district 191 fall 2012 newsletter
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Your Schools Your Community
Fall 2012VOLUME 5, NUMBER 1
INSIDE . . .Student and staf f achievements — page 2Book study leads to tast y lesson — page 2Real-wor ld learning oppor tunit y at BHS — page 3Column: Program strengthens parent ’s ro le as chi ld ’s f i rst teacher — page 4
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The possibility of expanding magnet schools is being explored in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.
“During the past three years, we have created successful magnet programs that are popular with parents while providing unique learning for our students,” said Superintendent Randy Clegg. “The question is, do we want to move in the direction of expanding magnet school choice for families?”
Clegg has suggested expanding magnet schools in a controlled way, perhaps providing choices for families within geographic clusters so that transportation could be provided in a cost effective manner.
The creation of magnet schools can be done effectively and efficiently, as demonstrated by the transformation of Rahn Elementary School into an Arts & Technology magnet school, said Clegg.
Principal Elaine Mehdizadeh and her staff received seed money of about $80,000 to develop
and implement the program, which opened in Fall 2011 and has attracted new families to the school.
The process of creating new magnet schools could take two or more years depending on resources available and the amount of planning and work that would be needed, according to Clegg. “We are fortunate to have staff members with experience in creating, implementing and maintaining high-quality magnet schools,” he said. “Their expertise can be shared across the district.”
In addition to Arts & Technology at Rahn Elementary, current magnet themes include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) at William Byrne Elementary and Metcalf Junior High School, and Gifted & Talented at Harriet Bishop Elementary School and Eagle Ridge Junior High. Nicollet Junior High hosts an AVID college readiness program, which is expeanding to Burnsville High School and Burnsville Alternative High School.
District explores idea of expanding magnet schools
Voters in District 191 will have the opportunity to elect four members of the Board of Education on Nov. 6.
Seven candidates are vying for three four-year terms on the board. Those candidates are DeeDee Currier, Steve Dove, Ron Hill, Mark Korman, Seema Pothini, Sandra Sweep and Mark “MR. TEAK” Traikoff. A fourth candidate will be selected to a two-year term on the Board. Candidates for that seat are Joshua Matthews, Tom McCasey and Robert VandenBoom.
More information about the election is available online at http://bit.ly/SlTVL2.
School Board election is Nov. 6
Students at Rahn Elementary School of Arts & Technology worked on tie-dyed t-shirts as part of a school-wide project.
Elementary teachers in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 have been developing a new math curriculum over the past 18 months that better meets the learning needs of current students.
As part of that process, they have selected new instructional materials that are being used in classrooms starting this fall.
“Through evaluations of multiple instructional programs, teachers selected Math in Focus for kindergarten through fifth grade,” said Kathy Funston, the district’s director of curriculum. “These materials align with the Common Core and Minnesota Academic Standards and will provide a strong foundation in mathematics so that students are college-
and real-world-ready.”Math in Focus, commonly called
“Singapore Math,” is the U.S. edition of Singapore’s top-ranking math program. It has produced exceptional results both internationally and within the United States, Funston said.
The program emphasizes conceptual understanding: the “why” not just the “how.” It requires students to understand and explain their own thinking when they tackle problems. It is designed to deepen students’ understanding of math concepts.
“My biggest reason for wanting Math in Focus is the emphasis it places on problem solving,” said Jim Condon, a Neill Elementary School teacher who was involved in the selection process. “The
level of rigor is high — much is expected of the students. That will be hard at first but good in the long run.”
Math in Focus provides students with the tools they need to break down complex concepts and solve problems. Condon especially likes a process that uses visuals, such as bars, to convey concepts.
“Bar modeling is not unique to this program, but it is a great tool for helping kids visualize a problem,” he said. “Once they can see the problem more clearly, they are more apt to solve it correctly.”
Students in sixth grade will be moving into a middle school math program, Mathematics Grade 6, which aligns with the current instructional materials used in District 191 junior high schools.
New math curriculum teaches ‘why,’ not just ‘how’
Achievement: We are focused on learning and we get resultsSTUDENTS SUCCEED
� Matthew Helke, a seventh grader in the STEM magnet program at Metcalf Junior High School in Burnsville, is the 2012 National U1000 Junior High Chess Champion.
� Burnsville High School junior Sean Somar built a new sign along Diffley Road for Metcalf Junior High as part of his community service project to earn Eagle Scout rank. Somar is a former Metcalf student.
� A Senior Studies stewardship project completed by Burnsville Alternative High School students last spring was featured at the North American Association for Environmental Education conference in October. Their project involved producing public service announce-ments that focused on preventing the spread of invasive aquatic species in Minnesota waters.
TEACHERS ACHIEVE � Metcalf Junior High social
studies teacher Sharon Shelerud was selected to participate in a national institute on Iran in Pittsburgh in October. The His-tory Institute on “Understanding Iran and the Geopolitics of the Middle East” was sponsored by the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Heinz History Cen-ter, and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.
� Jon Huber, Burnsville High School science teacher and advisor of the school’s robotics team, was among 24 educators in the country selected to participate in a leadership workshop hosted by the U.S. Air Force and FIRST Robotics last July. FIRST Robotics works to increase student’s interest in science and technology.
� The Minnesota Association for Career and Techni-cal Education (MnACTE) named Burnsville High School teacher Cindy Drahos as its Minnesota Teacher of the Year for 2012. According to MnACTE, Drahos was selected because of her significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that serve to improve and promote career and technical education.
� Hidden Valley science specialist Pat Mosey was named one of nine FOX 9 Super Scientists, as part of that station’s Girls & Science event at the Science Museum of Minnesota on Oct. 13. Mosey was awarded $900 for use in her classroom and presented two of her favorite experiments at the event.
The Eagle Ridge Performing Arts Center smelled more like a deli and bakery than a junior high language arts class the morning of Sept. 10. But the chocolate babka, meatballs and cinnamon bites were, in fact, sweet and savory research projects.
Over the summer, students in Amy Stead’s and Joe Meyer’s honors English classes read “The Chosen,” a novel by Chaim Potok set in 1940s Brooklyn that follows the friendship of two Jewish boys who come from
different religious traditions.As a follow up research project,
students read an article on Jewish dietary laws and completed a paper that explained and summarized the word “kosher,” listed the nine rules of kosher foods, and explained how to identify kosher foods in grocery stores. To make the lesson sink in with some hands-on experience, students prepared or presented at least one sample of kosher food for the class.
Stead explained that the novel and
project on kosher foods are about un-derstanding and exploring different cultures — in this case two sects of Ju-daism — and understanding life from a more global perspective.
“[‘The Chosen’] is a story of friend-ship, tolerance, sight and several other themes,” she said. “Those are all uni-versal themes; good readers relate and apply lessons about life and people to their own lives.”
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The 191 Classroom blog highlights interesting work that students and educators are doing throughout Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 with words, photos and video. Here’s a peek at one article that appeared recently in The 191 Classroom.
Engineering in Education
Hidden Valley Elementary science specialist Pat Mosey had a need for kits that would make gathering and recording science observations in the field easy for her students. Fortunately, just a stone’s throw away, Eagle Ridge Junior High technology education teacher Steve Brady had engineering students who needed a project that involved designing and building a useful tool from scratch. See how they collaborated at The 191 Class-room blog.
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Student’s in Steve Brady’s Introduction to Engineering class at Eagle Ridge Junior High designed and built science field kits for elementary school students.
Three schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 had something special to celebrate at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. They were among schools recognized for achievement under the state’s new measurement of school performance called Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR).
Marion W. Savage Elementary in Savage and Gideon Pond Elementary in Burnsville earned designations as Reward Schools, while Edward Neill Elemen-tary in Burnsville is eligible to apply for a selection process to become a Celebra-tion School. Only 124 schools across the entire state were identified as Reward Schools and only 211 were invited to apply for Celebration School status.
“We’re very excited about the progress our students have made. Their success is a testament to the hard work of the Neill staff to differentiate instruction on a daily basis,” said Dr. Elizabeth Vaught, principal at Neill. “Our classroom teach-ers do an excellent job of collaborating with our intervention team to provide every child with instruction at his or her own level.”
Read more and download the District 191 Annual Report online at http://bit.ly/NW0uyK.
Three District 191 schools honored under state accountability system
The District 191 Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement is available online.
Summer book study leads to hands-on kosher foods project at Eagle Ridge
Minnesota students are first in the nation on the ACT college admissions test and Burnsville High School stu-dents are at or above the state average in nearly every subject area.
With an average composite score of 22.9, BHS students topped the state average of 22.8. The national average was 21.1. A perfect score would be 36.
“These results are an important indication that our students will have continued success as they go to col-leges and universities after they
leave Burnsville High School,” said Dr. Randy Clegg, superintendent in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.
A total of 502 BHS students took the test in 2012, and their average scores were above the state average in math and in line with the state average in English and science. Scores were a tenth of a percent below the state aver-age in reading.
Rigorous college-level courses are offered at Burnsville High School
through the Advanced Placement (AP) and the University of Minne-sota’s College in the Schools (CIS) programs, in which BHS ranks first in the state for participation and credits earned. Also, an AP Human Geogra-phy course is offered at the district’s three junior high schools. Not only do these courses prepare students for col-lege, but they also allow high school and junior high school students to earn college credits and save thousands of dollars in tuition.
Burnsville students top state average on ACT test
Eagle Ridge Junior High language arts teacher Amy Stead, right, samples kosher foods with her students.
Community leaders, teachers, parents and students throughout Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 participated in “Read for the Record” on Oct. 4.
The program has communities all over the country reading the same book as a way to celebrate and pro-mote early literacy. This year’s book was “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad,” by Jacky Davis and David Soman.
Across the district, celebrity readers including Sav-age Mayor Janet Williams, Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, Savage City Administrator Barry Stock (pictured at left) and many others read the story to students in kindergar-ten and early childhood classes. It was the second year District 191 has participated.
Schools, community participate in ‘Read for the Record’
Every third-grader in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 now has his or her own Webster’s Classic dictionary, thanks to the Burnsville Lions Club.
The Lions Club purchased about 1,100 paperback volumes and members placed them in the hands of students during school visits in September. Students were excited that they get to keep the dictionaries and write their names in them.
Lions Club member Richard Bonin presented dictionaries to students in Lindsey Pollitt’s classroom at Sky Oaks Elementary in Burnsville then challenged them to find the word “pomegranate” in their new books. He also asked them to research and compare Alaska and Rhode Island: Which state is bigger? Which state has more people?
Of all the community service projects the Lions Club does, Bonin said the dictionary project is his favorite. “I enjoy the energy of the children,” he said.
Community Connections: Together everyone achieves more
PARTNERS IN EDUCATIONStudents benefit when individuals, businesses and organizations in the community join in partnerships with Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. There are many ways to become involved in the schools and/or to make contributions. All partnerships are greatly appreci-ated. For more information, please contact Communica-tions Director Ruth Dunn at 952-707-2020 or [email protected].
� Six educators from Egypt, including technology director Abeer Elgalfy (pictured above at right), visited Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 while on a national tour arranged by the U.S. Department of State. The Egyptian group also included teachers of English and math and a marketing manager. The meeting with several district educational leaders included topics such as performance pay for teachers, teacher evaluations, technology use in the classrooms and more.
� Burnsville resident Jim Swindal, whose wife, Donna, was a longtime District 191 teacher and died of cancer in 2006, donated more than 1,000 children’s books recently to Sky Oaks Elementary School. “The collection was so much a part of her. She loved children and she loved chil-dren’s books,” Jim said, “and I’m convinced this is what she would have wanted, to see these books back in the hands of children.”
� More than 50 colleges and universities will be fea-tured at the fifth annual College Fair at Burnsville High School from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the gym at the main campus, 600 E. Highway 13. Students in grades 9-12 and parents are encouraged to attend. The public is also invited at no charge. Two- and four-year colleges and universities from throughout the upper Midwest will be on hand, and representatives will be available to answer questions about degrees, programs, admission requirements, scholarships, tuition and more.
KEY COMMUNICATORS WANTED � Do you talk with neighbors over the picket fence or
at soccer games? Do others come to you for informa-tion? Are you connected to the community grapevine? Then we would like to add you to the key communicator network in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. This network is another way to expand two-way com-munication with residents from all walks of life including parents and those who don’t have children attending our schools. We look forward to conversations with key communicators, both in person and via email. Please join the network by emailing your contact information to Ruth Dunn, communications director, at [email protected].
Donate blood, save a life on Nov. 13The Red Cross Com-munity Bloodmobile will be at Diamond-head Education Cen-ter in the Burnsville Senior Center on Nov. 13 from 1:30-6:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, or go online to www.redcrossblood.org to schedule your donation.
Stringwerks fall concert is Nov. 17The ISD 191 Community Education Stringwerks orches-tras will hold their fall concerts at 3 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the Mraz Center at Burnsville High School. Program highlights include “Britton’s Simple Symphony” and the “Tragic Overture “by Brahms. There is no charge to attend.
District 191 Community Education can be reached at (952) 707-4150, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and online at www.communityed191.org.
Greg Amell of Burnsville started volunteering in the schools when his children were young. They’re grown now, but he is still a regular volunteer in class- rooms in Burnsville-Eagan-Sav-age School District 191.
His extraordinary volunteer service recently earned him the
3M Community Volunteer Award, which is presented to just 15 em-ployees and 10 retirees nationwide each year. Amell is an advanced product design specialist/techni-cal supervisor at the corporation based in Minnesota.
Read more about Amell and the award at http://bit.ly/X1X7wb.
District 191 volunteer earns prestigious 3M recognition
Meggan Malone, a business education teacher, focuses on providing “real-life” learning for her students at Burnsville High School in every way she can.
Last year, she brought in executives from the Minnesota Vikings, her former employer, to give students an inside track on marketing strategies. This year, she has formed a partnership with a Burnsville business, Burger Jones restaurant located on County Road 42, and two projects have developed so far.
Students worked directly with executives from Parasole, the Edina-based corporation that creates and operates restaurants such as Manny’s, Chino Latino and Burger Jones, to promote the Blaze Burger. It’s a burger topped with bacon, peanut butter, a fried egg, jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and hot sauce. Longer term, students will develop a comprehensive advertising campaign for 2013.
Partnership gives BHS students real-life marketing opportunity
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Burnsville Lions Club member Dick Bonin passed out dictionaries at Sky Oaks Elementary.
Lions Club presents dictionary to all third-graders
BHS students are working with marketing professionals on short and long-term projects.
Classroom supplies worth $1,000 were presented to four teachers in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 during surprise visits from OfficeMax employees during the company’s annual “A Day Made Better” event Oct. 2.
Recipients were Ann Marie Gambucci, a first grade teacher at Rahn School of Arts & Technology in Eagan; Mitzi Tetzloff, a special education teacher at Metcalf Junior High in Burnsville; Rebecca Gilray, a fifth-grade teacher at Edward Neill
Elementary in Burnsville; and Alex Tofte, a fifth-grade teacher at Sioux Trail Elementary in Burnsville. This is the third consecutive year that Sioux Trail has had a “Day Made Better” recipient.
The four were among 1,000 teachers across the nation selected to receive classroom supplies such as digital cameras, markers, paper, a swivel chair, and more.
Some schools also received supplies, as much as $1,600 worth, donated by customers at OfficeMax.
Four District 191 teachers surprised with OfficeMax supply donations
Rahn Elementary teacher Ann Marie Gam-bucci gets a ride in her new office chair from Joan Voeller of OfficeMax and Bob Thacker, founder of “A Day Made Better.”
Greg Amell works with students at William Byrne Elementary School.
A B O U T T H I S N E W S L E T T E RThis newsletter is sent periodically to all residents in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 to provide infor-mation about schools, which are a cornerstone of the commu-nity. If you have comments, send them to Ruth Dunn, district communications director, at [email protected] or call 952-707-2020.
BOARD OF EDUCATIONRON HILL, Chair ....................................................(952) 440-1016 [email protected]
SANDY SWEEP, Vice Chair .................................(952) 250-7097 [email protected]
PAULA TEIKEN, Treasurer ...................................(952) 846-4106 [email protected]
JIM SCHMID, Clerk ...............................................(952) 882-1651 [email protected]
DAN LUTH, Director ............................................(952) 440-1290 [email protected]
DEEDEE CURRIER, Director ...............................(952) 882-7746 [email protected]
BOB VANDENBOOM, Director .........................(651) 454-9516 [email protected]
ALEX JENSEN, Student Advisor
Randall Clegg, Superintendent ......................(952) 707-2001 [email protected]
School District 191 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, marital status, sta-tus with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, age, family care leave status or veteran status.
Phone: 952-707-2000 Web: www.isd191.org E-mail: [email protected] Center: 952-707-4180
M A R K YO U R C A L E N D A R
‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ at Mraz CenterBurnsville High School Theater presents this wildly warm-hearted theatrical experience, which kicks off when the Music Hall Royale “puts on” its flamboyant ren-dition of an unfinished Dick-ens mystery. Performances are Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. at Mraz Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for students.
Curious about kindergarten?Perfect for parents of children ages 3-5, the Curious About Kindergarten information sessions will explain how your child will benefit in School District 191’s kindergarten programs, and give you a chance to meet a kindergarten teacher and elementary school principal. Sessions are set for Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. and Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. Learn more and register at www.communityed191.org.
‘The Odd Couple’ comes to BHS Dec. 6-15Burnsville High School Theater will present the classic comedy of mismatched roommates Oscar Madison and Felix Unger. Performances are Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mraz Center for Performing Arts at Burnsville High School. Tickets are $8.
C O N N E C T W I T H U SBurnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 strives to keep residents informed and involved in their public schools.
To get news, pictures, events and more deliv-ered to you where you want them, “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us through a new online community portal called Our Common Place.
Community members are also invited to connect with District 191 through a new, local social network called CommonPlace. It’s designed to be an online bulletin board for the Burnsville and District 191 community. Go to www.ourcommonplace.com/pages/isd191.
Residents may also sign up for the District 191 e-Newsletter or any of our school-specific e-Newsletters.
The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education has approved a preliminary annual operating levy that may increase the school district’s portion of local property taxes for next year.
The proposed property tax levy, payable in 2013, is an increase of 4.2 percent over 2012.
“We’ve done the best we can to keep any change in the levy to near zero for the past three consecutive years,” said Lisa Rider, the district’s executive director
of business services. “But now there are two main factors contributing to the proposed increase for next year.”
After one year without ProPay, the district’s QComp performance pay program for teachers started up again this year. It’s a state program that requires a local match. In addition, the cost of unemployment insurance has increased.
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District property tax levy may increase next year
S U P E R I N T E N D E N T ’ S C O LU M N
Program strengthens role of parents as child’s first teacher
Dr. Randy Clegg
The grocery store is a classroom and so is the park. Any place a parent and child are together is a place for learning.
Children are wired for learning — they are learning constantly and that learning is even better when it is shared with a loving parent.
Every parent wants their child to become a confident, creative individual capable of discovering the world around them. And as parents, there is a lot we can do for our children during the formative years of birth to age 5.
In District 191, we have a new program in place that strengthens the role of parents as their children’s first teachers. The program, entitled “Ready! for Kindergar-ten” began last spring through our Community Educa-tion Department with 160 parents of four- and five-year olds.
This fall, it has expanded to parents of children from newborns to age 5. Classes take place three times a year (fall, winter and spring) and parents can join in at any time. Parents of current newborns could attend a total of 15 classes before their children begin school.
“Ready! for Kindergarten” is a research-based pro-gram intended to give parents tools and skills needed to build their children’s readiness for school in the areas of language and reading, math and reasoning, and social-emotional development. Parents learn how to
“play with a purpose” to lay a foundation for all future learning. Their children will be more prepared to start and stay at grade level throughout their scho-lastic careers.
Parents also receive educational materials to make learning at home fun and effective.
We are the second district in the state (the first was Mankato) to use this national program. I am excited about providing this jump start to our young learners.
Classes are free to families in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. We rely on donations to support the program. We are grateful for the support we have already received from businesses that understand how important this effort is to the entire community. Rob Grunewald and Art Rolnick of the Federal Re-serve Bank of Minneapolis have touted the importance of early learning. Their research shows that for every dollar invested in early childhood education programs, society benefits 17 fold.
For more information or to donate, visit the Commu-nity Education website at http://www.communityed191.
Clegg will retire as superintendent at year’s endDr. Randy Clegg, superintendent
of Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191, has announced his retirement at the end of the current school year on June 30.
Clegg has had a 35-year career in public education, including 28 years as a superintendent. He began in District 191 on July 1, 2008, after serving as superintendent in Clinton, Iowa, for 12 years.
“On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to thank Dr. Clegg for his years of service to the students and our community,” said Ron Hill, chairman of the Board.
“He has always been focused on our most important mission: academic achievement and success for all students. With the new Strategic Roadmap in place, Board members and I are very pleased with the current direction of our district.”
Clegg said that it was a difficult decision, but he felt it was the right time to retire. He chose to make the announcement now to give the School Board plenty of time to search for his replacement.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with incredibly talented principals, teachers and staff in District 191
and I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished together with the Board over the past four years,” he said. “Over the next several months, we’ll continue to put new operational plans in place to achieve the vision set forth in the Strategic Roadmap.”
In addition the Strategic Roadmap, major initiatives under Clegg’s leadership have included the opening of magnet schools, curriculum improvements, full-day kindergarten for all, a new and more transparent budget process and format, and the updating of 17 school buildings.
Grants support innovative learning projectsThe Board of Directors of Foundation 191 selected 10 learning projects to fund for a total
of $9,000 during the 2012-13 school year in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191. “So many good innovative projects were submitted by staff members who clearly care
about their students,” said Foundation 191 President Stephen Fiebiger.Grant winners included FIRST Robotics and Empty Bowls for Full Bellies at Burnsville
High School, MAAP Stars at Burnsville Alternative High School, Nicollet READS and School Enrichment Fund at Nicollet Junior High, Lego Education at Rahn Elementary, Read to Me Please at Hidden Valley Elementary, Kindergarten Book Explosion and Parent Involvement/Reading Project at Sioux Trail Elementary, and Community Education’s The EDGE Summer Program.
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Mike Corcoran, Joshua Daniel Dahl, Kevin Gorg, Bob Hawkins, Paul W. Jensen and Muriel Thomp-son are the newest members of the Burnsville High School Hall of Fame.
Corcoran and Thompson were both honored as teachers who served District 191 students for at least 30 years, and have been involved in statewide service and education campaigns.
Dahl, Gorg, and Jensen were all
standout athletes at Burnsville High School. Bob Hawkins, a member of the BHS Class of 1978, has had a long and distinguished career in law enforcement, including as chief of the Burnsville Police Department since 2004.
The induction ceremony took place in August.
The BHS Hall of Fame, estab-lished in 2006, recognizes those who have made exceptional achieve-ments in their field, significant con-
tributions to Burnsville High School and unique contributions to their community on a local, state, national or international level.
“The Hall of Fame honorees serve as examples of the quality education that BHS provides and has fostered over the years and as role models for current students and staff to achieve their own success,” according to Dave Helke, BHS principal.
Six make up BHS Hall of Fame Class of 2012