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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.

World Polio Day
Share Night
Date: Oct. 24
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Place: Pizza Ranch, Baraboo

No School
Date: Oct. 25

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

GLW Culver's Night
Date: Oct. 29
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Place: Culver's, Baraboo

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: 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
October 17 , 2019
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 830+ 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 Students Attend Honors Choir Festival
Members of the Baraboo High School Chamber Choir attended the Badger Conference Honors Choir festival on Monday, October 14. 130 students, representing 9 schools from our conference, came together to rehearse with guest conductors in an all day rehearsal concluding with a performance in the evening. Our students had the privilege to work with Dr. Jennaya Robison from Luther College and Dr. Brett Robison from Viterbo University.

These students, along with the BHS Treble Cho ir and Symphony Band, will perform at the Al. Ringling Theatre on Monday, October 21. The concert begins at 7:00 and tickets will be available at the door for $3. It's been an exciting start of the school year and we hope you can come and support these young musicians.

Students who participated in the Badger Honors Choir were:
Dani Bullock
Owen Burri
Teague Cutrell
Chandler Dance
Martin Ederer
Maylee Elliott
ZoeAnn Frostman
Natasha Hess
Ally Jaynes
Lara Justus
Arianna Macias
John Shafer
Josiah Stevens
Rachel Walter
Samantha Walter
Mason Weirich
Teanna Wills

Bridging Brighter Smiles

Lieutenant Visits NF Kindergartners 
Baraboo Community Classroom Connection Partner Lieutenant Eric Van Den Heuvel from the Sauk County Sheriff's Department visited Ms. Dixon's North Freedom kindergarteners on Friday, October 11th.

He talked to the students about what he does on the job each day. They were excited to see what he carries with him on his belt and in his car. Eric's belt weighs more than 20 pounds! Sergeant Scott Steinhorst also came to school with his vehicle for the students to see and everyone got a chance to sit in the back seat. The students also received Lieutenant Van Den Heuvel's baseball card of facts and will see him two more times this year when he comes to read with them!

Share Night to End Polio 

Baraboo Hosts First Indigenous Peoples' Day
Sauk County celebrated its first Indigenous Peoples' Day at the courthouse on The Square in Downtown Baraboo Monday after Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order declaring the second Monday of October to be Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Monday's ceremony included remarks from Sauk County Chairperson and Ho-Chunk Nation Legislator Representative Kristin White Eagle, Sauk County Board Chairperson Peter Vedro and an invocation by Joe White Eagle, Sr., a drum circle with Ho-C hunk songs and drumming to honor the flag, and a flag ceremony. The ceremony concluded with the Ho-Chunk flag being displayed in the Sauk County Boardroom.

The 3-day event began on Saturday with a Day of Restoration, followed by a Day of Celebration on Sunday and Monday's Day of Commemoration.

We are proud of our Ho-Chunk heritage and proud to celebrate the county's first-ever Indigenous Peoples' Day!

These students had a wonderful time trying fry bread, asking questions about basket weaving and learning about Man Mound Road Sunday during the Day of Celebration.

BHS FFA Fruit & Wreath Sale
As the cool weather is arriving, so is the Baraboo FFA Fruit and Wreath Sale! If you are interested in purchasing, please either contact an FFA member or Mrs. Puntney. 

The order deadline is Friday, November 1st.  Wreath pick up will be 11/25 or 11/26 and fruit pick up will be the second week of December. Click here to view the October Agricultural Education Newsletter!

8th Grade Ag Identifies Pigs
Ms. Bonham's 8th grade Ag class at JYMS is learning how farmers identify pigs by using ear notching. The students made their own pigs out of paper plates and notched out numbers, then went around and identified their classmates pig's numbers.
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
Phase III Update
Last month, we shared the exciting progress made on the re-design of Jack Young Middle School's antiquated ramp system. This month, we want to focus on another key element of the school's re-design: natural light. 
Jack Young Middle School suffers from a lack of natural light. Many of its hallways are either poorly lit or lit with harsh ceiling lights.  Architects and district leaders have been working hard to open JYMS to natural lighting. Why? Natural light has been shown in multiple studies to improve students' comfort, wellbeing and academic performance. Architects are therefore implementing design strategies that draw natural light into JYMS classrooms, hallways and interior spaces. The thoughtful use of transparency and "borrowed light" to help illuminate interior spaces were two strategies used to help brighten Baraboo High School with natural light. These same ideas will are key to the renovation and revitalization of JYMS.

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

NF Food Drive Brings 336 Pounds of Non-Perishables for Food Pantry
Although North Freedom Elementary had to cancel their annual luminary walk due to rain, North Freedom had a very successful food drive!  Students brought in 336 pounds of non-perishable food items for the Baraboo Food Pantry, which was 58 pounds more than last year. Way to go everyone!
GLW and North Freedom Holding Book Drives

West Students Tend School Garden
West Kindergarten Center neighbor, George Buchanan, has developed a school garden at West over the last few years with kindergarten classes helping to plant and harvest a variety of plant species while also learning about the life cycle of plants. 

GLW Hosts Culver's Fundraiser Oct. 29

Attention BHS Alumni Military Families
Attention Baraboo High School Alumni Military Families! 

If you have a son or a daughter who has graduated from the Baraboo High School and who is currently serving our country, please send the following to Baraboo High School teacher Steve Argo by Tuesday, October 29, 2019:
  • a digital photograph of him or her in their uniform
  • where they are stationed
  • their rank
  • what their current job is in the military

Please send to Steve Argo at by Tuesday, October 29, 2019. 


It is important to honor and show our appreciation for their service to our country. Their picture will be on the marquee in the High School Cafeteria for the month of November and entered into our BHS Digital Kiosks.

If you have any questions please contact Steve Argo at the Baraboo High School or Laurie Kowalke at Jack Young Middle School.
Giving Tree Applications Due Oct. 18
The Sauk County Giving Tree's mission is to assist families in need during the holiday season. 

If you'd like to participate this year, please 
for more information and an application. Applications are due Oct. 18.
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 sp ort meetings will follow at 6:30 p.m.  

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

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. 

Free Camp for Families Coping with Grief

Strengthening Families and Systems Training

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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