District 191 sponsors native student college fair

Posted on October 24, 2017

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 is partnering with St. Paul and Minneapolis public schools to present the Native American College Fair on Thursday, Nov. 16. The event is slated from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center, 2315 S 17th Ave. in Minneapolis.

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from a variety of post-secondary institutions, careers, job training and community programs, as well as learn about college life and apply for financial aid.

The event is free and open to the public, and a light meal will be served for the first 200 attendees. For more information, contact Dominic Good Buffalo at 612-490-3484 or  


Posted in Community | Tagged college fair, college, native students, minneapolis schools, st. paul schools

BHS students participate in national day of volunteer service

Posted on October 18, 2017

Burnsville High School student volunteers pulled weeds, picked up litter and tended the Giving Garden during Green Apple Day of Service at Burnsville High School on Oct. 14.

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This was the fourth annual year that BHS students participated in this national event created by the U.S. Department of Education to encourage students to give back to their school community in an environmental way.

“The point of Green Apple Day of Service is to provide students the opportunity to give back to their school while engaging in meaningful, social outdoor activity,” said Bri Ostoff, the BHS youth service coordinator through Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Community Education. “It’s a time to teach them about school pride and how much work can be done in a small amount of time when a community works together as a whole.”

Volunteering is emphasized at BHS. During the last school year, a total of 804 students volunteered 27,493 hours at 202 locations throughout their community through the youth service program. “These experiences are allowing them to discover their passions, gain career ready skills, and understand the value of giving to your community,” said Ostoff. “This is all about being future ready and community strong.”

More information about Green Apple Day of Service is available at


Posted in Community | Tagged service, green apple day of service, #burnsvillestrong, bhs, eagle ridge

New furniture replaces old as middle schools receive upgrades

Posted on October 17, 2017

An upgrade long-planned as part of Vision One91 is finally taking place at middle schools, beginning this week in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

While students are away on break, furniture that’s been in the schools for 30 years or more is being replaced with modern tables and chairs to create more flexible learning environments that will support new ways of teaching and learning similar to what is already in place at Burnsville High School. Vision One91 is a redesign of the district to meet the needs of today’s (and tomorrow’s) learners.

Metcalf Middle School is the first to receive the new furniture. Similar changes will take place at Nicollet and Eagle Ridge middle schools this year during upcoming academic breaks.

“You don’t necessarily think you’d get excited about tables and chairs, but it really makes a difference,” Metcalf Principal Kelly Ronn said of the new pieces, which were paid for with funds from the 2015 Vision One91 bond referendum. “Having the ability to easily change a classroom setup to support different kinds of work – small groups, large groups, pairs, whatever a teacher might need – it’s important to what we’re trying to do in terms of teaching in ways that work best for our students.”

The change produced a strange sight outside the school Oct. 15 as dozens of tables and desks waited in the parking lot to be removed. Although District 191 tried to auction the furniture off, there were no bidders. So, some pieces may be reused at other school buildings, but most will be recycled.

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Burnsville varsity girls tennis team recognized for academic achievement

Posted on October 17, 2017
The Burnsville girls varsity tennis team received an Academic All-State Gold Award, which is given to high school tennis teams with an average team grade point average (GPA) of 3.75-4.0.
"The 2017 Burnsville High School varsity girls tennis team is comprised of talented, intelligent, respectful, hard-working student athletes on and off the tennis court,” said coach Ryan Haddorff.
Haddorff added: “Their academic achievement is a great example of the commitment to success in all aspects of their high school career. I'm confident each player will be successful in any area they choose to focus their time and energy. It was awesome to have this group come together for this season.”
The varsity team consists of seniors Allie Draper, Kendra Gudmonson, Payton Handrahan and Dakotah Walberg; juniors Katie Herzog and Maddie Samz; sophomore Ally Keating; freshmen Brooke Haddorff, Morgan Krumwiede, Hannah Lake and Mara McMahon; and eighth-grader Sami Bowlby.   
Allie Draper received individual Academic All-State, which is awarded to qualifying seniors with a GPA of 3.75 or higher.
Posted in Achievement, Academics, Student Success, Athletics | Tagged bhs, varsity girls tennis, academic all-state gold award

Rahn Yearbook Cover Contest is underway

Posted on October 16, 2017

It’s the 4th annual Rahn Yearbook Cover Contest!  

All Rahn students are welcome to enter the contest! Entries must be turned in by Friday, November 7th.  

There are 5 winners total. Voting will take place on Friday, November 17th.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 22nd however, the front cover winner will not be known until the yearbook is delivered during the last week of school!  

Please look for the flyer, along with the rules, in your Friday folders or by email.

Rahn fall book fair is Oct. 27

Posted on October 12, 2017

Rahn’s Fall Book Fair is Friday, October 27th along with our PTO dance from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Join the fun and support Rahn at the same time!  

If you are unable to attend, you can shop the Book Fair online at from October 13th througH October 31st.

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District 191 presents a free two-part series on drug addiction

Posted on October 12, 2017

Burnsville High School is partnering with Eastview High School (EVHS) and Dakota County to present a two-part series on addiction and chemical use/abuse on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Eastview High School Performing Arts Center, located at 6200 140th Street West in Apple Valley, and Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Diamondhead Education Center, located at 200 W. Burnsville Parkway in Burnsville.

These free events are intended for adults.

The first part, “Top Secret Project: Decoding the Mysteries of the Teen Domain,” is a unique traveling exhibit designed to help parents recognize unfamiliar hazards that are often in plain sight. Using a simulated teenager’s bedroom, the interactive exhibit includes hundreds of items that when seen through an educated lens, could be a signal that there’s a problem. There will also be a presentation and discussion with presenters from Hazelden and Dakota County. The schedule is as follows:

  • 6-6:30 p.m. Resource Fair and Bedroom Exhibit

  • 6:30-8 p.m. Presentation/Discussion

  • 8-8:30 p.m. Informal Time/Q & A

The second part, “Know the Truth Dakota County Community Forum for Community Leaders, Parents and Other Concerned Adults,” is a panel event featuring the Dakota County Drug Task Force, Apple Valley Police Department, EVHS School Resource Officer Brian Plantz, EVHS Assistant Principal Jodi Hanson and a Know the Truth prevention specialist. Attendees will learn more about how chemical use/abuse impacts the community and our kids. Parent perspectives and personal stories will be included, with parents and recovering young adults sharing their real life experiences with addiction. The schedule is as follows:

  • 6-6:30 p.m. Resource Fair and free Community Dinner (hosted by Burger Jones)

  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Panel Presentation

  • 7:30-8 p.m. Discussion and Q & A

This second panel event will also be offered on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the EVHS Performing Arts Center. It will be identical to the event at Diamondhead Education Center.


Posted in Community | Tagged know the truth, top secret project, chemical abuse, addiction, dakota county, forum, Burnsville High School, eastview high school

BHS Giving Garden has a productive season

Posted on October 10, 2017
2017 Giving Garden
It’s been a productive year in the Giving Garden at Burnsville High School. Yellow squash and tomatoes did especially well. Kale and turnips were also plentiful and there were three crops of radishes. For the first time, carrots were grown to the delight of students.
The goal has been to harvest and donate 1,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to the nearby food shelf at 360 Communities. In addition, some produce was used in Family and Consumer Science cooking classes at the school.  
Language arts and culinary teacher Matt Deutsch is advisor for the group along with science teacher Lori Douglas and District 191 Community Education youth service coordinator Bri Ostoff.
“In our fourth year of the garden, we really made a lot of progress,” said Deutsch, a University of Minnesota Master Gardener. “We focused on planting new crops we hadn’t tried before, installed some raised beds, and sifted our first compost.”
Students volunteer on a drop-in basis and learn about growing food while they weed, water and harvest the 25 different fruits and vegetables grown in the garden. Then they weigh what’s been picked, and the produce goes directly to the food shelf. The total is approaching 1,000 pounds, so this year’s goal might be met since there are some big pumpkins and squash still growing in the garden.
More than 100 students, staff and community members have volunteered nearly 400 hours in the garden during this growing season.
The Giving Garden is made possible through generous donations from Foundation 191, the Whole Kids Foundation, Valley Natural Foods and community members. Visit the garden’s website at to learn more about it.
Posted in Community | Tagged bhs, giving garden, harvest, 360 communities, youth service

BHS parent-teacher conferences slated for Oct. 16-17

Posted on October 10, 2017

We invite all parents to attend parent-teacher conferences with their child on Monday, Oct. 16 from 4-7:30 p.m. or Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Parent conferences are an excellent opportunity for you to work in partnership with your child's teacher and support their success. Please check ParentVUE prior to attending conferences to view your child's schedule so you know the teachers you need to meet with. We strongly encourage you bring your son/daughter(s) with you to conferences. They not only need to be a part of conferences, but can help you in locating all of the their teachers.

When you arrive for conferences, please enter through our main entry at Door 2 (by the flagpole). There will be a table as you enter to pick up information regarding teacher conference locations.

In addition, the school store will be open during conferences. Please stop by to see all the Blaze apparel available for purchase.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the main office at 952-707-2100.  

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Registration for winter sports is now open

Posted on October 9, 2017

Online registration for winter sports is now open. 

All registrations must be submitted through FeePay and a valid physical must be on file with the Athletics Department.

The Athletics Department will also be giving a brief presentation to parent and athletes regarding winter season sports on Monday, Oct. 23 and Monday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Mraz Center.

Both parents and athletes should plan to attend. Sport-specific meetings about tryouts and the upcoming season will follow the group presentation. 

The meetings for boys hockey, boys and girls basketball, Nordic skiing, boys swimming, adapted floor hockey, girls bowling, Alpine skiing, girls hockey, winter dance, Olympic weightlifting and cheerleading will take place on one of the dates listed above. The sports for each date will be posted soon.  

If you have any questions, please call Jeanine Riggs in the Athletics Office at 952-707-2151.

Posted in Athletics, Parents | Tagged bhs, winter sports, registration, winter sports meeting