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Link Crew:
Freshmen Orientation
Date: August 31
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

First Day of School 
Date: Tuesday, September 4

First Full Day of Kindergarten
Date: September 5

First Day of 4K
Date: September 7

GLW Picture Day
Date: September 13
Place: GLW

JYMS Picture Day
Date: September 17
Place: JYMS

BSD Volunteers Training
Date: September 20
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Place: West School, 707 Center St., Baraboo

BHS Powder Buff
Volleyball Game
Date: September 23
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS gym

BHS Powder Puff
Football Game
Date: September 24
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Football Field

BSD Volunteers Training
Date: September 24
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Place: West School, 707 Center St., Baraboo

BHS Homecoming
Steak Feed Fundraiser
Date: September 26
Time: 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Pierce's Express Market, 935 8th St., Baraboo

BHS Homecoming Parade
Date: September 28
TIme: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Downtown Baraboo

BHS Homecoming Dance
Date: September 29
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

BHS Parent Teacher Conferences 
Date: October 23-24
Time: 1:30-5 p.m.

No School
Date: October 26

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
August 30 , 2018
Check Out the Newly Revitalized BHS!
The Baraboo School District held a Phase II: Revitalize Baraboo High School Grand Opening for the newly renovated Baraboo High School on August 29 at 5 p.m., followed by Baraboo High School's Open House from 5:30-7:30 PM, complete with guided tours courtesy of the BHS Link Crew, a Selfie Station, refreshments and a first look at the new Baraboo High School!

As we mark the beginning of a revitalized Baraboo High School, we look back on the process that has gotten us to this moment. In 2011, the Baraboo School District established a Long-Range Facility Master Plan designed to be accomplished in four distinct phases. In 2014, Phase I successfully addressed urgent maintenance and security needs at all seven schools within our district.  

Following the completion of Phase I, the School Board and the Modern Community Campus Strategic Focus Group identified Baraboo High School as the District's next pressing need. We assessed the needs at Baraboo High School and asked for Baraboo's participation in prioritizing these needs in a Community-Wide Survey. 

After analyzing the results of this survey, Phase II: Revitalize Baraboo High School went to referendum on November 8, 2016, and passed with 58% of the vote.

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017 we broke ground on Phase II and for the past 15 months we have watched as our high school has been transformed from an outdated facility that didn't meet the needs of our students to a modernized community campus to be #BarabooProud of!

Baraboo High School is the final destination for every student in the Baraboo School District, and a space where every student will engage, learn and grow before setting out to succeed in the world beyond our school walls. 

We appreciate the support of the Baraboo community as we strive to create the best learning environments possible in the Baraboo School District.  We are    #Barabooproud    to live in a community that values our schools, our students, and the future of Baraboo.

To view all photos from the grand opening, click here. Photos of the new spaces coming soon!

GLW Holds  Phase III Ribbon Cutting 
Gordon L. Willson Elementary held a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday, Aug. 29, prior to open house to celebrate the new playground equipment installed this summer.

The GLW Playground Committee, as well as the West Willson Parent Association, have been fundraising for several years to make improvements to GLW's playground, also a location of before/after school and summer Kid Stop.

In the summer of 2015 the group raised funds for a new piece of playground equipment to fill a void that was created when other pieces were removed because they were getting older. 

Last summer a new large structure, including monkey bars, climbing aparati, and two slides, was installed at the same time the Baraboo School District funded other updates to the playground, such as new blacktop and a repaved parking lot.

Yesterday GLW celebrated the completion of Phase III of the playground improvements, installing a balance beam and sky pods in the lower playground and a monkey bar wall, climber and 2 flower spinners in the upper playground.

We are #Barabooproud to have such dedicated teachers and parents willing to fundraise to help us as we improve and modernize our campuses.
BHS Homecoming Steak Feed Fundraiser Set for Sept. 26
Baraboo High School Athletics Department will hold a BHS Homecoming Steak Feed on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Pierce's Express Market, 935 8th Street, Baraboo, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Meals for adults will be $9 and include a steak or chicken sandwich, coleslaw, beans and a drink. There will also be a $5 hot dog kids meal available.

All proceeds will benefit the Baraboo High School Athletic Department.

To download this flyer,  please click here. 

Attendance Matters: Every Student. Every Day. Every Grade.
September is Attendance Awareness month, and for good reason! It's the start of the school year, so let's start it off right: with good attendance!

Research shows that poor attendance in the month of September can predict chronic absenteeism for the rest of the school year. In fact, if a student misses two days in September, they are 50% more likely to be chronically absent that school year.

Chronic absence in the Baraboo School District is defined as missing 10% of school in a school year. As there are 180 days in the school year, missing 10% means missing a total of 18 days during the year, or about 2 days a month.  These can be excused or unexcused absences.

Please take a look at the below infographic designed by the Baraboo School District on why attendance matters and what you as parents/guardians can do to help your student achieve. To get a printable copy, please click here.

Para obtener una versión en español de la infografía Attendance Matters, envíe un correo electrónico

4K Open Houses Rescheduled
The  4K   Open   Houses  for Bear-A-Boo Daycare, Renewal Unlimited and St. Clare for Tuesday, Aug. 28 was postponed due to inclement weather. The Open Houses have been rescheduled as follows:

St. Clare Tommy Bartlett Center: Thursday, Aug. 30 from 4:30-6:30 PM

Bear-A-Boo Daycare: Tuesday, Sept. 4 from  4:30-6:30  PM

Renewal Unlimited AM class Open House with Sarah Fowler:  Thursday, Aug. 30 from 4:30-6:30 PM. 

Gulden, Henson, Mueller Attend 2018 Educator Leadership Rendezvous
Teachers of the Year from across the state were invited to attend the 2018 Educator Leadership Rendezvous, and they were asked to identify an Educator of Promise (someone who is in years 2-8 of their career as a teacher, regardless of his or her age) to join them as their teammate for the weekend. 

Liz Gulden, kindergarten teacher at Gordon L. Willson Elementary, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2018. She invited GLW Special Education teacher Kaitlyn Henson as her Educator of Promise partner. Also in attendance as a leader of a breakout session and participant was Baraboo High School Business Education teacher Jessie Mueller.

The Baraboo educators joined others from across the state as they experienced a day in the life of military personnel, and talked extensively about leadership. 

Teachers taught the military personnel how to use BreakoutEDU to engage learners in complex problem solving and thinking, and the military personnel brought many resources to share with teachers for their classroom, including units on Wisconsin history and STEM, which can be adapted to use PK-12.

We are #BarabooProud of our educators, their level of commitment and their dedication to leadership!

West Readies for a New School Year
  West Kindergarten is ready for the 2018-19 school year! 

Students were greeted with a welcoming bulletin board during Open House and will be further welcomed on the first day of school. We are excited for all of our youngest learners in 4K and Kindergarten to start their educational journey with the Baraboo School District, and we look forward to the partnerships we will build with new parents/guardians and continue to build with returning parents.  Welcome back, Baraboo!
Now Hiring!
The Baraboo School District is seeking candidates for substitute custodial positions for the 2017-18 school year.  The starting rate is $10.80/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 (608-355-3985).

Back to School Supplies Lists
Play Golf to Support Hockey!
You are invited to play in the 6th Annual Thunderbird Hockey Golf Outing!

Where: Baraboo Country Club
When: Sunday, September 2nd with 9:00 AM shotgun start

The cost for the golf outing is $60 per golfer ($50 if you are a member). Payment will be collected at the course before we tee off.  

This includes 18 holes with a cart, and a meal will follow the event. There will also be flag event prizes and a raffle.

To enter your team simply email Coach Waldvogel the names of your foursome at:

See the Cranes of the World!
The International Crane Foundation has  developed an Adventure Pass program in coordination with the Baraboo Public Library.  

The Adventure Pass program allows patrons of the South Central Library System to check out the pass through the Baraboo Public Library and receive free admission to the International Crane Foundation. 

The Adventure Pass program will continue through  October 31, 2018 . There are 10 passes available. Library patrons can check out the Adventure Pass for one week. The pass allows admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children, ages 6 through 17. It will not be valid for school field trips. 

The Adventure Pass program is supported in part by a grant from the Sauk County UW-Extension, Arts and Culture Committee, Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Need Gas?
The Baraboo Athletics Department is excited to announce Pierce's Express Market, located at 935 8th St, Baraboo, has  installed a pair of Thundberbird Pride gas pumps at its location. 

Pierce's will donate two cents per gallon to a variety of BHS sports and clubs for gas purchased at those two specific pumps. A different group will be selected each month as the beneficiary. Please consider supporting our programs by using these pumps.

Thank you for partnering with the Baraboo School District, Pierce's!

Registration Open for Fall Kid Stop
Kid Stop is a program offered to all students in the School District of Baraboo in  grades K-5. This program is a member of the YoungStar Program and has an 17:1  student to staff ratio. It is held in a handicapped accessible facility.

The Kid Stop is committed to:
- Provide a dependable, affordable, quality child care program.
- Plan a variety of options to enhance the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of all children.
- Ensure a safe, supervised, and structured activity time.
- Nurture, support, and personally interact with children.
- Recognize and encourage the development of children's individual interests and talents.
- Provide homework assistance to those students that need this.
- Expand the use of school facilities to meet the growing needs of the community, including before school, after school, and during the summer.


We provide children with the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that include: outdoor play, board games, Legos, arts/crafts projects, indoor gym games, and computer time. Children are also given the opportunity to work on homework with the support of staff. A snack and milk/juice are provided.


Gordon L Willson Elementary: Site for students attending GLW, West, or North Freedom
146 Berkley Blvd
Baraboo, WI 53913

East Elementary: Site for students attending East or ABE
815 Sixth Street
Baraboo WI 53913

Those students from ABE, North Freedom, and West who participate in the before school Kicl Stop program will take a shuttle bus to their respective schools prior to the start of the school day. Students at ABE, North Freedom, and West who participate in the after school Kid Stop program will take a shuttle bus to their program location after school.

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

In order to best support our numerous school volunteers, we are offering volunteer trainings at West School (707 Center St.) on September 20 from 12:30-1:30 PM or September 24 from 4:00-5:00 PM. School volunteers from any of our schools are welcome to attend either of these trainings to better understand the role and dynamics of a school volunteer along with receiving some information about school district volunteer expectations.  The volunteer training is completely optional and open to all school district volunteers. 

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.
Now Hiring Kid Stop Assistants
Are you interested in a part-time position that makes a positive contribution to the community by helping students learn and grow?
The Baraboo School District has several Kid Stop Assistant positions available for the 2018-19 school year. Kid Stop is a childcare program designed for elementary school student entering grades K-5. Weekly hours for these part-time positions vary, but may be
up to 25 hours a week. The starting rate for these positions begins at $11.44/hour. Any early child education is preferred

View more details about the position and application instructions here. Interested candidates should complete the employment application and submit materials no later than Friday, August 17.

Calling All 3-Year-Olds!

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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