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BSD Volunteer Training
Date: September 25
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Place: West School, 707 Center St.

JYMS P/T Conferences
Dates: Oct. 22 and 23

No School
Date: Oct. 25

JYMS Choir Concert
Date: November 5

No School 
Dates: Nov. 27-29

JYMS Band Concert
Date: December 9

Winter Break - No School
Dates: Dec. 23 - January 1

Join us as we celebrate a nation of diverse readers with these recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures from the National Education Association.

Title: The Night Diary
Author:  by Veera Hiranandani (Dial)
For: Middle School Readers
Summary:  In her diary, Nisha writes letters to her late mother about having to leave their home after the partition of India creates the country of Pakistan.


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
September 19, 2019
Olson Named Finalist for Presidential Award 
We are proud to announce Baraboo High School Teacher Mrs. Karen Olson was named as one of six finalists for the 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), considered the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for mathematics and science teachers.
"Wisconsin's finalists for these awards help students every day to engage and excel," State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford-Taylor said. "This requires not only expertise in their content area, but also an understanding of best instructional practices based on education research. To reach this level as an educator takes true dedication and commitment."
Anyone may nominate a teacher for the award. States establish selection committees who select the finalists based on criteria required by the national PAEMST program. Established by Congress in 1983, the awards recognize teachers for high-quality instructional programs informed by content knowledge to enhance student learning. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in STEM education; STEM is the abbreviation for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, which includes computer science. 
Applications from Wisconsin's finalists will be judged at the national level by a committee organized by the National Science Foundation, which administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Awardees receive professional development opportunities, $10,000 from the National Science Foundation, and a trip to be recognized in Washington, D.C.
School Attendance Matters
We at the Baraboo School District enjoy our students. In fact, we enjoy them so much that we want them to attend class every day! We also care about our students, and we know that regular attendance can help our students succeed. For  more information on why regular attendance matters, click here to read our English and Spanish infographic!

BHS Awarded $10,000 Ag Grant
In early 2019, America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, partnered with local farmers to nominate rural schools and awarded a $10,000 grant to the Baraboo School District to enhance our science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs!

To qualify for a Grow Rural Education grant, local farmers nominated the District to compete for merit-based grants. School districts that were nominated then submitted a grant application describing their STEM-focused project. Grow Rural Education's Farmer Advisory Council, consisting of approximately 30 farmer leaders from across the country, reviewed the finalist applications and selected the winning school districts, including ours!

Baraboo High School will use the Grow Rural Education funds to create a Wisconsin Fish and Aquaculture course at Baraboo High School, giving students a direct window into a potential career area.

There was a grant celebration on Sept. 17th at the Baraboo High School soccer field. During halftime of the varsity boy's soccer game, the Baraboo High School Agricultural Education Instructor, Kristi Puntney, and CTE K-12 Curriculum Leader, Shelly Gillmore, took the field along with district administration, agricultural education students, nominating farmers, and a Bayer representative to receive the grant funding. 
JYMS 8th Graders Attend Career Fair at the Fair!
On Tuesday the eighth grade students at Jack Young Middle School attended the annual Career Day at the Baraboo Fairgrounds, sponsored by the  Baraboo Agricultural Education Advisory Council. Students were engaged in a full day of hands-on sessions to learn about different career pathways in the field of agriculture. Students moved through stations ranging from beekeeping to agricultural finance to forestry firefighting and veterinary medicine.

Gunner Berning of Bernings Busy Bees led the session on beekeeping. Gunner is a sophomore at Baraboo High School who, two years prior, attended his class's Career Day with JYMS. Gunner brought in examples of the molds he uses to collect the honey his bees produce, as well as a wealth of knowledge and fun facts about honey bees. Bonus: students got a taste of honey straight from the comb!

During the Crop Scouting Technologies session with Cody Puntney of SeekLink, Mr. Puntney demonstrated how he would use his drone in the field by taking drone selfies with each of the sessions!

Baraboo High School FFA  members assisted throughout the day by introducing the presenters and leading their groups to each session. 

We would like to thank all of the Career Day presenters and sponsors:
1. Gunner Berning (Bernings Busy Bees)- Beekeeping
2. Compeer Financial- Ag Finance
3. Dr. Samantha Trollope (River Valley Vet)- Veterinary Medicine
4. Cody Puntney (Seedlink)- Crop Scouting Technology
5. Sauk County Land Resources and Environment- Conservation
6. Landscape Techniques- Gardening/Landscaping
7. Madison College- Diesel and Heavy Equipment Program and John Deere Ag Equipment Technician
8. Wisconsin National Guard
9. WI DNR- Forestry Firefighting 
10. Officer Lorbecki- Police K9
11. International Crane Foundation- Conservation
12. United Cooperative- Ag Innovations 

It's GAME ON For NF Students!
North Freedom fifth grade teacher Mrs. Shafer decided to take a new approach to the start of the school year and "gamified" her classroom introductions using QR codes, Flipgrid, Padlet, and more!

Students were given a game board and had to work in cooperative groups to complete each task in order to earn badges such as flippers, snorkels, sunglasses, or sunshine, each of which related to the topic of "Dive Into a Full Year of Fun." To add even more fun and excitement, Mrs. Shafer and her student teacher, Mrs. Justus, dressed in lifeguard gear!

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Now on Facebook!
Want to know why Ben Beal is in the spotlight? Like us on Facebook!
New this year, the Baraboo School District is featuring Baraboo High School seniors who are acting as leaders in our community and within our schools.  We will showcase each Senior Spotlight on our Facebook page!

The Senior Spotlight is part of the "2020 by 2020" Facebook campaign in which the District is trying to reach 2,020 likes on our new Facebook page by Jan. 1, 2020. Click here to like us on Facebook to help us reach our goal and to see past and future Senior Spotlight posts!

TO NOMINATE: please email a brief write-up with the student's first and last name and an explanation of why you are nominating the senior to  Submissions must include at least one photograph. Please use SENIOR SPOTLIGHT in the subject field of the email. 
GLW Students Go on a Secret Mission
Mrs. Lenerz third grade class at Gordon L. Willson Elementary received a secret mission on Friday. The students had to work together to solve math riddles, reading passages, STEM challenges, and mapping problems to complete the mission and receive agent status. The students embraced the challenge with teamwork and all they had learned in second grade to complete the mission. Way to go third grade agents!

Strengthening Families and Systems Training

ABE Students Learn with "I Spy"
Ms. McCallum's 1st graders from Al Behrman Elementary are working on a classroom "I spy" with their milk and cookie partners (or precision pairing partners) this morning. How long will it take them to find something for every letter in the alphabet? This activity allows the students to build classroom community, use their teamwork cool tools, become familiar with the things within the classroom, and practice their writing second grade buddies read to them from one of their books.

Time For Steak

Our Goal: 2020 by 2020!
We have a goal for our new Facebook page - 2020 by 2020!

We want to reach 2,020 likes by the start of the year 2020! We officially launched our new FB page @OnwardBSD less than two weeks ago and we are already at 600+ likes. Help us reach 2020 by clicking here, liking us on Facebook, and sharing this post and/or inviting your friends to like our page! 

We value communication with our families, staff, business partners and community members and social media is a great way to keep you up-to-date on what's happening in the District.

BHS Yearbooks - Order Yours Now and Save!
The Baraboo High School Yearbook Staff is hard at work creating a beautiful hardcover, full color yearbook to capture the 2019-2020 school year. 

BHS Yearbooks can be ordered at Until October 3rd, yearbooks will be only $45!  Additionally, if you order a book before 10/3, your student will be entered into a drawing for prizes at the Homecoming Assembly! After 10/3 yearbooks will cost $50. 

Please contact Sarah Znidarsich at with ordering questions.

BSD Volunteer Training Set for Sept. 25
The Baraboo School District continues to welcome volunteers within each of our schools. In order to best support our numerous school volunteers, we are offering another volunteer training at West School (707 Center St.) on Wednesday, September 25 from 3:30-4:00 PM.  

School volunteers from any of our schools are welcome to attend this training to better understand the role and dynamics of a school volunteer along with receiving some information about school district volunteer expectations. The volunteer training is completely optional and open to all school district volunteers. Thank you to our many school volunteers and community partners for all of the many ways that they support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.  

Please contact Principal Chris Olson at 608-355-3906 or  with any questions.
Registration for Fall Swim Classes Now Open!

For information on rates, class times and dates, please click the links below.

For information on Fall Pool Passes (September - December), please click here!
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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