BHS team places third in Stock Market Game

Posted on January 23, 2015

A team of two Burnsville High School students placed third among 1,100 teams in the Fall 2014 Stock Market Game sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.  

Carter Frey and Kayla Williams

Kayla Williams and Carter Frey were honored at an awards ceremony at Wells Fargo in Minneapolis on Jan. 23.

Both are members of the after-school Stock Market/Investment Club at Burnsville High School coached by business education teacher Cindy Drahos.

Through participation in the Stock Market Game, students compete by managing an imaginary stock portfolio of $100,000. They improve their financial literacy skills through investment strategies and expand their ability to work as a team using decision-making and critical-thinking skills.

“This is very relevant real-world learning for our students,” said Drahos. “The Stock Market Game is a hands-on opportunity for students to learn about how the stock market reacts to the ever changing elements in U.S. and international markets.”

Posted in Achievement, Student Success | Tagged bhs, real-world ready, business education

Foundation's event will benefit schools in District 191

Posted on January 23, 2015

Foundation 191 will host its "Grapes & Grains for Grants" fund-raising event on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Ames Center in Burnsville to benefit learners in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. .

The event will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and will feature wine and craft beer tasting sponsored by Red Lion Liquor of Burnsville, appetizers by the Mediterranean Cruise Café, and a silent auction.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. They can be purchased online at or, as well as in person from any Foundation 191 board member and at Red Lion Liquor, 12400 Nicollet Ave.  

Proceeds benefit Foundation 191, which provides grants to enhance, enrich and expand educational opportunities in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. Over the past five years, the foundation has awarded nearly 50 grants totaling over $47,000 for learning activities in the schools.

Foundation 191 is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation qualified to accept tax-deductible donations.

Posted in Community | Tagged Foundation 191, fund-raiser, community

New service club at Hidden Valley Elementary begins first project

Posted on January 22, 2015

The new Service Club at Hidden Valley Elementary School in Savage is off to a strong start by scheduling services projects each month for the remainder of the school year. The first project is collecting new and used shoes through Jan. 30 for Shoe Away Hunger, an organization that resells or recycles shoes to fund programs that feel the hungry. All types of shoes — casual, formal, athletic, boots, skates, flip flops, etc. — are wanted and can be dropped off at the school.

Taking the lead are students who are members of the Student Council and the Ambassadors. They have gone to every classroom to promote the service project with their classmates. Stephanie Cin, behavior interventionist, and Penny Renner, president of the Hidden Valley PTO, are supporting the service projects.  

“We want little ones to know they can make a big difference locally and in the wider Twin Cities through their service projects,” said Cin, who added that the first service project will benefit both the environment and people in need. A local business called Unique is donating footwear to the service project.

Cin sees the service club as an expansion of community service projects the school has always done such as the $900 collected for Toys for Tots in December.

“It’s important for our students to think about problems in the community and to develop solutions,” said Cin. “This is an essential part of them becoming good citizens.”

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

Shrey Pothini, a student at Harriet Bishop who founded their community service club, received a $25,000 grant from State Farm to expand service clubs across District 191. “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.

Posted in Community | Tagged community service, service, hidden valley, shoe away hunger

Mobile computer science class is breaking ground at BHS

Posted on January 22, 2015

Mobile computing is not the future. It’s the now, and thanks to teacher Cindy Drahos, students at Burnsville High School aren’t having to wait to dive in to mobile programming.

Alex Schatz shows some of the code behind the mobile app he is developing with his team.

Over the last year, Drahos took extensive training in order to bring a still-in-beta Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles class to Burnsville. The school is one of only two in Minnesota offering the course.

Instead of focusing on one particular programming language – like Visual Basic or Java – students in this course work through seven big ideas of computer programming: creativity, abstraction, data information, algorithms, programming, internet and global impact. As the teacher, Drahos also gets to choose what platform her students will use to explore these big ideas, and she chose mobile, specifically the Android operating system.

“It’s interactive and students can absolutely relate, and often they’ll be working on something they can use on their own phones,” Drahos said.

Through the first semester, which covers the first four “big ideas,” students have developed as many as eight mobile apps on their own or as part of teams. Like a lot of class projects, most are creations with certain guidelines, but at least one has been completely open to the students’ imagination. Students have also started electronic portfolios that showcase their creative class work through their websites.

“Making our own custom app was the most challenging and the most satisfying,” said Alex Schatz, a 10th grader who created a translation app with teammates Mohamed Abdi and Conner Van Dorpe.

Matt Dorow, a senior who took AP Computer Science last year, says he was drawn to the class as a way to keep learning before college.

“Every program you do is like a puzzle that’s fun to solve,” he said.

Drahos says the class’s rigor, combination of independent and team work, and foundation in broad programming knowledge make it great preparation for students who want to pursue computer science beyond high school. The class will be in the 2015 School Registration Guide and the school may be able to offer college credit to students who take it.

“This is like taking an intro to programming class that colleges would offer,” she said. “These students want to challenge themselves and this is a great opportunity to do that.”

Tagged bhs, real-world ready, technology, computer science, Advanced Placement

Nominations open for Burnsville High School Hall of Fame

Posted on January 21, 2015

Nominations for inductees into the Burnsville High School (BHS) Hall of Fame Class of 2015 are being accepted now through March 20, 2015.

Nominations can be submitted electronically by going to Nomination forms can also be picked up in the BHS office.

The Hall of Fame recognizes former students or retired staff who have made exceptional achievements in their field, significant contributions to BHS and/or unique contributions to the community on a local, state, national or international level. It also recognizes any school group or team that has extraordinary performance in a given year and is significant to the history of the school, as well as individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the operation and success of BHS.

New members will be inducted and honored at a ceremony in the school’s Mraz Center prior to a home football game Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

The first 20 members of the BHS Hall of Fame were inducted during the school’s 50th anniversary celebration in August 2006. They are Cameron Beckman, Vic Berra, Todd Boonstra, Peter Daly, Kirk Detlefsen, Troy Gronseth, Dick Hanson, Bob Keeney, David Knutson, Ron and Joyce Lund (Cornerstone Copy Center), Holly (Manthei) Doyle, Tom Melchior, Tim Nichols, Mark Osiecki, Suzanne (Roell) Grimm, Joel Ronning, Ted Seidel, Kenneth Storm, Nancy (Swanum) Hart and Janet (Bohn) Williams.

Other inductees:

  • 2007:  Tony Ashworth, Gary Barta, Bonnie (Benning) Burak, Bob Lattery, Thomas Mraz and Wilfred Williams.
  • 2008:  John Campbell, Howard Hall, Carlene (Widmer) McDowell, Bob Pates, Melissa (Peterman) Brady and Thomas Wise.
  • 2009:  Michelle Brown, Dennis Dale, Gregory Harris, Todd Okerlund, Richard VanderLaan and David Voracek.
  • 2010:  Jason Bruce, Katy (Christoferson) Carlson, Stanley Lo and Tamara Baldwin-Perez.
  • 2011:  Mary (Ryan) Ajax, John W. Bergman, Tom Osiecki, Amy Stromwall and John Sullivan.
  • 2012:  Mike Corcoran, Joshua Dahl, Kevin Gorg, Bob Hawkins, Paul Jensen and Muriel Thompson.
  • 2013:  Katie (Snyder) Bolling, Burnsville Lions Club, Mick Luckraft, Greg Orson, Laura Slominski and Alyse (Solberg) Stofer.
  • 2014:  Jim Banke, Janet L. (Burke) Cain, James Campbell, Denise (Johnson) Henning, Neal Jeppson, Lance Werness and the 1972 Burnsville Class A State Champion Football Team.    
Posted in Community, Alumni, Athletics, Arts, Achievement | Tagged hall of fame, bhs

Families, community invited to 'Discover' Burnsville High School on Feb. 3

Posted on January 20, 2015

Staff members are inviting students, families and community members to Burnsville High School (BHS)  to discover all that it offers in academics, the arts and activities/athletics by attending a special event on Tuesday, Feb. 3, beginning at 6 p.m. at Burnsville High School, 600 E. Highway 13.

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“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, called Discover BHS Night, 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.

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“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, Parents, Alumni | Tagged discoverBHS, bhs, real-world ready

Volunteers needed for Potter's All Call on Saturday, Jan. 31

Posted on January 20, 2015

Come out to the "Potter's All Call" on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burnsville High School in the Art Wing (room H108).

Potter's All Call is a Saturday devoted to making ceramic bowls to support BrainPower in a BackPack, a volunteer project of ISD 191 Community Education and Burnsville High School in which high school students pack weekend food for elementary school students in ISD 191 whose families struggle to put enough food on the table. Because academic performance is related to nutrition, our goal is to improve the student learning experience for children with the greatest need in ISD 191.

​At Potter's All Calls, community and student potters make beautiful ceramic bowls. Student leaders will help those with little or no experience working with clay to make hand built bowls. Even if you have no experience, volunteers are needed to make clay balls, wash tools, dry bowls and clean up. If you'd like to help on any of the All Call days, contact Fay Finn or Tim Hammes.

Can't volunteer for Potter's All Call? No problem! Food is always a big hit on Potter's All Call days. If you're unable to volunteer, we would really appreciate donations of chips, fruit, granola bars, snacks or cookies for our volunteers and potters. We thank you in advance for your donations.

Parking for Potter's All Call:

Staff lot behind the school; enter through Door 9 and follow the signs to H108.

Important Dates:

Next Potter's All Call is Saturday, Feb. 28, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Burnsville High School

Bowls for BrainPower Event is Thursday, April 23, 2015, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Campus Cup Café
Burnsville High School Senior Campus
Diamondhead Education Center, Upper Level D Wing
200 West Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337
Posted in Arts, Community, Parents | Tagged bhs, potters all call, Bowls for BrainPower, BrainPower in a Backpack, youth service

Gain real-world experience, opportunity for extra credit at Career Fair

Posted on January 20, 2015

The real world. Out there. Where you are expected to make money and care for yourself. Are you ready for the real world?

Begin preparing for the real world by attending the 21st Annual Burnsville High School Career Fair on Monday, Jan. 26 from 6-8 p.m. in the cafeteria. You'll enjoy demos like robotics and taekwondo, meet local business professionals and discuss what their jobs entail. Additionally, you can share what you learned with your teachers for extra credit! 

From beekeepers to radiologists to musicians, there will professionals from a variety of occupations on hand to meet you!

Please join us at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26 for a real-world ready experience! Students can also attend the fair virtually! Just click on Career Fair Live Stream in the "Quick Links" on the BHS homepage to access the live-stream.  

Contact Margo Swanson at 612-308-9038 if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

Click on the file below to access the extra credit document (requires career fair representatives' signatures).

Posted in Parents, Community | Tagged bhs, 21st annual career fair, real-world ready

BHS Olympic Weightlifting team takes first at meet; Schiller sets new state record

Posted on January 20, 2015

The Burnsville Olympic Weightlifting team placed first at the Northfield meet on Saturday, Jan. 17. Michael Schiller set a new Minnesota state record (247 total kilograms or 543 pounds) in the varsity 77kg weight class by lifting 107kg (235 pounds) on the snatch and 140kg (308 pounds) on the clean and jerk. Here are the results of the meet:

Junior Varsity (16 years of age or younger) Girls Division

  • Erin Bachmeier placed first and Anna Bunce placed second in the 44kg class.

  • Alexandra Pajunen placed second in the 58kg class.

  • Emma Buchanan placed first and Haley Pajunen placed third in the 63kg class.

  • Raezjine Merriweather placed first and Emily Johnson placed second in the 69+kg class.

Junior Varsity (16 years of age or younger) Boys Division

  • Garrett Shanley finished third in the 56kg class.

  • Travis Agarano finished first and Ryan Radtke finished third in the 62kg class.

  • Jared Shearer finished first in the 69kg class.

  • Matthew Odegard finished first in the 85kg class.

  • Nick Burton finished first, Jake Staats finished second and Dillon Keenan finished third in the 94+kg class.

Varsity (17 years of age or older) Girls Division

  • Jamie Clem finished first in the 53kg class.

  • Danielle Killpack finished third in the 58kg class.

  • Claire Boatman finished first in the 69kg class.

  • Katie Kleinow finished first in the 75kg class.

  • Geneva Brandt finished first, Katrina Smith finished second and Taylor Gilbertson finished third in the 75+kg class.

Varsity (17 years of age or older) Boys Division

  • Abdi Farah finished first in the 56kg class.

  • Luke Simon finished first in the 62 kg class.

  • Alex Garlington finished first and Ben Nhan finished second in the 69kg class.

  • Michael Schiller finished first, Eric Voxland finished second and Andrew Manor finished third in the 77kg class.

  • Kevin Kucera finished second in the 85kg class.

  • Jacob Engle finished first in the 94kg class.

  • Jackson Gilman finished first and Romelo Carter finished third in the 105kg class.

  • Andy Grahn finished first, Benn Olson finished second and Andy Samuel finished third in the 105+kg class.

Congratulations to the Olympic Weightlifting team and their coaches!

Burnsville will host their Olympic weightlifting meet on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. at Burnsville High School (main campus) Gym. The state meet is March 7 at Lakeville South High School.

Posted in Student Success, Achievement, Athletics | Tagged bhs, Olympic Weightlifting, state record

BHS students qualify for state DECA competition

Posted on January 16, 2015

Sixty Burnsville High School students who are members of DECA recently competed in the District 2 Conference with their written projects, presentations and role-plays.

Twenty-nine of the students have qualified for the State DECA Conference in March with nearly 20 of them placing in the top third in their section event and receiving trophies. Many of the students qualified in multiple events.

DECA is a leadership program that provides real-world experiences to prepare students for careers in finance, hospitality, marketing and management. Students in DECA-related classes, such as “Introduction to Business and Marketing” and “Advanced Marketing/DECA”, also have the opportunity to participate in competitive events that focus on demonstrating the skills they’ve learned.

“BHS students come to each event, looking and acting professional,” said Meggan Malone, business teacher. “They continue to impress me with their confidence and creativity.”

Malone brought the DECA program back to Burnsville High School in 2011, after 20 years of absence. Each year the DECA program has grown, and this year 75 students participated in the student organization.

Students have been working with local businesses such as Burger Jones, JoJo's Rise & Wine, Junior's Sports Cafe, Mozza Mia, and have partnered with the Burnsville Chamber for the past three years with the Bite of Burnsville event.

This year, DECA students helped pack food for BrainPower in a BackPack, a Burnsville High School service project that provides weekend food for elementary school students in need. Additionally, DECA partnered with the Randy Shaver Tackle Cancer Program to raise funds and awareness for cancer. The group was recently featured on KARE 11’s “What's Cool in Your School” segment and was awarded Minnesota DECA's first #Way2GoWednesday for its December DECA the Halls promotion at a local coffee shop.

This year students came in before and after school to practice role plays, work on their interview applications, review test questions, and get tips on their sales demonstration, said Malone.

“The more involved students become in the organization, the more likely they are to be successful at the competitive level,” she said. “Students are realizing it is important to join DECA as soon as they can, that the first year is all about learning and each year after, it is about improving.”

Students enrolled in the Advanced Marketing/DECA class have the opportunity to create a written project which increases their odds of qualifying for State. There will be a new class offered during the 2015-2016 school year called DECA Seminar and students will work on a large written project tying in the community, again increasing their chance to move to the next level of competition.

Posted in Student Success | Tagged bhs, DECA, state conference, marketing, business education, real-world ready