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Family Literacy Night
Date: February 28
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

Vietnam War Era
Veterans Breakfast
Date: March 1
Time: Breakfast served from 6:15-7:45 a.m. followed by a brief ceremony
Place: Baraboo High School

Let's Talk Drugs
Panel Discussion
Date: March 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Notes: Click here to register by Feb. 25; dinner will be provided

Elementary Winter
P/T Conferences
Date: March 13 / March 14
Time: 1:30-4 p.m. / 4-7 p.m.

JYMS Referendum Open House & Tour
Date: March 19
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS commons
Note: Join us for a tour of JYMS to discuss facility needs and the April 2 referendum.

JYMS Referendum Open House & Tour
Date: March 27
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS commons
Note: Join us for a tour of JYMS to discuss facility needs and the April 2 referendum.

Second Annual
Food for Kidz Event
Date: March 30
Place: Baraboo High School gym

Transitions: Resource Fair
Date: April 3
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: BHS Commons
Note: This is for all middle and high school students with disabilities and their families. Dinner will be provided.

Spring Break - No School
Date: April 15 - 19

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 27

Last Day of School
Date: June 6
Note: This will be a full day of school

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

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
March 7, 2019
District Holds First Annual District-Wide Family Literacy Night
On Thursday, February 28th, 375 students and their families attended the first district-wide Family Literacy Night at the newly renovated Baraboo High School.

Nearly 80 volunteers, ranging from students to teachers to District Administrator Dr. Lori Mueller, assisted to make this important night run smoothly. Approximately 750 books were given out during the event.

In addition to LOTS of books, the event included a book walk, activities with the Baraboo Children's Museum, crafts, and two magic show performances by BHS junior Jacob Carignan!

#BarabooProud of Kohl Foundation Award Recipients!
We are #BarabooProud to announce  three Baraboo School District educators were selected for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Leadership Program for 2019.

Gordon L. Willson Elementary School principal Amy Fassbender was one of only 16 principals in Wisconsin selected for the Principal Leadership Award. Recipients are school principals who are being recognized for setting high standards for instruction, achievement and character, and creating a climate to best serve students, families, staff, and community.

Baraboo High School computer science teacher Dan Rhode and Baraboo High School science teacher Dr. Michelle Bartman were two of the 100 teachers named as Teacher Fellowship Recipients , chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.

BHS Celebrates Veterans with Third Annual Breakfast
Baraboo High School's Baraboo 21 Club along with BHS Social Studies teacher Mr. Steve Argo held the third annual  Vietnam War Veterans (1961-1965) and Vietnam Era Veterans (1961-1975)   breakfast and appreciation ceremony on Friday, March 1.

Each veteran received a medal of appreciation as well as an all-you-can-eat breakfast sponsored by Roasters.

We are #Barabooproud of Mr. Argo, the Baraboo 21 Club and all who helped and participated in this event. Thank you for your service, Veterans!

NF A-"Doors" Read Across America Week!
North Freedom Elementary School added a twist to literacy during "Read Across America Week."  Students participated in a variety of dress-up days, door decorating and enjoyed a school-wide "Drop Everything and Read" time. 

Several community members and district employees judge the classroom and office doors. Thanks to district employees Nick Karls, Holly Henderson, Sara Hunstock and Teresa Lien and NF Village President Rick Hehenberger, Pastor Andy Dear and NF Library Director Raina Roloff who took time to judge. First place went to Ms. Whitney's Kindergarten class and second place went to Mr. King's 4th grade class.

Support BHS Artists of France and Italy Tour!

30 Participate in National History Day
Thirty eighth grade students from Jack Young Middle School took part in the Regional National History Day event in Madison on February 23rd, 2019. Fourteen students were selected as state finalists and will go on to represent their school at the state competition, which takes place at the University of Wisconsin - Madison on April 13th, 2019.

National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic. This year, the annual theme is "Triumph and Tragedy." Students present their conclusions by creating museum-style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive websites, and dramatic performances.

The regional event is the second step in a competition cycle that can take students from the school level to regional, state, and national competitions. The school-level competition took place at JYMS on January 25, 2019. At each level of competition students share their work with their peers, historians, educators, and professionals in related fields as they complete for special awards and the opportunity to advance to the next level of competition.

Students who are moving on to the State Competition include:

Anna Balfanz, Ignas Dauksys, and Grace Holt - Irena Sendler: Triumph and Tragedy in a Glass Jar
Georgy Fadeyev, Casey Klipp, Sarah Palecek - Lowell Mill Girls: Tragedy at the Mill leads  to Triumph in the World
Joe Nelson - Harry Houdini: Triumph and Tragedy in Magic and Film

Derek Gehin and Kason Bode - Challenger Disaster: Tragedy, then Triumph
Connor Kleist, Brent Littlegeorge and Cameron Meise - The Christmas Truce: Triumph and Tragedy during WWI

Molly Brenson and Hailey Johnson - The Titanic Tragedy

Students who were chosen as Alternates to the State Competition include:
Leisha Hallis, Maddy McLaughlin, and Morgan Owen - The Destruction of Pompeii

Additional Students who competed at Regionals include:
Claire Teska, Kyla Von Asten, Romeo Lythjohan, Dominic Gray, Jaron Laukant, Julia Tse, Annika Barnard, Amara Mattice, Ayla School, Lexi Duhr, Gabbie Zautke, Reese Sherman, and Xander Marvin.

Participation in the program continues to grow with more than 500,000 students participating annually across the nation. The National History Day program in Wisconsin is coordinated by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Congratulations, Hunter!
Congratulations to Hunter Tikkanen, a seventh-grade student at Jack Young Middle School, who took first place at the south-central regional Scripps Spelling Bee competition!  He will participate in the Scripps State Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 16th, in Madison, Wisconsin. The event is being held in the Mitby Theater at Madison College and is free to the public. The top three spellers will receive trophies and will represent Wisconsin at the 2019 National Spelling Bee held May 26-30 in the Washington, D.C. A portion of this National Bee is televised on ESPN each year.  Good luck, Hunter!
Volunteer for the 2nd Annual Baraboo Food For Kidz Event!
East Students Get Lesson in Circus History
Third grade students in Mrs. Helbing's class at East Elementary School were treated to some local history from Peter Shrake, Circus World Museum  Archivist at the Robert L. Parkinson Library & Research Center. He shared facts and artifacts as he provided a lesson to these curious third graders. The classroom connection to a local business offers an opportunity for our Baraboo School District students to gain valuable information from our community. 

West Celebrate's Read Across America
"Cat in the Hat" visited the West Kindergarten Center during Read Across America week.  

Thank you to West Education Assistant, Sharon Prochnow, for helping to provide another way for students to have a love of literacy and learning during this special week.
Learn More About Fire Academy
Students interested in Fire Academy for the 2019-20 school year can attend  a special enrichment session for students on Tuesday, March 12th to learn about Fire Academy. It will be held in Room E225.

Chief Stieve and the students who participated in Fire Academy in Fall 2018 will share information with any students interested in signing up for the opportunity next fall. This is a dual credit opportunity through Madison College that allows students to become certified in Firefighter 1 and Firefighter 2.
2019 Summer Kid Stop Program
All elementary school children entering kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall will be eligible for the 2019 Summer Kid Stop Child Care Program. 

Summer Kid Stop is located at Gordon L. Willson Elementary School and is available weekdays from 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. starting Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, August 9th.

EMT Students Visit GLW, Attend Job Fair
Baraboo High School hosted a job fair for the students in the EMT program yesterday, with four employers: Noah's Ark, Ho-Chunk EMS, Chula Vista, and Baraboo District Ambulance Service (BDAS), and three branches of the armed service: National Guard, Air Force, Navy. They met with the EMT students, answered their questions, and provided applications. 

Last week the EMT class visited GLW to practice taking vitals on pediatric patients and gain hands-on experience while also giving the younger students an opportunity to learn about a possible career path and about the EMT program at BHS.

West Students Awarded for Bee-ing Great!
The West Kindergarten Center continues to reinforce positive student behavior with students in different ways each day.  We recognize Caiden Lyons, Miika Lagoo, Gracyn Trulock and Bernard Celley for this week's 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 will continue to recognize a different student from each classroom for this awesome recognition.  

Thank you to our families for all of their continued positive support at West.
Spring Sports Meeting Set for March 18
There will be an informational meeting for students in grades 7 and 8 who would like to participate in Girls Softball or Co-ed Track & Field at Jack Young Middle School. 

The meeting will be held on Monday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the JYMS Auditorium. Parents should register their child for the sport on the Parent Portal on the school district website prior to the meeting, or arrive by 5:00 to register that night. 

Private school and homeschool students living in the Baraboo School District boundaries are encouraged to participate in JYMS Athletics. The season begins on April 1. Please e-mail if you have any questions.

NF Students Snow Shoe Through the Prairie
Mr. Gary Williams of Summer Outdoor Adventure Club (SOAC) took North Freedom students on a snowshoeing hike the week of February 11-15. 

Lower grades (K-2) snowshoed around the prairie, but the older grades (3-5) climbed up the hill behind the school!  The students were tired and some struggled, but it led to good conversations about determination and perseverance.  

Mr. Williams taught the students about animal habitats, various animal tracks and scat, prairie and forest plants, and how to enjoy the outdoors.

This fun and educational adventure was funded courtesy of the North Freedom Activity Account. These activities are made possible because of the boxtops, milk caps and other items the children collect. North Freedom students and their teachers have enjoyed this experience for more than 10 years!

BHS Presents On The Town

Upham Woods Visits West
On Thursday, February 28th, Hannah, an employee from Upham Woods, came to share her knowledge and passion about animals and their habitats with our kindergarten students at West. She introduced the students to "Popcorn," a corn snake, and "Larry," a box turtle. Students learned the difference between mammals and reptiles as well as wetlands and other habitats. 

The Baraboo Book Nook: March
The Baraboo Book Nook: Join us as we celebrate a nation of diverse readers with these recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures from the National Education Association.

Title:  Malala's Magic Pencil
Author: Malala Yousafzai
Illustrator:  Kerasco√ęt (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
For: Elementary readers
Summary: As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.

GLW Participates in World Read Aloud Day
Students at Gordon L. Willson flooded the halls to share in World Read Aloud Day last week. 

World  Read   Aloud  Day calls global attention to the importance of  reading   aloud , sharing stories, and the idea of literacy as a human right by bringing communities together across the world to  read   aloud  and change the world.
Job Fair Set for March 13

Family Swim Nights in March

BGC Holds Tea Collection Fundraiser
The Boys & Girls Club is participating in Tea Collection's Fundraiser through the School Days program March 4 - 11. 

What does this mean? You shop globally inspired children's clothing on, use code SDS19BOYSANDGIRLS for 15% off your order + free shipping, and 15% of your order gets donated back to Boys & Girls Club!
Baraboo Riptide Spring Swim Clinic

Indoor Pool is Now Accepting Applications

Got Sole? Donate to the BHS Shoe Drive!

District Plan for Instructional Minutes
The following instructional days/hours/minutes have been missed when school was closed due to inclement weather during the 2018/19 school year:
Full Day, Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Full Day, Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Full Day, Monday, January 28, 2019
Full Day, Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Full Day, Wednesday, January 30th,
Full Day, Thursday, January 31st,
Full Day, Thursday, February 7, 2019
Full Day, Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Full Day, Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In order to meet the minimum annual school year requirements of the State of Wisconsin to guarantee receipt of State aids, the Administration is implementing the following school calendar revisions for students (Click here for a printable version):

Attention all Baseball Players 8U-14U!
Baraboo Reads Community Book Read
Baraboo's Backpack Project Now Accepting Applications
The Backpack Project is now accepting applications for this friendly, supportive and confidential program. 

Applications are available by clicking here.  Income guidelines are provided on the application, as well as other qualifiers such as severe debilitating illness, grandparents raising grandchildren and foster families.

Donations of school supplies, backpacks and monetary donations are being accepted. To donate or if you have questions, contact Becky at 608-963-8230 or email
Buy Pizza: Support the Class of 2020!

4K  (and new to Baraboo 5K students)  Registration for 2019-20
4K Registration for 2019-20
The 4-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) Registration within the Baraboo School District for the 2019-20 school year will be any time between 7:00 am. and 4:00 pm. on Tuesday, April 2nd at East Elementary (815 6th Street, Baraboo) if your child turns 4-years-old by no later than Sept. 1, 2019.  (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 2.  You are invited to discover more about 4K in Baraboo by accessing the 4K videos found at the following website: Baraboo 4K Curriculum & Instruction .

The 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) program also known as BELC (Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative) will be beginning it's 12th year of programming in the fall of 2019.  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 2019-20 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!

5K Registration for 2019-20
If you have a child that will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2019 and your child is not currently enrolled in BELC (4K) in 2018-19, please register your child at East Elementary (815 6th Street) on Tuesday, April 2.  Please bring your child's birth certificate to 5K 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 5K after April 2.

If you have a child that will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2019 and your child is currently enrolled within BELC (4K) in 2018-19, you do not need to attend the 5K registration at East on April 2.  Your family can register online for 5K any time after April 1 from the district website ( ).   Please call 608-355-3955 with any questions.

Now Hiring: Guest Teachers
The School District of Baraboo is hiring guest (substitute) teachers for all levels (4K-12). The starting rate is $110 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, 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:

Recent Policy Updates
Dear Students, Parents, and Staff~ 

The School District of Baraboo recently revised several policies regarding discrimination, harassment and bullying. We are providing a link to these newly revised policies and we encourage you to review them and contact us with any questions. We also want everyone to know that the Title IX coordinator for the School District of Baraboo is Michele Yates-Wickus, and she can be reached at (608) 355-3950 ext. 1530, or at the District Administration Building, 423 Linn Street, Baraboo.    

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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