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JYMS Literacy Night
Date: Feb. 5
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS commons
Notes: There will be an Author Talk with Ben Michaelson at 5 p.m. in the Auditorium, followed by a book signing.

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

Thoroughly Modern Millie
Date: March 16 - 18  
Place: Al. Ringling Theatre

Baraboo High School
Showcase Concert
Date: March 22
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Gymnasium

District Spring Break
Date: March 26-30

4K Registration f
or 2018-19 School Year
Date: April 5
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Place: East Elementary, 815 6th St., Baraboo

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

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
February 1, 2018

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300+ Attend West's Winter Carnival
West Kindergarten Center and Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative held their annual Winter Carnival on Jan. 25 with approximately 340 people in attendance and about 235 people enjoying the spaghetti supper in the gym. The event featured fun, educational games to challenge our youngest students' minds and motor skills.  #Barabooproud
JYMS Literacy Night set for Feb. 5
Thank You, Crossing Guards!
The Baraboo School District held a breakfast in recognition of our dedicated crossing guards on Friday for Crossing Guard Recognition Week. Police  Chief Mark Schauf and  Sheriff  Chip Meister were in attendance, as well as Baraboo School District Superintendent Dr. Lori Mueller and Baraboo High School principal Mr. Glenn Bildsten. Also in attendance were members of the police dept. Gordon Ringelstetter  and Allison Goetz who fill in as crossing guards when necessary. 

Please join the Baraboo School District in taking a moment to show appreciation for the district's crossing guards, who are dedicated to the safety of the Baraboo School District's students - rain, snow, cold, or shine! 

BHS Offers New Fire Academy Course for 2018-19!
Baraboo High School is excited to announce a NEW COURSE for the 2018-19 school year: The BHS FIRE ACADEMY!

Students will learn firefighting techniques from our local experts. In coordination with Madison College and the Baraboo Fire Department, students can obtain training for a protective services career. 

This course will expose students to training that prepares them for the State of Wisconsin Firefighter I and Firefighter 2 certification examinations. 

The majority of this training will occur at the Baraboo Fire Station. In addition, students will have the opportunity to travel to Madison College to access training at their top-notch firefighting facility, which includes a burn tower and emergency vehicle bay. 

Students must be a Junior or Senior to enroll in this class. There will also be an interview required as part of the acceptance in the class. This class will run for 2 blocks.  Students who take this course will earn high school elective credit and Madison College credit concurrently. 
JYMS Hosts First Forensics Meet
Jack Young Middle School hosted the year's first Forensics Meet on Saturday, Jan. 27, with 10 participating middle schools! 

The results? Baraboo received 28 Superior and 5 Excellent ratings (and ZERO Very Good ratings)! 

Thank you to the judges, volunteers, parents, teachers and students for making this meet such a success!  #Barabooproud

Reserve Your Meeting Space Today!
Is your group looking for a place to meet, hold a training session or have a conference? Host your next meeting at one of the available spaces with the Baraboo School District! 

Available spaces include:
Two conference areas at our District Office, 423 Linn Street
A computer lab for business trainings
Professional Development room at East Elementary
Indoor Pool open swim and birthday parties
Commercial kitchen 
JYMS Auditorium

Upon reserving a space, please specify your needs, such as:
  • Do you need tables?
  • Do you need a microphone?
  • Do you need a projector?
  • Do you need the bleachers pulled out in the gym?
If you would like to reserve any of these spaces please contact Executive Administrative Assistant to the District Administrator and School Board, Ellen Weiland at (608) 355-3950 ext. 1020 or

West Learns About Healthy Practices
Caitlin Richardson, the Food Wise Nutrition Educator from Sauk County UW-Extension, is visiting West kindergarten classrooms 5 times in January and February to educate students on healthy foods and healthy living practices. Classroom activities and family outreach resources are being provided along the way to support these healthy living themes. We thank Ms. Richardson and the Sauk County UW- Extension office for supporting these great activities at West.

4K Registration Starts April 5 for 2018-19 School Year! 
The 4-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) Registration within the Baraboo School District for the 2018-19 school year will be from 7:30 am. to 5:00 pm. on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at East Elementary (815 6th Street, Baraboo) if your child turns 4-years-old by no later than Sept. 1, 2018. (Please bring your child's birth certificate to 4K registration along with proof of residency). You may contact District Registrar, Kristine Snow, at 608-355-3955 or with registration questions or you can visit her at the district office at 423 Linn Street, Baraboo to register for 4K after April 5.  

The 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) program also known as BELC (Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative) will be beginning it's 11th year of programming in the fall of 2018.  Please note that BELC is a half-day program for 3.17 hours on 4 days (M, T, Th & F) each week with many parent outreach opportunities. Our BELC AM session runs from 7:55-11:05 am., and our BELC PM session runs from 11:50 am. - 3:00 pm. Any 4K student would need to qualify for transportation based on the location of their residence outside of the Baraboo city limits, and 4K transportation is only provided during our afternoon sessions. We do not typically offer a second year of BELC to an individual student as 4K is meant to be a one-year program for all of our students.  

Please contact Dr. Chris Olson, BELC/West Principal, at 608-355-3906 or  at any time with 4K questions regarding the 2018-19 school year. Thank you for working to give your child a great start with their educational career by registering him/her for 4K. We look forward to working with your family!

BHS Hosts Ho-Chunk Pow Wow
Baraboo High School held an assembly this week as  a Native American cultural awareness event for all the students at BHS involving the Ho-Chunk Dancers. It was an opportunity to learn about and celebrate their rich traditions and to experience a Pow Wow. 

Dancers of all ages, including students from the Baraboo School District, were featured. An emcee explained the significance of the different dances, costumes, and more. It was an educational and entertaining experience!  

The Baraboo High School Ho-Chunk Nation are planning additional cultural awareness opportunities like this for in the future.  
Capps Named FFA January Member of the Month

Becca's Closet Open for Business!
Becca's Closet Baraboo, located at Recycled Sally's (119 3rd Ave., downtown Baraboo) is now open for the 2018 Prom Season!

Becca's Closet is a national, non-profit organization that donates formal dresses to high school girls who cannot afford to purchase them. Becca's Closet also awards scholarships to deserving high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary service to their communities.

The organization was created to honor the work of Rebecca Kirtman who passed away in an automobile accident in August 2003. In the spring of 2003, Becca single-handedly collected and distributed more than 250 prom d resses to girls in need in South Florida so that they could attend their high school proms.

Becca's Closet depends on the generosity of manufacturers, retailers and individuals like you! All of the dresses have been donated to the program, which are then donated to high school girls.

We welcome donations of new and gently worn dresses in appropriate, current styles! Dresses can be dropped off at Recycled Sally's Women and Kids during regular business hours.

JYMS Students Escape!
Jack Young Middle School held its PBIS second quarter JYMS reward day on Jan. 26. Teachers hosted a team-building activity and students chose which activity they wanted to participate in. 

JYMS Language Arts teacher Mrs. Reinhardt held an escape room challenge where students  began with putting a puzzle together that had a riddle which led them to the next clue. Some of the clues sent them looking for a matching image, sometimes they had to decode a message to figure out a word combination lock. There were secret lock boxes and hidden images throughout the room. Some of the "fake clues" really threw them off, but they managed to crack the code and escape with time to spare!

Did You Know February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month? 
Relationships and abuse can be hard topics for parents and teachers to talk about with middle and high school students. But we know that open communication with adults can make a big difference for young people's relationships, and most teens wish they could talk more openly with their parents about dating. Don't know where to start the conversation? Consider participating in Break the Cycle's "It's Time to Talk" week by using the following prompts as a springboard for talking about healthy relationships: 
  • One-liners and firsts: Talk about first dates, first disagreements, and how to express setting boundaries.
  • Share your seconds: Talk about communicating what you want on a second date, shifts from casual to committed relationships, and lingering disagreements.
  • The Third Wheel: Supporting a friend around dating violence and balancing dating and friendships.
Want more conversation starters? Check out For more information about Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month, visit and Please also keep in mind that Hope House can provide free supportive counseling, support groups, legal help, safety planning, and more to teens experiencing abuse - and we now have an advocate focusing specifically on supporting teens. Our 24-hour helpline is   608-356-7500. Another great option is, which has a 24-hour helpline at   1.866.331.9474, online chat, and a texting hotline by texting loveis to 22522 (all geared towards teens and young adults).
BSD Students Compete in SkillsUSA Regional Competition
Middle and High School students participated in the SkillsUSA Southwest Tech Regional Competition last week.  Students showcased the skills they learned in TechEd and STEM classes. 

Baraboo High School student Seth Martin took first place in the CO2 Dragster competition. Jack Young Middle School Robotics Club members  Jonah Gjersvig and Gavin Hintze took 2nd place, and  Henry Watson and Tyler Jensen won 3rd place in the Robotics Urban Search and Rescue competition. 

Teams are continuing to prepare for the state SkillsUSA competitions in April.

GLW to Have Family Game Night
Gordon L Willson Elementary will have a family game night Thursday, February 9th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.!

Playing board games helps students bond with their family and helps them to work on their motor skills, strategy usage and problem solving technique.
SAVE THE DATE for the Baraboo Indoor Pool's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
BHS Construction Update: January 2018
New Year's Resolution: Join the Baraboo Indoor Pool!
New sessions will begin soon at the Baraboo Indoor Pool! Visit our website here for more information on:

Annual memberships
Swimming lessons
Aqua Zumba
Aqua Jog
Water Aerobics
Masters Adult Stroke Clinic
The Baraboo School District is Hiring!
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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