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Upper School Updates

Posted by Melissa Mortenson on Aug 9, 2017 2:51:53 PM

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We appreciate your support. You may give online or send gifts directly to the school at 4200 West River Parkway, Mpls 55406
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Updated: 6/08/18

Below you will find current design renderings for the interior of the Upper School. The interior design uses the latest research in student-first learning and will support today's learners as well as students in future generations. This design will encourage collaboration and will also provide space for students' individual work. Thank you for your prayers and support as we reimagine learning and plan for the next 100 years of education at Minnehaha Academy.

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Updated: 5/22/18

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Our plans for rebuilding the Upper School campus went before the Zoning and Planning Committee of the City Council on Thursday, May 17 because of an appeal that was filed by some of the neighbors. On Friday, May 25, the Zoning and Planning Committee will recommend to the City Council that the appeal be denied. We thank you for your continued prayers as we continue to work closely with the City, our design and construction partners, our school community, and our neighbors to ensure a thoughtful and positive rebuilding process.

Today, I am pleased to share with you an updated rendering (above) that was developed and presented to the Zoning and Planning Committee. This rendering shows exterior material selections and a distinctly forward-looking design. The architecture is a modern interpretation of our original brick buildings, connecting the past with the future while reflecting our vision for next-century learning. Our team and our partners have been thoughtful and creative in selecting sustainable and enduring materials for the new school:

  • Brick shingles will be used for the top two floors, while a charcoal brick base will ground the main level.
  • Both materials have natural variation and texture, which complements the two remaining buildings on campus.
  • The timeless design also features copper accents and detailing throughout, respecting the character of the campus and surrounding neighborhood

Thank you again for your support and your prayers as we work to foster a welcoming, respectful community that supports the next generation of believers, thought leaders and change makers.

Blessings,

Donna Harris, Ed.D., President
Minnehaha Academy

Updated: 3/29/18
3100 Campus Vision & Principles

The foundation of Minnehaha’s Master Facilities Plan is the Facilities Vision and Principles collaboratively created by members of our school community (faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents).

Vision
We see a community focused environment that is vibrant and inviting, blending old and new, merging outside with inside, with a logical flow and organization of space. It is innovative and flexible with scalable, adaptable infrastructure which serves a variety of learning and teaching styles and encourages collaboration and ownership for all Minnehaha Academy stakeholders. 

Principles

  • Principle 1 Minnehaha Academy is committed to fostering collaboration and creativity in its facilities and environments while maintaining the integrity of academic excellence and small class sizes.
  • Principle 2 Minnehaha Academy is committed to consistently providing spaces that are environmentally healthy, conducive to learning, secure, and inviting.
  • Principle 3 Minnehaha Academy is committed to creating a welcoming and attractive outdoor environment that expresses our hospitality.
  • Principle 4 Minnehaha Academy is committed to providing space that promotes connections among learners, faculty and staff, families, guests, neighbors, and the larger Minnehaha Academy community.
  • Principle 5 Minnehaha Academy is committed to Next Century learning environments that are flexible and adaptable with a robust technology infrastructure that is seamlessly integrated with curriculum.
  • Principle 6 Minnehaha Academy is committed to learning environments that integrate our Christian faith.

Why Grades 6-12?

Building a grade 6-12 campus is a strategic decision that has many benefits for teaching and learning and will support our growth aspirations. Our board, administration, staff, and faculty have considered the following as key benefits: 

  • Opportunity to reimagine
  • Opens up space at the current Lower/Middle School site for growth
  • Improved instructional/curricular coherence and alignment
  • Conditions created to be more innovative
  • Shared high quality resources
  • Expanded access for more advanced academic coursework for middle school students (i.e. world languages, math, special programs) and/or earlier foundation courses
  • Increased formal and informal faculty collaboration, cooperation, and coordination
  • More concentrated access to content specialists
  • Opportunities for cooperation and combination of fine arts performance classes
  • Convenience for Middle School/Upper School athletics
  • Potential increase of parental involvement
  • Increased opportunities for mentorship, leadership, and modeling
  • Seamless transition from Middle to Upper School

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Updated: 3/9/18
Initial Plans Submitted to City

Preliminary plans have been submitted to the City on Minnehaha's behalf by Cuningham, our architectural firm, and Mortenson, our construction manager. An initial submittal of plans to the City is a key step to ensure we meet our project timeline. 

During this initial phase, we engaged faculty and staff across the school in over 40 planning discussions for the building project and the design of the Facilities Master Plan. This reimagining phase has been an exciting endeavor, but we have more work ahead and many more opportunities for input. 

In the February 6 letter we mentioned that faculty, staff, and administration are thinking about how desired enhancements to the educational programming can benefit students and teachers and that we are taking a fresh look at grade configurations, scheduling, and instructional methods. 

As an outcome of our reflections, the plans show a grade 6-12 campus which we are actively pursuing in the planning process. In this plan, Middle School students will have their own space, as appropriate, from Upper School students. There are many benefits for students and teachers in this configuration, such as the great opportunity for Middle Schoolers to participate in activities and courses in fine arts, athletics, and certain academic courses if they are ready for the challenge. Our goal for the rebuild of the Upper School by the fall of 2019 is on target—the phasing of the Facilities Master Plan is yet to be determined.  

As we have shared in previous conversations, this is a “flashtrack” project, which means we are significantly compressing the design phases that precede groundbreaking. In addition, to keep us on pace, the time and opportunity to engage stakeholders is also compressed, similar to the process in the Mendota Heights buildout, our temporary Upper School site.  After Spring Break, we’ll provide opportunities for parents to learn more about this stage of planning, logistical details, and more specifics about the learning spaces we’re envisioning. We appreciate the many parent emails we have received that affirm the work we’re doing. We appreciate your support. 

Blessings,

David Anderson, Chair, Board of Trustees
Donna Harris, Ed.D., President
Minnehaha Academy
 

Updated: 2/6/18
Reconstructing with Bold Vision

Dear Minnehaha Community,

The “rising” in Together We Rise has now begun—not yet actually on the ground, but in pen and ink and computer-aided design (CAD) renderings.  At a meeting on January 16th the Board of Trustees endorsed the broad outlines of a strategic Facilities Master Plan for Minnehaha Academy. 

This followed an intensive due diligence effort that considered many possibilities.  Among them was the notion of moving the entire school to a new location.  After careful study, the Board determined this option as not feasible for a variety of reasons. The Board also considered several permutations for reconstruction at the 4200 as well as the 3100 campus.  In the end, the most viable option prevailed.  The Upper School will be rebuilt at the 3100 West River Parkway site. 

This is, however, only the first element of the School’s comprehensive Facilities Master Plan.  The Board and its architecture and construction partners, Cuningham and Mortenson, are considering how the project should be phased and what will comprise the initial elements of reconstruction.  The Board has asked Cuningham to proceed to the schematic design phase of the 3100 project.  Many decisions will be made in the next few weeks in a well-considered but “flash track” process.  Ultimately, the Facilities Master Plan calls for major remodeling and reconstruction of the facilities housing the Lower and Middle Schools as well. 

This is a pivotal time in the life of the School so our vision for educating students must be bold and expansive, it must inspire, and it must push us beyond our current reality. The renovation and reconstruction of the facilities provide an opportunity to reimagine teaching and learning. Faculty and administration are thinking about how desired enhancements to the educational programming can benefit students and teachers. A fresh look at grade configurations, scheduling, and instructional methods is also under discussion.

In the meantime, the demolition of the 1913 and 1922 buildings and STEM lab continues.  The visible portions are almost cleared away, but the foundations must also be removed before rebuilding can begin.  We also continue to negotiate with the School’s insurer and pursue additional claims for compensation.  A capital campaign is also soon to be launched. 

A decision on the initial construction phase will be made in mid to late March.  Construction will start in June.  We remain committed to reopening at the 3100 site for the start of school in the fall of 2019. In addition, we hope to bring the fine arts and athletic wings of the 3100 site to full occupancy in time for some end-of-year activities. We are actively considering the feasibility of being able to do so.   More information will be forthcoming as demolition and renovation efforts continue.

The outpouring of support from the Minnehaha community and the larger one has been humbling and most gratifying.  Thanks to all of you.  Please continue to pray for Minnehaha Academy.

Blessings,

David Anderson, Chair, Board of Trustees
Donna Harris, Ed.D., President
Minnehaha Academy

 

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Updated: 12/15/17
Comments from Cuningham and Mortenson

“We’re pleased to partner with Minnehaha Academy as they plan for the future of their Minneapolis campus,” said Kendall Griffith, vice president and general manager, Mortenson.  “We are inspired by the leadership of the school and look forward to creating the best possible learning environment for students and faculty.” 

“Cuningham Group is honored to work alongside this team,” said Principal Judy Hoskens. “This project is about more than just bricks and mortar, it is about honoring the legacy that Minnehaha holds. It’s about creating spaces that are not only representative of the students today, but for all of the future generations of students that will be part of the Minnehaha community. Together we will plan, together we will design, and together we will build.”

Updated: 12/14/17
Architecture and Construction Firm Selected

We are pleased to write to give you this update on Minnehaha Academy.  Demolition has begun at 3100 West River Parkway. The first few days involved debris manipulation and the clearing away of debris from specific areas. Heavier demolition work begins next week, with the tearing down of the 1912 and 1922 buildings. We estimate that demolition will be complete by the end of January. 

We are also pleased to announce that Minnehaha’s Board of Trustees at their December 12 meeting selected Cuningham Group to provide architecture and engineering services and Mortenson Construction as the School’s construction manager. We are confident we have assembled a team that has the capabilities to handle a fast track building project while ensuring a thoughtful and deliberative process, keeping quality at the forefront. 

Cuningham has a depth of experience in designing educational facilities and provided master planning services for the School in 2013. Cuningham’s architects also designed the recent Page Family STEM Lab and science renovation projects at the Upper School. Mortenson partnered with Minnehaha in the build out of the temporary site in Mendota Heights— the company accomplished a near miraculous feat, completing the building in record time. In addition, Cuningham and Mortenson have a strong working relationship and are deeply committed to this project. We remain committed to completing construction in time for the opening of school in the fall of 2019.  This is a very aggressive, but achievable, goal.

There are two sources of funding for this building project: the insurance adjustment and fundraising. We expect to negotiate the insurance adjustment soon so that we can plan the scope of the project. For those who have wondered whether time could have been saved by engaging an architect and contractor earlier, the answer is straight forward. We can’t develop construction plans without knowing our budget. Minnehaha’s insurance adjustment, the basis of the construction budget, helps us scale the building project and know our fundraising need.

Thank you for your support and prayers as we begin this exciting building phase.

#TogetherWeRise

Blessings,

David Anderson, Chair, Board of Trustees
Donna Harris, Ed.D., President
Minnehaha Academy

Updated: 12/14/17
Interior Explosion Footage

 

Updated: 12/6/17
Preserving the Upper School's Architectural Artifacts

During the demolition process, a team will be working to preserve artifacts from the Upper School, including significant pieces of architecture and exterior bricks. It is still unclear how much we will be able to preserve and how much was damaged in the blast. However, it is our hope that we will be able to recover some pieces and use them in the new building. 

Updated: 12/5/17
Sunrise at Minnehaha Academy

This week the process of demolition of the 1912 and 1922 buildings of Minnehaha Academy's Upper School begins with debris removal. Since the tragic explosion on August 2nd, our hearts and minds have been heavy with the loss of John and Ruth and the injuries that other Minnehaha Academy staff experienced. As we look forward, we are forever grateful to the efforts of the many volunteers who came to our aid. We are looking forward to the next 100 years of exceptional education at Minnehaha Academy and we ask for your continued support and prayers as we move forward. We have faith that God will bring great good out of great tragedy. #TogetherWeRise#MyMinnehaha

Updated: 12/1/17
Demolition Scheduled to Begin Tuesday at Minnehaha Academy

Demolition is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Minnehaha Academy's Upper School Campus, 3100 West River Parkway in Minneapolis.  The school has secured the necessary permits from the City, and crews, over the next  two weeks, will be working to remove debris from the site. Following debris removal, the destroyed portions of Minnehaha Academy's Upper Campus will be pulled down.

Prior to demolition, construction crews had to stabilize the athletic and arts wings of the school. Originally, they were not designed as stand-alone buildings, and with the central portion of the school gone, the wings needed to be reinforced.

Updated: 11/7/17
Sod Installation Begins

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The glass contaminated grass on the soccer field has been stripped away and new sod is being installed this week.  This is the only certain way of making sure the glass is gone.  The plan is to have the field in service for spring sports activities.

Updated: 11/6/17
Letter from President Dr. Harris and Board Chair David Anderson

As noted in our previous communication, we intend to provide ongoing updates to keep you informed. The clearing of the remains of our historic buildings still is yet to begin.  The permits have been issued, the necessary notice to the MPCA has been given, and the salvageable buildings’ contents have been removed.  An engineering report, though, revealed a need for unanticipated additional work, which caused our insurance company to re-bid the demolition contract.  Hence, more delay.  In the meantime, the work to separate the healthy gym and fine arts wings from the damaged structure is underway.  The demolition will start when the separation is complete.

Permits have also been issued for the “mothballing” of the healthy wings.  Electricity and gas service will be restored soon, so the wings can be heated and preserved from the effects of winter cold.  A report is also being prepared on repairs and additional utility services needed to actually put the wings back in service.  We await the report to decide the feasibility of doing so.

The glass contaminated grass on the soccer field has been stripped away and new sod will be installed this week, weather permitting.  This is the only certain way of making sure the glass is gone.  The plan is to have the field in service for spring sports activities.

As reported in our previous letter, the Board resolved to engage the services of an owner’s representative.  We chose The Tegra Group, an extraordinarily capable firm that is eager to help our School.  Tegra just finished managing the remodeling of Target Center and thus has capacity for our project.  With Tegra’s help, we’ve assembled a list of candidates for architecture and general contracting firms.  Requests for proposal will be issued to the architects this week (November 6) and to the contractors next week (November 13).  This is the first step in the process of selecting both service providers.

A number of people have stepped forward to provide professional and other services on a gratis basis to help the School through the thicket of issues the explosion and its aftermath have presented.  Many are alumni or parents of current students or graduates. We offer our profuse thanks to all of them.  We’ll thank them by name in future communications, but there are simply too many to list in this letter.

Please continue to hold up Minnehaha Academy in prayer.  The School’s successful recovery requires your continuing support.

#TogetherWeRise
 
Yours sincerely,
 
David Anderson, Chair, Board of Trustees
Donna Harris, Ed.D., President
Minnehaha Academy

Updated: 10/12/17
Letter from President Dr. Harris and Board Chair David Anderson

When we last communicated on September 15th we reported that the demolition of the historic portion of the Upper School campus would begin soon. “Soon” has turned out to take a bit longer than first thought. The School’s insurance company had determined that the 1912 and 1922 buildings and the STEM lab needed to be taken down. It took longer, though, for the company to decide that the foundations of the historic buildings were also damaged beyond repair.  That determination was made earlier this week, which is actually good news.
 
We now anticipate the demolition permit to be issued in about two weeks. The process includes a ten-day waiting period and a neighborhood meeting before the demolition can begin.  Part of the procedure involves the proper separation of the healthy gym and fine arts wings.  This needs to be done in a way that preserves their structural integrity and prevents environmental contamination.  The demolition, including the “mothballing” of the healthy wings, as discussed in our previous report, should be completed by Thanksgiving.
 
At its October 10th meeting the Board of Trustees selected an owner’s representative. This is the first step toward our goal of a new twenty first century Upper School campus. The firm will oversee all aspects of the reconstruction from now through the opening of school.
 
Under continuing study are ideas to recover use of the soccer field next spring by re-sodding and putting the gym and fine arts wings back in service.  
 
We thank you for your continued confidence in Minnehaha Academy, but also need your prayerful support as we move forward.  We will keep you updated as things progress.
 
#TogetherWeRise
 
Yours sincerely,
 
David Anderson, Chair, Board of Trustees
Donna Harris, Ed.D., President
Minnehaha Academy

 

Updated: 10/3/17
Bryan Duffy Fundraiser

Richville United Methodist Church in Richville, MN, is holding a fundraiser for Bryan Duffey (whose in-laws are members of the church) on October 7,2017, from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. This will help Bryan and his wife Jamie maintain appropriate housing and secure transportation for the months ahead. For more information, contact Pastor Rod Tornquist, Richville United Methodist Church,  (218) 346-5656

Updated: 9/15/17
Letter from President Dr. Harris and Board Chair David Anderson

In recent days all emphasis has been on getting Upper School open in its Mendota Heights location.  As you all know, that was accomplished on September 5th. The Board of Trustees authorized acquisition of the site on August 15th. The lease was then negotiated and signed on August 16th. A mere twenty calendar days later school was open. Many have termed this a miracle. If not quite that it is certainly a testimony to the dedication of our administrators, faculty and staff, many volunteers, and the construction and architectural firms involved. 

Having accomplished that and with some data now available as to the condition of the 3100 West River Parkway site, we have changed focus to the longer term future.  Since the explosion, a disaster recovery team has been on the site. As was widely reported, the National Transportation Safety Board also conducted an investigation. During that time the NTSB prevented outside access to the site, even by the School’s own agents.  After our access was restored, a preliminary engineering study was performed. The report shows that the entire core of the campus―the 1912 and 1922 buildings, the link between them, and the STEM lab―was so intensely shaken by the blast that it must be razed. The demolition, which will start soon, will take at least a few months to complete. The gymnasium and fine arts wings, however, survived with minimal damage and are free of environmental contamination. However, there is no utility service to them. We are investigating the options of placing them back in service or merely “mothballing” them to avoid further damage. The amount of destruction that needs to be addressed is much larger than a lay-person’s look at the structure would indicate.

With that as background, we are considering all available means to bring the School back from this tragedy and to a better and brighter future than we could have imagined before – and as soon as is reasonably possible. We will continue to communicate as the plan takes shape. Thanks to all of you who have pitched in to help and who have remained our committed friends through this time. 

With our Christian mission at our core – TOGETHER WE RISE.

Yours sincerely,

David Anderson, Chair, Board of Trustees
Donna Harris, Ed.D, President

Updated 9/6/17
Pioneer Press Coverage of First Day of Upper School
Be sure to check out these great photos of the first day of Upper School by Scott Takushi from the Pioneer Press.

Updated 8/29/17
Building Dedication & Ribbon Cutting
Building Dedication Service
Monday, September 4, 2017, 7:00-7:30 p.m.
All are invited to attend a special building dedication service. This will be a time of prayer, thanksgiving, and dedication of our building, its space, and the learning that will happen there.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Tuesday, September 5th, 7:45 a.m.
All students are welcome to attend our ribbon cutting ceremony on the first day of Upper School. This event is for the seniors who will cut the ribbon and be the first to enter our doors and officially start the 2017-2018 school year! 

Updated 8/28/17
Please Beware
We are overwhelmed by the support of our community during this tragedy in the life of our school. However, we know that there are people who wish to take advantage of this situation. We have been alerted that there is a person soliciting gifts in the name of Minnehaha Academy near the State Fair entrance in St. Paul. This person has a laminated sign with the Minnehaha name and logo. Please know that this is NOT a legitimate fundraiser for the school; this person is in no way affiliated with Minnehaha Academy. If you wish to help, you may make a secure donation on our website: MinnehahaAcademy.net  

Updated: 8/25/17
Upper School Virtual Tour

Get a glimpse into the temporary site for Minnehaha Academy's Upper School with this virtual tour. This is an excellent facility that will serve students’ learning needs and provide an environment for the transformational Minnehaha Academy experience.

The Mendota Heights location is a modern building that will provide students and faculty with spacious classrooms, a chapel space, a media room, science labs, and other state-of-the-art classrooms. This facility supports the school’s high quality programs, with ample room for specialized classes such as its International Space Station program, visual arts and music. The facility also provides offices for key Upper School personnel, including principals, counselors and the nurse. The space is being intentionally designed with the needs of students and faculty first. The Minnehaha community is one of the unique aspects of the school, and the layout of the space will foster connection and community. 

Minnehaha Academy’s Upper School will be temporarily located at 1345 Mendota Heights Road, right off 55, and just across the Mendota Bridge from South Minneapolis. This location will allow easy access for families that have children at both campuses and for students who participate in athletics after school.  There is ample parking for faculty and students on site. 

Updated: 8/24/17
Dr. Donna Harris Statement
Over the past few weeks, we have focused on honoring our colleagues, Ruth Berg and John Carlson, and coming together as a caring community of faith to draw strength from God, our Savior, and one another. We have also been intensely focused on securing a temporary location for the Upper School that would keep our 9th through 12th grade students together, provide needed space for the same high-quality programming our students have always experienced, and be ready for occupation by September 5th. We are very grateful for the unanimous decision of the Mendota Heights City Council to approve an interim use permit for Minnehaha Academy. I was moved by the heartfelt expressions of welcome by Mayor Garlock and the members of the City Council. We look forward to getting to know our neighbors and making positive contributions to the community while in our temporary home—we have already been blessed by the well wishes of the community and I’m certain our students, staff, and faculty will lead efforts to be a blessing to Mendota Heights. 

Our desire is to be back in a permanent location as soon as possible. Minnehaha signed a two-year lease, as required by the owner of the Mendota Heights site; we believe the two-year lease provides maximum flexibility for Minnehaha Academy as we look towards rebuilding. The process for assessing the structural soundness of our Upper School and conducting rebuilding analyses with a partially destroyed structure is complex, so it is prudent and beneficial for Minnehaha to have a longer time window at the Mendota Heights site if needed.

We are grateful for the partnership with Mortenson Construction and ATS&R; within a very compressed time window, they have marshaled the energy and creativity of dozens of workers to design a beautiful and functional learning space that supports the high-quality programming our students have always enjoyed.  

Finally, we are thankful for the support and loyalty of our families who remain committed to partnering with Minnehaha as we seek to advance our mission in providing high-quality education integrating Christian faith and learning.

Updated: 8/22/17
City Council Approval of Mendota Heights Site
Minnehaha Academy is pleased to announce a site has been finalized for its Upper School.  The Mendota Heights City Council approved Minnehaha Academy’s interim use permit for students in grades 9-12 to occupy the former Brown Institute.

“Over the past couple of weeks, we toured and appraised many sites,” said Dr. Donna Harris, Minnehaha Academy president. “We selected our new site based on how well it met the needs of the Minnehaha community and our commitment to providing an exceptional academic education in a caring community. We also used surveyed data from our parents, faculty, and staff to determine priorities for our new facility. Those priorities included: maintaining and growing our high quality academic program, keeping all Upper School students in one building and traveling a distance of fewer than 10 miles from 3100 West River Parkway.”

Minnehaha Academy’s Upper School will be temporarily located at 1345 Mendota Heights Road, right off 55, and just across the Mendota Bridge from South Minneapolis. This location will allow easy access for families that have children at both campuses and for students who participate in athletics after school.  There is ample parking for faculty and students on site. 

“It is an excellent facility that will best serve our students’ learning needs and provide an environment for the transformational Minnehaha Academy experience,” Harris said. 

The Mendota Heights location is a modern building that will provide students and faculty with spacious classrooms, a chapel space, a media room, science labs, and other state-of-the-art classrooms. This facility supports the school’s high quality programs, with ample room for specialized classes such as its International Space Station program, visual arts and music.  The facility also provides offices for key Upper School personnel, including principals, counselors and the nurse. The space is being intentionally designed with the needs of students and faculty first. The Minnehaha community is one of the unique aspects of the school, and the layout of the space will foster connection and community. 

Busing and shuttle options will continue to be available for students.  As of this time, we expect Upper School classes to begin on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Updated: 8/17/17
MPR News: Interview with Dr. Donna Harris
But [Dr. Donna Harris] keeps praying and keeps coming back to the Proverbs passage, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path."

Updated: 8/15/17
Pioneer Press Article: Minnehaha Athletics
“I’ve shared with them [student athletes], flat out, that they can bring the community back to a better place by just going out there and playing hard and representing us well on the field,” Athletic Director Josh Thurow said. “By (kids) coming back, it takes a little more focus off a tragic event. We don’t ever forget those things, but this can get us back toward some real positive things." 

Updated: 8/14/17
Unity Walk Music
Calling all Redhawk musicians! Be ready to join in singing "The Lord Bless You and Keep You" or bring your instrument to play in the pep band!

Updated: 8/11/17
Unity Walk
Join us on Tuesday for a Unity Walk – an opportunity to come together, to pause, to remember, to call on the Lord, and to look forward together. We will meet on the grassy side of the tennis courts at the Upper School at 6 p.m. and walk to the Lower & Middle School. Please WEAR RED and join us!

Date: Tuesday, 8/15
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Minnehaha Academy Upper School, walk 1 mile to Lower & Middle School
 
 

Updated: 8/9/17
Letter from the President
Dear Minnehaha Community,

We are so overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, love, and prayers from this community in the aftermath of last week’s tragic accident at the Upper School. We stand on a firm foundation; God has been faithful to Minnehaha Academy for more than 100 years, and we trust in Him for the future.

This community is strong and resilient. We are blessed with a supportive and strategic Board of Trustees, talented administrative leadership, faculty and staff. Our alumni, alumni parents and current parents are loyal and supportive. We remain committed to our mission and we know that the Lord will bring beauty from these ashes.

So many of you have contacted us asking how you can be of assistance. Here are three ways:

1. Pray. Continue to pray for everyone who was involved in the incident, for the families of John Carlson and Ruth Berg, for our leadership team as we make decisions, for our staff, faculty, and students, and for the future rebuilding of the Upper School.

2. Help. Let us know your expertise. Sign up to let us know how you can be of service during this time. https://goo.gl/forms/PYD7EE4uE9yOKvmf2

3. Give. In the rebuilding process, we will make an even better Minnehaha. Your gifts will support the school in this transition and cover expenses beyond our insurance coverage. www.minnehahaacademy.net/giving/givenow

In the midst of the hurt, sadness, and grief, we are confident in the Lord’s guidance and direction, and most of all, His love. We are held up by your prayers. Minnehaha Academy is so much more than a building; we are a caring community across this city, nation and world. My prayer continues to be that we will lock hands and hearts and do the hard work of rebuilding together. We have been and will continue to be strong because we are in this together.

Thank you again for your support.

Donna Harris, Ed.D

Updated: 8/9/17
Ruth Berg Memorial Service
Ruth Berg was an important part of the Minnehaha Academy community and we will celebrate her life with a memorial service on Sunday, August 13 at 5 pm in our Lower & Middle School Chapel. Her family will receive visitors prior to the service, starting at 2 pm. 4200 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN.

Updated: 8/8/17
Continued Prayers
Thank you all for your offers to help! At this time the Upper School is not secure or safe for anyone to be moving debris or other materials. We are grateful for everyone's generosity and desire to help, but please do not go to the Upper School to offer your services at this time – we want to make sure everyone stays safe! Please continue to pray for our community. 

Updated: 8/4/17
Donations & Support
We appreciate the support of the Minnehaha alum who started the GoFundMe page. For those who would rather donate directly to Minnehaha Academy for a tax donation or to take advantage of your employer’s matching gift program, you may do so. You may give online or send gifts directly to the school at 4200 West River Parkway, Mpls 55406

https://www.minnehahaacademy.net/giving/funddonation/

Updated: 8/3/17
John Carlson Memorial Service
We will celebrate John Carlson’s life with a memorial service on Sunday at 6 pm in our Lower & Middle School Chapel. His family will receive visitors prior to the service, from 4-6 pm. 4200 West River Parkway, Minneapolis

Updated: 8/3/17
Bryan Duffey Update
This morning our prayers are with Minnehaha's facilities team member Bryan Duffey and his family. We pray for his healing and for the wisdom of the doctors and nurses caring for him at this time.

Our hearts and thoughts are with all of those in the Minnehaha Community. We continue to pray for the families of John Carlson and Ruth Berg. We are thankful for the outpouring of support from emergency responders and members of the community. Thank you.

 

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