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Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences
Date: October 27
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Place: Virtual

Picture Retake
- ABE, East, GLW, NF
Date: October 27

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences
Date: October 28
Time: 1:30-4 p.m.
Place: Virtual

Picture Retake
Date: October 28

No School
Date: October 30

Picture Retake
- BELC and West
Date: November 4

Thanksgiving Break
- No School
Date: Nov. 25-27

Winter Break - No School
Date: Dec. 23 - Jan. 1
Note: Students return to school on Jan. 4

No School in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr.
Date: January 18

No School
Date: January 22

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences
Date: March 16
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Place: TBD

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences
Date: March 17
Time: 1:30-4 p.m.
Place: TBD

Spring Break - No School
Date: March 29 - April 2

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 31

Last Day of School
Date: June 7
Note: This will be a full day of school

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. 

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

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
September 24, 2020
Face Coverings Still Required After Sept. 28
Governor Evers' mask mandate has been extended until Nov. 21, 2020. The School District of Baraboo would like to remind our families that per school district policy, face coverings will continue to be required while on school premises after Nov. 21, 2020, and until further notice. 

The District is requiring face coverings for students 5-years of age and older while on school premises. We ask that parents/guardians also wear face coverings while on school property when dropping off or picking up students.

Please note, the District is currently using the following definition of "face covering:"
"Face Covering" means a piece of cloth or other material that is worn to cover the nose and mouth completely. A "face covering" includes but is not limited to a bandana, a cloth face mask, a disposable or paper mask, a neck gaiter, or a religious face covering. A "face covering" does not include face shields, mesh masks, masks with holes or openings, or masks with vents. The District will align to the order until the order is no longer in effect.

Below is the District's Face Covering Response Protocol for elementary and secondary students. Click here for a printable version of this protocol. Thank you for working with the District to provide a safe environment for our students to be engaged, challenged and inspired!
BHS Homecoming Court
Congratulations to the.Baraboo High School Homecoming Court!

Representing the Freshmen class:
Annie Langkamp - Tennis
Luke Vittengl - Football

Representing the Sophomore class:
Anna Balfanz - Swimming
Connor Kleist - Cross Country

Representing the Junior class:
Alice Davies - Tennis
Chris Shanks - Cross Country

Representing the Senior class:
Emma Crary - Volleyball
Cortney Dunnett - Cross Country
Natasha Hess - Cross Country
Darius Jones - Football
Mattie Letendre - Swimming
Owen Nachtigal - Football

Community Comes Out in Support of Sports!
We had perfect weather and great attendance for the 13th Annual Baraboo Athletics Steak Feed yesterday!

This annual event raises money for the Baraboo High School Athletics Department. Proceeds from the 2019 Steak Feed went toward the following:
  • Contribution to lights at Pierce Park Softball Field
  • Baseball team hats
  • Football helmets
  • Track and Field warm-ups
  • Tabletop Scoreboard
  • JYMS Wrestling warmups
  • Hockey Training Equipment
Thank you to everyone who contributed by purchasing meals, providing donations and volunteering your time to work the Steak Feed! 

Social Workers Restock BHS Food Pantry with Donations from Community
Last week the District's school social workers, Jen and Taylor, went shopping to restock the Baraboo High School Food Pantry. The grocery receipt measured in at approximately 8 feet long! 

Food pantry items were purchased through monetary donations from the Baraboo community and local organizations. BHS students can confidentially request this support via a form on their student portal webpage. 

We would like to thank the Baraboo community for their ongoing donations and support. We would also like to thank Festival Foods and their management team, Greg, Jacob, and Jason, for their ongoing support. 

If you have an interest in donating to the BHS Food Pantry, please contact Baraboo High School Principal, Glenn Bildsten, at 608-355-3940. If your family is experiencing food insecurity, we encourage you to contact our district social workers.

Jen Lombardi
JYMS and BHS School Social Worker
608-355-3950 ext. 1536

Taylor Williams
BELC and Elementary School Social Worker
608-355-3950 ext. 1535

Some fun facts about the social workers' shopping experience at Festival Foods for the BHS Food Pantry:
  • They learned that Greg is considered "facebook famous" after a social media post by a District administrator garnered him and the Baraboo Festival Foods recognition within the Festival Foods national corporation. Greg is the grocery manager who the social workers typically work with to place orders ahead of time and he continues to be a rockstar.
  • Jason, the store director, and Jacob, the assistant grocery manager, continuously checked in to see what the social workers needed, offered assistance, and helped pack groceries into their car.
  • Harold bagged all of their items (3 carts worth!) and Kelly checked everything out, all with a smile while engaging them in conversation about the food pantry, which generated other store patrons to inquire about the support as well.
  • Jason gave his contact information to discuss further ways that Festival can continue to support the BHS Food Pantry and supply food.
Thank you again, Festival Foods, for your interest in and continued support of our efforts to address food insecurity for students in the School District of Baraboo!
District 5th Graders Have Virtual Author Visit
On September 21st, multiple fifth grade classes across the district were given a special opportunity to engage in a virtual visit with author Lindsay Currie.

Lindsay Currie is the author of spooky middle grade novels, such as "The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street" and "Scritch Scratch" (just released on September 1st). While she's never experienced anything truly paranormal, Lindsay enjoys researching her city's forgotten history and learning about the events that shaped the many ghost legends in Chicago.

Lindsay graciously shared her time and writing knowledge with our students; mostly covering the topics of research and revision while sharing her own experiences in both of these areas. She was engaging and fun and taught everyone A LOT! Plus, she took time to answer student questions before signing off. This was a terrific way to kick off our Monday!

JYMS Revitalization Progresses
A construction team from CG Schmidt presented an update to the School District of Baraboo Board of Education and Jack Young Middle School administration September 14 on the Revitalize Jack Young Middle School project. 

Over the summer we have completed:
  • Temporary walls and establishing routing
  • 5 Academic Classrooms
  • Choir Room
  • Demolition of the ramp
  • 2 Science Classrooms
  • Locker Rooms
  • Fitness Classroom
  • Academic Wing Restrooms
To be finished this school year:
  • Gym
  • Commons/Library
  • Central Stair
  • Auxiliary Gym
  • Remaining 2 science classrooms
Check out this exciting progress! We appreciate the patience and excitement of our staff, students and family as we work to better serve our Jack Young Middle School Thunderbirds!

It's a "ROAR"ing Good Time with Arendsee as a Teacher!
Baraboo School District virtual teacher Ms. Arendsee is ROCKING the virtual teaching world! 

She is virtually teaching special education for first graders in addition to being an EL (English Learner) teacher. Take a look at how she is engaging her students!

GLW Students Go to San Diego Zoo
Although we can't go on field trips right now like we have in the past, Mrs. Justus's second grade class at Gordon L. Willson Elementary took a virtual field trip this week to the San Diego Zoo!  

The students learned about where San Diego is located, and they spent time watching live footage of animals at the zoo. Students observed the animals, learned many new facts and then wrote about what they observed and learned. 

The second graders recorded their voices as they read what they wrote, and families at home were treated to the recordings and were able to hear their student's thoughts!

BHS Presents DOJ's Speak Up, Speak Out Safety Tool
Last week, Baraboo High School students learned about the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of School Safety's newest school safety tool - Speak UpSpeak Out (SUSO).
SUSO is a comprehensive, one-stop place to turn to with your concerns regarding school safety. A facet of the Resource Center is the threat reporting system. The SUSO threat reporting system is available 24/7 and is free to all.

Students, parents, school staff and community members can submit a school safety concern, by downloading the SUSO app (Android and iOS), visiting or by calling 1-800-MY-SUSO-1. Resource Center staff work around-the-clock to respond to reports and to deploy a response locally by communicating directly with school administrators, law enforcement and counselors.

Threat reporting systems - or tip lines - are recommended for use by the United States Secret Service when developing comprehensive school violence prevention plans. Tip lines are used to identify threats to schools, and other daily safety concerns students encounter, such as bullying, drug use, suicidal thoughts and more.
For more information, click here.

Picture Retakes

Picture retake for Jack Young Middle School and Baraboo High School virtual students will be October 28. Please use the lower parking lot west of the maintenance shed to park. Follow the sidewalk to the rear of Baraboo High School to the white tent. Pictures can be ordered before or after retake day at

Jack Young Middle School
Time: 3:30pm-4:45pm
Picture day ID: EVTCBJVXP

Baraboo High School 
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Picture day ID: EVTP8J2VQ

Please email Ms. Schweda at with questions. 

Picture retake for elementary in-person and virtual students will be on the following dates. More information on times and procedures coming soon!

October 27:
  • Al Behrman Elementary
  • East Elementary
  • Gordon L. Willson Elementary
  • North Freedom Elementary
November 4: 
  • Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative (BELC 4K)
  • West Kindergarten Center
Tips For Virtual Learning Success
As we come to the end of the third week of the 2020-21 school year, it is important for virtual students and families to reflect on their virtual learning experience up to this point. What are you doing well? What needs improvement? What is most effective for your student?

The School District of Baraboo wants each learner to be successful, whether attending school in the classroom or attending school virtually. As each student is unique, what is most effective for one may not be what is most effective for another. 

In support of our virtual learners, the School District of Baraboo has put together some learning tips to help promote an effective virtual experience! Click here for a printable version.

Reminder: Wash Your Face Coverings!
In-person families, please remember to wash cloth masks and other face coverings regularly. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following for how to wash face coverings.
Washing machine
  • You can include your cloth face covering with your regular laundry.
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the face covering.
Washing by hand
  • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection.
    • Use bleach containing 5.25%-8.25% sodium hypochlorite. Do not use a bleach product if the percentage is not in this range or is not specified.
    • Ensure the bleach product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
    • Ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) of 5.25%-8.25% bleach per gallon of room temperature water or
    • 4 teaspoons of 5.25%-8.25% bleach per quart of room temperature water
  • Soak the mask in the bleach solution for 5 minutes.
  • Discard the bleach solution down the drain and rinse the mask thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.
  • Make sure to completely dry the mask after washing.

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Friday Folders Are Going Virtual
The School District of Baraboo's Friday Folders are going virtual for the 2020-21 school year!

Information from non-district entities, like club sports, library programming, parks and rec information, etc., can now be accessed in a digital Friday Folder by clicking here. Friday Folder submissions from previous weeks will be archived in this folder as well, so if you want to reference it you can go to that week's folder and view it again!

This is a safety measure for in-person students to limit the number of papers received from outside sources, and will allow students who are attending school via the Virtual Learning Model to access to the information. 

Please note: Important school-related information directly from the School District of Baraboo will still come home in Friday Folders, and virtual teachers will provide this information directly to their students.

The School District of Baraboo is currently hiring for a variety of different positions, including Educational Paraprofessionals, Food Preparers, Custodians, Guest (Substitute) Teachers, and more. If you know of qualified candidates please encourage them to apply! 

Detailed job descriptions and application instructions for current job opportunities can be found at

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