District News


 Exciting things are happening in the Barnum School District, even in the middle of winter!  Here are a few of those things you would want to know.

Barnum’s Begindergarten Program Presented at MSBA
Thank you, Janelle Coleman and Lori Cawcutt, for representing the Barnum School District at the January 2015 Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) Leadership Conference in Minneapolis.  At the MSBA Conference’s “Show and Tell”, Ms. Coleman and Ms. Cawcutt shared information about Barnum’s new Begindergarten program with leaders from other Minnesota school districts. 

Our Begindergarten program prepares children for Kindergarten by teaching them school readiness skills within Barnum’s Elementary School building, which enables children in the program to leave Begindergarten and enter Kindergarten with an understanding of what school is and how it works, as well as what their individual role is as a member of the school’s community.  The additional year of school also builds the confidence and the self-esteem of our youngest students, as well as allowing them the opportunity to form friendships that will follow them into Kindergarten.

Fab Lab
The Barnum School District has applied for, and hopes to receive this month, a $30,000 matching grant from First Technologies, Inc., for the purpose of equipping a Fab Lab at the Barnum High School.  Even if the grant is not awarded to Barnum, we will still begin purchasing Fab Lab equipment this spring so that we will be ready for the Fall 2015 classes.

A Fab Lab is a place for learning and innovation which is connected to a global community of learners, educators, technologists, researchers, makers, and innovators that spans 30 countries and 24 time zones.  All Fab Labs share common tools and processes, and, although Fab Labs were originally designed for communities as prototyping platforms for local entrepreneurship, Fab Labs are increasingly being adopted by schools as platforms for project-based, hands-on Science, Technology, Engineer, and Mathematics (STEM) education.  Students learn by designing and creating objects of personal interest and gain a deep knowledge about the machines, the materials, the design process, and the engineering that goes into invention and innovation. 

Proposed Summer 2015 Improvements for District Facilities
Barnum Elementary School - Replacement of the 1962 boiler and ventilation system; improved physical education storage; install security cameras.

Barnum High School – Refinish and reline the gym floor; install new bleachers; remodel to create a security entrance; update security cameras; purchase iPads.

Transportation Building – Remodel the transportation/bus maintenance area including the installation of cement flooring in the bus stalls and update the lighting.

Entire District – Improve the computer network; increase the WiFi accessibility to better support 1:1 initiative; purchase a Learning Management System; update the phone system; repair and maintenance of all parking lots; baseball and softball field work at Robert Johnson Memorial Park.

Centennial of Barnum School District
The Class of 2015 will be the 100th graduating class of the Barnum School District!  Please check out the District’s web page at www.barnum.k12.mn.us