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Lifetouch graduation pictures now available for purchase

Posted on July 1, 2019

Families interested in purchasing graduation pictures by Lifetouch Special Events can order them through the Lifetouch portal. Click on the link below to browse and purchase pictures.

The ordering deadline for graduation pictures is Oct. 31, 2019. There will be a late fee assessed for orders placed after the deadline.

If you have questions about ordering pictures, please contact the main office at 952-707-2100.

Lifetouch portal:


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Transaction fee for FeePay goes into effect July 1

Posted on June 25, 2019

To cover the cost of providing the FeePay online option for paying registration costs and adding money to meal accounts, users of FeePay will incur a 4.29% per transaction fee beginning July 1, 2019.

This will include any registrations that use the FeePay service, including meal accounts, athletics and activities, and parking lot passes at Burnsville High School.

To avoid transaction fees, payments may also be made with cash or by check, either at the school office for activities, athletics and parking, or at the school cafeteria deposit box for meal accounts. Checks for meal accounts should be made payable to ISD 191 Food Service. Please write the name of the student and their PIN on the memo line of your check.

If you have any questions regarding the fee, please contact the main office at 952-707-2100.


Posted in Announcements

Diamondhead Education Center announces hours for holiday week

Posted on June 24, 2019

All programs and buildings in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will be closed for the Independence Day holiday on Thursday, July 4.

District offices will be open by appointment only on Friday, July 5.

The Enrollment Center, Senior Center and The Edge will be closed July 4-5.


Tagged holiday hours, diamondhead

District 191 administrators, teachers provide leadership at professional learning summer institute

Posted on June 21, 2019

More than 60 Burnsville-Eagan Savage School District 191 teachers, coaches and administrators attended the Collaborative Literacy Summer Institute, a three-day event sponsored by the Center for the Collaborative Classroom, District 191 and Hamline University. More than 250 people from across the Midwest attended the event, which was held June 11-13 at Hamline University in St. Paul.

The event provided 10 hours of professional learning, a keynote by author Peter Brunn and interactive breakout sessions. Seven educators from District 191 presented at the conference, including Brittany Anderson, Chris Bellmont, Katie Ness, Katy Ploehn, Katie Salmela, Alli Skoglund and Terese Trekell.

“The Collaborative Classroom institute was affirming, validating, eye opening, challenging and exciting – all rolled up into two amazing days!” said Bellmont, Gideon Pond Elementary principal. “We discovered that we, as a One91 organization, are implementing state-of-the-art strategies aligned to successfully educate all of our learners.”

Salmela and Ness, District 191 digital learning specialists, presented a session on how they strategically aligned technology integration with ‘Making Meaning’ and ‘Being a Writer,’ District 191’s literacy curriculum.  

“I love being able to give teachers ideas about how to use tech with students in ways that are meaningful and give students options for choice and voice,” said Salmela. “In our session, we gave teachers time to meet in grade level groups to talk about integrating tech, and it was my favorite part of the session – seeing teachers from different districts and states sharing their expertise, their ideas, and making connections to collaborate.

Salmela added, “The conference helped me dive deeper into the connection between self-discipline and learning, and better understand how conferring works and how it supports our students as readers.”

Collaborative Classroom leaders also shared examples of how others are transforming instructional leadership in literacy through powerful conversations about coaching, equity, collective efficacy and more.

Collaborative Classroom is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to providing continuous professional learning for teachers through curricula that supports the academic, ethical and social development of children.

Learn more about the Center for the Collaborative Classroom at

Posted in Academics, Announcements | Tagged district 191, collaborative classroom, summer institute, professional learning, literacy

Board approves budget for 2019-20 school year

Posted on June 21, 2019

At its June 20 meeting, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education approved a budget including $130.1 million in general fund spending for the 2019-20 school year. With revenue expected to be $129.2 million, the district will use about $900,000 from its reserves to cover expenses.

The adopted budget includes $98.7 million, or 76 percent of total spending, for instruction and pupil support.

The budget reflects about $6.7 million in adjustments that had been presented as recommendations and discussed at previous public meetings. To see those detailed recommendations, go to

Rider noted that the adopted budget will be revised during the 2019-20 school year to reflect updates to enrollment, staffing, and other factors as they are known.

See the full budget presentation

Posted in Finance, Announcements | Tagged board meeting, budget

2019 BHS Commencement

Posted on June 14, 2019

Congratulations to the members of the Burnsville High School Class of 2019!


Class of 2019 Commencement


Order Lifetouch graduation photos here:  

Student Speeches

Posted in Achievement, Student Success, Announcements | Tagged bhs, graduation, video, joy bogonko, commencement, Burnsville High School

‘Flexible learning’ plan will counteract days lost for weather

Posted on June 14, 2019

During the 2018-19 school year, snow or extreme cold weather led to six school days being canceled and two more starting late. Although two days were eventually made up, four of the cancelations happened in a single week, causing a significant disruption to learning.

“Severe weather like we had this year can lead to a real loss of momentum for students,” Assistant Superintendent Brian Gersich said. “With some planning and by making use of the technology we have in place, we think we can counteract that when it happens again.”

The plan approved by the Board of Education on June 13 calls for the creation of “Flexible Learning Days.” Under the plan, the first cancellation due to weather during a school year will remain a traditional cancellation. After that, Flexible Learning Days would kick in.

On a Flexible Learning Day, teachers, administrators and other licensed professionals will be available by email or Schoology from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. to answer questions, provide guidance or otherwise engage students.

  • For grades 6-12, teachers will publish lessons by 9 a.m. using Schoology, the district’s online learning system, so students can access courses and complete assigned work.
  • For grades PreK-5, students will complete portions of selected learning activities created and distributed in advance by their teachers.

Students, staff and parents will be asked for feedback if a Flexible Learning Day is called so the plan can be adjusted and improved going forward.

Gersich noted that avoiding canceled days will help maintain the integrity of the district’s overall academic calendar, avoiding shortened quarters and the need to add school days after the end of the year in June.  

Posted in Academics, Announcements, Innovation | Tagged weather, flexible learning, instructional technology, innovation

Foundation 191 announced more than $11,000 in grants to District 191 schools

Posted on June 14, 2019

Foundation 191 announced grants totaling $11,127.50 to help fund 18 projects in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 for the 2019-20 school year.

2019-20 grants are:  

  • Burnsville High School, $3000 for Junior Achievement Finance Park;  
  • Harriet Bishop Elementary School, $231 for Orienteering for Everyone;
  • Hidden Valley Elementary School, $266 for Growing Resilience and $600 for Growing Roots;
  • M.W. Savage Elementary School, $250 for Whaletale Publishing and $250 for Learning Center;
  • Nicollet Middle School, $295 for AVID Binder Hospital, $399 for Atlas Subscriptions, $525 for Hate U Give Lit Project, $350 for 6th grade AVID Literature to Explore Diversity Read Aloud Refuge and $286.50 for Book Club to Explore Diversity and (Extra)Ordinary Students;
  • Rahn Elementary School, $500 for Podcasting and $500 for 50th Anniversary Celebration;
  • Sky Oaks Elementary School, $2500 for Peaceful Playground and $500 for YMCA Student Leadership training; and
  • William Byrne Elementary School, $150 for Kindergarten Math Bags, $150 for 3rd grade Math Bags and $375 for Native Plants.

“Foundation 191 was formed in 2005 to meet a need for innovative opportunities for students,” said Foundation Board President Robbie Bunnell. “We are proud to say we’ve touched thousands of students with these projects and are excited to be able to continue to do so this year.”

The Foundation 191 grant program began in 2007 and has awarded more than 100 grants totaling over $125,000 to projects created and developed by staff or students in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district impacting Early Childhood Education, Community Education, all ten elementary schools, three middle schools, Burnsville High School and the Alternative High School. Each project directly benefits students in the district and has carried a wide ranging impact for students, staff, their families and the District 191 community.

The mission of Foundation 191 is to enhance, enrich and expand educational opportunities within the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school district.

Posted in Community, Innovation | Tagged Foundation 191, grants, garden, AVID, literacy, math, kindergarten

Blazing Cats adapted softball team wins state title in epic comeback

Posted on June 6, 2019
The Blazing Cats adapted softball team won the state title in the cognitively impaired division of adapted softball on June 1 at Chanhassen High School. This is their first state title since 2013.
The team faced deficits in both the semifinals and championship game, 8-1 and 11-0 respectively, before rallying and ultimately winning the state title.
The Blazing Cats consists of students from Burnsville, Farmington and Lakeville. Burnsville High School students on the team include Stefan Evers, Parker Leagjeld, Leeban Mohamed and David Phalaket.
The Minnesota Association for Adapted Athletics (MAAA) was initially organized in 1975 with a three-team league, all from the Minneapolis area. The league has since grown to include students from over 21 schools from the Twin Cities area, as well as a few greater Minnesota schools. The MAAA program provides physical, social and psychological development to students with mental and/or physical disabilities.
Posted in Achievement | Tagged blazing cats, adapted softball, state title, burnsville/farmington/lakeville

2019 Senior Profile: Luna Yemane

Posted on June 6, 2019

To celebrate members of the Class of 2019 and help the One91 Community get to know some of the students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School, we're publishing several "Senior Profiles" as we gear up for commencement ceremonies the week of June 3. Congratulations to all of our seniors! 

Who was a favorite teacher or staff member & why?

Mrs. Vogt, because she is awesome! I had Mrs. Vogt only for a semester in 11th grade, but I always talk to Mrs. Vogt whenever I need help with anything school related or not. Even if I don't need help, Mrs. Vogt always listens to me vent!

What is one memory of high school you will take with you after leaving?

One of my favorite high school memories would be hosting the Speak Up event for the school with the Black Student Union. Seeing the Burnsville High School community actively work to communicate with each other and diminish the barriers that keep students divided gave me hope. I also was so proud of all the work that my peers involved in the Black Student Union accomplished to make this day successful.

What are your plans for after graduation?

After I graduate, I plan to attend the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, majoring in political science and minoring in African American studies.

What advice would you give to younger students to make the most of their high school experiences?

There are many opportunities to make your high school experience count. Use all your resources like your counselor and Mrs. Sexton. Burnsville High School has so many different ways to explore potential careers or interests if you just look for them.

Posted in Senior Profiles, Community | Tagged 2019, senior profiles, bhs, luna yemane