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BHS juniors selected as ExCEL Award nominees

Posted on March 6, 2019
Congrats to Christine Maina and Sean Floersch for being selected as Burnsville High School's ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leaderhip) Award nominees. The award honors Minnesota high school juniors who are active in school activities, who show leadership qualities, and who work voluntarily in their community.

Christine was one of 36 statewide ExCEL Award winners. Learn more about the ExCEL award at
Read more about Sean and Christine below.
Christine Maina
What are your biggest motivations?
One of my biggest motivations is my grandmother. I was named after her and feel as though I carry her legacy. I want to make her proud, so I work hard every day to do so. I want to make her proud through my academics, my extracurriculars, and through my accomplishments. I even feel as though my love for volunteering stemmed from her. She is why I work so hard, and she is why I am who I am.
What do you enjoy most in school?
I enjoy learning about people, how they work, and what they have done to improve society, so I love learning about history. World history and U.S history are some of the most interesting and important subjects and I love applying what I learn into my life. I also love math because it is such a precise subject and I am able to use the left side of my brain.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see myself working in the law field. I see myself as a civil lawyer in a law firm in New York City. I want to help those in need with my talents, and I want to make the justice system a little more just. It’ll be a long hard journey to get there but I know that I can do it. I’m reaching high. I want to push myself to be successful and to help others with my success.
How do you balance extracurriculars, volunteering, and family life?
I only do what I love to do, so I don't overburden myself. I look at what is most important to me and make time for it in my schedule. By doing so I have time for school, extracurriculars, volunteering, family, and myself. I do a lot by prioritizing my life. I am able to create the perfect balance.
What is your advice to other high school students?
Enjoy high school. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and you should enjoy it. Join clubs and sports that make you happy, and volunteer for organizations that you can relate to. Use your interests to help others, because you are never too young to help others.

Sean Floersch
What are your biggest motivations?
One of my biggest motivations is helping other people so they can have the best lives they can. Also since having cancer, I want to push myself as much as I can to inspire other people to never stop fighting and to show that things do get better.
What are your favorite subjects at school?
My favorite subjects are Spanish, math and yoga.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself helping other people in some way, either as a doctor, physical therapist or a teacher. I also want to be a soccer coach.
How do you balance school, extracurricular activities, volunteering and family time?
I only push myself as much as I can handle. I do not want to overwork myself, so I take breaks when I need to. I also make sure I have time with my family and friends to combat the stress from other activities.
What advice do you have for high school students?
Grades don't matter. Learning how to balance time, learning who you are, and learning how to push yourself are more important than what grades you get. High school is about making friends and growing as a person, and people need to make sure that the grade part of it does not stress them out too much because then they can't enjoy everything high school has to offer.
Posted in Academics, Arts, Activities, Student Success | Tagged bhs, excel award, leadership, youth service

Metcalf Wins State Chess

Posted on March 5, 2019

Congratulations to the Metcalf Middle School chess team, which won the Minnesota State Middle School chess championship last weekend in Bloomington.  Scorers included Gavin Kellen, who finished 8th individually, Victor Ekstrand, JJ Johnson and Mitchell Kellen. Thanks to all 19 Metcalf team participants for all of your efforts.

Middle School students

Posted in Student Success | Tagged chess, metcalf

District 191 superintendent honored by state organization

Posted on March 5, 2019

Cindy AmorosoBunsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Superintendent Cindy Amoroso has been named the 2019 Kay E. Jacobs Memorial Award winner by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA).

This annual award honors one female member of MASA for excellence in educational leadership. It recognizes Amoroso’s distinguished and more-than-30 year educational career, during which she has served at all instructional levels, including as an educational assistant, teacher, school administrator and in multiple district-level roles. 

Amoroso’s accomplishments during her career include founding a community non-profit to support early learning, founding a statewide professional development organization for curriculum and instruction leaders, redesigning a school-university partnership for mentoring new teachers, and much more. She’s served in leadership roles for professional organizations and civic organizations, including chambers of commerce and the United Way.

In supporting her nomination for the award, former and current colleagues cited her willingness to take on difficult work for the benefit of students and educators, her commitment to equity, support for leadership development, and her faithfulness to the vision and mission of her district.

“Cindy is constantly making connections between our decisions, budget, and their impact on student learning, instruction, and our school community with knowledge and tact,” said District 191 School Board Chair Abigail Alt. “Cindy asks the tough questions and demands forthright answers, especially when these conversations challenge our status quo. She sets a strong tone and expectation that we are all in this together for all students.”

The award will be presented at the MASA Spring Conference on Friday, March 8.

Free ACT prep available for juniors

Posted on March 4, 2019

All Burnsville High School juniors will be taking the ACT on Thursday, April 4. To adhere to the ACT testing requirements, only juniors will be in attendance that day. 

Students can create a free account in ACT Academy, a resource for students to practice and polish their test-taking skills. ACT Academy will provide a customized learning path for students, based on how they answer the test questions. 

Teachers can also create accounts to monitor how students are doing, create lesson plans, push out assignments and more!

For more information, please visit

Posted in Academics | Tagged bhs, ACT, prep

BHS Quiz Bowl team secures school record with third place win

Posted on March 4, 2019
The Burnsville High School A Quiz Bowl team took 3rd place in the Minnesota State League Tournament in February, the school's highest ever finish. Congratulations! Team members are, from left, Chance Persons, Zander Gorton, Will Trussell and Joe Schatz.
The BHS teams still have a few events remaining this year, including a community tournament fund-raiser on April 13 from 8 a.m. to noon. Multiple teams will compete at the National Championship in Atlanta over Memorial Day weekend.
Posted in Achievement, Activities, Academics, Student Success | Tagged bhs, quiz bowl, mshsl, tournament

Changes made to proposed budget adjustments

Posted on March 1, 2019

After receiving community input at a public forum and through an online portal, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education made several changes to the list of potential budget adjustments for the 2019-20 school year.

The following changes were made to the initial list of adjustments:

  • Remove 9th grade athletics from the list of cuts
  • Remove middle school orchestra from the list of cuts
  • Remove 1 FTE in custodial/maintenance service from the list of cuts
  • Adjust the BHS Media EA cut to keep 0.5 FTE
  • Continue offering French 1 and French 2 at Burnsville High School

Board members also directed staff to include a busing change that will have high school students walk to their closest middle schools (if they are within walking distance) and be transported to the high school by bus from there. The change is expected to save about $230,000.

Board members expressed strong opposition to increasing walking distances.

District 191 is facing a $7 million shortfall for 2019-20 primarily due to state funding that hasn’t kept up with inflation and underfunding of special education services by both the state and federal government.

A final list of proposed adjustments is scheduled to be presented at the March 14 board meeting. The board will officially adopt the 2019-20 budget in June. For more information, go to

Posted in Finance

Vista View student and teacher design artwork for sled dog race

Posted on February 28, 2019

student Emerson Stattman and art teacher Kelly VoArtwork created by Vista View fourth-grade student Emerson Stattman and art teacher Kelly Vo was chosen as the US Postal Service cancellation stamp for the 2019 John Beargrease Sled Dog Racing Series trail mail.

Mushers in the race carry mail with them along the course from Duluth to Two Harbors in honor of the race’s namesake, who delivered mail along the North Shore of Lake Superior for more than 20 years in the late 1800s. The mail receives a commemorative cancellation stamp, which this year featured Emerson’s drawing of a sled dog along with the words “Beargrease Station” and “Carried by Sled Dog.”

Second grade teacher Amy Tucci follows the race each year in her class, using it to engage students in lessons about wildlife, science, writing, mathematics and more. The learning experience makes such an impression that former students will even come back to Tucci’s classroom during the races to check on mushers’ progress.

This year, Tucci’s class also had a visit from Chloe and Carlie Beatty, both of whom participated in this year’s Beargrease, as well as sled dog Pearl, who has raced in previous years.

Learn more about trail mail at the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon at

Beargrease Station Duluth Minnesota

Posted in Student Success

'Class Acts' celebrates 31st anniversary with performances in District 191

Posted on February 26, 2019

For the 31st consecutive year, teachers will be presenting “Class Acts,” a comedy variety show, to raise scholarships for graduating seniors in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

As a result, more than $250,000 has been presented to students at Burnsville High School, Burnsville Alternative High School and the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Transition (BEST) program to help pay for college and further educational goals.

This year’s show, dubbed “We Teach … What’s Your Superpower” will feature staff members singing, playing instruments, acting, telling jokes and dancing. To get even more people involved, organizers are adding a superhero design competition for grades K-5 and a "Who is your hero?" essay competition for grades 3-5 throughout the month of March, with winners announced at each performance. There will also be a basket raffle again this year.

“We chose this year’s theme supporting all the staff, students and families in District 191 who make us the great school district we are,” said Class Acts co-chair and Vista View Elementary second grade teacher Jennifer Gandrud. “From clearing the icy sidewalks, to feeding kids, to wiping away tears and putting on those Band-Aids. We need everyone. We work as a team. We are ALL superheroes.”

Performances are scheduled for April 4-6 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 6. All performances will be in the Mraz Center at Burnsville High School, 600 E. Highway 13.

Tickets are $7 and available 30 minutes before each show or by contacting Gandrud directly at

Burnsville High School to host STEM Night on March 12

Posted on February 26, 2019

District 191 students and their families are invited to learn about STEM opportunities at Burnsville High School at a special STEM Night on Tuesday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Along with a presentation, there will be hand-on activities including 3-D printing, code drones, remote-controlled paper airplanes, virtual reality goggles, laser engraving, a battlebot competition and more. The presentation will run from 6 to 6:30 p.m., with activities afterward in an open house format.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering and math. Through a STEM approach, students learn problem solving, creativity and collaboration.

Burnsville High School is located at 600 Highway 13 in Burnsville.

Posted in Academics | Tagged bhs, STEM

District 191 Children’s Art Show will take place at Ames gallery

Posted on February 26, 2019

A Children’s Art Show, featuring work from elementary students in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, will take place from Feb. 28 to April 29 (closed March 7, 14 and 21 and April 3, 4, 10 and 11), in the Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville.

The exhibit features over 100 selected pieces of artwork by students in kindergarten through grade 5 from all 10 elementary schools in District 191. There will be drawings, paintings, mixed media, and a variety of three-dimensional works.

“The Ames Center show is always a ‘must see’ for our staff and students”, said Sara Merkel, art teacher at Hidden Valley Elementary School and organizer of the event. "It is exciting as an art teacher to see how our students grow artistically through the year. We see an expansion in their ideas and in their technical ability; this annual exhibition provides an opportunity for them to see their hard work come to fruition. We can all be very proud of their artistic accomplishments.”

In addition to Merkel, elementary art teachers are Dan Risinger (William Byrne, Rahn), Kathryn Petri (Harriet Bishop, Vista View), Kelly Knott (Marion W. Savage, Edward Neill), Jill Derouin (Sioux Trail, Rahn, William Byrne), Mara Schriver (Gideon Pond, Edward Neill), Kelly Rae Vo (Vista View, William Byrne), and Micayla Irmiter (Sky Oaks, Marion W. Savage).

The Ames gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. There is no charge to view the exhibit.