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West Fundraiser 
@ Dairy Queen 
Dates: Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 14
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Place: Dairy Queen, Baraboo
Contact: Principal Olson, 355-3906, cdolson@
Notes: Funds raised will go toward new playground equipment at West

ASVAB Career Exploration
Date: Jan. 25
Time: 8 a.m.
Place: BHS media center
Cost: Free
Contact: BHS student services
Notes: grades 10-12; provides info on career paths and college majors

Poms Squad 
Dance Clinic
Date: Jan. 28
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Place: BHS cafeteria
Cost: $20
Contact: Jordyn  Denzer at jdenzer
Notes: for grades K-5; students will perform during basketball game

Academic and Career Planning Parent Night
Date: Jan. 30
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: JYMS auditorium
Cost: Free
Notes: Learn more about preparing your child for college/career

BHS Madrigal Dinner
Date: Feb. 10, 11
Place: Al. Ringling Mansion
Contact: Lynn Gunnell, 355-3947
Notes: R eservations must be made by  Feb. 3   

CPR Certification
Date: Feb. 22
Time: 1:15-3:15
Place: BHS, Room E123
Cost: $30/person
Notes: Register with Dr. Bartman; 24 spots available

Thunderbird Thursday Update
Jan. 19, 2017
JYMS Receives Active Shooter Training
The staff at Jack Young Middle School received a hands-on lesson Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The Baraboo School District partnered with the City of Baraboo Police Department, Fire Department, and Sauk County Emergency Services to conduct an ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training to better prepare the staff in the event that the school would be targeted by an aggressive intruder.

The training began in the JYMS auditorium with an overview on ALICE. The staff were told how the ALICE Training program was created as an options-based program that provides strategies, training and practices to help the staff be proactive and effective in the event of a real-life intruder in the school.

 Previously, the status-quo for training against intruders had been to implement the Traditional Lockdown Method, which involved locking the door, turning off the lights and sitting quietly while waiting for the intruder to pass.

ALICE takes a more proactive stance.

With ALICE's five options, it allows the teacher to make an informed, planned and practiced decision to ensure the safety and well-being of his or her students.

Currently, the Baraboo School District's focus is to train the staff in ALICE techniques and strategies. Later in the year, we will plan developmentally- and age-appropriate practices with students. Communications with specific details will go out to families prior to training involving students.

For a detailed description and more photos of the ALICE Training at JYMS, check us out on Facebook!  
Tory Jax wins District Spelling Bee, Annie Langkamp takes 2nd
It was an impressive show of wits as fifth- through eighth-grade students battled to be named Baraboo's top speller during the District Spelling Bee on Jan. 13, 2017, in the JYMS auditorium.

Tory Jax, a fifth-grade student from GLW, spelled V-I-C-T-O-R-Y after 19 rounds, with words including potentialities, Patagonia, prestidigitation, pugnacious, moiety, pertinacity, Hebrides, phosphine, outre, malacca and ague.

Annie Langkamp, a fifth-grade student from East, came in at a close second, correctly spelling words like gesticulations, interminableness, constabulary, eucalyptus, Lilliput, castellated, nautilus, rheumatic and phrenologists.

Tory and Annie will continue their quest for spelling bee glory at the Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 7 in Portage.

Alternates for regionals are Alice Davies, a seventh-grade student at JYMS, and Mattie Letendre, an eighth-grade student at JYMS. Alice and Mattie were eliminated in round 8 of the district's spelling bee on the words Jacobean and recusant.

We are #Barabooproud of all participating students and wish Tory and Annie S-U-C-C-E-S-S at regionals!
In Memoriam: Nancy Blum
Baraboo High School special education teacher Nancy Ann Blum, 55, of West Baraboo, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at UW Hospital with family by her side.
Nancy, daughter of Louis and Lorraine (Bergren) Hellewell was born Sept. 22, 1961, in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She was a graduate of Baraboo High School, Class of 1980. Nancy furthered her education by obtaining a bachelor of elementary education and physical education from Winona State University and a master of education with a specialty in learning disability and emotional/behavioral disability from Edgewood College. Nancy worked as an EMT-I with the Baraboo Ambulance from 1996-1998 at which time she started her career for the Baraboo School District as a special education teacher in 1998 until the time of her death. She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Gilda's Club and Baraboo Education Association. In her free time Nancy enjoyed reading, cross-stitching and spending time with her family.
Survivors include her loving husband, Tim of Baraboo; children, Matthew (Samantha) Blum of Kenosha, Michele (Tom) Walters of Moody, Texas; grandchildren, Katelyn Krieg, Victor Krieg and Matthew Hennings all of Moody, Texas; she is further survived by her mother, Lorraine Hellewell of Baraboo; brothers, Joseph Hellewell of Bailey, Colorado, Louis (Kathy) Hellewell of Spring, Texas; sisters, Judith (Peter) McDonald of Madison, Darlene (Clark) Nielsen of Marrietta, Georgia; in-laws, Ralph (Betty) Blum; as well as other relatives and many friends.
Nancy was a cherished member of the Baraboo School District family and she will be greatly missed.

There will be a visitation from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Redlin Funeral Home; a visitation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Church of Latter Day Saints followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. at the church. 
Baraboo Elementary School Wristband Night

Academic and Career Planning Parent Night
Parents wanting to learn more about supporting their students' career and college goals are welcome to join us for a Parent Night on Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Jack Young Middle School Auditorium. 

This action-packed evening will include:

* D efining academic and career planning for a 21st Century student;
* Sharing the online career- and college-planning tools our district is using with 6th-12th grade students so that parents can engage in the process alongside their students;
* A chance to talk with teachers about the many options available to students depending on their interests and passions;
* A presentation by UW-Baraboo/Sauk County staff about what they look for in incoming students; and
* A panel of local business leaders ready to talk about the skills, qualifications and personal traits they are looking for in future employees.

This free event will leave parents with the tools and knowledge to engage with their students as they prepare for life beyond high school. Hope you can join us!
Call for Proposals for Former Admin Building
Upcoming Concerts
District Solo and Ensemble
The Baraboo School District will host the Music Solo and Ensemble Festival on  Saturday, Feb. 25 at Baraboo High School, with approximately 1,000 visitors from four different school districts.
The music department is seeking volunteers for room monitors, concessions and runners. Please email Kathy Bullock at  if you can volunteer time or food items to help make this event a huge success for our young musicians!  
Madrigal Dinner
The Baraboo High School Vocal Music Department will perform a Madrigal Dinner  on  Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11  at the Al. Ringling Mansion.  

Please contact Lynn Gunnell at Baraboo High School 355-3947 for tickets and more information.  All reservations must be made by  Feb. 3 .  
Stadium Chair Fundraiser
The BHS Gymnastics Team is selling the Baraboo Thunderbirds Classic Stadium Chair for $40.

To purchase, contact: 
Michele Feld at
Lori Seymour at
Tammy Porter at
Kids Dance Clinic on Jan. 28
The Poms Squad will host a dance clinic for kids on grades K-5 on  Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Baraboo High School cafeteria. The cost is $20.

The kids will get to learn a dance created by the Poms Squad. After the morning session, the kids will return to the hig   h school to perform their cool routine at halftime of the basketball game (game begins at 2:30 p.m.). The kids will receive a t-shirt to wear for the performance, which they get to keep.

Contact dance coach Jordyn Denzer at for registration information. 
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