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What is a middle schooler,
I was asked one day.
I knew what he was...
but what should I say?

He is noise and confusion.
He is silence that is deep.
He is sunshine and laughter,
or a cloud that will weep.

He is swift as an arrow.
He is a waster of time.
He wants to be rich,
but cannot save a dime.

He is rude and nasty.
He is polite as can be.
He wants parental guidance,
but fights to be free.

He is aggressive and bossy.
He is timid and shy.
He knows all the answers,
but still will ask "why"?

He is awkward and clumsy.
He is graceful and poised.
He is ever changing,
but do not be annoyed.

What is a middle schooler,
I was asked one day.
He is the future unfolding.
Do not stand in his way.

||Author Unknown||

February, 2017
  It is an honor to serve the Baraboo community as the Principal of Jack Young Middle School. I have worked in the Baraboo School District since 1993 and I am proud to call Baraboo home.

It is both my personal and professional goal to provide each and every student in the Baraboo School District with a safe and challenging academic environment. Our most precious resource is our children and we must continuously work to provide them with the highest quality education possible. 

Jack Young Middle School is committed to providing every student with opportunities to learn at a level of challenge uniquely appropriate for them. We offer a wide variety of learning opportunities, led by highly qualified teachers. 

I am married to Lynn Gunnell, who is currently the Choir Director at Baraboo High School. We have three children in the Baraboo School District, including one current middle school student. 

I love Jack Young Middle School and my goal is to create a middle school that kids love too.

John Gunnell- Principal
Author Visit and Literacy Night!
We're very excited to have the opportunity to host an author at JYMS! Author Pat Schmatz (Bluefish) will be coming to speak with students at JYMS on Tuesday, March 14.  She will be speaking to students in our Language Arts classes during the day.  In addition, Pat will also be speaking at our annual Literacy Night.  Here are the details:

JYMS Family Literacy Night
Tuesday, March 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Bring the whole family for a fun-filled and
educational night at JYMS.

4:30-5:00, 5:45-6:30 in the JYMS Commons
Guest Speaker Author Pat Schmatzwill speak from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m.
in the JYMS Auditorium  


A limited selection of the author's books will be available for purchase before and after her presentation (cash/check only). She will be signing books following her presentation.  

Every student in attendance will receive a free book.                                                                   

Every person in attendance will receive a free popcorn and will be entered to win fabulous door prizes!


         We hope to see you there!
JYMS Music News

Upcoming events to be aware of:

Choir Fundraiser!  
     "I've got a 'Crush' on you" Sodas to be delivered to the person at JYMS of your choice during TA on Valentine's Day.  Cost is $1.
Singing Valentines to be delivered to your valentine during WIN on Valentine's Day for $3.

Monday, February 13th - Baraboo Music Support Group General Meeting

Tuesday, March 21st - 8th Grade Music Showcase Concert 

Spelling Bee Results!

Here are the results for the annual  district 
5-8 spelling bee held at the middle school on January 13th:
1st Place - Tory Jax, Fifth-Grader at GLW Elementary 
2nd Place - Annie Langkamp, Fifth-Grader at East Elementary 

The alternates are our own  7th grader  Alice Davies and eighth grader  
Mattie Letendre. 

Both Mattie and Alice were eliminated in round 8 of the spelling bee on the words Jacobean and recusant. Tory and Annie continued on for TEN more rounds to make it through round 18. Tory went on to win in round 19. 

Some of the words spelled correctly by Annie include: gesticulations, interminableness, constabulary, eucalyptus, Lilliput, castellated, nautilus, rheumatic, phrenologists

Some of the words spelled correctly by Tory include: potentialities, Patagonia, prestidigitation, pugnacious, moiety, pertinacity, Hebrides, phosphine, outre, malacca, and ague 

Needless to say, we were all very impressed with the talent of these students! Tory and Annie will continue on to the regional spelling bee competition on  February 7 in Portage. 

Please congratulate all students who participated in today's spelling bee. We were very impressed with their efforts! 

Thursday, Feb. 2:  4:15  7th and 8th grade vs                                        Sauk Prairie at JYMS 

Monday, Feb. 6:    4:15  7th and 8th grade vs Portage at
                                       Portage Middle School

Thursday, Feb. 9:  4:15  7tn and 8th grade vs Reedsburg at

Monday, Feb. 13:  4:15  7th and 8th grade vs Waunakee at

Tuesday, Feb. 14:  4:15  7th and 8th grade vs Sun Prairie                                               Patrick  Marsh at JYMS

Monday, Feb. 20:  4:15   7th and 8th grade vs Badger Ridge
                                        Middle at JYMS

Tuesday, Feb. 21:  4:15  7th and 8th grade vs Lodi at Lodi
                                        Middle School

Thursday, Feb. 23: 4:15  7th and 8th  grade vs DeForest at                                              DeForest  Middle School

Tuesday, Feb. 28:  4:15  7th and 8th grade vs St. John at                                               JYMS

Chromebook Corner

��  Reminder:  chromebooks should stay in their issued cases at all times

��  Students should charge their chromebooks each day to ensure enough battery power to get  them though each school day.

Feel free to contact Mrs. Adams at  radams@barabooschools.net    if you have any questions about your student's chromebook.


Notes from the Librarian

Notes from the Library
by Mrs. Steiner

     New Year's Resolutions abound at this time of year. We know the importance of reading twenty minutes each night, but sometimes it can be difficult to maintain that motivation throughout the year, especially during breaks and vacations. One way you can help your child build excitement and motivation around reading is to help them make a reading resolution for 2017. Experts suggest that defining your goal (read 20 minutes each night, read fun and interesting books to stay motivated) is key to success. If you do an Internet search for "reading resolutions for kids", your results will include great articles and tips for helping your child set reading goals. Scholastic has published some terrific printables, as well, that can assist in generating ideas and discussion with your child. You can pick and choose ideas from these lists to personalize your goals.

As always, if you or your child are looking for reading suggestions, we are happy to provide you with some ideas. Happy reading and Happy New Year!

6th Grade News

     It has been an exciting first semester with our sixth graders. We  will continue to review school wide expectations and review learning goals for the year. We are looking forward to the rest of the school year!

                          6th Grade Level Team 

Mathematics:                             Language Arts: 

- Mrs. Bauer                                - Ms. Zick

 - Mr. Gile                                    - Ms. Nelson

 - Mrs. Lohr                                 - Mrs. Sabaka

Social Studies:                            Science:

 - Mr. Scrabeck                           - Mrs. Krucas

 - Mr. Francour                           - Mrs. McDonald
                                                   -Mr. Phillips
                                     8th Grade News
Our ultimate goal at JYMS is to ensure that our students succeed in all facets of life.  Your involvement is a key piece to helping us accomplish this goal.  We realize the need for an open line of communication between ourselves and you as the parent/guardian of your student. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.  Please use the Infinite Campus Portal to check your student's grades and talk to your student about their grades. The more we are on the same page the better chance your student has of reaching their full potential. In the end that is what we all want. Thank you for all that you do for our students!

-JYMS 8th Grade Team

      Mathematics:                         SocialStudies:                                   
     -Mr. Beall                               -Mrs. Garcia
     -Mr. Brickl                             - Mr. Jones
     -Mrs. Grogan                         -Mr. Scrabeck
     -Ms. Roth
     -Mr. Witthun
     -Mr. Wells

     Language Arts:                       Science
     -Mrs. Ehlert                             -Mr. Phillips
     -Mrs. McCulloch                      -Mr. Witthun
     -Mrs. Nies
     -Ms.  Nelson

Special Education Teacher/PBIS 8th Grade
-Mrs. Statz