School News

Public Notice: Public Hearing for Flex Learning School Years

January 21, 2021


Minnewaska Area School District will be holding public hearings of the School Board of Independent School District 2149. These meetings will be open to the public to provide the board with public input on starting school prior to Labor Day for the next three years. The tentative start dates are as follows: August 30, 2021; August 29, 2022; and August 28, 2023.

Monday, January 25, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, February 22, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.

All meetings will be held in the MAHS Choir Room, 25122 State Hwy 28, Glenwood, MN 

Chad Barsness, Chair
Board of Education


Buildings Closed, eLearning Day

January 15, 2021

Due to the Winter Weather throughout today, Friday, January 15, 2021, there will be no school in Minnewaska Area Schools. However, an E-Learning day is scheduled. Please visit the MAS website for directions under E-Learning if you have questions. Stay warm and safe.


Schools Dismissing Early

January 14, 2021

Minnewaska Area Staff, Parents, and Students

Due to Winter Weather, Thursday, January 14, Minnewaska Area Schools will be closing early. Elementary and WIN will close at 1 p.m., Middle and High School will close at 1:15 p.m.

All MAS extracurricular activity practices are cancelled today and events scheduled tonight have been postponed and will be rescheduled.

Rick Ellingworth, Interim Superintendent


Reminder, NO SCHOOL, Monday, January 11

January 8, 2021
Reminder, NO SCHOOL, Monday, January 11th for a COVID-19 Transition Day.
View our revised district calendar on our website at…/MAS-2020-21-CALENDAR… for all no-school days, teacher in-service days, and holidays. Additional no school days in the month of January are on the 18th and 19th of the following week.

Buildings Closed, eLearning Day

December 22, 2020

Weather Alert

Minnewaska Area Staff and Students

Due to the severe Winter Weather storm scheduled throughout the day tomorrowWednesday, December 23, there will be no school in Minnewaska Area Schools tomorrow.  However, an E-Learning day is scheduled. Please visit the MAS website for directions under E-Learning if you have questions.  Stay warm and safe. Happy Holidays.

Rick Ellingworth, Interim Superintendent


Learning Scenario Changes

December 22, 2020

Minnewaska Area Parents and Staff

Please see the letter and calendar update linked below related to upcoming Learning Scenario changes approved by the Minnewaska School Board.

Scenario Change Letter and Calendar

Thank you for your support throughout this school year.

Wishing you a happy and safe holiday season.
Rick Ellingworth, Interim Superintendent


All MAS youth activities will pause through Friday, December 18th

Parents of Minnewaska Area Schools – Grades K-6 Youth Activity Participants:

In accordance with the Governor’s most recent executive order issued last night, all Minnewaska Area Schools youth activities will pause effective at 11:59 p.m. this Friday, November 20th through Friday, December 18th.  Further guidance will be forthcoming from the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Community Education Association, Minnesota State High School League, and the Governor’s office as we move through the next four weeks. This includes, but not limited to, youth boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling, dance, swimming lessons, and any other youth sports-related activity.  For those of you having a participant in any of these programs, you will be hearing from the coordinators regarding plans going forward.

Thank you!

Bill Mills
Director of Community Education & Activities
Minnewaska Area Schools


MAS 7th-12th grade shift to Distance Learning

November 10, 2020

MAS Parents, Students and Staff:

Please see the link below announcing the Minnewaska decision to shift 7th-12th grade Learning Scenario from Hybrid to Distance Learning. No Change in K-6th grade plans.

Rick Ellingworth, Interim Superintendent of Schools


2020 Veterans Day Program

November 4, 2020

View this letter for information and details about the upcoming 2020 Minnewaska Area Schools Veterans Day Program.


MAS COVID Decision-making letter

October 27, 2020

MAS Students, Parents, and Staff:

The MAS School Board appointed a COVID School Scenario decision-making team. In an attempt to be transparent in these COVID times, MAS school board members have asked the administration to share information about the decision-making process so staff, students, and families may gain greater insight into the workings of the Command Team. An informative letter is linked below:

Rick Ellingworth, MAS Interim Superintendent