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JYMS Literacy Night
Date: Feb. 5
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS commons
Notes: There will be an Author Talk with Ben Michaelson at 5 p.m. in the Auditorium, followed by a book signing.

District Solo
& Ensemble Festival
Date: Feb. 24
Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Portage High School

5th Grade 
District-Wide Concert
Date: March 5
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School

8th Grade Music 
Showcase Concert
Date: March 13
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS Big Gym

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Date: March 16 - 18  
Place: Al. Ringling Theatre

Baraboo High School
Showcase Concert
Date: March 22
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Gymnasium

District Spring Break
Date: March 26-30

4K Registration f
or 2018-19 School Year
Date: April 5
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Place: East Elementary, 815 6th St., Baraboo

GLW 2nd Grade Concert
Date: April 10
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

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

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

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

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
February 8, 2018

French Students Visit Carnival in Quebec City, Canada
Fifteen students studying French at Baraboo High School and Jack Young Middle School experienced a long weekend in French-speaking Canada at the end of January. Quebec City hosts an annual winter Carnival that attracts locals and tourists alike. Our students learned about the culture and the language by attending many carnival activities including the crowning of the Carnival queen.

Students ate a traditional meal at a sugar shack and participated in dances and French folk songs. The group visited the Hôtel de Glace, a hotel made of snow and ice that showcases artistic expression in the cold climate. A wonderful guide from Immersion Tours introduced the city to the group through a walking tour that highlighted the history and heritage of Québec. The students made valuable connections and memories that will last forever!  #Barabooproud
Teacher of the Year Nominations 
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 2017-'18 school year.  The EIEA award is sponsored by the BHS Graduating Class of 1956 and the DETA award is sponsored by Mr. Andrew Hauge.  The Class of 1956 and Mr. Hauge have established endowment funds with the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation for the purpose of financing all costs associated with the award programs.  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  special award ceremonies.

The recipients of the awards, who will be chosen by a five-member selection committee of retired teachers, community members and school district officials, will receive a framed honorary certificate and a stipend to be used for a professional development or educational enrichment activity which will enhance the teacher's knowledge, skills and classroom effectiveness.  In addition, the winning teacher's name for the EIEA, which is given to a secondary teacher in the Baraboo School District, will be engraved on a large bronze plaque which hangs in the Media Center of Baraboo High School.  The plaque is inscribed with a tribute to the former teachers of the Class of '56 who, "taught, guided and inspired" them during their years at Baraboo Junior High and Baraboo Senior High School.

To be eligible for these awards a teacher must be:
  • Licensed and certified by the State of Wisconsin
  • Employed as a full-time teacher by the District
  • Planning to return as a full-time teacher in this District for the next school year
The Selection Committee will judge candidates based on the following criteria:
  • Mastery of sound classroom instructional skills
  • Use of initiative, creativity and innovation in teaching techniques
  • Motivational and leadership skills with students and colleagues
  • Involvement in school organizations and activities
  • Involvement in professional organizations, seminars and continuing education
  • Positive relationships with superiors, colleagues, students and parents
The School District is now seeking nominations for the Excellence in Education Award (middle school and high school educators)  and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award for 2017.  Nominations may be made by a teacher colleague, an administrator, a parent of a student or a current or former student.  Nomination forms may be obtained on the District's website: or at any district school building.  Submitting a nomination will also require that the nominator write a letter in support of the nominee.  Guidelines for writing such a letter will be included with the nomination form.  Nomination forms must be received at East Elementary School 815 Sixth Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913 by Friday, March 9, 2018, to be valid. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Molly Fitzgerald at East Elementary, 608-355-3920.

West Collects Donations for Food Pantry for 100th Day of School Celebration
Students at West Kindergarten center collected 100 cans for their classrooms in honor of the 100th day of school. These cans were donated to the Baraboo Food Pantry. #Barabooproud

EL Teacher Speaks to Kiwanis on Inclusion in the District
English Learner (EL) Teacher Jori Ruff presented to the Baraboo Kiwanis on Feb. 7. Her presentation focused on the school district's efforts with inclusion.

Mrs. Ruff started by defining English Learners as " Children who are learning two (or more) languages at the same time as well as those learning a second language while continuing to develop their first (or home) language." as well as providing the history of EL services within the district.

We are #Barabooproud to share our efforts with inclusion with the Baraboo Kiwanis!

Literacy Night, Family Forensics Night set for Feb. 15
JYMS Literacy Night has been rescheduled for this coming  Thursday, February 15th from 5-6 PM in the JYMS Auditorium. 

We'll offer a free book for all students in attendance and free popcorn for everyone in attendance. There will be concessions (candy and water) available for purchase. There will also be a limited supply of autographed Ben Mikaelsen titles available for purchase. 

There will be door prizes for both students and adults in attendance, and door prizes will be drawn at  5:45 PM. 

Following Literacy Night, the JYMS Forensics Family Night will take place in the Auditorium from  6-8 PM. We encourage you to stay for the performances to see our fantastic Forensics students in action! 

Author Ben Mikaelsen visit JYMS students on Feb. 5th to discuss his books, being published, and to sign copies of his books for students.
JYMS Students Take On Archery
Jack Young Middle School physical education teachers are teaching archery in their classes this semester. Landon Brownell, Scott Pionke and Diane Flesch were trained by Daniel Schroeder to be Basic Archery Certified Instructors through NASP last spring. With the help of Mr. Schroeder, JYMS received grants from Safari Club International, Whitetails Unlimited and Wisconsin Bowhunters Association to fund 100% of the new unit.

The benefits of this unit have been so great to our students. We have seen students demonstrate focus, concentration, self control, confidence, respect and cooperation in class. Students are helping  with the safety setup on the range, they analyze archery skills, and have taken an interest in this new experience in physical education class.  Terry Kieck has also had the NASP Training and with Schroeder's help he too will be teaching archery at Baraboo High School this spring.

East Students Express Gratitude
For the month of February East Elementary is focusing on the word "gratitude."  

The school kicked off the month by participating in an all-school assembly, led by the 4th grade class. During this assembly 4th grade students presented a skit that demonstrated the meaning on gratitude. Afterwards, the school sang the "Gratitude Attitude" song, led by Mrs. Lappin. 

Mrs. Zoch's 2nd grade classroom has been focusing their morning meeting discussions around the word gratitude. Today students were asked to share one thing in the world that they believe is beautiful and why. This activity allowed students time to reflect on the things and people around the world that they are grateful and to recognize their beauty.

We are #Barabooproud of these great responses from our students!
FBLA Brings Home the Medals!
On Feb. 5th the Baraboo FBLA Chapter sent 44 kids to Ithaca High School to participate in the Regional Leadership Conference. Students then participated in a variety of events to demonstrate their knowledge in the business field. This is an extremely competitive conference, and the chapter swept the competition and brought home some hardware! Any student who placed in the top 8 were recognized at the podium, and the top 3 will advance to the State Leadership Conference.  

Please take a moment to help us congratulate the following students on their performances:
- 3RD Place - Claire McNevin, Lara Justus, & Sara Van Gheem - Management Decision Making
- 4TH Place - Colin Fitzpatrick & 5TH Place - Alix Carpenter - Insurance & Risk Management
- 2ND Place - Cece Oettinger & Lauren Meyer - Banking & Financial Systems
- 1ST Place - Haley Hannagan & 2ND Place - Arianna Macias - Networking Concepts
- 1ST Place - Macey Hough & Johnathan Schieber - Management Information Systems
- 2ND Place - Braydon Scarborough & Alec Schmelzer - Digital Video Production
- 3RD Place - Anthony Sorci, Josh Arnold, & Aidan CarlsonEdwards - Global Business
- 8TH Place - Ben Florencio - Job Interview
- 1ST Place - William Hagar - Client Services
- 1ST Place - Ashley Cornwell & 3RD Place Elise Lewison - Journalism
- 8TH Place - Sonia Tomas - Health Care Admin.
- 2ND Place - Isabel Deering - Intro to Business Communications
- 4TH Place - Josef Kohlman - Intro to Parliamentary Procedure
- 7TH Place - Riley Hinz & Joe Zemonavic - Broadcast Journalism
- 1ST Place - Greg Glasser & 3RD Place Erik Eilertson - Economics
- 2ND Place - Austin Burkhalter - Organizational Leadership
- 1ST Place - Ryan Gehin & 7TH Place Wren Benson - Agribusiness
- 5TH Place - Henry Smith, Callee Gissal, & Destina Warner - Hospitality Tourism
- 1ST Place - Nick Brooks & 4TH Place Zacharia Kline - Securities & Investments
- 1ST Place - Jacob Carignan - Sales Presentation
- 3RD Place - Molly Stewart - Public Speaking
- 2ND Place - Adelle Griffin - Intro to Public Speaking
- 5TH Place - Carlton Weyenberg & Jack Rath - Entrepreneurship
- 3RD Place - Joe Stout - Computer Problem Solving

There was two more accomplishments that the chapter made. One was possible due to the dedication of the current officer team, and a lot of recognition to the work of the current president, Claire McNevin. After applying for many years to a very rigorous service work program, the chapter took 1ST Place in the Wisconsin FBLA Region IV Community Service Project. The project was made successful with a business partnership with Glacier Valley Ford's drive for your school event, and the Baraboo 21.

This year we are also proud to say that our FBLA team took home 1ST Place as the Region IV Outstanding Chapter!
School Nurse Speaks to Students on Germs
Rebecca Christensen the School Nurse came to talk to Ms. Valley's class about germs and hand washing on Thursday, February 1st.

The students had baby powder put on their hands and Mrs. Christensen had a black light to show where the germs were at.  She had the students wash their hands and then come back under the black light to see if they got rid of all the germs with proper hand washing using soap and water and singing the ABC's to make sure it was enough time to get the germs their hands.  

Interact Club to Raise $10,000 for Food for Kidz Event
This year the Baraboo Interact Club is hosting a Food for Kidz event. 

Food for Kidz is a non-profit organization stationed in Stewart, MN. Food for Kidz helps individuals from around the United States set up Mobile Meal packaging events.The food that is packaged during these events is shipped around the world to children living in poverty. The food is shipped wherever it is needed most. In late August, a shipment of food was sent to Honduras. After Hurricane Harvey, 8 pallets of food were sent to Houston, Texas. Another 8 pallets of food was shipped to Puerto Rico through the Food for Kidz partner, Many Hands Many Meals. Recently, even more shipments were sent to the Island of Dominica, Sri Lanka, Feed my Lambs in Haiti, Sierra Leone, Mozambique during a harsh drought, and to the Air Force reserves in Afghanistan. You can find more information about the organization at .

On the day of the event, a truck will come from Minnesota with all of the supplies and food needed. In Baraboo, this event will be held on Saturday March 17th, 2018 in the morning, at the Jack Young Middle School big gymnasium. We will be packaging a rice mixture. Throughout the day, around 280 people will volunteer their time to package 50,000 meals. In order to complete this event the club need to raise $10,000.

Interested in helping? Click here!
GoFundMe link
ABE's Social Justice Club Holds First Meeting!
Al Behrman Elementary School EL teacher Jori Ruff held the first meeting of the school's newest club this week, the Social Justice Club!

Club members watched a Kid President video about how they can change the world, created norms for the group, and came up with some activities of things the club can do to support the community. We are #Barabooproud of our staff and students at ABE!

Zero the Hero Visits West
Zero the Hero arrived at the West Kindergarten Center to help students celebrate the 100th day of school yesterday!

Basketball Nation Registration is OPEN
BHS Offers New Fire Academy Course for 2018-19!
Baraboo High School is excited to announce a NEW COURSE for the 2018-19 school year: The BHS FIRE ACADEMY!

Students will learn firefighting techniques from our local experts. In coordination with Madison College and the Baraboo Fire Department, students can obtain training for a protective services career. 

This course will expose students to training that prepares them for the State of Wisconsin Firefighter I and Firefighter 2 certification examinations. 

The majority of this training will occur at the Baraboo Fire Station. In addition, students will have the opportunity to travel to Madison College to access training at their top-notch firefighting facility, which includes a burn tower and emergency vehicle bay. 

Students must be a Junior or Senior to enroll in this class. There will also be an interview required as part of the acceptance in the class. This class will run for 2 blocks.  Students who take this course will earn high school elective credit and Madison College credit concurrently. 
Reserve Your Meeting Space Today!
Is your group looking for a place to meet, hold a training session or have a conference? Host your next meeting at one of the available spaces with the Baraboo School District! 

Available spaces include:
Two conference areas at our District Office, 423 Linn Street
A computer lab for business trainings
Professional Development room at East Elementary
Indoor Pool open swim and birthday parties
Commercial kitchen 
JYMS Auditorium

Upon reserving a space, please specify your needs, such as:
  • Do you need tables?
  • Do you need a microphone?
  • Do you need a projector?
  • Do you need the bleachers pulled out in the gym?
If you would like to reserve any of these spaces please contact Executive Administrative Assistant to the District Administrator and School Board, Ellen Weiland at (608) 355-3950 ext. 1020 or

4K Registration Starts April 5 for 2018-19 School Year! 
The 4-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) Registration within the Baraboo School District for the 2018-19 school year will be from 7:30 am. to 5:00 pm. on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at East Elementary (815 6th Street, Baraboo) if your child turns 4-years-old by no later than Sept. 1, 2018. (Please bring your child's birth certificate to 4K registration along with proof of residency). You may contact District Registrar, Kristine Snow, at 608-355-3955 or with registration questions or you can visit her at the district office at 423 Linn Street, Baraboo to register for 4K after April 5.  

The 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) program also known as BELC (Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative) will be beginning it's 11th year of programming in the fall of 2018.  Please note that BELC is a half-day program for 3.17 hours on 4 days (M, T, Th & F) each week with many parent outreach opportunities. Our BELC AM session runs from 7:55-11:05 am., and our BELC PM session runs from 11:50 am. - 3:00 pm. Any 4K student would need to qualify for transportation based on the location of their residence outside of the Baraboo city limits, and 4K transportation is only provided during our afternoon sessions. We do not typically offer a second year of BELC to an individual student as 4K is meant to be a one-year program for all of our students.  

Please contact Dr. Chris Olson, BELC/West Principal, at 608-355-3906 or  at any time with 4K questions regarding the 2018-19 school year. Thank you for working to give your child a great start with their educational career by registering him/her for 4K. We look forward to working with your family!

Becca's Closet Open for Business!
Becca's Closet Baraboo, located at Recycled Sally's (119 3rd Ave., downtown Baraboo) is now open for the 2018 Prom Season!

Becca's Closet is a national, non-profit organization that donates formal dresses to high school girls who cannot afford to purchase them. Becca's Closet also awards scholarships to deserving high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary service to their communities.

The organization was created to honor the work of Rebecca Kirtman who passed away in an automobile accident in August 2003. In the spring of 2003, Becca single-handedly collected and distributed more than 250 prom d resses to girls in need in South Florida so that they could attend their high school proms.

Becca's Closet depends on the generosity of manufacturers, retailers and individuals like you! All of the dresses have been donated to the program, which are then donated to high school girls.

We welcome donations of new and gently worn dresses in appropriate, current styles! Dresses can be dropped off at Recycled Sally's Women and Kids during regular business hours.

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).
SAVE THE DATE for the Baraboo Indoor Pool's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
BHS Construction Update: January 2018
The Baraboo School District is Hiring!
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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