MWS School Information Night is Sept. 19

Posted on September 14, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 19 for our School Information Night!

Please note the times for each grade level.  The presentations will take place in the grade level classrooms.  We will have Spanish and Somali interpreters available!

5:45 pm - 5th Grade & Kindergarten

6-6:45 pm - 4th Grade & 1st Grade

7-7:45 pm - 3rd Grade & 2nd Grade

Please plan to come and get better acquainted with:

  • Title I funded programming
  • Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)  We will Set the PACE for Learning today!
  • School-wide discipline plan
  • Second Step and MindUp, our Social Emotional Learning program
  • Specific grade level information
  • And more!

A light meal including beverages and a treat will be provided from 57 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you on Sept.19!

Tagged marion w savage, parents, information night

Burnsville High School Theatre Guild opens new season with “The Music Man”

Posted on September 12, 2017

Broadway musical, “The Music Man,” opens Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Mraz Center for the Performing Arts at Burnsville High School, located at 600 E. Hwy 13.   

Based on the story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, the production follows Harold Hill, a traveling con man who arrives in River City, Iowa, and convinces the locals to start a band by purchasing the uniforms and instruments from him. His intention is to flee as soon as he receives the money but factors are complicating his plan. The cast is led by Daniel Akah as music man Harold Hill and Maddie Stuart as librarian Marion Paroo. 

Directed by Amy Stead, performances run Nov. 9-11 and 16-18 at 7 p.m. There is also a matinee on Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Senior citizens are invited to a free performance at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the Mraz Center.

Vocal Director is Gary Butler; Pit Director is Molly Holmes and Choreographer is Ann Bakken.

Other cast members include:
Marcellus Washburn: Will Alvey
Mrs. Paroo: Kaitlin Johnson
Mayor Shinn: Zach Holmes
Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn: Sofia Versalles Duffert
Ewart Dunlop  (ten 2): Max Taylor
Oliver Hix (bari): Sam Scheuneman
Jacey Squires (ten 1): Jon Butler
Olin Britt (bass): Andre Finney
Amaryllis: Sophie Herzog
Winthrop Paroo: Jacob Holtzleiter
Zaneeta Shinn: Kelly Solberg
Tommy Djilas: Isaac Nelson
Gracie Shinn: Sophia Kemeny
Charlie Cowell: Caleb Hubbard
Alma Hix: Meta Lobben
Maud Dunlop: Megan Bormann
Ethel Toffelmier: Abby Harrold
Mrs. Squires: Evie Kane
Conductor: Henry Smalstig
Constable Locke: Malik Lekuti
Company: Ian Appold, Olivia Bendickson, Davin Blix, , Kenzie Carrane, Janeesa Cook, Bianka Delgadillo, Jayde Grass, Joy Grittner, Emma Harrold, Casey Hennessy, Ryan Horrocks, Mikayla Hughes, Mari Ismail, Kyliah Jimoh, Alex Kielas, Kya Leen, Angela Linh, Kali Lorensen, Maddie Moher, Ryan Mokandu, Ciara Nyberg, Sam Panos, Kiele Sterner, Garrett Sour,  Joshua Swanson, Alyssa Upton and Eyakem Yilma.
Tickets are $12 adults, $11 seniors, $10 students and free for District 191 badge holders. Tickets are available online or at the door. Please note that some performances may sell out and may not be available at the door for purchase.

Visit the BHS Theatre Guild website for additional information regarding “The Music Man” and other upcoming performances.

Posted in Activities, Community | Tagged bhs, theatre guild, the music man, broadway musical

Many ways to learn facts about District 191 funding requests on Nov. 7 ballot

Posted on September 12, 2017

Voters in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will be asked to vote on two school funding requests that were placed on the November 7 ballot by a unanimous vote of the Board of Education.  

There will be two questions on the ballot:

  • Question 1: A no-tax increase request to renew the existing operating levy. If not renewed, the district would lose $7.3 million in annual funding. The levy supports day-to-day school and district operating expenses, including retaining quality staff, transportation costs, utilities and classroom supplies.
  • Question 2: An increase to that operating levy to provide additional resources to minimize future budget cuts, help maintain class sizes and protect student support and educational programs. Q2 is contingent on Q1; Q2 can only pass if Q1 is approved.

There are several ways that voters can learn more about these school funding requests:

  • Visit to view fact sheets, a short video, a sample ballot and other resources
  • Call the referendum information line: (952) 707-2019
  • Email
  • Attend an Information Session:
    • Thursday, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. at Metcalf Middle School, 2250 Diffley Road, Burnsville.
    • Monday, Oct. 9, 6:30 p.m. at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville

The school district’s funding requests were driven by state funding that has not kept pace with inflation or with increasing educational costs, as well as an operating levy about to expire. If state education funding had kept up with inflation over the past 15 years, the district would be receiving nearly $600 per student more in revenue – totaling more than $5 million annually.

If voters approve both funding requests, the district would be able to:

  • Continue low average class sizes
  • 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

If voters do not approve both funding requests, the district would need to cut more than $10 million from the budget, resulting in staff cuts, class size increases and reduced educational programming.

Nearly all Minnesota school districts rely on voter-approved operating levies for school funding. The district has not asked for an operating levy increase since 2007. If voters approve both requests, the tax impact on a $250,000 value home would be approximately $10 per month.

Posted in Referendum, Finance | Tagged referendum, levy, vote

Student groups respond to school needs following Hurricane Harvey

Posted on September 7, 2017

Several Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 student-led service groups are responding to the overwhelming needs of schools and students affected by Hurricane Harvey early in September.

At Burnsville High School, the WeDay and #BurnsvilleStrong groups have “adopted” Liberty High School in Houston, where many students’ homes were flooded. Students will be collecting items requested by the school, including

  • Money donations for Walmart gift cards
  • Notebooks
  • Folders
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Notecards
  • Highlighters
  • Paper
  • graph paper
  • expo markers
  • expo spray
  • glue sticks
  • erasers
  • rulers
  • markers

The BHS groups are also accepting donations from other schools.

At Harriet Bishop Elementary and Eagle Ridge Middle School, student-led service clubs are collecting new school supplies to be sent to children in Houston who are in need because of storm damage. The clubs are still accepting donations, which can be dropped off in collection boxes in the schools’ main offices before Friday, Sept. 15. New supplies needed include pens, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, erasers, scissors, sharpeners, and anything that will help students learn. Please do not donate glue or paper, because they are heavy and costly to mail.

At Metcalf Middle School, the school accepted donations in exchange for complementary physical education t-shirts, raising $890 for hurricane relief efforts.

Posted in Community | Tagged harriet bishop, eagle ridge, bhs, metcalf, community, hurricane harvey

BHS Homecoming week begins Sept. 18

Posted on August 31, 2017

Burnsville High School students, staff, alumni and community members will be celebrating Homecoming during the week of Sept. 18. There will be many festivities, including themed dress-up days, a student-wide pep assembly, an array of athletic events and the Homecoming dance on Saturday night.

Listed below are the scheduled events for Homecoming.

Monday, Sept. 18
Groutfit Day
Powder Puff Football Games @ BHS Pates Stadium - 6-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
Olympic Day
Morning Assembly (rescheduled) ​
Wednesday, Sept. 20
Movie Character Day
Outdoor Movie @ BHS Pates Stadium - 7-9 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 21
Dress Your Best Dress-Up Day
Morning Coronation Assembly
Boys‘/Girls‘ Cross Country Invitational @ Nicollet Middle School, 3 p.m.
Girls‘ Tennis v. Farmington, 3:30 p.m.
Boys‘ Soccer v. Lakeville South, 5 p.m.
Girls‘ Soccer v. Lakeville South, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 22
Blaze Dress-Up Day
Homecoming Football Game vs. Maple Grove @ BHS Pates Stadium - 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 23
Homecoming Dance @ BHS Main Gym - 8 p.m. – Midnight
Pre-sold dance tickets are $15 per person and $20 per person at the door (cash only)
Other Important Homecoming Dates:
September 6-7: Homecoming Song Auditions, 6 p.m. Location TBD
September 13: Powder Puff and Royalty forms due
September 14: Students will vote for Homecoming Royalty during period 3
September 14: Deadline for teachers to submit Ambassador candidates to Mark Riggs
September 15: Powder Puff and Puffette mandatory meeting in Room C180 at 2:40 p.m.
September 16-17: Powder Puff practices at BHS Pates Stadium Field, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
September 20: Students will vote for Homecoming King and Queen during period 3
September 22:Middle School Homecoming Assembly (TBD times at ER, Metcalf, Nicollet)
Posted in Athletics, Parents | Tagged bhs, homecoming, athletics, royalty court

District clarifies use of musical instruments

Posted on August 30, 2017

We are aware that there has been miscommunication and confusion regarding the student use of the district’s musical instruments for the 2017-18 year. We apologize for this.

To clarify, there will be no change during the current school year in the use of band and orchestra instruments owned by Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

The distribution of band and orchestra instruments for the 2017-2018 school year in District 191 for grades 5-12 will be:   

  • Students who used a district instrument in 2016-2017 will receive an instrument to use at no cost.
  • Students joining band or orchestra in 2017-2018 will receive an instrument to use at no cost, and on a first-come, first-served basis until all instruments in the current inventory have been distributed.

If you have questions about the information (above), please contact your principal.

Tagged band, orchestra, music, instruments

Sioux Trail named a Minnesota School of Excellence

Posted on August 28, 2017

Sioux Trail Elementary School in Burnsville has been named a Minnesota School of Excellence by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA), one of only eight schools to receive the honor.

In making the announcement, MESPA cited Sioux Trail's commitment to 21st century teaching and learning. Sioux Trail has been a leader in implementing District 191's work to become a Culturally Proficient School System (CPSS), which supports personalized learning. The school won a Local Government Innovation Award from the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute for its CPSS work and success last year. Sioux Trail has also celebrated significant growth in student proficiency as measured by state standardized tests.

"We are so honored to receive this validation at this time and know this process has supported our efforts to meet every learners’ needs at Sioux Trail Elementary," said Sioux Trail Principal Shannon McParland. "I am so proud of our entire community and the work we do together! Thank you to our community and District 191 leadership for their support.”

Read the full announcement

Posted in Achievement | Tagged sioux trail, MESPA, awards, CPSS

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.

Posted in Parents, Community | Tagged food, neill, second harvest heartland, food+you

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