Barrington 220 School District

An update from Barrington 220: Nov. 24, 2019

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Barrington 220 named a Top Workplace by Chicago Tribune

Barrington 220 is proud to announce it has been named one of the 2019 Top Workplaces in

the Chicago area by the Chicago Tribune. The list is based solely on employee feedback

gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC. The

anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection. Click here to see the full list.

“I am very proud of our staff for making Barrington 220 a great place to work,” said

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Harris. “Their dedication and passion is reflected each

day in the outstanding education we provide to our students.”

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Ribbon cutting held for newly renovated Sunny Hill library

Community members gathered at Sunny Hill Elementary on Nov. 12 for the grand opening of the newly renovated Sunny Hill library. The renovated space features a media production center, flexible seating, as well as space to accommodate large groups, small groups and individuals. The purpose of the library is to improve student literacy and technology proficiency, with the additional benefit of serving the local community.

Thank you to the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation for helping to complete this project, three years in the making! Click here to view photos from the grand opening.

Grove awarded IL P.E. Blue Ribbon Award

Congratulations to Grove Avenue Elementary, which was recently awarded the IL P.E. Blue Ribbon Award at the 2019 Convention for the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD)! The award recognizes excellent physical education and health programs at schools across Illinois.

Photo: Grove P.E. teachers Jay Rosenberg and Brittany Bott-Rife, Grove Assistant Principal Laura Boskelly, Grove Principal Katie Matthews, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning John Bruesch

Elementary STEM team presents at Northwestern

The Barrington 220 elementary STEM team recently traveled to Evanston to present at Northwestern University's STEM Summit for K-12 education leaders. In their presentation titled "Think Like an Engineer: Designing an Elementary STEM Program" our staff discussed how they created a nationally recognized elementary STEM program in Barrington 220. Kudos to Director of Elementary Education Dr. Becky Gill, and STEM teachers Melissa DeBruin, Erica Larson, Eden Mosoff, Beth Nelson, Rita Thurston and Josh Wager!

PHOTOS: Barrington 220 Elementary STEM Night on Nov. 20

BHS boys soccer coach inducted into hall of fame

Congratulations to Scott Steib, who was recently inducted into the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association (IHSSCA) Hall of Fame! Steib is head coach of the Barrington High School varsity boys soccer team. On Nov. 14 he became the 62nd person inducted into the IHSSCA Hall of Fame, which honors coaches from across Illinois. Steib has been working as a health education teacher at BHS since 1999. He has been head coach of the varsity boys soccer team for 21 seasons.

"The best part of coaching soccer at BHS is the opportunity to work with and get to know our players," Steib said. "They are so incredible to go on the journey that each season offers. We make memories and facilitate friendships that last a lifetime!"

Pictured: Scott Steib (left) with Brian Papa, President of the IHSSCA

Barrington 220 aces the taste test

This school year Barrington 220 students have enjoyed healthier options and more variety in their school cafeterias, after the Board of Education approved two new food services. Read more in the November/December issue of Quintessential Barrington!

Download the So Happy food app

K-8 parents can now download Sodexo's So Happy app, which allows parents and students to see daily breakfast and lunch options at their school’s cafeteria. Not only can parents and students see menu items, they also have access to nutritional and allergen information. Just type "So Happy by Sodexo" in the app store and download!

Barrington Transition students launch business

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your pup? Students of the Barrington Transition Program are now handcrafting bow ties and other dog accessories with love and care. Come check out Barrkington's Dog Toys & Accessories on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9am-2pm and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9am-2pm, right near Chessie's at the Ice House Mall. All proceeds go toward funding future vocational training and recreational opportunities for the students, additional materials and local charities.

The Barrington Transition Program strives to be a leading program in transitioning young adults with diverse abilities into adulthood.

Host a BHS summer intern

Is your company interested in partnering with Barrington High School to host a summer intern? BHS is looking for sites that are willing to host an intern as part of its 2020 Summer Pre-Professional Internship Class. We are currently looking for opportunities in: Engineering, Computer Science, IT, Law, Fashion and Medical-in a doctor’s office. Be a mentor to a student, help develop skills and talents for your industry, and make a difference in your community. Interested? Please contact career advisor Marie Mirabella at or 847-756-2473.

Register to vote in March presidential primary

Are you registered to vote in Illinois? The Board of Education is placing a $147 million school district referendum question on the March 17, 2020 ballot. A successful referendum would fund many important facility upgrades in all of our schools. Click here to begin the voter registration process today! You can also stop in the front office of any of our school buildings or District Administrative Center to register.

Please note: You can register to vote in the March 2020 primary election if you're turning 18-years-old on or before the date of the presidential election on November 3, 2020.

Teacher Tributes are back!

It's almost that time of year again! Honor your child's teacher or a Barrington 220 staff member with a Holiday Teacher Tribute through the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation. These always mean a lot to our staff! Click here to make your donation today!

Rotary raising money for lifesaving kits

Barrington 220 is proud to partner with the Barrington Rotary Clubs to provide life-saving "Stop the Bleed" kits to every Barrington area classroom (public and parochial), plus public areas such as the library and parks. In the event of a tornado, active shooter, or any other serious catastrophe, having advanced first aid kits in classrooms will allow treatment of student injuries, with a 7-10 minute jump-start before professional aid arrives. Each kit costs $38. Any donation amount is appreciated. If you are interested in helping to provide these life saving kits, click here.

Nominate young entrepreneur of the year

Every year the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) Young Entrepreneur Award honors a student (or team of students) from a Barrington area school that demonstrates entrepreneurial learning, spirit and initiative by founding, owning or operating a business venture in the community. Award winners will be honored at the BACC “Spirit of Excellence” Annual Dinner & Scholarship Fundraiser on Thursday, Jan. 16 at Avante Banquets and Conference Center. To nominate a student, fill out this form and turn it in to the BACC. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 20.

Pictured: 2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner, The Squeaky Clean Car Wash team from the BHS Business Incubator program.

Barrington Giving Day needs your help

Barrington Giving Day is currently collecting NEW or gently used CLEAN warm coats, snow pants, boots, hats/gloves, blankets, books, toys and more. Volunteer sign-up is also underway for its upcoming event on December 13 and 14 at BMS-Station. To locate a collection bin near you, make a donation, sign-up to volunteer, or for more information, please visit

Barrington Giving Day is a non-profit organization that invites Barrington 220 families who qualify for the Free and Reduced lunch program, as well as families who have been hit by an unexpected hardship, to Giving Day Events where they receive much needed items. This includes more than 1,500 children.

Gingerbread house competition

The BHS Student Council, along with Hope's In and Broncos Committed, is hosting a Gingerbread House Building Competition on Saturday, December 7, from 2-4pm in the BHS cafeteria. The cost to enter is $20 per team. All proceeds will go to Hope's In, which helps families in Guatemala. Click here to purchase tickets.

Barrington STAMPEDE December event

Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 3-4pm

2500 Helm Road

Carpentersville, IL

All Barrington 220 second and third grade students are invited to join the Barrington STAMPEDE on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Sunny Hill Elementary, for a special holiday STAMPEDE! This fun playdate will include a snack, activities and crafts. Click here to sign your child up, become an adult volunteer for the event, or donate snacks. The Barrington STAMPEDE connects Barrington 220 students from across all eight elementary schools. The STAMPEDE team consists of long-time Barrington Junior Women's Club members and Barrington 220 parents.

Have a great Thanksgiving!