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Winter Break - No School 
Date: Dec. 25 - Jan. 1

8th Grade Parent Night 
Date: Jan. 8
Time: 5:30-6 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Date: Jan. 18
Time: 4-7 p.m.
Place: Elementary schools

No School for Students
Date: Jan. 19

District Solo
& Ensemble Festival
Date: Feb. 24
Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

5th Grade 
District-Wide Concert
Date: March 5
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School

8th Grade Music 
Showcase Concert
Date: March 13
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS Big Gym

GLW 2nd Grade Concert
Date: April 10
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

GLW Kindergarten Concert
Date: May 7
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

JYMS Spring Band Concerts
Date: May 17
Time: 5:30 p.m. 6th grade; 6:30 p.m. 7th grade; 7:30 p.m. 8th grade
Place: JYMS Big Gym

JYMS Spring Choir Concerts
Date: May 22
Time: 5:30 p.m. (WIN & 6th grade); 6:30 p.m. (7th and 8th)
Place: JYMS Big Gym

District Spring Break
Date: March 26-30

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.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
December 21, 2017

4K Holiday Program Has Record-Breaking Attendance!
West Kindergarten Center's Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative (BELC) 4K teacher Mrs. Deb Benson and educational assistant Mrs. Sharon Thomas held their annual Holiday Program at West on Friday.

Mrs. Benson had a record-breaking turnout as parents, family and friends of West gathered for a celebration of the season!

BHS Performs Thornton Wilder's "Our Town"
The Baraboo High School held a production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" over the weekend at  the R.G. Brown Theatre at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County. Elementary music teacher Sue Lappin provided beautiful transitional music from Aaron Copland's "Our Town Suite."

Treats and beverages were sold during intermission to benefit the Baraboo 21's efforts to help build a WWI memorial in our town of Baraboo. 

We are #Barabooproud of our students - Bravo!
East Students Create with STEM
A team of East Elementary educators created an evening event last week for students and parents that revolved around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) hands-on tasks.  

Students built structures using dozens of donated wooden rulers, or small cubes, and plastic rods from the school's math series. The skill in creating the towering structures was dependent on the efforts to create a solid base and symmetrical well placed sides. The toppling of the structures led to discussions on the success or lack of the success in the engineering of the build. Other students spun fidget spinners to complete math problems in competition with themselves or with a peer and even some adult vs student contests were held. The most popular station may have been the mini marshmallow and toothpick 'snow fort' creation. Creativity was definitely on display with the work the students demonstrated in planning and organizing the steps to make the 'snow fort' stand easily and some even had multiple rooms.  Several other stations were available to students and the free flowing plan for the evening allowed for students and parents to go to all stations or stay at one for the STEM event.
The free event was extended to families as an East School community building opportunity with some exciting learning woven into the event. Family members were able to learn what tasks were easily able to be incorporated into the winter break that may have a STEM focus. School staff members and students look forward to this popular event again next school year.

'Tis The Season
Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative (BELC) 4K students in Ms. Emma Steinhorst's class at Bear-A-Boo Daycare celebrated the season with a Pajama Day! The students and their families frosted cookies and made trail mix together. Yum!

ABE Celebrates PBIS with the Polar Express
Al Behrman Elementary held a PBIS Polar Express Family Fun Night on Dec. 14, with a record turn-out! Students came to make ornaments, decorate cookies, drink hot chocolate, visit with Polar Express characters and win fun prizes.

PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, which is the emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. For more information on PBIS, click here.

Students Receive Hands-On Training with BDAS
Bryan Dekeyser from the Baraboo District Ambulance Service was a guest speaker  on Monday  and  Tuesday  in Julie Jensen's Health classes at Baraboo High School. The students received instruction and hands-on practice with CPR/AED and choking emergency situations. Bryan and the BDAS have been a great resource for students to learn these valuable skills, and we are #Barabooproud to share this community connection!

Pizza Ranch Donates with 12 Days of Pizza
Pizza Ranch of Baraboo is participating in the 12 Days of Christmas program, which provides 12 families from the Baraboo community with 12 meals over the 12 days of Christmas break.

The program was started in South Dakota in 2015 when several students from a local elementary were not looking forward to the holiday break because they would be missing the hot school lunch they depended on each day.

In 2016, the program expanded to four cities, helping 48 families, and coupon redemption has been over 90%. This year, the program starts December 20 and coupons can be redeemed through January 31, 2018. More than 85 Pizza Ranch locations are partnering with local businesses to join in on the spirit of the holidays by sponsoring '12 Days of Pizza' at local schools to donate more than 12,000 meals!

Our local Pizza Ranch has partnered with sponsor Summit Credit Union. 
Intro to Ag Donates to Food Pantry
Baraboo High School's Intro to Agriculture students brought in food items for the Baraboo food pantry for those families in need this holiday season. 

#Barabooproud of the giving spirit displayed by our students!
North Freedom Gets a Lesson in Computer Literacy with "Hour of Code"
Baraboo High School Computer Science students have been traveling across the district to bring "Hour of Code" to every elementary classroom 3rd - 5th grade this week!

On Tuesday, the CS students visited Mrs. Shafer's 5th grade class at North Freedom Elementary School. A small group of high school students were assigned to each classroom. They introduced themselves, played an intro video and cheered on the elementary students as they learned!

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts.

CG Schmidt and EUA Career Pathway and Apprenticeship Partnership with BHS
In order to capitalize on the vast expertise of the contractors, laborers, and other professionals including architects, engineers, and project managers currently involved in the BHS Revitalization project, we are looking to do a series of informational sessions for our BHS students on career pathways in these areas and also to provide apprenticeship opportunities for certain students to go deeper in their learning. To accomplish this, building contractor CG Schmidt and architectural firm EUA have enthusiastically agreed to work with BHS administration and teachers in order to coordinate these sessions and opportunities for our students!

Informational Sessions:
We will be targeting Enrichment (9:20-10:00) to conduct the informational sessions for BHS students. Students will be informed ahead of time about these sessions through direct communication from BHS technology education teachers and other forms of announcements at BHS. BHS teachers will also select certain students to attend these sessions who they identify ahead of time as being especially suited for the opportunity. The following are dates that could be targeted for these sessions, but are subject to change depending on speaker availability. The topics also need to be identified with the help of CG Schmidt and EUA:

Friday, December 22    Topic: CG Schmidt to Present
Friday, January 5    Topic:  Project Partners to Present (H and H and NAMI)
Friday, January 12    Topic:  EUA Design to Present

We will also be targeting certain students who have demonstrated strong aptitude and interest beyond what is typical in these trade and professional career pathways in order to provide them an opportunity to go deeper in their learning and to shadow laborers and/or professionals who are directly involved in the BHS Revitalization Project.
Join Parents In the Middle for a Culver's Share Night to Support Literacy!

District Hires New School Social Worker
Please join us in welcoming Taylor  Williams , School  Social  Worker , to the School District of Baraboo. We are excited to add a School Social Worker to the many building staff who are available to help support and advocate for our students and families.

Taylor is here to...
  • Help families access and utilize school and community resources or programs
  • Help alleviate any concerns a family may have
  • Help families communicate with school staff
  • Provide additional crisis intervention
  • Be an additional support in developing student plans
Most importantly, Taylor is here to advocate for you and your family however you may need .

You can reach Taylor by contacting your building principal, or by contacting her directly via phone (608-355-3950 x 1535) or email (
Now Hiring Kid Stop Assistants
The School District of Baraboo has an opening for a Kid Stop assistant. Kid Stop is a before-school and after-school child care program available to all district students in grades K-5. Interested applicants should have successful experience working with children be enthusiastic, and be flexible. The after-school program runs from 3-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 1-6 p.m. on Wednesday. The starting hourly rate is $11.44. However, prior experience working with children and training will be taken into consideration when placing an employee along the Kid Stop salary schedule. 

Qualifications: Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, hold an associates degree in Early Child Education or successfully completed an Early Childhood Education course within six months of hire. The training would be provided by the district.

How to apply:  Applications are available here. Interested candidates should submit an application to Amy Fassbender, Principal, Gordon L. Willson Elementary School, 146 Berkley Blvd., West Baraboo, 53913.
Phone: 608-355-3925, ext. 7010

14th Annual Free Christmas Dinner
The First United Methodist Church, 615 Broadway in Baraboo, will host the 14th annual free Baraboo Area Community Christmas Dinner
on Monday, December 25 at 12:00 noon. All are welcome.

The Baraboo Area Community Christmas Dinner is the work of numerous churches, charitable groups and individual volunteers. The event draws an average of 250 guests of all ages, both individuals and entire extended families.

The hot, home-cooked dinner will include turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salads, desserts and beverages. Volunteers are needed to help prepare, serve and clean up after the meal.

Cash donations and contributions of turkey breasts and hams are also welcome. While there is no cost for the meal, a free-will offering will be accepted to help cover expenses.

To help plan the proper amount of food, reservations are encouraged. To place a reservation to attend the dinner or to schedule a meal delivery, call the First United Methodist Church office at (608) 356-3991. The event is dine-in or delivery only; there will be no take-outs.

To make a donation to the dinner, contact the church at (608) 356-3991 or Judy Ellington at (608) 356-5495.
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.
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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