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Thanksgiving Break
- No School
Date: November 21-23

Baraboo Talks: Community Reflection and Listening
Date: November 29
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: City Hall, 101 South Blvd., Baraboo

ACT Prep
Date: December 1
Place: Baraboo High School
Notes: This is optional for all juniors at Baraboo High School

Winter Break - No School
Date: Dec. 24 - Jan. 1

Elementary Winter
P/T Conferences
Date: March 13 / March 14
Time: 1:30-4 p.m. / 4-7 p.m.

Second Annual
Food for Kidz Event
Date: March 30
Place: Baraboo High School gym

No School
Date: January 25

Spring Break - No School
Date: April 15 - 19

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 27

Last Day of School
Date: June 6
Note: This will be a full day of school

Food for Kidz
Date: March 30


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

Ages 9 and older. For more information, contact Ginger Clark at   608 963-8127.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
November 22, 2018
Unveiling of the Tuscania Memorial Held on Nov. 10
The unveiling and dedication of the Tuscania Memorial took place on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Lower Oschner Park, one day before the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One. Baraboo High School teacher Mr. Steve Argo played an integral part in seeing this project to completion, along with many of his students in the Baraboo 21 Club at the high school. 

" More than four years in the design and making, the Tuscania Memorial is a bronze relief sculpture on permanent exhibit  at Lower Ochsner Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin. It will  commemorate the rescue of more than 1,900 American soldiers on the night of February 5, 1918 by the British Royal Navy after their troopship, the  Tuscania , was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the northern coast of Ireland.

In particular, the memorial will draw attention to the courage and compassion of the Scottish civilians on the Isle of Islay in rendering assistance to dozens of frozen, bone-weary American "Doughboys" after a 10-hour lifeboat ordeal at sea.

The Tuscania Memorial was designed by local Baraboo sculptor Homer Daehn. Every effort has been made to capture the drama and historical authenticity of the rescue operation as it actually happened. Using old photographs and letters, eyewitness accounts, and government records, Homer has captured the minutest of details (source)."

For more information on the Tuscania, the memorial and the artists, please visit the Tuscania Memorial website.

Ho-Chunk Classes Offered at BHS
During the week of Nov. 5-9,  Parent Planning for Baraboo brought Native American cultural awareness to Baraboo High School by offering Native American classes and a culminating performance on Friday, Nov. 9.

On Tuesday, students were able to attend classes such as moccasin game with Sampson Funmaker and Larry Walker, a frybread demonstration by Lanette Walker, and Ho-Chunk History with Damian Thundercloud

Classes offered on Thursday were moccasin game with Sampson Funmaker, basket making with Kim Crowley, hand drum with Jon Thundercloud and Native American History with Janice Rice.

Two dance performances took place on Friday: one in the morning at Baraboo High School and one in afternoon at Jack Young Middle School. The performances featured singers, dancers and stories about the Ho-Chunk pow wow culture. Members of the Sandford White Eagle American Legion Post No. 556 began the dance performances and Eric Logan served as the event's emcee. 

Students were invited to participate in round dance. The gym floor was full as the men danced clockwise around the drum and the women danced the opposite direction. The performances concluded when the veterans retired the colors and the dancers follower them out of the dance arena. 

Parent Planning for Baraboo is comprised of Ho-Chunk volunteer parents who want to bring more  Native   American  cultural awareness to the schools.  Baraboo High School, Jack Young Middle School and the Parent Planning group are working to schedule additional cultural awareness opportunities that will include the five elementary schools.

Photo credit: Debbie Carley

"Baraboo Gathers" for Shared Message of Unity, Tolerance, Love and Learning
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."  - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Recently, an image surfaced on social media that has caused great hurt in our community and we must collectively acknowledge the deep significance of this issue. The answer to hate is not hate. Faith, community, civic and school district leaders have collaboratively planned a three-part series of programs to begin the healing within our community.

The first of the three-part series, Baraboo Gathers, was held on Monday, Nov. 19 at Baraboo High School, emceed by Eric Logan. More than 300 people gathered to listen as faith leader Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, City of Baraboo leader Mayor Mike Palm, and Baraboo School District leader District Administrator Dr. Lori Mueller shared their messages of unity, tolerance, love and learning.

Pastor Marianne Cotter of First United Methodist Church and Pastor Lisa Newberry of First Presbyterian Church led attendees in a Litany, followed by a Seed Ceremony in which attendees wrote messages on seed paper. Seed paper is plantable paper that is biodegradable paper embedded with seeds. The paper will be planted and as the seeds grow the paper will compost away, leaving behind beautiful flowers.

The second meeting, Baraboo Talks, will be dedicated to community reflection and listening, and will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 29 at City Hall, 101 South Blvd., Baraboo. A third meeting, Baraboo Acts, will be scheduled to define, as a community, action steps for moving the Baraboo community forward.
NF Students Skype a Scientist
Last month, North Freedom Elementary's fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Shafer signed up for a free program called Skype-a-Scientist and was quickly matched with a graduate student at UW-Madison who is studying Wildlife Ecology. Mrs. Shafer's 5th grade students are currently studying organism interactions and food webs, so this area of study fit perfectly!  

On November 16th, Marie Martin called the class through Skype and answered ALL of their science-related questions for almost an hour. Students wanted to know why she became a scientist, how long she's been studying, what she has to do for her research, and many, many things about her current research project on martens. This was an amazing experience for the students and brought a whole new level of excitement about science to the classroom!

Sixth Graders Learn About Japanese Culture from Exchange Student
On Thursday, November 15 Misaki Izumiya visited Ms. Sarah Roth's 6th grade Introduction to World Languages class at Jack Young Middle School. 

Misaki is from Tokyo, Japan. She is an exchange student at Baraboo High School for the 2018-19 school year through the 4-H exchange program. Misaki talked with 6th grade students about food, school, and popular culture in Japan. Students also learned about Japanese currency and the Japanese writing system. 

Thank you, Misaki, for sharing your culture with us!

Swimming Lesson Registration starts Dec. 3
Baraboo Indoor Pool teacher Ms. Kara works with Pre-School I swimming lesson students on Nov. 15.
The next registration for swimming lessons will be on Monday, December 3rd.  Swimming lesson information to follow.  

GLW Holds Annual Veteran's Day Concert
The GLW 3rd Grade students held their annual Veteran's Day concert on Nov. 12. The students learned about Veterans Day and patriotic music as they prepared for the concert.  Thank you to all the families who came and supported their students at this concert! Thank-you to all Veterans and their families for the sacrifices they have made for this country and community. 

ABE Honors Veterans
During the week leading up to Veteran's Day, students at Al Behrman Elementary asked their parents for names of family and friends who served our country. The students put those names on a yellow ribbon to honor them on ABE's Honoring Our Heroes wall in honor of Veteran's Day.  

NF Turns "Trash" Into Music
At North Freedom Elementary, music teacher Mrs. Hiel's "Tunes @ Noon" Music Recess Club began on Tuesday, October 16 th  for 5th grade students interested in extra enrichment opportunities. Students are creating music in a Junkyard Percussion Ensemble, creating music by bucket drumming and using other "trash" materials to create instruments. Students continue to grow and learn each week and many times the day's activities build on what was learned the session before. North Freedom 5th graders will attend every Tuesday during lunch recess until December 18 th . 

East Honors Veterans at Gratitude Assembly
On November 13th, East Elementary held a "Gratitude Assembly" and Veterans were invited to attend as the guests of honor! 

The assembly consisted of a "Family Feud" skit about the term gratitude, recognition of Veterans who attended, and a song that the whole school sang called "Gratitude Attitude!"  

Afterward, Veterans and their student(s) were invited to have coffee, juice and donuts together.  Thank you to all who have served, past or present, in the United States Armed Forces!

Mrs. Shafer's Students Skype with "Mystery Students"
Earlier this month Mrs. Shafer's North Freedom Elementary 5th grade students participated in an activity called "Mystery Skype" where they had to ask yes/no questions of another 5th grade class in order to figure out what state the class lives in.  

Each student was given a job to complete including: Think Tank, Googlers, Recorders, Questioners, and Map Trackers. After about 30 minutes of questions, students correctly guessed that the other class was from KANSAS!   

District Holds First-Ever Family Resource Night on Nov. 8
West and BELC staffed hosted approximately 25 families to West on November 8 to learn more about the community resources within Baraboo. Thank you to the WWPA for providing snacks and beverages for all of the visitors.  It was a great night of learning more about our community while community resources also networked together too.  While children played with toys and legos and watched a movie, parents and community members learned more about the many Sauk County Resources listed below:

We're Hiring!
Looking for part-time work? Need flexible hours? Look no further!!

The Baraboo School District is seeking candidates for substitute custodial positions for the 2018-19 school year.  The starting rate is $11.09/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, Director of Buildings and Grounds at 608-355-3985.

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

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.
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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