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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.


Wild Rumpus Book Fair
Sarah’s 3/4 Class Brings You the Top 10 Reasons To Attend the Wild Rumpus Book Fair!
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 1:25 PM

Out of the mouths of … third and fourth graders! Sarah’s students in room 218 want you to go to the book fair next month, so they came up with their 10 favorite reasons for why you’ll love it. Drum roll please.


Middle School Basketball
Middle School Basketball, Grades 6-8
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:50 PM

Basketball season is just around the corner!  Barton will offer both a girls and boys team for students in grades 6-8.


Release Day Programming
Barton Release Day Programming
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:20 AM

Barton Community Ed. will offer all day programming on November 1st and 2nd from 8:00-4:30.  Students rotate between a variety of activities in the morning and go on a fun afternoon field trip.  Registration can be completed at by searching “Release Day”.  The fee is $35 per child for the day.

Community Ed Movie Night
Community Ed - Movie Night, Oct. 23 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:15 AM

Barton Community Education will be hosting a Family Movie Night on Tuesday, October 23rd from 5:30-7:30 in the Commons.  Doors open at 5:00.  We will be showing the movie “Monsters Inc”. Pizza, popcorn, and refreshments will also be available for purchase. 

In order to plan for food families should register at and search for Movie Night.

Join us for a chance to enjoy a movie and socialize with your family and friends!   

Flu Shot Clinic - Oct. 17th
Flu Shot Clinic - Wed., Oct. 17 from 10am-1pm
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:40 AM

Let's Shoo the Flu! There will be a Flu Shot Clinic in the Barton School Gym on Wednesday, October 17th from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Students, staff, and family members are welcome. If you have an insurance card, please bring it and insurance will be billed. The cash price of the shot is $38 and Flu Mist is $43, but, thanks to a grant, children with no insurance can receive free immunization.

For faster registration, please print the attached form, complete and bring along with your insurance card. Paper copies of the form will also be available at the clinic. Shots will be administered by nurses with the Minnesota Visiting Nurses Association.

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!

Southwest Performing Arts for Neighborhood News
Thursday, October 11, 2018 11:50 AM
Bike & Walk to School Day
Thank You for Participating in our Fall Bike & Walk to School Day!
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 8:50 AM

Thank you to all of the students, families, and staff who braved the drizzle and chilly temps to participate on our Fall Bike & Walk to School Day! We hope you had a fun trip in and out of school today!

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​ 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!

After School and Release Day Programming
After School & Release Day Programming - Community Ed
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 1:50 PM

After School Programming:

After school activities at Barton will begin the week of October 1st.