Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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Alumna April Joy Shares Her Story

FSM alumna April Joy Geibrick (Cusick) (Class of 1995 cohort) was recently chosen for an Esprit du She story contest about her running and fitness success. “A few failed attempts to get fit didn’t stop April from trying. Committing to her new fitness goals, April has now finished more than a dozen races with no signs of stopping.” read April’s story

Emilia is a Broadcom Masters Semifinalist!

Congratulations to FSM alumna Emilia Topp-Johnson (Class of 2014) who has been named a Broadcom Masters semifinalist. Last year, Emi researched corn fungus for her science fair project at Friends School of Minnesota (see previous post Emi’s Science Fair Project Wins!). Now a ninth grader at St. Paul Academy and Summit School, she is continuing her independent research in their Advanced Science Research laboratory. Broadcom Masters is the middle school level of the.. Read More

Well Done, Noah Rice!

FSM 7th grader Noah Rice swam in the Long Course State Championship Swim Meet at the U of M aquatic center in mid July. In the 11-12 year old boys division, he took 3rd place in the 50- and 100 meter-freestyle events and the 50 meter butterfly. He took 5th in the 50 meter backstroke, 6th in the 200 meter freestyle and 9th in the 200 meter individual medley. Next.. Read More

The Collins-Fieldseth Award for Exceptional Volunteerism 2013-2014

Friends School of Minnesota volunteers are amazing! They serve on committees, care for our community, run our gala, assist in after school activities, chaperone field trips, run the Friends School Plant Sale, support students’ reading, take photographs, work in the library, and serve in countless other ways to support the school. Since 2002, we have recognized two to four volunteers with our Collins-Fieldseth Award for Exceptional Volunteerism. The 2013-2014 recipients are: Ann.. Read More

Engineering Club – Solar Boat Regatta

Seventeen 7th and 8th graders joined the Friends School of Minnesota Engineering Club. Advisor Steve Moe (middle school science teacher) worked with students to build a solar boat to race in the Minnesota Solar Regatta in May. The Minnesota Solar Regatta is an annual event sponsored by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society. Teams participating in the Solar Regatta build or modify a working boat (large enough to carry one student pilot) to compete in.. Read More

Our Alumni at State History Day

A shout out to Friends School of Minnesota alumni who placed at State History Day. Here is who placed and who is going on to National History Day. We are so proud! Angela Leverone – 5th place, senior Individual Exhibit (Milgram Experiments) – FSM Class of 2011 Abby Vidmar – 2nd place, senior Individual Exhibit, National qualifier (Orphan Trains) – FSM Class of 2011 Laurel Neufeld, Honorable Mention, senior individual website.. Read More

State History Day Results

Great results this Saturday at State History Day. We had 12 of our 7/8th graders compete at the state level. Ten went on to the second round of judging. Eight received Honorable Mentions in their categories. Noah and Flann placed for Nationals! We couldn’t be prouder of how hard each student worked! Documentary: Noah Solomon – First Place, Junior Individual Documentary, National qualifier Emilia Topp-Johnson – Honorable Mention John Gisselquist –.. Read More

Emi’s Science Fair Project Wins!

Friends School of Minnesota 8th grader Emi Topp-Johnson’s project on corn fungus qualified for the State Science Fair, which took place over spring break. Emi’s display won a Bronze Star from the Minnesota Academy of Science (the organization that runs the state science fair), for being in the top 20% of all middle school projects. Emi’s paper also won two awards: The Graduate Women in Science Award for Best 8th.. Read More