District 191 receives financial award for 29th consecutive year

Posted on September 21, 2017

For the 29th consecutive year, Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 has received an award for financial reporting from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International. The Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE) Award is considered to be the gold standard and the highest recognition for school district financial operations.

“This award represents a significant achievement and reflects your commitment to fiscal integrity and high quality financial reporting,” wrote John Musso, executive director of ASBO.

District 191 is one of only two districts in the state that have earned the award for 29 or more consecutive years. This outstanding accomplishment places the district in the top 20 percent of the 550 school districts across the country that participate in the COE program.

By preparing and presenting this report, District 191 validates the credibility and transparency of its financial operations and the integrity and technical competence of its business staff.

“This award recognizes our continuing commitment to meeting the highest standards of financial integrity,” said Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. “It is a prestigious achievement that demonstrates that we are using tax dollars wisely to support academic success for students.”

The award is for the report for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2016. For more details, visit

Posted in Finance, Achievement | Tagged finance, funding, budget, ASBO, awards

BHS crowns 2017 Homecoming King and Queen

Posted on September 21, 2017

Burnsville High School students crowned seniors Daniel Akah and Olivia Brammer as their 2017 Homecoming King and Queen in a coronation Sept. 21.

Attendants walked into a darkened, jam-packed gymnasium, with background music welcoming them in and a spotlight and floor lights illuminating their way. Last year's Homecoming King Charlie Green and Homecoming Queen Egeziharya Yilma were on hand to crown the new king and queen. (See Slideshow)

Daniel is involved in theater guild and is the publicity manager for the school’s Mraz Center for the Performing Arts. He is part of Concert Choir and Freestyle, as well as the All-State Choir. He is currently a senior class officer, leader for #BurnsvilleStorng and Young Life, and a member of student council. Daniel is also an active volunteer who participates in various events with the BHS Youth Service.

Daniel plans to apply to the University of Minnesota and Northwestern University in Chicago and major on a pre-medical track while pursuing music on the side.

Olivia is an active volunteer on the “Bowls for Brainpower” leadership team to provide weekend food to elementary students in need. She is also the theatre guild house manager for the Mraz Center for the Performing Arts and a youth commissioner for the City of Burnsville’s parks and natural resources commission. Last year, Olivia was selected to be among six Distinguished Finalists from Minnesota for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. She also is involved in WEDay, Future Teachers of America, Youth in Government, Interact Club, #BurnsvilleStrong and Senior Class officers.

Olivia plans on studying either special education or political science in college, with the hope of becoming a lobbyist for education.

Emphasizing these students' dedication as service leaders in our community, BHS Youth Service Coordinator Bri Ostoff noted that the members of the Homecoming Court have volunteered 3,300 hours in the last two years. 

Members of the 2017-18 Homecoming Court are:

9th Grade Attendants

Nicholas Hughes
Erika Leeman

10th Grade Attendants

Joshua Kamara
Kaylahna Onenaly

11th Grade Attendants

Dawson Ludvison
Destiny Somsanouk

Junior Ambassadors

Isaac Nelson
Sarah Scalzo

Senior Ambassadors

Victor Sanchez Villegas
Fiona Chow

12th Grade Attendants

Chloe Atkinson
Olivia Brammer
Samantha Brenes
Elizabeth Cummings
Mackenzie Duncan
Natalie Engel
Courtney Funk
Aviva Leverty
Megan Sash
Hannah Schliemann
Daniel Akah
William Alvey
Ethan Andersen
Nate Drobnick
Luke Haddorff
Joshua Mwebi
Brock Schultz
Sutton Strander
Robert Wedan
Nicholas Willmert
Burnsville High School students, alumni and community members celebrated Homecoming Week with themed dress up days and sporting events. The week of festivities will conclude with a football game against Maple Grove on Friday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. and a dance from 8 p.m.-midnight on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Posted in Parents, Community | Tagged bhs, 2017 homecoming, coronation, king and queen, royalty, court

Principal's message to families regarding student death

Posted on September 18, 2017

Dear Burnsville High School Families,

This is a message from Principal Dave Helke for families of Burnsville High School students.

Today was a very difficult and emotional day for our school community following the death of a student this weekend. I want to make sure you are informed so that you can help your children as you feel is best.

During the school day today, we provided time and resources for students so that they could receive the support they need and start to process their emotions or simply be in a safe place to grieve. The support of counselors and all staff members will continue to be in place as long as necessary.

Today’s planned Homecoming assembly was postponed until tomorrow. While we had more immediate needs today, I believe an all-school assembly will provide us an opportunity to rally together as a community, support each other and celebrate how strong we are. Please know that the assembly is not mandatory and students who don’t feel ready to attend will have alternatives available to them.  

Lastly, I want you to know how proud I am of our students. In small and large ways, their compassion and caring for each other is obvious everywhere I look. They are leaders for each other in a time of great need.

Thank you for your time and for helping us to be truly Burnsville Strong.

ASC, Fariintan waxay ka socotaa maamulaha Dave Helke , waxay ku socotaa waalidiinta ardayda dhigata

Dusiga sare ee Burnsville.Maanta waxay aheyd maalin murug badan dhamaan bulshada iskuulka ka dib geeriddi ku timid arday isbuucii la soo dhaafay dhamaadkiisa. Waxaan jeclahay in aan idinla socodsiiyo sida ugu fiican ee aad ilmahaaga dareenkooda u caawin kartid.

Maanta intii iskuulka lagu guda jiray, waxaan ardayda siinay waqti iyo caawimaad ay u baanayeen si ay ugu samraan xaalada muragada leh ee soo saa’iday. Caawinta ay bixinayaan lataliyayaasha iyo shaqaalaha iskuul oo idil waa sii socondoontaa ilaa iyo inta loo baahanyahay.

Howshii qorsheysneed maanta oo aheed (Homecoming assembly) dib ayaa loo dhigay ilaa iyo bari. Maadaama ay tacsi nagashay maanta, waxaan aminsanahay in ay isku imaashaheena iskuulka oo nasiindoono fursad aan ku midowno bulsho ahaan, iskuna gacanqabano una dabaaldagno isku xirnaanta awodeyna. Fadlan ogow (assembly) qasab kuma aha ardayda hadii aysan rabin, maalin kale ayay ka qeyb gali karaan.

Ugu dambeyn waxaan rabaa in aan idin sheego si aan ugu farxsanahay ardayda dhamaantood , ha yaraadeen ama ha badnaadeen siday is kugu naxriisanayaan oo ay is ku daryeelayaan qofba qofka kale , wey iska cadeed meel walba oo aan fiiriyo. Iyagoo is hogaaminayay waqtigiii ama marxalda adag oo ay baahi weyn ay jirto.

Aad ayaad ugu mahadsantihiin waqtigiin iyo caawinaadiina run ahaanti.    

Este es un mensaje del Director de Burnsville High School el Sr. Dave Helke.

Hoy fué un día muy difícil y emocional en la comunidad escolar después de la noticia del fallecimiento de un estudiante durante el fin de semana. Quiero asegurarme les mantengo informados para que desde casa los puedan seguir apoyando a como lo consideren necesario.

Durante el día, la escuela contó con recursos ofrecidos a los estudiantes recibiendo apoyo conforme lo necesitaban procesando sus emociones o simplemente teniendo un lugar seguro donde procesar su luto. El apoyo de los consejeros escolares y el personal seguirán en su lugar el tiempo que sea necesario.

La Asamblea de Homecoming prevista para hoy se pospuso hasta mañana. Aunque hoy teníamos necesidades más inmediatas, creo que una asamblea de toda la escuela nos brindará la oportunidad de reunirnos como comunidad, apoyarnos unos a otros y celebrar lo fuerte que somos. Por favor, sepa que la asamblea no es obligatoria y los estudiantes que no se sientan listos para asistir tendrán alternativas a su disposición.

Por último, quiero que sepan lo orgulloso que estoy de nuestros estudiantes. En pequeñas y grandes maneras, su compasión y el cuidado de cada uno es evidente en todas partes que miro. Son líderes uno para el otro en un momento de gran necesidad.

Gracias por su tiempo y por ayudarnos a ser verdaderamente Burnsville Strong.

Principal's message to families about offensive social media posting

Posted on September 16, 2017

To All Families, 

We are aware of a deeply offensive posting placed by an individual on social media that is causing concern among our students, families, staff members and community.

I want to make it clear that the posting does not align with the values of Burnsville High School and Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

We value all students, expect all students to take responsibility for exhibiting that with their peers, and work in many ways to build up each other as a community of caring individuals. This incident is disappointing, to say the least, and directly conflicts with who we are.

We will provide additional support on Monday for students.  Please encourage your child to seek out that support in dealing with the emotions they have regarding this posting and/or any questions or concerns they may have to share.  We are committed to working with our students in a manner that supports each of them as individuals and helps build up our community moving forward.

Buenas tardes, ésta llamada es de parte del Sr. Dave Helke, con un mensaje para los padres de los estudiantes de Burnsville High School.

Estamos al tanto de un mensaje sumamente ofensivo puesto en los medios sociales por un individuo, éste mensaje ha causado preocupación entre los estudiantes, familias, personal y la comunidad.

Queremos hacer claro que ésta publicación no está a la par con los valores de Burnsville High School y El Distrito escolar 191 Burnsville-Eagan-Savage.

Nosotros valoramos a todos los estudiantes, esperamos que ellos asuman responsabilidad demostrando eso con sus compañeros y trabajar de varias formas para construir una comunidad que se preocupa de todos los que la conforman. Lo menos que podemos decir es que éste es un incidente molesto y está en contra de quien realmente somos.

Vamos a  proveer apoyo adicional el Lunes para estudiantes. Por favor motive a sus hijos a buscar apoyo manejando sus emociones, haciendo preguntas o expresando preocupaciones que se hayan despertado por ésta publicación. Tenemos el compromiso de trabajar con nuestros estudiantes en formas que los apoyen a seguir creciendo como individuos y les ayude a fortalecer nuestra comunidad para un mejor futuro.


Salamu Calaykum, Fariin waxay kasocotaa maamulaha Dave Helke waana fariin kusocota waalidiinta dhamaan  iyo ardayda dhigata Dugsiga Sare ee Burnsville.

Waxaan ka warhelnay in qoraal xun oo meel kadhac ah lagu diray warbaahinta bulshada/social-media taas u keentay inay ka xanaaq aan ardayda, qoysaska, xubnaha shaqaalaha iyo bulshada.

Waxaan rabaa in aan idiin caddeeyo in farriinta aysan matalin qiimaha iyo dhaqanka dugsiga Burnsville High iyo Degmada 191 ee Burnsville-Eagan-Savage.

Waxaan qiimeynaa dhammaan ardayda, waxaana ka rajeynayaan dhammaan ardayda inay dhab uqaataan masuuliyada oo ay muujiyaan xushmo iyaga oo la wadaagaya asxaabtooda, waxaana ka shaqeynayaan siyaabo badan oo ay isku dhisi karaan iyagoo ah bulsho is daryeela. Dhacdadani waa niyadjab, mana  matalayso cida aan nahay.

Waxaan ardayda  siin doonaa taageero dheeri ah Isniinta. Fadlan ku dhiiri geli ilmahaaga inuu raadsado taageeradaas, hana la xariiraan shaqaalaha tageerada bulshada si dareenka ay qabaan ugala shaqeeyaan  iyo / ama wixii su'aalo ama walaac ula wadaagaan shaqaalaha tageerada bulshada. Waxaa naga go'an ah inaan la shaqeyno ardaydeena si aan utaageerto midkasta oo shakhsiyadeed ah isla markaana gacan ka geysano dhisidda bulshadeena si'ay hore ugu soconeysa.


BHS names 2017-18 Homecoming Royalty Court

Posted on September 15, 2017
Blaze logoBurnsville High School students selected their 2017-18 Homecoming Royalty Court on Thursday, Sept. 14.
The following students are this year's attendees:
9th Grade Attendants
  • Nicholas Hughes
  • Erika Leeman
10th Grade Attendants
  • Joshua Kamara
  • Kaylahna Onenaly
11th Grade Attendants
  • Dawson Ludvison
  • Destiny Somsanouk

Junior Ambassadors

  • Isaac Nelson
  • Sarah Scalzo

Senior Ambassadors

  • Victor Sanchez Villegas
  • Fiona Chow
12th Grade Attendants
  • Chloe Atkinson
  • Olivia Brammer
  • Samantha Brenes
  • Elizabeth Cummings
  • Mackenzie Duncan
  • Natalie Engel
  • Courtney Funk
  • Aviva Leverty
  • Megan Sash
  • Hannah Schliemann
  • Daniel Akah
  • William Alvey
  • Ethan Andersen
  • Nate Drobnick
  • Luke Haddorff
  • Joshua Mwebi
  • Brock Schultz
  • Sutton Strander
  • Robert Wedan
  • Nicholas Willmert
Posted in Parents, Community | Tagged bhs, homecoming, royalty court

Burnsville High School graduate aims for the stars in Hollywood

Posted on September 15, 2017

Burnsville High School graduate Scott Tinkham is a finalist for the National Student Production Awards in two categories for videos he created while he was a student at BHS. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) announced the nominees on Sept. 12.

Tinkham’s video on a Dominican Republic Mission Trip is a finalist in the Arts and Entertainment category, and the documentary “JERRAD” is a finalist in the Short Form - Nonfiction category.

Tinkham earned five of the 15 Regional NATAS awards that Burnsville students received in the past three years. In addition to the NATAS awards, his film “JERRAD” won Best Documentary and Best Cinematography at the 2016 EDU Film Festival, the premier Minnesota film event for high school students.  

Tinkham graduated from Burnsville High School in 2016 and is currently studying film production at Relativity School at Hollywood Center Studios in Los Angeles.

The National Student Production Awards presentation will be live-streamed from the Los Angeles campus of Emerson College on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at noon PDT. The broadcast will be available on Twitter and Facebook.  

Honorees will receive a NATAS certificate and a crystal pillar award, emblazoned with the world famous EMMY® logo.

More information about these awards can be found at

Posted in Achievement, Student Success | Tagged bhs, scott tinkham, NATAS, JERRAD, dominican republic, film production

MWS School Information Night is Sept. 19

Posted on September 14, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 19 for our School Information Night!

Please note the times for each grade level.  The presentations will take place in the grade level classrooms.  We will have Spanish and Somali interpreters available!

5:45 pm - 5th Grade & Kindergarten

6-6:45 pm - 4th Grade & 1st Grade

7-7:45 pm - 3rd Grade & 2nd Grade

Please plan to come and get better acquainted with:

  • Title I funded programming
  • Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)  We will Set the PACE for Learning today!
  • School-wide discipline plan
  • Second Step and MindUp, our Social Emotional Learning program
  • Specific grade level information
  • And more!

A light meal including beverages and a treat will be provided from 57 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you on Sept.19!

Tagged marion w savage, parents, information night

Burnsville High School Theatre Guild opens new season with “The Music Man”

Posted on September 12, 2017

Broadway musical, “The Music Man,” opens Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Mraz Center for the Performing Arts at Burnsville High School, located at 600 E. Hwy 13.   

Based on the story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, the production follows Harold Hill, a traveling con man who arrives in River City, Iowa, and convinces the locals to start a band by purchasing the uniforms and instruments from him. His intention is to flee as soon as he receives the money but factors are complicating his plan. The cast is led by Daniel Akah as music man Harold Hill and Maddie Stuart as librarian Marion Paroo. 

Directed by Amy Stead, performances run Nov. 9-11 and 16-18 at 7 p.m. There is also a matinee on Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Senior citizens are invited to a free performance at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the Mraz Center.

Vocal Director is Gary Butler; Pit Director is Molly Holmes and Choreographer is Ann Bakken.

Other cast members include:
Marcellus Washburn: Will Alvey
Mrs. Paroo: Kaitlin Johnson
Mayor Shinn: Zach Holmes
Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn: Sofia Versalles Duffert
Ewart Dunlop  (ten 2): Max Taylor
Oliver Hix (bari): Sam Scheuneman
Jacey Squires (ten 1): Jon Butler
Olin Britt (bass): Andre Finney
Amaryllis: Sophie Herzog
Winthrop Paroo: Jacob Holtzleiter
Zaneeta Shinn: Kelly Solberg
Tommy Djilas: Isaac Nelson
Gracie Shinn: Sophia Kemeny
Charlie Cowell: Caleb Hubbard
Alma Hix: Meta Lobben
Maud Dunlop: Megan Bormann
Ethel Toffelmier: Abby Harrold
Mrs. Squires: Evie Kane
Conductor: Henry Smalstig
Constable Locke: Malik Lekuti
Company: Ian Appold, Olivia Bendickson, Davin Blix, , Kenzie Carrane, Janeesa Cook, Bianka Delgadillo, Jayde Grass, Joy Grittner, Emma Harrold, Casey Hennessy, Ryan Horrocks, Mikayla Hughes, Mari Ismail, Kyliah Jimoh, Alex Kielas, Kya Leen, Angela Linh, Kali Lorensen, Maddie Moher, Ryan Mokandu, Ciara Nyberg, Sam Panos, Kiele Sterner, Garrett Sour,  Joshua Swanson, Alyssa Upton and Eyakem Yilma.
Tickets are $12 adults, $11 seniors, $10 students and free for District 191 badge holders. Tickets are available online or at the door. Please note that some performances may sell out and may not be available at the door for purchase.

Visit the BHS Theatre Guild website for additional information regarding “The Music Man” and other upcoming performances.

Posted in Activities, Community | Tagged bhs, theatre guild, the music man, broadway musical

Many ways to learn facts about District 191 funding requests on Nov. 7 ballot

Posted on September 12, 2017

Voters in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will be asked to vote on two school funding requests that were placed on the November 7 ballot by a unanimous vote of the Board of Education.  

There will be two questions on the ballot:

  • Question 1: A no-tax increase request to renew the existing operating levy. If not renewed, the district would lose $7.3 million in annual funding. The levy supports day-to-day school and district operating expenses, including retaining quality staff, transportation costs, utilities and classroom supplies.
  • Question 2: An increase to that operating levy to provide additional resources to minimize future budget cuts, help maintain class sizes and protect student support and educational programs. Q2 is contingent on Q1; Q2 can only pass if Q1 is approved.

There are several ways that voters can learn more about these school funding requests:

  • Visit to view fact sheets, a short video, a sample ballot and other resources
  • Call the referendum information line: (952) 707-2019
  • Email
  • Attend an Information Session:
    • Thursday, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. at Metcalf Middle School, 2250 Diffley Road, Burnsville.
    • Monday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville

The school district’s funding requests were driven by state funding that has not kept pace with inflation or with increasing educational costs, as well as an operating levy about to expire. If state education funding had kept up with inflation over the past 15 years, the district would be receiving nearly $600 per student more in revenue – totaling more than $5 million annually.

If voters approve both funding requests, the district would be able to:

  • Continue low average class sizes
  • Attract and retain high quality staff
  • Maintain student support services, including counselors, mental health services and cultural liaisons to support achievement
  • Strengthen college- and career-ready focus, including Pathways, to raise achievement for all students

If voters do not approve both funding requests, the district would need to cut more than $10 million from the budget, resulting in staff cuts, class size increases and reduced educational programming.

Nearly all Minnesota school districts rely on voter-approved operating levies for school funding. The district has not asked for an operating levy increase since 2007. If voters approve both requests, the tax impact on a $250,000 value home would be approximately $10 per month.

Posted in Referendum, Finance | Tagged referendum, levy, vote

Student groups respond to school needs following Hurricane Harvey

Posted on September 7, 2017

Several Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 student-led service groups are responding to the overwhelming needs of schools and students affected by Hurricane Harvey early in September.

At Burnsville High School, the WeDay and #BurnsvilleStrong groups have “adopted” Liberty High School in Houston, where many students’ homes were flooded. Students will be collecting items requested by the school, including

  • Money donations for Walmart gift cards
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Notecards
  • Highlighters
  • Paper
  • graph paper
  • expo markers
  • expo spray
  • glue sticks
  • erasers
  • rulers
  • markers

The BHS groups are also accepting donations from other schools.

At Harriet Bishop Elementary and Eagle Ridge Middle School, student-led service clubs are collecting new school supplies to be sent to children in Houston who are in need because of storm damage. The clubs are still accepting donations, which can be dropped off in collection boxes in the schools’ main offices before Friday, Sept. 15. New supplies needed include pens, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, erasers, scissors, sharpeners, and anything that will help students learn. Please do not donate glue or paper, because they are heavy and costly to mail.

At Metcalf Middle School, the school accepted donations in exchange for complementary physical education t-shirts, raising $890 for hurricane relief efforts.

Posted in Community | Tagged harriet bishop, eagle ridge, bhs, metcalf, community, hurricane harvey