Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

First Day of Kindergarten 2016-17

There is nothing better than the first day of school! Seeing the new kindergarteners digging into their next adventure renews all of us at Friends School of Minnesota. We look forward to another great school year watching all our students grow and learn. \

Summer Curriculum Work

Over the summer, Friends School of Minnesota teachers worked on revising the 3rd and 4th grade social studies curriculum and developing new benchmark assessment for middle school humanities.

FSM’s Good Morning Handshake Tradition

Another school year is beginning and students will soon return! It is Friends School of Minnesota’s tradition is to greet students with a handshake as they arrive at the front door for a new school day. We believe the morning greeting makes students feel known, sets a positive tone for the day, and builds community. One of the wonderful things about a small, intentional community like FSM is that every student,.. Read More

Media Literacy and the Penumbra Theater Company

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

All School Crosby Farm Day 2016

It was a glorious day for FSM’s all school Crosby Farm Day! Throughout the year, 7th and 8th grade students traveled monthly to Crosby Farm Regional Park in the Mississippi River Valley. They learned the natural history of the place, measured river height and rates, studied wildlife, and wrote and sketched in a specific habitat. Students went back to the same spot each month of the school year and tracked how the.. Read More

MRES Solar Boat Regatta 2016

Friends School of Minnesota’s 7th and 8th grade Engineering Club once again participated in the MRES Solar Boat Regatta. This boat race held at Baker Lake in Eden Prairie every spring.  It is sponsored by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES). The rules are pretty simple: boats are powered by the Sun.  Each boat is limited to one 12 volt battery and one 85 watt solar panel.  The boats are allowed.. Read More