Tag Archives: Academics

Ma graduates teach the new generation at MA

From MA graduates to MA teachers: alums return From helping students along their faith journey to discovering God’s kingdom using math, MA graduates reflect on their decision to return to MA as teachers. “I absolutely loved [MA]. Then, when I became a mom I realized that it was so special …

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Community and Belonging at Minnehaha Academy

After five unprecedented years, MA focuses on belonging at school On January 3, 2022 teachers returned from Christmas break for a professional development day and chapel. The chapel speaker, David Hoffner, Director of Faith Formation at Minnehaha, prepared a speech highlighting the importance of community at school. The idea for …

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New at North: Joel Johnson

‘Rev. J’ moves to high school from South Campus to teach Bible courses Joel Johnson, better known as Rev. J, joins Brian Zimmer in the sacred studies department at the Upper School. Both taught at the middle school for several years. “I knew that I would really enjoy teaching ethics and capstone classes as a way of applying …

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Staff Editorial: a 7 period schedule may be a good idea

The pros and cons of a new schedule As many of us know, the school has been in the midst of a huge debate about next year’s schedule. Recently, the discussion has shifted towards potentially switching back to a seven-period schedule. In general, instead of having eight class periods on …

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The importance of truth in a time of uncertainty

What it means to navigate a “post-truth” world “What is a woman?” “I don’t know, I’m not a biologist.”    This is the scene that played out between Senator Marsha Blackburn and Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Judge Jackson’s response — “I don’t know, I’m not a biologist.” — …

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What are Microtones

Tuning into any news broadcast, you will quickly be made aware that these are unprecedented times. Social unrest, geopolitical time bombs, and a worldwide pandemic make everyday feel just a little bit off. If you are looking for music to fit these uneasy times, music that uses microtones might be …

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Struggling to Stay Strong

Adolescent mental health issues hit crisis levels during pandemic Three hundred and seventy students attend Minnehaha’s upper school. Based on recently released research finding that one in five adolescents suffer from a diagnosed mental health disorder, this means that seventy-four of Minnehaha’s close-knit community of students have likely been diagnosed …

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China: the rise & power of Xi Jinping

As Xi Jinping’s influence grows, China is elevated to a whole new political and economic stage “There have been a lot of changes in China since I grew up there as a kid,” said Jing Li, Chinese teacher. “The home, food, entertainment, and consumerism have changed the most.” Throughout the …

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How to know your studying efficiently and progressively.

Students tend to wonder, “How should I study?” Students need to use their time more efficiently, learn information, and keep in mind how to meet each subject’s requirements. Learning lab teacher, Elaine Ekstedt thinks about the bigger picture, “Well, I think that’s the wrong question,” Ekstedt said. “I think the …

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The truth’s not so hard to find

How can you find truth in all the noise  In a recent poll by Minnesota media outlets, it was found that a year after the 2020 election, 40% of Minnesotans were either not sure if Joe Biden won the presidency legitimately or didn’t think he legitimately won at all. This …

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