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Barton News 2013-2014
Barton Students Attend Model UN Conference
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:00 AM

Barton students attended the Model UN Conference in Spanish at the
Carlson School of Management on the University of Minnesota campus.  More...

Barton Back-to-School Picnic
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 5:30 AM


2014 Year-End Memories
Thursday, June 5, 2014 8:55 PM

There are so many great memories from this past year at Barton. You can find videos of some performances from throughout the year and a sampling of the flurry of year-end performances on the Barton YouTube channel. Recent videos band and choir performances, Uppers Exhibition dance performances, Kristin and Dawn's classes' Shape Up Show, Lake Day, and more. Also, be sure to  see photos from Lake Day...

From the Principal
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 2:10 PM

Dear Families,

My father joined me at Barton on Tuesday night for the choir concert – a beautiful demonstration of our students’ talents and effort – after we had celebrated dinner for his 84th birthday.  More...

Mark Your Calendars - Get Connected Day - August 13
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 9:45 AM

On August 13th from noon to 6:00 pm, parents and students will come to Barton to “get connected” with each other and get some of the big things off their checklist  to start the year.  Details...

From the Barton School Fund Committee
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 6:40 AM

Dear Parents,
As we close this school year, we’d like to thank Barton parents, like you, for contributing to our school’s success.  More...

Thank you from the FUNdraiser Committee!
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 6:35 AM

Thank you to all the Barton parents and families who purchased FUNdraiser tickets this year.  Many parties have already completed and there are more to come this summer and fall!  Good times for everyone involved.  More...

Calling All Library Books!
Monday, June 2, 2014 9:25 AM

Please help your children find and return all Barton library books.  We need them now to be ready for all readers in the fall.  If a book is missing, please pay the replacement fee so that we can keep our Barton library stellar for all readers!  Thanks!

From the Principal
Friday, May 30, 2014 11:15 AM

Dear families,
Next year we will kick off the year with a new tradition – Get Connected Day.  On August 13th, parents will come to Barton to “get connected” with each other and get some of the big things off their checklist  to start the year.  More...

Coffee with the Council - Monday, June 2nd, 7:30 am
Thursday, May 29, 2014 2:20 PM

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dear Barton Community:  
Today, the Barton Leadership Council met with Associate Superintendent Cecilia Saddler (former South High principal) to discuss the process for hiring a new principal for Barton. We want to share with you what we learned as well as our hopes for some adjustments. Our overall goal is to get a principal who is a great match for Barton, someone who knows and will promote Open education and who supports and leads our teachers and children.  More...

From the Leadership Council
Thursday, May 29, 2014 11:10 AM

Thursday, May 29, 2014 

Hello Barton Community. The Leadership Council met with Associate Superintendent Cecilia Saddler this morning to discuss the process for hiring a new principal for Barton. We are summarizing this meeting in a letter that we will send out to the Barton community tomorrow (Friday). We want to invite you to a Council Coffee on Monday morning, June 2, from 7:30 – 8:30 am in the Commons. This will be an opportunity to discuss the hiring process, ask questions, and give comments. We hope you can make it.


 Lori Zook-Stanley, Parent Co-chair, 2013-14Julia Paulsen Mullin, Parent Co-chair, 2014-15

Thursday, May 29, 2014 6:55 AM

Thank you to all of you who completed and returned the Endorsement Ballot for next year's Leadership Council. The rate of return -- 238 adults casting endorsements -- allowed for an inclusive process.  More...

A notice to families
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 1:20 PM

Dear Barton parents,

I want to let you know that we have been made aware that a former student-teacher was recently charged with solicitation of a minor. You may have seen news reports involving Joel Fowler. He was an 8th-grade social studies student-teacher at our school last year.

I want to assure families that St. Paul police have indicated that the incident did not involve MPS students and did not occur on school district property.

We want to support our students and families during this time. If you or your child needs further support or if you have further questions or concerns, please call the Office of Student, Family and Community Engagement at 612.668.0640.


Patrick Duffy
Principal, Barton Open School

Robotics at Barton Next Year!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 7:10 AM

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Band Concerts
Saturday, May 24, 2014 7:15 PM

Congratulations to all band students on a couple of great concerts last week! If you missed any of it (some bonus pieces were played at the evening concert), you can see videos and pictures on the Barton Band page.

LAKE DAY 2014!!!! Please Join the Fun and Volunteer!
Friday, May 23, 2014 12:45 PM

Yes people, the snowstorms and extreme cold are over!! We made it!! So now Lake Day 2014 is just around the corner!  As usual, we hope to have a day filled with friends and family, picnics and laughter, sunshine and fun.  So, we are asking for adults to sign-up to help make Lake Day a big success.  More...

From the Principal
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 9:30 AM

Dear Barton families,

I am sending this letter let you know that I have been honored to serve this community as the principal of Barton.  More...

From the Barton Leadership Council
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 9:25 AM

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dear Barton Parent and Family Community,

On Wednesday this week Patrick Duffy announced that he has accepted a position as Director of Leadership Development for St. Paul Public Schools and will mentor and supervise the professional development of their principals and assistant principals.  More...

Excursion to Southwest Senior Citizen Center
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 9:20 AM

Room 206 went on an excursion to the Southwest Senior Citizen Center/Volunteers of America on May 21. Prior to our visit, the students wrote essays about a relationship that they have with a senior citizen.  More...

Adopt a Garden for a Week This Summer
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 8:20 AM

We need a few families to adopt the garden for a week this summer.  The time commitment is about an hour and you may take any available produce.  A checklist will be provided to assist you.  More...

Thank you Plant Sale Volunteers
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 6:20 AM

Many thanks to all the people who helped make the Barton Plant sale a success. We’d like to acknowledge all the people who helped process the over $85,000 in plants sold in order to benefit Barton Open School!  More...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 6:10 AM

 Please make sure to complete the Leadership Council Endorsement Ballot (sent home last week in backpacks). EACH adult in the home can vote for 10 candidates. DUE ON FRIDAY, MAY 23, return to your child's teacher or to the front office! Remember, this process is designed to be all-inclusive but depends on good participation from our parent community. Thanks for your attention to this matter.

Barton Students Explain How to be Stewards of Nature
Monday, May 19, 2014 11:45 AM

The Garden Team collaborated with students to create this fun video that explains how the whole school can help the Spirit Garden thrive. Please take two minutes to watch it with your kids:
Link to Video

Lost and Found
Friday, May 16, 2014 9:00 AM

All items from the lost and found will be displayed on tables outside the office from Monday, May 19th through 2:00 on Friday, May 23rd.  Please check or have your child check for any items that belong to them.  All remaining items will be donated to charity.

Friday, May 16, 2014 6:00 AM

The Leadership Council of 2013-2014 met for their final meeting of the year. A gathering of students, staff and parents acknowledged a year of efforts and accomplishments.  More...

From the Principal
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:10 AM

Dear families,

There are so many wonderful things going on at Barton right now.
Our choir and strings programs, led by Lisa Skaff and Liz Therkildsen, performed beautifully last week at the Minneapolis Viva City Program at the Convention Center while collaborating with other student musicians from around the city.  More...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 7:15 AM

Please check your child's backpack yesterday and today for the packet to endorse your Leadership Council for next school year, 2014-2015. We have many new and veteran candidates to create a rich and varied Council. It is important that we all vote, and this is why: the process is designed for INCLUSIVITY and requires a good rate of return to be inclusive. We want anyone who wants to be on the Council to be able to participate. Each adult in the household gets to vote for 10 different people. Please complete the ballot and return it to your teacher by MAY 23!! Thanks for your active participation!!  Link to Ballot

Have you bought your yearbook?
Monday, May 12, 2014 1:25 PM

We just received the proof copy and it is beautiful, your children will cherish all the memories it holds within it's pages so we are giving you one last chance to buy your copy.
Write a check to Barton for $30, include your child's name and classroom and send it or drop it off at school for Chuck Nelson.
Thank you, Laura Scher. Any questions email me at

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