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.

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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!

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What's new this year around District 191 schools

Posted on August 15, 2017

The 2017-18 school year is about to get underway. Check out some of the exciting new things happening in District 191 schools.

First day of school

The first day of school for students in grades 1-12 will be Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. All kindergarten students will start school two days later on Thursday, Sept. 7.

“We’re excited to welcome back our students to school and start another great year of learning,” said Superintendent Cindy Amoroso. “Our focus is on providing the best education for your children so that all doors are open to them to realize their dreams.”

Open Houses in District 191

  • Burnsville High School, Aug. 30, 4-8 p.m.
  • Burnsville Alternative High School, New Student Orientation, Aug. 23, 1-5 p.m.
  • Eagle Ridge Middle School, Aug. 30, 6th grade from 4-6 p.m.; 7th and 8th grades from 6-8 p.m.
  • Metcalf Middle School, Aug. 30, 6-8 p.m.
  • Nicollet Middle School, Aug. 30, 6th grade at 6 p.m., 7th & 8th grade at 7 p.m.
  • Edward Neill Elementary, Aug. 30, 5-7 p.m.
  • Gideon Pond Elementary, Aug. 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Harriet Bishop Elementary, Aug. 30, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Hidden Valley Elementary, Aug. 30, 4-6 p.m.
  • Marion W. Savage Elementary, Aug. 31, 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Rahn Elementary, Aug. 31, 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Sioux Trail Elementary, Aug. 30, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Sky Oaks Elementary, Aug. 30, 4-6 p.m.
  • Vista View Elementary, Aug. 30, 4-6 p.m.
  • William Byrne Elementary, Aug. 30, 4-5 p.m.

Increase in school lunch prices

School lunch prices are increasing by 10 cents so that an elementary school lunch will cost $2.60, a secondary lunch will be $2.70 and adult meals will be $3.90.

Chromebooks come to District 191 middle schools

Chromebooks are on their way to middle schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 this summer, providing one-to-one personal learning devices for all students in grades 6-8. Personal learning devices are part of Vision One91, the work to redesign the district to meet the learning needs of today’s learners.

Middle school students will be getting the same model of Chromebook that high school students received last school year. They are lightweight, inexpensive devices that provide students access to the internet, their Google accounts and other web-based applications. The model being purchased includes a touch-screen along with a keyboard so it also acts as a tablet.

“With each middle school student having a Chromebook, it ensures that they have access to high-quality resources and information that support their learning,” said Instructional Technology Coordinator Rachel Gorton. “It also provides a powerful tool for students to create, collaborate and communicate about their work.”

Gideon Pond’s accessible new playground

All children will be able to enjoy a new playground at Gideon Pond Elementary School in Burnsville beginning this fall. The truly inclusive and barrier-free playground will be the first of its kind in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 and the City of Burnsville. It will include pieces that are easily accessible and safe for students of all ability levels.

"The partnership between the community and Gideon Pond is felt in every heart, mind, and corner of our school,” said Principal Chris Bellmont. “This playground, located beautifully in the heart of Burnsville, sends both a symbolic and practical message of inclusion, innovation, excellence and dedication to students -- cornerstones of Gideon Pond Elementary and District 191."  

Fundraising for an accessible playground, which has been going on for a couple of years, got a big boost in May with a $50,000 donation from U.S. Bank and the Minnesota Vikings. Other donors include the Gideon Pond Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) and Intermediate District 917. District 191 funds have also been used.

Staffing update:  

  • Nearly 75 teachers new to District 191 will be welcomed for this school year.
  • Erika Nesvig, who has been the principal at Harriet Bishop Elementary School in Savage, became the new principal at Eagle Ridge Middle School on July 1.
  • Ken Essay is the new principal of Harriet Bishop Elementary School in Savage.
  • Cindy Amoroso, formerly the district’s assistant superintendent, became the interim superintendent on July 1 for the next two school years.
  • Dave Watkins, who was the director of secondary programming, is now the district's assistant superintendent. 
  • Stephanie White joins District 191 as the Director of Student Services.

Dean positions at middle schools provide additional student supports

To better support student needs surrounding attendance, behavior and achievement, all three District 191 middle schools will have newly created dean positions this year. The deans will work with administration, teachers and families to establish systems that help students succeed in school and create safe, positive learning environments.

Savings could top $2 million with solar panels

Six school buildings in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will gain solar panels on their roofs this fall. Not only will energy and money be saved, but the project will have an educational component. It will be connected to school programs, including college and career Pathways, as a way for students to learn about alternative energies.

The district has no upfront costs for the solar arrays valued at $1.2 million. Instead for the first 12 years, the district receives 25% of the energy that's generated while the other 75% goes to pay for the arrays. After 12 years when the arrays are paid in full, the district will receive 100% of the energy that's generated.

It’s estimated that the district will realize over $1 million of electrical savings during the 25 years of the warranty. Another $1 million or more could be saved after the warranty expires since the solar arrays are expected to last beyond that period.

To qualify, schools must receive power from Xcel Energy (some of the district’s schools receive power from other companies) and be structurally able to handle the weight of the panels. Solar arrays will be installed at: Pates Stadium at Burnsville High School, Marion W. Savage Elementary, Burnsville Alternative High School, Sioux Trail Elementary, Vista View Elementary and River Ridge Education Center (formerly the Administrative Services Center).

Academic calendars set for new school year, and following two years

The academic calendar for the soon-to-start school year of 2017-18 in Burnsville- Eagan-Savage School District 191 is available on the district’s website at Printed calendars will be mailed to all families in August.  

Academic calendars are also available for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. Both calendars follow the general pattern of recent academic calendars for District 191, with school starting the day after Labor Day and ending in early June. However, there will no longer be a week-long fall break in October beginning in 2018 because parent-teacher conferences will take place in November instead. Both school years will still feature a week-long spring break in March.Printable versions of all three school year academic calendars are available at

More information about the new school year is available on the district’s website at

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Back-to-school events at Gideon Pond

Posted on August 15, 2017

It's almost time for the 2017-18 school year to get underway. Mark your calendars!

Kindergarten Meet n Greet (Open House)
When: Tuesday, August 29  4:30-6:30PM

All School Meet n Greet (Open House) 
When: Wednesday, August 30th  4:30-6:30PM
What: Meet and Greet. 

First Day of School for grades 1-5
When: Tuesday, September 5

First formal day of Kindergarten
When: Thursday, September 7 (K’s will be in for ½ hour, scheduled sessions on 9/5 and 9/6)

Grand Opening for our New, All Inclusive, State-of-the-Art Playground
When: Friday, September 8th   3:00-3:30PM

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BHS Blazettes offer dance clinic for grades K-6

Posted on August 9, 2017

Burnsville High School’s Blazettes dance team will host a dance clinic at the high school on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 1-5 p.m. for students in grades grades K-6. Dancers will enjoy a fun-filled afternoon and discover what it is like to be a Blazette! 

Participants will learn a dance routine with the Blazettes and their coaches and have the opportunity to perform in the pre-game show at the Blaze football game on Friday, Sept. 22.

The clinic costs $40 and includes dance instruction, a Blazettes t-shirt, snack and dancer admission to the football game on Sept. 22.

Space is limited, and the deadline to register is Sept.10.

Online registration is available at You can also mail your registration form and a check made payable to Blazette Booster Club to:

Burnsville Blazette Booster Club
Terri Lindemuth
20201 Laredo Ave
Lakeville, MN 55044

Any questions should be sent to Terri Lindemuth at

Posted in Athletics | Tagged bhs, blazettes, dance clinic, football game

Save your receipts for school supplies!

Posted on August 9, 2017

Minnesota Revenue offers two valuable tax benefits for parents who purchase school supplies for their K-12 students, the K-12 Education Credit and Subtraction. These benefits can reduce parents’ taxes to increase their refund, but is only available for those who keep their receipts. Purchases for most school supplies, field trips, and musical instruments for school band are eligible.

Most Minnesota parents qualify for the K-12 subtraction, which reduces their taxable income. Parents under certain income limits may also qualify for the K-12 credit, which can refund up to 75% of their costs – even for parents who don’t owe any taxes. Visit the Minnesota Revenue website at and type K-12 Education Credit and Subtraction in the search box in the upper right-hand corner of the webpage.

Posted in Parents | Tagged mn department of revenue, receipt, school supplies, subtraction, credit, savings

‘Single Sign On’ system simplifies access to District applications

Posted on August 9, 2017

Instead of signing in separately to Google, Schoology and other school-related applications, students and staff members in District 191 will now sign in just once to get access to all of the tools they need. This new single sign on system, called MyISD191, was launched August 8 and can be reached at

The change means students and staff will see different screens as they log in. The first time using the system, users will be asked to set a security question. Once they do, they’ll be taken to a screen that shows the different tools they can access. For most, that list will include Google Apps (i.e. mail, calendar, Drive, etc.) and Schoology.

Another benefit of the change is that most students will have the ability to update their own passwords. Creating and changing passwords is an important part of maintaining safety and security online.

Eventually, other applications and links will be added to help make MyISD191 a one-stop shop for school-related resources.

Go to MyISD191

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