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Picture Day:
BELC and West
Date: September 11

Picture Day:
East, GLW, JYMS and NF
Date: September 12

Picture Day:
Date: September 13

Parent Resource Group Picnic
Date: September 17
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Max Hill Park, 625 Connie Road, West Baraboo
Note: This meet and greet is for families of students who have an IEP

8th Grade Career/Ag Day
Date: September 17

JYMS P/T Conferences
Dates: Oct. 22 and 23

No School
Date: Oct. 25

JYMS Choir Concert
Date: November 5

No School 
Dates: Nov. 27-29

JYMS Band Concert
Date: December 9

Winter Break - No School
Dates: Dec. 23 - January 1

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: The Night Diary
Author:  by Veera Hiranandani (Dial)
For: Middle School Readers
Summary:  In her diary, Nisha writes letters to her late mother about having to leave their home after the partition of India creates the country of Pakistan.


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

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
September 5, 2019
First Day of School

Our Goal: 2020 by 2020!
We have a goal for our new Facebook page - 2020 by 2020!

We want to reach 2,020 likes by the start of the year 2020! We officially launched our new FB page @OnwardBSD less than two weeks ago and we are already at 450+ likes - nearly a quarter of the way there. Help us reach 2020 by clicking here, liking us on Facebook, and sharing this post and/or inviting your friends to like our page! 

We value communication with our families, staff, business partners and community members and social media is a great way to keep you up-to-date on what's happening in the District.

ABE Receives Water Bottle Filling Station
Students and staff at Al Behrman Elementary have a great new addition to their 2019-2020 school year. Through the Delta Dental of Wisconsin Foundation's inaugural Cool Water Program, 20 schools throughout the state, including Al Behrman Elementary, received a dual water bottle filling station and fountain, along with toothbrushes and water bottles for all students and staff!

Delta Dental of Wisconsin employees were onsite on September 5 to deliver water bottles and toothbrushes to the students and staff at Al Behrman Elementary. 

Jori Ruff, English Language Specialist at Al Behrman Elementary, completed the application for the Cool Water Program in the spring of 2019. Selection for the awardees was based on the most creative and sustainable implementation plans to encourage children to drink more water. Awardees also needed to be in a district with a high free and reduced meal rate and have fluoridated water. Congratulation ABE school! 
Picture Day is Coming!
Picture Day is next week! Want to order online? Click here  and enter your school's code.

School codes:
BHS (Fri.) - EVT694K3K
GLW (Thurs.) - EVT8GSWTC
NF (Thurs.) - EVT76R6GG

Picnic for Families of Students Who Have an IEP
The Baraboo School District Parent Resource Group will host a fall "meet and greet" picnic for families of students identified with a special education need and requiring an IEP. This meet and greet is planned for Sept. 17 from 4-6 p.m. at Max Hill Park, 625 Connie Road, West Baraboo. A light meal will be provided. 

Please RSVP if you plan on attending by calling 608-355-3918. Come with questions and ideas on how to best support you and your children in the coming years.  Parent Liaisons and special education staff will be present to answer any questions you may have. 

In the meantime, if you have questions please call 608-355-3918. Hope to see you there!

BSD Bus Expectations - Please Review with Your Student!
To access your child's transportation information, please go to your Parent Portal in Infinite Campus, choose 'More' and then 'Transportation.'
Baraboo Public Library to Host Scarecrows on Parade

Let's Talk Attendance!
Attendance is a top priority in the Baraboo School District. This year, we are helping families keep track of their student's attendance with these attendance cards, given out during Open House. 

When students miss school, they miss the opportunity to learn from their teachers. The more students  miss, the harder it is for them to keep up with those who attend school regularly. 

While some absences are  unavoidable for health reasons or other important family matters, we also know that even when children have
missed school for good reasons, too many absences can cause them to fall behind.

Missing two days a month, or 18 days in a school year, can harm your student's progress. We call missing 18  days in a school year "chronic absence." These absences may seem small as they happen, but your student  is less likely to succeed if they are chronically absent. Research shows that:
  • Students chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade tend not to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By middle and high school, chronic absence is a proven early sign that a student is likely to fail academic courses and be at risk of eventually dropping out. 

Going to school regularly matters for your student's success and achievement! Let's work together to  make sure that your student does not fall behind in school this school year. Please ensure that your student  attends school every day and also arrives on time so they benefit as much as possible from what is taught in  the classroom. 

Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:
  • Make sure your student keeps a regular bedtime.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Establish a morning routine.
  • Ensure your students go to school every day unless they are truly sick (e.g child has a fever, is throwing up or has diarrhea versus a minor stomach ache or runny nose.)
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor's appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your student feels anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your student to school.

Please let us know how we can work with you and your family to ensure your student shows up for school on  time, every day. Like you, we want your student to be successful! If you have any questions or need more  information please contact us. If you did not receive an attendance card, please contact your school's main office to request one.
WE ARE LIVE - Join Us on Social Media!

The Baraboo School District is up and running with our NEW social media and the NEW District hashtag #AlwaysOnwardBSD!

Be the first to get weather delays and cancellations! View events LIVE! See our community partnerships in action! Be in-the-know about picture day, yearbooks, events and the great things happening at our schools each and every day!  Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to make sure you stay up-to-date on everything happening at your students' schools!

Our goal is to get to 2,000 likes/followers on Facebook by Dec. 31, 2019! At the start of this week we had 150. We are up to 400. Let's keep going!

We have been BUSY over the summer solidifying our 2019-2022 District Strategic Plan (DSP), and with the new DSP comes a fresh look and a new hashtag!

Starting in January of 2019, the District began meeting with a diverse group of community and staff stakeholders to create the 2019-2022 District Strategic Plan. The DSP serves as a guidepost for action to guarantee continuous school improvement in all of our seven school buildings. The priorities of the plan drive decision-making and allocation of resources for success.

Why #AlwaysOnwardBSD? Because we are committed to our ongoing effort to move the district forward by investing in the future, maintaining a safe environment for all students, engaging collaboratively, providing equitable access to opportunities, responding to each student's individual needs, and working together with students for positive growth.

We're Hiring!

Are you interested in a part-time position that makes a positive contribution to the community by helping students learn and grow?  We have several  Kid   Stop  Assistant positions available. 

Kid   Stop  is a childcare program designed for elementary school students entering grades K-5.  Weekly hours for these part-time positions vary, but may be up to 25 hours a week. The starting rate for these positions begins at $11.75/hour. Any early child education is preferred, but not required

View more details about the position and application instructions at
Baraboo Cub Scouts
Registration for Fall Swim Classes Now Open!

For information on rates, class times and dates, please click the links below.

For information on Fall Pool Passes (September - December), please click here!
Rainbow T-Birds Denote Safe Space

If you see a rainbow T-Bird displayed on the glass of a classroom door or window this year, it is to let students and peers know that the teacher is open to offering a listening ear and that their space is a safe space for our LGBTQ community. #AlwaysOnwardBSD
Find Your Pulse 5K Set for Sept. 14
What's New in Baraboo?
A Message from the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce:

It's impossible to sum up all that's special about Baraboo in a logo and a three-word slogan, but we gave it a shot. And we love the result.

Five partners - the City, the Village of West Baraboo, the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Baraboo Inc. and the Business Improvement District - joined forces this year to create a brand for the Baraboo Area. The goal was to develop a consistent message all stakeholders could use to promote the community. The result was the "Discover Real Baraboo" brand.

The House United, a consulting firm, was hired to help develop the brand, in tandem with a committee of local leaders. While it was challenging to fit all of Baraboo's wonders - breathtaking natural areas, fascinating historical sites, ground-breaking conservation groups and unique shopping opportunities - into a single slogan, the theme of authenticity leapt to the forefront again and again. Hence the "Discover Real Baraboo" slogan.

A logo depicting that slogan, as well as an accompanying color scheme and secondary logos, were developed and now rest in stakeholders' hands. Baraboo Area businesses can now incorporate the brand into their own marketing, creating cohesive messaging. Soon every event poster, parade banner and roadside sign will carry elements of the brand, creating an unmistakable trademark. You'll know it's from Baraboo when you see the "Discover Real Baraboo" slogan and the signature "B."

For information about the brand, contact Ben Bromley, the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce's Marketing and Tourism Coordinator, at .
Read with Desmond at the Library!
Fall Kid Stop
It's that time of year! Time to register for Kid Stop for the 2019-20 school year!

Kid Stop is a program offered to all students in the School District of Baraboo grades K-5. This program is a member of the YoungStar Program and has a 17:1 student to staff ratio.

  • Provide a dependable, affordable, quality child care program
  • Plan a variety of options to enhance the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of all children
  • Ensure a safe, supervised and structured activity time
  • Nurture, support and personally interact with children
  • Recognize and encourage the development of children's individual interests and talents
  • Provide homework assistance to those students who need it
  • Expand the use of school facilities to meet the growing needs of the community, including before school, after school and during the summer.
We provide children with the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that include: outdoor play, board games, Legos, arts/crafts projects, indoor gym games, and computer time. Children are also given the opportunity to work on homework with the support of staff. A snack and milk/juice are provided.

Gordon L Willson Elementary: Site for students attending GLW, West, or North Freedom
146 Berkley Blvd
Baraboo, WI 53913

East Elementary: Site for students attending East or ABE
815 Sixth Street
Baraboo WI 53913

Those students from ABE, North Freedom, and West who participate in the before school Kid Stop program will take a shuttle bus to their respective schools prior to the start of the school day. Students at ABE, North Freedom, and West who participate in the after school Kid Stop program will take a shuttle bus to their program location after school.

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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