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New families invited to events, opportunities at Edward Neill Elementary

Posted on February 4, 2020

With attendance boundaries changing in District 191 for the 2020-21 school year, your home school for next year may be Edward Neill Elementary. 

We want to invite you to come and see our school for yourself. Come to any or all of the following events to meet staff members, see our school and learn about how we help each student be future ready and community strong. 

  • Kindergarten Enrollment Night—Feb. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

  • New Family Open House—Feb. 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

  • PTO Meeting—March 12, 6:30-8 p.m.

  • Family Fun Night—March 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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

BHS One Act is Moving on to State!

Posted on February 2, 2020

Congratulations to the Section 3AA Champion Burnsville One Act Play team! Best of luck at State on Friday, February 7th.

Tagged theatre guild, One act

Two District 191 teachers nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

Posted on January 28, 2020

Two teachers from Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 were among the list of teachers nominated for 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. 

Qorsho Hassan, 5th grade teacher at Gideon Pond Elementary School, and Roberta (Bobbie) Kunkel, 1st grade teacher at Sioux Trail Elementary School, are two of the 134 candidates for the award statewide, who were announced on Jan. 24.

In February, Qorsho was named a semifinalist. She is one of only 36 candidates left in the running for the recognition. 

“I feel very blessed to work with the best staff and students at Gideon Pond,” said Qorsho. “They have truly empowered me to be the educator I am. This nomination validates the work I do every day as an educator of color and it informs the equity work I do outside of my classroom.”

“It’s such a privilege to recognize names on this list. We’re doing what we love, teaching our future,” said Kunkel. “Personally, so many educators have impacted me, believed in me, supported me, questioned me and loved me. Words can’t express my gratitude and appreciation.”

This year’s program will name the 56th Minnesota Teacher of the Year, celebrating the tradition of excellence in teaching in Minnesota. Eligible candidates include pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade, Early Childhood Family Education and Adult Basic Education teachers, from public or private schools.

The 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year will be announced Sunday, May 3, at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Over the coming weeks, a 25-member panel of community leaders will name a group of semifinalists and finalists.

Organized and underwritten by Education Minnesota, the Minnesota Teacher of the Year program receives support from Education Minnesota ESI, Educators Lifetime Solutions, EFS Advisors, Harvard Club of Minnesota Foundation, SMART Technologies and United Educators Credit Union.

In November 2019, Qorsho was recognized nationwide as equity leader by Kinect Education Group.

Posted in Announcements, Achievement | Tagged teacher of the year

Medallion Hunt Begins

Posted on January 28, 2020


Monday- Involves something that was a part of Burnsville High. Thinking about it makes one wonder why.

Tuesday- It’s still around, just not at BHS. We’ve always had to do more with less. Others should think about staying on their toes or before you know it away it goes.

Wednesday- Just the thought of it seems hard to believe. When all was said and done there was nothing left to achieve. Find the medallion and get away clean. That will surely make your face beam.

Read more..

Tagged medallion hunt, bhs

Nominations open for 2020 BHS Hall of Fame

Posted on January 27, 2020

Nominations for inductees into the Burnsville High School (BHS) Hall of Fame Class of 2020 are being accepted through Sunday, March 15.

Nominations can be submitted electronically by going to Nomination forms can also be downloaded from the website or picked up in the BHS office. Individuals are encouraged to nominate candidates that haven’t already been selected for the BHS Hall of Fame. 

The Hall of Fame recognizes former students or retired staff who have made exceptional achievements in their fields, significant contributions to BHS and/or unique contributions to the community on a local, state, national or international level. It also recognizes any school group or team that has extraordinary performance in a given year and is significant to the history of the school, as well as individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the operation and success of BHS.

New members will be inducted and honored at a ceremony at the school prior to a home football game in the fall of 2020.

The first 20 members of the BHS Hall of Fame were inducted during the school’s 50th anniversary celebration in August 2006. The most recent inductees include Bruce Anderson, Brady Bedard, Terry Brown, Joan Brzezinski and Rick Nelson.    

Print nominations can be sent to BHS Hall of Fame, c/o Savage Post Office, 6100 McColl Dr. Box 564 Savage MN 55378. 

For more information about the BHS Hall of Fame visit

Posted in Announcements, Community | Tagged hall of fame, nominations

BHS students receive recognition for fall athletic, activities achievements

Posted on January 24, 2020

Students and teams in District 191 were honored at the Jan. 23 school board meeting. Individuals were recognized for their accomplishments during the fall athletics and activities season at the state or even national level.

"I'm fortunate to see the amazing talent, dedication and character our students show as they participate in activities and athletics throughout the year," said Athletics Director Guillaume Paek, who recognized the individuals before Board Chair Alt, Superintendent Battle and members of the School Board.

"They represent themselves, their peers and our community in such a positive light, and I'm proud of all their accomplishments," said Paek. (Click here to see students at the board meeting)

Students who received recognition are:

Minnesota Honor Choir members

Six 10th grade singers from Burnsville High School were accepted to the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) of Minnesota Honor Choirs.

Evelyn Taylor has been accepted into the ACDA 9-10 Treble Choir. Hundreds of young women submit auditions for this choir each year, and Evelyn was selected as a first soprano for the honor choir. “She has a lovely tone and strong range, which are complemented by her kind and cheerful disposition,” said choir director Jaclyn Schmeichel. “She is an asset to the BHS choir program and has a bright future ahead of her in vocal music!"

Payton Bunnell, Michael Fisher, Campbell White, and Yekuno Yilma were all accepted into the ACDA 9-10 Tenor-Bass Choir. This is the largest number of young men to represent Burnsville High School at this event in many years. Schmeichel said, “All four have strong vocal talent coupled with musical skills they have been developing for many years. They are well rounded musicians with interest in musical theater, choral music, and many other genres of performing arts. We are proud of their accomplishments and can't wait to see what they do in their future time at BHS!"

Everett Sandbo has the distinct privilege of being placed in the 9-10 Mixed Choir, where he will sing with both young men and young women. “Everett has excelled in choir, both in his vocal quality, and his sight reading ability,” said Schmeichel. “He also excels in academics, where he is taking multiple honors and AP classes. We love having Everett in the BHS choir program and we are excited to support him as he grows!”

These students will perform with their choirs on Thursday, February 13th at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. 

Members of the Lakeville-Burnsville-Farmington CI Adapted Soccer Team

Jake Mohamed, a junior and the only Burnsville team member on the Lakeville-Burnsville-Farmington CI Adapted Soccer team, helped his team conclude the season with a record of 8-2-2 and 4th place finish at the state tournament. This is the Blazing Cat soccer team’s 13th consecutive state tournament appearance. 

“Jake is one of the hardest working members of the soccer team with true competitive drive,” said Coach Shawn Tatge. “We look forward to having Jake return next year as one of our senior leaders.”

Casey Myers and Sam Skonseng

Seniors Casey Myers and Sam Skonseng qualified for the TBF Bass Fishing National Championships in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, which will be held this June, by finishing 5th out of 100+ teams in the state tournament last summer in Red Wing. They were literally 6 ounces away from finishing in 2nd place! 

Jeff Nelson said, “Both Casey and Sam are wonderful young men. With a combined GPA of around 3.97, they are obviously very intelligent and hard working students. Their ability to learn and problem-solve has helped them become excellent fishermen over the past 3 years of being part of the team.

Burnsville High School Speech Traveling Team 

The Burnsville High School speech traveling team qualified for and attended the Glenbrooks Invitational Speech Tournament in Chicago this fall. Glenbrooks is a national tournament and is highly competitive. All students on the team did very well and made Burnsville's name known on the national circuit for speech. Traveling team members are Zoe Lewis, Ellie Scheldberg, Kylie Krick, Sylvia Croatt and Umith Azad, and the team is coached by Katherine Rider and BHS social studies teacher Derek Tano. In the fall, KSTP-TV did a story about the program’s incredible growth. The Speech Team grew from 17 to 74 students in just one year. 

Coach Rider said, “This team is possible because of the dedication and excellence that our students exhibit each and every day. Umith, Ellie, Kylie, Zoe, and Sylvia are all extraordinary students with extraordinary potential, and Burnsville should be proud to claim them.

Zoie Dundon

Zoie Dundon, a 10th grader, qualified for the State Cross Country meet this fall. She placed 10th in the South Suburban Conference meet, 4th in Sections, and 69th at the state meet. Her time of 18:50.2 at the section meet is the 2nd fastest 5K ever recorded by a Burnsville athlete. Zoie was first team all-conference and received the MSHSL Academic All-State award.

Charlie Burnham, BHS cross country coach, said “Zoie is the ultimate competitor and teammate. She gives it her all in competition, but more importantly she makes practice really fn by bringing a positive attitude and supporting all of the other girls on the team.”

Grace Affeldt

Grace Affeldt, a 9th grader, qualified for the state diving meet by placing 3rd at the Section meet in 1 meter diving. At the state meet she made it past the first round of cuts and ended up placing 20th. She was one of 5 8th or 9th graders who qualified for the meet.

Coach Kim Harrod says, “Grace is an amazing member of our team, she is hardworking and dedicated to the sport of diving. Everyday she gives everything 100% whether it is perfecting her dives, encouraging her teammates or committing to excellence in the classroom. We are very excited to have three more years with her on the team!” 

Alexis Bunnell

In the fall, junior Alexis Bunnell was named one of just 25 winners of the Target Women in Science and Technology (TWIST) EPIC Awards. The awards recognize and honor high school girls from the Twin Cities for their dedication to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and for demonstrating engagement, passion, innovation, and curiosity within these fields. This isn’t Alexis’ first STEM recognition. As a sophomore, Alexis earned the Aspirations in Computing Award: Rising Star distinction from the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence and advanced to the state science fair with her project “Are Teens on Snapchat Crack?”

“Alexis has shown qualities of a true leader both inside the classroom and in the community,” said Cindy Drahos, technology and business education teacher. “She uses her great communication skills to inform her peers, community members and school faculty of opportunities to bring awareness of the computer science field to all and demonstrates a positive visionary outlook in all that she accomplishes.”


Posted in Announcements, Student Success | Tagged athletics, activities

Tickets are now available for annual 'Class Acts' shows

Posted on January 24, 2020

Tickets are now on sale for this year's Class Acts Show!

Please print and send all pre-sale tickets orders and money to Jen Houtman at Vista View by Friday, Feb. 21. Donations can be sent to Jennifer Gandrud, also at Vista View. 

We thank you in advance for supporting staff and donating to scholarships for graduating seniors in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

Note: Showtimes have changed for the performances.


Posted in Announcements | Tagged class acts

Spring Sports Meetings Set for February 10th and March 2nd

Posted on January 24, 2020

There will be spring sports parent/athlete meetings for the following sports on Monday, February 10th at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.

  • Track
  • Badminton
  • Softball

There will be spring sports parent/athlete meeting's for the following sports on Monday, March 2nd at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.

  • Baseball
  • Boys Lacrosse
  • Girls Lacrosse
  • Boys Tennis
  • Boys Golf
  • Girls Golf

 Sport-specific meetings will immediately follow.

If your child is planning on participating in a spring sport, make sure that you have submitted registration and payment online at


Posted in Athletics

Burnsville High School sophomore shines as lead character in 'Three Little Birds'

Posted on January 24, 2020
KateMarie Andrews, 10th grader at Burnsville High School, is playing Nansi, a lead character in the Children's Theater Company's production of "Three Little Birds," which opened Jan. 19 and runs through March. Tickets are available at
Get to know KateMarie!
What draws you to participate in theater as an actor or otherwise?
I was in my first show at Eagle Ridge when I was 5 years old. Ever since then my passion and love for acting has grown. I also love singing and dancing so a musical is amazing for me because I get to do the three things that I love doing the most, singing, dancing, and acting.
Tell us a little about your character, Nansi.
Nansi is an 11 year old trickster living in Cattawood Springs, Jamaica. She, like me loves to sing and dance. She also likes adventure and playing tricks on her crush Ziggy.
What has been most rewarding about being in this production?
The most rewarding thing is seeing how far we have come in such a short period of time. The dedication and positivity of everyone there is just incredible.
What has been most challenging?
The most challenging thing was definitely the Jamaican dialect. We want the show to be as authentic and respectful to the culture as possible. It is difficult not to slip into a different dialect or forget the dialect completely.
What should people be prepared for when they see "Three Little Birds"?
 Be prepared to have lots of fun!!! It's a very colorful and upbeat show with lots of amazing music, singing, and dancing. There is an important message in the story, so just sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Photo credit: KateMarie Andrews in "Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds" photo by Glen Stubbe Photography
Posted in Announcements

Foundation 191 winter gala slated for Feb. 13

Posted on January 21, 2020

Foundation 191 will host a Valentine Gala fundraiser on Feb. 13 at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center, 13550 Dakota Ave. in Savage. The event will take place from 5-8 p.m. and feature a social hour, pasta dinner buffet and dessert, chocolate and coffee bar, silent auction and raffle. 

Tickets are available for $35 per person, $60 for couple, or $225 for an entire table of eight. VIP reservations, which include table beverages, chocolate-covered strawberries and party favors, are also available. 

Proceeds benefit Foundation 191, which provides grants to enhance, enrich and expand educational opportunities in District 191. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised over $125,000 in funds and in-kind contributions that have been returned to the school district in programs and innovative projects benefiting students and early childhood education.

Foundation 191 also sponsors and hosts the Burnsville High School Senior Scholarship Night, which provided more than $106,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors last year.

Visit to make a reservation and for more information about Foundation 191. 

Posted in Community | Tagged winter gala, fundraiser, Foundation 191