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No School
Date: October 26

Harvest Hoedown Fundraiser
Date: October 27
Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Place: Wild Rose Ranch, Baraboo WI
Notes: Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the Baraboo River Equine Assisted Therapies, Inc.

T-Bird Terror
Haunted Corn Maze
Date: October 27
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Place: Leatherberry Acres
Notes: $12/person ($10 with student ID)

Family Swim Night
Date: October 28
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo Indoor Pool, JYMS
Note: $10 for the entire family every Sunday in October 

Class of '22 Tip Night
at Pizza Ranch
Date: October 29
Time: 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Place: Pizza Ranch
Notes: Help the Freshman Class in fundraising!

BHS Winter Sports
Parent Meeting
Date: October 30
Time: 6 PM
Place: BHS

Family Resource Night
Date: November 8
Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Place: West School, 707 Center Street, Baraboo

Tuscania Memorial Unveiling and Dedication
Date: November 10
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Lower Ochsner Park

Thanksgiving Break
- No School
Date: November 21-23

ACT Prep
Date: December 1
Place: Baraboo High School
Notes: This is optional for all juniors at Baraboo High School

Winter Break - No School
Date: Dec. 24 - Jan. 1

Elementary Winter
P/T Conferences
Date: March 13 / March 14
Time: 1:30-4 p.m. / 4-7 p.m.

Second Annual
Food for Kidz Event
Date: March 30
Place: Baraboo High School gym

No School
Date: January 25

Spring Break - No School
Date: April 15 - 19

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 27

Last Day of School
Date: June 6
Note: This will be a full day of school

Food for Kidz
Date: March 30


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.

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

Ages 9 and older. For more information, contact Ginger Clark at   608 963-8127.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
October 25 , 2018
Administration Becomes Food Service for a Day!
In honor of National School Lunch Week last week, members of the Baraboo School District administration team worked as Food Service for a day at Baraboo High School. 

The Food Service staff gave them a crash course in POS and lunch room upkeep, then the admin team went live! Check out the video here!  A special thanks to Linda Bowar and Judy Clark-Mente for mentoring at point of sale!

Administration who participated included Dr. Lori Mueller, District Superintendent; Yvette Updike, Director of Business Services; Dr. Nick Karls, Director of Teaching and Learning; and Stephanie Holzem, Human Resources Specialist. #BarabooProud 

Get the Facts From Facebook LIVE!
On Monday, October 22, the Baraboo School District went LIVE on Facebook to discuss the next phases of our long-range Facility Master Plan.

Discussion topics included:
Baraboo High School
  • Insufficient gym space
  • Agriculture classroom does not meet demands of program
Jack Young Middle School
  • Repair and Maintenance
    • non-ADA compliant ramp
    • HVAC
    • Electrical and plumbing 
    • Aged lighting, flooring and ceilings
  • Teaching and Learning Spaces
    • Fabric walls
    • Add classroom to meet demands of current and future enrollment 
    • No privacy in Student Services
  • Common Spaces
    • Cafeteria, commons, and kitchen operating at capacity
    • Outdated library
    • Non-ADA compliant bleachers in gym
    • Current gym size does not accommodate entire student body
Opera For The Young Visits The District
Opera for the Young (OFTY) is a presenter of opera for children in the United States, and h. OFTY is unique - children's opera is our sole focus. In the coming season, our original opera,Super Storm, will be an introduction to opera for over 70,000 children.
Opera for the Young® brings live, professional opera to elementary school audiences with annual Fall and Spring tours. Students appear onstage in chorus and cameo roles, performing for their peers right alongside OFTY's professional artists. All productions are fully staged, sung in English and adapted especially for kids.

Opera for the Young is a touring company that presents opera for children across the united states. The company, based out of Madison, has brought live, professional opera to the Baraboo School District's elementary school for the past 10 years. Our fifth-grade students get to participate, appearing onstage in chorus and cameo roles, performing for their peers right alongside OFTY's professional artists. The productions are fully staged, sung in English and adapted especially for kids.

On the day of the performance, the cast arrived early at the schools and prepared students for their upcoming roles as chorus members. In the afternoon, our cast of four professional singers and one pianist, along with 16 students in chorus and cameo speaking roles, presents the opera for the entire school, in the school gym. A question-and-answer period with the cast follows each performance.

Thank you to our parent groups for funding this wonderful experience for our students!
West Welcomes International Crane Foundation
The International Crane Foundation made a visit to West School on October 25th. They used life-like animal puppets, environmental props, and Native American artifacts to share many important environmental and Native American themes with the kindergarten students.  It was a very meaningful learning experience for the whole school.  Thank you, International Crane Foundation!  Come back to visit us anytime at West!
GLW Book Drive Brings in a Haul
This week Gordon L. Willson Elementary held a book drive during Parent Teacher Conferences. Literacy coach Jaclyn Beall headed the book drive, with an aim of building home libraries for the students she works closest with at GLW>.

New research shows that having a home library can affect literacy later on in life, but the home library needs to contain 80 books or more to be effective. 

The school set up a donation bin at the front entrance and collected hundreds of books. Ms. Beall will give all of the students she's currently working with 10 books per week for 8 weeks. Remaining books will be distributed among the teachers for use in their classroom libraries.

We are #BarabooProud of our GLW families for donating so many books for such a great cause. Thank you!
ABE Students Take a Hike
This week Al Behrman Elementary second graders visited the Crane Foundation and Devil's Lake Nature Center. The students had hands-on activities, getting to touch live critters and hike the trails at Devil's Lake!

GLW Students Earn Scarecrow Celebration
Students in Mrs. Vaness ' second grade classroom created scarecrows for their PBIS celebration/contest. 

PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. There are three main components of PBIS: 
  • Teaching appropriate behavior in school settings.
  • Recognizing students when behavior expectations are met.
  • Providing interventions when behavior expectations are not met.
PBIS is a team based school-wide design for discipline which includes all students and all staff in all settings. It is  proactive, preventive, and positive PBIS has three core values:
  • Be Respectful: Includes following directions, keeping hands and feet to yourself, using appropriate language, and raising your hand.
  • Be Responsible: Some examples are doing your school work and turning it in, clearing your table in the cafeteria, and returning all playground equipment.
  • Be Safe: Includes walking on the right hand side of the hallway, entering and exiting the building in an orderly fashion, and following playground rules.

Harmonious Migrations Visits North Freedom
Along with visiting West School,  the Harmonious Migration Troupe came to North Freedom Elementary on Wednesday, October 24 th . Representing the International Crane Foundation, the skilled puppeteers presented a 45-minute informative program for the students.

Harmonious Migrations has been developed to teach children ages 5-12 about the interconnectivity of the elements in the environment as they relate to crane flyways.   The presentation also showed how Native people of North America participate in the same planetary dance as the cranes.

The ancient art of oral storytelling and puppetry are at the core of Harmonious Migrations. Students were introduced to the wisdom of the Native American Medicine Wheel and learned of the Four Directions, four elements, four medicinal herbs, and four stages of life which sustain all living creatures, including Cranes and Humans!

Attendance Matters: Every Student. Every Grade. Every Day. 
Since the new changes to city ordinances in fall of 2017, the School District of Baraboo has been working closely in collaboration with City of Baraboo officials for how unexcused absences are handled across the district.  

If a student is absent from school, it is the parent's responsibility to notify the school of their student's absence. Without an acceptable excuse, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. A student who has three unexcused absences will be referred to the Baraboo Police Department for truancy.

The City of Baraboo has adopted new city ordinances for both truancy and habitual truancy.  Our goal is that students attend school on a regular basis. Please help us by notifying your student's school of any absences.

Please take a look at the below information on truancy, designed by the Baraboo School District. To get a printable copy, please click here.

Para obtener una versión en español de la infografía Attendance Matters,  haga clic aquí.

This is part of the district's "Attendance Matters: Every Student. Every Grade. Every Day." campaign. Please view the infographic on why Attendance Matters here.  Para obtener una versión en español, haga clic aquí.
T-Bird Terror on Oct. 27
Support the Class of '22!
Come to the Harvest Hoedown!
We Want to Hear From You!
The Baraboo School District is in the process of defining the scope and timing of the next phase of the long-range Facility Master Plan. This week, all Baraboo residents should have received a survey in your mailbox. We are asking you to take the survey to give us feedback on what you think the next set of priorities are for our facilities.

To take the survey by Nov. 5, visit and enter the access code on the survey you received in the mail. If you have more than one adult in your household, please contact the district office at 608-355-3950 ext. 1020 for additional access codes.

To collect this feedback, we are working with School Perceptions LLC, an independent firm with expertise in conducting community surveys. All survey data is returned to School Perceptions and will remain confidential.

Survey results will be reported at a School Board meeting this fall. Results will also be posted on the District website . Your thoughts and those of your neighbors will shape the future of our school district and community, and create the best future for our young people.

We are very thankful for our community's ongoing support of our schools, including the approval of the 2016 referendum. This funding allowed the district to update and revitalize Baraboo High School, which was the second phase of our long-range Facility Master Plan. We are happy to report that these projects were completed on-time and within budget! In fact, the tax impact of the referendum was almost 10% less than expected due to responsible spending and securing of a lower interest rate.

Click here for an informational fact sheet. There will also be several opportunities for more information in the upcoming week. Watch our Facebook LIVE presentation or attend one of the meetings at
Parent Teacher Conferences.
BHS Winter Sports Parent Meeting
The Winter Sport Parents Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in the BHS Gym. The general session will begin at 6 p.m. Individual sport meetings will follow at 6:30 p.m.  Students do not need to attend these meetings. If you need help registering your child for a winter sport or paying fees you should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. If your son or daughter was out for a fall sport you do not need to register online again, just sign up with the coach or Mrs. Teasdale. If your child was not out for a fall sport, you will need to register your child in the Parent Portal , under the HS Winter Sports Registration Link . Fees can be paid online or with a check or cash in the high school office. W.I.A.A. physicals dated April 1, 2017 or after are good for this school year. If you are not sure if your son/daughter will need a physical, please contact Renee Teasdale at 355-3940, Ext. 2022.

Need Your Leaves Raked? Key Club Can Help!

Families Swim for JUST $10 on Sundays in October!

Youth Wrestling Registration Set for Nov. 13
Baraboo Youth Wrestling (K-8) registration will be from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Baraboo High School commons.

Baraboo Youth Wrestling is focused on having fun, promoting physical activity, and teaching the basic fundamentals to the advanced techniques of wrestling.
A.  Beginners - 1 night a week (K-2)
  • 12 Weeks:  Monday's 5:45-6:45 pm (November 26th-March 5)
  • Cost:  $70 (includes USA Wrestling Membership Card)
B.  Intermediate/Advance - 2 nights a week (3-5th grade)
  • 15 Weeks:  Tuesday's/Thursday's 5:45-7:15pm (Nov 26th - March 15)
  • Cost:  $85 (includes USA Wrestling Membership Card)
  • Will include cross-fit training in the high school's new fitness classrooms
C.  Middle School Club Team (6th-8th grade)
  • 10 Weeks: (Jan. 3rd- March 14) Tuesdays/Thursdays 5:45-7:15pm
  • Cost:  $75 (includes USA Wrestling Membership Card)
  • Will include cross-fit training in the high school's new fitness classrooms
Family Resource Night Set for Nov. 8
Dear Baraboo School District 4K, Early Childhood & K-5 Families:

We invite your entire family to join us for any portion of our first ever Family Resource Night from 5:30-7:00 PM at West School (707 Center St., Baraboo) on Thursday, Nov. 8.  There will be 3 classrooms of staff-supervised games, movies & activities available on this night for any children that you might bring along. The Baraboo Public Library is bringing along their Lego and Duplo bricks for the kids! The goals of the Family Resource Night are to create more connectedness between families and available resources within Baraboo and to support families to better meet their overall needs in order to also support student learning.

On Family Resource Night, we would invite parents to join us in the West gym from 5:30-6:30 PM on November 8 while their children have fun in the staff-supervised classrooms.   We will provide light snacks and beverages for everyone.  Each of the community resources listed below will share handouts and a brief 3-5 minute overview of what they can offer families/students.  Parents are welcome to then meet individually with any of the the special visitors from the community in the West gym anytime between 6:30-7:00 PM. if specific questions arise.  Parents would pick up their child from the classroom by 7:00 PM.

Again, please note that ALL district 4K families, Early Childhood families and K-5 families are each invited.   Please RSVP to or 608-355-3905 anytime before Oct. 25th if you plan to join us on November 8 and tell us how many adults and children will attend.  Please contact us with questions at any time.  We hope that you can join us!

Yours in Education,

Dr. Chris Olson, West/BELC Principal &
BELC (4K) & West Teams

Special Visitors on Family Resource Night at West (707 Center St.) on Thursday, November 8
Tuscania Memorial Unveiling Set for Nov. 10

We're Hiring!
Looking for part-time work? Need flexible hours? Look no further!!

The Baraboo School District is seeking candidates for substitute custodial positions for the 2018-19 school year.  The starting rate is $11.09/hr. Applications can be found online at . Applications can also be picked up and submitted to: District's Maintenance Shop;  1210 Berkley Blvd;  Baraboo, WI  53913

Questions should be directed to Dan O'Brien, Director of Buildings and Grounds at 608-355-3985.

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

Thank you to our many school volunteers and community partners for all of the ways in which you support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.

For more information on volunteering in our District, please click here.
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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