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Parent/Teacher Conferences
Date: Jan. 18
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Place: Elementary schools

No School for Students
Date: Jan. 19

West & BELC
Winter Carnival 
Date:  January 25
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM  

JYMS Literacy Night
Date: Feb. 5
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS commons
Notes: There will be an Author Talk with Ben Michaelson at 5 p.m. in the Auditorium, followed by a book signing.

District Solo
& Ensemble Festival
Date: Feb. 24
Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Portage High School

5th Grade 
District-Wide Concert
Date: March 5
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School

8th Grade Music 
Showcase Concert
Date: March 13
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS Big Gym

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Date: March 16 - 18  
Place: Al. Ringling Theatre

Baraboo High School
Showcase Concert
Date: March 22
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Gymnasium

District Spring Break
Date: March 26-30

GLW 2nd Grade Concert
Date: April 10
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

GLW Kindergarten Concert
Date: May 7
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

JYMS Spring Band Concerts
Date: May 17
Time: 5:30 p.m. 6th grade; 6:30 p.m. 7th grade; 7:30 p.m. 8th grade
Place: JYMS Big Gym

JYMS Spring Choir Concerts
Date: May 22
Time: 5:30 p.m. (WIN & 6th grade); 6:30 p.m. (7th and 8th)
Place: JYMS Big Gym

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.

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.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
January 18, 2018

BHS to Have Presentation on Drug and Alcohol Abuse
The Baraboo School District is committed to providing prevention education and support for students and their families around the issue of drugs and alcohol abuse and use. I am pleased to announce that Mike McGowan will conduct an all-school assembly for our Baraboo High School students on January 22nd (the first day of the second semester) to kick off a series of presentations around these Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) topics. Mr. McGowan is president of McGowan and Associates, a training and consultation firm specializing in alcohol, drug, conflict resolution, and workplace and family issues. He is also a motivational speaker and his seminars and presentations are uniquely educational and entertaining. Mr. McGowan spoke to our student body on the first day of the 2016-17 school year, and his positive and motivating message was well received. We are excited about having him back to Baraboo High School for this upcoming presentation.

Following Mr. McGowan's presentation, students will have the opportunity to sign up for a series of optional Enrichment sessions when additional AODA information will be presented to them from a variety of experts and professionals from around the area. Those presentations and related topics will take place on the following dates:

Friday, February 2nd--Current Drug Trends: Presented by the City of Baraboo Police Department

Tuesday, February 13th--Ripple Effect and Impact of Substance Abuse: Presented by Sauk County Criminal Justice Programs

The Baraboo School District is partnering with members of the Sauk County Criminal Justice Programs and City of Baraboo Police Department to create and deliver these outreach presentations. It is our goal that we will provide students current and factual information around AODA issues and to provide relevant resources. We also encourage parents/guardians to have conversations at home with your high school student(s) about these issues and to encourage them to sign up and actively participate in the optional Enrichment offerings.  
If you have questions and/or are seeking additional information, please contact the high school at (608) 355-3940.
Mordini Teaches Life-Saving Skills
Baraboo High School special education teacher Shelley Mordini took her lessons from the classroom to the Indoor Pool this week, where students received lessons in water safety, different stroke techniques and overall physical fitness!

GLW to Have Family Game Night
Gordon L Willson Elementary will have a family game night Thursday, February 9th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.!

Playing board games helps students bond with their family and helps them to work on their motor skills, strategy usage and problem solving technique.
Career & College Readiness Class Prepares Final Projects
Baraboo High School Business Education teacher June Anderson's Career and College Readiness class is getting ready to present their end-of-term projects. 

Project topics include:
Meals at Hope House
Shoveling sidewalks during snow
Making Christmas/thank you cards for staff
Making tie blankets for the children's hospital (raised over $800) 
Meals for the homeless shelter in Reedsburg
Clothing drive at House of Wellness
Little library 
Crafts at nursing home
Activity bags for the children's hospital
Donald Small Retires After 28 Years
The Baraboo School District would like to congratulate Donald L. Small on his retirement after 28 years as a bus driver in our district! What does 28 years look like?

28 years x 180 school days per year = 5,040 days safely driving for the students of Baraboo
4 hours per day x 5040 days = 20,160 hours of safe driving
60 miles per day x 5040 days = 302,400 miles traveled safely
35 students average per trip x 5040 days = 176,400 students transported safely
3 generations of Baraboo students
15 years training more than 200 safety conscious school bus drivers
SAVE THE DATE for the Baraboo Indoor Pool's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
Admins, School Board Attend Baraboo Basketball Game in Milwaukee
Baraboo School District Administrator Lori Mueller, Director of Teaching and Learning Nick Karls, Director of Business Services Yvette Updike, and School Board Members Mike Kohlman, Kevin Vodak and Gary Cummings take time out of their meetings to attend the Baraboo Boys Basketball game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee yesterday. #Barabooproud!
BHS Construction Update: January 2018
Crossing Guard Appreciation Week is Next Week 
Facebook Live: "Grading for Learning," Brought to you by Visger and Brickl!
The Baraboo School District went live!

On Monday, Jan. 8, Baraboo High School associate principals Mr. Visger and Mr. Brickl presented on Grading for Learning in a Facebook Live event. 

In an effort to help our graduates be more college and career ready, Baraboo High School has been taking measures to improve communication about student performance and increase rigor experienced by students in the classroom. These measures are already in application in many classes. You can expect this to be building-wide and reflected on report for the 2018-19 school year.

Couldn't watch it live? No problem; the video is on our Facebook page for you to reference at your convenience.
New Year's Resolution: Join the Baraboo Indoor Pool!
New sessions will begin soon at the Baraboo Indoor Pool! Visit our website here for more information on:

Annual memberships
Swimming lessons
Aqua Zumba
Aqua Jog
Water Aerobics
Masters Adult Stroke Clinic
JYMS Literacy Night set for Feb. 5
The Baraboo School District is Hiring!
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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