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Powder Buff 2019
Date: September 29
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS gym
Note: We will be selling #AlwaysOnwardBSD Thunderbird Shirts during the Powder Buff game!

Powder Puff 2019
Date: September 30
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS football field

BHS Homecoming
Steak Feed
Date: October 2
Time: 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Pierce's Express Market, 935 8th Street
Note: We will be selling #AlwaysOnwardBSD Thunderbird Shirts during the Steak Feed!

BHS Homecoming Assembly
Date: October 4
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Place: BHS gym

GLW PeeWee Parade
Date: October 4
Time: 2:40 p.m.
Place: GLW

BHS Homecoming Parade
Date: October 4
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Downtown Baraboo on the Square

BHS Homecoming
Football Game
Date: October 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: BHS Football Field
Note: The football game will feature a half-time performance by the BHS Marching Band and the BHS Choir

BHS Homecoming Dance
Date: October 5
Place: BHS

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 26, 2019
Get Your Baraboo School District Shirt!
It's Swag Time! Just in time for HoCo...get your spirit wear! Shirts are $10.

Three times to buy:
- Sunday, Sept. 29 @ 5:30 p.m. - Powder Buff Game, BHS GYM
- Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - BHS Cafeteria
- Wednesday, Oct 2 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Steak Feed fundraiser at Pierce's Express Market, 935 8th St., Baraboo

Questions? Unable to buy at the above times but still want a shirt? Email Holly Henderson at

BHS Students Attend CyberSecurity Summit
Representatives of the Baraboo High School CyberPatriot team attended the Governor's CyberSecurity Summit in Madison Monday. The team was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation and recognized by Governor Tony Evers, Wisconsin CIO David Cagigal, and Wisconsin's Homeland Security Advisor Adjutant General Donald P. Dunbar.

The team attended keynote and panel discussions on CyberSecurity topics and enjoyed a private lunch for students with Mr. Cagigal and General Dunbar.

Phase III Update
If you have ever been inside Jack Young Middle School, you've probably been struck a notable feature: the large, steep ramp system students use to move from one level to another. 
The successful April 2019 referendum has allowed the District to expand and revitalize Jack Young Middle School. These renovations include a redesign of  Jack Young's ramp system. Architects and district leaders have worked together to replace Jack Young's ramps with a staircase that will improve student circulation. It will also include an area for student learning and collaboration known as a "social stair." The new stair will be an exciting, functional focal point within JYMS.

In the weeks and months to come, we look forward to sharing additional features of the revitalized Jack Young Middle School. Please stay tuned for more!

ABE Goes Pink Against Bullying
In honor of Anti-Bullying Day, the staff at Al Behrman Elementary donned PINK yesterday! Teachers used the color-coordinated Pink Shirt Day as a way to talk about bullying with their students. 

Attendance Matters Poster Contest
Winning at North Freedom!
Mrs. Ginther's 2nd graders joined their 5th grade friends from Mrs. Shafer's class at North Freedom Elementary in their first Reading Buddies time. Fostering positive school relationships + literacy practice = win-win!

HoCo Court 2019
Announcing the Baraboo High School 2019 HoCo Court!
Adele Griffin
Molly Stewart
Elena Holloway
Benjamin Florencio
Max Koenig
Chandler Dance
Cortney Dunnett
Jordan Buelow
Luna Larson
McKenzie Gruner
Drew Mistele
Gaby Jurvelin

BHS HoCo 2019 Events

EAST Receives Student Visitor from Japan
Mrs. Pavlue's Fifth Graders at East Elementary had the INCREDIBLE opportunity to make a new friend and spend the day sharing experiences with a special visitor from Japan! Students and staff were thrilled to invite Natsuki, a family friend of another student in our class, to become an East School Panther for the day.

Natsuki, or NaNa as she prefers to be called, seamlessly participated in Music and PE, as well as practiced breaking apart words in English, worked on Vocabular y in small groups, and was a fabulous group member creating rectangular prisms for a math project on volume.

Although English is not her first language, the class was so impressed to watch a special presentation she prepared and found that they have many things in common! They learned that her name means "Summer Hope" and she enjoys Art, Science and learning English. Students couldn't believe that NaNa also loves pizza, like so many of us!

When it was time to leave, the fifth graders all seemed to wish they had more time getting to know their special new friend. Some students told Mrs. Pavlue that they wished she could stay with us for the rest of the year; Mrs. Pavlue agreed!

We are proud to be in a district that works to foster an attitude of acceptance, appreciation and kindness towards people and cultures that are different from ours. We have so much to learn from each other!

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Now on Facebook!
Want to know why Carly Moon is in the spotlight?
Like us on Facebook! This will post at 7 p.m. tonight!
New this year, the Baraboo School District is featuring Baraboo High School seniors who are acting as leaders in our community and within our schools.  We will showcase each Senior Spotlight on our Facebook page!

The Senior Spotlight is part of the "2020 by 2020" Facebook campaign in which the District is trying to reach 2,020 likes on our new Facebook page by Jan. 1, 2020. Click here to like us on Facebook to help us reach our goal and to see past and future Senior Spotlight posts!

TO NOMINATE: please email a brief write-up with the student's first and last name and an explanation of why you are nominating the senior to  
Submissions must include at least one photograph. Please use SENIOR SPOTLIGHT in the subject field of the email. 
NF Kindergarten Learning Stations
Ms. Dixon's kindergarten class is enjoying their classroom Learning Centers at North Freedom Elementary! 

Register for Fall Swimming Lessons
Registration for Baraboo School District fall swimming lessons begins on Tuesday, Oct. 1st! Click here for more information.
GLW Students Investigate "Crime Scene"
Mrs. Harbort's 2nd grade students at Gordon L. Willson Elementary are learning about their schema and how it helps them infer things about their characters without the author telling them. A "crime scene" was set up to help them infer what might have happened in their room! (Seems like a small kindergartener might have wanted to do some art!)
BMSG Seeks Volunteers
The Baraboo Music Support Group is looking to create an email listing of willing parent/guardian volunteers for various JYMS and BHS band and choir events and needs.

Please consider taking a moment to complete this form to indicate your ability/interest in helping out if it is needed. The BMSG appreciates all gifts, talents and time!
NF's Got the Beat
For Hispanic Heritage Month, second grade students at North Freedom Elementary are learning about important Hispanic/Latinx musicians.

This week they learned about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Young Cuban girl who believed in her dream of playing the drums at a time when it was taboo for girls to play the drums on the island. She followed her dreams and not only had the courage to learn how to play the drums, but also formed Cuba's first all female dance band with her sisters. She also played for the President of the United States when she was only fifteen!

After reading the book Drum Dream Girl, students had a chance to explore using chrome music lab on the iPads to create and share their own special beats!

Lamers Bus Lines is Seeking Additional School Bus 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 
ABE Gets Hands-On with Science
Al Behrman Elementary's fifth graders completed a science lesson about organisms interacting with their environments on Wednesday. ABE invited special guest Dr. Karen Mesmer, a retired Baraboo teacher who played an instrumental role in the District's current science curriculum, to assist.

The curriculum is based on the Next Generation Science Standards, which focuses on hands-on activities that allow children to explore and engage, rather than being taught from worksheets. Elementary schools in the District cover three science topics during the course of the year: biology, earth and space science, and physical science.

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. 

Kiwanis Welcomes New Teachers
The Baraboo School District would like to thank the  Baraboo Kiwanis  for hosting Baraboo School District teachers during the annual Teacher Picnic on Tuesday. The Kiwanis took the opportunity to meet our new teachers and thank our current teachers for their tireless work within the District. We are so grateful for the support our students and teachers receive from this great community!

Looking for a Good Book? Check out the 7th Grade Hallway for Recommendations! 
As a beginning of the year activity, all 7th graders at Jack Young Middle School had the opportunity to make the spine of their favorite book. The English Language Arts department built a "bookshelf" to showcase their favorite books!

JYMS is building a community of readers across the school. This was a great way for them to begin talking about books and to recommend books to their peers. It brightens the ELA hallway!
School Attendance Matters
We at the Baraboo School District enjoy our students. In fact, we enjoy them so much that we want them to attend class every day! We also care about our students, and we know that regular attendance can help our students succeed. For  more information on why regular attendance matters, click here to read our English and Spanish infographic!

WERQout For Hope House

Save the Date: Indigenous People's Day

Free Camp for Families Coping with Grief

Thunderbird Boys Basketball League

Strengthening Families and Systems Training

Time For Steak

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 a month ago and we are already at 675+ likes. 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.

BHS Yearbooks - Order Yours Now and Save!
The Baraboo High School Yearbook Staff is hard at work creating a beautiful hardcover, full color yearbook to capture the 2019-2020 school year. 

BHS Yearbooks can be ordered at Until October 3rd, yearbooks will be only $45!  Additionally, if you order a book before 10/3, your student will be entered into a drawing for prizes at the Homecoming Assembly! After 10/3 yearbooks will cost $50. 

Please contact Sarah Znidarsich at with ordering questions.

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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