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Baraboo School District Spring Break
Dates: March 27 - March 31

District Registration
District registration opens online April 1.

Madison College 
Prep Steps to Healthcare Careers
Date: April 4
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Place: Madison College, Portage Campus, 330 Collins Street

4K & 5K Registration
Date: April 6
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Place: East Elementary
Notes: Please bring a copy of the child's birth certificate/proof of birthday and completed registration information
Contact: for more information, contact Dr. Chris Olson at 608-355-3905 or cdolson@

ALICE Training 
for Parents
Date: April 11
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: JYMS Auditorium

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
April 6, 2017
4K - 5K Registration Open Today!
4K and 5K registration was today from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. at East Elementary. If you have a child that will be turning 4-years-old by September 1, 2017, we hope that you will be able to join us for the BELC (Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative) registration for 4-year-old kindergarten programming for 2017-18 and 5-year-old Kindergarten. 

If you were unable to attend today's registration, please contact District Registrar, Kristine Snow (located at 423 Linn St., Baraboo) at 608-355-3955 or 

BHS Career Fair Set for April 7
The Baraboo School District is excited to announce that we will have a school-wide Career Fair at Baraboo High School tomorrow, Friday, April 7.

Local businesses are volunteering their time and resources to help students as they begin to think about their options beyond high school. Students will choose from a variety of booths and panel presentations and will have the opportunity to ask questions of professionals who are currently working in their field of interest.

The school day will start at 7:45 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m. Students should report to their homeroom at the start of school for attendance and instructions on the remainder of the day.

If you have any questions, please call Baraboo High School at (608) 355-3940.

Thank you to the more than 50 businesses attending, the staff and students who helped organize this event, and our wonderful volunteers! We are #Barabooproud to have so much talent and support in our district!

FBLA Brings Home the Medals!
Yesterday the Baraboo FBLA Chapter brought home the medals! All of our teams who qualified for state have advanced to their final rounds. The following people placed in the top 8 of their events, and those who placed in the top 4 qualified for nationals in Anaheim, CA. If you see the following individuals in school tomorrow please take a moment to tell them you are  #Barabooproud!
Molly Stewart - 4th place - Public Speaking 1

Liam Taber, Miles Starz, & Jasper Swallen - 3rd p lace - Emerging Business Issues

Ian Baird & Bryce Stellmacher - 8th place - Management Decision Making

Elise Lewison- 5th place - Journalism

Zach Kline - 7th place - Sales Presentation

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP - Sheriff visits GLW Classrooms
GLW - Sheriff Chip Meister recently visited the Kindergarten students in Mrs. Gulden's and Ms. Nelson's Kindergarten classrooms at G.L.W. Elementary. 

Sheriff Meister serves as a Community Connection partner and comes to the classrooms several times throughout the year and reads stories, talks about his job in the community, and works with the children in learning centers. 

During this visit, the kids showed off their technology skills that help them learn and practice skills. 

This is such a great opportunity for the students to build positive relationships with local law enforcement. 

The kids have requested that Sheriff Meister bring a squad car to explore the next time he comes to school! #Communitypartnerships #Barabooproud

WWPA-sponsored Family Fun Night for GLW, West and BELC TONIGHT!
The West Willson Parent Association will host a FREE FAMILY FUN NIGHT tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at JYMS for all GLW, West and BELC students.

There will be a bounce house, magician, swimming and face painting!

This event is sure to be lots of fun - we hope to see you there!
Congratulations, Layne!
Let's give a T-Bird shout out to Layne Rogers, a fifth grade student st East Elementary School!

He was selected this spring as the Easter Seals Ambassador for Sauk County.  

He and his family attended a honorary benefit dinner.  

Kevin Rogers, his father,  said, "It was an awesome night.  Layne stole the show and some hearts along the way!"

We are #Barabooproud of Layne's nomination!
What Kind of Egg Do You Have?
Thank you to Baraboo community member Tom Fleming for volunteering yesterday at East Elementary School!

Tom worked with kindergarten students in Mrs. Raasch's class on their "egg" project. Each student created a different type of egg - dinosaur egg, duck egg, robin's egg, dragon egg and more! - and practiced writing the sentences "This is my ___________ egg. It hatched!" In the blank they had to fill in the type of egg they drew.

The class enjoyed having Tom visit them!

BE THE SOLUTION - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month...
...and it's a great time to think about things that we can all do to help prevent sexual harassment, assault, and rape before they happen. Because while sexual assault is the result of individual people making harmful decisions, there are also norms and beliefs in our culture that lead to high rates of sexual violence. For example:
  • Rigid gender norms - like the idea that men are supposed to be in charge and that women are supposed to please men - can result in power imbalances and pressures in sexual relationships.
  • Objectification - When we focus on someone's looks or sex appeal at the cost of seeing them as a whole person, it's easier to disrespect their wants, feelings, and needs. 
  • Sexualized violence - The media often portrays sex as violent and makes violence seem sexy, which can confuse our ideas of what safe and healthy sexual relationships look like.
  • Sexual entitlement - Nobody ever "owes" us sex or intimacy, but when we think we deserve sex from other people, we're more likely to pressure our partners into doing things they don't want to do.
How can you help? Keep an eye out for these social norms in the media and in everyday conversations, and talk to your friends, students, or kids about how they can lead to violence. For more about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, see  If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, you can call Hope House's 24-hour confidential helpline at  608-356-7500.
Take the Training - Children Sexual Abuse Prevention 
Stewards of Children  Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Child Abuse Prevention Month, Hope House is facilitating a free  Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention training for adults.
Darkness to Light's  Stewards of Children  is the only evidence-based child sexual abuse prevention training proven effective in educating adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. This training utilizes a video, workbook, and group discussion.
Light refreshments will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own food as well.
The training will be held  Saturday, April 29 from 9:30-noon at the Boys & Girls Club, 124 2nd Street, in Baraboo.
RSVPs greatly appreciated to Nola at Hope House by calling  608-356-9123 or emailing
Hula Hoop, Dance and Jump Rope For Heart!

Students at East Elementary took it outside for this year's Jump Rope For Heart event. The students jumped rope, hula-hooped, and danced to music in honor of a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Did you miss our live video of students jumping rope, as well as the choreographed dance from East's "Fabulous Four" dancers? Check it out on Facebook by clicking HERE!
Middle School Summer School Registration is OPEN!

To register for Middle School Summer School, click HERE.
GLW Students Collaborate on Writing
GLW - The fifth grade students in Ms. Conley's class collaborated with the first grade students in Mrs. Berg's class during a Writing Celebration!

After the first graders completed their writing pieces, they shared them with the fifth grade students who had teamed up with them. 

We are  #Barabooproud  of the teamwork and collaboration between the older and younger kids!
North Freedom Holds School-Wide Writer's Workshop

North Freedom Elementary participated in a school-wide Writer's Workshop on April 5th 

Kindergarten through fifth grade students were placed in mixed small groups. Each student shared a piece of writing to the group, with an adult leading the group. 

Students were excited about sharing their writing and receiving feedback from an adult and the students in their group from other grades. 

We are #Barabooproud of these young authors!

FFA Donates to Food Pantry
The Baraboo FFA raised $157 for the Baraboo Food Pantry during the annual FFA Week in February with the Kiss the Pig competition, where students and staff donated money toward four staff nominees and the staff member with the most money raised had to kiss a pig during the FFA assembly (congratulations/condolences to Kiss the Pig winner Officer Michael Pichler), as well as selling sugar cookies before school during FFA week.
Baraboo Key Club Annual Egg Hunt
Buy Your BHS Yearbook Now!
Attention Baraboo High School Parents/Guardians and Students:

If you haven't purchased a 2017 edition of the Baraboo High School Yearbook themed "Thunderbird Throwback" the deadline to purchase a book is approaching fast and you do not want to miss out! This year's yearbook has special things to offer, this is the first year that the yearbook will be including a spring insert in COLOR and at NO ADDITIONAL COST! Please purchase a yearbook for the price of $50 until April 14th the price will go up to $60. There will be a limited supply to purchase upon delivery and will be $65.

Yearbooks can be ordered online at or stop by W119 for an order form. Contact Mrs. Wyman at with any questions.  
Brat Stand to Support  Student History Trip
Help support BHS students travel to Europe to learn about Swiss folk culture, the Renaissance, and Ancient Rome!

This tour will include visits to the places students learn about in school. That's a given. But it's so much more than that!

Students will be immersed in new cultures - surrounded by the people, the language, the food, the way of life - that will create inspirational moments that can't be taught in the classroom. 

Our student group will have expert local guides that will lead them on sightseeing tours, provide detailed views of history, art, architecture and more.

Registration for the 2017-18 school year opens APRIL 1 

BASCO CORNER: Community Book Club - The Book Thief 

The next meeting of the Community Book Club will be from 9:15-10 a.m. on Friday, May 12th in the Baraboo High School media center. 

The book for April will be The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.

The club currently consists of  five students, five seniors, and two staff members. They meet once per month during BHS enrichment and have discussed three books so far this year, and the discussions between our students and the seniors have been amazing.

New members are always welcome! If you have any questions or would like more information, contact BHS literacy coach Mrs. Amant at
Parent Nights: Addressing Addiction
This school year the district is offering a series of Parent Nights, bringing in experts in different fields to give insights, resources
and strategies for the issues that matter most to parents in our community.

Our final installment of the Parent Nights series, Addressing Addiction, will be on Monday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the Jack Young Middle School Auditorium.

The discussion will focus recent trends and issues to be aware of to protect your student. Parents will also learn about available resources if they are concerned about their student's activity with alcohol or other drugs.

This event is free and open to the public. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend.
ALICE Active Shooter Training for Parents, Students
The Baraboo School District takes its responsibility to protect the physical and psychological well-being of our students and staff very seriously.

As such, we will be implementing a strategy known as the ALICE protocol.  ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate and is endorsed by federal, state and local law enforcement officials. 

Before we initiate conversations with students, we would like to share the ALICE protocol with parents. This opportunity facilitated by local safety officials will take place on April 11th at 6:00 PM in the Jack Young Middle School Auditorium. 

Practice at each level in our district will be developmentally appropriate for the intended age and audience:
  • Elementary Schools - Local safety and school officials will read a book to students and engage the students in conversation on how to secure their classrooms and how to evacuate.  In some instances, students may walk with teachers to a designated evacuation site close to school.
  • Jack Young Middle School and Baraboo High School - Students will be instructed on the full ALICE protocol which includes enhanced barricades and counter/evacuation measures. 
If you do not want your child to participate in ALICE instruction and practice, please contact your child's principal.  Furthermore, we encourage you to contact the principal at your child's school with any questions or concerns.  Thank you for your collaboration in working to keep all of our students safe while at school.
"Promposal" Challenge
Win free tickets to prom!

Baraboo High School voted for a Roarin' Good Time with a Great Gatsby-themed Prom.

You've got the theme; now it's time to get the date.

How will you ask your date to prom? How did your date ask you to prom? We want to see!

Send us a picture of your "promposal." 

We will compile the photos into an album on the Baraboo School District Facebook page (like us now to join the fun and cast your vote!). The photo with the most "likes" will win two free tickets to prom!

There are several ways to submit your photos.

1)   Facebook: 
Post a photo directly to our Facebook page or tag us in a photo on your page.

2)   Twitter: 
Tag us with @BarabooSD

3)   Instagram: 
Tag us with @BarabooSD

4)   Email:
Send an email to BSD Communications and Marketing Specialist Holly Henderson at with "Promposal" as the subject line.

Proposers: take a pic of how you plan to ask your date to prom.
Proposees: take a pic of how your date asked you to prom.
Parents: take a pic of your child's promposal, or help them execute a funny / romantic / creative idea!

Use #BHSPromposal and #Barabooproud to share.

Get creative. Have fun. Go to prom for free!
Fine Arts Night Set For April 27
The Baraboo High School Art Department has a new Facebook page!

Click HERE and "like" for updates on the talented students at Baraboo High School. 

Our Art Department has a great event coming up - our first annual Fine Arts Night! Mark your calendars from 6-8 on April 27.  There will be music, live demonstrations, delicious food and more, including: 
-performances by Solo and Ensemble state-bound BHS musicians- including the Jazz Band
-Fine Arts Displays from all BHS Art Classes
-a BHS Art Club paint-it pottery fundraiser 
-A British Isles Trip fundraiser silent auction of hand-painted Tiny T-Bird Chairs
-atmospheric musicians (piano, ukelele, etc.)
-Culinary Arts demos
-Fashion Creation Display
-Dramatic Arts- Forensics performers
-live "open artist mini studios" - a student ceramic wheel potter, graphic designer, and painter will demo
-photography booth
-Community Artwork Display
-Community Fine Art Group/organization information booths 
-Art Awards (including people's choice)

This event is a partnership between the BHS Art Department, the BHS Forensics Team, the BHS FCE Department and the BHS Music Department.

Community Members and Local Arts Organizations are encouraged to participate. Options include submitting art for display, setting up an information booth, performing a literary reading or demonstration of your craft, or any other artistic ability you'd like to showcase. 

For more information or questions, please message the BHS Art Department on its new Facebook page.

There are three links to the FB in this section of the newsletter - now Van Gogh and like the page (but don't cut off any ears in the process)!
Stage III Theatre presents: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Calling All Volunteers!
The Baraboo School District welcomes parents and community members to contact any of our schools to volunteer or to become involved in order to support learning for all of our students.  

Please consider filling out the attached Google Form if you would like to volunteer at West School in classrooms of 4-year-old kindergarten, Early Childhood, and/or kindergarten students.  

Feel free to call Principal Olson at 608-355-3906 with any volunteer questions.  Thank you for considering this invitation to make a positive contribution within our community and school district.

Teen Summit Comes to BHS
Building A Better U Teen Summit

When: April 22, 2017
Time: 12:15 - 7 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Who: Sauk County students ages 13-17
Cost to attend: FREE!

Join students from around Sauk County in an evening of socializing, engaging and building a better you.

Small Group Breakouts
- Communication beyond social media
- Connecting and effecting
- Bullying and consequences
- Captains Academy
- Relationships and sex in the media
- Roller coaster, merry-go rounds and the haunted house

Large Group Sessions
- AJ Carr: Building Bosses
- Ryan Ramnarace: Scared Straight

Special guest appearance by Nigel Hayes, University of Wisconsin Basketball

For more information or to register, click here.
Summer Kid Stop Program

6th Grade Orientation Set For Aug. 23

Summer Academy Registration Opens TOMORROW!
The Baraboo School District will again be offering the Summer Academy for students who are currently in grades K-5 within the Baraboo School District and/or for students of this age that reside within the Baraboo School District attendance area.  

The Summer Academy will include enrichment classes that have literacy and math integrated throughout each K-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th grade class.  

Al Behrman Elementary School (400 Mulberry St., Baraboo) will host Summer Academy from June 12-July 12 (no school on July 3rd-5th) and free breakfast and lunch will be available to students each day.  

Online registration for Summer Academy begins at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 17 by going to the  Baraboo School District website.  

Please send Summer Academy questions to Dr. Chris Olson, Summer Academy Coordinator at 608-355-3905 or    

The Baraboo Public Library is a rich resource in the Baraboo Community, with youth events, activities and books, books, books! 

Once a month the BPL is host to Desmond the Dog and Shadow the Cat. Children can sign up to read to them for 15 minutes. This gives the child a chance to work on their reading skills with a patient, attentive audience to help them gain confidence in their reading ability. Registration required. 

Click here for a full list of  YOUTH SERVICES, events and information: ages 0-5th grade
Click here for a full list of  TEEN SERVICES, events and information: grades 6-12

BHS Named Pacesetter in Advanced Placement
Congratulations, Baraboo High School!

BHS was recognized by the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) as a Pacesetter school in Advanced Placement (AP).  

This award recognizes access and excellence regarding AP. 

WAPAC says, "Pacesetter schools have provided impressive student access to AP courses and posted excellent AP exam results."

For more information or to view the data for the WAPAC award, click here for the  Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website.
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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