Barrie News

Besides the obvious benefits of playing outside....fresh air, room to run and climb, a break from classroom work.....playing outside with friends provides opportunities both learning and social/emotional growth.

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We are excited to announce a new project to revitalize the Lower Elementary learning spaces. The Board has been considering various improvement options for the upper campus and recently finalized a plan and secured the resources to cover the first phase of our modernization efforts.

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The Barrie Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that on Monday, February 6, Jonathan Kidder, Ed.D., was unanimously elected as the new Head of Barrie School effective July 1, 2017. Jon is deeply passionate about education and the transformative power of schools in the lives of children.

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After Barrie: Alumni Stories

Theo Eftimiades, Class of 2009

Theo's journey at Barrie began where many others started — middle school. After attending international school for his elementary education, he entered public school, where his social and intellectual maturity stagnated. In the fall of 2005, Theo enrolled in the Barrie School, where he spent treasured years of his life.

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Amanda Archer, Class of 2005

"Barrie is a special place. You really do not understand the value until you're out." Amanda Archer spent more than 14 years at Barrie, from pre-k through graduation. She is considered a "lifer" and recalls a number of positive experiences during her tenure as a student.

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Ary Shalizi, Class of 1993

Back in the early 1990s, it was not unusual to encounter someone walking around with long hair on the top of his head, with the back and sides shaved. At Barrie, that someone was Aryaman (Ary) Shalizi (Class of 1993). While his hairstyle is long gone, Ary's Barrie education continues to pay dividends, both personally and professionally.

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Student Work: Answering Essential Questions

What's the Best Way for a Solar Car to Catch a Few Rays?

Say you're out for a spin in your solar car, but you're driving east and the sun's heading west. Do you have to wait until sunrise to hit the road again? Barrie Prep junior James tackled this real-world question in his Engineering for Renewable Energy Technologies elective, building a functional model of a solar-powered car. He worked through three prototypes until he had a model that satisfied his curiosity. His process examined rolling resistance, gear ratios, and the optimal angles for the solar panels, with the last variable being critical. Determining that the angles varied with time of day and position of the car, he designed a pivot that would allow the solar panels to swivel such that they always faced the sun. Barrie Prep students and teachers explore real-world questions in hands-on ways.

What Is Montessori Math?

That's the algebraic expression of the trinomial cube, a foundational Montessori material. Guided by their teachers, Barrie Montessori students receive their first hands-on experience with the trinomial cube in the Primary division, when they're between 3 and 6 years old. As a sensorial exercise, they take the cube apart, handle the different-sized pieces, arrange them in the proper order, and reconstruct the cube. This seemingly simple exercise builds an intuitive understanding of advanced mathematical concepts and lays the foundation for more involved exploration and complex thinking as students advance.

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