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Deadline for Learning Model Choice - 2nd Semester
Date: November 24
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.

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 12, 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 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.
GLW Breaks Ground On Outdoor Learning Space
Gordon L. Willson Elementary held its groundbreaking event for a new GLW Outdoor Learning Space today. 

Two GLW classrooms were able to attend the groundbreaking, while the rest of our GLW students viewed the event as a Live Stream in classrooms. 

This project was funded and planned in a collaborative effort of local and semi-local businesses and organizations, including:
  • CG Schmidt
  • D.L. Gasser Construction
  • A.L.M. Charities
  • Milestone Materials
  • Hills Wiring
  • Baraboo School District Maintenance Department
  • Baraboo School District Technology Department
  • Baraboo High School Building Trades teachers and students
  • GLW Outdoor Learning Space Committee
  • GLW families (thanks for your generous support at our 2019 Culver's Share Night)
Funding for this project also includes Herb Kohl Foundation award monies granted to GLW teachers: Liz Gulden (Kohl Fellow 2018), Laura Allaby (Kohl Fellow 2020), and former GLW Principal: Amy Fassbender (Kohl Principal Leader 2019).

This new space will include:
  • a mini amphitheater stage and audience seating
  • raised garden beds for planting/gardening projects
  • a storage shed for planting/gardening materials
  • outdoor WiFi access for students (coming in Spring 2021)
The GLW staff is excited to offer this addition to GLW Elementary School, especially during when social distancing and face covering breaks makes getting outside more important than ever!

To view the live stream of the event, visit the School District of Baraboo's Facebook page,

Celebrating Our Veterans at North Freedom
Mrs. Shafer's 5th graders at North Freedom Elementary spent November 11th learning about the history of Veterans Day and why we celebrate this important holiday. 

They then used what they had learned to create American flags with words about the military, Veterans Day, and the USA along with names of any family members who are Veterans. Finally, they wrote about what Veterans Day means to them and why they appreciate our military heroes.

Thanking Our Veterans at ABE
First grade students at Al Behrman Elementary made cards for Veterans last week. The cards will be distributed by the Reedsburg Armory for Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

Thank You For Your Service From GLW
First grade students at Gordon L. Willson Elementary met virtually Steven Ulrich, a real life veteran, on Tuesday. He is the son of Terri Ulrich and the father of Abbi and Simeon Ulrich, who attend GLW! 

He is currently at a training camp in New Jersey and will be deploying for six months soon. He talked with students about what he does, why he does it and what Veterans Day means to him! Thank you for your service and for speaking with our students!

BARABOO FEATURES Virtual Film & Community Discussion Project
An alliance of professionals involved in fostering education in the Baraboo area will present a virtual film series culminating in an online discussion on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 6 p.m

This event is planned to occur between indigenous Peoples Day (October 12, 2020) and Thanksgiving Day (November 26, 2020) to explore themes of unity, equity, and inclusivity. Partners in planning the Baraboo Features project are the Baraboo Public Library, the Baraboo School District, UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County, UW-Madison Extension Sauk County, First United Methodist Church, and the Baraboo Acts Coalition.

Click here for more information, to watch the films and to register for the Zoom discussion group. For more information about the Baraboo Features program, contact Joan Wheeler at the Baraboo Public Library, joan at or at (608)356-6166.

BHS Inducts New NHS Members
On November 8 Baraboo High School held an Installation and Induction Ceremony for the newest members of the National Honor Society.

Congratulations to the following students for their induction in the National Honor Society:

Seniors: Madelyn Beal, Mackenna Belter, Mabelle Boehlke, Jordan Buelow, Emma Crary, Cadence Dust, Molly Korthals, Madeleine Letendre, Kip Nieuwenhuis, Ashley Palecek, Max Statz

Juniors: Maggie Cleary, Alice Davies, Ana Exterovich, Charles Gibbs, Natalie Gneiser, Eric Gumz, Hailey Hardin, Emma Hause, Eva Huffaker, Zachary Huffaker, Melanie Koppie, Caroline Lewison, Paige Lewison, Gabriel McReynolds, Jenna Ott, Nicholas Reisterer, Ethan Sefkar, mackenzie Szweda, Meg Turkington, Samantha Walter, Ethan Witthun

National Honor Society Pledge: I, being aware of the honor which is being bestowed upon me by my election to membership in the National Honor Society, do hereby pledge loyalty to this organization. It shall be my earnest purpose to give unsparingly of my time and energy toward the promotional of all school activities. I will strive to be at all times a model student, and will never knowingly bring reproach upon my school. I pledge myself to uphold the high purpose of this Society to which I have been elected, striving in every way by word and deed to make its ideals the ideals of my school and of my life.

Ideals: Character, Service, Leadership, Scholarship
East Celebrates 50th Day of School
First grade students at Al Behrman Elementary celebrated the 50th Day of School on Wednesday by dressing up in 1950s attire. Students did 50-second challenges, counted to 50, had a 50s dance party, and enjoyed learning about life in the 1950s and comparing and contrasting that with life today.

JYMS Construction Progresses
There is so much progress to celebrate at JYMS! Here are a few pictures from the library, commons and gymnasium.

Kindergarteners Chalk Self Portraits
Last week Ms. Nolden took her kindergarten friends at West Elementary and Gordon L. Willson Elementary outside for art to practice drawing their self portraits in chalk! 

Celebrating School Psych Week!
During the week of November 9-13, 2020, schools throughout the United States are celebrating National School Psychology Week (NSPW) to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive. 

This year's theme is "The Power of Possibility." The word "possibility" implies hope, growth, resilience and renewal. Possibility suggests that even something as small as a seed can grow into something magnificent. The word "power" implies that things can and will happen. When we focus on what is possible, we have hope that students will grow, thrive and bloom.

Thank you to the School District of Baraboo's School Psychologists! 
GLW Students Read by Flashlight
Tuesday's rainy and gloomy weather made for the perfect opportunity for Ms. Grogan's fifth graders at Gordon L. Willson Elementary to get comfy while reading by flashlight.

First Graders Compare Shadows
Mrs. Laux's first graders at Gordon L. Willson have been talking about the sun and shadows.
The class took advantage of the beautiful, sunny November weather to be outside and trace their shadows. They observed them at different times to compare how they looked during different times of the day

School Breakfast/Lunch Free for All Students
Family Guide to At Home Learning
Check out this Family Guide to at home learning for tips on how to support your virtual learners.

BHS Winter Sports
The winter registration survey is open in Infinite Campus for parents to sign their students up for any of the following sports:  
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Boys Swimming
  • Wrestling
Log in to the Parent Portal from the School District of Baraboo website and click on the TODAY tab to find your student's 9 digit school ID number, then go back to the Message Center and click on Surveys.  

Once the athletic department has entered your child into the specific sport in Infinite Campus you will be able to pay the sport fees online.  If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Teasdale at: or call 608-355-3940, ext. 2022.
JYMS Cheer Team Starts Nov. 18
The Middle School cheer team will be starting Wednesday, November 18th. Grades 6-8 are invited to participate. Practices will be held Wednesday's from 6-8pm, and Sunday's from 1-3pm on the high school balcony.  

The season runs through the end of February and has a monthly fee of $25.  Registration and payment will be in-person at the first practice.  Please remember athletic clothing and to wear your face covering! 

Contact Krystal Flores at for more information.
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.
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.

Girl Scouts Sign Up

Baraboo Public Library Annual Turkey Bingo

A Message from Hope House
November is National Safety Month

There are many things that could be covered for national safety month. Here at Hope House, we wanted to highlight the importance of digital and internet safety. Our youth interact more online than ever before. When our teens get into relationships, a lot of their communication may be occurring this way, and as parents/guardians, we might not know what types of interactions are occurring. Digital abuse in relationships is something that can unfortunately fly under the radar and be all too common in teen relationships. Here are some signs to look out for if your teen is dealing with online/digital abuse:
  • If you find that your teen is no longer talking to certain people online or is only talking to their partner, this may be a sign of control. Sometimes a sign of digital abuse is when one partner tells the other who they can and cannot be friends with online. 
  • Your teen is more withdrawn and is texting/talking on the phone with their partner more often than usual. This can be common in the start of a relationship, but when they are no longer talking to their other friends, family or seem more withdrawn in general, this could be a sign of digital abuse.
  • Your teen has shared their passwords with their partner or you notice that they have a shared account with their partner. 
  • Your teen's partner bought them a phone or device they can talk to them on. While this may seem like a nice gift, this can be a concern due to the possibility of tracking and stalking.
  • Also, requesting inappropriate images can be a sign of digital abuse, and youth may fear they will be in trouble if they share this has occurred. Remember to do your best to keep communication open so that your teen can feel safe coming to you if this happens. 
If you or someone you know would like to talk to a Hope House advocate about not feeling safe, experiencing harassment, or about our services, our 24/7 confidential helpline is 1-800-584-6790. Learn more at or on Facebook and Instagram @hopehousescw. To learn more about digital abuse, other types of abuse and how to get support for yourself or others, you can also go to

Healthy Relationships: Honesty
At Hope House we often talk to students about what it means to be in a healthy relationship, whether dating or just friends. Each month we will be sharing one trait of a healthy relationship with you and November's is "honesty."

When we talk to students about healthy relationship traits we often hear the word "honest." This is one of the traits that we agree is important in a relationship but it is also important to discern it from other possibly unhealthy traits. While we want a friend or partner to be honest with us in regards to who they are or how they feel about us, it can also be harmful if someone uses honesty as a scapegoat for saying hurtful things to us. For example, pressuring someone to be intimate because they are "just being honest" about their wants or needs is not okay. However, having an honest conversation while respecting the other's feelings and boundaries is different. You should be able to be honest with your partner without fearing how they might respond. You may not like what each other has to say sometimes but responding in a respectful and considerate way is important. It's also important to understand that it is okay to not share personal information like passwords or your devices with your partner. This does not mean you are not being honest. Rather, you are putting boundaries up in regards to your private information and that is okay. You can learn more about healthy relationship traits by visiting,, and

Hope House wants you to know that everyone deserves to be respected in their relationships. If you have concerns about your relationship or about a loved one's relationship, you can contact Hope House at our 24/7 confidential helpline: 1-800-584-6790. You can learn more about our free services at or on Facebook and Instagram @hopehousescw.
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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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