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ABE PBIS Family Night
Date: Dec. 14
Time: 5:30-6:30
Place: Al Behrman Elementary

JYMS Winter Choir Concert 
Date: Dec. 18
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m. (6th grade and WIN)
6:30-7:30 (7th and 8th grade)
Place: Jack Young Middle School

JYMS Winter Band Concert 
Date: Dec. 19
Time: 5:30-6 p.m. (6th grade); 6:30-7 p.m. (7th grade); 7:30-8:30 p.m. (8th grade)
Place: Jack Young Middle School

Baraboo Music Department Culver's Share Night
Date: Dec. 19
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Place: Culver's, Baraboo
Notes: Enjoy carols and songs sung by T-Birds as you dine! A percentage of all profits will go toward the Baraboo Music Department.

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 14, 2017

ABE Students Join Salvation Army as Bell Ringers
On Saturday, December 2nd, Ms. Sonn, Mrs. Funfsinn and Mrs. Crouse, along with second grade students from Al Behrman Elementary, volunteered their time ringing bells outside of Walmart for the Salvation Army red kettle. It was a great learning experience for the students to see how giving a little bit of their time helped to meet their basic needs.

The volunteerism tied into the second grade social studies unit on determining the difference between wants and needs; what are things you have to have in order to survive versus things you would like to have but don't need?

The students and staff had great discussions about things that make them happy versus things that cost money, and that there are a lot of "things" we have that don't cost anything. Students discovered that having a lot of "stuff" isn't always something that will make them happy !

SkillsUSA Team Takes First
SkillsUSA competed in the Watertown District Regional Competition. Baraboo High School had three teams compete in Urban Search and Rescue, a robotics competition where students navigate a course to find and move placed objects.

We are #Barabooproud to announce that we had one of our teams take first place. Congratulations to George Bartel and Ben Boehlke. Congratulations also to Seth Martin for taking third place place in the CO2 dragster competition!
Baraboo FFA Fruit Pick Up

OUR TOWN - Get Your Tickets Now!
The Baraboo High School production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" opens tonight!  Performances are at the R.G. Brown Theatre @ UW-Baraboo/Sauk County. Elementary music teacher Sue Lappin will provide beautiful transitional music from Aaron Copland's "Our Town Suite."

Treats and beverages will be for sale at intermission to benefit the Baraboo 21's efforts to help build a WWI memorial in our town of Baraboo. 

Show times are as follows:

Thursday, December 14th @ 7

FridayDecember 15 @ 7

SaturdayDecember 16 @ 2 AND 7:30

Tickets for the show are available at the Baraboo High School office, at Corner Drug, or at the door. $10 for adults and $8 for students/seniors. 

Check out this talented cast!

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.
Ball, Tickes Advance to Regional Spelling Bee
The Baraboo School District had its District Spelling Bee competition Dec. 7. Please join us in congratulating the  winners who will advance to the Regional Spelling B ee  in Portage in February: 

First place - 8th grader Nickolas Ball
Second place - 6th grader Jake Tickes

We also had a three-way tie in the previous round, so eighth-graders Eva Huffaker, Alice Davies, and Eric Gumz had to complete a tiebreaker round to determine our alternate for the regional  Spelling  Bee, and Eric Gumz will compete as the alternate. These students made it through 11 rounds before elimination! 

We are #Barabooproud of all our spectacular spellers!

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 (
JYMS Girls Basketball Parents Meeting Set for Dec. 14
The JYMS Winter Sports Parents Meeting for Girls Basketball will be held on Thursday, December 14 in the JYMS Auditorium. Parents of girls in 7th and 8th grade who are interested in playing basketball should attend. Please sign your student up online through the Parent Portal on the School District of Baraboo website before attending the meeting.

Please arrive at 5:30 pm if you have not registered online. The general meeting will begin at 6 pm.

Students do NOT need to attend the meeting.  If you cannot make the meeting, please contact the appropriate coach below before the meeting to be added to the roster.

7th Grade BSKB:  Brian Witthun: or Alexandra Krucas:
8th Grade BSKB:  Meghan Bauer: or Alex Luther:

Sign Up for Swimming Lessons!
Reminder: Winter Swimming Lesson Registration starts Monday, Dec. 11!

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.
Updated Date for Prom 2018: May 5th
The Baraboo High School 2017-'18 Prom will be held on May 5, 2018 .

It was previously announced that the Prom would take place on April 28, 2018 , but this date causes conflicts with other events and activities.  Prom has typically been held on the first Saturday  in May, and BHS will continue with that tradition.
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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