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Baraboo School District Spring Break
Dates: March 27 - March 31

District Registration
District registration opens online April 1.

Madison College 
Prep Steps to Healthcare Careers
Date: April 4
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Place: Madison College, Portage Campus, 330 Collins Street

4K & 5K Registration
Date: April 6
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Place: East Elementary
Notes: Please bring a copy of the child's birth certificate/proof of birthday and completed registration information
Contact: for more information, contact Dr. Chris Olson at 608-355-3905 or cdolson@

ALICE Training 
for Parents
Date: April 11
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: JYMS Auditorium

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
March 30, 2017
Registration for the 2017-18 school year opens APRIL 1 

Thunderbird Baseball Visits Vero Beach, Florida

4K Registration Date Set for April 6
If you have a child that will be turning 4-years-old by September 1, 2017, we hope that you will be able to join us for the BELC (Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative) registration for 4-year-old kindergarten programming for 2017-18 

DATE: April 6
TIME: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
PLACE: East Elementary  (815 6th Street, Barboo)

Please make sure to bring a birth certificate or proof of your child's birth date to the registration, and call us if you have not already received registration materials in the mail. 

BELC is a half-day program for 4 days each week with many parent outreach opportunities. 

Please do not hesitate to call or email Dr. Chris Olson, West/BELC Principal at 608-355-3905 or with any 4K questions.  

Other 4K registration questions after April 6, can be directed to Ms. Kristine Snow (located at 423 Linn St., Baraboo) at 608-355-3955 or .  
JYMS Shows School Spirit
Jack Young Middle School's student council sponsored a Spring Fling fun week last week. 

Students participated in dress-up days, including Mix & Match Monday, Twin Day Tuesday, Wear 1 Color Wednesday, Sport Team Thursday and Class Pride Friday. 

For Class Pride Friday, students enjoyed an all-school assembly!

Healthcare Careers Help
Vote for Baraboo High School's Music Program
Baraboo High School's music program has entered into the Heid Music Big10+ Music Challenge.

Vote for Baraboo High School Music so that we can win instruments for our program! 

The school with the most cumulative votes by 11:59 p.m. on March 31 will have first choice of prizes, and we want that to be us.

You can vote daily -  click here and support the Baraboo High School music program!

BASCO CORNER: Community Book Club - The Book Thief 

The next meeting of the Community Book Club will be from 9:15-10 a.m. on Friday, May 12th in the Baraboo High School media center. 

The book for April will be The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.

The club currently consists of  five students, five seniors, and two staff members. They meet once per month during BHS enrichment and have discussed three books so far this year, and the discussions between our students and the seniors have been amazing.

New members are always welcome! If you have any questions or would like more information, contact BHS literacy coach Mrs. Amant at
Parent Nights: Addressing Addiction
This school year the district is offering a series of Parent Nights, bringing in experts in different fields to give insights, resources
and strategies for the issues that matter most to parents in our community.

Our final installment of the Parent Nights series, Addressing Addiction, will be on Monday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the Jack Young Middle School Auditorium.

The discussion will focus recent trends and issues to be aware of to protect your student. Parents will also learn about available resources if they are concerned about their student's activity with alcohol or other drugs.

This event is free and open to the public. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend.
ALICE Active Shooter Training for Parents, Students
The Baraboo School District takes its responsibility to protect the physical and psychological well-being of our students and staff very seriously.

As such, we will be implementing a strategy known as the ALICE protocol.  ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate and is endorsed by federal, state and local law enforcement officials. 

Before we initiate conversations with students, we would like to share the ALICE protocol with parents. This opportunity facilitated by local safety officials will take place on April 11th at 6:00 PM in the Jack Young Middle School Auditorium. 

Practice at each level in our district will be developmentally appropriate for the intended age and audience:
  • Elementary Schools - Local safety and school officials will read a book to students and engage the students in conversation on how to secure their classrooms and how to evacuate.  In some instances, students may walk with teachers to a designated evacuation site close to school.
  • Jack Young Middle School and Baraboo High School - Students will be instructed on the full ALICE protocol which includes enhanced barricades and counter/evacuation measures. 
If you do not want your child to participate in ALICE instruction and practice, please contact your child's principal.  Furthermore, we encourage you to contact the principal at your child's school with any questions or concerns.  Thank you for your collaboration in working to keep all of our students safe while at school.
"Promposal" Challenge
Win free tickets to prom!

Baraboo High School voted for a Roarin' Good Time with a Great Gatsby-themed Prom.

You've got the theme; now it's time to get the date.

How will you ask your date to prom? How did your date ask you to prom? We want to see!

Send us a picture of your "promposal." 

We will compile the photos into an album on the Baraboo School District Facebook page (like us now to join the fun and cast your vote!). The photo with the most "likes" will win two free tickets to prom!

There are several ways to submit your photos.

1)   Facebook: 
Post a photo directly to our Facebook page or tag us in a photo on your page.

2)   Twitter: 
Tag us with @BarabooSD

3)   Instagram: 
Tag us with @BarabooSD

4)   Email:
Send an email to BSD Communications and Marketing Specialist Holly Henderson at with "Promposal" as the subject line.

Proposers: take a pic of how you plan to ask your date to prom.
Proposees: take a pic of how your date asked you to prom.
Parents: take a pic of your child's promposal, or help them execute a funny / romantic / creative idea!

Use #BHSPromposal and #Barabooproud to share.

Get creative. Have fun. Go to prom for free!
Fine Arts Night Set For April 27
The Baraboo High School Art Department has a new Facebook page!

Click HERE and "like" for updates on the talented students at Baraboo High School. 

Our Art Department has a great event coming up - our first annual Fine Arts Night! Mark your calendars from 6-8 on April 27.  There will be music, live demonstrations, delicious food and more, including: 
-performances by Solo and Ensemble state-bound BHS musicians- including the Jazz Band
-Fine Arts Displays from all BHS Art Classes
-a BHS Art Club paint-it pottery fundraiser 
-A British Isles Trip fundraiser silent auction of hand-painted Tiny T-Bird Chairs
-atmospheric musicians (piano, ukelele, etc.)
-Culinary Arts demos
-Fashion Creation Display
-Dramatic Arts- Forensics performers
-live "open artist mini studios" - a student ceramic wheel potter, graphic designer, and painter will demo
-photography booth
-Community Artwork Display
-Community Fine Art Group/organization information booths 
-Art Awards (including people's choice)

This event is a partnership between the BHS Art Department, the BHS Forensics Team, the BHS FCE Department and the BHS Music Department.

Community Members and Local Arts Organizations are encouraged to participate. Options include submitting art for display, setting up an information booth, performing a literary reading or demonstration of your craft, or any other artistic ability you'd like to showcase. 

For more information or questions, please message the BHS Art Department on its new Facebook page.

There are three links to the FB in this section of the newsletter - now Van Gogh and like the page (but don't cut off any ears in the process)!
Madison College at Baraboo Public Library
The Baraboo Public Library will host an exploratory session to learn more about Madison College and what it can offer you and your family on March 25 from 1-4 p.m. For more information, call the library at 608-258-2440.

Stage III Theatre presents: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Basketball Skills Session
Baraboo Riptide
TBaraboo School District welcomes parents and community members to contact any of our schools to volunteer or to become involved in order to support learning for all of our students.  

Please consider filling out the attached Google Form if you would like to volunteer at West School in classrooms of 4-year-old kindergarten, Early Childhood, and/or kindergarten students.  

Feel free to call Principal Olson at 608-355-3906 with any volunteer questions.  Thank you for considering this invitation to make a positive contribution within our community and school district.

Calling All Volunteers!
The Baraboo School District welcomes parents and community members to contact any of our schools to volunteer or to become involved in order to support learning for all of our students.  

Please consider filling out the attached Google Form if you would like to volunteer at West School in classrooms of 4-year-old kindergarten, Early Childhood, and/or kindergarten students.  

Feel free to call Principal Olson at 608-355-3906 with any volunteer questions.  Thank you for considering this invitation to make a positive contribution within our community and school district.

Now Hiring! Summer Custodial & Maintenance Workers

The Baraboo School District is seeking candidates for summer custodial & maintenance employees.
- Lawn Crew
- Maintenance/District Employees
Please see above for compensation for these positions.
- Cleaning Crew

These positions will begin on approximately June 9, 2017, and individuals will work from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Must be minimum age of 16 for custodial/cleaning crew and 18 (ability to drive) for maintenance crew.

How to Apply: Applications can be found here. Applications can also be picked up from and submitted to Dan O'Brien at the address listed below. The positions will remain open until filled.

District Description: The School District of Baraboo is an EC-12 grade district with a 4K program, five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school with a total student population of 3,100 students. Please look us up at the Baraboo School District's website here

Equal Opportunity: This school district is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, race, creed, religion, color, disability, pregnancy, marital status, sex, citizenship, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, transgender, gender identity or expression, arrest record, conviction record, military service, membership in the National Guard, State Defense Force or any reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state, use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer's premises during non-working hours, declining to attend a meeting or to participate in any communication about religious matters or political matters, the authorized use of family or medical leave or compensation benefits, genetic information, or any other factor prohibited by state or federal law. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable a person with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Job Title:  Summer Custodial & Maintenance Workers 
Contact: Dan O'Brien, Director of Buildings & Grounds, 1210 Berkley Blvd., Baraboo, WI  53913 
Phone: (608) 355-3985, ext. 5510 
Teen Summit Comes to BHS
Building A Better U Teen Summit

When: April 22, 2017
Time: 12:15 - 7 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Who: Sauk County students ages 13-17
Cost to attend: FREE!

Join students from around Sauk County in an evening of socializing, engaging and building a better you.

Small Group Breakouts
- Communication beyond social media
- Connecting and effecting
- Bullying and consequences
- Captains Academy
- Relationships and sex in the media
- Roller coaster, merry-go rounds and the haunted house

Large Group Sessions
- AJ Carr: Building Bosses
- Ryan Ramnarace: Scared Straight

Special guest appearance by Nigel Hayes, University of Wisconsin Basketball

For more information or to register, click here.
Summer Kid Stop Program

Upcoming Fundraisers
BHS Career Fair Set for April 7
6th Grade Orientation Set For Aug. 23

Summer Academy Registration Opens TOMORROW!
The Baraboo School District will again be offering the Summer Academy for students who are currently in grades K-5 within the Baraboo School District and/or for students of this age that reside within the Baraboo School District attendance area.  

The Summer Academy will include enrichment classes that have literacy and math integrated throughout each K-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th grade class.  

Al Behrman Elementary School (400 Mulberry St., Baraboo) will host Summer Academy from June 12-July 12 (no school on July 3rd-5th) and free breakfast and lunch will be available to students each day.  

Online registration for Summer Academy begins at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 17 by going to the  Baraboo School District website.  

Please send Summer Academy questions to Dr. Chris Olson, Summer Academy Coordinator at 608-355-3905 or    
Support Spring Sports!
Attention BHS Soccer and Track & Field players, families and fans:

BHS Team Apparel is available!

For Soccer apparel, click here. Enter the c ode:  thunde7N49

For Track & Field apparel, click here. Enter the code:  thunde4M5N
Wear it proud and say it loud: Go T-Birds!

The Baraboo Public Library is a rich resource in the Baraboo Community, with youth events, activities and books, books, books! 

Once a month the BPL is host to Desmond the Dog and Shadow the Cat. Children can sign up to read to them for 15 minutes. This gives the child a chance to work on their reading skills with a patient, attentive audience to help them gain confidence in their reading ability. Registration required. 

Click here for a full list of YOUTH SERVICES, events and information: ages 0-5th grade
Click here for a full list of TEEN SERVICES, events and information: grades 6-12

Host An Exchange Student
BHS Named Pacesetter in Advanced Placement
Congratulations, Baraboo High School!

BHS was recognized by the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) as a Pacesetter school in Advanced Placement (AP).  

This award recognizes access and excellence regarding AP. 

WAPAC says, "Pacesetter schools have provided impressive student access to AP courses and posted excellent AP exam results."

For more information or to view the data for the WAPAC award, click here for the  Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website.
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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