Minnehaha Academy Blog

Alum Peter William's Journey To Leadership

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jan 17, 2019

In 2013 alum Peter Williams began an unexpected journey that lead to a national-level leadership role with the National Guard Special Victims' Counsel (SVC) Program in Arlington, VA. 

Sometimes the journey to using our gifts in service for others comes in a way that could hardly be planned. In 2013 the Minnesota National Guard asked Peter Williams ‘00, then a private practice lawyer, to spend three months helping them set up a victim advocacy program for victims of sexual assault.

“When our initial team started this program back in 2013, we could not have imagined the scope and reach of our work today,” Williams says.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Good News About Who Our Students Are Becoming, Pt. 1

Posted by Amy Barnard on Jan 14, 2019

In this two-part series we look at how students at the Middle School are learning to find the "I can" in the midst of challenges they face, choosing to make this sometimes awkward yet very special season of life their time to shine.

Last year English teacher Chantal Ulferts worked with a student who just couldn’t seem to connect with books.

Reading wasn’t a joy, and the boy was close to writing himself off as a non-reader.

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Topics: Exceptional Academics, Cultivating Potential, Academics, Middle School

Minnehaha Academy: Bringing Our Past to Our Future

Posted by Rebekah Peterson on Jan 4, 2019

Following the explosion, we were able to recover a number of Minnehaha's artifacts from the school. Some of these items will be integrated into the reimagined Upper School, others will be displayed in our Archive House. Here are some of the items that were recovered:

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Topics: 3100 Campus, Upper School

Bringing Science to Life Outdoors at Minnehaha Academy

Posted by Rebekah Peterson on Jan 4, 2019
If you drive by Minnehaha's Lower & Middle School along West River Parkway, you may see Middle School students, a notebook in one hand, binoculars in the other hand, looking up into the trees.
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Topics: Middle School, STEM

Encouraging Reluctant Writers: Preparing Students for Success Part 4

Posted by Amy Barnard on Dec 13, 2018

 

Developing the drive for effective communication and the ability to connect literacy with areas of passion.

Recap: What's the Why?

If you've read our first post in this series, The Jobs That Don't Exist, you already know that more than half of the jobs our students will step into don't even exist today.

Our faculty work to prepare students not only with excellent academic skills, but also with the so-called "soft skills" that research shows are key to success in any job market. From clear communication to follow-through, research suggests that these soft skills may be even more important than academic success.

The final area we will look at in this series is how the Lower School writing curriculum both fosters a joy in communication and helps students to tap into the drive that is necessary to finish a project.

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Topics: Lower School, Academics, Cultivating Potential

Fine Arts Middle School Chapel

Posted by Rebekah Peterson on Nov 27, 2018
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Topics: Middle School, Fine Arts

Algebra Starts in Kindergarten: Preparing Students for Success Part 3

Posted by Amy Barnard on Nov 27, 2018

How our Singapore Math Curriculum develops flexible thinking and the ability for abstraction

Recap: Why are We Doing This?

If you've read our previous post in this series, The Jobs That Don't Exist, you already know that more than half of the jobs our students will step into don't even exist today, and that so-called "soft" skills ranging from flexible thinking to persistence are equally or even more important than hard skills in the current and coming job market. 

Even in seemingly straightforward courses, like math, our instructors are working to make sure students are prepared with these skills.

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Topics: Lower School, STEM

A Strong Foundation: Upper School Bricks

Posted by Rebekah Peterson on Nov 14, 2018
At Baccalaureate, Dr. Crafton shared with the 2018 graduating class that : "In the Hebrew Scriptures we read about the practice of marking important events with stone monuments to serve as reminders of what had happened in a particular place. In the Hebrew language such a stone was called an ebenezer – literally a stone of help. The purpose was to remind people that something good had happened because God was in that place."
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Topics: 3100 Campus

Where They Go: Alum Karen (Aust) Tinsely Plays a Part in Saving Lives

Posted by Amy Barnard on Nov 1, 2018

  • Beat Cancer.
  • Became a courier and advocate for the Bone Marrow Donor Program.
  • Inspired others to volunteer.

Retirement? Sort of.

Some people look toward their retirement-age years as a time to kick back and relax. For Karen Tinsley ('63), however, this has been a season of taking part in a community that saves lives.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Writer/Singer Edie Brickell Surprises Students During Their Bright Star Matinee.

Posted by Amy Barnard on Oct 30, 2018



Not many teenaged theatre students have the opportunity to connect with the creative mind behind the musical they’ve spent months preparing. This past weekend, however, the Minnehaha Academy Players had just that experience.

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Topics: Fine Arts, Upper School

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