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Parent-Tot Swim Registration Opens
Date: February 3
Place: Jack Young Middle School Indoor Pool
Note: For more information, contact the indoor pool at (608)  355-4665

Flapjacks For Farmers
& Friends
Date: February 8
Time: 8 - 11 a.m.
Place: BHS Commons
Note: Hosted by BHS FFA, all proceeds will be donated to the Farmer Angel Network and Baraboo Fire Department to purchase a grain bin rescue device.

BELC Friendship Night
Date: February 13
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Place: West (for all district 4K families)

Spring Swimming Lesson Registration Opens
Date: February 25
Time: 6-8 a.m. and 3:30-8 p.m. Mon-Fri
Place: JYMS Indoor Pool

Statewide ACT Test
for Juniors
Date: March 3

Phase III JYMS Ground Breaking Ceremony
Date: March 12
Time: 2:45 p.m.
Place: JYMS
Note: Can't attend? Watch it LIVE on Facebook!

Family Literacy Night
Date: March 19
Place: Baraboo High School

Spring Break
Date: March 23-27

West/GLW Family Math Night
Date: April 2
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: GLW

Food For Kidz Mobile Food Packing Event
Date: April 4
Time: 9-1:30 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Note: To donate or volunteer, contact Heather Wood at

No School
Date: April 10

BHS Fine Arts Night
Date: April 22
Time: 4 - 6 p.m.
Place: BHS commons

WWPA Family Fun Night
for BELC, West & GLW
Date: April 28
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

West Stay and Play
Date: May 4
Time: 3-4 p.m. 
Place: West Kindergarten Center

BELC Spring Sing 
Date: May 7
Time: 5:30-6 for AM classes and 6:30-7:00 for PM classes
Place: Baraboo High School

Date: May 21

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 25

West Spring Sing
and Family Picnic
Date: May 27
Time: Spring Sing - 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Family Picnic - 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. 
Place: West

BHS Graduation
Date: May 29


To nominate a student for the BHS Senior Spotlight, email a brief write-up with the student's first and last name and an explanation of why you are nominating the senior to Holly Henderson.

Submissions must include at least one photograph.

Please enter "SENIOR SPOTLIGHT" in the subject field of the email.


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.

Online registration. Ages 6-18. Certified, trained coaches. Spring and Fall seasons. Email BarabooSoccerClub@gmail.
com with questions.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
January 30, 2020
Uphams Woods Visits 4K Students
During the week of January 20, all Baraboo 4-year-old Kindergarten sites welcomed a visit from Ms. Taylor with Upham Woods! The 4K students got to meet a Leopard Gecko named Aldo, and one of the two painted turtles named Little Mama and Junior. 

The students learned all about what these animals need to survive and make a home in their habitat. They were especially impressed that Leopard Geckos can drop their tails to protect themselves, and then grow a new one! 

Upham Woods will visit the 4K sites again in February and March. A big thank you to Upham Woods for providing our youngest learners with such an engaging opportunity to learn about animals!

FFA Competes in District Leadership Development Events
The Baraboo FFA Chapter had nine students compete in our District Leadership Development Events this week. These nine students spent many hours preparing for their respective speaking events.

Creed Speaking - Derek Gehin & Allison Ahrensmeyer
Prepared Public Speaking - Rachel Wieczorek & Violet Capps
Extemporaneous Public Speaking - Eric Gumz
Discussion Meet - Hannah Wieczorek & Gunner Berning
Employment Skills - Jorja Larsen & Kiersten Leatherberry

Excitingly, we have two students moving on to the sectional competition on March 9th in Sauk Prairie! Congratulations to  Jorja Larsen , who took second place in Employment Skills, and Eric Gumz, who took first place in Extemporaneous Public Speaking

We are very proud of all nine students for their hard work and are looking forward to cheering on our FFA members at Sectionals!
Phase III Update
The shared common areas at Jack Young Middle School, including the library, cafeteria and gym, are cramped and no longer meet our students' needs. The library lacks natural light; the cafeteria, kitchen and serving areas are crowded; and the gym bleachers are no longer ADA compliant.
Funded by the successful April 2019 referendum, the revitalization of Jack Young Middle School includes an expansion and renovation of the school's common areas.  The Library is being moved and reimagined to become more open and flexible.  An expanded student commons & cafeteria will allow for a more effective use of space. Plus, the gym will be expanded and new bleachers will be installed.    
We thank the community for supporting these important facilities improvements. Without your support, this work would not be possible.  We look forward to showing the community these expanded and renovated common areas - and the other important work being done to revitalize Jack Young Middle School.
Please join us for the JYMS Groundbreaking Ceremony March 12 at 2:45 p.m. at JYMS. If you can't attend, watch it LIVE on Facebook!

Registration for Spring Swimming Lessons Set for Feb. 25
The spring Swimming Lesson schedule is out!

Registration begins Tuesday, February 25 for March-April sessions.

$40.00 for residents of the Baraboo School District
$65.00 for residents not living in the Baraboo School District

Tuesday, February 25, 2020  
From 6:00-8:00 a.m. and 3:30-8:00 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

JYMS Middle School Indoor Swimming Pool

**Registration is limited - Must pay when you register, in person.
** Dates and times may be subject to change       
** Pool # 355-4665 (please ask for Heather Wood)

To view the class schedule, times and dates, please click here.
GLW Students Work Together on Class Puzzle
Ms. Spencer's 2nd graders at Gordon L. Willson is working on a class puzzle! The students are using teamwork to build a 1,000 piece puzzle of the United States presidents as a brain break, and during Me Time. 

ABE Social Justice Club to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day
For 11 years, World Read Aloud Day has called attention to the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read aloud! The global effort is now celebrated in more than 173 countries and counting! Click here to find everything you need to make WRAD a joyous day for your family!

The 5th grade Social Justice students at Al Behrman Elementary School will celebrate WRAD by reading to the K-2 graders on February 5th. How will you celebrate it?!

4K Students Fish For Letters
Ms. McCabe's 4K students have been working hard to learn their letters and sounds. They have been helping to teach a polar bear cub all the letters and sounds as they catch fish to feed to the polar bear. Each child has a specific type of fish to catch that allows the child to practice literacy skills at his/her level, such as uppercase letters, lowercase letters, beginning sounds, and even digraphs like sh, ch, and th. They love being able to be the teacher and help our new polar bear friend learn at school!

West Students Awarded for BEE-ing Great!
The West Kindergarten Center continues to reinforce positive student behavior with students in different ways each day.  This week West recognizes Brantlee Hays, Sophia McCluskey, Aiden Burrow, and Cooper Beckwith for the BEE Great Award at West. These students have truly exemplified the West Cool Tools of "Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being Safe"  

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.
SAVE THE DATE: Food for Kidz 
District Receives Anonymous Donation
The School District of Baraboo would like to express our gratitude for the recent anonymous donation we received, to be applied toward those food service accounts with a negative balance. 

If you are currently experiencing hardship, we would encourage you to reach out to our district school social workers Taylor Williams and Jennifer Lombardi. Their contact information is as follows: 

Taylor Williams
Elementary Schools and Early Childhood
608-355-3950 ext 1535

Jennifer Lombardi
Baraboo High School & Jack Young Middle School
608-355-3950 ext 1536

SAVE THE DATE: Family Literacy Night
Time to Nominate: Teacher of the Year
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 2019-'20 school year.  

The EIEA award is sponsored by the BHS Graduating Class of 1956 and the DETA award is sponsored by Andrew Hauge, who grew up in Baraboo and attended Baraboo schools. The Class of 1956 and Andrew Hauge have established an endowment fund 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 classroom teachers and who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and dedication to the young people of the Baraboo community. The winners of these annual awards will be announced near the end of the current school year at a special award ceremony.

The winner 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 of at least $1,000 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 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 and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award for 2020. Nominations may be made by a teacher colleague, an administrator or a parent of a school 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, including letters of support, must be sent to Glenn Bildsten at Baraboo High School, 1201 Draper Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913 by Friday, March 13, 2020, to be valid. 

JYMS Groundbreaking Set for March 12
The Baraboo School District will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction work planned for Jack Young Middle School on Thursday, March 12 starting at 2:45 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the middle school, at 1531 Draper St, Baraboo, WI.

The groundbreaking is open to members of the public, with representatives from the District Administration, School Board of Education, and the District's architectural and construction partners - CG Schmidt and EUA -- in attendance to help mark the milestone occasion.

The planned construction work at the middle school to modernize learning environments, improve infrastructure, and expand common areas at the aging middle school, was approved by District voters in a 2019 referendum. EUA, the project architect, and CG Schmidt, the construction manager, have been working closely with the District since the passage of the referendum to finalize designs for the school.

Unable to attend? Watch it LIVE on Facebook at

Parent-Tot Swim Registration Opens Feb. 3

Madison College Offers Welding Opportunities
Madison College is offering the High School Tech Prep Welding Class, the Summer Fun with Torches Camp and Advance Welding Camp again this year! 

Fun with Torches camps are for students ages 12-14. Advance Camp is for ages 12-16. Tech Prep Welding is for High School students grades 9-12. **You must have attended a Fun with Torches or Tech Prep Welding Class to attend the Advance Camp.
Click here to view the flyers and applications for the Tech Prep class and the Summer Camps. They are all on a first come first served basis, so apply early!

This is not a school-sponsored activity and the Baraboo School District does not fund or endorse this program/activity. 

Pay Rate Increase for Guest Teachers!
The School District of Baraboo is hiring guest (substitute) teachers for all levels (4K-12).  The compensation rate has increased to $120 per day! Former teachers that have retired from the School District of Baraboo will receive a compensation rate of $140 per day.

Candidates must either be a teacher or substitute teacher licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). For information on how to apply for a substitute teaching license, please visit the DPI website.

Interested candidates should apply through the Wisconsin Education Career Access Network (WECAN) or by completing an employment application and submitting to Human Resources. More information can be found here:

Basketball Nation Youth Camp
FFA to Host Flapjacks For Farmers & Friends
Join the Baraboo High School FFA for Flapjacks for Farmers and Friends from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, February 8 in the Baraboo High School Commons!

Flapjacks for Farmers and Friends is a family-friendly community educational event geared toward showing local farmers our appreciation while educating consumers about the agricultural industry. We will be serving pancakes, eggs and sausage links.

All proceeds will be donated to the Farmer Angel Network and Baraboo Fire Department to p urchase a grain bin rescue device.

** Meat Raffle tickets will be drawn at the end of breakfast!

Be Up-To-Date on School Closings
Winter weather is coming!

Stay up-to-date with the latest information on school delays or closures due to inclement weather conditions. If the decision is made to delay or close school, we w ill publish that information to our district social media sites. Make sure to follow the district on FacebookInstagram , and  Twitter  for the latest updates.

Messages will also be sent directly from our Infinite Campus (IC) system. We develop school closing messages in three ways: email, text message, and automated phone calls using the parent and guardian contacts we have on file in our IC student  information  system. If you have not recently reviewed your IC contact preferences, we ask that you do so by following the directions at the end of this communication.

Delay and closure announcements will also be posted on our  district website.

Making a decision about weather-related school closures is always difficult. These decisions are made with the safety of our students, families, and staff as our primary priority. We appreciate your ongoing support as we work to keep everyone safe.

Keep your phone number and email address up-to-date to receive the latest news on weather-related school closings, delays and early releases! To edit your contact information  in infinite campus:
  1. Go to
  2. Under the "PARENTS" tab, click on "Parent Portal" and enter your log-in information for Infinite Campus (IC)
  3. Click on "Household Information" on the left-hand side of the screen to update your home address and phone number
  4. Click on "contact preferences" to update your email address.
  5. Need help? Call 608-355-3955
Upcoming Indoor Pool Classes, Lessons and Open Swim Info
The Baraboo Indoor Pool is gearing up for a new run of classes, lessons, and open swim! 

  • Masters Adult Stroke Clinic
  • Water Aerobics
  • Aqua Jog
  • Aqua Zumba
  • Aqua Barre
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Pool Fees
Lamers Bus Lines Seeking Drivers and Bus Monitors!
Lamers Bus Lines is seeking additional school bus drivers and b us monitors. 

Becoming a driver is a great opportunity for individuals looking for work before or after school, and becoming a bus monitor is great for those looking for after-school work. It's also a great job for parents of students in the District because:
  1. There are no nights or weekends for route drivers
  2. Drivers get summer vacation and snow days, just like the students
  3. If your child is in any sports or activities, you can get paid to cheer them on and support the team by driving the team bus
Lamers Bus Lines will provide drivers with complete paid training and teach you everything you need to know about driving a school bus.  Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested to help us ensure that our students get to school, sports, and activities on time each day. 

Questions may be directed the Lamers School Bus Office in Baraboo at 608-448-4851 extension 2.  Apply online at
NOW HIRING: Substitute Custodial Positions
Looking for part-time work? Need flexible hours? Look no further!!

The district is seeking candidates for substitute custodial positions.  The starting rate is $12.50/hr!  Applications can be found online at . Applications can also be picked up and submitted to the District Maintenance Shop; 1210 Berkley Blvd; Baraboo, WI  53913

Questions should be directed to Dan O'Brien, Director of Buildings and Grounds  at 608-355-3985. 

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