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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
April 20, 2017
Register NOW for Teen Summit at 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.
ABE Receives Wisconsin Title 1 School or Recognition for 5th Year in a Row!
We are  #Barabooproud to congratulate Al Behrman Elementary School for receiving the Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award for the fifth consecutive year!
"These schools stand out for their efforts to educate our kids," State Superintendent Tony Evers said. "They are staffed by dedicated educators who work with parents, families, and the school community to support the needs of all kids through rigorous programming and attention to student needs."
All  award-winning schools receive federal Title I funding to provide services to high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children. During the May 1 ceremony at the State Capitol, ABE will receive a plaque for the 2016-17 award as well as a commemorative flag for earning the award for five consecutive years.
"In our data driven society, it's easy to dismiss a school by looking at its demographic makeup. These schools would not be 'expected' to have the student academic achievement and gap closing results they have because of high levels of poverty," Evers noted. "Their success is something to celebrate; it serves as an example of the importance of schools, families, and communities worki ng together to ensure that every child graduates ready for college and careers."
Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Criteria: Schools receive federal Title I aid when they have significant numbers of students from low-income families. The schools that earn recognition also must meet the state's test-participation, attendance, and dropout goals as well as additional award criteria:
* have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps
* demonstrate high achievement at the school level
* fall within the top 10 percent of schools experiencing growth in reading and mathematics for elementary and middle school students or the top 10 percent of schools with the greatest improvement in high school graduation rates
* have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps
* are in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state
* have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels
Please join us in congratulating our ABE students, staff and administration for their hard work and dedication
Two Baraboo Educators Survive Spring Break Boot Camp
Kim Biehl, BHS Language Arts Teacher, and Jake Boll, BHS Social Studies Teacher attended the Midwest Educator's Workshop March 27 - 31 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California along with 58 other educators from Milwaukee and Chicago.   

With so many options for young people today, it is important that teachers be informed about different paths that students may be considering. The purpose of this workshop was to offer school mentors a hands-on experience including the different ranks, training options, educational opportunities and family life as a career Marine.

Mr. Boll's favorite part of the workshop was the Warrior Breakfast where educators ate with recruits after they accomplished "The Crucible" which is the final, toughest training obstacle of Boot Camp. His biggest takeaway was that the Marine Corps strives not only to train the best soldiers, but to create model citizens.

In addition to the Staff Drill Sergeants shouting out orders, Mrs. Biehl enjoyed learning that there is an emotional support system for new recruits.  There are mentors in place to help with homesickness and faith, among other needs.  She also enjoyed The Warrior Breakfast, the graduation ceremony, and the team-building, problem-solving exercises.  

If you want to learn more about the Marines or the experience in California, please contact Jacob or Kim.  If they can't answer your questions, they can get you in touch with the local recruiter.   

Check out this link to see more of their amazing adventure.
BHS Academic Awards Assembly 
Baraboo High School held its Academic Awards Assembly today, honoring students for academic success in areas such as choir, band, foreign languages, Badger Boys State, English, Math, over all achievement, and more!

Check out the Facebook Live video of today's assembly on the School District of Baraboo's Facebook page! 

Highlights include the impromptu song/dance as Mr. James lists off State Solo & Ensemble participants, Mr. Argo's heartfelt presentation to Baraboo 21 members - this award is also the winner of the longest title of any award presented today (The Baraboo 21 Distinguished Medal of Valor and Meritorious Service Award), Mr. McGann's shoutout to his mom, and the 104-student circle of honor roll students! 

To see the full Facebook Live video, click here to go to the School District of Baraboo Facebook page. Don't forget to "LIKE" the page to get updates on your/your students' achievements! #Barabooproud
GLW's Future Veterinarians
First grade students in Mrs. Lane's class at GLW were visited by Dr. Samantha Steinich, Associate Veterinarian at Hill-Dale Veterinary Hospital, on April 6. The students brought in stuffed animals from home and performed an animal examination on their stuffed animal.
FFA Donates $500 to Fences Among Friends
On Monday April 17th, FFA members met with Joe Keller from the Sauk Prairie FFA Alumni. The Alumni had a goal to raise more than $25,000 to fill at least one semi truck with fencing for the "Fences Among Friends" program. The fencing will be shipped to Kansas to help the farmers recover that lost animals and land to the recent forest fires.
Keller told the FFA members they raised well over their goal with the help from the community. Baraboo FFA members were happy to support the cause by donating $500 to the program.
Pictured left to right: Bri Stapleton, Lilith Nachtigal, Halle Hickey, Joe Keller, Kristen Felton, Brook Woodbury, Autumn Klemm
Biomimicry Club Involved in BHS Revitalization Project
Baraboo High School is one of 6 schools in the region participating in a Global Biomimicry Challenge sponsored through CESA 5.  

For the past few months, a team of 8 students from Baraboo High School has been working to explore biomimicry, green architecture, and ways to become a more environmentally responsible school.  

Through their efforts, they hope to influence the Baraboo High School Revitalization Project in ways that promote sustainability and minimize their shared environmental impact.  

Some of the topics the students have explored include geothermal heating and cooling, full-spectrum lighting, recycling, solar panels, and composting.  They have had a chance to discuss their findings with Dr. Mueller, the district administrator, as well as representatives of the school board.  

On April 19, some of the students presented their ideas and findings to a panel consisting of a number of people involved with decision-making with the project, including District Administrator Lori Mueller, BHS Principal Glenn Bildsten, and representatives from CG Schmidt.

Baraboo 21 $600 Closer to Goal
The Baraboo Fire Department presented the Baraboo 21 Club with a check in the amount of $600, to be used towards the Baraboo 21 monument the club is raising funds for. 

We are #Barabooproud of BHS teacher Mr. Steve Argo and these students and all of their efforts for this worthy cause!
ABE Learns About Healthy Teeth!
ABE was visited by Courtney, Student Nurse from UW Madison, this week.

Courtney talked to the students about dental hygiene and about why their teeth are important and how to keep them healthy!
Artists Get Lesson in Pinstriping 
BHS art students invited Ted Turner, a pinstriper for Harley Davidson, to speak to their class about his art and work. Turner is a custom paint designer and stylist with Harley Davidson. 

Turner gave a presentation, including examples of work he has done, his own personal sketchbook, and examples of how he has turned sketches into actual product. 

At the end of his presentation he gave a demonstration, first on a painted block of wood, free-hand painting the word "Thunderbird," and then on the cabinet doors in the art room!

Art teacher Megan Watson said that once the BHS art room remodel takes place next summer, she will save the priceless cabinet door with Turner's signed artwork!

Public Screening of "Audrie and Daisy"

In honor of 
Sexual Assault Awareness Month , Hope House of South Central Wisconsin
& UW-BSC PRIDE Club present a free public screening of
Audrie & Daisy
a documentary about the ripple effect of sexual assault in high schoo l
The screening will be held on Tuesday, April 25th 
in the Giese Lecture Hall (A104)
on the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Campus. 
This event will include discussion of the local impact 
of sexual assault on our community.
Snacks will be provided and one attendee will win a $20 Kwik Trip card.
Please note  that the film contains mature content, including discussion of rape, harassment & suicide that could be triggering.   Hope House staff will be available at the event to provide support. If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, you can call our 24-hour helpline: 
608-356-7500 (1-800-584-6790)
District Celebrates Earth Day
Let's celebrate Earth Day!

If you are interested in doing an activity to promote our planet's health and proactive actions, here is a list of possible activities you can partake in for your school!

* Clean up the litter around the school and on the playground.

* Collect 300 plastic grocery bags...the amount an average  person uses each year! Make a hallway display with the bags.

* Plant something!

* Make signs for your school to remind other students to turn  off the lights, turn off the water, don't litter, etc.

* Make Earth Day posters.

* Have a paper drive or a can drive.

* Make a newsletter about conservation. 

* Have students do internet research to find shocking facts  about the environment. The can create a book filled with  these facts.

* Have students collect and organize data about the quantity of  electricity or water your family uses in a week.


Boys Basketball to Host Youth Basketball Camp
The Baraboo High School Boys Basketball program will be running a youth basketball camp for boys entering grades 3-8. 

The camp will run on the following days/times:
  • June 12, 13 & 14 @ JYMS Main Gym - 10am-11am
  • June 26, 27 & 28 @ JYMS Main Gym - 10am-11am
  • July 10, 11 & 12 @ JYMS Main Gym - 10am-11am
The registration form can be found online at: 

or by emailing Coach Darrin Berger at

Teacher Of The Year Nominees
Please join the Baraboo School District in congratulating the nominees  for the secondary teacher of the year (EIEA- Excellence in Education Award) and the elementary nominees  (DETA-Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award):

Damion Beth, Rita Ehlert, Jacalyn Amant, Brian Witthun, Linda Garcia, Diane Flesch, Teresa McCulloch, Michelle Bartman, Maggie Schumacher, Emily Arendsee, and Jason Laux

Susan Gissal, Lindsey Beltz, Angela Gneiser, Sara Lane, Laura Stigen, Kristin Osterhaus, Rochelle Van Den Heuvel, Kelley Williams, Niki Shafer, Sue Lappin, Angi Valley, Jori Ruff and Chris Peterson, Becky Rundio (due to being a past recipient, Ms. Rundio withdrew from the nomination this year).

Stay tuned! The recipients for these recognitions will be announced in the coming months.  

A special 'shout out' to those who made time to write a nomination and/or letter of support for one or more of these amazing educators. We are #Barabooproud of our excellent teachers! If you see these teachers, please tell them congratulations!
CONSENT IS EVERYTHING - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Consent is Everything
As Sexual Assault Awareness Month progresses, here's another powerful way to help prevent violence: practice consent and educate others about it. There are a lot of myths about consent in our culture, so it's important to be clear about what it means. Basically, consent means expressing that something is okay with you and you want it to happen - in intimate or sexual situations, this means that both people feel good about what is going on and are communicating openly with each other. Real consent is:
  • Freely given - with no force, coercion, or pressure (this includes guilt trips, threats, and trying to talk someone into it). Everybody should feel free to say no without negative repercussions.
  • Reversible - You are always free to change your mind. Being intimate in one way, or doing something one time, never makes you obligated to keep going or to do it again.
  • Informed - Everyone has to know what they're agreeing to and you should be able to have a conversation about what you want and what your limits are.
  • Enthusiastic - The other person's body language and tone should be communicating a clear, confident "yes!" If they seem unsure, you should back off and check in - just like you'd want someone else to do for you.
  • Sober - People who are drunk or high can't think clearly and aren't able to give consent. If you have any doubt about the other person's judgment or level of intoxication, it's not a good time to move forward with anything. Respect them enough to wait.
Sexual assault and rape happen when these elements of consent aren't present. We all deserve to feel safe in intimate relationships, and we all owe each other this same respect. When you role model consent - even if this is just asking someone if they want to hold hands, or checking in with your partner before a kiss - you are changing the culture for the better. To make an even bigger difference, start a conversation with your students, teens, or friends about consent and what it means to you. This can be a great opportunity to reflect on your own values around sex and intimacy and discuss them with people you trust. Keep in mind that in Wisconsin, the age of consent is 18, meaning that teens under 18 cannot legally consent to sex. For more about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, visit If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, you can call Hope House's 24-hour confidential helpline at  1-800-584-6790.
Take the Training - Children Sexual Abuse Prevention 
Stewards of Children  Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Child Abuse Prevention Month, Hope House is facilitating a free  Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention training for adults.
Darkness to Light's  Stewards of Children  is the only evidence-based child sexual abuse prevention training proven effective in educating adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. This training utilizes a video, workbook, and group discussion.
Light refreshments will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own food as well.
The training will be held  Saturday, April 29 from 9:30-noon at the Boys & Girls Club, 124 2nd Street, in Baraboo.
RSVPs greatly appreciated to Nola at Hope House by calling  608-356-9123 or emailing
4-year-old Kindergarten Registration

The Backpack Project has been helping financially challenged Baraboo students to be prepared for the first day of school for nine years.  If your family income is approximately 200% or below of the Federal Poverty Index (see chart below), The Backpack Project may be able to help.

Family of 2:$2,707/month
Family of 3: $3,403/month
Family of 4:$4,100/month
Family of 5:$4,797/month
Family of 6: $5,493/month
Family of 7:$6,190/month
Family of 8:$6,887/month
For families with more than 8 members, add $696 per person

This assistance is also available for grandparents raising grandchildren, foster children, children living in shelters, and other extenuating circumstances.  Please contact Becky at the number below for more information.

Applications can be found this week at Recycled Sally's, Sauk County Human Services, and Viking Express Market; or you can call or email Becky at 608-356-2897 (leave message with name and address) or email at  Deadline for applications is July 31.

Volleyball Youth Camp June 12-15
There will be a Baraboo Volleyball Youth Camp for 4th-5th graders and 6th-8th graders from June 12-15.

Students in 4-5th grade will practice from 11AM - 1PM and students in 6-8th grade will practice from 2-4PM in the Baraboo High School gym. 

These camps will cover individual and team skills.

4th-5th Grade Registration Form

6th-8th Grade Registration Form
Baraboo Music Support Group to meet April 24
Baraboo Music Support Group will be holding a meeting at 6:30PM on Monday, April 24th in the BHS Music Suite.

All interested parents/guardians of band and choir students are invited to attend.

Thank you, Julie Lane, President Baraboo Music Support Group
Email Address:

Brat Stand to Support  Student History Trip
Help support BHS students travel to Europe to learn about Swiss folk culture, the Renaissance, and Ancient Rome!

This tour will include visits to the places students learn about in school. That's a given. But it's so much more than that!

Students will be immersed in new cultures - surrounded by the people, the language, the food, the way of life - that will create inspirational moments that can't be taught in the classroom. 

Our student group will have expert local guides that will lead them on sightseeing tours, provide detailed views of history, art, architecture and more.

Registration for the 2017-18 school year opens APRIL 1 

BASCO CORNER: Community Book Club - The Book Thief 

The next meeting of the Community Book Club will be from 9:15-10 a.m. on Friday, May 12th in the Baraboo High School media center. 

The book for April will be The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.

The club currently consists of  five students, five seniors, and two staff members. They meet once per month during BHS enrichment and have discussed three books so far this year, and the discussions between our students and the seniors have been amazing.

New members are always welcome! If you have any questions or would like more information, contact BHS literacy coach Mrs. Amant at
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.
Middle School Summer School Registration is OPEN!

To register for Middle School Summer School, click HERE.
"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!

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!
Fine Arts Night Set For April 27
The Baraboo High School Art Department 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, including: 
-performances by Solo and Ensemble state-bound BHS musicians- including the Jazz Band
-Fine Arts Displays from all BHS Art Classes
-a BHS Art Club paint-it pottery fundraiser 
-A British Isles Trip fundraiser silent auction of hand-painted Tiny T-Bird Chairs
-atmospheric musicians (piano, ukelele, etc.)
-Culinary Arts demos
-Fashion Creation Display
-Dramatic Arts- Forensics performers
-live "open artist mini studios" - a student ceramic wheel potter, graphic designer, and painter will demo
-photography booth
-Community Artwork Display
-Community Fine Art Group/organization information booths 
-Art Awards (including people's choice)

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)!
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.

Summer Kid Stop Program

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    

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

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.
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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