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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

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

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

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

Where They Go: Alum Emily Zoltai Impacts and Impacted by Quito, Ecuador

Posted by Amy Barnard on Oct 25, 2018

  • Inspired to pursue Human Physiology after her year in Mr. Monson's anatomy class.
  • Volunteered with the Range of Motion Clinic (ROMP) in Ecuador and began exploring the field of orthotics and prosthetics.
  • Completing her master's degree in the field while also continuing her connection with ROMP.

A Change in Direction

The ripple effect of Mr. Monson’s 11th grade science class was felt in Quito, Ecuador, this summer as alum Emily Zoltai ('08) and five other grad students completed the “hands on experience” portion of their clinical internship at Quito’s ROMP (Range of Motion Project) Clinic. For Zoltai this was more than just an internship opportunity.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Preparing Students for Success Part 2: The Innovation Lab

Posted by Amy Barnard on Oct 23, 2018

How the Innovation Lab develops persistence, collaboration, and the ability to critically examine one's own work.

Recap: What's the Why?

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.

How do we prepare our students for an environment we can hardly imagine? What skills will translate into roles and technology that we have no way to anticipate?

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Topics: Lower School, STEM

Where They Go: Alum Tami (Palmquist) Moberg Creates A Place Like Home

Posted by Amy Barnard on Oct 18, 2018

  • Received nurture from the Minnehaha Academy Community during her time as a student
  • Sought to share that experience with teens in her current community
  • Created the Quincy House

Not the Type

From the outside, Tami (Palmquist) Moberg ('80) appears to be a happily settled suburban mama, not the type to have much in common with troubled teens from the north suburbs.

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Topics: Alumni Stories

Preparing Students for Success Part 1: The Jobs That Don't Exist

Posted by Amy Barnard on Oct 11, 2018

The following is the first in a series detailing how Minnehaha Academy is working to help your child build the necessary skills to succeed in life after school.

Today we look at why MA emphasizes not only exceptional academics but also specific mindsets and character skills that open the doors for greater lifelong success .

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Topics: Lower School, Upper School, Middle School

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