Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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High School Information Night 2016

We had a great turn out for our annual High School Information Night. Over 60 parents and students gathered to learn about high school options. A panel of FSM alumni shared their experiences of selecting a high school and how they managed the transition from 8th grade to high school. Our alumni also gave some sage advice to our 8th graders… get involved, be yourself, don’t procrastinate!

State History Day 2016

We spent a beautiful May Day at the University of Minnesota for State History Day, supporting eight 7th and 8th grade projects that competed in the categories of performance, exhibit, documentary, website, and paper. Over 1,200 junior and senior high school students participated in Minnesota’s State History Day this year. Congratulations to all of our History Day State participants! We are so proud of you! Papers Noah R. – Immigration.. Read More

Leaf Raking for Elders Service Project 2015

Last Saturday morning, Friends School community members gathered for a community day of service.  About 40 students, staff, parents, and alumni helped seniors living in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood by raking leaves.  We were able to take care of five different lawns and plan to take care of several more this week as classroom groups go out again. This annual service work is a great way to connect with our neighborhood!

Upcoming Performances by FSM Alumni

Abby Palen (Class of 2013) will play Ann Putnam in St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artist’s J-term production of The Crucible. Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, January 25, 2015 @ 5:00 PM The LAB Theater 700 N 1st Street Minneapolis, MN  55401 Estimated run time: 90 minutes, no intermission. Most appropriate for audiences 13+ for mature themes. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets online. *****  Zach Sain and Paige.. Read More

Thoughts About Integrity

Friends School of Minnesota alumnus Riley Wheaton (FSM Class of 2012) shared this essay he wrote for his writing seminar class at St. Paul Academy and Summit School. “My teacher suggested starting with one word and trying to define it using connotations and denotations. The first one that I thought of was integrity since we spent time grappling with it at FSM. Integrity always felt like one of the toughest.. Read More

Alumna April Joy Shares Her Story

FSM alumna April Joy Geibrick (Cusick) (Class of 1995 cohort) was recently chosen for an Esprit du She story contest about her running and fitness success. “A few failed attempts to get fit didn’t stop April from trying. Committing to her new fitness goals, April has now finished more than a dozen races with no signs of stopping.” read April’s story

Emilia is a Broadcom Masters Semifinalist!

Congratulations to FSM alumna Emilia Topp-Johnson (Class of 2014) who has been named a Broadcom Masters semifinalist. Last year, Emi researched corn fungus for her science fair project at Friends School of Minnesota (see previous post Emi’s Science Fair Project Wins!). Now a ninth grader at St. Paul Academy and Summit School, she is continuing her independent research in their Advanced Science Research laboratory. Broadcom Masters is the middle school level of the.. Read More