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Middles Team 2012-2013
Bike Day Photos
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 4:35 PM

The rain held off, and the Middles classes had a great time a Lake Nokomis for the annual Middles Bike day on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.  See photos...

Middles Play on Anti-Bullying
Friday, May 24, 2013 3:00 PM

5th and 6th graders at Barton Open School worked with artists-in-residence from the Youth Performance Company (YPC) and from Barton to produce a play about the different kinds of bullying that can occur in and around a school. The play was performed on May 24, 2013 and focused on giving students strategies on how to prevent bullying by standing up for themselves, telling adults about the problem and standing up for each other. The play involved acting, set design, singing and dancing created by both artists and 5th and 6th grade students to convey a powerful anti-bullying message to our community. 

See the YouTube Video!

Thank you to our great audience of parents, staff, and students!

ElderWisdom and Children Song DVD
Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:35 AM

Are you interested in buying a DVD of the ElderWisdom/ChildSong performance in April? They would cost about $5.  Please let your teacher know ASAP if you would be interested in purchasing one. They would be available the morning of portfolio sharing June 3rd.

Valleyfair Field Trip
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 8:00 AM

It's that time of year again! Be sure to return your permission form by May 31, 2013 so you can go along.

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 pink packet that asks students to select their 7th grade elective preferences for 2013-2014. Please return the forms by Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Middles Bike Day
Thursday, May 16, 2013 6:55 AM

Middles Bike Day, always dependent on good weather, is now scheduled for Wednesday, May 29. We really need parents who would be willing to bike to Lake Nokomis with small groups of maybe five to six kids. See the Information & Permission form for details.

Big River Journey
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 6:35 PM

Becky, Mary, and Katrina's classes took the Big River Journey field trip on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.  See photos...

Leadership Team Applications for 2013-2014
Friday, May 3, 2013 10:15 AM

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

Horse Expo Photos
Friday, April 26, 2013 5:40 PM

The Older Primary and Middles Teams had a great day at the Horse Expo at the State Fairgrounds on April 26, 2013. 

Horse Expo
Friday, April 19, 2013 2:00 PM

The Older Primary and Middles teams will be making a trip to the Horse Expo on April 26.  We'll see a Cavalia-like horse and rider gymnastics show and many other shows and activities. We board buses at 8:15, depart at 8:30. We stay until 1:15 at the expo.

Students should bring a lunch from home that they will carry in a backpack during the day. They will also be able to find typical concession-type foods as well. Please make sure that your student wears a good pair of shoes (horses can be messy) and is dressed for the weather. We will be walking outside at various times. Thanks to several 206 parents who are chaperoning, everyone will be in a small group, except during Ma'Ceo under the big top, when 3/4s and 5/6s will all be together for the show.

Please sign and return the Information & Permission and liability release forms.

Elders' Wisdom / Children's Song Event
Elders' Wisdom / Children's Song Event Photos
Friday, April 12, 2013 9:00 PM

The Elders' Wisdom / Children's Song event on April 11, 2013 was a great success.  The performances by all the Middles students were terrific. See photos and videos...

Thursday, April 11th Elder Wisdom Update
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 5:45 PM

Arrive any time between 5:30 and 6:30. We'll be eating from 5:30 on, and at 6:45, the Middles' students will set up for the performance. 

ElderWisdom/ChildSong Evening Event
Monday, April 8, 2013 9:50 AM

On Thursday, April 11th. Lisa, the music teacher, has requested that middles' students arrive by 5 o'clock for a last minute preparation. Hopefully, that is possible for your family. If not, do what you can.

Minnesota Zoo Field Trip
Monday, March 18, 2013 5:00 PM

The Uppers team made a trip to the Minnesota Zoo on Monday, March 18, 2013.  See the Information and Permission form for details.

See Photos

Volunteers needed for Barton Ethnic Festival
Thursday, March 14, 2013 8:00 AM

On April 11, 2013 from 5:30-8pm the 5th and 6th graders will be honoring five of our community elders. We are planning to have a celebration with food before the ceremony begins. We are asking for your help in making and serving food to the school community. If you are interested in making food from your culture to share or know of a restaurant that would donate food please let us know. It will be an event open to the entire school community. Patrick wrote a great article for the Bugle, in case you haven't heard about the event yet.

Please help us create the Taste of Barton culture by contacting:

Thank you and we look forward to a fantastic event.

The Middles Team, Nasra, Kate and Karla

Ski Trip Photos
Thursday, February 28, 2013 4:55 PM

The Middles team went skiing at Afton Alps on Thursday, February 28, 2013.  See photos..

Math Masters
Thursday, February 14, 2013 4:20 PM

Beginning on Thursday, February 21, Math Masters’ practice, for both interested 5th and 6th graders, will be after school in Katrina’s room 202, every Monday and Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m., until the competitions in April. Math Masters is a Minneapolis Public School math competition that is held on two different Saturdays in April. Each grade level has its own competition. There are both individual and team contests, but mostly team. All students are welcome, no matter one’s math ability. It’s a way to improve and challenge. Katrina is also looking for parent coaches to help during the practice sessions. It always looks like a lot of fun!

Any questions? Contact

Ski Trip Chaperones Needed
Thursday, February 14, 2013 4:15 PM


See the Information & Permission Form for details.

YPC Performance: Revolution 63
Monday, February 11, 2013 2:40 PM

Youth Performance Company performance field trip to see Revolution 63 on Friday, February 15, 2013.  Information and Permission form.

Winter Goal-Setting Conferences
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 6:50 AM

We are organizing conference schedules for the late winter. Your student should have brought home a paper that offers times and a sheet for you to send back your top three choices. If you don't receive this, you can get them here. The sooner you turn it back in, the greater the likelihood that you will get one of your three choices. We are only doing conferences on three days in March. 

Elder’s Wisdom Interview Form
Monday, December 17, 2012 7:35 AM
Middles Roller Skating
Sunday, December 16, 2012 9:00 PM

The Middles classes will be going to the Roller Garden on Friday, December 21, 2012.  See the Information & Permission form for details.

Youth Performance Company: Narnia
Sunday, November 25, 2012 2:20 PM

Please return the permission slip for the Middles trip to go see the YPC play "Narnia" on Friday, November, 30, 2012.

The Middles' November Feast
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:00 AM

The middles team has traditionally held a feast in November. It is potluck. Students have brought food to share with their classmates, everything from drinks, salads, bread, potatoes, pies to turkey. We would like to continue this feast. It brings us all together over a meal, the original community building. Parents are most welcome to help and share a meal with us on Wednesday, November 21st from 11:45 to 12:30.

Your child can let us know what he or she is able to bring, perhaps something traditional from your family. Thanks for your participation and support.

Clarification: the feast does not require parents attending, only if you'd like to drop in, help serve and have a bite to eat. 

Walk to Polling Place for KidsVote
Sunday, November 4, 2012 9:15 AM

Barton Middles students will walk to the polling place for KidsVote on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 12:25 p.m. to cast their votes for President of the United States.  See the Information and Permission form for details.

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