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Spring Swimming Lesson Registration Opens
Date: February 25
Time: 6-8 a.m. and 3:30-8 p.m. Mon-Fri
Place: JYMS Indoor Pool

BHS Blood Drive
Date: March 2
Time: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Place: BHS gym
Note: Please email advisor Jamie Collins at if you are willing to donate and be someone's hero! 
Students can donate with a signed waiver at ages 16 and 17 and without a waiver at 18.

Solving the Vaping Crisis: A Community Conversation
Date: March 3
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Place: Boo U, Giese Lecture Hall, Room A104 (1006 Connie Road, Baraboo) 

Statewide ACT Test
for Juniors
Date: March 3

Parent Resource Group's Resource Fair
Date: March 4
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Note: This event is for families with middle or high school students with disabilities

Let's Talk Drugs Free Dinner and Panel Discussion Event
Date: March 5
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: East Elementary Library

BEA School Board Candidate Forum
Date: March 11
Time: 6:30 P.M.
Place: Baraboo High School Commons

Phase III JYMS Ground Breaking Ceremony
Date: March 12
Time: 2:45 p.m.
Place: JYMS
Note: Can't attend? Watch it LIVE on Facebook!

Elementary Summer Academy Registration Opens
Date: March 13

Family Literacy Night
Date: March 19
Place: Baraboo High School

Spring Break
Date: March 23-27

West/GLW Family Math Night
Date: April 2
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: GLW

Food For Kidz Mobile Food Packing Event
Date: April 4
Time: 9-1:30 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Note: To donate or volunteer, contact Heather Wood at

4K Registration
for 2020-21 School Year
Date: April 8
Time: 7 a.m - 4 p.m.
Place: East Elementary School

No School
Date: April 10

BHS Fine Arts Night
Date: April 22
Time: 4 - 6 p.m.
Place: BHS commons

WWPA Family Fun Night
for BELC, West & GLW
Date: April 28
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

West Stay and Play
Date: May 4
Time: 3-4 p.m. 
Place: West Kindergarten Center

BELC Spring Sing 
Date: May 7
Time: 5:30-6 for AM classes and 6:30-7:00 for PM classes
Place: Baraboo High School

Date: May 21

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 25

West Spring Sing
and Family Picnic
Date: May 27
Time: Spring Sing - 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Family Picnic - 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. 
Place: West

BHS Graduation
Date: May 29


To nominate a student for the BHS Senior Spotlight, email a brief write-up with the student's first and last name and an explanation of why you are nominating the senior to Holly Henderson.

Submissions must include at least one photograph.

Please enter "SENIOR SPOTLIGHT" in the subject field of the email.


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. Ages 6-18. Certified, trained coaches. Spring and Fall seasons. Email BarabooSoccerClub@gmail.
com with questions.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
February 20, 2020
FIVE District Educators Receive Kohl Fellowships!!
The School District of Baraboo is proud to announce that FIVE of our very own educators have been named as recipients of the 2020 Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship award!

Each year, thousands of Wisconsin teachers across 426 different school districts apply for the Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship.  Of those thousands, only 100 are chosen to be recipients of the grant. Of those 100, FIVE are from our Dist rict!

Please join us in recognizing the following Baraboo teachers! 

Laura Allaby, Baraboo
Gordon L. Willson Elementary School, Baraboo

Kristina Puntney, Poynette
Baraboo High School, Baraboo

Shelly Gillmore, Baraboo
Baraboo High School, Baraboo

Teresa McCulloch, Baraboo
Jack Young Middle School, Baraboo

Kelly McCabe, Baraboo
Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative, Baraboo

BHS Celebrates Blue & Gold
Last week Baraboo High School students participated in a week-long celebration of Baraboo High School clubs with dress-up days and contests, culminating in an all-school assembly and a Blue & Gold Dance. 

Congratulations to Blue and Gold King and Queen Jacob Carignan and Caitlyn Hause! 

See even more photos of the Blue and Gold Assembly and photos from the Photo Booth at the Blue and Gold Dance soon on Facebook! 

Senior Spotlight: Jacob Carignan
Congratulations to Baraboo High School senior Jacob Carignan, recipient of the 2020 Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship!

This achievement is given to only 100 high school students per year in Wisconsin and recognizes the recipient's student leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. The Foundation awards a $10,000 scholarship to each of the 100 Wisconsin hi gh school graduates each year.

Find out more about Jacob in our upcoming Thunderbird Quarterly!

4K Registration On April 8
The 4K registration for the 2020-21 Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative (BELC) program will begin on April 8th at East Elementary School (815 6th Street) between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.  

Reminders will be sent in the mail in March to all families currently on the district census. If you are new to the area, you are encouraged to contact District Registrar Kristine Snow at 608-355-3955 or  to ensure your family is on the 4K mailing list. 

Registering on April 8th greatly assists the district to plan accordingly for the fall. At registration, parents are encouraged to bring immunization records, proof of residency, and a copy of your child's birth certificate (or another formal document citing the birth date of the child). It is not necessary to bring children to registration. Parents will have an opportunity to indicate their preferences for possible 4K locations or sessions. Confirmation of location and times will be mailed to parents in late June. 

After April 8th, 4K registration continues by meeting with Kristine Snow at 423 Linn Street in Baraboo during the work day.  Please find additional 4K information for the 2020-21 school year on the District 4K website.  

Contact Dr. Chris Olson, BELC/West Principal at 608-355-3906 or with any 4K questions at any time. 

Click here to view the BELC Frequently Asked Questions in English or Spanish.

4K Students Practice Kindness
Ms. Fowler's 4K students participated in an activity about kindness and thinking before saying hurtful words. Each student received a paper heart. Students were then told that the heart was a bad heart. They said hurtful things to their hearts, such as: "I don't like you," "You're weird," or "You belong in the trash can" as they crumpled their hearts into a ball.

Ms. Fowler then asked the students if saying those words was a good choice or a sad choice. Everyone instantly replied that it was a sad choice. She asked her classes how they could fix their hearts and make them better. Students decided to uncrumple them, tape them, hug them, and give them compliments. However, 4K students quickly noticed the hearts still had wrinkles on them. They were not completely fixed. This led to a wonderful discussion about how the paper hearts are like people's hearts. Unkind words hurt - even if one tries to take them back. We will choose kindness over hurtfulness. We never want to wrinkle a person's heart.

The classes then recited the poem on the heart which reads:
"Before you speak,
Think and be smart.
It's hard to fix
A wrinkled heart."

Mr. B Goes Pink!
Since the students at Al Behrman Elementary did so well in raising money in a recent fundraiser for the school's playground, Principal Blosenski agreed to spray his hair pink for the day. We think he rocked it! Click the image below to watch the video!

Alliant Energy Speaks to Construction II Class
Employees from Alliant Energy came to the Construction II Class with Mr. Weiss at Baraboo High School to talk about careers related to their jobs in gas and electrical. Students learned that there is a shortage of workers in this area, and that by attending 6 months of school in this field you can earn an annual salary of $100,000+. They also talked about apprenticeships and where to attend school to earn degrees in the related fields.

East Families Spread the Love
Each year East Elementary School invites first grade families to come in the night before Valentine's Day to decorate their child's desk as a special reminder of how much they are loved. When the first graders come in the next morning they are always so excited and surprised that an adult from their family came in to school and created a special surprise for them!

NF Spreads Kindness to the Community
As part of Random Acts of Kindness Week, North Freedom Elementary School's buddy classrooms teamed up to create table tents for Coffee Bean Connection in Baraboo. Older students wrote quotes about kindness on the tents and then worked with a younger buddy to decorate them. Just another way to spread kindness into our community!

Elementary Summer Academy Registration Opens March 13
The Baraboo School District's Elementary Summer Academy summer school program is going into its fifth year with an enrichment focus, offering a variety of K-5 hands-on and engaging courses where math and literacy are integrated throughout. Summer Academy creates meaningful learning opportunities that help decrease the summer academic slide, or the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year, that many students can experience during the summer months.

Summer Academy is open to any students  who are currently in  K-5 grades during the  2019-20 school year  and who live within  the Baraboo School  District attendance  area, and will be held  at Al Behrman Elementary (ABE), located at 400 Mulberry St., Baraboo. Classes are held June 10-12, June 15-19, June 22-26, June 29-July 2 and July 8-10. All Summer Academy courses are free, including free breakfast from 7:30 - 8 a.m. and free lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Families can enroll their child/children in 1, 2, or 3 courses starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 13th, 2020. The registration link will be emailed from the school district's Infinite Campus system. 

The Baraboo School District is asking all families to work with their K-5 students to have consistent and regular Summer Academy attendance within the full 4-week Summer Academy session. Please contact Dr. Chris Olson at or 608-355-3906 with questions.
4K Friendship Night
District 4K families participated in a super fun 4K Friendship Night at West Kindergarten Center on February 13. 

The 4K students moved through an obstacle course, participated in friendship activities with other students, had some great snacks, and participated in a variety of other learning activities. Families also had the option to have a fun family photo taken.  

Thanks to all 4K families who braved the cold to join this great event.

ABE Gets Hands-On with Math
Third graders at Al Behrman Elementary School have been enjoying learning more about weight and liquid capacity.  Our math program allows us to practice and learn by doing hands on experiments.  Along with math, we are also practicing our social skills of working as a team and taking turns.  

West Holds Fine Dining Day
The staff at West Kindergarten Center is continually emphasizing kindness and good manners each day with the kindergarten students.  

On February 14, West hosted its 4th annual Fine Dining Day following the regular lunch menu for that day. The lunchroom had special decorations, music was playing, and staff placed a continued emphasis on using our manners and politeness during lunch and other times during the school day.  

A big thank you to West Education Assistants Sandra Busche and Sharon Prochnow for the added decorations and dessert goodies.

Solo & Ensemble Info
Solo and Ensemble for middle school and high school music students is fast approaching!  This year's event will be held Saturday, Feb. 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reedsburg Area High School (1100 South Albert Ave., Reedsburg). Students must make sure they know their performance time; the schedule is posted in the band and choir rooms.

Students should arrive at RAHS at least a half hour before their performance time to find the warm-up room, warm up, and get to their performance site. They should be outside their site at least five minutes prior to their schedule time. 

While you are at the festival you are welcome to listen to other students' performances. The event is free and open to the public.

What students need to bring:
  • Instrument (case with supplies can be left in gymnasium or warm-up room during performance)
  • Music (all measures numbered) and the judge's copy (all measures numbered)
  • Money for concessions or a sack lunch if you are staying over the lunch hour
  • *Percussionists: you need to discuss with Ms. Lumsden & Mr. James exactly what you will need. You are responsible for your own music & sticks/mallets.  
Please take home everything (instrument and music) you need to perform by after school Friday, Feb. 28. The band and choir rooms will not be open Feb. 29.

For more information or questions, please contact your student's band or choir teacher. Good luck, T-Bird musicians!
BHS Students Attend Social Justice Forum
Students from Baraboo High School participated in the Dane County Social Justice Youth Forum Leadership Board meeting (DCSJYF) Thursday. 

Students were there to plan an April forum that will bring together students for the purpose of having conversations around social justice, empathy, and to empower students to challenge others to interrupt behaviors and barriers that limit a sense of belonging.

Baraboo Backpack Project
The Backpack Project is now accepting applications for this friendly, supportive and confidential program. 

Applications are available by clicking here.  Income guidelines are provided on the application, as well as other qualifiers such as severe debilitating illness, grandparents raising grandchildren and foster families.

Donations of school supplies, backpacks and monetary donations are being accepted. To donate or if you have questions, contact Becky at 608-963-8230 or email
Summer Kid Stop
All elementary school children entering kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall will be eligible for the 2020 Summer Kid Stop Child Care Program.  Summer Kid Stop is located at Gordon L. Willson Elementary School and is available weekdays from 7:15 AM to 5:45 PM starting on Wednesday, June 10 through Friday, August 14th.

Registration for the summer program begins on Monday, March 9th. Registration information may be found on the District website (please print off and submit), at all elementary school offices, or at the East or GLW Kid Stop sites. ALL forms ( including immunization information ) must be completed each time you register for Kid Stop.  One registration form per child please. If your child will be taking medication during Kid Stop hours, please request an "Authorization to Administer Medication" form. Return your signed and completed forms along with the registration fee and June tuition.   You may turn in your completed forms at East or GLW Kid Stop or may scan them to

Registration for Spring Swimming Lessons Set for Feb. 25
The spring Swimming Lesson schedule is out!

Registration begins Tuesday, February 25 for March-April sessions.

$40.00 for residents of the Baraboo School District
$65.00 for residents not living in the Baraboo School District

Tuesday, February 25, 2020  
From 6:00-8:00 a.m. and 3:30-8:00 p.m. Mon. - Fri.

JYMS Middle School Indoor Swimming Pool

**Registration is limited - Must pay when you register, in person.
** Dates and times may be subject to change       
** Pool # 355-4665 (please ask for Heather Wood)

To view the class schedule, times and dates, please click here.
Lifeguard Registration Opens Feb. 17
Registration for the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course at the Baraboo Indoor Pool will open Feb. 14.

To enroll, you must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled class and you must be able to demonstrate the prerequisite skills on Sunday, March 14th, 2020 @ 6:00 pm. at the Baraboo Indoor Pool. Cost to enroll is $200.

For more information or with questions, please contact Aquatics Director Heather Wood at 608-355-4665 or

Click here for information on class times and dates and prerequisite skills:

Upcoming Indoor Pool Classes, Lessons and Open Swim Info
The Baraboo Indoor Pool is gearing up for a new run of classes, lessons, and open swim! 

  • Masters Adult Stroke Clinic
  • Water Aerobics
  • Aqua Jog
  • Aqua Zumba
  • Aqua Barre
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Pool Fees
  • Aqua Barre Fit
BHS Annual Blood Drive

BHS Athletic Information for Spring Sports
Spring Sports Practice Start Dates:
Boys & Girls Track - March 9
Softball - March 16
Girls Soccer - March 23
Baseball - March 23
Boys Tennis - March 30
Boys Golf - March 30
Spring Break - March 23 - 27

High School Spring Sport Parents Meeting
The Spring Sport Parents Meeting will be held on Monday, March 2, 2020 in the BHS Gym. There will be no general session this season. Sport meetings will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. If you need help registering your child or paying fees you should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. If your son or daughter was out for a fall or winter sport you do not need to register online again. Just sign up with the coach or Mrs. Teasdale.  If your child was not out for a fall or winter sport, you will need to register your child in the Parent Portal , under the HS Spring Sports Registration Link .  Fees can be paid online or with a check or cash in the high school office.  If you are not sure if your son/daughter will need a physical, please contact Renee Teasdale at 355-3940, Ext. 2022.

WIAA Physicals
WIAA physicals are based on the date of April 1. Physicals dated prior to April 1, 2018 are no longer valid.  Physicals dated on or after April 1, 2018 will be good for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.  Physicals are good for TWO SCHOOL YEARS , not two years from the date of the physical.
Vaping Talk at BooU

Resource Fair for MS and HS Families with Students with Disabilities

SAVE THE DATE: Let's Talk Drugs

Basketball Nation
School Board Candidate Forum

JYMS Groundbreaking Set for March 12
The Baraboo School District will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction work planned for Jack Young Middle School on Thursday, March 12 starting at 2:45 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the middle school, at 1531 Draper St, Baraboo, WI.

The groundbreaking is open to members of the public, with representatives from the District Administration, School Board of Education, and the District's architectural and construction partners - CG Schmidt and EUA -- in attendance to help mark the milestone occasion.

The planned construction work at the middle school to modernize learning environments, improve infrastructure, and expand common areas at the aging middle school, was approved by District voters in a 2019 referendum. EUA, the project architect, and CG Schmidt, the construction manager, have been working closely with the District since the passage of the referendum to finalize designs for the school.

Unable to attend? Watch it LIVE on Facebook at

Food For Kidz Fundraiser
SAVE THE DATE: Family Literacy Night
SAVE THE DATE: Food for Kidz 
Time to Nominate: Teacher of the Year
The School District of Baraboo has announced the opening of nominations for the Excellence in Education Award (EIEA) and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award (DETA) programs for the 2019-'20 school year.  

The EIEA award is sponsored by the BHS Graduating Class of 1956 and the DETA award is sponsored by Andrew Hauge, who grew up in Baraboo and attended Baraboo schools. The Class of 1956 and Andrew Hauge have established an endowment fund with the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation for the purpose of financing all costs associated with the award programs. The purpose of the award programs is to recognize and honor outstanding teachers in the Baraboo School District who have distinguished themselves as exemplary classroom teachers and who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and dedication to the young people of the Baraboo community. The winners of these annual awards will be announced near the end of the current school year at a special award ceremony.

The winner of the awards, who will be chosen by a five-member Selection Committee of retired teachers, community members and school district officials, will receive a framed honorary certificate and a stipend of at least $1,000 to be used for a professional development or educational enrichment activity which will enhance the teacher's knowledge, skills and classroom effectiveness. In addition, the winning teacher's name for the EIEA, which is given to a secondary teacher in the Baraboo School District, will be engraved on a large bronze plaque which hangs in the Media Center of Baraboo High School. The plaque is inscribed with a tribute to the former teachers of the Class of '56 who, "taught, guided and inspired" them during their years at Baraboo Junior High and Baraboo High School.

To be eligible for these awards a teacher must be:
  • Licensed and certified by the State of Wisconsin 
  • Employed as a full-time teacher by the District
  • Planning to return as a full-time teacher in this District for the next school year
The Selection Committee will judge candidates based on the following criteria:
  • Mastery of sound classroom instructional skills
  • Use of initiative, creativity and innovation in teaching techniques
  • Motivational and leadership skills with students and colleagues
  • Involvement in school organizations and activities
  • Involvement in professional organizations, seminars and continuing education
  • Positive relationships with superiors, colleagues, students and parents

The School District is now seeking nominations for the Excellence in Education Award and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award for 2020. Nominations may be made by a teacher colleague, an administrator or a parent of a school student. Nomination forms may be obtained on the District's website: or at any district school building. Submitting a nomination will also require that the nominator write a letter in support of the nominee. Guidelines for writing such a letter will be included with the nomination form. Nomination forms, including letters of support, must be sent to Glenn Bildsten at Baraboo High School, 1201 Draper Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913 by Friday, March 13, 2020, to be valid. 

Be Up-To-Date on School Closings
Winter weather is coming!

Stay up-to-date with the latest information on school delays or closures due to inclement weather conditions. If the decision is made to delay or close school, we w ill publish that information to our district social media sites. Make sure to follow the district on FacebookInstagram , and  Twitter  for the latest updates.

Messages will also be sent directly from our Infinite Campus (IC) system. We develop school closing messages in three ways: email, text message, and automated phone calls using the parent and guardian contacts we have on file in our IC student  information  system. If you have not recently reviewed your IC contact preferences, we ask that you do so by following the directions at the end of this communication.

Delay and closure announcements will also be posted on our  district website.

Making a decision about weather-related school closures is always difficult. These decisions are made with the safety of our students, families, and staff as our primary priority. We appreciate your ongoing support as we work to keep everyone safe.

Keep your phone number and email address up-to-date to receive the latest news on weather-related school closings, delays and early releases! To edit your contact information  in infinite campus:
  1. Go to
  2. Under the "PARENTS" tab, click on "Parent Portal" and enter your log-in information for Infinite Campus (IC)
  3. Click on "Household Information" on the left-hand side of the screen to update your home address and phone number
  4. Click on "contact preferences" to update your email address.
  5. Need help? Call 608-355-3955
NOW HIRING: Summer Maintenance Staff
The district is seeking candidates for the following summer maintenance positions.  

Custodial Student Helper - must be 16 or older. Starting wage is $10/hour.
Custodial Adult Helper - must be 18 or older. Starting wage is $12/hour.
Maintenance Helper - must be 18 or older. Starting wage is $12/hour.

The perks:
  • 40 hours per week
  • Weekends off
  • No nights
Applications can be found online at or at BHS Student Services . Applications can also be picked up and submitted to the District Maintenance Shop; 1210 Berkley Blvd; Baraboo, WI  53913

Pay Rate Increase for Guest Teachers!
The School District of Baraboo is hiring guest (substitute) teachers for all levels (4K-12).  The compensation rate has increased to $120 per day! Former teachers that have retired from the School District of Baraboo will receive a compensation rate of $140 per day.

Candidates must either be a teacher or substitute teacher licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). For information on how to apply for a substitute teaching license, please visit the DPI website.

Interested candidates should apply through the Wisconsin Education Career Access Network (WECAN) or by completing an employment application and submitting to Human Resources. More information can be found here:

Lamers Bus Lines Seeking Drivers and Bus Monitors!
Lamers Bus Lines is seeking additional school bus drivers and b us monitors. 

Becoming a driver is a great opportunity for individuals looking for work before or after school, and becoming a bus monitor is great for those looking for after-school work. It's also a great job for parents of students in the District because:
  1. There are no nights or weekends for route drivers
  2. Drivers get summer vacation and snow days, just like the students
  3. If your child is in any sports or activities, you can get paid to cheer them on and support the team by driving the team bus
Lamers Bus Lines will provide drivers with complete paid training and teach you everything you need to know about driving a school bus.  Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested to help us ensure that our students get to school, sports, and activities on time each day. 

Questions may be directed the Lamers School Bus Office in Baraboo at 608-448-4851 extension 2.  Apply online at
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