Tuesday, April 15, 2014


From about 1:15 P.M. to 1:45 P.M. today our school was without electricity and phones, as were many parts of Reading. I visited each classroom and our students and staff did a wonderful job continuing about their learning, and smiling through. I told them it was like camping in school. Our electricity and phones are working again, but I wanted to share what a wonderful job our students and staff did during this surprise in our day.

Thank you Shining Stars!
Heather Leonard

Monday, April 14, 2014


Please view the 2014 Read-a-thon assembly slide show with pictures of the Dr. Seuss drawing contest winners!  http://www.edline.net/files/_zOKlR_/22c642a06bd61a383745a49013852ec4/Read_A_Thon_Assembly_Total_2014.pdf

What a wonderful event - I'm so proud of our Barrows students for far exceeding the goal of 150,000 minutes read - nice work Shining Stars!
Read-a-thon assembly 2014
The winners of the Dr. Seuss drawing contest 2014

Students that reached 100 and 500 mins. stand to be recognized!

Our Wall of Fame is impressive!

Our Wall of Fame is impressive!

Table update!

You may recall that earlier in the year I posted about the table in my office:  http://barrowselementary.blogspot.com/2013/10/whats-deal-with-table.html

Check it out now... I enjoy spending time with all of your learners each day!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Teaching Students about Mistakes

A great blog post:  http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teaching-students-to-embrace-mistakes-hunter-maats-katie-obrien?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=blog-obrien-maats-embrace-mistakes-image

"Mistakes are the most important thing that happens in any classroom, because they tell you where to focus that deliberate practice...So why don't students view their mistakes as a valuable asset? Well, students don't think about their mistakes rationally -- they think about them emotionally. "

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MESPA conference

I had the wonderful opportunity to hear Educational Expert Michael Fullan speak today while I was at the MESPA conference.  His website notes that he..."is a worldwide authority on educational reform with a mandate of helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning."

Some powerful learning happening here, both from him and from the many other principals around the state of Massachusetts!

Barrows Read-A-Thon Assembly

What an awesome celebration of reading we had on Friday at Barrows Elementary!  I was so impressed with the students, and their cheers and celebrations of the minutes read by each class and grade-level.  Students far exceeded their goal... which lead to a full-staff chicken dance in celebration!

Please enjoy this haikudeck by Lucy Whitelam of our assembly. More pictures will come soon!


I had the wonderful opportunity to contribute to this research and paper that was recently presented at a research conference - exciting stuff! :)


Monday, April 7, 2014

Reading Arts Fest

This week, the Reading Public Schools will be showcasing student art work and performances during the 7th annual Arts Fest.  This annual event will be held on Wednesday, April 9th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 10th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on "Main Street" and the William E. Endslow Performing Arts Center at Reading Memorial High School.  The schedule of the performances can be found here.  

All performances are free to the public.  If you have any questions, please contact the Reading Public Schools Administration Offices at 781-944-5800.  We hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Barrows Open House

What a lovely evening!  This was my first Barrows Open House, and I was so impressed with the work that students have created and also with the fantastic turnout from our community!  What a wonderful evening to celebrate all of the efforts of our Shining Stars! 

Check out some of my pictures from our evening here:  http://share.shutterfly.com/view/flashShareSlideshow.jsp?sid=0AZN2bZozbMW71o

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dance Party!

The first day of each of our grades beginning MCAS we have had an all-school dance party to loosen up, have fun, and celebrate.  Check out this photo of Ms. Grindrod's 5th grade class getting into the groove...