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BHS Madrigal Dinner
Date: Feb. 10, 11
Place: Al. Ringling Mansion
Contact: Lynn Gunnell, 355-3947
Notes: R eservations must be made by  Feb. 3   

West Fundraiser 
@ Dairy Queen 
Dates: Feb. 14
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Place: Dairy Queen, Baraboo
Contact: Principal Olson, 355-3906,  cdolson@
Notes: Funds raised will go toward new playground equipment at West

GLW/West Math 
& Technology Night
Date: Feb. 16
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Place: GLW

CPR Certification
Date: Feb. 22
Time: 1:15-3:15
Place: BHS, Room E123
Cost: $30/person
Notes: Register with Dr. Bartman; 24 spots available

WSMA District 
Solo & Ensemble
Date: Feb. 25
Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: BHS

Literacy Night
Date: March 2
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: GLW
Notes: For BELC, West and GLW students

Read Across America Day
Date: March 3
Time: All Day
Place: District-wide

GLW Culver's Night
Date: March 7
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Place: Culver's, Baraboo

BHS Musical  Little Shop of Horrors
Dates: March 16-18
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

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

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.

Thunderbird Thursday Update
Feb. 9, 2017
Lost and Found: North Freedom
North Freedom Elementary School's fifth-grade class spotted a missing dog on Jan. 27 and ultimately led to the dog being returned to its owner. The owner, her daughter and the dog, Lady, came to visit the students Feb. 7.

For the full story and more photos, visit us on Facebook here!

Thank you, BSD counselors!
This week is National School Counseling Week! 

Please help us take time to recognize our wonderful and talented school counselors: 

Ann Renn, 
Kathy Thornburgh
Andy Waldvogel
Christina Olson
Laurie Kowalke
John Davies
Rylee Engum
Nicole Bilzing

Our students and families are so incredibly fortunate to have the support of our school counselors. 

We are  #Barabooproud of all the wonderful things they do in our district.

To learn more about National School Counseling Week, click here.

National Honor Society donates to Sauk County Children's Giving Tree

Members of National Honor Society held a Baraboo High School Ugly Sweater Day and sold doughnuts and hot chocolate to raise funds for The Sauk County Children's Giving Tree. 

On behalf the Thunderbird Scholars of NHS, President Anoop Chandrashekar and Vice President Chloe Zick presented the $100 donation to Deb Turner from The Giving Tree. 

We are  #Barabooproud  of National Honor Society's community partnership endeavors!

Subcontractors wanted!
ALICE Training featured on channel 3000
FBLA brings home the medals at Regional Leadership Conference
The FBLA chapter attended a Regional Leadership Conference in Cochran Fountain City on Feb. 4.

The Baraboo School District had 51 students compete in a variety of business related events. Of the 25 teams that competed, 19 placed in the top 8, and the other 11 placed in the top 3, qualifying them for the State Leadership Conference.  

The chapter performed so well that they received a plaque for outstanding chapter of the year.   

Congratulations to the following students:

1st place - Elise Lewison- Journalism
1st place - Alix Carpenter- Insurance and Risk Management
3rd place - Isabel Deering - introduction to business communications
1st place - Sarah Bildsten, Bryce Stellmacher, Ian Baird - Management Decision Making
4th place - josh Arnold, Ryan Boukhankov, Anthony Sorci - PSA
1st place - Liam Taber, jasper Swallen, Miles Statz- Emerging Business Issues
2nd place - Josef Kohlman - Intro to Parli Pro
7th & 8th place - Alec Schmelzer and CC Oettinger - introduction to financial math
4th place - Ryan Gehin - agribusiness
6th place - Arianna Macias - business law
7th place - Riley Hinz - FBLA principles of business
7th place - Macey Hough, Kyle Hough, Jacob Kimpfbeck - Marketing
4th place - Ashley Vorndran and Hayley Hannagan - Graphic Design
1st place - Zach Kline - Sales Presentation
1st place - Thor Gust, Tristan Funmaker, Carlton Wyenberg  - Sports Management
7th place - Emma Kozel - Social Media campaign
8th place - Henry smith, Ashley Rachuj - Intro to Bus. Presentation
4th and 7th place - Adain Carlson Edwards and Paige Splinter - Cyber Security
1st place - molly Stewart - Public Speaking
1st and 5th place - grace Deering and Katrina kemblowski - healthcare administration
5th place - madi Weinke - public speaking 2
4th place - john cole - digital video production
4th place - nick brooks, Claire McNevin, Greg Glaser - business ethics
3rd place - Sophia Oettinger- Economics  
JYMS Literacy Night to feature author Pat Schmatz
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.  

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 a special award ceremony.

Nominations are welcome from staff, students, parents, community members and former students, too.

For full information, click here.

Blue And Gold Court
Insta-Take Over Tuesday. Are you ready?

Baraboo Soccer Club: Now Registering for Spring Season

Break The Cycle: Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month

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).
New Website Roll-Out
The Baraboo School District has a new look!

Yesterday w e launched our new Baraboo School District website. The site has been completely updated to reflect a more modern, easy-to-use site with all of the information you need. We hope you enjoy the many benefits and functionality our new site has to offer.

The most commonly used links can be found just under the main photo on the district's homepage, including the Calendar, School Meals (menu), Parent Portal (infinite campus), Enrollment, Jobs, and the eNewsletter - just like this one!

To minimize disruption to our parents, students and staff, please have a look at this guide with helpful tips as you maneuver through the new layout and content areas:

Check out our new website here!
School Bus Driver Recognition Week: Feb. 13-17
The State of Wisconsin has declared the week between Monday, February 13 th and
Friday, February 17 th as School Bus Drivers Recognition Week. This week is highlighted
each year to recognize the commitment to safety excellence of over 15,000 Wisconsi
school bus drivers, who drive over 82 million miles each year and transport over 600,000
students on any given school day.

Kobussen Buses, LTD will be recognizing 43 drivers from their Baraboo terminal who
work with students from the Baraboo School District and Ryan Kimball, terminal
manager along with Kristi Voelker, Safety Director, Niki and Karla in Dispatch and Ren,
Technician for Kobussen's Baraboo office say, "We are planning a full week of activities
to celebrate the outstanding job that our drivers do each and every day at each of our 17
terminals." These activities will include such things as free lunch, door prizes and
recognition of perfect attendance. Kobussen continues, "With all of the day to day
activities that happen, it is easy to forget to thank them for all that (the driver's) do.
Setting aside this week helps us show a small amount of our appreciation."

"We hope that the public will join us in taking time to thank our drivers for all that they
do and to take a minute to pause and think about what we can all do to help our students
be safe.", says Dan Kobussen from Kobussen's main office in Kaukauna, WI. You may
wonder what you can do to help the safety of students of students who ride buses; Dan
Kobussen continues, "If other drivers would just slow down, give buses a little extra
space and be prepared to stop when the flashing red lights come on, that would help
everyone out."
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