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'Seussical the Musical' opens April 25 at Burnsville High School

Posted on April 3, 2019

Burnsville High School Theatre Guild presents "Seussical: The Musical," a fantastical, musical extravaganza featuring Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters. The musical opens April 25 at the school’s Mraz Center for the Performing Arts, located at 600 E. Highway 13.

"Seussical" takes viewers young and old into the world of Dr. Seuss, where beloved characters come to life, including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and JoJo.

The cast of "Seussical" includes of the following students:

  • Cat in the Hat - Megan Bormann

  • Horton - Jon Butler

  • Jojo - KateMarie Andrews

  • Gertrude McFuzz - Meta Lobben

  • Maysie LaBird - Mikayla Hughes

  • Sour Kangaroo - Kara Schwenn

  • General Genghis Khan Schmitz - Isaac Nelson

  • Bird Girls - Kat Berge, Angel Billingsley, Emma Harrold, Sophie Herzog, Sofia Kemeny, Zoe Lewis

  • Mayor Who - Andrew Vixayvong

  • Mayor’s Wife - Abby Harrold

  • Wickersham Brothers - Shane Andersen, Payton Bunnell, Michael Fisher, Ian Harpell, Malik Lekuti, Nathan Vogelsang

  • Thing 1 - Ryan Hanneken

  • Thing 2 - Maddie Moher

  • Grinch - Jackson White

  • Yertle the Turtle - Calvin Hume

Directed by Amy Stead, performances run April 25-27 and May 2-3 at 7 p.m. and April 27-28 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 adults, $11 senior citizens and $10 students, and are available online at

Posted in Arts | Tagged bhs, seussical, musical, theatre guild, mraz center, performing arts

Superintendent candidates will meet community members

Posted on April 2, 2019

Community members will have an opportunity to meet and ask questions of the finalists for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 superintendent position at meetings in April.

Those meetings are tentatively scheduled for 5-6 p.m. on April 15, April 16 and April 17, based on the number of finalists, at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy.

The District 191 Board of Education will interview semi-finalist candidates April 9-10 and choose two or three finalists. The following week, those finalists will each spend an entire day in the district, meeting staff members and students, touring the community, and participating in the evening community meetings.

Following the community meetings, the board will conduct interviews of each candidate and potentially choose a preferred candidate by the end of the night on April 17.

Current District 191 Superintendent Cindy Amoroso will retire on June 30, 2019. For more information about the superintendent search, please visit

Posted in Superintendent Search

ACT Testing Information for Juniors

Posted on March 29, 2019

Burnsville High School is participating in the statewide administration of the ACT Plus Writing.  Students enrolled in 11th grade will take the ACT Plus Writing next week on Thursday, April 4th. The ACT is a college readiness assessment that provides useful information to students and their families in planning for college and is used by many colleges in their admission process.

Due to a bill just passed that provides school districts more flexibility in handling the unusually high number of school days cancelled due to cold and snow this winter, it made it possible to only have students  in 11th grade in school on the day of the ACT test like we have the past several years. It is important you are in attendance on the day of the test.

You can take this assessment even if you have already or are planning to take the ACT or any other college qualifying exam. There is no cost for the statewide administration. You are pre-registered for taking the ACT Plus Writing online here at Burnsville High School. In most cases, the score received on the statewide administration of the ACT can be used for college admission.  

Please read the information below and come prepared to work hard on this test so your score does reflect your best effort. The administration of this test does require us to follow procedures and rules set by the ACT organization. In order to ensure a most positive, smooth testing experience, please remind your child of the following items.

  1. Please eat a good breakfast the morning of the test either at home or at school.
  2. Please have your Chromebook charged and bring it along with your charger the day of the test.
  3. You need to be in your testing room at the start of period 1 which is at 8 AM.  Note: No student will admitted after testing begins per ACT policy. An announcement will be made to students as soon as the testing rosters with room locations have been updated for all students testing on Thursday, April 4th.
  4. You must have a photo ID and pencils to use on scratch paper provided. You can have an ACT approved calculator (please see information at ACT Calculator Policy to determine if your calculator can be used) or use the calculator provided online as part of the test.
  5. You are not allowed to have electronic devices, including cell phones, backpacks/purses, or your own food and drink. Note: Per ACT policy any student phone seen or heard ringing will result in dismissal from testing.  You need to keep your phones/Apple Watches in your locker or bag turned off.
  6. After testing is complete, which is normally around the noon hour, you are allowed to leave school for the day, unless you are staying for lunch, have been asked by a teacher to stay and make-up work or get extra help, or need to wait for a bus. Buses will pick-up after school at their normal time. Students who are leaving after the test need to bring a note from their parent/guardian and give to the test proctor in their classroom on the day of the test.
  7. If for some reason, a student is absent on Thursday, April 4th, there will be a make-ups on April 9th and April 10th.

If there are questions you may have regarding the ACT test on Thursday, April 4th please contact Principal Dave Helke either via email, or phone at 952-707-2101.

ACT Testing Schedule Change

Posted on March 29, 2019

Because of a change in state law, Burnsville High School will be able to hold the ACT test for all 11th grade students as originally planned on Thursday, April 4.

All other students in grades 9, 10 and 12 will not attend school on April 4th.

This provides the best possible testing environment for our students and we are very thankful that the state has given us this opportunity.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Principal Dave Helke at or by phone at 952-707-2101.

JUNIORS: Find information about the ACT

Maadama isbedel ka dhacay sharciga gobolka, Dugsiga Sare ee Burnsville wuxuu awoodi doonaa inuu imtixaanka ACT ee ardayda fasalka 11-aad ka qaado ardayda sidii markii hore loogu qorsheeyey Khamiista, Abriil 4.

Dhamaan ardayda kale ee fasalada 9, 10 iyo 12 ma iman doonaan dugsiga 4-ta Abriil.

Tani waxay siin doonta ardayda jawiga wanaagsan ee suurtogal uga dhiga in ay sifiican deganaan ah imtixaanka kugalaan ardaydeena, waxaanan aad ugu mahadineena in gobolka uu siiyay fursadan.

Haddii aad qabtid wax su'aalo ama walaac, fadlan la xiriir Maamulaha Dave Helke at ama telefoon lambarka 952-707-2101.

Debido a un cambio en la ley estatal, Burnsville High School podrá realizar el examen ACT para todos los estudiantes del 11º grado como se planeó originalmente el jueves 4 de abril.

Todos los demás estudiantes en los grados 9, 10 y 12 no asistirán a la escuela el 4 de abril.

Esto proporciona el mejor ambiente de prueba posible para nuestros estudiantes y estamos muy agradecidos de que el estado nos haya brindado esta oportunidad.

Si tiene preguntas o inquietudes, comuníquese con el director Dave Helke a o llame al 952-707-2101.

District 191 chess coach named to state chess hall of fame

Posted on March 22, 2019

Longtime Metcalf Middle School chess coach Brian Ribnick will be inducted in the Minnesota Chess Hall of Fame on May 12.

Ribnick has taught chess to Metcalf students for 48 years, coaching teams to 30 state and 19 national scholastic chess championships, as well as several individual national titles. He’s also been a leader in the Minnesota chess community, serving as coach for the state junior high championship team, vice president for the School Chess Association, a member of the Minnesota State Chess Association Board of Directors, and on the United State Chess Federation Scholastic Committee. He was also named state Coach of the Year in 2003.

Ribnick, also a retired District 191 math teacher, was the first recipient of the District 191 Spirit of Excellence award in 2016, given each year to a staff member who exemplifies the best of District 191 staff and it mission of “Each Student. Future Ready. Community Strong.”

In his nomination letter, Ribnick was cited for his success in motivating students to learn and grow as chess players, students and people. Through his coaching, students develop abstract thinking, concentration, discipline, respect and teamwork, the nomination read.

The induction ceremony is schedule for May 12 in Bloomington. Learn more about Metcalf Chess at

Join One91 community for Service Day Saturday on April 13

Posted on March 22, 2019

The City of Savage will celebrate its fourth annual Service Day Saturday on April 13 with volunteer opportunities, family fun and community partnerships. Everyone is welcome to attend this free, fun experience for the whole family, held in honor of Global Youth Service Day and sponsored by the City of Savage and the Harriet Bishop Elementary Service Club.

Participants can visit Savage City Campus, located at the intersection of McColl Drive and Dakota Avenue in Savage, and engage in simple, hands on service projects such as repacking bulk bags of rice for a local food shelf, making fleece dog toys and blankets for an animal shelter, and many more.

The Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive at the event, with donation opportunities both in and outside City Hall. Register to donate by going to and search for the April 13 event at Savage City Hall.

Fun family activities at City Hall will include lunch with firefighters, ice-cream, art projects, face-painting, chair massages and more.

Organizers will be collecting non-perishable food items, gently-used shoes, children’s books, brown paper grocery bags and cash donations.

In 2018, participants donated more than 4,000 pounds of food to families in need, 2,000 lunch bags for Meals on Wheels, 2,000 books, and much more. Be part of our efforts to be Community Strong!

Find more details at

Posted in Community

Order your yearbook now!

Posted on March 22, 2019

Our School. Our Memories. Our Yearbook. Get yours now!

To order your William Byrne STEM Elementary yearbook now, go to and enter School ID code: 9110119

Standard book costs $17.00.  Add any extras for an additional price: (discounts on packages shown online.

Add-on Extras*:

  • Zoom, a full-color current events insert with top news stories of the year
  • Student's school portrait and name printed on the cover adds a personal touch
  • Durable, high-quality hard cover protects treasured memories for a lifetime
  • Autograph insert to share messages with friends
  • Fun, repositionable stickers to decorate and personalize yearbook pages

Orders due by March 31st, 2019.

Burnsville High School snowboarders take home tournament hardware

Posted on March 20, 2019
Burnsville High School won team titles at the Minnesota State High School Snowboarding and Freeski Championship at Hyland Hills Ski Area in Bloomington and at Buck Hill in Burnsville.
Eighth graders Beck Lobben and Liam Johnson received first place as a team in the Big Air event, while eighth graders Brandon Gill and Beck Lobben received third place for the Half Pipe event.
The state high school championship titles are given to the school that has the combined highest points of any team for each of the events.
While this competition is not sanctioned by the Minnesota High School League, students are eligible to letter by competing in one event.
For more information about Minnesota High School Snowboarding and Freeski and a complete list of event results, please visit


Posted in Achievement | Tagged bhs, mshsl, snowboarding, freeski, championship

Leadership changes announced for Byrne, Neill elementary schools

Posted on March 20, 2019

District 191 announced two school leadership changes that will take place for the 2019-20 school year. Dr. Elizabeth Vaught, current principal at Neill Elementary, will be moving to William Byrne STEM Elementary, and current Byrne Principal Lyle Bomsta will be moving to Neill Elementary.

“For any school, change in leadership brings in new perspectives, new strengths and new ideas. That, in turn, fosters growth for the school, for staff members and for the building leader,” Superintendent Cindy Amoroso said. “Because of these benefits, changes in school leadership have become part of our normal practices.”

Both principals have been at their current schools for 9 years.

Bomsta started his career in education as an elementary teacher in Brooklyn Park and has experience as a technology integrationist and assistant principal. He has his master’s degree in educational leadership.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with and lead staff, students and families at Byrne for nearly a decade,” Bomsta said. “I look forward to taking what I’ve learned during that time and contributing to the Neill community.”

Dr. Vaught has master’s degrees in literacy and educational administration and her doctorate in educational leadership. Prior to becoming principal at Neill, she held positions as a teacher, interventionist, staff development coach and assistant principal.

“I am humbled and privileged to have served as Neill's principal for the last nine years. The staff and students are amazing and will be missed,” she said. “I am also excited about building new relationships at Byrne.”

Families at both Neill and Byrne elementary schools will have opportunities to meet and get to know the new principals prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year. Watch school websites or e-newsletters for information.

Tagged principals, vaught, bomsta, burnsville

6 Books about friendship for kindergarten families

Posted on March 19, 2019

Kindergarten teachers in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 do a lot in the first few weeks of school to help students make friends. One of the things that families can do at home to help their child is to read books that talk about friendship. To help families get started, Digital Learning Specialist and Elementary Media Coordinator Katie Salmela compiled six books about friendship for incoming kindergarten families.

Swimmy by Lio Lionni

Deep in the sea lives a happy school of fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and team work—they can overcome any danger. Available at the Dakota County Library and Scott County Library.

The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Rainbow Fish is an international best-seller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foil stamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting value. Available at the Dakota County Library and Scott County Library.

How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? by Jane Yolen

A fun guide to friendship and playing nicely with others. What if a dinosaur's friends come to play? Does he mope, does he pout if he can't get his way? Does he hide all his dump trucks, refusing to share? Does he throw his friends' coloring books up in the air? Available at the Dakota County Library and Scott County Library.

Pete the CatPete the Cat and the New Guy by Kimberly and James Dean

There's a new guy in town, and Pete can't wait to meet him. After all, more friends mean more fun. When Pete finally meets Gus, he realizes they're very different from each other...but that's what makes him cool. Gus is special in his own way, just like Pete and just like you, and there is something everyone can do! Available at the Dakota County Library and Scott County Library.

My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann

Rabbit saves the day in a most ingeneous way. When Mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, trouble isn't far behind. From Caldecott Honor award winner Eric Rohmann comes a brand-new picture book about friends and toys and trouble, illustrated in robust, expressive prints. Available at the Dakota County Library and Scott County Library.

Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems

In Can I Play Too? Gerald and Piggie meet a new snake friend who wants to join in a game of catch. But don't you need arms to catch? Available at the Dakota County Library and Scott County Library.

Learn more about kindergarten in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. 

Posted in Kindergarten