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Picture Day -
GLW, ABE, NF, East
Date: September 15

Picture Day - 
West and BELC
Date: September 23

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

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

No School
Date: October 30

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 10, 2020
Face Coverings Still Required After Sept. 28
Governor Evers' mask mandate is set to end on Sept. 28, 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 Sept. 28, 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!
Picture Day Is Here!

ABE Kindergarteners Practice Social Distancing
For kindergarten students, the first couple weeks of school always involve establishing rules and routines. "We walk, not run, in hallways. We use inside voices. When the teachers talk, we are quiet. We raise our hands and wait until called upon to speak."

There were a few additions to this year's routine, including "our masks need to cover our nose and mouths, and we give our classmates 6 feet of space when possible."

Mrs. Kargel's class at Al Behrman Elementary practiced these old and new rules and routines while walking to the lunch room. Our newest students were quiet in the hallways as they followed the directional arrows on the floor, and kept to the right side of the hallway while Mr. Lenger's class passed on their left. They waited patiently on floor markers spread 6 feet apart to enter the lunch room. They followed Mrs. Kargel's directions to find their assigned seat at their lunch tables, and they listened quietly as Mrs. Kargel explained why these protocols needed to be followed. They raised their hands to ask questions, and waited until Mrs. Kargel called on them to speak. 

We are so proud of our littlest learners. Great job, kindergarteners! 

Assigned seating is one of the District's COVID-19 safety measures. By having assigned seats, the District can assist Sauk County Public Health with possible contact tracing in the event that a student develops COVID/COVID-like symptoms. 

East Students Fill New Water Bottles at Filling Station
On the first day of school, elementary students received Baraboo Thunderbird water bottles, courtesy of the School District of Baraboo!

As part of our COVID-19 safety measures and in following with the recommendations of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, our schools have discontinued the use of traditional shared drinking fountains and instead are using touch-free water bottle filling stations.

Pictured below, East Elementary students took turns filling their water bottles at the sensor-activated filling stations. The sensor activation allows for easy and safe hands-free use and helps to limit the spread of germs. The refill station fits most bottles underneath the spout, contains cold and refreshing water and is more sanitary due to the hands-free function, helping our students stay hydrated and providing an extra layer of safety.

Water bottles have been ordered for Jack Young Middle School and Baraboo High School students also, and will be delivered as soon as they arrive.
ABE Students Sanitize After Mask Break
Al Behrman Elementary students lined up behind a hands-free hand sanitizer dispenser after taking a mask break at the end of last week. Before entering the building, each student put their hands under the sanitizer spout and used the hands-free step pump to squirt the sanitizer into their hands.

Each of our buildings has hands-free hand sanitizer pumps as part of our COVID-19 safety measures. Staff are also scheduling in time to wash hands more frequently, including before and after snack and lunch and when switching from one lesson to the next.

Elementary Counselors Prepare K-5 Virtual Lessons
Today the elementary counselors are working virtual guidance lessons for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. 

"We really want virtual families to know that we are here for their students," Mrs. Carney said. The counselors are offering lessons biweekly. This week lessons are focused on students in grades K-2; next week lessons will be geared towards students in grades 3-5. Topics covered will include: bullying awareness, empathy skills, protective behaviors/safety and career/finding our strengths units.

Elementary School Counselor Contact Information:
Ryan McGinnis, Al Behrman Elementary Counselor 
608-355-3910 Ext. 6030;
John Davies, East Elementary and West Kindergarten Counselor 
608-355-3920 Ext. 4030;
Jamie Carney, Gordon L. Willson Elementary and North Freedom Elementary
608-355-3925 Ext. 7105;
(Ms. Carney is filling in for Ms. Rylee McCarthy through November.)

Jack Young Middle School Counselor Contact Information:
Christina Olson: 608-355-3933 Ext. 3031;
Laurie Kowalke: 608-355-3930 Ext. 3030; 

Baraboo High School Counselor Contact Information:
Joe Bavlnka: 608-355-3940 Ext. 2031; 
Stacey Endicott: 608-355-3943 Ext. 2032;
Ann Renn: 608-355-3943 Ext. 2030;  
Check Out What Our Virtual Students Are Doing!
BHS - Mr. Geiger, Baraboo High School Algebra, Quantitative Literacy & Statistics teacher, took a screenshot of his virtual and in-person class doing math warm ups!

BELC - Our Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative 4-year-old kindergarten teacher, Ms. McCabe, leads her students in various lessons, including recognizing letters and practicing cutting skills with scissors with her students. Practicing using scissors helps students build fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

JYMS - Jack Young Middle School English Language Arts teacher Mrs. Dempsey took a break from virtual instruction to join her students in a class Google Meets selfie!

District Offers Tech Support Sessions to Virtual Families
The District knows that adjusting to virtual learning within your home can produce new challenges. During the week before school, our District invited consultant Naomi Harms to provide coaching on virtual teaching to our staff. In a continuation of our effort to support virtual learning in our District, we provided several opportunities for virtual families to engage with Ms. Harm this week via Google Meets. These meeting focused on such topics as: 
  • Setting up a virtual learning environment
  • Accessing technology, tips and tricks
  • Building confidence to support virtual learning
  • Navigating Seesaw
  • Using Seesaw to support your learner 
The District is working toward providing more support and opportunities for our virtual students, families and staff. More information will be provided as future opportunities develop.


BHS Fall Sports
Baraboo High School is devoted to providing a safe experience for student-athletes and their families. All of our schools competing this fall recognize that to achieve a safe playing environment for student-athletes, a series of safety measures must be implemented that will limit elements of the experience for spectators, students, and other community and school-based groups that otherwise share in the game day experience.  Such measures are designed to support student-athletes' ability to safely play their full sport season in good health.

We find ourselves so fortunate to be able to offer these student and family opportunities in the time of this public health emergency. As conditions and protocols shift in response to the virus, we look forward to your ongoing support and collaboration to provide the best experiences possible for everyone.

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.

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.
Boys and Girls Club Community Partner

The Boys and Girls Club of West Central WI is seeking a Youth Program Specialist to plan, implement, supervise and evaluate activities and provide positive interaction throughout the Club. For more information on this opportunity, click here.

PHP School Supply Fundraiser

The Great Steak Feed of 2020


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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