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Barton Open School

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.

From the Principal
Thursday, October 01, 2015 12:55 PM

There are so many great things happening at Barton right now. For example, students, parents and teachers are engaged in goal setting conferences. The way we conduct these conferences is unique to Barton and I have had many teachers and parents tell me that they believe they are critical in setting the conditions for a great school year.

A few examples of things happening with our students include:

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Spirit and Native Gardens have been bustling with activity this Fall!
Thursday, October 01, 2015 12:40 PM

Both the Spirit and Native Gardens have been bustling with activity this fall! The Midwest Food Connection teachers have been taking all of the 3rd and 4th grade classrooms out for lively garden scavenger hunts. They are also studying food pathways, which allows the kids to think beyond the grocery store. Kids have enjoyed testing their culinary skills by playing “Master Chef” during recess and after school.

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Kindergarten Family Dinner Reminder!
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 1:00 PM

Hello Kindergarten Families!  Please be sure this great evening is scheduled and on your calendars!  Our little future engineers, dancers, authors, teachers and players are working hard to get ready for this great event! Remember to bring your whole family – grandparents, relatives – all are welcome! Thursday, October 8, 6:00 – 7:30 pm located in the Barton Gym & Commons.

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Barton Bugle Update!
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:25 AM

As an effort to stay green, Barton will produce the weekly Bugle online only. However, if you are requesting that a paper Bugle is sent home with your child each Wednesday, please return this form back to the main office or email Please include in the email your child(rens) name and homeroom. If you have any questions, please contact Brittany Alexander at (612)668-3580. **Please note: The Bugle will be sent to the e-mail address we currently have on file for your child(rens). Please click on the title for access to the PDF permission slip.


Attendance Updates!
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:10 AM

If your student will be absent, please contact the school and let us know.  You may call the Health Office Attendance Line (668-3588) at any time and leave a message including:

  • student’s first and last name
  • classroom number or homeroom teacher name
  • reason for absence

Or you may send an email to: If your student arrives late to school, please remind them to sign in at the Health Office so their attendance can be correctly listed in the system.  Also, if your student has a Doctor or Dentist appointment, please remember to bring an appointment slip or statement from the clinic.

Important information from Barton Community Education
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 9:35 AM

New classes begin October 5th and registration is still open!  However, due to the District mandated one week delay,  we have extended our deadline to register for our fall session.  We still have several openings in many of our classes.  Please note that we will call families if a class is being cancelled due to low enrollment and those calls will be made by Thursday, October 1st.

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Notes from the Listening Session/Special Session of the Council
Friday, October 02, 2015 9:00 AM

On October 1, 2015 Jonas and the Leadership Council held a Listening Session with the community to discuss the proposal to increase racial and cultural diversity on the Council for the 2015-16 school year.  Click here to read the notes from the meeting...