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2015-2016 Leadership Council News

The Barton Leadership Council is comprised of parents and staff members who meet once or twice a month to identify school improvement priorities, guide overall staffing, program and budget decisions, plan and implement fundraising activities, and encourage broad participation from all members of the school community.

The Council’s official MPS-required by-laws and, perhaps more important, a description of the traditions that guide our Council can be found here

Council meetings are held on one Thursday each month from 4:30-6:30 PM in the Media Center. See the Barton School Calendar for specific dates and times.

Leadership Council Meeting Dates for 2015-16:

 September 3, September 17, October 22, November 12, December 17

January 21, February 18, March 17, April 21, May 19

***All meetings are open to any member of the Barton community.***

Agenda planning takes place the week prior to each scheduled Thursday meeting. If you have a question, issue or concern that you would like the Council to address, please contact a representative on the Council or the principal.

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Barton Leadership Council By-laws
Thursday, June 09, 2016 2:50 PM

Please find a pdf of Barton's Leadership Council By-laws below.

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Leadership Council Meeting Notes ~ 5/19/16
Sunday, May 29, 2016 9:35 PM

Click here to read the notes from the May 19, 2016 Leadership Council meeting...

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Ballots for the 2016-17 Parent Leadership Council
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 9:50 PM

Click here to read more information about the 2016-17 Parent Leadership Council ballot and endorsement process...

 

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Leadership Council Meeting Agenda ~ 5/19/16
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:40 PM

Click here to read the agenda for the last Leadership Council meeting of the 2015-16 school year...Everyone is welcome to attend the Council meeting on Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 4:30-7:30 in the Barton Media Center.

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Leadership Council Meeting Notes ~ 4/21/16
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 9:15 PM

Click here to read the notes from the latest Council meeting...All parents are welcome to attend the next Council meeting on Thursday, May 19 from 4:30-6:30pm in the Barton Media Center.  

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Council Meeting Agenda ~ 4/21/16
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 9:40 PM

The next Leadership Council meeting will be on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 4:30-6:30pm in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcom and encouraged to attend.  Click here to read the agenda...

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Leadership Council Meeting Notes ~ 3/17/16
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 10:10 PM

Click here to read the notes from the 3/17/16 Council meeting...

The next Council meeting will be on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcome to attend.

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Leadership Council Meeting Agenda ~ 3/17/16
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 4:25 PM

The upcoming Council meeting will be on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcome to attend!  Click here to read the agenda...

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Leadership Council Meeting Notes from 2/18/16
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 9:15 PM

The Barton Leadership Council met on 2/18/16 to hear about the 2016-17 Barton School budget.  Click here to read the notes...

The next Council meeting will be on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 4:30-6:30pm in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcome to attend.

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Leadership Council Meeting Agenda for 2/18/16
Thursday, February 18, 2016 2:55 PM

Read the agenda for tonight's Council meeting, where Jonas will be discussing the 2016-17 budget...The Council will meet on Thursday, February 18, from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.

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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.

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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!

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Leadership Council Meeting Notes from 12/17/15
Friday, December 18, 2015 11:00 AM

Council members approved a letter expressing support to the Muslim families in our community, discussed Student Leadership Teams and the Options program, and evaluated the ROT program. Click here to read the notes from this meeting...The NEXT Council meeting will be on Thursday, January 21 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcome!

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Leadership Council Meeting Agenda for Thursday, December 17, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 1:35 PM

The Leadership Council will be meeting on Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcome!  Click here to read the agenda...

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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!

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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...

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Leadership Council Meeting Notes from 10/22/15
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 9:30 AM

Jonas presented excerpts from his State of the School report and the Council discussed the Foundation budget at the meeting on 10/22/15.  Click here to read the notes from this meeting...The NEXT Council meeting will be on Thursday, November 12 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcome!

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Leadership Council Welcomes New Members
Friday, October 23, 2015 8:00 AM

As you know, Jonas and the Council put a call out to the Barton community asking for some more parents to join the Leadership Council this year so that our Council membership would better reflect the racial and cultural diversity of Barton students.  Jonas, Kristin, Nasra and and Julia met to review the applications from parents who responded and want to add all 10 of them to this year’s Leadership Council.

Our new Council members are:

Parents:
Hawo Hassan
Safia Malow
Yusuf Mohamed
Yassin Qanyare
Nima Abdirahman
Tricia Silpala
Gricel Cardenas-Hartung
A’Laiena Charlton
Marcelena Zerwes
Natasha Courtney

Staff:
Angela Osuji
Hanna Haileyesus

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Leadership Council Meeting Agenda for 10/22/2015
Monday, October 19, 2015 9:15 PM

The next Council meeting will be on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  Eric Sumner, the Foundation treasurer, will be holding a pre-meeting discussion about the Barton Foundation Budget at 3:45 for anyone who would like more information.  Everyone is welcome to attend!  Click here to read the agenda...

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Apply to be on the Barton Leadership Council
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 2:20 PM

In an effort to increase the racial and cultural diversity of the Barton Leadership Council we will be having a second application process for this year. Starting today, Barton parents and guardians are invited to apply for a position on the school Leadership Council. The application will be open for one week and will close at 2:15PM on Tuesday, October 13th.

Click here to apply for Barton Leadership Council

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Notes from the Listening Session/Special Session of the Council
Friday, October 02, 2015 9:00 AM

On October 1, 2015 Jonas and the Leadership Council held a Listening Session with the community to discuss the proposal to increase racial and cultural diversity on the Council for the 2015-16 school year.  Click here to read the notes from the meeting...

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Leadership Council Meeting Notes from 9/17/15
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:10 PM

Click here to read the notes from the September 17 Council meeting...

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Leadership Council Meeting Agenda for 9/17/15
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 9:15 AM

The Leadership Council will be meeting on Thursday, September 17 from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  All parents are welcome to attend!  Click here to read the agenda for the meeting...

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Leadership Council Meeting Notes from 9/3/15
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 6:25 PM

Click here to read the notes from the September 3, 2015 Leadership Council meeting...The NEXT MEETING is Thursday, September 17, 2015.  All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Leadership Council Meeting ~ September 3, 2015
Tuesday, September 01, 2015 9:30 AM

The Barton Leadership Council is having its first meeting of the year on Thursday, September 3, from 4:30-6:30 in the Barton Media Center.  Kristin Sonquist (1st/2nd teacher) and parent Julia Paulsen Mullin are the co-chairs of the Council this year.  Other Council members are listed in the sidebar on the Council webpage.  We welcome and encourage parents to attend Council meetings.  The Leadership Council webpage will be updated with meeting agendas and notes; please check it regularly to stay up-to-date.  Click here to see the agenda for the September meeting...

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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!