Free summer meals available for children

Posted on May 22, 2018

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 Wednesday, July 4. Meals must be consumed on site and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

These sites will serve breakfast from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:

  • Gideon Pond Elementary, 613 E.130th St., Burnsville, June 13-Aug. 17, Mondays through Fridays.
  • Hidden Valley Elementary, 13875 Glendale Road, Savage, June 13-Aug. 17, Mondays through Fridays.
  • Nicollet Middle School, 400 E. 134th St., Burnsville, July 9-July 31, Mondays through Thursdays.

This site will serve breakfast from 7:30 to 8:15  a.m. and lunch from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m:

  • Burnsville High School, 600 E. Highway 13, Burnsville, June 18-July 3, Mondays through Fridays.

Additional public sites with lunch only from 11 a.m. to noon:

  • Arbor Vista Mobile Home Village, 14750 W. Burnsville Pkwy., Burnsville, June 18-Aug. 15, Mondays and Wednesdays only.
  • Chancellor Manor, 14250 Irving Ave. S., Burnsville, June 19-Aug. 16, Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Menus may be found at  

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

Posted in Parents | Tagged summer, summer meals, food service

Whaletale Publishing at MWS this summer

Posted on May 22, 2018

Would your student like to write and illustrate a Whale of Tale about his or her summertime adventures?

Sign up for more information on Summertime Whaletale Publishing by June 6, 2018.


Receive a basic information publishing packet -- everything you need to know about publishing a Whaletale book -- and weekly hints and tips throughout the summer. All we need is your email address, student name, grade level in 2018-2019. This is open to MWS students who will be in grades Kindergarten to 5th in the 2018-2019 school year.



Help your student keep up those writing and creative skills by encouraging them to write and illustrate a book about what happen during their summer vacation or a family vacation, or other special event or activity during the summer.

Completed books -- Students will bring in their completed book by the end of September, 2018 to their assigned classroom teacher or email completed pages to Pam Voigt at A publishing time will then be set up for each student to create their very own book.

Sign up today to get started on a Whale of a Tale.

Tagged whale tale, publishing, summer, marion w savage

Senior Carnival slated for Friday, May 25

Posted on May 21, 2018

Burnsville High School is hosting a senior carnival on Friday, May 25 for all seniors. This senior-only event is free and will be held during school hours in Bob Pates Stadium. 

The event is themed "Sparky's 18th Birthday Party" and will include the following:

  • Inflatables 
  • Yard games
  • Food trucks (optional food purchases; students can bring a bagged lunch)
    • MN Nice Cream
    • Kona Ice
    • Solo’s Pizza
    • Heavy Metal Grill
  • Kickball tournament
  • Dunk tank
  • Pedal Go-Carts

This is a great opportunity for students to hang out with their friends, relax and reminisce about their years at Burnsville High School.

Congratulations, Class of 2018 and best wishes for the future!


Posted in Parents, Activities | Tagged bhs, senior carnival, Class of 2018

How parents can support their child’s summer reading

Posted on May 17, 2018

Summer checklist: ride bike, jump rope, play ball, and READ!

It’s important that students spend time reading during June, July and August.

“During the school year, it’s so much fun to see our students’ love for reading,” said Katie Salmela, the elementary media coordinator in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. “Teachers and librarians want that love to continue all summer long!”

To avoid the “summer slide” or loss of learning which can happen during the summer months, Salmela encourages parents to help their children make time for reading every day.

There are many community and school resources to support summer reading – at no cost. Public libraries are wonderful places for books and free entertainment.  

Remember that students have access to thousands of eBooks through myOn Reader and MackinVIA.

If you’re wondering what to read, start with Salmela’s favorite books for elementary students: Mrs. Salmela’s Favorites 2018 ,  2017

Here’s a quick and fun overview of reading resources (narrated by students):

Summer Reading Video for Dakota County Residents (students who attend Sky Oaks, Gideon Pond, Sioux Trail, Edward Neill, Vista View, William Byrne and Rahn)

Summer Reading Video for Scott County Residents (students who attend Hidden Valley, Harriet Bishop and Marion W. Savage)

How do you find the right books for your child? Try these resources:

If you’d prefer a written version of all the info in the video:

  1. Students have 24/7 access to all of our district eBooks. The great thing about eBooks is that you never have to worry about losing them, damaging them, or returning them on time! There are book choices in Spanish, too. Our district has two main eBook options for elementary students: myOn Reader and MackinVIA. If you need help accessing eBooks, visit to watch the tutorials on how to access online student resources.

  2. Students can sign up to take part in summer reading programs at public libraries for free. Public libraries offer many fun events, including magicians, puppet shows, coding, robotics, arts and crafts, science exploration, makerspace activities, animal appearances, reading to therapy dogs and more!  
     •  If you live in Dakota County, visit this website to learn more about the summer reading program.
     •  If you live in Scott County, visit this website to learn about the summer reading program.  

  3. Students can take part in the reading programs offered by Barnes & Noble and Half Price Books. Both stores have similar programs that basically require children to log or track their reading, and then return the log once they’ve met the specified goal to receive a free book.  Click on the store links to learn more and download the reading logs.

Posted in Academics | Tagged summer, reading, literacy

Colleges honor seven outstanding juniors at BHS

Posted on May 17, 2018

Seven high-achieving juniors will receive Junior Book Awards from prestigious colleges during a ceremony at Burnsville High School on May 24.

Colleges present the awards each year across the country to 11th grade students in recognition of their outstanding academic accomplishments, dedication to learning, leadership, school involvement and community service. Each award recipient receives a book that is connected to the college in some way, often written by a professor or alumnus. (See the slideshow of the ceremony here)

Burnsville High School students receiving Junior Book Awards this year are:

  • Arbaz Ansar - Yale University
  • Jaelyn Baisch - Dartmouth College
  • Anna Cruz - Wellesley College
  • Joshua Holtzleiter - Harvard
  • Leita Nguyen- Smith College
  • Cormac Pearce - Columbia University
  • William Trussell - University of Minnesota

"The award is a testament to everything they have done inside and outside of the classroom during their entire academic career," said Principal Dave Helke. "They have worked hard, strived to do their best and have found success in many ways. Congratulations on this recognition."

Junior Book Awards are a nationally-known distinction, according to school counselor Becky Akerson, who advises students to include it on their college applications.

Pictured from left in picture above are: William Trussell, Ana Cruz, Cormac Pearce, Leita Nguyen, Joshua Holtzleiter, Jaelyn Baisch and Arbaz Ansar.
Posted in Achievement, Student Success | Tagged bhs, junior book awards, prestigious colleges, academics, distinction

District 191 graduates will receive diplomas in three ceremonies

Posted on May 16, 2018

Commencement ceremonies will take place in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 with graduates receiving diplomas at three locations in June.

Commencement for students in the BEST transition program will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at River Ridge Education Center, 100 River Ridge Court, Burnsville.

Burnsville Alternative High School will present diplomas to students during a commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, in their school’s gym at 2140 Diffley Road, Eagan.

At Burnsville High School, seniors will receive diplomas during the commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 8. Depending on the weather, the ceremony will either take place outside in Pates Stadium next to the school or inside the gym at 600 E. Highway 13, Burnsville. A decision will be made by 4 p.m. that day and posted on the district's website at

Student speakers at the BHS commencement will be William Alvey, Olivia Brammer and Fiona Chow. Musical performers will be Daniel Akah, Jasmine Buckner and Katie Lyon.

Posted in Academics, Student Success | Tagged graduation, 2018 commencement, bhs, BAHS, BEST

Nicollet, Eagle Ridge teams compete at Quiz Bowl nationals

Posted on May 16, 2018

Students from Eagle Ridge and Nicollet middle schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 competed at the national Quiz Bowl championships May 11-13 in Chicago. The teams qualified for nationals based on their results in local tournaments throughout the school year.

Quiz bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, popular culture, sports, and more. Questions are answered in two different ways, with individual players buzzing in to answer “tossup” questions and team members being able to work together to answer “bonus” questions.

The Eagle Ridge team consisted of 7th grader John Goettl and 8th graders Erik Gorton, Allan Habiger, Jasper Strayer and August Tinklenberg. The Nicollet team included 8th graders Davin Alt, Calvin Hume, Keegan McDevitt, Cameron Passon, Alex Stanek and Carter Stuart.

At the championship, both teams finished with three wins and five losses in the preliminary rounds, falling short of qualifying to compete in the playoffs.

Erik Gorton was the top individual scorer among all District 191 students, finishing 59th out of nearly 1,000 students who participated in the tournament.

“It was awesome to see how much fun they were having and how well they represented their schools and our district,” said Coach Les Moffitt. “It was especially nice to see the kids from different schools interacting and building friendships that can continue and grow next year.”

Three teams from Burnsville High School have qualified to compete at the High School Quiz Bowl Nationals, which will take place May 25-27 in Atlanta.

Posted in Activities, Student Success | Tagged quiz bowl, nationals, championships, eagle ridge, nicollet

Harriet Bishop students, parents continue hair donation tradition

Posted on May 16, 2018

A tradition now in its fifth year, the ‘Hair’riet Bishop Project was once again a big success, with 28 Harriet Bishop students and two parents giving up their long locks to benefit children and adults who need wigs due to illness.

The 2018 project, held at The Hair District in Burnsville, resulted in 293 inches of hair donated to this year’s charities, Pantene Beautiful Lengths, Locks of Love and Wigs for Kids. Over five years, the project has included more than 200 participants and 149 feet of hair donated.

Lisa Pozorski, who has organized the project since its inception in collaboration with the Harriet Bishop Service Club, said it’s touching to be part of the event.

“Harriet Bishop is example to all of how a school community can, and is making this world a better place,” she said.

The project is made possible with support from several local businesses, including The Hair District and its stylists, who provide the salon space and skills for the actual event. Other supporters include Thrivent Financial, Chipotle, Sterling State Bank, Elpis Enterprises, Urban Halo, Kemnitz Orthodontics, Wells Fargo, Foss Swim School, Cosmopolitan Orthodontics, Peggy Hicks-RE/MAX Results, I Love Kickboxing, Peter Hohn - State Farm, Children’s Dental Care, and Conquer Ninja Warrior.

2018 Hair-riet Bishop Project
Posted in Community | Tagged service, harriet bishop, #communitystrong

BHS AVID graduates are honored at event

Posted on May 16, 2018

Forty-four seniors in the AVID programs at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School were honored at an event on May 8.

They are the fifth group of graduates who have participated in the AVID college readiness program in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. The first graduating class of AVID students numbered 18 in 2014.

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college prep program designed to increase the number of students who go to four-year colleges by helping them acquire the organizational and study skills they need to be successful. Students learn academic strategies, develop critical thinking skills, ask probing questions, use Cornell note-taking and participate in group collaboration. Most of the AVID graduates will be the first in their family to go to college.

Students shared how participation in the AVID elective class had changed their lives. They gained organizational skills, increased self-confidence and acquired study skills that will support their future success.

Also at the event, Kevin and Greta Warren presented the second round of their No Doors Closed Scholar Awards. Recipients this year are Patrick Asamoah, Nivian Moraa, Sengdalivanh Novaha, Sucaado Omar and Falak Tawakalna. They 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.

AVID began in District 191 in 2009 at Nicollet Middle School, which is now an AVID National Demonstration School, and has since expanded to all secondary schools.

Posted in Achievement, Community | Tagged AVID, colleg prep, first to go to college, cornell note-taking

Second year of Warren scholarships presented to students

Posted on May 16, 2018

Generous donors Kevin and Greta Warren have presented another round of major scholarships to students in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 who are likely to be the first in their families to attend college.

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.

Recipients this year are Patrick Asamoah, Nivian Moraa, Sengdalivanh Novaha, Sucaado Omar and Falak Tawakalna.

This is the second year of the Kevin & Greta Warren No Doors Closed Scholar Awards.

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, “We have been blessed in our careers and we both have a passion for education, so we view it as our fiduciary responsibility to pay it forward to students within our community.”

“We are very grateful for our continued partnership with the Warrens and their commitment to support One91 students,” said Dr. Stacie Stanley, the district’s director of Systems Improvement & Student Achievement. “The 2017 scholars are already giving back to the One91 community, as they actively participated in the selection of this year’s scholars.”

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.

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.

In addition to financial backing, Warren has also linked students with possible networking and mentoring

opportunities to further launch them into careers and opportunities.

“This wide level of support works to ensure students not only go to college, but also graduate with a degree,” said Stanley. “We couldn’t be more fortunate.”


Picture above from left, are Kevin Warren, Nivian Moraa, Sucaado Omar, Falak Tawakalna, Patrick Asamoah, Sengdalivanh Novaha, and Greta Warren
Posted in Community, Achievement | Tagged warren scholarships, kevin warren, greta warren, minnesota vikings, SISA