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BHS Winter Sports 
Parent Meeting
Date: Oct. 30
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS

WWPA Playground 
Culver's Fundraiser
Date: Nov. 7
Time 5-9 p.m.
Place: Culver's, Baraboo
Notes: Proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward the third and final phase of new playground equipment at GLW.

ABE Parent Support Group
Date: Nov. 7
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: ABE gym

East Parent Support Group
Date: Nov. 7
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: East Elementary

Baraboo 21 Salutes 
Korean War Veterans
Date: Nov. 10
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Baraboo Civic Center

West Willson Parent Association Meeting
Date: Nov. 14
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: GLW library

GLW Literacy Night
Date: Nov. 16
Place: GLW

JYMS Community Impact Literacy Night Fundraiser
Date: Nov. 20
Time: 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Place: Pizza Ranch, Baraboo
Notes: Help JYMS support adolescent literacy! Proceeds will help build classroom libraries and will fund JYMS Literacy Night in February, featuring Ben Mikaelson, author of Touching Spirit Bear.

Fall Break
Date: Nov. 22-24

ABE Parent Support Group
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: ABE gym

East Parent Support Group
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: East Elementary

North Freedom Parent Group Meeting
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary

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

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.

Thunderbird Thursday Update
October 26, 2017
Eighth Graders Give Back to Grandma Betty
On Friday, October 20, a group of 13 Jack Young Middle School eighth-grade students from Mr. Pionke's Leadership WIN went over to do yard work for Betty Krueger. 

Betty is lovingly referred to as "Grandma Betty" and has been working with the district for many years as a lunchroom aide at JYMS and BHS.
Celebrate Our Newest Band Members!
Tonight at 5:30PM is the 6th Grade Band's first concert! This is the biggest 6th grade band class yet -- 156 students! Tonight they will come together for the first time as one giant, monstrous, sprawling band! 

These kids have been working hard in class these past two months and will be showcasing all they have learned and the skills they are developing on their instruments. The audience will hear the foundations of sweet music and get an idea of what a day in 6th grade band looks like. 
There is a new club at Baraboo High School for students interested in exploring possible careers in education called Educators Rising.   On Tuesday , they traveled to UW Madison with a few members from the Mauston Educators Rising chapter to visit the School of Education and other campus points of interest.  
Their next meeting is after school on  November 14th at BHS.  It's not too late to join!  
The Baraboo High School Art Club Rocks!
The Baraboo High School Art Club sponsored a free Rock Painting event on Monday, Oct. 16 in the BHS Cafeteria. 

A total of 75 students and community members participated, painting a total of 335 rocks! We are #Barabooproud of the amazing talent we have in our district!
GLW To Have Culver's Share Night to Raise Money for Playground Equipment
Student-Athletes Volunteer at Garden of Angels
On Monday, October 23 Baraboo High School student-athletes performed a Day of Service at the "Garden of Angels" on Hwy. 33, east of Baraboo. The volunteers assisted the owner with some light gardening and clean-up work on the property. 

Garden of Angels is a not-for-profit location that offers flowers at no charge, for the purpose of promoting mental health and healing. 
District to Practice ALICE Protocol 
We practice EVERYTHING!  As you may know, schools practice math, tying shoes, science, fire drills, our behavior cool tools, bus rider guidelines, tornado awareness and also intruders or urgent safety situations.  For example, if our Baraboo Police Department informs us they might be executing a search warrant in our school neighborhood, we may keep students inside--which would mean practicing what we call an administrative hold.  This means we have the exterior doors locked, as usual, and we then do not allow people to enter or exit the building. Recess may be postponed or ended early in a situation like this.  An administrative hold would be held until the challenge outside the building is resolved and we are notified by the officials involved.

Another part of our safety practice addresses an urgent or dangerous issue that is inside the building.  We have several steps we practice which may include hiding within our classrooms, or barricading our classroom doors or even making an informed decision to leave the classroom and building.  This is all a part of the ALICE protocol. In order to make this type of necessary practice a part of our routine, we will be having a practice in the fall at all of the schools in Baraboo.  The elementary ALICE practice will be in October and will include child friendly language to empower the children to listen to their teacher and follow the steps we to need take to be well prepared in an urgent issue either inside the building or outside of our school.

Pictured below are students at East Elementary practicing an administrative hold, hiding within classrooms and away from windows, evacuating the building and barricading doors from the inside. 

Please feel free to contact your school's principal if you have questions about our upcoming practice. This opportunity may allow you to have conversations about safety issues you could experience in a social setting--like a store or public area.  Please let us know how we can support you, your family and your student as we continue to work to be well prepared.
BHS Class of '72 donates to 'Our Town' Production
Baraboo High School Class of 1972 held a reunion on Aug. 26, 2017, at the Baraboo Arts Banquet Center. Of the 234 members of the graduating class, 40 classmates attended the reunion, along with 1972 Class Advisor Jeanne Marking.

The class of 1972 collected donations, played team Jeopardy, and held a silent auction, collecting a total of $2,400 to be gifted to BHS.
According to reunion organizer Sheryl (Gumz) Albers-Anders, "The Class of 1972 is pleased to announce that our class gift will go towards the BHS production and promotion of the classic play 'Our Town' written by playwright Thornton Wilder, that is scheduled to play at the UW Baraboo-Sauk County Campus auditorium this December 13-16."

Albers-Anders noted that she is also grateful for the board material supplied by Primex Plastics Corporation, Reedsburg, for the Jeopardy Game, Flambeau Inc., Baraboo, for providing Yo-Yos and other toys they manufacture, for door prizes, and Thrivent Financial, Appleton, which provided an Action Grant. 

A number of reunion attendees toured BHS, lead by BHS Principal Glenn Bildsten, prior to the banquet.  At the banquet, attendees enjoyed visiting with their classmates while listening to songs that were hits in the 1970s, performed by guitarist-singer Don Scott of Hastings, Minnesota, who is the spouse of BHS '72 graduate Lu (Peterson) Scott, and by local singing duo Michael Sarazin and Michelle Hollis.  A delicious roasted pork meal was provided by WI River Meats of Mauston. Table plating was a blue and gold theme, with decorations that included photo stands of recognizable Baraboo and surrounding area landmarks and pre-1972 Hot-Wheels model vehicles.

"A good time seemed to be had by all who attended," said Albers-Anders, "It's wonderful to be able to give back to our 'hometown' of Baraboo by supporting the upcoming BHS's fall semester production of 'Our Town.'"  

The Baraboo School District would like to thank the class of 1972 for their donation. Once a T-Bird, always a T-Bird. Always Onward Baraboo High!
BHS FFA Members Attend National FFA Convention & Expo
Members of the Baraboo FFA are currently attending the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo, held from Oct. 25-28 in Indianapolis, IN.  

The convention is a sea of blue jackets - FFA members from all corners of the nation converging in one place to celebrate their accomplishments and find inspiration for their next. Our students are experiencing motivational keynote speakers, energetic concerts, fulfilling workshops and a sweeping Expo floor bustling with agriculture education and industry opportunities! #Barabooproud
Swallen Named 2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist!
Congratulations to BHS Senior Jasper Swallen, recently named a semifinalist for the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program!

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)-which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year-and by meeting  published program entry and participation requirements.

Of the 1.6 million students who take the PSAT/NMSQT, only approximately 16,000 qualify as semifinalists. Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state.

We are  #Barabooproud of Jasper Swallen for this great  #BSDAchievement!

Need Help Raking Leaves? Contact the BHS Key Club!
BHS Students Take Hands-On Approach to Science
Ninth grade biologists in Mrs. Olson's class at Baraboo High School Collected data during an enzyme lab they designed on Oct. 20th. #Barabooproud of our young scientists!

BHS Students Take Hands-On Approach to Science

The Baraboo High School Interact Club collected funds for World Polio Day on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

All funds raised will go toward the Polio Project, and for each dollar the Interact Club collected the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate an additional $2.

Throughout the world, each time a volunteer administers the oral polio vaccine, the child's pinkie is colored purple with the topical solution Gentian Violet, temporarily marking the child to prevent double dosage during National Immunization Days (NIDs). BHS students collected donations and painted pinkies purple as a symbolic gesture - each purple finger gets us one step closer to eradicating polio!
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.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Today is Purple Thursday - Show your support for survivors and start a conversation about domestic violence
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and as part of the National Network to End Domestic Violence's Week of Action, people across the country are wearing purple today as a sign of support for survivors of domestic violence. Abuse in relationships is a subject we often don't talk about, but we know that talking openly is key to prevention - as well as to letting those affected by domestic violence know that they're not alone. While it can be a hard conversation to start, we all have an opportunity to be part of the solution. As a young person, you can call out harmful language, be critical of the media, and let friends know that you're there to listen if they're ever a victim of abuse. Parents and guardians can tell kids that violence is never okay and teach peaceful conflict resolution skills. Teachers can break the silence by bringing dialogue about domestic violence, gender norms, and unhealthy media messages into the classroom, as well as letting students know you're a resource if they ever experience violence in the home. For more information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, visit Hope House's website. If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic abuse, you can call Hope House's 24-hour confidential helpline at 608-356-7500.
Free Public Screening of Flirting with Danger
Free public screening of Flirting With Danger
Monday, October 30th, 5:30-7pm, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Cafeteria
Where is the line between consent and coercion? How do contradictory societal messages about female sexuality shape young women's experiences of safety and violence? Join Hope House and the UW-Baraboo Sauk County PRIDE Club in discussing these questions and more through a screening of Flirting With Danger, a documentary about the complexities of power and choice in young adults' heterosexual relationships. Help us recognize the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month by engaging in honest conversation about the cultural factors that contribute to sexual and relationship violence - as well as how we can all make a difference by promoting values of equality and consent.
Please note: the documentary includes sexual imagery taken from mainstream media, explicit language, and discussion of sexual and relationship violence. A Hope House staff person will be available to provide support during or after the film. If you or someone you  know is experiencing domestic or sexual abuse, you can call Hope House's 24-hour confidential helpline at  608-356-9123.
BHS Winter Sports Parents Meeting set for Oct. 30
The Baraboo High School Winter Sports Parent meetings will be held on Monday, October 30th in the BHS gym. The general meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. Parents who attended this meeting in the fall can report for sport meetings at 6:30 p.m. Students do NOT need to attend these meetings.

Please register your son or daughter in the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus under the HS Winter Sports Registration link. Computers will be available beginning at 5:30 in the cafeteria for those who would like help with sport registration. 

Sport participation fees are $60 for all sports, except hockey.

If you have any questions, or if you are not sure if you child has a current physical on file in the athletic office, please contact Renee Teasdale at 355-3940, ext. 2022 or email:

Baraboo 21 to Salute Korean War Vets on Nov. 10
Place Your Orders Today!
The Baraboo FFA is holding a Fruit, Wreath and Poinsettia sale from now through Nov. 10, with a selection of door swags, roping/garland, candy cane and cross-shaped wreaths, larger wreaths ranging from 24" - 48", Holiday Mixed Fruit Boxes, Texas Red Grapefruit, California Navel Oranges, Washington Apples and Pears, and more!

If interested please contact an FFA member or Mrs. Shultz or stop into the Ag Room. You can also print off the FFA Holiday Sale order form give it to Mrs. Shultz with payment.

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.
JYMS To Have Literacy Fundraiser on Nov. 20

Thunderbird Sweatshirts are IN!
If you ordered a Thunderbird Sweatshirt, please pick them up at the District Office, located at 423 Linn Street, Baraboo, during regular business hours. 

We can accept check or cash for payment. Checks can be made payable to Baraboo School District. 

Sweatshirts not picked up by Nov. 3 will be available for purchase to the general public.

#BarabooProud and Always Onward Thunderbirds!
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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