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Spring Break - No School
Date: April 15 - 19

Egg Hunt with the Heroes
Date: April 14
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Place: Pierce Park
Note: Rain or Shine!

Baraboo Key Club
Egg Hunt
Date: April 20
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Baraboo High School practice field (behind the BHS green house)
Note: This event is for children 10 years old and younger

Title VI - Indian Education Program Public Hearing
Date: April 23
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: House of Wellness food court (S2845 White Eagle Road, Baraboo)

Youth Mental Health
First Aid Training
Date: April 30
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School Media Center, Leopold Room

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

East School Parent Group Pizza Ranch Tip Night
Date: May 20
Time: 4:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Place: Pizza Ranch, Baraboo

AM 4K Make-Up Day
Date: May 22
Time: 7:40-11:05
Note: The PM 4K classes will not meet on May 22; only the AM classes.

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 27

T-Bird Mini Tri
Date: May 30
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School
Note: Registration due by May 29. Rain Date of June 1 @ 10 a.m. 

Last Day of School
Date: June 7
Note: This will be a half 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.

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:  Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos
Author: Lulu Delacre
For: Middle grade readers
Summary: Short stories drawn from true accounts offer moving portraits of the hardships and victories of the diverse Latinos who live in the United States.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
April 11, 2019
4K Gets Hands-on With Nature
Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center visited 4K students for the third time this year! In this visit, students reviewed the big ideas presented in the first two visits: habitats and the difference between reptiles and amphibians. 

Students recalled that habitats are the types places animals live. They remembered that prairies, wetlands/lakes, forests, and deserts are examples of habitats. 

They also highlighted the differences between reptiles, which lay eggs on land and have scales, and amphibians, which lay eggs in the water and have wet skin. Some examples of reptiles include turtles, snakes, and lizards. Some examples of amphibians are toads, salamanders, and mudpuppies. 

Next, students were able to feel through a plastic bag what a turtle's scute feels like. A turtle's shell is covered in scutes -- a bony external plate that sometimes sheds. 

Finally, students were introduced to two new animals! First, they met Larry, the Three-toed Box Turtle. Larry's shell has a hinge that allows him to close his shell like a box when he is hiding inside. Next, they met Mars, the mudpuppy. Mars has gills to breathe underwater; however, he also has lungs so he can breathe air. That means he can swim in water AND walk on land! Thank you for coming, Upham Woods!

JYMS Students Participate in Courage Retreat
"A young person's character shapes their destiny and impacts their community. Research shows that students with high social-emotional learning and character skills perform better academically and take responsibility for the culture of their school. Character traits are built and enhanced by experiences throughout our lifetimes. We empower kids to be themselves and take  positive risks that make a healthy difference  for themselves, their peers and their school." - Youth Frontiers, Courage Retreat

Self-awareness, empathy connectedness and, of course, courage were the theme of the day during last week's Courage Retreat for JYMS seventh-grade students, where students were encouraged to follow their hearts instead of the crowd, use courage and make responsible decisions despite their fears.

The retreat started with a series of high-energy, highly interactive activities to help build trust and break down social barriers. Students were engaged from the moment they walked in, beginning by walking through a human tunnel comprised of cheering Baraboo High School student leaders into the JYMS gym. Students were led through small group discussions, presentations from Youth Frontier staff members, and individual reflection time.

During the closing activity, students took time to reflect on how they will act with courage at JYMS. They were then given the opportunity to share it with their classmates - a courageous act in and of itself!

Click here to view more photos from the JYMS Courage Retreat.

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FBLA Competes at State Conference
This week the Baraboo FBLA team competed against 120 other school districts at the Wisconsin State FBLA Leadership Conference.  Almost 30 kids competed in individual and team events to test their knowledge and skills in business and marketing.  The experiences that the kids have undertaken this year leading up to this point have been transformative in modeling our next generation of business leaders. 

The following students successfully placed in their events, and if they placed in the top four will be attending the National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

5th Place - Broadcast Journalism - Paige Lewison, Claire Bildsten, and Lannie Koppie
6th Place - Intro to Business Presentation- Meg Turkington, Zann Petersen, and Payton Nicksic 
1st Place - Sales Presentation - Jacob Carignan 
4th Place - Cyber Security - John Cornwell 
8th Place - Network Design - Ethan Sefkar and Mychal Hainz 
1st Place - Sports and Entertainment Management - Brady Quinn, Colton Terry, and Will Gunnell 
6th Place - 3-D Animation - Austin Boettcher and Eli Culbertson 
1st Place - Journalism - Ashley Cornwell 
4th Place - Public Speaking - Adele Griffin 

Baraboo was ranked the 13th chapter overall, and inducted its first State Officer! #Barabooproud

Time to Register for 2019-20!
JYMS Students Attend UW-Platteville Expo
On April 4, 8th grade students at Jack Young Middle School traveled to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for the Engineering, Science, and Math Expo. 

At the Expo, students had the chance to explore various exhibits hosted by UWP students and faculty. Students also ate in the campus dining halls and went on a campus tour. In addition, the group met with a UWP Admissions counselor to learn about applying to college and preparing for their future career goals in high school. 

Third Annual BHS Fine Arts Night
Baraboo High School will hold its third annual Fine Arts Night starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25. 

This year will feature an art show, culinary demonstrations, forensics and musical performances, live art demos and a paint-your-own canvas fundraiser from 5-7 p.m.  

At 7 there will be a jazz performance and the art awards.

This event is a partnership between the Baraboo High School Art Department, the Baraboo High School Forensics Team, the Baraboo High School FCE (Family and Consumer Education) Department and the Baraboo High School Music Department.

NF Holds DQ Fundraiser

NF Students Speak Chimps with Jane Goodall
Third and fifth graders at North Freedom Elementary shared a unique experience Tuesday morning when they got to listen to Jane Goodall talk about her extensive work with chimpanzees.  

Students from around the world asked Jane questions, such as, "Were you ever afraid of the chimpanzees?" and "How did you get the chimpanzees to trust you?"  

Jane's calm demeanor was evident as she discussed her experiences, which is part of what made her so successful in observing animals. 

Sign Up for ASVAB by April 23!
As the 2019 School Year comes to a close and summer approaches, there are many decisions to be finalized by the graduating class and many more decision to be made by the upcoming senior class of next year. 

If you are looking for a new career exploration tool, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) just might be the tool you need. The ASVAB is a multiple choice, multiple section test that covers a wide variety of academic and vocational skillsets.

As a career exploration tool: the ASVAB can indicate a natural ability within occupations such as Computer Sciences, Mechanics, Electronics and Automation. 

As a Military test: the ASVAB is used as a qualifier for certain career paths in the Armed Forces and it tests applicants that show an aptitude towards success within those career paths.

Baraboo High School is administering this test on Wednesday, April 24! You can sign up all the way through the end of the day on Tuesday, April 23 in Student Services.

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
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Set for April 30

East Earns Their Wings with Good Behavior
While reviewing PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Cool Tools, East Elementary students earned feathers for using their cool tools in place of Panther Paws for the week. 

Grade levels worked together to create a beautiful set of wings that were displayed in the school's front entry way. These wings will be used as a photo op to encourage a sense of belonging and community in the building.

BHS Model UN Hold First STRAMUN Conference
On Saturday, April 6th, Baraboo High School's Model United Nations hosted their first conference: STRAMUN.

Congratulations to Annaliese Brozak for winning MVP for the Southeast Asian Coalition and leading her committee to 1st overall. The delegates were Isaac Agren, Evan Exo, Joe Bullock, Ethan Witthun, Avary Benavides, Eric Gumz, and Seth Hittman.

Also congrats to Annaliese Barnard for winning MVP in the European Union and special thanks to our battle sims John Goeckermann, Garrett Exo, Chandler Dance, Teague Cutrell, and Head SIM Ashley Cornwell for running the simulations!

Join the Hunt with Key Club!

NF Gets Up Close and Personal with Creepy-Crawly Class Pets
Science was a bit creepy-crawly on Thursday afternoon when 3rd graders studied some live critters. Termites and pill bugs (roly polies) became temporary "class pets" for the day. Students had fun testing if the tiny guests preferred light or dark environments, if they appeared to interact with each other, and if termites will follow a scent trail. Students also got a close-up view of their tiny legs and body parts using magnifying lenses.
JYMS 6th Grade Volleyball

BSD's Title VI - Indian Education Program Public Hearing Set for April 23
FFA Holds Spring Plant Sale
We're Hiring: Summer Custodial & Maintenance Positions!
Looking for a summer job? We are hiring  a number of summer custodial & maintenance positions! 

The minimum hourly compensation rates will be as follows:
Lawn Crew - $8.50 |  Maintenance Crew - $8.50 |  Cleaning Crew - $7.75

These positions will begin on or about June 10, 2019. The regular schedule will be 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Summer cleaning crew must be age 16 or older. Summer maintenance crew must be 18 or older and must possess a valid driver's license. Successful candidates will be able to perform medium-heavy work, exert force and lift up to 75 pounds and constantly stand and walk, with or without a reasonable accommodation.  

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. 

NF Holds Annual Egg Hunt

Get Your Summer Swim On!
Team Baraboo's Italiano Burger Featured at Baraboo Burger Co!
We are very excited to announce that Baraboo Burger Company, located at  116 4th Ave. in Downtown Baraboo,will  be featuring "The Italiano Burger" as its Burger of the Month for April. 

This Burger was created by Baraboo High School Culinary Arts students and received first place at the 1st Annual Hunger Games competition. Baraboo Burger Company will be donating $1 to the BHS Culinary Arts Program for every Italiano Burger sold in the Month of April. 

The goal is to sell 700 of these delicious burgers. And if a mouth-watering burger isn't enough incentive, BHS is also raffling off a prime visitor parking spot for the duration of two weeks in May! 

Here's how to enter: when you order an Italiano Burger at the Baraboo Burger Company you can clearly write your name and email address at the bottom of the receipt and deposit the receipt into the designated box.  For every Italiano burger you buy, you will get three entries into the parking spot raffle.

Baraboo Reads BINGO
Eat Pizza. Support Freshmen!

Egg Hunt with the Heroes
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Sauk County Historical Society

Intramural Golf Offered for Middle School Students
Jack Young Middle School is offering intramural golf for students currently in 6th-8th grade. 

The program is offered every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-4:30 beginning this week through May 20. 

If you would like to join, please contact Jennifer Schoell at .

Click here for more information.

Any student residing within the Baraboo School District boundaries who is currently in 6th-8th grade in a private school or homeschool is eligible to participate. 
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.

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 Bara boo School District's Elementary Summer Academy is g oing 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.
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.

Phase III: Revitalize Jack Young Middle School Referendum Passes
On April 2, 2019 Baraboo School District voters passed a $41.7 million facilities referendum to revitalize Jack Young Middle School. Passage of the referendum will allow the District to complete important infrastructure improvements, modernize learning spaces and expand common areas at the aging middle school.
"We sincerely thank the community for their ongoing involvement in our schools and support of this important referendum," said School Board President Kevin Vodak. "I feel fortunate to live in a community that invests in education.  The passage of the referendum on April 2 is just the latest example of how deeply our community values high quality public schools."
Passage of the referendum allows the District to begin design and construction work at Jack Young Middle School. Design of the renovated and expanded school will likely be completed in Winter 2020, at which point public bidding and construction can begin. The project is scheduled to be completed in time for the Fall 2021 school year.
"The Board is excited to begin the next phase of this project. We look forward to transforming Jack Young Middle School into a modern learning environment where all our students can thrive," said Board member Sean McNevin. "As we do so, the Board will be watching closely to ensure the project comes in on-time and on-budget."
The Baraboo School District has a long-standing commitment to informing and engaging its stakeholders. The design and construction projects at Jack Young Middle School will be no different.
"Our positive outcome was a result of a good plan, a transparent planning process, and a commitment to informing the community of the needs we face," said District Administrator Dr. Lori Mueller. "As the design and construction process moves forward, we will continue to keep our community informed."

Board member Mike Kohlman said, "Our students are at the core of everything teachers, administrators, staff, and board members do, so I'm very happy for our students, and the improved educational environment that this project will create for them. I also appreciate the community support which is an affirmation of the good work done by our teachers and administrators."
Thank you for your continued support, Baraboo! We are proud to live in a community that values its students, teachers and the future of Baraboo.

To view information and stay up-to-date on the latest referendum news, visit the  Facilities Referendum page on our website. Stay tuned for more updates as we continue the design and construction process.

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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