Education briefs for the week of March 17

District 191 Children’s Art Show opens March 21 at Ames Center
The Children’s Art Show, featuring work from elementary students in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, will take place March 21 to April 26 in the Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville.

The free opening reception will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21.

The exhibit will feature over 100 selected pieces of artwork by students in kindergarten through grade five at all 10 elementary schools in District 191. There will be drawings, paintings and a variety of three-dimensional works.

Elementary art teachers are Sara Merkel (Hidden Valley), Elizabeth Weilandgruber (William Byrne, Rahn), Kathryn Petri (Harriet Bishop), Kelly Knott (Marion W. Savage, Edward Neill), Jill Derouin (Sioux Trail, Marion W. Savage), Mara Schriver (Gideon Pond, Edward Neill), Kelly Rae Vo (Vista View, Rahn), and Andrea Greamba (Sky Oaks).

The Ames gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. There is no charge to view the exhibit.

District 191 announces recipients of Community of Excellence Award
Thirty staff members have been chosen to receive One91 Community of Excellence Awards this year from Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. The awards recognize the extraordinary contributions of staff members who empower learning, energize achievement and embrace community so students are future ready and community strong.

The One91 Community of Excellence Awards Ceremony will take place Tuesday, April 11, in the Mraz Center at Burnsville High School. The event begins with cookies and punch at 4:30 p.m. followed by the program at 5 p.m.

Excellence in Educational Support: Chris Anderson, Custodian, Marion W. Savage; Hudayfi Barsug, Educational Assistant, Gideon Pond; Denise Engberg, Media Educational Assistant, Sioux Trail; Karen Oshiro, Educational Assistant, Harriet Bishop; Chuck Robasse, Custodian, Marion W. Savage; Jack Tillman, Educational Assistant, Vista View Elementary.

Teaching Excellence: Fran Blair, ESL Teacher, Eagle Ridge Middle School; Jenny Hugstad-Vaa, Science Teacher, Burnsville High School; Chris Milinovich, Social Studies Teacher, Burnsville High School; Heather Nemeth, Language Arts Teacher, Nicollet Middle School; Angie Tusa, Early Childhood Team Coordinator, Hidden Valley; Patty Tushie, Special Education Teacher, Sioux Trail Elementary.

Collaboration and Partnership: Cultural liaisons Sacdiyo Abdullahi, Sahro Abdullahi, Maricela Dale, Dominic Good Buffalo, Heidi Grant, Hamdi Hussein, Axmad Kaahiye, Mary Lopez, Abdulahi Omar, Mariana Quintana, Veronica Ramos, Anna-Maria Riveros, Maryan Ugas.

Community Engagement: Shelly Erickson, Work Experience Teacher, BEST transition program.

Innovation: Colleen Coleman, Social Studies Teacher, Burnsville High School.

Leadership in Action: Chris Bellmont, Principal, Gideon Pond Elementary; Kim Harrod, Math Teacher, Burnsville High School.

Spirit of Excellence: Glenn Simon, Director of Operations, Properties and Transportation, Districtwide.

Community sponsors of this event include Klein Bank, Walser Foundation, Dakota Electric, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Coldwell Banker Burnet, WSB & Associates, Firefly Credit Union, Premier Best Western and Hy-Vee Savage.

Game honors former Metcalf teacher
Students and staff at Metcalf Middle School in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 will face each other in the 10th and final basketball game to honor a former teacher and raise funds for scholarships.

The Renae Gustafson Scholarship Basketball Game with staff versus students will take place 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at the school, 2250 Diffley Road, Burnsville. Tickets are $3 with all proceeds going to a scholarship fund at Burnsville High School. Donations are welcome and volunteers are needed.

“Renae had a wonderful sense of humor and she always brought that to Metcalf and her classroom,” said Lucretia Jeffers, a teacher at Metcalf who was a friend of Gustafson. “Each year we honor her memory by hosting this game. It is an activity she would have loved!”

Gustafson was a physical education teacher and coach at Metcalf who was killed by a drunk driver during spring break in 2007. Several scholarships have been presented in her name to former Metcalf female students as they graduated from Burnsville High School.

The event will also feature a performance by the Metcalf Jazz Band before the game and a dance line performance at halftime.

For tickets or to volunteer, contact Lori Maidment at [email protected] or Lucretia Jeffers at [email protected], or call the school at 952-707-2400.

Pictured from left: Braxton Kukulka, Connor Van Dorpe, Claire Wentzlaff and Hanna Holmstrom. Photo submitted.
Pictured from left: Braxton Kukulka, Connor Van Dorpe, Claire Wentzlaff and Hanna Holmstrom. Photo submitted.

BHS students headed to international science competitions, again
Once again, Burnsville High School students have been selected to attend both the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment Project Olympiad (ISWEEP) and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) after presenting their research at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair recently.

Sophomore Hanna Holmstrom is going to ISWEEP in Houston in May. Her project is “A Comparison of Alternative Protein Sources and their Impact on the Environment.” Along with presenting her work and competing with top science students from around the world, Hanna will also have an opportunity to meet and speak with top scientists in the fields of energy, engineering and the environment.

Junior Claire Wentzlaff is headed to Los Angeles for ISEF in May. Her project is “The Effects of Bacillus Bacteria on the Invasive Species Lemna minor (Duckweed).” Alternates are seniors Connor Van Dorpe and Braxton Kukulka, who will attend all activities and functions at the competition. ISEF is the world’s largest international pre–college science competition, which brings together more than 1,600 high school students from around the world to showcase their research. This is the 23rd time since 1992 that Burnsville High School students have been selected to attend.

In addition, there are several project competitors who are moving on to the Minnesota Academy of Science State Science Fair in Minneapolis on March 25–27.

The following students had to receive both Merit and Premium Awards to advance to state: Arbaz Ansar, Joseph Andel, Jailyn Baisch, Sam Bardwell, Ryan Beattie, Emily Bogaard, Grace Campbell, Andrew Carlson, Anna Cruz, Ari Day, Tatum Frey, team of Griffin Gutwa and Seyi Aguda, Abby Harrold, Emma Harrold, Najma Hassan, Siham Hassan, Davis Hey, Hanna Holmstrom, Mikayla Hughes, Lauren Jensen, Greg Johnson, Sarah Johnson, Rachel Kelly, Brianna Kirk, Sarah Kuplic, Elijah Le, Nicole Matter, Aradhana Menon, Jessica Nguyen, team of Kara Odom, Emma Fee and Maddie Schwab, Megan Olson, Abyan Osman, Cormac Pearce, Heidi Stewart, team of Percy Thomas, Alex Dodd and Moses Mwebi, Ethan Tinklenberg, William Trussell, team of Connor VanDorpe and Braxton Kulkuka, Claire Wentzlaff.

Alternates for the state science competition are: Logan Eckholm, Heidi Hulbert, Emma Martin, Sophia Middig, Isaac Nelson, Kiley O’Neil, Maddie Samz, Michael Ysaguirre.

Paper competitors moving on to the Minnesota Academy of Science State Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, in Minneapolis, March 25-27: Marissa Baker, Hanna Holmstrom, Josh Holtzleiter, Mikayla Hughes, Sarah Kuplic, Olivia Rippentorp, Heidi Stewart, Ethan Tinklenberg, Jacob Widen. Alternates: Jailyn Baisch, Matt Berg, Anna Cruz, Tatum Frey, Abby Harrold, Zack Hjermstad, Hayden Johnson, Josh Klavins, Jessica Nguyen, Matt Voight.

Students receiving Special Awards are: American Chemical Society – Elijah Le; American Meteorlogical Society – Hanna Holmstrom; American Psychological Association – Lauren Jensen; ASU Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives – Hanna Holmstrom; Caffeinated Student Award – Hanna Holmstrom; Graduate Women in Science Award – Hanna Holmstrom; Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom – Jessica Nguyen; Minnesota Space Frontier Society – Aradhana Menon; Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics – Emma Martin; NASA EARTH System Science Award – Hanna Holmstrom; NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Abby Harrold; Ricoh Sustainable Development Award – AnneMarie Wells and Zackary Sether; Society for InVitro Biology – Claire Wentzlaff; 3M Foundation – Connor VanDorpe and Braxton Kulkuka; 3M Foundation – Greg Johnson; 3M Commercial Solutions Award – Griif Gutwa and Seyi Aguda; Isthmus Engineering & Manufacturing –  Aradhana Menon, William Trussell; Stockholm Junior Water Prize – Claire Wentzlaff; TCRSF Award of Excellence – Ari Day, Abyan Osman, Emma Martin; US Air Force – Aradhana Menon; US Army – Emily Bogaard, Najma Hassan, Ethan Tinklenberg, Ari Day; US Metric System – Claire Wentzlaff; US Navy/Marine Office of Naval Research – Aradhana Menon.

District 194 School Board
Following is the agenda for the 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, special meeting of the District 194 School Board at Minnesota School of Business, 17685 Juniper Path, second floor.

1. Preliminary Actions
a. Call to Order
b. Roll Call and Board Introductions
2. Discussion
a. Solar Gardens Proposal
b. Hwy 50 Land Acquisitions
c. CEB/Teaching & Learning Department Relocation Option
3. Future Topics for Consideration
4. Adjournment

edu-194-comm-ed-3-17District 194 spring/summer community education catalog
The spring/summer 2017 community education catalog is out now and is full of activities to keep the family busy all summer. Classes include gymnastics, swim lessons, martial arts, adult fitness, technology, fencing, music, robotics and more. Check it out at


District 196 seeks parents to serve on curriculum advisory council
Parents in District 196 who are interested in becoming involved in districtwide conversations regarding curriculum, instruction and assessment are encouraged to apply for membership on the district’s Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Council (CIAC). Applications will be accepted through April 7 for one elementary school parent position, one middle school parent position and two high school parent positions. The terms for all four positions are three years beginning in July 2017.

The purpose of the CIAC is to ensure active community participation in all phases of planning and improving the instruction and curriculum aligning with state graduation standards. The CIAC also recommends to the School Board districtwide education standards, assessments and program evaluations. The council is made up of 16 parent/community representatives, eight district employees, five high school students and District Office staff.

The CIAC meets up to four times during the school year at the District Office in Rosemount, usually on Mondays from 5-6:30 p.m., and members are invited to serve on curriculum review committees that meet occasionally during the day throughout the year.

Parent membership on the CIAC is determined, in part, by the grade level of children attending District 196 schools and geographic representation within the district. For this reason, the open positions will be filled by applicants who will have a child attending one of the following schools in the 2017-18 school year:

• Cedar Park, Echo Park, Southview or Westview elementary schools – one position;

• Rosemount Middle School – one position;

• Apple Valley High School – one position;

• Eagan High School – one position.

Members currently serving on the CIAC may reapply to serve a second, three-year term, but a second term is not automatically granted.

Parents interested in being considered for CIAC membership must submit an application before April 8. The application is available at or by calling 651-423-7739. Completed applications should be sent to Independent School District 196, Teaching and Learning Department, 3455 153rd St. W., Rosemount, MN 55068, or faxed to 651-423-7897.

Climate Conversation at SES
The School of Environmental Studies Education Foundation is sponsoring a Climate Conversation in conjunction with MN350 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at 12155 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley.

All are welcome for an evening of information and conversation about how climate change is impacting Minnesota communities and what actions can be taken.

For more information, contact Brian Nowak at 612-799-3326 or Bob Haider at 507-581-0981.

College Fair set March 21 at Rosemount High
District 196 will host a College Fair 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at Rosemount High School. The free event is sponsored by the Minnesota Association of College Admission Counselors.

Approximately 115 public and private colleges and universities, community and technical colleges, proprietary schools and military organizations will be represented at the fair. This is the eighth year that District 196 has hosted this event. The college fair gives students and parents an opportunity to explore a variety of options for post-high school education, technical training or military service.

Instead of filling out numerous cards for each college in which they are interested at the college fair, students can now use a barcode to give colleges their information. When talking with a college representative, students can ask if the representative can “scan” their barcode. To get a barcode, students should go to, select the fair they will be attending, enter their personal information and print off their barcode.

More information about the fair is at, click on “College Fairs.”

Mental health presentation at Eastview
The Eastview High School Parents Are Key team is partnering with alumna Laura Thomas to open a discussion on mental health, suicide, grief, loss and healing. The free event – “Who am I without you?” – will take place 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Eastview, 6200 140th St. W., Apple Valley.

In 2011, Thomas (class of 2007) lost her brother, Scott Peterson (class of 2004), to suicide. Thomas will present a one-woman theatrical performance about her loss and journey through grief, followed by an audience talk-back.

Thomas is an award-winning storyteller and actress who uses stories to unite and heal. More about her can be found at www.LauraThomas.Life.

To RSVP and for more information about the event, visit

District 196 recognized for excellence in financial reporting
For the 15th year in a row, District 196 has earned the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO).

The certificate of excellence is the highest recognition of school district financial operations offered by ASBO, a professional organization with more than 6,000 members. The program reviews and critiques district accounting practices as represented in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, and recognizes school districts that meet or exceed the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. Fewer than 1,000 school districts nationally apply for the Certificate of Excellence each year.

This year’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting recognizes the preparation and issuance of the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for fiscal year 2016. The report is available on the Finance Department page of the district website at, along with financial reports and annual budgets for the current year and previous nine years.

Brightmont Academy to have open house in Apple Valley
Brightmont Academy, an accredited private school offering one-to-one instruction to students in grades 6-12, invites families and educators to stop in between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. April 3 to tour the campus, meet campus director Kristin Edwards, and learn more about the one-to-one instruction model.

“Through one-to-one instruction, we are able to customize every aspect of a student’s program, including curriculum, pacing, and instructional methods, to engage students and achieve positive academic outcomes.” said Edwards.

Brightmont Academy aims to offer a flexible schedule and engaging learning environment. In addition to students who attend Brightmont Academy as their private school and intend to earn a diploma through Brightmont, students may take individual courses to earn credit toward a diploma issued by their local high school, or receive a wide range of support services, including tutoring for grades 3-12, test prep, and summer programs.

More information is at 1-888-521-0887 or

In-house spring volleyball program for girls
Girls in grades one to six in all attendance areas can participate in the 2017 Lakeville North Spring Developmental In-House Volleyball Program. The five-week program is an opportunity for players to enhance their individual and team skills through fun small group, individual and team practices with games. Cost is $75. First session begins April 22. For more information and registration, go to

DCTC men’s basketball advances to national tournament
The Blue Knights basketball team (14-14) at Dakota County Technical College pulled off a come-from-behind victory to slip past the Central Community College Raiders (18-14) 68-65 and become NJCAA DII District 7 champions.

The game was played Saturday, March 11, in Columbus, Nebraska, on Central’s home court. The win propels DCTC to the NJCAA DII Men’s Basketball Tournament March 21-25, at the Mary Miller Center in Danville, Illinois. The Blue Knights are one of 16 teams competing in the tournament.

DCTC led the Raiders at halftime 39-38, but the Blue Knights were down nine points late in the game. Joey Johnson, 6-3 freshman forward, scored three points with six seconds left to put the Knights ahead for good.

Starter Adreon Wadlington, 5-10 freshman guard, led all scorers with 24 points, including five 3-pointers. Wadlington also had five defensive rebounds and two steals. Cole Murray, 6-8 freshman post, completed a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Termaine Daniels, 6-0 freshman guard, and Martez Rodgers, 6-0 freshman guard, added 12 points and 10 points, respectively.

DCTC reached the District 7 championship by defeating the United Tribes Technical College Thunderbirds (16-14) from Bismarck, North Dakota, 86-81, March 5 at Inver Hills Community College to take home the NJCAA DII Region 13 Championship.

NJCAA TV will be providing live streaming broadcasts from the NJCAA championships, including the DII National Basketball Tourney in Danville. DCTC competes against South Suburban at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 21.