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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||

March, 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
Upcoming Events
March 14th:  Author Visit & Literacy Night

March 22nd:  Parent-Teacher Conferences  1:30-5

March 23rd:  Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-7:30

March 24th:  End of third Quarter

March 27th-31st:  Spring Break
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 dates for musicians and their families:  

Tuesday, March 21st at 3:15PM
  8th Grade Dress Rehearsal & Dinner

Tuesday, March 21st at 5:30PM  --  
8th Grade Music Showcase Concert (JYMS Big Gym)
8th Grade Band, 8th Grade Choir, and 8th Grade Jazz Band

Friday -Sunday, March 17th-19th  --   BHS Musical "Little Shop Of Horrors"
7:307:30 and 2:00 at Al Ringling
$12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens
Tickets available at Corner Drug and BHS
National History Day Results!

     Twenty-five eighth grade students from Jack Young Middle School took part in the Regional National History Day event in Madison on February 25th, 2017. Nine students were selected as state finalists and will go on to represent their school at the state competition, which takes place at the University of Wisconsin - Madison on April 22nd, 2017.

     National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic. Participation in the program continues to grow with more than 500,000 students participating annually across the nation. The National History Day program in Wisconsin is coordinated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. 

     This year, the annual theme is "Taking a Stand in History." Students present their conclusions by creating museum-style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive websites, and dramatic performances.  

     The regional event is the second step in a competition cycle that can take students from the school level to regional, state, and national competitions. The school-level competition took place at JYMS on January 20, 2017. At each level of competition students share their work with their peers, historians, educators, and professionals in related fields as they complete for special awards and the opportunity to advance to the next level of competition.

     Students who are moving on to the State Competition include:
  • Mackenna Belter and Mabelle Boehlke - The Battle of Blair Mountain: Taking a Stand for Workers' Rights
  • Macy Henry and Maddie Beal - Hiding the Franks: Taking a Stand Against the Holocaust
  • Eva Hasse and Cassidie Allard - The Stonewall Riots: Taking a Stand for Gay Rights
  • Ashley Palecek and Cennedy Hoppe - The Radium Girls: Taking a Stand for Workers' Rights
  • Kayly Bratland - Cesar Chavez: Taking a Stand for the Rights of Farm Workers
     Students who were chosen as Alternates to the State Competition include:
  • Emily Brooks and Mattie Letendre - Virginia Hall: Taking a Stand for Women's Rights and Against Hatred
  • Campbell Koseor and Dalton Mueller - The Sterling Hall Bombing: Taking a Stand Against the Vietnam War

Students who competed at Regionals include:
  • Lindsey Arnold and Julie Zech - Operation Breakthrough: Taking a Stand to Save the Whales
  • Jordan Buelow and Emma Crary - The Dolphin Project: Taking a Stand on Behalf of Dolphins
  • Kirsten Lanman and Naomi Pelland - Harriet Tubman: Taking a Stand Against Slavery
  • Hannah Block and Isaac Brewer - Jesse Owens: Taking a Stand for Racial Equality
  • Mitchell Hamm - Billie Jean King: Taking a Stand for Women's Rights
  • Makayla Sefkar - Brown vs. Board of Education: Taking a Stand for School Integration
  • Maya Brown - Mahatma Gandhi: Taking a Stand for India's Independence
  • Emily Kleczek - The Doctor's Riot of 1788: Taking a Stand Against Body Snatching and Mutilation
     Congratulations everyone on all of your hard work!   To those     going on to the State Competition- Good luck! 

STEM Field Trip 
     On Friday, March 3rd,  fifty 7th grade students were able to take a trip to Chicago to visit the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Students enjoyed the hands on activities the museum provided. Each exhibit brought science, technology, engineering and math subjects to life with real world examples. Alex Puhl said "I realized that there is so much more stuff than you would think that involves science and engineering."
Students also had the opportunity to talk with computer science and engineering students and the University of Illinois at Chicago.  They told the students their chose their fields because they want to help others. They also impressed the importance of their early education and internships to their success. One student said "I never thought about engineers helping people. I might like to do that as a career." Another student, Katie Duran said "I thought this trip was just going to be about learning about cool things, but when we got the the university, I learned many opportunities for my future." 

This trip was able to occur because of a grant from the Department of Education JYMS received to expose students the more STEM related subjects and careers. 

To see pictures from our trip visit :

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

     Ah Spring! Mother Nature has teased us with warm weather in the last few weeks, but as Wisconsinites, we know that spring will eventually arrive. The arrival of warm weather often brings with it spring cleaning. As you undertake your own spring cleaning, please keep in mind our Little Free Library. We are always in need of new and gently used books for children and young adults for stocking our LFL.  If you come across some books that you would like to donate, you can simply send them with your child or drop them off at school and indicate they should go to the Media Center. And as always, if you or your child are looking for books to read, be sure to check our Little Free Library or the many other LFLs found around Baraboo.

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