Baraboo School District
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Winter Parent Teacher Conferences
Date: January 23

Baraboo 21 Showing: Schindler's List
Date: January 25
Time: 5 p.m.
Place: Al Ringling Theatre
Note: This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Baraboo High School Baraboo 21.

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)

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

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
January 16, 2020
Jarvis and Goeckermann Tie for First in District Spelling Bee
It was an impressive show of wits as fifth- through eighth-grade students battled to be named Baraboo's top speller during the District Spelling Bee on Jan. 13, 2020, at Baraboo High School. 

Each year, the students are given an official 2020 School Spelling Bee Study List to practice. This year's Bee went 28 rounds and exhausted the words on that list, so those students who made it to the final rounds were given words that weren't on the the study guide and may have even been words they'd never seen or heard before!

Congratulations to our two first-place finishers, eighth grade student Bethany Jarvis and sixth grade student Tanner Goeckermann!

Congratulations, also, to all of our participants who qualified for the District Bee by competing in their individual grade and school spelling bees. 

Contest Winners Receive Posters of Their Artwork
As part of this year's  Attendance   Matters campaign, we held our first   Attendance Matters student poster contest this fall.  With nearly 150 entries, our judges were put to the test to choose our eight winners! In addition to being featured in the Thunderbird Thursday e-newsletter, the posters have also been featured on social media, in the Thunderbird Quarterly printed newsletter, and are now being displayed throughout each of our seven schools!

This week the winning students received their very own poster with their featured artwork . 

Congratulations to the following students for submitting the winning entries:
Tessa Cabaj, Kindergarten, GLW
Emma Bates, Kindergarten, West
Stella Meier, 3rd grade, GLW
Elin VonSeggern, 4th grade, GLW
Grace Carter, 5th grade, ABE
Taylynn Bell, 5th grade, East
Alliyah Harris, 6th grade, JYMS
Maya Brown, 11th grade, BHS

One in 10 students in the Baraboo School District is considered chronically absent.   Research shows that missing 10% of school, or 18 days per school year, negatively affects a   student's academic performance. Students are missing fundamental instructional time in reading   and math, building a shaky foundation for their academic future. We want to add our students' voices   to the conversation on why going to school every day is important. #TeamUpForAttendance #AlwaysOnwardBSD

BHS Students Visit Cadaver Lab
Baraboo High School students in Ms. Workman's Anatomy and Physiology class, as well as Mrs. Crammond's Psychology class, visited the Cadaver lab at UW-Baraboo/Platteville to learn from Dr. Anderson and other college students about the anatomy of the human body. 

The students were able to see and learn about various organs, muscles and bones of the human body as well as view and handle a fixed human brain and spinal cord. A hands-on experience indeed!
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:

ABE Brings On the Banjo
This is Brenda Dobyns, occupational therapist at ABE.  My son, Ross Baldwin visited Al Behrman Elementary School on January 10 to play the banjo for students. He played in classrooms and serenaded students during lunch. Students asked questions about musical instruments, playing an instrument, practicing and instrument, and all things instruments!

Food For Kids Fundraiser Set for Jan. 21

Indoor Pool Hosts Aquatics Seminar
On January 9, the Baraboo Indoor Pool hosted the WPRA Aquatics Seminar with national and international speakers Kelly Martinez and Joey Rusnak. 

Approximately 80 attendees from around the state split into two groups, with each group dividing their training between classroom and in-water instruction on such topics as "Wow Factor: Techniques to Motivate Your Team Into Providing Exceptional Guest Service;" Activate and Engaged Deck Supervision;" Validating Guard Zones;" and "Optimizing Your Water Trainings."

Family Engagement Event Set for Jan. 28

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 Jayce Barry, Sophie Crammond, Asher Johnson and Annabell Showers 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  recognizes a different student from each classroom for their positive behavior. Thank you to our families for all of the continued positive support at West.
East Uses Parachute to Demonstrate Musical Concepts
Ms. Williams's first grade students at East Elementary School used the parachute to demonstrate high and low, loud and soft, and fast and slow during Ms. Lappin's music class. They moved to "The William Tell Overture" and played a singing game called "Grizzly Bear." For "Grizzly Bear," one student is "sleeping in a cave" until he/she "gets mad" and crawls quickly out.

Here's how the song goes: "Grizzly Bear, a grizzly bear is sleeping in a cave: Sh! (The parachute goes up and down.) Grizzly Bear, a grizzly bear is sleeping in a cave: Sh! (The parachute goes up and down.) Please be very quiet; very, very quiet; if you wake him, if you shake him, he gets very MAD!"

In Memoriam: Deri Ament
It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of former Baraboo School District educator, Deri Ament, on Jan. 5, 2020.

Children were Deri's passion, and she was destined to be an educator. Deri taught in the Baraboo School District both at Jack Young Middle School and at East Elementary School. In 2003, she received the Baraboo School District Teacher of the Year Award, an honor she considered her "lifetime achievement award," having taught grades K-9 in four different school districts and substituted in others. She spent her last several years teaching fifth-grade (her favorite) at East Elementary, then retired from the Baraboo School District in June 2004 to substitute teach and pursue other interests.

Her contributions and dedication to the Thunderbird family are so appreciated and she will be dearly missed.

Thank You, School Crossing Guards!

ABE Brings Art to Oak Park Place
Oak Park Place has become an art gallery! Students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Al Behrman Elementary School have been working hard on their masterpieces, bringing color and creativity to the residents and guests at Oak Park Place. 

Psych Class Tests Their Senses
Baraboo high School students in Ms. Crammond's Psychology and AP Psychology completed a Sensation and Perception lab day where they made their way around the room to test out their senses. 

Some of the stations included: doing various tasks while wearing perception goggles that change their vision upside down or to varying degrees, guess the smell, guess the object, sound localization and the "attack of the blue tongue" demonstration. 

In this demonstration, students need to see the papillae on the surface of their tongue. Our papillae contain our taste buds, the receptor sites for taste. After they paint their tongue with blue food coloring, their papillae stand out and remain pink. The number of papillae on the surface of the tongue can be a determining factor if they are a supertaster, medium taster or non-taster. We then tested out PTC strips to see if they can taste the bitterness, indicating they may indeed be a supertaster. Sensational! :)

Basketball Nation Youth Camp
Baraboo 21 Hosts FREE Showing of Schindler's List
Baraboo High School's Baraboo 21 is sponsoring a FREE public showing of  Schindler's List on Saturday, January 25 at 5 p.m. at the Al. Ringling Theater. The occasion is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the infamous Auschwitz death camp on Jan. 27, 1945.  Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 is also International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

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!

Baraboo Public Library: Read with Shadow

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

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.
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
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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