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Deadline for Learning Model Choice - 2nd Semester
Date: November 20
Time: 4 p.m.
Note: Changing your student's preferred learning model ("New" Normal or Virtual) for second semester must be done by November 20 at 4 p.m.

FFA Wreath Pick-Up
Date: November 23
Time: 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: BHS Greenhouse

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

BHS In-Person
Students Return to Building
Date: November 30
Note: Students who attend BHS in-person will return to the building

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

Start of Second Semester
Date: January 25

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


To nominate a student for the Baraboo High School 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. 

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

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
November 19, 2020
Face Coverings Required 
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. 

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!
District Shifts to Virtual from Nov. 30 - Jan. 8
Click here for a printable version of this document in English and Spanish.
Click here for more information about the Kid Stop Extended Program.

Happy American Education Week!
This week is American Education Week, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank our staff, students, families and community.

This year has brought on new challenges, and our staff and students have collectively poured their efforts into overcoming obstacles and learning new ways to connect with each other. We could not be more proud!

Please click the image below to watch a short Thank You video.

District Offers Extended Kid Stop Program During Shift to Virtual
The School District of Baraboo will offer an extended Kid Stop Program starting December 7, 2020, through January 8, 2021. Kid Stop will be closed from November 30 through December 4 to allow for instructional planning and training for our staff. 

To register for the extended Kid Stop program, fill out this registration form  and turn it in to Kid Stop at East Elementary or Gordon L. Willson Elementary by Dec. 2 to be eligible for the Dec. 7 start date. Registration forms will be accepted after Dec. 2 but may result in a delayed start. 

The extended program has space available for 75 students at two locations, Gordon L. Willson Elementary and East Elementary. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Current Kid Stop families will need to register and are not automatically enrolled. A waitlist will be set up if needed.

Click here for more information about the Kid Stop Extended Program, registration information and fees.
JYMS Students Take A Book Talk Walk
Today Jack Young Middle School students in Ms. McCulloch's 7th grade advanced language arts class hit the outdoors for a Book Talk Walk. 

The students prepared answers for questions related to their literature circle books, and were then paired with a classmate to have a discussion. The 8 virtual students were included by being paired with an in-person classmate and having the discussion on a device via Google Meets. The groups discussed their books as they walked down the hill on Draper Street and around the track at Baraboo High School. It was a beautiful day for walking and talking about literature and led to interesting and thought-provoking conversations.

BHS Interact Club Holds Cereal Drive
This is Cereal-ously awesome! The Baraboo High School Interact Club, along with the Baraboo Rotary Club, will host a Cereal Box Drive from November 16-24. We are asking the community to donate boxes of cereal for our local Beyond Blessed Food Pantry. 

Cereal Boxes can be dropped off at the Baraboo Indoor Swimming Pool, located at Jack Young Middle School, 1531 Draper St. For more information, contact Interact Club Advisor Heather Wood at

Swim Team Goes Out with a Splash
Congratulations to our Baraboo High School Girls Swim Team for a great season! The team ended their season on November 10 with an award ceremony. 

This year's awards go to:
Rookie of the year: Isabella Stout
Most improved: Ellie Abrahams
High points: Anna Balfanz
Captains award: Anna Balfanz
Got grit award: Natalie Gneiser
T-Bird spirit award: Maddie Beal
Most valuable teammate: Mattie Letendre

FFA Wreath Pick-Up Set for Nov. 23
The Baraboo High School FFA wreath pick up is Monday, November 23rd from 3:30 - 7p.m. at the Baraboo High School greenhouse. We kindly ask that you do not get out of your car when you pull up. Please give a team member your name & we will load your items into your vehicle for you to follow COVID-19 procedures. 

*Fruit pick up is the second week of December. More information will be sent your way as it gets closer. 

If you have any questions, please contact Contact FFA advisors Kristina Puntney at or Marlee Kuhn at Thank you for your support of our FFA Chapter!

JYMS Students Take Music Outdoors
Last week sixth grade students in Ms. Sorenson's general music class at Jack Young Middle School enjoyed a mask break and the fall weather by doing music duration hopscotch and musical beat spots.

BHS Students Organize Neighborhood Food Drives
For the past five years, Baraboo High School sophomores Annah Tiber and Katie Peterson have organized food drive collections in their local neighborhoods to support the local food pantries in our community during the holiday season. Donations are collected in the Buckhorn and Wynsong Community Subdivisions. We are proud of the positive things our students do not just within our schools, but within the community!

Four Steps to Help Prevent the Spread

DUE FRIDAY: District Offering Choice of Learning Model for 2nd Semester
The School District of Baraboo is beginning the process of asking families to choose their preferred model of teaching and learning for their student's second half of the school year. Please note that if your family does not wish to make a change to your student's current instructional model, no further action is required.

The School District of Baraboo is offering families the opportunity to select their preferred model of instruction for the second half of the school year, which starts on Monday, January 25th. 

At this time, the District remains committed with full in-person, five days a week instruction for all students Early Childhood through Grade 12. If your family desires this model of instruction, you will want to select "New" Normal. Choosing the "New" Normal learning model means that students will meet in-person for instruction five days a week with early release on Wednesday afternoons.  Your child's school will have a number of safety measures in place, including the requirement of wearing a face covering.

We are also offering families the choice of full virtual learning. Choosing virtual instruction means that your student will be expected to participate regularly and complete assigned work with their teacher and other peers remotely with both synchronous and asynchronous learning.

To make a change for your student(s) instructional model for the second half of the school year, please complete one of the forms below by Friday, November 20th at 4pm.
We sincerely look forward to continuing to serve you and your student(s).  As always, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Family Guide to At Home Learning
Check out this Family Guide to at home learning for tips on how to support your virtual learners.

Reminder: Wash Your Face Coverings!
In-person families, please remember to wash cloth masks and other face coverings regularly. Click here to view The Center for Disease Control's (CDC) recommendations on how to wash face coverings.


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.
Free Weekly COVID-19 Testing

Pop Up Aqua Zumba At Baraboo Indoor Pool

Kid Stop Winter Weather Information

New Medical Service Being offered at Baraboo School District
The School District of Baraboo is partnering with Karen Ailsworth, MD, who is a board-certified pediatrician who has a special interest in pediatric mental health.

Dr. Ailsworth will be offering clinic visits both in person and virtually at Baraboo High School and Jack Young Middle School every week (hours to be determined) for students who are needing assistance with issues such as ADHD, depression, and anxiety. This allows students to attend appointments without having to leave school. 

Dr. Ailsworth has a holistic approach; she believes environment, school and family all have a role in maximizing the mental and emotional well-being of children and youth. "I am excited about working in the Baraboo High School because of the proximity of school staff, which will make communication with school staff and students easier," Ailsworth said. "I work in the same part of the building as student services, so we really can work as a team."

Parents/Guardians will need to attend the first appointment with their student in person or virtually to sign paperwork and consent forms. Visits will include a medical evaluation and possible prescription assistance. Dr. Ailsworth's clinical model is based on Direct Primary Care.  She strives to make her health care affordable. While she does not accept insurance, parents/guardians can ask about sliding scale payments. 

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact Dr. Ailsworth directly at 608-477-2834 or one of the school nurses.
District Offers Bridging Brighter Smiles Program
The Baraboo School District has partnered with Bridging Brighter Smiles, Inc. Receive comprehensive, preventative dental care right at school! This program is open to all students in the district 4K through 12th grade.  

Services Provided Include:
  • Oral Screenings
  • Cleanings
  • Fluoride Varnish
  • Dental Sealants
  • Silver Diamine Fluoride
  • Dental Health Education
  • Referral Assistance
Click here to enroll and complete an enrollment form right online! Bridging Brighter Smiles, Inc. accept Forward Health (BadgerCare). Charitable care is provided to students who do not have the financial resources to access dental care.

Baraboo Public Library Annual Turkey Bingo


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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