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Notes: This month's book will be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. New members always welcome!

Time: 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Place: BHS Cafeteria

JYMS Band Concert
Date: May 18
Time: 6th Grade - 5:30 p.m.; 7th Grade - 6:30 p.m.; 8th Grade - 7:30 p.m.

BELC Field Trip to Ochsner's Park
Date: May 25
Place: Ochsner's Park

JYMS Choir Concert
Date: May 25
Time: 6th Grade and WIN - 5:30 p.m.; 7th & 8th Grades - 6:30 p.m.

Memorial Day
- No School
Date: May 29

High School Graduation
Date: June 2
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: BHS Gym

GLW Field Day
Date: June 7
Time: all day
Place: GLW

Last Day of School
for Students
Date: June 7

Last Day of School 
for Teachers
Date: June 8

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.
Thunderbird Thursday Update
May 11, 2017
... Yohogi Maekawa and Rio LeFevre!
The 2017 Baraboo High School Prom Court:  Paige Goeckerman, Maria Philip, Jordyn Zalewski, Tate Bates, Rio LeFevre, Chase Downing,  Jacob  Kimpfbeck, Macey Hough, Alix Carpenter, Yohogi Maekawa,  Jacob  Lawrence, Connor Granberg, Miles Statz, and Connor Grogan.

The 2017 Crown Bearers: Nina Stout and Logan Bjorklund

Congratulations to the 2017 Baraboo High School Prom King and Queen,  Yohogi Maekawa and Rio LeFevre!

Thank you to all of the students, parents, and BHS staff who volunteered, chaperoned, planned and executed this wonderful event. 
Parent Nights: Addressing Addiction Set for May 15
This school year the district is offering a series of Parent Nights, bringing in experts in different fields to give insights, resources
and strategies for the issues that matter most to parents in our community.

Our final installment of the Parent Nights series, Addressing Addiction, will be on Monday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the Jack Young Middle School Auditorium.

The discussion will focus recent trends and issues to be aware of to protect your student. Parents will also learn about available resources if they are concerned about their student's activity with alcohol or other drugs.

This event is free and open to the public. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend.
PE Teachers Attend National Archery training
Five Baraboo Physical Education teachers attended a National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) training yesterday, May 10.
Landon Brownell, Diane Flesch, Terry Kieck, Scott Pionke and Annie Hinkhouse are all certified Basic Archery Instructors (BAI). The teachers plan to get archery equipment so that they may start teaching the archery curriculum in their PE classes next year.
Congrats, Kody - PlayInTheDells Athelete of the Week!

Congrats to Kody Weiland for being selected as the Athlete of the Week for April 24-30. 

1,622 votes were cast and Kody received 581 of them!

Kody, Baraboo boys track & field: Weiland finished first in the long jump (22-11) at the Baraboo Relays on Friday, which is the state-best long jump this season; he also ran a leg of the winning 4x200m relay, and finished second in the 100m dash (11.32) and triple jump (44-02.00) at the event.
Happy Teacher-versary!
Last week the  Baraboo School District celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. On Friday, we honored teachers for 25-19 years of service and 30+ years of service.

We would like to thank all of our teachers and staff for their dedication to the children in our district, Teacher Appreciation Week and every week, and recognize teachers for their milestone anniversaries of when they started teaching with our district.

North Freedom Students Invite Grandparents to Program
North Freedom students participated in the 6th annual Grandparent's Day Dance Recital on Friday, April 28th, spearheaded by Leah Brownell, Phy E d teacher. 

This year's   dances   featured the parachute, a popular piece of equipment in physical education. Students also performed an additional dance to a song from the Pop music charts. 
Superintendent Meets with Local Realtors

Business Advisory Council Meeting to be held May 17
The Baraboo School District would like to invite all area businesses to attend our next Business Advisory Council Meeting, to be held on Wednesday, May 17 from 7:45-8:45 a.m. in the Baraboo High School cafeteria

The topics will include the 2017-18 budget, the BHS revitalization project, business-education partnerships and lots of time for Q&A!
The Baraboo School District's Fearless Leader, Superintendent Dr. Lori Mueller, along with other members of the Baraboo School District Administration volunteered in classrooms last week for Teacher Appreciation Week. 

On Friday, Dr. Mueller taught Mrs. Brownell's physical education class at West Kindergarten Center. 

What a great way for our Baraboo School District Administration to show the staff appreciation during Teacher Appreciation Week! The admins gave staff TIME; time to do additional lesson plan preparation, complete IEP paperwork, observe their students and more!

#Barabooproud of our #AdminsintheclassroomBSD!
Apply Now for Full Time Online Program
Applications are being accepted for the Baraboo School District's Full-Time Online Program @BHS for Fall 2017-2018 now through May 12.
Navigate to the Baraboo Virtual Campus website and follow the link for Full-Time Application.
Students are reminded to complete their 2017-2018 registration prior to filling out the application.
For questions, please contact Mrs. Gillmore, Online Coordinator in Rm. E225 or via email at
Staff Attend Mental Wellness Day
The staff and teachers in the Baraboo School District attended a Mental Wellness Day on May 10th, coordinated by Baraboo High School counselor Kathy Thornburgh. 

Staff had the option to choose from sessions including Lifestyle and Goal Setting, Boot Camp and Yoga, Zumba, Balancing Work and Family, Trauma Informed Teaching and a session on Aromatherapy and essential oils.

Thank you to presenters from the Baraboo Community:
Brandon Green, Pulse Fitness
Elizabeth Lawton, Pulse Fitness
Erika Gerhardt Obois, ErikaJ Go Fitness, LLC
Jocelyn Miller, Pauquette Center
Colleen James, Innervisions
Laurie Duraney, Innervisions
Tenille O'Leary, Pulse Fitness
Sharlotte Hanusa Wins Science Matters Essay Competition
We are #Barabooproud of Sharlotte Hanusa, Winner of the 2017 Science Matters Essay Competition, sponsored by the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers.
Evers Recognizes ABE in Capitol
State Superintendent Tony Evers praised Al Behrman Elementary for being among 178 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for the 2016-17 school year during a special May 1 ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison and one of only nine schools to receive it for the 5th year in a row. Evers welcomed, from left: Al Behrman Elementary Principal John Blosenski and ABE 4th grade teacher Megan Sentowski, to the recognition event. 

"Our Schools of Recognition are staffed by dedicated educators," Evers said. "Their success is something to celebrate; it serves as an example of the importance of schools, families, and communities working together to ensure that every child graduates ready for college and careers."
Thunderbird Quarterly Spring Edition Hits Mailboxes This Week!
The third edition of the Thunderbird Quarterly printed newsletter hit mailboxes this week! 

The spring edition of our quarterly newsletter highlights each of our schools and how our schools are incorporating aspects of our district's strategic plan. 

In addition, there is a 4-page update on the progress of the November 2016 Referendum - Phase II: Revitalize Baraboo High School, including renderings of the Baraboo High School commons area and the front of the building, and a new floor plan highlighting changes to be made to the building between now and Summer 2018.

If you have not received an edition of the spring Thunderbird Quarterly, please email Communications & Marketing Specialist Holly Henderson at with your name and address. We do have additional copies at the Baraboo School District Office, located at 423 Linn Street, Baraboo.

Please mark your calendars for the Revitalize Baraboo High School Groundbreaking Ceremony, set for June 7th @ 2:30 PM at Baraboo High School!
BHS Band Drums Up New Percussion Equipment
The Baraboo High School Band took 7th place in the  Heid Music Big10+ Music Challenge, receiving $400 worth of percussion equipment from Heid Music in Madison. 

In March, Heid Music held a competition where voters had to "like" a band's photo. The top 10 bands received their choice of music equipment from Heid Music.

Thank you to everyone who voted for the BHS Band!
8th Graders Explore Engineering
On May 5th, the 8th grade science classes were honored to have Mr. Brad Stuczynski and Mr. Joshua Sweno talk to them to help wrap up their Exploring Engineering mini-unit. 

Brad and Josh are both Civil Engineers who work at MSA Professional Services Inc. which is headquartered here in Baraboo. This is the third year that Brad and Josh have presented to the 8th grade students. 

They discussed how they became engineers, the importance of accuracy in designing and building bridges, bridge inspections, bridge components, bridge trivia, bridge history in Baraboo, and the various considerations that need to be taken into account and addressed while designing and constructing bridges. 

Thank you Brad, Josh and MSA for helping to inspire our students at JYMS. 
Nelson Receives "Aspirations in Computing" Award
On May 7th at Alverno College in Milwaukee, 50 young women across Wisconsin were honored for their contributions and aspirations in computing. The award winners included Baraboo High School Senior, Jessica Nelson. The award was given by NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology). Jessica earned the award for taking AP computer science / math classes, teaching computing to Girl Scouts and being on the team awarded Most Creative Coders at the Maquette Coding Completion in 2016. Jessica's future looks to be bright as she plans to attend UW La Crosse in the fall as a Computer Science Major. All too often, women in computer science are underrepresented or under appreciated. The goal of this award and NCWIT is to encourage, support and mentor young women entering careers in Information Technology.
Baraboo Bookmobile Returning This Summer
The Bookmobile is a labor of love and has been solely supported by donations.

This year, the Bookmobile would like to add more books, and is also in need of plastic tubs for transporting books, snacks and bookmarks/erasers, etc. Monetary donations will also go towards a small stipend for volunteer drivers towards gas money.

To make a donation, Click Here. 

To view the Bookmobile's  Amazon wish list of books to be added to the Bookmobile, Click Here.

The Baraboo Bookmobile also accepts gently used book donations. 
Kid Stop Summer Info - Get the Scoop
  • Summer Kid Stop registration is going on now!  Sign up today!!
  • Sign up for a week or for an entire month.  No daily rates.
  • If your child attends Kid Stop during the school year, you will still need to register and pay the listed fees.
  • Children must be registered with registration fee and tuition paid in full prior to your child/children attending.
  • All overdue Kid Stop fees must be paid in full prior to attending.
  • For more information, check out the Baraboo School District website and click on "Kid Stop" or contact Pat Gavin, Kid Stop Coordinator, at 355-3925, ext. 7150.
14o Registered for 4-year-old Kindergarten

Since Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative's 4K registration April 7, close to 140 students have registered for the 2017-18 school year.  If you have not already registered your 4K student, please visit Kristine Snow, District Registrar, at 423 Linn Street in Baraboo, call 608-355-3955 or email With any 4K placement or program questions, please contact Dr. Chris Olson, West/BELC Principal, at 608-355-3906  or
BASCO CORNER: Community Book Club - The Book Thief 

The next meeting of the Community Book Club will be from 9:15-10 a.m. on Friday, May 12th in the Baraboo High School media center. 

The book for April will be The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.

The club currently consists of  five students, five seniors, and two staff members. They meet once per month during BHS enrichment and have discussed three books so far this year, and the discussions between our students and the seniors have been amazing.

New members are always welcome! If you have any questions or would like more information, contact BHS literacy coach Mrs. Amant at
Summer Food Program Available
This summer, the Baraboo School District will again take part in the federally funded Summer Food Service Program.  We will serve breakfast and lunch in three sites, plus we will be delivering meals to the Boys and Girls Club.  The meals are free to all children 18 years and younger.  Any adults accompanying the children need only pay $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch.  Individuals do not have to attend Summer School to take part in this food service program.  The program will run from June 12, 2017 to July 21, 2017 (except the ABE site, which will end on July 12, 2017), Monday thru Friday.  All sites will be closed on July 3, 4 and 5, 2017 for the holiday.
Here are the sites and hours of operation:
GLW - Open only to students participating in the Kid Stop Program - breakfast and lunch
BHS - Breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM/Lunch daily from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
ABE - Breakfast daily from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM/Lunch daily from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Any questions, please call Mary Loveless, Food Service Director at 355-3980.
"This Institution is an equal opportunity provider"
ABE to Host Annual Color-A-Thon Run
Al Behrman Elementary will host its annual Color-A-Thon fundraiser on May 13 at Al Behrman Elementary. Registration is from 7:30-8:30AM. The event will begin at 8:30AM. 

The proceeds from this event will be used for books, supplies, etc., so that Al Behrman students and staff can succeed in reaching their goals!
If you cannot attend but would like to donate, CLICK HERE.    

Our Words Matter!
"Each May,  Better Hearing  &  Speech Month  (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of the  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association   members in providing life-altering treatment."

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. The Baraboo School District has six full time Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) that work with children ages 3-21 in the areas of articulation, language, voice and fluency that qualify for speech and language therapy services through the criteria set by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. A few of the SLPs purchased T-shirts that read "Your Words Matter!" that they will wear over the next month to raise awareness for their work throughout the district and support this year's theme by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Communication: The Key to Connection."

Please take a moment to thank our Speech and Language Pathologists during the month of May! We are #Barabooproud to have such an amazing team in the Baraboo School District.

Angie Gneiser - GLW Elementary, Community Christian School
Michele Feld - East Elementary 
Rachel Roman - ABE Elementary
Amanda Yadro - West Kndg. Center, Baraboo High School
Valerie Mahoney - JYMS, Baraboo High School
Katy Trulock - BELC, North Freedom, St. Joseph School, St. John's Lutheran School, Head Start - Renewal Unlimited, Inc., Ho-Chunk Head Start, Day Care Centers

For more information on Better Hearing & Speech Month, please visit  the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Baraboo FFA Annual Plant Sale Opens in May
The Baraboo FFA will hold its annual Plant Sale in May. 

The sale will begin Friday, May 5th after school from 3pm-5:30pm with the Mother's Day Hangings Basket Sale and then again Monday, May 8 thru Saturday, May 15, 2017.   The hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm. 

There will be a wide selection of reasonably priced flowers and houseplants to choose from, including bedding plants, geraniums, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, hanging bags, and a variety of other plants. There are limited numbers of plants available, so shop early for the best selection! 

The plant sale is coordinated by the Plant Science Class and all hanging baskets and planters were put together by students who also assisted with planting seeds and transplanting. 

With Mother's Day right around the corner, you don't want to miss this opportunity to show your mother, grandmother, or other special person how much you care. Bring some color to your yard or garden this year with plants from the Baraboo FFA Plant Sale.  All proceeds from the plant sale go towards supporting FFA activities and greenhouse supplies.
The Backpack Project

The Backpack Project has been helping financially challenged Baraboo students to be prepared for the first day of school for nine years.  If your family income is approximately 200% or below of the Federal Poverty Index (see chart below), The Backpack Project may be able to help.

Family of 2:$2,707/month
Family of 3: $3,403/month
Family of 4:$4,100/month
Family of 5:$4,797/month
Family of 6: $5,493/month
Family of 7:$6,190/month
Family of 8:$6,887/month
For families with more than 8 members, add $696 per person

This assistance is also available for grandparents raising grandchildren, foster children, children living in shelters, and other extenuating circumstances.  Please contact Becky at the number below for more information.

Applications can be found this week at Recycled Sally's, Sauk County Human Services, and Viking Express Market; or you can call or email Becky at 608-356-2897 (leave message with name and address) or email at  Deadline for applications is July 31.

Volleyball Youth Camp June 12-15
There will be a Baraboo Volleyball Youth Camp for 4th-5th graders and 6th-8th graders from June 12-15.

Students in 4-5th grade will practice from 11AM - 1PM and students in 6-8th grade will practice from 2-4PM in the Baraboo High School gym. 

These camps will cover individual and team skills.

4th-5th Grade Registration Form

6th-8th Grade Registration Form
Calling All Volunteers!
The Baraboo School District welcomes parents and community members to contact any of our schools to volunteer or to become involved in order to support learning for all of our students.  

Please consider filling out the attached Google Form if you would like to volunteer at West School in classrooms of 4-year-old kindergarten, Early Childhood, and/or kindergarten students.  

Feel free to call Principal Olson at 608-355-3906 with any volunteer questions.  Thank you for considering this invitation to make a positive contribution within our community and school district.

Summer Kid Stop Program

6th Grade Orientation Set For Aug. 23

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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