Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

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

Geometry Challenge: Pass the Popcorn!

Friends School of Minnesota 7th graders embarked on another geometry challenge this week involving popcorn! Everyone knows that movie theater popcorn often comes in buckets, similar in shape to a cylinder. Not everyone knows that the volume of popcorn received varies dramatically with the height of the bucket, even when the lateral surface area remains unchanged. The design challenge for students was to compare popcorn bucket volumes using a lateral.. Read More

Spotlight on FSM Student Artists

Ten of our middle school students students participated in the first annual Twin Cities Student Art Show at the Dow Gallery April 22 – 24 during the St. Paul Art Crawl. Congratulations to all our participants! Ava C. Eleanor A. Ezra G. Harper E. Helene F. Jane R. Kaija M. Noah R. Sarah S. Sonia N.         You can always see more work by all our talented.. Read More

Gallon Challenge! Fifth Graders Study Measurement

Fifth grade students are studying measurement in math class this month. Earlier in the year, they learned the metric system in science class, and they are now learning all things “customary.” Today was a lesson on capacity and they were given the “gallon challenge” to prove their conversions. For example: “How many teaspoons in a tablespoon?”  Prove it! “How many tablespoons in a cup?” Prove it! “How many cups in a.. Read More

Arts Field Trip in Lowertown St. Paul

Friends School of Minnesota seventh and eighth graders enjoyed a full day of arts on their field trip in downtown St. Paul. They took the Green Line train from school to Lowertown, met and worked with local creative artists, and had a picnic lunch in Mears Park. Bellows Recording Studio Students visited Bellows Recording studio. They met drummer/composer Graham O’Brien and worked collaboratively with him to compose using samples and an acoustic drum.. Read More

Avid Readers Breakfast

It was lots of fun to celebrate this year’s Minnesota Youth Reading Awards at our  Avid Readers Breakfast in April! Thanks to everyone for encouraging your students to read the nominated titles this year.   Our breakfast participants were the first to hear about this year’s award recipients, announced online earlier in the week. I have posted fliers outside of the library for everyone, but please share this information with.. Read More