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Please join us for a summer play date! Saturday, July 12th, 10am-12pm at Lyndale Farmstead Park (3900 Bryant Ave S).
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I want to take this opportunity to explain in detail the process utilized by Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) to select school leaders. As part of our commitment to continuous process improvement, this process has been revamped since Patrick Duffy was named principal at Barton Open in 2012. It is my belief that our new, revised process is a more consistent one and ensures more equitable outcomes for all students and communities across MPS. This is the process utilized to select Mr. Paul Scanlon as the new principal for Barton. More...
I would like to invite you to meet Paul Scanlon this Tuesday between 2:30 -4:00 in the Barton media center. This “meet and greet” will be an informal opportunity for parents from our community and for staff to meet Paul before he officially starts in his role as principal of Barton. From 2:00 – 2:30, only staff will be invited to come meet Paul. We want them to have an opportunity to have the first opportunity to meet Paul in a smaller setting. From 2:30 – 4:00, staff and parents from Barton are welcome to come meet and greet Paul Scanlon. I know some of you are out of town or may have other commitments, but I hope that many of you can come meet him. More...
Over the last week, I have had the opportunity to meet not only with Patrick, Holly, and Steve, but also with teachers from the Barton equity team as we attended a district PBIS (Positive Behavior Strategies) Institute, and I have been humbled and awed by Barton’s history and strength. Barton’s parents, teachers, and administrators are truly passionate about the school, our students, and the tradition that they have established, and I can assure you that as principal of Barton, I will support and nurture the child-centered and democratic teaching practices that have been foundational to this progressive program for many years. More...
I am writing to address the recent sequence of communications announcing Mr. Paul Scanlon as the new principal of Barton Open. Your feedback on all matters related to Barton is important and greatly appreciated.
The order of the announcement regarding Mr. Scanlon was compromised, leading to the release of the news on the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) website prior to a communication with staff and parents. This is not our standard protocol, and we regret the error. MPS has a longstanding process for making principal announcements, and we are reviewing that process to make sure errors like this don’t happen again. More...
Mr. Paul Scanlon has been selected to replace Dr. Patrick Duffy as the new principal for Barton Open School, effective July 1. Mr. Scanlon has six years of leadership experience plus nine years of successful teaching experience in grades six through 12. Read more...
Barton students attended the Model UN Conference in Spanish at the
Carlson School of Management on the University of Minnesota campus. More...
There are so many great memories from this past year at Barton. You can find videos of some performances from throughout the year and a sampling of the flurry of year-end performances on the Barton YouTube channel. Recent videos band and choir performances, Uppers Exhibition dance performances, Kristin and Dawn's classes' Shape Up Show, Lake Day, and more. Also, be sure to see photos from Lake Day...
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My father joined me at Barton on Tuesday night for the choir concert – a beautiful demonstration of our students’ talents and effort – after we had celebrated dinner for his 84th birthday. More...
On August 13th from noon to 6:00 pm, parents and students will come to Barton to “get connected” with each other and get some of the big things off their checklist to start the year. Details...
As we close this school year, we’d like to thank Barton parents, like you, for contributing to our school’s success. More...
Thank you to all the Barton parents and families who purchased FUNdraiser tickets this year. Many parties have already completed and there are more to come this summer and fall! Good times for everyone involved. More...
Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms? by Katrina Schwartz, KQED.org, July 2, 2014
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Clara Barton Open School is a public K-8 magnet school fostering a community of active learners centered on the following values:
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.
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