Barry News

Friday, August 14th 2020

All Barry Families

Revised PCR3 District Calendar for 2020-2021 (DRAFT)

The Revised PCR3 District Calendar for 2020-2021 (DRAFT) will be presented to the board for approval on August 27th. I would suggest reviewing the calendar at this point to see when the district will be participating in our in-service/PLC professional development days, as well as planning for our alternating schedule for grades 6-8.

Barry Reopening Plan

Our district has successfully developed a comprehensive plan for reopening. In addition, they have developed an informative FAQ to assist families as well.

We felt the need to take the main points from the district plan and develop for our families/staff what this looks like at Barry on a daily basis. Please review the Barry Reopening Plan and feel free to watch a video summary from Dr. Haniger below as well.

Questions can be submitted to and

Lockers/Backpacks/Cell Phones

As you will see in the reopening plan above, our procedures have changed regarding lockers/backpacks/cell phones.


  • Lockers will not be used on a frequent basis during transitions.
  • The main reason they will be used at the beginning and end of the day as students enter and exit the building in a staggered fashion will be for storing lunches and coats.
  • There isn't a reason why we would be decorating lockers and setting up shelves as they will not be used in the same manner as in the past.


  • Students should plan to carry their backpack with them throughout the school day.
  • They should have their school supplies and any cleaning supplies they deem necessary with them.

Cell Phones

  • They are to be on vibrate or silenced in student backpacks.
  • Students can check their phone upon arrival to their next class during a transition.
  • They should not be creating social media content or listening to audio as this will be disruptive to the classroom environment.

Remote Learning School Supplies

We understand that some families have already purchased supplies. If you haven't purchased supplies, you may choose to wait until you meet with your remote teacher(s) or purchase the existing school supply list. Remote learners may not need all of the items on the list, however if you choose to return to in-person learning second semester, you will need those supplies.

5th Grade Families

5th Grade Back to School Family Meetings by Appointment

Wednesday, September 2nd from 2:30-6 pm

Our 5th grade teachers will be reaching out to families via email prior to August 28th to schedule a time to meet one another and drop of supplies. NJHS/STUCO student representatives will also be present to assist families with tours as needed. More details to come in future Barry News.

5th Grade Presentation from Spring

If you were unable to attend the Zoom meeting that our former principal hosted in May, please feel free to review the presentation that was covered that evening in addition to introducing parents/students to our staff.

5th Grade Fall Pictures

Lifetouch will be at Barry School on September 21st to take fall pictures for our 5th graders. Retakes will be on October 29th and 30th.

Middle School Families

Registration, Photos, and Tours

6th Grade: Tuesday, August 25th from 2-6 pm

7th Grade: Wednesday, August 26th from 2-6 pm

8th Grade: Thursday, August 27th from 2-6 pm

Next Friday, August 21st, Dr. Haniger intends on sending out the following for these upcoming events:

  • Video Walkthrough via YouTube of what the flow of the night looks like
  • Checklist to help guide you through each station
  • Building map with stations marked accordingly
  • General safety expectations

NJHS/STUCO student representatives will be present for tours and questions as needed.

Lifetouch will be here each night for fall pictures.

6th Grade Transition Night for Parents

Each year, our 6th grade team goes over with parents how middle school is different. The purpose of the night is to equip them with any necessary information to assist in making the transition. This year, our 6th grade team will be sending out a video for parents to watch. Then, on Wednesday, September 9th at 6 pm, our 6th grade team of teachers will be available via either Zoom or Google Hangouts to meet and answer questions.
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Activity Bus for Middle School/High School Students

During the week of August 17-21, we will be offering an activity bus from Barry School for middle school and high school students attending practices in the northern part of our District. The bus will depart from Barry School at 3 pm and arrive at PCMS/PCHS for activities practices. The bus will then depart PCMS at 5 pm, PCHS at 5:10 pm, and return to Barry School at approximately 5:30 pm.

Starting August 24, and continuing for the remainder of the school year, the regular activity bus shuttles begin:

  • Barry School to PCMS: Leaves Barry at 3pm
  • PCMS to Barry School: Leaves PCMS at 2:50pm

Both of these routes return students to selected neighborhoods (in both northern and southern parts of our District), and as stops are dictated by ridership, return times can only be approximated.

ECSE Families

Fall Pictures

Lifetouch will be at Barry School on September 21st to take fall pictures during school for our ECSE Great Beginnings students. Retakes will be on October 29th and 30th.

Stay Connected with the Great Things Happening in our Great Beginnings Program!

Reminders from Previous Barry News

Important Immunization Info for 8th Graders

If your child is entering the 8th grade, whether in person or online, they must have provided proof of the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine before they will be able to proceed with the 2020-21 academic year.

If you have not already provided proof of having received these two vaccinations, please provide a copy of your vaccination paperwork via:

  • Email to Nurse Kelly Thomas at

  • Drop off in the Barry office anytime between now and 8th Grade Registration on Aug 27

  • Bring to 8th Grade Registration with you on Aug 27

Please email Nurse Kelly Thomas at with any questions or concerns.

In-Person Alternating Schedule Information

The alternating schedule will begin on Tues, Sept 8, with 6th-12th grade students in the A Group (last names A-K) attending on-campus and 6th-12th grade students in the B Group (last names L-Z) participating in off-campus learning. (See chart and more details on this below.*) The alternating schedule will continue to rotate on-campus/off-campus daily when students are in attendance. The schedule will pick up where it left off after any NO SCHOOL days.

What will teaching and learning look like in this scenario?

The Alternating Schedule scenario will operate with a schedule where students rotate attendance so that approximately 50% of the student enrollment will be in attendance on any given day. The schedule would be as follows:

  • A” Day: Approximately 50% of students in physical attendance - by letter of the alphabet (last name), to include those living in the same household. The other 50% engaged in learning off-campus.

  • “B” Day: Rotate so that the groups alternate between on-campus and off-campus learning.

*To start the school year, students in 6th-12th grades will be in the A Group if the oldest student in the household has a last name that begins with A-K. Students in 6th-12th grades will be in the B Group if the oldest student in their household has a last name that starts with L-Z. During on-campus learning, students will follow their traditional schedule and will engage face-to-face with teachers and classmates in meaningful learning experiences that also prepare them for the following day of off-campus learning.

During off-campus learning, students will prepare for the next on-campus day, or use the day as an extension of the previous on-campus day. Students will not need to log on at designated times, but rather, can work at their own pace during an off-campus day. Daily, teachers will conduct on-campus learning, including preparing students for extensions of the learning during off-campus days.

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