Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

Our Students Speak Out About Gun Violence

Student activism is important at Friends School of Minnesota. Our students know their voice is important and they are powerful citizens in our democracy. They know they must speak up and use their voices when issues arise that challenge their values and dreams for our future. Gun violence is one of those issues. The actions of the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have inspired our.. Read More

History Day Is Here!

Our FSM History Day Showcase will take place tonight, Thursday, March 8 from 6-8:30pm. The event is open to anyone, and we are excited for our 7/8 students to show off their hard work. The 7/8 students started the projects in December by choosing a topic and connecting it to the year’s theme, Conflict and Compromise in History. Choosing a Category and Conducting Research During the months of January and.. Read More

West African Dance–3 Students Teach Dance To 7th and 8th Graders

In October, we taught 7th and 8th graders West African dance moves, to go along with the West African drumming unit. We taught our classmates Kassa, a harvest dance from West Africa. We taught the students about the West African break. A West African break is a signal from the drummers to switch dance moves. In the sequence that we taught them, there were five moves. Students had to keep.. Read More

A Video–Who We Are and How We Live Our Mission

Students seated in a circle in a gymnasium

It is a time of change in our communities, our country, and our world. Friends School of Minnesota is preparing children to face these changes with hope, skill, understanding and creativity–while incorporating the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity. We like to think of this video as a set of images that celebrate the hope we try to foster here every day. Click here to watch the video. .. Read More

Rick Juliusson Announced As New FSM Head of School

The School Committee is pleased to announce that Rick Juliusson, Co-Director of Monteverde Friends School in Monteverde, Costa Rica, has accepted the invitation to serve as the Head of School, effective July 9, 2018. The Search Committee and search consultant Marcus Hurlbut from Educators’ Collaborative have been working together since last November to recruit a strong candidate pool. The committee completed several trainings in preparation for this work, including workshops.. Read More

Welcome Back to School!

It is such a pleasure to welcome everyone back to school. It is wonderful to see the hallways full of children and brimming with energy and excitement. We are looking forward to an amazing year. Here are some key dates for the upcoming weeks: First Day of School Welcome and Meeting for Worship Tuesday, September 5, 2017 9:30-10:15am: All School Meeting for Worship in the gym 10:15-11:00am: Coffee for guests in the.. Read More

The Making of a Ciudad

Tundra and Bayou Spanish students have been creating their imaginary “ciudad” (city) using the vocabulary we have learned in this unit. Groups had some basic requirements they needed to include on their maps. They worked in small groups and were challenged to make creative designs. Each city has an imaginary name. You can see these projects in the hallway and stairwell closest to La Mesa classroom. It’s been a fun.. Read More