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"Voices of Hate,
Voices of Hope"
Date: March 25
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Commons
Note: Holocaust speaker; free and open to the public

Spring Showcase Concert
Date: March 26
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Gym

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

District Volunteer Appreciation
Date: May 6
Time: 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Place: West School (707 Center St.) 

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
March 21, 2019
VIDEO: Repair Aging Infrastructure at JYMS
Phase III - Modernize Outdated Teaching and Learning Spaces
Phase III - Modernize Outdated Teaching and Learning Spaces
The Baraboo School District is working hard to keep the community informed on the District's upcoming April 2, 2019, referendum - PHASE III: Revitalize Jack Young Middle School.

Please watch this short video, which goes more in-depth on some of the challenges at Jack Young Middle School and the need to modernize outdated teaching and learning spaces.

This is the third in a series of videos; stay tuned for more information!

Please help us keep the community informed. To share this video on social media, copy and post this link to your social media accounts: 

Other videos in this series
Video I - Overview 

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 Dalton Bell, Corinne Arndt, Alexis Hartman, and Jayce Fanning for last week's Bee Great Award and Reese Ziegler, Bentley Schumann, Maci Boone, and Eloise Gossens 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.

Kyra Hess Qualifies for National Educators Rising Conference Competition
On Wednesday, March 20th, members of Baraboo's Educators Rising Club attended the 2nd annual state Educators Rising conference. Kyra Hess and Eva Nielsen competed in the Creative Lecture competition and Jordan Blue competed in the Job Interview category. All three students did a fantastic job of representing Baraboo High School.  

Kyra took home the first place prize in Creative Lecture, a Ted Talk type presentation. Her focus was on the importance of mental health supports for students to promote school safety. Her first place finish at the state level qualifies her to participate at the National Conference in Dallas this June.  

Congratulations to this inspiring group of future educators!

BHS Spring Showcase Concert Set for March 26

JYMS and BELC Students Team Up
Jack Young Middle School 8th graders read to Ms. Amanda's Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative 4K students at Children's Day Center and Preschool on Monday.

Holocaust Speaker Presents to BHS, Community
The Baraboo School District has invited Holocaust speaker Tim Scott to speak to the Baraboo High School upperclassmen on March 25th. 

Mr. Scott is offering a special presentation, "Voices of Hate, Voices of Hope," for the community during the evening of Monday, March 25th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Baraboo High School Commons.  

Presentation Description: Tim Scott has spoken to thousands of students for the past 26 years about the lessons of the Holocaust. Mr. Scott challenges his listeners to identify the "flames" of prejudice, bias, hate and racism that burn in our communities, schools, families and individual hearts. In doing so, the Holocaust becomes more than mere history to the listeners - it becomes a sober lesson of the consequences of hatred left unchecked. In this shorter version (approximately one hour) of his main presentation, Mr. Scott will share insights he has gained from reading thousands of student essays written in response to his message over the past 26 years and thereby challenge listeners to be vigilant to the presence of such flames in their lives.
  For more information on Mr. Scott, click here.

NF Kindergarteners Learn About Becoming an Author
Teel Plastics, Inc. of Baraboo sponsored Sally Schnarr, author of "Sally the Stone and Friends Spread Kindness and Joy," to share her book with Ms. Whitney's kindergarten students at North Freedom Elementary school on Thursday, March 14th.  

Sally, along with four members of the Teel team, read the book to the children and explained the process of writing a book.  At the end of the presentation, every kindergarten student received a copy of "Sally the Stone." They enjoyed reading the book and looking at the pictures with Sally and the Teel team!  

Registration for 2019-20 School Year Opens April 1

Preparing for Marine Corps Boot Camp is no easy task, but many young men and women embrace the challenge and train tirelessly to physically and mentally prepare their bodies and minds through the Delayed Entry Program at the Marine Corps recruiting office in Baraboo. 

Two young ladies, Baraboo High School Alumni, recently left for Marine Corps Boot Camp in Parris Island, South Carolina, to start their journey to become United States Marines.

Angelina Biesboer enlisted in the Marine Corps' Delayed Entry Program as soon as she turned seventeen. She was an early graduate from Baraboo High School Class of 2019 and left for Boot Camp in February in order to return and walk the stage to receive her diploma at the end of May.

Isabella "Izzy" DuBray graduated from Baraboo High School with the class of 2018 and enlisted in the Marine Corps' Delayed Entry Program at the end of the summer of 2018. She was a member of the swim team and joined the Marine Corps in order to challenge herself. 

Angelina Biesboer and Isabelle DuBray are on the Buddy Program, which ensures that they attend Marine Corps Boot Camp and Marine Combat Training in the same training platoons.

The local contact to find out more about how to start your journey to become a United States Marine is Staff Sergeant Jacob Nier (920) 321-8328 or find out more at
A Message on Internet Safety
Dear District Families,

As some of you may be aware, there has been increased national and international media coverage regarding "The Momo Challenge" which involves an internet meme that encourages self harm.  Momo is being reported as an internet hoax however, we felt it was important to make you aware of it.

Given the growing national media coverage of the Momo Challenge, experts on mental health caution that news coverage could potentially prove harmful and may cause increased anxiety, stress and exposure to topics that are difficult for children to process.  While this challenge is a hoax, online safety for children is not. We encourage parents to have intentional conversations with their children about what they encounter online. These discussions could include:
  • Reminding children to never contact strangers online, on any platform;
  • Encourage children to share any worries or concerns with you;
  • Ensure children understand the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know;
  • Tell children no-one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do;
  • Set privacy systems on devices with your child as a way to have the conversation about safety;
Our school is committed to teaching and encouraging online safety.  We have a digital citizenship curriculum at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

As always, if you have questions or need support with respect to discussing online safety with your child, please contact your child's teacher.

Congratulations, Math 24 Participants!
Congratulations to fourth graders, Kimberly Cerda, who took 1st place and highest score, and to Grace Carter, who took 4th place at the  Math  24 Double Digit tournament on March 19! 

C ongratulations also to participants Kat Reichhoff, Julius Pillsbury, and Sienna Lamberty.  
GLW Holds Culver's Tip Night

VIDEO: ABE Hits Homerun with PBIS Week
The students at Al Behrman Elementary School have been working on a baseball-themed PBIS ( Positive behavioral  interventions and supports) review week.  The focus during our 'Spring Training' has been on teamwork, respect and being kind. First grade teacher Emily Culbertson wrote a song about the themes to the tune of "Take me Out to the Ballgame."  The music teacher, Mr. Clawson, played guitar as the students sang it!  

VIDEO: Interested in Fire Academy? Check this out!
Support Youth Wellness in Baraboo!
It's T-Bird Mini Tri time! Save the date for the 14th Annual T-Bird Mini Tri on Thursday, May 30.  Click here for a printable registration form. 

Want to be a sponsor? Click here for more information.

Egg Hunt with the Heroes
To view the event on Facebook, click here.

Middle School Summer School Registration Now Open
Registration for the Baraboo School District Middle School Summer School program is now open!

To view a list of courses, click here. To register or for more information,  please click here.

Summer Academy Registration Now Open
The Baraboo School District's Elementary Summer Academy is going into the 4th year of an enrichment focus for any current resident or school district K-5 students.  

Summer Academy will run in the mornings at Al Behrman Elementary on June 11-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-3 and July 8-10.  

The Summer Academy registration for current K-5 students is now open. Click here to register.  Please see our 2019 Summer Academy Course Descriptions & FAQ.

Does Your Child Receive Free or Reduced Meals? Read on.
Attention parents/guardians ,

If your child gets free or reduced priced meals, many District fees can be waived. In order to have other fees waived please fill out this document, sign it and return it to your child's teacher or Baraboo High School, attention Mary Loveless. 

This document can be found on the District Website under Food Services, or call your child's school and one can be sent home.  

This needs to be filled out every school year.  It only applies to the school year it is filled out for. 
Educators Rising Community Impact Night Set for March 25

Volunteer for the 2nd Annual Baraboo Food For Kidz Event!
The 2nd annual Baraboo Food For Kidz Event is set for March 30. For this non-profit event, the Baraboo High School Interact Club has raised $10,000 (as of a few days ago!) in an effort to help raise awareness to help end childhood hunger around the world in third world countries, and in the U.S as well. Food For Kidz is based in Steward MN, and partners with the American Red Cross when crises occur. 
The Interact Club would like to thank the sponsors of this event, and also to ask for volunteers - young and old! If someone is in 4th grade or older, they are welcome to come and help package the dried food; it's easy and fun with a DJ to keep momentum going. Please contact Rachel Lichte (608) 393-0971 or Brayden Turner (608) 350-6448 ASAP if you have any questions or want to sign up yourself or a group for the event, or click the above link.

2019 Summer Kid Stop Program
All elementary school children entering kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall will be eligible for the 2019 Summer Kid Stop Child Care Program. 

Summer Kid Stop is located at Gordon L. Willson Elementary School and is available weekdays from 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. starting Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, August 9th.

The Baraboo Book Nook: March
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:  Malala's Magic Pencil
Author: Malala Yousafzai
Illustrator:  Kerasco√ęt (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
For: Elementary readers
Summary: As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.

Baraboo Reads Community Book Read
Family Swim Nights in March

Indoor Pool is Now Accepting Applications

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):

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
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:

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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