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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.


MPS Community Ed
Super Summer Program at Justice Page 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019 2:30 PM

Please click the flyer below for information regarding the Super Summer Program being held at Justice Page this summer 2019!

Barton Banner
8th Grade Yearbook Announcements - DUE March 15!
Thursday, February 21, 2019 12:10 PM

Hello 8th Grade Families!

8th grade yearbook graduation congratulation announcements are here! (Formerly known as 8th grade ads). All Uppers Teachers received announcement forms on February 8 for distribution to 8th grade students. 


Community Needs Assessment
Community Needs Assessment - Provide Feedback Today!
Monday, February 11, 2019 1:00 PM

Barton is conducting a Community Needs Assessment to evaluate volunteer-led programs, events, and fundraising at our school.  

What can we support through volunteering and fundraising?  What new ideas do community members have?  We want to hear from everyone! 

Please take time to fill out this important survey so we can accommodate our current school population and prioritize how we use volunteers and fundraising dollars. Click Here to Provide Feedback. Barton Community Volunteer and Fundraising Needs Assessment

FUNdraisers Info Due Feb. 20
FUNdraiser Event Information DUE Feb. 20
Monday, February 11, 2019 1:00 PM

If you are planning to host a FUNdraiser ( to raise money for Barton, please have your information to Elizabeth Christensen by February 20 -

Tickets will go on sale February 22.

Order Barton Spirit Wear by Feb. 11
Order Barton Spirit Wear Today - Deadline Feb. 18!
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 12:40 PM

Barton Spirit Wear Online Store will remain open until February 18th at midnight!   Barton Spirit Wear Online Store

Family Night Opportunity
Family Night Opportunity at Barton!
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 2:15 PM

Join Improv Parenting for a creative night of art-making, playing games and being entertained!


Spirit Wear Online Store Open Until Feb. 11th
Barton Spirit Wear Online Store Re-Open Until Feb. 11th!
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 9:45 AM

Barton Spirit Wear Online Store Re-Open! Sale Ends February 11.

Please contact, if you have an item from the last sale that is the wrong size or isn't working for your family. If possible, we could find families to purchase from you before ordering their own!

Congratulations Debate Team!
Congratulations to the Barton Debate Team!
Friday, January 18, 2019 2:50 PM

The Barton Debate Team had a great first tournament competing against the Debate teams from Anthony, Lake Harriet, Justice Page and Field.  Following are the winners of speaker awards and team awards.


Congratulations to Barton Spellers!
Congratulations to the Barton Spellers!
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11:30 AM

Congratulations to the Barton Spellers!! Barton conducted our annual spelling bee on Monday, Jan. 14th!!  We had 31 incredible spellers in the bee! It came down to a tough “spell off” between Nathaniel Chang-Deutsch and Quinn Jones…Quinn walked away as the champion. She will represent Barton In the district bee on Feb. 7 at Fowell. The finalists were Lila Riemenschneider, Kate Stenzel and Jackson Jones!


Girls-only Chess Tournament - Feb. 9th
MPS' First Girls-Only Chess Tournament - Feb. 9th
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 8:50 AM

MPS is excited to announce it’s first Girls-only chess tournament to promote female participation in STEM related activities! Please spread the word to all the awesome females interested in playing chess.


Host A FUNdraiser!
Interested in Hosting a FUNdraiser?
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 11:40 AM

It’s time to begin planning one of Barton’s three major annual fundraisers. 

FUNdraisers ( are social gatherings Barton community members host in their homes or elsewhere. Gatherings can occur March-December, 2019. Check out the website for ideas and information.


Youth Grief Services
Grief Support Group for Children and Families
Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:20 PM

Families with children and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one are invited to participate in a free, seven-week grief support group through Fairview Health Services. We incorporate fun, healing, and age-appropriate activities to help the entire family through the grieving process. Children and teens, ages 4 through 18, are divided into groups by age. While children and teens are meeting, support is offered simultaneously for their parent(s) and/or caregivers. The grief support group is free to join, but registration is required. Please see the attached flyer for more details. 

Southwest Performing Arts for Neighborhood News
Monday, January 07, 2019 8:50 AM
Barton's Dine & Give Nights
Barton's Dine & Give Nights!
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 11:15 AM

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Dine & Give Nights. These amazing, neighborhood restaurants will be donating proceeds from the evening to The Barton Fund. We hope you’ll be able to join us for one or all of the dates listed! Be sure to let family and friends know too.


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!

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!  

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!  


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!