Eagle Ridge Middle School



School Day is 7:50a - 2:50p

24 Hour Attendance Line: 952-707-2804

Main Office: 952-707-2800

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Upcoming Events!

MONDAY - 11/29 Black Day

Distance Learning for all Scholars

TUESDAY - 11/30 Gold Day

Distance Learning for all Scholars

NO Chess Club Today

WEDNESDAY - 12/01 Black Day

Distance Learning for all Scholars

THURSDAY - 12/02 Gold Day

Distance Learning for all Scholars

FRIDAY - 12/03 Black Day

Distance Learning for all Scholars

A Note From the Principal...

Hello ERMS Families,

Thank you for your partnership this year and your tremendous work in keeping our community safe and healthy. I want to provide a follow up to the message from earlier today regarding the transition to online learning for a brief period. Please take a few minutes to review this information carefully to prepare for online learning. We know this can be stressful, and we want to try to make sure you have the information you need to be ready for success with online learning.

Online Learning Schedule

  • Wednesday, November 24th will be an asynchronous learning day for students (NO google meets). Students should log in to Schoology and check each of their courses for assignments.

  • Monday, November 29 - Friday, December 3rd, we will be following our online learning schedule.

    • The online learning schedule follows our regular bell schedule.

    • Classes will meet synchronously for about 30 minutes and the remainder of the class period will be teacher office hours when students can check in with teachers for extra help.

    • Classes will meet using Google Meets.

Online Learning Expectations

We expect our students to continue to show FIRE when learning online. See our FIRE Expectations for online learning here.


Daily attendance is essential to the success of our scholars. Please make sure your learner attends all online classes daily. If there is a reason your child will not be able to attend online, please call our attendance line to excuse them for the day at 952-707-2800.

Internet Assistance

If you are in need of home internet assistance you can click here for more information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit program which provides discounts on internet services for eligible families. You could also fill out the Application for Educational Benefits form and then reach out to our social worker or counselors:

  • Kara Fahey kfahey@isd191.org (952-707-2616) - Ms. Fahey is filling for Anne Poliquin

  • Madison Thornton - mthronton@isd191.org (952-707-2814) - 6th Grade and 7th Grade with last names A-K

  • DeSha Russell-Hodges - drussell@isd191.org (952-707-2978)- 8th Grade and 7th Grade with last names L-Z

Technology Support

If your child needs tech support while in online learning, please have them complete a tech support ticket through Rapid Identity and our tech folks will reach out to assist.

I know online learning presents challenges for families and we want to help you navigate through these challenges. Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions! Thank you all for your support as we work to keep our students and staff safe and healthy.

School meals

School meals will be available for pick up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 1 at these locations:

  • Nicollet Middle School - Door 20 (to the right of main front entrance)

  • Eagle Ridge Middle School - Door 1 (lower level parking lot)

  • Rahn Elementary - Door 10 (Bus drop off lane)

Each pack will include meals for three days.

Families are asked to complete a Meal Request Form by 9 a.m. on the day of pick up. This will help ensure there are enough meals prepared for everyone who needs them, and to meet any special diet needs.

A parent or guardian should park and walk up to the door following all health and safety protocols. They will need to know their student’s PIN (lunch account number), which is available in ParentVUE, StudentVUE or by contacting the school.


Virtual Academy students are not eligible for meal service from Food & Nutrition Services.

Continue reporting COVID-19 cases

Families should continue to let their school nurse know if a student tests positive for COVID-19 during distance learning. This helps the school track possible spread and limit exposure when students return to school in person..

COVID-19 tests and other resources

Families can find locations for COVID-19 tests and vaccines, as well as additional information online at www.mn.gov/covid.

Vaccine clinic for ages 5-11

We invite families to register their children for a free vaccination clinic held by Dakota County Public Health at Burnsville High School.

For more information, please visit our District Website at: https://www.isd191.org/discover/blog/post/~board/district-news/post/district-191-to-transition-to-distance-learning-for-most-students-starting-nov-24


Principal Selim

Sign Up for Educational Benefits!

What’s the simplest way to support your child’s school and provide funding for teachers, interventionists and other student supports? Fill out an Application for Educational Benefits today! We ask that ALL families complete the application annually. This is a tremendous help to our ISD 191 and Eagle Ridge community.

For Families

  • The application determines their eligibility for benefits including free and reduced-price meals, as well as other potential discounts for participation in athletics, band and other activities.

For the School District:

  • The applications - and specifically how many families qualify for those benefits - determine some of the funding that is provided to schools.
  • This funding is specifically used to provide student supports, including additional teaching positions which can lower class sizes, interventionist and other specialist type teachers, and additional support.

Due to the pandemic and with school meals currently free and available for all students, District 191 families have completed far fewer applications than in a typical year. And fewer applications mean District 191 is on pace to lose as much as $4.0 million in revenue! Please do your part to help your school district!

Please fill out the application even if you think you may not be eligible or if you aren’t worried about the benefits this year. By completing an application, you can make a huge difference for our school and that’s why our goal is 100% of families completing an application! Any information you submit will remain confidential.

Learn more and complete an Application for Educational Benefits at https://www.isd191.org/enroll/application-for-educational-benefits


*We have printed packets if you prefer to fill out a paper application!

A Note About Tardiness...

  • All absences not excused within 24 hours, by telephone or a signed note, will be considered unexcused.
  • Students are expected to attend all classes each day that school is in session.
  • Occasionally, students arrive late to school and both the student and parent state that the student overslept or missed the bus. The school does not consider these excused absences. Therefore, students who oversleep or miss the bus and arrive at school late will be unexcused.
  • Students who accumulate seven unexcused absences are considered truant and referred to the county.
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Attendance Guidelines

Our District Policy 503 on Student attendance reads: "Regular school attendance is directly related to success in academic work, benefits students socially, provides opportunities for important communications between teachers and students, and establishes regular habits of dependability important to the future of the student".

In alignment with this policy, the following are some guidelines regarding attendance:

  • If your child cannot attend for any reason, please call our attendance line within 24 hours at 952-707-2804 to excuse them.
  • If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms in the graphic to the right or has received a positive COVID test, please call our attendance line at 952-707-2804.
  • When leaving a message please include:
  1. Your name
  2. Your child’s name (including the spelling of first & last name)
  3. Grade
  4. Callback phone number
  5. Brief Description. If your child is sick, please leave any symptoms they have. If a student is absent and no telephone call has been received from the parent/guardian, the school will contact the parent/guardian. It is important to provide the school with current home, cellphone, and work telephone numbers via ParentVUE.
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The Eagle Ridge Middle School Annual Science Fair is on Thursday, January 13th!

The deadline to register has been extended to Monday, December 13th.

See your science teacher for extra credit or grade increment.

For parents and community members, an evening viewing session will be held on Thursday, January 13th from 5:00-6:00 PM in the media center.

If you have questions, please contact your science teacher.

Mr. Hammer jhammer@isd191.org

Mr. Lundahl tlundahl@isd191.org

Mr. Meyer cameyer@isd191.org

Mrs. Mosey pmosey@isd191.org

After school help will be available on Mondays from 3:20-4:00

The Google Meet Code is ERMSfair

The remaining help dates are:

Monday 11/29

Monday 12/6

Monday 12/13

Monday 12/20

Monday 1/3

Monday 1/10

The top winners from the Eagle Ridge Science Fair will be eligible to participate in the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair that is held on February 25-27, 2022;

Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Clough St & Judson Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

Please go to http://www.tcrsf.net for more information.

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Photo Retakes are Ready!

If your scholar participated in the picture retake event, you should have received an email link directing you to school pictures online! If you have any questions, please direct all questions to Kemmetmueller Photography at 952-473-2142 or email them at: info@k-photography.com


Stay tuned for new dates and time for our School Play..."Where There's a Will There's Murder"! It is sure to be entertaining!

Our wonderfully talented budding actors are hard at work practicing their lines and the Theater Crew is busy creating a magical experience! We will share showtimes and dates soon!

Thank you for your continued support in the Arts!

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We need your help!

Each fall, we run a beginning of the year fundraiser. To make things easy for families, we do a direct donation fundraiser - no selling of cookie dough, pizzas or anything!

We use this money to provide different opportunities for our students - FIRE celebrations for students following school wide expectations, purchase of specific items (like a new sound system for our theater) to enhance our school and for scholarships for student opportunities.

This year, we are making the things even easier for you...we’ve created a donation site for you to easily make your donation. Simply go to our website to make your donation: Eagle Ridge Fundraiser

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Game On!

Does your family have gently used board games that you no longer use? If so, please consider donating them to ERMS! We would love to have them to use here at school! Please feel free to drop them off here at school in the front office!

Thank you!

Clothing Donations Needed!

The Health Office maintains a supply of sweat pants and athletic socks to use after food spills, tours in the wet grass, or trips into our pond! Please consider donating new or gently used clean sweatpants and leggings for both boys and girls, as well as black or white athletic socks. No jeans or khakis, please. Donations may be dropped off at the front office.

Thank you!

Nurse Jane

Got Towels?

Mrs. Mosey's 6th Grade Scholars are working on collecting new, colorful bath towels for homeless youth over the next few weeks. Please feel free to contribute to the towel collection from Mon. November 22 - Mon. December 13 at Eagle Ridge Middle School. By the way, "Black Friday" is a great time to shop for towels, lots of great deals! There will be boxes in all areas around the school, including the front office. The class is also collaborating with Harriet Bishop Elementary school to have a collection at their location as well. If you have any questions please contact Isaiha Tilbury at tilbi1@isd191.org


Free donuts! Join us for donuts and Kickstart - the student-led Campus Faith Club at Eagle Ridge Middle School. This is a place for students to find community, encouragement and to share the hope and truth of their Christian faith. All ERMS middle school students are welcome. We meet 7:15 – 7:35 am every Tuesday, beginning November 9th, in Mr. Blair’s room (Room 1002).

Growing Through Grief

Growing Through Grief is a school-based program provided by Park Nicollet Foundation and Park Nicollet Health Services. Growing Through Grief counselors support Burnsville secondary students that have experienced the death of a close family member or friend through no cost: peer support groups, individual counseling, and death related crisis support. The counselors facilitate grief sessions in a way the students can express their emotions in a safe and heathy place, while honoring their loved one, embracing the healing process and finding hope. All grief counselors are mental health professionals that provide developmentally appropriate grief curriculum designed and inspired by years of experience and collaboration across the professional grief community.

If interested in knowing more about this program, please call your school-based counselor, social worker or the Burnsville Growing Through Grief Counselor, Joan Boevers at 952-234-0419

Follow the link for more information: Park Nicollet Foundation


Safety Net Club at Eagle Ridge Middle School

Safety Net is an after-school program for students at Eagle Ridge. This group will discuss a variety of topics such as conflict, mindfulness, privilege, LGBTQIA+ and African American History, along with other topics of interest to the group. The topics and curriculum were approved by a Community Advisory Board made up of the therapists who will run the group, community members, and older students who identify as persons of color, LGBTQIA+ and/or allies.

It is FREE to participate. Pre-registration required.
This group was made possible by a Dakota County Collaborative Grant and Dakota Child and Family Clinic in Burnsville.

Here are dates and times – All meetings take place at Eagle Ridge in the Media Center. Transportation is available afterschool at 4:45.

  • 11/15/2021 3:00PM - 4:30PM
  • 12/13/2021 3:00PM - 4:30PM
  • 1/10/2022 3:00PM - 4:30PM
  • 2/21/2022 3:00PM - 4:30PM
  • 3/21/2022 3:00PM - 4:30PM
  • 4/18/2022 3:00PM - 4:30PM

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BYC is Back!

Stay tuned for more information on BYC start dates coming soon!

We are very pleased to share that Eagle Ridge will be participating in the BYC program for the 2021-2022 school year! The Burnsville Youth Collaborative (BYC) for grades 6-8 is our afterschool programs that combines academic support and enrichment in addition to recreational activities!

We are excited that our site will have the following staff:

  • Site Lead: William Ullrich

  • Teacher: Lindsay Fairchild

  • Teacher: Pat Mosey

  • Teacher: Paige Borden

  • Non-Instructional: Kristi Scalzo

  • Non-Instructional: Debbie Bringgold

  • Non-Instructional: Ayan Daoud

  • 2 High School volunteers

Based upon these staffing numbers, we can register up to 140 total students in grades 6-8!

If interested in participating, please register by following the link: PALS and BYC Registration Form 2021-2022

If you have any questions regarding this program please reach out to me or the Associate Principal, Mr. Heim.

Best regards,

Mohamed Selim, Principal

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Attention all boys in grades 7-12!! The BHS Boys Swimming and Diving Team WANTS YOU! If you are looking for a fun, competitive, and great cross-training sport, come join us in the pool this winter! The swim and dive team is a "no cut" sport which means there are no tryouts. We take all abilities - so come and learn!

The season begins Monday November 29th at the BHS pool at 3 o'clock. If you have previous gymnastics experience you would have an advantage with body control that would benefit you in our diving program.

Register here: https://isd191-ar.rschooltoday.com/ and contact Coach Mauser with questions: bmauser@isd191.org

For more information, go to blazeswim.com or our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/BlazeSwim.


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Sub for a Sub!

Students are expected to exhibit FIRE behavior at all times during school and especially for our substitute teachers. If our guest teacher catches a student displaying FIRE behavior or going above and beyond they will be given a SUB FOR A SUB FIRE card.

These Fire Cards will be turned into the main office and the scholars will have a chance at winning a sub sandwich!

We announce our lucky winner Friday mornings and would love to continue celebrating awesome FIRE behavior given by our scholars to our hard-working guest teachers!

Need help planning your school life?

We have planners for that! Show your school pride and get organized with a beautiful 2021-2022 Eagle Ridge School Planner! Buy yours today for only $5.00! Stop by the Front Office to get yours today!
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Order your copy of the 2021-2022 Eagle Ridge Middle School Yearbook. Click on the link below, pick your school and order directly from the website! For hardcover yearbooks, add the product found in “accessories”. There are paper order forms located in the front office for cash/check payments.

To Order Your Yearbook, Follow the link:

ERMS Yearbook

Thank you!

-Eagle Ridge Middle School Yearbook Staff

P.S. The yearbook staff will not be ordering additional copies of this year's book, so reserve your copy today!

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The Eagle Ridge Chess Club meets Tuesdays from 3pm to 430PM and the coach is Dylan Bergstrom.

*Please Note: Chess Club will NOT meet this Tuesday, 11/03*



Burnsville Robotics is looking for members. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at FTCburnsville@gmail.com.

We currently meet at Burnsville High School on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6p-8p. We would love to show you around and see if you are interested in joining.

Home of the BLAZE!


It's time to show your Burnsville Blaze spirit! The Burnsville Spirit Store has all your back-to-school spirit needs - sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, mittens, and of course, custom "B"- logo MASKS!

If you are shopping this weekend (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday), please remember the Spirit Store for your Burnsville Blaze gifting needs! All orders received over the long weekend will be fulfilled and ready for pick up next Tuesday 11/30. We are thankful for you and your support!

Order here: https://isd-191.square.site/

Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Burnsville-Spirit-Store-2090425817656016/) or watch the school store page on the 191 website for the latest news, arrivals, and updates.

Brainpower in a Backpack!

BrainPower in a BackPack's Thursday Hunger Relief Weekend Food Pack is back in action with the first pack of the 2021-2022 school year. Hats off to our Burnsville High School students for helping out.

1. BrainPower in a BackPack -- Thursday weekend food pack for students in need across District 191. Please feel free to forward this information to any students or families.



INFORMATION FLYER -- in 3 languages

Brainpower Info Flyer



2. 191 Community Pantry -- 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month year round at Diamondhead Education Center, Door 9, Pleasant Avenue Entrance. Open to the public; free.




Distribution information posted on social media at the BrainPower FB, Instagram and Twitter pages. Links are available on the website.

If you have any questions on the above, please let me know. Thank you for helping to spread the word on hunger relief options for our families in need.

Pamela Voigt

BrainPower in a BackPack Coordinator

ISD 191 Community Education and Burnsville High School



Cell 612.819.4404

Web Link Information:





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Make a donation in support of BrainPower in a BackPack -- District 191's hunger relief program for students and families in need -- and take home a handmade pottery creation made by a BHS student and or community volunteer as a reminder many children face empty bowls every day in our community. For more information visit the website link at: www.tinyurl.com/bowls191. To make a donation online visit: https://www.givemn.org/organization/Bpbp

Bowls for BrainPower is supported by District 191, ISD 191 Community Education, Burnsville High School Art Department and Burnsville High School Youth Services.

Thank you for your support.

COVID Health and Safety

District 191 will also implement the following health and safety measures in schools this fall to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

  • Requiring masks for staff, students and visitors inside District 191 schools to start the 2021-22 school year.

  • Requiring students and staff to stay home if they are ill, and leave school/work if they become ill during the day, pending assessment through a district health professional,Reporting positive COVID-19 cases and influenza outbreaks to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), as required,

  • Promoting individual hygiene practices that limit the spread of disease, including “covering your cough” and washing hands, through signage and as embedded practices in daily schedules,

  • Promoting social distancing wherever possible, including during activities/athletics and other events,

  • Minimizing the mixing of student groups (“cohorting”), possible

  • Following federal mask mandates on school buses,

  • Sharing vaccine information and resources, as vaccinations decrease risk of transmission and decrease the need for students and staff to quarantine,

  • Cleaning and disinfection of high-touch services,

  • Operating ventilation systems at longer run times and maximizing outside air intake into building spaces,

  • Maintaining a 1-to-1 ratio of personal learning devices for students in order to minimize sharing of resources and provide flexibility for individual learning,

  • Monitoring and analyzing COVID-19 community data to determine the need to adjust mitigation strategies along with available vaccinations and access.

Learn more at: https://www.isd191.org/discover/fall-2021-in-person-learning-plan

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In order for us to effectively communicate with you throughout the school year, please make sure you update your address, phone numbers, and email address on PARENTVUE. This information is very important as it is the only way to contact you in the event of an emergency.

We will send weekly bulletins for families through email. We will also regularly call home with voicemail message updates.


Additionally, Parents/Guardians now have the option of receiving text notification from District 191 and its schools. Text messages are timely and relevant, including weather related school closure information, emergency announcements and others.

Please note: In order to participate, parents/guardians must opt-in by texting “subscribe” to the number 68453.

Learn more about ParentVue at https://www.isd191.org/enroll/student-information or call the Eagle Ridge Middle School Office at 952-707-2800 for further assistance!

School Hours

School hours for students are 7:50 AM - 2:50 PM.

  • Students may arrive starting at 7:30 AM. They will grab a bagged breakfast and head to their locker and their first class, Advisory.

  • School ends at 2:50 PM.

  • Buses leave ERMS by 3:00 each day.

  • There is a shuttle bus to the high school for students participating in sports/activities at BHS.

  • For students participating in activities at ERMS, there is an activity bus that leaves at 4:45.

ParentVUE accounts provide families direct access to their child’s information and data. ParentVUE enables families to monitor their child's educational progress and includes the following information:

  • Attendance
  • Quarterly Progress Grades
  • Health information
  • Student schedules
  • Meal account information
  • Emergency contacts

District 191 encourages all families to create a ParentVUE account.


Send an email to parentvue@isd191.org and include the following information about your student:

  • First and last name
  • Grade level
  • Student ID number
  • Birthdate
  • School currently attending

You'll receive a confirmation email with an activation code and instructions for completing the setup process.

SCHOOLOGY...Did you know?

Schoology is a great place for parents to keep up to date with their middle schooler’s assignments and grades. Here is the schoology parent guide. One of the first things I recommend parents doing is setting up a weekly Schoology summary for their middle schooler. You will get an update on grades and any missing assignments. Here is a short video on how to set that up: Schoology Gradebook Notifications

How does ISD191 Schoology differ from ParentVUE?

ParentVUE is a central location for information on your child’s attendance, course schedules, records and contact information.

Schoology is a detailed look at your child’s academic schedule for classes, links for homework and assignments, and daily grades for current classes.

Visit our district website for more information at: https://www.isd191.org/families

Now Hiring in District 191!

Be Valued. Be Vital.

District 191 is hiring food service, custodial, clerical and nursing staff, as well as educational assistants, teachers and special education staff. Full-time and part-time work is available. Help spread the word on these exciting opportunities to be a part of the One91 team.

URL: https://www.applitrack.com/burnsville/onlineapp/jobpostings/view.asp

Have A Question? We Have Answers!


If you have any questions about the information within this Back to School newsletter, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Main Office via phone or email.

Phone: 952-707-2800

Email: eagleridge@isd191.org

Si tiene preguntas, por favor envíe un correo electrónico a Mary Lopez: mlopez@isd191.org o llame al Tel: 612-568-3022

Fadlan la xiriir Axmad Kaahiye, is ku xirahanaga iskuulka Eagle Ridge Middle School, wixii su'aala ah oo aad ka qabtid macluumaadkaa:

akaahiye@isd191.org Tel: 952-373-1877

Eagle Ridge Middle School

ERMS Mission Statement


The mission of Eagle Ridge Middle School is to provide learning experiences that develop and encourage personal and academic excellence for the Eagle Ridge community.