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No Summer School
Date: July 3-5
Notes: There will be no summer school for all grade levels from July 3-5.

Last Day 
of Summer School
Date: July 12
Place: Al Behrman Elementary, BHS
Notes: Last day for all grades.

Last Day of Strength and Condiioning
Date: July 27
Notes: Last day of summer strength and conditioning for MS and HS.

School Registration
Date: Aug. 8
Place: JYMS
Notes: Registration for all schools and all grade levels will take place at JYMS for students who are not yet registered.  Online registration available here.

6th Grade Orientation
Date: Aug. 23
Time: 8-11:30 a.m.
Place: JYMS

5th Grade 
Parent Night
Date: Aug. 23
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS

BELC Open House
Date: Aug. 29
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Notes: This open house is for the following BELC sessions: St. Clare AM, CDC AM, Bear-A-Boo AM

BELC Open House
Date: Aug. 30
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Notes: This open house is for the following BELC sessions: West AM/PM, East PM, Bear-A-Boo PM

Open House
Date: Aug. 30
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Place: Elementary Schools

BHS Open House
Date: Aug. 30
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: BHS

Freshman Orientation
Date: Aug. 31
Time: 8:30-11:50 a.m.
Place: BHS
Notes: For freshmen only

First Day of School
Date: Sept. 1

No School
for Labor Day
Date: Sept. 4

Elementary School Picture Day
Date: Sept. 20
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
July 13, 2017
Schultz's FFA Program Awarded as "Outstanding"
We all know our agriculture program and teacher at Baraboo High School are outstanding - but now it's official!

The BHS agriculture program received the Outstanding Agricultural Education Program Award from the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators at the WAAE Professional Development Conference in Appleton, Wis. on June 25-29, 2017.

The Outstanding Secondary/Middle School program award goes to an agricultural education program and their instructors who have excelled in membership and participation in WAAE and other professional associations, classroom instruction, FFA involvement, and community service.

Baraboo agricultural education program is led by Ms. Jennifer Schultz. She continuously challenges her students to become self-sufficient students and individuals by using problem solving in the classroom.

Schultz's program covers several agricultural pathways ranging from biotechnology to through Supervised Agriculture Experiences, Youth Apprenticeship Programs, and COOPs.

Much of the success that Schultz has found can be attributed to her teaching philosophy that focuses on hands on experiences that the students will apply in their life. Also the partnerships she has formed with the FFA Alumni, community groups and businesses have given her the support she needs to continue to have a strong program.

WAAE is the professional association for agricultural educators in Wisconsin. Members include 295 middle school, high school, technical college and university educators. The focus of the association is to provide professional development, legislative support and educational resources for teachers to enhance their local agriculture education programs.

We are #Barabooproud of Ms. Schultz and the amazing FFA program we have here in Baraboo! Congratulations!
BooU to Offer ESL Classes in Fall
Madison College will offer ESL courses at the UW Baraboo Campus in the fall semester.
Over the summer, University of Baraboo/Sauk County will offer four orientation sessions to help students create their Madison College account, take an ESL level test, and assist students with registration.  The four dates for orientation will be as follows:
UW Baraboo
Aural Umhoefer Building, Room A-218
1006 Connie Rd, Baraboo, WI  53913
o   Monday, July 31, 5:30pm
o   Monday, August 7th, 5:30pm
o   Wednesday, August 9th, 5:30pm
o   Wednesday, August 16th, 5:30pm
BooU will have bilingual staff available during these sessions to assist the students. Classes will begin August 28.  In order to start classes in the fall semester, it is required to attend orientation.
Future Engineers Take on Building Challenge
Mr. King's "Future Engineers" classes spent Tuesday morning designing and building challenges using popsicle sticks. Mr. King put different instructions on pieces of paper, such as "create an animal with a moving tail," or "create a container to hold pencils." The students used popsicle sticks and tape to create the 3-D items. By the end of the class, items created included a couch, a bird feeder, a bed for Goldilocks, a bridge, glasses for a photobooth prop, a picture frame, and pencil holder and more!
All the World is a Stage in Reading and Writing in Reader's Theater!
This week in Mrs. Rundio's Summer Academy class "Reading and Writing in Reader's Theater" the students acted out the plays they've been working on. The students dressed in costumes, used props and entertained their classmates and parents with scripts that ranged from plays inspired by Beauty and the Beast and Little Red Riding Hood, and original stories including one involving waterslides!
Lights, Camera, Action!
The students in Mrs. Lenerz's "Video Production" class were able to sit back and relax Tuesday morning. The students had popcorn and punch while viewing their final productions.

The final productions involved a newscast. The students broke up into small groups and wrote and acted out a news broadcast in which they were the anchors, the reporters, the interviewers and the interviewees. 

The students filmed their broadcasts in front of a green screen, and were then tasked with add an appropriate background image to each scene they filmed.
STEM Scouts Use Robots to Clean Oil Spill
In Mrs. Parsons's STEM Scouts class, students learned about oil spills and how they can affect the ocean.

They were tasked with coming up with a way to skim oil off of the top of water. Students had to come up with a design using a variety of materials, such as cotton balls, q-tips, pool noodles, salt, disposable towels, styrofoam and more.

The students designed their oil-skimming inventions around a Sphero ball, which is a robotic ball gaming device that is controlled by an app on a tablet or smartphone. The students controlled the balls' movements with a tilt, touch or swing of their tablets.

Mrs. Parsons brought a blow-up pool into the classroom and filled it with water, then created a simulation of an oil spill by dumping vegetable oil into the pool. 

The students tested their designs by placing their oil spill skimming inventions into the water and powering them using the Sphero ball to see if their invention would collect some of the oil spilled into the water. 

By the end of the experiment, there was less oil in the pool than there had been when they started. Nice work, STEM Scouts!
Every Child is and Artist - Pablo Picasso
The artists in Mrs. Znidarsich's Art class worked on finishing products to present to their classmates on Tuesday morning.

Projects ranged from weaving on a loom, creating sculptures with play-doh, painting clay objects they had made, and making friendship bracelets. 
Bubbles, Magnets and Slingshots, Oh My!
Mrs. Baird's " Mad Scientists in a Marvelous World" students rotated between several stations set up with science experiments on Wednesday.

At one station, soapy water was placed in a small circle on the table and students had to figure out how to blow a bubble using just a straw.

At another table, students used magnets and had to figure out how to make a magnet move by using another magnet - without touching the first magnet! Students found that if they put on magnet under the table and moved it, the magnets on top of the table would move, too!

A third station involved building slingshot/catapults. The students had a variety of materials, including rubber bands, popsicle sticks and soup cans. They were tasked with slingshotting mini marshmallows into a bowl, and catapulting small blocks to a tower of plastic cups to knock the cups down.
Students Go Under the Sea with Their Presentations
Did you know that jellyfish aren't actually fish (they are invertebrates, similar to coral and sea anemones), and the Mako Shark is the fastest animal in the ocean with the ability to swim up to 60 miles an hour?

The students in Mrs. Hilke's  "Ocean Explorers" class do!

On Wednesday, the students gave presentations on animal reports they have been working on this summer.

Each student selected an ocean animal to research, including the Mako Shark, Dolphins, Jellyfish, Orca, Sea Turtles and the Great White Shark. The students had to answer such questions as: What does it eat? What are its enemies? Does it live in a group or separately? Does it give birth to live young or lay eggs? What part of the ocean does it live in? What is the size of it? What are some interesting facts about this animal?

The students researched the questions, then put their findings in powerpoint presentations. They added photos to the presentations to make them more visually stimulating. And then they presented their final reports to their classmates!  Options
An Exploration of Roman Art
The students in Mrs. Garcia's "Exploring Ancient Civilizations" class spent the summer learning about people who lived thousands of years ago, including the ancient Sumerians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

They explored the elaborate civilizations through reading, studying artifacts, calculating scale for model building, performing scenes from the lives of ancient people, constructing models and maps, and using creative problem solving.

The students studied a different civilization for each of the four weeks, concluding with Ancient Rome. 

On Wednesday they made their own Roman mosaic art using a pattern, tissue paper and glue sticks. The students cut the tissue paper to fit the sizes of the patterns, then glued them in place to create the mosaic pattern.

A Cool Treat on a Hot Day
Summer Academy provided ice pops to all of the students (and even some of the teachers) during recess on Wednesday.

Wednesday was the last day of Summer Academy. Thank you to all of the teachers for spending part of your summer in the classroom, and thank you to the families who spent their time with us at summer school. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

Summer Academy Completes Its Second Year!

Plan Ahead for 2017-18 School Year!
For a printable version of the school supply list, CLICK HERE.

Register Now for Fall Sports at JYMS and BHS!
Parents Meetings: The football parent meeting will be held on Monday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Baraboo HS cafeteria.
The parent meeting for all other fall sports (Girls Tennis, Girls Swimming, Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls Cross-Country and Boys Soccer) will be held on Tuesday, August 1 at the High School.  The general meeting will start at 6:00 pm.  If you need help registering your child or paying your sport fees, you can arrive anytime after 5:00 pm.
Physicals: WIAA Physical Form - physicals taken on or after April 1 are good for the following two school years. Physicals performed before April 1 are good for the remainder of that school year plus one more school year. For the second year of a physical you will need to complete an Alternate Year Card. 
If you are in need of a physical there is an option to have a WIAA physical at Wilz Drug in Portage. They provide physicals at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday. No appointment is needed.
Online Registration: If possible, you should register online for the 2017-18 school year in the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus before the date of the parent meeting, this is where you and your child agree to the "Code of Conduct."  You must also register your child in the Parent Portal under the HS Fall Sports Registration Link, this is where you and your child agree to the Concussion and W.I.A.A. eligibility information.
Sports Participation Fees: The participation fee of $60 can be paid online (which is preferred) or you can pay with cash or check at the parent meeting.  If your child had not previously signed up for a fall sport this past spring, fees will not be added until a couple of days after you register your child in the Parent Portal under the HS Fall Sports Registration Link.
If you have any questions please e-mail Renee Teasdale at: or call the High School office at 355-3940, between 7:30 - 3:00 pm


Parents Meetings: The football parent meeting will be held on Monday, July 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Baraboo HS cafeteria.
Cross Country and Volleyball meetings will be held on Monday, August 28 at 5:30 pm in the JYMS Auditorium.
If you cannot attend the meeting you must contact one of the coaches listed below AND Kevin Catterson ( to get the information you need before the first day of practice.

Physicals: WIAA Physical Form - physicals taken after April 1 are good for the following two school years. Physicals performed before April 1 are good for the remainder of that school year plus one more school year. For the second year of a physical you will need to complete an Alternate Year Card .  

If you are in need of a physical there is an option to have a WIAA physical at Wilz Drug in Portage. They provide physicals at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday. No appointment is needed.

Online Registration: You must register online in the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus before the date of the parents meeting. You and your child will sign the Code of Conduct and Concussion forms electronically there. The participation fee of $30 can be paid at the parents meeting or in the JYMS main office. If you would like to pay online please contact Jim Langkamp at in advance to have the fee added to your child's account.

Communication: Jack Young MS Athletics uses Remind to communicate directly with parents. If you have a smartphone, you are strongly encouraged to sign up to receive timely and important information via text or e-mail. You can sign up for an account at or download the Remind app. This is how coaches will communicate with parents.

First day of practice
Football:  Equipment handout August 5 at 5:00 p.m. The rest of the practice schedule can be found on .  Click the link in the upper right corner for 7th/8th Grade.
Cross Country & Girls Volleyball: Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Coaches Contact Information
Jordan Leonhardt

Cross Country:  
Terry Kieck

7th Grade Volleyball:  
Kyle Jones  
Hannah Smith-Jones

8th Grade Volleyball:  
Andrea Kozlowski  
What Are You Watching This Summer? The Importance of Media Literacy
If you've ever been in a situation with a friend where one person wants "more" and the other doesn't, you know it can get pretty awkward. Let's face it - rejection is never fun. But neither is being the person on the other end, trying to hold onto a normal friendship with someone who won't take a hint or let it go.
Most young people are familiar with the idea of the "friend zone", a trope that describes the frustration of being considered "just a friend" by someone you want to date. A lot of people can relate to the difficulty of having feelings for someone who just isn't interested back. And of course, it's normal to feel disappointed when your crush is unrequited.
But the idea of the "friend zone" brings up some problematic assumptions about rejection. A lot of this has to do with the tone of how it's talked about - when someone says they've been "friend zoned", they're often expressing not just sadness or disappointment, but also resentment and even anger. Being mad at someone for not liking you back has a lot to do with feeling entitled, like you "deserved" attention or a relationship from that person and they're doing something wrong or hurtful by not wanting the same thing.
The friend zone is also often a gendered phenomenon - in a stereotypical friend zone situation, a guy is frustrated that his friend who's a girl doesn't like him back. This is similar to times when girls who turn guys down are considered mean and called derogatory names. While this can of course happen in the reverse, with girls mad at guys who reject them, and in non-heterosexual situations, there is a theme in our culture of men taking it personally when women don't welcome their advances. In part, this comes from the fact that guys' social standing is often judged by how good they are at "getting girls". Of course, this isn't fair to girls and women, who can feel like pawns in guys' attempts to prove to other men that they've got game. But it also isn't fair to guys, who could spend a lot of time taking personally rejections that might not have anything to do with them.
There's so many reasons why someone might not be into you - it could be timing, lack of compatibility, being interested in someone else or in an exclusive relationship, not attracted to people of your gender, not interested in dating or romance in general - the list goes on and on. Attraction is often not logical or easily explained, and it's important to remember that the other person's lack of interest doesn't reflect on your worth or attractiveness as a person. Learning not to take rejection personally is a valuable skill - there will always be someone who doesn't want to date you, and you shouldn't have to feel bad about yourself because of it. In addition, when we can respond to a "not interested" gracefully, we'll be treating the people we like with the respect they deserve. Instead of complaining about being "friend zoned", why not appreciate that the other person wants to be your friend in the first place? Dealing with crushes and rejection is messy enough without making it harder for each other to advocate for what we do and don't want. Adults can help teens and tweens navigate this process by creating safe space to talk openly about the good, the bad, and the awkward of dating - and to emphasize the importance of respect while figuring it all out. When we remember that our worth doesn't depend on what others think of us, it's a lot easier to bring our best selves to the table, and to take the pressure off our friends and crushes while they make their own calls about what's best for them - which, in the end, is what we all want and deserve.
Comments or questions? Feel free to contact  Nola, Prevention Project Coordinator at Hope House, at or 608-356-9123.
Project Homeless Connect to have Open House July 27
Central Wisconsin Community Action Council will host an Project Homeless Connect Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at First United Methodist Church, located at 615 Broadway Street, Baraboo.

There will be information for housing, employment services, health and medical services, mental health services, financial options, head start, K-12 education, substance abuse treatment, veteran services and more.

There will also be a free noon meal, free haircuts, free health screenings and free vision checks.

The updated flyer has information on how to receive free transportation to and from the event (available in Sauk County only). Individuals and families in need of transportation can contact Wendy from CWCAC at 608-254-8353 July 14  to arrange to be picked up by an ADRC van. 

All in need are welcome to attend, regardless of their housing status.

Summer Food Program Available
This summer, the Baraboo School District will again take part in the federally funded Summer Food Service Program.  We will serve breakfast and lunch in three sites, plus we will be delivering meals to the Boys and Girls Club.  The meals are free to all children 18 years and younger.  Any adults accompanying the children need only pay $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch.  Individuals do not have to attend Summer School to take part in this food service program.  The program will run from June 12, 2017 to July 21, 2017 (except the ABE site, which will end on July 12, 2017), Monday thru Friday.  All sites will be closed on July 3, 4 and 5, 2017 for the holiday.
Here are the sites and hours of operation:
GLW - Open only to students participating in the Kid Stop Program - breakfast and lunch
BHS - Breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM/Lunch daily from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Any questions, please call Mary Loveless, Food Service Director at 355-3980.
"This Institution is an equal opportunity provider"
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.

Kid Stop Summer Info - Get the Scoop
  • Summer Kid Stop registration is going on now!  Sign up today!!
  • Sign up for a week or for an entire month.  No daily rates.
  • If your child attends Kid Stop during the school year, you will still need to register and pay the listed fees.
  • Children must be registered with registration fee and tuition paid in full prior to your child/children attending.
  • All overdue Kid Stop fees must be paid in full prior to attending.
  • For more information, check out the Baraboo School District website and click on "Kid Stop" or contact Pat Gavin, Kid Stop Coordinator, at 355-3925, ext. 7150.
6th Grade Orientation Set For Aug. 23

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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