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Free Rock Painting Event
Date: Oct. 16
Time: 3:30-4:30
Place: BHS cafeteria
Notes: This event, for ages 5 and older, is free and sponsored by the BHS Art Club.

Picture Retakes Day
Date: Oct. 23
Place: ABE, East, GLW, North Freedom

BHS P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 23/24
Notes: High School

JYMS P/T Conferences
Dated: Oct. 24/25
Notes: Middle School

North Freedom Parent Group Meeting
Date: Oct. 24
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary

Elementary P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 25/26
Notes: Elementary Schools
Picture Retakes Day
Date: Oct. 25
Place: West and BELC

BHS Winter Sports 
Parent Meeting
Date: Oct. 30
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS

ABE Parent Support Group
Date: Nov. 7
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: ABE gym

East Parent Support Group
Date: Nov. 7
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: East Elementary

Baraboo 21 Salutes 
Korean War Veterans
Date: Nov. 10
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Baraboo Civic Center

WWPA Culver's Tip Night
Date: Nov. 7
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Place: Culver's, Baraboo
Notes: Proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward the third and final phase of new playground equipment at GLW.

West Willson Parent Association Meeting
Date: Nov. 14
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: GLW library

GLW Literacy Night
Date: Nov. 16
Place: GLW

JYMS Community Impact Literacy Night Fundraiser
Date: Nov. 20
Time: 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Place: Pizza Ranch, Baraboo
Notes: Help JYMS support adolescent literacy! Proceeds will help build classroom libraries and will fund JYMS Literacy Night in February, featuring Ben Mikaelson, author of Touching Spirit Bear.

Fall Break
Date: Nov. 22-24

ABE Parent Support Group
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: ABE gym

East Parent Support Group
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: East Elementary

North Freedom Parent Group Meeting
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary

West Willson Parent Association Meeting
Date: Dec. 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: West Kindergarten Center

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.

Thunderbird Thursday Update
October 12, 2017
Last week our T-Bird Poll questions was:  Have you painted and hidden rocks around Baraboo during the 2017 #BarabooRocks campaign?

The results are in! 37.2% of those who responded said yes; 51.2% of those who responded said no; 10% of those who responded said they plan to attend the Art Club's Baraboo Rocks Painting Event.

Don't forget to  click here to like the Baraboo School District's Facebook page, click here to follow us on Twitter, and click here to follow us on Instagram!

It's Fire Prevention Week! Check out some of the events happening in our classrooms!
West Kindergarten Center welcomed Firefighter Tom from  Baraboo Fire Department to Miss Emma's 4K class to teach fire prevention Oct. 6. It is especially important for our youngest learners to have these interactions and see firefighters dressed in their gear so that students aren't afraid in the event that they're in a fire. We are  #Barabooproud to share this community connection with our local fire department. Thanks, Firefighter Tom!

Mrs. Brice's kindergarten class from West Kindergarten Center visited the Baraboo Fire Department on Oct. 9 to learn about fire safety, view the firetrucks and tour the station.

North Freedom Elementary students received a visit from the North Freedom Fire Department Monday as part of Fire Prevention Week. The older students walked through the fire safety house and learned tips on what to do if you detect smoke in your house and how to safely exit a building. The younger students took a walking field trip to the North Freedom Fire Department for a tour. They practiced how to test a doorknob to see if it is hot, how stay low in the event that a room is filled with smoke, and how to stop, drop and roll in the event their clothes catch on fire. Thank you to the North Freedom Fire Department for this informative, hands-on day of fire safety. We are #Barabooproud to have this great community connection! 

Ms. Nelson's kindergartners at Gordon L. Willson Elementary shared a great community connection with Smokey the Bear and two forest firefighter guests to talk about forest fires on Oct. 10. They learned that only adults should be setting fires and putting out fires.

Paint Your Own #BarabooRocks!
Sponsored by the Baraboo High School Art Club. All paints, rocks, and supplies are provided free of charge!

WHEN: Monday October, 16th. 3:30-4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Baraboo High School Cafeteria
WHO: You! (Anyone ages 5-adult)

ABOUT BARABOO ROCKS: Baraboo Rocks (#BarabooRocks) is about painting, hiding, and finding rocks around Baraboo and the surrounding areas. This is a community-building activity meant to inspire creativity in all ages and energize people to explore this beautiful area and brighten people's days.
East Welcomes Historian Myrna Weickgenant
Mrs. Rundio's fourth grade class at East Elementary welcomed local historian, Myrna Weickgenant, to their classroom to kick off the study of our state! She taught students how to be history detectives. They enjoyed looking at various artifacts related to Sauk County and using the evidence to make educated guesses about them. Students will spend the year learning about Wisconsin's fascinating history. Ask your child what they learned about our state's worst natural disaster that occurred on October 8, 1871!

It's National School Lunch Week!
It's National School Lunch Week! School nutrition programs play a critical role in ensuring all students receive nutritious lunches which follow strict federal guidelines. Every school lunch served contains fruits and vegetables, whole-grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy to help feed students' bodies and fuel their minds.

Here are some fun facts about NSLW!
  • National School Lunch Week was created in 1962 by President John F Kennedy.
  • The NSLP was signed into law in 1946 (Richard B. Russell Act) and is the largest of the federal child nutrition programs.
  • More than 30 million students are served school lunch every school day - that's 5 billion meals annually! 
FFA Attends Sectional Leadership Workshop
Tianda Deaver, Jordyn Zalewski, Lilith Nachtigal, Halley Hickey, Kristen Felton, Elizabeth Showers and Brianna Stapleton of the Baraboo FFA Chapter attended the Sectional Leadership Workshop Monday, Oct. 9 at Lodi High School in Lodi, WI.

The Wisconsin FFA Sectional Leadership Workshop is designed to prepare local FFA chapter officers and
members both in high school and middle school for leadership roles in their school district for the upcoming year. It also
informs each cha pter of the new programs available to all FFA members and allows the officers to exchange ideas with
other FFA chapters in their area. The 2017-2018 State FFA Officer Team planned and conducted this workshop to
encourage the participants to develop their leadership potential, to challenge them to set personal and chapter goals for the
year and to motivate the students to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them through the FFA. The
2017 theme was "FFA Ever After". Members left ready to promote FFA, agricultural education and agriculture in their
schools and communities. FFA advisors also participated in a workshop that helped inform them about FFA opportunities
for the school year.
BHS Winter Sports Parents Meeting set for Oct. 30
The Baraboo High School Winter Sports Parent meetings will be held on Monday, October 30th in the BHS gym. The general meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. Parents who attended this meeting in the fall can report for sport meetings at 6:30 p.m. Students do NOT need to attend these meetings.

Please register your son or daughter in the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus under the HS Winter Sports Registration link. Computers will be available beginning at 5:30 in the cafeteria for those who would like help with sport registration. 

Sport participation fees are $60 for all sports, except hockey.

If you have any questions, or if you are not sure if you child has a current physical on file in the athletic office, please contact Renee Teasdale at 355-3940, ext. 2022 or email:

GLW Drums Up Character
GLW students were excited to earn a a School Drum Day by earning 1,000 Wildcat Coupons for using their cool tools throughout the school. Dancing Drum, a group of percussion educators based in Asheville, NC, came to our school to present interactive drumming assemblies for each grade level. Dancing Drum's mission is to EDUCATE, ENTERTAIN, and INSPIRE people of all ages through interactive, percussion-based programming. All of our students were able to play 6 different kinds of percussion instruments, while learning songs about character traits, such as Responsibility and Caring. It was such an exciting day at GLW!
Place Your Orders Today!
The Baraboo FFA is holding a Fruit, Wreath and Poinsettia sale from now through Nov. 10, with a selection of door swags, roping/garland, candy cane and cross-shaped wreaths, larger wreaths ranging from 24" - 48", Holiday Mixed Fruit Boxes, Texas Red Grapefruit, California Navel Oranges, Washington Apples and Pears, and more!

If interested please contact an FFA member or Mrs. Shultz or stop into the Ag Room. You can also print off the FFA Holiday Sale order form give it to Mrs. Shultz with payment.

Ag in the Classroom at East
Second Grade Students in Ms. Zoch's classroom at East welcomed Mrs. Brew to their classroom on Tuesday. She spoke with students about the different agriculture that occurs in Wisconsin. As they discussed all of the goods and materials produced in Wisconsin they created "Professor Products" out of the goods/materials. Thank you for this #BSDcommunitypartnership , Mrs. Brew! #Barabooproud
JYMS Winter Sports Meeting set for Oct. 16
The JYMS Winter Sports Parent Meeting for Wrestling and Boys Basketball will be on Monday, Oct. 16  in the JYMS Auditorium. 
Parents of students in 6th-8th grade who are interested in wrestling, as well as parents of boys in grades 7th and 8th who are interested in playing basketball should attend. Please arrive by 5:30 p.m.  to submit the necessary paperwork with the meeting beginning at 6 p.m
Any questions can be directed to Kevin Catterson at or Jim Langkamp at
Updated Date for Prom 2018: May 5th
The Baraboo High School 2017-'18 Prom will be held on May 5, 2018 .

It was previously announced that the Prom would take place on April 28, 2018 , but this date causes conflicts with other events and activities.  Prom has typically been held on the first Saturday  in May, and BHS will continue with that tradition.
JYMS To Have Literacy Fundraiser on Nov. 20

Thunderbird Sweatshirts are IN!
Thunderbird Sweatshirts have arrived and are now available for pick up at the District Office, located at 423 Linn Street, Baraboo, during regular business hours. 

We can accept check or cash for payment. Checks can be made payable to Baraboo School District. 

#BarabooProud and Always Onward Thunderbirds!
Buy Your BHS Yearbook Before Oct. 13!
Capture the memories of this school year by purchasing a Baraboo High School Yearbook today!  Visit the Walsworth website at and search for Baraboo.  Next, choose your yearbook preferences and optional add ons.   Yearbooks are only $45 until October 13th , which is the lowest price of the year.  Paper order forms are also available at the student information station.

All students who purchase a yearbook before October 13th will be put in a drawing for a $30 gift card to the BHS School Store!

If you have photographs that you would like to contribute to the BHS yearbook, visit, search for Baraboo High School, and click on the Community Upload icon to share your photos with us!
When is my child considered tardy?
*          A tardy at the elementary level means the child arrives late but before 8:05 a.m.
*          A tardy at the middle school or high school level means the child arrives late but before 7:55 a.m.
When is my child considered absent?
*          If a student arrives to school more than 10 minutes late (after 8:05 at the elementary level or after 7:55 at the middle and high school level), it is considered an unexcused absence, if an acceptable excuse is not given by the parent. For more information on what is an "acceptable excuse," please see (put link to 431-Rule here)
How long do I have to give the school a reason for my child's absence?
*          Parent/guardian must provide the school an acceptable excuse no later than 3 days after the absence. For example, if the child is absent on Monday, an acceptable excuse must be provided by Thursday. If no acceptable excuse is received, the absence is count as unexcused.
*          If an acceptable excuse is provided after the three day window has expired, the absence will remain unexcused.
When is my child considered truant?
*          A child is considered truant when he/she misses all or part of a school day in a trimester or semester without an acceptable excuse. If a child is truant, he/she may be disciplined by the school (detention, suspension, etc.) in addition to being referred to the Baraboo Police Department.
When can the school district file a truancy charge on my child?
*          When a student has three unexcused absences for all or part of a school day ,  a referral will be made to the School Resource Office to file truancy charges. If a citation is issued, you and your child will need to appear in court. The sentence of the court can include, but is not limited to, an order for your child to not miss any more school without being excused and/or a forfeiture (up to $100 plus costs).
When is my child considered habitually truant?
*          A child is considered habitually truant when he/she misses all or part of five school days in a trimester or semester without an acceptable excuse.
When can the school district file habitual truancy charge on my child?
*          When a student has five unexcused absences, you will be asked to attend a meeting with the school to discuss your child's truancy and your child can receive education counseling, learning problems and social problems, after which a referral will be made to the School Resource Office to file habitual truancy charges. If a citation is issued you and your child will need to appear in court. The sentence for habitual truancy can include, but is not limited to, a court order for your child to not miss any more school without being excused, a forfeiture (up to $500 plus cots), community service, suspension of the child's driving privileges, revocation of the child's work permit, etc.    
When is a professional note required for my child's absence?
*          A parent is allowed to excuse their child from school with an acceptable excuse for up to 10 days in a year. A professional note , such as from a doctor or nurse practitioner, will be required for all subsequent absences.
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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