J ack Young Middle School Newsletter
December, 2017
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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||

  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
Special Dates in December to Keep in Mind
Winter Holiday Break:  December 25 through January 1.  Frst day back:  January 2nd, 2018
October Students of the Month
                                  6 th  Grade
           Luke                                          Lily

 7th Grade
          Gabrielle                                     Lela

                                  8th Grade

           Evan                                        Levi
Support Literacy at JYMS!

   Ben Mikaelsen, author of Touching Spirit Bear, will visit JYMS Monday, February 5. Ben will give three presentations during the school day on that Monday (one per grade level), and he will present again during literacy night that evening around 5. We'll share out more details about literacy night and the author visit as they're finalized, but in the meantime, please mark your calendars!

     In addition, there is a GoFundMe page set to help pay for the costs of this year's author visit. The funds raised from this page will cover the cost of Ben's school-day presentations on February 5 and will be paid to him in full that day. We are also working in our community to fundraise to cover the costs of his literacy night presentation and to provide books for our students. We greatly appreciate any support you can provide! The link is provided below:

Boys Basketball and Wrestling Schedules

Monday, Dec. 4th
4:15:  7th and 8th grade vs Mt. Horeb @JYMS:  7th grade- small gym  8th grade- big gym 

Thursday, Dec. 7th 
4:15:  7th-8th grade vs Lodi@ JYMS:  7th grade- small gym  8th grade-big gym

Tuesday, Dec. 12th
4:15:  8th grade:  JYMS vs Reedsburg @ Just A Game Fieldhouse, Wis. Dells
            7th  grade: JYMS vs Reedsburg @South Elementary School

Thursday, Dec. 14th
4:15:  7th grade: JYMS vs Wis. Heights @ Wis. Heights High School
            8th grade: JYMS vs Wis. Heights@ Mazomanie Elementary


Saturday, Dec. 2nd
9:00 am: JYMS vs Richland Center @Richland Center

Saturday, Dec. 9th
9:00 am:  JYMS vs Middleton @ Middleton High School

Tuesday, Dec. 12th
4:15:  JYMS vs DeForest @ DeForest Middle School

JYMS Music News



Upcoming events:

December 18th
- Winter Choir Concerts 
5:30- 6th Grade and WIN;  6:30- 7th and 8th Grade

December 19th- Winter Band Concerts
5:30-6th Grade; 6:30-7th grade; 7:30-8th Grade

We are entering a period in the school year that is considered very seasonal.  If your child or family does not wish to participate in certain seasonal activities, especially those related to Veteran's Day, Halloween, or any other holidays, please contact:
Dave Schwarz
Associate Principal

Thank you 
Dave Schwarz

Notes from the Librarian

Notes from the Library
by Mrs. Steiner

Winter break offers a great opportunity for children and families to get in some reading time. Twenty minutes of reading each day increases vocabulary, helps improve writing, and offers greater opportunity for academic success. Don't forget to ask your child what they are reading. Discussing books is one of the great joys in life.
If it's time for a new book, there are several places in our community that you can access reading materials. Our school eLibrary never closes. Your child can access it using their chromebook or other device such as a smartphone or tablet. Look for a Little Free Library in your neighborhood or visit our JYMS Little Free Library near the north entrance to the school. Here you can borrow a book or leave a book for other readers to discover and enjoy. Visit the Baraboo Public Library. The librarians there can help you get a library card and find that just-right-book. And of course you can always visit our local booksellers or online retailers.  Whatever you do, be sure that daily reading is part of your child's winter vacation!

*Just a reminder that we collect Boxtops for Education in the library. This fundraiser helps us raise money to purchase items for our special events that our budget doesn't cover. You can send them with your child to drop off in the media center.*

Chromebook Corner

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

��  Students should charge their chromebooks each night 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.


WEB Reminder

Our WEB meetings for 8th graders will take place the second Tuesday of each month during lunch.  See you there!
Christina Olson
WEB Coordinator

6th Grade News

     The 6th grade has a lot to celebrate this month!  We have been working hard to meet the school expectations at lunch and in the hallways, the changes are awesome!  We have had many discussions about infinite campus within our WIN and in our classes.  Please make sure your student can access his/her Infinite Campus and knows how to take responsibility for missing assignments (especially when absent), grades, and any retake opportunities.  The 6th Grade Teachers would also like to acknowledge all the hard work and participation our students put into our Wellness week where we discussed staying healthy, both mentally and physically.  A special thank you to SSM Health and the Baraboo Lions Club for donating clear water bottles to students to help them stay hydrated throughout the day.

*Please check in with your student about supplies.  This is a great time of year to fill up on paper and pencils.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child's teachers with questions and concerns!  

The Sixth Grade Team

Math                                      Science
Ms. Dzanic                           Mrs. McDonald
Ms. Simonis                         Mrs. Krucas                          
Mr. Francour

Language Arts                     Social Studies
Ms.Caufield                          Mr. Koenig
Ms. Van Enkenvort              Mr. Scrabeck
Ms. Zick

Mr. Vaccaro- Special Education
Mr. Behl- Special Education and Language Arts
Ms. Cummings- Special Education and Team Teach Math  
7th Grade News
     The end of first quarter is behind us, and we are excited to report the GREAT things that our students are doing at Jack Young Middle School. So far this year, the seventh grade class has kicked off our magazine fundraiser, rolled out the oneto-one Chromebook initiative, spoke to Chief Schauf and Private First Class Connor Kowalke in Civics class, and completed our seasonal standardized assessments. 
     We hope your child has had a successful start of the school year and look forward to helping them grow their skills.

7th Grade Team

Language Arts                                 Math
Mr. Frisch                                         Mr. Beall
Mrs. Harry                                         Mr. Brickl
Mrs. Reinhardt                                 Ms Kish
Ms. Schumacher                              Mr. Koenig

Science                                             Social Studies
Mrs. Halverson                                 Mr. Considine
Ms Krucas                                         Mr. Jones
                                     8th Grade News
      It's hard to  believe the first quarter has ended! We enjoyed seeing you at our parent-teacher conferences.     You, the families in the community we serve, enhance the high quality of our school.  to some extent, the school can only take partial credit for our level of student achievement.  You have high expectations for the school and your children's performance, and we applaud and welcome those expectations.   Please feel free to contact us at any time.

~JYMS 8th Grade Team

Mathematics                                        Social Studies
Mr. Ashbeck                                         Mrs. Garcia
Mr. Beall                                               Mr. Jones
Mr. Brickl
Mrs. Grogan
Mrs. Roth
Mr. Witthun

Language Arts                                     Science
Mrs. Ehlert                                           Mr. Phillips
Ms. Harry                                             Mr. Witthun
Mrs. McCulloch
Mrs. Nies

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