August 10, 2017





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JYMS 6th Grade Orientation
Date: Aug. 23
Time: 8-11:30 a.m.
Place: JYMS 

5th Grade  Parent Night
Date: Aug. 23
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS

BELC Open House
Date: Aug. 29
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Notes: This open house is for the following BELC sessions: St. Clare AM, CDC AM, Bear-A-Boo AM

BELC Open House
Date: Aug. 30
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Notes: This open house is for the following BELC sessions: West AM/PM, East PM, Bear-A-Boo PM

Elementary  Open House
Date: Aug. 30
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Place: Elementary Schools

JYMS Open House
Date: Aug. 30
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS

BHS Open House
Date: Aug. 30
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: BHS

Freshmen Orientation
Date: Aug. 31
Time: 8:30-11:50 a.m.
Place: BHS
Notes: For freshmen only

First Day of School
Date: Sept. 1 

No School  for Labor Day
Date: Sept. 4

Elementary School 
Picture Day
Date: Sept. 20 

The mission of Hope House is to prevent abuse and provide support to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Toll-free 24-Hour Confidential Helpline:
Street Address:
720 Ash Street
Baraboo, WI 53913
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00AM to 4:30PM

The Baraboo Public Library offers a safe and welcoming environment, providing area residents and visitors with confidential access to cutting edge, high quality resources.    

Riptide is a summer swim program for ages 5 to 18. Registration is open for the spring stroke clinic and summer season.

All players interested in being placed on a team for the 2017 season must register and participate in evaluations.  

Online registration now open. Ages 6-18. Certified, trained coaches. Spring and Fall seasons. Email BarabooSoccerClub@gmail.
com with questions.

BALA is open for registration Sunday, Feb. 19 and Sunday. Feb. 26 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the JYMS gym. Registration and throw around; bring your sticks. Ages 9 and older. For more information, contact Ginger Clark at   608 963-8127.

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Have You Registered Your Student?
for 2017-18
School Year

The Baraboo School District held its final face-to-face registration day Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Jack Young Middle School.

The Baraboo School District welcomes new families to the district each year.  You can register online by using the links below .  

Starting April 1, 2017, parents can log into the Parent Portal to complete the registration process for their student(s) for the 2017- 2018 school year.  Fees for your student for next school year can not be paid until after July 1, 2017. If you need help remembering your login information or need help creating an account, give us a call at 608-355-3955.  

If you are requesting a school change for your private school student (St. John's, St. Joseph's, or Community Christian) please call the District Registrar, Kristine Snow, at 608-355-3955.

If your family is new to the district, you can start the registration one of two ways.

  1. Register Online -  Go to Baraboo's   Online Registration site and follow the process listed on the page.   (Don't use this link if you already have students attending the Baraboo School District.  Use the Parent Portal link above as this method will not require you to re-enter your information.  Returning parents will just need to verify their current information).
  2. Register in Person - We have computers available for parents to register their students with the District Registrar, Kristine Snow, at the Administration Building, 423 Linn Street.  Kristine Snow is also available for registrations throughout the summer months, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Her phone number is (608)355-3955.  
  3. School Boundaries -

Thank you for your attention to this and your interest in the Baraboo School District.
Demo at BHS!

BHS Awning Removed

One of the goals for the referendum Phase II: Revitalize Baraboo High School is to add more space to common areas and highly used areas at BHS. 

On Tuesday, Aug. 8 we reached a milestone by removing the front awning that used to stand in front of the high school. A demolition team with CG Schmidt worked in sync to tear down the awning, which will provide space for an expanded large commons area to be completed by September 2018.

In addition to removing the awning, this summer the construction team has began construction on the Student Services department, a remodel of the locker rooms, began installing a sprinkler system throughout the building and has completed structural work.

To the left is a timeline that shows what changes will continue throughout the 2017-18 school year, including new updates to the Tech Ed department, Art department, the installation of a new Fitness Classroom, a larger Commons Area, a new Heating and Cooling system, a new English department and a beautiful new library and media center.
Dates for Students Entering 6th Grade
8:00 am - 11:30 am
August 23rd, 2017
Jack Young Middle School
Large Gym

The purpose of this orientation is to make the transition from elementary school to middle school a positive one. Eighth graders will be serving as leaders and mentors to the sixth graders. Large and small group activities are designed to address students' needs and concerns in an enjoyable manner. Have your student wear comfortable shoes.  This orientation is for students only.  Parents should drop their child off at the circular drive and have their student wait in the Commons.   If you have questions over the summer, please email Christina Olson at  

Additional dates to note:

6th Grade Informational Meeting Night
for Parents and Students:
August 23rd from 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Open House Night:
August 30th from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Boll Goes to Yale
BHS Social Studies teacher  Jake  Boll took part in a wonderful learning opportunity at Yale University for a week in July to learn about Colonial History. 

The seminar was sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and taught by renowned Yale University Professor John Demos, an expert in early American History. 

Some of the highlights of the seminar included field trips to colonial homes in Connecticut and Massachusetts, studying 300+ year old primary source documents, and collaborating on lesson plans with history teachers and National Park Rangers from around the nation. 

Mr. Boll looks forward to applying what he learned with his students right away this September! 
Show your T-Bird Pride
The Baraboo School District will be selling Thunderbird Sweatshirts starting at the end of August. 

Sizes will include Youth S-L (these sweatshirts do not have a hood) and Adult XS-5XL. Youth sweatshirts will be $20; Adult hooded sweatshirts sizes XS-XL will be $22; Adult hooded sweatshirts sizes 2XL-3XL will be $25 and Adult hooded sweatshirts sizes 4XL-5XL will be $26.

There will be an online order form circulating on our social media pages, so please "like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter to make sure you don't miss this chance to show your T-Bird Pride!
Schultz Ready to take Curriculum Outside
Outdoor adventure and classroom curriculum intersect at the American Wilderness Leadership
School (AWLS).

Led by Safari Club International Foundation (SCIF), AWLS teaches educators like BHS Ag teacher Jenna Schultz how to use the outdoors as a classroom and incorporate ecological lessons into all aspects of curriculum.

During the eight-day workshop held just south of Jackson, Wyoming, Schultz learned  about the science of conservation and the positive role hunting plays in it. Participants shot  firearms, studied stream ecology, got involved in class discussions, went on conservation hikes,  and learned outdoor and survival skills. They networked with their fellow educators from  throughout the country.

The week was packed with outdoor opportunities that can easily be incorporated into current  classroom curriculums. Everything in nature is interconnected; now for the educators, so are  the state standards and lessons about conservation in subjects like math, science, physical  education, language arts, social studies and art.

Schultz also became certified as an instructor in the National Archery in the Schools  Program. 

AWLS is presented by Safari Club International Foundation, that funds and manages worldwide
programs dedicated to wildlife conservation, outdoors education and humanitarian services.
Workshops are sponsored by SCI Foundation, SCI Sables, SCI chapters, Hunter Legacy Fund, and corporate sponsors.

Experience the Total Solar Eclipse on Aug. 21

Roth Attends American Indian Summer Studies Program
From July 31 to August 4, Jack Young Middle School teacher Sarah Roth attended the 21st Annual American Indian Studies Summer Institute. This conference, hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, was held to teach participants about the histories and current topics of Wisconsin tribal nations. Educators, administrators, and employees of various nations in Wisconsin were in attendance.

This year, the conference was held in Crandon, Wisconsin. In addition to hearing from various guest speakers, participants also toured the Sokaogon Chippewa and Forest County Potawatomi communities and heard from these nations' elders and members.

Sarah Roth Incorporates Ho-Chunk  language into her 6th Grade Intro to World Languages Course. Attending this conference has given Roth many new ideas for topics, histories, and perspectives to include in this unit. In addition, Roth plans to share information learned from this conference with other staff in the Baraboo School District.

Thunderbird Hockey  Golf Outing: Sign Up Now

The Thunderbird  Hockey  Golf  Outing will be held Sunday, Sept.3 at the Baraboo Country Club. The event will include 18 holes with a cart, flag events/prizes, a raffle, and lunch afterward.

WHAT: Our annual golf outing fundraiser
WHERE: Baraboo Country Club
WHEN: Sunday September 3rd
  • registration opens at 8:15 a.m.
  • announcements at 8:45 a.m.
  • tee off at 9 a.m.
To register, send the names of your foursome to Coach Waldvogel in an email at:

There will be a table set up at the course the day of the event where you can then check in and pay your registration fee ($60 for non members, $50 for BCC members).

Click here for a form that has the details for the event. (This form does not need to be filled out - simply email coach your team members and pay at the course the day of.)
Safety For All - Back-to-School Thoughts on Supporting LGBTQ+ Teens

While it might be hard to admit, summer is on its way out and the beginning of the school year is getting closer and closer. What's on your mind as a parent, teacher, or student when you think about heading back to school? Are you dreading having to get up early, do homework, or grade assignments? Or maybe you're nervous about supporting a child who struggles in school, balancing academic requirements in the classroom with diverse student needs, or navigating complicated friend relationships. 

Whatever it may be, it's important to remember that in addition to all of these challenges, students who are perceived to be different from their peers, or who belong to groups who have historically been discriminated against, face other risks and difficulties when coming back to school. This includes kids and teens who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or who are questioning their sexual identity. Students who are transgender - meaning they identify as a gender other than the one they were assigned when they were born - and students who express their gender in unconventional ways are especially vulnerable in school settings.
What does this look like? We know that LGBTQ+ students are at a higher risk of physical violence in school settings, but even when this isn't the case, these young people often face substantial verbal harassment from peers. This can be as blatant as being the target of slurs, or as subtle as hearing classmates regularly say "no homo" as a joke or loudly stating "there's only two genders." Even when teachers and other staff make efforts to intervene, a lot of this harassment flies under the radar. And students who are relatively protected from this behavior can still feel isolated when the stories, examples, and language they hear in classrooms don't reflect their experience (for example, only seeing heterosexual relationships in the readings that are assigned, or having a teacher say "boys and girls" when a student doesn't identify with either).
So what can we do to make sure  all  students feel safe, accepted, and valued at school? Intervening in problematic behavior is a great place to start. Even when students use homophobic or transphobic language as a joke (for example, saying "that's so gay" about a game or a piece of clothing), it has an impact on young people to hear their identities - or those of their friends and family members - consistently associated with something negative. It can also make a big difference to actively include examples of LGBTQ+ identities and contributions in curricula and classroom materials. Even subtle shifts, like not making assumptions about the gender of someone a young person is dating, can signal safety and support for young people who might feel isolated on the basis of their gender or sexual identity. Parents and caregivers can make sure to talk to their kids about valuing diversity and treating others with respect, and kids and teens can tell their friends that they appreciate all the identities that make them who they are.
In a time when harassment and hate speech have been on the rise, it's important to remember that we all have a role in creating schools and communities where kids of all identities can learn, connect with each other, and gain the skills and experience they need to grow up safe, happy, healthy, and prepared to make a difference.
Thanks for reading! For further resources on LGBTQ inclusivity in schools or in general, feel free to contact  Nola, Prevention Project Coordinator at Hope House, at or 
Get your Hall of Fame Raffle Tix Now!
The Baraboo High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold its annual NFL Raffle starting Sept. 1.

Each raffle ticket is $20. $1,000 is awarded in weekly prizes! 

The raffle begins Sept. 8. Raffle tickets can be purchased anywhere you see the below sign!

All proceeds benefit the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

Back To School Supply Lists
To find a complete list of school supplies for grades 4K - 8, please click here.

School Wellness Policy Notification
To see the Baraboo School District's Wellness Policy, please click here.
Save the Date: Annual Steak Feed

Fall Kid Stop Registration Now Open
Enrollment for the 2017-18 Fall Kid Stop Program is now open.

Kid Stop is offered to all students in the School District of Baraboo in grades K-5 and is held at multiple locations during the school year. For students attending GLW Elementary, West Kindergarten Center and North Freedom Elementary, students will attend the GLW location at 146 Berkley Blvd., Baraboo. Students attending East Elementary or ABE Elementary will attend the East location at 815 Sixth St., Baraboo.
The program provides children with the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, including outdoor play board games, arts and crafts projects, indoor gym games and computer time. Children are also given the opportunity to work on homework with the support staff. A snack and milk or juice are provided.
For registration forms and information, pricing and policies, please click here.
Dear Members of the Baraboo Community,

We want you to know that we are dedicated to all students.

We are committed to upholding a community that values differences of identities, beliefs and perspectives. We are proud to support students, families and staff of different races, faiths, national origins, immigration status, political viewpoints, abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity. Every student and family is a valued member of our community. We continue to be dedicated to supporting the maximum growth of each student, enabling each to succeed in and contribute positively to a continuously evolving world.

Ultimately, we believe that diversity and inclusion makes us stronger as a school community.


The Baraboo School District  
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