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GLW Outdoor Learning Space Groundbreaking
Date: November 12
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: View it live on Facebook here!

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
November 5, 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!
JYMS Stem Students Engineer Enrichment Toys for Ochsner Animals
The animals at Ochsner's Park Zoo will receive several special deliveries this fall from the Jack Young Middle School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classes, taught by JYMS teacher Stacy Parsons. These STEM students have been using the engineering design process to create enrichment toys and activities for the zoo animals.

Both in-person and virtual STEM students constructed the enrichment pieces from things like cardboard, wood, and paper mache, keeping in mind the animals' dietary restrictions and safety. Items included a toy for the bald eagle with a broken wing to help relieve the tedium of being flightless, a paper mache container filled with peanuts made to look like a banana for the monkeys, and a log attached to a rope so that it can hang down in the otter exhibit and swing when the otters climb on it with holes drilled into the sides as a place to hide treats.

Virtual STEM students drop their projects off with Mrs. Parsons at the end of the unit, and she takes those projects and the in-person STEM students on a walking field trip to the zoo to deliver their projects, explain their use and design to the Oschner Park staff, and watch the animals' reactions as they are given the projects to play with.

District Offering Choice of Learning Model for 2nd Semester
On Monday, November 9th, families will receive a communication from the School District of Baraboo that will allow you to choose your preferred model of teaching and learning for your student's second half of the school year. If your family does not wish to make a change to your student(s) current instructional model, no action will be required.

The District plans to offer 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.

Please be on the lookout for this communication from the District. We sincerely look forward to continuing to serve you and your student(s).
ABE Offers New Outdoor Education Club
Al Behrman Elementary School is offering a new opportunity for students this year. Meeting every Monday after school since Oct. 5 under the direction of ABE physical education teacher Leah Brownell, fourth and fifth grade students can participate in a new Outdoor Education Club.

During club meetings, students will work with educators from Sauk County Land Resources and Environment on planning, planting and caring for a garden, along with learning more about other environmental topics.

At their first few meetings, students painted garden beds and buckets, which will be used for planting a garden in the spring. They also played a game with fruits and vegetables and voted on which produce they want to plant in the spring.

Students saw first-hand how they can enjoy the "fruits" of their labor with a treat of Apple Carrot Zucchini muffins made with apples from Ski-Hi Fruit Farm, zucchini from third grade teacher Amy Lorbecki's garden, and maple syrup from Bula's Pleasant Valley Farm. The club members received a take-home snack of kale and maple syrup from Bula's Pleasant Valley Farm and apples from Ski-Hi Fruit Farm.

This week, students did some leaf identification. They looked at examples of different types of leaves, then were tasked with finding four different leaves on the school grounds. They also played a fun game called Mr. Wolf.

School Breakfast/Lunch Free for All Students
JYMS Students Talk Politics
On Wednesday, October 29th, Senator John Erpenbach met virtually with Ms. Wilson's 7th grade Social Studies students at Jack Young Middle School to discuss why he chose to become a politician and the steps that he took to become a state Senator. He also asked the students a few questions including what the pros and cons are of being in class versus virtual.

On Thursday, October 30th, Representative of the 41st district, Joan Ballweg, also met with students to discuss her course in becoming a politician and her current run for a senate position. She told the students about her background history and how she lives on a farm and her daughter had a dog named Oreo.

This week, more virtual meets will occur in which the rest of the 7th grade students will be able to meet with more representatives from the area.

BHS Goes Full Virtual Until Nov. 30
Baraboo High School is experiencing high staff absenteeism this week due to COVID-like illnesses and quarantining. As a result, Baraboo High School will be moving from our current in-person instructional model to a full virtual model. (This change is for BHS only; all other buildings in the District will remain open at this time.)

Beginning Monday, November 9th, we will move forward with fully virtual teaching and learning for all Grade 9-12 students. We expect this closure to remain in place until Monday, November 30th. On that date, we will welcome all in-person students back to the school building for instruction. Please note there will be no school Nov. 25-27 for Thanksgiving break.

While we know this is disappointing news, please know that we have planned for this scenario and are ready to quickly make the transition. Details for full virtual learning and schedules are posted here. Your student's teacher(s) will follow up with more details soon.
If your student receives specialized services, your child's case manager or teacher will be reaching out soon to discuss how services will be implemented during virtual learning. While we know learning remotely is not optimal, we are working hard to ensure a high-quality learning experience for all students and that connections between and among students and teachers continue.

Please know that we are taking this action to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. Again, we plan to return to in-person learning at Baraboo High School on Monday, November 30th.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Lori M. Mueller at 608.355.3950 or
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.
GLW Outdoor Learning Space Groundbreaking Set for Nov. 12
Gordon L. Willson Elementary will have a groundbreaking event for a new GLW Outdoor Learning Space on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 2:15 p.m. 

GLW students will view the event as a Live Stream in classrooms. Virtual students and District families are invited to view the event live on the School District of Baraboo's Facebook page,

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!
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.
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.
Kid Stop Winter Weather Information

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.
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.
Don't Forget to Update Your Contact Info!

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.
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.
Girl Scouts Sign Up

Baraboo Public Library Annual Turkey Bingo

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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