Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

Place-Based Education – Working with the NPS and STEAM Day

By Kris Bennett, FSMN Middle School Science Teacher Friends School of Minnesota is committed to developing scientifically literate students. Our program is designed to nurture curiosity about the natural world, develop students skilled in scientific inquiry, and promote critical thinking in all areas of life. The key to this approach is ensuring that children are at the center of their learning. Students must have experience constructing their own understanding through.. 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

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

El Día de los Muertos at FSM

¡Vamos a celebrar el Día de los Muertos! We are going to celebrate The Day of the Dead at Friends School of Minnesota! El Día de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico and many other parts of Central America (including here in the U.S.) on November 1 and 2. It is a day to remember loved ones who have passed and invite their spirits back for a day. People who celebrate.. Read More

5th and 6th grade Big River Journey

Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th grades went on their Big River Journey, spending the day with the National Park Service aboard a paddleboat on the Mississippi River. The field trip was filled with hands-on river activities including topics such as aquatic insects and river quality, river geology, river ecosystems, river birds, watershed stewardship, riverboats and piloting, archaeology, floodplain forests, and more.

Rocket Launch!

Friends School of Minnesota 6th and 8th graders finished our third round of rocket experiments! They blasted off for the final time after creating their own original design.