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Parent-Tot Swim Registration Opens
Date: February 3
Place: Jack Young Middle School Indoor Pool
Note: For more information, contact the indoor pool at (608)  355-4665

Flapjacks For Farmers
& Friends
Date: February 8
Time: 8 - 11 a.m.
Place: BHS Commons
Note: Hosted by BHS FFA, all proceeds will be donated to the Farmer Angel Network and Baraboo Fire Department to purchase a grain bin rescue device.

BELC Friendship Night
Date: February 13
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Place: West (for all district 4K families)

Spring Swimming Lesson Registration Opens
Date: February 25
Time: 6-8 a.m. and 3:30-8 p.m. Mon-Fri
Place: JYMS Indoor Pool

Statewide ACT Test
for Juniors
Date: March 3

Let's Talk Drugs Free Dinner and Panel Discussion Event
Date: March 5
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: East Elementary Library

Phase III JYMS Ground Breaking Ceremony
Date: March 12
Time: 2:45 p.m.
Place: JYMS
Note: Can't attend? Watch it LIVE on Facebook!

Family Literacy Night
Date: March 19
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

Food For Kidz Mobile Food Packing Event
Date: April 4
Time: 9-1:30 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Note: To donate or volunteer, contact Heather Wood at

No School
Date: April 10

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

WWPA Family Fun Night
for BELC, West & GLW
Date: April 28
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

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

BELC Spring Sing 
Date: May 7
Time: 5:30-6 for AM classes and 6:30-7:00 for PM classes
Place: Baraboo High School

Date: May 21

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.


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
February 6, 2020
ABE Social Justice Club to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day
The Al Behrman Elementary School Social Justice Club celebrated the 11th annual World Read Aloud Day by reading to the kindergarten, first and second grade students at ABE yesterday!

Created by English Language teacher Mrs. Jori Ruff, the ABE Social Justice Club is comprised of all 5th graders. The club meets regularly to discuss such themes as race, gender, socioeconomic status, the environment, bullying, equity, discrimination, kindness, respect, and differences. 

Keeping to these themes, the students read books like "Whoever You Are" by Mem Fox, which urges students to accept our differences, recognize our similarities and rejoice in both, and "I Am Enough" by Grace Beyers, which is a lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another! 

The students in the social justice club practiced fluency by reading the books ahead of time. They also came up with questions to ask the younger students during and after the book to help them find the main themes of the books and to get them thinking about how to apply the concepts to their own experiences. The fifth graders asked things like,  "Do you know anyone who speaks a different language?" In several of the classes, the students recognized some of their own classmates as being bilingual! They also asked things like,  "Do you know anyone who lives in another country?" and "Why did the author write this book?" Our youngest students' responses were thoughtful, insightful, and often adorably humourous. 

Introducing the BHS Blue and Gold Court!
Congratulations to our Baraboo High School Blue and Gold Court!

Joe White Eagle
Caitlin Hause
Arianna Macias
Jacob Carignan
Ryan Lawrence
Maria Fadeyev

Quinn Mueller
Claire Bildsten
Mabelle Boehlke
Maddie Letendre
Luke Stelling

Daelynn Merrell
Josiah Stevens
Charlie Gibbs

Ignas Dauksys
Eliza Piotter
Sarah Palecek
Cole Koenig

JYMS Forensics Receives 31 Ribbons!
The JYMS Forensics team traveled to Kromrey Middle School in Middleton on Saturday. They finished with 26 Superior ribbons and 5 Excellent. 

The following students received perfect scores of 30 out of 30 points for their individual performances
Claire Hittman
Aimee Acree
Frankie Jurvelin

Congratulations on representing our team well! Our team will finish their season next week in DeForest.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

As a parent/guardian, you want to see your child happy and safe in their relationships. Here are ideas on preventing abuse and supporting teens in unhealthy relationships: 
  1. Model healthy relationships: Youth learn a lot by observing those around them; those they respect can especially make a great impact!
  2. Use teachable moments in the media: Ask them what they think about how relationships are portrayed, how they want to be treated, and how they could support a friend that's getting hurt by a partner.
  3. If your gut is telling you something isn't right with their relationship, address it with them: They may be uncomfortable discussing it so beginning the conversation with love and concern, not blame or anger, will help.
  4. Help them find resources: Our kids don't always want to talk to us so help them identify other people they could talk to, such as a school counselor, health care provider,, or Hope House.
If you have questions or concerns regarding relationships for your child or yourself, Hope House is available 24/7 to help with safety planning, emotional support and finding resources: 1-800-584-6790. Learn about getting involved at
Sarah Campbell, Youth Advocate/Educator at Hope House of South Central Wisconsin
Dentist Visits 4K Classroom
Dr. Carrie Herrild, a dentist, visited Ms. McCabe's 4K classes. They learned all about what a dentist does and how to take good care of their teeth. Then they created their own dentist office within the classroom. The students have been practicing and applying their new knowledge to their play while roleplaying on various roles, such as a receptionist, dental hygienist, dentist, and patient. 

We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Herrild for taking the time to visit our 4K students!

Thank You, Baraboo School Counselors!
This week is National School Counseling Week and the theme is "Providing Lessons for Life." 

We would like to thank our wonderful supportive school counselors for all the work they do for our students and families. They not only provide social and emotional support for our students, but they provide lessons on college and career readiness. 

Please join us in thanking them for all they do!

FFA to Host Flapjacks For Farmers & Friends
Join the Baraboo High School FFA for Flapjacks for Farmers and Friends from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, February 8 in the Baraboo High School Commons!

Flapjacks for Farmers and Friends is a family-friendly community educational event geared toward showing local farmers our appreciation while educating consumers about the agricultural industry. We will be serving pancakes, eggs and sausage links.

All proceeds will be donated to the Farmer Angel Network and Baraboo Fire Department to p urchase a grain bin rescue device.

** Meat Raffle tickets will be drawn at the end of breakfast!

East Students Learn Sight Words Through Senses
Students in Ms.  Moldenhauer's class at East Elementary are working on identifying and reading Kindergarten sight words using different tools and sensory opportunities to learn and grow! They are doing great and we very proud of them!

West Celebrates 100 Days with Food Drive
The West Kindergarten students celebrated the 100th Day of School by hosting "Zero the Hero" and also by compiling a collection of food items that were shared with the Baraboo Food Pantry.  

West staff continue to work with students to think about others. Thanks to all West families who were able to participate with the West Food Drive!
Aqua Barre Fit Starts Monday

NF Skypes With An Author for World Read Aloud Day
As part of World Read Aloud Day, Mrs. Shafer's 5th graders at North Freedom Elementary had the great opportunity to "meet" author and teacher, Jake Burt, through a Skype call. 

Mr. Burt is a full-time 5th grade teacher in Connecticut as well as authoring three middle grade fiction novels. He graciously offered to Skype with Mrs. Shafer's class during his prep time at school in order to read aloud from his newest novel "The Tornado" and answer any of their burning questions about his books, being an author, or his teaching adventures in China. What a way to celebrate reading!
ABE Students Opt For Alternate Recess Activity
Third grade students at Al Behrman Elementary can choose to do yoga during lunch recess on Wednesdays. They have been working on different poses, breathing techniques and the importance of self-care.  It has been a fun alternative activity!  

West Students Awarded for BEE-ing Great!
The West Kindergarten Center continues to reinforce positive student behavior with students in different ways each day.  We recognize Jaxon Kramer, Greysen Smith, Melody Lebar, and Jacob Stark for this week's BEE Great Award at West.  These students have truly exemplified the West Cool Tools of "Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being Safe."  

Each week, West staff will continue to recognize a different student from each classroom for this awesome recognition. Thank you to our families for all of their continued positive support at West.
Fundraiser to Benefit Food For Kidz 

North Freedom Students Learn Games From Around the World!
In Mrs. Brownell's physical education classes at North Freedom Elementary, students learned several games from around the world. They discussed similarities and differences between our community and other countries. It was fun hearing students talk about games they enjoy playing and associate them with the United States.  Students loved the game "Spearing the Disc" from Ethiopia and "Pebble Toss" from Guinea! 

Thank you to the Zsurzs family for sharing a fun game from Poland! Students really enjoyed having bottle cap races. If you have a favorite game from another country, we would love to hear about it! Send simple directions to school with your child or email Mrs. Brownell; and they will discuss the country and play the game.

BHS Athletic Information for Spring Sports
Spring Sports Practice Start Dates:
Boys & Girls Track - March 9
Softball - March 16
Girls Soccer - March 23
Baseball - March 23
Boys Tennis - March 30
Boys Golf - March 30
Spring Break - March 23 - 27

High School Spring Sport Parents Meeting
The Spring Sport Parents Meeting will be held on Monday, March 2, 2020 in the BHS Gym. There will be no general session this season. Sport meetings will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. If you need help registering your child or paying fees you should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. If your son or daughter was out for a fall or winter sport you do not need to register online again. Just sign up with the coach or Mrs. Teasdale.  If your child was not out for a fall or winter sport, you will need to register your child in the Parent Portal , under the HS Spring Sports Registration Link .  Fees can be paid online or with a check or cash in the high school office.  If you are not sure if your son/daughter will need a physical, please contact Renee Teasdale at 355-3940, Ext. 2022.

WIAA Physicals
WIAA physicals are based on the date of April 1. Physicals dated prior to April 1, 2018 are no longer valid.  Physicals dated on or after April 1, 2018 will be good for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.  Physicals are good for TWO SCHOOL YEARS , not two years from the date of the physical.

Phase III Update
The shared common areas at Jack Young Middle School, including the library, cafeteria and gym, are cramped and no longer meet our students' needs. The library lacks natural light; the cafeteria, kitchen and serving areas are crowded; and the gym bleachers are no longer ADA compliant.
Funded by the successful April 2019 referendum, the revitalization of Jack Young Middle School includes an expansion and renovation of the school's common areas.  The Library is being moved and reimagined to become more open and flexible.  An expanded student commons & cafeteria will allow for a more effective use of space. Plus, the gym will be expanded and new bleachers will be installed.    
We thank the community for supporting these important facilities improvements. Without your support, this work would not be possible.  We look forward to showing the community these expanded and renovated common areas - and the other important work being done to revitalize Jack Young Middle School.
Please join us for the JYMS Groundbreaking Ceremony March 12 at 2:45 p.m. at JYMS. If you can't attend, watch it LIVE on Facebook!
SAVE THE DATE: Let's Talk Drugs

Registration for Spring Swimming Lessons Set for Feb. 25
The spring Swimming Lesson schedule is out!

Registration begins Tuesday, February 25 for March-April sessions.

$40.00 for residents of the Baraboo School District
$65.00 for residents not living in the Baraboo School District

Tuesday, February 25, 2020  
From 6:00-8:00 a.m. and 3:30-8:00 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

JYMS Middle School Indoor Swimming Pool

**Registration is limited - Must pay when you register, in person.
** Dates and times may be subject to change       
** Pool # 355-4665 (please ask for Heather Wood)

To view the class schedule, times and dates, please click here.
JYMS Groundbreaking Set for March 12
The Baraboo School District will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction work planned for Jack Young Middle School on Thursday, March 12 starting at 2:45 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the middle school, at 1531 Draper St, Baraboo, WI.

The groundbreaking is open to members of the public, with representatives from the District Administration, School Board of Education, and the District's architectural and construction partners - CG Schmidt and EUA -- in attendance to help mark the milestone occasion.

The planned construction work at the middle school to modernize learning environments, improve infrastructure, and expand common areas at the aging middle school, was approved by District voters in a 2019 referendum. EUA, the project architect, and CG Schmidt, the construction manager, have been working closely with the District since the passage of the referendum to finalize designs for the school.

Unable to attend? Watch it LIVE on Facebook at

SAVE THE DATE: Family Literacy Night
SAVE THE DATE: Food for Kidz 
Time to Nominate: Teacher of the Year
The School District of Baraboo has announced the opening of nominations for the Excellence in Education Award (EIEA) and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award (DETA) programs for the 2019-'20 school year.  

The EIEA award is sponsored by the BHS Graduating Class of 1956 and the DETA award is sponsored by Andrew Hauge, who grew up in Baraboo and attended Baraboo schools. The Class of 1956 and Andrew Hauge have established an endowment fund with the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation for the purpose of financing all costs associated with the award programs. The purpose of the award programs is to recognize and honor outstanding teachers in the Baraboo School District who have distinguished themselves as exemplary classroom teachers and who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and dedication to the young people of the Baraboo community. The winners of these annual awards will be announced near the end of the current school year at a special award ceremony.

The winner of the awards, who will be chosen by a five-member Selection Committee of retired teachers, community members and school district officials, will receive a framed honorary certificate and a stipend of at least $1,000 to be used for a professional development or educational enrichment activity which will enhance the teacher's knowledge, skills and classroom effectiveness. In addition, the winning teacher's name for the EIEA, which is given to a secondary teacher in the Baraboo School District, will be engraved on a large bronze plaque which hangs in the Media Center of Baraboo High School. The plaque is inscribed with a tribute to the former teachers of the Class of '56 who, "taught, guided and inspired" them during their years at Baraboo Junior High and Baraboo High School.

To be eligible for these awards a teacher must be:
  • Licensed and certified by the State of Wisconsin 
  • Employed as a full-time teacher by the District
  • Planning to return as a full-time teacher in this District for the next school year
The Selection Committee will judge candidates based on the following criteria:
  • Mastery of sound classroom instructional skills
  • Use of initiative, creativity and innovation in teaching techniques
  • Motivational and leadership skills with students and colleagues
  • Involvement in school organizations and activities
  • Involvement in professional organizations, seminars and continuing education
  • Positive relationships with superiors, colleagues, students and parents

The School District is now seeking nominations for the Excellence in Education Award and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award for 2020. Nominations may be made by a teacher colleague, an administrator or a parent of a school student. Nomination forms may be obtained on the District's website: or at any district school building. Submitting a nomination will also require that the nominator write a letter in support of the nominee. Guidelines for writing such a letter will be included with the nomination form. Nomination forms, including letters of support, must be sent to Glenn Bildsten at Baraboo High School, 1201 Draper Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913 by Friday, March 13, 2020, to be valid. 

Be Up-To-Date on School Closings
Winter weather is coming!

Stay up-to-date with the latest information on school delays or closures due to inclement weather conditions. If the decision is made to delay or close school, we w ill publish that information to our district social media sites. Make sure to follow the district on FacebookInstagram , and  Twitter  for the latest updates.

Messages will also be sent directly from our Infinite Campus (IC) system. We develop school closing messages in three ways: email, text message, and automated phone calls using the parent and guardian contacts we have on file in our IC student  information  system. If you have not recently reviewed your IC contact preferences, we ask that you do so by following the directions at the end of this communication.

Delay and closure announcements will also be posted on our  district website.

Making a decision about weather-related school closures is always difficult. These decisions are made with the safety of our students, families, and staff as our primary priority. We appreciate your ongoing support as we work to keep everyone safe.

Keep your phone number and email address up-to-date to receive the latest news on weather-related school closings, delays and early releases! To edit your contact information  in infinite campus:
  1. Go to
  2. Under the "PARENTS" tab, click on "Parent Portal" and enter your log-in information for Infinite Campus (IC)
  3. Click on "Household Information" on the left-hand side of the screen to update your home address and phone number
  4. Click on "contact preferences" to update your email address.
  5. Need help? Call 608-355-3955
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
Pay Rate Increase for Guest Teachers!
The School District of Baraboo is hiring guest (substitute) teachers for all levels (4K-12).  The compensation rate has increased to $120 per day! Former teachers that have retired from the School District of Baraboo will receive a compensation rate of $140 per day.

Candidates must either be a teacher or substitute teacher licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). For information on how to apply for a substitute teaching license, please visit the DPI website.

Interested candidates should apply through the Wisconsin Education Career Access Network (WECAN) or by completing an employment application and submitting to Human Resources. More information can be found here:

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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