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Barton Open School

Clara Barton Open School is a student-centered, public K-8 magnet school fostering a community of active, socially conscious, life-long learners. 

Our values are rooted in Progressive Education

  • Instilling a love of learning.
  • Valuing each child for his or her perspectives.
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum and culturally responsive instruction.
  • Developing a community of mutual respect and equity.
  • Creative, courageous and collaborative inquiry for all.
  • Child-centered decision-making & self-directed learning.
  • Educating for a democratic society.


5th annual Junior Iron Chef Competition
6th-8th Graders Register for 5th Annual Junior Iron Chef Competition
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:55 AM

6th-8th Grade Students are invited to register for the 5th annual Junior Iron Chef Competition on Thursday, May 2 at Solar Arts by Chowgirls, 711 NE 15th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. Applications are DUE by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 5th!  To learn more and apply, visit: Questions? Please contact Kate Seybold at or 612-668-2852.

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8th Grade Yearbook Announcements - DUE Friday, March 15!
Monday, March 11, 2019 12:10 PM

Hello 8th Grade Families!

8th grade yearbook graduation congratulation announcements are here! (Formerly known as 8th grade ads). All Uppers Teachers received announcement forms on February 8 for distribution to 8th grade students. 


K-8 Washburn Summer Soccer Camp
Registration for the 2019 K-8 Soccer Camp at Washburn High School is open!
Monday, March 11, 2019 8:10 AM

K-5 Soccer Camp

What: Soccer camp for kids in grades K-5: Skills and fun 


Lego Wall Donations
Barton's Lego Wall is UP!
Tuesday, March 05, 2019 9:25 AM

A big thank you to the Minneapolis Assistance League for funding a grant to build a vertical Lego Wall outside of the media center.  And a shout out of deep gratitude to parent volunteer Steve Gagner (Aidan Tupper, 206) for helping construct the wall.  The last detail is acquiring Lego bricks to construct on the wall.  So. . . Looking for donations of Lego bricks (any size/color).  If your family can donate 10-20 bricks to the media center, please drop them in the bucket in the media center!  Thanks!  -Angie Endo, Media Specialist

Southwest Performing Arts for Neighborhood News
Thursday, February 28, 2019 8:50 AM
FUNdraiser Tickets on Sale Now
Barton FUNdraiser Tickets on Sale NOW!
Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:40 AM

Barton FUNdraiser Tickets on sale NOW!  Click the link to purchase tickets to unique events that financially support our school.

FUNdraiser Tickets

Winter Parking Rules in Effect
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 11:15 AM


Winter Parking Restrictions begin 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 to improve access for emergency vehicles.

Marker Recycling Program
Marker Recycling is happening at Barton!
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 9:20 AM

All teachers now have a box in their rooms that is designated for recycling old markers. The program, Crayola ColorCycle is sponsored by Crayola (Crayola ColorCycle FAQs | but ALL markers can be collected no matter what brand and even including highlighters and dry erase markers!


Boys' Basktetball Won Championship!
Barton Boys' Basketball Won Championship!
Monday, February 25, 2019 10:00 AM

The Barton Boys' Basketball team won the MPS Boys' Basketball championships!  Although we've been close before, this is the first time in Barton's history since the inception of the league in the 1990s that Barton took first place.


Thank You Tour Guides!
Thank You to Our 2018-19 Tour Guides!
Monday, February 25, 2019 9:55 AM

A BIG THANK YOU to the school tour guides for 2018-2019! Thank you so much to all the parents and staff who helped with school tours this season. As many of you know, it is a major investment of time and energy to lead school tours between November and February at Barton.


Barton Book Bazaar
Barton Book Bazaar--Coming Soon! (right before spring break!)
Friday, February 22, 2019 8:20 AM

Start collecting children’s books that your family has already read to donate to our annual used book sale.  Books will be collected in classrooms starting on March 18th. MANY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please contact Elizabeth Christensen ( or Angie Endo ( if you can help out. More information coming soon!

MPS Community Ed
Super Summer Program at Justice Page 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019 2:30 PM

Please click the flyer below for information regarding the Super Summer Program being held at Justice Page this summer 2019!

Community Needs Assessment
Community Needs Assessment - DUE March 13th!
Monday, February 11, 2019 1:00 PM

Barton is conducting a Community Needs Assessment to evaluate volunteer-led programs, events, and fundraising at our school.  DUE MARCH 13TH!

What can we support through volunteering and fundraising?  What new ideas do community members have?  We want to hear from everyone! 

Please take time to fill out this important survey so we can accommodate our current school population and prioritize how we use volunteers and fundraising dollars. Click Here to Provide Feedback. Barton Community Volunteer and Fundraising Needs Assessment

Youth Grief Services
Grief Support Group for Children and Families
Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:20 PM

Families with children and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one are invited to participate in a free, seven-week grief support group through Fairview Health Services. We incorporate fun, healing, and age-appropriate activities to help the entire family through the grieving process. Children and teens, ages 4 through 18, are divided into groups by age. While children and teens are meeting, support is offered simultaneously for their parent(s) and/or caregivers. The grief support group is free to join, but registration is required. Please see the attached flyer for more details. 

Barton's Dine & Give Nights
Barton's Dine & Give Nights!
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:15 AM

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Dine & Give Nights. These amazing, neighborhood restaurants will be donating proceeds from the evening to The Barton Fund. We hope you’ll be able to join us for one or all of the dates listed! Be sure to let family and friends know too.


Washburn Tour Dates
Washburn Tour Dates for Prospective Families
Monday, December 17, 2018 11:40 AM

Please see the attached flyer for Washburn Tour dates!

Volunteer for Friday Popcorn
Volunteer for Friday Popcorn!
Monday, December 03, 2018 10:10 AM

Friday Popcorn is a LONG standing tradition that was implemented by beloved teacher, Felicity Miel-Crosby. Felicity passed away in the fall of 2015. Since then, 3/4 Teachers have worked tirelessly to keep this Barton tradition!  

Donate to Barton via AmazonSmile!
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 8:35 AM

Did you know you can give money to Barton by shopping on Amazon with AmazonSmile? Here’s more the information on how you can donate!  


State of Our School and Title I Presentation
State of Our School and Title I Presentation
Monday, October 15, 2018 1:20 PM

If you missed Barton's State of Our School and Title I Meeting last week, please find a copy of the presentation by Diane and Maria below!

State of Our Schools & Title I Meeting
State of Our Schools and Title I Meeting - Oct. 11 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 09, 2018 12:50 PM

Barton’s State of Our Schools and Title I Annual Meeting‚Äč will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the Media Center following October’s Leadership Council meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to:

  • Provide information about the current state of the school
  • Provide an update on the School Improvement Plan
  • Share priorities, goals, and strategies for improvement
  • Provide ways in which families can be engaged throughout the year
  • Clarify the purpose of Title I
  • Describe the communication parents/guardians can expect to receive regarding their child’s progress

Childcare will be provided. We hope to see you there!