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Baraboo Acts: Night of Unity
Date: December 16
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
Place: BHS commons, 1201 Draper St. 
Note: This event is free and open to the public. Dinner will be provide.

Winter Break - No School
Dates: Dec. 23 - January 1

Volunteer Training
Date: January 15
Time: 3:30-4 p.m.
Place: West Kindergarten Center, 707 Center Street.

Winter Parent Teacher Conferences
Date: January 23

Statewide ACT Test
for Juniors
Date: March 3

Family Literacy Night
Date: March 12
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

No School
Date: April 10

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

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

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.

Join us as we celebrate a nation of diverse readers with these recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures from the National Education Association.

Title: Americanized: Rebel without a Green Card
Author:  Sara Saedi (Knopf)
For: Teen/Adult Readers

Summary:  Understand the hurdles Sara and her family faced to rebuild their lives after fleeing Iran and the anxiety that being an undocumented immigrant added to her awkward teenage years.


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
December 12, 2019
Model UN Attends International Competition
Over the weekend, 23 Baraboo High School Model United Nations Students attended the four-day Chicago International Model United Nations Competition.

It's an exciting, but grueling, 4 days of negotiating, writing papers, and political strategizing. They rose to the challenge, supported each other, and pushed themselves. 

Some highlights include: 
  • Teague Cutrell and Chandler Dance drafted and passed legislation strengthening the education system in the Supreme Soviet.
  • Agui Sorci and Seth Hittman successfully authored working papers in the World Health Organization
  • All of our freshmen boys managed to get to all their committees on time, and in full western business attire. They also got excited about drafting amendments and working papers! 
  • Mr. Kizer took a group of students to see the European Holiday Market, which they really enjoyed. 
Congratulations, BHS Model UN!

B araboo Acts: Night of Unity; Thunderbird Day of Unity
Baraboo Acts will hold a Night of Unity event from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16 at Baraboo High School, 1201 Draper St., in the commons area. The event will feature a free community meal (Jose's Authentic Mexican Restaurant, Baraboo), opening remarks, a discussion on the current and continuing initiatives toward making Baraboo an inclusive and welcoming community, a Baraboo High School student-made video on microaggressions followed by a student panel, breakout community discussions and closing remarks. 

Please join us for a community meal and conversation highlighting our community's ongoing work to make the Baraboo Area an opening and welcoming place for all.

This event is free and open to the public.


Baraboo High School is having a Thunderbird Day of Unity on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. This will be a full day of assembly and breakout sessions dedicated to deeper learning and student empowerment. We hope that you will encourage your student to welcome and take advantage of this special opportunity. Click here for more information about our speakers.

This event is for students only and will be closed to the public and the press.
Norwegian Dancers Come to Elementary Schools
Last week, North Freedom Elementary School and Gordon L. Willson Elementary School welcomed the Stoughton Norwegian Dancers for a presentation on t raditional Scandinavian folk dances and authentic Norwegian bunads (costumes). 

The group is made up of Stoughton High School Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Each spring the group goes on tour, bringing their authentic dance, humor and fun to audiences across the United States. The Scandinavian dances were complexly choreographed and full of gymnastics, accompanied by live music. Students were invited to participate, receiving a mini-lesson on some of the traditional dances!

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 Jett Walker, Calli Lebar, Abby Steinhorst, and Xirabel Dominguez-Pineda 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.
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 will 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

Students Participate in ACT Practice
Students in the Baraboo School District participated in the second annual free full-length ACT w/Writing practice at Baraboo High School on Saturday, December 7, 2019. This opportunity is one of many that students receive to help assess skills in English, math, reading, science, and writing. The statewide ACT test date for all juniors is scheduled on March 3, 2020.

Volunteer Training Set for Jan. 15
The Baraboo School District welcomes volunteers to each of our schools.  

In order to best support our numerous school volunteers, we are offering a volunteer training from 3:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at West School (707 Center St.). People who volunteer in any of our schools are welcome to attend this training 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 completely optional and open to all school district volunteers. Thank you to our many volunteers and community partners for all of the ways that they support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.  

Please contact West and BELC Principal Chris Olson at 608-355-3906 or with any questions.
East Students Use Science to Build
After examining different materials, students in Mrs. Blue's second grade class at East Elementary went to work filling out their Science Writing Heuristic form asking questions, thinking of tests to conduct, making observations and claims, and then providing evidence to support their claims. These small groups of students were determining how objects can be built up from a small set of pieces (straws, waffle blocks, bristle blocks, dominoes, straws, and Legos). They were very creative!

JYMS Careers Class Welcomes Guest Presenters
Ms. Bonham has been inviting guest presenters to speak to her Careers Class at Jack Young Middle School. Presentations have included careers in the fields of law, accounting, marketing and more!

Presenters gave an overview on their career, including information on job responsibilities, challenges within the career and things they find rewarding about their jobs. Students learned about different career paths and major factors leading to their chosen careers.

Next week the middle school students will participate in mock interviews with community volunteers acting as the interviewers!
JYMS Teacher Presents at Tech Conference
Baraboo School District was invited to be one of 10 schools to showcase best practices and offer hands-on technology mini projects for teachers attending the SLATE  ( School Leaders Advancing Technology in Education)  Conference. Jack Young Middle School STEM teacher Stacy Parsons demonstrated the Sphero, a round rolling robot, that the District use in our classrooms. Teachers had an opportunity to create a helmet for Sphero, and calculate the g forces experienced by Sphero when they dropped it. Teachers also had the chance to complete an engineering design challenge to armor their Sphero with various supplies and compete in a mini battle against other teachers. 

Mrs. Parsons uses the Sphero in many different ways. It's a great way to introduce coding. It can be used as a tool to help students showcase what they've learned in their content classes. They love using their own designs to complete different challenges. 

"I'm so lucky to teach in a district that supports teachers and students with technology that bring education to life! It was a great experience to showcase the neat things Baraboo has to offer. I also got to learn and play with some of the tech tools other schools brought," Mrs. Parsons said.

Approximately 1500 teachers and school professionals came thought the booth area. Many teachers would say "We have these in our school but I don't know have any ideas how to use them in my class." They were really excited to get some new ideas and resources they can implement. 

Indoor Pool Holiday Deal
The Baraboo Indoor Pool is offering a holiday deal between Dec. 16-23, 2019 - Buy two punch cards, get the third on FREE!

"Yule" be sorry if you miss this holiday deal!  30 swims for $60!  It's SNOW joke! Give the gift of feelin' PINE after a great swim this holiday season!

2020 JYMS Winter 2 Girls Basketball Registration Information
The parent meeting for 7/8th Grade Girls Basketball will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the JYMS Auditorium. Please arrive early if you have not registered your athlete online prior.

If you cannot attend the meeting you must contact one of the coaches listed here  AND Kevin Catterson ( to get the information you need before the first day of practice.

You must register online in the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus before the date of the parents meeting. You and your child will sign the Code of Conduct and Concussion forms electronically there. The participation fee of $30 can be paid at the parents meeting or in the JYMS main office. If you would like to pay online please contact Jim Langkamp at or Kevin Catterson ( )  in advance to have the fee added to your child's account.

For more information on schedules, transportation, physicals, etc., click here.
Public Library Book Sale Set for Dec. 6-7

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
  • Holiday Pool Pass Sale - Buy two punch cards, get the third free!
Get Your Gear on Amazon!
In need of some T-Bird Gear? You can now purchase apparel off Amazon!

Help support FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) by purchasing your Thunderbird apparel on Amazon. Use this link to see all of the items available. 

Now Hiring Guest Teachers!
The School District of Baraboo is hiring guest (substitute) teachers for all levels (4K-12). The starting rate is $110 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, 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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