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From Vandalism to Public Art: A Middle School Mural Project

One spring day, a year and a half ago, I was across the street from Friends School of Minnesota in Horton Park on recess duty with our 5th and 6th graders. Horton Park is a square-block city park in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul. It is a mini-arboretum with an open field, native gardens, and some cement picnic tables that are bordered by a cement wall that ranges from.. Read More

Spotlight on Alumni: Matt Chrastek

Since 2000, Friends School of Minnesota has graduated nearly 200 alumni who are out in the world carrying out the mission of the school. We caught up with Matt Chrastek (FSMN Class of 2004) as he heard that he will receive a Peace Corps Master’s International assignment next summer.

“Exploring Together” Quaker Workshop

Friends School of Minnesota was selected as one of two sites in the country to pilot a program of the Friends General Conference and the Friends Council on Education. The program is called “Exploring Together” and has three goals: For Quaker meetings to strengthen ways of welcoming and bringing newcomers into the life of the meeting For Friends schools to give parents, faculty, and staff a chance to explore Quaker.. Read More

Improving the Social Climate of Middle School: 8th Grade Capstone Project 2012-13

At Friends School of Minnesota, we are committed to providing a holistic education, nurturing the physical, intellectual, spiritual, and social development of children. We do this in countless ways every day and through our curriculum. Here are two examples of how our students and staff worked this year to improve the social climate of middle school. Kindness Retreat with Youth Frontiers Every other year, Friends School of Minnesota 5th & 6th.. Read More