Student groups respond to school needs following Hurricane Harvey

Posted on September 7, 2017

Several Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 student-led service groups are responding to the overwhelming needs of schools and students affected by Hurricane Harvey early in September.

At Burnsville High School, the WeDay and #BurnsvilleStrong groups have “adopted” Liberty High School in Houston, where many students’ homes were flooded. Students will be collecting items requested by the school, including

  • Money donations for Walmart gift cards
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Notecards
  • Highlighters
  • Paper
  • graph paper
  • expo markers
  • expo spray
  • glue sticks
  • erasers
  • rulers
  • markers

The BHS groups are also accepting donations from other schools.

At Harriet Bishop Elementary and Eagle Ridge Middle School, student-led service clubs are collecting new school supplies to be sent to children in Houston who are in need because of storm damage. The clubs are still accepting donations, which can be dropped off in collection boxes in the schools’ main offices before Friday, Sept. 15. New supplies needed include pens, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, erasers, scissors, sharpeners, and anything that will help students learn. Please do not donate glue or paper, because they are heavy and costly to mail.

At Metcalf Middle School, the school accepted donations in exchange for complementary physical education t-shirts, raising $890 for hurricane relief efforts.

Posted in Community | Tagged harriet bishop, eagle ridge, bhs, metcalf, community, hurricane harvey

BHS Homecoming week begins Sept. 18

Posted on August 31, 2017

Burnsville High School students, staff, alumni and community members will be celebrating Homecoming during the week of Sept. 18. There will be many festivities, including themed dress-up days, a student-wide pep assembly, an array of athletic events and the Homecoming dance on Saturday night.

Listed below are the scheduled events for Homecoming.

Monday, Sept. 18
Groutfit Day
Powder Puff Football Games @ BHS Pates Stadium - 6-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
Olympic Day
Morning Assembly (rescheduled) ​
Wednesday, Sept. 20
Movie Character Day
Outdoor Movie @ BHS Pates Stadium - 7-9 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 21
Dress Your Best Dress-Up Day
Morning Coronation Assembly
Boys‘/Girls‘ Cross Country Invitational @ Nicollet Middle School, 3 p.m.
Girls‘ Tennis v. Farmington, 3:30 p.m.
Boys‘ Soccer v. Lakeville South, 5 p.m.
Girls‘ Soccer v. Lakeville South, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 22
Blaze Dress-Up Day
Homecoming Football Game vs. Maple Grove @ BHS Pates Stadium - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 23
Homecoming Dance @ BHS Main Gym - 8 p.m. – Midnight
Pre-sold dance tickets are $15 per person and $20 per person at the door (cash only)
Other Important Homecoming Dates:
September 6-7: Homecoming Song Auditions, 6 p.m. Location TBD
September 13: Powder Puff and Royalty forms due
September 14: Students will vote for Homecoming Royalty during period 3
September 14: Deadline for teachers to submit Ambassador candidates to Mark Riggs
September 15: Powder Puff and Puffette mandatory meeting in Room C180 at 2:40 p.m.
September 16-17: Powder Puff practices at BHS Pates Stadium Field, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
September 20: Students will vote for Homecoming King and Queen during period 3
September 22:Middle School Homecoming Assembly (TBD times at ER, Metcalf, Nicollet)
Posted in Athletics, Parents | Tagged bhs, homecoming, athletics, royalty court

District clarifies use of musical instruments

Posted on August 30, 2017

We are aware that there has been miscommunication and confusion regarding the student use of the district’s musical instruments for the 2017-18 year. We apologize for this.

To clarify, there will be no change during the current school year in the use of band and orchestra instruments owned by Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

The distribution of band and orchestra instruments for the 2017-2018 school year in District 191 for grades 5-12 will be:   

  • Students who used a district instrument in 2016-2017 will receive an instrument to use at no cost.
  • Students joining band or orchestra in 2017-2018 will receive an instrument to use at no cost, and on a first-come, first-served basis until all instruments in the current inventory have been distributed.

If you have questions about the information (above), please contact your principal.

Tagged band, orchestra, music, instruments

Sioux Trail named a Minnesota School of Excellence

Posted on August 28, 2017

Sioux Trail Elementary School in Burnsville has been named a Minnesota School of Excellence by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA), one of only eight schools to receive the honor.

In making the announcement, MESPA cited Sioux Trail's commitment to 21st century teaching and learning. Sioux Trail has been a leader in implementing District 191's work to become a Culturally Proficient School System (CPSS), which supports personalized learning. The school won a Local Government Innovation Award from the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute for its CPSS work and success last year. Sioux Trail has also celebrated significant growth in student proficiency as measured by state standardized tests.

"We are so honored to receive this validation at this time and know this process has supported our efforts to meet every learners’ needs at Sioux Trail Elementary," said Sioux Trail Principal Shannon McParland. "I am so proud of our entire community and the work we do together! Thank you to our community and District 191 leadership for their support.”

Read the full announcement

Posted in Achievement | Tagged sioux trail, MESPA, awards, CPSS

Partnership provides food to Neill Elementary families

Posted on August 24, 2017

Thanks to a partnership with Second Harvest Heartland, Neill Elementary School in Burnsville will be able to provide free groceries to its students and their families once a month throughout the school year, starting at the school’s back-to-school open house on Aug. 30.

Neill was chosen as a pilot site for the “Food+You” program, which gets primary funding from Target. The program aims to increase availability of healthy food resources to Neill students and their families. This multi-dimensional pilot program offers direct food distributions, support for accessing existing federal nutrition programs and connections to broader community resources.

Groceries will be available for Neill families to pick up on the third Tuesday of every month between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Most of the food will be non-perishable items, but sometimes there may be produce, including at the Aug. 30 kick-off.

“We're excited to offer this opportunity to Neill families by supplementing their pantries with additional food items and connecting families with community resources,” Principal Elizabeth Vaught said. “The Food+You program provides us with opportunities to build bridges that extend beyond our school's walls.”

The only requirement is that participants must have a family member enrolled at Neill Elementary. No sign-up required.

Posted in Parents, Community | Tagged food, neill, second harvest heartland, food+you

New classroom walls at Eagle Ridge support current learning needs

Posted on August 24, 2017

Like fashion, school designs change with the times, and at the time Eagle Ridge Middle School was built, open classrooms were all the fashion.

Now, though, open classrooms can be considered disruptive, as sound travels from one area to another, and a security concern. This summer, as part of Vision One91 facility upgrades in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, Eagle Ridge addressed those issues with the installation of classroom walls, windows and doors throughout the school.

“Especially as we increase the engaging, collaborative activities that students do in their classrooms, noise levels naturally increase,” Principal Erika Nesvig said. “This allows teachers to encourage discussion groups among students without worrying about bothering other classes.”

Nesvig added that the school has also been able to create new collaborative spaces in common areas outside of classrooms. These areas will have white boards and monitors that students can use to work on projects in small groups, again supporting and encouraging collaboration among students. These spaces will also align with similar collaborative areas created at Burnsville High School to be similar to real-world work places.  

The total cost of the project was $294,000, paid for by construction funds approved by voters in February 2015.

Posted in Vision One91 | Tagged eagle ridge, buildings, classrooms, construction, Vision One91

District 191 schools will close Aug. 29 for a morning employee meeting

Posted on August 17, 2017

All school buildings in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will be closed until noon on Tuesday, Aug. 29, so employees can attend an important back-to-school meeting.

Phone messages can be left by calling schools and also the district’s main phone number 952-707-2000. Calls will be returned with staff members return to buildings.

This is the only time each year that employees gather for a districtwide meeting.

The new school year begins on Tuesday, Sept. 5, following the Labor Day holiday. Kindergarten students begin school two days later on Thursday, Sept. 7. For more information, go to

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Hidden Valley Back to School events

Posted on August 16, 2017

We are currently preparing for the upcoming school year and are anxious to see all the smiling faces of our students and to hear all about their summer adventures!

Student classroom information will be mailed out to all families the week of August 21st.

Here are a few important dates for your calendars:

Wed, August 30th Hidden Valley Open House from 4-6PM 
Wed, August 30th Hidden Valley 1st grade Open House 5-5:30PM (meet in classrooms)

Tu, September 5th First Day of School for Hidden Valley Grades 1-5
Th, September 7th First Day of School for Hidden Valley Kindergarten 

Tu & Wed, September 5th & 6th Scheduled Kindergarten Appointments
Wed, September 13th Picture Day
Th, September 21 PTO Meeting & Parent Social 6:30PM~Music Room
Fri, September 22nd PTO Fall Fund-Run Kick-Off (Information will be sent home with students)

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MWS Back to School Open House

Posted on August 16, 2017

AUGUST 31, 4:30 - 6;00 PM

Join the fun and get ready for back to school at the Marion W. Savage Elementary Open House on Thursday, August 31 from 4:30 - 6:00 PM.

Visit your teacher, drop off your school supplies, replenish your lunch account and more...

Drop off your Box Tops and Milk Moola for a chance to in a Gift Card.  Click the link below for more information

Sign up tor volunteer information and a chance to win the MWS Back to School Raffle Basket.  Click the link below to get a jump start on where you can volunteer at MWS this year

Back to School Supply Drive -- Donate your extra school supplies.  Look for the drop box outside the Main Office
Back To School Supply Donation Suggestions


We look forward to seeing you at the Open House on August 31.  Welcome back to school and MWS!

Tagged back to school, volunteering, marion w savage