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ABE's Around the World Family Night
Date: March 9
Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
Place: ABE
Notes: ABE students will visit Ireland, Brazil, Poland, Jamaica, Costa Rica, India, Turkey, Korea, Australia, and Norway!

Pop & Read
Date: March 17 RESCHEDULED
Time: Grade 5 - 1:30-2 p.m.; Grades K-4 - 2-2:30 p.m.
Place: ABE
Notes: community members and parents are invited to attend. Contact the school for more information.

BHS Musical  Little Shop of Horrors
Dates: March 17-19
Times:  Friday & Saturday: 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m.
Place: Al. Ringling Theatre

8th Annual
Fifth Grade Concert
Date: March 20
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS Big Gym
Notes: fifth-grade students from  ABE, East, GLW & NF

JYMS 8th Grade Showcase Concert
Date: March 21
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS Big Gym
Notes:  8th Grade Choirs,  8th Grade Bands,  Jazz WIN

ASVAB Career Exploration Program
Date: March 22
Time: 8 a.m.
Place: BHS Media Center
Notes: The ASVAB Career Exploration Program provides high-quality, career exploration and planning materials at no cost, and is an excellent resource for students struggling with selecting a college major or are uncertain about what career path may be right for them in the future.   The ASVAB is available to students in grades 10-12.  Any student interested in this free opportunity can register in Student Services with Mr. Waldvogel.

Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences
Dates: March 22, 23
Time: TBD by your child's teacher
Place: Your child's classroom

BHS Spring Showcase Concert
Date: March 23
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Gym
Notes: All Bands & Choirs

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

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@

The Baraboo Public Library offers a safe and welcoming environment, providing area residents and visitors with confidential access to cutting edge, high quality resources.   

Evaluations will be on Saturday, March 11th. 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 9, 2017
Class of the Week - APP DESIGN: Ms. Gratz and Mr. Rhode, Baraboo High School

If you can understand these, you might be a computer programer! Here is a little coding humor.
Cheer Team Takes Highest Score of Their Season at State 
Congrats to  sophomore Jamie Runnels and freshman Brittany Reuter for going to the WIAA Div. II Individual State Gymnastics meet! 

Jamie Runnels went to state on vault; Brittany Reuter went to state on uneven bars.

Congratulations also to the BHS Gymnastics Team on a great season, missing going to state as a team by just two points.

We are #BarabooProud of your hard work, determination and success.

Class of the Week - Ms. Raach's Kindergarten Class, East Elementary

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 
Class of the Week - Ms. Nelson's Kindergarten Class, Gordon L Willson Elementary

Next Parent Night: Addressing Addiction on May 15
On March 6, the Baraboo School District held a Parent Night focusing on Restorative Practices.

This parent-focused event discussed how restorative practices were developed with one specific goal in mind: to support and facilitate the building of healthy relationships.  Those healthy relationships provide a solid foundation for personalized learning and growth. 

Basic to the restorative practice processes are restorative questions. All teachers, staff and students in the Baraboo School District are working to become familiar with these tools to productively  solve issues and nurture relationships. 

As parents, you can learn how you can utilize restorative practices at home to give your child confidence in their actions with peers and adults.

Our next Parent Night will be at 6 p.m. May 15 in the JYMS auditorium. The topic will be Addressing Addiction. Learn about 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.

All parent night meetings are free and open to the public. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend.

Did you miss the meeting but would like to view the information? Click here to view the handout.

EMT Class Gets Practice
On February 10th, members of the Baraboo Area Senior Center visited the High School EMT class so students could practice taking vital signs including pulse, blood pressure, and respiratory sounds. 

Then, on March 3rd, students in the EMT class visited Ms. Gissal's 5th grade class at GLW to practice those vitals on pediatric patients.  

The HS EMT program is in it's second year, and 18 students are currently working towards becoming Nationally Certified Emergency Medical Technicians.
"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!
A Seuss Celebration
Ms. Kargel's class at East Elementary celebrated Read Across America Week with fun themes. 

One day the dressed as their favorite characters; another they made and ate green eggs and ham! 

On Friday, March 3, National Honor Society students from Baraboo High School came to the room to read with students!

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.

NHS joins ABE Students for Read Across America Week

Baraboo High School National Honor Society students read with students from ABE during Read Across America Week last Friday.

NHS students visited rooms for 15 minutes per room and worked with students at different reading levels, anywhere from reading the books to the students to talking to the older students about the structure of essays they read together.

East Mathletes Compete
Pictured from left: Jadyn Huebing, Tyler Poker, Megan Gruber
Last week, East Elementary held its Math 24 Competition. 

Math 24  is a fast-paced mathematics  program which builds strong mental mathematics  and problem-solving skills. The challenge is to create equations that total 24  by using all numbers on each card and any combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.

Fifth grade winners were Tyler Poker and Megan Gruber, with Jadyn Huebing as an alternate.
Fourth grade winners were Sharlotte Hanusa, Ava John, and Whitney Crary.

Sharlotte Hanusa, Ava John, and Whitney Crary
Literacy Night at GLW

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

GLW celebrated  Read Across America Week on March 2 with an assembly during school and Family Literacy Night after school. 

The school was visited by the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2.

GLW would like to give a BIG thank you to Pat Theis for all of her hard work and planning to bring such wonderful events to BSD students!

GLW nurtures a community partnership with Gasser Construction, who has sponsored a reading program this year. The students have to read, and each month they log their minutes. On Thursday, GLW students reached ONE MILLION minutes of reading time logged! 

To celebrate, Gasser Construction supplied every student and staff member at GLW with a Cat in the Hat red and white striped hat. Gasser Construction representative  Tina Neuman attended the assembly to present the hats to the students and encourage them to keep reading!

Registration for the 2017-18 school year opens APRIL 1 

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.
Registration for the 2017-18 school year opens APRIL 1 

Dairy Queen Fundraiser Raises $450 for North Freedom

In the month of February the North Freedom Parent Group held a Dairy Queen Fundraiser to pay for Opera for the Young and to go towards the purchase of a water bottle filling station next to the school's drinking fountains.

Today, Bob  Thompson from Dairy Queen in Baraboo presented a check in the amount of $450 to North Freedom Elementary Principal Kathy Andreasen and North Freedom Parent Group member Cindy Bulgrin.

JYMS Literacy Night with Author Pat Schmatz
Jack Young Middle School will host its Annual Literacy Night on Tuesday, March 14 from 4:30-6:30 in the JYMS Commons!

Author Pat Schmatz will be speaking from 5-5:45 with a book signing to follow. A limited number of her books will be available for purchase following her presentation (cash or check only). 

Before and after her presentation, students will be able to choose a free book to keep from a wide selection of titles.

Everyone in attendance (students and parents/guardians) will get a free popcorn and a ticket to be entered in for some amazing door prizes!

Math Night Adds Up To Fun at North Freedom Elementary
On March 2, North Freedom Elementary students and their families enjoyed activities at their annual Math Night.  

Kindergarten through second grade students solved pattern block puzzles.  

Third through fifth grade students worked on math mysteries.  

All students enjoyed popcorn while playing math games to showcase their fact fluency and grade-level skills.  It was definitely a fun and successful event!

Thank You to the BSD Food Service Staff!
March 6th-10th is National School Breakfast Week. The Baraboo School District would like to recognize the efforts of all who work to provide school breakfast for our students. This is a significant benefit to our families to give learners a foundation for new learning each day.

Nationwide, the school breakfast program serves more than 14 million children school each day.

Children who eat school breakfast are more likely to:
* Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math 
* Have better concentration 
* Be more alert 
* Retain move of what they learn 
* Participate in class 
* Maintain a healthy weight 
* Drink more milk and eat more fruit daily

Eating School breakfast is associated with:
* Reduced absenteeism 
* Reduced tardiness 
* Reduced behavioral problems 
* Reduced nurse's office visits 
* Increased standardized test achievement scores 
* Higher grades 
* Positive learning environments

Summer Kid Stop Program

North Freedom Elementary celebrates Random Acts of Kindness Week
Mrs. Shafer, fifth grade teacher at North Freedom Elementary, displays the Appreciation Notes she received on "Thank You Tuesday."
This week, North Freedom Elementary is celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week. Each day has a different focus with fun coordinating activities.

"Manners" Monday
Focus: M anners (being polite to everyone all of the time)
The students read "What Does it Mean to Be Kind" and "Have You Filled A Bucket Today?"

"Thank You" Tuesday
Focus: T hankfulness (showing gratitude to those in their lives)
Students filled out "Appreciation Notes;' a quick note that they write to someone in their life whom they appreciate.

"What Can I Do To Help?" Wednesday
Focus:  What Can I Do To Help? (How can we help others?)
Students played "Random Acts of Kindness" bingo. Each square contained a different good deed; students will try to try and cross off as many squares as possible this week.

"Thoughtful" Thursday
Focus:  Thoughtfulness (How do we show thoughtfulness?)
Students received a "thoughtfulness" assignment that will be displayed inside or outside each classroom. Primary students drew pictures of themselves being thoughtful or things they could do to show thoughtfulness; upper grades wrote about things they have done or could do to demonstrate thoughtfulness.

"Friendship" Friday
Focus:  Friendship (What can we do to be a good friend?)
Students mixed it up at lunch. They sat at tables based on the months of their birthdays.
Keyclub Goes to DCON
The Baraboo Key Club went to DCON, the annual District Leadership Conference, in Green Bay March 3-5.

Baraboo High School took 30 students who joined fellow Key Clubbers from all over Wisconsin and upper Michigan.

The students participated in a multitude of workshops over the course of the weekend to help learn about being a better Key Clubber, being in service to our school and community, and on topics including leadership, teamwork, problem solving. 

The clubbers also elected the District governing board for the next school year and had fun at two dances.

Mike Hanson, Baraboo Key Club Advisor
Sarah Hanson
Spencer Rohlinger

Key Clubbers:
Anthony Sorci
Ashley Vorndran
Ben Florencio
Claire McNevin
Connor Granberg
Connor Grogan
Elena Holloway
Elise Lewison
Ellie Goethel
Evan Goethel
Ian Baird
Jackalynn Lemke
Jacob Lawrence
Jasper Swallen
Jenny Shanks
Jovanna Blum
Kody Weiland
Kyle  Weiland
Liam Taber
Matt Vander-Schaaf
Miles Statz
Molly Stewart
Nate Heckendorf
Nick Brooks
Noah Kappel
Ryan Lawrence
Shani King
Shelby Marquardt
Silas Patten
Sophina Larson

North Freedom DEARs on Read Across America Day
March 2, 2017 was the National Education Association's "Read Across America Day".  

In honor of Read Across America, students at North Freedom Elementary school participated in "Drop Everything And Read" (DEAR) from  8:05am to 8:15am

Pictures are from Mrs. Gabrielson's 1st grade classroom. 

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

Summer Academy Registration Opens March 17
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    
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 .  
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.
Baraboo 21 to Host Vet Breakfast & Appreciation Ceremony 

Teacher of the Year nominations

We have some pretty amazing teachers here in the Baraboo School District. Now's your chance to show them how great they are!

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 2016-'17 school year.

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 HERE or at any district school building.

For full Information, click HERE.

For an EIEA form, click HERE.

For a DETA form, click HERE.

Don't miss this opportunity to show our educators how much we appreciate them!

"LIKE" The New BHS Art Department FB Page
The Baraboo High School 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. 

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)!
Lifeguarding Course Offered at Indoor Pool
Bump, Set, SPIKE: Youth Volleyball Camp at BHS
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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