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

Volunteer Training
Date: Feb. 26
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Place: West Kindergarten Center

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 22, 2018

BHS Celebrates Blue & Gold Day
Last week Baraboo High School showed school spirit with a week of dress-up days, culminating in an assembly on Friday in which Claire McNevins and Miles Statz were crowned Blue and Gold Queen and King. #Barabooproud!

Congrats, JYMS T-Birds of the Month!
We are #Barabooproud to announce the Jack Young Middle School T-Birds of the Month for January!

Students are nominated by their teachers. Here's what their teachers had to say about them:

Hope Bowers, 8th grade 
"Hope is always willing to work with anyone and is very responsible with her work. I have seen this in both the classroom and during forensics practice.  There is never anything but a smile on her face. She is extremely focused and organized. Hope is not only an intuitive student but a friend to everyone.  Hope demonstrates kindness and strength in character."
Mrs. McCulloch- 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Dylan Bruyere, 8th grade
"Dylan is a student who makes others feel better about themselves. He is a great partner to work with. He is respectful, treats others kindly, and works hard to put forth quality work on a daily basis."
-Mr. Phillips- Science Teacher

Kevin Guerrero Martinez, 7th grade
" Kevin is consistently one of the most positive and compassionate students in my classroom. He does a fantastic job working with all different students in the classroom. He shows great integrity and work ethic with his approach to each assignment and challenge. He is truly an example of what it means to be an exemplary T-Bird! "
Ms. Krucas- 7th Grade Science Teacher

Anna Balfanz, 7th grade
" I have nominated Anna Balfanz for student of the month because it is a very necessary nomination. Anna is in my Personalized Fitness class this school year and she is awesome to have in class. Anna has a great personality and a great outlook on the goal of the class. She is up for any challenge and tries her best when performing the activities, exercises and games in class.
Anna displays a number of characteristics of a model student. She leads by example and is always following directions and focused on her goals, even when others in class are not. She does not get caught up in the distractions around her at times.
Anna is very responsible during class and on tasks outside of class. I can count on her for demonstrations, providing her answers and input to the class, or just being a good example of what is expected of students. "
Mr. Brownell- Physical Education Teacher

Sergio Angel, 6th grade
"Sergio approaches each day, despite challenges, with unending positivity. He utilizes every opportunity he can to make others feel welcomed and valued. Sergio's kind nature and respect towards all is truly an uplifting to those around him. I feel lucky to witness Sergio grow, learn, and fully embrace each day! "
Ms. Caulfield- 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Annelise Hilke Bullion, 6th grade
"Annalise brings a positive attitude to class everyday. She's a hard worker and demonstrates leadership through her actions in the classroom daily. I've seen first hand her sense of humor, compassion to her classmates and a level of respect usually suited for students years beyond her age. Annalise is a great role model for her classmates. I know that I can always count on her to do the right thing."
Mr. Francour- 6th Grade Math Teacher

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

In order to best support our numerous volunteers, we are offering volunteer trainings at West School (707 Center St.) on February 26 from 12:30-1:30 PM and on March 22 from 4:00-5:00 PM.   School volunteers from any of our schools are welcome to attend either of these trainings to better understand the role and dynamics of a school volunteer along with receiving some information about school district volunteer expectations.  

The volunteer training is optional to any school district volunteers on either date.  Any and all volunteers at any of our schools are welcome to attend a district-wide school volunteer appreciation event at West School (707 Center St.) on May 17 from 4:00-5:00 PM.  Thank you to our many school volunteers and community partners for all of the many ways that they support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.  
EMS Students Practice at GLW
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a career field filled with excitement, rewards and public service. Often used as an entry portal for other health care professions, EMS can be an enjoyable and rewarding life's work. 

Baraboo High School has an EMT/EMS course option, which provides students an opportunity to train in the Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) program. Training for this course is provided by the Baraboo District Ambulance Service Training Center. Students successfully completing the training and assessments for certification will be able to use their new skills with the Baraboo District Ambulance Service after the age of 18!

On Feb. 16 the class traveled to Gordon L. Willson to practice their knowledge on fourth grade students in Mrs. Gissal's class.
BHS Spring Sports Parent Meeting Set for Feb. 26
The Baraboo High School Spring Sports Parent meetings will be held on Monday, February 26, in the BHS gym. The general meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. Parents who attended this meeting in the fall or winter can report for the individual sport meetings at 6:30 p.m. Students do NOT need to attend these meetings.

Please register your son or daughter in the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus under the HS Spring Sports Registration link.  Computers will be available beginning at 5:30 in the cafeteria for those who would like help with sport registration.

Sport participation fees are $60 for all sports.  If your family is at the $200 maximum for sport fees this school year, contact Mrs. Teasdale to adjust your fees in Infinite Campus.

If you have any questions, or if you are not sure if you child has a current physical on file in the athletic office, please contact Renee Teasdale at 355-3940, ext. 2022 or email:

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.

These activities are open to all students who live in the Baraboo School District boundaries. Homeschool and private school students are welcome to participate.

Check Mate!
The Baraboo High School Chess Club hosted a tournament at Baraboo High School on Feb. 17. There were more than 60 participants from 7 different cities.

The BHS Chess Club won the first place team trophy in the K12 division: Mychal Hainz, Brent Littlegeorge, Colin Fitzpatrick, and Kip Nieuwenhuis. This was the third annual Baraboo Chess Classic. The State Class Championships are coming up  March 3rd  at Wisconsin Dells. 
Baraboo FFA  Celebrates 2018 National FFA Week
The BARABOO FFA is celebrating National FFA Week this week! This FFA Week embraces more than 90 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization's future. More than 653,000 members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.
National FFA Week gives FFA members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture. During the week, chapters conduct a variety of activities to help others in their school and community learn about FFA and agricultural education.  
Today's FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural and hands-on learning, they are preparing for 255 unique career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry. National FFA Week is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company. There will be a kiss the calf contest for students to vote for their favorite teacher to kiss the calf at the assembly. Proceeds will benefit the Baraboo Food Pantry. There will be dress up days all week, and the annual FFA Assembly will be Friday, Feb. 23rd beginning at 2pm.
Jordyn Zalewski (Student Advisor), Kristen Felton (President), Elizabeth Showers (Reporter), Jennifer Schultz (advisor),
Halle Hickey (Vice President), Lilith Nachtigal (Secretary), Brianna Stapleton (Sentinel), Tianda Deaver (Treasurer) 
Nominate A BSD Teacher for the Crystal Apple Awards!
NBC15's Crystal Apple Awards are accepting nominations now! The NBC15 Crystal Apple Award is an award that is given to five teachers in South Central Wisconsin in recognition of outstanding contributions to education. Crystal Apple Awards was created for a way the community can express their gratitude towards a teacher that has made a difference in their lives.
Now through  March 30th, we are asking families to send in their nomination for a teacher that has touched their life, has touched the lives of others. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of NBC15 judges and narrow nominations to five Crystal Apple recipients and ten Honorable Mentions. Crystal Apple Award Winners will be announce the week of  May 7th.
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.
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.
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
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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!

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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