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No threat at BHS after police response

Posted on June 1, 2019

Police confirmed that there was no threat and no immediate risk to the public after responding to a report at Burnsville High School during a community event on Saturday, June 1.

Several police vehicles responded to the school after receiving a report that weapons were seen inside a vehicle. Officers found a rifle along with “airsoft” style guns in the vehicle of someone who was at the school from out of town for a basketball event with an organization renting BHS facilities.

Firearms are prohibited at all times on school property and possessing one while on school grounds can result in a felony. District 191 appreciates the visitors who made the report and support maintaining a safe environment for all who visit our schools.

Questions should be directed to the Burnsville Police Department.

2019 Senior Profile: Alyse Dees

Posted on May 31, 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?

My favorite teacher is Mrs. Allen. She was my AP Human Geography teacher my freshman year and she has had a profound impact on me and my academic career. She was the first teacher to truly challenge me, and she also gave me the skills I needed to be successful in high school. My other favorite teacher is Mrs. Coleman. She was my AP Government teacher, and her class has been my absolute favorite because she makes it enjoyable but also fosters my passion for politics and has allowed me do delve deeper into the subject.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I plan to attend Howard University in Washington D.C. in the fall majoring in architecture and minoring in political science.

How do you think you've changed as a person during the last four years?

Throughout high school I have been able to grow in so many different ways. Before high school, I didn't know what I stood for. I have been able to discover my voice and I now know the type of person that I want to become in my future.

What was the most difficult challenge you faced in high school?

Finding balance. I am involved in a lot of things in and outside of school and I have had a hard time finding balance in my life, and I am still learning to do this. I have been guilty of joining too many activities, taking lots of hard classes, and taking up too many things at once and it is something I am trying to avoid.

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

Opportunities are everywhere, you just have to look for them.

What makes you most excited when you think about your future?

Our generation is at the peak of some major events that are happening around the world. We are a generation of change. I am so excited to see what we will do now and far into the future because we have so much to offer and we are only just getting started.

See more Senior Profiles

Posted in Senior Profiles | Tagged 2019, senior profiles, bhs, graduates, alyse dees

Free summer meals available for children

Posted on May 30, 2019

Thanks to a federal program, breakfasts and lunches will be provided at no charge to all children, ages 1 to 18, this summer at several schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. Meals meet nutritional standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

All sites will be closed on Thursday, July 4. Meals must be consumed on site and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. All times are approximate and may vary slightly based on the number of participants.

These sites will serve breakfast from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:

  • Hidden Valley Elementary, 13875 Glendale Road, Savage, June 17-Aug. 1, Mondays through Thursdays. No meals will be offered July 1-4.

  • Eagle Ridge Middle School, 13955 Glendale Road, Savage, June 17-Aug. 1, Mondays through Thursdays. No meals will be offered July 1-4.

This site will serve breakfast from 8 to 8:45  a.m. and lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.:

  • Burnsville High School, 600 E. Highway 13, Burnsville, June 17-Aug. 1, Mondays through Thursdays. No meals will be offered July 1-4.

  • Edward Neill Elementary School, 13409 Upton Avenue South, Burnsville, June 12-Aug. 16, Mondays through Fridays (with the exception of the first week).

  • Sky Oaks Elementary School, 100 East 134th Street, Burnsville, June 12-Aug. 16, Mondays through Fridays (with the exception of the first week).

This public site will serve lunch from noon-12:30 p.m.:

  • Rahn Park, 4425 Sandstone Drive, Eagan, June 17-Aug. 15, Mondays through Thursdays. No meals will be offered July 1-4.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Menus may be found at www.isd191.nutrislice.com.  

For more information, visit the District 191 Food and Nutrition Services webpage at www.isd191.org or call 952-707-2051.

Another way to locate sites that offer free meals to all children up to age 18 is through the Summer Eats Minnesota app, which is a free app available through the Apple Store or Google Play Store on a smartphone.

No registration or sign-up is necessary – kids can simply locate a participating site, show up and eat. Please note that summer meal sites through the Summer Eats Minnesota program may change weekly, as well as times and days of operation. Participants should regularly check the app to get the most up-to-date information about the Summer Eats Minnesota food service program.

Visit www.summereatsmn.org to find additional information and promotional material, with versions in Spanish, Somali and Hmong.

 
Posted in Community | Tagged summer meals, food service, usda

Gideon Pond school garden teaches science, feeds the soul

Posted on May 29, 2019
GIdeon Pond Garden Planting

In 2015, a former Gideon Pond art teacher had an idea to start an organic garden using straw bales to grow food. With the help of Karen Gray, who was an Americorps tutor at the time, the pair founded the Gideon Pond school garden.

After receiving a Whole Foods grant in 2017 and an Annie’s grant in 2018, the garden has expanded from just 15 bales to 20 bales along with 3 raised beds, a permanent secure fence, Burpee Grow Kits with lights in 13 classrooms and a drip irrigation system.

Students enjoy working in the garden during recess and learn invaluable skills along the way.

“They learn how to share and cooperate in completing tasks,” said Gray. “They gain self-reliance, confidence and an appreciation for the wonders of nature.”

Gray added, “The best part is … we can eat it.”

"We eat everything in the garden,” said one student. “Even the flowers are edible in this garden."

Another student noted, “When I grow up, I’m going to have a garden just like this.”

There are many volunteers that help in the garden, including Cub Scouts, the PTO and a neighborhood church. Regularly, there are Dakota County Master Gardeners – including Danny Reinders, Mary Holac, Noni Heidemann and Jeannine Church – on hand to help the students who are tending to the plants.

The garden wouldn’t exist without the support of Gideon Pond Principal Chris Bellmont and his staff, who help keep the program running. Cooking classes and tastings with the Project Kids Garden Club, as well as a fall harvest potluck, are just a few ways that the garden is used to bring the school community together.

The garden is sponsored by Whole Kids Foundation, a Whole Foods Market grant program, and the University of Minnesota provides curriculum that aligns with state science requirements.

 
Posted in Community | Tagged gideon pond, garden, whole foods, University of Minnesota

2019 Senior Profile: Kira Sosinske

Posted on May 29, 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. Meuser is my favorite teacher at BHS. I had her for calculus, and she was so good at going through the problem thoroughly and making sure everyone understood. She has a great personality and sense of humor, and her Star Wars collection is awesome!

What are your plans for after graduation?

I will be attending St. Cloud State University with a soccer scholarship. I plan to study engineering or economics.

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

I would encourage students to get involved in sports or activities. These people will most likely have similar interests as you, which can lead to great friendships. It's also good to get up and do something productive in your free time.

How did your high school experience prepare you for your future?

I think BHS has exposed me to lots of different types of people. We are such a diverse school, and it's very important to learn about the people around you. BHS also has so many great teachers that want to help you with your journey.

What makes you most excited when you think about your future?

I'm excited to see all the different things you can do with your life. I want to explore the world until I find something that I love to do.

See more Senior Profiles

 

Posted in Senior Profiles | Tagged 2019, senior profiles, bhs, graduates, kira sosinske

Burnsville High School seniors recognized for academic, athletic achievements

Posted on May 28, 2019

Seniors receiving an academic or athletic award were recognized at a ceremony on Monday, May 20 at 7 a.m. in the Mraz Center for the Performing Arts, located at 600 E. Hwy 13.

Students were recognized for curricular and co-curricular awards and G.P.A. achievements.

Students who received awards this year are:

Curricular Awards:
  • Ross Waataja –Business
  • Girma Dessu – ELL
  • Sidney Pot – Family and Consumer Science
  • Lindsey Larson – Art
  • Wesley Ho – Instrumental
  • Rachel Kelly – Instrumental
  • Ellen Olson – Instrumental
  • Andrew Vixayvong – Vocal
  • Cheyney McKinney – Language Arts
  • Clifford Yeboah – Math
  • Amanda Roepke – Physical Education and Health
  • Emma Martin – Science
  • Alyse Dees – Social Studies
  • Malia Montgomery – Student Services
  • Joshua Holtzleiter – Technology Education
  • Aradhana Menon – World Languages, French
  • Anna Cruz – World Languages, Spanish
Co-Curricular Awards:
  • Ben Ostertag – John Philip Sousa Award
  • Caleb Hubbard – Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
  • Jonathan Butler – National Choral Award
  • Ronald Romero – National Choral Award
  • Emma Harrold – Fred Waring Director’s Award
  • Emma Kate Redden – The National School Orchestra Award
  • Leita Nguyen – Leonard Bernstein Musicianship Award
South Suburban Conference Scholar Award:
  • Jaelyn Baisch
  • Samuel Bardwell
  • Emma Brown
  • Anna Cruz
  • Tatum Frey
  • Katherine Herzog
  • Hanna Holmstrom
  • Joshua Holtzleiter
  • Sarah Johnson
  • Aradhana Menon
  • Cormac Pearce
  • Olivia Rippentrop
  • Christopher Slemp
  • William Trussell
Academics, Arts and Athletics Award:
  • Ian Harpell
  • Mia Katzmarek
BHS Outstanding Athlete Award:
  • Kyle Atkinson, Track & Field – University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
  • Maya Hansen, Girls Soccer – South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
  • Lyndsey Howard, Girls Hockey – Mankato State University, Mankato, MN
  • Marcus Shepley, Football – University of Minnesota-Duluth, Duluth, MN
  • Kira Sosinske, Girls Soccer – Saint Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
Athena Award:
  • Lyndsey Howard
BHS Distinguished Athlete Award:
  • Zachary Andreasen
  • Erin Bachmeier
  • Matthew Berg
  • Emma Brown
  • Nicholas Faith
  • Nicholas Gilman
  • Hanna Holmstrom
  • Lyndsey Howard
  • Anh (Ashley) Le
  • Olivia Rippentrop
  • Heidi Steward
BHS Athlete of the Year:
  • Kyle Atkinson
  • Maya Hansen
National Scholar Athlete Award:
  • Abdirahim Abdalla
  • Samuel Bardwell
  • Emma Brown
  • Jenna Hartung
  • Hanna Holmstrom
  • Dylan Hughes
  • Heidi Stewart
US Figure Skating Award:
  • Sydney Bjonfald
National Merit Finalists:
  • William Trussell
National Merit Commended Students:
  • Alexander Gorton
  • Cormac Pearce
  • Terra Tvedt
Multilingual Certificates/Seals:
  • Cristian Campos Castillo – Platinum Bilingual Seal, Spanish
  • Bryan Casas Mendez – Platinum Bilingual Seal, Spanish
  • Jason Velez Pico – Platinum Bilingual Seal, Spanish
  • Stephanie Salas Toriz – Platinum Bilingual Seal, Spanish
  • Melissa Islas Arcega – Gold Bilingual Seal, Spanish
  • Sundus Hussein – Gold Bilingual Seal, Spanish
  • Pamela Molina Mejia – Gold Bilingual Seal, Spanish
  • Ian Figueroa Fierro – World Language Proficiency Certificate, Spanish
  • Ronald Romero – World Language Proficiency Certificate, Spanish
  • Hamdi Abdi – Gold Bilingual Seal, Somali
  • Leyla Osman – Gold Bilingual Seal, Somali
  • Abdikadir Ali – World Language Proficiency Certificate, Somali
  • Sundus Hussein – World Language Proficiency Certificate, Somali
  • Ibtisaam Mahamed – World Language Proficiency Certificate, Somali

Congratulations to these students on their academic and athletic achievements!

 

Posted in Academics, Activities, Achievement | Tagged bhs, senior awards

2019 Senior Profile: Dannely Ortiz

Posted on May 27, 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?

Ms. Burgman – she's just one of my favorites, though. She always made the class really fun, and she was very easy to talk to about things I was confused about.

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

All the relationships I made while going here.

How do you think you've changed as a person during the last four years?

I've become more responsible and mature.

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

Probably to just do your best. Don't be rude to the teachers because all they're trying to do is help you. It's tough, but it'll be worth it in the end.

How did your high school experience prepare you for your future?

The teachers helped me a lot! I had no idea where to begin, and they helped me step-by-step.

What makes you most excited when you think about your future?

I’m excited to begin the path of my dream career.

See more Senior Profiles

 
 
Posted in Senior Profiles | Tagged 2019, senior profiles, BAHS, graduates, dannely ortiz

Seniors awarded more than $100,000 in community scholarships

Posted on May 24, 2019

Thanks to generous individuals, companies and organizations, Foundation 191 presented more than $106,000 in scholarships to District 191 seniors at this year’s Community Scholarship Awards Ceremony on May 22 at the Burnsville High School Mraz Center.

“Our organization is honored to host this event, made possible by ISD 191 employees, local youth organizations, charitable foundations, service groups, businesses, and families memorializing loved ones. This is truly a community effort,” said Robbie Bunnell, Foundation 191 president. “It is with great pleasure that we recognize these outstanding seniors as they move on to the next step in their educational careers.”

Scholarship donors and recipients are:  

  • American Legion Post 643 (Savage) to Arianna Day, Madisyn Gowans, Lucas Lesser and Heidi Stewart;
  • Apple Autos to Aradhana Menon;
  • BA 191 Ken Slipka Baseball Scholarship to Jordan Discher;
  • BHS Student Council to Grace Campbell and Mia Katzmarek;
  • BHS Tennis Scholarship to Samuel Bardwell, Katherine Herzog and Madeline Samz;
  • Burnsville Association of Educational Assistants to Lindsey Larson;
  • Burnsville Athletic Club Scholarship to Cade Marsolek, Nicole Matter, Amanda Roepke and Madeline Samz;
  • Burnsville Breakfast Rotary to Najma Abdi, Siham Hassan and Nawal Maxamed;
  • Burnsville Lions Club to Samuel Bardwell, Jon Butler, Riley Gill, Madisyn Gowans, Joshua Holtzleiter, Sundus Hussein, Bryana Maddox-Sanders, Barbara Sabino Pina, Mahlet Sinkie and Brandon Torralba;
  • Burnsville Noon Rotary to Lucas Lesser;
  • Burnsville Principals’ Association to Destiny Somsanouk;
  • Class Acts to Megan Bormann, Jenna Hartung, Ibtisaam Mahamed, Tristessa Mausolf, Isaac Nelson, Lisa Nguyen, Patrick Otto, Isaac Peterson, Taylor Robinson and Luna Yemane;
  • Dakota Electric Association Scholarship to Megan Bormann, Grace Campbell, Adam Haag, Hanna Holmstrom, Hayden Johnson, Bryan Casas Mendez, Leita Nguyen, Heidi Stewart, William Trussell and  Jacob Widen;
  • Devin Delaney #DWSL Scholarship to Nicholas Faith;
  • District 191 Employee Scholarship to Delaney Gigstad, Abby Harrold, Ibtisaam Mahamed, Emma Martin, Ellen Olson;
  • Fairview Ridges Scholarship to Emma Brown;
  • Firefly Credit Union Blood Drive Scholarship to Tatum Frey;
  • Foundation 191 Memorial Scholarship to Jonnathan Alvarado;
  • Hanson Scholarship Fund to Taylor Harris, Caleb Hubbard, Mikayla Hughes, Andrew Moe, Samuel Scheuneman and Crystal Yiu;
  • Kenneth J. Slipka Memorial Leadership Scholarship to Cade Marsolek;
  • Kopp Family Foundation to Manisha Mucherla, Jessica Nguyen and Olivia Rippentrop;
  • Lifetouch Presidential Scholarship to Mark Huttman, Grace McGovern and Ethan Tinklenberg;
  • Lon Hitch Secondary Education Memorial Scholarship to Alex Johnson;
  • Lon Hitch Community Involvement Memorial Scholarship to Catie Wright;
  • Mary Lenhardt Memorial Scholarship to Emma Harrold, Aradhana Menon and Liam Thomas;
  • Metcalf PTO Scholarship to Wesley Luu Ho;
  • National Honor Society Scholarship to Anna Cruz, Tatum Frey, Hanna Holmstrom, Joshua Hotzleiter, Sundus Hussein, Destiny Somsanouk and William Trussell;
  • PEO Chapters DP/El Women’s Scholarship to Sarah Kuplic;
  • PEO S.T.A.R. Scholarship to Anna Cruz;
  • Renae Gustafson Memorial Scholarship to Sarah Johnson and Caitlyn Kloeckl;
  • Robert Naffziger Memorial Scholarship to Jennifer Le Vvintre;
  • Savage Rotary Club “Service Above Self” Scholarship to Claire McDavid;
  • Taylor Zeibol Memorial Scholarship to Najma Abdi;
  • Walser Foundation “Driving a Stronger Community” to Leita Nguyen.
Posted in Community | Tagged scholarships, bhs, community

2019 Senior Profile: Jon Butler

Posted on May 24, 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?

My favorite teacher at the high school has been Mrs. Millea. She is funny and outgoing, and she's not afraid of sharing her personality with her students to make a relationship with them. Her classes teach much more than what is prescribed in the curriculum.

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

One memory I will take with me from high school is all the time spent in the Mraz Center, whether it be performing, helping others, or just hanging out.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I plan to attend Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle to study musical theater and music.

How do you think you've changed as a person during the last four years?

I believe I have become much more confident in myself over the last three years. My time here has taught me that your attitude and what you put into something is the only thing that matters, and has a huge effect on how you look back on that time later.

What was the most difficult challenge you faced in high school?

One of the most challenging things I faced in the last three years was learning how to be myself and not let the opinions of others tear me down.

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

To make the most of your high school experience, get as involved in as many different things as you can. Being part of many groups of people will not only help you grow, but will expose you to a wider variety of people, ideas, and beliefs.

How did your high school experience prepare you for your future?

My high school experience helped me prepare for the future by helping me explore the things that I already knew I loved. The classes I took and the activities I joined helped me shape my own identity, and become the person I wanted to be.

What makes you most excited when you think about your future?

I become most excited when I think about doing the things that I love and being rewarded for it. In a career that I know I am confident in, I know that my job will feed my soul, and inspire me to do that job better, and become very skilled in that craft.

See more Senior Profiles

 

 
Posted in Senior Profiles | Tagged 2019, senior profiles, bhs, graduates, jon butler

‘No Doors Closed’ scholarships presented for third year

Posted on May 23, 2019

Four more District 191 students have the door to a college education opened to them, thanks to the “No Doors Closed” scholarships provided by generous donations from Kevin and Greta Warren.

The recipients will receive $5,000 each year for four years to cover tuition and other costs to earn an undergraduate degree at a college or university. This is the third year that the Warrens have provided the scholarships.

This year’s scholarship winners are Burnsville High School seniors Justin Gitonga, Louis Ikponmwosa, Brikty Tilahun and Liliana Valverde Ortiz.

Kevin Warren, who is an attorney and the chief operating officer of the Minnesota Vikings, and Greta Warren, who is a first generation college graduate, said their passion for education and desire to pay forward their own good fortune are driving factors for providing the scholarships.

At the awards presentation, Kevin shared that it’s also about the example set by his mother, a librarian who provided small scholarships of $25 to $50 to help students afford their education. He hadn’t thought that much about it until, after his mother passed away, one of her scholarship recipients said how the small gift had opened doors and changed his life.

“So much of what we do is aimed at removing barriers for students so they can prepare for success in their futures, but the cost of a college education is one barrier we can’t control,” said Dr. Jenna Mitchler, the district’s director of curriculum, instruction and assessment. “For many students, this support makes all the difference, and for that, we are incredibly grateful.”

Students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and College Possible college readiness programs were eligible to apply by filling out applications that included essays about obstacles they’d overcome, their goals for community involvement and their plans for the future. Previous scholarship winners, now finishing their sophomore year in college, helped read and evaluate the applications.

In addition to their essays, students were evaluated on leadership, community participation, volunteer service and participation in sports or the arts. They had to meet a certain grade point average, be members of underserved or underrepresented groups on college campuses, and show desire and determination to succeed.

The Warrens plan to continue awarding scholarships annually until a total of 16 students are in the program on a rolling basis.

Photo: Kevin Warren, center, presented this year’s “No Doors Closed” scholarships to, from left, Brikty Tilahun, Louis Ikponmwosa, Justin Gitonga and Liliana Valverde Ortiz.
 
Posted in Achievement, Community | Tagged bhs, AVID, kevin warren, greta warren

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