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Debate Team News 2012-2013
Summer Debate Camp
Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:30 AM

Did you enjoy being on the debate team this year?  The Urban Debate League also offers a summer debate camp.  A few Barton students went last year and reported that it was a lot of fun.  It's offered June 24-28, 2013.  See the flier for more information and register here.

Final Debate Tournament at UMN
Thursday, March 07, 2013 8:15 PM

The final debate tournament for 2012-2013 will be on March 20 at the University of Minnesota.  See the Information and permission form for details.

Debate Rosters for Feb 21, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013 6:20 AM

See the full roster of debaters for Barton.

Tournament and Volunteer Judge Training
Monday, February 11, 2013 9:45 AM

Barton is hosting a debate tournament on Thursday, February 21 from 3-7pm. We need many volunteers to pull this off. People are needed from 2:15 to 3:15 to set up the rooms for the debaters and to greet and direct the kids from other schools. People are needed from 3-5:15 to direct competitors and judges to their rooms. You'll have some down time during that job to read or do work. People are needed from 4:30-6 to help set up the pizzas, etc. for the dinner. People are needed from 5:30-7 to put the teachers' rooms back in order after the debates. In the past parents have gotten so caught up in the awards ceremony that this big job has been handled by only a few people. The more people the faster it gets done!

Please consider volunteering for the tournament. Barton really gets a chance to shine and we have so many great kids devoting their time to debate. Let's honor them and their teachers with our time.

Contact Amanda Efron ( if you are able to come to the meeting this Tuesday and/or if you'd like to volunteer for the tournament. Pick which job/shift you'd like and she'll get back to you to confirm. 

If you're interested in judging, please show up 2/21 at 2:15 for a quick tutorial. Then you would be judging from 3:15-6pm.

*** NOTE: the previously scheduled judges tranining has been cancelled: Bryan Weber, from the Urban Debate League, will be at Barton Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 pm to explain about debate and train parents who may be interested in judging at debate tournaments. Judging is a great way to be involved and beginning judges usually judge the novice competitors. Even if you don't want to judge, but just want to know more about debate, you're welcome to come.  

Urban Debate Tournament
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 1:00 PM

Barton will host the Urban Debate Tournament on Thursday, February 21 from 3:00-7:00 PM. There will be three rounds at 3:15, 4:15 and 5:15. This year Barton will have about 40 teams participating! Parent volunteers are needed from 2:30-7:00 PM. If you are interested, please email Amanda Efron at

Humboldt Tournament Results
Thursday, December 13, 2012 8:00 AM

The Barton Debate team made a great showing at the Humboldt Tournament on Saturday, December 12, 2012.  See the full results...

Humboldt Tournament
Friday, November 30, 2012 9:20 AM

The next Debate Team tournament will be held at Humboldt HS on Saturday, December 8, 2012.  See the Information and Permission form for details.

Urban Debate League Middle School Kick-Off
Friday, November 16, 2012 9:20 AM

Barton Debaters triumphed at the Urban Debate League Middle School Kick-Off, taking first place in all three divisions. Fifty Barton debaters attended the Kick-Off, and around 130 middle school debaters from Minneapolis and St. Paul attended in all.  The tournament took place on November 15th at Central High School. The other participating schools were: Sanford Middle School, Anthony Middle School, Laura Jeffries Academy, Capitol Hill Magnet School, Humboldt Junior High, Murray Junior High, and Highland Park Junior High.  Read on for details...

Kick-Off Meeting
Friday, September 28, 2012 6:50 AM

The Debate Team will hold a kick-off meeting on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, from 2:00-3:00 in the Commons. All interested students in grades 6-8 are welcome to attend.