January 31, 2021
Barrington 220 is excited to partner with BStrong Together and Barrington Youth & Family Services for two upcoming virtual Parent University sessions focused on our students' social and emotional well-being.

"Youth Mental Health and Suicide: Know the Warning Signs and How to Help" will take place on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7pm. Talking about suicide with your child might be difficult, but it can save a child's life. Area expert Mandy Burbank, LCSW, of Amita Behavioral Health, will share the warning signs that a young person might be depressed or suicidal. She will also provide helpful advice for how to approach someone you are worried about, as well as tips for talking about suicide with the young people in your life. Valuable support resources will also be provided. 

"Cultivating Resilience During COVID-19" will take place on Thursday, March 4 at 7pm. Dr. Doug Bolton will guide parents through these challenging times by highlighting strategies that will build resilience in our children, so they can effectively manage stress now and in the future. Dr. Bolton has used his degrees in clinical psychology, school psychology, and educational leadership to support students with social, emotional and behavioral challenges in schools since 1987. He worked in therapeutic schools for 10 years as a school psychologist, before spending the next 14 years as principal of North Shore Academy, a K-12 public therapeutic school.

Kindergarten Roundup is Monday, Feb. 1
Do you have a child entering kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year? Our elementary principals will be holding virtual information sessions on Monday, Feb. 1 at 6:30pm. Visit our kindergarten webpage for more information.
Exciting things are happening in Barrington 220, as the district makes progress on the facility projects that were made possible by the community's approval of the March 2020 referendum. Barrington 220 has launched its "Build 220" webpage, which will continuously be updated to keep all stakeholders informed every step along the way.

The timeline for construction is anticipated to span four years (2020-2024). It is divided into three phases:

  • Design: time needed to review concepts, produce construction documents, and receive authorization from the Board to release for bidding

  • Bid: time needed for prospective bidders to get drawings, estimate and submit bids for the design, and the construction team to analyze and formulate recommendations for Board approval

  • Build: time needed to award contracts, purchase materials, construct, and once completed, turn over the facility to the school district to occupy. 

Both BMS-Prairie and BMS-Station are currently in the "Bid" phase, while Grove Avenue Elementary is in the "Design" phase. Construction will begin at these schools in order to prioritize safety and security at those buildings, which includes the elimination of the mobile classrooms. You can view design concepts for Prairie, Station and Grove by clicking the link below.
Stories of Excellence: 2020-21 School Profiles
Since the Barrington 220 School District officially formed in 1973, it has become a destination for families across the state, as well as a nationally recognized school district. We are proud of our academic achievements, innovative programs, accolades, rich history and the sense of pride all of our schools bring to the community. Click here to read our 2020-21 school profiles.
Support Resources for D220 Students and Families
At this time last year, none of us had any idea how a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic would soon hit the United States and drastically change our lives. From school closings, to social distancing, it has now been nearly a year of ups, downs, and crazy twists and turns. Quintessential Barrington talked with Beth Jones, Barrington 220’s Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Support, about how the district is working to support the social and emotional well-being of students during this tumultuous time.
Need someone to talk to? Download the META app.
To provide easy access to counseling services, Barrington 220 counselors are available to all students through the META mobile app. The app is FREE to download on Apple and Android devices. Counselors can be reached during school hours on the secure platform via voice, video, or chat. We welcome all students to connect with school counselors on META. Click here to download the app.
BHS grad turned NFL player is Super Bowl bound!
Barrington 220 will proudly be cheering on BHS grad Scotty Miller on Super Bowl Sunday! Miller played on the BHS football team before graduating in 2015. He went on to play at Bowling Green, before getting drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His team will be playing against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Feb. 7. Sending good luck from Barrington your way, Scotty!
Barrington 220 in Photos: January 2021
A BHS student works on a lab in chemistry class on the first day of Hybrid 2.0.
A BMS-Prairie student plays a game of badminton during gym class.
Dr. Micah Korb, Principal at Countryside Elementary, checks in on Mrs. Durbin's distance learners.