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BHS senior earns another technology award

Fiona Chow, a senior at Burnsville High School, is among recipients of a Minnesota Aspirations in Computer Award presented to young women for their technology-related interests and achievements.

Along with recognition, honorees are awarded prizes ranging from tech devices to job shadow experiences and mentorships to paid summer internships and more.

The award is presented by the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence to recognize and encourage the next generation of women in the state’s computer/IT industry.

Students present Black History Month Showcase

Led by the school’s Black Student Union, Burnsville High School students presented a Black History Month Student Showcase today for classmates and staff members. On the Mraz Center stage, students performed songs, dance, rap, poetry, an original skit and even beat box to celebrate black culture and highlight issues important to African Americans. In addition, students shared information about black leaders, artists and icons including Maya Angelou, Angela Davis, Malcom X, Nelson Mandela and Michelle Obama.

Savage Pacer: New Black Student Union forms at Burnsville High School

This story appeared in the Savage Pacer on Feb. 22, 2018 - Photo by Britt Johnsen, Savage Pacer

When Jasmine Buckner first arrived at Burnsville High School from New York City, she felt alone.

Not only is she not from Minnesota, but she is also black. The school has an image of seeming diverse and inclusive, she said, but she didn’t feel included.

“I didn’t feel welcome at all,” said Buckner, a senior at the high school and a vice president of the school’s brand-new Black Student Union. “Even the students are not inclusive.”

Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting teams head to state under direction of new coach

In its first season, the Burnsville High School boys’ powerlifting team was crowned state champions, while the girls team earned runner-up at the USAPL Minnesota State High School Championships on Saturday, Feb. 10 in Rockford, Minn. In addition, five Blaze athletes won individual state titles, and seven lifters qualified for the National Championships in March.

Statement Regarding Fire Alarm At Burnsville High School On Feb. 16

A fire alarm was activated the evening of Feb. 16 at Burnsville High School. Police officers responded to the incident and assisted in evacuating the building and ensuring people left the event in a safe manner. When it was determined that there was no fire, staff and students involved with ongoing events were allowed back inside the school.

Although police received reports of a weapon and a bomb threat during the evacuation, police have found no evidence of either.  

Partnership with music studio opens doors for students

Homecoming pep fests are memorable experiences for most high school students, but the pep fest at Burnsville High School last fall may prove life changing for senior Markell Sutton. His musical performance led a staff member to introduce him to THE GARAGE, a music venue and recording studio that partners with the city of Burnsville and Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 to provide learning opportunities for students.

In Markell’s case, what the partnership is providing is an opportunity for self-expression and the chance to pursue his passion and hopeful career pathway.

Burnsville High School is top public school in newspaper survey

Burnsville High School is among award winners in the annual Readers’ Choice Survey of Sun ThisWeek and the Dakota County Tribune newspapers.

Every year the newspapers invite readers to choose their favorites in multiple categories. Results are tallied and Readers’ Choice Award Winners are announced.  

Burnsville High School was selected as the Best Public School in the Award Winners List 2018.

In the Readers' Choice Awards for 2017, Burnsville High School Principal Dave Helke ranked #1 Best Principal.

With new classes, district aims to ‘grow its own’ future teachers

Talking to a group of Burnsville High School juniors – most of whom were students of color – District 191 Systems Improvement and Student Achievement (SISA) coordinators Frannie Becquer and Jeff Pope asked how many of their teachers in the last 11 years looked like them. A few students could say they’d had one teacher of color. Most said none.

“When you don’t see yourself in a career, research shows you’re less likely to think that’s an option for you,” said Pope.

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