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Thunderbird Thursday Update
Dec. 15, 2016
Baraboo Alum Opening Culver's Near Disney World

Baraboo High School graduate Nathan Devine (Class of 2000) is bringing a taste of Wisconsin to the land of Minnie and Mickey as he prepares to open his own Culver's franchise near Disney World in Orlando.

This longtime dream can trace its roots to Nathan's time as an employee at the Baraboo Culver's in high school, and his perseverance and his credit to his teachers in Baraboo have us feeling #Barabooproud.

Why did you want to open a Culver's in Orlando?
"My dream of owning my own Culver's began just after graduating high school when I started working at the Baraboo Culver's. Shortly after starting with Culver's in the year 2000, my parents took our family on our annual trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I recall thinking 'frozen custard and the Florida heat...what a perfect place for Culver's!.'

What does this accomplishment mean to you?
"I look forward to knowing that through my dream of owning my own Culver's, I'll be bringing a small piece of something I love from my childhood hometown down to Disney World where I vacationed as a young boy. I hope that we can bring years of smiles to all the tourists around the world stopping in for a good meal with a smile!"  

To what do you attribute your success? 

"My time at Baraboo High School set me up by providing me with top-notch educators who were passionate about setting me up for success. I attribute all of my success to my support from Baraboo Schools and UW-Madison and all the teachers who dedicated their lives to their students. Having parents as teachers, I know first-hand the hard work and dedication teachers put into their students. I wouldn't be here in Florida today chasing my dreams without their passion for education. Thanks to them, I am where I am today!"
On behalf of the Baraboo School District, thank you, Nathan, and best of luck in this exciting venture!  
BHS Alum Crane Coaching D1 Basketball
Baraboo High School Alum Erin Crane, daughter to East Elementary teacher Anne Crane, is in her first year of serving as a Division I assistant women's basketball coach for Northwestern State.

"I was always in the gym with him growing up," Erin says of her childhood, which was spent watching dad Dave Crane coach at high schools in Illinois and Wisconsin before taking the head coaching job at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County. 

According to a press release from the college, Erin's transition into the coaching role has made her parents #Barabooproud.

"(Coaching) is a really solid thing to do in life - not only to teach the game but also to impact lives," Dave says. "They have good relationships with their players, and they're promoting positive things.
"As far as following in my footsteps, there are a lot of ways to go out and serve, be out there in the public eye and do good in today's world. They're doing a pretty good job of that."

Read the full story on the Baraboo News Republic website HERE. Great job, Erin! 
Creative Writing Club visits UW-Whitewater Festival
Baraboo High School Creative Writing Club students participated in the annual UW-Whitewater Creative Writing Festival on Nov. 16. Students participated in a number of categories, from poetry to screenplay writing. 

Back row (left to right): Aetia Oberman, Megan Schauf, Carley Frey, Faith Johnson, Jordan Zirzow
Front row (left to right): Mary-Jane Maddox, Emma Luttermann (German exchange student), Jessica Nelson, Solveig Nelson Argo, Teanna Konkel

Citizens Police and Fire Academy
A Baraboo Citizens Police and Fire Academy will run Jan. 11-March 15.  S tudents 16 years and older are also welcome to join. To fill out an application, visit the Baraboo Police and Fire Department offices at 135 4th Street downtown. 
West fundraising for new playground equipment

Blosenski is Artist of the Month at North Freedom
Caylee Blosenski, a 5th grade student at North Freedom in Mrs. Shafer's class, has proven to generate very unique ideas and creative problem solving. She demonstrates craftsmanship and hard work in the art room and was chosen "Artist of the Month" for December.
     All of the fifth grade students were challenged to design a pair of shoes and convert the shoe into art. Caylee displayed her creativity as she transformed high heels into playground slides through the seasons. Her certificate, picture and artwork is on display at the North Freedom Village Hall during the month of December.

Alumni Swimmers Wanted
Attention alumni T-Bird Swimmers! Join us for a fun night at the pool with old teammates and the new T-Bird Swimmers at the Alumni Meet on  Tuesday, Dec. 27. The meet starts at  6 p.m. at the Jack Young Middle School Pool.  Event line-up is Alumni-friendly with lots of 50's and short relays.

200 Medley Relay
100 IM 
50 Free
4x100 Free Relay
50 Fly
100 Free
4x200 Free Relay
50 Back
50 Breast
8x400 Free Relay

Post meet social after to share stories and advice for the current team.  Contact Chris Lemke at  or  608-393-3935  to sign-up or for more information.
Swim Registration has started
Registration for winter lessons at the indoor pool began this week, with offerings including:

* Aqua Zumba

* AM Aqua Jog

* Water Aerobics

* Swimming Lessons

* Parent-Tot Lessons

For registration information and flyers on each of these offerings, CLICK HERE.  
Coffee Fundraiser
More than 90 students, parents, and chaperones from Baraboo High School are traveling to Switzerland and Italy in the Summer of 2018. Help them raise funds to cover travel costs through a coffee fundraiser.

Money will go toward funding:
  • Bus transportation from Baraboo to Chicago's O'hare International Airport
  • Tip money for the two tour directors that will be leading our group overseas
  • Tips for our bus drivers and tour guides in Switzerland and Italy.
Coffee is $15 per 1lb. bag,  sold ground or whole bean. Roasts include  Starry Night by Alterra and  Wonderland by Collectivo.

Anyone interested in purchasing coffee to support our efforts can contact Erick Blasing at Baraboo High School: 355-3940 ext. 2312 or Coffee will be delivered starting Dec. 20.
Registrar at new District Office location
We are excited to announce that you can find District Registrar Kristine Snow at the new Baraboo School District Administration Office at 423 Linn Street, across from Culver's.

Kristine will assist families with registration questions for any grade level, and the new location also offers a private conference room.

To contact Kristine directly to set up an appointment, email or call 355-3950.
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