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BHS Holiday Band Concert
Date: Dec. 10
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Place: Al Ringling Theatre

BHS Holiday Choir Concert
Date: Dec. 10
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Al ringling Theatre

West Willson Parent Association Meeting
Date: Dec. 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: West Kindergarten Center

ABE PBIS Family Night
Date: Dec. 14
Time: 5:30-6:30
Place: Al Behrman Elementary

JYMS Winter Choir Concert 
Date: Dec. 18
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. (6th grade and WIN)
6:30-7:30 (7th and 8th grade)
Place: Jack Young Middle School

JYMS Winter Band Concert 
Date: Dec. 19
Time: 5:30-6 p.m. (6th grade); 6:30-7 p.m. (7th grade); 7:30-8:30 p.m. (8th grade)
Place: Jack Young Middle School

Baraboo Music Department Culver's Share Night
Date: Dec. 19
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Place: Culver's, Baraboo
Notes: Enjoy carols and songs sung by T-Birds as you dine! A percentage of all profits will go toward the Baraboo Music Department.

Winter Break - No School 
Date: Dec. 25 - Jan. 1

8th Grade Parent Night 
Date: Jan. 8
Time: 5:30-6 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Date: Jan. 18
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Place: Elementary schools

No School for Students
Date: Jan. 19

District Solo
& Ensemble Festival
Date: Feb. 24
Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

5th Grade 
District-Wide Concert
Date: March 5
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School

8th Grade Music 
Showcase Concert
Date: March 13
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS Big Gym

GLW 2nd Grade Concert
Date: April 10
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

GLW Kindergarten Concert
Date: May 7
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

JYMS Spring Band Concerts
Date: May 17
Time: 5:30 p.m. 6th grade; 6:30 p.m. 7th grade; 7:30 p.m. 8th grade
Place: JYMS Big Gym

JYMS Spring Choir Concerts
Date: May 22
Time: 5:30 p.m. (WIN & 6th grade); 6:30 p.m. (7th and 8th)
Place: JYMS Big Gym

District Spring Break
Date: March 26-30

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
December 7, 2017
Baraboo 21 Club Honors Korean War Vets
Baraboo High School's Baraboo 21 Club honored Korean War Veterans during a Veterans Day observance Nov. 10 at the Baraboo Civic Center.

Korean War veterans were awarded medals by the Baraboo 21 Club, as well as a service with BHS student Solveig Argo giving the main address.

The Baraboo 21 Club is raising funds for a memorial in honor of the of the twenty-one survivors of the SS Tuscania, which was attacked on February 5, 1918 during a World War I battle.
Indoor Pool Celebrates 20 Years!
Please join the Baraboo School District in celebrating 20 years of the Baraboo Indoor Pool!

In 1997, dedicated parents, like Lynn Keeling, went door to door to raise support for an indoor pool in Baraboo. They collected signatures and presented the signatures to the Baraboo Board of Education, who then put a referendum to the voters of Baraboo looking for support for the project.

The referendum narrowly passed, and in December of 1997 the community celebrated the grand opening of the Indoor Pool, with Heather Wood being named the Aquatics Director. 

We are #Barabooproud to house
Aquatics Director Heather Wood displays the towel given out during the original Indoor Pool grand opening in 1997. 20 years later, the pool is still making a splash!
this staple in the community, and it truly is a community pool for all ages to enjoy, from the parent-tot swim classes to the senior water aerobics classes, and every age and skill level in between.

There will be a celebration in 2018; stay tuned for dates and details.

Take a look at these #throwbackthursday newspaper articles from when the pool first opened! Do you recognize any of the original Baraboo Baywatch lifeguards?

District Hires New School Social Worker
Please join us in welcoming Taylor  Williams , School  Social  Worker , to the School District of Baraboo. We are excited to add a School Social Worker to the many building staff who are available to help support and advocate for our students and families.

Taylor is here to...
  • Help families access and utilize school and community resources or programs
  • Help alleviate any concerns a family may have
  • Help families communicate with school staff
  • Provide additional crisis intervention
  • Be an additional support in developing student plans
Most importantly, Taylor is here to advocate for you and your family however you may need .

You can reach Taylor by contacting your building principal, or by contacting her directly via phone (608-355-3950 x 1535) or email (
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ABE Celebrates Literacy
Al Behrman Elementary held its annual Family Literacy Night event on Thursday, Nov. 16.
The event featured fun projects and stories presented by ABE staff. Students received a punch card and traveled from room to room participating in book- and author-themed activities.

Thank You from Hope House!
In honor of Thanksgiving, many of us spent time last week eating good food, celebrating with friends and family, and taking time to relax after a busy fall season. Hopefully, we also got a chance to count our blessings and think about the things that we're grateful for but might sometimes take for granted. As someone who does sexual violence prevention work, it can be easy to focus on the hard things: the number of students who disclose that they've been victimized; the normalization of violence in our media and culture; and the persistence of rape myths and the willingness to blame survivors.
At the same time, I am constantly reminded of and humbled by the good in people. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with amazing teens who are brave enough to have hard conversations and, among all their other commitments and activities, show up to talk about social change. I meet with teachers who go out of their way to support struggling students and help raise awareness within their classrooms. Community partners do incredible extracurricular work with youth, organize meaningful events, and contribute their resources in the form of volunteer time and donations. 

We know these efforts make a difference every day, as survivors find more support in our communities and young people gain the knowledge and skills to keep violence from happening in the first place. We see powerful change happening at the national level too, as the #metoo movement has brought to light the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and assault, as well as demonstrated what happens when survivors' stories are heard and taken seriously.
I am grateful to be part of a movement for a safer, healthier future - and for the support of a community that cares so much about this vision. Thanks for all you do to support a world free from sexual violence.
Comments or questions? Feel free to contact Nola, Prevention Project Coordinator at Hope House, at or 608-356-9123.
GLW Giving Project 2017
Special Education teacher Charlee Sarnow at Gordon L. Willson Elementary assisted her students with a service learning project in November.

The students collected enough food for 27 families with a school-wide food drive, a shopping trip, and the culmination of the project where students prepared their own classroom meal. #Barabooproud

JYMS Girls Basketball Parents Meeting Set for Dec. 14
The JYMS Winter Sports Parents Meeting for Girls Basketball will be held on Thursday, December 14 in the JYMS Auditorium. Parents of girls in 7th and 8th grade who are interested in playing basketball should attend. Please sign your student up online through the Parent Portal on the School District of Baraboo website before attending the meeting.

Please arrive at 5:30 pm if you have not registered online. The general meeting will begin at 6 pm.

Students do NOT need to attend the meeting.  If you cannot make the meeting, please contact the appropriate coach below before the meeting to be added to the roster.

7th Grade BSKB:  Brian Witthun: or Alexandra Krucas:
8th Grade BSKB:  Meghan Bauer: or Alex Luther:

Mayor Palm Visits East Classroom
Our Baraboo Classroom Community Connection, Mayor Palm, visits Mrs. Helbing's third grade classroom just before Thanksgiving break on Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017.

Mayor Palm shared details about himself and his role as our city government leader. The third graders enjoyed learning what it takes to be a leader of our Baraboo community and all the important tasks and decisions he makes with other government officials on his team.  

East Holds STEM Night Dec. 7

Glacier Valley Ford Drive 4 UR School Event brings BHS clubs $5,780
This fall the Baraboo High School partnered with Glacier Valley Ford of Baraboo for a Drive 4 UR School fundraising event. The school earned donations when people took a test drive of a Ford vehicle, raising $5,780 for three BHS clubs: Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Baraboo 21, and the Sophomore Class.
The Sophomore Class will use their portion of the donation for Prom 2018-19; FBLA will use their portion to attend state and national competitions; Baraboo 21 will  use the funds toward the Tuscania Memorial they are fundraising for to honor World War I veterans.
Glacier Valley Ford owners Mike and Becki Hoppe presented the donation to BHS representatives: FBLA advisor Greg Manson; Baraboo 21 advisor Steve Argo, and sophomore class officers Lara Justus and Sonia Tomas.
Pictured from left to right are Baraboo High School Athletics Director Jim Langkamp, Glacier Valley Ford owners Mike and Becki Hoppe, Allison Jaynes, Lara Justus, Class of 2020 representative Sonia Tomas, Class of 2020 and FBLA representative Lauren Meyer, BHS senior and FBLA member Elise Lewison, FBLA advisor Greg Manson, and Baraboo 21 advisor Steve Argo.

Leatherberry Named FFA Member of the Month

4K Students Receive Books!
Shirley Steinhorst, mother of 4K teacher Emma Steinhorst, reads to 4K students at Bear-A-Boo Daycare. 

Every 4K student in the BELC 4K program got a book donated by John Neuman, owner of Scenic Bluffs New Holland Farm Equipment!
Surgeon Visits 6th Grade Careers Class
On Dec. 1, Jack Young Middle School's 6th Grade Careers Class, taught by Mr. Tyler Fish, welcomed Dr. Eric Anderson, a surgeon at Divine Savior in Portage, to talk about his job and do a demonstration for the class.

Dr. Anderson brought in a pig's leg. The class made incisions using tools and stitched the incisions with dissolvable stitches.

Sign Up for Swimming Lessons!
Reminder: Winter Swimming Lesson Registration starts Monday, Dec. 11!

WEB Leaders Read to Local Day Care
Jack Young Middle School counselor Mrs. Christina Olson accompanied three eighth-grade WEB (Where I Belong) Leaders to Children's Day Center yesterday.

The WEB Leaders read the story "Have you filled a bucket today?" to the 3- and 4-year-old students at the non-profit day care, located on Madison Ave., just two blocks from the middle school. This heartwarming story encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by "filling buckets."

The second book the WEB Leaders read was "Good Morning Yoga." The book taught the kids how to calm their bodies and minds by using yoga and belly breathing.

We are #Barabooproud of our WEB leaders and this #communityconnection!

NF Students Receive Intro into Coding
Elementary Media Specialist, Mrs. Karen Nelson, visited the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at North Freedom Elementary on Wednesday, December 6 th to give students an introduction into coding in preparation for the "Hour of Code" activities Baraboo High School students will present to students on December 19 th . 

Model UN Attends Chicago Conference
The newly formed Baraboo High School Model United Nations club recently attended a Model UN conference in Chicago, the Chicago International Model United Nations. Here, 19 high school students from BHS represented a variety of countries, from Oman to Burundi to Cyprus to Vanuatu, as well as an individual cabinet member representing Israel and a journalist representing EuroNews. The conference was four days in length, with more than 20 hours of committee action and involving more than one thousand students from around the world. It took place in the famous Hilton Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Downtown Chicago.

At the conference, topics of debate included a variety of subjects such as climate change, terrorism, North Korean aggression, economic sustainability, nuclear disarmament, and ongoing humanitarian efforts. Students discussed and debated with other students from as close as Madison to as far away as New Jersey, Washington D.C., Mexico, and the Cayman Islands. They learned first hand the intricacies of parliamentary procedure and, in some cases, the frustrations of rules and regulations in for the form of multiple amendments and filibusters. All students came back to BHS having had a great educational experience and newfound friends from near and far. 

If you have any questions about the club or wish to donate for future conferences please contact Jake Boll at .
ESPSG Sponsors Craft Workshop at East Elementary
The East School Parent Support Group (ESPSG) hosted a Craft Workshop at East School  on Saturday  Dec., 2.  

Community members, students from East, grandparents and others enjoyed the opportunity to create small gifts at various stations in the school gymnasium.  For a nominal fee, children selected specific crafts to make for loved ones in their life.  The craft workshop is not a fundraiser but a way to give back to the amazing children in our East School extended family. 

Holiday ornaments, Russian tea and photo frames were among the favorite stations supported by volunteer East parents.  Oh, what fun!

Thank you, ESPSG! We appreciate our dedicated volunteers!

BHS Students Help Make Baraboo Art Sculpture 
Baraboo High School art teachers Mrs. Watson and Mrs. Wyman, community leaders, Baraboo Mayor Mike Palm, the Baraboo Public Art Association, and Baraboo High School Art Club members all become part of the first installment of artwork in Baraboo's first sculpture park, Myron Park, on South Boulevard.

Madison artist Will Turnbull delivered his elephant sculpture on Saturday and invited the Baraboo Art Club to help choose and place the stones inside of the frame. Students were a part of the creation of a permanent art sculpture in Baraboo!  

It was an incredible event that brought BHS art students together with Baraboo City officials, business leaders, Baraboo Public Art Association board members and a real working artist from Madison.  

The first picture shows students gathered with Baraboo Mayor Mike Palm and his wife. They are standing among the native quartzite rocks that they helped to sort in preparation for the sculpture's arrival. The second photo shows BHS art students Isabella Martinez, Brandon Ersepke, and Julianna Ersepke in discussion with Madison artist and sculptor of the elephant Will Turnbull.

First Graders Win North Freedom Art Behavior Competition!
North Freedom Elementary art teacher, Ms. Danielle Nolden, is having a Art Behavior Competition between the grade levels and Mrs. Gabrielson's first grade class won the first round!

The class received an art trophy and a prize day. They each got to create trading cards and use them as nametag necklaces as well as start a collection in their personal art card sleeve!

Congrats, NF first graders!

Now Hiring Kid Stop Assistants
The School District of Baraboo has an opening for a Kid Stop assistant. Kid Stop is a before-school and after-school child care program available to all district students in grades K-5. Interested applicants should have successful experience working with children be enthusiastic, and be flexible. The after-school program runs from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 1-6 p.m. on Wednesday. The starting hourly rate is $11.44. However, prior experience working with children and training will be taken into consideration when placing an employee along the Kid Stop salary schedule. 

Qualifications: Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, hold an associates degree in Early Child Education or successfully completed an Early Childhood Education course within six months of hire. The training would be provided by the district.

How to apply:  Applications are available here. Interested candidates should submit an application to Amy Fassbender, Principal, Gordon L. Willson Elementary School, 146 Berkley Blvd., West Baraboo, 53913.
Phone: 608-355-3925, ext. 7010

14th Annual Free Christmas Dinner
The First United Methodist Church, 615 Broadway in Baraboo, will host the 14th annual free Baraboo Area Community Christmas Dinner
on Monday, December 25 at 12:00 noon. All are welcome.

The Baraboo Area Community Christmas Dinner is the work of numerous churches, charitable groups and individual volunteers. The event draws an average of 250 guests of all ages, both individuals and entire extended families.

The hot, home-cooked dinner will include turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salads, desserts and beverages. Volunteers are needed to help prepare, serve and clean up after the meal.

Cash donations and contributions of turkey breasts and hams are also welcome. While there is no cost for the meal, a free-will offering will be accepted to help cover expenses.

To help plan the proper amount of food, reservations are encouraged. To place a reservation to attend the dinner or to schedule a meal delivery, call the First United Methodist Church office at (608) 356-3991. The event is dine-in or delivery only; there will be no take-outs.

To make a donation to the dinner, contact the church at (608) 356-3991 or Judy Ellington at (608) 356-5495.
Baraboo Student Council Holds Toy Drive

Calling All Water Warriors!

The Baraboo School District is Hiring!
Now hiring guest (substitute) teachers for all levels (4K-12)! Pay is between $100-$115/day.
For more information, contact Colleen Bradley in Human Resources at or 608-355-3950, extension 1025.
Updated Date for Prom 2018: May 5th
The Baraboo High School 2017-'18 Prom will be held on May 5, 2018 .

It was previously announced that the Prom would take place on April 28, 2018 , but this date causes conflicts with other events and activities.  Prom has typically been held on the first Saturday  in May, and BHS will continue with that tradition.
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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