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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.


Washburn Tour Dates
Washburn Tour Dates for Prospective Families
Monday, December 17, 2018 11:40 AM

Please see the attached flyer for Washburn Tour dates!

Spirit Wear Pick Up
Spirit Wear Pick Up Dates
Friday, December 14, 2018 8:50 AM

Pre-Ordered Barton Spirit Wear pick up will be Thursday, December 20 3-6 PM and Friday, December 21 8:20-9:30 outside the Barton Office.

All Items NOT Picked Up Will Be Sent Home with Students Friday, December 21! 

Safety Update
Safety Update
Thursday, December 13, 2018 2:20 PM

We want to continue to share that the safety of our students is our top priority here at Barton Open School.  We also know the importance of partnership and collaboration with our amazing community.  It is in this fashion that we wanted to take a moment to highlight the value of conversations with our children, especially around safety as we continue to educate the whole child.  We ask that you partner with us in highlighting and continuing the conversations at home of the importance of safety and safe practices.  We wanted to share some resources with you to support your conversations around safety.


Barton Community Ed & After School
Barton Community Education/After School Activities
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 1:00 PM

Fall Session: Please keep in mind that the fall session of after school Community Education classes wrapped up on December 13th


Winter Session Now Open
Registration for Community Ed Winter Session Open!
Tuesday, December 04, 2018 10:55 AM

Registration for our winter session is now open!  Notice that we have several new classes,  two new family nights and release day programming available this session.  Classes will begin on Monday, January 14th and our deadline to register is Wednesday, January 8th.  Please note that new after school transportation requests must be submitted by December 21st (before break) in order to ensure availability. 


Community Ed Movie Night - Dec. 18th
Community Ed Family Movie Night - Dec. 18th!
Tuesday, December 04, 2018 9:55 AM

Community Ed. Family Movie Night—Tuesday, December 18th from 5:30-7:30 p.m., in the Commons. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. The movie will be Ice Age. Come and socialize with your family and friends. Pizza, popcorn, and refreshments will be served for a small fee. 

Volunteer for Friday Popcorn
Volunteer for Friday Popcorn!
Monday, December 03, 2018 10:10 AM

Friday Popcorn is a LONG standing tradition that was implemented by beloved teacher, Felicity Miel-Crosby. Felicity passed away in the fall of 2015. Since then, 3/4 Teachers have worked tirelessly to keep this Barton tradition!  

No Middles Choir
No Middles Choir Until Further Notice!
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 10:15 AM

There will be NO MIDDLES CHOIR until further notice! Unfortunately, we do not have an instructor secured at this time. We will notify 5th and 6th grade families once someone is confirmed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for families!

Wild Rumpus Banner
A Rockstar Wild Rumpus Book Fair This Year
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 1:40 PM

Thank you, Barton!! The numbers are in, and it was a wild rumpus indeed! The teachers’ and specialists’ baskets were shopped, the animals chased, the music and readings entertained us, and the cookies disappeared faster than they could be refilled.


Barton's Fall Fund Drive
Donate to Barton's Fall Fund Drive!
Tuesday, November 06, 2018 9:25 AM

“We started giving monthly via auto-pay when our oldest started kindergarten and added a bit when our second started at Barton. It’s not a lot – a little more than we pay for Netflix, but over the year it adds up to feeling like we’re doing our part. In addition to being one less thing to worry about and one more thing to feel good about, we feel it’s an easy and important way to do our part to support Barton.”


Donate to Barton via AmazonSmile!
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 8:35 AM

Did you know you can give money to Barton by shopping on Amazon with AmazonSmile? Here’s more the information on how you can donate!  


Southwest Performing Arts for Neighborhood News
Monday, October 29, 2018 8:50 AM
Check It Out - Chess Tournament Dec. 1st
Check It Out - MPS Chess Tournament, Dec. 1st
Friday, October 26, 2018 2:35 PM

MPS Check It Out Chess Tournament (FREE!)


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.


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!

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‚Äč 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!