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Creating with technology emphasized with Hour of Code

Posted on December 11, 2014

Teachers and students throughout Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 are taking extra time the week of Dec. 8-12 to focus on creating computer code as part of a global movement that will involve millions of students in more than 180 countries.

Hafiza Nure, a second grader in Lisa Christen's class at M.W. Savage Elementary, crosses her fingers as she prepares to run the program she wrote.

Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science as part of Computer Science Education Week Dec. 8-14. With online support or just with their own knowledge and resources, teachers will spend at least an hour during the week with students working through a tutorial on using computer code to create programs including drawings, animations, games and much more.

According to organizers, the goals of the event include demystifying code to show that anybody can learn the basics, engage students in creative technology, and increase participation in computer science at schools and among under-represented populations.

“The Hour of Code is a chance to engage every student, teacher, and family member to open their mind to coding and show them what computer science is all about,” said Cindy Drahos, business education teacher. “Even the basics of coding help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills, and prepare students for any future career.”

“The latest stats show the there are 39 schools in Minnesota that teach computer science and Burnsville High School is one of them,” she said, adding that there will be more future job openings in the field than there will be qualified people to fill them.

In District 191, just some of the projects planned for Hour of Code include:

At Hidden Valley Elementary, fifth grade students will hear from a panel of computer science professionals about their careers, the careers that will be available to students, and some of the interesting ways technology is changing the world. Later in the day, students will be working on writing their own code.

At William Byrne Elementary, students in Rick Geddes’ sixth grade class will work through tutorials on and

At Sioux Trail Elementary, second graders in Sharron Stalock’s classroom will be watching an informational video and then working through a tutorial at

At Burnsville High School, Cindy Drahos will be teaching code in her business education classes all day on Thursday. Then after school, staff members from around the district will join with high school students for coding.

For more information about Hour of Code, go to

Posted in Student Success | Tagged marion w savage, bhs, william byrne, sioux trail, hidden valley, #hourofcode, coding, computer science, technology education

BHS biannual American Red Cross Blood Drive is almost here!

Posted on December 10, 2014

Burnsville High School's biannual American Red Cross Blood Drive is slated for Friday, Dec. 12 in the BHS gym. Students who are 16 and older are eligible to participate. Donation sign-up forms, which require a parent signature, will be available in the main office. Please see Mr. VanderWoude if you have any questions.

Consider donating to help save lives. We thank you in advance for your donation!


Posted in Community | Tagged bhs, american red crosss, blood drive

BHS Store is open additional hours for holiday season

Posted on December 9, 2014

Make sure you stop by the School Store for your holiday gifts!

The store is regularly open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but will be open additional hours for the holiday season. The store will be open tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 9 and Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 5-7:30 p.m. It's a one-stop-shop for all your Blazewear! From winter hats and pajama pants to hooded sweatshirts and BHS Letter Jackets, the store offers a variety of items for the whole family.    

The store accepts cash or check payment.

Posted in Athletics, Parents | Tagged bhs, school store, holiday shopping

Need to buy a gift for the holidays?

Posted on December 9, 2014

If you're looking to buy a unique gift for the holidays, then stop by the Campus Cup or the Blaze Store and check out our Bowls for BrainPower

Choose a lovely handmade bowl and make a donation to BrainPower in a BackPack. Donations will purchase food for hungry kids in ISD 191 schools. 

Posted in Arts | Tagged bhs, Bowls for BrainPower, BrainPower in a Backpack, donations

Eat at Chipotle to support the BHS Alpine Ski Team

Posted on December 9, 2014

Help support the Burnsville High School Alpine Ski team by eating dinner at Burnsville Chipotle on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 5-9 p.m. 

The Alpine Chipotle flyer needs to be presented at the time of ordering.

Paper flyers can be picked up in the Athletic Office. Hope to see you there!

Posted in Athletics, Community | Tagged bhs, alpine skiing, fundraiser

Tryouts for Burnsville's Got Talent are Monday, Dec. 15

Posted on December 8, 2014

Burnsville High School's premiere talent contest, "Burnsville's Got Talent," is just around the corner!

Students who are interested in showing off their talents should sign up for a tryout slot and pick up an informational packet outside Mr. Deutsch's room (C266). There will be various prizes; you can even win $100!

Tryouts are Monday, Dec.15, and performances will be held on Jan. 8. at 7 p.m. in the Mraz Center.


Posted in Community, Arts | Tagged bhs, burnsville's got talent, talent show

Auditions for SHOWcase will be held next week

Posted on December 4, 2014

Do you sing? Do you dance? Do you have a special talent that you've never been able to show off? If so, then come out to auditions for SHOWcase!

Photo credit: Rick Orndorf

SHOWcase is a fully staged variety show open to any Burnsville High School student, and auditions are next week after school.

Swing by the music suite to sign up for an audition time for either Monday, Dec. 8 or Tuesday, Dec. 9. Rehearsals are after school and performances will run Feb. 5-7 and Feb. 12-14.

Contact Mr. Akervik with questions.

Posted in Arts | Tagged bhs, theatre guild, SHOWcase, auditions

"Pucks for a Purpose" at Benilde game pays tribute to Borchardt

Posted on December 3, 2014

Last night's boys hockey game against Benilde-St. Margaret's ended in victory for the Blaze. The 6-3 win over Benilde-St. Margaret's was not the only reason to celebrate. Benilde-St. Margaret's alumnus Jack Jablonski, who was left paralyzed after suffering a hit during a hockey game almost two years ago, helped organized a "Pucks for Purpose" event for former Blaze star hockey player Cole Borchardt to raise money for his family. 

To learn more about this event, watch the KMSP-TV video by Fox's Karen Scullin.

Posted in Athletics, Community | Tagged bhs, boys hockey, pucks for a purpose, Cole Borchardt, #burnsvillestrong

Junior high students top District 191 spelling bee

Posted on December 2, 2014

An eighth-grade student from Nicollet Junior High and a seventh-grade student from Metcalf Junior High took first and second places in the 31st annual districtwide spelling bee in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 on Dec. 1.

District spelling bee champion Aradhana Menon, right, and runner-up Chance Persons were presented with trophies by Superintendent Joe Gothard. 

Aradhana Menon from Nicollet placed first by correctly spelling "alkali" which was the 219th word in the 15th round of the bee. Chance Persons of Metcalf was the runner-up.

This was Aradhana's first time qualifying for the district bee while Chance also participated as a 5th and 6th grader. Both students are avid readers, and say that contributes to their spelling success.

Others rounding out the top 5 (in alphabetical order) were Rachel Dylla of Nicollet Junior High, Ellie Scheldberg of William Byrne Elementary and Brandon Vi of Eagle Ridge Junior High.

A total of 31 students in grades 5 through 8, who were the building champions of their schools, competed in the district spelling bee.

The event began with Superintendent Joe Gothard presenting medals to every participant. "Students, I want you to know that as your superintendent, I am very proud of you," he said. "Taking the time to practice and prepare demonstrates your hard work and pride in achievement."

Jim Condon, a teacher at Edward Neill Elementary School, served as pronouncer. Judges were Gothard along with Erika Nesvig, principal of Harriet Bishop Elementary School, and Jon Bonneville, principal of Hidden Valley Elementary School. Jennifer Bohr, a teacher at Hidden Valley Elementary School, coordinated the spelling bee activities.

You can view the spelling bee on district's website at and on Educational TV channel 18.

Posted in Student Success | Tagged spelling bee

Support BHS Boys Golf with a 2015 Minnesota Golf Card

Posted on December 2, 2014

 Get your 2015 Minnesota Golf Card for $35! 

A fundraiser for the Burnsville Boys Golf team, this card makes a perfect holiday gift for the golf-loving guys and girls in your life!

This card gives you 2-for-1 on green fees at many courses in and out of the metro area, including some in Wisconsin. There are over 150 courses to choose from, and you can use the card up to four times at each course. Plus, there are golf cart and range specials at many of the locations. Just use the card one or two times, and you've paid for the card. Wow, what a deal!

For a list of courses and rules, visit However, please do not order the card online as BHS would not receive the benefits.

Contact Larry Opatz, BHS Golf Coach, at if you have questions.


Posted in Athletics | Tagged bhs, boys golf, 2015 minnesota golf card, fundraiser