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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.
Thunderbird Thursday Update
April 27, 2017
Fine Arts Night TONIGHT!
Our Art Department has a great event tonight from 6-8:30PM - our first annual Fine Arts Night! 

There will be 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.

For more information or questions, please message the BHS Art Department on its new Facebook page.
ABE Makes 3D Models
We are #Barabooproud  of our first graders in Ms. Beckwith's class at ABE, who worked on a STEM project that used map and measurement skills to create a 3D model of their classroom. Their problem was: An architect asked them to create a 3D model of their classroom so it could be recreated in another part of the country. The models needed to be to scale, have a title, map key, and include a compass rose. Their room was split into 4 quadrants. The students had to work together to create their quadrant. 

Two JYMS Students Chosen as NHD National Finalists
Nine eighth grade students from Jack Young Middle School took part in the National History Day State competition in Madison on April 22nd, 2017. These nine students presented five historical research based projects at the State event. Of those five projects, three were chosen to move on to the final round, which means they were in the top six in their category in the state. After the final round, two state finalists were chosen in each category. From JYMS, Ashley Palecek and Cennedy Hoppe were chosen to represent Wisconsin at the National competition with their Junior Group Performance, entitled The Radium Girls: Taking a Stand for Worker's Rights.  

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 "Taking a Stand in History." Students present their conclusions by creating museum-style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive websites, and dramatic performances.

The state event is the third step in a competition cycle that can take students from the school level to regional, state, and national competitions. 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.

National Finalists:
  • Ashley Palecek and Cennedy Hoppe - The Radium Girls: Taking a Stand for Workers' Rights, Junior Group Performance
Alternates to the National Competition:
  • Mackenna Belter and Mabelle Boehlke - The Battle of Blair Mountain: Taking a Stand for Workers' Rights (3rd Alternates)
  • Eva Hasse and Cassidie Allard - The Stonewall Riots: Taking a Stand for Gay Rights (2nd Alternates)
Students Who Competed at the State Competition:  
  • Macy Henry and Maddie Beal - Hiding the Franks: Taking a Stand Against the Holocaust
  • Kayly Bratland - Cesar Chavez: Taking a Stand for the Rights of Farm Workers

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.
Summer Food Program Available
The Jack Young Middle School 6th Grade Band and Choir toured the district's elementary schools today, each performing several selections for the elementary students. We are #Barabooproud of our young musicians, and #Barabooproud of our youngest students for their excellent behavior during the performances!

VOTE for BHS Grad Named MAMA Finalist!
BHS Alum Mikaela Lien, a 2012 graduate, is a finalist of the Madison Area Music Association in the Pop/R&B Album category for "This is the Moment - Mikaela Lien."

To listen to listen to her songs, click here!

To show her how #Barabooproud of her we are, here is the link to vote for her album.

Below is an image of Mikaela's album cover and an image of how the voting screen looks: choose "This is the Moment - Mikaela Lien" to support our T-Bird alum! Voting ends Sunday, May 7!

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"
Deaver & Showers Named FFA Students of the Month

ABE to Host Annual Color-A-Thon Run

Student Council Sponsors Blood Drive
Baraboo High School's Student Council members partnered with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive today from 9AM-2PM at the high school. 

Students volunteered to be greeters, take registration, be in the donor room, for canteen and recovery positions, and to set up and take down the blood drive.

Pictured are BHS seniors Mikaylin Gordon and Ian Baird. This was both of their first times donating blood.

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.

Vote for your favorite "Promposal" 
VOTE for your favorite BHS Promposal of 2017!
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. You can vote for your favorite by "liking" a photo. The photo with the most "likes" will win two free tickets to prom!
(You can vote for more than one photo!)
Contest runs from 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 - 8 a.m. Monday, May 1. Winner will be announced on May 1.

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.
BHS Scientists Go Exploring
Baraboo High School's astronomers had an out-of-this world experience and BHS geologists had a rockin' good time as they visited the Madison Metropolitan School District Planetarium and the UW Geology Museum this week!

Thank You, Administrative Professionals!
The Baraboo School District would like to thank all of our Administrative Professionals, both on Administrative Professionals Day and EVERY DAY! 

Our Administrative Professionals put the "awe" in AWESOME, the "zing" in AMAZING and the "proud" in #BARABOOPROUD!

Thank you, Administrative Professionals, for all that you do this week and every week for the School District of Baraboo and the students and families we serve!
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
Teacher Of The Year Nominees
Please join the Baraboo School District in congratulating the nominees  for the secondary teacher of the year (EIEA- Excellence in Education Award) and the elementary nominees  (DETA-Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award):

Damion Beth, Rita Ehlert, Jacalyn Amant, Brian Witthun, Linda Garcia, Diane Flesch, Teresa McCulloch, Michelle Bartman, Maggie Schumacher, Emily Arendsee, and Jason Laux

Susan Gissal, Lindsey Beltz, Angela Gneiser, Sara Lane, Laura Stigen, Kristin Osterhaus, Rochelle Van Den Heuvel, Kelley Williams, Niki Shafer, Sue Lappin, Angi Valley, Jori Ruff and Chris Peterson, Becky Rundio (due to being a past recipient, Ms. Rundio withdrew from the nomination this year).

Stay tuned! The recipients for these recognitions will be announced in the coming months.  

A special 'shout out' to those who made time to write a nomination and/or letter of support for one or more of these amazing educators. We are #Barabooproud of our excellent teachers! If you see these teachers, please tell them congratulations!
CONSENT IS EVERYTHING - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Consent is Everything
As Sexual Assault Awareness Month progresses, here's another powerful way to help prevent violence: practice consent and educate others about it. There are a lot of myths about consent in our culture, so it's important to be clear about what it means. Basically, consent means expressing that something is okay with you and you want it to happen - in intimate or sexual situations, this means that both people feel good about what is going on and are communicating openly with each other. Real consent is:
  • Freely given - with no force, coercion, or pressure (this includes guilt trips, threats, and trying to talk someone into it). Everybody should feel free to say no without negative repercussions.
  • Reversible - You are always free to change your mind. Being intimate in one way, or doing something one time, never makes you obligated to keep going or to do it again.
  • Informed - Everyone has to know what they're agreeing to and you should be able to have a conversation about what you want and what your limits are.
  • Enthusiastic - The other person's body language and tone should be communicating a clear, confident "yes!" If they seem unsure, you should back off and check in - just like you'd want someone else to do for you.
  • Sober - People who are drunk or high can't think clearly and aren't able to give consent. If you have any doubt about the other person's judgment or level of intoxication, it's not a good time to move forward with anything. Respect them enough to wait.
Sexual assault and rape happen when these elements of consent aren't present. We all deserve to feel safe in intimate relationships, and we all owe each other this same respect. When you role model consent - even if this is just asking someone if they want to hold hands, or checking in with your partner before a kiss - you are changing the culture for the better. To make an even bigger difference, start a conversation with your students, teens, or friends about consent and what it means to you. This can be a great opportunity to reflect on your own values around sex and intimacy and discuss them with people you trust. Keep in mind that in Wisconsin, the age of consent is 18, meaning that teens under 18 cannot legally consent to sex. For more about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, visit If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, you can call Hope House's 24-hour confidential helpline at  1-800-584-6790.
Take the Training - Children Sexual Abuse Prevention 
Stewards of Children  Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Child Abuse Prevention Month, Hope House is facilitating a free  Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention training for adults.
Darkness to Light's  Stewards of Children  is the only evidence-based child sexual abuse prevention training proven effective in educating adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. This training utilizes a video, workbook, and group discussion.
Light refreshments will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own food as well.
The training will be held  Saturday, April 29 from 9:30-noon at the Boys & Girls Club, 124 2nd Street, in Baraboo.
RSVPs greatly appreciated to Nola at Hope House by calling  608-356-9123 or emailing
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
Registration for the 2017-18 school year opens APRIL 1 

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
Parent Nights: Addressing Addiction
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.
Middle School Summer School Registration is OPEN!

To register for Middle School Summer School, click HERE.
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

Summer Academy Registration Opens TOMORROW!
The Baraboo School District will again be offering the Summer Academy for students who are currently in grades K-5 within the Baraboo School District and/or for students of this age that reside within the Baraboo School District attendance area.  

The Summer Academy will include enrichment classes that have literacy and math integrated throughout each K-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th grade class.  

Al Behrman Elementary School (400 Mulberry St., Baraboo) will host Summer Academy from June 12-July 12 (no school on July 3rd-5th) and free breakfast and lunch will be available to students each day.  

Online registration for Summer Academy begins at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 17 by going to the  Baraboo School District website.  

Please send Summer Academy questions to Dr. Chris Olson, Summer Academy Coordinator at 608-355-3905 or    

The Baraboo Public Library is a rich resource in the Baraboo Community, with youth events, activities and books, books, books! 

Once a month the BPL is host to Desmond the Dog and Shadow the Cat. Children can sign up to read to them for 15 minutes. This gives the child a chance to work on their reading skills with a patient, attentive audience to help them gain confidence in their reading ability. Registration required. 

Click here for a full list of  YOUTH SERVICES, events and information: ages 0-5th grade
Click here for a full list of  TEEN SERVICES, events and information: grades 6-12

BHS Named Pacesetter in Advanced Placement
Congratulations, Baraboo High School!

BHS was recognized by the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) as a Pacesetter school in Advanced Placement (AP).  

This award recognizes access and excellence regarding AP. 

WAPAC says, "Pacesetter schools have provided impressive student access to AP courses and posted excellent AP exam results."

For more information or to view the data for the WAPAC award, click here for the  Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website.
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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