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GLW/West  Family 
Literacy Night
Date: March 2
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: GLW
Notes: For BELC, West and GLW students

North Freedom Math Night
Date: March 2
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary

Read Across 
America Day
Date: March 3
Time: All Day
Place: District-wide

GLW Culver's Night
Date: March 7
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Place: Culver's, Baraboo

ABE's Around the World Family Night
Date: March 9
Time: 4:30-6 p.m.
Place: ABE
Notes: ABE students will visit Ireland, Brazil, Poland, Jamaica, Costa Rica, India, Turkey, Korea, Australia, and Norway!

Pop & Read
Date: March 17 RESCHEDULED
Time: Grade 5 - 1:30-2 p.m.; Grades K-4 - 2-2:30 p.m.
Place: ABE
Notes: community members and parents are invited to attend. Contact the school for more information.

BHS Musical  Little Shop of Horrors
Dates: March 16-18
Times:  Friday & Saturday: 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m.
Place: Al. Ringling Theatre

8th Annual
Fifth Grade Concert
Date: March 20
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS Big Gym
Notes: fifth-grade students from  ABE, East, GLW & NF

JYMS 8th Grade Showcase Concert
Date: March 21
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS Big Gym
Notes:  8th Grade Choirs,  8th Grade Bands,  Jazz WIN

Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences
Dates: March 22, 23
Time: TBD by your child's teacher
Place: Your child's classroom

BHS Spring Showcase Concert
Date: March 23
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Gym
Notes: All Bands & Choirs

Baraboo School District Spring Break
Dates: March 27 - March 31

4K & 5K Registration
Date: April 6
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Place: East Elementary
Notes: Please bring a copy of the child's birth certificate/proof of birthday and completed registration information
Contact: for more information, contact Dr. Chris Olson at 608-355-3905 or cdolson@

Evaluations will be on Saturday, March 11th. 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
March 2, 2017
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 
BHS Students De-stress With Mental Health Day
"W is for Wellness." - BHS Mental Health Day 2017
(Please "Like" the BHS Mental Health First Aid Baraboo Facebook page for information and tips on mental health awareness.)

This week BHS Juniors faced one of the potentially most stressful events of their high school academic career: the ACT.

We are fortunate in the Baraboo School District to have onsite testing, allowing our students to take the ACT at their very own school. District testing has been found to improve student outcomes because it can help reduce test day stress, like the stress of traveling to a test site or testing in an unfamiliar environment. But hey, it's still a test - an important test - and tests can be stressful.

Baraboo High School rallied for its students with its second annual Mental Wellness Day on March 1. The goal: promote mental health and end the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

BHS counselor Kathy Thornburgh: "We want students to be as comfortable talking about mental illness as they would a physical illness." 

Students school-wide participated in different sessions with topics including Mindfulness, Yoga, Aromatherapy, Self-Care and more.

Thank you to our BHS counselors and staff for organizing this annual event.  Thank you to the following people/local business for participating in this event to help students gain tools to deal with everyday stressors. 

Brandon Green & Elizabeth Lawton - Pulse Fitness: Yoga/Nutrition
Shelley Mordini - BHS Special Education Teacher: Stress Reduction using Meditation/Aromatherapy/Reflexology
Robin Bariel & Beth Ferstl - Beast of Hurtin' and Kansassin - Circus City Derby Dames: Connection to Community
Jed Strobel - Anytime Fitness:  Interval Training & Mobility
Lisa Gutzke and Eva Balfanz - Pauquette Center: Managing Anxiety
Dr. Tom Hayes - Pauquette Center: Making Good Choices About Drugs and Alcohol
Kate Reedy - Aspen Family Counseling: Stress Management and Mindfulness
Cheryl Kolf & Christina Brooks - Innervisions Counseling: Heighten Your Senses
Becky Gennerman-Schroeder - Nami Dane County: End The Silence
Nola Pastor - Hope House: PATCH ( Providers and Teens Communicating for Health) and Audrey and Daisy, Supporting Survivors & Preventing Sexual Violence

Read the article in the Baraboo News Republic here. 
Summer Academy Registration Opens March 17
The Baraboo School District will again be offering the Summer Academy for students who are currently in grades K-5 within the Baraboo School District and/or for students of this age that reside within the Baraboo School District attendance area.  

The Summer Academy will include enrichment classes that have literacy and math integrated throughout each K-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th grade class.  

Al Behrman Elementary School (400 Mulberry St., Baraboo) will host Summer Academy from June 12-July 12 (no school on July 3rd-5th) and free breakfast and lunch will be available to students each day.  

Online registration for Summer Academy begins at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 17 by going to the  Baraboo School District website.  

Please send Summer Academy questions to Dr. Chris Olson, Summer Academy Coordinator at 608-355-3905 or    
Cheer Team Takes Highest Score of Their Season at State 
Congrats to our Competitive Cheer Team for a great showing at State and a great 2017 season!

Samantha Schmidtke - Senior
Talia Kahlow - Junior
Chloe Karll - Junior
Morgan May - Junior
Bria Clendenning - Sophomore
Elizabeth Engevold - Sophomore
Liliana Bowers - Sophomore
Arianna Macias - Freshman

Erica May - Freshman
Naomy Sanchez-Figeroua - Freshman

2017 Achievements:
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Fire-Up Competition - First Place
Freedom Invitational in Freedom, WI - First Place
WACPC Regionals in Waupaca - 3rd Place and bid to State Championships
WACPC State Championships in Madison - 6th Place with the HIGHEST SCORE OF THE SEASON!

We are #BarabooProud of all of the dedication and hard work you have put in this season. Congratulations!

Samantha Baily named NF Artist of the Month
Samantha Bailey, a second grade student at North Freedom Elementary, was named North Freedom's Artist of the Month for March.

Samantha is in Mrs. Ginther's class. She was chosen as Artist of the Month because of her  unique ideas and creative problem solving. She demonstrates high quality of craftsmanship and hard work in the art room.   

All of the second grade students designed an original image using pen or sharpie.  They were then able to make prints in shaving cream mixed with liquid watercolor, which transferred to the paper. 

Samantha drew a chick in its own environment and printed in a mix of blue and green.

Samantha's artwork is on display at the North Freedom Village Hall.

Pictured are art teacher Danielle Nolden, North Freedom Elementary Principal Kathy Andreasen, Artist of the Month Samantha Bailey, and Brenda Schwarz, representing the Village of North Freedom. 
FFA Assembly Tomorrow!

Tech Ed Department is Busy
Our Tech Ed department is bustling with skills this month.

The communications class is working on lego robotics. The students are learning about programming the logic controller (PLC), then writing and presenting about how this technology is used in local industries and the potential impacts.

In the welding classes, students are making little pieces to form letters for the 4K and Kindergarteners to be able to identify letters. The students will cut out more than 1000 individual pieces, and then will finish them to make them safe for the younger students. 

Our manufacturing class is making wooden chairs for the Baraboo River Rendezvous group. The students will make a total of 25 chairs.

The SkillsUSA class and building trades students are making benches for Devil's Lake State Park. The students will make 25 Leopold benches and 12 memorial benches.

Stay tuned for pictures of completed projects!

4K Registration Date Set for April 6
If you have a child that will be turning 4-years-old by September 1, 2017, we hope that you will be able to join us for the BELC (Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative) registration for 4-year-old kindergarten programming for 2017-18 

DATE: April 6
TIME: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
PLACE: East Elementary  (815 6th Street, Barboo)

Please make sure to bring a birth certificate or proof of your child's birth date to the registration, and call us if you have not already received registration materials in the mail. 

BELC is a half-day program for 4 days each week with many parent outreach opportunities. 

Please do not hesitate to call or email Dr. Chris Olson, West/BELC Principal at 608-355-3905 or with any 4K questions.  

Other 4K registration questions after April 6, can be directed to Ms. Kristine Snow (located at 423 Linn St., Baraboo) at 608-355-3955 or .  
Registration for the 2017-18 school year opens APRIL 1 

"LIKE" The New BHS Art Department FB Page
The Baraboo High School has a new Facebook page!

Click HERE and "like" for updates on the talented students at Baraboo High School. 

Our Art Department has a great event coming up - our first annual Fine Arts Night! Mark your calendars from 6-8 on April 27.  There will be music, live demonstrations, delicious food and more. 

This event is a partnership between the BHS Art Department, the BHS Forensics Team, the BHS FCE Department and the BHS Music Department.

Community Members and Local Arts Organizations are encouraged to participate. Options include submitting art for display, setting up an information booth, performing a literary reading or demonstration of your craft, or any other artistic ability you'd like to showcase. 

For more information or questions, please message the BHS Art Department on its new Facebook page.

There are three links to the FB in this section of the newsletter - now Van Gogh and like the page (but don't cut off any ears in the process)!
Dairy Queen Fundraiser Raises $459 for West Playground

In the month of January (and a few make-up days in February due to snow days!), the West Kindergarten Center held a Dairy Queen Fundraiser to raise funds for new playground equipment at West.

Last week  Mr. Robert Thompson from Dairy Queen in Baraboo presented a check in the amount of $459 to Dr. Chris Olson, West/BELC Principal, for future playground equipment purchases 

Dairy Queen has been an ongoing partner with West and BELC (4K) schools, having assisted in the funding of some technology and literacy supplies in past years.

We appreciate our community partnerships: thank you Dairy Queen for supporting our schools!
"Why Fit In When You Are Born To Stand Out?" - Dr. Seuss
This week is Read Across America Week.

To celebrate, Gordon L. Willson students had a different Dr. Seuss themed day each day this week. The students read a Dr. Seuss book in class, and dressed up to match the theme of the book.

Book: The Sleep Book
Dress up theme: Students dressed in pajamas

Book: The Lorax
Dress up theme: mustaches for everyone!

Book: Wacky Wednesday
Dress up theme: mismatched clothes and crazy hair

Book: Fox in Socks
Dress up theme: crazy socks

Book: The Cat in the Hat
Dress up theme: Cat in the Hat hats, courtesy of GLW's community partnership with Gasser Construction.

Thank you for your generous donation, Gasser Construction!
9 Go To State For National History Day Project
BHS Career Fair Set for April 7
Support the Spring Soccer Program 
Attention BHS Soccer players, families and fans:

BHS Soccer Apparel is available!

If you are interested in ordering apparel to support the BHS soccer program this Spring, click on this  Link. Enter the c ode:  thunde7N49

Wear it proud and say it loud: Go T-Birds!

Bump, Set, SPIKE: Youth Volleyball Camp at BHS
Lifeguarding Course Offered at Indoor Pool
BHS Named Pacesetter in Advanced Placement
Congratulations, Baraboo High School!

BHS was recognized by the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council (WAPAC) as a Pacesetter school in Advanced Placement (AP).  

This award recognizes access and excellence regarding AP. 

WAPAC says, "Pacesetter schools have provided impressive student access to AP courses and posted excellent AP exam results."

For more information or to view the data for the WAPAC award, click here for the  Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website.
Baraboo 21 to Host Vet Breakfast & Appreciation Ceremony 

Teacher of the Year nominations

We have some pretty amazing teachers here in the Baraboo School District. Now's your chance to show them how great they are!

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 2016-'17 school year.

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 HERE or at any district school building.

For full Information, click HERE.

For an EIEA form, click HERE.

For a DETA form, click HERE.

Don't miss this opportunity to show our educators how much we appreciate them!

Check Mate! Chess Tournament scheduled for March 4
The Baraboo High School Chess Club and the Wisconsin Scholastic Chess Federation have teamed up to host a Chess Tournament on  March 4th, 2017. Online registration is open now.. The tournament will take place at the Baraboo High School and be open to all K12 Students in Wisconsin. There will be a division for anyone in grade Kindergarten - 8th grade (K8) and a division for anyone in grades Kindergarten - 12th grade.  (K12). To preregister for the price of $10 please go to  by March 2nd. Onsite registration will cost $15. For more information please email Joseph Zech at .
JYMS Literacy Night to feature author Pat Schmatz
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