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Indoor Pool
20th Anniversary Celebration
Date: April 16
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School Indoor Pool

Family Fun Night
Date: May 1
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School
Note: This FREE family event is open to students and their families from GLW, West and BELC

Baraboo High School Prom
Date: May 5
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

GLW Kindergarten Concert
Date: May 7
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

BHS Scholarship Awards Ceremony Night
Date: May 10
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Place: BHS

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

NF Pastries for Parents
Date: May 18
Time: 7:15-7:45 a.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary School

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

T-Bird Mini-Tri
Date: May 24
Time - Registration: 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Time - Briefing: 5:45 p.m.
Start time: 6 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School Indoor Pool
Notes: Ages 4-12. Students must register in advance; no race day registration.

East School Picnic
Date: May 25
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Place: East Elementary School

BHS Senior Graduation
Date: June 1
Time: 8-9:30 p.m.
Place: BHS

Last Day of School
Date: June 5
Place: all schools!

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
April 12, 2018

27 Students Attend State FBLA Conference
We are #Barabooproud of our Baraboo High School FBLA students! 

We had 27 students attended the FBLA State Leadership Conference this year, all of whom competed in a business-related topic. Students who placed in the top five received trophies; students who placed in the top four will move on to Nationals in Baltimore. These students worked incredibly hard, and represented Baraboo with distinction on the Wisconsin State podium. Congratulations!

Ryan Gehin - Agribusiness - 5th place
Jacob Carignan - Sales Presentation - 4th place
John Cornwell - Cyber Security - 5th place
Will Hagar - Client Services - 6th place
Sara Van Gheem, Lara Justus, and Claire McNevin - Management Decision Making - 4th place
Mychal Hainz - Network Design - 6th place
Braydon Scarborough and Alec Schmelzer - Digital Video Production - 6th place
Elise Lewison - Journalism - 5th place
Ashley Cornwell - Journalism - 3rd place
Nick Brooks - Securities and Investments - 6th place
FFA Donates to Baraboo Food Pantry
During FFA week, the Baraboo FFA held a "Kiss the Calf" event in which students put money in containers. Each container represented a different Baraboo High school staff member. The staff member with the most money won and kissed a calf during the FFA assembly.

The FFA raised $200 with this event, then matched the amount to donate a total of $400 to the Baraboo Food Pantry.

FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education classes at the Baraboo School District. We are #Barabooproud of these students and their efforts to donate to the food pantry!
Scouts Earn Programming Robots Badge
Baraboo High School girls Sierra G., Khrystyna Y., and Alexis J., led the way in computer science for Troop #4344, a junior Girl Scout troop from Baraboo, on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Each member of the troop earned the Programming Robots Badge, which is the first of three badges in the GS Junior Robotics program.

Steps to earn the Programming Robots Badge included 1) Learn how robots work, 2) Discover the robot brain, 3) Learn about programming, 4) Try simple programming, and 5) Code a robot.

Many thanks to our high school computer scientists for their essential help in planning activities and working hands-on with our junior troop to spread the love of computer science to 4th graders in Baraboo!

Students Earn BEE Great Award for Following Cool Tools
Teagan Bartman, Brooklynn Schultz, Grayson Stenberg, and Abigail Fuller  were recognized with the  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.
SAVE THE DATE for the Baraboo Indoor Pool's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
The Baraboo School District is Hiring!
The School District of Baraboo has an immediate opening for an educational assistant.  Compensation for this position will be a minimum of $10.01/hour. 

The successful candidate will have demonstrated the following skills: excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and in a team setting, ability to multi-task and problem solve and interact in a positive, constructive manner with students, district employees, and parent and community members. 

Gumz Attends State Spelling Bee
Jack Young Middle School student Eric Gumz competed in the 2018 Badger State Spelling Bee on March 24 at Madison College's Mitby Theater. 

We are #Barabooproud of Eric, who finished in the top half of the spellers. The words he had to spell were:
broadleaf (vocabulary round)

His final word and the word he was eliminated with was Voortrekker.

Congrats, Eric!

Second Annual Fine Arts Night Set for Monday, April 16
The Baraboo High School will hold the second annual Fine Arts Night on Monday, April 16 from 5:30-7:30 with awards and BHS Jazz Band performance starting at 7:30 p.m.

The night consists of music, live demonstrations, delicious food and more, including: 
-Performances by Solo and Ensemble state-bound BHS choral and instrumental musicians- including the Jazz Band
-Fine  Arts Display from all BHS  Art Classes
-A BHS  Art Club fundraiser- Better Way Imports
-Culinary  Arts demo
-Dramatic  Arts- Forensics performers
-Live "open  artist mini studios" - a student ceramic wheel potter, graphic designer, and painter will demo
-Community Artwork Display
-Community Fine  Art Group/organization information booths 
- Art Awards (including people's choice)
-a sneak peek at the brand new Art classrooms

This event is a partnership between the BHS  Art Department, the BHS Forensics Team, the BHS FCE Department and the BHS Music Department.
Vodak Named FFA Member of the Month

GLW to Have Culver's Fundraiser to Earn Money for Playground

BHS Students Named Eagle Scouts
The Baraboo School District would like to congratulate Baraboo High School students Austin Boettcher, Mychal Hainz and Aaron Swenson for receiving the Eagle Scout Award this month.  These young men were honored as part of the 75th Anniversary of Boys Scouts in Baraboo.
State Representative Dave Considine awarded the boys with a Commemorative Plaque from his staff as well as from Senator Erpenbauch's office acknowledging their work and dedication to their communities.

Pictured are  Eagle Scout Austin Boettcher;  State Representative Dave Considine;  Eagle Scout Aaron Swenson;  Mayor Mike Palm
Eagle Scout Mychal Hainz; and  Scout Master Steve Bishop.

The scouts completed the following projects as part of their Eagle Scout process:

Austin Boettcher:  High School Soccer Storage Facility and Shelter  
Mychal Hainz:  Merrimac Town Hall Handicap Ramp Repairs and Landscape Maintenance
Aaron Swenson:  Sandhill Crane Public Viewing Blind for Aldo Leopold Foundation

This celebration was held as the conclusion of a three weekend commitment of service that Troop 77 completed at UW-Baraboo to assist with removal of invasive species in the woods surrounding the campus.

Congratulations! We are #Barabooproud of this accomplishment!  
Check Out Our Thunder Throwers on Social Media!
The Baraboo High School Varsity Track and Field shot put and discuss teams are now on twitter and facebook! Check out these pages, like and follow them, and see our throwers in drill videos, as well as getting updates on meet results and practice updates for the athletes and parents. 

Are you a BHS thrower alum? Connect with current coaches and athletes here!

Congrats, JYMS T-Birds of the Month!
4K Schedules 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 school cancellations, early dismissals, and late starts this year, the District needs to add 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, April 30th.  

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
Baraboo Volleyball to Host Youth Volleyball Camp
Baraboo Girls Basketball to Have Wednesday Skills Sessions
Registration for Summer School Now Open
Registration for the Baraboo School District Middle School Summer School program is now open. To register for any of the following courses or for more information, please click here.
Summer Kid Stop Program Information
Summer Swimming Lessons Schedule Now Available
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
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.  
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.
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.

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

TRANSforming Our Understanding: Standing with LGBTQ Youth
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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