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Barton Open School


Dear Barton Community,

We are a school community committed to progressive education. We value each child and strive to creatively and courageously meet our students' needs and create lifelong learners. Barton students have many different life experiences, traditions, stories and languages. Our strength is our diverse student body and our goal is to create a learning community that is welcoming, respectful, equitable and culturally responsive. This is the environment in which all our children learn best. 

In light of the recent demonstrations of intolerance directed at Muslim people, we want to reinforce what our school stands for. We support and love our Muslim families. Because all of our children are learning together, they are better prepared for the world and will be leaders. 

Children cannot learn if they do not feel safe. If you ever feel targeted, if you ever feel like your children are not being welcomed at Barton--please speak up. If you hear or experience someone else's intolerance or bigotry--please speak up, too. We must continue to work together, to understand each other, because hatred and intolerance cannot support learning and growth. 

As a community, we will continue to work together, to understand one another and to embrace each other so that our mission to educate our children is successful.

The Barton Leadership Council

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

Barton Fund
Our school needs your help TODAY! Whether you prefer to give a one time donation or would like the convenience of a monthly donation by being a sustaining sponsor, please act now. Not only is your gift tax deductible, it's impact is powerful. Please continue the tradition of GREATNESS at Barton. Your contribution matters. Please click here donate today!

Spring Sports registration night at Washburn High School on March 2nd
Friday, February 05, 2016 11:10 AM

Hi Families! We will be hosting a Spring Sports registration night at Washburn High School on March 2nd at 6:00pm. Information regarding Spring Sports for Barton will be posted soon. Please contact Brittany Alexander at (612)668-3580 for more information or if you have further questions!


Annual Staff vs. Student Game Thurs. Feb 25th!
Friday, February 05, 2016 9:45 AM

Hi Families! Our annual Staff vs. Student Game will be held Thursday, Feb 25th in the Barton Gym. The times are as follows: Women vs. Girls @ 2:15p.m. & Men vs. Boys @ 3:00 p.m.! Sixth graders are welcome to play! Please come and support our students and staff by showing up and cheering us on! For more information, please contact Brittany Alexander at (612)668-3580.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016 1:10 PM

If you have an hour or two to spare, please consider going into school with your camera. We need photos! Deadline is Feb. 10th for all 3rd-8th grade classrooms. We need lots of photos that represent the year our children are having. Photos of them working, playing, tight shots, wide shots. Working with teachers, working in groups. We need photos from each classroom from different days, let's give the yearbook some variety!

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REMINDER: School requests due by March 5th!
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 11:20 AM

Online school request site open. Requests due March 5th!

For elementary and middle school requests

And for high school requests please visit


After School Activities Cancelled Due To Anticipated Snow Storm
Tuesday, February 02, 2016 10:55 AM

Attention Families! ALL after school activities have been cancelled for Tuesday, Feb. 2nd due to the anticipated snow storm. However, MPLS KIDS will still take place. All students have been notified. Please contact Barton at (612)668-3580 if you have further questions.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016 10:00 AM

Give Kids A Smile—Free Dental Appointments Available! Friday Feb 5th & Saturday Feb 6th. Click The Link To Find A Clinic And Make An Appointment Today!

Give Kids a Smile!

Calling All FUNdraiser Hosts!
Monday, February 01, 2016 8:50 AM

FUNdraiser Event information due Monday February 8! Thanks to those that have submitted their ideas and dates already.  We have a great start. Contact Elizabeth Christensen ( or Katie Scott (

NEW Date for Celebration of Barton's 100th Year
Monday, February 01, 2016 7:15 AM

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE AND TIME for Celebration of Barton's 100th Year:

 Please SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. for a not-to-be missed school and community-wide event to honor and celebrate the 100 years of the Barton School Building.


Leadership Council Meeting Minutes from 1/21/16
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 8:55 PM

Click here to read the minutes from the January Council meeting...

In addition, the Barton Foundation Board met on January 21, 2016, prior to the Council meeting to finalize taxes and have one of their legally required meetings.  Click here to read the notes from the meeting of the Foundation tax filing are included here for the benefit of the Barton community.  

The next Council meeting will be on Thursday, February 18 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcome to attend.

Leadership Council Meeting Agenda for 1/21/16
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 8:25 PM

The Leadership Council will be meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 4:30-6:30pm in the Barton Media Center.  Topics that will be discussed include a principal update, Council traditions/by-laws, strategic planning process and the use of technology in the classroom at a progressive ed school.  Click here to read the agenda...  All parents are welcome to attend!