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First Day of 4K
Date: September 7

West / BELC Picture Day
Date: September 12
Note: This picture day is for students at West Kindergarten Center and BELC 4K students. Students will have pictures taken at West, including 4K students.
Volunteers needed: please contact your school for more information!

GLW / East / North Freedom Picture Day
Date: September 13
Note: This picture day is for students at GLW, East Elementary and North Freedom Elementary. Students will have pictures taken at their own schools.
Volunteers needed: please contact your school for more information!

ABE / BHS Picture Day
Date: September 14
Note: This picture day is for students at Al Behrman Elementary and Baraboo High School. Students will have pictures taken at their own schools.
Volunteers needed: please contact your school for more information!

JYMS Picture Day
Date: September 17
Place: JYMS
Volunteers needed: please contact your school for more information!

BSD Volunteers Training
Date: September 20
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Place: West School, 707 Center St., Baraboo

BHS Powder Buff
Volleyball Game
Date: September 23
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS gym

BHS Powder Puff
Football Game
Date: September 24
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Football Field

BSD Volunteers Training
Date: September 24
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Place: West School, 707 Center St., Baraboo

BHS Homecoming
Steak Feed Fundraiser
Date: September 26
Time: 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Pierce's Express Market, 935 8th St., Baraboo

GLW Pee Wee
Homecoming Parade
Date: September 28
Time: 2:40 p.m.
Place: GLW

BHS Homecoming Parade
Date: September 28
TIme: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Downtown Baraboo

BHS Homecoming Dance
Date: September 29
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

BHS Parent Teacher Conferences 
Date: October 23-24
Time: 1:30-5 p.m.

No School
Date: October 26

Thanksgiving Break
- No School
Date: November 21-23

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.

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.

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.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
September 6 , 2018
The Music Video "A Whole New School"
Check out this music video, "A Whole New School," made with students Josh Hackbarth and Claire Bromley and Baraboo High School staff Mr. Jake Boll and Mr. Lawrence Gillick - an inside look at the new Baraboo High School! 

View the video here, and please consider giving it a "thumbs up" to show your appreciation of the musical talents of Ms. Claire Bromley and Mr. Josh Hackbarth!
Teachers Fill Sand Bags for Baraboo
On Aug. 30th and 31st Baraboo School District staff helped the Baraboo community by filling sandbags to assist those homes and businesses along the river in flood zones. 

We are #BarabooProud of our teachers' dedication to the district in which they work!
Kid Stop Open House Set for Tonight
The Baraboo School District's Kid Stop Program, the district's before- and after-school and summer program, will have an Open House on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 4-6 PM. Stop by East or GLW to meet the Kid Stop staff and get more information! 

JYMS Celebrates First Day of School with Field Day
Welcome Back, Baraboo Thunderbirds!

Jack Young Middle School held a field day on Tuesday with team-building activities that focused on communication, teamwork, and perseverance. Freshmen received tours of the school courtesy of the eighth grade WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) leaders.

Picture Day is On the Way!

West Students Scavenge for Bee Bucks
West Kindergarten Center held a scavenger hunt for the kindergarten and 4K students on Tuesday, Sept. 4. Students had to find a person dressed as a bee and get a bee buck and PBIS info. BELC 4k student Aubriella Timlin was Mrs. VonAsten's helper bee!
Thank You to Sponsors of the Freshman Tailgate
The Baraboo High School Link Crew will hold a Freshman Tailgate tomorrow, Sept. 7 from 4-6 p.m. for the BHS Freshmen.

There will be food, music, fitness challenges lead by PULSE fitness, the Fire Department and EMS, and lawn games with Baraboo Young Professionals.

We would like to thank the local businesses that helped make this tailgate possible by sponsoring the event:
  • Pulse Fitness
  • Baraboo Fire Department and EMS
  • Baraboo Young Professionals
  • Festival Foods
We are #BarabooProud to live in a community that supports education!
Welcome to High School, Freshmen!
Baraboo High School held a Freshmen Orientation on Friday, Aug. 31. The Class of 2022 was led by members of the BHS Link Crew and BHS staff in activities that encouraged active listening, cooperation, and getting to know each other and the school. 

Welcome to Baraboo High School, Class of 2022! And thank you to the Link Crew for the hours of preparation and hard work to make the freshmen feel welcome!

A Pot 'O Gold at the End of the Rainbow
"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." - Maya Angelou

As the old myth goes, at the end of every rainbow is a pot of gold. How appropriate, then, to see a beautiful rainbow arching from Jack Young Middle School to Baraboo High School on the first day of school, leading to the treasure of education! Welcome back, Thunderbird Nation!

Attendance Matters: Every Student. Every Day. Every Grade.
September is Attendance Awareness month, and for good reason! It's the start of the school year, so let's start it off right: with good attendance!

Research shows that poor attendance in the month of September can predict chronic absenteeism for the rest of the school year. In fact, if a student misses two days in September, they are 50% more likely to be chronically absent that school year.

Chronic absence in the Baraboo School District is defined as missing 10% of school in a school year. As there are 180 days in the school year, missing 10% means missing a total of 18 days during the year, or about 2 days a month.  These can be excused or unexcused absences.

Please take a look at the below infographic designed by the Baraboo School District on why attendance matters and what you as parents/guardians can do to help your student achieve. To get a printable copy, please click here.

Para obtener una versión en español de la infografía Attendance Matters,  haga clic aquí.

Alumni Float in Homecoming Parade
Calling all BHS Alumni! 

If your graduating class is interested in having float in the BHS Homecoming Parade on Sept. 28, please contact by Friday, Sept. 14th. There is insurance paperwork that needs to be completed. 
BHS Homecoming Steak Feed Fundraiser Set for Sept. 26
Baraboo High School Athletics Department will hold a BHS Homecoming Steak Feed on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Pierce's Express Market, 935 8th Street, Baraboo, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Meals for adults will be $9 and include a steak or chicken sandwich, coleslaw, beans and a drink. There will also be a $5 hot dog kids meal available.

All proceeds will benefit the Baraboo High School Athletic Department.

To download this flyer,  please click here. 

Check Out the Newly Revitalized BHS!
The Baraboo School District held a Phase II: Revitalize Baraboo High School Grand Opening for the newly renovated Baraboo High School on August 29 at 5 p.m., followed by Baraboo High School's Open House from 5:30-7:30 PM, complete with guided tours courtesy of the BHS Link Crew, a Selfie Station, refreshments and a first look at the new Baraboo High School!

As we mark the beginning of a revitalized Baraboo High School, we look back on the process that has gotten us to this moment. In 2011, the Baraboo School District established a Long-Range Facility Master Plan designed to be accomplished in four distinct phases. In 2014, Phase I successfully addressed urgent maintenance and security needs at all seven schools within our district.  

Following the completion of Phase I, the School Board and the Modern Community Campus Strategic Focus Group identified Baraboo High School as the District's next pressing need. We assessed the needs at Baraboo High School and asked for Baraboo's participation in prioritizing these needs in a Community-Wide Survey. 

After analyzing the results of this survey, Phase II: Revitalize Baraboo High School went to referendum on November 8, 2016, and passed with 58% of the vote.

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017 we broke ground on Phase II and for the past 15 months we have watched as our high school has been transformed from an outdated facility that didn't meet the needs of our students to a modernized community campus to be #BarabooProud of!

Baraboo High School is the final destination for every student in the Baraboo School District, and a space where every student will engage, learn and grow before setting out to succeed in the world beyond our school walls. 

We appreciate the support of the Baraboo community as we strive to create the best learning environments possible in the Baraboo School District.  We are    #Barabooproud    to live in a community that values our schools, our students, and the future of Baraboo.

To view all photos from the grand opening, click here. Photos of the new spaces coming soon!\

See the Cranes of the World!
The International Crane Foundation has  developed an Adventure Pass program in coordination with the Baraboo Public Library.  

The Adventure Pass program allows patrons of the South Central Library System to check out the pass through the Baraboo Public Library and receive free admission to the International Crane Foundation. 

The Adventure Pass program will continue through  October 31, 2018 . There are 10 passes available. Library patrons can check out the Adventure Pass for one week. The pass allows admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children, ages 6 through 17. It will not be valid for school field trips. 

The Adventure Pass program is supported in part by a grant from the Sauk County UW-Extension, Arts and Culture Committee, Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Need Gas?
The Baraboo Athletics Department is excited to announce Pierce's Express Market, located at 935 8th St, Baraboo, has  installed a pair of Thundberbird Pride gas pumps at its location. 

Pierce's will donate two cents per gallon to a variety of BHS sports and clubs for gas purchased at those two specific pumps. A different group will be selected each month as the beneficiary. Please consider supporting our programs by using these pumps.

Thank you for partnering with the Baraboo School District, Pierce's!

Registration Open for Fall Kid Stop
Kid Stop is a program offered to all students in the School District of Baraboo in  grades K-5. This program is a member of the YoungStar Program and has an 17:1  student to staff ratio. It is held in a handicapped accessible facility.

The Kid Stop is committed to:
- 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 that need this.
- 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 Kicl 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.

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

In order to best support our numerous school volunteers, we are offering volunteer trainings at West School (707 Center St.) on September 20 from 12:30-1:30 PM or September 24 from 4:00-5:00 PM. School volunteers from any of our schools are welcome to attend either of these trainings to better understand the role and dynamics of a school volunteer along with receiving some information about school district volunteer expectations.  The volunteer training is completely optional and open to all school district volunteers. 

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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