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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
PLEASE NOTE: This is a FULL DAY of school. There will be no early release.

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 25, 2017
ATTENTION: last day of school is a FULL DAY

Students Get Lesson in Public Works
Tony Kunz, Director of Public Works and BCCC partner, brought equipment to school to show Mrs. Van Den Heuvel's third grade class at North Freedom Elementary. 

Tony works for the Village of North Freedom and does many different jobs. 

The students were interested in learning about the dump truck, excavator, and street sweeper. 

Third graders have one more visit planned with Tony this spring when they will go see his shop and office!
Professor, Author Visits East
Professor Wenzlow-Dwyer and her UW-Extension students visited East Elementary to participate in a writing exercise with students. 

After, Professor Wenzlow-Dwyer returned with her own published children's book on May 22. 

She read the book to Mrs. Rundio's fourth graders and shared a little bit about the process of her book writing adventure!
Band Students Experience Sitar, Tabla Drums
Band students at Baraboo High School were treated to a surprise visit by legendary Indian musician Sandip Burman, a virtuoso of the tabla drums and sitar.
Students entered the band room with their shoes off and were immediately entranced by the hypnotic melodies of the sitar being played by a master. Mr. Burman demonstrated a classical style of Indian music that is parts composed and improvised. While playing he would say "Beethoven" and immediately incorporate the th eme from Ode to Joy within the texture, "Bach" was said next as he wove the Minuet in G into his tapestry of sound; he even snuck in some of the Beatles!
The band students had the opportunity to ask Mr. Burman some questions and were immediately taken aback by the depth of his knowledge and how he commanded the room. He taught the students how to respond and listen whole-heartedly when learning about music and to invest one's mind and heart into each note and rhythm. He spoke to the students about how each one of us, as a musician, has a great responsibility with the music we produce.
Afterwards, during a student-led discussion, the band students noted how the cultural differences between Mr. Burman and your average Wisconsinite created for a sometimes intense but hilarious interaction.
For more information about Sandip Burman visit his website: Mr. Burman's appearance was facilitated by the World Music Foundation ( and partially funded by students' fundraising efforts.

BELC Sings for Spring!
Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative held its annual Spring Sing event on May 11.

The Baraboo School District has more than 155 students signed up for BELC for the 2017-18 school year. 

If you have a student who will be 4 years old before September 1, 2017, please contact BELC and West Kindergarten Center principal Dr. Chris Olson at 608-355-3906.
ABE Invites Grandparents to Class
Al Behrman Elementary held its annual Grandparents Day event on May 23. Students invited grandparents into the class to see what they have been working on this semester. Students and grandparents read books, played cards and students even showed their grandparents how the classroom Chromebooks work!
1st Graders Take Their Act on the Road to Oak Park Place
The first grade classes at Gordon L. Willson Elementary traveled to Oak Park Place assisted living center today to sing for the staff and residents!
5th Graders Spend the Day at the Pool
The 5th grade students from North Freedom Elementary School visited Jack Young Middle School on May 18th. They had the opportunity to eat lunch and swim at the indoor pool!

ABE Student Wins Bike!
Jameson Coon, a first-grade student at Al Behrman Elementary, was chosen as the 2017 987 Greenwood Memorial Post #87 Flag Coloring Contest winner! 

All first-grade students were asked to color a picture that incorporated the United States flag. Jameson was awarded a new bicycle for his winning picture.

Congratulations, Jameson!
#Barabooproud of our T-Bird Baseball
Congrats, Thunderbird Baseball! The T-Birds recently won the 2017 Badger North Conference Championship. Join us at the regional final game at Mary Rountree Park at 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 1st to cheer them on!
Mary Rountree Park is located at 2nd Ave & Park, Baraboo, WI 53913.

Lifeguards Practice Pool Safety
Lifegu ards at the Indoor Pool at Jack Young Middle School received additional training and practice in accordance with their American Red Cross certifications.

The American Red Cross lifeguarding certifications provide important safety information along with the necessary tools and techniques needed when caring for those in and around water. 

North Freedom Holds "Pastries with Parents" Event
As a kick off to the annual North Freedom Parent Group Spring Bingo and Silent Auction on Friday, May 19th, North Freedom Elementary School hosted a "Pastries With Parents" event.  Students and their family members enjoyed treats from 7:15 - 7:55am, courtesy of the students and staff at NF. Everyone had an opportunity to view and bid on silent auction items that had been donated from businesses and people throughout the community and the winners were announced after Bingo on Friday evening. Families were also invited to view the children's artwork and environmental writings which were displayed throughout the school.

Breaking Ground at BHS
Construction on the Phase II: Revitalize Baraboo High School referendum passed in November 2016 will begin on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, with a Groundbreaking Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. in front of the high school. Construction will continue throughout the 2017-18 school year with a scheduled completion of August 2018.
We appreciate the support of the Baraboo community as we strive to create the best learning environment possible at Baraboo High School. BHS is the final destination for every student in the Baraboo School District, and a space where every student will engage, learn and grow before setting out to succeed in the world outside our school walls. Thank you for your continued support and contributions to our schools and our students!
To stay updated on projects throughout the summer, visit the district website, "Like" the district Facebook page, and read the Thunderbird Thursday district e-newsletter.

Unable to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony? Watch it streaming live on The Cube!

Ginther Named Athlete of the Week!
BHS baseball player Tom Ginther was named NBC15 Sports Athlete of the Week! #Barabooproud

Click here to watch the video!

North Freedom Plants Milkweed for Butterflies
5th Graders at North Freedom Elementary created a habitat for monarchs in the school prairie on Monday, May 22!
Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants, and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. With shifting land management practices, much milkweed has been lost from the landscape. As part of the National Wildlife Federation's "Milkweed for Monarchs Campaign," the 5th grade students at North Freedom Elementary planted milkweed pods in the school prairie. Planting milkweed is a great way to help other pollinators too, as they provide valuable nectar resources to bees and butterflies.5th Graders at North Freedom Elementary created a habitat for monarchs in the school prairie on Monday, May 22!
Great job, North Freedom 5th graders!
Hurry and Sign Up for Summer Volleyball - Registration Closes June 1!
Time's running out to sing up for the Baraboo Volleyball Youth Camp for 4th-5th graders and 6th-8th graders from June 12-15. Registration closes June 1!

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
Baraboo Wrestling Mini Youth Camp Set for June 26-28
There will be a Baraboo Youth Wrestling Camp from June 26-28, designed for grade-school kids who are interested in learning basic wrestling moves, or to brush up on skills taught during a regular youth wrestling season.

The camp will be held in the Baraboo High School Auxiliary gym. Cost is $25 for pre-registration by June 7, or $30 after June 7. Students who pre-register will receive a T-shirt!

Please c ontact John Young Middle School's Baraboo Youth Wrestling Head Coach at 68-963-3275 or or email Heidi Hanson at for more information or for the below registration form.

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.
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!

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"
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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