Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

Jeannette Lutter-Gardella, Assistant Head of School

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Halloween Monster Mash!

Halloween tradition at Friends School means a monster mash dance party with buddies in the gym. There was a costume fashion parade, Russian circle dances, and a 7/8 Thriller flash mob at the very end.  We were wowed by our special guest DJ’s Karen to Dream and Club Shazz (aka music teacher Karen and teaching assistant Shahzore). It was an all school monster mash and a very fun day!  Happy Halloween!

Helping Middle Schoolers Manage Stress and Develop Personal Resilience

Friends School of Minnesota’s fabulous St. Paul Public Schools school counselor, Chi Fomafung, gave a presentation to our middle school students about Managing Stress and Developing Your Personal Resilience. His presentation covered: what is stress +/- the nature of stress-in and outside of ourselves personal choices resiliency what is personal resiliency how to develop personal resiliency mental toughness attributes Contact Jeannette at the school for a link to his slide PowerPoint presentation or download.. Read More

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 FSMN 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!

Korean Student Teachers at Friends School of Minnesota

This last month, Friends School of Minnesota once again welcomed Korean student teachers from the Global Teacher Education Program (GTEP). What a great educational and cultural exchange for everyone!   The Global Teacher Education Program (GTEP) is a short-term professional development and study abroad program sponsored through the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. GTEP is a partnership program with Seoul National University of Education (SNUE) in South Korea… Read More

Curriculum Improvement at Friends School of Minnesota: Middle School Math

Kris Bennett, Friends School of Minnesota’s new middle school math teacher, spent substantial time last year reviewing middle school math benchmarks, along with the new Common Core Math Standards. She identified that students would benefit from more in depth study of each concept, along with more practice with computation and algorithms. We have revised our middle school benchmarks and programs to address these and other goals.

A Community-Wide Sing Along and Stories from the Civil Rights Movement with Hollis Watkins

Come celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. with stories and sing along by Hollis Watkins at Friends School of Minnesota. Everyone is welcome to this community event. Monday January 14, 2013 3:00-5:00 pm Friends School of Minnesota 1365 Englewood Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104 651-917-0636 This event is co-sponsored by Friends School of Minnesota and Southside Family Charter School with the collaboration and support of Hamline University’s Conflict Studies program.   See our.. Read More