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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


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
October 22, 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!
Virtual Learners: JYMS Material Pick Up

First Graders Describe the Personality of a Pumpkin
Mrs. Winther's first graders at North Freedom Elementary had a great time combining art and writing! A classmate brought in mini pumpkins to share with everyone, and the first graders had fun decorating their pumpkin and then writing a story about their pumpkin and it's personality.

Raising Awareness on Purple Thursday
Today Baraboo Schools District Office employees donned their purple garb for Purple Thursday and donated non-perishable items and $240 to Hope House.  

Purple Thursday is a national day of action each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is an opportunity to raise awareness about domestic violence and an easy way for people to show their commitment to promoting healthy relationships. 

Kid Stop Winter Weather Information

BELC Students Explore Nature
Mrs. Gallagher's Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative's (BELC) 4-Year-Old Kindergarten students spent time outdoors collecting interesting leaves. On their leaf walk, they searched for leaves of different shapes, colors, sizes, and textures. Afterward, students sorted the leaves by the different attributes. The students were able to get some exercise, explore nature, and practice using important math skills.

2020 Winter JYMS Athletics Registration Information

Jack Young MS Athletics is available to all students, including homeschool and private school students, in the appropriate grade level who live within the boundaries of the School District of Baraboo.

Parent Meetings
All meetings will be done as a virtual informational video sent out on Infinite Campus for Boys Basketball and Wrestling tentatively scheduled for release on Monday, October 26th.  

WIAA Physical Form - physicals taken after April 1 are good for the following two school years. Physicals performed before April 1 are good for the remainder of that school year plus one more school year. For the second year of a physical you will need to complete an Alternate Year Card.  

If you are in need of a physical there is an option to have a WIAA physical at Wilz Drug in Portage. They provide physicals at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday. No appointment is needed.

Online Registration
Registration online is being updated at this time and will be unavailable until after the first practice. Please send an email to Kevin Catterson at as a means of registering your child for winter sports in the meantime. Please include the child's name, grade and sport. Once the registration goes live again, we will ask that you register online in the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus before the date of the first contest. Click the "More" link to find the link to JYMS Fall Sports Registration. The participation fee of $30 can be paid at the parents meeting or in the JYMS main office. If you would like to pay online please contact Melissa Greenwood at in advance to have the fee added to your child's account. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch prices may have their fees reduced or waived, with the proper paperwork turned in to Mary Loveless, at BHS.

Jack Young MS Athletics uses Remind to communicate directly with parents. If you have a smartphone, you are strongly encouraged to sign up to receive timely and important information via text or email. You can sign up for an account at or download the Remind app. This is how coaches will communicate with parents. Click here for instructions regarding how to register, how to download the app onto your phone, and how to join a sport page and begin receiving messages. Another way to join is to use your phone to text the corresponding code below to the number 81010.

Remind codes:
7th Grade Boys Basketball: @e33afk
8th Grade Boys Basketball: @efa42e
6/7/8th Wrestling: @72c8hh

First day of practice 
Wrestling:  Monday Nov. 2nd @ BHS Wrestling Room 3:30 pm - 5:00 p.m. 
Basketball:  Monday Nov. 2nd @ JYMS Small Gym; Complete Practice Schedule and Times TBD

Coaches Contact Information
6/7/8th Wrestling
7th Grade Boys Basketball:  
Nicholas Geiger -
Cody Greendeer -
8th Grade Boys Basketball
Graham Langkamp

*Please note: 7/8th Grade Girls Basketball practices being in January.
School Nurse Receives Wisconsin Council for Administrators of Special Services Award 
Congratulations to School District of Baraboo nurse Rebecca Christensen, recipient of the Wisconsin Council for Administrators of Special Services award in our region for the 2019-2020 school year!

Rebecca has managed the district school nursing program. She has transformed how we record health office visits, and created a job shadowing for student nurses. Rebecca has managed our medically fragile students and train staff on all avenues of health. She is organized and active with developing policies and provides wonderful oversight to our district health and wellness programs.  

She is a phenomenal nurse who is able to follow and create policies that are in line with DPI. She has continued to improve our school health programming in the last 3 years.  She is incredibly professional when dealing with other agencies surrounding health care plans and records. 

This year, she and our team of school nurses have worked diligently to provide the safest learning environment possible for our students who have chosen to return to school in person. 
GLW Students Get Ready To Learn
Before school, the second grade students in Ms. Vaness's class at Gordon L. Willson Elementary work on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) projects and practice mindfulness activities. This is a great start to the day, helping students get in the mindset to learn!

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 608-352-3233 or one of the school nurses.
Don't Forget to Update Your Contact Info!

Thank You, Baraboo Principals!
October is National Principal Month!  

Our School District of Baraboo principals are an amazing and cohesive team that are truly committed to the success of each and every student in our schools. Countless hours are spent to not only manage all the day-to-day details, but also to plan and lead the instructional designs for staff and students to maximize growth. Our principal team includes:
  • John Blosenski, Al Behrman Elementary School
  • Bryan Ashbeck, East Elementary School
  • Erick Blasing, Gordon L. Willson Elementary School
  • Kathy Andreasen, North Freedom Elementary School
  • Dr. Chris Olson, BELC & West Elementary School
  • Dave Schwarz, Jack Young Middle School
  • Brian Bauer, Jack Young Middle School AP
  • Glenn Bildsten, Baraboo High School
  • Clint Brickl, Baraboo High School AP
  • Brian Visger, Baraboo High School AP
Please join us in sharing love and gratitude with these principals all throughout the month and beyond.
Baraboo FFA Fruit & Wreath Sale
As the cool weather is arriving, so is the Baraboo High School FFA Fruit and Wreath Sale

To place an order, please either contact an FFA member or contact the Baraboo High School FFA advisor or Mrs. Kuhn at The order deadline is Monday, October 26th. Wreath pick up will be October 23 or October 24 and fruit pick up will be the first or second week of December (the exact date will be communicated closer to when the company creates the delivery route). 

Speak Up, Speak Out
Last month, 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
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.
Bridging Brighter Smiles Coming to Baraboo Schools

News From the Baraboo Public Library

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

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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