District celebrates Community of Excellence Award winners

Posted on April 18, 2018

At a ceremony on Tuesday, April 18, staff members, families and community members celebrated the 2018 One91 Community of Excellence Award winners at the Burnsville High School Mraz Center. Ten awards were presented to individuals and groups to recognize their extraordinary contributions to Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

This year's award winners are:

Community Engagement:

  • Erin Huber, teacher at Harriet Bishop Elementary

Excellence in Educational Support:

  • Hamde Daoud & Eddieca Ontiveros, family cultural liaisons at Hidden Valley Elementary
  • Jolene Kump, educational assistant at Gideon Pond Elementary


  • Sharron Stalock, teacher at Sioux Trail Elementary

Leadership in Action:

  • Beth Van Osdel, Systems Improvement & Student Achievement coordinator, Diamondhead Education Center
  • Katie Salmela, district elementary media specialist and digital learning specialist, Diamondhead and elementary schools

Teaching Excellence:

  • Elizabeth Davidson, teacher at Burnsville High School
  • Suzanne Schiffman, teacher in District 191 Community Education’s Early Childhood Program, Diamondhead
  • Christine Michels, teacher at Hidden Valley Elementary School.

Spirit of Excellence

  • Sioux Trail Elementary Community

2018 Community of Excellence Awards

Posted in Achievement | Tagged Community of Excellence, awards

District 191 teacher featured as ‘Excellent Educator’ by WCCO

Posted on April 18, 2018

Kerianne Loran, a fourth-grade teacher at M.W. Savage Elementary School, was selected as an Excellent Educator by WCCO TV Channel 4 recently.

Kim Johnson, a morning and noon anchor person, surprised Loran with the news in her classroom while she was teaching.

The recognition honors teachers who do outstanding work, said Johnson.

Loran was nominated by Becca Buck, a music teacher at M.W. Savage, who wrote that Loran has built her entire classroom around her students and truly made it a home away from home.

“Kerianne has made it a point to make sure every single student who enters her classroom feels like they belong,” wrote Buck. “They have books about their cultures and backgrounds, a choice of seating, and a welcoming message on the whiteboard every morning.”

Loran’s students have a say in how the classroom is run, on where they work around the classroom, and their education as a whole. She has flexible seating for students to choose a spot where they work best and with whom they work best.

Loran promotes digital citizenship and has students take charge of their own class social media account. Every day, one student shares how they are a good citizen, both on and off the screen.

Just one look at her classroom's instagram account (@learningwithmsloran) will show all the ways that Loran engages her students in their learning. She has dressed up as a doctor to perform "sentence surgery," evolved into "Miss Lorax" on Dr. Seuss' birthday, and even become a "human sundae" to celebrate reaching fundraiser goals.

The feature was shown on the channel and also on the website

Posted in Achievement | Tagged WCCO, kerianne loran, marion w savage, #communitystrong, excellent educator

Spring flowers are here; orders are due April 27

Posted on April 17, 2018

Spring flowers and plants are now on sale at Burnsville High School!

Each year, the school holds a flower sale that doubles as a fundraising activity to support the BHS College Scholarship Program. All proceeds go toward the program, which is offered to all BHS seniors.

The products are of the highest quality and have received very positive comments from those who have purchased them in previous seasons.

Payments must accompany all orders, which are due April 27 (please make checks payable to BHS). Delivery/pick-up is Wednesday, May 2.

Gift cards are also available; pick out your own flowers at the Cedar Green House at 23111 Cedar Ave, Farmington, MN 55024 · (952) 469-3202.

To place an order, please complete this form and return it to Mark Riggs at Burnsville High School. For questions or special orders not listed, please email Mark Riggs. Forms must be returned by May 2.

Posted in Community, Parents | Tagged bhs, spring flower sale, college scholarship program

Burnsville High School senior prom slated for May 5

Posted on April 17, 2018

Burnsville High School senior prom is set for Saturday, May 5, from 8 p.m. to Midnight, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, located at 3675 Arboretum Drive in Chaska.

The theme for this year’s prom is “Enchanted Garden.”

Prom goers must arrange their own dinner plans and arrive to the arboretum by 10 p.m. to be admitted to prom. The arboretum will open at 2 p.m. for parents and prom goers who want to take pictures. There is no charge to park and take pictures at the arboretum.

Tickets for prom will go on sale Monday, April 23 for $35 per person.

To bring a guest (student who does not attend Burnsville High School), the student must fill out this form and obtain a signature from his/her school principal.

Questions about prom can be directed to a junior class officer or parents and/or students can contact Mark Riggs at

Posted in Parents | Tagged bhs, senior prom, enchanted garden, minnesota landscape arboretum

Burnsville High School senior receives Servant Leader Award

Posted on April 16, 2018

Maine (Abdirahman) Warmahayye receives Servant Leader AwardMaine (Abdirahman) Warmahayye, a senior at Burnsville High School, received the Servant Leader Award at the Model United Nations conference in Minneapolis April 5-7. This award celebrates youth leaders who have gone above and beyond modeling servant leadership.  

Maine was selected for this award because of his leadership as a delegate with the Youth in Government Model United Nations program through the YMCA and as a leader with the Burnsville Youth Collaborative (BYC).

The award, developed by youth leaders, recognizes the notion that servant leadership is a staple of the value system that Youth in Government strives to instill in all delegates – the desire to serve others and stand for ideas larger than themselves. It recognizes those who lead selflessly and act bravely. It is meant to showcase student leaders who are found outside the bounds of elected office, who embody the spirit of selfless giving.

He exemplifies a servant leader in his ability to connect and mentor younger students. His commitment to leading, supporting and empowering youth is what makes him very deserving of this award. Often, he puts aside his own interests and sacrifices his time to help others.

“This is a great honor,” said Scott Peterson, executive director at the Burnsville YMCA. “I am excited to know [he] is active in his high school, but more importantly active in developing youth in our community.”

The Model United Nations program creates a working replica of the United Nations, conducted almost entirely by students. Students can participate in a model General Assembly, International Court of Justice, Economic and Social Council, Security Council, Human Rights Council or Conference Newspaper.

The BYC exists to provide leadership for local organizations to partner with young people to develop, empower and prepare them for success. Partners include Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, the City of Burnsville and the Minnesota Valley YMCA. These organizations share resources to create quality afterschool programming for the youth of Burnsville.

Posted in Achievement, Student Success | Tagged bhs, servant leader award, model united nations, youth service, mentor, YMCA, burnsville youth collaborative

MWS Spring Fling Dance is April 20

Posted on April 16, 2018

Join us for our Spring Fling Dance and help encourage spring to come out of hibernation!

DATE:     Friday, April 20

TIME:      6 - 8 PM




  • Put on your favorite MWS or BLAZE Spiritwear and help get Spring to come out and dance!!!
  • $2 per student admission fee
  • Concessions available for purchase!
  • Students must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult
  • Guest DJ -- can you guess who the mystery dance DJ is????
Tagged marion w savage, dance, spring

Powwow will celebrate American Indian graduates

Posted on April 15, 2018

2018 SOTR Powwow artworkBurnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will join with other south metro school districts to host the Annual South of the River Powwow at Metcalf Middle School on May 12, 2018 to celebrate the community’s graduating American Indian students.

The confirmed line up includes Master of Ceremony Jerry Dearly, Arena Director Chaske LeBlanc, Midnite Express as host drum, head dancers Frank Smith and Ruby Smith along with two student representatives, and speaker Korina Barry.

The powwow is free and open to the public. Attendees will experience a day of dance, food and fellowship through a Native perspective. Ringing Shield SIngers, AIn Duh Yung Singers and Red Bone Singers are the invited drums. Doors open at 11 a.m. The schedule will include first grand entry at 1 p.m., free feast at 5 p.m., second grand entry at 7 p.m., with the powwow concluding at 9 p.m. Interested persons can also follow the powwow on Twitter and Instagram at @SOTRpowwow.

The event is being organized by the South Metro American Indian Liaison Committee, which includes District 191, Lakeville, Shakopee, Prior Lake-Savage, Farmington and District 196.

The powwow is also supported by a $500 grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

Organizers are still seeking sponsors, craft and informational vendors, volunteers, dancers (all dancers will receive an honorarium). If you are interested, please contact Dominic Good Buffalo at or 612-490-3484.

Posted in Community | Tagged arts, powwow, native students

Join One91 community for Service Day Saturday on April 21

Posted on April 15, 2018

The City of Savage will celebrate its fourth annual Service Day Saturday on April 21 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, assembling bead kits for patients in children’s hospitals, 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 using the sponsor code “Service Day.”

Fun family activities at City Hall will include free lunch, ice-cream, art projects, face-painting, animals and more.

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

April 21 is also Earth Day Weekend, so community members are invited to join Savage Parks and Recreation from 11 a.m. - noon for a spring clean-up at Savage Community Park, located at 13500 Dakota Ave. Supplies will be provided.

In 2017, more than 1,000 people participated in Service Day Saturday, donating 5,500 pounds of food to local hunger relief programs, 4,000 lunch bags for Meals on Wheels, 850 pairs of shoes and much more. Be part of our efforts to be Community Strong!

View the flyer for more details or go to

'Mary Poppins' performanced canceled April 14 due to weather

Posted on April 14, 2018

Both performances scheduled for Mary Poppins today, April 14, have been canceled due to weather and heavy snow expected this afternoon and tonight. Two more performances have been added to accommodate our patrons.

All tickets for today’s performance will be refunded. Please allow 2-3 days for the transaction to complete. Due to the large number of tickets pre-sold for today, exchanges are not possible. We ask that you re-book your tickets at for one of our remaining performances:

  • Monday, April 16 at 7pm  (added performance)
  • Thursday, April 19  at 7pm
  • Friday, April 20 at 7pm
  • Saturday, April 21 at 2:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 21 at 7pm
  • Sunday, April 22 at 3pm  (added performance)



Posted in Arts, Activities | Tagged mary poppins, bhs

Two Burnsville High School students clinch back-to-back leadership roles at Model United Nations

Posted on April 13, 2018

Olivia Brammer, Liam Thomas and Alyse DeesGovernment and politics are passions of Burnsville High School senior Olivia Brammer, so her participation in Youth in Government (YIG) for the past four years should come to no surprise for anyone who knows her. This year, at YIG’s Model United Nations in April, she served as the director of the conference resource center, a role she was elected to at last year’s conference.

Another BHS student, Liam Thomas, was elected to that very same role for next year’s conference.

Model United Nations is a counterpart of the YMCA’s Youth in Government program where students throughout Minnesota represent U.N. member states and meet to debate international issues and resolve situational problems. In the process, they gain skills related to researching, problem-solving, public speaking and thinking globally. More than 800 students in grades 7-12 from participated, with 50 of those students being from District 191.

Liam, a junior this year, will be responsible next year for helping delegates research topics that will help them in their deliberation, the same position that Olivia held this year. He praised Olivia for her work at Model U.N. this year.

“I am so incredibly excited and humbled to be taking over the position from Olivia,” Liam said. “Olivia has been a mentor of mine both inside and outside of Youth in Government and without her, I could have never had the confidence to run for an elected position.”

Olivia had a similar reaction when she found out about Liam’s election.

“I was so excited to find out that he won!” Olivia said. “Since the conference resource center runs the elections and counts the votes, I knew before anyone else did.”

Olivia added that she sees this as “just the beginning for Liam” and that she sees him as a possible future candidate in a public office.

Liam has been involved in Youth in Government for four years, and with Model U.N. for two years. This year, he was a staff member in the conference resource center, working with Olivia. Also among their staff was BHS junior Alyse Dees, who was elected to be presiding officer of the National Issues Forum at YIG’s Model Assembly next year, another leadership role in the YIG program.

Learn more about Youth in Government and Model United Nations by visiting

Posted in Student Success, Activities | Tagged youth in government, model united nations, YMCA, bhs, olivia brammer, liam thomas, alyse dees