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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, August 27, 2015 8:25 AM

It has been an absolute joy to see Barton in action this week. I have observed happy and smiling students that are already engaged in learning and growing. I have also observed talented teachers and support staff members that are passionate about working with young people. Barton is clearly a unique place and I am already proud to be a part of this special community.

The “Meet Your Teacher” event and accompanying “Party on the Playground” last Thursday was a great success. Thank you to everyone involved in the planning and preparation for the evening.  Together you created a lovely and enjoyable event that helped us kickoff what promises to be a wonderful 100th school year at Clara Barton. In case you missed it,  we unveiled student created mosaics and listened to the music performed beautifully by former Barton students. Everyone enjoyed snow cones and reconnecting.

We have scheduled Parent Information Night on Thursday, September 10, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. We’ll have two rounds of classroom presentations that evening. We will then meet in the commons for staff introductions and a few comments from me about the upcoming school year. More information about this event will be provided next week.

Finally, a quick reminder to everyone regarding the importance of beginning the school year with good attendance habits and arrival routines. As a parent of school aged children, I know this can be challenging. However, I have also learned that it is easier to start well than to try to break bad habits and routines later. Let’s make sure that all students are in their classrooms ready to learn every day at 7:30 AM!

Thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome!

--Jonas Beugen, Principal (email address

Want to add an article to the Barton website?
Thursday, August 27, 2015 8:20 AM

Have something you would like to submit as a website/bugle item? Submissions must be approved by Principal Jonas Beugen. For time sensitive items, please send submissions 48hrs in advance if possible.  Please send submissions to  and For questions, please contact the main office at 612(668)3580. Thank you!

Mosaic Unveiling
Thursday, August 27, 2015 8:20 AM

Hi Families! Be sure to stop by the Spirit Garden to admire the new mosaic adorning the wall. Students in grades 3-8 created the tiles in Meri's art class last year, and many kids of all ages volunteered after school and during the summer to help lay out the tiles and grout them into place. Special thanks to former art teacher Meri, tile artist and parent Kirsten Walstead, and our parent volunteers, including: Rob Walstead, Erin Klug, Sarah Kuzel Leslie, Sheila Eldred, Eric Sumner, Marnie Peichel, Mary Scavotto, Gregory Chastain, Virgil McDill, Angela and VIc Nelson, Rosanna Faber, parents and kids of Brownie Troop 14812, Michelle Pryce, Kristi Knutson, Lara and Jason Roy, Katy Rozin, Mark Layton, Lisa Taglia, Norma Hanlon, Carolyn Ramberg, Kelly Holdgrafer, Tami Tripp, Paul Odenbach, Arwen Wilder, Christer Dziedzic, and Rebecca Yuzefovich. Thanks also to MPS for the grant that funded the project!