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Time: 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Place: BHS Cafeteria

JYMS Band Concert
Date: May 18
Time: 6th Grade - 5:30 p.m.; 7th Grade - 6:30 p.m.; 8th Grade - 7:30 p.m.

BELC Field Trip to Ochsner's Park
Date: May 25
Place: Ochsner's Park

JYMS Choir Concert
Date: May 25
Time: 6th Grade and WIN - 5:30 p.m.; 7th & 8th Grades - 6:30 p.m.

Memorial Day
- No School
Date: May 29

High School Graduation
Date: June 2
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: BHS Gym

GLW Field Day
Date: June 7
Time: all day
Place: GLW

Last Day of School
for Students
Date: June 7

Last Day of School 
for Teachers
Date: June 8

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.
Thunderbird Thursday Update
May 18, 2017
ATTENTION: last day of school is a FULL DAY

GLW's Gissal Named Elementary Teacher of the Year
Please join the Baraboo School District in congratulating the recipient of the 2017 DETA (Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award), Susan Gissal!

Susan Gissal, GLW 5th grade educator, has been recognized by her colleagues and other peers as our District's teacher of the year at the elementary level. Susan was one of 16 elementary teachers nominated for this annual Baraboo award. A surprise school celebration at GLW with staff, family, friends and students was held last week in her honor.

During the b uilding assembly, Ms. Gissal received a wooden plaque to proudly display and a monetary award, to be used in connection with her classroom, from the sponsor of this elementary award whose donation is managed by the Greater Sauk Co Community Foundation.

Congratulations, Susan Gissal!!

BHS Students Awarded for Stellar Academics
Baraboo High School held its annual Academic Awards Ceremony Honors Night on Thursday, May 11, where local sponsors awarded approximately $300,000 in funds to graduating seniors and past Baraboo High School graduates.

Thank you to the community for generously supporting our BHS students as they look toward their futures beyond Baraboo High School!

#Barabooproud of our JYMS Authors!
Six students from Jack Young Middle School were awarded at the Yahara River Writers Anthology Project workshop in Madison.

The  Yahara River Writers Anthology Project  is a writing and cartooning contest for students in grades 5-8.   

School districts/students must be a part of the Greater Dane County Advanced Learners Network to participate. Students may enter ONE piece in any ONE of these categories: Cartoons, Editorials, Poetry, Short Stories or one Cover or Divider Page. 
The top ten in each category were invited to attend a workshop at UW-Madison Union South. Students heard a speech from keynote speaker Jacqueline Houtman, received their award, and attended a workshop in the category they entered. Each student took home an anthology.
Winners are (from left to right-back to front:

Eva Huffaker (editorial, grade 7)

Mackenna Belter (poetry, grade 8)

Anna Janssen (cartooning, grade 7)

Sneha Chandrashekar (editorial, grade 6)

Paityn Lewison (short story, grade 6)

Allora Rucinski (poetry, grade 7)

Congratulations, JYMS students! We are #Barabooproud of our young authors!
West Support Staff Get a Break
On May 16,  West Kindergarten Center and BELC Principal Dr. Olson pitches in during the annual Support Staff Appreciation day at West.

Teachers pitched in during lunch and recess, taking on tasks like recess duty, lunchroom duty, and food service duty. This gave the support staff a chance to relax in the middle of their day.

Bon appetit, Dr. Olson!
HELP the Baraboo FBLA Get to Nationals!
The Baraboo FBLA is raising funds toward their trip to Nationals in Anaheim, CA. 

They have already raised more than $700; let's make it a  #Barabooproud goal to get them to $1,000 by the end of the week! 

It takes less than 5 minutes, and can raise $12/person. All you have to do is complete a few easy tasks; each task completed earns $$$ for the Baraboo FBLA. Complete all the tasks, or just a couple!

Third Grade and FFA Students Attend Rural Safety Days
On May 16, all third grade classes in Sauk County attended the Rural Safety Days field trip at the Sauk County Fairgrounds. The students attended 12 stations that focused on safety issues the students could encounter on any given day.

Members of the Baraboo FFA served as presenters, group leaders and provided lunch clean up for the Rural Safety Days field trip.

Rural Safety Days is funded by local businesses and individuals. It is organized by employees of local hospitals, fire and police departments and Sauk County. Sauk County participating departments include Emergency Management, Public Health, Sheriff's Department, and UW-Extension. 
Lena Henderson, a third-grade student from GLW, demonstrates the appropriate way to pet a dog during Rural Safety Days on May 16.
East Holds Annual Science and Social Studies Fair
East Elementary held its annual Science & Social Studies Fair on May 16. Students' work was on display, showing the presentations and projects the students created in their classrooms based on classroom topics and curricula.

Each student in attendance had the opportunity to enter a drawing for a prize basket, sponsored by the East School Parent Support Group (ESPSG).
BHS Students Featured on Channel 27 News
BHS seniors Josie Schafer, Kody Weiland and Kyle Weiland were featured on the Channel 27 News! Click below to check out their features!
NHD Students Talk With "Radium Girls" Author
Jack Young Middle School students Cennedy Hoppe and Ashley Palecek were National History Day Finalists. On May 14th, the two attended a book event in Madison and had the chance to meet Kate Moore, the author of "The Radium Girls: They Paid with Their Lives. Their Final Fight Was For Justice." 
They spoke with the author about their project for the National History Day competition, which was on the Radium Girls of Orange County, NJ. Moore was excited to hear that students were studying this topic and keeping the history of the Radium Girls alive. The author signed their books, agreed to do an interview for their research, and offered to send along some of the resources she used to write the book.
Ashley and Cennedy are headed to Washington, D.C., in June to compete on behalf of the state of Wisconsin.

Sun Comes Out for GLW's Fun in the Sun Run
The forecast called for rain, but as the staff, students and families took their mark on the starting line at GLW on May 18, skies were clear and the sun came out. 

GLW held its second annual Fun Run in conjunction with its annual family picnic. Students invited family members to participate in grade-level runs in the former driving range next to the school. Grades took shifts - Kindergarten and first graders started the Fun Run off, followed by second and third graders, and rounded out by fourth and fifth graders. 

Parents and other families members had the opportunity to watch from the sidelines, or participate in the run/walk around the course. Teachers ran (and sometimes raced) alongside their students for a fun-filled day.

After the Fun Run, family members were invited to attend a picnic of hot dogs and brats, held in the GLW cafeteria and gym in case the inclement weather didn't hold off. Despite the indoor picnic, there was plenty of sun shining through the faces of the students as they ate their lunch with family and friends.
7th Graders Learn About Conservation
Seventh-grade students at Jack Young Middle School attended Conservation Day on May 12 at Devil's Lake State Park, organized by the Conservation Planning and Zoning Department.

Students had the opportunity to visit the following stations:
Fire Control with Brooke Hushagen
Archery with Sean Nevermann and David Youngquist
Trapping with Dennis Knuth
Groundwater with Brian Austin
Food Chains with Brent Bergstrom
Invasive Species with Don Barrette
Forestry with Brandon Bleuer
Wildlife Tracks with Meg Sage 
Urban Conservation with Brian Sadler
Soil Health with Serge Koenig

ABE Holds Color-A-Thon

Al Behrman Elementary held its annual Color-A-Thon fundraiser on May 13 at Al Behrman Elementary. The event will begin at 8:30AM. 

The proceeds from this event will be used for books, supplies, etc., so that Al Behrman students and staff can succeed in reaching their goals!

Have You Registered for the 2017-18 School Year Yet?
The Baraboo School District is excited to announce that registration for the upcoming school year (2017-18) can be completed online starting now.    

This process takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.   
Parents of returning students can log into the Infinite Campus parent portal and find a link on the left side for registration.  

*If having troubles logging in, please contact district registrar Kristine Snow at 608-355-3955.
Students Pledge to be Buddies, Not Bullies
As the arrival of Spring makes change apparent in the world around us (grass growing, birds chirping, flowers blooming, rain falling, and so forth), it is also a time for students to reflect on how they can change how everyone treats each other.  The establishment of positive peer relationships is an important part of every child's development into confident, respectful, and empathetic adults! 

GLW and Dean Medical Group are joining to provide students with a positive reminder to "Be a Buddy, Not a bully!"  by providing each student with a bracelet with the saying once they take the pledge.  In order to be responsible for the social climate of their school, students are taught throughout every school year to handle any hurtful action with our Stop - Walk - Talk skills:

First, tell someone to " Please Stop  (-----)  because  (-----)."
  • For example: "Please stop saying that because I don't like that, it hurts my feelings."
  • In a calm and respectful voice speak up for yourself and others!
If that doesn't work, try to  walk away  from or  ignore  the problem behavior
  • Sometimes not showing the reaction that the person wants/expects can extinguish the behavior.
Finally, if neither of those skills work please  Talk  to a trusted adult to get help.
  • The adult should ask if they have asked the person to "Please stop ..." and attempted to ignore them walk away.
  • The only time to go straight to an adult is if someone isn't being safe 
    • for example: in a physical fight or has threatened to hurt someone
Please remind your children of these skills in order for our school and community to become an assertive and respectful bully-free zone!  

Fly-In Breakfast "Eat-2-AV8" Will Help Fund Aviation Summer Course
The Fly-In-Breakfast "Eat-2-AV8" will be held Sunday, June 4 from 7 a.m. to noon at the Baraboo-Dells Regional Airport (KDLL.) 

All proceeds will help to fund the Students in Aviation (SIA) summer program at Baraboo High School.

The SIA program is a collaborative effort between the Baraboo School district and Ryte Byte, Inc. for high school students. It's main goal is to share aviation with and provide career paths to students at the high school level.

Pre-event discounted ticket pricing
Adults: $6.00
Children under 10: $3.00
Discounted tickets on sale May 18-June 2.  Tickets are limited so get yours early!

Regular ticket pricing:
Adults: $6.50
Children under 10: $4.00 

FREE breakfast for PIC of fly-in aircraft!
Cash, check or credit cards accepted.

Make checks payable to:
Baraboo School District EAT2AV8 Fund

Tickets on sale at:
Baraboo-Dells Flight Center 608-356-2270
Baraboo School District

For credit card purchases call Ryte Byte at 608-356-6822. Your tickets will be held for you.
The Baraboo-Dells Regional Airport is located just south of the Ho Chunk casino
S3440 County Rd. BD
Baraboo, WI 53913
Parking available for people with disabilities.
General parking available near serving area at the airport.
For more information or to volunteer call Joe Canepa at (608)356-6822

Major Sponsors:
Baraboo-Dells Flight Center
Ryte Byte, Inc.
Sysco Baraboo  
Thank you to:
Don Ripp
Dan Rhode
Marcie Gratz
Jim Cabaj
Mary Loveless
Bill Johnsen
Bill Murphy
Jim Langkamp
Lori Mueller
Glenn Bildsten
Cheryl Giese
Waunakee Airport Pilots Association
Captain Jeff Munz, Civil Air Patrol
Civil Air Patrol, ColSac Squadron WI-196
Baraboo-Dells Regional Airport Commission
Baraboo School District
This event is run exclusively by volunteers! Check it out on Facebook HERE!
Summer Basketball Camp Opportunities for Current JYMS Students

Registration Open for Critter Camp
Spend a week immersed in animal learning and fun! Join the Sauk County Humane Society for an animal-themed summer day camp at the Sauk County Humane Society. Each week includes animal-related educational activities, animal interactions, visits from special guests, field trips, and more. Campers also complete service projects to benefit shelter animals. Space is limited, and sessions fill up quickly. Register early to guarantee your child's space!

Are You Ready For Some Frisbee?
Baraboo  Ultimate Frisbee is a coed summer league for ages 14 and up. 

The league starts June 13th and runs through August 8th.

All events are on Tuesdays at Steinhorst Park starting at 6 p.m. 

Registration is $25 and  ends May 24. 

Thunderbird Quarterly Spring Edition Hits Mailboxes Last Week!
The third edition of the Thunderbird Quarterly printed newsletter hit mailboxes last week! 

The spring edition of our quarterly newsletter highlights each of our schools and how our schools are incorporating aspects of our district's strategic plan. 

In addition, there is a 4-page update on the progress of the November 2016 Referendum - Phase II: Revitalize Baraboo High School, including renderings of the Baraboo High School commons area and the front of the building, and a new floor plan highlighting changes to be made to the building between now and Summer 2018.

If you have not received an edition of the spring Thunderbird Quarterly, please email Communications & Marketing Specialist Holly Henderson at with your name and address. We do have additional copies at the Baraboo School District Office, located at 423 Linn Street, Baraboo.

Please mark your calendars for the Revitalize Baraboo High School Groundbreaking Ceremony, set for June 7th @ 2:30 PM at Baraboo High School!
Baraboo Bookmobile Returning This Summer
The Bookmobile is a labor of love and has been solely supported by donations.

This year, the Bookmobile would like to add more books, and is also in need of plastic tubs for transporting books, snacks and bookmarks/erasers, etc. Monetary donations will also go towards a small stipend for volunteer drivers towards gas money.

To make a donation, Click Here. 

To view the Bookmobile's  Amazon wish list of books to be added to the Bookmobile, Click Here.

The Baraboo Bookmobile also accepts gently used book donations. 
14o Registered for 4-year-old Kindergarten

Since Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative's 4K registration April 7, approximately 155 students have registered for the 2017-18 school year.  If you have not already registered your 4K student, please visit Kristine Snow, District Registrar, at 423 Linn Street in Baraboo, call 608-355-3955 or email With any 4K placement or program questions, please contact Dr. Chris Olson, West/BELC Principal, at 608-355-3906  or
Summer Food Program Available
This summer, the Baraboo School District will again take part in the federally funded Summer Food Service Program.  We will serve breakfast and lunch in three sites, plus we will be delivering meals to the Boys and Girls Club.  The meals are free to all children 18 years and younger.  Any adults accompanying the children need only pay $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch.  Individuals do not have to attend Summer School to take part in this food service program.  The program will run from June 12, 2017 to July 21, 2017 (except the ABE site, which will end on July 12, 2017), Monday thru Friday.  All sites will be closed on July 3, 4 and 5, 2017 for the holiday.
Here are the sites and hours of operation:
GLW - Open only to students participating in the Kid Stop Program - breakfast and lunch
BHS - Breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM/Lunch daily from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
ABE - Breakfast daily from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM/Lunch daily from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Any questions, please call Mary Loveless, Food Service Director at 355-3980.
"This Institution is an equal opportunity provider"
Our Words Matter!
"Each May,  Better Hearing  &  Speech Month  (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of the  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association   members in providing life-altering treatment."

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. The Baraboo School District has six full time Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) that work with children ages 3-21 in the areas of articulation, language, voice and fluency that qualify for speech and language therapy services through the criteria set by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. A few of the SLPs purchased T-shirts that read "Your Words Matter!" that they will wear over the next month to raise awareness for their work throughout the district and support this year's theme by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Communication: The Key to Connection."

Please take a moment to thank our Speech and Language Pathologists during the month of May! We are #Barabooproud to have such an amazing team in the Baraboo School District.

Angie Gneiser - GLW Elementary, Community Christian School
Michele Feld - East Elementary 
Rachel Roman - ABE Elementary
Amanda Yadro - West Kndg. Center, Baraboo High School
Valerie Mahoney - JYMS, Baraboo High School
Katy Trulock - BELC, North Freedom, St. Joseph School, St. John's Lutheran School, Head Start - Renewal Unlimited, Inc., Ho-Chunk Head Start, Day Care Centers

For more information on Better Hearing & Speech Month, please visit  the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Volleyball Youth Camp June 12-15
There will be a Baraboo Volleyball Youth Camp for 4th-5th graders and 6th-8th graders from June 12-15.

Students in 4-5th grade will practice from 11AM - 1PM and students in 6-8th grade will practice from 2-4PM in the Baraboo High School gym. 

These camps will cover individual and team skills.

4th-5th Grade Registration Form

6th-8th Grade Registration Form
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.

Kid Stop Summer Info - Get the Scoop
  • Summer Kid Stop registration is going on now!  Sign up today!!
  • Sign up for a week or for an entire month.  No daily rates.
  • If your child attends Kid Stop during the school year, you will still need to register and pay the listed fees.
  • Children must be registered with registration fee and tuition paid in full prior to your child/children attending.
  • All overdue Kid Stop fees must be paid in full prior to attending.
  • For more information, check out the Baraboo School District website and click on "Kid Stop" or contact Pat Gavin, Kid Stop Coordinator, at 355-3925, ext. 7150.
Summer Kid Stop Program

6th Grade Orientation Set For Aug. 23

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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