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JYMS Winter Band Concert
Date: December 9
6th grade @ 5:30 PM
7th grade @ 6:30 PM
Jazz & 8th Grade @ 7:30PM

Winter Break - No School
Dates: Dec. 23 - January 1

Winter Parent Teacher Conferences
Date: January 23

Family Literacy Night
Date: March 12
Place: Baraboo High School

Spring Break
Date: March 23-27

West/GLW Family Math Night
Date: April 2
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: GLW

No School
Date: April 10

BHS Fine Arts Night
Date: April 22
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: BHS commons

West Stay and Play
Date: May 4
Time: 3-4 p.m. 
Place: West Kindergarten Center

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 25

West Spring Sing
and Family Picnic
Date: May 27
Time: Spring Sing - 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Family Picnic - 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. 
Place: West

BHS Graduation
Date: May 29


To nominate a student for the BHS Senior Spotlight, email a brief write-up with the student's first and last name and an explanation of why you are nominating the senior to Holly Henderson.

Submissions must include at least one photograph.

Please enter "SENIOR SPOTLIGHT" in the subject field of the email.

Join us as we celebrate a nation of diverse readers with these recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures from the National Education Association.

Title: My Name is Bilal
Author:  Asma Mobin-Uddin
Illustrated by: Barbara Kiwak
For: Elementary Readers
Summary:  A brother and sister are the only Muslim students at their school. When the sister is teased for wearing a headscarf, Bilal finds the courage to stand up for her.

Why this book? October is Bullying Awareness Month. One of the best ways to prevent bullying is to help students stand up for each other. 


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.

Online registration. Ages 6-18. Certified, trained coaches. Spring and Fall seasons. Email BarabooSoccerClub@gmail.
com with questions.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
December 5, 2019
BHS Celebrates Native American Week 2019
Members of the Indigenous Students United (ISU) club at Baraboo High School recognized Native American heritage during the week of November 18 to 22.  Each day, a member of the club taught the student body a Ho-Chunk word of the day over the daily announcements. Additionally, during enrichment periods, BHS students were able to sign up to learn about a different aspect of the culture. Students were able to learn about the history of the Lacrosse game and participate in drills. Students also had the opportunity to learn how to play the Moccasin and enjoy some delicious frybread!   
Indoor Pool Holiday Deal
The Baraboo Indoor Pool is offering a holiday deal between Dec. 16-23, 2019 - Buy two punch cards, get the third on FREE!

"Yule" be sorry if you miss this holiday deal!  30 swims for $60!  It's SNOW joke! Give the gift of feelin' PINE after a great swim this holiday season!

4K Students Practice Letters with Technology
In Miss Emma's 4k class at West Kindergarten Center, students are learning letters by writing them on the etch-a-sketch boards and matching them with Osmo's on the iPads. 

Osmo enables iPad to merge the power of physical play with the digital advantages of real-time feedback. Playing beyond the screen invites students to collaborate on tables or floors while manipulating tangible game pieces, such as number tiles, letter tiles and coding blocks. 

NHS Makes Blankets for Local Shelter
Baraboo High School's National Honor Society members raised funds to purchase the supplies to make 20 fleece tie blankets to donate to our local area shelter.

MS and HS Students Compete in SkillsUSA
On Dec 2nd, 11 Jack Young Middle School and five Baraboo High School students completed at the District Fort Atkinson SkillsUSA competition. SkillsUSA is an organization that promotes and inspires students to develop their trade and college ready skills. 

Baraboo SkillsUSA competed against 350 students in a variety of skills events throughout the evening:
Wilem Pointon - Extemporaneous Speaking, Bronze
Mitchell Hamm - Woodworking Display, Silver
Elina Voronecky, Tessa Stanley,  Claire Wiler - Team Engineering Challenge, Gold
Gavin Hintze, Justin Weihert,  Anthony Campbell - Team Engineering Challenge, Bronze
Lyric Goelzer & Aaron Miller - Urban Search and Rescue Robotics Challenge, Silver

High School Competitors included  Willem Pointon, Jonathan Pierce, Darren Byl, Mitchell Hamm, Camdon Schultz.

Congratulations students, and thank you to Jack Young Middle School advisor Ms. Parsons and Baraboo High School advisor Mr. Engevold!

ABE Holds Fall Bingo Fun Night
Al Behrman Elementary families enjoyed a fun evening of bingo and popcorn on Tuesday, November 19. Families ate popcorn and played bingo for candy and yo-yos. At the end of the evening, names were drawn for 10 dinners.  Winners chose a ham or turkey dinner complete with a pie! 

 Thank you to anonymous donors of the dinners and candy prizes. A big thank you to Flambeau for the donation of yo-yos!  Everyone had a great time!

BHS Girls Swim Team Finishes Season with Banquet, Awards 
The T-Birds High School Girls swim team finished their great swim season with a team banquet on Monday, November 18.
The team capped off their season at the State Swim Meet on Friday, November 15 with 4 top-six finishes, including a new school record in the 200 medley relay.

At the banquet, eight team awards were given. The recipients were:
Rachel Laux and Clare Stuczynski -- Got GRiT Award
Anna Balfanz -- Rookie of the Year Award
Madalyn Beal -- Got Spirit Award
Kyra Hess -- Captain's Award
Mackenna Belter -- Most Improved Award
Mattie Letendre -- Most Valuable Award
Ella Lohr -- High Points Award

Congrats on a great season!

2020 JYMS Winter 2 Girls Basketball Registration Information
The parent meeting for 7/8th Grade Girls Basketball will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the JYMS Auditorium. Please arrive early if you have not registered your athlete online prior.

If you cannot attend the meeting you must contact one of the coaches listed here  AND Kevin Catterson ( to get the information you need before the first day of practice.

You must register online in the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus before the date of the parents meeting. You and your child will sign the Code of Conduct and Concussion forms electronically there. The participation fee of $30 can be paid at the parents meeting or in the JYMS main office. If you would like to pay online please contact Jim Langkamp at or Kevin Catterson ( )  in advance to have the fee added to your child's account.

For more information on schedules, transportation, physicals, etc., click here.
5th Graders Find Something Fishy in Great Lakes Investigation 
Mrs. Shafer's 5th graders at North Freedom Elementary School have been trying to solve the mystery of the trout population decline in the Great Lakes and their investigation led them to their latest lab: dissection of a perch and sea lamprey. 

Students had to observe the external structures of each specimen and then they worked in pairs to dissect each specimen to observe the internal structures. The goal of the lab was to determine how the sea lamprey could have affected fish populations. These 5th graders were FASCINATED!

GLW Participates in Wheat Week
Ms. Grogan and Mrs. Gissal's fifth grade classes at Gordon L. Willson Elementary participated in Wheat Week throughout the week of November 18th.

Baraboo graduate, Ms. Justine Bula, is now an Education Coordinator with Sauk County Land Resources and Environment. She came to teach the fifth graders about about water, soil, energy, systems, and wheat and how these things impact our daily lives.
The students did many hands-on activities throughout the week including planting wh eat in a terrarium, interactive maps, traveling through the water cycle, making observations to predict soil types, extracting DNA from wheat, and threshing wheat.
A huge thank you goes out to Ms. Bula and Sauk County for bringing such an engaging and educational program to our schools!

4K Students Learn Through Play
Students in Ms. Amanda's 4K classes practiced 1:1 correspondence, turn taking, and independence through game play this week!  

In pairs, students played "The Racing Cars Game" by rolling dice and moving their cars down a track to a finish line. Playing simple games together at home is a fun way to reinforce these important math and social skills. 

Public Library Book Sale Set for Dec. 6-7

East School Parent Group Fundraises at Light Parade
On Saturday, November 23rd, East Elementary School's East School Parent Group (ESPG) and fifth grade volunteers braved the chilly air to do some fundraising at the Baraboo Light Parade!

They brewed 3 types of hot cocoa and created a wonderful winter wonderland "selfie" station for guests to take photos in! A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by to support our Panther family!

Baraboo Public Librarian Visits 4K
Ms. Fowler's Afternoon 4K class was visited by Ms. Gail from the Baraboo Public Library this week. The Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative 4K program has a community partnership with the Baraboo Public Library so that each 4K classroom is visited monthly by a librarian.

Ms. Gail read entertaining stories, sang catchy songs, led a whole-group read along using a class set of the book "Big Fat Hen," and even gave students bells to shake! We are so grateful for this community partnership! Thank you Ms. Gail!

Upcoming Indoor Pool Classes, Lessons and Open Swim Info
The Baraboo Indoor Pool is gearing up for a new run of classes, lessons, and open swim! 

  • Masters Adult Stroke Clinic
  • Water Aerobics
  • Aqua Jog
  • Aqua Zumba
  • Aqua Barre
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Pool Fees
  • Holiday Pool Pass Sale - Buy two punch cards, get the third free!
Art Learners Come Together to Collaborate 
Mrs. Gulden's Kindergarten class at Gordon L. Willson Elementary School created creatures with art teacher Ms. Nolden during art class. The creature drawings were sent to Baraboo High School art teacher Mrs. Znidarsich for the Graphic Design 1 students to create vector art using the drawings as a model. 

On Nov. 26 the BHS art students presented the final creatures to the kindergarteners in art class, and then the high school and kindergarten students participated in a collaborative drawing with their partners. 

4K Students Practice Play Game to Practice Asking and Answering Questions
Ms. Paige's AM 4-year-old kindergarten class at St. Clare recently practiced the art of asking and answering questions while they played a fun game called "Hedbandz." The children worked with a partner to ask questions and give clues while trying to guess what item they were wearing on their head.

Along with asking and answering questions, they also worked on the social emotional skills of taking turns and waiting. They had a blast playing this really fun game that can be adapted in many ways!

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Help support FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) by purchasing your Thunderbird apparel on Amazon. Use this link to see all of the items available. 

NF Holds Spelling Bee
On Friday, November 22nd, North Freedom Elementary held its annual school spelling bee for students in grades 3-5.
In order to participate in the school spelling bee, students had to first qualify by being a top speller in their classroom bee. These top 20 qualifiers then moved on to compete against each other in the school spelling bee.

After 9 rounds (WOW!) and a couple of spell-offs, the winners for each grade level were determined. So proud of our North Freedom spellers!

First Graders Make Butter
After learning about how things were done long ago. Ms. Williams' first graders at East Elementary School made butter and tasted it!

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a question we ask students throughout their K-12 careers, and their answers are always evolving as they learn more and gain interests in new things.

Mr. Bargender's 8th grade classes at Jack Young Middle School are in the process of doing a career activity, and yesterday some of the students wrote their career interests on the classroom's whiteboard. Career interests included veterinarian, orthodontist, anesthesiologist, navy seal, construction worker, mental health nurse, game designer and more! 
Celebrating Our Schools During American Education Week

Did you miss this year's American Education Week video celebrating our students, staff, and District? Click here to hear, in their own words, why students and staff love the Baraboo Schools! 
Lamers Bus Lines Seeking Drivers and Bus Monitors!
Lamers Bus Lines is seeking additional school bus drivers and b us monitors. 

Becoming a driver is a great opportunity for individuals looking for work before or after school, and becoming a bus monitor is great for those looking for after-school work. It's also a great job for parents of students in the District because:
  1. There are no nights or weekends for route drivers
  2. Drivers get summer vacation and snow days, just like the students
  3. If your child is in any sports or activities, you can get paid to cheer them on and support the team by driving the team bus
Lamers Bus Lines will provide drivers with complete paid training and teach you everything you need to know about driving a school bus.  Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested to help us ensure that our students get to school, sports, and activities on time each day. 

Questions may be directed the Lamers School Bus Office in Baraboo at 608-448-4851 extension 2.  Apply online at
NOW HIRING: Substitute Custodial Positions
Looking for part-time work? Need flexible hours? Look no further!!

The district is seeking candidates for substitute custodial positions.  The starting rate is $12.50/hr!  Applications can be found online at . Applications can also be picked up and submitted to the District Maintenance Shop; 1210 Berkley Blvd; Baraboo, WI  53913

Questions should be directed to Dan O'Brien, Director of Buildings and Grounds  at 608-355-3985. 

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