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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.
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May 4, 2017
Fine Arts Night Showcases Talent at BHS
The Baraboo High School Art Department held its first annual Fine Arts Night on April 27.

There night consisted of music, live demonstrations, delicious food and more, including: 
-Performances by Solo and Ensemble state-bound BHS musicians- including the Jazz Band
-Fine Arts Displays from all BHS Art Classes
-A BHS Art Club paint-it pottery fundraiser 
-A British Isles Trip fundraiser silent auction of hand-painted Tiny T-Bird Chairs
-Atmospheric musicians (piano, ukelele, etc.)
-Culinary Arts demos
-Fashion Creation Display
-Dramatic Arts- Forensics performers
-Live "open artist mini studios" - a student ceramic wheel potter, graphic designer, and painter will demo
-Photography booth
-Community Artwork Display
-Community Fine Art Group/organization information booths 
-Art Awards (including people's choice)

This event is a partnership between the BHS Art Department, the BHS Forensics Team, the BHS FCE Department and the BHS Music Department.

Vote For Kody!
Kody Weiland is a nominee for the Athlete of the Week on!
Kody, Baraboo boys track & field: finished first in the long jump (22-11) at the Baraboo Relays on Friday, which is the state-best long jump this season; he also ran a leg of the winning 4x200m relay, and finished second in the 100m dash (11.32) and triple jump (44-02.00) at the event.
Voting is open until Thursday at 4pm. Spread the word and vote more than once!

ABE Storms the Capitol!
The Baraboo School District was #Barabooproud t o watch Al Behrman Elementary receive a Title I School of Recognition Award at the State Capitol on May 1.

Representing ABE and receiving the plaque was 4th grade teacher Megan Sentowski. 

In attendance representing the Baraboo School District was ABE principal John Blosenski, BSD Superintendent Dr. Lori Mueller and 81st District incumbent Rep. Dave Considine. Congrats, ABE!
Parent Nights: Addressing Addiction Set for May 15
This school year the district is offering a series of Parent Nights, bringing in experts in different fields to give insights, resources
and strategies for the issues that matter most to parents in our community.

Our final installment of the Parent Nights series, Addressing Addiction, will be on Monday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the Jack Young Middle School Auditorium.

The discussion will focus recent trends and issues to be aware of to protect your student. Parents will also learn about available resources if they are concerned about their student's activity with alcohol or other drugs.

This event is free and open to the public. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend.
Happy Teacher-versary!
This week the  Baraboo School District is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week. We would like to thank all of our teachers and staff for their dedication to the children in our district, this week and every week, and recognize teachers for their milestone anniversaries of when they started teaching with our district.

For Teacher Appreciation Week, the
 District Leadership Team discussed how they could truly express their  appreciation for our District's teachers and staff and they decided that they'd like to give them some  TIME!

Each of the administrators has committed at least  8 hours this week to teach a class, co- teach with the teacher, take a duty, or serve as an educational assistant for the teacher.
  Here are just a couple of the many examples of our administrative staff working in the classrooms this week.

Students Awarded at Top Scholars Banquet
On Sunday, April 30 the Badger Conference celebrated its Top Scholars Banquet at Waunakee Community High School. At this banquet, each of the Badger Conference Schools recognize their Top Senior Scholars for their academic accomplishments. Students who earn this recognition have done so by achieving the highest Laude scores after 7 semesters. We are
#Barabooproud  of our BHS Top Senior Scholars:

First Row (l-r):   Allison Warming, Adeline Zimmer, Joshua Mendoza, Anoop Chandrashekar, Kelsey Judge, and Anya Korovets
Second Row (l-r) Eric Anderson, Nathan Heckendorf, Aaron Brekke, and Nicholas Macdonald
Baraboo Bookmobile Returning This Summer
The Bookmobile is a labor of love and has been solely supported by donations.

This year, the Bookmobile would like to add more books, and is also in need of plastic tubs for transporting books, snacks and bookmarks/erasers, etc. Monetary donations will also go towards a small stipend for volunteer drivers towards gas money.

To make a donation, Click Here. 

To view the Bookmobile's  Amazon wish list of books to be added to the Bookmobile, Click Here.

The Baraboo Bookmobile also accepts gently used book donations. 
Larson Selected for WFCA All-Star Game
Baraboo High School senior Noah Larson was selected to play in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association's All-Star Game.

The association, established in 1975, invites the best of the best high school football players to compete against each other, while also raising money for the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. 

If you are interested in making a donation, please see the below links.

Kid Stop Summer Info - Get the Scoop
  • Summer Kid Stop registration is going on now!  Sign up today!!
  • Sign up for a week or for an entire month.  No daily rates.
  • If your child attends Kid Stop during the school year, you will still need to register and pay the listed fees.
  • Children must be registered with registration fee and tuition paid in full prior to your child/children attending.
  • All overdue Kid Stop fees must be paid in full prior to attending.
  • For more information, check out the Baraboo School District website and click on "Kid Stop" or contact Pat Gavin, Kid Stop Coordinator, at 355-3925, ext. 7150.
BHS Freshmen Present Research Papers
In the class  Literature Genres Grade 9 with teachers Lisa Hartley, Alyse Kearney, Annemarie Schaefer, and Kendra Lenius, students are learning how to write a research paper.

The students learned and practiced all of the steps in the research process by selecting a topic of interest to them, finding a variety of credible sources, paraphrasing and summarizing the information in their notes, and creating a presentation.
Throughout the process, the students led conferences with their teachers to discuss their progress, strengths, and areas for improvement.
Finally, students presented to three of their peers. Every student was required to also assess three presentations on a 4-point research rubric and assess his or her own project.
Adding the components of student choice and one-to-one peer presentations has led to more student engagement and reflection.
14o Registered for 4-year-old Kindergarten

Since Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative's 4K registration April 7, close to 140 students have registered for the 2017-18 school year.  If you have not already registered your 4K student, please visit Kristine Snow, District Registrar, at 423 Linn Street in Baraboo, call 608-355-3955 or email With any 4K placement or program questions, please contact Dr. Chris Olson, West/BELC Principal, at 608-355-3906  or
BASCO CORNER: Community Book Club - The Book Thief 

The next meeting of the Community Book Club will be from 9:15-10 a.m. on Friday, May 12th in the Baraboo High School media center. 

The book for April will be The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.

The club currently consists of  five students, five seniors, and two staff members. They meet once per month during BHS enrichment and have discussed three books so far this year, and the discussions between our students and the seniors have been amazing.

New members are always welcome! If you have any questions or would like more information, contact BHS literacy coach Mrs. Amant at
Promposal Winners Announced
Last month we put a call out to students to share their "promposal" - the way they asked, or were asked, to prom! Students submitted photos to the Baraboo School District.

We compiled the photos into an album and you all voted for your favorite by "liking" the photos. The photo with the most "likes" wins two free tickets to prom!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Promposal Challenge: Jack Chaperon and Natalie Lien!

Thank you to our clever students who participated in this year's challenge and to the hundreds of people who voted. 

We look forward to doing it again next year!

West Delivers May Day Baskets
On April 29, students from West Kindergarten Center delivered May Day baskets to community members within the West neighborhood.
Sharon Prochnow, an education assistant at West, has worked with West staff and students for more than 20 years to create and deliver the baskets. The children at the West Kindergarten Center make construction paper May baskets in their classrooms. They then add some candy in the baskets and each class annually delivers their May Day baskets of goodie s to West's neighbors. The children are learning that giving to someone else can help the recipient and the giver both smile. Often times, the West neighbors come out of their house to thank the children or send thank you cards to school.
Thank you to Mrs. Prochnow for the continuous support and commitment, and for helping our littlest learners see how much fun giving can be!

LUCES Students Read to Head Start

Two of our Baraboo High School LUCES (Latinos United for College Education Scholarships) students recently volunteered to read a bilingual book to two classes at Head Start.

Teachers Attend Conference on Autism
Baraboo School District educators Ashley Zoch, Kippie Talmage, Lili McDonald, Lori Von Asten, Chelsea Bernien, Christy Kinnamon, Kris Statz, and Amanda Okello attended the Autism Society of Wisconsin's 28th Annual Conference on April 28.

The presentations included experts in neuroscience, special education teachers, speech pathologists,  parents of individuals with autism and individuals with autism. The director of The Educational Outreach Program at Marcus Autism Center, Emily Rubin, explained the neurodevelopment of a child with autism and how to target the child's educational objectives along with selecting appropriate strategies and accommodations. She discussed how children acquire the foundations of social and emotional competence before they are talking at emerging language stages and at the conversational level.

The teachers also had the opportunity to attend a keynote presentation by Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin provided insight into her personal experiences; intervention, problems with sensory and over sensitivity. She also discussed her thinking process and the importance of developing strengths. She stressed the importance of developing work skills for individuals with autism so they can be contributing members of society.

On Saturday, the keynote presentation was comprised of individuals on the autism spectrum. They each had an opportunity to share about their experiences living life on the autism spectrum. Each panelist shared about how autism affects their day to day lives.
North Freedom Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week
North Freedom teachers enter the school in style on Monday for the start of Teacher Appreciation Week. There is no question about whether or not these teachers and staff are appreciated - that sign is pretty hard to miss, but just in case they did miss it, there was also a reminder chalked onto the ground. Happy Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, North Freedom Elementary!

Mr. Argo Receives Wisconsin State History Teacher of the Year Award
Baraboo High School Social Studies teacher Steve Argo received the Wisconsin State History Teacher of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Society DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) on April 29. The award was presented during the annual education luncheon of the Wisconsin Society DAR's state convention in Madison. Mr. Argo was the keynote speaker and spoke to the audience - many of whom were award-winning students and their families - about the call to serv ice.
Argo spearheaded the Baraboo 21 Club at Baraboo High School. The Baraboo 21 Club is comprised of students and teachers fundraising for a WWI memorial in honor of the 21 Baraboo soldiers aboard the Tuscania, a luxury liner that was torpedoed by a German submarine while transporting American troops to Europe in 1918. The Tuscania sank, killing 210 people on board.
The Faye-Robinson Chapter of the DAR (Reedsburg) nominated Steve for this award, and his nomination has gone on to the national level.
From left to right in the image:  Edie Laridean (Reedsburg),  Gladys Proctor (Baraboo),  Kathy Kucher (Wonewoc),  Loretta Landerman (Prairie du Sac),  Solveig Nelson Argo (BHS 9th grader),  Steve Argo,  Sandy Snow (Baraboo),  Sue Cowan (Sun Prairie)
Spread the Word to End the Word at JYMS
JYMS celebrated Spread the Word to End the Word week Apr. 24 - 28.

The word they are trying to end is 'retard."  The Spread the Word to End the Word campaign raises the consciousness of society about the dehumanizing and hurtful effects of the R-word and encourage people to pledge to stop using it.
After a week of discussion on the R-word, the students signed their pledge cards on Friday.

The JYMS Builders Club officers and members hung up all of the balloon cards on the cafeteria wall, so that everyone can be reminded of their pledge to "Rise to End the Word.

Summer Food Program Available
This summer, the Baraboo School District will again take part in the federally funded Summer Food Service Program.  We will serve breakfast and lunch in three sites, plus we will be delivering meals to the Boys and Girls Club.  The meals are free to all children 18 years and younger.  Any adults accompanying the children need only pay $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch.  Individuals do not have to attend Summer School to take part in this food service program.  The program will run from June 12, 2017 to July 21, 2017 (except the ABE site, which will end on July 12, 2017), Monday thru Friday.  All sites will be closed on July 3, 4 and 5, 2017 for the holiday.
Here are the sites and hours of operation:
GLW - Open only to students participating in the Kid Stop Program - breakfast and lunch
BHS - Breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM/Lunch daily from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
ABE - Breakfast daily from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM/Lunch daily from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Any questions, please call Mary Loveless, Food Service Director at 355-3980.
"This Institution is an equal opportunity provider"
ABE to Host Annual Color-A-Thon Run
Al Behrman Elementary will host its annual Color-A-Thon fundraiser on May 13 at Al Behrman Elementary. Registration is from 7:30-8:30AM. The event will begin at 8:30AM. 

The proceeds from this event will be used for books, supplies, etc., so that Al Behrman students and staff can succeed in reaching their goals!
If you cannot attend but would like to donate, CLICK HERE.    

Our Words Matter!
"Each May,  Better Hearing  &  Speech Month  (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of the  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association   members in providing life-altering treatment."

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. The Baraboo School District has six full time Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) that work with children ages 3-21 in the areas of articulation, language, voice and fluency that qualify for speech and language therapy services through the criteria set by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. A few of the SLPs purchased T-shirts that read "Your Words Matter!" that they will wear over the next month to raise awareness for their work throughout the district and support this year's theme by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Communication: The Key to Connection."

Please take a moment to thank our Speech and Language Pathologists during the month of May! We are #Barabooproud to have such an amazing team in the Baraboo School District.

Angie Gneiser - GLW Elementary, Community Christian School
Michele Feld - East Elementary 
Rachel Roman - ABE Elementary
Amanda Yadro - West Kndg. Center, Baraboo High School
Valerie Mahoney - JYMS, Baraboo High School
Katy Trulock - BELC, North Freedom, St. Joseph School, St. John's Lutheran School, Head Start - Renewal Unlimited, Inc., Ho-Chunk Head Start, Day Care Centers

For more information on Better Hearing & Speech Month, please visit  the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Baraboo FFA Annual Plant Sale Opens in May

The Baraboo FFA will hold its annual Plant Sale in May. 

The sale will begin Friday, May 5th after school from 3pm-5:30pm with the Mother's Day Hangings Basket Sale and then again Monday, May 8 thru Saturday, May 15, 2017.   The hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm. 

There will be a wide selection of reasonably priced flowers and houseplants to choose from, including bedding plants, geraniums, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, hanging bags, and a variety of other plants. There are limited numbers of plants available, so shop early for the best selection! 

The plant sale is coordinated by the Plant Science Class and all hanging baskets and planters were put together by students who also assisted with planting seeds and transplanting. 

With Mother's Day right around the corner, you don't want to miss this opportunity to show your mother, grandmother, or other special person how much you care. Bring some color to your yard or garden this year with plants from the Baraboo FFA Plant Sale.  All proceeds from the plant sale go towards supporting FFA activities and greenhouse supplies.
ABE Receives Wisconsin Title 1 School or Recognition for 5th Year in a Row!
We are  #Barabooproud to congratulate Al Behrman Elementary School for receiving the Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award for the fifth consecutive year!
"These schools stand out for their efforts to educate our kids," State Superintendent Tony Evers said. "They are staffed by dedicated educators who work with parents, families, and the school community to support the needs of all kids through rigorous programming and attention to student needs."
All  award-winning schools receive federal Title I funding to provide services to high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children. During the May 1 ceremony at the State Capitol, ABE will receive a plaque for the 2016-17 award as well as a commemorative flag for earning the award for five consecutive years.
"In our data driven society, it's easy to dismiss a school by looking at its demographic makeup. These schools would not be 'expected' to have the student academic achievement and gap closing results they have because of high levels of poverty," Evers noted. "Their success is something to celebrate; it serves as an example of the importance of schools, families, and communities worki ng together to ensure that every child graduates ready for college and careers."
Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Criteria: Schools receive federal Title I aid when they have significant numbers of students from low-income families. The schools that earn recognition also must meet the state's test-participation, attendance, and dropout goals as well as additional award criteria:
* have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps
* demonstrate high achievement at the school level
* fall within the top 10 percent of schools experiencing growth in reading and mathematics for elementary and middle school students or the top 10 percent of schools with the greatest improvement in high school graduation rates
* have achievement gaps that are less than 3 points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps
* are in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state
* have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels
Please join us in congratulating our ABE students, staff and administration for their hard work and dedication
Boys Basketball to Host Youth Basketball Camp
The Baraboo High School Boys Basketball program will be running a youth basketball camp again for boys entering grades 3-8. The camp will run on the following days/times (note time change from original release):

The camp will run on the following days/times:
  • June 12, 13 & 14 @ JYMS Main Gym - 12-1PM
  • June 26, 27 & 28 @ JYMS Main Gym - 12-1PM
  • July 10, 11 & 12 @ JYMS Main Gym - 12-1PM
The registration form can be found online at: 

or by emailing Coach Darrin Berger at
4-year-old Kindergarten Registration

The Backpack Project has been helping financially challenged Baraboo students to be prepared for the first day of school for nine years.  If your family income is approximately 200% or below of the Federal Poverty Index (see chart below), The Backpack Project may be able to help.

Family of 2:$2,707/month
Family of 3: $3,403/month
Family of 4:$4,100/month
Family of 5:$4,797/month
Family of 6: $5,493/month
Family of 7:$6,190/month
Family of 8:$6,887/month
For families with more than 8 members, add $696 per person

This assistance is also available for grandparents raising grandchildren, foster children, children living in shelters, and other extenuating circumstances.  Please contact Becky at the number below for more information.

Applications can be found this week at Recycled Sally's, Sauk County Human Services, and Viking Express Market; or you can call or email Becky at 608-356-2897 (leave message with name and address) or email at  Deadline for applications is July 31.

Volleyball Youth Camp June 12-15
There will be a Baraboo Volleyball Youth Camp for 4th-5th graders and 6th-8th graders from June 12-15.

Students in 4-5th grade will practice from 11AM - 1PM and students in 6-8th grade will practice from 2-4PM in the Baraboo High School gym. 

These camps will cover individual and team skills.

4th-5th Grade Registration Form

6th-8th Grade Registration Form
Register Now for 2017-18 School Year

Calling All Volunteers!
The Baraboo School District welcomes parents and community members to contact any of our schools to volunteer or to become involved in order to support learning for all of our students.  

Please consider filling out the attached Google Form if you would like to volunteer at West School in classrooms of 4-year-old kindergarten, Early Childhood, and/or kindergarten students.  

Feel free to call Principal Olson at 608-355-3906 with any volunteer questions.  Thank you for considering this invitation to make a positive contribution within our community and school district.

Summer Kid Stop Program

6th Grade Orientation Set For Aug. 23

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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