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Barton News 2011-2012
Letter from Patrick Duffy to Barton Community
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 11:45 AM

An introductory letter from Barton's new principal, Patrick Duffy, to the Barton community.  

Steve Welcomes Patrick as the New Principal
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 5:40 PM

Steve welcomes Patrick Duffy as Barton's new principal and gives an introduction for staff and the Leadership Council.  See Steve's letter to parents and look for more information about Patrick coming soon.

New Barton Principal Announced
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 8:10 AM

As you may know, Dr. Steven DeLapp is retiring from his position as principal of Barton. Given his retirement, we are pleased to announce that we have asked Dr. Patrick Duffy to lead the administration at Barton as principal.

If you're looking for a gift idea for Steve...
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 6:20 AM

Still thinking about doing something special for Steve but don't know what to do? You can make a donation to the Barton Foundation and designate the Steve DeLapp Fund

From the Principal...
Monday, June 4, 2012 11:00 AM

Words cannot begin to express how touched and overwhelmed I was (still am!) by the wonderful Lake Day tribute to my twenty year principalship at Barton Open School!

9th Annual Barton Family Potluck Picnic
Monday, June 4, 2012 10:20 AM

This year's picnic will be Potluck (vs. Family style) per the results of recent survey—thanks to those who responded! Thursday, August 23, 2012 5:00-7:30 PM at Beard’s Plaisance, west side of Lake Harriet. Tableware, water and lemonade are provided. 

Barton Aims to Re-Name the Commons
Monday, June 4, 2012 10:15 AM

Steve may be leaving Barton, but his contributions will live on at our school forever. In appreciation of this legacy, the Leadership Council has been working with the Minneapolis school district to officially name the Commons in honor of the man who designed it.

Lake Day Program Student Recognitions
Monday, June 4, 2012 9:00 AM

Outstanding Barton students were honored with awards for leadership, achievement, sportsmanship, humanitariansim physical fitness.

Memory Book for Steve
Monday, June 4, 2012 8:00 AM

If you’re in the school this week, stop by the office to view “A Day in the Life of a Beloved Principal,” a bound book presented to Steve at Lake Day. 

Lake Day 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012 1:45 PM

What a great Lake Day -- June 1, 2012! Click here for photos, videos, flash mob lyrics and more! 

Recycle Pots & Trays
Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:20 AM

Wonder what to do with all of those garden pots and trays after you have planted your Barton plants? Once again, you may recycle them with former Barton parent Marianne Carolan.

Summer Camps
Thursday, May 31, 2012 1:10 AM

Many Barton students have favorite summer camps that they like to attend year after year. Look in the Students section for the listing of summer camps as compiled by members of the Barton community over the past several years.

Principal Search Update
Thursday, May 31, 2012 12:35 AM

On May 30, 2012 candidates for the Barton principalship completed the finalist stage of the process. Now, Theresa Battle, associate superintendent is conducting reference checks and reviewing all finalists’ assessments completed during the process. She will be making a recommendation to Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson after this next phase is completed. It is hoped that by June 6, the new principal will be named.

From the Principal...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:30 AM

Although we had hoped to have news about the new principal selection for Barton Open School by the end of the month, the district is not quite at that point yet. We are getting closer though. We have a team of Barton parents and staff interviewing principal candidates today working alongside representatives from the district’s central office. As Theresa Battle explained to us earlier in this process, interview team members serve in “an advisory role and provide input to the Associate Superintendents. The Associate Superintendents use multiple sources of data gathered during the selection process to make a recommendation to the Superintendent. Superintendent Johnson maintains responsibility for the final candidate selection.”

Our Leadership Council has focused a part of its last two meetings on ways the Council itself can help the new principal successfully transition to Barton School. Associate Superintendent Theresa Battle is also committed to giving me an opportunity to mentor and provide support to our new principal as she/he transitions to the role starting this August.

--Steven R. DeLapp, Principal (

Parent Representatives to the Leadership Council for 2012-2013
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:25 AM

Thank you to the entire Barton parent community for such strong participation in the Leadership Council endorsement process this year. We welcome three new parents to next year’s Leadership Council, Annika Fjelstad, Kevin Kinneavy and Kristi Smith Knutson. We also welcome the following returning members to the Council: Laura Balfour, Jennifer Bennett, Andrea Breen, Sheila Eldred, Katherine Harter, Nasra Hassan, Kris Johnson, Ann Journey, Sarah Lahm, Glen Larson, Nettie Magnuson, Julia Paulsen Mullin, Ellis Peterson, Steve Richter, Brenda Zehnder and Lori Zook-Stanley. Lori Zook-Stanley will serve as the parent co-chair for next year’s Leadership Council and Ann Journey will continue as the Council treasurer.

Lake Day Program & Grades 1-8 All-School Picnic
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:15 AM

Our end-of-the-school-year Lake Day Program and All-School Picnic for grades 1-8 is scheduled for Friday, June 1, starting at 10 AM at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. Parents are invited to join us and teachers appreciate the extra helping hands. The program at the bandshell will highlight special achievements this year and celebrate this year’s class of graduating eighth graders. See the schedule and other details...

Back-to-School Picnic August 23
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:10 AM

Next fall’s Back-to-School Picnic will take place on Thursday, August 23, from 5 to 7:30 PM at Beard’s Plaisance on the west side of Lake Harriet. Our “Meet Your Teacher” social takes place at school that same day from 3-4 PM. Watch for details about what to bring to the picnic in our summer newsletter mailed to all Barton families in August. If you would like to volunteer to help with the picnic, please contact Andie Thomas at Thanks. --Andie Thomas, Barton Parent and Picnic Coordinator

Wild River-Wild Weather Camping with 214 and 216
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:00 AM

It started raining as soon as we got there. It rained and rained.

We didn’t do all the things we usually do--we missed river day and fishing. Our tents got wet and most of our stuff in the tents got wet, too. There were lots of Tent Caterpillars. There was lots of lightning and super noisy thunder. The Hayride was awesome and the only time we were dry.

It rained and rained.

We played cards, looked at owl pellets, made friendship bracelets, and did crafts.

We planted prairie grass and had a hard time making fires. It rained some more and some moms made a visit to the laundro-mat dryers.

We had very funny skits, Dancing with the Stars, extreme rock, paper scissors, Christmas invades Easter, and Mark and Felicity go Camping, and Tannen was an excellent Dave.

It rained.

We played lots of kickball and did cooking and dishes. We had soggy tent time.

The Vanishing Forest was fun and really interesting and we saw a giant spider.

We made dream catchers and friendship bracelets and got to be with our friends a lot.

Parents in the city were really worried about us. Some grandpas came with us and said we had good attitudes. It got warm and dry on Friday and we had a strong ending. We survived 4 1⁄2 inches of rain.

It was really, really fun!

--Campers from Rooms 214 & 216

Barton Wins First Place for Position Paper at Model UN Conference in Spanish
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 8:00 AM

25 Barton students participated in the Model UN Conference in SPANISH at the University of Minnesota on Friday, May 18, 2012. That's right - the entire conference was conducted in Spanish! All students had to write a position paper in Spanish prior to the event. The topic was: Durable Solutions and Burden-Sharing regarding Refugees. For a position paper, students explain how their country is affected in detail, cite actions their country has taken nationally and internationally, and recommend solutions. At the conference, students negotiate in order to write resolutions addressing the topic.

The First Place position paper was written by Siobhan Brodek and Dana Saari, representing Guatemala. Tova Breen and Sara Edinburgh received a Speakers' Award at the Conference. Barton was the only non-immersion school attending the event, and we are very proud of our students. See the list of all students and the countries they represented...

Barton Fundraising Gap
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 1:00 PM

As we close this school year, we’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to our school’s success. Whether volunteering to work at the plant sale or other fundraisers, helping in classrooms, chaperoning field trips, ensuring your own children are at school and ready to learn, or any other number of contributions you might make to the school, your involvement ensures that all our children learn and grow positively, and we thank you.

Many people also have contributed financially during the 2011-2012 school year, and we want to convey our gratitude to these Barton School Fund donors. These tax-deductible contributions provide our school with general operating funds that can be used for a range of purposes, including staff salaries for selected programs such as band and strings, computers for the classrooms, field trips and classroom supplies.

If you have not done so already, we urge you to join this list of financial contributors and make a donation to the Barton Fund today. This year it is more important than ever to give, as our donations are down by almost 25% compared to previous years. To provide the same level of support and programs for next fiscal year, we need to close the gap now. Our hope is that every family who can donate some amount, large or small, will do so. We need everyone’s help and support to continue the excellent extra-curricular programs and good work being done at Barton.

-- The Barton Fund Committee

From the Principal...
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:30 PM

If you haven’t already done so, we hope all Barton parents/guardians will take a few minutes will read the candidate statements and complete the Leadership Council endorsement ballot and return it to school by Friday of this week. If the paper copy is missing, the ballot can be found on our school website. As emphasized last week, broad participation in this endorsement process is important to us in assuring a fully representative council serving all our school families. Thank you.

We’d also like to encourage parents who are able to help on Friday, June 1, for our traditional Lake Day activities to please contact Sue Buettgen at 612- 327-3547 or, or stop in Room 12 and talk to her. You are also invited to simply contact your child’s teacher to see what assistance he or she might need. Please join us if you can on Friday, June 1, at Lake Harriet as we celebrate the end of the 2011-2012 school year together.
--Steven R. DeLapp, Principal (

Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” Upper’s Musical
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:15 PM

THE CURTAIN GOES UP ON WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY and FRIDAY ONLY!!! THEN...the Genie goes back in her lamp!!! Don’t miss it! Thirty amazingly talented Barton 7th and 8th graders bring life to the magical, mystical world of Aladdin. This timeless tale of intrigue and wonder with its dazzling costumes, energetic dances and beautiful music make this a “not to be missed” show for the entire family. Show dates are Wednesday, May 23 @ 3pm., Thursday, May 24 @ 7pm and Friday, May 25th @7pm. Performances are held in the Commons and tickets are available at the door...$8 for adults and $5 for students/children.

Plant Sale 2012 Thanks!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:10 AM

A huge thanks to the many students, staff, parents, family and community members who played a part in helping us have another very successful Plant Sale fundraiser for Barton Open School. We want to acknowledge the special coordinators’ roles as well as the myriad of volunteers at all levels who make this event happen. Our deepest thanks to: Felicity Miel Crosby – School Coordinator, and her room 216 students; Kate Mandler – Parent Coordinator (who oversees and does all of the following: collecting and tabulating orders, deposits, data entry, phone calls, troubleshooting, alphabetizing, and volunteers (except plant pick up day volunteers coordinated by Julie Glass- Yares). In addition, Judy Schwob and Julia Paulsen Mullin co-coordinated and were involved in the areas described above. Read on for more...

Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" This Week
Monday, May 21, 2012 2:20 PM

Barton's production of "Taming of the Shrew" will take place on Wednesday, May 23rd, at 9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The play is being staged at the Scottish Rite Temple at the corner of Franklin and Dupont.  Please come and enjoy our young thespians. There is no charge for admittance. Details...

Leadership Council Endorsement Ballot
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 10:00 AM

The Barton Leadership Council, consisting of parents and staff members, is the primary governing body for the school. The Council is responsible for setting school policy, keeping our work aligned with our progressive school mission, identifying yearly goal areas, monitoring school improvement plans, encouraging broad participation from all members of the school community, and guiding overall staffing and program decisions. Parent representatives to the Leadership Council need to be endorsed by 50 or more votes from the adult members of the Barton School Community. Each adult in a family may vote for up to 10 candidates, but only one vote per individual candidate.

Read the Leadership Council candidate statements and complete a ballot. PLEASE RETURN THE BALLOT TO YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER NO LATER THAN Friday, MAY 25, 2012. 

From the Principal...
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 9:55 AM

The Leadership Council endorsement ballot is being sent home this week to affirm next year’s parent representatives on the Council. We will also have the ballot available on the school website if the backpack mailing system falters for you. Please return a completed ballot to school by Friday, May 25. Each adult in every Barton household can endorse up to ten candidates. Your participation in this endorsement process is important to us as it assures a fully representative council serving all our school families.

Parent David Curle has served on our Leadership Council since school year 2002-2003 and assumed the responsibilities of treasurer early in his Council experience. He will now be moving on from Barton with his youngest son graduating this spring. David was particularly instrumental in orchestrating the move to create a separate Barton Foundation for our fundraising dollars. He’s been a thoughtful steward of our school funds, vigilant in creating accurate reporting systems regarding the uses of funds, and wise in his understanding of our highest needs as a community. I have valued his insights and advice on many levels in my position as principal and want to publicly acknowledge and thank him for his long-lasting contributions to making us a stronger learning community. His leadership and council presence will be greatly missed! --Steven R. DeLapp, Principal (

Family Picnics - Tuesdays in May
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 7:45 AM

Pack your own picnic dinner and join other families for good conversation, music and games. Each picnic will have a theme: Edible Flowers Picnic (May 15), Green Compostable Picnic (May 22) and Haiku Picnic (May 29). Victor Sanchez is your host. Meet at 6:00 p.m. at Barton (door #2) with your picnic dinner and walk to the Rose Gardens. Please make a $5 per family donation for each picnic to cover the cost of a luscious dessert (our treat). Please indicate which picnic you will attend (pick one or all three) and email or call 668-3585. Please register the day before the picnic for planning purposes. If rain, the picnic will be cancelled.

More Cinquain Poetry from Kate’s Kindergartners
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 7:25 AM

By Abdirahman, Daud, Brock and Ben:

Fast air!
Pedaling, steering, tricks, Super speedy bumpy fun, Riding

By Amaree, Trevor, Ruby and Lucy:

Hot days
Swimming, vacationing, cold treats, Family picnics, friendly fun

By Trevor, Max, Evva and Mohamed:

Moving pencils,
Observing, looking, thinking Excited, weird, concentrating, calm, Creating

Uppers Students Attend Model UN Conference
Saturday, May 12, 2012 8:35 PM

118 Barton Uppers students participated in the Model UN Conference at Augsburg College on May 10, 2012. 

Katie Mae Kaelin & Maggie McClun won First Place in the Speakers' Award category. Paavo Neseth & Anthony King and Carter Steinhagen & Guthrie Nielsen won Honorable Mention awards.

See the full list of representatives and a few pictures...

Community Education May Special Events
Thursday, May 10, 2012 1:00 PM

Barton Community Education is offering some special events during May.  See the Information and Registration form for details.

From the Principal...
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 2:20 PM

We had a great turnout at last week’s Kindergarten Round-Up. A huge thanks to parents Karla Hill-Donisch and Carolyn Ramseth for coordinating this event for us. They were assisted, as always, by a terrific team of volunteers. Thank you to Eleonore Janczak, Mary Parker, Abby Poplawski, Lisa Taglia, Jenny Simmonds and Romana Pulkrabek, as well as the additional support from Bull Run Coffee.

As a special welcome for the new kindergartners and their family members, uppers students in Allison Rubin’s dance class and first-second graders in Jane Spicer’s room, performed a high energy dance number for everyone at the beginning of the program. Kate Glasenapp and Gloria Hutchinson led the new kindergartners through a classroom activity and we gathered in the main hallway for treats and conversation afterwards. Thanks to everyone for making this such a welcoming event for our new kindergartners.
--Steven R. DeLapp, Principal (

Plant Sale Pick-Up This Weekend, May 11-12!
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 2:15 PM

Some final notices about the Plant Sale Pick-Up Days, Friday May 11 and Saturday May 12:

  • If you have a child's wagon that can be used to haul plants to cars, please drop it off on the south side of the school during the day on Friday. You can pick it up on Saturday afternoon or Monday.
  • If you ordered a rain barrel from the sale, you will be given a certificate to pick it up at Guse Hardware at 4602 Bryant Ave. So. On May 12 or 13.
  • If you really want to look supportive, consider purchasing Barton Plant Sale T-shirts, aprons or caps from Cafepress (
  • Before you trowel in your new annuals, consider joining the fun on the south side of the school. Volunteer to help customers find their order forms or plants, restock and water plants or staff the check-out gate. Call Julie Glass-Yares at 612-790-8166 or email her at Shifts are available:
    • Friday, May 11, 2:00-4:30 PM and 4:30-7:00 PM
    • Saturday, May 12, 8:30-11:00 AM, 11:00-1:00 PM and 1:00-3:00 PM.
Barton Receives Award for Waste Reduction
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 1:30 PM

Barton was one of three schools in Minnesota to receive the WRAP (Waste Reduction Awareness Program) Award from the Jeffers Foundation. During last week’s all- school morning meeting, Mr. Paul Oberg, the CEO of the Jeffers Foundation, presented Barton School with a $5,000 check and a plaque. The Foundation was particularly impressed during a site visit with how students were responsible for their own sorting/recycling. Many thanks to the ROT team, custodial staff and teachers for initiating and supporting these efforts—and to the STUDENTS for taking the program and making it their own! Each student at Barton will also receive a reusable water bottle from the Jeffers Foundation. Read more...

Math Masters Competition
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 8:30 AM

Congratulations to our Barton 5th and 6th grade math masters participants who spent all morning, Saturday, April 28, competing!! All participants did a great job and we had some teams and individuals that did quite well. There were over 400 kids competing this year, so it was no easy task! The 6th grade team of Luke Peichel, Wyatt Gustafson, and Aidan Schwob won overall Team Champion and 1st Place Team!! The 6th grade team of Madhav Singh, Gabe Mersy, Sam Richman, and Ben Anderson won Honorable Mention!! Individual awards went to Sam Richman and Aidan Schwob tying for 3rd place and Luke Peichel took an honorable mention in the individual rounds. Madhav Singh and Luke Peichel also scored 100% on the fact drill!!  Read more...

Save the Dates NOW for Disney’s Aladdin Jr., the Barton Uppers Musical
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 8:00 AM

An amazing cast of 30 bring their talents to the stage and create the magical, mystical world of young Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Genies and Sultans, acrobatic Flying Carpets and Magic Lamps, royal palaces, villains, heroes, and wise-cracking parrots! Dazzling costumes, energetic dances and beautiful music make this show fun for the entire family. The annual Upper's Musical is a long -time tradition at Barton and we need your support to assure it will continue for future classes. Hope to see you all there! Show dates: Wednesday, May 23 @ 3pm. Thursday, May 24 @ 7pm and Friday, May 25th @7pm. Tickets are available at the door for only $8/adult and $5/ student or child.

Model UN Conference
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 7:30 AM

On Thursday, May 10th, 110 Barton Uppers will be attending the Model UN Conference at Augsburg College. This year’s topics are: Durable Solutions and Burden-Sharing Concerning Refugees; Security in Refugee Camps; and the Situation in the Horn of Africa: Drought, Famine and the Refugee Crisis.

On Friday, May 18th, 28 Barton students will attend the Model UN Conference in SPANISH at the Carlson School of Management on the U of M campus. The topic is Durable Solutions and Burden-Sharing Concerning Refugees.

Barton Students Perform in Spoken Word Festival
Friday, May 4, 2012 10:25 AM

On Saturday, April 21st, Barton Uppers participated in the Say!Word Spoken Word Festival at the New Century Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. We were awarded second place. Sadiya Elmi also performed her Spoken Word piece before the final slams. Maggie McClun received the highest overall rating of the festival for her performance. Barton was represented by four Spoken Word teams. More...

An Invitation to Participate on the Leadership Council
Thursday, May 3, 2012 4:25 PM

The Barton Leadership Council is a collaborative group of teachers and parents who meet to help develop the policies and make the budget decisions that support our school's mission. It‟s a unique platform where both parents and teachers are able to share their perspectives and have a very real impact upon our school's future. No special skills are needed to serve on the council, just a genuine interest in learning more about the school and a desire to make Barton the best it can be.

The Council meets once or twice a month during the school year. Meetings are held on Thursday evenings, starting at either 4:30 or 6:00 PM, and concluding (without fail!) an hour and a half later. Pizza is provided for the 6:00 PM meetings and childcare is always available.

All that is required to be considered for the council is to write a brief statement about yourself, including your hopes for Barton. This "candidate statement" needs to be turned into the office, or emailed to, by Friday, May 11. All candidate statements will then be published in the Bugle on May 16, 2012, and the adult members of the Barton community will be asked to endorse those candidates they wish to have represent them. The new council members will be invited to attend our last meeting on Thursday, May 24.

If you are interested, I encourage you to either write a statement and submit it for next year, or talk to a member of our current council and/or attend a future council meeting to see if it is right for you (the dates and times of meetings are published in the Bugle). It's a wonderful opportunity to make a difference and our door is always open. Thank you.
--Jennifer Bennett, Parent Co-Chair, Barton Leadership Council

From the Principal...
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 4:45 PM

This week's newsletter is rerunning the invitation to parents to participate on the Leadership Council written by this year's parent co-chair, Jennifer Bennett. If you are interested in serving on the council, you are asked to submit a short candidate statement to the main office (or email it directly to me) by Friday, May 11. A council endorsement ballot will be sent home to families the following week.

We welcome a new group of kindergartners at tomorrow morning‟s Kindergarten Round-Up. As we‟ve done in the past, we‟ll have a short program for new and returning families in the commons while our kindergarten teachers lead a short activity in the classrooms with next year‟s kindergartners.

Finally, a quick reminder that there's no school for our students next Monday, May 7. This is a district-wide Professional Development and Elementary Reclassification Day.

--Steven R. DeLapp, Principal (

Red Cross Babysitter Training
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 4:05 PM

This popular Community Education class will be offered in May, just in time to get certified for summer jobs! This 6 hour course will cover safety, how to handle a variety of situations, basic care, leadership and first aide. Instructor: Nettie Magnuson and Cindy Smedberg. Three Tuesdays, begins May 15, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Cost: $65 For more information contact or 668-3585

A Cinquain Poem
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 3:00 PM

Kate's kindergartners are writing cinquain poetry this week. We will look forward to publishing some of the individual poems following their writing work this week. Here is their first group effort:

Fresh, air
Playing, running, climbing
Getting your “wild thing” out,

A cinquain is a poem that has five lines and each line has its own special rule:

  • Line 1: one word, the title.
  • Line 2: two words that describe the title.
  • Line 3: three action words about the title line.
  • Line 4: four words that express a thought or feelings about the title line.
  • 5: one word that means the same thing as the title.
May 3rd Council Meeting Postponed to May 10th
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 3:00 PM

The Leadership Council meeting scheduled for this week has been postponed to next week. The Council will meet on Thursday, May 10, at 4:30 PM, rather than this Thursday. The final meeting for the 2011-2012 school year is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, from 6 to 7:30 PM.

Classroom Placements
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 9:50 AM

As we approach the last six weeks of the school year, let me review the philosophy we will bring to organizing classrooms for next year. Barton Open School's overarching and continuing commitment is to create classrooms that are well-balanced according to age, gender, race, ability level and student needs. The placement process involves a great deal of thoughtfulness and deliberation on the part of the teaching staff. Homeroom teachers and our specialist teachers (who know all the kids) work together, within and across grade-level teams, to balance each child‟s individual needs (social, emotional and intellectual) within the broader parameters of a large group of children.

Our school placement policy stipulates that decisions about student assignments are made without input from parents regarding teacher preferences. I want to emphasize the importance of parents respecting our commitment to balanced classrooms and the thoughtful work that staff engage in advocating for individual students within the mix of larger group needs. Please do not engage teachers in conversations about specific teacher preferences for next year. Our extensive experience with class placement over many years at Barton Open School has taught us that well-balanced rooms at every grade level serve our students and our teachers in the best possible way. Thank you.
--Steven R. DeLapp, Principal

Spring Band and Strings Concerts
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 7:25 AM

Mark your calendars to hear our Barton musicians in their spring concerts in the Commons.  Each will give two concerts -- a daytime performance (that the rest of the students will get to attend) and an evening performance. Parents are welcome to attend daytime and evening programs.


  • Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.


  • Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 8:45 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Summer School Applications Due
Monday, April 23, 2012 9:40 AM

If you want your child to attend summer school at Burroughs for grades K-4 and at Barton for grades 5- 7, please return the summer school application form ASAP, to assure that an appropriate bus stop is set up for the first day of the summer session. The program begins Monday, June 18, 2012.

Update On New Principal Hiring Process
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 10:30 AM

Theresa Battle, Associate Superintendent, has begun the process for selecting the new principal for Barton Open School. Information gathered through the selection process will be shared with Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson who has the designated authority to select or make principals’ assignments. The goal of administration is to find the best match for the school based on building and district level leadership interests. It is hoped that a new principal will be named by May 30, 2012.  Read More...

High School Registration for Incoming 9th Graders (Current 8th Graders)
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 10:25 AM

Registration for Incoming 9th Graders (current 8th graders) will be held at each of the high schools over the next couple of weeks. Students will be registering for their 2012-2013 school year classes.

Southwest High School at 6:30 p.m. in the Southwest auditorium:

Tuesday, May 1 (last name alpha A-K)
Thursday May 3rd (last name alpha L-Z)

South High School, Thursday, April 19, 6:00-7:30 PM in the Commons area at South.

Washburn High School, Thursday, April 19:

Last names A-K from 6:30-7:15
Last names L-Z from 7:15-8:00

Spoken Word Competition
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9:30 AM

For the first time ever, Barton will be sending teams to the annual MN Spoken Word Association competition in Minneapolis on Saturday, April 21. Come support your classmates!  Details...

Family Yoga to Live Music to Honor Earth Day
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9:20 AM

Join well-known and loved, Ella Chissotti on Saturday, April 21 at 10:30 a.m. to honor the earth and sky with outdoor yoga at the Rose Gardens by the Turtle Fountain, cancelled if it rains. Bring a yoga mat (we have a few to share). After yoga, enjoy healthy snacks from the Linden Hills Co-op. Live guitar music by the Linden Hills House of Music. FREE. Please sign up in advance for planning by calling the Barton Community Education office at 668-3585 or

Another Morning Drop-Off Safety Reminder
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 6:25 PM

Although habits and routines are always difficult to change, we would still like to see more parent drivers heeding our safety call to avoid the school parking lot as a drop-off point during the morning start time. We’ve had some “near misses” in the period prior to spring break because of the dangerous combination of drivers going into the lot, drivers backing out, and pedestrians crossing the entryway. Let’s keep children’s safety first, rather than adult convenience in the morning. Do not use the school parking lots for dropping off children in the morning.

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