Join us for a great night at SHOWcase!

Posted on February 6, 2015

Join us tonight for SHOWcase, our annual, fully staged variety show  that features the dynamic vocal, dance and musical talents from our own Burnsville High School students. This year, we journey into the world of television with 'Channel Surfing' and tours through MTV, ESPN, CNN and more.  Enjoy music from Disney, Chicago, Broadway, John Lennon, Toto, Travie McCoy, Bruno Mars and many more!

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mraz Center and performances run Feb. 6, 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 students.

Posted in Arts | Tagged bhs, SHOWcase, theatre guild, student variety show

Girls Nordic ski team wins Section 3 meet; boys team finishes fourth

Posted on February 5, 2015

Congratulations to the Girls Nordic Ski team, which won the Section 3 meet Feb. 3 at Theodore Wirth Park. The team will head to Biwabik for the State Tournament Feb. 12. 

Ninth-grader Kelly Koch led the Blaze team, which finished with 375 points.

On the boys' side, sophomore Nate Blichfieldt finished fourth overall, and the team finished with 315 points. Blichfieldt qualified individually for state.

Best wishes to all the individuals moving on to the state meet! 

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Posted in Athletics, Achievement | Tagged bhs, nordic skiing, sections, state meet

With one successful effort completed, Hidden Valley Elementary Service Club begins another

Posted on February 5, 2015

New and used shoes of all kinds — athletic, heels, sandals, boots, wingtips and more — were collected during the first official project of the new Service Club at Hidden Valley Elementary School in Savage in January called “Shoe Away Hunger.”

Hidden Valley students worked to organize donated shoes during their January service project.

The goal of 500 pairs was blown away with a total of 1,378 matched pairs being collected with a few stragglers yet to count. All donations were picked up by Good in the Hood, an organization that resells or recycles shoes to fund programs that feed the hungry.

The effort was led by students who are members of the Student Council and the Ambassadors with support from Stephanie Cin, the school’s behavior interventionist, and Peni Renner, president of the Hidden Valley PTO. Parents and staff also assisted with the matching, binding, sorting and counting at Hidden Valley’s first official all-school Service Club meeting held during the school’s winter dance.  

Hidden Valley partnered with Unique, a local thrift store that donated shoes to support the school’s effort, after the child of one of its managers came home all excited about the project.  

The Service Club is already into its second project, a book drive and exchange that ties into February as “I Love to Read Month.” Students are asked to bring in gently used books and a swap will take place with every student walking away with a book that is new to them, said Cin.

The goal is to gather 700 books so that 600 could exchanged among Hidden Valley students. The remaining 100 could be donated to the Toy Corner in Savage, which provides gently used books and toys to area children who might not otherwise have them.

Student service clubs, like the new one at Hidden Valley, are starting up at all elementary schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

Posted in Community | Tagged community service, youth service, service, hidden valley, I love to read month, shoe away hunger

BHS hockey players contend for Mr. Hockey, Frank Brimsek awards

Posted on February 5, 2015

Senior Jack Ahcan is among the candidates for the 31st annual Mr. Hockey Award. Additionally, Dyllan Lubbesmeyer is a finalist for the Frank Brimsek Award, in recognition of the state’s top senior goaltender.

The Mr. Hockey Awards Banquet will be held at noon on Sunday, March 8 at the Grand Ballroom at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. The Minnesota State High School League Boys’ Hockey Tournament will be held at Xcel Energy Center and Mariucci Arena, March 4-7. The Minnesota Wild sponsor the Mr. Hockey Awards Banquet. The Mr. Hockey Award is hosted, coordinated, and presented by the Minnesota Minute Men.

The Mr. Hockey Award is given to the outstanding senior high school boys’ hockey player in the state of Minnesota and is selected by a panel of National Hockey League Scouts, Junior Scouts/Coaches and selected media members from around the state.  The Frank Brimsek Award will also be presented at the banquet.

Read the entire article about the Minnesota Minute Men announcement right here.

Good luck to Jack and Dyllan, and congratulations on an outstanding high school hockey career!


Posted in Athletics | Tagged bhs, boys hockey, Mr. Hockey, Frank Brimsek Award

BHS teacher is candidate for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Posted on February 5, 2015

Burnsville High School teacher Mark Riggs is among 123 candidates to be the 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

Riggs was selected last spring as the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Teacher of the Year. He is a graduate of Burnsville High School who now teaches physical education and health at the school, advises the Student Council and coaches multiple sports.

"My philosophy of teaching is about making the experience of every student a positive one," said Riggs. "I always want students to understand the power of knowledge and understand the importance of making lasting memories along the way."

Over the next couple of weeks a 25-member panel of community leaders will name a group of semifinalists and finalists, according to Education Minnesota, which heads up the selection process. The 2015 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced on May 3.

Riggs was the first recipient of the District 191 Inclusive Education Practices Award established in 2011 by the district's Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) to recognize staff members who are including students with disabilities in classrooms and extracurricular activities.

In addition to teaching and advising, he has coached football, wrestling and track and field. Also, he currently serves as the athletic coordinator, supervising events in the winter and spring.

Riggs volunteers through several community organizations including the Minneapolis Miracle which provides holiday gifts for children in need, the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, the Burnsville Fire Muster and the Burnsville Athletic Club.

Posted in Achievement, Alumni | Tagged bhs, teacher of the year, mark riggs

District 191 schools will compete to reduce waste, save money

Posted on February 3, 2015

Students and staff members in fifteen buildings will compete to see who can reduce their food waste the most during the second annual Battle of the Buildings competition in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 from Feb. 2 to March 13.

Student members of the Hidden Valley Green Team (from left) Tessa Clausen, Kara Klavins, Joltzin Flores and Jenna Huseby sort through waste during lunch.

In 2014, the challenge was to reduce electricity use by turning out lights, unplugging appliances not in use, and setting building temperatures a little lower. Sioux Trail Elementary in Burnsville won the competition by reducing their energy usage by 29.1%, and saving money while also conserving natural resources.

This year, the challenge is based on recycling and composting. An important goal is to save more money, but also to preserve the environment. Through their involvement, students are learning the science of sorting and composting and being good stewards of the earth.

There are three different challenges and three ways to win:

  • Best Sorting Overall - Building with the best sorters who put the most items in the correct bins at lunch.

  • Most Improved Sorting - Building with the highest improvement in correct sorting

  • Least Food Waste (per student) - Building with the least food waste per student.

Schools began composting in recent years and have already made progress. Through better waste management, District 191 has reduced costs by more than $1,500 per month, or about $13,500 per year that can be spent on educating students instead of hauling garbage.

But there is still room for improvement. If every school correctly sorted all of its waste, the items that can’t be composted or recycled (wrappers, plastic baggies, etc.) from the lunchroom would amount to less than 100 pounds per day across the entire district.

During the challenge, high school students will be sorting waste to measure how well each building is doing and to learn more about conservation and waste reduction. Elementary students at some school will be conducting their own weekly sorts as well to measure progress.

The winning building will receive a tree of its choice to plant on school grounds.

Posted in Finance | Tagged green, conservation, waste reduction

Five Burnsville Blaze Athletes sign National Letters of Intent

Posted on February 2, 2015

The athletic department at Burnsville High School is proud to announce that five student-athletes will sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Feb. 4, to play their respective sports at the NCAA Division I or II college of their choosing. Signing on Wednesday will be:

  • Aaron Berg, football, North Dakota School of Science
  • Tahi Dixon, football, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Scott Richardson, baseball, Des Moines Area Community College
  • Brett Shepley, football, Augustana College
  • Jahvonta Wilson, football, North Dakota School of Science

All of these athletes have put together outstanding athletic careers while attending Burnsville High School, as well as outstanding academic success in the classroom. The Burnsville community wishes them the best of luck as they continue on with their athletic and academic careers.

Posted in Athletics, Achievement | Tagged bhs, national letter of intent, football, baseball

See what BHS is all about at Discover BHS Night on Tuesday, Feb. 3

Posted on February 2, 2015

Students, families and community members are invited to attend Discover BHS Night on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. Discover all that Burnsville High School has to offer in academics, the arts and activities/athletics!

Download the Event Schedule


“We want to provide an opportunity for future students and their families to hear and see what Burnsville High School is all about, how we meet the needs of our students, and how we’ll offer even more if the Vision One91 referendum is approved,” said Principal Dave Helke. “But this is also for community members who have never been to BHS or maybe haven’t been in a long time.”

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. with a presentation in the commons area featuring a panel of teachers and students discussing their experiences at the school. Principal Dave Helke and Superintendent Joe Gothard will explain how Vision One91 calls for creating a comprehensive four-year high school that increases access for all students to honors, advanced placement and elective courses.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., visitors can take a student-led tour or a self-directed tour around the school to see recent updates to the building, and learn about the school’s unique programs and learning spaces.

There will also be three 20-minute informational sessions available on how the school creates a strong community, supports students to be real-world ready, and focuses on college and career readiness. Various activities will be featured and participants will be able to ask questions and gather information.

“There truly is something for everyone at Burnsville High School,” said Helke. “We hope people will attend and Discover BHS,” said Helke.

Some Burnsville High School highlights:

  • College credit programs like Advanced Placement, College in the Schools with the University of Minnesota, and dual enrollment in community colleges
  • College readiness programs like AVID, Upward Bound, and College Possible
  • Engineering, Computer Science, Scientific Research, and Technology curriculum
  • Media Arts, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts curriculum
  • Automotive Services and Construction Trades curriculum
  • Student development opportunities like Youth Service, WeDay, #burnsvillestrong
  • Specialized learning spaces like the TV studio, Preschool Lab, and Keyboarding Labs
  • Strong partnerships supporting students including Headway Emotional Health Services, 360 Communities, Burnsville Area Learning Center and the Burnsville Police Department
  • Approximately 40 athletic teams and over 60 activities and clubs including DECA, Robotics, Environmental Club, Stock Market Club, Theater and much more.
Posted in Community, Referendum, Parents

National School Counseling Week

Posted on February 2, 2015

Burnsville High School will be focusing on “Liberty and Learning for All” in celebration of National School Counseling Week.

You might wonder what that means. Liberty is defined as “the power of choosing, thinking, and acting for oneself.” Learning means to gain knowledge through systematic study. So, this week we will consider how individuals can be responsible for their own learning and behavior here at school and at home with friends, parents and teachers to have 'Lasting Impact.'

It’s not always easy to be responsible. Every day there are distractions and roadblocks — tough classes, peer pressure, friendship problems, social media, family concerns and more. School counselors want to help students overcome those obstacles to reach their full potential and learn how to be responsible for learning and their life. School counselors help to 'Build Yourself' up. 

Please stop by the Guidance Office this week to celebrate National School Counseling. On Tuesday, Feb. 3 in the Career Center, you can fill out a survey and get a frosted treat, courtesy of the School Counseling Department. Students are welcome to visit during their study hall or lunch. Seniors can stop by the Tech Lab at the senior campus to fill out the survey and get a treat!

Contact the Guidance Office if you have any questions.

The school counselors thank you in advance for celebrating with them!




Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, guidance office, school counseling week, career center, real-world ready

Snow Week culminates with Neon Dance on Saturday, Jan. 31

Posted on January 30, 2015

Snow Week has been a blast at Burnsville High School, with themed dress-up days, trivia, a medallion hunt and athletic events. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.

Tonight, the Blaze Boys Basketball team takes on Eagan at 7 p.m. in the BHS gym. Come out and support the team! It's going to be a great game, and there will be relays during halftime. Also, the highly-anticipated Neon Dance is set for Saturday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m. to midnight in the BHS gym. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Thanks to staff and student council for another successful Snow Week!


Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, snow week, student council