Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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5th and 6th Grade Students Write to the President About Immigration

As a teacher, one of my goals is to get students to connect with content in a way that drives them to take action. I continuously feel lucky to be a part of a school community where my goals align with the school’s vision and mission as a progressive, Quaker school. As a progressive school, we believe real-world application of content is important to learning. Being led to service and.. 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

History Day 2014

Every two years, the 7th and 8th grade humanities classes participate in National History Day, a program that over half a million middle and high school students take part in each year. Students choose a topic to research and connect their topic to an annual theme. The 2014 theme is Rights and Responsibilities in History. Friends School of Minnesota students chose a variety of topics to research, from the Salem witch trials to the.. Read More

Kindergarteners Explore Art Through Provocations

Friends School of Minnesota kindergarteners have weekly art class. This fall, we have been focusing on tools and processes using a variety of materials. During each class, I give them a “provocation” or question to focus on while they work. Some of the provocations they have explored: What happens when I use water to mix materials? Which materials blend together and which materials stay put? What new forms can you.. Read More

Thinking About the Box

Pat Thompson, parent of a Friends School of Minnesota 2008 graduate, was a guest in the 1st and 2nd grade Prairie classroom this week. She reflects on her visit: When I donated a box of costume jewelry to Friends School of Minnesota, I didn’t expect to end up meeting with five 6-year-olds to discuss cameos and class rings. It started out pretty simple. My daughter Ruby and I cleaned out.. Read More

Birds of a Feather

The first weeks of a new school year brim with possibility, creativity, and a search for connection. Place and time are critical factors in anchoring these notions. For Friend School of Minnesota’s Jungle classroom of 1st and 2nd graders, the place was the sidewalk outside the art room. The time was right after a boisterous morning break outside. It was there that a tiny bird presented itself on the third.. Read More