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Barton Open School

Hello Barton Families,

We are having a Community Forum Information, Question & Answer Session for In-person Learning and Distance Learning at Barton 5:00pm-6:00pm , the link was sent in the Robo Email today that you should have received between 4:00pm -5:00pm.  

We hope to see you there so that we can address the needs of your students and the family.

In Peace and Partnership,


Diane Bagley

"Important: Barton Families" 

Please see the information regarding in-person learning registration:


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Somali Halkan Taabo



I hope you had a break filled with rest, gratitude and joyful time and experiences with your children.  I also hope you had time to rejuvenate and practice self-care as we move into 2021, saying goodbye to 2020.  As we say goodbye to 2020, it is clear what it opened up for us as a school, district and community.  It is time to really reflect on the change before us in keeping children at the center.


Over break, it was time to read, talk with allies and ground me in our life’s work, love, and passion regarding true equitable educational change at Barton and MPS.  After reflecting on the quote and "It means..." below, it really is a way to continue to center us and guide us for the remainder of the year in our commitment to decentering whiteness and providing equitable educational opportunities for our students and one another.



“Justice is what love looks like in public.”    

                                                                     ~Cornell West


Love is one of those words that is difficult to define, but so important to the context of our daily work with students…. 

It means that we do this work because we believe in something greater than our own self-gain. 


It means we do this work because we believe that every human being deserves dignity, freedom, and equality in educational systems and beyond. 


It means we do this work because we desire wholeness for ourselves and for the world. 


It means we do this work because we want to become a good ancestor. 


It means we do this work because generations of historically disenfranchised students depend on us paving the way for a different tomorrow.


It means we do this work because we no longer want to oppress people intentionally or unintentionally. 


It means we do this work because Love is not a verb to us, it is an action. 


We need Love for this journey because when the truth-telling gets really hard, we will need something more powerful than pain and shame to encourage one another to keep going. It is my hope that love is what initially brought us all to this space and it is my belief that love is what will keep us going.


Hope you have a beautiful week!!!


Diane Bagley

Principal, Clara Barton


Barton's Winter Assessments:

Happy New Year Barton Families!
At Barton, we will be using the month of January to administer different types of assessments. The types of assessments are called COM (Concepts of Math) and eReading (Early Reading)for our kindergarteners and first graders. Our second through 8th graders will be taking the FastBridge (FAST) test in math and literacy. The purpose of these assessments is for the students to show their learning in the areas of math and literacy. Please see below for the types of winter assessments:
  • Kindergarten: Kindergarten COM (Math) & eReading (Literacy): January 11th and 12th
  • First Grade:    First Grade COM (Math) & eReading (Literacy): January 15th and 22nd
  • 2nd-5th Grade: FAST for Math and FAST for Literacy: January 11th and 12th
  • 6th-8th Grade: FAST for Math and FAST for Literacy: Week of January 11th
Please connect with your child's teacher to get more detailed information on when the tests will be administered as well as how it will be administered in their classroom. Due to testing, your child's schedule may vary or look different than their typical school day. 
Our kindergarten and first grade assessments will be one on one. For 2nd through 8th graders, they will be working on their FAST individually during class time. It is important for all our 2nd through 8th graders to work independently during the assessment. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we gather information about your child's learning.

Maria Rollinger

Assistant Principal

Barton Open School

Minneapolis Public Schools

4237 Colfax Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55409

Main Office: 612.668.3580

           Fax: 612.668.3590


Barton Virtual Tour Dates

Wednesday, January 13th 6:30-7:30 PM

Wednesday, January 20th 2:30-3:30 PM

Wednesday, Jauary 27th 5:00-6:00 PM

Wednesday, February 3rd 10:30-11:30 AM

Families that are interested in attending one of these virtual tours can contact Assistant Principal, Maria Rollinger for the zoom meeting code.

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Technology Support For Students and Families

 Our values are rooted in Progressive Education

  • Instilling a love of learning
  • Valuing each child for their perspectives
  • Interdiciplinary 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
Distance Learning Help
Sunday, September 20, 2020 4:15 PM
Hennepin County Library Homework and Tutoring Help
Leadership Council & PTO Minutes
Friday, September 11, 2020 3:20 PM
The Leadership Council and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will be meeting Thursday, September 17th via Zoom meeting. Below are links to agenda and zoom invites.  All are welcome and invited and interpreters will be provided.  Thank you!
Leadership Council:  4:00pm-6:00pm.  Here are links to the Agenda and Zoom.  
PTO:  6:15pm-7:30pm.  Here are links to the Agenda and Zoom
Daily Schedules for Distance Learning
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 4:10 PM

Here you can find all of the daily schedules for our school community.