BHS Writing Center opens Tuesday, Oct. 7

Posted on October 6, 2014

The BHS Writing Center opens on Tuesday, October 7. It'll be open every day after school from 2:15-2:45 p.m. This year, the Writing Center will be located in the Media Center. Students can either drop by with any of their papers or sign up for a spot ahead of time on the calendar outside the Media Center. See Ms. Hansen in C272 or a peer coach with questions.  

Posted in Student Success | Tagged bhs, writing center, language arts, peer coaching

District property tax levy may increase for next year

Posted on October 3, 2014

The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education approved a preliminary annual operating levy recently that will locally raise about $34.9 million for the 2015-16 school year. This is about 20 percent of the district's total revenue. School districts receive most of their revenue from the State of Minnesota.

The proposed property tax levy, payable in 2015, would be an increase of 4.10 percent from the current year. The effect of the school district's levy will vary for property owners depending upon individual circumstances. Property owners will receive tax statements from their counties in November with details of their specific situations. 

"Although the dollar amount has increased for 2015, there is also an anticipated growth in the tax base, so it is likely that taxpayers may not see an increase in the school tax portion of their statement," said Lisa Rider, executive director of business services.

For 2014, taxpayers saw a decrease of 2.25 percent, primarily because of legislative action in 2013 to equalize referendum funding for school districts. 

The school district’s annual Truth in Taxation hearing will take place during the regular school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the senior campus commons (upper level) of Diamondhead Education Center, 200 West Burnsville Parkway. This is an opportunity to learn more about the district’s budget and the annual operating levy and to ask questions.

By Dec. 31, the school board must approve a final property tax levy which is the first step in the budgeting process for the 2015-16 school year.

Posted in Finance | Tagged budget, finances, levy

MW Savage Book Fair starts Oct. 10

Posted on October 3, 2014


October 10, 13, 14 during conferences
Check out Sir Readalot’s Kingdom of Books in the MWS Gym
Online Shopping starting October 8

Detailed Dates and Times

  • Oct. 10: 7-9 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Oct. 13: 4-8 p.m.
  • Oct. 14: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Preview the books that will be available at

Online shopping is open Oct. 8-25


To volunteer to help the MW Savage Book Fair, go to

Special Bonus

Preorder the latest "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" book, ad the final book of the "Heroes of Olympus" series will be available for purchase!

All purchases benefit our school.  Cash, Checks, 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

Peanut butter, egg, cheese, jalapeño peppers and hot sauce?

Posted on October 2, 2014

Students are once again partnering with Burger Jones, a Burnsville restaurant, to offer the popular “Blaze Burger” throughout October. The juicy, all-beef patty is beautifully topped with a brilliant mix of pepper jack cheese, jalapeño peppers, a fried egg, hot sauce and peanut butter. Can you say, "Yum?" For each Blaze Burger sold, $1 will be donated to the Randy Shaver Fund.

Burnsville High School students, athletes and fans will help fight cancer when the school hosts its first “Tackle Cancer” football game on Friday, Oct. 10, featuring the Burnsville Blaze and Lakeville North Panthers football teams.  

For additional information about the project, upcoming football game and DECA's campaign, read the story here

To learn more about Tackle Cancer and the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund, go to


Posted in Community, Athletics | Tagged bhs, DECA, football, real-world ready, randy shaver, cancer research

BHS seniors earn national academic recognition

Posted on October 1, 2014

Three seniors at Burnsville High School (BHS) are among the most academically-talented scholars in the country based upon their performance in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship program.

From left, Jack Hanson, Jasmine Lim and Evan Fuller

Approximately 1.5 million students across the country took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), and 50,000 are now being recognized for their outstanding scores.

"These students have earned significant academic recognition — the type that is noticed by admission offices at colleges and universities," said Ashley Welke, a counselor at Burnsville High School. "They can take great pride in this accomplishment."

Jasmine Lim is among fewer than one percent of students who are named as National Merit Semi-finalists. She will now be considered as a National Merit Finalist, a list that will be announced at a later date.

Evan Fuller and Jack Hanson have been named as Commended Students, a designation that goes to fewer than 3.5 percent of those who took the test.

Jasmine is considering a career in mechanical engineering while Jack may go into computer science or engineering, and Evan is thinking about becoming an engineer or chemist. 

Posted in Student Success | Tagged bhs, national merit, scholars

New music classes attract students at BHS

Posted on October 1, 2014

New music classes being offered at Burnsville High School are popular with students, including many who have not been involved in the music program before.

Burnsville High School offers an extensive music department with several bands and choirs along with music theory classes. Orchestra was added this year along with three other new classes: Piano, Guitar and History of Rock & Roll. Nearly 300 students registered for the new classes, surprising even the teachers.

"Everyone loves music," said Molly Holmes, one of the school's music instructors. "But we didn't know for sure what the response would be and how many would register for the new classes. It is wonderful to see so many more students involved in music at Burnsville High School."

"Not every student who loves music wants to be part of a band or orchestra," said Principal Dave Helke. "We wanted to offer some new classes that would be appealing to students who want a different music experience."

Ezana Abraha, 11th grader, is a student like that. He enrolled in both the guitar and piano classes. "This is an opportunity to learn two instruments that I have wanted to learn," he said. "And I can do it right in school."

Research shows that students benefit in many ways from studying music, said Holmes. It boosts test scores, reading/math skills and academic success. It also teaches self discipline and increases self confidence.

Another advantage, said Helke, is that when students find classes that excite them, then they feel more connected to school and are more successful overall. New music classes may also open doors to future careers for students in music-related occupations.

The History of Rock and Roll class focuses on the history of popular music and its impact on society and culture. Students will study the chronological history of significant rock and roll icons, performers and events from the early 1950s through the present day.

In both the Beginning Piano and Guitar classes, basic notes, rhythms and theory will be taught to give students the ability to play beginning piano and guitar music -- individually and in groups. Piano repertoire will include classical, folk, jazz and pop music, while guitar repertoire will include rock/blues, folk, jazz and pop music. Students who complete these courses will be able to further study any musical instrument and gain the knowledge necessary to form a lifelong enjoyment of music.

Posted in Arts | Tagged bhs, music, arts

Senior Panoramic orders due by Friday, Oct. 3

Posted on September 30, 2014

Remember your senior year with a panoramic! Orders for the Class of 2015 panoramic are due by Friday, Oct. 3. The cost is $20. Please drop off your order form at either the main campus office or the senior campus office. 


Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, class of 2015, senior panoramic

Burnsville High School students achieve AP recognition

Posted on September 30, 2014

A total of 68 students have achieved recognition based on their scores on rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) exams they took last spring after completing college-level courses at Burnsville High School.

The nationally-recognized AP Scholar Awards recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. These are academic distinctions that students may cite among their credentials on applications, resumes and so on.

"We are impressed and proud of the success that our students have achieved on AP exams," said Principal Dave Helke. "These students have demonstrated they are prepared to thrive at colleges and universities.”

Some of the students took the tests as seniors and have since graduated while others took the tests as sophomores and juniors and are still attending Burnsville High School. Students who earn a 3 or more on the exams (out of a possible 5) may be eligible for credits, advanced placement, or both, at the colleges and universities they will attend.

Molly Calhoon, class of 2014, and Colton Van Dorpe, a current senior, were named as National AP Scholars -- the highest honor. They were among top students in the United States who received an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Twelve students were named an AP Scholars of Distinction for earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams. They are Sydney Botz, Molly Calhoon, Taylor Ewing, Ross Fuller, Mariah Havlicek, Maxwell Johnson, Christopher Larsson, Samuel Porter, Bonssa Teizazu, Colton Van Dorpe, Amber Wetzel and Dakota Wickham. 

Twenty-four students were named AP Scholars with Honor for receiving scores of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of the exams. They are Selvi Bunce, Katie Carlson, Matthew Dorow, Amanda Fee, Evan Fuller, Sara Funkhouser, Daniel Gillis, Samantha Gray, Nicholas Hall, Kristyna Hughes, Kevin Kucera, Linda Lien, Jasmine Lim, Natalie Neisen, Anh-Thu Pham, Alex Shackleton, Adam Sink, Jacob Tangney, Abigail Ulrich, John Walker, Lauren Warmka, Riley Wedan, Courtney Wolfe and Ralston Yiu.

Thirty-two students qualified to be AP Scholars, for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. They are Jenna Allen, Samir Bushra, Connor Bye, Joseph Carlstrom, Elijah Clements, Marissa Dunning, Samuel Eckstrom, Anna Fritchman, Marie Heim, Grant Hopkins, Lauren Johnson, Samuel Johnson, Brandon Kaas, Nicole Lynch, Alexander Mason, Ella McClarnon, Jordan Medeiros, Tess Mueske, Timothy Oliver, Madeline Orr, Erin Russell, Katrina Smith, Sarah Somar, Ashley Swanson, Madeline Thomas, Logan Trachsel, Kien Truong, Julia VandenBoom, Louie Chelle Villamor, Evan Wenzinger, Claire Williams and Daniel Yousufzai. 

Posted in Achievement, Student Success | Tagged bhs, AP, scholars, academics, real-world ready

BHS Yearbook Now on Sale

Posted on September 30, 2014


The 2015 yearbook is now on sale. The cost of the yearbook, if purchased prior to Spring Break, is $65. If the yearbook is purchased after Spring Break, the cost goes to $85.  

Go to to purchase a yearbook. Use Yearbook ID Code 11442015.

If you have any questions regarding the purchase of a yearbook, please contact Allison Millea, Yearbook Adviser, at

Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, yearbook, lifetouch

Harriet Bishop Service Club earns grant to expand club

Posted on September 29, 2014

It’s one thing to reach out and help those around you. It’s another to organize those around you to help even more people. But Shrey Pothini, a fifth grader at Harriet Bishop Elementary School in Savage, has gone one step further.

Shrey Pothini accepts the $25,000 grant from State Farm. 

The founder of the Harriet Bishop Community Service Club, which has been highly successful both in terms of the work it’s done and the number of students who have contributed, Shrey committed last year to expanding the club to the nine other elementary schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. With some writing help from his mom, Seema, he recently received a $25,000 grant from State Farm to accomplish just that.

“As soon as I started the club at Harriet Bishop, I hoped other schools would start clubs too,” Shrey said. “When I saw how popular the club was at our school and how we were able to help to thousands of people, I decided it was time for more action.

“It's something I want to see happen because I believe everybody in the elementary schools can make the world a better place and students shouldn't have to wait for junior high or high school to do service,” he said.

According to Shrey, the money will be used to purchase supplies and cover expenses for community service clubs at other schools as they begin their work. Shrey and other Harriet Bishop student leaders will also help their peers get off on the right foot by sharing their experiences and knowledge.

“I was obviously thrilled to see the award,” said Erika Nesvig, principal at Harriet Bishop. “The best thing about the award is that students will be teaching other schools about the Service Club. I think that is what will make it even more powerful.”

The award was presented to Shrey and the Harriet Bishop Service Club at a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 2.

Posted in Community, Student Success | Tagged community service, service, harriet bishop, shrey pothini, grants, state farm