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BHS Powder Buff
Volleyball Game
Date: September 23
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS gym

BHS Powder Puff
Football Game
Date: September 24
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Football Field

BSD Volunteers Training
Date: September 24
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Place: West School, 707 Center St., Baraboo

East Kindness Week
Date: September 24-28
Place: East Elementary School

BHS Homecoming
Steak Feed Fundraiser
Date: September 26
Time: 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Pierce's Express Market, 935 8th St., Baraboo

GLW Pee Wee
Homecoming Parade
Date: September 28
Time: 2:40 p.m.
Place: GLW

BHS Homecoming Parade
Date: September 28
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Downtown Baraboo

BHS Alumni Tour
Date: September 28
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: BHS
Notes: BHS Alumni - come get an official tour of the newly renovated BHS!

BHS Homecoming Dance
Date: September 29
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

ACT Prep
Date: October 3
Place: Baraboo High School
Notes: This is required for all juniors

Family Swim Night
Date: October 7
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo Indoor Pool, JYMS
Note: $10 for the entire family every Sunday in October 

Family Swim Night
Date: October 14
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo Indoor Pool, JYMS
Note: $10 for the entire family every Sunday in October 

3rd Annual Luminary Walk
Date: October 18
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary School

Family Swim Night
Date: October 21
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo Indoor Pool, JYMS
Note: $10 for the entire family every Sunday in October 

BHS Parent Teacher Conferences 
Date: October 23-24
Time: 1:30-5 p.m.

No School
Date: October 26

Harvest Hoedown Fundraiser
Date: October 27
Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Place: Wild Rose Ranch, Baraboo WI
Notes: Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the Baraboo River Equine Assisted Therapies, Inc.

T-Bird Terror
Haunted Corn Maze
Date: October 27
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Place: Leatherberry Acres
Notes: $12/person ($10 with student ID)

Family Swim Night
Date: October 28
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo Indoor Pool, JYMS
Note: $10 for the entire family every Sunday in October 

Class of '22 Tip Night
at Pizza Ranch
Date: October 29
Time: 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Place: Pizza Ranch
Notes: Help the Freshman Class in fundraising!

Thanksgiving Break
- No School
Date: November 21-23

ACT Prep
Date: December 1
Place: Baraboo High School
Notes: This is optional for all juniors at Baraboo High School

Winter Break - No School
Date: Dec. 24 - Jan. 1

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

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

No School
Date: January 25

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

Food for Kidz
Date: March 30


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.

All players interested in being placed on a team for the 2017 season must register and participate in evaluations.  

Online registration now open. Ages 6-18. Certified, trained coaches. Spring and Fall seasons. Email BarabooSoccerClub@gmail.
com with questions.

BALA is open for registration Sunday, Feb. 19 and Sunday. Feb. 26 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the JYMS gym. Registration and throw around; bring your sticks. Ages 9 and older. For more information, contact Ginger Clark at   608 963-8127.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
September 20 , 2018
ABE Explores Scientific Explanations
The 5th grade students in Mrs. Bromley's class at Al Behrman Elementary engaged in a science activity this week, making their first "scientific explanations" using Claim, Evidence and Reasoning.
BHS Alumni Tour Set for Sept. 28
Baraboo High School will have an official guided tour for all alumni on Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m., following the Baraboo High School Homecoming Parade. Welcome home, Alumni!
Working Hard at West
Mrs. Tiffany Korbein's Kindergarten students at West Kindergarten Center wok on letter find, apple activities, and reading raz kids this week!
Families Swim for JUST $10 on Sundays in October!

North Freedom Receives Donation for Supplies
Pastor Andrew Johnson (Pastor Andy) from the North Freedom Baptist Church presented a $160 check to Principal Kathy Andreasen to purchase student and teacher supplies for North Freedom Elementary School.  
ATTENTION JUNIORS: ACT Prep Set For Oct. 3 & Dec. 1
Dear Parents and Guardians of Juniors:

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 and ACT WorkKeys assessments. These assessments are state mandated and offered at no cost to you on February 20 and 21, 2019 at Baraboo High School.

To prepare for these high-stakes assessments, your junior will have multiple opportunities for practice starting on Mondays during our scheduled homerooms.  Students will access free lessons and quizzes using Method Test Prep, a program that is built into Career Cruising. New this year is the addition of two full-length practice opportunities:
  • Wednesday, October 3 - required
  • Saturday, December 1 - optional
The October 3rd practice will be administered during our regular Wednesday schedule and will include a computer-based test for English, Math, Reading, and Science.  Your junior can access his/her results through the Method Test Prep/Career Cruising login.

The December 1st practice will mimic the full-length ACT. This paper-based test will include English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. Registration for the December 1st ACT practice will be open for students from October 8 to November 2.  Results will be shared with your junior at school upon our return from Winter Break.

Participation in these events may help your junior improve his/her ACT composite score.  Please contact us if you have any questions about these opportunities. Additional study materials, accessible at home, can be found at: .


Shelly Gillmore
Baraboo High School Assessment Coordinator
We Love Our Volunteers!
Community members from around Baraboo visited West School for a district volunteer training on September 20.  

For anyone considering volunteering in the Baraboo schools, please feel free to join the next district volunteer training at West School (707 Center St., Baraboo) from 4:00-4:30 PM on Monday, September 24.  

We appreciate our school district volunteers!
West Works on Being Bucket Fillers, Not Dippers!
The BELC (4K) and West Kindergarten staff members will be working with students throughout the school year on being a friend to others and working to "Be Safe, Be Responsible and Be Respectful" with peers and with adults. In September, Principal Olson read the story, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?, by Carol McCloud to all 4K and K classes.  The main idea of the story is that we all have an invisible bucket inside of us that contains our good feelings, and all of us have the power to fill the buckets of others by being kind, respectful, helpful and safe within all of our interactions with others.  Being a friend and kind to others fills their bucket and our bucket at the same time. Teachers continue to work on the theme of friendship and building community throughout the school year and some of the activities in September include the following:
  • Classes are doing activities that help students to learn more about their classmates.  Some classes are making a classroom book that helps all students to learn about each other.
  • Classes are hearing stories about two animals (and other characters) being friends that might not normally be friends.
  • Classes are learning how to greet each other in the morning.
  • Students at West learned how to use the "Buddy Bench" in order to find a friend and to help be a friend to others in need.
  • Classes illustrated ways to "fill the buckets" of students and staff in their class.
  • In some classes, they heard the story about "The Rainbow Fish" and discussed how the "Rainbow Fish" might have been the prettiest fish, but he certainly wasn't the nicest.  Classes discussed about how he learned to be a good friend and then worked together to make a big Rainbow Fish that will remind the entire class how to be a good friend to others.
  • Other classes are doing the "crinkled heart" activity that demonstrates how others might feel inside if students are being unkind with each other.  (It is hard to help the crinkled heart to regain its normal shape/appearance.)
325 Pounds Collected During Food Drive at BHS
On Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, Baraboo Lodge No. 51 of the Wisconsin Odd Fellows held their 4th Annual Food Drive at the Baraboo High School football game. A total of 325 pounds of food and $372.40 in cash was collected. The Baraboo Odd Fellows contributed an additional $127,60 to make it an even $500 cash. All food and cash have been given to the Baraboo Food Pantry to aid with the heavy demand in Sauk County at this time. The Baraboo Food Pantry is able to purchase approximately $3.00 in food for each dollar collected. 
The Baraboo Odd Fellows would like to thank the Baraboo community for their generous contributions, the Baraboo High School staff for their support of the program, members of the freshman class student council for assisting with collections at the game, and a special thank you to Baraboo Sysco Foods and Flambeau Plastics for their help and support in collecting non-perishable food items.
For more information about the work of the Wisconsin Odd Fellows, go to or for information about the worldwide organization.
Members of the  Baraboo Freshman Student Council and Odd Fellows who assisted with collections at the game:
Left to right: Front row: Loren Cunningham, Treasurer Baraboo Lodge No. 51, Freshman Student Council members Ethan Sefkar, Eric Gumz, Ethan Witthum, Josiah Stevens, Tilda Lund, (not pictured Ana Exterovich). Back Row: Jon Fuhlbohm, Associate Member Baraboo Lodge No. 51. (Not pictured: Steve Niles, Noble Grand Baraboo Baraboo Lodge No. 51 and Sharon Cunningham, Secretary Baraboo Lodge No. 51)
Earn College Credit While Attending BHS! Applications Due Oct. 1
Baraboo High School  applications for the 2019 spring semester of  the Early College  Credit  Program (ECCP)    and Start College Now (SCN) program are due  to the Baraboo High School Academic and Career Planning Center by  Oct. 1, 2018

We're Hiring!
Looking for part-time work? Need flexible hours? Look no further!!

The Baraboo School District is seeking candidates for substitute custodial positions for the 2018-19 school year.  The starting rate is $11.09/hr. Applications can be found online at . Applications can also be picked up and submitted to: District's 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.

Baraboo School District Presents 'Paper Tigers'
The Baraboo School District will host a viewing of the film 'Paper Tigers' on October 9th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the UW-Baraboo Fine and Performing Arts Theatre, 1006 Connie Road, Baraboo.

Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families. 

"Stressed brains can't learn." 

That was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, took away from an educational conference in 2010. Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five-fold. 

Paper Tigers is the story of how one school made such dramatic progress. Following six students over the course of a school year, we see Lincoln's staff try a new approach to discipline: one based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension. 

Using a combination of vérité and revealing diary cam footage, Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person's life.

This movie contains language and content that may not appropriate for young children. Families and youth, ages 14 & up are welcome to attend. Public Health and Sauk County Department of Human Services will be available for questions.

Time to Tee Up for Baraboo Golf
The Third Annual  Baraboo Thunderbird Fall Classic fundraiser will be held Saturday, September 29th with a 9 a.m. Shotgun Start to benefit the Baraboo Boys and Girls Golf Programs.

It is being held the week of Homecoming and the Baraboo Country Club invites you to the last fundraising event of the year. The BCC is a proud supporter of the Baraboo Golf Program; all monies raised will go toward equipment for our Boys and Girls programs. 

Limited to the first 100 golfers registered! 

The entry fees, which include 18 holes with cart, flag events, prizes and lunch, are as follows:
BCC Members...$40 
T-Bird Players & Coaches...$40 
BCC Guests...$60 
Hole Sponsorship...$75 

DAR Visits JYMS Civic Classes
On Monday, September 17th, members from the local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) came in and played constitutional jeopardy with all 7th grade Civics students at Jack Young Middle School.  9/17 kicks off Constitution Week in the United States and we had many D.A.R Members come in to talk and play with the students.

Important Information from KID STOP
The Baraboo School District Kid Stop program would like parents to please be aware of the following:
  • Please check your parent portal in Infinite Campus to pay your Kid Stop fees on a regular basis.
  • If you receive assistance from the county, check your balance and pay the amount due with your WIShares EBT card.   Pay only the balance due .  If you do not have enough funds on your card, the balance due is your copay.
  • Entrance doors to Kid Stop are locked at all times.  A staff member will open the door for you to enter and sign out your child/children.
  • Please inform the following if you have a change in your child's after school plans by 2:30 pm at the latest .
  1. Call and leave a voice message at your child's Kid Stop site.
  2. Contact the administrative assistant in the office at your child's school.
  3. Inform your child's teacher.
By contacting Kid Stop, the office, and your child's teacher, this will ensure that everyone is aware of your child's change of plans.
  • Please remember, if we do not have a schedule or advance notice that your child will be attending Kid Stop, we will not be expecting them to attend.
  • AM Kid Stop opens at 6:15 AM.
  • All children must be picked up by 6pm each evening.
  • NO Kid Stop on Friday, October 26, 2018.
If you have questions, please contact Kid Stop director Pat Gavin at
The Baraboo Girls Club Basketball Registration Now Open
The Baraboo Girls Basketball Club is now open for the 2018-19 basketball season. 

The club is for students in 3rd through 8th grade and teaches the fundamentals of basketball, as well as sportsmanship and game play. 

Baraboo Girls Club Basketball works hand in hand with the Baraboo High School Girls Basketball program to introduce and teach a playing style that will transition the girls into the high school program. By integrating these groups, the club ensures a bright future for girls basketball in Baraboo!

For more information or to register, click here.

To see a larger version of the flyer, click here.
Come to the Harvest Hoedown!
Special Education teachers Mary Bildsten and Shelley Mordini, along with their students, will assist with a Harvest Hoedown from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Wild Rose Ranch, Baraboo, to raise money for their Equine Therapy program with BREATHE ( Baraboo River Equine-Assisted Therapies, Inc.).

Students will have a booth to sell treats and talk more about the Horse Therapy Program.  There will also be Pig Roast, live music, more treats and games. We hope to see you there!

Save The Date: Parent Teacher Conferences
Please join us for Parent Teacher Conferences from Oct. 23-Oct. 25. Your child's school will schedule a time and date for conferences.

During PT Conferences, the teacher will review your child's progress, including strengths and areas in need of improvement.

Top 3 reasons to attend Parent Teacher Conferences:

1) Show your child you are invested in their academic career
- When children know their parents are invested in their education they feel encouraged and are motivated

2) Improve communication between parents and teachers
- The in-person meetings can help parents put a face to a name

3) Learn something new about your child
- Parent-teacher conferences can be a time to discuss academic or behavioral issues, or give teachers the opportunity to tell parents something new about their child and how their child spends their days at school


Attendance Matters: Every Student. Every Day. Every Grade.
September is Attendance Awareness month, and for good reason! It's the start of the school year, so let's start it off right: with good attendance!

Research shows that poor attendance in the month of September can predict chronic absenteeism for the rest of the school year. In fact, if a student misses two days in September, they are 50% more likely to be chronically absent that school year.

Chronic absence in the Baraboo School District is defined as missing 10% of school in a school year. As there are 180 days in the school year, missing 10% means missing a total of 18 days during the year, or about 2 days a month.  These can be excused or unexcused absences.

Please take a look at the below infographic designed by the Baraboo School District on why attendance matters and what you as parents/guardians can do to help your student achieve. To get a printable copy, please click here.

Para obtener una versión en español de la infografía Attendance Matters,  haga clic aquí.

BHS Homecoming Steak Feed Fundraiser Set for Sept. 26
Baraboo High School Athletics Department will hold a BHS Homecoming Steak Feed on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Pierce's Express Market, 935 8th Street, Baraboo, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Meals for adults will be $9 and include a steak or chicken sandwich, coleslaw, beans and a drink. There will also be a $5 hot dog kids meal available.

All proceeds will benefit the Baraboo High School Athletic Department.

To download this flyer,  please click here. 

See the Cranes of the World!
The International Crane Foundation has  developed an Adventure Pass program in coordination with the Baraboo Public Library.  

The Adventure Pass program allows patrons of the South Central Library System to check out the pass through the Baraboo Public Library and receive free admission to the International Crane Foundation. 

The Adventure Pass program will continue through  October 31, 2018 . There are 10 passes available. Library patrons can check out the Adventure Pass for one week. The pass allows admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children, ages 6 through 17. It will not be valid for school field trips. 

The Adventure Pass program is supported in part by a grant from the Sauk County UW-Extension, Arts and Culture Committee, Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Need Gas?
The Baraboo Athletics Department is excited to announce Pierce's Express Market, located at 935 8th St, Baraboo, has  installed a pair of Thundberbird Pride gas pumps at its location. 

Pierce's will donate two cents per gallon to a variety of BHS sports and clubs for gas purchased at those two specific pumps. A different group will be selected each month as the beneficiary. Please consider supporting our programs by using these pumps.

Thank you for partnering with the Baraboo School District, Pierce's!

Baraboo School District Offers Volunteer Training
The Baraboo School District continues to welcome volunteers within each of our schools.  

In order to best support our numerous school volunteers, we are offering volunteer trainings at West School (707 Center St.) on September 24 from 4:00-5:00 PM. School volunteers from any of our schools are welcome to attend either of these trainings to better understand the role and dynamics of a school volunteer along with receiving some information about school district volunteer expectations.  The volunteer training is completely optional and open to all school district volunteers. 

Thank you to our many school volunteers and community partners for all of the ways in which you support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.

For more information on volunteering in our District, please click 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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