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JYMS Food Drive
Dates: Nov. 4-15

No School 
Dates: Nov. 27-29

JYMS Winter Band Concert
Date: December 9
6th grade @ 5:30 PM
7th grade @ 6:30 PM
Jazz & 8th Grade @ 7:30PM

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

Winter Parent Teacher Conferences
Date: January 23

Family Literacy Night
Date: March 12
Place: Baraboo High School

Spring Break
Date: March 23-27

West/GLW Family Math Night
Date: April 2
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: GLW

No School
Date: April 10

BHS Fine Arts Night
Date: April 22
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: BHS commons

West Stay and Play
Date: May 4
Time: 3-4 p.m. 
Place: West Kindergarten Center

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 25

West Spring Sing
and Family Picnic
Date: May 27
Time: Spring Sing - 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Family Picnic - 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. 
Place: West

BHS Graduation
Date: May 29


To nominate a student for the BHS Senior Spotlight, email a brief write-up with the student's first and last name and an explanation of why you are nominating the senior to Holly Henderson.

Submissions must include at least one photograph.

Please enter "SENIOR SPOTLIGHT" in the subject field of the email.

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: My Name is Bilal
Author:  Asma Mobin-Uddin
Illustrated by: Barbara Kiwak
For: Elementary Readers
Summary:  A brother and sister are the only Muslim students at their school. When the sister is teased for wearing a headscarf, Bilal finds the courage to stand up for her.

Why this book? October is Bullying Awareness Month. One of the best ways to prevent bullying is to help students stand up for each other. 


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
November 7, 2019
GLW Welcomes Ho-Chunk for All-School Assembly
On November 5, Gordon L. Willson Elementary welcomed members of the Ho-Chunk Nation for an all-school presentation. 

The Ho-Chunk talked about their culture, explaining different aspects of Ho-Chunk regalia, including the symbolism of using eagle feathers and the process of making deer hide clothing and intricate beadwork. Students learned that bear claws and porcupine quills were also used in traditional regalia. 

Next, students learned about the different types of Ho-Chunk dances and saw demonstrations both by the Ho-Chunk guests and their very own classmates! Ho-Chunk students were invited to dance with the guests while fellow students cheered them on, then invited more student volunteers to join. The fun culminated when GLW teachers were asked to join the drum circle and the Ho-Chunk dancers!

Ariana Macias Featured as Senior Spotlight
"I am nominating Ariana Macias for senior spotlight. This is the fourth year I have had the opportunity to coach Ari as a varsity cheerleader, she is a wonderful role model, leader, friend and athlete and has been an irreplaceable member of our team. Not only is she an incredible athlete she is also an incredible student. She has a 3.6 GPA, and is involved in a plethora of extra curricular activities including Student Council, FBLA, chamber Choir, musicals and interact. I often wonder how she has enough time in the day to accomplish and excel at all of the things that she does. She is an example of a model student and has more Thunderbird Pride than anyone I know." 
- Nominated by Morgan Carroll

To nominate a student for the BHS Senior Spotlight, email a brief write-up with the student's first and last name and an explanation of why you are nominating the senior to Holly HendersonSubmissions must include at least one photograph. Please enter "SENIOR SPOTLIGHT" in the subject field of the email.

4K Students Engage in Author Study!
Ms. Amanda Okello's 4K students at Children's Day Center have spent the week engaging in an author study of Byron Barton. They have been introduced to "author" and "illustrator" as vocabulary words, discussed the parts of a car after reading the book  My Carand made predictions of where a child may be traveling to after reading the book  Airport

The students' hands-on learning was on display after reading the book  Dinosaurs, DinosaursOur students built their own dinosaurs with play-doh, designed their own dinosaurs with snap-together toys, and created their own habitat for dinosaurs with kinetic sand, rocks and other materials in their sensory table. 

East Students Engage In STEM Activities
Last week Mrs. Martin's fifth grade class began using STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) bins in the classroom as a learning extension and indoor recess activity. 

Students used a variety of building materials including base ten blocks, wooden cubes, magnet tiles, dominoes and pattern blocks to complete building challenges and activities. Students have enjoyed generating multiple solutions to specific structural problems, such as building a bridge that can hold weight, and applying their abilities to think divergently and inventively. 

They look forward to continuing to use these STEM bins in the classroom as a fun, educational challenge.

What's Happening at West?
What's happening at West? A lot! Our youngest learners are hard at work, from writer's workshop to polydrons to guest readers, these students' days are packed full of fun and educational experiences. 
New Medical Service Being offered at Baraboo School District
The School District of Baraboo is partnering with Dr. Karen Ailsworth, MD, who is a board-certified pediatrician and has a special interest in pediatric mental health.

Dr. Ailsworth will be offering clinic visits at Baraboo High School and Jack Young Middle School  every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students who are needing assistance with issues such as ADHD, depression and anxiety. The benefit is that your student will not need to leave the school for an appointment. (Parents will need to attend the 1st appointment with student to sign paperwork and consents.)  Visits will include a medical evaluation and possible prescription assistance. She strives to make her health care affordable -- Dr. Ailsworth's clinical model is based on Direct Primary Care. She does not accept insurance -- ask about sliding scale payments. This greatly reduces cost, as well as interference in your health by third parties.  

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact Dr. Ailsworth directly at 608-352-3233  or one of the school nurses.

Karen Ailsworth, MD Bio Dr. Ailsworth has a holistic approach: She believes environment, school, and family all have a role in maximizing mental and emotional well-being of children and youth. She states, "I am excited about working in the Baraboo High School because of the proximity of school staff, which will make communication with school staff and students easier. I work in the same part of the building as student services, so we really can work as a team".  Dr. Ailsworth has two children and a husband.
NF Teacher Joins Scholastic Teacher Advisors in NYC
After being selected as a Scholastic Teacher Advisor earlier this year and traveling to New York in March, North Freedom 5th grade teacher Mrs. Shafer expected the rest of her work with Scholastic to be long distance. But on November 1st, she was on an airplane again and headed to Scholastic headquarters for another day of amazing opportunities. Mrs. Shafer and the other advisors were able to meet with Judy Newman, president of Scholastic Book Clubs, to discuss a new reward program for families. This meeting was followed by a conversation with CEO Dick Robinson, lunch in the newly renovated Clifford's Cafe, and a quick photoshoot on the rooftop of the building. To top off this incredible weekend, Mrs. Shafer was able to join the other advisors in cheering on one of their members as she completed the New York City Marathon.

JYMS Students Dissect Science Fiction
Seventh grade students at Jack Young Middle School have started a science fiction literature circle unit. They are reading amazing books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, Among the Hidden, Ender's Game, and The House of the Scorpion.

On October 31 and November 1, students had a chance to become doctors and perform a character autopsy to peel back the layers of the character they are meeting in their books.

The 7th grade Language Arts team had students create "character auto psies" based on their science fiction literature circle books. Students were able to get into the activity by wearing gloves and putting on name tags that introduced them as doctors. Students drew their character and then "dissected" the character to figure out what their hopes and dreams were.

Students talked about what the characters often hold in their hands, as well as metaphorically hold on to and keep close to them. We talked about character's perspective and how they view the world from their eyes. Our "doctors" did a great job diving deeper into their books!

East Welcomes Mayor Palm
The Mayor of Baraboo, Mr. Mike Palm, visited Mrs. Helbing's 3rd graders at East School to talk about all things Baraboo! He is one of our Baraboo Classroom Community Connections, and it is so much fun to learn from him. The kids were amazed to hear about all of the things that the City of Baraboo is in charge of doing for us, and had fun asking Mayor Palm all sorts of questions. Thanks for visiting!

Board Member Honored During Rural Schools Conference
Baraboo School Board member Doug Mering was honored with the Rural Advocacy Award by the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping address challenges faced by rural school districts, at the annual Rural Schools Conference on October 28, 2019.

The Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance was formed to help rural school districts address the unique issues that affect rural schools as they seek to achieve the highest quality education for e very student. Members include a cross-section of administrators, educators, school board members, post-secondary representatives, rural community members, business leaders, and other concerned individuals who want a strong voice for rural education.

WiRSA presents the rural awards annually at their Fall Conference to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to rural education.

We are grateful for the dedication of our Board of Education members to our schools and our community. Congratulations, Mr. Mering, and thank you for your ongoing support of the School District of Baraboo! 
BHS Sends 22 Students to MADMUN
Twenty-two students from the Baraboo High School's Model United Nations team participated in the MADMUN Conference on Saturday, November 2nd. 

Joe Bullock represented the US in the Security Council and won Best Delegate, which is the highest award you can win within each committee. Reese Sherman won Honorable Mention while representing Bangladesh in the UNESCAP. She is a freshman and this was her first conference. Being recognized as a freshman and first timer is a massive achievement! 

West Awards Students for BEE-ing Great!
The West Kindergarten Center continues to reinforce positive student behavior with students in different ways each day. We recognize Braxton Grefe, Livia Meyer and Jessie Wells for last 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.
4K Students Celebrate Fall
Ms. Funfsinn's afternoon 4K class at East Elementary School celebrated the beginning of fall with a Fall Party. The class explored the scientific properties of pumpkin slime, practiced early math skills while sorting their snack, crafted some cool bat hats and played other fall-themed games!  

GLW Book Drive Brings in 600+ Books
Gordon L. Willson Elementary's fall book drive brought in more than 600 books from the gracious GLW community; nearly 200 of these books were chapter books and more than 400 picture books were received.

Each book received is put directly back into the hands of students. GLW reading specialists have identified students whose at-home libraries could use a boost. In addition, there are bookshelves outside the GLW reading specialist nook; teachers identify additional children who may not have as much access to texts and those students are also allowed to select books.

Thank you to all who donated!

Youth Wrestling Club Registration Open Nov. 19

JYMS Food Drive Begins Nov. 4
The Jack Young Middle School WEB and Builders Club leaders are sponsoring the school's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive starting next week!  JYMS will collect donations of non-perishable food items and hygiene items from November 4-15th. 

This year the school will have a grade level contest. The grade that brings in the most food/hygiene donations and fills the most Thanksgiving "complete meal" bags will win a celebration for their entire grade. 

A complete Thanksgiving Meal Bag will include:
Corn - 2 cans (15 oz. each)
Green Beans - 2 cans (15 oz. each)
Sweet Potatoes - 1 can (40 oz.)
Cranberries - 1 can (14 oz.)
Fruit Cocktail - 2 cans (15 oz. each)
Corn Bread Mix - 2 boxes or bags
Turkey Gravy - 2 cans (10.5 oz. each)
Instant Mashed Potatoes - 1 box (26 oz.)
Turkey Stuffing Mix - 1 large bag or box (6 oz. each)
Jell-O - 2 boxes (6 oz. each)
Pie Crust Mix - for 2 pies (please no frozen pie crusts)
Evaporated Milk - 2 cans (5 oz. each)
Pumpkin Pie Filling Mix - 2 cans (30 oz. each; not canned pumpkin)

In addition to food, the school is also working to meet hygiene needs at JYMS. The only items we are requesting are travel-sized soap, shampoo and deodorant. These items will be kept at the school for our students.

All items donated will stay in our community and help our neighbors in need! 

Celebrating Those Who Serve
Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11th. On that day, the Baraboo School District would like to thank all military service members for their service, their sacrifice and their example.

We need your help! We are seeking images and a bio of all Baraboo service members - both of veterans and those still serving. Included in the bio should be the service person's name, years of service, branch, military speciality and key deployments.

Info can be sent to Digi tal photos are best, but if all you have hard copies you can contact the above email address to coordinate making your photo digital.

Starting on Nov. 11th and running until mid-December, Baraboo High School will be recognizing these men and women of Baraboo who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

GSA Club Holds T-Shirt Fundraiser
The Jack Young Middle School and Baraboo High School GSA Clubs are having a T-shirt Fundraiser! 

To order, please submit this order form and payment to Emily Arendsee at Baraboo High School by Nov. 15. 

Cost is $15. Checks  can be made out to Baraboo High School.  Shirts will be available in December. Only orders that have been paid by Nov. 15 will be filled.

For more information on ordering or GSA Club, please contact Emily Arendsee at]

Lamers Bus Lines Seeking Drivers!
Lamers Bus Lines is seeking additional school bus drivers!  

This is a great opportunity for individuals looking for work before or after school. It's also a great job for parents of students in the District because:
  1. There are no nights or weekends for route drivers
  2. Drivers get summer vacation and snow days, just like the students
  3. If your child is in any sports or activities, you can get paid to cheer them on and support the team by driving the team bus
Lamers Bus Lines will provide complete paid training, and teach you everything you need to know about driving a school bus.  Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested to help us ensure that our students get to school, sports, and activities on time each day. 

Questions may be directed the Lamers School Bus Office in Baraboo at 608-448-4851 extension 2.  Apply online at
NOW HIRING: Substitute Custodial Positions
Looking for part-time work? Need flexible hours? Look no further!!

The district is seeking candidates for substitute custodial positions.  The starting rate is $12.50/hr!  Applications can be found online at . Applications can also be picked up and submitted to the District 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. 

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!
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