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Thunderbird Thursday Update
Dec. 8, 2016
'Baraboo 21 Club' Honors WWII Veterans
Most basketball fans don't expect to be wiping away tears during a halftime presentation, but that's exactly what happened to many in the crowd at last night's boys basketball game. This week marked the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which launched the United States into a four-year engagement in World War II.
To memorialize this event, Baraboo High School Civics teacher Steve Argo invited surviving WWII veterans from the community to receive honor and recognition during Tuesday night's game.

The entire gymnasium rose to its feet as the men, the youngest of them pushing 90, stood with stoicism and pride to receive the thanks of their community.

Men who came in from the cold night in red plaid Stormy Kromer hats and on the arms of middle-aged children were called out by name, and branch of service, and acts of valor.


They had fought the Japanese in the Pacific Theater, liberated France, fought in the Battle of Okinawa, and rebuilt Germany.

They hard earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart.

" Had it not been for the bravery, endurance, and devotion to duty of men like these, none of us, none of this, might even exist," Argo told them. "Gentlemen, we honor you not for your heroism - though heroes you are - or even because your side - our side - won. We honor you because you chose to make a difference and you put your lives on the line to prove it."

Students from the Baraboo 21 Club, which is fundraising for a WWI memorial along the Baraboo River, joined in presenting the men with plaques crafted in the Tech Ed department at the high school.

And as they filed out of the gym, gingerly running their fingers across the words on their plaques, high schoolers from the student section of the stands rushed to shake their hands, and strangers with tears in their eyes approached each one to thank him.


And then, as unassumingly as they had arrived, they joined arms with their proud children and left back out into the night.

This week we are
#Barabooproud of teachers like Steve Argo, who bring history and civic duty to life for their classes; students who are role models of respect and engagement with their community; and most of all of the men and women who supported and served their country as part of that Greatest Generation. On this Pearl Harbor Day, we honor you.

To see more photos from this special event and read bios about each of the veterans honored, CLICK HERE. 
Congratulations to NHS Inductees
Students from Baraboo High School were inducted to the Thunderbird Scholars Chapter of the National Honor Society at a Nov. 13 evening candle lighting ceremony.

Guest speaker Sarah Roth shared personal stories about how the pillars of NHS have been a foundation of growth for her life, offering words of wisdom for both the members and their families.
Members who were inducted submitted information and were chosen by the faculty for fulfilling high standards of scholarship, se rvice, leadership and character.

To be eligible for membership consideration, students must be a junior or senior and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 91 percent.
 
Thirty-three members were inducted this year. Seniors: Brooke Albers, Karis Brandhagen, Aaron Brekke, Mariah Deyo, Bethany Deyo, Anica Flesch, Carter Gruber, Tayla Lochner, Julia Nelson, Aetia Oberman, Sophia Oettinger and Emily Stieve. Juniors: Josh Arnold, Ben Boehlke, Leah Erdman, Molly Froelich, Paige Goeckermann, Connor Grogan, Jacob Huffaker, Lindsay Johnson, Rio LeFevre, Elise Lewison, Claire McNevin, Melissa Munneke, Maria Philip, Sidney Seymour, Miles Statz, Liam Taber, Matthew Vander Schaaf, Kayla Wagner, Evan Witthun, Kyle Wunluck, and Jordyn Zalewski. Fifteen senior members who were inducted last year were also in attendance with their families.
 
The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students.

The four main pillars of NHS are: To create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. Each of these pillars also translates into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter. Students are recognized for their accomplishments, but are also challenged to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
Citizens Police and Fire Academy
A Baraboo Citizens Police and Fire Academy will run Jan. 11-March 15.  S tudents 16 years and older are also welcome to join. To fill out an application, visit the Baraboo Police and Fire Department offices at 135 4th Street downtown. 
Swim Registration Starts Monday
Registration for winter lessons at the indoor pool begins Dec. 12, with offerings including:

* Aqua Zumba

* AM Aqua Jog

* Water Aerobics

* Swimming Lessons

* Parent-Tot Lessons

For registration information and flyers on each of these offerings, CLICK HERE.  
Coffee Fundraiser
More than 90 students, parents, and chaperones from Baraboo High School are traveling to Switzerland and Italy in the Summer of 2018. Help them raise funds to cover travel costs through a coffee fundraiser.

Money will go toward funding:
  • Bus transportation from Baraboo to Chicago's O'hare International Airport
     
  • Tip money for the two tour directors that will be leading our group overseas
     
  • Tips for our bus drivers and tour guides in Switzerland and Italy.
Coffee is $15 per 1lb. bag,  sold ground or whole bean. Roasts include  Starry Night by Alterra and  Wonderland by Collectivo.

Anyone interested in purchasing coffee to support our efforts can contact Erick Blasing at Baraboo High School: 355-3940 ext. 2312 or eblasing@barabooschools.net. Coffee will be delivered starting Dec. 20.
Luminary Walk brings family fun, donations
Last month students and families at North Freedom Elementary School participated in thef irst annual  luminary  walk to promote family fitness.

They were encouraged to come and walk one mile or more, together, stay and play and enjoy the fresh air.

It was a beautiful night under the stars!

In addition to the walk, students participated in a food drive to benefit the Baraboo Food Pantry and donated 312 pounds of non-perishables.

Congratulations, everyone!
Free Child Safety App

The  National Center for Missing & Exploited Children  (NCMEC) has launched a free child  safety   app  to help parents and law enforcement when a child goes missing.

The 
app Safety Central , provides the latest news, media, and child  safety  tips from NCMEC. The  app  is designed as a digital child ID kit that allows parents to save children's information, including photos and digital fingerprint images. It also includes a search feature for current missing children.

Registrar at new District Office location
We are excited to announce that you can find District Registrar Kristine Snow at the new Baraboo School District Administration Office at 423 Linn Street, across from Culver's.

Kristine will assist families with registration questions for any grade level, and the new location also offers a private conference room.

To contact Kristine directly to set up an appointment, email ksnow@barabooschools.net or call 355-3950.
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