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2012-2013 Uppers Announcements
Graduation Photos & Videos
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 6:15 AM

CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES!  Do you have photos or videos to share? Send a link to  See photos & videos...

2013-2014 Planning
Monday, May 20, 2013 11:00 AM

It's time to start planning for the 2013-2014 school year! Last Friday, 6th graders met with Alison to learn more about the uppers' program/experience. Each student received a packet that asks students to select their elective preferences for 2013-2014. Please return the forms by Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Graduation Information
Friday, May 17, 2013 4:55 PM

Please be sure to RSVP for 8th Grade Graduation.  See the information & RSVP form for details.

Valleyfair Field Trip
Friday, May 17, 2013 8:05 AM

It's that time of year again!  Be sure to return your permission form so you can go along.

Year End Schedule for Uppers
Friday, May 17, 2013 8:00 AM

There's a lot going on at the end of the school year for Barton's Uppers students. Be sure to read the letter with all the details.

Leadership Team Applications for 2013-2014
Friday, May 3, 2013 10:10 AM

Applications for the new Student Leadership Team are due from 6th and 7th grade students by Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Uppers Party
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:30 PM

We are excited to invite the Uppers students to an Uppers party in the DeLapp Commons and Barton Gymnasium from 2:00 – 4:30, this Friday, April 26th. This year, Uppers students were given an incentive of a party, planned by the homeroom that sold the most plants. Each student that sold at least two plants was automatically eligible to attend. We ask that any students that did not sell plants bring between a $2 and $5 donation (checks can be made out to Barton Open School). No students will be turned away if they are unable to pay.

On Friday, Uppers will be treated to a party, complete with pizza, popcorn, and assorted beverages while we show the film The Avengers on the big screen in the Commons. There will be games and fun tournaments taking place in the gym for those who choose not to watch the movie. All of these events, including the film and food choices were chosen democratically by Amber’s homeroom class!

Our expectation is that all students who stay after school understand the following:

  • The party is over at 4:30 pm. Students need to have arrangements for a ride home at that time.
  • Students need to stay in the gym and commons area between 2:00 – 4:30. Classrooms and other hallways will be off-limits after school.
  • All students will be expected to adhere to the same building policies that are outlined in the student handbook.

Please respond via email or in writing to your homeroom teacher by 8:00 am on Friday morning, 4/26. Students will not be able to attend without written permission (Information and Permission Form).

MCA Tests Coming Soon!
Friday, April 12, 2013 1:10 PM

Dear uppers students & families:

We hope you have had a relaxing spring break and great first (snowy!) week back at school. As we move into fourth quarter, please remember the upcoming testing schedule for uppers. Reading MCAs start next Tuesday FIRST THING IN THE MORNING! These are difficult tests to make up--please be prompt!

*Reading MCAs are Tuesday & Wednesday, April 16th & 17th, 7:35-9:50 am.

--Get enough sleep (at least 8 hours)!
--Eat a good breakfast
--Drink lots of water
--Bring mints to the test
--bring a book or magazine to read if you finish early

*Math MCAs will be April 22-May 1. Students will test according to their 6th hour classes at 12:15pm
Here is the schedule:
M/T, 4/22 & 4/23: Sara’s Math Workshop, Tracie’s Study Skills class & Amber’s Film class
W/Th, 4/24 & 4/25: Allison’s Blues Brothers class & John’s Science Challenge class
T/W 4/30 & 5/1: Flory’s Spanish I class & Chuck’s 7 Seminal Stories class

Thanks and have a wonderful weekend,
allison and the uppers staff

Spring Break MCA Practice
Thursday, March 28, 2013 7:10 AM

It is very important to get comfortable with the MCAs before testing this April. The science and math tests are on-line this year and reading tests are on paper; however, next year, all three tests will be on-line. Please dedicate a couple of hours over spring break to look at your grade level sample tests on line and practice!

  • Science MCAs are for 8th graders only and will be Thursday, April 11, during science or social studies classes, 1st, 3rd or 4th hour 
  • Reading MCAs are Tuesday & Wednesday, April 16th & 17th, 7:35-9:50 am. 
  • Math MCAs will be April 22-May 1. Students will test according to their 6th hour classes at 12:15pm

Here is the schedule:

  • M/T, 4/22 & 4/23: Sara’s Math Workshop, Tracie’s Study Skills class & Amber’s Film class
  • W/Th, 4/24 & 4/25: Allison’s Blues Brothers class & John’s Science Challenge class
  • T/W 4/30 & 5/1: Flory’s Spanish I class & Chuck’s 7 Seminal Stories class

Directions to practice the online samplers from home (printable version):

  1. Using FIREFOX, go to: (link will open in a new window).
  2. In the Online Item Sampler section, select the second item: Online Item Samplers
  3. It will automatically open up a tab with a log in screen with ‘GUEST’ filled in. Do NOT enter any info, click SIGN-IN!
  4. On the next screen, look at the blue stripe and select your grade (7th or 8th) from the drop down menu.
  5. On the next screen, select the test you would like to practice: Choose (for example): Grade 8 Math Item Sampler, Grade 8 Reading Item Sampler or Grade 8 Science Item Sampler
  6. Click begin, read the directions, and continue throughout the test. 
To Kill a Mockingbird
Sunday, January 27, 2013 3:10 PM

The Uppers will take a field trip to see a YPC performance of To Kill a Mockingbird on February 6, 2013.  See the information & permission form for details.

The semester change for Uppers Students
Friday, January 11, 2013 1:30 PM

Happy new year, families! Today your middle schooler will bring home THREE very important requests for your signature after planners are signed:

  • Request form for 6th hour elective courses next semester;
  • RSVP for uppers exhibition night; and
  • Permission slip & waiver (2-sided) for our first all-uppers field trip tubing!

Thanks for all you do to support your student's learning. I will attach the paperwork here in case you need an extra, and I am looking forward to seeing you all at our Uppers Exhibition Night on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 5:30-7:30. Wait til you see your upper SALSA dance!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 9:40 AM

On a drizzly, grey November 6, Election Day, Barton Students head to their local precinct to vote!

Feed My Starving Children Field Trip
Monday, October 15, 2012 12:25 PM

Students from Amber's language arts classes volunteered at Field My Starving Children in Coon Rapids. Students donated $531 to help pay for the cost of packing food. They packed food for babies between the ages of 7 and 12 months called MannaPack Potato-W.

High School Information for 8th Graders
Friday, October 12, 2012 5:35 AM

Information is now available about high school open houses, tours, and choices.  High school choice forms are due February 19, 2013.

MAP Testing Coming Up!!
Sunday, September 23, 2012 5:30 AM

Uppers are scheduled to take the two MAP--Measure of Academic Progress--tests in our math & language arts classes over the next few weeks. The test is not timed and is taken on-line in the computer lab. Students will take the math test during math classes and the reading test during language arts classes.

  • Allison's math classes will test Thursday, September 27.
  • Sara & Colin's math classes will test Monday, October 1.
  • Amber's language arts classes will test on Tuesday, October 2.
  • Flory's language arts classes will test on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Please try not to schedule appointments during these times. There will be make-ups in the lab on October 10 only.

Save the Dates!
Thursday, August 30, 2012 9:50 AM

Be sure to keep an eye on the Barton School and Uppers calendars for upcoming events.  A couple of notes went home during the first week of school for events later in the year:

Welcome Letter & Supply List
Thursday, July 5, 2012 8:25 AM

See the 2012-2013 Uppers Welcome Letter and Supply List.