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Baraboo High School Prom
Date: May 5
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

GLW Kindergarten Concert
Date: May 7
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

BHS Scholarship Awards Ceremony Night
Date: May 10
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Place: BHS

JYMS Spring Band Concerts
Date: May 17
Time: 5:30 p.m. 6th grade; 6:30 p.m. 7th grade; 7:30 p.m. 8th grade
Place: JYMS Big Gym

School Volunteer Appreciation Event
Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Place: West School ( 707 Center St.) 

NF Pastries for Parents
Date: May 18
Time: 7:15-7:45 a.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary School

JYMS Spring Choir Concerts
Date: May 22
Time: 5:30 p.m. (WIN & 6th grade); 6:30 p.m. (7th and 8th)
Place: JYMS Big Gym

T-Bird Mini-Tri
Date: May 24
Time - Registration: 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Time - Briefing: 5:45 p.m.
Start time: 6 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School Indoor Pool
Notes: Ages 4-12. Students must register in advance; no race day registration.

East School Picnic
Date: May 25
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Place: East Elementary School

BHS Senior Graduation
Date: June 1
Time: 8-9:30 p.m.
Place: BHS

Last Day of School
Date: June 5
Place: all schools!

Baraboo Music Support Group Meeting
Date: June 4 
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: BHS Choir Room
Agenda: Elect new officers for 2018-2019
All parents of music students are welcome.


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.

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.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
May 3, 2018

Intro to Aviation Summer Course Now Open for Enrollment
The Baraboo School District is offering a Summer Enrichment Course: Introduction to Aviation (Not for credit) for all 2017-18 Baraboo High School or Wisconsin Dells students. 

In this course, Students will study the details of how to control the flight of an airplane. Students will then use this information by practicing on simulators. They will learn basic flight maneuvers such as takeoff, landing, turns, climbs and descents. In addition, students will learn about career opportunities related to aviation.

Dates: June 11th - July 11th (Not including July 3rd - 5th)
Time: 9:00 - 11:30
Location: Baraboo - Dells Airport
S3440 County Rd. BD
Baraboo, WI 53913
Cost: Free

Students must be able to secure your own transportation to and from the course.

Students Build Confidence with BREATHE
Mary Bildsten's special education class at East Elementary and Shelley Mordini's special education class at Baraboo High School planned a community connection outing for their students with B.R.E.A.T.H Inc (Baraboo River Equine-Assisted Therapies Inc) on April 27th.

This was their first visit to the ranch, but won't be their last! Equine Therapy (Horse Therapy) is a form of therapy that involves interactions between patients and horses. It includes activities such as grooming, feeding, and haltering a horse, supervised by trained volunteers and professionals. The goal of horse therapy is for the child to develop accountability, responsibility, self-confidence, problem solving, and self-control.

The benefits of horse therapy include: student balance, mobility, and coordination horse's rhythmic gait sends signals to the riders' brains through their spinal cord allowing them to sync with the horse.  Horse Therapy can improve communication skills by learning commands to tell the horse to start, stop, and turn.

"My students are gaining confidence-building skills through horse-riding lessons in a new partnership with an equine therapy.  They learned how to be responsible around horses: they learned to care, to respect their space so they could build a relationship,  and also learned that the horse will listen to them by giving them the correct directions such as "Whoa"  and "Walk On."

My students learned to trust themselves and that they really could tell a huge 1,200 pound horse what to do!!  It was amazing to see my students have confidence and trust in themselves to make this happen! Often this is a daily hurdle for my students."
- Mary Bildsten, East Elementary School Special Education Teacher
West Students Earn BEE Great Awards
Owen Baumunk, Estella Crawford, Eashan Desai, and Harper McNurlen  were recognized with the  BEE Great Award at West Kindergarten Center!

These students have truly exemplified the West Cool Tools of "BEEing Respectful, BEEing Responsible, and BEEing Resourceful." Each week, West staff recognizes a different student from each classroom for this awesome recognition. 

Thank you to our families for all of their continued positive support at West.
"How to Blow a Bubble" in North Freedom
In order to help the 2nd grade students at North Freedom Elementary practice writing with transitions, they met with their 5th grade buddies for a "How to Blow a Bubble" activity.  Students were each given a piece of bubble gum to try to blow a bubble with; once they figured it out, they had to write step-by-step instructions using transition words and proper writing conventions. The activity was completed by adding a boy/girl graphic with a balloon (to represent the bubble) and creating a hallway display. So much fun!
Attention Eighth Graders!
For any 8th grader interested in being a part of the High School Football Cheer & Stunt Team, we will be having an open gym  this Sunday  from  5-7pm  in the high school gym balcony. 

Our tryouts will be the following  Saturday  and  Sunday, May 12th and 13th  from  1-4pm  each day in the high school balcony.  Attendance both days is required. 

Please contact the coach at  with questions.
BHS Student Council Earns First Place
During the 2017-2018 school year, Baraboo High School Student Council led the school in many great events. Homecoming, Trunk or Treat, Odd Fellows toy drive, Giving Tree adoptions, winter concessions, Blue and Gold, and the spring blood drive are the big events most people recognize. Student Council also assists at many events throughout the school year.

Student Council attended the annual Wisconsin Association of Student Councils convention on Sunday, April 22 and Monday, A pril 23. At this convention our student council showed off their leadership at Baraboo High School through a multimedia presentation, banner, scrapbook, speech, button, skit, and a written description of each event they did in the school and community. Each category is judged and awarded a medal. Baraboo High School Student Council was awarded seven gold medals and one silver. This earned them first place overall at the conference.
Kindergartners Visit Mirror Lake
Kindergartners from West Elementary School visited Mirror Lake last week. Dr. Mesmer and Kathy Lobenstein led the groups on a hunt to find animal's food and shelter!
Superintendent Leads Baraboo Young Professionals on Leadership Discussion
Last week, Baraboo School District Superintendent Dr. Lori Mueller and Karen DeSanto partnered with the Baraboo Young Professionals group to share thoughts on leadership with BYP group and high school students, followed by a tour from CG Schmidt of the Baraboo High School renovations.  #Barabooproud
East Raises $2,730 for Jump Rope for Heart!
East Elementary School held Jump Rope for Heart on Monday, April 23rd. 4K through 5th graders participated in the heart healthy event. During our JRFH event, students rotated around to six jump rope stations and demonstrated skills that they learned during the jump rope unit. Partner jumps, jump rope songs and games, hula hoops, limbo, snake in the grass, queen bee tag, and helicopter are a few examples. Mrs. Lapin (Music Teacher) kept the enthusiasm high by pumping up the mu sic for the entire JRFH hour.
Prior to the event, students formed teams, created team names and developed team posters. Classmates voted on their favorite grade level poster based on creativity and design. Congratulations to the following teams for winning the poster contest:
Kindergarten: SUPER STARS- Nevaeh Bratz, Nastia Chuy, Justus Verburgt
First Grade: COOL KIDS- Nahlany Ramon, Izabella Knieff, Casslyn Schultz, Luna Schultz
Second Grade: CHINA CATS- Freddy Roeder, Hannah Jones, Clarissa Garner, Reese Manke, 
Taytum Poker
Third Grade: MOONLIGHT- Charolette Bavlnka, Persephonie Ordaz, Amy Schneller, Sanza Lins
Fourth Grade: THE WILD JUMP ROPE- Maggie Arendsee, Rowan Morgan, Ronnalee Leuzinger, Ella Pierce, 
Sienna Lutz, Hannah Krueger
Fifth Grade: THE JUMPING RAINBOWS- Emmaline Funmaker, Keisha Gadian, Emily Pierce,
JoJo Morton, Nyla Kearns, Genevieve Thomas
East Elementary raised a total of $2,730.00 for the American Heart Association. We are  #Barabooproud of our top earner, first grader Rylee Johnson, who raised $541.00!
BHS Forensics Team Takes First at State Festival
On April 21st, six members of the Baraboo High School Forensics Team participated in the State Forensics Festival at UW-Madison. The team had a great season and they ended strong. 

Lily Pero and Marie Fadeyeva won gold medals by getting perfect scores on their Poetry speeches. Evan Witthun won a silver for Storytelling. Rachel Lichte won a silver for Poetry and Isabella Martinez also won silver for Prose. In the category of Farrago, Olivia Orazco earned a bronze medal. Each of these students earned a spot in the UW-Madison speech festival by achieving high enough scores in two previous competitions.

The forensics team participated in 6 tournaments this year. Each team member chose a category to compete in. Based on the requirements for the category team members must compile excerpts from literature or write their own material in order to create an oral presentation that is assessed by trained judges at each tournament. Some categories require memorization and others allow notes to be used. This year all members participated in solo categories, however there are options available for groups. 

Those who participate in forensics gain valuable experience in public speaking. The competition at the tournaments can be fierce as each school is trying to get the highest scores for their categories. This year, at the Waunakee tournament,  BHS won a team award for the best average score for a "small team." The team hopes to compete as a larger team next year and have strong leadership ready to help new team mates achieve! Congrats, Forensics Team! #Barabooproud
DQ Partners with North Freedom Parent Group for Fundraiser
West Celebrates Spring with May Day Baskets
West Kindergarten Center's education assistant, Sharon Prochnow, helped kindergarten classes at West to create handmade May Day baskets and delivered them to neighbors around West School on May 1. Students continue to learn how to "fill others' buckets first" with compassion and acts of kindness. Thank you, Mrs. Prochnow, for organizing this great annual event!
Baraboo Athletics Now Streamed Through NFHS Network
As of May 1, Baraboo High School Athletics will no longer be streamed by The Cube, and will instead be streamed by the NFHS Network. The NFHS is the governing body of all state high school associations, including the WIAA. To find our broadcasts go to . There is a link on that site to get to our live streams. You can also go directly to  and search for "Baraboo."

You will still be able to view our broadcasts free of charge. You can create an account when you are on and follow Baraboo High School, as many people did with The Cube. When you sign up for an account you will receive an e-mail confirmation. The e-mail encourages people to sign up for a subscription. Please know that you do not  need to pay for a subscription to view live Baraboo HS events. Viewers can watch our regular season events at no charge. (There is a charge to watch any of our WIAA post-season events.)

Thank you for supporting Thunderbird Athletics!
East Students Run 625 Miles; Jon Moon Runs 45!
East Elementary School will begin it's Spring Running Program during the month of May. Kindergarten through 5th grade students can participate in the club by jogging or running during their lunch recess and then logging their personal miles. Students are recognized and rewarded for every 5 miles they complete.

During the Fall program, 73 students participated. Kindergarten: 3 students; first grade: 19 students; second grade: 29 students; third grade: 17 students; fourth grade: 2 students; and fifth grade: 3 students.

As a school, East Elementary students have completed a total of 625 miles. Our top runner (highest miles) is Jon Moon, 4th grade, who has individually completed 45 miles!
North Freedom Holds 7th Annual Grandparents Day
On Friday, April 27th, North Freedom students held their 7th annual Grandparent's Day dance recital. Each class memorized and performed two dances that afternoon. Thank you to all of our wonderful North Freedom families who were able to attend!

Baraboo School District Volunteer Appreciation
The Baraboo School District continues to welcome volunteers within each of our schools.  

Any and all volunteers at any of our district schools are welcome to attend a district-wide school volunteer appreciation event at West School (707 Center St.) on Thursday, May 17 from 12:30-1:30 PM.  

Thank you to our many school volunteers and community partners for all of the many ways that they support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.
Baraboo Educators Receive WCASS Special Services Awards
Congratulations to Baraboo School District principal Dr. Molly Fitzgerald, and educators Rachel Torlak, Anne Zurbuchen and Brenda Dobyns, recipients of the CESA 5 regional Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) special services award!  #Barabooproud
BHS Prom 2018 - May 5th

West Students Visit Baraboo National Bank
The Baraboo National Bank hosted the four kindergarten classes from West Kindergarten Center on April 30. The students learned about all of the different jobs at the bank, how money is counted and sorted and also how the vault works. West offers a big thank you to West parent, Megan Miller, and all of her colleagues at the Baraboo National Bank for their time and support during this fun and engaging learning opportunity.

District Offers Free Summer Breakfast and Lunch
This summer, the Baraboo School District will again take part in the Federally Funded Summer Food Service Program. We will serve breakfast and lunch at three sites (Jack Young Middle School, Al Behrman Elementary School and GLW Elementary School), plus we will be delivering lunches to the Boy's and Girl's Club.

The meals are free to all children 18 years of age and younger. Any adults accompanying the children will get a free meal as well, paid for by a local church. 

Children do not need to attend Summer School to take part in this program. JYMS and ABE Sites are open to the general public during serving hours. GLW is for Kid Stop kids only.

The program will run from Monday, June 11, 2018 - Wednesday, July 11, 2018, Monday thru Friday. All sites will be closed on July 4 - 6, 2018 in observance of the July 4th Holiday.

Here are the sites and hours of operation:
GLW: Open only to students participating in the Summer Kid Stop Program -
breakfast and lunch will be served.
JYMS: Breakfast served from 7 AM - 8:30 AM/ Lunch from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
ABE: Breakfast served from 7:30 - 8:30 AM/ Lunch from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM.

Any questions, please call Mary Loveless, Food Service Director at 355-3980.

"This Institution is an equal opportunity provider"

Register Now for Baraboo Summer Volleyball Camp
The Baraboo School District is Hiring!
The School District of Baraboo has an immediate opening for an educational assistant.  Compensation for this position will be a minimum of $10.01/hour. 

The successful candidate will have demonstrated the following skills: excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and in a team setting, ability to multi-task and problem solve and interact in a positive, constructive manner with students, district employees, and parent and community members. 

Online Registration Open for Boys & Girls GRADE SCHOOL Basketball
Online registration is now open for girls who will be in 3rd-8th grade during the 2018-19 school year. There are discounts for early-bird registrations. Girls who participate in club basketball play in weekend tournaments and practice about twice per week during winter.  Visit our website for more information and registration.

Summer basketball opportunities for boys entering grades 2nd-8th are available through the Baraboo High School Boys Basketball Program. For information on signing up please click here  or email Coach Darrin Berger at
4K Schedules Make Up Days
Dear BELC (4K) Parents and Guardians:

We have certainly had some challenging weather in the last couple of months, especially this week.  I am hoping this will be our last communication to 4K parents regarding adding 4K minutes or days.

The Baraboo School District always includes two additional 4K days of instruction within our annual calendar.  Due to two school cancellations, three early dismissals, and five late starts this year, the District needs to add two more days to the 4K calendar to meet required Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction instructional minutes for 4K for the 2017-18 school year.  Here is a summary of the upcoming 4K schedule/calendar changes:
  • Starting on Monday, April 30, the AM 4K schedule will be 7:45-11:05 AM (instead of 7:55-11:05 AM) and will run up until our last day on Friday, June 1 (to makeup for April 16).
  • We are adding only AM 4K on Wednesday, May 16 (to makeup for April 19).
  • We have already added Wednesday, May 30 for both the AM and PM 4K classes .   
The 4K calendar operates under a different set of rules compared to our K-12 classrooms with regard to instructional minutes.  Thank you all of your flexibility with these schedule changes and please do not hesitate to contact me if any questions should arise.

Yours in Education,

Dr. Chris Olson, BELC/West Principal or 608-355-3906
Now Hiring Summer Custodial Workers!
Summer Kid Stop Program Information
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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