J ack Young Middle School Newsletter
October, 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 October to Keep in Mind

Parent Teacher Conferences:  
Tuesday, October 24th  4:00-7:30
Wednesday October 25th . 1:30-5:00

Picture retakes:  Wednesday, October 25th

Friday, Oct. 27th:  No School
JYMS Music News



The first performance of this year is the combined 
6th Grade Band & Choir Fall "Informance"at 5:30 in the evening on October 26th.   The 6th Grade Bands and Choirs will make their musical debut, coming together in a joint performance. The students will give you a rare sneak peek into the daily happenings of those strange and unusual classrooms (that you have possibly never ever set foot in or even know where they are), they will d
emonstrate various rehearsal techniques and processes, they will 
performance short pieces and melodies, and they will teach you the do's and don'ts of "Concert Audience Etiquette & Behavior". We hope you can join us then!

Miss Andrea Kozlowski- JYMS Choirs
Miss Julia Lumsden- JYMS Bands

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

Fall Sports
Monday, Oct. 2
4:15:  7th-8th grade volleyball vs Sauk @JYMS:  7th grade- small gym  8th grade- big gym (A teams play first)

4:30:  cross country Middle School Invitational @ Wisconsin Dells

Tuesday, Oct. 3
4:15:  7th-8th grade volleyball  @ Lodi Middle School (A teams play first)

cross country Middle School Invitational  @ Sauk Prairie High School 

5:00- 7th grade football @ Portage High School
6:45- 8th grade football @Portage High School

Tuesday, Oct 10
4:15:  7th-8th grade volleyball vs Beaver Dam  at JYMS:  7th grade- small gym . 8th grade- big gym  (A teams play first)

4:30: cross country Middle School Invitational at BHS 

5:0: 7th grade football @ Sauk Prairie High School
6:45 : 8th grade football @ Sauk Prairie High School

Thursday, Oct. 12
4:15:  7th-8th grade volleyball vs Reedsburg  @JYMS:  7th grade- small gym . 8th grade- big gym   (B teams play first)

Monday, Oct. 16
4:15:  7th-8th grade volleyball vs Lodi  @JYMS:  7th grade- small gym . 8th grade- big gym   (A teams play first)

Thursday, Oct. 19
4:15:  7th-8th grade volleyball vs Sun Prairie @ Prairie Middle School (B teams play first)

Baraboo Rocks!

Support Literacy at JYMS!

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

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

Recently, I was a guest reader for the Baraboo Public Library's Fireside Story Time for Adults. It was a delight for me to read aloud to a different age group. Those in attendance proved to me that it doesn't matter what your age, being read to aloud is a joyful experience. The smiles and reactions I got to my reading selections showed how much fun the audience was having.
I encourage all parents to continue to read aloud with their children. Of course the reading material will change as your child's interests change, but continuing to read with your children will benefit them greatly. Two of the best benefits will be building knowledge of a wide range of vocabulary and continuing to develop the ability to listen.
A fun way to change it up for older children is to take turns reading aloud from the same book. As you take turns reading aloud, don't forget to talk about what you are reading. It will help your child recognize story elements and character development. Besides, it is just plain fun to talk about books.
If you need help finding that just-right-book, don't hesitate to contact your local school or public librarian. One of the joys of our jobs is seeing readers connect with books and stories that are meaningful to them. As always, happy reading!

                                     8th Grade News
 It is our pleasure to welcome you back for a new school year.  We hope you have enjoyed the summer with family and friends and have had the opportunity to enjoy some of your favorite summer activities.  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 fee 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