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Summer Reading Update

Summer Reading Update

Did you know that students who log their summer reading minutes are eligible for prizes? Continue reading to see what your student can do to participate.

Lower School Students:

Students that read and log on their Scholastic account the following minutes will be entered into a drawing for a gift card.

  • Grades 1-2 = 1,000 minutes
  • Grades 3-5 = 2,000 minutes
  • Each additional 500 minutes will earn another entry into the drawing.

The grade that records the most summer reading minutes (1-5) will earn an extra recess on Monday, October 23.

Questions about the Lower School Summer Reading can be directed to Mrs. Stacy Huether at

Upper School Students:

Students that read and log a minimum of 1,500 minutes will have their name entered into a drawing for a gift card. Each additional 1,000 minutes read will earn another entry in the drawing. Two students, one from Middle and one from High School, will earn a $100 Amazon gift card and additional names will be drawn for $20 gift cards.

Middle School students should enter their reading minutes on their Scholastic account they received in the spring. High School students should fill out a reading log and submit it to Mr. Oehler in the Upper School Learning Commons no later than Friday, September 8. Click here for grades 9-12 reading log. Questions about the Upper School Summer Reading can be directed to Mr. Jerry Oehler at

Reminder! Make sure to check in with your student and his/her summer reading. Click here for details on your child’s assignment.

Alumni Update: Nate Pruszinske and FLTR

Alumni Update: Nate Pruszinske and FLTR

Hello MCA!

It’s been 3 years since my graduation and a lot has been happening lately. As a full time mechanical engineering student at Iowa State University, I decided to participate in the National Student Exchange Program, where I’ve spent my entire Junior year and Summer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa! It’s been an adventure for sure, but even more useful was the opportunity to grow and launch my own business, FLTR.

Over the past two and a half years, I’ve worked on designing sunglasses lenses that would filter your view similar to social media filters, and have designed and manufactured these extremely unique double-gradient sunglasses. Living in Hawaii has given me great opportunity to test the product in a sunny environment, as well as reach out to many travelers and residents in the area.

The unique lenses are what really set FLTR apart from regular sunglasses, which are typically dull, monotone, and desaturating to your view. FLTR’s patent-pending double-gradients lenses shade your upper and lower view, brightening your center focus and enhancing color and contrast like nothing you’ve ever seen before! Instead of just darkening your view with regular sunglasses tones, you can choose between our three filtered lenses – Aloha, Resol, and Lago. FLTRs also use the latest protective vision technology, preventing 99-100% of the sun’s harmful radiation (UVA and UVB rays) from impacting and damaging your eyes! So not only are you enhancing your view, you’re protecting your eyes!

On May 30th I launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund this startup, and have begun raising funds to kick-start these sweet filtered sunglasses! In order to begin manufacturing, we need to reach our goal of $20,000 by June 30th, and can only do so by reaching out to as many people as possible to spread the word!

You can check out the FLTR Kickstarter page at and the website at! Thank you in advance for any and all support.


Maranatha Christian Academy’s Private School Teacher Awards

Maranatha Christian Academy’s Private School Teacher Awards

At the end of every school year, Maranatha Christian Academy, a private K-12 Christian school located in Brooklyn Park, MN, hosts an end-of-the-year BBQ and awards ceremony. The following is a list of the awards and the winners for the 2016-17 academic year. Congratulations award winners.

  • The Leadership Award (1 Peter 5:2-3): This award is to recognize an MCA employee who lives out Godly leadership and influence with andamong their peers. This person has both vision and follow-through to bring about improvements and enhancements to their department, area, or to MCA as a whole. The award is $1,000 cash, plaque, and name prominently displayed at the school.
    • 2016-17 Winner: Deb Larson-Wooton
  • Innovation in the Classroom (Eph. 2:10): This award recognizes innovation and creativity in the classroom. Teachers who construct a learning environment where students explore, imagine, and engage in a variety of stimulating and innovative experiences and who inspire a joy of learning in their students will be nominated for this award by their principals and peers. The recipient receives a $1,000 cash prize, plaque, and name prominently displayed at the school.
    • 2016-17 Winner: Evan Handrick
  • Instructional Excellence (Psalm 32:8): This award recognizes those teachers who excel in instruction and pedagogy. Those who demonstrate a conspicuous desire for student achievement and learning while providing an environment of compassionate care will be nominated by their principals and peers for this award. The award is $1,000 cash, plaque, and name prominently displayed at the school.
    • 2016-17 Winner: Cheri Clausen
  • Faithful Servant (Matthew 25:21): This award is to identify those among our community who faithfully serve those around them with a humble and giving heart. Those that consistently strive to assist and support others will be nominated by their peers within the entire staff for this award. The recipient receives a $1,000 cash prize, plaque, and name prominently displayed at the school.
    • 2016-17 Winner: Karen Boese
  • Teamwork and Collaboration Award (Ecc. 4:9-12): This award will be granted on an annual basis to a group or department(s) modeling teamwork and collaboration in ways that support the vision and programs of Maranatha Christian Academy. Each individual associated with a larger collaborative effort will be recognized by administrators and peers for this award. The winners of this award will split $2000 cash, receive a plaque, and have their name displayed in the school.
    • 2016-17 Winner: Lower School Paraprofessionals (Jenny Huhne, Kathy Brandstetter, Amy Cox, Griffin Finton, Jenni Baden, and Tanya Frey)

Deb Larson-WootenEvan HandrickCheri ClausenKaren BoeseJenny Huhne, Kathy Brandstetter, Amy Cox, Griffin Finton, Jenni Baden, and Tanya Frey



Class of 2017 In Demand from Prestigious Universities

Class of 2017 In Demand from Prestigious Universities

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Class of 2017 –Students in one of the Top Christian Schools are in Demand from Prestigious Universities

In the grand scheme of things, Maranatha Christian Academy is not considered a very large school. With a graduating class in 2017 of 53 students, this college-preparatory school in Brooklyn Park, MN is what most would define as a small private Christian school.  While this may be the case, MCA is one of the top Christian schools in the nation, and this small class has made a big impact.

In the tradition of our past few graduating classes from the Academy, which were offered over $4 million in scholarships, this class looks as though it will exceed that dollar figure. On top of that, these seniors are being accepted at universities such as Dartmouth, Brown, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Northwestern (IL), and Rensselaer Technical Institute, just to name a few.

While many institutions claim to be college-prep, Maranatha’s results speak for themselves, making it one of the top Christian schools for students who are preparing for college- and career-readiness. With an ACT score of 26, the ability to earn an Associate of Arts Degree on its high school campus, a ground-breaking Entrepreneurship Center of Excellence with corporate partnerships, and a brand new 21st Century S.T.E.A.M. Center, Maranatha Christian Academy has everything your child needs for a successful start in life

Big named universities are paying attention to this small school in the Midwest.



Minnesota is known as the State of Hockey. Players of all ages are seen on frozen ponds, lakes, and homemade rinks in the back yard. Some of these dedicated “rink rats” make their way around the country playing on national teams, even in their younger years. One of these gifted athletes happens to attend Maranatha Christian Academy in Brooklyn Park, MN. Jaden Roueche is a third grade student at the Academy and has been invited to play with the best hockey players in his age group (born in 2008) in the United States. The “Brick Series,” North America’s Elite Hockey Event Series, features elite teams, strong competition, and great experiences in some of the world’s best cities.

Jaden will be playing for a team called HD Engine and was invited by a coach out of Tulsa, OK to represent Minnesota and the USA in the four-series tournament. A few of the places Jaden will be lacing up the skates include Boston, MA; Toronto, Canada; and Edina, MN.

The students and staff at Maranatha Christian Academy wish Jaden the best and pray for a memorable and victorious tournament. Congratulations to Jaden on this amazing accomplishment.

To learn more about the Brick Series, please click here:

Congratulation to Sami Payne for winning the 2017 Athena Award!

Congratulation to Sami Payne for winning the 2017 Athena Award!

We would like you to help us congratulate Sami Payne of Brooklyn Park for being this years Athena Award recipient! The Athena Award is to recognize the outstanding 12th grade female athletes from each of the Minneapolis city, suburban and private schools and to honor each woman for her achievements in one or several sports. Below are some of the highlights of Sami’s amazing high school career.

  • 11 – Varsity Letters (Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Track, and Volleyball)
  • 4 – All Conference Awards (2 Basketball and 2 Volleyball)
  • 5 – Regular Season and Tournament Conference Championships (Hasn’t lost to a conference opponent in 5 straight years (Basketball)).
  • 4 – Captaincies, 2 Basketball and 2 Volleyball
  • 3 – MVP Awards (1 Basketball, 1 Softball, 1 Volleyball)
  • Named to the 2017 MSHSL Basketball All-Tournament Team
  • Scored over 1,000 career points in Basketball
  • During the 2015-16 basketball season ranked in the Top 10 for Rebounds and Blocked Shots
  • During the 2016-17 basketball season ranked #6 in Blocked Shots
  • Aspire Award Nominee
  • Student Council Vice President
  • National Honor Society for 3 years

Post High School Plans: Attend the University of Minnesota and purse a Business Degree.

Congratulations again, Sami Payne! We are proud to call you a Mustang!

Mustangs Announce New Boys’ Basketball Coach

Mustangs Announce New Boys’ Basketball Coach

Today, the Maranatha Christian Academy boys’ basketball team announced the beginning of a new era with the hiring of new Head Coach, Robert Ware. The MCA basketball program has a rich history of success. Both the boys’ and girls’ programs have reached the State Tournament on a regular basis.

Many associated with MCA know Mr. Ware as the Dean of Academics. What many may not be aware of is that Mr. Ware has extensive basketball coaching experience, including the Totino-Grace High School Head Basketball Coach the last two seasons.  When asked about his objective as the new Head Coach at Maranatha, Mr. Ware stated, “I want to continue to enhance each player within the basketball program with the focus on the team’s character as athletes on the court, academics in the classroom, and helping them become successful, productive leaders beyond graduation from the Academy.”

In addition to his time at Totino-Grace, Mr. Ware spent nine seasons as an assistant at Minnetonka High School, has been a camp director over the past six years, and an assistant at Crown College for three years, among other stints at various levels.

Head of School, Brian Sullivan and Activities Director, John Szwaja are excited to watch the development and growth of the program under Coach Ware’s guidance. The beginning of a new era in a tradition of excellence on the court has begun.

When you have a chance, be sure to congratulate Mr. Ware as the new Head Coach.

Congratulations to Mrs. Brinkley and the High School Student Council

Congratulations to Mrs. Brinkley and the High School Student Council

Brooklyn Park, MN- For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, Maranatha Christian Academy High School Student Council has been awarded a 2017 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC).

“Receiving an NASC National Gold Council of Excellence Award reflects the highest dedication on the part of the school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program,” said Ann Postlewaite, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) student programs director. “NASC applauds the work of the National Gold Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities.”

“In the past, MCA’s high school student council has earned the National Award of Excellence. Leave it to this crew, led by Elise Moore, to want to go for Gold. The National Gold Award of Excellence requires more documentation and projects than the other. While both awards are prestigious, I am so proud of this year’s high school student council pushing themselves to the next level. They are truly deserving of this honor.”

  • Melody Brinkley, High School Student Council Advisor

To meet the requirements for the NASC National Council of Excellence Award, a student council must meet a variety of criteria. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process, and membership in NASC, councils demonstrate things such as leadership training for council members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school and community service projects, spirit activities, goal setting, financial planning, and active participation in state and national student council associations. Those councils awarded the gold level have successfully demonstrated the highest levels of leadership.

To learn more about the National Council of Excellence Award, visit

About NASC

Since 1931, the goal of NASC has been to help all student councils become more effective organizations. NASC represents middle level and high school councils nationwide. It creates the opportunity for students to become effective leaders, thus encouraging and influencing a positive school climate. NASC is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). For more information on NASC, visit


The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and 35 countries around the world. NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA visit