There’s a new buzz in the air at Burnsville High School this year, according to senior Charlie Green, the student rep to our Board of Education.
Through Vision One91 (our work to redesign the district to meet the needs of today’s learners), Burnsville High School has evolved into a comprehensive 9-12 high school with a strong focus on college and career readiness.
Charlie said the changes have been noticeable. There’s a shift in culture, he said, and considering the major changes that went through, everything is going well from a student’s perspective.
He listed some benefits he’s already seen:
- A more immersed student body and school district through the use of technology and a stronger sense of community.
- Just the bringing together of students has been noticeably different and there is a greater connection between the grades.
- Increased helpfulness between seniors and freshmen.
- Significant increase in participation and increased fans at sporting events.
- Schoolwork is online now since every student has a Chromebook as a personal learning device.
In addition, students have also been enthusiastic about the new pathways at Burnsville High School. Each of the 14 distinct pathways offers a series of classes that students can take that will help them follow their interests and prepare for further study, training or work opportunities within a career field.
For example, students are immersed in our culinary classes which prepare them for careers in restaurant and hospitality management. Students in the IT Exploration class are working with experts from Best Buy’s Geek Squad to learn and develop skills that can lead to certification and future careers.
Our new Fab Lab and Automotive & Construction Trades building will provide learning experiences as real-world as you can get, thanks to community partners that have made contributions to provide the same sort of state-of-the-art equipment that’s used in workplaces.
It’s a new day for Burnsville High School which is celebrating its 60th anniversary year with expanded opportunities and learning experiences for students. Staff members at Burnsville High School have created impressive and innovative academic programming for their students. Changes in school culture do not happen by accident. Our staff are engaged and invested in making Burnsville High School a great source of pride for our entire community.
You are invited to see and hear more about what the school now offers to students at a special event called DiscoverBHS from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. There will be a brief program at 6 p.m. with information about Pathways and a student panel, followed by self-directed or student-led tours to new areas of the school. If you prefer, you can also take self-led tours beginning at 5 p.m., too. Activities will be taking place and information will be available about the expanded opportunities available to students. Whether or not you have school-age children, I invite you to Discover Burnsville High School. You will be impressed. For information, visit http://www.isd191.org/discoverbhs.