Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

The Hope in Our Community

By Meara Cline I graduated from Friends School of Minnesota in 2012 and went onto DeLaSalle High School. I am now a sophomore at the University of Minnesota. I jumped from a school of 160 students, to one with 800 students and now I’m at one with 40,000. These were all very different spaces with diverse missions and unique students. I am convinced that my ability to navigate these unique.. Read More

What Welcome Looks Like at FSMN

Here at Friends Quaker school We follow values more than rules Every teacher, parent, child Can be a friend, share a smile I can tell that we are going to be friends When I re-wrote the White Stripes song to open our first Meeting for Worship, those words flowed out effortlessly. My first months here have been full of new friendships and open hearts. What has welcome looked like? It looked.. Read More

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