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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

Sixth Graders Prepare School Compost for Winter

Last Friday, sixth grade students learned about and worked the school’s compost.  As they have been for the last seven years, the sixth grade class is responsible for running Friends School of Minnesota’s school-wide composting program. Every classroom and our lunch room collects compostable items separately from recycling and landfill waste. Sixth graders collect compost each day from around the school and bring it out back to one of the school’s.. Read More

September Field Trip to Crosby Farm

Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th graders made their first of many trips to Crosby Farm Regional Park today! This year-long series of field trips is part of an integrated unit of study coordinated with the middle school science, math, humanities teachers and specialists. We gathered by the river to take river notes, measure the air and water temperature, current rate, wind speed, and river height. We then discussed phenology and.. Read More

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

State Science and Engineering Fair 2013

Please congratulate 7th graders Sophia, Lauren, Flannery, and 8th grader Tessa for participating in last month’s State Science and Engineering Fair. Approximately 2500 6th-12th grade students participated in regional science fairs across the state. These four Friends School of Minnesota girls were chosen at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair to proceed to the state fair.