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District Volunteer Appreciation
Date: May 6
Time: 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Place: West School (707 Center St.) 

East School Parent Group Pizza Ranch Tip Night
Date: May 20
Time: 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Place: Pizza Ranch, Baraboo

AM 4K Make-Up Day
Date: May 22
Time: 7:40-11:05
Note: The PM 4K classes will not meet on May 22; only the AM classes.

Winter Weather
Make-up Day K-12
Date: May 22 (Wednesday)
Note: No early release. This applies to all students in K-12.

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 27

Winter Weather
Make-up Day K-12
Date: May 29 (Wednesday)
Note: No early release. This applies to all students in K-12.

T-Bird Mini Tri
Date: May 30
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School
Note: Registration due by May 29. Rain Date of June 1 @ 10 a.m. 

Winter Weather
Make-up Day for 4K
Date: June 5
Note: 4K students will attend school during their regular class hours.

Winter Weather
Make-up Day K-12
Date: June 5 (Wednesday)
Note: No early release. This applies to all students in K-12.

Last Day of School
Date: June 7
Note: This will be a half day of school. BHS/JYMS: 7:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Elementary: 7:55 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

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.

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: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Author:  Erika L. S├ínchez
For: Teen readers
Summary:  After the death of her dutiful older sister, Olga, rebellious Julia deals with her family's grief and the discovery of her sister's secret double life.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
May 2, 2019
Third Annual BHS Fine Arts Night
Baraboo High School held its third annual Fine Arts Night on Thursday, April 25. 

This year featured an art show, culinary demonstrations, forensics and musical performances, live art demos and a paint-your-own canvas fundraiser. The night concluded with the announcement of awards in several categories, followed by a Jazz Band performance.  

This event is a partnership between the Baraboo High School Art Department, the Baraboo High School Forensics Team, the Baraboo High School FCE (Family and Consumer Education) Department and the Baraboo High School Music Department.

ABE Receives School of Recognition Award for 7th Year!
Congratulations to Al Behrman Elementary School, recipient of the 2018-19 Title I School of Recognition Award for the 7th consecutive year!

Since 2003, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has recognized Title I schools that have demonstrated success in educating students. To be eligible, schools must receive federal Title I funding to provide services to large numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children and meet other achievement criteria. 

These awards recognize the work of students and their parents along with teachers, school administrators, and school staff members to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement.  #Barabooproud

GLW Principal Receives  Herb Kohl Principal Leadership Award 
A $6,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2019 Principal Leadership Award was presented to Amy Fassbender, principal of Gordon L. Willson Elementary School at a recognition luncheon hosted by Herb Kohl, Wisconsin philanthropist and businessman. The school will receive a matching $6,000 grant.

The Herb Kohl Principal Leadership Award recognizes principals for setting high standards for instruction, achievement and character, and creating a climate to best serve students, families, staff and community.

We are #BarabooProud to have Mrs. Fassbender on our Baraboo School District team!

Baraboo School District Volunteer Appreciation
The Baraboo School District continues to welcome volunteers within each of our schools.  Any and all volunteers at any of our district schools are welcome to attend a district-wide school volunteer appreciation event at West School (707 Center St.) on Monday, May 6 from 3:30-4:15 PM.  There will be food and beverages provided. 

Please RSVP to Dr. Chris Olson at or 608-355-3906 if you plan to attend.  Thank you to our many school volunteers and community partners for all of the many ways that they support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.  
NF Challenged to Persevere
On Tuesday, April 9 th,  North Freedom Elementary School hosted a Math, PBIS and Technology Night from 5-6 p.m. Students in grades kindergarten through 5 and their families were invited to attend.  

This year's theme was "Perseverance." Several types of puzzles and logic activities were available to keep the students thinking and having fun at the same time.   Students were challenged to face many obstacles and keep going!

Congratulations to the Baraboo High School 2019 Prom Court!

Key Club Brings on the Hunt
The Baraboo High School Key Club held its annual Egg Hunt on April 20. Prior to the event, Key Clubbers dropped hundreds of eggs in different sections of the BHS practice field. The sections were marked by age groups to give all egg hunters a fair run at filling their baskets. The BHS Key Club accepted donations to benefit the March of Dimes, a Key Club Preferred Charity!

Sophomores and Juniors - Learn More About NHS on May 15!
National Honor Society officers are offering an informational meeting about how to submit an application to NHS - Thunderbird Chapter  for Sophomore and Junior students and their parents on May 15, 2019 from 4-5 p.m. in the Leopold Room at Baraboo High School. 

To be admitted into NHS you will need a 3.5 GPA or higher and show evidence of leadership and community involvement. If you have additional questions please contact Shelley Mordini,  or Kim Biehl, .  

BHS and First Grade Astronomers Explore Moon Phases
Last week, Baraboo High School science teacher Karen Olson brought her astronomy students to area elementary schools to conduct a hands-on experiment regarding the phases of the moon with the first graders. Since first graders explore the phases of the moon as a part of their curriculum, this activity really helped to deepen their understanding. Great questions were asked by the first graders, answers were well articulated by the high schoolers, and everyone learned a lot during this collaborative time!

More Than 150 Attend NF Grandparents Day
On Friday, April 12th, North Freedom Elementary students participated in the 8th Annual Grandparents Day dance program. They worked very hard to learn and memorize the choreography to two different songs. More than 150 people were in attendance. Thank you to everyone who attended, we hope you enjoyed the show as much as the children enjoyed performing for you.

Stage 3 to Present "Number the Stars"

Watson a Finalist for Flying Musicians Scholarship
Congratulations to Charlie Watson, who was  one of eight finalists throughout the US and Canada for a scholarship through the Flying Musicians Association! The winner will receive free training up to his solo flight. Charlie dreams of being both a professional musician and a commercial pilot some day.
BHS Students Talk Equity at Social Justice Forum
Ten Baraboo High School students, along with Baraboo School District Administrator Dr. Lori Mueller, Director of Teaching and Learning Dr. Nick Karls, and Director of Student Services Michele Yates-Wickus, joined students and educators from 20 area school districts in holding the first of what will hopefully become an annual social justice forum on Monday, April 29, focused on addressing inequalities in education. They spoke about how they  face discrimination and discussed how to address the gaps in education for minorities, including encouraging minority students to take AP classes, providing assistance with college applications, and how to address change within their individual schools and communities.

Our students found themselves behind the mic a few times, and the t-shirt design was BHS senior Destina Warner's. The District  will be honoring and hearing from these students at an upcoming Board of Education meeting. #BarabooProud

West Students Learn About Ho-Chunk Culture
Members of Ho-Chunk Nation shared more about their culture with West Kindergarten and 4K students on April 25th through a performance of a variety of songs and dances. The meaning of the songs and dress were explained to students and the whole school joined in on the last dance. Thank you to our friends from Ho-Chunk Nation for sharing more about their culture. What a great day!
Kick For A Cure 2019
East Focuses on Acceptance with School Families
East School met with their School Families this week  to work on a lesson about Acceptance. After the lesson, each family was able to create an Acceptance Pledge poster. School Families are a mix of Kinder-5th graders and their family leader. Each month there is a different character trait focus that is taught and discussed in order to promote positive relationships and connections for our students.

JYMS Students Participate in National History Day
Fourteen eighth grade students from Jack Young Middle School took part in the National History Day State competition in Madison on April 13th, 2019. These students presented six historical research based projects at the State event. Of those six projects, one was chosen to move on to the final round, which means they were in the top five projects in their category in the state. After the final round, two state finalists were chosen in each category. From JYMS, Casey Klipp, Sarah Palecek, and Georgy Fadeyev were chosen to represent Wisconsin at the National competition with their Junior Group Performance, entitled The Lowell Mill Girls: Tragedy in the Mills leads to Triumph in the World.

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 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.

In addition to our National Finalists, here are the other projects who represented Baraboo at the State Competition:  
  • Anna Balfanz, Ignas Dauksys, and Grace Holt - Irena Sendler: Triumph and Tragedy in a Glass Jar (Group Performance)
  • Joe Nelson - Harry Houdini: Triumph and Tragedy in Magic and Film (Individual Performance)
  • Derek Gehin and Kason Bode - Challenger Disaster: Tragedy, then Triumph (Group Website)
  • Connor Kleist, Brent Littlegeorge and Cameron Meise - The Christmas Truce: Triumph and Tragedy during WWI (Group Website)
  • Molly Brenson and Hailey Johnson - The Titanic Tragedy (Group Exhibit)
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.

Free Community Bootcamps to Benefit Boys and Girls Club

ABE Receives Arbor Day Tree
Congratulations to Al Behrman Elementary fourth grader Ella Madson! She won the fourth grade "Greening the Gem City" contest with her poster design.  The Forestry specialists went to ABE on April 26 to plant a tree in honor of Arbor Day. 

NF 5th Graders Take a Trip to the Pool
The 5th graders at North Freedom Elementary School took their annual trip to Jack Young Middle School for lunch and swimming. At the pool, they learned several water safety skills, including some strokes, and had tons of fun! A special thank you to the lunch staff at JYMS and Aquatics Director Heather Wood at the pool for making it a special day. 

Sixth Graders Participate in Essay Contest with BASCO
Recently, 169 sixth graders entered an essay contest with the theme, "My Best Older Friend." This contest was a community connection with the Baraboo Area Senior Citizen Organization (BASCO). The judges were looking for students to write about their relationship with and their adoration of a best older friend. 

The following students were honored at a banquet on Tuesday, April 30th at the Baraboo Senior Center located in the Civic Center. The students each shared their heart-warming essays and then enjoyed cookies, bars, cake, and juice.

Claire Wiler (1st place); Sharlotte Hanusa; Kadence Funmaker; Karina Brilliott and Jesus Gonzalez (1st place); Daniel Evert; Drew Gumz; and Colin Matson.

East Participates in Kids Heart Challenge
Congratulations East Elementary students for an amazing effort in the Kids Heart Challenge. The students stayed active for the full 60 minutes of jumping! 

East Elementary raised a total of $4,001.00. The top fundraiser was first grader Hunter Kufner, with $600 donated to the American Heart Association.  

NF Students Find Their Zen
In order to relax and unwind from a couple of weeks of state testing, students at North Freedom Elementary were treated to a yoga lesson by Tenille O'Leary from Pulse Fitness in Baraboo. Thank you, Ms. O'Leary and Pulse Fitness!

Eat Pizza, Support East School!

Agrace Offers Summer Grief Camps

What's Going On at the Baraboo Public Library?
Time to Register for 2019-20!
FFA Holds Spring Plant Sale
We're Hiring: Summer Custodial & Maintenance Positions!
Looking for a summer job? We are hiring  a number of summer custodial & maintenance positions! 

The minimum hourly compensation rates will be as follows:
Lawn Crew - $8.50 |  Maintenance Crew - $8.50 |  Cleaning Crew - $7.75

These positions will begin on or about June 10, 2019. The regular schedule will be 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Summer cleaning crew must be age 16 or older. Summer maintenance crew must be 18 or older and must possess a valid driver's license. Successful candidates will be able to perform medium-heavy work, exert force and lift up to 75 pounds and constantly stand and walk, with or without a reasonable accommodation.  

Applications can be found online at Applications can also be picked up and submitted to: District's 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. 

Get Your Summer Swim On!
Sauk County Historical Society

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.

Middle School Summer School Registration Now Open
Registration for the Baraboo School District Middle School Summer School program is now open!

To view a list of courses, click here. To register or for more information,  please click here.
Summer Academy Registration Now Open
The Bara boo School District's Elementary Summer Academy is g oing into the 4th year of an enrichment focus for any current resident or school district K-5 students.  

Summer Academy will run in the mornings at Al Behrman Elementary on June 11-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-3 and July 8-10.  

The Summer Academy registration for current K-5 students is now open. Click here to register.  Please see our 2019 Summer Academy Course Descriptions & FAQ.
Support Youth Wellness in Baraboo!
It's T-Bird Mini Tri time! Save the date for the 14th Annual T-Bird Mini Tri on Thursday, May 30.  Click here for a printable registration form. 

Want to be a sponsor? Click here for more information.

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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