Briefs

New teaching librarian joins staff

Wagner brings experience as librarian, archivist, instructor This year Minnehaha is welcoming many new faces, one of them being Dora Wagner, a new librarian. Wagner will work in the library with Robyn Westrem, a librarian and English department chair, and with students in various classes as their teachers develop special …

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Familiar face, new challenge

Heise takes on AP Spanish course Ashlyn Heise, who became a familiar face last year by appearing in almost every classroom during the year as a full-time building substitute, will have the added responsibility of teach AP Spanish this year. Heise has studied Spanish and Portuguese as an undergraduate at …

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M.A. welcomes new tech director

Dave Eisenmann, new tech director! Tech director Dave Eisenmann is welcomed to our school with the many other new faces joining Minnehaha Academy this year. He went to Concordia Moorhead to get his undergraduate degree, and he went to Hamline University to get his master’s. He majored in both elementary …

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Slovak students are back: Samo Markus

Samo Markuš excited to experience mid-America Visiting Minnehaha Academy, all the way from Bratislava, Slovakia, is senior Samuel “Samo” Markuš, one of two Slovak students enrolled at Minnehaha for the Fall 2021 semester. In Slovakia, they attend the C.S. Lewis Bilingual High School, a sister school to Minnehaha, in Bratislava. …

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ISS experiment goes ‘green’

Space Station class explores algae growth in microgravity The International Space Station (ISS) class, taught by Joy Reist and Tim Swanson, is currently growing spirulina algae in the science classroom. The algae is being tested on growth in microgravity.  “The International Space Station has high levels of carbon dioxide, and …

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Slovakian student settles in at MA

Júlia Bajusová eager to try new things Júlia Bajusová, a senior, is studying abroad at Minnehaha Academy this year. Bajusovà’s home country is Slovakia, located in Central Europe. She attends the C.S. Lewis Bilingual School in Bratislava. “I saw a great opportunity to try new things,” said Bajusová, “to discover …

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Zimmer shifts to Upper School

Sacred Studies department adds familiar presence to high-school classrooms Brian Zimmer, the new ninth and tenth grade Bible teacher, is in it for the long haul. “I’m planning on being here for a long time,” said Zimmer, who has just started his first year of teaching at the high school, …

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Strength & conditioning coach joins staff

Peterson brings exercise-science expertise to assist athletes If you’ve been hearing your friends talking about sore muscles and improved athletic performance, chances are they’re working out with Brandon Peterson, Minnehaha Academy’s new strength and conditioning coach. In his new position, Peterson uses his background in exercise science to help students …

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Shooting for Mars

SpaceX has partially successful launch as the company makes steps toward interplanetary travel On December 8, 2020 in Cameron County, Texas, the SpaceX Starship SN8 successfully “ascended, transitioned propellant, and performed its landing flip maneuver with precise flap control to reach its landing point” before exploding upon landing due to …

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Brexit finally takes effect

What comes after the British and European Union breakup On January 1, the U.K. officially cut its ties with the European Union after a 4 ½ year period of negotiations. The process of the U.K. leaving the EU, known as Brexit, has not been without friction and there are still …

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