Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

A Visit to the Khyber Pass Cafe

As part of our immigration unit in social studies, 3rd and 4th grade students went on a field trip to an Afghani restaurant, the Khyber Pass Cafe in St. Paul. We talked with owner Emel Sherzad and learned about his immigration experience. We took the city bus to the restaurant. This was the first time on the public bus for some students in the class. Emel Sherzad, owner of the Khyber Pass Cafe and a.. Read More

Wolf Ridge Week 2012

Class trips like the annual 7th-8th grade trip to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center are a cornerstone of progressive education. Middle schoolers spend an autumn week in northern Minnesota immersed in nature exploration, cultural history, outdoor skills, team-building, and personal growth. Parent volunteer Wendy Lutter shares their adventures.

Regional History Day

Wow! We can’t express enough how proud we are of all of the 7th and 8th grade students. Our FSM History Day was a success, and FSM students did an outstanding job showcasing their hard work! Months of research and hard work were evident in each student’s project.

Getting Middle School Students Interested in Current Events

When 9/11 happened, I was in my second week of student teaching. I was completely clueless about how to talk about the events with my students. Current events weren’t a part of my lesson plans and most kids didn’t seem all that interested in what was happening miles away from our home in northern Minnesota. But on that day, what was happening in New York and the world seemed very.. Read More