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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
JYMS and BHS
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
COMMUNITY LINKS

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:
1-800-584-6790
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 8, 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!
Thank You, Baraboo School Board!
The Wisconsin Association of School Boards has designated Oct. 4-10 as Wisconsin School Board Week as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities. The School District of Baraboo is joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate Wisconsin School Board Week to honor local board members for their commitment to Baraboo and its children.
 
It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these individuals devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level. They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the kind of accountability our citizens expect.
 
The key work of school boards is to raise student achievement by:
  • Creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making student achievement the top priority;
  • Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do;
  • Ensuring progress is measured to be sure the district's goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels;
  • Being accountable for their decisions and actions by continually tracking and reporting results;
  • Creating a safe, orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach;
  • Forming partnerships with others in the community to solve common problems; and
  • Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining and revising issues related to student achievement.
School board members give the Baraboo citizens a voice in education decision making. Even though we make a special effort to show our appreciation in October, their contribution is a year-round commitment.
 
The members serving our district:
  • Kevin Vodak, President & Personnel Chair - member since 2001
  • Mike Kohlman, Vice President & BGT Chair - member since 2016
  • Sean McNevin, Finance & Core Planning Team Chair - member since 2009
  • Nancy Thome, Policy Chair - member since 2018
  • Tim Heilman - member since 2017
  • Gwynne Peterson - member since 2020
  • Paul Kujak - member since 2020
Please help us in celebrating the contributions and engagement of our board members all week long!

Which Apple Do You Like Best?
Over the month of September, Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative 4K students immersed themselves in the theme of apples, which coincided with the Bridges Mathematics curriculum. Students counted, measured, sorted, compared and contrasted, graphed, and patterned apples. Meanwhile, they also learned about how apples grow, what they taste like, created apple art, and more as teachers incorporated apples into other areas of learning. 

The 4K program was very fortunate to receive apples from the local orchard, Ski-Hi Fruit Farm, to give 4K students the opportunity to experience apples in the classroom. Thank you, Ski-Hi Fruit Farm!

ABE Begins Outdoor Education Club
Fourth and fifth grade students at Al Behrman Elementary School participated in the first Outdoor Education Club on Monday, October 5th. Students painted garden beds and buckets, which will be used in the future for the ABE garden.

During club meetings, students will work with educators from Sauk County Land Resources and Environment (https://m.facebook.com/sauk.lre/) on planning, planting and caring for a garden along with other environmental topics.

A big thank you to all those who donated funds and materials to make this project come to life! A special shout out to Ski-Hi fruit farm for donating apples, and Bula's Pleasant Valley Farm for donating kale and maple syrup for the students' take-home snack. 

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 speakup.widoj.gov 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.

PHP Supports Community Students
Bill & Yvette Harris from People Helping People (PHP) recently donated $1,000 to the Baraboo School District to support the purchase of school supplies and water bottles for all elementary schools.  

PHP also recently donated an assortment of school snacks and school clothing for each elementary school to support students and families in need. We sincerely thank PHP for their ongoing dedication to helping and supporting everyone in need in our school district, community and region.

GLW Students Take Math Lesson Outdoors
Mrs. Lenerz's third grade class at Gordon L. Willson Elementary worked on math facts and story problems outside to enjoy the nice weather and a mask break. Students were able to move from problem to problem while remaining 6 feet apart.

BHS Homecoming Court
The 2020 Baraboo High School Homecoming King and Queen...Cortney Dunnett and Emma Crary! Due to COVID-19, BHS wasn't able to have a HoCo Assembly this year, but classmates celebrated the two seniors with a thumbs up!

Congratulations to our King, Queen, and the entire 2020 Homecoming Court.

Representing the Freshmen class:
Annie Langkamp - Tennis
Luke Vittengl - Football

Representing the Sophomore class:
Anna Balfanz - Swimming
Connor Kleist - Cross Country

Representing the Junior class:
Alice Davies - Tennis
Chris Shanks - Cross Country

Representing the Senior class:
Emma Crary - Volleyball
Cortney Dunnett - Cross Country
Natasha Hess - Cross Country
Darius Jones - Football
Mattie Letendre - Swimming
Owen Nachtigal - Football

Virtual 2nd Graders Are Becoming Tech Savvy Students
Ms. Egli's second grade virtual class learned how to draw pumpkins together and colored them as part of their morning meet. These second grade students are becoming experts in Google Meet and Seesaw activities! 

Math Test a Slam Dunk for East Students
Mrs. Knipp's 4th grade class at East Elementary finished up their first math unit and reviewed for their test with a fun game of Trashketball! 

Solving math problems and scoring points made for a fun morning to get ready for an upcoming test. Many students even swished a 3-pointer! 

West Students Take A Break With A Book
The students in Mrs. Brice's kindergarten class at West Kindergarten Center are enjoying the beautiful fall weather and a mask break while they are reading books and social distancing. 

SC Indigenous Peoples' Day Set for Oct.12

BSD COVID-19 Dashboard
The School District of Baraboo has created a  COVID-19 Dashboard (click to view) to provide our families with information on the state of the COVID-19 virus in our District and how this data impacts decision-making for school/classroom closures.

The District will update the number of confirmed cases, recovered cases and active cases in the District, as well as the percentage of students and staff who are currently absent from school with COVID-like symptoms or quarantined due to possible exposure. This information will be updated weekly on Mondays, unless there is a drastic change in which case the District will notify families via Infinite Campus.

The District Dashboard provides information about the results of COVID-19 reported by Sauk County Public Health (SCPH).
 
Please note that due to our obligation to protect student and staff confidentiality, we cannot share details about these cases. Identifying staff and students by grade level or classroom jeopardizes our ability to keep this information confidential. If members of our school community feel we are not doing our best to keep personal information confidential, we run the risk of families no longer sharing important health information with us. We need accurate data to make the best decisions for our students, staff and community.
 
District-wide communications will be added to the right-hand side of the Dashboard by the date they were sent. Communications sent to individual families, classrooms, grade levels, or buildings will not be added to the Dashboard as those communications are specific to the individuals who receive them. An example of this is a COVID low-risk exposure letter (see link for example), which is sent if an individual tests positive for COVID and attends school/school events while infected. This type of letter will be sent through Infinite Campus to parents/guardians of identified students in shared spaces/classrooms or an entire school population who are not deemed close contacts.
 
The COVID-19 Dashboard will also host links on the right-hand side to help your family stay current on District policies and procedures, including the Student/School Staff Symptoms and Exposure Protocol, the District Face Covering Response Protocol, and the Sauk County Public Health - School COVID-19 Protocol. 
Picture Retakes

JYMS and BHS
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 mylifetouch.com.

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 danischweda@barabooschools.net with questions. 

Elementary
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
Free COVID-19 Testing Sites
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.
COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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.
DISTRICT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES


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 https://www.baraboo.k12.wi.us/district/jobs.cfm.

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