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Join us in celebrating our volunteers on May 4

Posted on April 25, 2018

We all know that MWS Elementary volunteers are STARS! We'll be celebrating them with a special volunteer appreciation breakfast on Friday, May 4.

PLEASE RSVP BY MAY 1

DATE:           Friday, May 4
TIME:           8:00 — 9:00 AM
WHERE:           MWS Gym

  • Enjoy a continental breakfast
  • Sign up to win several fabulous prizes
  • Visit the Summertime Reading Buy One Get One Free Bookfair in the media center

(NOTE:  Special $5 BOGO shopping bonus coupon to all volunteers RSVPing for the event)

Students and children are welcome with an adult.

RSVP INFORMATION
Please RSVP by emailing at Pam Voigt at pvoigt@isd191.org or sign up via online at www.signupgenius.com under email address mwspto4819@gmail.com by May 1

Tagged parent volunteers, volunteers, marion w savage

Questions and Answers Regarding Student Classroom Placement

Posted on April 25, 2018

Sioux Trail Elementary School Guide for 2018-19 
Questions and Answers Regarding Student Classroom Placement

Each spring, plans for the next school year begin to take shape. Classroom assignments for students are one of the important decisions a principal makes. Information from a number of people is used to make the most effective placement. Teachers who know individual students provide much of the information. Parents have insights about learning styles, personality traits, and out-of-school friendships which educators are sometimes unaware of. The purpose of this guide is to clarify the placement process at Sioux Trail, and to inform parents how to make the principal aware of the unique needs of their child. 

1. What are the goals of student placement?
It is our goal to have all students in instructional settings that will allow them to learn as much as possible in a safe, secure and supportive environment. Classrooms are heterogeneous in their makeup. This means each class has a wide variety of talents, abilities, and interests. A well-balanced classroom is in everyone’s best interest. It is also our intent to match teacher strengths to student needs and talents.

2. Who is responsible for placing students in classrooms?
The principal is designated by the Board of Education to make the final decision on student placement. The principal is the one who is able to gather information from all available sources in order to make decisions which are appropriate for all students in the school. At Sioux Trail School, student placement is done with the assistance of the staff. 

3. May parents help the principal make the appropriate assignment?
Yes, by completing a Classroom Assignment Information Form. Forms are available from the school office and on our website which is www.isd191.org/siouxtrail. Forms returned by May 1, 2018 will be used in the placement process. Forms returned after that date may not be included in the placement process. Information provide by parents will be treated as confidential. 

4. What criteria is used for placement?
There are many variables which affect the assignment process. Some of these variables include: input from staff and parents, performance on assessment measures, a child’s work habits, study skills, daily level of performance and peer relationships, gender, and teacher style.

5. May parents choose their child’s teacher?
No, this is not a good idea for several reasons. First, the teacher has no control over the ultimate placement decision. The present teacher is able to give input and make recommendations regarding the placement variable. Secondly, the request puts the teacher in an awkward professional position. Teachers know one another as friends and professionals, but they do not have the opportunity to watch each other teach. Therefore, they are not in good position to know who would be best for a particular student. 

6. When are classroom assignment made?
Tentative class lists are developed during the month of May. They remain tentative throughout the summer months. In August, the principal weighs students’ movement both into and out of the school. Balance is maintained between classrooms and the number of students in each class. Classroom assignments will be finalized on, or about the week of August 20th. 

Shannon McParland, Principal
Sioux Trail School

Posted in Parents | Tagged classroom placement, sioux trail

Six new inductees will join BHS Hall of Fame in September

Posted on April 25, 2018

Six new inductees will be welcomed into the BHS Hall of Fame in September.The Burnsville High School Hall of Fame will welcome six new members at an induction ceremony on Sept. 14, 2018. They are Anne Abicht (Class of 1977), Dean LeBlanc (Class of 1988), Loren Miller (Class of 1982), Amy Plumb (Class of 1980), Jason Sticht (Class of 1990) and Jeffrey Van Nest (Class of 1986).  

They will join 91 former students, staff, school groups/teams and community members who have been inducted since the Hall of Fame recognized its first group of inductees during the school’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2006.

Inductees are recognized for exceptional achievements in their field, significant contributions to BHS and/or unique to the community on a local, state, national or international level. Inductees may be school groups or teams which have extraordinary performance in a given year and are significant to the history of the school and individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the operation and success of BHS are also recognized. Check back for more information about them this summer: BHS Hall of Fame

 
Posted in Community, Athletics, Achievement | Tagged bhs, hall of fame inductees, recognition, contributions

Harriet Bishop Math Masters excel at competition

Posted on April 25, 2018

Fourteen fifth-graders from Harriet Bishop competed on three teams in the Math Masters competition at Lakeville South High School on Friday, April 20, with several outstanding individual and team performances.

Tito Froebe took first place in the individual round of competition, with Joseph Ong (5th), Haley Anderson (8th) and Jane McGuire (10th) also finishing in the top ten. In the fact drills competition, Lauren Bachmeier and Norah Brusco both finished in the top 20 overall. 

On the team side, Harriet Bishop 2 finished in 5th place and Harriet Bishop 1 took 7th. 

Congratulations to everyone who competed and for your growth 

Math Masters challenges students to use critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities, and gives recognition for academic effort and achievement.  The events include individual and team competitions in a wide range of math areas to allow students with many interests and backgrounds to excel. These challenges are the culmination of a year-long preparation as team members work to improve their math skills.  

Most years, as many as 5000 students compete at 35 different sites around the state of Minnesota and in Wisconsin as teams and individuals.  This year, Lakeville South hosted 178 students from 37 teams representing 13 schools.

Coached by Nathan Naef, Harriet Bishop teams and their members were:

Harriet Bishop 1:

  • Lauren Bachmeier
  • Jane McGuire
  • Joseph Ong
  • Nathan Schroeder

Harriet Bishop 2:

  • Garrett Ahern
  • Adam Briese
  • Norah Brusco
  • Tito Froebe
  • Isabella LaGorio

Harriet Bishop 3:

  • Haley Anderson
  • Amara Anyanwu
  • Aubrey Sandbo
  • Devin Sanders
  • Riley Nelson
Posted in Activities | Tagged math masters, harriet bishop

Hidden Valley students compete at Math Masters

Posted on April 25, 2018

Thirteen Hidden Valley Elementary students competed on three teams in the Math Masters competition at Lakeville South High School on Friday, April 20.

Math Masters challenges students to use critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities, and gives recognition for academic effort and achievement.  The events include individual and team competitions in a wide range of math areas to allow students with many interests and backgrounds to excel. These challenges are the culmination of a year-long preparation as team members work to improve their math skills.  

Most years, as many as 5000 students compete at 35 different sites around the state of Minnesota and in Wisconsin as teams and individuals. This year, Lakeville South hosted 178 students from 37 teams representing 13 schools.

Coached by Nathan Naef, Hidden Valley teams and their members were:

Hidden Valley 1

  • Emma Legorreta
  • Hafsa Mohamud
  • Mohamed Sharrif
  • Ruth Tesfaye
  • Max Winkler

Hidden Valley 2

  • Miaoting Fang
  • Linh Hoang
  • Sabirin Mohamud
  • Hanan Mohamed-Sadiq Dayib

Hidden Valley 3

  • Abdurrahmaan Ahmed
  • Juan-Carlos Carrillo Ruiz
  • Edgar Pineda Maya
  • Jose Luis Sanchez Gutierrez

Congratulations to all the students on their hard work and growth as Math Masters!

Posted in Academics | Tagged math masters, hidden valley

Road trip comedy opens May 3 at Metcalf Middle School

Posted on April 24, 2018

Metcalf Drama Experience LogoA comedy called “Road Trippin” is the spring theater production at Metcalf Middle School in Burnsville.

Written and directed by teacher and drama director Steven Orth, the play follows the misguided misadventures of four teens who “borrow” mom’s car and take off into the night on an unplanned and unlimited road trip across the American West.

The cast is led by current Metcalf seventh graders Satta Kanu, Evan Wilkens, Jasmine Fasching and Aleana Jacobsen. Three Burnsville High School students are assisting with the production. They are Kiana Kalli as acting director, Emily Metzger as technical director, and Cassidy Fox as stage “mom.”

Orth provides this overview: “The question is which will happen first: will they run out of cash or drive each other crazy? And can the police detective assigned to the case get their parents to stop bickering long enough to track them down? Did I mention the overeager reporter who can’t seem to get her facts straight? Finding truly strange help along the way, the traveling foursome just might make it there — if they only knew where ‘there’ was.”

Performances are May 3-5 at 7 p.m. and at 1 p.m. on May 5. Tickets are $6 at the door, but can be purchased in advance for $5 through a cast or crew member, or in the Metcalf main office.

For more information, go to www.isd191.org/metcalfdramaexperience and check-out the “Road Trippin’” page. Metcalf Middle School is located at 2250 Diffley Road in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

Posted in Arts | Tagged theater, metcalf, drama, steven orth

Burnsville High School's badminton program is a model of cultural richness

Posted on April 24, 2018

A recent StarTribune article about Burnsville High School's badminton program highlights the team's cultural richness and how the program is a unique reflection of the Burnsville community.  

In early 2018, BHS and District 191 leaders outlined a plan to help the school succeed in living its values of inclusiveness and equity. The plan focuses on creating opportunities for dialogue, providing space for students to share their voices, and expanding learning opportunities for students and staff. 

Burnsville High School is committed to building a strong community of students, teachers, staff and families that makes it clear to each student that they are valued and welcome.

We are a diverse community, with each of us bringing unique experiences and perspectives. We learn from each other grow together, and our cultural richness is part of what will help each student be #FutureReady. 

StarTribune article written by Ron Haggstrom, with photos by Aaron Lavinsky

 

Posted in Building Community at BHS, Athletics | Tagged bhs, badminton, cultural richness, diversity, inclusive, burnsville, community

Harriet Bishop chess team takes 4th in state

Posted on April 23, 2018

Aakash ThurairajalingamThe Harriet Bishop Elementary primary chess team finished fourth out of 45 teams in the annual Minnesota School Chess Association state tournament held at Metcalf Middle School on April 22. One member of the team, first grader Aakash Thurairajalingam, took third place out of 138 players in the primary (K-3) section, finishing with six wins and one loss.

Fourth place is believed to be the highest finish in the state tournament by a Harriet Bishop primary team. Team members were Askash (6 wins), Presley Martchev (4.5 wins), Ashwin Thurairajalingam (4 wins) and Ashwini Chandrashekaran (3 wins).

The school’s elementary team (grades 4-6) placed 18th in the state out of 56 teams competing at the elementary section tournament April 14. The team was short a player at the tournament because of the weekend’s blizzard. Team members were Aditya Chandrashekaran (4.5 wins), Gavin Wetterlin (4 wins) and Joseph Ong (4 wins).

Congratulations to all seven team members who held the banner high for Harriet Bishop in this year’s state tournaments, coach Don Picard, and to parents, for braving severe weather to let their children compete.

Photo: Aakash Thurairajalingam, a first-grade student at Harriet Bishop Elementary, took third place in the primary section of the Minnesota School Chess Association state tournament on April 22.
Posted in Activities, Student Success | Tagged chess, harriet bishop

Eagle Ridge Theatre presents 'Willy Wonka'

Posted on April 23, 2018

Eagle Ridge Theatre presents "Willy Wonka," with performances at 7 p.m. on April 26-28 and May 3-5, plus 3 p.m. matinees on April 28 and May 5.

All seats are $9 and tickets can be purchased online at www.eagleridgeshows.com


Posted in Arts | Tagged eagle ridge, willy wonka, theater

Burnsville High School's FreeStyle will host Jazz Cafe May 11

Posted on April 23, 2018
Burnsville High School will host Jazz Cafe on Friday, May 11 in the E Commons (adjacent to the cafeteria), located at 600 E. Highway 13.
 
The FreeStyle Choir, along with soloists and ensemble, will perform during the evening.
 
The event will be catered by Hy-Vee and features a pasta bar with two types of pasta, two types of sauce, chicken, garlic bread, salad and cookies.
 
Doors open at 6 p.m., and performances begin at 6:30 p.m.
 
Tickets are $20 for performance and dinner and $12 for performance only, and can be purchased by emailing Jaclyn Anderson, BHS choir director, at jaanderson@isd191.org.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted in Arts, Academics | Tagged bhs, jazz cafe, freestyle choir, hy-vee, it's a pasta bar

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