Winter sports surveys

Posted on February 19, 2015

In an effort to better serve and enhance our athletic program, the Burnsville High School Athletic Department is encouraging student-athletes and their parents to fill out a survey regarding the winter sports season. Please take a moment to provide feedback about your experience with your respective sport. Visit the Athletics website to access the surveys. There are separate surveys for athletes and parents to fill out.

The BHS Athletic Department thanks you in advance for providing this information.

Posted in Athletics, Parents | Tagged bhs, winter sports, survey, athletic department

Harriet Bishop student honored with community service award

Posted on February 17, 2015

Shrey Pothini, a fifth grader at Harriet Bishop Elementary in Savage, has been honored as a Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Service program.

Shrey founded the Harriet Bishop Community Service club when he was in third grade. The club has grown to more than 60 student participants who have volunteered more than 3,000 hours. Club members learn about different nonprofit organizations and then plan service projects to benefit those organizations and the community.

Shrey is using a grant he was awarded to help expand the community service club model to all 10 elementary schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

To read more about the award, go to

Posted in Community, Student Success | Tagged community service, harriet bishop, service, award

Anyone ready for spring sports?

Posted on February 17, 2015

As winter slowly recedes, Burnsville High School is gearing up for spring sports! Below, you will find important information about upcoming meetings, tryouts and more: 

Boys Track and Field
Captains practice will be every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 3 p.m. All boys interested in Track & Field should meet in front of the weight room for practice. Anyone is welcome!
Girls Badminton
Girls interested in playing badminton this spring need to attend a meeting after school on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 2:45 p.m. in room A070. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Limke or Ms. Marshall in the Guidance Office.
Burnsville Fastpitch Softball
A parent/player informational meeting and sign-up is Monday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the BHS cafeteria. All 7-12th grade girls interested in playing high school softball should attend the meeting to meet all the coaches, other players, see clothing selection options and receive all information regarding tryouts and schedules.
Boys Baseball
Registration is open on the BHS Athletics website. Tryout dates are: March 9-13 (9th grade tryouts) and March 16-20 (10-12th grade tryouts) at the Savage Dome. Please attend the booster meeting on Sunday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Mraz Center at BHS. The baseball meeting will follow the large group meeting with the Athletic Director. For more information, visit

Spring Athletic Booster Meetings

  • Sunday, March 1 - Badminton, B/G Track and Field, and Softball booster meetings will have team specific meetings starting at 7 p.m. in the Mraz Center. Meeting with the Athletic Director follows at 8 p.m.  
  • Sunday, March 8 - Baseball, B/G Golf, B. Tennis, B/G Lacrosse booster meetings will have team specific meetings following the main meeting with the Athletic Director at 7 p.m. in the Mraz Center. .
Posted in Athletics, Parents | Tagged bhs, spring sports, athletic department, information night

Ritzy for Rett Syndrome Fashion Show, Luncheon and Sale is Feb. 21

Posted on February 17, 2015

Students are invited to attend the Second Annual Ritzy for Rett Syndrome fashion show, luncheon, dress and accessory sale on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Lakeville Heritage Center. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. and the event begins at noon. The cost is $25 per person. Prom and formal dresses will be displayed and discounted for purchase.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Rett Syndrome research. Please see Mrs. Riggs in the office for registration forms or contact 952-707-2151 for additional information.  

Please see the attached file below for more information.

Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, ritzy for rett syndrome, prom, formal wear, lakeville heritage center

Girls on the Run spring registration now open

Posted on February 16, 2015

Vista View Girls on the Run Spring Team registration opened on Monday, Feb. 16. Girls on the Run uses a running based curriculum to teach 3rd - 5th grade girls to become healthier, stronger and more confident members of the their community. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday (when school is in session) after school until 5 p.m. from March 16 to June 2. Our final 5K run will be on Saturday, May 30.

Registration is first-come first served. Online registration is preferred but if you need a paper registration please contact Cindy Crawford at or Melissa Grover at Foundation 191 and Girls on the Run provide scholarships for any girls who needs one - just ask!



Posted in Athletics | Tagged Girls on the Run, vista view

Self-direction leads to engaged learners in Genius Hour project

Posted on February 16, 2015

A lot of study and a little trial period led to an opportunity for 4th graders to pursue their individual genius in Jon Abrahamson’s class at Vista View Elementary in Burnsville.

Fourth grader Miguel Nunez studies tornadoes for his Genius Hour project in Jon Abrahamson’s class at Vista View Elementary in Burnsville.

Abrahamson’s class is participating in Genius Hour, a concept that encourages student choice by providing an hour each week (or more often in some cases) for them to work on a project of their choosing. The idea originated with search-engine corporation Google and its engineers. 

Abrahamson says he was turned on to the idea through a fellow educator’s blog and then introduced Genius Hour to his class last year and the results were very positive.

“I feel that student choice is really important when it comes to learning,” he said. “It went great and the students were engaged in learning that they were passionate about.”

There are three requirements for Genius Hour projects in Abrahamson’s class: it has to involve some type of learning; students have to show their learning; and students should have fun.

So, for an hour every Thursday, students get to spend time learning about things they care about or have a passion for. The list of subjects includes Guatemala, making websites, writing stories, surviving in the wild, Zach Parise and much more.

“It’s an hour about you,” said Miguel Nunez about why he enjoys Genius Hour. “You get to do your own thing.”

Classmate Danielle Vitez says she chose to study how to make a website because “I didn’t know how to make a website and this is a way to learn that and then share it with others.”

Later this year, Abrahamson says students will be presenting their work using Google presentations, written reports, posters, digital storybooks, infographics and more.

Learn more about Genius Hour at

Tagged genius hour, vista view

William Byrne Elementary to host bullying prevention session

Posted on February 13, 2015

Parents and community members are invited to attend a special bullying prevention presentation at William Byrne STEM Elementary School in Burnsville on Tuesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. 

Presented by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, topics will include the dynamics of bullying, what parents can do, specific information for parents of children with disabilities, and more ways to be involved.

The presentation is sponsored by the William Byrne PTO and the District 191 Special Advisory Council. William Byrne Elementary is located at 11608 River Hills Drive, Burnsville.

Download the flyer for more information.

Posted in Community, Parents | Tagged anti-bullying, bullying prevention, pacer center

BHS Olympic Weightlifting takes first at the Blaze Open

Posted on February 12, 2015

Senior Andy Grahn lifting, with Coach Sahli looking on.
One hundred forty-five lifters from 15 different schools competed at the Blaze Open at Burnsville High School on Saturday, Feb. 7. Burnsville took first place in the varsity division team competition and Little Falls took second place. Burnsville also placed first in the junior varsity division and Lakeville South finished second. Here are the results of the meet:
In the girls' junior varsity division (16 years old or younger):
  • Erin Bachmeier placed first and Anna Bunce placed second in the 44K weight class.
  • Raezjine Merriweather placed second in the 69+K weight class.
In the girls' varsity division (17 years old or older):
  • Jackie LeVvintre placed first in the 48K weight class.
  • Danielle Killpack placed first in the 58K weight class.
  • Grace Peterson placed first in the 63K weight class.
  • Claire Boatman placed first in the 69K weight class.
  • Katie Kleinow placed first in the 75K weight class.
  • Katie Smith placed third in the 75+K weight class.
In the boys' junior varsity division (16 years or younger):
  • Garrett Shanley placed third in the 56K weight class.
  • Travis Agarano placed first and Ryan Radtke placed third in the 62K weight class.
  • Jared Shearer placed first in the 69K weight class.
  • Jon Stockhowe placed second in the 77K weight class.
  • Matt Odegard placed first in the 85K weight class.
  • Nick Burton placed first and Jake Staats placed second in the 94+K weight class.
In the boys varsity division (17 years or older):
  • Bryce Jorgenson placed first and Luke Simon placed second in the 62K weight class.
  • Alex Garlington placed first in the 69K weight class.
  • Kevin Kucera finished second and Eric Voxland finished third in the 85K weight class.
  • Gerrit Olsen finished first and Jacob Engel finished third in the 94K weight class.
  • Jackson Gilman finished first and Jesse Orak finished second in the 105K weight class.
  • Andy Grahn finished second and Armando Ramirez finished third in the 105+K weight class.
Michael Schiller, Ben Nhan and Aneesa Ally didn't compete in the meet because they will be competing at the National Junior Championships in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Feb. 12-14. The team will try to defend their state championship on March 7 at Lakeville South High School.
Congratulations to the Blaze Weighlifting team, and good luck to those heading to the National Junior Championships.
Posted in Athletics, Achievement | Tagged bhs, Olympic Weightlifting, national junior championships, state meet

Sophomore Lindsay finishes sixth at the Alpine state meet

Posted on February 12, 2015

Congratulations to sophomore Jack Lindsay, who finished sixth overall for Burnsville at the Alpine ski meet Feb. 11 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. Lindsay was making his second state appearance in his career.

Way to go, Jack!

For more information, read the article here by Tom Schardin.



Photo credit: Steve Allen


Posted in Achievement, Athletics | Tagged bhs, alpine skiing, state meet

2015 spring sports information

Posted on February 12, 2015

Students wishing to participate in spring athletics must complete and submit the following to Burnsville High School or to their respective junior high prior to tryouts or practice. This information can be turned in at anytime up to start dates. Please submit information as soon as possible.

  • Eligibility packet – Packets can be picked up in the main office at the junior high or BHS, or are available online at the BHS Athletic Website. Eligibility packets need to be filled out once per year.
  • Sports physical – All student-athletes must have a current sports physical on file at BHS to be able to participate. Sports physicals are good for three years from the exact date of the physical.
  • Participation fee – Every sport has a participation fee that must be paid before tryouts or practice. Fees can be paid either online with credit card through the BHS Athletic Website or by cash or check. Waiver forms are available at the junior highs or the BHS main office and are determined by free/reduced lunch eligibility. Fees and/or waiver forms should be turned in to the BHS main office.

All forms and fees for all sports must be turned in before students will be allowed to tryout or practice.


We will be conducting seasonal sports meetings for ALL parents and athletes with information from the Athletics Department. The two dates for these meetings are as follows:

  • Badminton, Boys’ and Girls’ Track and Field, Softball – Sunday, March 1, 7:00 p.m. in the Mraz Center
  • Baseball, Boys’ and Girls’ Golf, Boys’ Tennis, Boys’ and Girls’ Lacrosse – Sunday, March 8, 7:00 p.m. in the Mraz Center


7/8 Grade Boys’ and Girls’ Track and Field $80.00 - Start date: March 30, 2015 
Metcalf (Boys) – Mr. Chad Meyer,
Metcalf (Girls) – Ms. Lori Maidment,

Nicollet (Boys) – Mr. Kevin Silberman,
Nicollet (Girls) – Ms. Danielle Christy,

Eagle Ridge (Boys) – Mr. Jeff Hammer,
Eagle Ridge (G) – Ms. Kristine Helwig,

7/8 Grade Boys’ Tennis $75.00 - Start date: March 30, 2015  
Metcalf – Mr. Derek Nash,
Nicollet – Mr. Adam Iverson,
Eagle Ridge – Mr. Michael Blair,

Baseball $150.00 - Start date: March 16, 2015; 9th grade tryouts on 3/9/15
9-12 grade boys @ BHS
Mr. Mick Scholl,

Softball $150.00 - Start date: March 9, 2015; junior high tryouts on 3/2/15
7-12 grade girls @ BHS 
Mr. Pat Feely,

Blazing Cats Adapted Softball (no tryouts) $130.00 - Start date: March 2, 2015
7-12 grade boys & girls 
Ms. Ronna Johnson,

Boys’ Lacrosse $160.00 - Start date: March 30, 2015 tryouts
7-12 grade boys @ BHS
Mr. Cory Childs,

Girls’ Lacrosse $160.00 - Start date: March 30, 2015 tryouts
7-12 grade girls @ BHS
Ms. Sarah Windhorst,

Boys’ Golf, Greens fees paid to course - Start date: March 16, 2015 tryouts (depending on numbers)
7-12 grade boys @ BHS 
Mr. Larry Opatz,

Girls’ Golf, Greens fees paid to course - Start date: March 16, 2015 tryouts (depending on numbers)
7-12 grade girls @ BHS 
Mr. Todd Farrington,

Boys’ Tennis $130.00 - Start date: March 23, 2015 tryouts (depending on numbers)
9-12 grade boys @ BHS 
Mr. Ben Stapp,

Girls’ Badminton $110.00 - Start date: March 2, 2015 no tryouts
7-12 grade girls @ BHS 
Mr. Jeff Limke,

Boys’ Track and Field (no tryouts) $150.00 - Start date: March 9, 2015
9-12 grade boys @ BHS 
Mr. Jon Shelden,

Girls’ Track and Field (no tryouts) $150.00 - Start date: March 9, 2015
9-12 grade girls @ BHS 
Ms. Jen VanOekel,

Posted in Athletics | Tagged nicollet, metcalf, eagle ridge, tennis, golf, lacrosse, track & field, badminton