Barrington 220 School District

An update from Barrington 220: June 27, 2019

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D220 summer projects include two major safety upgrades

Every summer Barrington 220 crews work on various projects to improve our schools. One major project that will impact every building in the district, is the implementation of a new district radio communication system. The new system will improve radio coverage at each school, allow administrators at different schools to communicate with one another via radio during an emergency, and it will give the district the ability to use an emergency call button that will be connected to local dispatch centers.

Another major safety upgrade is happening at Barrington High School, where crews are installing a secure vestibule entrance. The secure entrance will be located at Entrance 45, on the lower level, to the left of the front main entrance. Once the school day begins, visitors and students will only be able to use this entrance to enter BHS during school hours.

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Also at BHS, crews are in the middle of replacing the turf at Barrington Community Stadium. Through regular maintenance and field management, the district was able to extend the field past its 10 year life expectancy. Now in its 12th year, replacing the turf will ensure ongoing safety and playability for students and community members who use the field. Turf fields also require less maintenance than natural grass, do not require irrigation, and maintain their resilience and safety after regular, multi-sport use.

At Sunny Hill Elementary, crews are currently renovating the library, turning it into a 21st century learning space. The newly designed space and furniture will facilitate incubators for innovation, whole-class and individual project-based learning, large and small group collaboration spaces and the ability for students to do presentations both in real time and recorded formats. Stay tuned for photos, once the renovation is completed. Thanks to the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation for helping to support this project!

To view the complete list of summer projects, click here.

Playing TONIGHT: Once on this Island Jr.

For the past several weeks, elementary, middle and high school students have been preparing for the Barrington 220 Fine Arts summer production of Once on this Island Jr. Through a catchy Caribbean-flavored score, the production tells the story of one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice. Opening night is TONIGHT at Barrington High School at 7pm. Click here to purchase tickets and view show times.

We moved!

The Barrington 220 School District officially moved into its new headquarters last month at 515 West Main Street, right across from Barrington High School. If you're trying to reach someone at the District Administrative Center, all phone numbers are the same. Visitor parking is available in the front of the building.

ICYMI: Dr. Heath McFaul's graduation speech

BHS graduation was held on Friday, May 31 at Willow Creek Community Church. Every year the BHS seniors select one faculty member to speak at their graduation ceremony. This year the faculty speaker was BHS Associate Principal for Wellness and Operations, Dr. Heath McFaul. Click the link below to listen to his speech.

BMS-Prairie teacher selected to serve on national Teacher Advisory Board

Anne Schmitt, a 7th grade history teacher at BMS-Prairie, is one of 18 teachers nationwide who has been selected to serve on the Teacher Advisory Board for the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. Launched in 2018, the Teacher Advisory Board helps inform the National Constitution Center’s efforts to better educate young people on the Constitution using high quality, effective classroom materials and instruction.