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East Kindness Week
Date: September 24-28
Place: East Elementary School

GLW Pee Wee
Homecoming Parade
Date: September 28
Time: 2:40 p.m.
Place: GLW

BHS Homecoming Parade
Date: September 28
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Place: Downtown Baraboo

BHS Alumni Tour
Date: September 28
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: BHS
Notes: BHS Alumni - come get an official tour of the newly renovated BHS!

BHS Homecoming Dance
Date: September 29
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

ACT Prep
Date: October 3
Place: Baraboo High School
Notes: This is required for all juniors

Family Swim Night
Date: October 7
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo Indoor Pool, JYMS
Note: $10 for the entire family every Sunday in October 

Family Swim Night
Date: October 14
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo Indoor Pool, JYMS
Note: $10 for the entire family every Sunday in October 

3rd Annual Luminary Walk
Date: October 18
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary School

Family Swim Night
Date: October 21
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo Indoor Pool, JYMS
Note: $10 for the entire family every Sunday in October 

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

No School
Date: October 26

Harvest Hoedown Fundraiser
Date: October 27
Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Place: Wild Rose Ranch, Baraboo WI
Notes: Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the Baraboo River Equine Assisted Therapies, Inc.

T-Bird Terror
Haunted Corn Maze
Date: October 27
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Place: Leatherberry Acres
Notes: $12/person ($10 with student ID)

Family Swim Night
Date: October 28
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo Indoor Pool, JYMS
Note: $10 for the entire family every Sunday in October 

Class of '22 Tip Night
at Pizza Ranch
Date: October 29
Time: 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Place: Pizza Ranch
Notes: Help the Freshman Class in fundraising!

Thanksgiving Break
- No School
Date: November 21-23

ACT Prep
Date: December 1
Place: Baraboo High School
Notes: This is optional for all juniors at Baraboo High School

Winter Break - No School
Date: Dec. 24 - Jan. 1

Elementary Winter
P/T Conferences
Date: March 13 / March 14
Time: 1:30-4 p.m. / 4-7 p.m.

Second Annual
Food for Kidz Event
Date: March 30
Place: Baraboo High School gym

No School
Date: January 25

Spring Break - No School
Date: April 15 - 19

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 27

Last Day of School
Date: June 6
Note: This will be a full day of school

Food for Kidz
Date: March 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
September 27 , 2018
Seniors Claim Powder Puff Victory
Having won the 2017 Homecoming Powder Puff game, the Class of 2019 came to Flambeau Field with something to prove on Monday for the 2018 Homecoming Powder Puff game. The seniors played the sophomores first with a shut out, then faced the juniors in the Finals where their defense once again shut down the opponents. Final score: 8 - seniors, 0 - juniors. 

Stay tuned for next week's Thunderbird Thursday for a photo album with more photos of Powder Puff, Powder Buff, and more homecoming events!
Sophomores Win Powder Buff
Congratulations to Baraboo High School's sophomore class for winning the 2018 Homecoming Powder Buff game on Sunday! The sophomores defeated the seniors in the semi-finals and faced the juniors in the final match, ultimately coming out victorious. Congrats, Class of 2020!

T-Bird Tip of the Week: Social Media Awareness for Students
Our students are growing up in a digital world, where information is immediately available with the press of a button (or a voice command to Siri or Alexa) via smart phones, lap tops, Chromebooks and iPads. There is a wealth of knowledge at their fingertips. "Google" has become a verb and communities are no longer a neighborhood, but a global phenomenon thanks to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. 

We are taught that sharing is good, a nd thanks to technology today's students can share ideas, opinions, pictures and videos with the global online community in a matter of seconds. S haring is good, except when it isn't. If  we aren't thoughtful about how we share, we run the risk of hurting ourselves or someone else.

This year the Baraboo School District will post a series of weekly tips, "the T-Bird Tip of the Week," each Tuesday on Facebook and Twitter and will then put that tip in the Thunderbird Thursday e-newsletter. When you see these tips online, please take a moment to share or retweet the posts to spread the information. 

Parents, talk to your students about each weekly tip. Students, be mindful of your online identity. Let's start the conversation!

Click here to see all T-Bird Tip of the Week posts or search for previous posts on Facebook and Twitter using #TBirdTipTuesday. 

T-Bird Tip of the Week:
Before you post on social media, THINK! Think: "Is it true? Is it hurtful? Is it insightful? Is it necessary? Is it kind?" 

Your own stuff:
Whenever you're sharing things about you - whether it's a picture, video or personal things like your phone number - keep in mind that it could easily end up being seen by people you didn't want it sent to. 

A sk yourself: Is this how I want people to see me? Could somebody use this to hurt me? Would I be upset if they shared it with others? What's the worst thing that could happen if I shared this?

Other people's stuff:
Most of the time when people send things to you, they're okay with you sharing them with other people. If you don't know for sure, think twice before doing this. Even better, ask the person who sent it if they mind if you share. The same is true if you're sharing photos or videos that have other people in them: ask before you tag, re-post or pass them on. 

If someone shares something with you with somebody else in it, ask yourself: Did the person who sent this to me mean for it to be shared? Did they have permission from the person who's in it? How would I feel if somebody shared something like this with me in it? 

If what you received makes that person look bad, would embarrass them, or could hurt them if it got around, don't pass it on. The person who sent it to you may have meant it as a joke, but jokes can be a lot less funny when something is seen by the wrong person. 

If you make a bad choice:
Everyone makes bad choices sometimes. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't do everything you can to fix things. 

If you shared something you shouldn't have, ask the people you sent it to not to pass it on. If someone else posted something you sent them, start by asking them to take it down. It's actually pretty effective most of the time. Remember not to do anything while you're mad: give yourself time to cool down and, if you can, talk to the person offline.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your/your student's social media identity or use, please see your school's counselor.

Thank You, Elks Club!
The Elks Club donated dictionaries to all of the third grade students in Baraboo. Gary and Ruth Baker of the Elks Club delivered these books to Mrs. Van Den Heuvel's classroom on Thursday, September 27 th .  

The 3rd graders would like to thank Mr. And Mrs. Baker and the Baraboo Elks for this generous donation!

Optimists Donate to Link Crew
On Sept. 25, the Baraboo Optimist Club donated $1,500 to the Baraboo High School Link Crew program.  Link Crew uses this money to pay for a leadership training for the student Link Leaders, support the freshman class with academic supports and social events like the Freshmen Tailgate held earlier this year, as well as help fund freshman orientation for the following school year. Each year the Link Leaders assist the Optimist Club at the Valentine's Day Brunch by helping to set-up/take-down, serve food, and wash dishes. Thank you, Optimists!
Baraboo High School 2018 Homecoming Events
North Freedom Students Chosen as "Best on the Bus"
As a reward for being "Responsible, Respectful and Safe" on the bus, North Freedom Elementary students are selected monthly by their bus driver as "Best on the Bus." Their reward is to have hot chocolate or lemonade with Principal Andreasen. September's recipients are: Bus #918, Holly Andrews, Bus #921, Maddie Van Den Heuvel, Bus #922, Mason Faivre, and Bus #921 Madison Ledger and Hunter Farrington. Good job students! Keep up the great behavior!
Ag Day Leads to Drone Selfies
The Baraboo Agricultural Education Advisory Council  sponsored a "Career Fair at the Fair"  for all Jack Young Middle School  eighth grade students in the Baraboo School District at the Sauk County Fairgrounds  on September 13.

Students moved from learning station to learning station throughout the day, assisted by Baraboo High School FFA  members who introduced the presenters for each session. 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!

People Helping People Donates to District
Thank you to People Helping People for donating clothes, backpacks and school supplies for Al Behrman Elementary, East Elementary, Gordon L. Willson Elementary, West Kindergarten Center, North Freedom Elementary and Jack Young Middle School.

East Students Celebrate Wisconsin Day
The students in Mrs. Becky Rundio's 4th grade class at East School celebrated "Wisconsin Day" by playing a game called "Building a Healthy Wisconsin." The activity helped students gain information about the importance of agriculture and the products that come from Wisconsin. Students learned that our state is #1 in the production of cheese and cranberries. The students especially enjoyed eating Colby cheese sticks, which is made in Colby, Wisconsin.  #BarabooProud  of our students, staff, and to live in Baraboo, WI!
Swimming Lesson Registration Opens Oct. 1
Baraboo School District Swimming Lessons registration opens on Monday, October 1. 
JYMS Math Students Race Frogs
Mr. Alan Wunsch's 6th grade math class at Jack Young Middle School made origami paper frogs, then measured their frogs' jumps and used the data to calculate mean, median, and mode, ultimately creating histograms to model their data. This is what it's all about - engaging students to make learning fun! #BarabooProud

Kiwanis Welcome Back Teachers with Annual Picnic
The Baraboo Kiwanis continue to support the School District of Baraboo through generous gifts and events. On September 11th, the Kiwanis hosted their annual teacher picnic for approximately 100 participating teachers and their families at Ochsner's Park. A welcoming meal and offer to get involved in the Baraboo community is provided by the Kiwanians. Teachers introduce themselves to the group and engage in lively conversation. The District sincerely thanks the Baraboo Kiwanis for all of their civic acts that benefit the lives of our students. #BarabooProud

BHS Alumni Tour Set for Sept. 28
Baraboo High School will have an official guided tour for all alumni tomorrow, Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m., following the Baraboo High School Homecoming Parade. Welcome home, Alumni!
Gulden Officially Announced as WI Elementary Teacher of the Year
Gordon L. Willson Elementary kindergarten teacher Mrs. Liz Gulden was honored Sept. 20 by State Superintendent Tony Evers during the annual State of Education Address at the State Capitol in Madison, where Evers officially announced Mrs. Gulden as the Department of Public Instruction 2018 Wisconsin Elementary Teacher of the Year. 

In attendance representing the Baraboo School District were Liz Gulden, 2013 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Jane McMahon, Baraboo School District Administrator Dr. Lori Mueller, Director of Teaching and Learning Dr. Nick Karls, and Gordon L. Willson Elementary Principal Amy Fassbender. Also in attendance were Mrs. Gulden's parents.

The Department of Public Instruction featured Mrs. Gulden's writing on equity on the DPI website. To read the article, click here.
Kindergarteners Practice 4 and 5
Kindergarten students in Mrs. Paige Baird's class at West Kindergarten Center explore the concept of the numbers 4 and 5! 

Families Swim for JUST $10 on Sundays in October!

North Freedom Introduces Lunch Bunch Reward
In a continued effort to build positive relationships, North Freedom Elementary is starting a monthly "Lunch Bunch." Once a month, teachers will choose two students that are consistently using their Cool Tools, which are behaviors that demonstrate how to be safe, be responsible and be respectful as part of the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) program,  and being a good role model for others.  

Those students will receive an invitation to dine at a special table complete with a fancy tablecloth and flowers!  Each month a different staff person will dine with the students.  We had our first "Lunch Bunch" this past Tuesday and students are already utilizing their cool tools so they can have lunch with a staff member. #BarabooProud

ATTENTION JUNIORS: ACT Prep Set For Oct. 3 & Dec. 1
Dear Parents and Guardians of Juniors:

The Baraboo High School is committed to college and career readiness for all students as they plan for their futures.  One way to determine your junior's preparedness is through the ACT with Writing and ACT WorkKeys assessments. These assessments are state mandated and offered at no cost to you on February 20 and 21, 2019 at Baraboo High School.

To prepare for these high-stakes assessments, your junior will have multiple opportunities for practice starting on Mondays during our scheduled homerooms.  Students will access free lessons and quizzes using Method Test Prep, a program that is built into Career Cruising. New this year is the addition of two full-length practice opportunities:
  • Wednesday, October 3 - required
  • Saturday, December 1 - optional
The October 3rd practice will be administered during our regular Wednesday schedule and will include a computer-based test for English, Math, Reading, and Science.  Your junior can access his/her results through the Method Test Prep/Career Cruising login.

The December 1st practice will mimic the full-length ACT. This paper-based test will include English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. Registration for the December 1st ACT practice will be open for students from October 8 to November 2.  Results will be shared with your junior at school upon our return from Winter Break.

Participation in these events may help your junior improve his/her ACT composite score.  Please contact us if you have any questions about these opportunities. Additional study materials, accessible at home, can be found at: .


Shelly Gillmore
Baraboo High School Assessment Coordinator
Earn College Credit While Attending BHS! Applications Due Oct. 1
Baraboo High School  applications for the 2019 spring semester of  the Early College  Credit  Program (ECCP)    and Start College Now (SCN) program are due  to the Baraboo High School Academic and Career Planning Center by  Oct. 1, 2018

We're Hiring!
Looking for part-time work? Need flexible hours? Look no further!!

The Baraboo School District is seeking candidates for substitute custodial positions for the 2018-19 school year.  The starting rate is $11.09/hr. Applications can be found online at . Applications can also be picked up and submitted to: District's Maintenance Shop;  1210 Berkley Blvd;  Baraboo, WI  53913

Questions should be directed to Dan O'Brien, Director of Buildings and Grounds at 608-355-3985.

Baraboo School District Presents 'Paper Tigers'
The Baraboo School District will host a viewing of the film 'Paper Tigers' on October 9th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the UW-Baraboo Fine and Performing Arts Theatre, 1006 Connie Road, Baraboo.

Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families. 

"Stressed brains can't learn." 

That was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, took away from an educational conference in 2010. Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five-fold. 

Paper Tigers is the story of how one school made such dramatic progress. Following six students over the course of a school year, we see Lincoln's staff try a new approach to discipline: one based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension. 

Using a combination of vérité and revealing diary cam footage, Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person's life.

This movie contains language and content that may not appropriate for young children. Families and youth, ages 14 & up are welcome to attend. Public Health and Sauk County Department of Human Services will be available for questions.

Important Information from KID STOP
The Baraboo School District Kid Stop program would like parents to please be aware of the following:
  • Please check your parent portal in Infinite Campus to pay your Kid Stop fees on a regular basis.
  • If you receive assistance from the county, check your balance and pay the amount due with your WIShares EBT card.   Pay only the balance due .  If you do not have enough funds on your card, the balance due is your copay.
  • Entrance doors to Kid Stop are locked at all times.  A staff member will open the door for you to enter and sign out your child/children.
  • Please inform the following if you have a change in your child's after school plans by 2:30 pm at the latest .
  1. Call and leave a voice message at your child's Kid Stop site.
  2. Contact the administrative assistant in the office at your child's school.
  3. Inform your child's teacher.
By contacting Kid Stop, the office, and your child's teacher, this will ensure that everyone is aware of your child's change of plans.
  • Please remember, if we do not have a schedule or advance notice that your child will be attending Kid Stop, we will not be expecting them to attend.
  • AM Kid Stop opens at 6:15 AM.
  • All children must be picked up by 6pm each evening.
  • NO Kid Stop on Friday, October 26, 2018.
If you have questions, please contact Kid Stop director Pat Gavin at
The Baraboo Girls Club Basketball Registration Now Open
The Baraboo Girls Basketball Club is now open for the 2018-19 basketball season. 

The club is for students in 3rd through 8th grade and teaches the fundamentals of basketball, as well as sportsmanship and game play. 

Baraboo Girls Club Basketball works hand in hand with the Baraboo High School Girls Basketball program to introduce and teach a playing style that will transition the girls into the high school program. By integrating these groups, the club ensures a bright future for girls basketball in Baraboo!

For more information or to register, click here.

To see a larger version of the flyer, click here.
Come to the Harvest Hoedown!
Special Education teachers Mary Bildsten and Shelley Mordini, along with their students, will assist with a Harvest Hoedown from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 27 at Wild Rose Ranch, Baraboo, to raise money for their Equine Therapy program with BREATHE ( Baraboo River Equine-Assisted Therapies, Inc.).

Students will have a booth to sell treats and talk more about the Horse Therapy Program.  There will also be Pig Roast, live music, more treats and games. We hope to see you there!

Save The Date: Parent Teacher Conferences
Please join us for Parent Teacher Conferences from Oct. 23-Oct. 25. Your child's school will schedule a time and date for conferences.

During PT Conferences, the teacher will review your child's progress, including strengths and areas in need of improvement.

Top 3 reasons to attend Parent Teacher Conferences:

1) Show your child you are invested in their academic career
- When children know their parents are invested in their education they feel encouraged and are motivated

2) Improve communication between parents and teachers
- The in-person meetings can help parents put a face to a name

3) Learn something new about your child
- Parent-teacher conferences can be a time to discuss academic or behavioral issues, or give teachers the opportunity to tell parents something new about their child and how their child spends their days at school

Attendance Matters: Every Student. Every Day. Every Grade.
September is Attendance Awareness month, and for good reason! It's the start of the school year, so let's start it off right: with good attendance!

Research shows that poor attendance in the month of September can predict chronic absenteeism for the rest of the school year. In fact, if a student misses two days in September, they are 50% more likely to be chronically absent that school year.

Chronic absence in the Baraboo School District is defined as missing 10% of school in a school year. As there are 180 days in the school year, missing 10% means missing a total of 18 days during the year, or about 2 days a month.  These can be excused or unexcused absences.

Please take a look at the below infographic designed by the Baraboo School District on why attendance matters and what you as parents/guardians can do to help your student achieve. To get a printable copy, please click here.

Para obtener una versión en español de la infografía Attendance Matters,  haga clic aquí.
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!

Baraboo School District Offers Volunteer Training
The Baraboo School District continues to welcome volunteers within each of our schools. 

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.
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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