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New Barton principal announcement
Thursday, July 30, 2015 5:40 PM

Read more in a letter to families from Associate Superintendent Lucilla Yira.

Principal Interview Update, July 27, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015 9:30 PM

The principal selection team interviewed four candidates for the Barton principal position today. A recommendation was made, and an offer is expected to be made by tomorrow. The interview team cannot give any more information right now, but stay tuned for more updates soon!
Sheila Eldred from the interview team

Principal Interview Update, July 23, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015 6:20 PM

As you know, our Associate Superintendent Lucilla Yira had originally scheduled 3 interviews for our principal position for today, (Thursday, July 23.)  Since then, more candidates have come forward, and the interview day was moved to Monday, July 27 so that the new candidates could go through the district screening process today.  This is wonderful news- the more people we interview, the better the chance we will find the right fit for Barton.  Read more...

Principal Update, July 19, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015 2:55 PM

Dear Barton Community,

We got some news from Associate Superintendant Lucilla Yira late last week, and she asked me to pass it along to all of you.  The renewed principal search has yielded three new, high quality candidates with backgrounds in progressive education.  Those three have already made it through the district screening process.  There is a possibility of a fourth candidate, pending the arrival of some additional information needed by the district.
The tentative date for interviews is Thursday, July 23.  Read more...

Principal Update, July 13, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015 2:20 PM

Dear Barton Community,

We talked with Lucilla Yira, Associate Superintendent for Magnet Schools, this week and have an update on the Barton principal search.

As you remember from our last email a couple of weeks ago, the teacher/parent interview team was expecting to interview another candidate early this month, someone with extensive open education and leadership experience. Unfortunately, this person chose to accept a job with an educational consulting firm so is no longer part of our search process.  Read more...

Principal Update, June 29, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015 2:30 PM

Dear Barton Community,

Earlier this month, a team consisting of 8 teachers, 4 parents, Lucilla Yira and Diane Bagley met to conduct interviews for the principal position at Barton.  We recommended that MPS offer our position to Scott Bain, principal at Jefferson County Open School in Colorado. Unfortunately, in the end, Scott declined the position — the text of his letter is included below.

The search for a new leader continues. We heard from Lucilla today that another highly qualified candidate has become available to interview, and that this interview will be arranged as soon as possible.  Although our first try fell through, we are encouraged that MPS is supportive of our need to take the time necessary to find the right leader for Barton.  We are also excited that the search itself is helping us forge new connections with progressive educators across the country.

We welcome questions, comments, leads and advice. Thank you for your support as we continue moving forward together.  

- Julia, Nasra and Kristin for the Barton Leadership Council

Click here to read Scott Bain's letter...

Principal Interview Update, 6/8/15
Monday, June 08, 2015 9:45 PM

We conducted interviews for the Barton principal position today. The process went well and a recommendation was made. The interview team cannot give any more information right now but will keep you informed as we learn more.

Kindergarten Supply List
Monday, June 08, 2015 12:00 PM

Supplies for Kindergarten    

Principal Hiring Update
Friday, June 05, 2015 10:30 AM

In case you've missed the news items posted this week in the flurry of year-end activity, interviews will be taking place on Monday, June 8, 2015.  Read on for details...

Barton Community Education Survey
Friday, June 05, 2015 6:30 AM

Hello families!

In order to reflect on this year and move forward in planning for next year’s after school program, we have created a survey for Barton Families.  The link can be found at:

All feedback is taken and appreciated in our efforts to better serve Barton Families.  Have a GREAT summer!

Dawn Sjoquist   |
Community Education Coordinator
Community Education   |   Minneapolis Public Schools
p: 612.668.3585  |   f: 612.668.3590

Summer School Transportation!
Thursday, June 04, 2015 11:25 AM

Hi Families! Summer School Transportation assignments have went home with enrolled students today. If you have questions about summer transportation, please contact the Transportation Department at (612)668-2300. Also, for more information on summer school registration or if you have further questions about dates, please visit the district website via Departments>Summer Sessions for more information. Summer school assignments and information should be in the mail to home addresses. Please contact Brittany Alexander for more information!

Save the Date -August 20 - Get Connected-Meet Your Teacher Day
Thursday, June 04, 2015 10:10 AM

It's early to be thinking about next year, but we wanted to let you know that Get Connected - Meet Your Teacher Day is August 20th so that you can plan your summer!  Details to follow.

New Books in Media Center from Wild Rumpus Book Fair Earnings!
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 2:00 PM

It’s time for another heartfelt thanks to the Barton community for your generous support of Barton’s Wild Rumpus Book Fair last November. As you know, you broke all previous records for books donated to teachers and specialists and for store credit earned from the day’s sales. With the $2,374 in store credit, we were able to immediately purchase all books remaining in teachers’ baskets at the end of the event and order extra copies of books to complete several teachers’ reading group sets. Even after those purchases, a generous amount still remained. After soliciting input from the teachers and staff on the best way to use the credit, we were able to dedicate a whopping $1000 toward new books for the media center.

Angie Endo, Barton’s 21st Century Literacy Media Specialist, created an amazing K-8 list of books that represent different cultures and authors around the world, with special emphasis on the cultures represented here at Barton. The media center staff sends out a huge thank-you for these books that all students at Barton will enjoy!

If you have any questions or would like to help with next year’s book fair, contact parent coordinators Amy Langanki, or Fiona Pradhan,

From the Principal
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 1:20 PM

Dear Barton Community.

On behalf of the Barton staff and students, I would like to thank all those who contributed to 2015 Lake Day celebration. In particular, Sue Buettgen spearheaded the logistics and provided invaluable insight into the history and processes. Elizabeth Christensen also championed our call to families to contribute their time and passion toward this important community event. In total, we were able to bring over 100 parent volunteers to this event, who supported not only the student activities, but also contributed an always-essential community involvement to our day.  Read more...

Announcing the Leadership Council of 2015-2016
Monday, June 08, 2015 9:35 PM

Thank you to all of you who completed and returned the Endorsement Ballot for next year’s Leadership Council. 253 adults cast endorsements!

The new parent Council members for 2015-2016 include: Lisa Hoon, Amanda Jackson, Anna Levine, Ali Naughton, Kate Rush, Diana Saez, Jim Scott, Lucia Strand, Eric Sumner, Janelle Wegner, and Kevin Whelan.

The parents returning to Council involvement include: Andrea Breen, Sheila Eldred, Katherine Harter, Nasra Hassan, Kori Hennessey, Tom Hockenberry, Amy Kennedy, Kristi Smith Knutson, Sarah Lahm, Mel Muller, Julia Paulsen Mullin, Fiona Pradhan, Christian Proetz, Virajita Singh, Sara Stenzel, and Rob Walstead.

THANK YOU to those who are committed to serving on the Leadership Council, and THANK YOU to all who participated in the endorsement process!