Picture an elective high school physical education class in your mind and it probably involves a lot of boys getting exercise and letting off steam by playing some competitive sport. But that’s far from what you get if you visit the wrestling gym at Burnsville High School during the first and last hours of the day.
Lori VanderWoude is in her sixth year of teaching “Yoga, Pilates and Fitness” to BHS students who are looking for something different than action-packed competition. Instead, her students — mostly girls, but more than a handful of boys, too — experience dimmed lights, quiet background music, and time learning how to relax through movement.
Practicing yoga three days a week with pilates and cardio exercises the other two, VanderWoude says the skills students learn will help them stay healthy and deal with the stresses they have in their lives.
“It’s a fitness class, but we do talk about relaxing, breathing and dealing with stress. We talk about using deep breathing and other techniques to help stay relaxed and focus if you’re getting ready for a test,” VanderWoude said. “I’ve had kids tell me that it works. It’s great that they can take what they learn here and use it in their lives.”
Senior Kelly Keenan echoed those sentiments as she explained why she registered for the class.
“It gets me active and motivated,” Kelly said. “And school stresses me out and this is great stress relief.”
On Fridays, VanderWoude has introduced an extended period of deep relaxation time. It’s hard to imagine, but at those times, her class has 30-plus teenagers who are completely still, quiet and unplugged. She says she wasn’t sure it would work, but once students learned how, they are thriving on that down time
VanderWoude says the class was developed as a way to appeal to students who weren’t interested in the more competitive classes. Plus, she says, it’s something everyone can do.
“From athletes to students with special needs,” VanderWoude said, “this is a great option for a wide range of students.”
There will be an NCAA clearinghouse informational meeting on Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at Burnsville High School in the Mraz Center. This meeting is for all student-athletes interested in participating in collegiate athletics. Students of all grade levels and parents are invited to attend.
If you have any questions, please contact Jeanine Riggs in the Athletics Department at 952-707-2151
The Burnsville High School Winter Drumline placed first in the Scholastic A Division of the Minnesota Percussion Association (MPA) Championships in St. Cloud, Minn. on Saturday, March 28. The victory completed an undefeated season in all of the MPA competitions in which the team participated.
This year, the drumline also placed very highly at a regional competition run by the national circuit – Winter Guard International (WGI) – and placed ahead of some groups it had never beaten before.
The last time the BHS Winter Drumline placed first in the MPA Championships was in 2010. Each of the past few years, the team has inched its way to the number one spot, finishing second last year and third the year before.
This year's show, called “The Grass is Always Greener,” included music, movement, theatrics, and uniforms, costumes and props created by the staff. The show featured a huge wall in one corner of the floor and centered on the team trying to get through that wall. Through this, the team’s intent was to show that their new way was no better than what it already had. In the end, the team discovered the green inside and learned to be happy with what it had.
“I am incredibly proud of the students for working so hard and having fun to make this show come to life,” said director Paul Connell. “I am also very grateful to have a passionate staff to help design and teach the show, a great parent group that supports us at every turn, and the support of the BHS Music Department and Activities Director Jeff Marshall.”
The BHS Winter Drumline is directed by Paul Connell and supported by a design and instructional team, including Jordan Wein and Mack Steinberg and BHS alumni Matt Schmeichel, Alex Claseman, Gavin Andersen and Alex Cole.
The Minnesota Chapter of The National Football Foundation is excited to announce the 2015 John Gagliardi Legacy Award winner, Dick Hanson, to be recognized at the 8th Annual Minnesota Football Honors May 3, 2015 at the Hilton Minneapolis.
For 24 years from 1969 to 1993, Hanson took the Burnsville High School football program to new heights. In his time with the Blaze, he guided the team to a 192-56-2 record that yielded 11 conference championship titles, 11 sectional championships and state championships in 1972, 1980, 1985, 1989 and 1991.
A graduate of Grand Forks Central High School, where he was a member of the 1952 state championship basketball team and lettered in golf, Hanson went on to garner his bachelor of science degree in mathematics education in 1956 at the University of North Dakota before taking additional education courses at both the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas. He became the head coach at Burnsville High School after serving as an assistant coach for the team from 1960-68.
Hanson also saw success off the field when he was named the District No. 191 Teacher of the Year and the Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 1968. He was a runner-up for the National Teacher of the Year in 1969.
Later in his career, Hanson earned the Presidential Award for Mathematics Teaching, Education Minnesota’s Distinguished Educator Award and had involvement with the National Mathematics Journal Board. Hanson also became an adjunct professor at St. Thomas, St. Olaf and Bemidji State and was a consultant for NASA and Hewlett Packard.
Hanson, for whom Burnsville named its football field in 2006, was inducted into Grand Forks Central High School’s Hall of Fame in 1993, was a member of the Burnsville High School Hall of Fame’s inaugural class and was a Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee in 2012.
The 8th Annual Minnesota Football Honors, presented by the Minnesota Vikings, will take place Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Hilton Minneapolis. College and professional football Hall of Fame inductees are scheduled to attend the event, and WCCO-TV news personality Frank Vascellaro will return for his eighth year as Master of Ceremonies. The event is open to the public. To register or for additional information about this years Minnesota Football Honors, please visit www.minnesotafootballhonors.com.
Preschool children and their parents/guardians are invited to a 2015 Enrollment & Information Fair in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 on Tuesday, April 7, in Diamondhead Education Center, Upper Level, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway.
Parents/guardians can drop by anytime from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to learn what the district offers to students in the full-day kindergarten program, ask questions, gather information, and enroll on the spot.
“We have a high-quality kindergarten program and we invite parents to learn more about it,” said Superintendent Joe Gothard, who adds that District 191 has been a leader in full-day kindergarten. “Our teachers start children off right for a life-time of learning.”
At the fair, parents will be able to:
- Enroll now to reserve their child’s spot in the 2015-16 kindergarten class.
- Learn more about services including school meals, transportation and health services.
- Talk with school principals, nurses and other district staff members.
- Register for before- and after-school care (Project KIDS).
In order to complete the enrollment process, parents will need to bring the following for their children:
- Proof of legal name - birth certificate, passport, I-94, hospital birth record
- Proof of residency - home purchase agreement, rent/lease agreement, utility bill (driver's license not accepted)
- Immunization record
Childcare and light refreshments will be provided.
Families can also enroll online at www.isd191.org/enroll or in person at the District 191 Welcome Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy. For more information, please call (952) 707-4180.
Nearly 150 employees in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 are involved in the upcoming 27th annual Class Acts comedy variety show to raise money for scholarships for graduating students.
So far, Class Acts has raised more than $242,000 to help students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School pay for college.
This year’s show, dubbed “An Evening with the Stars” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on April 9-11, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 11. All performances will be in the Mraz Center at Burnsville High School, 600 E. Highway 13.
Staff members will sing, play instruments, act in skits, tell jokes and dance. There will also be a basket raffle again this year.
Tickets are $5 and available 30 minutes before each show. Tickets can also be purchased in advance by contacting Kari Deering at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again this year, parents have the opportunity to meet directly with Principal Nesvig for a brief conference to discuss their child's strengths and weaknesses, as well as what classroom environmental factors they feel are most important.
To select a conference date and time, parents can go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d45a8ad2e5-classroom. Meetings with Principal Nesvig can be in person or by phone by calling (952) 707-3901 during the time selected time slot. Emails and paper requests will not be accepted.
In the aftermath of receiving the news, Libin’s aunts and uncles from Europe called to congratulate her. Her mother was shocked.
To help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and also meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Burnsville High School will be administering several tests when students come back from spring break. Please read the following information regarding the upcoming tests.
2015 SPRING TESTING INFORMATION
MCA SCIENCE TEST:
All MCA Science Tests are done online and students will be testing in one of the Media Center computer labs. One week prior to testing, room assignments, dates and testing times will be posted outside of the Attendance Office entrance, outside the Media Center entrance adjacent to the elevator, and in the Science hallway.
- Thursday, May 7, 2015
- Friday, May 8, 2015
- Monday, May 11, 2015
- Tuesday, May 12, 2015
- Wednesday, May 13, 2015
- Thursday, May 14, 2015 (Make-up Testing)
ACT TEST - Make-ups for the ACT are Tuesday, May 12:
The test will begin at 7:33 AM in C180. Passes will be sent for students taking the test.