Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

2014 Wolf Ridge Calendar Fundraiser

Friends School of Minnesota middle school is selling fantastic Wolf Ridge calendars as a fundraiser. Sales will help pay for the environmental education field trips we make every year to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and other great places.

8th Grade BWCA Trip 2013

Friends School of Minnesota 8th graders had a great week canoeing and camping in the BWCA with YMCA Camp Menogyn. The ice was out, the bugs were light, and they even got some sun. Paddling and portaging together is a perfect culmination of  all their years of progressive education, learning by doing and in community. We are very proud of them!

Birdwatching with Middle Schoolers

Each spring, Friends School of Minnesota’s middle school science teacher Steve Moe gets up at the crack of dawn to take middle schoolers on a series of optional birdwatching outings before school. Early risers this Monday were rewarded with a glorious morning in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge at Old Cedar Avenue Bridge. They saw more than just birds! “We saw orioles, coots, an eagle, red-winged blackbirds, and ducks and geese. And.. Read More

April Prairie Restoration at Coldwater Spring

Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders made their second to last field trip of the school year to Coldwater Spring on April 26th. Students went on a series of monthly field trips to various locations along the Mississippi as part of the 5/6 interdisciplinary unit about the Mississippi river.

Spring 3rd/4th Grade Field Trip to Fort Snelling State Park

Friends School of Minnesota third and fourth graders had their last visit of the school year to Fort Snelling State Park. Despite the unpredictable weather, students were able to study phenology on Pike Island, pull baby buckthorn with our DNR Naturalist, and attempt to seine the river for fish. The fish apparently thought is was still winter, however, and were hiding in the deep waters! We caught one very tiny.. Read More

7th and 8th Grade Spoken Word Unit

For the past two months, Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th graders have been studying the art of Spoken Word Poetry in their Humanities classes.  The unit evolved into a journey for our students that challenged them to express their own truth through poetry meant to be performed. The unit helped students achieve both writing and public speaking benchmarks.

Field Trip to Red Wing Public Works

Friends School of Minnesota fifth and sixth grade students traveled to Red Wing, Minnesota to see a downstream section of our mighty Mississippi River and visit the public works. They are studying water and food systems through a year-long, interdisciplinary unit in science, math, humanities and the arts.