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Picture Retakes Day
Date: Oct. 23
Place: ABE, East, GLW, North Freedom

BHS P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 23/24
Notes: High School

JYMS P/T Conferences
Dated: Oct. 24/25
Notes: Middle School

North Freedom Parent Group Meeting
Date: Oct. 24
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary

Elementary P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 25/26
Notes: Elementary Schools
Picture Retakes Day
Date: Oct. 25
Place: West and BELC

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

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

WWPA Culver's Tip Night
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.

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 19, 2017
WEB Leaders Build Relationships at JYMS
The Jack Young Middle School 8th-grade WEB leaders facilitated their second event this year as a way to continue to build relationships and connections with our 6th-graders.  

As part of the Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) transitional program at Jack Young Middle School, students are selected through an application and recommendation process to be a leader. Not only do they hold a significant role on 6th-grade orientation day prior to the first day of school, but they also meet on a monthly basis with the same small group of students. During these times, the WEB leaders present academic and social activities to help strengthen ties to our school community. 

The October lesson started with a scenario that the WEB leaders announced to their groups, "Imagine that you've been exiled to an abandoned house for a year. On a note card, write down your biggest fear, what you'd miss most, and one luxury item you would take with you."  Students were then given the chance to share one of the three answers. By doing so, students recognized that we all have fears.  As a parting activity, they carved an online pumpkin leaving a message on it acknowledging their fears. 

WEB leaders act as a role model to the 6th-graders. They can offer advice on how to deal with the struggles encountered as a middle school student with a different perspective than an adult. Currently, the WEB leaders are working to put together a Snack Pack program as an effort to provide healthy snacks and other items for all 6th-graders, but specifically to help those who are economically disadvantaged. They are looking for funding through Donors Choose. Here is the link to check it out:  Snack Pack Attack: Helping to Stop Hunger
Marching Band Ends Season with a Bang
The Baraboo High School Marching Band celebrated the end of the marching band season on Monday.

Local business leaders joined the band to express how the Thunderbird Band positively affects the Baraboo Community. 

S tudents turned in their uniforms after enjoying coffee, donuts and fellowship. 

Need Help Raking Leaves? Contact the BHS Key Club!
ABE Students Enjoy Classroom Connection
Fourth graders at Al Behrman Elementary enjoyed their first visit with their classroom community connection, Mrs. Korie Klink from Children Are the Hope. Mrs. Klink introduced the 4th graders at ABE to the journey they will be taking throughout the year. Students will learn about cranes, cultures, Cuba, Turkey, and Rwanda. To finish the year, the students will create crane messages for the students in Cuba, Turkey, and Rwanda. Thank you, Mrs. Klink. Our fourth graders can't wait to go on this journey with you!
East Earns PBIS Family Event
East school held a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Family event after school Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The event included  team building games, an  East  school rocks painting station, a magic show featuring JYMS student Jacob Carginan, and a Kahoot game.

PBIS is  a proactive approach  to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. 
In Memoriam: Dave Ament
It is with a heavy heart that we share that former Assistant District Administrator of Baraboo Schools David Bruce Ament, 72, of Baraboo, passed away on Oct. 10, 2017.

He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a specialist degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received the John Melcher Award in 1997 in recognition of an outstanding contribution to special education.

He began his career as a high school social studies teacher in Sheboygan Falls, where he became interested in students with struggles. Next he taught emotionally disturbed children in West Bend, later becoming Director of Special Education for CESA 5, and finally Assistant District Administrator of Baraboo Schools. He guided a few small districts in special education after his retirement in 2000. He served on the board for Counsel of Administrators of Special Education.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Special Olympics, Planned Parenthood or Hospice House in Baraboo would be appreciated.  A celebration of life will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, at Baraboo Country Club.
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.
Vote for the T-Birds!
The Baraboo High School Varsity Boys' football team has been nominated for PrepMania Team of the Week. 

Klemm Named FFA Member of the Month
Congratulations to the Baraboo October FFA Member of the Month: BHS Sophomore Autumn Klemm!

This is Autumn's second year as a member of the  #Barabooproud FFA!

NF Receives Donation for School Supplies
Pastor Andrew Dear from the North Freedom Baptist Church presented a check in the amount of $240 to Principal Kathy Andreasen to purchase student and teacher supplies for North Freedom Elementary School. The children are pictured with the donated school supplies.  #Barabooproud  of our community connections!
Baraboo 21 to Salute Korean War Vets on Nov. 10
GLW Classrooms Make Friendship Chain
Mrs. Gissal's 4th grade and Ms. Nelson's kindergarten classes at Gordon L. Willson Elementary are math buddies this year!
They met this past week for the second time and worked together to decorate chain links with pictures and things that symbolized their likes and differences. The kindergarteners recognized the color pattern and the 4th graders added extra links with growth mindset phrases.
The focus of this activity was to get to know eachother better, build cross-grade le vel connections, and to realize that no matter our differences we all belong and we all fit together as a team.
The friendship chain now joins the two classrooms together!  #Barabooproud

Interact Club to Collect Donations Oct 24 for World Polio Day

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.
Support Baraboo Wrestling
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:

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!
Thunderbird Sweatshirts have arrived and are now available for pick 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. 

#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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