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Exciting new era begins at Burnsville High School

A new era began for Burnsville High School on Sept. 6, the first day of the 2016-17 school year.

Members of the community, students and school staff members officially celebrated the new learning spaces and programming at Burnsville High School with a ribbon-cutting ceremony before the first day of school on Sept. 6. See more photos on Facebook.

Now in its 60th year, Burnsville High School has undergone a major update with Vision One91, the work to redesign the district to meet the needs of today’s learners.

“Not only do we welcome an entire grade level of 10th-grade students today, but for the first time in the history of our district, we welcome 9th-grade students, too,” said Superintendent Joe Gothard in comments at a ribbon-cutting ceremony right before the first day of school. “Ninth-grade students will experience a four-year plan aimed at preparing them for their bright futures.”

Additionally, Burnsville High School will have all seniors attending classes for their full day for the first time in nearly 20 years. “I have always felt that senior leadership is an important piece of the high school culture,” said Gothard. “The Burnsville High School Class of 2017 will be the first to build a new legacy for all of our future students to emulate.”

About half of the students are new to the school as entering 9th and 10th graders. In addition, about 40 percent of staff members are also new to the school, including those who transferred from other schools or are newly-hired.  

“In addition to the building changes, new innovative curriculum, instruction and Pathways have been added that are the true heartbeat of Vision One91,” said Gothard.

Some examples of academic innovation at the school:

  • Pathways which will prepare students for college and career success.
  • All 9th graders will take a semester-long orientation to get them off to a great start. Read more about Success 191.
  • The school’s automotive program received a $200,000 donation from the Walser Foundation which positions it to become the premier high school automotive program in the Twin Cities metro area.
  • Chromebooks have been provided for all students, thanks to the Vision One91 technology levy approved by the community. In addition, the IT Explorations class has been trained by the Best Buy Geek Squad and will earn certifications as they provide tech support for their classmates.

Principal Dave Helke invites the entire community to attend DiscoverBHS from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, to see the renovated school in action including the fabrication lab, new tech center, collaborative learning areas, new classrooms, activities/athletics center, and much more. It will also be an opportunity to learn about Pathways and other new academic programming and expanded opportunities for students.

Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 16:02