Metcalf, Byrne chess players return with national distinctions

Posted on April 20, 2018

The Metcalf Middle School Chess Team participated in the National Middle School Chess Championships in Atlanta, GA, April 6-8. Seventeen members attended along with two players from William Byrne Elementary.

The students brought home lots of hardware:  

  • Gavin Kellen placed third in the 1400 class category - Open Section.    
  • Ava Piccolino placed 13th, Mitchell Kellen (Byrne student) finished 17th, and Kendrick Johnson placed 20th in the Under 1000 section.   
  • Audra Johnson placed 6th, Zoe Olson placed 7th, JJ Johnson took the 30th place trophy and Joseph Santos took the tied for 30th in the U 750 section.  

In the team competition, Metcalf's under 1000 team placed 5th overall and the U 750 section placed 2nd.  

“The team winners in those two sections have had their status challenged and there is a challenge that has been made to their titles,” said Brian Ribnick, who coaches the Metcalf team along with Mike Fellman. “Based on the evidence, there is a good chance Metcalf will be declared national champions in the U750 section once the dust settles. If so, it would be their 20th national title.”  

The William Byrne team is coached by Stan Kegel and Jason Kellen.

Posted in Student Success, Activities | Tagged metcalf, chess, nationals, champions, awards

Career Center will celebrate Decision Day on Tuesday May 1

Posted on April 20, 2018

Seniors are invited to attend the Decision Day celebration Tuesday, May 1 in the Career Center.

Whether students plan on attending college or vocational school, joining the military, setting off to work, participating in BEST or taking a year off, this event is focused on celebrating all seniors and their plans for the future.

“Decision Day is celebrated around the country to recognize high school seniors for their postsecondary plans and encourage younger students and families to prepare early for life after high school,” said Marcia Sexton, coordinator of the Career Center. It coincides with the date that most seniors must confirm their plans to enroll at a specific college.

Students are invited to visit the Career Center throughout the day to sign their grad caps, fill out their senior survey and finalize a transcript request. Students will also be encouraged to 'tweet' out celebratory messages about their college decision.


Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, career center, Decision Day, real-world ready, one91

District shares answers to negotiations questions

Posted on April 19, 2018

Update: A tentative agreement has been reached between the District 191 Board of Education and the representatives of the Burnsville Education Association. Read a joint statement here

Tagged negotiations

District celebrates Community of Excellence Award winners

Posted on April 18, 2018

At a ceremony on Tuesday, April 18, staff members, families and community members celebrated the 2018 One91 Community of Excellence Award winners at the Burnsville High School Mraz Center. Ten awards were presented to individuals and groups to recognize their extraordinary contributions to Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

This year's award winners are:

Community Engagement:

  • Erin Huber, teacher at Harriet Bishop Elementary

Excellence in Educational Support:

  • Hamde Daoud & Eddieca Ontiveros, family cultural liaisons at Hidden Valley Elementary
  • Jolene Kump, educational assistant at Gideon Pond Elementary


  • Sharron Stalock, teacher at Sioux Trail Elementary

Leadership in Action:

  • Beth Van Osdel, Systems Improvement & Student Achievement coordinator, Diamondhead Education Center
  • Katie Salmela, district elementary media specialist and digital learning specialist, Diamondhead and elementary schools

Teaching Excellence:

  • Elizabeth Davidson, teacher at Burnsville High School
  • Suzanne Schiffman, teacher in District 191 Community Education’s Early Childhood Program, Diamondhead
  • Christine Michels, teacher at Hidden Valley Elementary School.

Spirit of Excellence

  • Sioux Trail Elementary Community

2018 Community of Excellence Awards

Posted in Achievement | Tagged Community of Excellence, awards

District 191 teacher featured as ‘Excellent Educator’ by WCCO

Posted on April 18, 2018

Kerianne Loran, a fourth-grade teacher at M.W. Savage Elementary School, was selected as an Excellent Educator by WCCO TV Channel 4 recently.

Kim Johnson, a morning and noon anchor person, surprised Loran with the news in her classroom while she was teaching.

The recognition honors teachers who do outstanding work, said Johnson.

Loran was nominated by Becca Buck, a music teacher at M.W. Savage, who wrote that Loran has built her entire classroom around her students and truly made it a home away from home.

“Kerianne has made it a point to make sure every single student who enters her classroom feels like they belong,” wrote Buck. “They have books about their cultures and backgrounds, a choice of seating, and a welcoming message on the whiteboard every morning.”

Loran’s students have a say in how the classroom is run, on where they work around the classroom, and their education as a whole. She has flexible seating for students to choose a spot where they work best and with whom they work best.

Loran promotes digital citizenship and has students take charge of their own class social media account. Every day, one student shares how they are a good citizen, both on and off the screen.

Just one look at her classroom's instagram account (@learningwithmsloran) will show all the ways that Loran engages her students in their learning. She has dressed up as a doctor to perform "sentence surgery," evolved into "Miss Lorax" on Dr. Seuss' birthday, and even become a "human sundae" to celebrate reaching fundraiser goals.

The feature was shown on the channel and also on the website

Posted in Achievement | Tagged WCCO, kerianne loran, marion w savage, #communitystrong, excellent educator

Spring flowers are here; orders are due April 27

Posted on April 17, 2018

Spring flowers and plants are now on sale at Burnsville High School!

Each year, the school holds a flower sale that doubles as a fundraising activity to support the BHS College Scholarship Program. All proceeds go toward the program, which is offered to all BHS seniors.

The products are of the highest quality and have received very positive comments from those who have purchased them in previous seasons.

Payments must accompany all orders, which are due April 27 (please make checks payable to BHS). Delivery/pick-up is Wednesday, May 2.

Gift cards are also available; pick out your own flowers at the Cedar Green House at 23111 Cedar Ave, Farmington, MN 55024 · (952) 469-3202.

To place an order, please complete this form and return it to Mark Riggs at Burnsville High School. For questions or special orders not listed, please email Mark Riggs. Forms must be returned by May 2.

Posted in Community, Parents | Tagged bhs, spring flower sale, college scholarship program

Burnsville High School senior prom slated for May 5

Posted on April 17, 2018

Burnsville High School senior prom is set for Saturday, May 5, from 8 p.m. to Midnight, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, located at 3675 Arboretum Drive in Chaska.

The theme for this year’s prom is “Enchanted Garden.”

Prom goers must arrange their own dinner plans and arrive to the arboretum by 10 p.m. to be admitted to prom. The arboretum will open at 2 p.m. for parents and prom goers who want to take pictures. There is no charge to park and take pictures at the arboretum.

Tickets for prom will go on sale Monday, April 23 for $35 per person.

To bring a guest (student who does not attend Burnsville High School), the student must fill out this form and obtain a signature from his/her school principal.

Questions about prom can be directed to a junior class officer or parents and/or students can contact Mark Riggs at

Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, senior prom, enchanted garden, minnesota landscape arboretum

Burnsville High School senior receives Servant Leader Award

Posted on April 16, 2018

Maine (Abdirahman) Warmahayye receives Servant Leader AwardMaine (Abdirahman) Warmahayye, a senior at Burnsville High School, received the Servant Leader Award at the Model United Nations conference in Minneapolis April 5-7. This award celebrates youth leaders who have gone above and beyond modeling servant leadership.  

Maine was selected for this award because of his leadership as a delegate with the Youth in Government Model United Nations program through the YMCA and as a leader with the Burnsville Youth Collaborative (BYC).

The award, developed by youth leaders, recognizes the notion that servant leadership is a staple of the value system that Youth in Government strives to instill in all delegates – the desire to serve others and stand for ideas larger than themselves. It recognizes those who lead selflessly and act bravely. It is meant to showcase student leaders who are found outside the bounds of elected office, who embody the spirit of selfless giving.

He exemplifies a servant leader in his ability to connect and mentor younger students. His commitment to leading, supporting and empowering youth is what makes him very deserving of this award. Often, he puts aside his own interests and sacrifices his time to help others.

“This is a great honor,” said Scott Peterson, executive director at the Burnsville YMCA. “I am excited to know [he] is active in his high school, but more importantly active in developing youth in our community.”

The Model United Nations program creates a working replica of the United Nations, conducted almost entirely by students. Students can participate in a model General Assembly, International Court of Justice, Economic and Social Council, Security Council, Human Rights Council or Conference Newspaper.

The BYC exists to provide leadership for local organizations to partner with young people to develop, empower and prepare them for success. Partners include Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, the City of Burnsville and the Minnesota Valley YMCA. These organizations share resources to create quality afterschool programming for the youth of Burnsville.

Posted in Achievement, Student Success | Tagged bhs, servant leader award, model united nations, youth service, mentor, YMCA, burnsville youth collaborative

MWS Spring Fling Dance is April 20

Posted on April 16, 2018

Join us for our Spring Fling Dance and help encourage spring to come out of hibernation!

DATE:     Friday, April 20

TIME:      6 - 8 PM




  • Put on your favorite MWS or BLAZE Spiritwear and help get Spring to come out and dance!!!
  • $2 per student admission fee
  • Concessions available for purchase!
  • Students must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult
  • Guest DJ -- can you guess who the mystery dance DJ is????
Tagged marion w savage, dance, spring

Powwow will celebrate American Indian graduates

Posted on April 15, 2018

2018 SOTR Powwow artworkBurnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will join with other south metro school districts to host the Annual South of the River Powwow at Metcalf Middle School on May 12, 2018 to celebrate the community’s graduating American Indian students.

The confirmed line up includes Master of Ceremony Jerry Dearly, Arena Director Chaske LeBlanc, Midnite Express as host drum, head dancers Frank Smith and Ruby Smith along with two student representatives, and speaker Korina Barry.

The powwow is free and open to the public. Attendees will experience a day of dance, food and fellowship through a Native perspective. Ringing Shield SIngers, AIn Duh Yung Singers and Red Bone Singers are the invited drums. Doors open at 11 a.m. The schedule will include first grand entry at 1 p.m., free feast at 5 p.m., second grand entry at 7 p.m., with the powwow concluding at 9 p.m. Interested persons can also follow the powwow on Twitter and Instagram at @SOTRpowwow.

The event is being organized by the South Metro American Indian Liaison Committee, which includes District 191, Lakeville, Shakopee, Prior Lake-Savage, Farmington and District 196.

The powwow is also supported by a $500 grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

Organizers are still seeking sponsors, craft and informational vendors, volunteers, dancers (all dancers will receive an honorarium). If you are interested, please contact Dominic Good Buffalo at or 612-490-3484.

Posted in Community | Tagged arts, powwow, native students