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GLW/West Math 
& Technology Night
Date: Feb. 16
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Place: GLW

North Freedom Dairy Queen Fundraiser
Dates:  Feb. 20-27
Time: 4-10  p.m.
Place: Dairy Queen, Baraboo
Notes: This fundraiser is brought to you by the North Freedom Parent Group!

CPR Certification
Date: Feb. 22
Time: 1:15-3:15
Place: BHS, Room E123
Cost: $30/person
Notes: Register with Dr. Bartman; 24 spots available

Book Club
Date: Feb. 24
Time: 9:20 - 1o a.m.
Place: BHS Library
Notes: February's book is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

WSMA District 
Solo & Ensemble
Date: Feb. 25
Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: BHS

Literacy Night
Date: March 2
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: GLW
Notes: For BELC, West and GLW students

Read Across America Day
Date: March 3
Time: All Day
Place: District-wide

GLW Culver's Night
Date: March 7
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Place: Culver's, Baraboo

BHS Musical  Little Shop of Horrors
Dates: March 16-18
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

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

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

Evaluations will be on Saturday, March 11th. 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
Feb. 9, 2017
2-Star General speaks to Argo's class
General Marcia Anderson, along with a news crew from Channel 3000, visited BHS Social Studies teacher Steve Argo's class on Feb. 14 as a guest speaker.

Gen. Anderson is the United State's first female African American 2-star general. She spoke to the class about her experiences of being a black female in the US military and encouraged the students to seize every opportunity and "to never give up." 

After her presentation, General Anderson met with students to answer questions, sign autographs and take selfies!

To see the video on Channel 3000, click here!

Thank you, BSD Bus Drivers!
This week is School Bus Drivers Recognition Week.

This week is highlighted  each year to recognize the commitment to safety excellence of over 15,000 Wisconsin  school bus drivers, who drive over 82 million miles each year and transport over 600,000
students on any given school day.

Here are some fun facts about busses!

* The 1st "School Bus" was a horse-drawn carriage in 1827 in England.

* Before 1920, school buses had cloth curtains rather than glass windows.

* The 1st steel body bus was built in the 1930s by Wayne Co.

* Ever wonder why a school bus is Yellow? Yellow is an attention grabbing color. In fact, studies show that people notice the color yellow ov er all other colors.

* Approximately 480,000 yellow school buses carry 25 million children to and from school every weekday.

* A school bus is the safest transportation on the road.

BELC Math Night adds up to family fun!

Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative students and families celebrated Math Night on Feb. 9 at West.

Students and families played math-related games in the West gym.

Thank you to all the families who attended, and all of the teachers who helped make this night possible!
Math Club at East Elementary
This year East third through fifth graders had the opportunity to be a part of the school's first math club. 

The students met after school for 45 minutes and enjoyed socializing with friends while having fun building their math skills through choice activities. 

The turnout was great and East School looks forward to having another month of math club next year! Options

Break The Cycle: Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month
What does it take to prevent  teen  dating violence? 

We know healthy relationships start with real conversations about the realities of love,  dating drama, and abuse.  As we wrap up  Teen  Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month, we invite you to participate in Break the Cycle's "Real Week" as a way to break the silence about abusive relationships and talk about what healthy love looks like in your own life. These day-by-day activities can be fun and meaningful ways to start thinking and talking together - whether you're a  teen reaching out to a friend, a parent trying to check in with your kids, or a teacher wanting to bring a conversation about healthy relationships into the classroom.
February 20 - Music Monday
Music is a great way to express yourself and sometimes songs can say everything you're thinking! What songs are on your relationship soundtrack? Create a playlist of songs that define you and healthy relationships. Use platforms like Spotify or YouTube and share it!
February 21  - Talk it Out Tuesday
Arguing fairly can be tough, but it's possible. Today, practice "I Feel" messages and fair arguing methods. Here's a template for "I Feel" messages: "I feel (describe emotion)...when (describe behavior)." Tweet your best "I Feel" message to @breakthecycledv with #BTCRealTalk
February 22 - Wishlist Wednesday
It's important to think about the qualities you want in a person you date. If you made a wishlist for your relationship, what would it include? Make a list and discuss it or share it!
February 23 - Throwback Thursday
We can all learn from our past, both the good and not so good things. Are there things you wish you could say to an ex or someone from your past? Write a letter telling them three (3) things you learned from your relationship and three (3) things you wish you could have changed. After writing the letter, practice moving forward from the relationship by throwing the letter away or ripping it up, signifying that you no longer let those things define you.
February 24 - Freaky Friday
Let's talk about getting down! Host a real talk or chat about the realities of sex, consent, and boundaries when you're hooking up, hanging out, or dating.
For more information about  Teen  Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month, visit and If you or someone you know has been affected by relationship violence and needs support, you can call Hope House's 24-hour confidential helpline at  608-356-7500. Another great option is, which has a 24-hour helpline at  1-866-331-9474, online chat, and a texting hotline by texting loveis to 22522 (all geared towards  teens and young adults).

Love (and music!) was in the air on Valentine's Day!

JYMS Choir had a Valentine's Day fundraiser of Singing Valentines for on Feb. 14. The theme was "I've got a 'Crush' on you."  

The Singing Valentines were delivered to students during WIN time on Valentine's Day and Crush Soda was delivered during TA.   
Community Book Club and BASCO Corner
The Community Book Club met on Jan. 27 to discuss the book The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope by Rhonda Riley.

This month the club will meet on Friday, Feb. 24 from 9:20 - 10 a.m. in the BHS library to discuss the book The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

New members are always welcome and the club chooses the books they read together and are always open to suggestions! 
GLW and West's Math and Technology night TONIGHT!
The staff from Gordon L. Willson Elementary and West Kindergarten Center will host a  Math /Technology  Night  Around the Globe tonight from 5 - 6 PM

Students and their families are invited to school to play some fun  math  games from around the world and learn more about our  math  learning resources right here in the Baraboo School District! 

The kids will carry their "passports" around the school, collecting "stamps" as they visit various countries - many of which represent student heritages present in our school buildings. 

It will be a fun-filled evening that showcases true school, family, and community partnerships! 
Second Grade Science Is Cool! (And sometimes, it's hot!)

Mrs. Knipp's second grade class participated in a science experiment on Feb. 10 where they measured the temperature of water in two different cups - one hot and one cold - then dropped a sugar cube into each cup and recorded how long it took the cubes to melt.

The students found that the sugar melted faster in hot water than in cold water.

The classroom was visited by a news crew during their experiment. 

The Madison news station will feature the class in a story on 1950 Baraboo High School graduate Corey Compton, who created an endowment fund to help the science programs at our local elementary schools.

For more photos and the whole story, visit our Facebook page here!
Teacher of the Year nominations

We have some pretty amazing teachers here in the Baraboo School District. Now's your chance to show them how great they are!

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 2016-'17 school year.

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 HERE or at any district school building.

For full Information, click HERE.

For an EIEA form, click HERE.

For a DETA form, click HERE.

Don't miss this opportunity to show our educators how much we appreciate them!

Madison College's Scholars of Promise
Attention BHS Juniors and Seniors!

Deadline is approaching for the Scholars of Promise scholarship from Madison College. 

This scholarship helps motivated low-income students who want to attend college but aren't able to pay for it by providing funding. 

Are you eligible? You must:
* Maintain at least 80 percent attendance in your senior year at BHS

* Carry a minimum of a 2.25 GPA

* Submit ACT or Accuplacer placement test scores by April 1 of your senior year

* Apply to a Madison College degree program by April 1 of your senior year

* Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1 of your senior year. You must be eligible for both federal and state financial aid and your expected family contribution must be $3,000 or less.

Juniors, complete and return the SCHOLARS OF PROMISE ONLINE INTEREST FORM before the end of your junior year. You are also encouraged to take the ACT this year.

Seniors, in addition to our placement tests, FAFSA and degree application, you  must submit your SCHOLARS OF PROMISE ONLINE INTEREST FORM no later than APRIL 1.

Please see your school counselor for more information on how to apply!
Say "Yes To The Dress" with Becca's Closet!
Upcoming Fundraisers!
Check Mate! Chess Tournament scheduled for March 4
The Baraboo High School Chess Club and the Wisconsin Scholastic Chess Federation have teamed up to host a Chess Tournament on  March 4th, 2017. Online registration is open now.. The tournament will take place at the Baraboo High School and be open to all K12 Students in Wisconsin. There will be a division for anyone in grade Kindergarten - 8th grade (K8) and a division for anyone in grades Kindergarten - 12th grade.  (K12). To preregister for the price of $10 please go to  by March 2nd. Onsite registration will cost $15. For more information please email Joseph Zech at .
West's Jump Rope For Heart
West Kindergarten Center, with the help of PE Teacher Leah Brownell, held Jump Rope For Heart activities in the West gym on Feb. 13.

Blue And Gold Court
JYMS Literacy Night to feature author Pat Schmatz
Insta-Take Over Tuesday. Are you ready?

Baraboo Amateur Baseball Association
Baraboo Soccer Club: Now Registering for Spring Season

New Website Roll-Out
The Baraboo School District has a new look!

Yesterday w e launched our new Baraboo School District website. The site has been completely updated to reflect a more modern, easy-to-use site with all of the information you need. We hope you enjoy the many benefits and functionality our new site has to offer.

The most commonly used links can be found just under the main photo on the district's homepage, including the Calendar, School Meals (menu), Parent Portal (infinite campus), Enrollment, Jobs, and the eNewsletter - just like this one!

To minimize disruption to our parents, students and staff, please have a look at this guide with helpful tips as you maneuver through the new layout and content areas:

Check out our new website here!
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