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5th Grade 
District-Wide Concert
Date: March 12
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School

8th Grade Music 
Showcase Concert
Date: March 13
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS Big Gym

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Date: March 16 - 18  
Place: Al. Ringling Theatre

4K Make Up Day
Date: March 21
Note: For both AM and PM BELC classes

Baraboo High School
Showcase Concert
Date: March 22
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Gymnasium

District Spring Break
Date: March 26-30

4K Registration f
or 2018-19 School Year
Date: April 5
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Place: East Elementary, 815 6th St., Baraboo

GLW 2nd Grade Concert
Date: April 10
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

4K Make Up Day
Date: April 11
Note: For both AM and PM BELC classes

GLW Kindergarten Concert
Date: May 7
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

JYMS Spring Band Concerts
Date: May 17
Time: 5:30 p.m. 6th grade; 6:30 p.m. 7th grade; 7:30 p.m. 8th grade
Place: JYMS Big Gym

JYMS Spring Choir Concerts
Date: May 22
Time: 5:30 p.m. (WIN & 6th grade); 6:30 p.m. (7th and 8th)
Place: JYMS Big Gym

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. Registration is open for the spring stroke clinic and summer season.

All players interested in being placed on a team for the 2017 season must register and participate in evaluations.  

Online registration now open. Ages 6-18. Certified, trained coaches. Spring and Fall seasons. Email BarabooSoccerClub@gmail.
com with questions.

BALA is open for registration Sunday, Feb. 19 and Sunday. Feb. 26 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the JYMS gym. Registration and throw around; bring your sticks. Ages 9 and older. For more information, contact Ginger Clark at   608 963-8127.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
March 8, 2018

Kindergarteners Receive Cultural Experience
Last week Ms. Nelson's kindergarten class at Gordon L. Willson Elementary had the opportunity to experience a great cultural experience. One of the students in the class, Nidhi, and her dad shared about their culture and customs from India. 

Students saw pictures from visits her dad has made to India. Favorites included seeing pictures of hundreds of kites flying in the sky on something they have in India called Kite Festival! The students learned that there are 22 different languages spoken in India and that Nidhi speaks Hindi at home. They even got to sample an authentic Indian sweet called "Halvason." 

Most of all, the class loved the authentic outfits that Nidhi and her dad wore to school and learning about the culture and customs of others in their class and school.
The 2018-19 School Calendar is Now Available!
The calendar for the 2018-19 school year has been finalized and is now available.

Please take a look and note the dates of winter break 2018 and spring break 2019 as you make travel and vacation plans!

BHS History Class Goes For Gold
Mr. Blasing's and Mr. Olson's 10th Grade World History classes collaborated on wrapping up their Ancient Greek Unit a couple weeks ago with an olympic celebration! The students watched a couple short videos outlining the history of the olympic games and some of the modern olympic sports. Following the lesson, the classes broke into teams and competed for their own gold medals! 
The games included:  
Paper Airplane Toss
Putt Off
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Pencil and Paper Maze
Mini Bag Toss
Tabletop Basketball
Tic - Tac - Toe Relay
Strength - Plank (Who can hold it the longest)
Students have now entered Ancient Rome and started completing their own Roman Mosaics.
West Holds Grandparents Day
On Tuesday, February 27th, the grandparents of West Kindergarten students were invited to come in and spend some time with their grandchildren. Sue Lappin and Bruce Clawson organized and directed a very cute musical performance where the kids sang and danced! Then the grandparents came back into the classrooms where they painted their grandchild's hand (for a poem and card) and listened to them read. It was a very special day!
Online Registration for the 2018-19 School Year Opens April 1
North Freedom DEARs for Dr. Seuss' Birthday!
On Friday, March 2 nd  students at North Freedom Elementary School, and across the district, celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss with "Drop Everything And Read" (DEAR). Leading up to this event, students were encouraged to dress up during the week with the following schedule:
Monday:  Hat Day
Tuesday:  Crazy Sock Day
Wednesday:  Twin Day
Thursday:  Mismatch Day
Friday:  Dr. Seuss Day (dress like a character from a Dr. Seuss book)
4K Schedules Two Make Up Days
Dear BELC (4K) Parents and Guardians:

The Baraboo School District includes two additional 4K days of instruction within our annual calendar.  Due to two school cancellations, two early dismissals, and two late starts this year, the District needs to add two more days to the 4K calendar to meet required Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction instructional minutes for the 2017-18 school year.  It is important to us that we give families as much time as possible to accommodate these additional days into personal calendars. So, please mark your calendar for your child to attend 4K on Wednesday, March 21 and Wednesday, April 11.  

It is important to note that we may need to add more 4K days if there are additional school cancellations or delays due to inclement weather.  Also, the 4K calendar operates under a different set of rules compared to our K-12 classrooms with regard to instructional minutes. Thank you for your flexibility with these changes and please do not hesitate to contact me if any questions should arise.

Yours in Education,

Dr. Chris Olson, BELC/West Principal or 608-355-3906
BSD's Oldest Students Read to Our Youngest Students!
Students from Ms. Nelson's Oral Interpretation class at Baraboo High School went to West Kindergarten Center last week to read to kindergartners. 
International Friendship Seeks Host Families
100 JYMS Students Perform at District Solo Ensemble Festival
On February 24th more than 100 JYMS band and choir students took 66 musical events to the District Solo Ensemble Festival in Portage. Congratulations to you all on your hard work and final performances! You represented JYMS well. **Special acknowledgements go to the following students: 
  • Receiving perfect scores:
    • Maylee Elliott on her vocal solo
    • Annah Tiber on her multiple percussion solo
    • Cole Koenig and Jonah Gjersvig on their woodwind duet
  • And advancing to the State Level from JYMS are:
    • Dontae Mack for his Soprano Saxophone Solo, Alto Saxophone Solo, and Saxophone Quartet
    • Ana Exterovich will advance to State with her violin solo. 
Bravo to you all!
ABE Raises $3,303 for Jump Rope for Heart
Al Behrman Elementary recently completed their Jump Rope for Heart event, earning a total of $3,303.29 as a school! The top individual earner was Ryder Wilson, 2nd grade, with $305. Ryder was also the top online earner, with $215.

The top class earner was Ms. Lorbecki's class, with $485 in pledges, and the top class online earner was Funfsinn with $365. The top three classes overall were Lorbecki with $485, Funfsinn with $455 and Blasing with $437. Third grade was the top grade level earner with $1,142 raised! We are #Barabooproud of our jumpers!
BELC Holds Family Math Night
The BELC Family Math Night occurred at West Kindergarten Center on March 1, including 10 different hands-on math activities along with door prizes. Thank you to the 4K students and families who were able to attend!
The Baraboo School District is Hiring!
Sociology Class Invites Speakers for Interactive Presentations During Culture Unit
Mr. Blasing's Sociology class at BHS hosted several speakers during their recent culture unit. A huge thank you to the all of these wonderful speakers for sharing their time and expertise with our students. 
      - Serge Koenig - Madagascer
      - Carlyle Greendeer - Ho-Chunk Nation
      - Circus City Derby Dames - Roller Derby Subculture
      - Jose Vera of Jose's Resturant
      - SSgt. Charles Busskohl - USMC
These wonderful speakers shared about the role that cultures and subcultures have on society and human development. Through these interactive presentations the students were able to see how diverse Baraboo is and why this is "The Greatest Place on Earth!" 
Students Earn BEE Great Award for Following Cool Tools
Aubrey Holtz, Wyatt Ryan, L.J. Martin, and Declynn Young-Steele were recognized  for this week's BEE Great Award at West Kindergarten Center. These students have truly exemplified the West Cool Tools of "BEEing Respectful, BEEing Responsible, and BEEing Resourceful." Each week, West staff recognizes a different student from each classroom for this awesome recognition. Thank you to our families for all of their continued positive support at West.
North Freedom Students Strap On Snow Shoes and Hit the Prairie!
Kindergarten through fifth grade students at North Freedom Elementary school, along with their teachers, went  snowshoeing on on the Prairie.  This yearly event took place on March 6 th  and 7 th .  Their guide, Mr. Gary Williams of SOAC (Summer Outdoor Adventure Club), not only gave students a good workout but the children also identified various animal tracks in the snow.  They soon realized that snowshoeing downhill was more difficult than they anticipated.  This fun and educational activity was courtesy of the North Freedom School Activity Account thanks to the boxtops, milk caps and other items NF families collect.
Baraboo's Backpack Project Now Accepting Applications
The Backpack Project is now accepting applications for this friendly, supportive and confidential program. 

Income guidelines are provided on the application, as well as other qualifiers such as severe debilitating illness, grandparents raising grandchildren and foster families.

Donations of school supplies, backpacks and monetary donations are being accepted. To donate or if you have questions, contact Becky at 608-963-8230 or email
Foster & Adoptive Family Gathering Set For March 17
The Sauk Prairie Area Foster & Adoptive Family Gathering is open to any Sauk County residents; all are welcome and encouraged to consider attending.  

This is an opportunity to connect with other families going through similar experiences and create a support network.  It is open to all age ranges and lunch is provided.

If interested in attending, RSVP to Tara at 608-513-1413 or
District Engages Modernized Community Campus Focus Group
The Baraboo School District's Modernized Community Campus Strategic Focus Group (MCCSFG) met Tuesday evening to tour both the construction work currently underway at the Baraboo High School, as well as observing the current conditions at Jack Young Middle School to identify additional potential facilities and maintenance needs. 

Since its inception, the MCCSFG has worked with District Administration and the Baraboo School Board to help guide the facility planning efforts for Phases 1 and 2 of the District's Long-Range Master Planning. The group is now charged with reviewing recent studies completed on behalf of the District to identify any remaining facility needs that were not addressed in Phases I and 2. As part of this mission, the group has been reviewing and confirming the facility needs identified by district staff and residents and in order to establish priorities moving forward.

At the meeting, the Strategic Focus Group began by touring the current and recently completed  renovations at the high school, led by CG Schmidt Project Manager Brian Horras. With work underway throughout much of the school, the tour took the assembled group of District Staff, board and community members through tech spaces, the new student commons, library, fitness center, and more; they were even treated to a behind-the- scenes look at the school's upgraded mechanical and HVAC room.

"It's been incredible to see how transformational the construction has been at the high school  and I think a lot of members of the community would be surprised to see just how much work has been accomplished already," said District Superintendent Lori Mueller. "It's really a testament to the level of support we've had from the community and their commitment to invest in our schools."

Immediately following the high school tour the committee reassembled at Jack Young Middle  School to hear from teachers and District staff about the numerous challenges they face under current facility conditions stemming from outdated equipment and a readily-apparent shortage of space. Several of the needs identified included a lack of common spaces for gathering, heavily congested student drop off and pick-up, outdated media center, lack of flexible instructional spaces, outdated air conditioning, poor indoor air quality, and a lack of privacy for student services, among others.

Following the tour, Board Member Sean McNevin led the group in a discussion of the conditions  they had observed with representatives from CG Schmidt, the construction manager, and Eppstein-Uhen Architects, the architectural firm engaged by the District, answering questions regarding a potential process and timeline to address the needs.

The MCCSFG will continue to meet over the coming months. For more information regarding the  facility planning process, please contact Lori Mueller at (608) 355-3950 ext. 1010.

Baraboo School District Volunteer Trainings
The Baraboo School District continues to welcome volunteers within each of our schools. 

In order to best support our numerous volunteers, we are offering volunteer training at West School (707 Center St.) on March 22 from 4:00-5:00 PM.  School volunteers from any of our schools are welcome to attend either of these trainings to better understand the role and dynamics of a school volunteer along with receiving some information about school district volunteer expectations.  

The volunteer training is optional to any school district volunteers on either date.  Any and all volunteers at any of our schools are welcome to attend a district-wide school volunteer appreciation event at West School (707 Center St.) on May 17 from 4:00-5:00 PM.  Thank you to our many school volunteers and community partners for all of the many ways that they support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.  
Get Your Baraboo Soccer Gear!
Attention BHS Soccer players, families and fans:

BHS Soccer Apparel is available!

If you are interested in ordering apparel to support the BHS soccer program this Spring, click on this Link. Enter the c ode: BOOGSCR18

Wear it proud and say it loud: Go T-Birds!

Spring Sports Parents Meeting Set for March 20
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.

Spring Sports parent meetings for 7th/8th Grade Boys/Girls Track and Field and 7th/8th Grade Girls Softball will be held on Tuesday, March 20th at 6:00 pm in the JYMS Auditorium. If you have not registered your child online through the Parent Portal for a spring sport then please arrive at 5:30 pm to complete that process. If you cannot attend the meeting you must contact one of the coaches listed below AND JYMS Athletics Coordinator Kevin Catterson ( to get the information you need before the first day of practice.

Nominate A BSD Teacher for the Crystal Apple Awards!
NBC15's Crystal Apple Awards are accepting nominations now! The NBC15 Crystal Apple Award is an award that is given to five teachers in South Central Wisconsin in recognition of outstanding contributions to education. Crystal Apple Awards was created for a way the community can express their gratitude towards a teacher that has made a difference in their lives.
Now through  March 30th, we are asking families to send in their nomination for a teacher that has touched their life, has touched the lives of others. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of NBC15 judges and narrow nominations to five Crystal Apple recipients and ten Honorable Mentions. Crystal Apple Award Winners will be announce the week of  May 7th.
County to Host Free Active Shooter Trainings
Sauk County Emergency Management will have several upcoming  ALICE trainings. 

These trainings are designed for residents of Sauk County to attend and learn response techniques during "active on-going violence" situations. Residents can attend any one of the dates within the County.
All sessions will be the same. It is only necessary to attend one. This is open to children as well.

For more information, contact Tracy Hameau at or call 608-355-4417.
Time to Nominate!
Baraboo HS is seeking nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018. To nominate an individual, please call or e-mail Jim Langkamp at 355-3945 or .

Baraboo 21 to Host Vietnam War Era Veterans Breakfast
Teacher of the Year Nominations 
The School District of Baraboo has announced the opening of nominations for the Excellence in Education Award (EIEA) and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award (DETA) programs for the 2017-'18 school year.  The EIEA award is sponsored by the BHS Graduating Class of 1956 and the DETA award is sponsored by Mr. Andrew Hauge.  The Class of 1956 and Mr. Hauge have established endowment funds with the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation for the purpose of financing all costs associated with the award programs.  The purpose of the award programs is to recognize and honor outstanding teachers in the Baraboo School District who have distinguished themselves as exemplary teachers and who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and dedication to the young people of the Baraboo community.  The recipients of these annual awards will be announced near the end of the current school year at  special award ceremonies.

The recipients of the awards, who will be chosen by a five-member selection committee of retired teachers, community members and school district officials, will receive a framed honorary certificate and a stipend to be used for a professional development or educational enrichment activity which will enhance the teacher's knowledge, skills and classroom effectiveness.  In addition, the winning teacher's name for the EIEA, which is given to a secondary teacher in the Baraboo School District, will be engraved on a large bronze plaque which hangs in the Media Center of Baraboo High School.  The plaque is inscribed with a tribute to the former teachers of the Class of '56 who, "taught, guided and inspired" them during their years at Baraboo Junior High and Baraboo Senior High School.

To be eligible for these awards a teacher must be:
  • Licensed and certified by the State of Wisconsin
  • Employed as a full-time teacher by the District
  • Planning to return as a full-time teacher in this District for the next school year
The Selection Committee will judge candidates based on the following criteria:
  • Mastery of sound classroom instructional skills
  • Use of initiative, creativity and innovation in teaching techniques
  • Motivational and leadership skills with students and colleagues
  • Involvement in school organizations and activities
  • Involvement in professional organizations, seminars and continuing education
  • Positive relationships with superiors, colleagues, students and parents
The School District is now seeking nominations for the Excellence in Education Award (middle school and high school educators)  and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award for 2017.  Nominations may be made by a teacher colleague, an administrator, a parent of a student or a current or former student.  Nomination forms may be obtained on the District's website: or at any district school building.  Submitting a nomination will also require that the nominator write a letter in support of the nominee.  Guidelines for writing such a letter will be included with the nomination form.  Nomination forms must be received at East Elementary School 815 Sixth Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913 by Friday, March 9, 2018, to be valid. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Molly Fitzgerald at East Elementary, 608-355-3920.

Interact Club to Raise $10,000 for Food for Kidz Event
This year the Baraboo Interact Club is hosting a Food for Kidz event. 

Food for Kidz is a non-profit organization stationed in Stewart, MN. Food for Kidz helps individuals from around the United States set up Mobile Meal packaging events.The food that is packaged during these events is shipped around the world to children living in poverty. The food is shipped wherever it is needed most. In late August, a shipment of food was sent to Honduras. After Hurricane Harvey, 8 pallets of food were sent to Houston, Texas. Another 8 pallets of food was shipped to Puerto Rico through the Food for Kidz partner, Many Hands Many Meals. Recently, even more shipments were sent to the Island of Dominica, Sri Lanka, Feed my Lambs in Haiti, Sierra Leone, Mozambique during a harsh drought, and to the Air Force reserves in Afghanistan. You can find more information about the organization at .

On the day of the event, a truck will come from Minnesota with all of the supplies and food needed. In Baraboo, this event will be held on Saturday March 17th, 2018 in the morning, at the Jack Young Middle School big gymnasium. We will be packaging a rice mixture. Throughout the day, around 280 people will volunteer their time to package 50,000 meals. In order to complete this event the club need to raise $10,000.

Interested in helping? Click here!
GoFundMe link
Reserve Your Meeting Space Today!
Is your group looking for a place to meet, hold a training session or have a conference? Host your next meeting at one of the available spaces with the Baraboo School District! 

Available spaces include:
Two conference areas at our District Office, 423 Linn Street
A computer lab for business trainings
Professional Development room at East Elementary
Indoor Pool open swim and birthday parties
Commercial kitchen 
JYMS Auditorium

Upon reserving a space, please specify your needs, such as:
  • Do you need tables?
  • Do you need a microphone?
  • Do you need a projector?
  • Do you need the bleachers pulled out in the gym?
If you would like to reserve any of these spaces please contact Executive Administrative Assistant to the District Administrator and School Board, Ellen Weiland at (608) 355-3950 ext. 1020 or

Becca's Closet Open for Business!
Becca's Closet Baraboo, located at Recycled Sally's (119 3rd Ave., downtown Baraboo) is now open for the 2018 Prom Season!

Becca's Closet is a national, non-profit organization that donates formal dresses to high school girls who cannot afford to purchase them. Becca's Closet also awards scholarships to deserving high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary service to their communities.

The organization was created to honor the work of Rebecca Kirtman who passed away in an automobile accident in August 2003. In the spring of 2003, Becca single-handedly collected and distributed more than 250 prom d resses to girls in need in South Florida so that they could attend their high school proms.

Becca's Closet depends on the generosity of manufacturers, retailers and individuals like you! All of the dresses have been donated to the program, which are then donated to high school girls.

We welcome donations of new and gently worn dresses in appropriate, current styles! Dresses can be dropped off at Recycled Sally's Women and Kids during regular business hours.

4K Registration Starts April 5 for 2018-19 School Year! 
The 4-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) Registration within the Baraboo School District for the 2018-19 school year will be from 7:30 am. to 5:00 pm. on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at East Elementary (815 6th Street, Baraboo) if your child turns 4-years-old by no later than Sept. 1, 2018. (Please bring your child's birth certificate to 4K registration along with proof of residency). You may contact District Registrar, Kristine Snow, at 608-355-3955 or with registration questions or you can visit her at the district office at 423 Linn Street, Baraboo to register for 4K after April 5.  

The 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) program also known as BELC (Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative) will be beginning it's 11th year of programming in the fall of 2018.  Please note that BELC is a half-day program for 3.17 hours on 4 days (M, T, Th & F) each week with many parent outreach opportunities. Our BELC AM session runs from 7:55-11:05 am., and our BELC PM session runs from 11:50 am. - 3:00 pm. Any 4K student would need to qualify for transportation based on the location of their residence outside of the Baraboo city limits, and 4K transportation is only provided during our afternoon sessions. We do not typically offer a second year of BELC to an individual student as 4K is meant to be a one-year program for all of our students.  

Please contact Dr. Chris Olson, BELC/West Principal, at 608-355-3906 or  at any time with 4K questions regarding the 2018-19 school year. Thank you for working to give your child a great start with their educational career by registering him/her for 4K. We look forward to working with your family!

SAVE THE DATE for the Baraboo Indoor Pool's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
Dear Members of the Baraboo Community,

We want you to know that we are dedicated to all students.

We are committed to upholding a community that values differences of identities, beliefs and perspectives. We are proud to support students, families and staff of different races, faiths, national origins, immigration status, political viewpoints, abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity. Every student and family is a valued member of our community. We continue to be dedicated to supporting the maximum growth of each student, enabling each to succeed in and contribute positively to a continuously evolving world.

Ultimately, we believe that diversity and inclusion makes us stronger as a school community.


The Baraboo School District 
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