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3rd Annual Luminary Walk
Date: October 18
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary School

Family Swim Night
Date: October 21
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo Indoor Pool, JYMS
Note: $10 for the entire family every Sunday in October 

BHS Parent Teacher Conferences 
Date: October 23
Time: 4-7:30 p.m.
Place: BHS

BHS Parent Teacher Conferences 
Date: October 23
Time: 1:30-5 p.m.
Place: BHS

No School
Date: October 26

Harvest Hoedown Fundraiser
Date: October 27
Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Place: Wild Rose Ranch, Baraboo WI
Notes: Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the Baraboo River Equine Assisted Therapies, Inc.

T-Bird Terror
Haunted Corn Maze
Date: October 27
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Place: Leatherberry Acres
Notes: $12/person ($10 with student ID)

Family Swim Night
Date: October 28
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo Indoor Pool, JYMS
Note: $10 for the entire family every Sunday in October 

Class of '22 Tip Night
at Pizza Ranch
Date: October 29
Time: 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Place: Pizza Ranch
Notes: Help the Freshman Class in fundraising!

BHS Winter Sports
Parent Meeting
Date: October 30
Time: 6 PM
Place: BHS

Thanksgiving Break
- No School
Date: November 21-23

ACT Prep
Date: December 1
Place: Baraboo High School
Notes: This is optional for all juniors at Baraboo High School

Winter Break - No School
Date: Dec. 24 - Jan. 1

Elementary Winter
P/T Conferences
Date: March 13 / March 14
Time: 1:30-4 p.m. / 4-7 p.m.

Second Annual
Food for Kidz Event
Date: March 30
Place: Baraboo High School gym

No School
Date: January 25

Spring Break - No School
Date: April 15 - 19

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 27

Last Day of School
Date: June 6
Note: This will be a full day of school

Food for Kidz
Date: March 30


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.

Ages 9 and older. For more information, contact Ginger Clark at   608 963-8127.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
October 18, 2018
Get the Facts on Facebook LIVE!
Join us at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 22 as we discuss the next phases of our long-range Facility Master Plan in a Facebook Live broadcast. 

Discussion topics will include:
Baraboo High School
  • Insufficient gym space
  • Agriculture classroom does not meet demands of program
Jack Young Middle School
  • Repair and Maintenance
    • non-ADA compliant ramp
    • HVAC
    • Electrical and plumbing 
    • Aged lighting, flooring and ceilings
  • Teaching and Learning Spaces
    • Fabric walls
    • Add classroom to meet demands of current and future enrollment 
    • No privacy in Student Services
  • Common Spaces
    • Cafeteria, commons, and kitchen operating at capacity
    • Outdated library
    • Non-ADA compliant bleachers in gym
    • Current gym size does not accommodate entire student body

"Almost, Maine" - Anything But Common!
The Baraboo High School English department presented "Almost, Maine," a romantic comedy by John Cariani, in the new BHS commons area on Oct. 12-14! 

In the play, originally produced in 2010, a woman carries her heart, broken into nineteen pieces, in a small paper bag. A man shrinks to half his former size, after losing hope in love. A couple keep the love they have given each other in large red bags, or compress the mass into the size of a diamond. 

These playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of John Cariani's "Almost, Maine," where on one deeply cold and magical Midwinter Night, the citizens of Almost -- not organized enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness -- experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers. Propelled by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis and populated with characters who are humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere, "Almost, Maine" is a series of loosely connected tales about love, each with a compelling couple at its center, each with its own touch of sorcery.

Congratulations to an amazing cast and crew for an anything-but-common performance!

We Want to Hear From You!
The Baraboo School District is in the process of defining the scope and timing of the next phase of the long-range Facility Master Plan. This week, all Baraboo residents should have received a survey in your mailbox. We are asking you to take the survey to give us feedback on what you think the next set of priorities are for our facilities.

To take the survey by Nov. 5, visit and enter the access code on the survey you received in the mail. If you have more than one adult in your household, please contact the district office at 608-355-3950 ext. 1020 for additional access codes.

To collect this feedback, we are working with School Perceptions LLC, an independent firm with expertise in conducting community surveys. All survey data is returned to School Perceptions and will remain confidential.

Survey results will be reported at a School Board meeting this fall. Results will also be posted on the District website . Your thoughts and those of your neighbors will shape the future of our school district and community, and create the best future for our young people.

We are very thankful for our community's ongoing support of our schools, including the approval of the 2016 referendum. This funding allowed the district to update and revitalize Baraboo High School, which was the second phase of our long-range Facility Master Plan. We are happy to report that these projects were completed on-time and within budget! In fact, the tax impact of the referendum was almost 10% less than expected due to responsible spending and securing of a lower interest rate.

Click here for an informational fact sheet. There will also be several opportunities for more information in the upcoming week. Watch our Facebook LIVE presentation or attend one of the meetings at
Parent Teacher Conferences.
Bucket Drumming Begins at GLW, North Freedom
Mrs. Heil's fifth grade students at Gordon L. Willson Elementary and North Freedom Elementary  started bucket drumming club this week!

Students will practice drumming and rhythm skills, as well as teamwork, during their time together. Students meet one lunch recess a week. They will start by learning basic bucket drumming technique and will work towards creating arrangements to play with songs the students help to choose!
T-Bird Tip of the Week: Social Media Awareness for Students
Parents, talk to your students about each weekly tip. Students, be mindful of your online identity. Let's start the conversation!

T-Bird Tip of the Week: Report It, Don't Support It

Most students agree that they are against bullying, but many do not know what to do about it. As a bystander, you are playing a role in the bullying. You can choose to make things better or worse. You might wonder, "How can I be a bystander if the bullying is not happening in front of me?" You are a bystander if you read it, see it, or hear about it.

Some examples of how bystanders support cyber bullying:
  • Seeing the bullying online and doing nothing.
  • Participating and going along with the bully.
  • Calling people and telling them to log on to see the comments or pictures.
  • Talking to others about it or laughing about it.
  • Commenting on wall posts, pictures, or messages in a way that encourages the bully.
  • Forwarding messages, emails, instant messaging chats, tests, etc.
As a bystander you have a choice to take actions when you see or hear about cyberbullying. By knowing what cyberbullying is and the hurtful effects it can have on the victim, you can change your behavior from encouraging the bully to helping the victim.

Below are specific actions you can take when you see cyberbullying. Not all of these ideas may work best for you. Choose actions that you are most comfortable doing.

1. Responding to the bullying online. You can stand up for the victim online by telling others what they are doing or saying is hurtful. Do so in a neutral or positive way; Say that you do not agree with the bully; Use positive comments about the victim; Do not engage in arguments, commenting wars, or act aggressively as this will fuel the drama.

2. Talk to the victim. This will let the victim know that someone cares.

3. Help save evidence. If the victim decides she is going to report the bullying, they will need evidence to show what happened. First, ask the victim if they want help keeping copies or notes, texts, emails, etc. Offer to save all of the information for them so they not have to look at it.

4. Offer to be Cyber Free. The best thing the victim can do is to stay off of the websites, phone, or email that they were bullied on. Doing this with a friend will give them an incentive to stay off social networking sites for a week or two.

5. Make positive comments. When someone has been bullied, it feels good to know that others are thinking about them in a positive way. Send positive happy text messages through the day; Write nice notes; Leave positive comments on the wall of social media profiles.

6. Tell an adult, encourage them to tell an adult. Offer to go with her; Offer to do the talking if she feels uncomfortable.

Click here to see all T-Bird Tip of the Week posts  or search for previous posts on Facebook and Twitter using #TBirdTipTuesday. 
Realtors Tour Baraboo High School
The Baraboo School District held a Realtor Breakfast on October 16, 2018 for local realtors  in the Baraboo area.  

Seventeen realtors joined District Superintendent Dr. Lori Mueller and Baraboo High School principal Glenn Bildsten in the newly revitalized Baraboo High School library. The meeting focused on how our district and our local realtors can network together to attract families to the Baraboo Community and inform current families on what is happening within the district and within each individual school. Among topics discussed were:
  • Baraboo School District: By The Numbers
  • The Baraboo School District's Mission
  • The Baraboo School District's Core Beliefs
  • The Baraboo School District's Strategic Plan
    • Personalized Learning
    • Community Partnerships
    • Maximizing Potential of Learners and Educators
    • Modernized Community Campus
  • Highlights of our progress
    • Phase I: security and maintenance within each of our schools
    • Phase II: Revitalize Baraboo High School
  • Next steps in defining the scope and timing of Phase III
The realtors received a tour of the newest spaces at Baraboo High School - an extra treat to get to see the spaces in use by students!

West Garden Grant is Approved!
The West Kindergarten Center has been selected to receive a Project Learning Garden (PLG), a garden based education grant program from the Captain Planet Foundation.   In partnership with  Dole Packaged Foods and Festival Foods , the Project Learning Garden will provide students and teachers the following items at West to support our school garden efforts during the second semester:
  • Raised garden beds or a $500 Garden Enhancement gift card 
  • Professional development for teachers and for school garden teams
  • Access to standards-aligned lessons and curriculum/science supplies to teach those lessons and take learning outdoors
  • Fully-equipped mobile cooking cart
  • Colorful, interpretive garden signs 
A big thank you to West teacher Tiffany Kortbein and West neighbor George Buchanan for their contributions to our approved garden grant at West!
BHS Winter Sports Parent Meeting
The Winter Sport Parents Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in the BHS Gym. The general session will begin at 6 p.m. Individual sport meetings will follow at 6:30 p.m.  Students do not need to attend these meetings. If you need help registering your child for a winter sport or paying fees you should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. If your son or daughter was out for a fall sport you do not need to register online again, just sign up with the coach or Mrs. Teasdale. If your child was not out for a fall sport, you will need to register your child in the Parent Portal , under the HS Winter Sports Registration Link . Fees can be paid online or with a check or cash in the high school office. W.I.A.A. physicals dated April 1, 2017 or after are good for this school year. If you are not sure if your son/daughter will need a physical, please contact Renee Teasdale at 355-3940, Ext. 2022.

Volleyball Team Shows Teamwork Off the Court
The Baraboo High School Varsity Volleyball team spent last Friday's "practice" giving back to our community and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. 

They had fun using their teamwork skills off the court, all while working together to support a great cause!
Need Your Leaves Raked? Key Club Can Help!

North Freedom Students Get a Lesson on the Lake
North Freedom Elementary School's  2nd, 3rd and 5th graders went canoeing on Mirror Lake State Park on Thursday, October 18th.  Canoe g uide, Gary Williams, is from the Summer Outdoor Adventure Club, Inc., and has worked with North Freedom Elementary for 12 years. 

All canoeing trips were made possible by funds donated to teacher Rochelle Van Den Heuvel from a former organization called Youth Environmental Programs of Sauk County. The funds are marked for environmental education with an emphasis on increasing life-long interest and passion for the outdoors, which is exactly what teachers at NF Elementary hoped this new experience would bring to their students.  

Many students were new to canoeing and exploring on the water, which was evident as students strapped on their life jackets and nervously stepped into the large canoe. Gary taught them about limestone, lake plants, insects, and how to quietly observe their surroundings - quite possibly the most difficult part of the experience!  

Send the T-Birds Off in Style!
Baraboo High School's varsity football team celebrated an epic win over Reedsburg last week during the Old River Jug game, with a final score of 14-Baraboo, 12-Reedsburg. There was a lot at stake over this game, which is the most played high school football rivalry in Wisconsin with the series tied at 62-62-6 going into it's 130th meeting. Not only did the winner get the coveted Old River Jug, but the winner also qualified for the WIAA Playoffs!

Tomorrow, the Thunderbirds will take on the Warriors in Waunakee.  Community members are invited and encouraged to show their support for the varsity football team as they depart for their playoff game! A tunnel of supporters will be formed for the players to walk through as they board the bus. 

If you'd like to participate, please meet by the Draper Street gate to Beryl Newman Stadium at 4:15 to join the group of Thunderbird fans!

Phase III Informational Meetings During PT Conferences
The Baraboo School District will hold informational meetings on the next steps in the district's long-range Facility Master Plan during Parent/Teacher Conferences next week. 

We will address the remaining needs at Baraboo High School and the Repair and Maintenance, Teaching and Learning and Common Spaces needs at Jack Young Middle School.

Please join us at one of the following times:
October 24
  • Jack Young Middle School @ 3 p.m.
  • Al Behrman Elementary @ 4 p.m.
  • Baraboo High School @ 5 p.m.
October 25
  • East Elementary @ 5:30 p.m.
  • Gordon L. Willson Elementary @ 6:30 p.m.
We will also hold an informational presentation on FACEBOOK LIVE on Monday, Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m. Watch it live, or watch it at your convenience, but please watch it and get the facts!  PT
Culver's Night to Benefit JYMS Athletics

Families Swim for JUST $10 on Sundays in October!

Youth Wrestling Registration Set for Nov. 13
Baraboo Youth Wrestling (K-8) registration will be from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Baraboo High School commons.

Baraboo Youth Wrestling is focused on having fun, promoting physical activity, and teaching the basic fundamentals to the advanced techniques of wrestling.
A.  Beginners - 1 night a week (K-2)
  • 12 Weeks:  Monday's 5:45-6:45 pm (November 26th-March 5)
  • Cost:  $70 (includes USA Wrestling Membership Card)
B.  Intermediate/Advance - 2 nights a week (3-5th grade)
  • 15 Weeks:  Tuesday's/Thursday's 5:45-7:15pm (Nov 26th - March 15)
  • Cost:  $85 (includes USA Wrestling Membership Card)
  • Will include cross-fit training in the high school's new fitness classrooms
C.  Middle School Club Team (6th-8th grade)
  • 10 Weeks: (Jan. 3rd- March 14) Tuesdays/Thursdays 5:45-7:15pm
  • Cost:  $75 (includes USA Wrestling Membership Card)
  • Will include cross-fit training in the high school's new fitness classrooms
Family Resource Night Set for Nov. 8
Dear Baraboo School District 4K, Early Childhood & K-5 Families:

We invite your entire family to join us for any portion of our first ever Family Resource Night from 5:30-7:00 PM at West School (707 Center St., Baraboo) on Thursday, Nov. 8.  There will be 3 classrooms of staff-supervised games, movies & activities available on this night for any children that you might bring along. The Baraboo Public Library is bringing along their Lego and Duplo bricks for the kids! The goals of the Family Resource Night are to create more connectedness between families and available resources within Baraboo and to support families to better meet their overall needs in order to also support student learning.

On Family Resource Night, we would invite parents to join us in the West gym from 5:30-6:30 PM on November 8 while their children have fun in the staff-supervised classrooms.   We will provide light snacks and beverages for everyone.  Each of the community resources listed below will share handouts and a brief 3-5 minute overview of what they can offer families/students.  Parents are welcome to then meet individually with any of the the special visitors from the community in the West gym anytime between 6:30-7:00 PM. if specific questions arise.  Parents would pick up their child from the classroom by 7:00 PM.

Again, please note that ALL district 4K families, Early Childhood families and K-5 families are each invited.   Please RSVP to or 608-355-3905 anytime before Oct. 25th if you plan to join us on November 8 and tell us how many adults and children will attend.  Please contact us with questions at any time.  We hope that you can join us!

Yours in Education,

Dr. Chris Olson, West/BELC Principal &
BELC (4K) & West Teams

Special Visitors on Family Resource Night at West (707 Center St.) on Thursday, November 8
Tuscania Memorial Unveiling Set for Nov. 10

We're Hiring!
Looking for part-time work? Need flexible hours? Look no further!!

The Baraboo School District is seeking candidates for substitute custodial positions for the 2018-19 school year.  The starting rate is $11.09/hr. 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.

Baraboo School District Offers Volunteer Training
The Baraboo School District continues to welcome volunteers within each of our schools. 

Thank you to our many school volunteers and community partners for all of the ways in which you support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.

For more information on volunteering in our District, please click here.
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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