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BHS Fall Band/Choir Concert
Date: Oct. 21
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Place: Al Ringling Theatre

JYMS P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 21 
Time: 4-7 p.m.

Elementary P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 22
Time: 4-7 p.m.

BHS P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 22
Time: 4-7:30 p.m.

Elementary P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 23
Time: 1:30-4 p.m.

JYMS P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 23
Time: 1:30-5 p.m.

BHS P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 23
Time: 1:30-5 p.m.

No School
Date: Oct. 25

BHS Awards Assembly
Date: Oct. 28
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: BHS

College Goal Wisconsin 
Date: October 30
Time: 6 p.m.
Place UW-Baraboo campus in the Lange Center 

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

Spring Break
Date: March 23-27

No School
Date: April 10

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 25

BHS Graduation
Date: May 29

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
October 10, 2019
HoCo Recap 2019
Thanks for a great Homecoming Week, Baraboo Thunderbirds! Here are just a few highlights:

  • The Class of 2020 swept the Powder Games by winning both the Powder Buff and Powder Puff
  • Our Steak Feed volunteers served 2,086 meals and raised $11,544 for the Baraboo Athletics Department
  • Our Boys Soccer Team held its Kick 4 A Cure event in which JV and Varsity players sported bright pink cancer awareness jerseys. Incidentally, the varsity team shut out their opponents! (For more stats on the Boys Soccer Team's stellar year, see below)
  • Ben Florencio and Adele Griffin were named the 2019 Homecoming King and Queen
  • Ski-Hi donated 500 apples for the WI Principal Leadership Award and Kohl Fellowship Award recipients float, which featured 10 of our very own educators and the students they asked to be in the parade as their guests
  • The Homecoming Football Game featured a take-off by a Blackhawk Helicopter, the Baraboo High School Marching Band, the Baraboo High School Choir, the Homecoming Court, the Baraboo High School cheer team, fireworks, and - of course - the football team
Hundreds of photos of each of these events have been uploaded to Facebook, along with links to the original photo files in a folder on Google Drive so that you can download your own! Click here to visit us on Facebook and scroll through the photos. While you're there, don't forget to LIKE us!

2019 Boys Varsity Soccer Stats
  • Overall record is 11-2-1
  • Currently tied with Sauk Prairie for 2nd in conference (conference record is 3 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie)
  • We've scored 67 goals in 14 games, averaging 4.79 goals per game. We've let in 15 goals in 14 games
  • We've let in 2 goals in conference so far
  • Will Gunnell, our goalkeeper, is 2nd in saves in conference with 59. Will has a 1.07 goals-against average
  • We've recorded 7 shutouts this season
  • We've outscored our opponents 24-0 in the past six games

GLW's Pee Wee Parade
Gordon L. Willson's youngest students joined in HoCo Fever with their very own parade! 

This is GLW's 15th year of holding a Pee Wee Parade, in which the kindergarten students prepare floats and Thunderbird fans and parade along the school's hallways to an audience of their fellow GLW students. The older students in grades 1-5 cheer on the newest members to the GLW family and give them a big Thunderbird welcome!

ABE Students Crack the Code
Parents will be relieved that their third grade students at Al Behrman Elementary made it home safe from their time traveling adventure on Friday, Oct. 4! 

Students found themselves stuck in a diner surrounded by people in poodle skirts and listening to old music. They had traveled back to the 1950s!

Students worked collaboratively to read passages and use questioning to solve hidden codes and escape back to 2019. All students were successful in cracking the code! We are so glad to have them back!

GLW Students Measure Up
Last week Mrs. Laux's first graders at Gordon L Willson Elementary worked on a measuring unit as part of the new Bridges Math Curriculum!

West Receives New Climbing Wall!
West School neighbor and friend, George Buchanan, has been coordinating the West School garden for the last three years providing some great outdoor and hands-on learning experiences for 4K and kindergarten students at West.  

Mr. Buchanan recently donated $300 to help support the purchase and installation of a climbing wall within the Multipurpose Room at West School. A big thank you to Mr. George Buchanan for all of his ongoing support and friendship with West School!
NF Students Visit Library
Mrs. Shafer's 5th grade class at North Freedom Elementary walked to their Baraboo Classroom Community Connection, North Freedom Public Library, on October 7th to visit with library director Raina Roloff and learn about the wonderful resources the library has to offer. Students also had some fun playing with puppets, adding to the rubber band ball, and identifying 3D-printed people and places. Mrs. Shafer and Ms. Roloff are even teaming up this year to try to get each student in the class his/her own library card!

Barry Visits ABE's Fifth Graders
Mrs. Bromley's fifth grade class at Al Behrman Elementary received a visit from Barry from the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce this week! The Chamber is the class's Community Classroom Connection partner and will visit the students several times throughout the year. Barry came to talk about what's new at the Chamber, and was even sporting his "Discover Real Baraboo" T-shirt! #AlwaysOnwardBSD 
BHS Class Creates Network of Neurons
Baraboo High School's AP Psychology students are drawing their neural networks with sidewalk chalk yesterday! They each had to draw a neuron, label its parts, describe the function and then form a junction with another neuron, creating a class network of neurons. The weather was perfect for some outside learning! 

A lot can be accomplished with a little teamwork! Third graders found a rock slightly sticking out of the ground on the playground at North Freedom Elementary. They carefully carved around it with wood chips as tools and finally dug it out on Monday, October 7th. They felt immensely proud and successful because they started the task last school year!
GLW and North Freedom Holding Book Drives

JYMS Wrestling

Nominate for Senior Spotlight
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!

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. 
BHS Winter Sports Parent Meeting
The Winter Sport Parents Meeting will be held on Monday, November 4, 2019 in the BHS Gym. The general session will begin at 6:00 p.m. Individual sport meetings will follow at 6:30 p.m.  

Please click here to view more information about Baraboo High School's Winter Sports Parent Meeting, how to register for a sport, WIAA physicals and more!

2019 JYMS Boys Winter Athletics Registration Information
The parents meeting for Jack Young Middle School students intending to participate in winter sports will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the JYMS Auditorium.

If you cannot attend the meeting you must contact one of the coaches (see attachment)  AND Kevin Catterson ( to get the information you need before the first day of practice.

ACT Test Prep Sessions
The Baraboo High School is committed to college and career readiness for all students as they plan for their futures.  One way to determine your junior's preparedness is through the ACT with Writing assessment. This assessment is state-mandated and offered at no cost to your junior on March 3, 2020 at Baraboo High School. 

To prepare for this high-stakes assessment, your junior will have multiple opportunities for practice on Mondays during our scheduled homerooms.  Students will access free lessons and quizzes using Method Test Prep, a program that is built into their academic and career planning curriculum. Additionally, we would like to offer these practice opportunities:
  • Monday, November 18, 2019 - required writing
  • Saturday, December 7, 2019 - optional
The November 18th practice will be administered during our regular Monday homeroom and will include a paper-based practice focused on writing.  Your junior will receive feedback on this assessment to understand current skill level and suggestions for improvement.

The December 7th practice will mimic the full-length ACT. This paper-based test will include English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. Registration for the December 7th ACT practice will be open for students from October 14 to November 8, 2019.  Results will be shared with your junior at school upon our return from Winter Break.

Additional study materials, accessible at home, can be found at: .  We look forward to working with your junior to support college and career readiness after high school.

UW Platteville/Baraboo Sauk County Campus will also be offering two ACT Test prep sessions.

Saturday, Oct; 19 from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Scholarship Opportunities Available to BHS Students
November 5 is the due date for Baraboo High School students graduating in 2020 to apply for a Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship. Find more information here.

Also check out this scholarship from the Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA) in partnership with Xello and Method Test Prep!
Thunderbird Boys Basketball League

Save the Date: Indigenous People's Day

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. 

WERQout For Hope House

Free Camp for Families Coping with Grief

Strengthening Families and Systems Training

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.

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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