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Spring Swimming Lesson Registration Opens
Date: February 25
Time: 6-8 a.m. and 3:30-8 p.m. Mon-Fri
Place: JYMS Indoor Pool

BHS Blood Drive
Date: March 2
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Place: BHS gym
Note: Please email advisor Jamie Collins at if you are willing to donate and be someone's hero! 
Students can donate with a signed waiver at ages 16 and 17 and without a waiver at 18. 

Statewide ACT Test
for Juniors
Date: March 3

Let's Talk Drugs Free Dinner and Panel Discussion Event
Date: March 5
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: East Elementary Library

Phase III JYMS Ground Breaking Ceremony
Date: March 12
Time: 2:45 p.m.
Place: JYMS
Note: Can't attend? Watch it LIVE on Facebook!

Family Literacy Night
Date: March 19
Place: Baraboo High School

Spring Break
Date: March 23-27

West/GLW Family Math Night
Date: April 2
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: GLW

Food For Kidz Mobile Food Packing Event
Date: April 4
Time: 9-1:30 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Note: To donate or volunteer, contact Heather Wood at

No School
Date: April 10

BHS Fine Arts Night
Date: April 22
Time: 4 - 6 p.m.
Place: BHS commons

WWPA Family Fun Night
for BELC, West & GLW
Date: April 28
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

West Stay and Play
Date: May 4
Time: 3-4 p.m. 
Place: West Kindergarten Center

BELC Spring Sing 
Date: May 7
Time: 5:30-6 for AM classes and 6:30-7:00 for PM classes
Place: Baraboo High School

Date: May 21

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 25

West Spring Sing
and Family Picnic
Date: May 27
Time: Spring Sing - 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Family Picnic - 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. 
Place: West

BHS Graduation
Date: May 29


To nominate a student for the BHS Senior Spotlight, email a brief write-up with the student's first and last name and an explanation of why you are nominating the senior to Holly Henderson.

Submissions must include at least one photograph.

Please enter "SENIOR SPOTLIGHT" in the subject field of the email.


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.

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

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
February 13, 2020
BHS Student-Made Video on Bus Safety
This week, Feb. 10-14, is School Bus Driver Recognition Week. What better way to say thank you to our bus drivers than sharing this Public Service Announcement video made by students at Baraboo High School on bus safety! 

Please drive safely and thank your bus drivers for keeping our students safe!

FFA Flapjack Breakfast Raises Funds for Farmer Angel Network and Baraboo Fire Dept.
The Baraboo High School and Jack Young Middle School FFA hosted Flapjacks for Farmers and Friends on Saturday, February 8 in the Baraboo High School Commons.

Flapjacks for Farmers and Friends is a family-friendly community educational event geared toward showing local farmers our appreciation while educating consumers about the agricultural industry. Attendees were treated to pancakes, eggs and sausage links, as well as delicious frozen custard from Culver's.

All proceeds will be donated to the Farmer Angel Network and Baraboo Fire Department to purchase a grain bin rescue device.

More photos coming soon on Facebook!

District Teachers Attend Training On American Indian Studies
On Feb. 12, more than 200 Baraboo School District educators gathered in the commons at Baraboo High School for professional development with David O'Connor, an education consultant on American Indian Studies for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Mr. O'Connor's used the web game Kahoot to test teachers' current knowledge about American Indian studies while challenging them to think about their current implementation of t he curricular requirements in the areas of American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty. The teachers were given access to resources to  illustrate ways in which teachers can integrate and infuse Wisconsin American Indian Studies content into their instruction and practice. 

The goals of the WI DPI American Indian Studies program are to build teachers' capacity to serve students and support efforts to address existing stereotypes, and historical omissions and inaccuracies concerning American Indian people and communities.  In integrating or infusing content around American Indian Studies, districts can help their students to think critically and analytically about issues relating to Wisconsin American Indian nations and tribal communities.

JYMS Money War Brings in $200 for Food Pantry
As part of a community service project, Mr. Pionke's WIN class at Jack Young Middle School chose to hold a Money War between grade levels. In doing so, the students were able to raise $200 for the Baraboo Food Pantry to help restock their shelves after the recent holiday season. Eighth Graders Adrienne Crubel, Sage Mahoney, and Hattie Huinker presented a check to Dennis Lindsay of the Baraboo Food Pantry this week!

East Students Celebrate 100 Days of School
Mrs. Peterson's first grade class at East Elementary School had fun celebrating the 100th Day of School. Students dressed like they were 100 years old!

The 100th Day was incorporated into math, writing, and lots of reading in the exciting day. Students wrote about what they hope to do when they turn 100 years old in 2112 or 2113 (depending on what year they were born). Students mixed together and ate a trail mix snack. Mrs. Peterson and her students even did 100 exercises after being in school for 100 minutes! 

BHS Receives $10,000 Next Gen Grant!
Baraboo High School is one of  the first high schools in America to receive the Gold Standard Challenge Grant from Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a Palo Alto, Calif. non-profit committed to ensuring that ALL students leave high school with the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex financial world.

The NGPF Gold Standard Challenge rewards and recognizes high schools that commit to ensuring that all students receive a one semester personal finance course before crossing the graduation stage.
"Personal finance is something every high school student needs. Students are getting jobs, moving out on their own and need to do 'adult' finance things a lot earlier in life. Without a personal finance class students wouldn't have any prior knowledge to draw on but what they find on the internet. I find most students do not want to talk to parents, or parents are not wanting to talk to students about personal finance topics. Having a stand-alone class as a graduation requirement lets students get the information they need to be successful in life," said Jessica Mueller in accepting the $10,000 grant. "I am beyond honored to be chosen for this grant as I am very passionate about the subject of personal finance. To have the full support from my administration and colleagues means the world to me. This would not have been possible without the backing from Dr. Lori Mueller, Dr. Nick Karls, BHS principal Glenn Bildsten and my fellow department members Shelly Gillmore, Marcie Gratz, Dan Rhode and Mark Hamden-Krause."
Tim Ranzetta, co-founder of NGPF, says Baraboo High School is the 17th high school across the U.S. to have earned the grant by making this change.
"Behind each of these schools' adoption of a personal finance requirement is a story. A story of a teacher, an administrator, a board member, a student, a parent group whose passion, commitment and persistence led to this amazing accomplishment," said Ranzetta. "I'm excited to see the momentum behind this initiative occurring across the United States and the community rallying behind Mission:2030. We have a decade to work together so that by 2030, all high school students will refer to personal finance as "the class that they are so glad they had." 

More details on the Gold Standard Challenge, which will be offering up to $1 million in grants through the end of 2020, are available on the   NGPF website here.  
NF Students Receive "Hidden Figures" for World Read Aloud Day
North Freedom Elementary School celebrated World Read Aloud Day on February 5th,. Each staff member and several student council members read the book  Hidden Figures:  to students. All North Freedom children received a copy of the book so they could share the story with their families!

West Students Awarded for BEE-ing Great!
The West Kindergarten Center continues to reinforce positive student behavior with students in different ways each day.  

We recognize Jetit Kratky, Elian Serrano, Anabel Miller-Nestus, and Harvey Lieberherr for this week's BEE Great Award at West.  These students have truly exemplified the West Cool Tools of "Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being Safe." Each week, West staff recognizes a different student from each classroom for this awesome recognition. Thank you to our families for all of their continued positive support at West.
BHS Annual Blood Drive

NF Students Snowshoe in the Prairie
Mr. Gary Williams and Mrs. Jennifer Maggio-Laack of Summer Outdoor Adventure Club (SOAC) took North Freedom students on a snowshoeing hike on February 3 & 4.  Lower grades (K-2) snowshoed around the prairie, but the older grades (3-5) climbed up the hill behind the school!  

The students were tired and some struggled, but it led to good conversations about determination and perseverance.  Mr. Williams taught the students about animal habitats, various animal tracks and scat, prairie and forest plants, and how to enjoy the outdoors.  North Freedom students and their teachers have enjoyed this fun and educational experience for over 11 years.  

New Location for Beyond Blessed Food Pantry Opens Feb. 19
The Beyond Blessed Food Pantry has a new location at 1515 Walnut St. in Baraboo. The first Pantry Day at the new location is February 19, 2020, and will be open from 5-7 p.m.

Beyond Blessed Pantry was established in August 2018 in response to those experiencing food scarcity in Baraboo, Lake Delton, Wisconsin Dells and the surrounding area. Their mission is to "Treat every individual with dignity and respect while addressing the food scarcity issues at hand."

The pantry does not have qualification restrictions, and recipients do not need to bring proof of income or address to receive supplies. Click here for more information, for hours of operation, for donation opportunities or to contact the pantry.
JYMS Construction Has Begun!
Construction is upon us at Jack Young Middle School!

The fence that is going to identify the construction zone will be installed starting on Tuesday, February 11. All students will need to enter the building at the entrance nearest the main office starting on Wednesday, February 12. All students will exit the building nearest the main office as well unless there is an emergency.

Please encourage your students to stay away from the construction area as heavy equipment will b e coming soon.
Also of note is the work in our locker rooms. There will be temporary walls installed and the removal of some of the lockers as construction proceeds. All locks have been collected from students recently. Students are still expected to change into or wear apparel that is appropriate for their physical education class.

If you have any questions please contact the office at 608-355-3930.

Don't forget to join us for the Groundbreaking Ceremony on March 12 at 2:45 p.m.! Can't attend? Watch it on Facebook LIVE!

East Students Study Culture in Physical Education Classes
Baraboo Elementary students in physical education classes learned about different cultures around the world and different types of games that are played by people of all ages. 

Students at East Elementary were encouraged to learn about their cultural background and heritage from family members. Students were given the chance to share a bit about their heritage with their classmates throughout the physical education unit. 

Some of the countries that students explored included Ethiopia, Nigeria, Germany, Australia, Mexico and more. Students listened to music from different cultures and had fun learning about ways kids around the world play.

Baraboo Backpack Project
The Backpack Project is now accepting applications for this friendly, supportive and confidential program. 

Applications are available by clicking here.  Income guidelines are provided on the application, as well as other qualifiers such as severe debilitating illness, grandparents raising grandchildren and foster families.

Donations of school supplies, backpacks and monetary donations are being accepted. To donate or if you have questions, contact Becky at 608-963-8230 or email
Lifeguard Registration Opens Feb. 17
Registration for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course at the Baraboo Indoor Pool will open Feb. 14.

To enroll, you must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class and you must be able to demonstrate the prerequisite skills on Sunday, March 14th, 2020 @ 6:00 pm. at the Baraboo Indoor Pool. Cost to enroll is $200.

For more information or with questions, please contact Aquatics Director Heather Wood at 608-355-4665 or

Click here for information on class times and dates and prerequisite skills:

Summer Kid Stop
All elementary school children entering kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall will be eligible for the 2020 Summer Kid Stop Child Care Program.  Summer Kid Stop is located at Gordon L. Willson Elementary School and is available weekdays from 7:15 AM to 5:45 PM starting on Wednesday, June 10 through Friday, August 14th.

Registration for the summer program begins on Monday, March 9th. Registration information may be found on the District website (please print off and submit), at all elementary school offices, or at the East or GLW Kid Stop sites. ALL forms ( including immunization information ) must be completed each time you register for Kid Stop.  One registration form per child please. If your child will be taking medication during Kid Stop hours, please request an "Authorization to Administer Medication" form. Return your signed and completed forms along with the registration fee and June tuition.   You may turn in your completed forms at East or GLW Kid Stop or may scan them to

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

As a parent/guardian, you want to see your child happy and safe in their relationships. Here are ideas on preventing abuse and supporting teens in unhealthy relationships: 
  1. Model healthy relationships: Youth learn a lot by observing those around them; those they respect can especially make a great impact!
  2. Use teachable moments in the media: Ask them what they think about how relationships are portrayed, how they want to be treated, and how they could support a friend that's getting hurt by a partner.
  3. If your gut is telling you something isn't right with their relationship, address it with them: They may be uncomfortable discussing it so beginning the conversation with love and concern, not blame or anger, will help.
  4. Help them find resources: Our kids don't always want to talk to us so help them identify other people they could talk to, such as a school counselor, health care provider,, or Hope House.
If you have questions or concerns regarding relationships for your child or yourself, Hope House is available 24/7 to help with safety planning, emotional support and finding resources: 1-800-584-6790. Learn about getting involved at
Sarah Campbell, Youth Advocate/Educator at Hope House of South Central Wisconsin
BHS Athletic Information for Spring Sports
Spring Sports Practice Start Dates:
Boys & Girls Track - March 9
Softball - March 16
Girls Soccer - March 23
Baseball - March 23
Boys Tennis - March 30
Boys Golf - March 30
Spring Break - March 23 - 27

High School Spring Sport Parents Meeting
The Spring Sport Parents Meeting will be held on Monday, March 2, 2020 in the BHS Gym. There will be no general session this season. Sport meetings will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. If you need help registering your child or paying fees you should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. If your son or daughter was out for a fall or winter sport you do not need to register online again. Just sign up with the coach or Mrs. Teasdale.  If your child was not out for a fall or winter sport, you will need to register your child in the Parent Portal , under the HS Spring Sports Registration Link .  Fees can be paid online or with a check or cash in the high school office.  If you are not sure if your son/daughter will need a physical, please contact Renee Teasdale at 355-3940, Ext. 2022.

WIAA Physicals
WIAA physicals are based on the date of April 1. Physicals dated prior to April 1, 2018 are no longer valid.  Physicals dated on or after April 1, 2018 will be good for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.  Physicals are good for TWO SCHOOL YEARS , not two years from the date of the physical.
SAVE THE DATE: Let's Talk Drugs

What's Happening at the Baraboo Public Library?
Registration for Spring Swimming Lessons Set for Feb. 25
The spring Swimming Lesson schedule is out!

Registration begins Tuesday, February 25 for March-April sessions.

$40.00 for residents of the Baraboo School District
$65.00 for residents not living in the Baraboo School District

Tuesday, February 25, 2020  
From 6:00-8:00 a.m. and 3:30-8:00 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

JYMS Middle School Indoor Swimming Pool

**Registration is limited - Must pay when you register, in person.
** Dates and times may be subject to change       
** Pool # 355-4665 (please ask for Heather Wood)

To view the class schedule, times and dates, please click here.
Basketball Nation
JYMS Groundbreaking Set for March 12
The Baraboo School District will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction work planned for Jack Young Middle School on Thursday, March 12 starting at 2:45 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the middle school, at 1531 Draper St, Baraboo, WI.

The groundbreaking is open to members of the public, with representatives from the District Administration, School Board of Education, and the District's architectural and construction partners - CG Schmidt and EUA -- in attendance to help mark the milestone occasion.

The planned construction work at the middle school to modernize learning environments, improve infrastructure, and expand common areas at the aging middle school, was approved by District voters in a 2019 referendum. EUA, the project architect, and CG Schmidt, the construction manager, have been working closely with the District since the passage of the referendum to finalize designs for the school.

Unable to attend? Watch it LIVE on Facebook at

SAVE THE DATE: Family Literacy Night
SAVE THE DATE: Food for Kidz 
Time to Nominate: Teacher of the Year
The School District of Baraboo has announced the opening of nominations for the Excellence in Education Award (EIEA) and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award (DETA) programs for the 2019-'20 school year.  

The EIEA award is sponsored by the BHS Graduating Class of 1956 and the DETA award is sponsored by Andrew Hauge, who grew up in Baraboo and attended Baraboo schools. The Class of 1956 and Andrew Hauge have established an endowment fund with the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation for the purpose of financing all costs associated with the award programs. The purpose of the award programs is to recognize and honor outstanding teachers in the Baraboo School District who have distinguished themselves as exemplary classroom teachers and who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and dedication to the young people of the Baraboo community. The winners of these annual awards will be announced near the end of the current school year at a special award ceremony.

The winner of the awards, who will be chosen by a five-member Selection Committee of retired teachers, community members and school district officials, will receive a framed honorary certificate and a stipend of at least $1,000 to be used for a professional development or educational enrichment activity which will enhance the teacher's knowledge, skills and classroom effectiveness. In addition, the winning teacher's name for the EIEA, which is given to a secondary teacher in the Baraboo School District, will be engraved on a large bronze plaque which hangs in the Media Center of Baraboo High School. The plaque is inscribed with a tribute to the former teachers of the Class of '56 who, "taught, guided and inspired" them during their years at Baraboo Junior High and Baraboo High School.

To be eligible for these awards a teacher must be:
  • Licensed and certified by the State of Wisconsin 
  • Employed as a full-time teacher by the District
  • Planning to return as a full-time teacher in this District for the next school year
The Selection Committee will judge candidates based on the following criteria:
  • Mastery of sound classroom instructional skills
  • Use of initiative, creativity and innovation in teaching techniques
  • Motivational and leadership skills with students and colleagues
  • Involvement in school organizations and activities
  • Involvement in professional organizations, seminars and continuing education
  • Positive relationships with superiors, colleagues, students and parents

The School District is now seeking nominations for the Excellence in Education Award and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award for 2020. Nominations may be made by a teacher colleague, an administrator or a parent of a school student. Nomination forms may be obtained on the District's website: or at any district school building. Submitting a nomination will also require that the nominator write a letter in support of the nominee. Guidelines for writing such a letter will be included with the nomination form. Nomination forms, including letters of support, must be sent to Glenn Bildsten at Baraboo High School, 1201 Draper Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913 by Friday, March 13, 2020, to be valid. 

Be Up-To-Date on School Closings
Winter weather is coming!

Stay up-to-date with the latest information on school delays or closures due to inclement weather conditions. If the decision is made to delay or close school, we w ill publish that information to our district social media sites. Make sure to follow the district on FacebookInstagram , and  Twitter  for the latest updates.

Messages will also be sent directly from our Infinite Campus (IC) system. We develop school closing messages in three ways: email, text message, and automated phone calls using the parent and guardian contacts we have on file in our IC student  information  system. If you have not recently reviewed your IC contact preferences, we ask that you do so by following the directions at the end of this communication.

Delay and closure announcements will also be posted on our  district website.

Making a decision about weather-related school closures is always difficult. These decisions are made with the safety of our students, families, and staff as our primary priority. We appreciate your ongoing support as we work to keep everyone safe.

Keep your phone number and email address up-to-date to receive the latest news on weather-related school closings, delays and early releases! To edit your contact information  in infinite campus:
  1. Go to
  2. Under the "PARENTS" tab, click on "Parent Portal" and enter your log-in information for Infinite Campus (IC)
  3. Click on "Household Information" on the left-hand side of the screen to update your home address and phone number
  4. Click on "contact preferences" to update your email address.
  5. Need help? Call 608-355-3955
Upcoming Indoor Pool Classes, Lessons and Open Swim Info
The Baraboo Indoor Pool is gearing up for a new run of classes, lessons, and open swim! 

  • Masters Adult Stroke Clinic
  • Water Aerobics
  • Aqua Jog
  • Aqua Zumba
  • Aqua Barre
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Pool Fees
  • Aqua Barre Fit
Pay Rate Increase for Guest Teachers!
The School District of Baraboo is hiring guest (substitute) teachers for all levels (4K-12).  The compensation rate has increased to $120 per day! Former teachers that have retired from the School District of Baraboo will receive a compensation rate of $140 per day.

Candidates must either be a teacher or substitute teacher licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). For information on how to apply for a substitute teaching license, please visit the DPI website.

Interested candidates should apply through the Wisconsin Education Career Access Network (WECAN) or by completing an employment application and submitting to Human Resources. More information can be found here:

Lamers Bus Lines Seeking Drivers and Bus Monitors!
Lamers Bus Lines is seeking additional school bus drivers and b us monitors. 

Becoming a driver is a great opportunity for individuals looking for work before or after school, and becoming a bus monitor is great for those looking for after-school work. It's also a great job for parents of students in the District because:
  1. There are no nights or weekends for route drivers
  2. Drivers get summer vacation and snow days, just like the students
  3. If your child is in any sports or activities, you can get paid to cheer them on and support the team by driving the team bus
Lamers Bus Lines will provide drivers with complete paid training and teach you everything you need to know about driving a school bus.  Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested to help us ensure that our students get to school, sports, and activities on time each day. 

Questions may be directed the Lamers School Bus Office in Baraboo at 608-448-4851 extension 2.  Apply online at
NOW HIRING: Substitute Custodial Positions
Looking for part-time work? Need flexible hours? Look no further!!

The district is seeking candidates for substitute custodial positions.  The starting rate is $12.50/hr!  Applications can be found online at . Applications can also be picked up and submitted to the District Maintenance Shop; 1210 Berkley Blvd; Baraboo, WI  53913

Questions should be directed to Dan O'Brien, Director of Buildings and Grounds  at 608-355-3985. 

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