Art teacher engages learners with TAB

“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 […]

Owls prepare to run Girls on the Run 5K

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 […]

Fifth-graders share human rights monologues

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 […]

Help us build school libraries

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 […]

Reflecting on recent tragedies

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 […]

Cafeteria manager teaches traditional Mexican dance, Danza Azteca

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 […]

Varsity programs taking off at HCHS

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 […]

Family Academy to focus on sexuality

Raising sexually healthy children goes beyond having “the talk.” That’s why Family Academy in November/December is focusing on topics related to sexual health, in partnership with Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES). The sessions will be held 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays on Nov. 13, Nov. 20, Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 at Hiawatha College […]

HCP-K event celebrated Hispanic heritage, culture

As part of a month-long celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month, Hiawatha College Prep-Kingfield held a special night at the middle school filled with colorful performances, food and togetherness, inviting HCP-K families to join in the fun. Sabrina Edwards, HCP-K dean of culture, was beaming as the event began, proud of all the work so many […]

Hiawatha parents discuss memories, development

The front room of Hiawatha College Prep-Northrop was filled with dozens of parents sitting in smaller groups, and Lucy Rosario asked them to turn to each other and share one of their first, most vivid memories. Among the various childhood images and experiences that swirled through the room, one mom shared a vivid memory from […]