Nominations open for One91 Community of Excellence Awards

Posted on January 16, 2018

Nominations are now open for the 2018 One91 Community of Excellence Awards to honor employees in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

The purpose of the awards is to recognize the extraordinary contributions of One91 staff members who are working to ensure each student is Future Ready and Community Strong.

“We are fortunate to have many talented and dedicated staff members who are fully committed to our students and each other,” said Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. “It’s so important to recognize and celebrate their work, and these awards are one way we do that.”

Nomination categories include Collaboration and Partnership, Innovation, Community Engagement, Excellence in Educational Support, Teaching Excellence and Leadership in Action.

In addition, a Spirit of Excellence award will go to an individual or team that exemplifies the best of what the district seeks in its employees.

Students, parents, community members and colleagues are invited to submit nominations. Nominations are due by Monday, Feb. 12, and can be submitted online at Paper nomination forms are also available in schools and at the Welcome Center at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway.

Selections will be made in March and recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony on April 17 at the Burnsville High School Mraz Center.

Posted in Achievement, Community | Tagged awards, Community of Excellence

From fan to scholarship winner to participant, teacher’s ties to Class Acts are deep

Posted on January 16, 2018

In one way or another, Meghan Jermeland has been part of Class Acts since it began 30 years ago in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

She grew up with it and has continued her commitment to the annual teacher comedy variety show, which has raised a total of $345,000 for scholarships for graduates at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School.  

When she was young, her parents Wes and DeeDee Hanna took her to Class Acts rehearsals because she and her sister could not stay at home alone. She didn’t mind going because, “It’s fun to see your parents and teachers being part of something funny, and entertaining people.”  

Then as a senior at Burnsville High School, Jermeland received a Class Acts scholarship.

When she started teaching at M. W. Savage Elementary 14 years ago, she joined the Class Acts choir and also performed in comedy skits.  

She scaled back her involvement a bit when she had children, but has continued her long-time commitment in other ways. Currently, she’s the Class Acts rep at Sky Oaks Elementary, where she teaches third grade.

“Singing, dancing and acting on stage may be out of the comfort zone for teachers, but they do it anyway to benefit their students,” said Jermeland. “We know the scholarships make a big difference to our students and that’s what has kept Class Acts going for three decades and that’s truly awesome.”

Posted in Alumni, Arts, Community | Tagged class acts, meghan jermeland, sky oaks, marion w savage, bhs, alumni

District 191 Board elects officers for 2018

Posted on January 12, 2018

Members of the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education unanimously elected officers to one-year terms as part of their annual organizational meeting on Jan. 11.

Board member Jim Schmid was elected as chairperson while DeeDee Currier was elected as vice chairperson. Bob VandenBoom was elected as clerk and Dan Luth as treasurer. Others serving on the seven-member board are Abigail Alt, Eric Miller and Darcy Schatz.

Board members kept their pay at $550 a month. The chairperson will receive an additional $50 per month in recognition of expanded duties and responsibilities.

Board meetings take place on the second and fourth Thursdays of most months. Meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and take place in the Burnsville Room, upper level, Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway. Meetings are cablecast on Educational Channel 18 and are also streamed and archived on the district’s website at

Listening sessions take place from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. prior to board meetings as opportunities to speak informally with board members and Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. Anyone planning to attend a listening session is asked to call Jami Kenney, the superintendent’s secretary, at (952) 707-2005.                                                                                                                          

Meeting agendas, board packets and minutes are available on the district’s website at

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BHS Snow Week kicks off Jan. 27

Posted on January 11, 2018
2018 Snow Week


During a pep fest on Monday, Jan. 29, Burnsville High School crowned seniors Chris Maina and Talori Dunsworth as their Snow Week King and Queen! Members of Snow Week Royalty include:

  • 9th Grade: Ethan Voss and Gabby Gromacki
  • 10th Grade: Ryan Mokandu and Sara Tozier
  • 11th Grade: Noah Helke and Jenna Hartung
  • 12th Grade : Justin Amaker, Noah Gagliano, Brock Schultz, Chris Maina, Eyakem Yilma, Ryan Jacobson, Max Fox and Lucas Moreno
  • 12th Grade: Nawal Abdiwahed, Olivia Bendickson, Allie Dennstedt, Talori Dunsworth, Jenna Lichty, Niki Le, Mallory O'Brien and Megan Kortenhof

Burnsville High School Snow Week kicked off Saturday, Jan. 27 with a dodgeball tournament. The fun will last for an entire week, culminating with a Neon Dance on Feb. 3 from 8-11:30 p.m.

The festivities include themed dress-up days, trivia, a medallion hunt, boot hockey, volleyball, relay races at the boys' basketball game versus Shakopee and the dance.

You can view and download photos from the 2018 Snow Week Pep fest here!

Click here to see the schedule of events and themed dress-up days!

Posted in Parents, Community | Tagged bhs, snow week, medallion hunt, athletics, dress-up days, student council

‘Music Man’ draws top marks from Hennepin Theatre Trust program

Posted on January 11, 2018

Many audience members called Burnsville High School Theatre Guild’s fall production of “The Music Man” outstanding, but it was also the official rating of the show according to Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education program.

Spotlight Education is a program by Hennepin Theatre Trust in Minneapolis that honors and supports high school theater students in 94 high schools throughout Minnesota, including Burnsville High School. This is BHS’s first year being part of the program.

BHS theater Director Amy Stead praised both the program and the theater students.

“I was wonderfully surprised and proud that ‘Music Man’ received an outstanding mark from Spotlight,” she said. “The one thing I am very pleased about is that they sent two experts out to our final dress rehearsal, and they gave very detailed and constructive notes to the cast and crew.”

Along with the production’s overall “Outstanding” rating, BHS seniors Maddie Stuart and Daniel Akah received “Outstanding” ratings for their performances as Marian Paroo and Harold Hill, respectively. Senior Sofia Versalles-Duffert also received an “Outstanding” rating in her role as Eulalie Shinn.

In technical roles, BHS senior and production stage manager Shealyn McMahon received an “Outstanding” rating for her work, as did senior and lighting designer Greg Johnson and senior and sound designer Thomas Dang.

Because the production earned an “Outstanding” mark, the entire cast will be performing a 4 minute medley at the Spotlight Showcase in June at the Orpheum.  In addition, the individuals who earned “Outstanding” and “Honorable Mention” ratings will also perform in an opening number with other Spotlight school outstanding and honorable mention recipients.

Not only did the students receive professional critiques, but they have also participated in several other real-world opportunities this year, including attending a Broadway show, “Aladdin,” at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. Students had the opportunity to arrive early and meet with the show’s stage manager and running crew, ask questions, and watch as the professionals conducted sound and stage checks.

On Jan. 20, a group of technical crew students in the theater guild will take a master class at the Orpheum Theatre about technical roles. Later this spring, the entire guild will take a class with Broadway performers about how to audition for shows.

The theater guild plans to work with Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education program in future theatrical productions in the coming years.

“Our experience with Hennepin Theatre Trust has been wonderful this year. We are excited to hear what feedback they will have for “Mary Poppins” and our future shows,” Stead said.

Learn more about the Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Education program at  

List of awards received by Burnsville High School Theatre Guild:

Overall Production: Outstanding

Overall Performance: Honorable Mention

Achievement in Musical Theater: Honorable Mention

Ensemble Performance: Honorable Mention

Vocal Performance by an Ensemble: Honorable Mention

Movement/Dance Performance by an Ensemble: Outstanding

Student Orchestra: Outstanding

Overall Technical Team: Outstanding

Costume Crew: Outstanding

Technical Crew: Outstanding

Light & Sound Board Operators: Outstanding

Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role: Daniel Akah as Harold Hill and Maddie Stuart as Marian Paroo

Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role: Sofia Versalles-Duffert as Eulalie Shinn

Honorable Mention for Performance in a Supporting Role: Andre Finney as Olin, Jon Butler as Jacey, Maxwell Taylor as Ewart and Sam Schuneman as Oliver

Outstanding in Technical Leadership: Stage Manager Shealyn McMahon, Sound Designer Thomas Dang and Lighting Designer Greg Johnson

Honorable Mention in Technical Leadership: Gavin Oliveras as Deck Captain, Aviva Leverty as Hair/Makeup Designer, Jayde Grass as Costumer and Mikayla Moss/Elianna Panos as Prop Designers.

Evaluator Shout Out*: Will Alvey and Isaac Nelson

*Shout Outs are a new new distinction to give recognition to students who caught the attention of the evaluators. It is not an honor that results in a performance in Showcase, but rather just another way that the evaluators can recognize all performers that are doing stand out work.



Posted in Student Success, Arts | Tagged theater, bhs, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Spotlight, the music man, amy stead, theatre guild

Burnsville High School junior aces the ACT in first attempt

Posted on January 11, 2018

Burnsville High School junior Will Trussell has earned quite the distinction for himself. He received a perfect score of 36 on the ACT exam, an accomplishment that less than 0.1 percent of students nationwide obtain.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam consisting of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36. The composite score is the average of the four test scores.

What’s even more astonishing is that Will took the test just one time and didn’t really prepare for it.

“I figured I would take it and see how I did. If I didn’t do well, I knew I could always take it again,” he said. “After taking the test, I felt like I did well but had guessed on some questions. I thought I maybe got a 30 to 33 on it.”

When test results became available online, he had to reload the page three or four times before he believed the score. “I was in disbelief!” said Will. Since he was at school, he texted his mom to tell her the news. Will said, “She wanted me to call her right away, but I had to get to class!”

“Will is extremely motivated,” said Kristina Aars, American history teacher at Burnsville. “He is naturally, extremely intelligent, but he also works very hard. In AP/CIS American History, he completes the voluminous readings in advance, every time."

At Burnsville High School, Will is involved in quiz bowl and math league. He’s also in the marching band and theater pit band.

“Being on the Quiz Bowl team and involved in math league definitely helped with taking the test," he said. "I’m used to working under pressure and within time constraints while trying to remember theorems and formulas.”     

Will joked at the notion that he has now set the bar high for his five younger brothers, which include a set of twins in ninth grade and a set of triplets in sixth grade at Metcalf Middle School. His parents are Patrick and Jeanne, who are Burnsville High School graduates with deep family roots in the Burnsville community.

Will eventually plans on applying to the University of Minnesota and is interested in studying engineering.

Posted in Academics, Achievement, Student Success | Tagged bhs, william trussell, perfect score, ACT, quiz bowl, math league, college-ready, engineering

Burnsville High School DECA students shine bright at districts

Posted on January 11, 2018

Thirty Burnsville High School students are moving on to the state DECA competition after participating at a district-level event in St. Paul on Jan. 5.

DECA is a leadership program that provides real-world experiences to prepare students for careers in finance, entrepreneurship, hospitality, marketing and management. Students in DECA-related classes, such as Introduction to Business and Marketing, Professional Sales and Marketing, and DECA Seminar, also have the opportunity to participate in competitive events that focus on demonstrating the skills they’ve learned.

At district competitions, students have the opportunity to build confidence as they are pitted against their peers in presenting skills in specific categories, including a Minnesota state event, role play event and written event.

Only top finishers from each event advance to state competition, and nearly half of Burnsville DECA students who competed earned the right to advance.

Burnsville had several students who presented in more than one event. Four students – junior Tatum Frey and seniors Ryan Horrocks, Makaela Kallstrom and Kaylee Martynow – qualified for state in all three events.

Other students who qualified for state are:

Sam Bardwell, Ryan Blackwood, Kirsten Buckner, Sebastian Cerda, Jake Chudecke, Ariana Driscoll-Cherland, Daniel Habiger, Ian Harpell, Emma Hovde, Zach Huseby, Brianna Kirk,  Kent Le-Vu, Christine Maina, Elizabeth McCormick, Grace Milhaupt, Jackson Morris, Marshall Norring, Kwesi Nyame, Matthew Nguyen, Samantha Panos, Joslyn Reuter, Victor Sanchez, Mahlet Sinke, Daniel Torres and Anthony Tran.

“I am really excited we have students from ninth through 12th grade qualifying for state this year,” said Meggan Malone, business teacher and DECA advisor. “It takes a lot of guts for these students to go outside of their comfort zone, and I am impressed with the number of students at Burnsville who are willing to take a risk and want to prepare for their future.”

The 2018 Minnesota DECA State Career Development Conference will be held March 4-6 in Minneapolis.

Posted in Academics, Achievement, Student Success | Tagged bhs, DECA, district, state, competition, hospitality, business management, leadership, entrepreneurship, marketing

'Class Acts' celebrates 30th anniversary with performances in District 191

Posted on January 10, 2018

For the past 30 years, teachers have presented Class Acts, a comedy variety show, to raise scholarships for graduating seniors in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

As a result, a total of $365,000 has been presented so far to students at Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School to help pay for college and further educational goals.

“We’re very excited to be celebrating this milestone year of 30,” said Jennifer Gandrud, a teacher at Vista View who co-chairs the program with Lucretia Jeffers, a teacher at Metcalf Middle School. “It’s an entertaining program for a very worthy cause. Join us!”

This year’s show, dubbed “30 Years of Class Acts: It took Us This Long to Get This Good” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8-10 with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Feb. 10. All performances will be in the Mraz Center at Burnsville High School, 600 E. Highway 13.

Staff members will sing, play instruments, act in skits, tell jokes and dance. There will be a basket raffle again this year.

Tickets are $7 and available 30 minutes before each show.

Posted in Community, Parents, Arts | Tagged class acts, teachers, scholarships, arts

'La Kermes' festival of Spanish culture is Jan. 19

Posted on January 9, 2018

Join the Vista View community for "La Kermes," a festival of Spanish culture on Friday, Jan. 19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

There will be free entertainment, food and beverages available for purchase, and fun for the entire family! Proceeds will benefit the Vista View Parent Teacher Organization.

Únase a nuestra comunidad Vista View para un festival de la cultura Hispana. Viernes 19 de Enero 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

¡Entretenimiento gratis! Alimentos y bebidas disponibles para comprar. Diversión para toda la familia! 

Procede en beneficio de Vista View PTO.

Posted in Community | Tagged la kermes, culture, festival, vista view, Spanish culture

‘Explore’ District 191 middle schools at upcoming events

Posted on January 8, 2018

Parents of future middle school students are invited to attend an upcoming "Explore Middle School" event at any of the three middle schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

These events will provide opportunities for parent and students to learn how the district's middle schools help students explore their academic interests in a supportive environment. Every middle school in District 191 is a STEA³M school with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, plus Arts, AVID and Advanced Learning.

Activities will include tours, demonstrations, a brief presentation, student panel and more.

Families may go to any of the three events, but are encouraged to go to the school their child is most likely to attend.

  • Nicollet Middle School, 400 E. 134th St., Burnsville - Thursday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m.
  • Eagle Ridge Middle School, 13955 Glendale Road, Savage - Monday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m.
  • Metcalf Middle School, 2250 Diffley Road, Burnsville - Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.

Learn more about District 191 middle schools at

Posted in Parents | Tagged STEA3M Middle Schools, middle schools, explore night, nicollet, metcalf, eagle ridge