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Metcalf Chess wins national title, collects hardware at tournament

The Metcalf Chess U1000 team took first place at the National Junior High Championship, which was held April 26-28 in Dallas.

Members who scored for the U1000 team include James Grabowski (5th place), Will Moe (6th place), Audra Johnson, Gerald Johnson, Owen Krick and Joseph Santos, all of whom tied for 20th place.

“Metcalf led this section from start to finish and simply out-thought the rest of the field,” said coach Brian Ribnick. “[They] just seemed to want it more. The runner-up, a team from Georgia, was a full point and a half away!”

Metcalf Wins State Chess

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

Metcalf BlazeTime project involves research, polling, presentations and persuasion

Shannon McParland, principal at Metcalf Middle School, recently received an invitation she definitely didn’t want to turn down.  

Eighth-grade students in teacher Steve Orth’s Blaze Time class invited McParland to their presentations of proposed changes they’d like to see at their school. Blaze Time, which takes place at all middle schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, is one class period each day focused on enrichment, acceleration or intervention programming for students.

District 191 secondary students receive library cards

All students in grades 6 through 12 in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 have library cards they can use in person or online with both the Dakota County and Scott County public library systems.

Students at Eagle Ridge, Metcalf and Nicollet Middle Schools, and Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School can easily access library resources including online one-on-one homework help, research tools, e-books, audiobooks, movies/TV DVDs, music CDs, translation services, electronic magazines and print books.

Student voices will help build positive culture at Metcalf Middle School

Student leaders at Metcalf Middle School recently gathered with new administrators at their school to share ideas and opinions about revising the school’s positive behaviors and interventions plan (PBIS).

“For you to take time to attend on a summer day speaks highly of you and your commitment to our school,” said Associate Principal Akram Osman. “We want to make Metcalf Middle School the best middle school in the country and we need your ideas to do that.”

National Junior Honor Society expands to all three middle schools in District 191

National Junior Honor Society, already in place at two middle schools, will expand this fall so that all middle schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will offer the program for high-achieving students.

NJHS recognizes outstanding middle school students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. It also challenges them to develop further through involvement in school activities and community service (15 to 20 hours per student during a school year).

Standout science student earns invite to STEM day

Matt Trussell, Metcalf Middle School student, received many accolades and awards at the Metcalf Science Fair, the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair and the MN State Science Fair for the 2017-2018 school year.

The award that stood out the most for him, Matt said, was from DiaSorin, a diagnostic biotechnology company located in Stillwater. The company honored Matt with their Merit and Relativity Award at the state science fair. In addition to receiving this award, Matt and four other middle school students from Minnesota were invited to attend DiaSorin’s STEM Day.

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