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Pop & Read
Date: March 17 RESCHEDULED
Time: Grade 5 - 1:30-2 p.m.; Grades K-4 - 2-2:30 p.m.
Place: ABE
Notes: community members and parents are invited to attend. Contact the school for more information.

BHS Musical  Little Shop of Horrors
Dates: March 17-19
Times:  Friday & Saturday: 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m.
Place: Al. Ringling Theatre

8th Annual
Fifth Grade Concert
Date: March 20
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS Big Gym
Notes: fifth-grade students from  ABE, East, GLW & NF

Baraboo School Board Meeting
Date: March 20
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: District Office, 423 Linn Street, Baraboo
Notes: Get a sneak peek of the design plans for the BHS revitalization! 

JYMS 8th Grade Showcase Concert
Date: March 21
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS Big Gym
Notes:  8th Grade Choirs,  8th Grade Bands,  Jazz WIN

ASVAB Career Exploration Program
Date: March 22
Time: 8 a.m.
Place: BHS Media Center
Notes: The ASVAB Career Exploration Program provides high-quality, career exploration and planning materials at no cost, and is an excellent resource for students struggling with selecting a college major or are uncertain about what career path may be right for them in the future.   The ASVAB is available to students in grades 10-12.  Any student interested in this free opportunity can register in Student Services with Mr. Waldvogel.

Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences
Dates: March 22, 23
Time: TBD by your child's teacher
Place: Your child's classroom

BHS Spring Showcase Concert
Date: March 23
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Gym
Notes: All Bands & Choirs

Baraboo School District Spring Break
Dates: March 27 - March 31

District Registration
District registration opens online April 1.

4K & 5K Registration
Date: April 6
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Place: East Elementary
Notes: Please bring a copy of the child's birth certificate/proof of birthday and completed registration information
Contact: for more information, contact Dr. Chris Olson at 608-355-3905 or cdolson@

ALICE Training 
for Parents
Date: April 11
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: JYMS Auditorium

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.
Thunderbird Thursday Update
March 16, 2017
Baraboo 21 Club Hosts Vietnam Veterans Breakfast & Ceremony
Baraboo High School's Baraboo 21 Club along with BHS Social Studies teacher Mr. Argo held a breakfast and appreciation ceremony to honor Vietnam War Veterans (1961-1965) and Vietnam Era Veterans (1961-1975) on Friday, March 10.

The event was held to mark the 50th anniversary of the peak years of U.S. deployments to Vietnam, from 1967-1970.

Each veteran received a medal of appreciation as well as an all-you-can-eat breakfast sponsored by Sysco.

The ceremony included performances by the BHS choir and a brass band comprised of BHS students, and guest speakers, including Vietnam Veteran Mayor Mike Palm, who made a special proclamation declaring March 10 "Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day" in Baraboo. 

Many Veterans spoke of the poor treatment they received upon returning from Vietnam and the feeling that their service and their sacrifice was unappreciated. After the ceremony, one veteran said, "T hank you for trying to heal some very deep open wounds with this breakfast."

We are #Barabooproud of Mr. Argo, the Baraboo 21 Club and all who helped and participated in this event. 

For more photos, check out our album on Facebook here.

Baraboo 21 students include:
Anoop Chandrashekar Receives Excellence Scholars Award

Congratulations to BHS senior Anoop Chandrashekar, recipient of the 2017 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholars award. 

Excellence Scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond.

Excellence Scholarship recipients are selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders, representatives of education-related associations, and the program's co-sponsors: the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS), regional Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESA), and the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.

Anoop will receive a $5,000 scholarship. 
Earlier this year Anoop earned a spot among the nation's most elite high school students as a National Merit Scholarship SemiFinalist. Anoop is among the best and brightest at BHS, taking college courses through UW-Baraboo/Sauk County and participating in multiple clubs at school, including founding the Medical Research Club. He hopes to use his math and science abilities to help others through a career in medicine.

Congratulations, Anoop! We are #Barabooproud of you!

Class of the Week - Mrs. Reinhardt's 7th Grade Language Arts Class - JYMS

BEA Holds School Board Candidate Forum
The Baraboo Education Association sponsored a School Board Candidate Forum last night at JYMS. 

In attendance were candidates Peter Vedro, Doug Mering, Tim Heilman, and Gary Cummings. 

The candidates spoke on such topics as Act 10, inclusion in schools, instructional time in the classroom, and areas in the district that are seen as successes as well as areas that may need improvement. 

Thank you to the candidates for giving our district the opportunity to ask questions, and thank you to BEA for sponsoring this event.
Make-up Time for Weather-Related Closings, Delays

During the 2016-17 school year, the Baraboo School District has had 5 full-day snow days, 2 early dismissals of 2 hours each, and one late start of 2 hours.  

The District will use the following schedule to make up lost instructional time due to weather-related school delays and cancellations. 

At the Baraboo High School, five minutes have been cut from passing time for the past 35 days to make up some of the time.  After Spring Break, three passing times will be cut to six minutes to make up the rest of the displaced time.   

At the Elementary Schools, beginning  March 20th, four minutes will be eliminated from lunch recess time for the rest of the school year.  Students will still have either a morning or afternoon recess break and a 26-minute recess at lunchtime. 

For BELC 4K, three Wednesdays will be added to the schedule:  
Wednesday, April 12th
Wednesday, May 10th
Wednesday, May 24th

Both morning and afternoon sessions will be held at their regular times. The bus company has already been notified of this change. 
West raises $5,000 for New Playground Equipment
Photos taken from  BCI Burke Company.
West will acquire 5 new playground equipment pieces, including one comet, two spinners, one balance beam and one 2-seat rocker.  

All of these 5 playground pieces will help provide more student engagement on the playground while also helping students to develop gross motor, strength and balancing skills.

The Baraboo School District maintenance team will install the 5 pieces on the West playground during the summer of 2017.

West held four fundraiser nights at Dairy Queen in Baraboo in January and February of this year that helped to provide $459.  West donations from parents and community members created $2,115 worth of funding, and the West-Willson Parent Association (WWPA) provided the remaining playground funding of $2,503.72.  

The West staff would like to sincerely thank all of the supporters. Thank you for helping our Early Childhood, 4K and kindergarten children at West!

7th Grade Students Take STEM Trip
Last Friday, 50 7th grade students were able to take a trip to Chicago to visit the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Students enjoyed the hands on activities the museum provided. Each exhibit brought science, technology, engineering and math subjects to life with real-world examples. 

Alex Puhl said, "I realized that there is so much more stuff than you would think that involves science and engineering."
Students also had the opportunity to talk with computer science and engineering students at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  They told the students they chose their fields because they want to help others. They also impressed the importance of their early education and internships to their success. 

Katie Duran said, "I thought this trip was just going to be about learning about cool things, but when we got the the university, I learned many opportunities for my future." 

This trip was made possible by a grant from the Department of Education. JYMS received this grant to expose students to more STEM-related subjects and careers. 

Click here to see more pictures from this trip.

Class of the Week - Mrs. Beall's 5th Grade Class - EAST

West, BELC Get Lesson in Self Defense
Master  Matt Schmitke from the Elite Self Defense Center in Baraboo spoke with West kindergarten and 4K students on January 26 and March 9.  The main points of his message to students included using words to solve problems, having confidence in yourself, knowing when to walk away and also when to get assistance, and being a good classmate and friend to others.  Thank you,  Master  Matt!

Baraboo FFA Attends Youth Livestock Event
Six members of the Baraboo FFA and students students of Agriculture Education had the opportunity to attend the Lodi Veterinary Care Youth Livestock Educational Day on March 11th. 
The course is geared towards students interested in Veterinary Science, Dairy, Beef and the Cattle Industry. 

Students had the opportunity to view four education sections: Microbiology including planting procedures, incubation of and identification of microorganisms; Animal Tissues, which included internal body systems; Feeding Cattle, discussing various feeds and the importance of raising healthy animals;  and the Anatomy of Animal Bone Structures.  

Pictured from left to right: Lizze Showers, Josh Pate, Jake Bicknell, Kristen Felton, Jordyn Zalewski and Brook Woodbury. Picture taken by Mrs. Schultz (FFA Advisor and Agriculture Education Teacher)
Parent Nights: Addressing Addiction
This school year the district is offering a series of Parent Nights, bringing in experts in different fields to give insights, resources
and strategies for the issues that matter most to parents in our community.

Our final installment of the Parent Nights series, Addressing Addiction, will be on Monday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the Jack Young Middle School Auditorium.

The discussion will focus recent trends and issues to be aware of to protect your student. Parents will also learn about available resources if they are concerned about their student's activity with alcohol or other drugs.

This event is free and open to the public. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend.
ABE Travels Around the World

On Thursday Night, Al Behrman Elementary held its 6th Annual Around the World Family Night.
Students, families and staff traveled between different classrooms decorated to represent different countries, including Ireland, Brazil, Poland, Jamaica, Costa Rica, India, Turkey, Korea, Australia, and Norway.

Students experienced different food, music, items and information specific to each country's culture, as well as fun activities at each station.

Approximately 75 families attended this amazing event!  #Barabooproud

ALICE Active Shooter Training for Parents, Students
The Baraboo School District takes its responsibility to protect the physical and psychological well-being of our students and staff very seriously.

As such, we will be implementing a strategy known as the ALICE protocol.  ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate and is endorsed by federal, state and local law enforcement officials. 

Before we initiate conversations with students, we would like to share the ALICE protocol with parents. This opportunity facilitated by local safety officials will take place on April 11th at 6:00 PM in the Jack Young Middle School Auditorium. 

Practice at each level in our district will be developmentally appropriate for the intended age and audience:
  • Elementary Schools - Local safety and school officials will read a book to students and engage the students in conversation on how to secure their classrooms and how to evacuate.  In some instances, students may walk with teachers to a designated evacuation site close to school.
  • Jack Young Middle School and Baraboo High School - Students will be instructed on the full ALICE protocol which includes enhanced barricades and counter/evacuation measures. 
If you do not want your child to participate in ALICE instruction and practice, please contact your child's principal.  Furthermore, we encourage you to contact the principal at your child's school with any questions or concerns.  Thank you for your collaboration in working to keep all of our students safe while at school.
JYMS Literacy Night with Author Pat Schmatz
Jack Young Middle School held its Annual Literacy Night on Tuesday, March 14 from 4:30-6:30 in the JYMS Commons.

Author Pat Schmatz spoke to students in classrooms, during lunch, and at Literacy Night, followed by a book signing. 

Before and after her presentation, students were able to choose a free book to keep from a wide selection of titles.

Everyone in attendance (students and parents/guardians) received free popcorn and a ticket to be entered in for some amazing door prizes!

Baraboo Bookmobile
Last summer, a Bookmobile was started in the Baraboo Community. 

The mission of the Baraboo Bookmobile is to give out FREE books to students during the summer months. Books were collected and distributed for free at various locations throughout the summer. 

In order to make it an even more successful service this year, we are looking for community feedback.

Please take a few minutes to answer the questions on this Baraboo Bookmobile Survey. Names are not collected (unless you choose to leave your name at the end). Thank you!
How is Wind Created?
How is wind created?  

JYMS students in Mr. Witthun's 8th grade science class are trying to answer this question by exploring the properties of air in a closed system.  

Students created a closed system by placing a balloon around the mouth of a two liter soda bottle.  The students then observed indirectly what happened to the air inside the bottle and balloon as they were placed in hot and cold water.

Do you want a sneak peek of the new Baraboo High School renovations?

Come to the next Baraboo School Board meeting on 
Monday, March 20 @ 6 p.m. at the 
Baraboo School District admin office, located at 
423 Linn St., Baraboo.

Take a peek at the new:
  • Tech Ed Department
  • Art Department
  • Consumer Sciences Department
  • Library
  • Commons
  • English Department
  • The Front of the Building
  • And more!
We hope to see you there!
Kindness Abounds in North Freedom
Last week North Freedom Elementary School celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week. 

Each day had a different theme, like Manners Monday and Friendship Friday.

To celebrate their school, friendships and good behavior, North Freedom took a school photo with every student.

That is a lot of students to organize - the students would have to have excellent manners to pull off a great photo like this!

"Promposal" Challenge
Win free tickets to prom!

Baraboo High School voted for a Roarin' Good Time with a Great Gatsby-themed Prom.

You've got the theme; now it's time to get the date.

How will you ask your date to prom? How did your date ask you to prom? We want to see!

Send us a picture of your "promposal." 

We will compile the photos into an album on the Baraboo School District Facebook page (like us now to join the fun and cast your vote!). The photo with the most "likes" will win two free tickets to prom!

There are several ways to submit your photos.

1)   Facebook: 
Post a photo directly to our Facebook page or tag us in a photo on your page.

2)   Twitter: 
Tag us with @BarabooSD

3)   Instagram: 
Tag us with @BarabooSD

4)   Email:
Send an email to BSD Communications and Marketing Specialist Holly Henderson at with "Promposal" as the subject line.

Proposers: take a pic of how you plan to ask your date to prom.
Proposees: take a pic of how your date asked you to prom.
Parents: take a pic of your child's promposal, or help them execute a funny / romantic / creative idea!

Use #BHSPromposal and #Barabooproud to share.

Get creative. Have fun. Go to prom for free!
Teens N Theatre
Teens N Theatre (TNT) presents:   "CUTTER"

An original play about a group of high schoolers and what it is like to be a teen. Some bully, some suffer, some fight, some support, some abuse, some step in and stand up for each other.

What : A performance, a post-show discussion, pizza and... a cake raffle!!
When : Thursday, March 23rd, 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Where : Baraboo High School Library/Media Center
Who : Teens*, teachers, and adults who care about teens
(*may be inappropriate for children under 13)
Cost : free! nada! zippo! ziltch!
Why : Be entertained, be inspired, be fed before the Band and Choir Concerts, and win CAKE!

TNT is a group of Baraboo and Reedsburg teens using theatre as a fun and accessible way to address difficult issues faced by teens in our ever changing and complex world. Topics brought up in this script include self-injury, bullying, impacts of divorce, sexual pressure, intervention, and supporting each other.  By bringing these issues out into the open, TNT hopes to demonstrate healthy coping, support and intervention skills and open up healing conversations.  

Stay after school and take an hour out of your day and support your fellow classmates!

This is not a school-sponsored activity and the Baraboo School District does not fund or endorse this program/activity. TNT is a subsidiary of CAB Theatre in cooperation with the Baraboo School District, Pauquette Center for Psychological Services, and Hope House.  TNT is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, a grant from Culvers VIP Foundation, private donors, and the Al Ringling Theatre Mansion Museum.
FFA March Members of the Month

Stage III Theatre presents: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Baraboo Riptide
TBaraboo School District welcomes parents and community members to contact any of our schools to volunteer or to become involved in order to support learning for all of our students.  

Please consider filling out the attached Google Form if you would like to volunteer at West School in classrooms of 4-year-old kindergarten, Early Childhood, and/or kindergarten students.  

Feel free to call Principal Olson at 608-355-3906 with any volunteer questions.  Thank you for considering this invitation to make a positive contribution within our community and school district.

Calling All Volunteers!
The Baraboo School District welcomes parents and community members to contact any of our schools to volunteer or to become involved in order to support learning for all of our students.  

Please consider filling out the attached Google Form if you would like to volunteer at West School in classrooms of 4-year-old kindergarten, Early Childhood, and/or kindergarten students.  

Feel free to call Principal Olson at 608-355-3906 with any volunteer questions.  Thank you for considering this invitation to make a positive contribution within our community and school district.

Now Hiring! Summer Custodial & Maintenance Workers

The Baraboo School District is seeking candidates for summer custodial & maintenance employees.
- Lawn Crew
- Maintenance/District Employees
Please see above for compensation for these positions.
- Cleaning Crew

These positions will begin on approximately June 9, 2017, and individuals will work from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Must be minimum age of 16 for custodial/cleaning crew and 18 (ability to drive) for maintenance crew.

How to Apply: Applications can be found here. Applications can also be picked up from and submitted to Dan O'Brien at the address listed below. The positions will remain open until filled.

District Description: The School District of Baraboo is an EC-12 grade district with a 4K program, five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school with a total student population of 3,100 students. Please look us up at the Baraboo School District's website here

Equal Opportunity: This school district is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, race, creed, religion, color, disability, pregnancy, marital status, sex, citizenship, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, transgender, gender identity or expression, arrest record, conviction record, military service, membership in the National Guard, State Defense Force or any reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state, use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer's premises during non-working hours, declining to attend a meeting or to participate in any communication about religious matters or political matters, the authorized use of family or medical leave or compensation benefits, genetic information, or any other factor prohibited by state or federal law. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a person with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Job Title:  Summer Custodial & Maintenance Workers 
Contact: Dan O'Brien, Director of Buildings & Grounds, 1210 Berkley Blvd., Baraboo, WI  53913 
Phone: (608) 355-3985, ext. 5510 
Registration for the 2017-18 school year opens APRIL 1 

Teen Summit Comes to BHS
Building A Better U Teen Summit

When: April 22, 2017
Time: 12:15 - 7 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Who: Sauk County students ages 13-17
Cost to attend: FREE!

Join students from around Sauk County in an evening of socializing, engaging and building a better you.

Small Group Breakouts
- Communication beyond social media
- Connecting and effecting
- Bullying and consequences
- Captains Academy
- Relationships and sex in the media
- Roller coaster, merry-go rounds and the haunted house

Large Group Sessions
- AJ Carr: Building Bosses
- Ryan Ramnarace: Scared Straight

Special guest appearance by Nigel Hayes, University of Wisconsin Basketball

For more information or to register, click here.
BHS Musical Opens TOMORROW! 

Summer Kid Stop Program

Upcoming Fundraisers
BHS Career Fair Set for April 7
6th Grade Orientation Set For Aug. 23

Summer Academy Registration Opens TOMORROW!
The Baraboo School District will again be offering the Summer Academy for students who are currently in grades K-5 within the Baraboo School District and/or for students of this age that reside within the Baraboo School District attendance area.  

The Summer Academy will include enrichment classes that have literacy and math integrated throughout each K-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th grade class.  

Al Behrman Elementary School (400 Mulberry St., Baraboo) will host Summer Academy from June 12-July 12 (no school on July 3rd-5th) and free breakfast and lunch will be available to students each day.  

Online registration for Summer Academy begins at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 17 by going to the  Baraboo School District website.  

Please send Summer Academy questions to Dr. Chris Olson, Summer Academy Coordinator at 608-355-3905 or    
4K Registration Date Set for April 6
If you have a child that will be turning 4-years-old by September 1, 2017, we hope that you will be able to join us for the BELC (Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative) registration for 4-year-old kindergarten programming for 2017-18 

DATE: April 6
TIME: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
PLACE: East Elementary  (815 6th Street, Barboo)

Please make sure to bring a birth certificate or proof of your child's birth date to the registration, and call us if you have not already received registration materials in the mail. 

BELC is a half-day program for 4 days each week with many parent outreach opportunities. 

Please do not hesitate to call or email Dr. Chris Olson, West/BELC Principal at 608-355-3905 or with any 4K questions.  

Other 4K registration questions after April 6, can be directed to Ms. Kristine Snow (located at 423 Linn St., Baraboo) at 608-355-3955 or .  
Support Spring Sports!
Attention BHS Soccer and Track & Field players, families and fans:

BHS Team Apparel is available!

For Soccer apparel, click here. Enter the c ode:  thunde7N49

For Track & Field apparel, click here. Enter the code:  thunde4M5N
Wear it proud and say it loud: Go T-Birds!

The Baraboo Public Library is a rich resource in the Baraboo Community, with youth events, activities and books, books, books! 

Once a month the BPL is host to Desmond the Dog and Shadow the Cat. Children can sign up to read to them for 15 minutes. This gives the child a chance to work on their reading skills with a patient, attentive audience to help them gain confidence in their reading ability. Registration required. 

Click here for a full list of YOUTH SERVICES, events and information: ages 0-5th grade
Click here for a full list of TEEN SERVICES, events and information: grades 6-12

Host An Exchange Student
BHS Named Pacesetter in Advanced Placement
Congratulations, Baraboo High School!

BHS was recognized by the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) as a Pacesetter school in Advanced Placement (AP).  

This award recognizes access and excellence regarding AP. 

WAPAC says, "Pacesetter schools have provided impressive student access to AP courses and posted excellent AP exam results."

For more information or to view the data for the WAPAC award, click here for the  Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website.
"LIKE" The New BHS Art Department FB Page
The Baraboo High School has a new Facebook page!

Click HERE and "like" for updates on the talented students at Baraboo High School. 

Our Art Department has a great event coming up - our first annual Fine Arts Night! Mark your calendars from 6-8 on April 27.  There will be music, live demonstrations, delicious food and more. 

This event is a partnership between the BHS Art Department, the BHS Forensics Team, the BHS FCE Department and the BHS Music Department.

Community Members and Local Arts Organizations are encouraged to participate. Options include submitting art for display, setting up an information booth, performing a literary reading or demonstration of your craft, or any other artistic ability you'd like to showcase. 

For more information or questions, please message the BHS Art Department on its new Facebook page.

There are three links to the FB in this section of the newsletter - now Van Gogh and like the page (but don't cut off any ears in the process)!
Lifeguarding Course Offered at Indoor Pool
Bump, Set, SPIKE: Youth Volleyball Camp at BHS
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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