Winter sports kick-off meetings slated for Oct. 29 and Nov. 5

Posted on October 11, 2018

There are informational meetings regarding winter sports scheduled for Oct. 29 and Nov. 5. Activites and Athletics Director Guillaume Paek will begin the meetings with an overview of athletics at Burnsville High School. Afterward, there will be break-out sessions for each sport. Listed below are the dates, times and locations for the meetings.

Registration/payment for high school and middle school winter sports is now open via FeePay.

If you have any questions about the meetings or registering for a winter sport, please contact Jeanine Riggs at 952-707-2151.

Update for Nov. 5 meeting:

Due to several conflicts with space at the high school, we have moved the parent meeting on Nov. 5 to the Administrative Services Center located at 200 W. Burnsville Parkway in Burnsville.

Here is the tentative schedule for Monday, Nov. 5:

5:30 to 7 p.m—Boys Hockey Booster Meeting
7 to 7:15 p.m.—Guillaume and Doug present 
7:15 to 8 p.m.—Students break out and meet with coaches to cover program and season expectations and goals
7:15 to 8 p.m.—Positive Coaching Alliance PARENTS ONLY training 
8 to 9 p.m.—Booster Club Meetings (if needed)

Room locations:

  • Boys Hockey—Eagan & Savage Rooms (combined)
  • Guest Speaker—Eagan & Savage Rooms
  • Boys Basketball—Savage Room
  • Girls Basketball—Dakota Room (2123)
  • Wrestling—Eagan Room
  • Boys Swim—Burnsville Room
Posted in Athletics | Tagged winter sports meetings, bhs

Food, entertainment, resources featured at free Burnsville Family Fest Oct. 13

Posted on October 3, 2018

The first annual Burnsville Family Fest will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Burnsville High School, 600 E. Highway 13.

This free event with more than 50 exhibits is an opportunity for residents to connect with their local businesses, clubs and civic organizations, along with their city and school district. Sponsors are Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, the City of Burnsville and the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce.

Activities include:

  • Robotics Demonstrations
  • Decorate Your Own Cupcake, Hosted by BHS Culinary
  • The GARAGE demonstration
  • BHS Theatre Guild performance
  • Student-led tours available in English, Spanish & Somali
  • Bowls for Brainpower demonstration
  • Games to win Blazewear

“It’s exciting to host a family-friendly event at Burnsville High School that brings the entire community together and shows off what Burnsville has to offer families,” said Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. “A variety of foods, activities and entertainment will highlight the best of Burnsville and give residents a chance to enjoy getting to know their community better.”

“Sponsors and exhibitors from businesses and civic groups are currently being added to represent the diversity of resources and people of Burnsville,” said Jennifer Harmening, president of the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce.

Exhibitors and sponsors from Burnsville businesses and other organizations are encouraged to register with the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce in order to reserve a space at the Family Fest. For more information, contact the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce at 952-435-6000 or go to

Posted in Community

Burnsville High School names royalty court

Posted on September 28, 2018
Burnsville High School names the following students to this year's homecoming royalty court:
9th Grade Attendants
  • Arelys McDevitt
  • Keegan McDevitt
10th Grade Attendants
  • Sofia Kemeny
  • Henry O'Brien
11th Grade Ambassadors
  • Abigail Bauleke
  • Sean Floersch
11th Grade Attendants
  • Shavonnye Rath
  • Austyn Novak-Stumme
12th Grade Ambassadors
  • Hanna Holmstrom
  • Cade Marsolek

12th Grade Attendants

  • Joy Bogonko
  • Anna Cruz
  • Tatum Frey
  • Mia Katzmarek
  • Tessa Mausolf
  • Leita Nguyen
  • Kara Schwenn
  • Destiny Somsanouk
  • Megan Tomas
  • Luna Yemane
  • Michael Ambrose
  • Zach Andreasen
  • Sam Bardwell
  • Jon Butler
  • Darien Clayborne
  • Nick Gilman
  • Ian Harpell
  • Malik Lekuti
  • Ronald Romero
  • Sithisone "Andrew" Vixavong

View the Homecoming Schedule



Posted in Parents, Activities | Tagged bhs, homecoming, royalty court, student council

BHS Theater receives $500 grant

Posted on September 28, 2018

The Burnsville High School Theater Guild announced this week that it received a $500 grant from the California Casualty music and arts grant program. The grant supplements the program’s budget to support theatrical productions.

“When budgets are tight, an extra boost like this can go a long way,” Director Amy Stead said. “We’re grateful for the support and I’m excited about what our students will be able to do this year, thanks in part to this grant.”

BHS is one of 13 arts and performance programs to benefit from the grant program. Awards ranged from $100 to $500, for a total of $5,000. Burnsville High received $500 to allow more students to participate in the thriving theater guild at the school.

The Burnsville High School Theatre Guild opens its 2017-18 season with “High School Musical” on Nov. 8. The season will also include “Akeelah and the Bee,” “Almost, Maine” and “Seussical the Musical.” For tickets, go to

Posted in Activities, Community | Tagged bhs, theatre guild, california casualty, music and arts grant program

The ‘Blaze Burger’ returns to support BHS DECA

Posted on September 28, 2018

The Blaze Burger is back, along with the partnership between Burnsville High School DECA and Burger Jones. The specialty burger will be available at the Burnsville Burger Jones throughout October, and for each one sold, DECA will earn $1. All proceeds go towards DECA student scholarships.

The burger's bun includes the Blaze branding, designed by DECA students, and features pepper-jack cheese, bacon, egg, peanut butter, hot sauce, jalapeños, and includes fries. Blaze Burger ingredients can be modified to suit personal taste. DECA receives proceeds when a Blaze Burger is ordered or through donation at Burger Jones.

DECA students' goal is to sell 500 burgers.

“Students are working to promote the Blaze Burger in various ways,” said DECA member and BHS senior Betty Gebrahanna, explaining how the partnership is a learning experience for those students interested in business, entrepreneurship and marketing pathways. “We are connecting with the mayor, local businesses, understanding who to contact regarding promotions, and getting hands on experience with business promotion. Networking is one of the great benefits we get from DECA.”

Students, teachers and community members are encouraged to take a picture with their Blaze burger and tag @BurnsvilleDECA on Twitter and Facebook.

DECA's mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Burnsville DECA students regularly qualify for state and national competitions.

Posted in Academics, Community | Tagged bhs, DECA, business education, marketing, Burger Jones, blaze burger

Mindful movements helping District 191 students stay balanced, focused

Posted on September 27, 2018

Students focus on their breathing, stretch out their arms and balance on one leg with the lights dimmed in Sarah Singleton’s first grade classroom at Sky Oaks Elementary School in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.  

These 6- and 7-year-olds are learning techniques that will benefit them now and in the future.

Their school, along with Edward Neill and Vista View elementaries, is using a curriculum called Move Mindfully® to help students develop self regulation skills, manage strong emotions and build physical and emotional strength. It’s a national program developed for classroom use by a school counselor.

Every classroom at Sky Oaks is conducting a five-week classroom residency, with a certified instructor leading students through the different activities. Using simple movement, the program teaches breathing techniques and mindfulness exercises to improve focus, learning readiness, behavior skills, physical health and emotional stability for students.

Staff at Sky Oaks are also participating in eight hours of professional development, to ensure they can continue the work after the residencies end. Singleton and fellow Sky Oaks teacher Katy Prugh-Ploehn will even become certified this fall to lead residences.

“It is super exciting to see even after only two sessions, my first grade students are working to breathe and move their bodies to regulate themselves,” Singleton said. “It pairs beautifully with the socio-emotional learning in our new literacy curriculum, as well as our belief that this learning is the missing piece for our students.”

At Vista View, Principal Jeff Nepsund said the approach works well with the school’s work to build a strong, positive learning community.

“We incorporate some strategies in our Morning Meetings in classrooms to teach students ways to self-regulate and use calming strategies, which ties in nicely with our PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) program,” he said.

Funding for Move Mindfully is provided through a wellness grant from Dakota County.

Pictured: Stephanie Esser, a trainer for the Move Mindfully® curriculum, works with first grade students in Sarah Singleton's class at Sky Oaks Elementary.

Posted in Health | Tagged sky oaks

Burnsville enlists buckthorn-munching goats for pilot project

Posted on September 26, 2018

Students from Sky Oaks and Gideon Pond elementary schools arrived at a section of Civic Center Park with audible excitement Sept. 25, ready to meet the hooved friends that awaited them.

The goats were located in a temporary pen near the Burnsville Ice Center, taking a break from the job they had been hired to accomplish — to munch on buckthorn and other invasive species in a two-acre part of the park.

The fourth and fifth graders — who were from Laura MacNaughton's class at Gideon Pond and Pam Schilling's class at Sky Oaks — visited the site to learn about buckthorn, why it is invasive, and what the goats can do to help control its growth.

Students learned about goats’ stomachs and what makes them ideal for such a project. They also met Caleb Ashling, Burnsville natural resource specialist, who explained the project. Earlier this year, the Burnsville City Council approved a pilot program meant to see if goats, along with other buckthorn-reduction techniques, can help control buckthorn in oak savanna restoration projects.

Prior to the arrival of the goats, large buckthorn and weedy trees were removed from the project area, and natural resources staff seeded the area with native grasses. The goats eat the smaller buckthorn saplings, reducing the need for herbicides.

After learning about the goats, students fed the goats buckthorn. They also asked the professional goat wrangler, Jake Langeslag of Goat Dispatch, questions about the goats, including the goats’ names and how to buy their own goats.

Goats are expected to be on site for several days. If successful, the goat grazing technique will be repeated for several years, the city says.

Posted in Community | Tagged city of burnsville, gideon pond, sky oaks

Leadership in One91 Schools: #BurnsvilleStrong

Posted on September 26, 2018

Q & A with student leaders Shalaya Ramdin and Josh Holtzleiter

Josh Holtzleiter and Shalaya RamdinNote: This is the first in a series of Q&As with student leadership groups at secondary schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

#BurnsvilleStrong began as a hashtag in 2013, then became a club in 2014 at Burnsville High School. Now it’s one of the school’s three student leadership groups that also includes the Black Student Union and the Student Council. Membership is capped at around 60 juniors and seniors who are involved with mentoring, communications, community outreach, positive outreach and leadership at their school.  

“Inspire, Support, Unite” are the three words that describe what #BurnsvilleStrong does.

“Our focus continues to be on helping others,” said Josh Holtzleiter, a senior in his second year with the group. “We ask how can we support others, how can we get through this, or just how can we get better. We’re developing more ways to reach out in our school, community, and even country.”

During the 2017-18 school year, the group collected supplies for schools affected by hurricanes and lent support to school shooting survivors. They also led numerous activities at Burnsville High School. This year, they’ve already assisted with orientations at their school and wore BurnsvilleStrong t-shirts to be easily identifiable to their classmates who had questions or needed assistance during the first weeks of school. The group also had a school supply drive to collect new or slightly used pens, pencils, notebooks, markers, crayons, etc., to be distributed as needed in the district to make sure everyone has the materials they need to succeed in school.

Two of the group’s senior leaders responded to a few questions:  

Why did you want to be part of BurnsvilleStrong?

Shalaya Ramdin: It’s a way to help people going through tough situations.

Josh Holtzleiter: It’s a way to make a difference, and I believe that one person can make a difference.

What does BurnsvilleStrong contribute to the high school’s community?

SR: BurnsvilleStrong contributes a helping hand to those who want/need it. We are here to build each other up. We get involved with everyone, from students, to staff, to families. With every interaction that goes on, we want to make a positive impact or even a small one.

JH: BurnsvilleStrong provides a positive presence to the high school community. We are always trying to help improve the school through positive community outreach as well as through personal interactions with other students and staff.

What are you looking forward to this year with BurnsvilleStrong?

SR: We’ve developed some exciting themes to support students during each month of the school year.

What do you get out of your involvement

JH: It’s a nice feeling when you can help people who have questions or need information.

What would you want your classmates to understand?

SR: Don’t worry about what your friends are doing – it may not be for you – do what’s right for you.

JH: Reach out to BurnsvilleStrong members with problems or questions. We might not know the answers, but we can direct you to people who do.

What advice would you give to incoming 9th graders?

SR: Beginning in 9th grade, grades really do matter.  

JH: Get involved! There’s so much to do at Burnsville High School – sports, clubs, volunteering. And if you don’t find what you want, there’s even a process for starting the club you want.

How has your involvement with BurnsvilleStrong made you more future ready?

SR: BurnsvilleStrong has given me the skills to listen and communicate effectively. It also teaches verbal and physical cues in a situation. Communication is something that happens in everyday life, but genuinely hearing someone and knowing how to respond is what is going to help me in the future.

JH: BurnsvilleStrong has provided me with experience in working with others to reach a common goal. This experience will help me be able to work with others in my career as well as my future in general.

What are your favorite subjects?

SR: Chemistry, engineering, math

JH: Engineering, physics and math

Posted in Activities, Student Success | Tagged #burnsvillestrong, student leaders, bhs

Farmer’s Insurance grant provides literacy materials to District 191 schools

Posted on September 26, 2018

Gideon Pond students and staff accept a grant.On Sept. 25, students at Gideon Pond Elementary helped staff celebrate a $500 grant from Farmer’s Insurance agents Tim Otting and Maddy Otting. The gift is part of a larger donation that will provide literacy instruction materials to all 10 elementary schools in District 191.

Gideon Pond intervention teacher Laurel Mirs said the materials purchased with the grant will help round out the school’s resources, ensuring all students – whether they are reading below, above or at grade level – have engaging curriculum materials that meet their needs.

“Literacy goes beyond simply reading and writing these days,” Tim Otting said, explaining why they chose to support this work. “The ability to confidently communicate thoughts and ideas through the use of words, and to be able to see, comprehend, and express oneself is a critical component not only of the learning process but used throughout our entire lives."

Photo: First grade students at Gideon Pond Elementary in Burnsville help accept a $500 grant for literacy materials, along with (from left) Tim Otting, educational assistant Ifrah Nur, first grade teacher Elisa Odegard, interventionist Laurel Mirs, Maddy Otting, Principal Chris Bellmont, and school social worker Abdullahi Khalif.

Tagged grants, donations, gideon pond