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West Fundraiser 
@ Dairy Queen 
Dates: Feb. 7, 
Feb. 14
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Place: Dairy Queen, Baraboo
Contact: Principal Olson, 355-3906,  cdolson@
Notes: Funds raised will go toward new playground equipment at West

Family Math Night
Date: Feb. 8
Time: 5 p.m.
Place: West Kindergarten Center

100th Day of School!
Date: Feb. 9
Time: All Day
Place: Baraboo School District

BHS Madrigal Dinner
Date: Feb. 10, 11
Place: Al. Ringling Mansion
Contact: Lynn Gunnell, 355-3947
Notes: R eservations must be made by  Feb. 3   

GLW/West Math 
& Technology Night
Date: Feb. 16
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Place: GLW

CPR Certification
Date: Feb. 22
Time: 1:15-3:15
Place: BHS, Room E123
Cost: $30/person
Notes: Register with Dr. Bartman; 24 spots available

WSMA District 
Solo & Ensemble
Date: Feb. 25
Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: BHS

Literacy Night
Date: March 2
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: GLW
Notes: For BELC, West and GLW students

BHS Musical  Little Shop of Horrors
Dates: March 16-18
Times:  Friday & Saturday: 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m.
Place: Al. Ringling Theatre

8th Annual
Fifth Grade Concert
Date: March 20
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS Big Gym
Notes: fifth-grade students from  ABE, East, GLW & NF

JYMS 8th Grade Showcase Concert
Date: March 21
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS Big Gym
Notes:  8th Grade Choirs,  8th Grade Bands,  Jazz WIN

BHS Spring Showcase Concert
Date: March 23
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Gym
Notes: All Bands & Choirs

Thunderbird Thursday Update
Feb. 2, 2017
New Website Roll-Out
The Baraboo School District has a new look!

Yesterday w e launched our new Baraboo School District website. The site has been completely updated to reflect a more modern, easy-to-use site with all of the information you need. We hope you enjoy the many benefits and functionality our new site has to offer.

The most commonly used links can be found just under the main photo on the district's homepage, including the Calendar, School Meals (menu), Parent Portal (infinite campus), Enrollment, Jobs, and the eNewsletter - just like this one!

To minimize disruption to our parents, students and staff, please have a look at this guide with helpful tips as you maneuver through the new layout and content areas:

Check out our new website here!
BHS teachers Marcie Gratz and Dan Rhode took 24 students to the senior center to help the seniors with their social media/technology questions. We are #Barabooproud of our students for working to strengthen our partnership with BASCO!

Lights, Camera, Action! 
The students and staff at Al Behrman Elementary are enjoying a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) Review Week this week, from Jan. 30 through Feb. 3.

Classroom teachers are reviewing cool tools with their students.

The week's theme is Hollywood, and each day the students have the opportunity to dress up.

Monday: Wear ABE colors
Tuesday: Dress up like a superhero/movie or book character
Wednesday: Red Carpet - get fancy
Thursday: Spy - wear black!
Friday: Sports team colors

What a great week at ABE!

Baraboo FFA hosts District Leadership Development Event Jan. 30
The Baraboo FFA hosted the eight area FFA Chapters during the FFA District 18 Leadership Development Event Jan. 30, 2017.

The following students represented Baraboo in the competition.

Discussion Meet:
Lilith Nachtigal
Bri Stapleton

Employment Skills:
Brook Woodbury
Julia Grooms

Extemporaneous Speaking:
Kristen Felton
Jordyn Zalweski

The Baraboo FFA would like to thank the judges, room hosts, timers, moderator, parents and alumni members who assisted with the competition!

Insta-Take Over Tuesday. Are you ready?

Break The Cycle: Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month

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).
School Bus Driver Recognition Week: Feb. 13-17
The State of Wisconsin has declared the week between Monday, February 13 th and
Friday, February 17 th as School Bus Drivers Recognition Week. This week is highlighted
each year to recognize the commitment to safety excellence of over 15,000 Wisconsi
school bus drivers, who drive over 82 million miles each year and transport over 600,000
students on any given school day.

Kobussen Buses, LTD will be recognizing 43 drivers from their Baraboo terminal who
work with students from the Baraboo School District and Ryan Kimball, terminal
manager along with Kristi Voelker, Safety Director, Niki and Karla in Dispatch and Ren,
Technician for Kobussen's Baraboo office say, "We are planning a full week of activities
to celebrate the outstanding job that our drivers do each and every day at each of our 17
terminals." These activities will include such things as free lunch, door prizes and
recognition of perfect attendance. Kobussen continues, "With all of the day to day
activities that happen, it is easy to forget to thank them for all that (the driver's) do.
Setting aside this week helps us show a small amount of our appreciation."

"We hope that the public will join us in taking time to thank our drivers for all that they
do and to take a minute to pause and think about what we can all do to help our students
be safe.", says Dan Kobussen from Kobussen's main office in Kaukauna, WI. You may
wonder what you can do to help the safety of students of students who ride buses; Dan
Kobussen continues, "If other drivers would just slow down, give buses a little extra
space and be prepared to stop when the flashing red lights come on, that would help
everyone out."
JYMS Students Present at National History Day

JYMS teacher Mrs. Garcia's eighth grade U.S. History class participated in a National History Day research project on Jan. 20.

She asked her students to choose any topic related to an annual theme. This year's theme was Taking a Stand in History
Once a topic was chosen, students watched instructional videos made by Mrs. Garcia that walked them through the steps of the research process, such as how to come up with a good search term in Google, how to determine if their source is credible, how to summarize and paraphrase information instead of plagiarizing, and how to correctly cite sources.        

Students presented to a panel of judges, including teachers from the Baraboo School District and members of the Sauk County Historical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society, Badger Ordnance Historical Society, and Circus World Museum.

Participating students included:

Cassidie Allard
Lindsey Arnold
Madelyn Beal
Mackenna Belter
Hannah Block
Mabelle Boehlke
Kayly Bratland
Isaac Brewer
Emily Brooks
Maya Brown
Jordan Buelow
Emma Crary
Mitchell Hamm
Eva Hasse
Macy Henry
Cennedy Hoppe
Emily Kleczek
Campbell Koseor
Kirsten Lanman
Madeleine Letendre
Seth Martin
Dalton Mueller
Ashley Palecek
Naomi Pelland
Makayla Sefkar
Julie Zech  

Tickets On Sale for BHS Madrigal Dinner!
Call for Proposals for Former Admin Building
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