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The One91 Pathways journey culminates at Burnsville High School, where students apply their love of learning and developed sense of self to envision a future where their aspirations are truly within reach.

Student Leaders Honoring Student Voice

Groups like Student Council, Black Student Union, Burnsville Strong and Link Crew work to create the best school community for students.

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Pathways Engaging Opportunities

With 14 unique pathways in four career fields, and opportunities for college credit and career certifications, Pathways enables students to blaze their own path.

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Student Life A Supportive Environment

From the time students enter 9th grade to the time they walk across the stage at graduation, we're committed to ensuring they have a successful high school experience.

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Burnsville High SchoolNews & Events

Spotlighting Burnsville High School's Asian Student Association

In celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month the diverse and vibrant cultures, contributions, and achievements of the AAPI communities, here's a Q&A that spotlights a few of Burnsville High School's Asian Student Association (ASA) members.

cristian gamboa at burnsville high school

Burnsville High School (BHS) junior Cristian Gamboa has been selected to speak at this year’s AVID Summer Institute, which is AVID’s premier learning event for professionals. More than 40,000 educators are expected to attend Summer Institutes in 10 different locations held throughout the summer. 

sarah zamudio, mike huemoeller and olivia hamann

Ten Burnsville High School students qualified for the state science fair after presenting their research papers and projects at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair (TCRSF) in early March, and two went on to win awards at the state competition.

madison malecha

A three-sport athlete and exceptional student-leader, Burnsville High School senior Madison Malecha received the school’s 2024 Athena Award. The award, named for the Greek goddess of wisdom and skills, recognizes outstanding high school female student-athletes for their excellence in individual sports or for participation and accomplishments in team sports.

BHS senior wins Aspirations in Computing Award

Burnsville High School senior Julia Osmolski has been named a 2024 State Winner of the Aspirations in Computing award by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), which honors students for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. 

community of excellence awards

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 staff members and an entire department are being recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the One91 community with 2024 Community of Excellence (COE) Awards. 

BestPrep student winners and teachers

Burnsville High School sophomores Katie Nguyen, Reese Kanu and Sergey Popov were named statewide top 20 finalists in the BestPrep’s Student Spotlight Contest. They were honored at the BestPrep Educational Forum Feb. 8 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 

peter mendez in the BHS automotive shop

With the auto shop spaces at BHS, Peter gets real-world experience with vehicles while working towards Automotive Service Excellence certifications, which he hopes to achieve before he graduates in 2025. 

pottery bowls

The 14th annual Bowls for BrainPower fund-raiser is set for Friday, Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the upper level of Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy, in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.

new online payment service for school meals in district 191

We’ve teamed up with MySchoolBucks, an online service that allows you to easily and securely pay for school meals and a la carte items using a credit/debit card or electronic check. Though student school meals (one breakfast and one lunch) remain free of charge to most K-12 students, parents/guardians can deposit additional funds into meal accounts using MySchoolBucks, which is replacing our current online service, PayPAMS.

three students performing in 'matilda the musical'

"Matilda," based on the beloved children’s book by Roald Dahl, is a delightful and inspiring musical that promises to captivate audiences of all ages. The production features a talented cast of young performers, with two actors sharing the role of Matilda — junior Allie Stuart and sophomore Greta Dickhausen.

student choosing a side of fruit at lunchtime

Even though meals are free for most students, District 191 asks all families to complete the Alternate Application for Educational Benefits. By filling out the Alternate Application for Educational Benefits, families may qualify for additional benefits such as reduced or waived athletic and activities fees, reduced transportation fees, discounts on internet service, emergency food benefits, and more. 

nicollet middle school

Nicollet Middle School has been revalidated as an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) National Demonstration School. Revalidation signifies that the school is an exemplary model for successfully implementing AVID strategies and curriculum to support students in achieving academic and personal success. 

Sign-up for After School Tutoring

Students can recieve tutoring after school in the Media Center till 3:25 pm. After tutoring they can take the bus home. This is a great service for students who would like to have some extra help. 

BHS Theatre Guild presents Disney's The Little Mermaid

Burnsville High School Theatre Guild closes out Season 62 with the classic animated film, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Performances run May 11-13 and 18-20 at the Mraz Center for the Performing Arts, located at 600 E. Hwy 13 in Burnsville. Additionally, there is also a free preview for senior citizens at 4 p.m. on May 10.

ashley palacio working in preschool lab

Ashley’s passion for kids came pretty naturally. As the oldest of six children, she has had lots of opportunities to care for, encourage and teach kids throughout her life. Thanks to the Pathways model at Burnsville High School, Ashley is building on that experience to get a head start on her career and is growing the tools she needs to start inspiring young learners. 

two students engage in a match during boxing club

Emma Ganion, a special education resource teacher at Burnsville High School who is always thinking about ways she can help her students be successful, started talking to students about an activity that she’s found beneficial for herself — boxing. A few students were interested in the idea from the start and that quickly grew to 35 students who are now regularly participating in the new Boxing Club at BHS.

bhs grad sean floersch playing baseball with burnsville blaze

For BHS grad Sean Floersch, there is a love of numbers that started early on. Even when he tried to push it aside for another option, it kept roaring back. This passion ultimately led him on a path toward a career in sports statistics with some twists and turns along the way.

julia osmolski

Congratulations to Burnsville High School junior Julia Osmolski, who received a 2023 State Honorable Mention Award for Aspirations in Computing from Minnesota Aspirations in Computing (MNAiC), which honors students for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. 

shawna bruha playing tennis

Senior Shawna Bruha received the 2023 Athena Award, which recognizes outstanding high school female student-athletes for their athletic accomplishments. The Athena Award, named for the Greek goddess of wisdom and skills, is based on excellence in individual sports or for participation and accomplishments in team sports.

Sara Zamudio at the science fair

Thirteen Burnsville High School students are headed to the state science fair after presenting their research papers and projects at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair (TCRSF) in early March. Sophomore Sara Zamudio qualified for an all-expense-paid trip to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Dallas, as well as earning more awards than anyone else at the fair. 

jeff and kara schwenn at hidden valley elementary

In early February, Burnsville High School alumna Kara Schwenn returned to her childhood school, Hidden Valley Elementary, to begin teaching as a substitute. One of her colleagues is her father, Jeff Schwenn, who's now in his 17th year at the school.

school counselor at eagle ridge middle school

Schools in District 191 prioritize supporting each student’s social, emotional, mental and physical health on a daily basis so that students have all the tools they need to succeed. Student Support Teams made up of social workers, behavior analysts, psychologists, nurses, counselors, and cultural liaisons work to identify and address students’ needs, provide support and build valuable relationships with families. Their work is an essential part of what we do in One91. 

Parent NIGHT on March 9th

There will be special space for each of the folloing communities: Somali Community, Latino Community, African American Community, and SPED with cultural liaison, deans, counselors, and sped staff for each respective community.  Information will be shared about: Attendance, Schoology, Parent Vue, graduation requirements, and credit recovery.  

bhs alum elizabeth mccormick with her diploma at the university of minnesota

For Elizabeth McCormick, an assignment in ninth grade English class got her worried and sparked a passion for finding who she was and what she wanted to be. As part of an autobiography writing exercise, students were asked to write about their passion. Instead of having an easy answer, Elizabeth started thinking about what her passion was or what it could be. This quest for self discovery led her down a path of trying new things, organizing and finding another way. 

Parkin creates a sense of belonging and connection at BHS

Finding a sense of community is essential for everyone. Being able to express yourself and be a part of something bigger than yourself while feeling truly connected, seen and celebrated is something we all strive for. Luckily for Burnsville High School (BHS) teacher Landen Parkin and his students, these important concepts are a big part of daily life. 

group picture of BHS Link Crew

An initiative by the national company The Boomerang Project, which specializes in school culture and student connectivity, Link Crew is an activity-based program meant to build excitement about starting high school through student-to-student mentorships, fun events, and much more. BHS started exploring using the program in 2018 and after being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, launched a modified version in 2021, with a full launch in 2022. 

davin alt and a classmate sit in a helicopter

The classes Davin took often provided hands-on learning experiences, but most importantly, he was able to earn important certifications that would be instrumental to his future. During hybrid learning his junior year, he started the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program with remote days focusing on theory and concepts and in-person days being focused on building skills and real-life applications like helping patients with daily activities and being a patient liaison.

Three students attend BHS Diversity Council meeting

BHS administrators established the Student Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Council as a way to bring students from a variety of different groups together during the school day, giving them a platform to discuss issues they face and a structure through which they can guide the school’s equity work. Administrators have also made the affinity groups themselves more accessible by building meeting times into the school day so every student has the opportunity to participate. 

five female student-athletes sign national letters of intent

The Athletics Department at Burnsville High School is proud to announce that five student-athletes will sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to play their respective sports at the NCAA Division I or II level at the college of their choosing.

District 191 teacher Julie West sits at a table with a sewing machine

Whether it was teaching swim lessons out of her parents’ backyard pool as a teenager, participating in beauty pageants in high school, running a sewing school for young children as a stay-at-home mom, managing home-based businesses, supervising student teachers, doing preschool screenings or teaching students how to cook, she explored opportunities where she could thrive as an educator, entrepreneur and artist. All these experiences have helped shape her into the innovator that she truly is.

student working on her laptop in a burnsville high school classroom

There are a lot of different options for students to pursue after high school, ranging from starting a career to pursuing a degree. The new Associate of Arts Pathway at Burnsville High School (BHS) lets students get a head start on what comes next in a way that no other district is doing, by earning an associate degree without ever leaving the building. 

Students learn practical, professional skills in Culinary Pathway

Students at Burnsville High School have access to a wide array of career pathways that they can explore, but only one results in projects that they can eat. Growing from its roots in the Family and Consumer Sciences department program, the BHS Culinary Pathway has expanded to 21 class sections a year, all of which are full of students eager to learn new skills.

burnsville high school hall of fame

Burnsville High School will honor four former students, two retired teachers and a state champion team when it inducts its Hall of Fame Class of 2022 in October. The newest Hall of Fame class will be inducted at a free public ceremony on Friday, Oct. 14, in the school’s Mraz Center for Performing Arts. A reception will take place at 4:30 p.m. followed by a program at 5:30 p.m. and recognition during halftime at the football game that night.

BHS Preschool Lab has openings for 2022-23

Preschool Lab is a course offered at Burnsville High School for preschool children from the community.  High school students, under the direction of Family and Consumer Sciences teachers, gain experience teaching and working with children in a preschool setting. 

students picking up garbage

Whether it’s helping a neighbor or a classmate, donating supplies, time, or money to regional charities, or finding ways to contribute on a more global level, the commitment to service is strong here. Our students are a shining example of that.  

shrey pothini

No single person embodies the culture of community service in District 191 quite like Shrey. Growing up in Savage, Shrey was surrounded by a family who showed him different aspects of the world, teachers who encouraged him, and a community who rallied behind his efforts. It started when he was three years old and his mother Seema took him to a local teen homeless shelter where she served on the board. 

District 191 employees recognized for excellence

Ten Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 staff members and an entire department are being recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the One91 community with 2022 Community of Excellence (COE) Awards. 

BHS Theater Guild presents 'Pride and Prejudice'

Burnsville High School's Theatre Guild is excited to continue Season 61 with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, hilariously adapted by Kate Hamill. Directed by Erika Sasseville, the local production runs February 24th through February 26th.

Burnsville High School senior selected as a 2022 National Merit Semifinalist

District 191 is pleased to announce that Burnsville High School senior Zoe Olson has been selected as a National Merit semifinalist. She is one of approximately 270 Minnesota semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program, which honors students based on standardized test scores and academic achievements.

BHS News

An expanded class of 11 individuals will be inducted into the Burnsville High School Hall of Fame in 2021 after selection and induction were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

BHS News

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a great tool for students considering college. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills. Burnsville High School (BHS) recommends that students take the PSAT/NMSQT in order to receive feedback about strengths and weaknesses, enter the competition for National Merit Scholar scholarships (11th graders) and to help prepare for the SAT.

First Day of School changes on Sept. 8

A recent announcement from the Minnesota Department of Education has led to some changes in the start of the District 191 school year. The following shows how and when the school year will start by grade level.

Masks will be required as 2021-22 school year starts

The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education approved a mask requirement for staff, students and visitors in District 191 schools to start the 2021-22 school year as part of the district’s health and safety protocols in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

share your spark

We're asking students, staff and parents to share some of those experiences from last year to set the tone for this year. Record a short, 1-minute or less video, submit it through the form below and we'll compile them to share with staff as part of our back-to-school event. Your sparks will help us accelerate into the coming year.

In their volunteer work, BurnsvilleStrong students’ creativity, innovation help build community in a socially-distanced world

The mission of the BurnsvilleStrong organization at Burnsville High School (BHS) is to unify, strengthen and inspire the community. Despite COVID sticking around for more than a year and creating barriers to programming, the teams of students were able to innovate and get creative in carrying out service projects they’d typically do in a normal year to deliver on their mission.

student in front of white board presenting to class

The transition into 9th grade is an exciting time for students, but we understand that at times it can also feel overwhelming, with tons of new information, options and questions. At Burnsville High School (BHS), programs and supports have intentionally been put in place to help make the 9th grade transition and experience successful.

Maria Pena Chavez

Maria Pena Chavez received a Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Award (MNAiC) for her computing and information technology aptitude, leadership ability, academic history and plans for post-secondary education. A senior at Burnsville High School, she is one of only 18 students to be named a state winner.

Kaitlyn Palacios

Kaitlyn Palacios, a full-time PSEO (post-secondary enrollment option) student at Burnsville High School (BHS), was selected to participate in an internship program through Genesys Works, a not-for-profit organization that helps high school students “break through barriers and discover through meaningful work experiences that they can succeed as professionals in the corporate world.” 

Burnsville High School senior named a Coca-Cola Scholars semifinalist

Burnsville High School senior Alexis Bunnell has been selected as a semifinalist in the 2020-21 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. 

Alexis was one of only 1,609 high school seniors selected as semifinalists from a pool of 99,403 submitted applications from across the country based on their academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities.

books

All students in grades 6–12 have access to fine-free student public library cards through Dakota County and Scott County libraries. This partnership means students 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. 

maeghan haase

A school year disrupted by a global pandemic made learning challenging for many students, especially for those in Burnsville High School (BHS) Pathways courses designed to provide hands-on learning to earn college credit. Despite the challenges and uncertainty, Meagan Haase, a 2020 graduate and one of six students in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course, set her sights on her goal and became the first student in last year’s program to pass the National Emergency Medical Technician exam. 

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Burnsville High School junior Lesly Yalith Rodriguez Ruelas was one of six winners in the National Association of College Admissions Counseling’s 2020 Student Video Essay Contest (NACAC). Winners of the contest, which was sponsored by Indie Atlantic Films, were announced in April. Lesly earned a $1,000 scholarship for her submission.

BHS News

Seven high-achieving juniors received Junior Book Awards from prestigious colleges in April. Award letters were delivered to students and a ceremony at Burnsville High School is tentatively planned for next fall. 

Burnsville High School senior receives an Act Six Scholarship, full-ride to Concordia

Burnsville High School senior Oriana Penaloza Ortega has been named a recipient of an Act Six Scholarship, earning a full-ride to Concordia College, Moorhead. 

Act Six is a leadership development and college scholarship program that brings together diverse, multicultural cadres of emerging urban leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home.

Oriana plans to major in computer science with a concentration in data science. 

student works in a makerspace

The model - which we’re calling Pathways K-12 - builds on the work we are already doing in elementary schools. It also aligns with the Pathways model at Burnsville High School that helps students find their passions, understand how classes and careers fit together, and prepare for success after graduation. 

we are dreamers

Burnsville High School Senior Alyse Dees may be a high achiever in many areas, but she has been focused on one ultimate goal since she was 12 years old: becoming a Disney Imagineer. She recently came one step closer to that goal as one of only 100 students in the country selected to spend a week at the Disney Dreamers Academy, where she worked with and learned from current Disney Imagineers.

we are performers

Burnsville High School Senior Jon Butler is earning state and national recognition for his achievements in the performing arts, including his selection as a finalist for the Hennepin Theater Trust’s Triple Threat Awards, which recognize outstanding student performances in singing, dancing and acting.

we are champions

As a junior at Burnsville High School, Abby Bauleke already has some pretty impressive accomplishments under her belt. An honors student who serves on the student council and in the #BurnsvilleStrong leadership group, Bauleke is captain of the BHS swim team, plays wheelchair basketball in the NWBA and is the youngest member of the U.S. Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball Team, which won the gold medal at World Championships in Thailand in May.

Capstone project aims to reduce 3-D printing waste

Burnsville High School senior Andrew Carlson says about one in every four items printed in the school’s 3-D printers fails, and the plastic filament used to make that item is wasted. If he and classmate Lyla Lichliter, a junior, succeed in their capstone engineering project, that waste will be a thing of the past.