District 191 Quiz Bowl teams all finish in top 10 at recent tournament

Posted on November 15, 2017

Six teams represented Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 in a Quiz Bowl tournament at Shattuck-St. Mary's on Nov. 11 and each team finished in the top 10 of their respective divisions with two qualifying for national championships, according to Coach Les Moffitt.

The Burnsville High School A team finished 5-2 in a tie for fifth place, qualifying for the national championship on Memorial Day weekend in Atlanta. Participants and their scoring finish included Nick Schatz (17), Matthew Fischer (21), Justin Jasperse (31) and Ethan Tinklenberg (116 out of 141 students). The BHS B team finished 4-2, barely missing qualification for nationals, in a tie for ninth place. Participants and their scoring finish included Joe Schatz (14), Wyatt Andrews (55), Zander Gorton (91) and Aradhana Menon (117). The BHS C team finished 3-3, participating in the underclassmen division, short a person, and finished in a tie for fifth place. Wyatt Isakson on the C Team had the fourth highest individual score out of all the participants in the underclassmen division, winning an individual trophy. Additional participants and their scoring finish included Nate Trussell (20) and Luke Trussell (48 out of 51 students).

Eagle Ridge Middle School stole the show, according to Moffitt. The school was a perfect 8-0, winning the tournament and qualifying for the middle school national championship on Mother's Day weekend in Chicago. Eagle Ridge defeated Spectrum (a charter school in Elk River) teams three times and Mounds Park Academy (a private school in St. Paul) teams twice. Erik Gorton had the highest individual score of any middle school participant, winning an individual trophy. Other participants in the order they finished in individual scoring included John Goettl (17), Jasper Strayer (23), Allan Habiger (35), and August Tinklenberg (39 out of 44 students).

Nicollet Middle School went 5-3 and earned third overall in the tournament, winning a trophy for their placement and just missing the cutoff for qualifying for the national championship. Calvin Hume, Keegan McDevitt, and Cameron Passon finished 9th, 10th and 11th, respectively, in overall scoring, just missing the cutoff for individual trophies. Other participants in the order they finished in individual scoring included Alex Stanek (20), Matt McGuire (34) and Hadley Alt (38).

Metcalf Middle School went 2-3 and finished in sixth place out of 10 teams, the highest finish for a team of sixth graders in the tournament. Metcalf narrowly missed the playoffs with a 10-point loss on the last question in a round against eighth graders from Mounds Park Academy A. Collin Boyum had the seventh highest individual score in the middle school tournament, earning an individual trophy for his efforts.  Other participants in the order they finished in individual scoring included Matt Trussell (14), Noah Leipnitz (27), Timmy Trussell (33) and Josh Trussell (36).

Posted in Activities, Student Success | Tagged quiz bowl, nationals, les moffitt, bhs, eagle ridge, nicollet, metcalf

District 191 voters approve two school funding requests

Posted on November 7, 2017

Voters in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 approved both school funding requests on the Election Day ballot Nov. 7:

  • Question 1: 75% yes, 25% no. This approval will renew the district’s operating levy, which provides $7.3 million per year to operate the schools, pay staff and supports classroom materials.
  • Question 2: 63% yes, 37% no. This approval will increase the operating levy to provide an additional $3.9 million per year to help maintain class sizes, protect student support and educational programs and minimize future budget cuts.

“We are so grateful to our community for their yes votes in support of our students, our staff and our educational programs,” said Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. “This funding will help us maintain our Vision One91 momentum and ensure each student is future ready, so that all doors are open to them to realize their dreams.”

The increased operating funding will help the school district:

  • Maintain the momentum of Vision One91 by providing students and staff with programs and opportunities to support their success
  • Continue low average class sizes in our schools
  • Attract and retain high quality staff
  • Maintain student support services, including counselors, mental health services and cultural liaisons to support achievement
  • Strengthen college- and career-ready focus, including Pathways, to raise achievement for all students.

"We owe a special thanks to our families and community members including our many partners — our cities, Chambers of Commerce, non-profit organizations, and businesses alike — for understanding that strong schools are the cornerstone of a strong community," said Board Chair Abigail Alt. "We are grateful for our community’s continued support as we do our part in contributing to the vitality of our communities."

The two funding requests were in response to state funding that has not kept up with inflation or increasing educational costs over the past 15 years. This will be the district’s first levy increase in a decade.

Results are unofficial until canvassed by members of the District 191 Board of Education at their next regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16. More information:

See precinct-by-precinct results


Posted in Community | Tagged referendum

Six student-athletes sign National Letters of Intent on Nov. 8

Posted on November 6, 2017

The athletic department at Burnsville High School is proud to announce that six student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 8 to play their respective sports at the NCAA Division I or II college of their choosing.

Signing students are:

  • Sawyer Brewster, Softball, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

  • Emma Buchanan, Volleyball, Bucknell University - Lewisburg, PA

  • Sydney Dahl, Swimming, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

  • Zachary Matthews, Baseball, University of Minnesota - Duluth 

  • Megan Osterhaus, Softball, George Washington University - Washington D.C.

  • Kenzie Schroeder, Lacrosse, Mercyhurst University - Erie, PA

All of these athletes have displayed outstanding athletic careers while attending Burnsville High School, as well as outstanding academic success in the classroom. The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage community wishes them the best of luck as they continue on with their athletic and academic careers.

Posted in Athletics, Academics, Achievement | Tagged bhs, national letter of intent, NCAA, softball, swimming, lacrosse, baseball, volleyball

Veterans invited to program at Hidden Valley Elementary Nov. 10

Posted on November 3, 2017

Military veterans and community members currently serving in the military are invited to a Veterans Day program at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, at Hidden Valley Elementary School in Savage.

Students will present poppies and cards to veterans. Students will also be singing patriotic songs and some will be speaking.

“We would love to have a gym full of veterans attending our program,” said Kimberly Wood, music specialist. “It’s great for our students to see veterans and have the opportunity to honor them.”

The school is located at 13875 Glendale Road, Savage. If you need information, contact the school at (952) 707-3800.

Posted in Community | Tagged veterans day, hidden valley

BHS students learning Chromebook repair

Posted on November 1, 2017

Chromebook Repair Training with Acer

On Oct. 26 and 27, computer science students at Burnsville High School participated in a web-conference training to learn common Chromebook repairs, including testing and replacing various components such as the wi-fi card and battery. The training was provided by Acer, which is the company that makes the Chromebooks used by BHS students and teachers. 

According to teacher Cindy Drahos, the focus for the training was to help students understand the mechanics of the Chromebook and build confidence that each student can perform duties or be able to access material that will assist them in fixing and repairing Chromebooks.

These and other students in the BHS Geek Squad provide service to other students and staff members as part of the IT Pathway at BHS.

Posted in Academics | Tagged Pathways, technology, chromebooks, bhs, cindy drahos, geek squad, computer science, IT

Byrne Book Fair is Nov. 15-16

Posted on November 1, 2017

Join us for our Wild West Book Fair on Nov. 15 and 16, or order your books online.

Reading for pleasure unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:

  • Set the example. Let children see you read.
  • Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep up with changing tastes and reading skills.
  • Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

Book Fair dates: November 15th and 16th
Shopping hours: 9am-3pm and 9-10am/4-7pm

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at Our Online Fair is available from November 13th to November 16th.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school. 

Tagged bookfair, byrne, scholastic

Dakota Electric donation supports college, career pathways in District 191

Posted on October 30, 2017

Dakota Electric Association recently donated $10,000 to support college and career pathways programming in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. The donation will help the district continue its work to provide classes and other opportunities that help students find their passions and prepare for success after graduation.  

“I would like to thank you on behalf of the school district for your gracious contributions to education,” said Dr. Kathy Funston, director of strategic partnerships and pathways for District 191.

The donation was part of a series of gifts from Dakota Electric to south metro school districts.

“We are happy to be able to provide financial support from unclaimed capital credits to worthwhile educational programs,” Board Chair Jim Sheldon said.

Photo: From left, Judy Kimmes, Dakota Electric director; Jerry Pittman, Dakota Electric director; Kathy Funston, District 191 director of strategic partnerships and pathways; and Clay Van De Bogart, Dakota Electric director.

Posted in Community | Tagged #futureready, #communitystrong, Pathways, bhs, dakota electric, grant, kathy funston

BHS students gaining real-world experience through school blood drive

Posted on October 27, 2017

Burnsville High School’s DECA club is planning a blood drive at the school on Nov. 3 during the school day for BHS students and staff.

DECA is a club that prepares students wanting to go into the finance, marketing, hospitality and management fields. BHS is one of many high schools and colleges across the globe that offers DECA to its students.

“Working on the blood drive has taught us how to act and work in the business field,” BHS senior and DECA officer Jake Chudecke said. “In the long run, through our work with local businesses, we are becoming real-world ready.”

DECA hopes to collect 200 units of blood during the drive, with one unit of blood having the ability to save up to three lives.

“Running a blood drive, or any event at this scale, takes a great deal of planning,” DECA officer and senior Elizabeth McCormick said. “We hope to gain experience in successful project management, which can be applied to careers in virtually any industry.”

McCormick said the numerous tragedies the world has faced recently has meant a greater need for blood in some places, and that she’s hopeful more people will donate in response.

“During the process, we need to find supporters, work with Memorial Blood Center, find donors, write a 30-page paper, involve as many DECA chapter members as possible and learn how to run a successful event,” DECA officer and senior Kaylee Martynow explained.

It has taken the students several months to plan this blood drive. Once the blood drive is complete, DECA students will present their project and paper at the state DECA competition.

Due to its success last year, when 176 units of blood were collected, BHS business teacher and DECA advisor Meggan Malone said that DECA is planning on coordinating and managing a blood drive with Memorial Blood Center every year.

“For being a first time blood drive, that was pretty incredible,” Memorial Blood Center representative Rachel Campbell said. “I was most impressed with their dedication to all aspects of the blood drive.”

Campbell also noted that not only did she notice the group focusing heavily on recruiting donors to fill their schedule, but they were also able to work with businesses to receive food donations for pre- and post-donation snacks.

“Taking into account all that the DECA students did to make sure their donors were comfortable and their goals were met, I would say they are on a great path to success,” Campbell said.

The DECA blood drive took place on Nov. 3 throughout the school day for BHS students and staff only. Community members can learn how to donate blood with Memorial Blood Center by visiting

Photo: Burnsville High School DECA officers (from left) Kaylee Martynow, Jake Chudecke and Elizabeth McCormick are responsible for planning the drive.

Note: Story and photo by Justin Amaker, Burnsville High School senior and District 191 communications intern.
Posted in Student Success, Achievement, Activities, Community | Tagged Pathways, service, community, blood drive, bhs, DECA

District 191 names interim activities director

Posted on October 27, 2017

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 has named Guillaume Paek as the interim athletics and activities director. Paek comes to the District from Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, where he served as the athletics director since 2011.

In announcing the hire, BHS Principal Dave Helke praised Paek’s experience and energy in leading athletics and activities.

“I am fired up to be a part of the Burnsville community,” Paek said. “I am also excited for the opportunity to grow professionally and make personal connections with the students and staff of Burnsville High School and District 191, and the strong, supportive community of Burnsville.”

Paek will be responsible for the more than 66 athletics and activities programs at Burnsville High School and the district’s three middle schools. He was named Region 6AA Athletics Director of the Year in 2015. He previously taught social studies in Minneapolis schools and was a participant in the Collaborative Urban Educator Program at St. Thomas University

Paek’s start date in District 191 was Oct. 23.

Posted in Athletics, Activities | Tagged guillaume paek, athletics director, bhs, sports, activities

Burnsville High School students achieve AP recognition

Posted on October 24, 2017

A total of 82 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.

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.”

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.

Four 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 these exams. They were current senior Albert Liu and recent graduates Blake Andert, Abigail Rhode and Connor Van Dorpe.

Twenty-two 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 Blake Andert, Noah Bachmeier, Samuel Carman, Chun Kit Chow, Matthew Fischer, Luke Haddorff, Emma Hakanson, Abigail Herzog, Andrew Hughes, Gregory Johnson, Ian Johnson, Megan Kortenhof, Albert Liu, Kirstyn Loyva, Brian Lu, Abigail Rhode, Nicholas Schatz, Madeline Strey, Trang Truong, Conner Van Dorpe, Latavia Watson and Erin Williams.

Eighteen 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 Eyerusalem Abebaw, Wyatt Andrews, Lauren Borchart, Ryan Brunner, Haley Halvorson, Justin Jasperse, Joshua Kenney, Alex Larson, Katie Lyon, Alexander Mountain, Chloe Penkert, Garrett Riedesel, Samantha Simonsen, Daniel Torres, Anna Warmka, Rachel Waterman, Annemarie Wells and Jaylin Wong.

Forty-two students qualified to be AP Scholars, for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. They are Erin Bachmeier, Matusola Bein, Brian Bowen, Kristine Brinkman, Emma Buchanan, Jacob Calhoon, Richard Diedrick, Thanhminh Dihn, Macauly Donohue, Allie Draper, Samantha Duncan, Christopher Gargano, Devin Geegan, Alexander Gude, Blake Hanegraaf, Marguerite Hennessy, Dylan Jackson, Kamryn Kalal, Chrisostom Maina, Marissa Marsolek, Elizabeth McCormick, Zachary McGovern, Bailey Medeiros, Ty Miklowski, Benjamin Milhaupt, Morgan Muelken, Samuel Nelson, Jacob Nistler, Mallory O'Brien, Kara Odom, Bailey Pekar, Andrew Peterson, Victor Sanchez Villega, Paige Schultz, Lucas Senta, Nikolas Slemp, Henry Smalstig, Kelly Solberg, Robin Stauffer, John Toomire, Grace Ulrich and Robert Wedan.

Posted in Academics, Achievement, Student Success | Tagged bhs, Advanced Placement, AP Scholar Awards, future ready