Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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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!

State History Day 2016

We spent a beautiful May Day at the University of Minnesota for State History Day, supporting eight 7th and 8th grade projects that competed in the categories of performance, exhibit, documentary, website, and paper. Over 1,200 junior and senior high school students participated in Minnesota’s State History Day this year. Congratulations to all of our History Day State participants! We are so proud of you! Papers Noah R. – Immigration.. Read More

Leaf Raking for Elders Service Project 2015

Last Saturday morning, Friends School community members gathered for a community day of service.  About 40 students, staff, parents, and alumni helped seniors living in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood by raking leaves.  We were able to take care of five different lawns and plan to take care of several more this week as classroom groups go out again. This annual service work is a great way to connect with our neighborhood!

Upcoming Performances by FSMN Alumni

Abby Palen (Class of 2013) will play Ann Putnam in St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artist’s J-term production of The Crucible. Saturday, January 24, 2015 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, January 25, 2015 @ 5:00 PM The LAB Theater 700 N 1st Street Minneapolis, MN  55401 Estimated run time: 90 minutes, no intermission. Most appropriate for audiences 13+ for mature themes. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets online. *****  Zach Sain and Paige.. Read More

Talia is Reno Sweeney in SPCPA’s Anything Goes!

Friends School of Minnesota alumna Talia Fossum-Wernick (Class of 2011) is playing nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes for St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists‘s January performance term (or J-Term).  Anything Goes is a musical with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Talia is a senior at SPCPA and would love seeing of her FSMN friends and teachers at the performance! Tickets for Anything Goes can be purchased online from Brown.. Read More

Thoughts About Integrity

Friends School of Minnesota alumnus Riley Wheaton (FSMN Class of 2012) shared this essay he wrote for his writing seminar class at St. Paul Academy and Summit School. “My teacher suggested starting with one word and trying to define it using connotations and denotations. The first one that I thought of was integrity since we spent time grappling with it at FSMN. Integrity always felt like one of the toughest.. Read More

Alumna Alison in Dracula: The Musical

Come see Alison Stemple (FSMN Class of 2012) in Youth Performance Company’s production of Dracula: The Musical. She plays two supporting roles in the production.  October 10 – November 1, 2014 “The world’s favorite vampire finally changes for the better in this upbeat and hilarious musical spoof of Dracula. We follow the young heroine Sarah, to the infamous 505 Transylvania Avenue. Once she enters through the doors of this tale she encounters.. Read More