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College is possible with College Possible

Posted on September 9, 2014

This year, the BHS Career Center is staffed with a representative, Abby Lincoln, from College Possible. She will be helping students search for and apply to colleges, along with preparing students for the ACT.

[College Possible] is an organization of idealistic leaders who believe the power of education, our students and our supporters can change the country. We coach low-income students toward college graduation and they prove, every day, that when college is possible anything is possible.

The BHS Career Center provides help to students and their parents with all aspects of college and career planning. Students are encouraged to visit the Career Center throughout their high school years to prepare them for college and beyond. Marcia Sexton is the Career Center Coordinator, who is directly housed in the center and guides students through the college process. In addition, there are school counselors on hand to help students who are interested in college and career information.

With College Knowledge Month (Oct.) approaching, there will be a variety of events at BHS. More information will be available soon. Please see Ms. Sexton in the Career Center if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events:

  •  Minnesota National College Fair, Oct. 7-8 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Visit the website registration information.
Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, college possible, college fair, career center, real-world ready

Get your student athletic pass today!

Posted on September 8, 2014

When you purchase a Burnsville High School Student Athletic Pass for $50, you can attend all home games (except hockey and playoffs games) during the school year. A great feature of this pass is that your name is on the “Pass Gate List” for home football games – no more standing in long lines!

Also, adults can purchase the Athletic Adult Punch Card for $60. BHS will accept payment by cash or check.

For additional information, visit the Athletic Pass page. 

Posted in Athletics, Parents | Tagged student athletic pass

Metcalf/Nicollet theater presents 'The Track Home'

Posted on September 5, 2014

Metcalf and Nicollet Juniot High theater students will present "The Track Home," a play by Kari Catton. Performances will be Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 3 p.m.

It’s 1910, and in an effort to clean the streets of abandoned children in New York City, agents with the Children’s Aid Society transport children on the Orphan Train with the hope that they will be adopted by Christian families in the West. With a limited amount of milk and only jam sandwiches and apples to eat, 11 children and two agents board a train for the four-day journey from New York City to Missouri. Agents confiscate all things that remind the children of their former homes like the addresses of their birth parents or family photos.

When the Orphan Train reaches Rolla, Mo., the children disembark and are paraded through town, hoping to meet their future parents and families. Strong boys are adopted by families who need help with farm work while older girls go to families who need help with household chores and rearing children. Families are broken up as siblings are adopted into different homes. Characters are composites taken from real Orphan Train survivors and their descendants and reflect the history, heartache, and hope of these children.

Posted in Arts | Tagged theater, nicollet, metcalf

Homecoming tickets available Friday, Sept. 5

Posted on September 4, 2014

Tickets for the Homecoming dance will be on sale during all lunches beginning Friday, Sept. 5. Cost for the dance is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Are you ready for Homecoming week? There is an array of activities planned for Homecoming week, culminating with the dance. Check out the schedule below.

Homecoming Week

Monday: Morning Pep Fest & Powder Puff Football @ BHS 6-8:30 pm (Beach Day)

Tuesday: (Wacky Day)

Wednesday: Bonfire @ BHS 7-9:30 pm (Patriotic Day)

Thursday: Coronation assembly; Boys/Girls Soccer vs. Apple Valley; Volleyball vs. Apple Valley (Dress Your Best Day)

Friday: Junior High Assemblies; Football vs. Minnetonka (Blaze Day)

Saturday: Homecoming Dance @ BHS 8 p.m. to Midnight

Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, homecoming, dance

Interested in being a peer coach?

Posted on September 3, 2014

Apply to be a peer coach at the BHS Writing Center!

Do you like helping others? Are you interested in writing? Are you a senior this fall?

Apply to be a volunteer peer coach in the Writing Center next year! Pick up an application from your English teacher or Ms. Hansen in room C272. There is an optional info meeting on Tuesday, September 9 after school in C272. Please turn in applications by Friday, September 12, 2014. Questions? See Ms. Hansen or email her at

Tagged bhs, writing center, peer coach

District 191 media specialist to present at state conference

Posted on September 2, 2014

Nancy Meyer, elementary media specialist in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, has been selected to give a presentation at the Information and Technology Educators of Minnesota (ITEM) annual conference Oct. 2-4.

Meyer will present “Using Technology to Bring Books to Life,” helping attendees discover ways to enrich and expand content with tools including QR codes inside book covers so students can link to reviews, author interviews and much more. She’s using an application called “Aurasma” that takes pictures from books and creates three dimensional moving images that appear to come out of the page.

“My goal in uniting technology to our books is to engage reluctant readers and keep our text collections exciting and relevant,” Meyer said. “Anything we can do to get our kids reading.”

ITEM, formerly the Minnesota Educational Media Organization, supports  professional growth, facilitating collaboration among its members, establishing standards, and advocating for 21st century learners. Learn more at

Posted in Achievement | Tagged staff honors, technology, literacy

Vista View teacher featured by national organization

Posted on August 29, 2014

Jennie Bordonaro, a behavior interventionist and assessment coach at Vista View Elementary School in Burnsville, is featured this month by World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA), a national organization that supports teachers who work with English language learners.

Bordonaro’s previous work co-teaching with ELL teacher Mindi Limberg is highlighted in the article, as well as work she’s done with other Vista View teachers in supporting refugee families who recently moved to the area.

In the article, Bordonaro notes the importance of understanding the full context of a student’s life when it comes to teaching. Whether a language barrier or another challenge is present, a student may struggle in ways that aren’t obviously attached to that challenge, she says. But by asking the right questions, teachers can be more successful in reaching all their students.

The full article will be available on the WIDA website at

Posted in Achievement | Tagged vista view

Blazettes' 10th Annual Brunch and Silent Auction at McHugh's on Sept. 7

Posted on August 28, 2014

The Burnsville Blazettes Dance Team is hosting its 10th Annual Brunch and Silent Auction on Sunday, Sept. 7, at McHugh’s in Savage. The event, which is the team’s primary fundraiser, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and features an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. The Blazettes will be performing throughout the event.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased from any member of the Blazettes. All proceeds support the Blazettes for the 2014-15 dance season.

In addition to the brunch, silent auction items will be open for bidding, and raffle tickets are available for cash prizes. You need not be present to win.

For more information, visit the Blazettes’ website.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Posted in Athletics | Tagged bhs, blazettes, fundraiser, mchugh's

Initiative intended to show community support, strength

Posted on August 27, 2014

How does a community respond to the heart-breaking deaths of several of its young people in one year? Jen Waller McDevitt and her husband, Dave McDevitt, hope that a new initiative called #Burnsvillestrong can turn grief into positive actions.

Dave McDevitt and Jen Waller McDevitt

Jen and Dave have been teachers, coaches and activity advisors at Burnsville High School since 1999. Dave grew up in Burnsville and his mother was a long-time teacher in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. The couple now lives in Burnsville with their three children who attend Gideon Pond Elementary in Burnsville.

"To say that our family is invested in this community would be an understatement," said Jen. "We love our community and have continuously supported it throughout the years."

That's why the deaths of the nine current students or recent graduates over the past year have affected them so much. And they're not the only ones.

"The Burnsville community has been hit hard with too many young people’s deaths," said Jen. "Now we feel it is more important than ever to unite as a community around our kids."

The hashtag #Burnsvillestrong was started by students about a year ago after the first two deaths and has gained in popularity through social media.

Dave, Jen and others want to build upon it. They hope that through the #Burnsvillestrong initative, the youth of Burnsville will know that this is a city that supports and encourages their well-being and success.

"Let’s remind our children that we, the adults throughout Burnsville, are behind them 100%," said Jen. "The #Burnsvillestrong goal is to inspire the entire community of Burnsville to support one another and foster positivity throughout the good times as well as times of adversity."

The couple is reaching out to city leaders, local businesses, civic organizations and District 191 students, families and staff members inviting them to join the movement.

A Twitter feed is in place and a Facebook page and website are being created. Bumper stickers and t-shirts are also being made to make #Burnsvillestrong more visible. Plans are underway for a community event. The couple predicts this initiative will expand in many ways once students and more community members become involved.

"We want #Burnsvillestrong to represent remembrance and positive pride throughout Burnsville," said Dave. "There are so many great things about our amazing community -- we want to push the positives."


#BurnsvilleStrong Apparel

Posted in Community, Parents, Alumni | Tagged #burnsvillestrong, community spirit, mcdevitt

BHS Baseball & Hockey at the Burnsville Fire Muster to support families

Posted on August 26, 2014

Burnsville High School Baseball and Hockey Boosters have joined together with numerous organizations to show support for the families of Ty Alyea and Cole Borchardt.

During the Burnsville Fire Muster from Sept. 3-7, there will be an opportunity to show your support to these families. BHS Baseball Boosters will be on hand to assist in selling bingo cards and raffle tickets.

How can you help? Simply come out to the Fire Muster event, play bingo and pull tabs, along with purchasing raffle tickets. All proceeds will benefit the families.

Please contact BHS Baseball Boosters for more information.

Participating Organizations & Individuals:

  • Burnsville Fire Muster
  • Burnsville Lions Club
  • Burnsville Hockey Club
  • Burnsville Baseball Boosters
  • BAC (Burnsville Fire Soccer)
  • Jeff Marshal (BHS Athletic Director)

Burnsville Fire Muster Benefit Flyer

Posted in Community, Athletics | Tagged bhs, baseball, burnsville fire muster, Cole Borchardt, Ty Alyea