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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.

Parents of 1st graders
Friday, November 20, 2015 11:35 AM

The school audiologist will be at Barton on Wednesday, December 2, to check hearing on all 1st grade students.  If you do not want you child checked, please notify the school nurse at OR call the health office at 612-668-3580 and leave a message.  If you are able to volunteer for a few hours to escort students from the classroom to the screening area and back, let the health office know.  Screening will go from about 8:00 to 11:00.

Winter Coats and Jackets
Friday, November 20, 2015 6:55 AM

Winter is here!  If your student needs warm a warm jacket, we have some available for students in need.  Contact Trish Clarke (school social worker) at 668-3593 or

From the Principal
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 4:35 PM

The comic below made me laugh and also caused me to reflect upon how our progressive approach to education would be helpful to Calvin in developing a love for learning. Calvin could read several books about dinosaurs as he developed his reading skills.


Help Plan Barton's 100th Year Celebration
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 4:00 PM

Planning is underway for Barton's 100th anniversary year. Have ideas? Interested in helping? Please email us ( or or OR go to the link below to help us set an initial meeting date.

Sign up here!

No Afterschool the Week of Nov. 23!
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 11:25 AM

Hi Families! Please note that there will NOT be any afterschool activities going on next week except for Minneapolis Kids and Basketball practice. Please plan wisely! If you have any questions, please contact the main office at (612)668-3580.

Buy your Yearbook Now!
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:45 PM

Buy your yearbook by Nov. 20 and get a discount! $27 on or before Nov. 20 or $30 after Nov. 21! If you would like to donate extra money to help students who cannot purchase a book, please submit it with your payment with a note!

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Children in Change information!
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 11:55 AM

Another session of Children In Change will be offered at Barton beginning Wednesday, November 18th.  The Children in Change program is an educational and support group designed to help young people better understand their feelings surrounding recent, significant changes in their lives. 

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Prospective Parents Tour Information!
Monday, November 16, 2015 1:40 PM

Greetings Prospective Families,

There are student and parent-led tours starting in November for families interested in sending their children to Barton. You are encouraged to contact the school at (612)668-3580 to let us know what day you would like to join a school tour.  If there are any schedule changes that could influence your visitation, we would let you know at that time. Shadowing or student visitations are accommodated only for those students officially assigned to the school in the spring.  

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Leadership Council Meeting Notes from 11/12/15
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 9:00 PM

Council members viewed a Dan Rather Report, "Finnish First", which examines the successful public school system in Finland and shares many things in common with Barton's Open program.  The Council approved the 2015-16 Foundation budget at the meeting.  Click here to read the notes from this meeting...The NEXT Council meeting will be on Thursday, December 17 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcome!

Leadership Council Meeting Agenda for 11/12/15
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 6:20 PM

The Leadership Council will be meeting on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcome!  Click here to read the agenda for the meeting...