be in the cafeteria or the gym.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 7:30-11:30 a.m. - Drop in - All Teachers will be in their classrooms.

Posted in Parents | Tagged parent-teacher conferences, eagle ridge

Battle of the Bands at The Garage

Posted on October 9, 2014

Check out the Battle of the Bands being sponsored by The Garage in Burnsville on Saturday, October 11. If you are in high school and have a band that you'd like to enter into the competition, submit your band name and information to Anthony Dattilio

Rock on!

Posted in Arts, Community | Tagged bhs, battle of the bands, the garage

Ready to get your "Orange" on?

Posted on October 9, 2014

Burnsville football is hosting its first “Tackle Cancer” game on Friday, Oct. 10, as they play against the Lakeville North Panthers. Don't forget to pick up a Burnsville DECA-designed t-shirt for $10. Seniors can also purchase a shirt in the office at the Senior Campus.

SuperFans are staging an “orange out” that night, so be sure to wear your orange to the game in support of our Tackle Cancer efforts.

You can read more about Tackle Cancer here.

 
 
 
 

 

Posted in Community, Athletics | Tagged bhs, tackle cancer, randy shaver, DECA

District 191 schools boost their state accountability ratings

Posted on October 8, 2014

NOTE: This information has been updated on Oct. 9 based on new calculations provided by the Minnesota Department of Education. 

Seven of the 15 schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 increased their ratings on the state's measurement of school performance called Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR), according to information from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).  

The MMR score is based on students' scores on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) state tests along with yearly academic growth for students and the reduction in the achievement gap between racial and economic groups of students.

Schools that improved their MMR scores for the 2013-14 school year are: Burnsville High School, Edward Neill Elementary, Gideon Pond Elementary, Harriet Bishop Elementary, Sioux Trail Elementary, Vista View Elementary and William Byrne Elementary.

Three of the schools -- Edward Neill, Gideon Pond and Vista View elementaries -- had the most significant increase in the combination of growth proficiency and closing the gap.

“This progress speaks to the efforts of everyone in our schools who is focused on increasing student success across the district," said Assistant Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. "Our goal is proficiency and growth for all students in Burnsville, Eagan and Savage.”

In addition to the MMR rating, schools also received a rating on their progress in closing the achievement gap between white and minority students. Six schools showed progress on that measure: Burnsville High School, Edward Neill, Gideon Pond, Harriet Bishop, Vista View and William Byrne.

Two schools in District 191 achieved Reward School status. They ranked among the top 15 percent of Minnesota schools that qualify for federal Title I funding, which is based on the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches. This is the fourth consecutive year that Gideon Pond Elementary in Burnsville has been designated as a Reward School and the second consecutive year for Edward Neill Elementary, also in Burnsville. Reward Schools should serve as models for others in the state, according to MDE.

Marion W. Savage Elementary in Savage is eligible to apply for Celebration status for the second year in a row. The school is among the top 25 percent of Title I schools in the state.

Despite improving its MMR score and rising from the 48th percentile to the 75th percentile among public schools in Minnesota in terms of its achievement gap in the previous year, Sky Oaks Elementary in Burnsville was named a Focus School because it landed in the lowest 10 percent of Title 1 schools in the state last year. Focus schools are required to set aside 20 percent of Title I funds to support school improvement efforts.

“While we are pleased with overall steady progress in our district, we will continue to provide an even stronger academic program, at every level, for our all our students," said Amoroso. 

Schools work in several ways to boost MMR scores. Most importantly, said Amoroso, every school and educational program in District 191 is required to develop a School Improvement Plan (SIP) each year. Created by teams of teachers and school leaders, these plans lay out specific goals for the school and outline the research-based steps the school will take to improve student achievement.

Some of the other steps District 191 schools have taken to improve student achievement include:

  • Strategic use of data so instruction can target individual needs of students, at all levels.
  • New math curriculum (Math in Focus, commonly called Singapore Math) for kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • Expansion of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college readiness program to Metcalf and Eagle Ridge junior high schools. It's already in place at Nicollet Junior High, Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School.
  • The Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program in all schools to set consistent expectations about behavior and reinforce good choices made by students, creating an improved learning environment.
  • Other improvements in programming to meet students’ social, emotional, nutritional, behavioral, and language acquisition needs are also being implemented.
Posted in Achievement | Tagged MMR, state tests, accountability

No school Oct. 13-17

Posted on October 6, 2014

There will be no school for students from Monday, Oct. 13 through Friday, Oct. 17, due to parent-teacher conferences and the Education Minnesota Professional Conference for teachers.

Parents, please make sure you attend parent-teacher conferences, where teachers will provide input on your child's progress in his/her classroom. It is a great opportunity to hear how your child is doing in school and get feedback about his/her performance. In addition, other school personnel will also be available to answer your questions.

  • October 13 • 5-8:30 p.m.
  • October 14 • 7:30-10:30 a.m.
Posted in Parents, Student Success | Tagged bhs, parent-teacher conferences, no school

Bowls for BrainPower gearing up for another year of service

Posted on October 6, 2014
Do you want to be part of an exciting team that makes ceramic bowls, teaches others and raises money to feed hungry children in our school district? It's a great way to volunteer! Attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 pm in H108 or see Mr. Hammes.
 
Bowls for BrainPower is a community fundraiser for people to make a free-will donation to our hunger cause and receive a beautiful, hand-made pottery bowl and a meal of soup and bread! The bowl goes home as reminder that some people face an "empty bowl" all too frequently. Proceeds from Empty Bowls events always go to a hunger cause, and ours go to buy food for children in ISD 191 (Burnsville-Eagan-Savage) through BrainPower in a BackPack. 
 
Empty Bowls started in 1990 with students and an art teacher searching for a way to make a difference by serving in their community. Together they came up with the idea to make clay bowls, serve a simple soup and bread meal, and let participants keep the bowl as a reminder that many people frequently have too little to eat. From that humble beginning in a single school, the idea has spread across the nation and around the world and now each year millions of dollars are raised to fight hunger through Empty Bowls events. Small actions, like making a bowl, CAN make a BIG difference. 
 
Posted in Community, Arts | Tagged bhs, Bowls for BrainPower, BrainPower in a Backpack, youth service

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