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East Spirit Week
Date: Sept. 18-22

East Parent Flower Fundraiser
Date: Sept. 18-29

BHS Homecoming Parade
Date: Sept. 22
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: On the Square, downtown Baraboo

BHS Homecoming Game
Date: Sept. 22
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Flambeau Field

BHS Homecoming Dance
Date: Sept. 23
Time: 7:30-11:30 p.m.
Place: BHS gym
Notes: Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for one or $15 for two.

Bully Awareness Day
Date: Sept. 27

WI School Board Week
Date: Oct. 1-7

East Parent Support Group
Date: Oct. 3
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: East Elementary

ABE Parent Support Group
Date: Oct. 3
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: ABE gym

West Willson Parent Association Meeting
Date: Oct. 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: West Kindergarten Center

Picture Retakes Day
Date: Oct. 23
Place: ABE, East, GLW, North Freedom

BHS P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 23/24
Notes: High School

JYMS P/T Conferences
Dated: Oct. 24/25
Notes: Middle School

North Freedom Parent Group Meeting
Date: Oct. 24
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary

Elementary P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 25/26
Notes: Elementary Schools
Picture Retakes Day
Date: Oct. 25
Place: West and BELC

ABE Parent Support Group
Date: Nov. 7
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: ABE gym

East Parent Support Group
Date: Nov. 7
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: East Elementary

West Willson Parent Association Meeting
Date: Nov. 14
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: GLW library

GLW Literacy Night
Date: Nov. 16
Place: GLW

Fall Break
Date: Nov. 22-24

ABE Parent Support Group
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: ABE gym

East Parent Support Group
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: East Elementary

North Freedom Parent Group Meeting
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary

West Willson Parent Association Meeting
Date: Dec. 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: West Kindergarten Center

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.

Thunderbird Thursday Update
September 28, 2017
Last week our T-Bird Poll questions was: Do you plan to buy a 2017-18 yearbook? 

The results are in! 70% of those who responded said they will be buying a yearbook this year. 15% said they will not; and 15% said they can't because they aren't in school and don't have a student in school, but they think yearbooks are great!

This week's poll is about social media.
EAST Students Practice Cool Tools 
Students at East Elementary, wearing their "Bringing My Best Every Day" team spirited t-shirts, reviewed their cool tools on Monday.
Cool tools are expectations and guidelines to help support students with the school's goals of being safe, respectful and responsible. All students at East rotated through the stations and worked with partners and classmates to practice the expectations.

HOMECOMING 2017: The BHS Homecoming Assembly
Sarbacker's Writing Featured on WI Department of Public Instruction's Website!
BHS 9th grade student Cooper Sarbacker was featured on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website.  Last year Cooper participated in this Wisconsin Writes project as an eighth grader, and his videos have now been published! 

In the video, Cooper shares his writing process in lyrics. He steps back into a rap that he continues to work on, creating new lines and incorporating old ones. Watch as he explains how he writes with a musical beat in mind and reveals where his ideas come from.

We are #Barabooproud to have one of our very own featured on the state's website! Congratulations, Cooper!

To view the video, click here.
GLW Kindergartners Show Their T-Bird Pride
The kindergarten students in Mrs. Gulden's and Ms. Nelson's classrooms at GLW showed off their Thunderbird Pride with their very own Pee Wee Parade before Baraboo High School's Homecoming Parade on Friday .

The students crafted their own floats and decorated Thunderbird signs in celebration of their first homecoming.

This is GLW's 13th year holding a Pee Wee Parade!

JYMS Students Receive a Week of Inspirational Math
Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 at JYMS participated in a  Week  of  Inspirational   Math .  

The Week of Inspirational Math was created by Jo Boaler who is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and author of the book: Mathematical Mindsets. The lessons were designed to actively engage the students in hands-on math activities that stressed the importance of working together.  Each of the 5 lessons were also accompanied by a growth mindset message for the students.  

In the photo(s) students are exploring contemporary artist Sol LeWitt's 12 x 23 x 12 structure.  Students are looking for patterns within his 12 x 23 x 12 structure while trying to recreate the first 3 layers.
WEST and BELC Students are Bucket Fillers!

Principal  Olson  and the West and BELC teachers have read the book titled  Have You Filled a Bucket Today?  to each 4K and kindergarten class in September.  

The premise of this story is that each of us has an imaginary bucket inside of us that holds our good thoughts and good feelings about ourselves.  

The story focuses on doing and saying good things to help others feel good about themselves and to fill the bucket inside of them.  

The author also points out that being a bucket dipper involves doing things that aren't so nice which empty another person's bucket.  

We continue to emphasize kindness and cooperation amongst our 4K and K students in BELC and at West.
Attention all Juniors at BHS!  You have the opportunity to register for the PSAT test that will take place at BHS on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Why do students take the PSAT?  
The PSAT is a practice SAT test that is a great way for students to practice standardized test taking.  However, the main reason students participate in the PSAT is because they have the potential to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.

On test day students who register will report to the Library Media Center by 7:45 a.m. to take the test.  You can sign up to take the PSAT in Student Services; the cost is $16.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Waldvogel at:
HOMECOMING 2017: The BHS Homecoming Parade
Thunderbird Sweatshirts are IN!
Thunderbird Sweatshirts have arrived and are now available for pick up at the District Office, located at 423 Linn Street, Baraboo, during regular business hours. 

We can accept check or cash for payment. Checks can be made payable to Baraboo School District. 

#BarabooProud and Always Onward Thunderbirds!
A Delicious Lesson with a Friendly Neighbor
West School Neighbor, George 
Buchanan visited Ms. Mandy Brice's class at West Kindergarten last week. 

In the fall of 2016, Mr. Buchanan helped West students build a community garden, planting flowers and vegetables. Students continue to learn about the needs of plants and the life cycle of animals and plants alike.  

A big thank you to Mr.  Buchanan
 for helping to create these wonderful hands-on learning opportunities for students at West. 
HOMECOMING 2017: The BHS Varsity Football Homecoming Game
Funmaker Visits BHS English Classes
BHS English teachers Elise Johnson and Kari Nelson welcomed Sherman Funmaker to their U.S. Literature & Composition classes this week. Funmaker, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, discussed his life journey with students, read aloud excerpts of his work, and took students through a short writing exercise.

Thank you, Sherman, for sharing your stories with our sophomore students!
Buy Your BHS Yearbook Before Oct. 13!
Capture the memories of this school year by purchasing a Baraboo High School Yearbook today!  Visit the Walsworth website at and search for Baraboo.  Next, choose your yearbook preferences and optional add ons.   Yearbooks are only $45 until October 13th , which is the lowest price of the year.  Paper order forms are also available at the student information station.

All students who purchase a yearbook before October 13th will be put in a drawing for a $30 gift card to the BHS School Store!

If you have photographs that you would like to contribute to the BHS yearbook, visit, search for Baraboo High School, and click on the Community Upload icon to share your photos with us!
On Saturday, Sept. 30th, a simple test drive can raise funds for the Baraboo High School Sophomore Student Council and Baraboo 21.
A Drive 4 UR School event, sponsored by Glacier Valley Ford, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the High School parking lot.

For every test drive taken by adults 18 and older, the clubs will earn $20. Ford launched the Drive 4 UR School test-drive program in 2007, and the program has raised more than $35 million for schools since then. Here is a link that will take you to a form where you can book your drive time!

When is my child considered tardy?
*          A tardy at the elementary level means the child arrives late but before 8:05 a.m.
*          A tardy at the middle school or high school level means the child arrives late but before 7:55 a.m.
When is my child considered absent?
*          If a student arrives to school more than 10 minutes late (after 8:05 at the elementary level or after 7:55 at the middle and high school level), it is considered an unexcused absence, if an acceptable excuse is not given by the parent. For more information on what is an "acceptable excuse," please see (put link to 431-Rule here)
How long do I have to give the school a reason for my child's absence?
*          Parent/guardian must provide the school an acceptable excuse no later than 3 days after the absence. For example, if the child is absent on Monday, an acceptable excuse must be provided by Thursday. If no acceptable excuse is received, the absence is count as unexcused.
*          If an acceptable excuse is provided after the three day window has expired, the absence will remain unexcused.
When is my child considered truant?
*          A child is considered truant when he/she misses all or part of a school day in a trimester or semester without an acceptable excuse. If a child is truant, he/she may be disciplined by the school (detention, suspension, etc.) in addition to being referred to the Baraboo Police Department.
When can the school district file a truancy charge on my child?
*          When a student has three unexcused absences for all or part of a school day ,  a referral will be made to the School Resource Office to file truancy charges. If a citation is issued, you and your child will need to appear in court. The sentence of the court can include, but is not limited to, an order for your child to not miss any more school without being excused and/or a forfeiture (up to $100 plus costs).
When is my child considered habitually truant?
*          A child is considered habitually truant when he/she misses all or part of five school days in a trimester or semester without an acceptable excuse.
When can the school district file habitual truancy charge on my child?
*          When a student has five unexcused absences, you will be asked to attend a meeting with the school to discuss your child's truancy and your child can receive education counseling, learning problems and social problems, after which a referral will be made to the School Resource Office to file habitual truancy charges. If a citation is issued you and your child will need to appear in court. The sentence for habitual truancy can include, but is not limited to, a court order for your child to not miss any more school without being excused, a forfeiture (up to $500 plus cots), community service, suspension of the child's driving privileges, revocation of the child's work permit, etc.    
When is a professional note required for my child's absence?
*          A parent is allowed to excuse their child from school with an acceptable excuse for up to 10 days in a year. A professional note , such as from a doctor or nurse practitioner, will be required for all subsequent absences.
The Baraboo Indoor Pool will have a Masters Adult Stroke Clinic beginning Oct. 2 and running through Dec. 11. 

In addition, the indoor pool is still taking registration for Aqua Zumba and has started the first session of Water Aerobics and Aqua Jog.

For more information on the indoor pool and the classes and open swim schedules  , please click here.
Traditionally prom has been held the first Saturday in May at Baraboo High School. 

Going forward, prom will be held the last Saturday in April. That makes the date for the 2018 prom April 28th. Please save the date!
Baraboo School District is joining the #BarabooRocks fun. 

We painted nearly 70 rocks and hid them outside of each of our seven schools. If you find a rock, bring it into the District Office (423 Linn Street) to receive a certificate for FREE ADMISSION to any Baraboo home athletic event during the regular 2017-18 season!

Five rocks have been preselected to receive a special prize, but you won't know if it is your rock until you turn it in!

Look below to see which rocks have been found. Click here for a larger image!
Registration for the Baraboo Girls Club Basketball is now open for girls in grades 3-8. The season kickoff is Sunday, Oct. 1 at Jack Young Middle School.  There will be a m andatory parent/player team meeting at  6 p.m. followed by open gym until 7:30 p.m.
Go to  for information and registration.

Fees due by the  Oct. 1 kickoff.
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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