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8th Grade Parent Night 
Date: Jan. 8
Time: 5:30-6 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Date: Jan. 18
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Place: Elementary schools

No School for Students
Date: Jan. 19

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

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

District Spring Break
Date: March 26-30

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
January 4, 2018

GLW Students Get a Lesson in Computer Literacy with "Hour of Code"
Baraboo High School Computer Science students traveled across the district to bring "Hour of Code" to every elementary classroom 3rd - 5th grade the week before winter break!

On Friday, the CS students visited Gordon Willson Elementary School. A small group of high school students were assigned to each classroom. They introduced themselves, played an intro video and cheered on the elementary students as they learned.

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.
North Freedom Enjoys Indoor Fun
North Freedom Elementary students returned from break to fun activities, making "ice" castles out of hula hoops during PE and playing ukuleles that the North Freedom Parent Group purchased for the school! 

Welcome back to school!

Join Parents In the Middle for a Culver's Share Night to Support Literacy!
Bilingual Students Practice Vocab in a Unique Way
EL teacher Mrs. Arendsee's Advanced 2nd Language Literacy class played Headbands using academic vocabulary on their last day before break. They worked together to describe and define words for each other so each player could guess their word. 

#BarabooProud of these awesome bilingual students! 
8th Grade Parent Night to Introduce Registration Process set for Jan. 8
Parents and guardians of students who are currently in 8th grade are invite d to attend the 8th Grade Parent Night that will be held in the JYMS Auditorium on  Monday January 8th  beginning at  5:30 PM.   

The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the Baraboo High School course registration process to parents of 8th grade students. The BHS School Counselors will present on how to successfully register for Freshman year classes and will remain on hand to answer any questions.
Westby Co-op Credit Union Donates to District
Mr. Greg Wagner from the Westby Co-op Credit Union (WCCU) recently donated $300 to the Baraboo School District to assist families in need.  Thank you to WCCU for continuing to help students and families within our community.

Facebook Live: "Grading for Learning," Brought to you by Visger and Brickl!
The Baraboo School District is going live!

Visit the district's Facebook page at noon on Monday, Jan. 8 for important information on "Grading for Learning," presented by Baraboo High School  associate principals Mr. Visger and Mr. Brickl.

In an effort to help our graduates be more college and career ready, Baraboo High School has been taking measures to improve communication about student performance and increase rigor experienced by students in the classroom. These changes have resulted in several questions and misunderstandings within the community. 

Tune in to find out more about what we're doing to improve communication and increase rigor at BHS!

Can't watch it live? No problem; the video will remain on our Facebook page for you to reference at your convenience.
Baraboo Harmonix Show Case set for Jan. 12-14
The Harmonix Show Choir, a competition show choir for Baraboo area high school students, will have its Show Case 2018 from Jan. 12th through the 14th.

This showcase will feature individual performers, as well as a preview of the group's new competition show, Heart of New York.

Tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $10 for general admission. Baraboo elementary students will receive a coupon for $3 off their admission fee in Friday Folders - be on the lookout! Middle and High School students can receive $3 off admission by showing their student IDs.

Tickets are available at the door or for presale at Corner Drug, Pizza Ranch, and Little Village Cafe! See you at the show!!
New Year's Resolution: Join the Baraboo Indoor Pool!
New sessions will begin soon at the Baraboo Indoor Pool! Visit our website here for more information on:

Annual memberships
Swimming lessons
Aqua Zumba
Aqua Jog
Water Aerobics
Masters Adult Stroke Clinic
CG Schmidt and EUA Career Pathway and Apprenticeship Partnership with BHS
In order to capitalize on the vast expertise of the contractors, laborers, and other professionals including architects, engineers, and project managers currently involved in the BHS Revitalization project, we are looking to do a series of informational sessions for our BHS students on career pathways in these areas and also to provide apprenticeship opportunities for certain students to go deeper in their learning. To accomplish this, building contractor CG Schmidt and architectural firm EUA have enthusiastically agreed to work with BHS administration and teachers in order to coordinate these sessions and opportunities for our students!

Informational Sessions:
We will be targeting Enrichment (9:20-10:00) to conduct the informational sessions for BHS students. Students will be informed ahead of time about these sessions through direct communication from BHS technology education teachers and other forms of announcements at BHS. BHS teachers will also select certain students to attend these sessions who they identify ahead of time as being especially suited for the opportunity. The following are dates that could be targeted for these sessions, but are subject to change depending on speaker availability. The topics also need to be identified with the help of CG Schmidt and EUA:

Friday, January 5    Topic:  Project Partners to Present (H and H and NAMI)
Friday, January 12    Topic:  EUA Design to Present

We will also be targeting certain students who have demonstrated strong aptitude and interest beyond what is typical in these trade and professional career pathways in order to provide them an opportunity to go deeper in their learning and to shadow laborers and/or professionals who are directly involved in the BHS Revitalization Project.
District Hires New School Social Worker
Please join us in welcoming Taylor  Williams , School  Social  Worker , to the School District of Baraboo. We are excited to add a School Social Worker to the many building staff who are available to help support and advocate for our students and families.

Taylor is here to...
  • Help families access and utilize school and community resources or programs
  • Help alleviate any concerns a family may have
  • Help families communicate with school staff
  • Provide additional crisis intervention
  • Be an additional support in developing student plans
Most importantly, Taylor is here to advocate for you and your family however you may need .

You can reach Taylor by contacting your building principal, or by contacting her directly via phone (608-355-3950 x 1535) or email (
Now Hiring Kid Stop Assistants
The School District of Baraboo has an opening for a Kid Stop assistant. Kid Stop is a before-school and after-school child care program available to all district students in grades K-5. Interested applicants should have successful experience working with children be enthusiastic, and be flexible. The after-school program runs from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 1-6 p.m. on Wednesday. The starting hourly rate is $11.44. However, prior experience working with children and training will be taken into consideration when placing an employee along the Kid Stop salary schedule. 

Qualifications: Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, hold an associates degree in Early Child Education or successfully completed an Early Childhood Education course within six months of hire. The training would be provided by the district.

How to apply:  Applications are available here. Interested candidates should submit an application to Amy Fassbender, Principal, Gordon L. Willson Elementary School, 146 Berkley Blvd., West Baraboo, 53913.
Phone: 608-355-3925, ext. 7010

The Baraboo School District is Hiring!
Now hiring guest (substitute) teachers for all levels (4K-12)! Pay is between $100-$115/day.
For more information, contact Colleen Bradley in Human Resources at or 608-355-3950, extension 1025.
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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