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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.


Admin Letter
Letter From Admin - Comprehensive District Design
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 3:15 PM

Dear Barton Families:

We appreciate and honor your thoughtfulness and inquiry shared around the Comprehensive District Design. The Comprehensive District Design contains initial recommendations MPS has offered in improving the education for all our students. Clara Barton Open School is stronger with the support of our families.


Plant Sale Thank You
Thank You for Helping Make the Plant Sale a Success!
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:30 PM

Many thanks to all the people who helped make the 2019 Barton Plant sale a success. We did it!!  We surpassed our goal of $80,000 by raising close to $83,000. Roughly half of that total goes to the Barton Foundation! 


Box Top Scan
Box Top Supporters!
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 12:20 PM

Big changes are coming to Box Tops! Over the next few months you'll begin to see a new way to earn cash for your school.

Participating brands have begun to change their packaging from a physical Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops icon: see right image


LC Structure for 2019-2020
Leadership Council Structure for 2019-2020
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 12:30 PM

Leadership Council will be changing their structure for the 2019-2020 school year to better serve and engage our school community. Looking forward to the 2019/2020 school year, the LC looks forward to working closely with the newly forming Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) to fulfill our mission of supporting our community of learners and their families. Leadership Council will meet once a month on Thursdays from 5-6PM and the PTO will meet immediately afterwards from 6PM-7:30PM.


Parent Involvement Meetings and Opportunities THIS WEEK!
Parent Involvement Meetings and Opportunities THIS WEEK!
Monday, May 20, 2019 11:00 AM

There are 2 meetings this week to discuss parent involvement, volunteering and family engagement at Barton. The meeting tonight will be from 7:00-8:00 p.m., in the Media Center. This meeting will focus on current fundraising volunteer roles and Barton programming and event volunteer roles that need to be filled by new parents for the upcoming school year.


Barton Community Events and Fundraising Needs Assessment
Barton Community Events and Fundraising Needs Assessment
Monday, May 20, 2019 10:45 AM

Thank you for the feedback many of you provided in the Barton Community Events and Fundraising Needs Assessment.  This info has been helpful to move forward with tradition at Barton and develop and welcome new ideas from current parents, students, and staff.


Congratulations Math Masters
Congratulations to Math Masters!
Friday, May 17, 2019 12:25 PM

On Sat., May 4, nine 5th graders and three 6th graders spent most of their day doing math at the Math Masters competition.  They competed against several different schools throughout the district, which involved about 300 students. 


Leadership Council Meeting - May 9th
Leadership Council Meeting - Thursday, May 9 at 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 10:10 AM

Leadership Council will be meeting this Thursday from 4:30-6:30 PM.  The agenda will be discussing a proposal to restructure Leadership Council to better serve the community and the Foundation Budget for 2019-2020.  Child Care will be provided.

Barton's Spring Festival
Barton’s Spring Festival is THIS Friday, Rain or Shine!!
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 7:30 AM

We’re looking forward to seeing you on Friday, 3:30-8 pm, rain or shine. It doesn’t matter if you bought plants or not, come for the fun! Everyone is welcome!


Volunteer Needs: May/June
Volunteer Needs: May & June
Monday, May 6, 2019 10:55 AM

Hello Barton!  We are officially into the last month of school. It's a busy time for everyone! There are numerous opportunities to support Barton in May and June. And if the work is spread out, and many take a shift, it's less work for everyone. It's all fun and energizing opportunity to make the end of the year safe and fun for all students and staff.  


Somali Debate Tournament Standings
Barton Somali Debate Team Won First Place!
Thursday, May 2, 2019 1:40 PM

The Barton Somali Debate Team won First Place and many other awards at our first Somali Debate Tournament of 2019.  Barton competed against teams from Northeast Middle School, Andersen, Sullivan and Justice Page.  All of the Barton teams won at least one debate round.  


Southwest Performing Arts for Neighborhood News
Thursday, May 2, 2019 8:50 AM
Food Drive by Room 204
Food Drive by Room 204
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 10:00 AM

Room 204 is organizing a service learning project about hunger. We are doing a non-perishable food drive to help Second Harvest Heartland. We have asked classroom, staff, students, etc. to put non-perishable items into a food drive box that is in their homeroom. Food collection will begin Monday May 6th and go through Friday May 10th. To learn more check out our google slide show:

612 Mountain Bike Team
Current 5th-8th grade GIRLS and BOYS: The 612 Mountain Bike Team wants you!
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 10:30 AM

Any student entering grades 6, 7, or 8 can join the Minneapolis middle school mountain bike team and rising 9th graders can join the high school team.  No off-road mountain biking experience is necessary.  There are even some bikes available for seasonal loan.


Barton Bounce - May 8
Join Us for the Barton Bounce - May 8!
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 10:30 AM

In Celebration of National Bike to School Day and MPS Wellness Week, we are encouraging everyone to walk and bike to school on Wednesday, May 8th. Students who ride the school bus will also be included in the walk-to-school celebration.


Cahoots Summer Correspondence Program K-5
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 2:15 PM

Collaborate and learn with Hoots the owl, Boots the fox and Walter the elephant! Cahoots is a 8-week summer correspondence program created by Saint Paul Public School staff that is designed to reduce summer learning loss with an engaging, reflective approach to learning. Youth who follow the schedule and complete all weekly correspondence are invited to participate in a field trip at the end of the summer. More information:

Barton Parent Teacher Organization Meeting
Barton Parent Teacher Organization Meeting - April 29th
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 9:10 AM

Come be a part of forming the new Barton Parent Teacher Organization! We are having a short information sharing and brainstorming session to support the creation of a new Barton Parent Teacher Organization. Come share your thoughts, ideas and skills to help our community build an awesome Parent Teacher Organization!

  • When: Monday 4/29 8:45am-9:15am
  • What: Barton Parent Teacher Organization
  • Where: In the breakout area outside of rooms 216 and 218
April & May Volunteer Needs
April & May Volunteer Needs!
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 8:15 AM

There are many exciting events coming up at Barton which require volunteer power! Please consider signing up for at least 1 shift below.  Thank you!


Leadership Council Meeting - April 16, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Monday, April 15, 2019 3:40 PM

Leadership Council has rescheduled last week’s meeting for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16 from 4:30-7:00 p.m., in the Media Center. Please note the meeting is extended an extra 30 minutes. Agenda for the meeting will include Foundation Budget, Parent Survey Results and Improving Leadership Council Efficacy and Structure. Please join us! Childcare for school aged children and food will be available.

Barton Plant Sale
Online Plant Sale Orders Close Sunday!
Friday, April 12, 2019 4:10 PM

There's still time to order your plants online!

Order your plants online by visiting The Barton Plant Sale online ordering website features photos and information about all our plants and merchandise. You can pay by credit card or PayPal account.

Thank You Volunteers!
Thank You Volunteers!
Friday, April 12, 2019 11:30 AM

At the end of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we'd like to show gratitude for all Barton Open School Volunteers!  Whether you are a parent, grandparent, neighbor or whether you volunteer in the classroom, for special school programs and events, or school leadership, we appreciate your time and dedication to making Barton a great school for all children.  


Barton's Earth Day Clean-up
Earth Day Clean-up at Barton - April 20th!
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:45 AM

Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 20th from 9-11am here at Barton Open School! Please bring your rakes, gardening gloves and enthusiasm as we clean up and beautify our school grounds as a community.

The Plourde Team (Shannon & Jennifer) from Keller Williams Realty is sponsoring the event and will be providing yard waste bags, along with coffee and doughnuts.

A great community service opportunity for the whole family - for more information or to RSVP visit:

Community Ed Adult Spring Sampler
MPS Community Ed - Adult Spring Sampler Event - April 13th
Friday, March 29, 2019 1:20 PM

Adult Spring Sampler Event is happening on Saturday April 13th at the new 800 W. Broadway Building from 9:30-1:30 pm. The event is entirely free to the public. There will be three free classes people can participate in: Personal Branding: Update Your Look for Success, Somali Dance, and Ten African American Artists You should know. A light lunch and childcare will also be provided that day. We encourage people to RSVP either by emailing, Eventbrite, or Facebook. However drop-ins are also welcome.

Here is the Eventbrite link: Eventbrite

Facebook link here: Facebook Event

Barton Plant Sale 2019
Barton Plant Sale 2019
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 9:00 AM

Our Barton Plant Sale kicked off last Friday, March 22nd! We hope students will get out and sell, sell, sell over spring break.



5th annual Junior Iron Chef Competition
6th-8th Graders Register for 5th Annual Junior Iron Chef Competition
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:55 AM

6th-8th Grade Students are invited to register for the 5th annual Junior Iron Chef Competition on Thursday, May 2 at Solar Arts by Chowgirls, 711 NE 15th Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. Applications are DUE by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 5th!  To learn more and apply, visit: Questions? Please contact Kate Seybold at or 612-668-2852.

K-8 Washburn Summer Soccer Camp
Registration for the 2019 K-8 Soccer Camp at Washburn High School is open!
Monday, March 11, 2019 8:10 AM

K-5 Soccer Camp

What: Soccer camp for kids in grades K-5: Skills and fun 


Lego Wall Donations
Barton's Lego Wall is UP!
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 9:25 AM

A big thank you to the Minneapolis Assistance League for funding a grant to build a vertical Lego Wall outside of the media center.  And a shout out of deep gratitude to parent volunteer Steve Gagner (Aidan Tupper, 206) for helping construct the wall.  The last detail is acquiring Lego bricks to construct on the wall.  So. . . Looking for donations of Lego bricks (any size/color).  If your family can donate 10-20 bricks to the media center, please drop them in the bucket in the media center!  Thanks!  -Angie Endo, Media Specialist

FUNdraiser Tickets on Sale Now
Barton FUNdraiser Tickets on Sale NOW!
Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:40 AM

Barton FUNdraiser Tickets on sale NOW!  Click the link to purchase tickets to unique events that financially support our school.

FUNdraiser Tickets

Marker Recycling Program
Marker Recycling is happening at Barton!
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 9:20 AM

All teachers now have a box in their rooms that is designated for recycling old markers. The program, Crayola ColorCycle is sponsored by Crayola (Crayola ColorCycle FAQs | but ALL markers can be collected no matter what brand and even including highlighters and dry erase markers!


Thank You Tour Guides!
Thank You to Our 2018-19 Tour Guides!
Monday, February 25, 2019 9:55 AM

A BIG THANK YOU to the school tour guides for 2018-2019! Thank you so much to all the parents and staff who helped with school tours this season. As many of you know, it is a major investment of time and energy to lead school tours between November and February at Barton.


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!

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. 

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 3, 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 9, 2018 12:50 PM

Barton’s State of Our Schools and Title I Annual Meeting​ 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!