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Family Literacy Night
Date: February 28
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

Vietnam War Era
Veterans Breakfast
Date: March 1
Time: Breakfast served from 6:15-7:45 a.m. followed by a brief ceremony
Place: Baraboo High School

Let's Talk Drugs
Panel Discussion
Date: March 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Notes: Click here to register by Feb. 25; dinner will be provided

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

JYMS Referendum Open House & Tour
Date: March 19
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS commons
Note: Join us for a tour of JYMS to discuss facility needs and the April 2 referendum.

JYMS Referendum Open House & Tour
Date: March 27
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS commons
Note: Join us for a tour of JYMS to discuss facility needs and the April 2 referendum.

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

Transitions: Resource Fair
Date: April 3
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: BHS Commons
Note: This is for all middle and high school students with disabilities and their families. Dinner will be provided.

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

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.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
February 28 , 2019
GLW Kicks Cabin Fever with Winter Field Day
Last Week Gordon L Willson Elementary held a Winter Field Day to help the kids kick cabin fever. The day involved a rotation of activities, including snow play and carnival-type games like ring toss, bowling, and ping pong toss. Students had fun socializing and competing, while also practicing skills like taking turns and patience while waiting for their next turn.

Phase III: Revitalize Jack Young Middle School Goes to Referendum Vote on April 2
Since 2012, the Baraboo School District has been working to assess, prioritize and renovate its facilities, following a comprehensive Long-Range Facilities Master Plan. The District first completed a series of district-wide safety, security and maintenance upgrades in 2015, followed by the revitalization of key spaces at Baraboo High School in 2018.

Baraboo School District will seek residents' approval to borrow $41.7 million to repair, modernize and expand Jack Young Middle School as Phase III in the Long-Range Facilities Master Plan.

Built in 1976, Jack Young Middle School last received an addition in 1997. The proposed facilities referendum addresses Jack Young Middle School's most significant issues:
Repair Aging Infrastructure
Modernize Outdated Teaching and Learning Spaces
Expand Undersized Common Areas

For more information, please click here to visit our website or click here to view our Referendum Fact Sheet.
ABE Decorates Doors For Read Across America Week
This week our schools are celebrating a district-wide Read Across America week of fun! On Monday our classes got in the festive spirit with "Classroom Door Decorating."  Students in Ms. Liebetrau's 3rd grade class at Al Behrman Elementary had so much fun helping decorate their classroom door!  Other ABE classrooms got creative by displaying their favorite books, telling passers-by why they love to read, becoming Thing 1 and Thing 2 and more!

BELC Hosts Family Math Night
Thank you to families who attended the BELC Family Math Night at West on February 21. Students and families engaged in a variety of fun, hands-on math activities and left with some good door prizes, too. Thanks to all who made it another fun night with 4K families!

March Brings Family Swim Nights at the Indoor Pool!

Who Inspires You?
Each Wednesday on the Nighthawk news, the Social Justice Club at Al Behrman Elementary highlights a well known person who is inspirational. Al Behrman Elementary students also have the opportunity to recognize someone who is influential to them (i.e. a teacher, family member, friend) and tell why that person is inspirational. Students fill out a form and those forms are read on the Nighthawk News and then posted in the hallway. Students have recognized their friends, teachers, family and even pets! So Baraboo Community.....Who inspires YOU!? 
Family Literacy Night Set for Feb. 28
NF Jumps for Health
North Freedom Students learn Jump Roping skills in Phy Ed with Mrs. Brownell.
Baraboo Brings Home the Trophies in 4th Annual Chess Tournament
The 4th Annual Baraboo Chess Tournament took place on February 16th at Baraboo High School. A total of 62 players came to compete from seven different cities. In the K-12 section, Baraboo High School Chess Club members Mychal Hainz and Merek Johnson individually won 4th and 5th place respectively and also clinched 2nd place team. The East Elementary school team of Evan Eilertson, Isaiah Romano-Thompson and Jedric Zech won 1st place in the K-5 division, with Jedric getting 1st individually and Isaiah 3rd. The tournament was directed by Joseph Zech with BHS teacher Mr.Rhode assisting.
First Weber Presents $5,000 to Baraboo Athletics
On February 22nd the First Weber office in Baraboo provided Baraboo High School Athletics Department with a check for $5,000, which included a $2,500 matching grant from the First Weber Foundation from the 2018 Steak Feed. 
NF 5th Graders Skype-A-Scientist
The 5th graders from North Freedom Elementary participated in their second Skype-a-Scientist on February 26th.  Mrs. Shafer's class kick-started their next Science unit with an hour-long discussion with astrophysicist Angela Speck who graduated from the University of London and is now a professor at the University of Missouri. 

Speck's areas of research include stardust, matter, and eclipses, but the 5th graders quickly learned that her wealth of knowledge extends much farther than that as they were given answers to questions about black holes, the formation of the planets, gravity, constellations and more!
Indoor Pool is Now Accepting Applications

Got Sole? Donate to the BHS Shoe Drive!

District Plan for Instructional Minutes
The following instructional days/hours/minutes have been missed when school was closed due to inclement weather during the 2018/19 school year:
Full Day, Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Full Day, Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Full Day, Monday, January 28, 2019
Full Day, Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Full Day, Wednesday, January 30th,
Full Day, Thursday, January 31st,
Full Day, Thursday, February 7, 2019
Full Day, Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Full Day, Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In order to meet the minimum annual school year requirements of the State of Wisconsin to guarantee receipt of State aids, the Administration is implementing the following school calendar revisions for students (Click here for a printable version):

West Students Awarded for "Bee"-ing Great!
The West Kindergarten Center continues to reinforce positive student behavior with students in different ways each day.  We recognize Sebastian Anderson, Akira Zweck, Ariana Ramnarace and Matilda Willer for this week's BEE Great Award at West.  These students have truly exemplified the West Cool Tools of "Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being Safe" Each week, West staff will continue to recognize a different student from each classroom for this awesome recognition.  Thank you to our families for all of their continued positive support at West.

NHS Reads to ABE for Read Across America Week
Baraboo High School National Honor Society students read with students from ABE during Read Across America Week.

NHS students were divided amongst the classrooms. Some read to individual students, some read to the whole class, and some read with small groups of students. These service hours are a fun way to give back to our school district.   # Barabooproud to see our youngest students and our oldest students come together to share their love of reading. 

Attention all Baseball Players 8U-14U!
Baraboo Reads Community Book Read
Vietnam War Era Veterans Breakfast Set for March 1
Time To Nominate: Teacher of the Year
The School District of Baraboo has announced the opening of nominations for the Excellence in Education Award (EIEA) and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award (DETA) programs for the 2018-'19 school year.  The EIEA award is sponsored by the BHS Graduating Class of 1956 and the DETA award is sponsored by Mr. Andrew Hauge. The Class of 1956 and Mr. Hauge have established endowment funds with the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation for the purpose of financing all costs associated with the award programs. The purpose of the award programs is to recognize and honor outstanding teachers in the Baraboo School District who have distinguished themselves as exemplary teachers and who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and dedication to the young people of the Baraboo community. The recipients of these annual awards will be announced near the end of the current school year at  special award ceremonies.

The recipients of the awards, who will be chosen by a five-member selection committee of retired teachers, community members and school district officials, will receive a framed honorary certificate and a stipend to be used for a professional development or educational enrichment activity which will enhance the teacher's knowledge, skills and classroom effectiveness. In addition, the winning teacher's name for the EIEA, which is given to a secondary teacher in the Baraboo School District, will be engraved on a large bronze plaque which hangs in the Media Center of Baraboo High School. The plaque is inscribed with a tribute to the former teachers of the Class of '56 who, "taught, guided and inspired" them during their years at Baraboo Junior High and Baraboo Senior High School.

To be eligible for these awards a teacher must be:
  • Licensed and certified by the State of Wisconsin
  • Employed as a full-time teacher by the District
  • Planning to return as a full-time teacher in this District for the next school year
The Selection Committee will judge candidates based on the following criteria:
  • Mastery of sound classroom instructional skills
  • Use of initiative, creativity and innovation in teaching techniques
  • Motivational and leadership skills with students and colleagues
  • Involvement in school organizations and activities
  • Involvement in professional organizations, seminars and continuing education
  • Positive relationships with superiors, colleagues, students and parents
The School District is now seeking nominations for the Excellence in Education Award (middle school and high school educators)  and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award for 2017.  Nominations may be made by a teacher colleague, an administrator, a parent of a student or a current or former student.  Nomination forms may be obtained on the District's website: or at any district school building.  Submitting a nomination will also require that the nominator write a letter in support of the nominee.  Guidelines for writing such a letter will be included with the nomination form.  Nomination forms must be received at East Elementary School 815 Sixth Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913 by Friday, March 9, 2018, to be valid. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Molly Fitzgerald at East Elementary, 608-355-3920.

The Baraboo Book Nook: February
The Baraboo Book Nook: 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: Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School
Author: Janet Halfmann
Illustrator: London Lad (Lee & Low Books)
For: Elementary readers
Summary: Born into slavery, Lilly Ann secretly learned to read and write from her master's children-and then read everything she could get her hands on. Wishing to share her knowledge with others, she secretly taught hundreds of other enslaved people despite the great risks.
Best Fiction for Young Adults 2019 Top Ten
In honor of the upcoming Read Across America Week (February 25-March 1), here is a list of must-reads in fiction for young adults in 2019!

For a summary of these books and more information, please click here.

What's Happening at the Baraboo Public Library?
Keep Your Info Up-to-Date!
NEW Interactive Safety Resource Available!
The Department of Justice Office of School Safety would like to share Interact, a new resource from DOJ's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and DPI, in honor of  Safer Internet Day 2019.

Interact is an online, interactive e-course created for parents and guardians to complete with their children with the goal of sparking basic online safety discussions in the home. This 30 minute module provides parents with the opportunity to review their own tech use to set a good example; interactive activities to complete alongside their children; and follow-up resources and activities to keep the discussions going. 

This e-course gives parents the opportunity to set themselves up as the trusted adult in their child's life. If the child sees something online they don't understand or that makes them uncomfortable, they know they have someone to reach out to. The e-course even provides some ideas on how to start and continue these discussions, along with some bonus tips to help break the ice on awkward topics!
Be your child's trusted adult. Interact, and stay safe!

Visit and click the Interact tab to access the e-course, along with numerous other resources for online safety.
The interact program was created by the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to help keep kids safe online.

Baraboo's Backpack Project Now Accepting Applications
The Backpack Project is now accepting applications for this friendly, supportive and confidential program. 

Applications are available by clicking here.  Income guidelines are provided on the application, as well as other qualifiers such as severe debilitating illness, grandparents raising grandchildren and foster families.

Donations of school supplies, backpacks and monetary donations are being accepted. To donate or if you have questions, contact Becky at 608-963-8230 or email
JYMS 2019 Spring Swimming Intramurals

Baraboo Public Library Invites Upham Woods

Buy Pizza: Support the Class of 2020!

4K  (and new to Baraboo 5K students)  Registration for 2019-20
4K Registration for 2019-20
The 4-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) Registration within the Baraboo School District for the 2019-20 school year will be any time between 7:00 am. and 4:00 pm. on Tuesday, April 2nd at East Elementary (815 6th Street, Baraboo) if your child turns 4-years-old by no later than Sept. 1, 2019.  (Please bring your child's birth certificate to 4K registration along with proof of residency). You may contact District Registrar, Kristine Snow, at 608-355-3955 or with registration questions or you can visit her at the district office at 423 Linn Street, Baraboo to register for 4K after April 2.  You are invited to discover more about 4K in Baraboo by accessing the 4K videos found at the following website: Baraboo 4K Curriculum & Instruction .

The 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) program also known as BELC (Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative) will be beginning it's 12th year of programming in the fall of 2019.  Please note that BELC is a half-day program for 3.17 hours on 4 days (M, T, Th & F) each week with many parent outreach opportunities. Our BELC AM session runs from 7:55-11:05 am., and our BELC PM session runs from 11:50 am. - 3:00 pm.  Any 4K student would need to qualify for transportation based on the location of their residence outside of the Baraboo city limits, and 4K transportation is only provided during our afternoon sessions. We do not typically offer a second year of BELC to an individual student as 4K is meant to be a one-year program for all of our students.  

Please contact Dr. Chris Olson, BELC/West Principal, at 608-355-3906 or at any time with 4K questions regarding the 2019-20 school year.  Thank you for working to give your child a great start with their educational career by registering him/her for 4K.  We look forward to working with your family!

5K Registration for 2019-20
If you have a child that will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2019 and your child is not currently enrolled in BELC (4K) in 2018-19, please register your child at East Elementary (815 6th Street) on Tuesday, April 2.  Please bring your child's birth certificate to 5K registration along with proof of residency. You may contact District Registrar, Kristine Snow, at 608-355-3955 or with registration questions or you can visit her at the district office at 423 Linn Street, Baraboo to register for 5K after April 2.

If you have a child that will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2019 and your child is currently enrolled within BELC (4K) in 2018-19, you do not need to attend the 5K registration at East on April 2.  Your family can register online for 5K any time after April 1 from the district website ( ).   Please call 608-355-3955 with any questions.

Now Hiring: Guest Teachers
The School District of Baraboo is hiring guest (substitute) teachers for all levels (4K-12). The starting rate is $110 per day! 

Candidates must either be a teacher or substitute teacher licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). For information on how to apply for a substitute teaching license, visit the DPI website. 

Interested candidates should apply through the Wisconsin Education Career Access Network (WECAN) or by completing an employment application and submitting to Human Resources. More information can be found here:

Recent Policy Updates
Dear Students, Parents, and Staff~ 

The School District of Baraboo recently revised several policies regarding discrimination, harassment and bullying. We are providing a link to these newly revised policies and we encourage you to review them and contact us with any questions. We also want everyone to know that the Title IX coordinator for the School District of Baraboo is Michele Yates-Wickus, and she can be reached at (608) 355-3950 ext. 1530, or at the District Administration Building, 423 Linn Street, Baraboo.    

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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