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From the Principal...
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 3:30 PM

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As I reflect upon this past year, I am incredibly moved by the stories, passion, and practices that have made my first year at Barton so memorable. Many have asked about how my first year has gone and the word that comes to mind is...fast!

The year started for me by wanting to learn about and honor the incredible work, not just of my predecessor, but also of those who continue to learn and teach in this vibrant community - the true heart of progressive education in Minneapolis.

As the year went on, together we wrote a new chapter to the Barton story. We started the Barton Learning Center that extended our Open programming twice a week to approximately 100 students through the hard work of eight staff members and numerous volunteers. We honored elders from our community while celebrating our rich cultural diversity through food and song. We looked to deepen student development with close to 60 Uppers applying for leadership teams for next year. We started a community garden on the south side of our building and opened a salad bar in our cafeteria. We sent more than 40 staff members to professional development workshops on equity, instruction, and responsive classroom practices; and our staff worked together every Tuesday afternoon to continue to set goals on our own collaborative, professional practices on behalf of students.

Through it all, students performed, sang, danced, wrote, dreamed, and learned – about their courses, about their hopes, about standing up for and alongside each other.

We have thrived in a year of transition and change. The voices and faces that long walked the halls left legacies of love and learning that have been honored though the collaboration of caring adults who have worked to sustain and further develop ways to teach the whole child and serve our entire community.

Just a year ago, I had not yet interviewed for the Barton principal position. Nine months ago, I was just beginning to meet the staff, parents, and students that make Barton such an active and caring community. Thank you all for continuing to make Barton a place where so many want to send their children. I am proud to share this space with you and am glad we can call it home.

With gratitude,

Patrick