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8th Grade WEB Training
Date: August 22-23
Time: 8-11:30 a.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School big gym

6th Grade Parent Meeting
Date: August 23
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Place: JYMS big gym

6th Grade Orientation
Date: August 24
Time: 8-11:45 a.m.
Place: JYMS

4K Open House
Date: August 28
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: 4K Open House for Renewal Unlimited AM, Bear-A-Boo Daycare AM & St. Clare AM

4K Open House
Date: August 29
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: 4K Open House for  East 4K PM, West 4K AM & PM, CDC 4K AM & PM, and Renewal Unlimited 4K PM 

GLW Playground
Ribbon Cutting
Date: August 29
Time: 4 p.m.
Place: GLW

Elementary Open Houses 
Date: August 29
Time: 4:30-6:30 pm.
Place: your child's school

Phase II: Revitalize Baraboo High School Grand Opening
Date: August 29
Time: 5 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

JYMS & BHS Open Houses 
Date: August 29
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm.
Place: Baraboo High School and Jack Young Middle School

Link Crew:
Freshmen Orientation
Date: August 31
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

First Day of School 
Date: Tuesday, September 4

First Full Day of Kindergarten
Date: September 5

First Day of 4K
Date: September 7

GLW Picture Day
Date: September 13
Place: GLW

JYMS Picture Day
Date: September 17
Place: JYMS

BSD Volunteers Training
Date: September 20
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Place: West School, 707 Center St., Baraboo

BSD Volunteers Training
Date: September 24
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Place: West School, 707 Center St., Baraboo

BHS Parent Teacher Conferences 
Date: October 23-24
Time: 1:30-5 p.m.

No School
Date: October 26

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
August 23 , 2018
Check Out the Newly Renovated BHS!
The Baraboo School District will hold a Phase II: Revitalize Baraboo High School Grand Opening for the newly renovated Baraboo High School on August 29 at 5 p.m., followed by Baraboo High School's Open House from 5:30-7:30 PM.  Please join us for refreshments, guided tours, and your first look at the new BHS!  #BarabooProud 

Newest Thunderbird Musicians Attend Band Camp
The next generation of Thunderbird musicians have begun their band adventure! At the beginning of August 120 incoming 6th grade band students attended Beginning Band Camp and got started on their instruments. Each instrument group met for 45 minutes every day to learn posture, breathing, hand positioning, tone production, and music-reading. Weird faces, funny sounds, and new friends were made by all! It was a joyous week in the band room! The 6th grade band is 145 students strong this year and is already off to a great start. It is going to be a very exciting year. Keep practicing!

A special thank you to this year's music instructors and assistants who volunteered their time, talents and expertise for camp: Griffin James, Jean Powell, Veronica Petty, Gail Bird, Gib Bird, Janna Saiia, Bethany Hotzel, and Jacob Carignan -- THANK YOU!

For those students enrolled for 6th grade band that were unable to attend camp, please contact Ms. Julia Lumsden if you have not already. She will help you plan how to get your student started. For instrument assignments, rental information and instrument supply lists, click HERE. Please rent and order ASAP if you have not already! Instruments and supplies will be needed for the first week of school.

Gulden, Mueller Attend 2018 Educator Leadership Rendezvous
Teachers of the Year from across the state were invited to attend the 2018 Educator Leadership Rendezvous, and they were asked to identify an Educator of Promise (someone who is in years 2-8 of their career as a teacher, regardless of his or her age) to join them as their teammate for the weekend. 

Liz Gulden, kindergarten teacher at Gordon L. Willson Elementary, was named Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2018. She invited Baraboo High School Business Education teacher Jessie Mueller as her Educator of Promise partner.

The TOY and their EOP were paired up with other TOY/EOP pairs into squads, led by WI Army National Guard soldiers. They experienced a day in the life of military personnel, and talked extensively about leadership. One of the largest takeaways for the teachers and the military personnel was the remarkable similarity in their jobs and the approach to their work. It was transformative for both the teachers and the military personnel, as many assumptions and stereotypes about the other's live were stripped away.

Twelve Teachers of the Year brought 14 Educators of Promise to the 2018 Rendezvous. 9 additional teachers joined the group as facilitators of BreakoutEDU activities. Those 9 teachers devised 4 different breakouts, utilizing teacher voice and leadership as the theme for the activities. All 4 squads successfully completed the breakouts, and earned their squad flags.

Teachers taught the military personnel how to use BreakoutEDU to engage learners in complex problem solving and thinking, and the military personnel brought many resources to share with teachers for their classroom, including units on Wisconsin history and STEM, which can be adapted to use PK-12.

New Teachers Receive Warm Welcome
The Baraboo School District kicked off our New Teacher Orientation with a Welcome Breakfast on August 22, where the teachers received a warm welcome from Downtown Baraboo Inc (DBI)!

DBI members donated items for welcome bags, including coupons, gift certificates, pens, and cow pies!

Thank you to the following businesses for their donations. The generosity in our community and the support of our teachers makes us #BarabooProud to serve our district!

Brunker Realty
Baraboo State Bank
Bekah Kates
The Village Booksmith
The Grainery
Paint on the Wall Studio
Coffee Bean Conection
Breunig CPA
Knight Barry Title Service
Fairway Mortgage 
Re/Max Grand
Community First Bank
Just Imagine Toys
Baraboo Candy Company
Jak Frost Frozen Yogurt
Ya-Ya Bear
Minuteman Press
Spa Serenity
Urbanwood Studio
6th Grade Parent Night and Orientation Today and Tomorrow!
Jack Young Middle School will hold a 6th Grade Parent Meeting from 5-6 p.m. today, August 23. Students are welcome to attend with parents. This  meeting will discuss the lunch program, immunizations, attendance, music program offerings, how to view and understand the schedules, and 6th-grade Orientation. 

Sixth Grade Orientation is set for tomorrow, August 24, from 8 - 11:45 a.m. and will be held in the large gym. The purpose of this orientation is to make the transition from elementary school to middle school a positive one. Eighth graders will serve as leaders and mentors to the sixth graders. Large and small group activities are designed to address students' needs and concerns in an enjoyable manner. 

Have your student wear comfortable shoes. This orientation is for students only. Parents should drop students off at the circular drive and have student wait in the Commons. 

Please email school counselor Christina Olson at with any questions.

Back to School Supplies Lists
Play Golf to Support Hockey!
You are invited to play in the 6th Annual Thunderbird Hockey Golf Outing!

Where: Baraboo Country Club
When: Sunday, September 2nd with 9:00 AM shotgun start

The cost for the golf outing is $60 per golfer ($50 if you are a member). Payment will be collected at the course before we tee off.  

This includes 18 holes with a cart, and a meal will follow the event. There will also be flag event prizes and a raffle.

To enter your team simply email Coach Waldvogel the names of your foursome at:

See the Cranes of the World!
The International Crane Foundation has  developed an Adventure Pass program in coordination with the Baraboo Public Library.  

The Adventure Pass program allows patrons of the South Central Library System to check out the pass through the Baraboo Public Library and receive free admission to the International Crane Foundation. 

The Adventure Pass program will continue through  October 31, 2018 . There are 10 passes available. Library patrons can check out the Adventure Pass for one week. The pass allows admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children, ages 6 through 17. It will not be valid for school field trips. 

The Adventure Pass program is supported in part by a grant from the Sauk County UW-Extension, Arts and Culture Committee, Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Need Gas?
The Baraboo Athletics Department is excited to announce Pierce's Express Market, located at 935 8th St, Baraboo, has  installed a pair of Thundberbird Pride gas pumps at its location. 

Pierce's will donate two cents per gallon to a variety of BHS sports and clubs for gas purchased at those two specific pumps. A different group will be selected each month as the beneficiary. Please consider supporting our programs by using these pumps.

Thank you for partnering with the Baraboo School District, Pierce's!

Registration Open for Fall Kid Stop
Kid Stop is a program offered to all students in the School District of Baraboo in  grades K-5. This program is a member of the YoungStar Program and has an 17:1  student to staff ratio. It is held in a handicapped accessible facility.

The Kid Stop is committed to:
- Provide a dependable, affordable, quality child care program.
- Plan a variety of options to enhance the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of all children.
- Ensure a safe, supervised, and structured activity time.
- Nurture, support, and personally interact with children.
- Recognize and encourage the development of children's individual interests and talents.
- Provide homework assistance to those students that need this.
- Expand the use of school facilities to meet the growing needs of the community, including before school, after school, and during the summer.


We provide children with the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that include: outdoor play, board games, Legos, arts/crafts projects, indoor gym games, and computer time. Children are also given the opportunity to work on homework with the support of staff. A snack and milk/juice are provided.


Gordon L Willson Elementary: Site for students attending GLW, West, or North Freedom
146 Berkley Blvd
Baraboo, WI 53913

East Elementary: Site for students attending East or ABE
815 Sixth Street
Baraboo WI 53913

Those students from ABE, North Freedom, and West who participate in the before school Kicl Stop program will take a shuttle bus to their respective schools prior to the start of the school day. Students at ABE, North Freedom, and West who participate in the after school Kid Stop program will take a shuttle bus to their program location after school.

GLW Phase III Ribbon Cutting 
Gordon L. Willson is thrilled to announce that with the West Willson Parent Association's support and family/staff fundraising efforts, Phase III (the final phase) of G.L.W.'s P layground Improvement Plan will be completed this summer!

To highlight these new additions, there will be a  ribbon  cutting in partnership with the Baraboo Chamber of Commerce on:
Wednesday, August 29th 
4:00 pm at G.L.W. Elementary 
Prior to Elementary Open House (which begins at 4:30)

The High School  ribbon  cutting will then follow at  5:00 pm. 

Baraboo School District Offers Volunteer Training
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 volunteer trainings at West School (707 Center St.) on September 20 from 12:30-1:30 PM or September 24 from 4:00-5:00 PM. School volunteers from any of our schools are welcome to attend either of these trainings 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 ways in which you support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.

For more information on volunteering in our District, please click here.
Now Hiring Kid Stop Assistants
Are you interested in a part-time position that makes a positive contribution to the community by helping students learn and grow?
The Baraboo School District has several Kid Stop Assistant positions available for the 2018-19 school year. Kid Stop is a childcare program designed for elementary school student entering grades K-5. Weekly hours for these part-time positions vary, but may be
up to 25 hours a week. The starting rate for these positions begins at $11.44/hour. Any early child education is preferred

View more details about the position and application instructions here. Interested candidates should complete the employment application and submit materials no later than Friday, August 17.

Calling All 3-Year-Olds!

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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