Social and emotional connections are more important than ever, and fostering these connections are what makes Minnehaha’s caring community so distinctive. Through morning meetings at the lower school and the advisory programs at the middle and upper schools students connect with one another, and with an adult, to provide guidance and support in academic, spiritual, and personal growth. Advisory groups meet daily at the middle school and every other day at the upper school.
Athletics Plan Overview
Minnehaha Academy follows the guidelines set out by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota State High School League. Our number one priority is student-athlete and coach safety as we move forward with the upcoming school year.
We have been working closely with our nursing staff to ensure we have plans in place to keep student-athletes and coaches as healthy as possible. We are very excited for our fall sports that are able to move forward with their season, and we will continue to provide more information for the upcoming seasons as we receive that information. For additional information, please contact Athletic Director Josh Thurow at (612) 709-0792 or via email.
Fall Sports Offered
- Girls’ Tennis, 8 week season, 11 contests, dual matches (each team can compete against one school at a time on each contest date)
- Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country, 9 week season, 7 meets, no more than three teams competing at a time
- Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer, 9 week season, 11 contests, dual matches (each team can compete against one school at a time on each contest date)
- Girls’ Swimming, 11 week season , 11 contests, dual matches (each team can compete against one school at a time on each contest date)
- Football, spring sport (March 15th-May 15th)
- Volleyball, spring sport (March 15th-May 15th)
Additional Information (Fall Sports)
Practice: Fall sports can begin with their first practices on Monday, August 17th. There has been discussion among the Board of Directors at the MSHSL that Football, Girls’ Volleyball, and all of the spring sports that missed out on a season last year will be allowed to practice in some capacity this fall. More information about this will be released to the teams as it becomes available.
- Season length: The length of the season has been reduced.
- Contest details: The number of contests and number of teams that can meet for a contest at one time has been reduced. For all sports, there will be no scrimmages, invitationals, or tournaments. There is a limit of 2 contests per week during the season (for all sports). At this time, there are no play-off tournaments (sections or state) planned. This could change in the future.
- Contest spectators: The MSHSL will allow no more than 250 spectators at outdoor athletic events this fall. We will be working in the coming weeks to make sure we have a plan in place to keep our spectators as safe as possible.
- Contest transportation: Due to multiple group transportation restrictions, and a nationwide school bus driver shortage, it is likely that parents will be asked to provide transportation for their individual athletes to and from away contests. We will do what we can to provide transportation whenever possible, but please plan accordingly now to transport your athletes if at all possible.
Sports that generally play in the spring will run from May 15-summer 2021 (date TBD)
Middle School Sports Update
Minnehaha Athletics will not offer Middle School-based sports for fall, including Middle School Football. Our Middle School Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer teams and Middle School Girls’ Volleyball teams participate in a local league that has decided to postpone their season until the spring.
Despite not offering Middle School-based sports, many of our Upper School sports allow for student-athletes in seventh and eighth grade who are capable of playing at the high school level to try out. Seventh and eighth graders may try out for Girls’ Tennis, Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country, Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer, or Girls’ Swimming if you feel they have the capabilities to play at that level.
Athletic Forms & Eligibility
Please log-in to Skyward to complete the Athletics sign-up form as well as the MSHSL Eligibility Form. Completing these will ensure that your family’s email addresses are added to the team email lists.
Students wishing to participate on an athletics team at Minnehaha Academy are required to complete a physical every three years and submit that paperwork to the health office. When completing the Athletics sign-up form in Skyward, you will be able to see the date of their most recent physical on file with the nurse’s office. If your student has an updated physical to hand in, if their physical is expired, or if there is no date listed, please send a copy of their updated physical to the school nurse (ATTN: Paul Slininger at the Middle School or ATTN: Heidi Streed at the Upper School).
These forms required in order to attend any practices beginning on August 17th.
Corporate worship remains essential to our identity and we’ll have weekly chapel for the Lower, Middle, and Upper School. In order to adhere to safety guidelines and maximize classroom space the Lower and Middle School will have pre-recorded Chapels to view within their advisories and the Upper School will worship by grade level either in person or through a live feed. Classroom and advisory time will be dedicated to discussing and deepening our chapel experience at every level.
The Upper School performing groups are being rearranged to allow for smaller sections. Only one performing group will be scheduled at a time in the master Upper School schedule, so rehearsals will have access to all of the performing spaces in the Fine Arts wing of the school as well as opportunities for large group outdoor rehearsals in the amphitheater and Guido Kauls Field. The Hognander Chapel will be available for socially distant performing during those classes when the groups would like to rehearse as a large ensemble. We are still gathering information and working out the details of how to safely produce concerts, plays, and other performances, but know that our students will be able to showcase their wonderful musical and acting talents either in person with limited audiences or pre-recorded and sent out in a YouTube link as we were able to do in the spring semester.