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Information for One91 families regarding COVID-19

Posted on March 2, 2020

Families may have questions and concerns regarding the much-publicized coronavirus outbreak around the globe. To date, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reports that there are no confirmed cases in the state of Minnesota, and the risk of COVID-19 for Minnesotans is low at this time.

Still, we understand that new viruses like this can be worrisome and it’s important to be prepared. We want you to know that District 191 in regular communication with MDH and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) about the situation. We will continue to collaborate with these agencies to support the health and safety of our students, staff and community, and to minimize any impact to learning in our schools. 

In the event of an outbreak in our community, we would follow the advice and instructions of our public health partners. As always, our focus is to ensure the safety of all students and staff, and continue education with minimal disruption.

Again, our local and state health partners currently report that the risk of COVID-19 to our community is low. Regardless, during this time of year, there are many causes of respiratory illness and it’s an important reminder to practice good hygiene habits to stay healthy and avoid the spread of illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

It can be challenging knowing whether your child is too ill to go to school. A great resource for families is our Is My Child Too Sick For School? web page that outlines symptoms to consider when choosing to stay home.  

Anyone planning to travel internationally should review travel recommendations posted on CDC's Travel Health Notices, and keep an eye on the news for updates on this evolving situation.

If you have additional questions about COVID-19, we encourage you to view the Coronavirus information on the MDH website

We appreciate your partnership in supporting the health and safety of our school community. 

Posted in Announcements, Coronavirus

District 191 Community Education chess residency brings the ‘Game of Kings’ to all students

Posted on February 26, 2020

One of the longest-running programs in the history of District 191 Community Education, chess residencies take place for one week during the school day in elementary schools across the district. 

Chess residencies date back to 1987, when chess master Eduard Zelkind, a Russian native, started teaching chess to One91 students. The program focuses on introducing fourth graders to the game.

Klara Fershtman, Zelkind’s daughter, has mostly taken over the program for her dad, who at the young age of 77 refuses to retire and still visits with kids once per week at schools. Fershtman has 25 years of experience teaching chess to children at schools and programs around theTwin Cities. She also holds the title of Minnesota state women’s chess co-champion for 1989 and 1990.  

“My father always told me that chess is like life! You have to think before you move, before making decisions,” said Fershtman. “It’s a battlefield but you can succeed!”

Fershtman added, “My father has always been and continues to be my hero! I’ve met many chess players and many teachers in my life. But I’ve never met anyone like my father who combines his love for chess with his love for children. It has been my honor to carry on his legacy and introduce this fascinating game to One91 students.”

“I value the chess program because of all the lessons the game teaches. It requires some logic, planning, and impulse control,” said Jim Condon, fourth grade teacher at Edward Neill. “Every year there are a few students who get completely involved with the game, even though I would not have predicted that happening. It is a great learning process for all of us.”

District 191 Community Education is dedicated to keeping this program accessible to as many students as possible. Knowing the amazing benefits of this program, including improved critical thinking and problem-solving abilities as well as academic success, Community Education covers almost the entire cost of the chess residencies to limit barriers to kids learning the game.

 
Posted in Community, Announcements

Pre-Sale Tickets Available for Thursday's State Hockey Game

Posted on February 18, 2020

Pre-sale ticket's are now available during all lunch periods through Thursday in the cafeteria. Student tickets are $12 per session and adults are $19 per session. 

2020 State Girls Hockey - Class AA Bracket

Posted in Athletics, Parents | Tagged bhs, girls hockey

Regional Finalist for the 2020 Coca Cola Scholars Program

Posted on February 18, 2020

Christine Maina has been named a Regional Finalist for the 2020 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program, moving to the next round of the selection process to become a Coca-Cola Scholar and receive a $20,000 college scholarship.

Christine is one of only twenty-five Regional Finalists in the state of Minnesota and is among the 1,928 semifinalists who were selected from over 95,000 initial applicants and is now one of just 250 students who have moved to the final selection phase.

The final selection phase is based on interviews being conducted this month. In March, 150 of the Regional Finalists will be designated as Coca-Cola Scholars and will each receive a $20,000 scholarship to be used at the student’s college of choice. In addition to receiving college scholarships, those students selected as Coca-Cola Scholars will travel to Atlanta in April for Scholars Weekend.

 
Tagged BHS; scholarship; regional finalist

Memberships available for Burnsville High School Activity Center walking track

Posted on February 18, 2020

District 191 Community Education is now offering memberships for the Burnsville High School walking track, located at 600 E. Hwy 13.

A walking track membership is $15 and valid through June 30, 2020. Members must be 18 years or older and will need to present their membership and a valid driver’s license when entering the facility.

Walking track hours are Monday-Friday 6:30-8 a.m. and 5-8 p.m., and Saturday 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Facility access is through Door #1, adjacent to the Firefly Credit Union. 

Memberships are available for purchase online at communityed191.org or in-person at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy (Community Education, lower level Door #11). Memberships can not be purchased at the Activity Center.

For more information on memberships and walking track guidelines, visit communityed191.org.

 
Posted in Announcements, Community

Burnsville High School Quiz Bowl team undefeated, wins SSC conference championship

Posted on February 13, 2020

Burnsville High School Quiz Bowl team finished 6-0 to win the South Suburban Conference Quiz Bowl Championship on Feb. 11, which took place at Burnsville High School (BHS). This is their fourth time in the last five years that the team has been crowned conference champs.

Burnsville juniors Joe Schatz and Wyatt Isakson finished second and third, respectively, each with over 65 points per game. Senior Chance Persons was fifth, with over 55 points per game rounding out the medaling field. Sophomore Erik Gorton, the remaining member of the championship Burnsville team, placed 21st overall in scoring.  

In addition to the varsity tournament, there was a junior varsity tournament in which 20 teams participated, and most schools fielded at least one additional team. Burnsville C finished an undefeated 5-0 to win the championship. Other Burnsville finishes include the B team earning three victories in five contests, finishing in a tie for seventh place, but winning the tiebreaker. Burnsville E, with four eighth graders, also finished with three victories and placed ninth overall. Burnsville F won two of five matches and took 13th, and, rounding out Burnsville's performance was the D team finishing with one victory and placing 18th. 

Twenty-eight teams from seven schools participated in the tournament, including Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Eastview, Prior Lake, Rosemount and Shakopee.

Important upcoming events for Burnsville include the MN State Quiz Bowl Championship, which Burnsville will host once again on March 7, and the NAQT High School National Championship over Memorial Day weekend in Atlanta. 

Pictured from left to right, Coach Les Moffitt, Chance Persons (12), Joe Schatz (11), Wyatt Isakson (11), Erik Gorton (10).
Posted in Announcements | Tagged BHS Quiz Bowl, SSC Championship

New family open houses, engagement opportunities planned at District 191 schools

Posted on February 11, 2020

With attendance boundaries changing in District 191 for the 2020-21 school year, your assigned home school may also be changing. 

One91 families are invited to come and see their new schools for themselves. There are a variety of events, including New Family Open Houses, scheduled at all the schools. At these events, parents and students can meet staff members, see the school and learn about how we are helping each student be future ready and community strong. 

We’re proud of the work we’re doing in One91 to build strong communities and ensure that each student is future ready and community strong. 

We look forward to meeting you and your child in the near future!

 
Posted in Announcements

Financial Aid Informational Session Tuesday, February 11th At 7pm For Parents and Senior Students

Posted on February 11, 2020

Attention all seniors, and parents of seniors. Burnsville High School will be holding a financial aid informational session on Tuesday, February 11th from 7pm to 8pm in C180. Michael Crider, financial aid expert from Inver Hills and Dakota County Technical College, will be here to discuss the FAFSA, MN Dream Act, student loans, and financial aid resources. You do not want to miss this event. 

There will also be a FAFSA Completion Workshop offered on February 26th from 4pm-7pm in the Career Center during conferences.

Posted in Parents | Tagged BHS; financial aid; college

Medallion Hunt Winners

Posted on February 7, 2020

Congratulations to seniors Mitchell Drobnick and Lucas Volk who found the Snow Week Medallion using only 3 clues! Along with the medallion BHS student's participated in an action packed pep-fest to kick off the festivities. Throughout the week students teamed up to compete in dodgeball, boot hockey and volleyball tournaments.

 

 

Tagged Medallion; BHS; Snow Week

Board adopts new elementary, middle school attendance boundaries

Posted on February 7, 2020

The District 191 Board of Education approved “Scenario A” as the new attendance boundaries for the district’s elementary schools starting with the 2020-21 school year. 

Attendance boundaries define which students attend each school based on where students live. With two elementary schools and one middle school closing next year, the district needed to draw new boundaries to reflect those changes. 

In recommending Scenario A to the Board, Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle said it best met the goals and requirements of the district, which included creating better racial and economic balance, addressing capacity concerns, and allowing the district to operate more efficiently. Scenario A was also preferred by most community members who provided feedback.

“Overall, community members offered that this scenario keeps neighborhoods closer to their new home school geographically,” Battle said, “and they appreciated that it involves fewer students changing home schools.”

The Board also approved new middle school attendance boundaries, which divide the district between Nicollet and Eagle Ridge middle schools based on elementary attendance boundaries. Students within the Harriet Bishop, Hidden Valley and Edward Neill elementary boundaries will attend Eagle Ridge. Students within the Vista View, Sky Oaks, Gideon Pond, Rahn and William Byrne elementary boundaries will attend Nicollet. 

Battle praised the staff and community members who led the process to draw new boundaries, noting that more than 80 different scenarios were reviewed, and six public information and feedback meetings were held that drew more than 400 participants.

New attendance boundary maps are available online at www.isd191.org/boundaries. Parents can also search by their address to find their schools of attendance for next year, and find answers to common questions.

Battle also presented the plan for handling variances, which is when a student attends a school other than their assigned home school. The district will continue to follow its Variance Policy, meaning that all current variances will continue into next year, if the family wishes. In addition, families that wish to remain at the neighborhood school they are attending this year will be placed at the top of the priority list when it comes to new variance applications. Learn more at www.isd191.org/variance-request.

Posted in Announcements

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