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District Solo
& Ensemble Festival
Date: Feb. 24
Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Portage High School

5th Grade 
District-Wide Concert
Date: March 5
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School

8th Grade Music 
Showcase Concert
Date: March 13
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS Big Gym

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Date: March 16 - 18  
Place: Al. Ringling Theatre

Baraboo High School
Showcase Concert
Date: March 22
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Gymnasium

District Spring Break
Date: March 26-30

4K Registration f
or 2018-19 School Year
Date: April 5
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Place: East Elementary, 815 6th St., Baraboo

GLW 2nd Grade Concert
Date: April 10
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

GLW Kindergarten Concert
Date: May 7
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

JYMS Spring Band Concerts
Date: May 17
Time: 5:30 p.m. 6th grade; 6:30 p.m. 7th grade; 7:30 p.m. 8th grade
Place: JYMS Big Gym

JYMS Spring Choir Concerts
Date: May 22
Time: 5:30 p.m. (WIN & 6th grade); 6:30 p.m. (7th and 8th)
Place: JYMS Big Gym

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.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
February 15, 2018

Sixteen Attend UWEC Honor Band
On Friday, February 2nd, 16 JYMS Band students attended the second annual UWEC Middle School Honor Band in Eau Claire! Almost 200 middle school instrumentalists from Wisconsin and Minnesota gathered at the Haas Fine Arts Center on the UWEC Campus for a day of learning and music-making. 

Representing JYMS were: 
Hope Bowers
Kezalee Dance
Maylee Elliott
Evan Exo
Charlie Gibbs
Dominic Gray
Ethan Grunewald
Jackson Hanusa
Seth Hittman
Eva Huffaker
Jack Lichte
Dontae Mack
Jon Pierce
Nic Riesterer
Chris Shanks
Ethan Witthun

These student musicians spent their entire day in rehearsals with professors, in sectionals and in masterclasses led by UWEC music majors, professional performers, and university professors. From 9 in the morning until the 6 o'clock evening concert performance, honor band kids rehearsed advanced music by various composers in various styles, learned under college conductors, played alongside college music majors, and met and worked with Wisconsin composer Pierre LaPlante. Mr. LaPlante composed a brand new work for the event that was premiered at the culminating performance that evening in Gantner Concert Hall - "Variations On A Merry Tune". 

Students Paint the Snow in Celebration!
Ms. Nelson's kindergarten class at Gordon L. Willson Elementary received a paint-the-snow celebration party for practicing GLW cool tools during the month of January and also earning 100 thunderbucks! GLW art teacher Ms. Nolden allowed the class to use art time for the celebration and assisted the students, discussing the importance of expressing ourselves as artists. GLW's occupational therapist, Mrs. Dobyns, also joined the class and explained what a great hand strengthening activity it was.
Announcing the Baraboo High School Blue and Gold Court 2018!
Congratulations to the 2018 Blue and Gold Court!

Pictured from left to right
Front row - Freshmen: Teague Cutrell, Emma Crary, Mabelle Boehlke, Max Statz 
2nd row - Sophomores: Ben Florencio, Ellie Goethel, Molly Stewart, Calvin Peterson
3rd row - Juniors: Charles Stack, Rosemary Philip 
Back row - Seniors: Nick Brooks, Jenna Kothbauer, Miles Statz, Claire McNevin, Maria Philip, Andrew Saiia
Not pictured - Juniors: Riley Hinz and Jordyn Meeker

Spring Sports Parents Meeting Set for March 22
Spring Sports parent meetings for 7th/8th Grade Boys/Girls Track and Field and 7th/8th Grade Girls Softball will be held on Thursday, March 22nd at 6:00 pm in the JYMS Auditorium. If you have not registered your child online through the Parent Portal for a spring sport then please arrive at 5:30 pm to complete that process. If you cannot attend the meeting you must contact one of the coaches listed below
AND JYMS Athletics Coordinator Kevin Catterson ( to get the information you need before the first day of practice.

Students Dine in Style at West
On Thursday, February 15, "Fine Dining & Fancy Day" occurred at West for the third straight year during lunch. The lunchroom had special decorations, music playing, and there was an added emphasis on using manners and politeness during lunch and at other times during the school day.  

Students were encouraged to dress in any outfit that helped them to feel special for this event. West Educational Assistants Sharon Prochnow and Kathy Bray provided cake pops to all students as an extra treat. West cook Laurie Willhouse provided special lunchroom lighting, candles and tablecloths to make the event extra special for all of the students. What a great day at West!
2018/19 Open Enrollment Begins
Open Enrollment is now open! 

The Baraboo School District's open enrollment period is now through April 30 for the 2018/19 school year. 

Open enrollment allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they live. 

Students in 5-year-old kindergarten to grade 12 may apply to participate in open enrollment. 

The open enrollment application period for the 2018/19 school year runs from February 5 - April 30, 2018. The application period closes at 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2018. Space is limited, so we recommend applying early.
Apply online by clicking here!  

* Applications may also be mailed to the District Registrar at the Baraboo Administration Office, 423 Linn St., Baraboo, WI 53913. Any application received after 4:00 pm on April 30, 2018 must be rejected regardless of postmark.
* If your child is currently attending the Baraboo School District and you moved into another district during the 2017/2018 school year, you MUST apply for open enrollment in order for your student to continue to attend here.
* Parents may request a specific school or program on their open enrollment application, but enrollment in that particular school is subject to space and other limitations, and is not guaranteed.
* If you live in another district and your student is already attending here under open enrollment, they may continue to attend here without re-applying, unless they are entering 9th grade in the fall of 2018. If this is the case, you must reapply for open enrollment.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristine Snow at (608)355-3955.
Singing Valentines Benefit JYMS Music Department
Jack Young Middle School fundraised with singing valentines on Feb. 14! 

Students and staff had the opportunity to purchase a singing valentine for $3, with proceeds benefiting the music department. 

County to Host Free Active Shooter Trainings
Sauk County Emergency Management will have several upcoming  ALICE trainings. 

These trainings are designed for residents of Sauk County to attend and learn response techniques during "active on-going violence" situations. Residents can attend any one of the dates within the County.
All sessions will be the same. It is only necessary to attend one. This is open to children as well.

For more information, contact Tracy Hameau at or call 608-355-4417.
Time to Nominate!
Baraboo HS is seeking nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018. To nominate an individual, please call or e-mail Jim Langkamp at 355-3945 or .

Baraboo 21 to Host Vietnam War Era Veterans Breakfast
Earn College Credit While Attending BHS! Applications Due March 1
Baraboo High School  applications for the 2018 fall semester of  the Early College Credit  Program (ECCP)  and Start College Now (SCN) program are due  to the Baraboo High School Academic and Career Planning Center by March 1, 2018.  To learn more, please access the   ECCP & SCN link.
ABE Kicks Off Jump Rope for Heart
Al Behrman Elementary kicked off their American Heart Association Jump Rope For Heart event last week Monday and are wrapping up the donation side of the event this week. All cash/check donations for the American Heart Association are due  tomorrow,   Friday, February 16th  in the JRFH envelope your child received. Online donations will continue to be received through  Tuesday, February 20th .
To join in the fight against heart disease, you can help your child(ren) go online at  or download the Jump/Hoops App ( App Store for iPhone or  Google Play for Android)  to make a pledge to be more heart healthy and earn a free glow in the dark wristband. When your child takes the pledge, they will become an official member of the Scare Squad and will help heal kids with sick hearts. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Catterson at
Help BHS Euro Trip Raise Funds!
Baraboo High School History of Europe Trip
MOVIE TICKETS bought via th is custom link to Fandango support our cause!

$1.00 from every ticket to EARLY MAN bought during FEBRUARY  supports Baraboo High School History of Europe Trip
Fanda ngo does not host any informati on about the wonderful schools or causes that FilmRaiser supports. This custom link tracks our sales. 
PS. If you would like to post or share the ticket link that benefits Baraboo High School History of Europe Trip please use:

Teacher of the Year Nominations 
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 2017-'18 school year.  The EIEA award is sponsored by the BHS Graduating Class of 1956 and the DETA award is sponsored by Mr. Andrew Hauge.  The Class of 1956 and Mr. Hauge have established endowment funds 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 teachers and who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and dedication to the young people of the Baraboo community.  The recipients of these annual awards will be announced near the end of the current school year at  special award ceremonies.

The recipients 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 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 Senior 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 (middle school and high school educators)  and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award for 2017.  Nominations may be made by a teacher colleague, an administrator, a parent of a student or a current or former 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 must be received at East Elementary School 815 Sixth Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913 by Friday, March 9, 2018, to be valid. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Molly Fitzgerald at East Elementary, 608-355-3920.

Interact Club to Raise $10,000 for Food for Kidz Event
This year the Baraboo Interact Club is hosting a Food for Kidz event. 

Food for Kidz is a non-profit organization stationed in Stewart, MN. Food for Kidz helps individuals from around the United States set up Mobile Meal packaging events.The food that is packaged during these events is shipped around the world to children living in poverty. The food is shipped wherever it is needed most. In late August, a shipment of food was sent to Honduras. After Hurricane Harvey, 8 pallets of food were sent to Houston, Texas. Another 8 pallets of food was shipped to Puerto Rico through the Food for Kidz partner, Many Hands Many Meals. Recently, even more shipments were sent to the Island of Dominica, Sri Lanka, Feed my Lambs in Haiti, Sierra Leone, Mozambique during a harsh drought, and to the Air Force reserves in Afghanistan. You can find more information about the organization at .

On the day of the event, a truck will come from Minnesota with all of the supplies and food needed. In Baraboo, this event will be held on Saturday March 17th, 2018 in the morning, at the Jack Young Middle School big gymnasium. We will be packaging a rice mixture. Throughout the day, around 280 people will volunteer their time to package 50,000 meals. In order to complete this event the club need to raise $10,000.

Interested in helping? Click here!
GoFundMe link
Reserve Your Meeting Space Today!
Is your group looking for a place to meet, hold a training session or have a conference? Host your next meeting at one of the available spaces with the Baraboo School District! 

Available spaces include:
Two conference areas at our District Office, 423 Linn Street
A computer lab for business trainings
Professional Development room at East Elementary
Indoor Pool open swim and birthday parties
Commercial kitchen 
JYMS Auditorium

Upon reserving a space, please specify your needs, such as:
  • Do you need tables?
  • Do you need a microphone?
  • Do you need a projector?
  • Do you need the bleachers pulled out in the gym?
If you would like to reserve any of these spaces please contact Executive Administrative Assistant to the District Administrator and School Board, Ellen Weiland at (608) 355-3950 ext. 1020 or

Basketball Nation Registration is OPEN
BHS Offers New Fire Academy Course for 2018-19!
Baraboo High School is excited to announce a NEW COURSE for the 2018-19 school year: The BHS FIRE ACADEMY!

Students will learn firefighting techniques from our local experts. In coordination with Madison College and the Baraboo Fire Department, students can obtain training for a protective services career. 

This course will expose students to training that prepares them for the State of Wisconsin Firefighter I and Firefighter 2 certification examinations. 

The majority of this training will occur at the Baraboo Fire Station. In addition, students will have the opportunity to travel to Madison College to access training at their top-notch firefighting facility, which includes a burn tower and emergency vehicle bay. 

Students must be a Junior or Senior to enroll in this class. There will also be an interview required as part of the acceptance in the class. This class will run for 2 blocks.  Students who take this course will earn high school elective credit and Madison College credit concurrently. 
Becca's Closet Open for Business!
Becca's Closet Baraboo, located at Recycled Sally's (119 3rd Ave., downtown Baraboo) is now open for the 2018 Prom Season!

Becca's Closet is a national, non-profit organization that donates formal dresses to high school girls who cannot afford to purchase them. Becca's Closet also awards scholarships to deserving high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary service to their communities.

The organization was created to honor the work of Rebecca Kirtman who passed away in an automobile accident in August 2003. In the spring of 2003, Becca single-handedly collected and distributed more than 250 prom d resses to girls in need in South Florida so that they could attend their high school proms.

Becca's Closet depends on the generosity of manufacturers, retailers and individuals like you! All of the dresses have been donated to the program, which are then donated to high school girls.

We welcome donations of new and gently worn dresses in appropriate, current styles! Dresses can be dropped off at Recycled Sally's Women and Kids during regular business hours.

4K Registration Starts April 5 for 2018-19 School Year! 
The 4-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) Registration within the Baraboo School District for the 2018-19 school year will be from 7:30 am. to 5:00 pm. on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at East Elementary (815 6th Street, Baraboo) if your child turns 4-years-old by no later than Sept. 1, 2018. (Please bring your child's birth certificate to 4K registration along with proof of residency). You may contact District Registrar, Kristine Snow, at 608-355-3955 or with registration questions or you can visit her at the district office at 423 Linn Street, Baraboo to register for 4K after April 5.  

The 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) program also known as BELC (Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative) will be beginning it's 11th year of programming in the fall of 2018.  Please note that BELC is a half-day program for 3.17 hours on 4 days (M, T, Th & F) each week with many parent outreach opportunities. Our BELC AM session runs from 7:55-11:05 am., and our BELC PM session runs from 11:50 am. - 3:00 pm. Any 4K student would need to qualify for transportation based on the location of their residence outside of the Baraboo city limits, and 4K transportation is only provided during our afternoon sessions. We do not typically offer a second year of BELC to an individual student as 4K is meant to be a one-year program for all of our students.  

Please contact Dr. Chris Olson, BELC/West Principal, at 608-355-3906 or  at any time with 4K questions regarding the 2018-19 school year. Thank you for working to give your child a great start with their educational career by registering him/her for 4K. We look forward to working with your family!

Did You Know February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month? 
Relationships and abuse can be hard topics for parents and teachers to talk about with middle and high school students. But we know that open communication with adults can make a big difference for young people's relationships, and most teens wish they could talk more openly with their parents about dating. Don't know where to start the conversation? Consider participating in Break the Cycle's "It's Time to Talk" week by using the following prompts as a springboard for talking about healthy relationships: 
  • One-liners and firsts: Talk about first dates, first disagreements, and how to express setting boundaries.
  • Share your seconds: Talk about communicating what you want on a second date, shifts from casual to committed relationships, and lingering disagreements.
  • The Third Wheel: Supporting a friend around dating violence and balancing dating and friendships.
Want more conversation starters? Check out For more information about Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month, visit and Please also keep in mind that Hope House can provide free supportive counseling, support groups, legal help, safety planning, and more to teens experiencing abuse - and we now have an advocate focusing specifically on supporting teens. Our 24-hour helpline is   608-356-7500. Another great option is, which has a 24-hour helpline at   1.866.331.9474, online chat, and a texting hotline by texting loveis to 22522 (all geared towards teens and young adults).
SAVE THE DATE for the Baraboo Indoor Pool's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
The Baraboo School District is Hiring!
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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