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5th Grade 
District-Wide Concert
Date: March 12
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

4K Make Up Day
Date: March 21
Note: For both AM and PM BELC classes

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

4K Make Up Day
Date: April 11
Note: For both AM and PM BELC classes

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
March 15, 2018

Happy Pi Day!
March 14, 2018  marks the 30th anniversary of "Pi Day," so the North Freedom 5th graders decided to celebrate this national holiday in their classroom.  First, they took a math adventure with the book Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi  and created a "Pi City" using the digits of pi on a grid. With the hard work out of the way, they moved onto the most exciting part of the day: eating pie!
Summer Kid Stop Program Information
BHS Grading for Learning Overview Set for March 20
Baraboo High School will be conducting Parent/Teacher conferences on Tuesday, March 20th from 4:00-7:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 21st from 1:30-5:00 p.m. Teachers will be located in their respective classrooms.

On Tuesday, March 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the LMC, we will provide interested parents and guardians an overview of Grading For Learning, which we will be implementing school-wide at Baraboo High School at the start of the 2018-'19 school year.  Grading for Learning (sometimes called Standards-based learning or grading) is being implemented in an effort to reach our goal of increasing rigor in classes and providing consistent, accurate, and meaningful feedback that supports students' learning.  The overall goal of Grading for Learning is to clearly communicate to students and parents what is expected of the students and how to help them be successful in their educational journey. Assessment, grading, and record keeping are among the most important tasks a teacher performs, and we look forward to sharing more about this information with parents on Tuesday.
Master Matt Visits West
Master Matt Schmitke from the Elite Self Defense Center in Baraboo visited Mrs. Baird's class at West this month

The main points of his message to students included: teamwork is everyone doing their job; being a good team player can make not only their class better, but makes our whole community better; self-control is controlling ourselves to fit the situation: self discipline is doing the things you know you should do without being told; and respect means treating others the way you want to be treated. 

Thank you, Master Matt!
North Freedom Teachers Prepare for a PBIS B-Ball Show Down!
The next school-wide Positive Behavior, Interventions and Supports (PBIS) reward at North Freedom Elementary School will be a students vs.  teachers basketball game.   

Students are busy earning "Cool Tool" tickets and have a chance  to collect them for three weeks. The class with the most tickets earned will play basketball against the teachers on  March 23rd.   Watch out kids, your teachers have been practicing! 

"Triple Threat Tennis"
"Hoops Huhnstock"
 "Nothing But Net Nolden"
"Way to Go Whitney"
"Alley Oop Andreasen"
"The King"
 "Vicious Van Den Heuvel"
 "Rockin' Rylee"
 "Get Away Ginther"
"Guard Dog Gabrielson"
"Half Court Hiel"
"B-ballin' Brownell"
"Hot Shot Shafer"

Summer Swimming Lessons Schedule Now Available
Bailey Named February FFA Member of the Month
TRANSforming Our Understanding: Standing with LGBTQ Youth
West Students Earn BEE Great Award for Following Cool Tools
Clyde Strawther, Donovan Taylor, Nadia Miller and Lily Cypcar  were recognized  for this week's BEE Great Award at West Kindergarten Center. 

These students have truly exemplified the West Cool Tools of "BEEing Respectful, BEEing Responsible, and BEEing Resourceful." 

Each week, West staff recognizes a different student from each classroom for this awesome recognition. 

Thank you to our families for all of their continued positive support at West.
The 2018-19 School Calendar is Now Available!
The calendar for the 2018-19 school year has been finalized and is now available.

Please take a look and note the dates of winter break 2018 and spring break 2019 as you make travel and vacation plans!

Online Registration for the 2018-19 School Year Opens April 1
4K Schedules Two Make Up Days
Dear BELC (4K) Parents and Guardians:

The Baraboo School District includes two additional 4K days of instruction within our annual calendar.  Due to two school cancellations, two early dismissals, and two late starts this year, the District needs to add two more days to the 4K calendar to meet required Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction instructional minutes for the 2017-18 school year.  It is important to us that we give families as much time as possible to accommodate these additional days into personal calendars. So, please mark your calendar for your child to attend 4K on Wednesday, March 21 and Wednesday, April 11.  

It is important to note that we may need to add more 4K days if there are additional school cancellations or delays due to inclement weather.  Also, the 4K calendar operates under a different set of rules compared to our K-12 classrooms with regard to instructional minutes. Thank you for your flexibility with these changes and please do not hesitate to contact me if any questions should arise.

Yours in Education,

Dr. Chris Olson, BELC/West Principal or 608-355-3906
International Friendship Seeks Host Families
The Baraboo School District is Hiring!
Baraboo's Backpack Project Now Accepting Applications
The Backpack Project is now accepting applications for this friendly, supportive and confidential program. 

Income guidelines are provided on the application, as well as other qualifiers such as severe debilitating illness, grandparents raising grandchildren and foster families.

Donations of school supplies, backpacks and monetary donations are being accepted. To donate or if you have questions, contact Becky at 608-963-8230 or email
Baraboo School District Volunteer Trainings
The Baraboo School District continues to welcome volunteers within each of our schools. 

In order to best support our numerous volunteers, we are offering volunteer training at West School (707 Center St.) on March 22 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 optional to any school district volunteers on either date.  Any and all volunteers at any of our schools are welcome to attend a district-wide school volunteer appreciation event at West School (707 Center St.) on May 17 from 4:00-5:00 PM.  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.  
Spring Sports Parents Meeting Set for March 20
Jack Young MS Athletics is available to all students, including homeschool and private school students, in the appropriate grade level who live within the boundaries of the School District of Baraboo.

Spring Sports parent meetings for 7th/8th Grade Boys/Girls Track and Field and 7th/8th Grade Girls Softball will be held on Tuesday, March 20th at 6:00 pm in the JYMS Auditorium. If you have not registered your child online through the Parent Portal for a spring sport then please arrive at 5:30 pm to complete that process. If you cannot attend the meeting you must contact one of the coaches listed below AND JYMS Athletics Coordinator Kevin Catterson ( to get the information you need before the first day of practice.

County to Host Free Active Shooter Trainings
Sauk County Emergency Management will have several upcoming  ALICE trainings. 

These trainings are designed for residents of Sauk County to attend and learn response techniques during "active on-going violence" situations. Residents can attend any one of the dates within the County.
All sessions will be the same. It is only necessary to attend one. This is open to children as well.

For more information, contact Tracy Hameau at or call 608-355-4417.
Baraboo 21 to Host Vietnam War Era Veterans Breakfast
Teacher of the Year Nominations 
The School District of Baraboo has announced the opening of nominations for the Excellence in Education Award (EIEA) and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award (DETA) programs for the 2017-'18 school year.  The EIEA award is sponsored by the BHS Graduating Class of 1956 and the DETA award is sponsored by Mr. Andrew Hauge.  The Class of 1956 and Mr. Hauge have established endowment funds with the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation for the purpose of financing all costs associated with the award programs.  The purpose of the award programs is to recognize and honor outstanding teachers in the Baraboo School District who have distinguished themselves as exemplary teachers and who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and dedication to the young people of the Baraboo community.  The recipients of these annual awards will be announced near the end of the current school year at  special award ceremonies.

The recipients of the awards, who will be chosen by a five-member selection committee of retired teachers, community members and school district officials, will receive a framed honorary certificate and a stipend to be used for a professional development or educational enrichment activity which will enhance the teacher's knowledge, skills and classroom effectiveness.  In addition, the winning teacher's name for the EIEA, which is given to a secondary teacher in the Baraboo School District, will be engraved on a large bronze plaque which hangs in the Media Center of Baraboo High School.  The plaque is inscribed with a tribute to the former teachers of the Class of '56 who, "taught, guided and inspired" them during their years at Baraboo Junior High and Baraboo Senior High School.

To be eligible for these awards a teacher must be:
  • Licensed and certified by the State of Wisconsin
  • Employed as a full-time teacher by the District
  • Planning to return as a full-time teacher in this District for the next school year
The Selection Committee will judge candidates based on the following criteria:
  • Mastery of sound classroom instructional skills
  • Use of initiative, creativity and innovation in teaching techniques
  • Motivational and leadership skills with students and colleagues
  • Involvement in school organizations and activities
  • Involvement in professional organizations, seminars and continuing education
  • Positive relationships with superiors, colleagues, students and parents
The School District is now seeking nominations for the Excellence in Education Award (middle school and high school educators)  and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award for 2017.  Nominations may be made by a teacher colleague, an administrator, a parent of a student or a current or former student.  Nomination forms may be obtained on the District's website: or at any district school building.  Submitting a nomination will also require that the nominator write a letter in support of the nominee.  Guidelines for writing such a letter will be included with the nomination form.  Nomination forms must be received at East Elementary School 815 Sixth Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913 by Friday, March 9, 2018, to be valid. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Molly Fitzgerald at East Elementary, 608-355-3920.

Interact Club Raises $10,000 for Food for Kidz Event
This year the Baraboo Interact Club is hosting a Food for Kidz event. 

Food for Kidz is a non-profit organization stationed in Stewart, MN. Food for Kidz helps individuals from around the United States set up Mobile Meal packaging events.The food that is packaged during these events is shipped around the world to children living in poverty. The food is shipped wherever it is needed most. In late August, a shipment of food was sent to Honduras. After Hurricane Harvey, 8 pallets of food were sent to Houston, Texas. Another 8 pallets of food was shipped to Puerto Rico through the Food for Kidz partner, Many Hands Many Meals. Recently, even more shipments were sent to the Island of Dominica, Sri Lanka, Feed my Lambs in Haiti, Sierra Leone, Mozambique during a harsh drought, and to the Air Force reserves in Afghanistan. You can find more information about the organization at .

On the day of the event, a truck will come from Minnesota with all of the supplies and food needed. In Baraboo, this event will be held on Saturday March 17th, 2018 in the morning, at the Jack Young Middle School big gymnasium. We will be packaging a rice mixture. Throughout the day, around 280 people will volunteer their time to package 50,000 meals. In order to complete this event the club need to raise $10,000.

Interested in helping? Click below!
GoFundMe link
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

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!

SAVE THE DATE for the Baraboo Indoor Pool's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
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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