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Barton Open School

Clara Barton Open School is a student-centered, public K-8 magnet school fostering a community of active, socially conscious, life-long learners. 

Our values are rooted in Progressive Education

  • Instilling a love of learning.
  • Valuing each child for his or her perspectives.
  • Interdisciplinary 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.


NO SCHOOL - Nov. 21-23
NO SCHOOL - Nov. 21st-23rd
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 2:15 PM

NO SCHOOL : Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 21st-23rd! We'll see everyone back on Monday, Nov. 26th. Hope you have a wonderful break!

Wild Rumpus Banner
A Rockstar Wild Rumpus Book Fair This Year
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 1:40 PM

Thank you, Barton!! The numbers are in, and it was a wild rumpus indeed! The teachers’ and specialists’ baskets were shopped, the animals chased, the music and readings entertained us, and the cookies disappeared faster than they could be refilled.


No After School Activities - Nov. 19 & 20
No After School - Nov. 19 & 20
Friday, November 16, 2018 11:50 AM

Reminder: there are NO AFTER SCHOOL activities the week of Thanksgiving break - Nov. 19th & 20th!

Registration for Play Opens at Noon
Registration for "Little Mermaid" Play Opens at Noon Today!
Monday, November 12, 2018 7:40 AM

Online registration for the play opens today at Noon!
Search: “The Little Mermaid”

Barton's Fall Fund Drive
Donate to Barton's Fall Fund Drive!
Tuesday, November 06, 2018 9:25 AM

“We started giving monthly via auto-pay when our oldest started kindergarten and added a bit when our second started at Barton. It’s not a lot – a little more than we pay for Netflix, but over the year it adds up to feeling like we’re doing our part. In addition to being one less thing to worry about and one more thing to feel good about, we feel it’s an easy and important way to do our part to support Barton.”


Little Mermaid Play Sign-up
Barton Community Education presents The Little Mermaid!
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 3:20 PM

Want to go under the sea? Sign up for a chance to be part of a wonderful experience as we dance and sing our way through the ocean!  Karen Bair is back and excited to work with your thespian! Students in grades 2-8 are invited to participate.  


Fall Fund Drive
Donate to the Fall Fund Drive Today!
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 10:20 AM

Thank you to those of you who have already contributed to the Barton Fall Fund Drive. For those of you who have not yet contributed, please take the time to contribute to the Barton Fund.  


Donate to Barton via AmazonSmile!
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 8:35 AM

Did you know you can give money to Barton by shopping on Amazon with AmazonSmile? Here’s more the information on how you can donate!  


Southwest Performing Arts for Neighborhood News
Monday, October 29, 2018 8:50 AM
Check It Out - Chess Tournament Dec. 1st
Check It Out - MPS Chess Tournament, Dec. 1st
Friday, October 26, 2018 2:35 PM

MPS Check It Out Chess Tournament (FREE!)


Middle School Basketball
Middle School Basketball, Grades 6-8
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:50 PM

Basketball season is just around the corner!  Barton will offer both a girls and boys team for students in grades 6-8.


State of Our School and Title I Presentation
State of Our School and Title I Presentation
Monday, October 15, 2018 1:20 PM

If you missed Barton's State of Our School and Title I Meeting last week, please find a copy of the presentation by Diane and Maria below!

State of Our Schools & Title I Meeting
State of Our Schools and Title I Meeting - Oct. 11 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 09, 2018 12:50 PM

Barton’s State of Our Schools and Title I Annual Meeting‚Äč will be held on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the Media Center following October’s Leadership Council meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to:

  • Provide information about the current state of the school
  • Provide an update on the School Improvement Plan
  • Share priorities, goals, and strategies for improvement
  • Provide ways in which families can be engaged throughout the year
  • Clarify the purpose of Title I
  • Describe the communication parents/guardians can expect to receive regarding their child’s progress

Childcare will be provided. We hope to see you there!