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Winter Carnival 
Date:  January 25
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM  

JYMS Literacy Night
Date: Feb. 5
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS commons
Notes: There will be an Author Talk with Ben Michaelson at 5 p.m. in the Auditorium, followed by a book signing.

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

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Date: March 16 - 18  
Place: Al. Ringling Theatre

Baraboo High School
Showcase Concert
Date: March 22
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Gymnasium

District Spring Break
Date: March 26-30

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

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
January 25 , 2018

Rain, Snow, Below Zero Temperatures or Shine - We Appreciate our Crossing Guards!
JYMS Students Participate in School-Level National History Day
On Friday, January 19th, 38 students participated in the National History Day School-Level Competition at Jack Young Middle School. These 8th graders have been working on their projects since October and this was their first time presenting their work.

National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 6-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic. This year, the annual theme is "Con flict and Compromise in History." Students present their conclusions by creating museum-style exhibits, media documentaries, research papers, interactive websites, and dramatic performances.

There were fourteen community members on hand to act as volunteer judges including teachers, members of the Sauk County Historical Society and members of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The judges listened to students talk about their projects and asked them follow-up questions about their research. Students will receive feedback and use that to improve their projects before the Regional Competition in Madison on February 24th.

The projects presented on Friday included: 
The Berlin Wall: Global Conflict and Compromise - Anna Brozack and Eva Huffaker
The Cuban Missile Crisis: 13 Days of Conflict and Compromise - Nick Ball and Chris Shanks 
Hamilton vs. Jefferson: The Conflict that Created the Political Party System in America - Eric Gumz and Jason Justus
The 19th Amendment: Conflict over Women Getting the Vote - Hope Bowers, Shaylee Dougherty, and Alex Puhl
Little Rock Nine: Conflict Over Integration - Amanda Dent, Megan Faivre and Kylie Sprecher
The Stonewall Riots: Conflict and Compromise Surrounding LGBT Rights - Emma Hause and Meg Turkington
The Trail of Tears: Conflict over Land and the Rights of Native Tribes - Hailey Hardin and Jordana WhiteEagle
Alexander Hamilton vs. Aaron Burr: Conflict without Compromise - Joe Bullock, Matilda Lund, Josiah Stevens, and Ethan Witthun
The Stonewall Riots: Conflict and Compromise for the LGBTQ+ Community - Avary Benevides-Shefland, Ana Exterovich, and Anna Janssen
Votes for Women: Conflict and Compromise leading to the 19th Amendment - Alice Davies, Katie Gruber and Trinity Sobojinski
Birth of a Nation: Conflict and Compromise around Race in America - Nyah Culbertson, Maylee Elliott, and Ethan Grunewald
WAVES: Conflict and Compromise for Women in WWII - Alexis Winecke and Autumn Winecke
Watergate: Creating a Compromised Faith in the American Government. - Claire Bildsten and Maggie Cleary
The KKK: Conflict and Compromise - Zach Huffaker and Charlie Spencer
The Salem Witch Trials: Economic and Legal Conflict and Compromise in Colonial Massachusetts - Yvette Courchane
Ojibwe Spearfishing Controversy: Conflict and Compromise over Fishing Rights in Wisconsin - Elijah Hulett
Nikola Tesla Vs. Thomas Edison: The War of Currents - Tyler Jensen

Our Youngest Students Explore Science!
Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative (BELC) 4K students in Ms. Amanda's class at Children's Day Center and Preschool have fun with science, exploring textures at the sensory table and problem solving skills as they fit building blocks together to create a tower!

Make Sure to Update Your Preferences!
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1) Click on the "following" button on our page and make sure "see first" is checked.
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A Brief Taste of Winter in North Freedom
The snow didn't last, but North Freedom students took advantage of the the first snowfall to blanket the North Freedom playground while they could!

Students Attend FFA Leadership Conference
Tianda Deaver and Kiersten Leatherberry of the Baraboo FFA Chapter attended the Wisconsin Association of FFA Half-Time Leadership Conference in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, January 12-13, 2018. More than 350 FFA members, advisors and state FFA officers participated. The Half-Time Leadership Conference provides FFA chapter leaders from around the state the opportunity to set goals and prepare for the second half of their year of service in their local FFA chapters. FFA members attended workshops focused on leadership and personal development, membership and chapter development, and opportunities in FFA. They learned about preparing for FFA events and getting involved in community service.

The Half-Time conference is a 32-year tradition for the Wisconsin Association of FFA to bring top FFA leaders from across the state together to learn more about what they can do in their local FFA chapters. This year's leadership conference was designed and conducted by the 2017-2018 Wisconsin State FFA Officers. The theme of the conference was "Setting the Stage."

Half-Time is one of the premier leadership conferences in our state and designed by student leaders. It allows FFA chapter leaders to "develop their leadership skills, learn more about FFA activities and meet people while having fun," said Cheryl Zimmerman, State FFA Executive Director. "We are able to provide young people with an excellent experience to
develop their leadership skills and get them excited about Agriculture, Agricultural Education and the FFA so they can build their local programs." FFA advisors were also busy during the weekend as they attended training sessions in the areas of youth livestock opportunities,
reenergizing for the second half of the school year, FFA updates and other key topics in agricultural education.
Kindergartners Explore Animal Science
The kindergarten students in Mrs. Baird's classroom at West Kindergarten Center got up close and personal during a presentation by Upham Woods. Students learned about the habitats and adaptations of turtles and geckos. 

Reserve Your Meeting Space Today!
Is your group looking for a place to meet, hold a training session or have a conference? Host your next meeting at one of the available spaces with the Baraboo School District! 

Available spaces include:
Two conference areas at our District Office, 423 Linn Street
A computer lab for business trainings
Professional Development room at East Elementary
Indoor Pool open swim and birthday parties
Commercial kitchen 
JYMS Auditorium

Upon reserving a space, please specify your needs, such as:
  • Do you need tables?
  • Do you need a microphone?
  • Do you need a projector?
  • Do you need the bleachers pulled out in the gym?
If you would like to reserve any of these spaces please contact Executive Administrative Assistant to the District Administrator and School Board, Ellen Weiland at (608) 355-3950 ext. 1020 or
Something Smells Fishy in North Freedom
North Freedom Elementary 5th graders explored the similarities and differences between a bony fish, the yellow perch, and an invasive species, the sea lamprey. Students dissected the fish and studied the structures and functions of each organism and used that data to create a scientific explanation as to why the lamprey has the potential to be a major problem as a predator in the Great Lakes.

GLW 4th and 5th Graders Compete in Math 24
GLW students participated in Math 24 this week.

Math 24 is a game used to practice math facts. Students practiced during recess and at home prior to the competition.  The object of the game is to ma ke the number 24 from the four numbers on a game card.  You can add, subtract, multiply and divide. Use all four numbers on the card, but use each number only once. You do not have to use all four operations. 

Let's see if you can guess
the  answer to this Math 24 

(answer below photos)

4 x 3 = 12
12 x 2 = 24
24 รท 1 = 24

Did you get the answer?
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse: Have the Conversation
Baraboo High School students attended an assembly with Mike McGowan on Monday to kick off a series of presentations around Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) topics. Mr. McGowan is president of McGowan and Associates, a training and consultation firm specializing in alcohol, drug, conflict resolution, and workplace and family issues. He is also a motivational speaker and his seminars and presentations are uniquely educational and entertaining. 

PARENTS: you can watch the presentation on our Facebook page (click here to view video) to hear the same messages your students heard!

The Baraboo School District is committed to providing prevention education and support for students and their families around the issue of drugs and alcohol abuse and use. to kick off a series of presentations around these Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) topics. 

Following Mr. McGowan's presentation, students were given the opportunity to sign up for a series of optional Enrichment sessions where additional AODA information will be presented from a variety of experts and professionals from around the area. Those presentations and related topics will take place on the following dates:

Friday, February 2nd--Current Drug Trends: Presented by the City of Baraboo Police Department

Tuesday, February 13th--Ripple Effect and Impact of Substance Abuse: Presented by Sauk County Criminal Justice Programs

The Baraboo School District is partnering with members of the Sauk County Criminal Justice Programs and City of Baraboo Police Department to create and deliver these outreach presentations. It is our goal that we will provide students current and factual information around AODA issues and to provide relevant resources. We also encourage parents/guardians to have conversations at home with your high school student(s) about these issues and to encourage them to sign up and actively participate in the optional Enrichment offerings.  
If you have questions and/or are seeking additional information, please contact the high school at (608) 355-3940.
GLW to Have Family Game Night
Gordon L Willson Elementary will have a family game night Thursday, February 9th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.!

Playing board games helps students bond with their family and helps them to work on their motor skills, strategy usage and problem solving technique.
SAVE THE DATE for the Baraboo Indoor Pool's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
BHS Construction Update: January 2018
Facebook Live: "Grading for Learning," Brought to you by Visger and Brickl!
The Baraboo School District went live!

On Monday, Jan. 8, Baraboo High School associate principals Mr. Visger and Mr. Brickl presented on Grading for Learning in a Facebook Live event. 

In an effort to help our graduates be more college and career ready, Baraboo High School has been taking measures to improve communication about student performance and increase rigor experienced by students in the classroom. These measures are already in application in many classes. You can expect this to be building-wide and reflected on report for the 2018-19 school year.

Couldn't watch it live? No problem; the video is on our Facebook page for you to reference at your convenience.
New Year's Resolution: Join the Baraboo Indoor Pool!
New sessions will begin soon at the Baraboo Indoor Pool! Visit our website here for more information on:

Annual memberships
Swimming lessons
Aqua Zumba
Aqua Jog
Water Aerobics
Masters Adult Stroke Clinic
JYMS Literacy Night set for Feb. 5
The Baraboo School District is Hiring!
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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