The first little girl bounced into the brand new library at Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park, excited to meet new faces in the room and, as she exclaimed, to have a slice of the pizza awaiting the scholars when they were all gathered. “Who are you?!” she said to someone she didn’t know. It’s a simple […]

When you pour salad dressing on your lettuce, flavor is probably all that you’re concerned with. But there’s a lot at play in that dressing; there’s chemistry. Amanda Olson’s fifth-grade science students can tell you all about it. They first learned about matter, from atoms to molecules to substances to mixtures. Then Ms. Olson took […]

Hiawatha Collegiate High School’s Physics program is using new innovative technology this fall that is greatly improving the way students analyze and assess data. Physics teacher Alicia Gruenwald requested that the network purchase probe ware, and eight Vernier Labquest2 devices and sensors were bought for the class (and for other science classes to use). The […]

“Good morning, friends,” Ms. Micayla Irmiter says as her third-graders settle in around the art-room carpet. “Good morning, Ms. Micayla,” they say. Just before 8 a.m., her first session of the day, Micayla asks her Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Northrop students to engage in a “Turn and Talk” activity while she retrieves a white board to write […]

It all comes down to Saturday. This is what they’ve trained for — a little over 3.1 miles, better known as a 5K. The Girls on the Run 5K at the Mall of America, to be exact. Not even a little rain could keep the Hiawatha Leadership Academy-Morris Park girls and their coaches from training […]

Group by group they came to the front of Ms. Mandy Williams’ fifth-grade reading classroom at Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield with some pretty important assignments in their hands. This classroom — and several other fifth-grade classrooms — had read a wonderful book, “Esperanza Rising,” by Pam Muñoz Ryan, which tells the story of a formerly affluent […]

Most of us have a book that changed our lives when we were children. It made us think differently, dream bigger, imagine something new. At Hiawatha Academies, we are working to give our scholars the opportunity to make many more of those literary discoveries by building school libraries at each of our five campuses. That’s […]

In a world where we are experiencing various attacks on our collective humanity – with the continued violence against our trans, black and brown, Jewish and immigrant communities — we often feel overwhelmed by the magnitude and complexity of what it means to live in this time and place. We, at Hiawatha Academies, also go […]

There is no melody, just a fast and steady beat. The echo of the drum fills the room, commanding attention and inspiring movement. The drum is the star of Danza Azteca because the drum is the heart, Rene Ruiz-Olivar said. It beats steadily and continuously, giving life to the dancers’ feet. “Without the heart, they […]

The pride was splashed all over Hiawatha Collegiate High School social media for days after the big games. Trophy emojis, team photos with plaques, and the biggest smiles you’ll ever see on a group of absolutely spent athletes who left it all on the field. The first weekend in October, both the girls and boys […]