Burnsville summer theater presents 'Cinderella' opening Aug. 9

Posted on August 1, 2018

Community members are invited to attend an enchanting production of the timeless fairytale “Cinderella,” presented by Burnsville Summer Theater.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s adaptation brings new life to the story of a young woman forced into servitude who dreams of – and achieves – a better life. “Cinderella” features some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”

Performances are Aug. 9-11 and Aug. 16-18 at 7 p.m. at the Mraz Center for Performing Arts at Burnsville High School, 600 E Highway 13.

Tickets are $10 for students, $11 for seniors and $12 for adults. They can be purchased in advance at


Posted in Arts, Community | Tagged theater, summer, cinderella, amy stead

Student voices will help build positive culture at Metcalf Middle School

Posted on July 31, 2018

Student leaders at Metcalf Middle School recently gathered with new administrators at their school to share ideas and opinions about revising the school’s positive behaviors and interventions plan (PBIS).

“For you to take time to attend on a summer day speaks highly of you and your commitment to our school,” said Associate Principal Akram Osman. “We want to make Metcalf Middle School the best middle school in the country and we need your ideas to do that.”

This year, Osman (formerly dean of students at Burnsville High School), Principal Shannon McParland (formerly principal at Sioux Trail Elementary) and Dean of Students Leah Bourg, are all new to Metcalf and excited to join the school community.

“We want to learn more about the school – what students like currently and what they’d like to see changed,” said Osman.

So they invited incoming 7th and 8th graders, who serve as peer leaders at the school, to attend a meeting in July. Osman also contacted Metcalf’s four feeder schools – Rahn, William Byrne, Sioux Trail and Sky Oaks elementary schools – to receive names of student leaders for the incoming 6th grade class.

Among the things students said they like about Metcalf are “good teachers, the big library, 3-D printers and clean hallways.” The list of what they’d like to change includes more time outside, more passing time between classes, more use of the TVs in the lunchroom area, and less chicken in school lunches.

“I’d like to make it cool to get good grades, turn in homework and go to class,” commented a student.

The student leaders are also providing input into revising the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) system.

“We’re revising our PBIS system and students’ voices are key in this process,” said McParland. “We also want feedback from all staff members. They feel strongly that expectations are part of that work.”  

PBIS is a program that schools use to support positive behavior, improve school climate and increase the success of all students. Schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 customize their use of PBIS to meet the needs in their buildings.

The current theme for Metcalf’s PBIS program is PRIDE (Positivity, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Excellence).

This meeting was only the first of several that student leaders will be invited to attend.

“We’re relying on you as we make decisions in this school to be part of Metcalf’s PBIS support team,” McParland told students. “We need your ideas and feedback to create a positive school experience for all students.”

Posted in Academics, Achievement, Back to School | Tagged metcalf, student leaders, middle school, PBIS

New bus company, new buses will transport District 191 students

Posted on July 31, 2018

The bus company next door, Schmitty & Sons in Lakeville, became the new bus carrier in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 on July 1.

“We’re pleased to have a local company that can support the buses we need to transport our students,” said Glenn Simon, the district’s director of operations, properties and transportation. “Schmitty & Sons has an excellent reputation as being reliable and responsible, and I know they will take good care of our students.”

The company already began transporting District 191 students attending summer school on July 9, and they’ve also stepped up to assist with routes as needed over the past two years.

“We’re excited about providing District 191 transportation,” said John O’Laughlin, project manager with Schmitty & Sons. “We’re all about service, service, service to students, families, staff members, schools and the school district.”  

O’Laughlin is a former 911 dispatcher who worked in transportation for the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District before joining Schmitty & Sons earlier this year.

He appreciates that Schmitty & Sons has been around for 60 years and became an employee-owned company in 2016. “That means that employees share in the company’s success,” said O’Laughlin, “and we share a sense of pride in the work we do together.”

Schmitty & Sons has built a whole new fleet of buses for the partnership that have safety features like interior and exterior cameras, a public address system that helps drivers easily communicate with students, and a GPS tracking system. The buses will be easy to identify with “Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools” printed on the side. O’Laughlin said it’s a priority to keep the buses clean and nice to enhance the student experience.

They’ve hired several employees of Durham School Services, the district’s former bus provider, and are also actively recruiting at job fairs and via billboards, websites, door hangers and more.

The Board of Education approved a contract with Schmitty & Sons that runs until June 30, 2020, with the option for the district to renew for an additional two years through June 30, 2022. The cost is nearly $8 million a year including buses for field trips, activities and athletics in addition to every day pick up and return of the nearly 70 percent of District 191 students who ride buses. Parents can reach Schmitty & Sons at 952-985-7500 if they have questions or concerns.

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Construction will affect parking, entry at Diamondhead Education Center

Posted on July 27, 2018

Final surfacing and striping of the lots at Diamondhead Education Center will begin Monday, July 30. The upper east, upper southeast and south lots will be closed.

Visitors to Diamondhead during that time should park in the upper west lot off of Pleasant Avenue (see photo) and enter the building through Door 7 where a Diamondhead employee will be available to greet and provide directions.





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Burnsville High School students achieve AP recognition

Posted on July 25, 2018

A total of 102 students have achieved recognition based on their scores on rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) exams they took last spring after completing college-level courses at Burnsville High School. That’s more than last year when 82 students earned recognition.

The nationally-recognized AP Scholar Awards recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. These are academic distinctions that students may cite among their credentials on applications, resumes and so on.

"We are impressed and proud of the success that our students have achieved on AP exams," said Principal Dave Helke. "These students have demonstrated they are prepared to thrive at colleges and universities.”

Helke said 456 students took AP exams, and 33 percent of them were students of color. Some of the students took the tests as seniors and have since graduated while others took the tests as sophomores and juniors and are still attending Burnsville High School. Students who earn a 3 or more on the exams (out of a possible 5) may be eligible for credits, advanced placement, or both, at the colleges and universities they will attend.

Two of the students achieved the highest honor being named as National AP Scholars for receiving an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of the exams. They were recent graduates Albert Liu and Gregory Johnson.

Twenty students were named AP Scholars of Distinction for earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of the exams. They are Joseph Andel, Erin Bachmeier, Marissa Baker, Lauren Borchart, Emma Brown, Matthew Fischer, Alexander Gorton, Alexander Gude, Luke Haddorff, Hanna Holmstrom, Justin Jasperse, Gregory Johnson, Megan Kortenhof, Albert Liu, Kirstyn Loyva, Katie Lyon, Leita Nguyen, Christopher Slemp, Katie Spaude and Anna Warmke.

Twenty-three students were named AP Scholars with Honor for receiving scores of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of the exams. They are Ryan Beattie, Sophia Bishop, Ross Boekhoff, Peyton Brewster, Joseph Brunner, Grace Campbell, Matthew Dickhausen, Sundus Farah, Tatum Frey, Christopher Gargano, Blake Hanegraaf, Siham Hassan, Marguerite Hennessy, Rachel Kelly, Elizabeth Mccormick, Aradhana Menon, Bailey Pekar, Joseph Schatz, Samantha Simonsen, Eleanore Steinhouse, Sithisone Vixayvong, Robert Wedan and Michael Ysaguirre.

Fifty-nine students qualified to be AP Scholars for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. They are Najma Abdi, Daniel Akah, Arbaz Ansar, Jaelyn Baisch, Madeline Benfer, Julie Bevolo, Megan Bormann, Emma Buchanan, Anna Cruz, Alyse Dees, Thanhminh Dinh, Jordan Discher, Macauly Donohue, Samantha Duncan, Joseph Fee, Courtney Funk, Devin Geegan, Adam Haag, Abby Harrold, Emma Harrold, Najma Hassan, Katherine Herzog, Joshua Holtzleiter, Dylan Jackson, Sarah Johnson, Laura Kotz, Sarah Kuplic, Tiana Lien, Vladimir Lind, Conner Mauck, Nawal Maxamed, Sophia Middag, Ty Miklowski, De-Mario Nelson, Isaac Nelson, Mallory Obrien, Megan Osterhaus, Patrick Otto, Chance Persons, Emily Reynolds, Garrett Riedesel, Olivia Rippentrop, Thomas Ryan, Victor Sanchez Villega, Anna Schaeffer, Brock Schultz, Caden Sillman, Mahlet Sinkie, Samantha Stadick, Heidi Stewart, Katelyn Swanson, Jackson Thellin, Liam Thomas, Ethan Tinklenberg, John Toomire, Daniel Torres, William Trussell, Jared Valois and Clifford Yeboah.  

Posted in Academics | Tagged bhs

National Junior Honor Society expands to all three middle schools in District 191

Posted on July 25, 2018

National Junior Honor Society, already in place at two middle schools, will expand this fall so that all middle schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will offer the program for high-achieving students.

NJHS recognizes outstanding middle school students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. It also challenges them to develop further through involvement in school activities and community service (15 to 20 hours per student during a school year).

“The National Junior Honor Society is an amazing opportunity to find out what you are capable of doing as a student,” said Amber Kausel, a student at Metcalf Middle School.

Burnsville High School has had National Honor Society (NHS) for many decades. NJHS began at Eagle Ridge Middle School two years ago with advisor Kevin Sayers and at Metcalf Middle School with advisor Greta Krupke last year. For the coming school year, Nicollet Middle School will also have it.

“NJHS is so aligned with our district’s focus on students being future ready and community strong,” said Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. “It’s great that we will now have this organization to benefit all of our middle school students.”  

Students are involved in community service through NJHS. For example, the Eagle Ridge Middle School collected 275 pounds of food and 1,793 pairs of socks for those in need. "NJHS has provided me with an opportunity to use my leadership skills to provide service to our community, an area in my life in which I am very passionate about,” said Shrey Pothini, a student at Eagle Ridge.

“I personally wanted to join NJHS because I wanted to make a difference in my community and school,” said Martha Wondimu, a student at Metcalf Middle School. “I enjoy taking leadership roles and I felt by joining NJHS, I would become someone with more qualities that can make the community a better place.”

Another Metcalf student, Lillian Ofstad commented, “I feel very proud of myself to be accepted into this program that will hopefully help me to build up the skills I need to become successful not only in school but in my life.”

A formal induction ceremony for new members takes place each spring to celebrate the students’ academic achievements.

Posted in Academics, Community | Tagged national junior honor society, eagle ridge, metcalf, nicollet, middle school

Orientation, Open House will be held Aug. 22-23, 29

Posted on July 20, 2018

Orientation for all Burnsville High School students will be held Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Students can stop by the school during these times to pick up their class schedules, update lunch accounts and have school pictures taken. The Burnsville High School supplies list for the 2018-19 school year can be found here.

Students who need to receive their Chromebook can do so in the media center. Students who already have Chromebooks do not have to come to the media center unless the device they have has a problem and needs to be repaired before school starts.

Students who are unable to attend orientation can also receive their Chromebook, class schedule, etc. at Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 29. 

An Open House for students and their families will be held Wednesday, August 29 from 4-8 p.m. Teachers and office staff will be available during this time to assist students and answer any questions they may have.

We are looking forward to welcoming all our students back on the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 4.  

All students in grades 9-12 will attend school on the first day


Posted in Parents, Academics, Back to School | Tagged bhs, orientation, open house

EMT classes begin at BHS this fall

Posted on July 20, 2018

Health Sciences Human ServicesNew classes will begin this fall at Burnsville High School that will prepare students to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) who can rescue victims. EMTs may be seen on ambulances, fire trucks, helicopters or even on the side of an athletic field. They could be the first responders who make the split-second decisions in medical emergencies.

The class is offered through Inver Hills Community College so students can earn college credit right at Burnsville High School. The Burnsville Fire Department is also a key partner.

“From the beginning of our planning for the EMT classes, we wanted to provide an authentic learning experience for students,” said Kathy Funston, the district’s director of strategic partnerships and pathways. “How much more real can it get than involving the Burnsville Fire Department?”

Funston said the fire department will provide co-teaching, speakers, site visits to the fire department, and ride-alongs in an ambulance. The department has already donated equipment to the high school program.

The EMT classes are part of the school’s Health Sciences pathway. Pathways are offered right at Burnsville High School to help students plan and prepare for their futures.

Students could begin working as an EMT for a fire department, hospital or private ambulance provider after they are 18 years old and have passed the national certifying exam. They could also take further courses to become a paramedic.

Burnsville High School teacher Dr. Anne Werner-Dempsey has been working with a team of paramedics at Inver Hills Community College to prepare for this new program and she has completed 158 hours of coursework to teach the EMT classes. Werner-Dempsey also co-teaches classes in the Certified Nursing Assistant program with Rachel Tushaus RN, along with introductory healthcare classes and chemistry in the science department at the school.

A grant from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education will support the start up of the new program, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way is also a partner in the effort.

Posted in Academics | Tagged bhs, Pathways

Registration for high school, middle school fall sports is now open

Posted on July 19, 2018

Registration for fall athletics for the 2018-19 school year is now open in FeePay.

All middle school offerings are limited to middle school students; however, high school offerings are open to students in grades 7-12, pending evaluation during tryouts.

Athletic offerings for fall include:

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

  • Boys soccer
  • Girls soccer
  • Girls tennis

Fee: $105

High School (Grades 7-12)

  • Competitive cheer—$140
  • Spirit/Sideline cheer—$140
  • Blazing Cats adapted soccer—$175
  • Cross country (Boys & Girls)—$175
  • Performance dance (Blazettes)—$175
  • Girls tennis—$175
  • Boys soccer—$205
  • Girls soccer—$205
  • Volleyball—$205
  • Football—$215
  • Girls swim/diving—$215

Registration and Payment:

Every sport has a participation fee that must be paid before tryouts or practice. Payment is submitted during the registration process in FeePay. Scholarships will automatically be applied to students who qualify for reduced/free lunch. Student who qualify for reduced lunch are required to pay half of the participation fee while students who qualify for free lunch are required to pay $25 to participate. 

Sports Physicals:

To be eligible to participate, all student-athletes must have a current sports physical on file at Burnsville High School's athletic office. Documentation can be faxed, emailed, mailed or hand-delivered to the school. Sports physicals, which are valid for three years from the exact date of the physical, must be completed and turned in before you can register. You can download a physical here:

Practice for Fall Sports:

Practice begins Monday, Aug. 13 for all fall sports at the high school level; middle school sports start Tuesday, Sept. 4 at their site. 


If you have any questions regarding fall sports, the registration process or financial assistance, please contact Jeanine Riggs at or 952-707-2151 (phone)/952-707-2102 (fax). 

More back-to-school information is available at

Posted in Athletics, Parents, Back to School | Tagged fall athletics, 2018-19, high school, middle schools, feepay, online registration

Meet incoming Rahn Elementary Principal Brad Robb

Posted on July 17, 2018

New Rahn Elementary School of Arts & Technology Principal Brad Robb looks forward to working with the Rahn community.

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