Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th graders wrapped up our Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media and Pop Culture unit in humanities in May. This unit challenges students to examine the role media plays in their lives, how the media constructs messages about race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, and how those messages impact one’s sense of identity. We center the unit around the Center for Media Literacy’s five core concepts.. Read More
Friends School of Minnesota head of school Lili Herbert shares some thoughts about community in her weekly newsletter message to FSM parents. She reminds us that community at its best is inclusive and supportive of every member. However, she also notes that community can be very challenging. Community sometimes requires us to be more tolerant, forgiving, and open to change in ourselves and others. Dear Friends School of Minnesota Parents, I think some of you may have seen.. Read More
Friends School of Minnesota’s 2014 Martin Luther King Celebration took place last January 17, 2014. This year students explored the Quaker value of community through a variety of songs, dances, multimedia, and spoken word performances. Thank you to everyone who joined us! In case you missed it, here are Head of School Lili Herbert’s opening remarks:
It is hard to believe that a new school year is only a few weeks away. We look forward to the energy and bustle of full classrooms! Here are some highlights of what’s new this fall:
At Friends School of Minnesota, we are committed to providing a holistic education, nurturing the physical, intellectual, spiritual, and social development of children. We do this in countless ways every day and through our curriculum. Here are two examples of how our students and staff worked this year to improve the social climate of middle school. Kindness Retreat with Youth Frontiers Every other year, Friends School of Minnesota 5th & 6th.. Read More
Thank you to Don Irish for digging up this 1987 Tribune article about the origins of Friends School of Minnesota. It is interesting to read about FSM’s origins and see that the founders’ vision and core values are still strong 25 years later.
An article in a recent issue of Independent School magazine, “Why Our Approach to Bullying is Bad for Kids” caught my attention. In essence, the author Susan Porter, a school dean, says that labeling children as either “bully” or “victim” doesn’t help us to help children.
Last weekend we helped nine Girl Scouts learn our model of conflict resolution. They will use the process on a trip with 36 high school girls to visit historically black colleges.