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Pizza Ranch Tip Night
Date: February 19
Time: 4:30-8 p.m.
Place: Pizza Ranch, Baraboo

Youth Mental Health
First Aid Training
Date: February 21, 2019
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Note: Pre-registration required. Contact  Cathy Hlavacek to register or for more information.

Transitions: Post Transition Planning and DVR & ADRC
Date: February 27
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: BHS Commons
Note: This is for all middle and high school students with disabilities and their families. Dinner will be provided.

Family Literacy Night
Date: February 28
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

Vietnam War Era
Veterans Breakfast
Date: March 1
Time: Breakfast served from 6:15-7:45 a.m. followed by a brief ceremony
Place: Baraboo High School

Let's Talk Drugs
Panel Discussion
Date: March 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Notes: Click here to register by Feb. 25; dinner will be provided

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

JYMS Referendum Open House & Tour
Date: March 19
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS commons
Note: Join us for a tour of JYMS to discuss facility needs and the April 2 referendum.

JYMS Referendum Open House & Tour
Date: March 27
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS commons
Note: Join us for a tour of JYMS to discuss facility needs and the April 2 referendum.

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

Transitions: Resource Fair
Date: April 3
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: BHS Commons
Note: This is for all middle and high school students with disabilities and their families. Dinner will be provided.

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

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.

Online registration now open. Ages 6-18. Certified, trained coaches. Spring and Fall seasons. Email BarabooSoccerClub@gmail.
com with questions.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
February 21 , 2019
Phase III: Revitalize Jack Young Middle School Goes to Referendum Vote on April 2
Since 2012, the Baraboo School District has been working to assess, prioritize and renovate its facilities, following a comprehensive Long-Range Facilities Master Plan. The District first completed a series of district-wide safety, security and maintenance upgrades in 2015, followed by the revitalization of key spaces at Baraboo High School in 2018.

Baraboo School District will seek residents' approval to borrow $41.7 million to repair, modernize and expand Jack Young Middle School as Phase III in the Long-Range Facilities Master Plan.

Built in 1976, Jack Young Middle School last received an addition in 1997. The proposed facilities referendum addresses Jack Young Middle School's most significant issues:
Repair Aging Infrastructure
Modernize Outdated Teaching and Learning Spaces
Expand Undersized Common Areas

For more information, please click here to visit our website or click here to view our Referendum Fact Sheet.
Holocaust Survivor Speaks to JYMS 8th Graders
Jack Young Middle School partnered with the Holocaust Education Resource Center to bring Holocaust survivor Michael Bornstein and his daughter, Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, to speak to the 8th grade class on Jan. 19.

Michael Bornstein is the author of "Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz." This New York Times Bestseller was published in 2017 and it details the courageous survival of Michael Bornstein's family during the Holocaust, as a child. It is estimated that only 52 children under the age of eight were liberated from Auschwitz, and at 4 years old, Michael was one of those children.

JYMS students heard about Mr. Bornstein's life before and during Auschwitz, including how his mother hid him in the straw in the women's quarters, which was punishable by death, and how his mother came to learn of the death of his older brother and father at the men's camp of Auschwitz. He showed the students the tattoo on his arm, B1148, the number given to him by the German soldiers to identify him by.

Mr. Bornstein stressed the importance of education to students. "(The nazis) took everything away from us, but education is something that can't be taken away from you."

The presentation ended with JYMS students giving Mr. Bornstein a standing ovation and lining up to take photos with him.

"Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz" is being used as a literacy circle choice during the 8th grade social justice unit this year.

Recent Policy Updates
Dear Students, Parents, and Staff~ 

The School District of Baraboo recently revised several policies regarding discrimination, harassment and bullying. We are providing a link to these newly revised policies and we encourage you to review them and contact us with any questions. We also want everyone to know that the Title IX coordinator for the School District of Baraboo is Michele Yates-Wickus, and she can be reached at (608) 355-3950 ext. 1530, or at the District Administration Building, 423 Linn Street, Baraboo.    

District Plan for Instructional Minutes
The following instructional days/hours/minutes have been missed when school was closed due to inclement weather during the 2018/19 school year:
Full Day, Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Full Day, Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Full Day, Monday, January 28, 2019
Full Day, Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Full Day, Wednesday, January 30th,
Full Day, Thursday, January 31st,
Full Day, Thursday, February 7, 2019
Full Day, Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Full Day, Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In order to meet the minimum annual school year requirements of the State of Wisconsin to guarantee receipt of State aids, the Administration is implementing the following school calendar revisions for students (Click here for a printable version):

BHS Celebrates Blue & Gold Week
Last week Baraboo High School showed school spirit with a week of dress-up days, culminating in an assembly on Friday in which Haley Hannagan and Caden Carpenter were crowned Blue and Gold Queen and King. Nomination and election to the Blue & Gold Court is meant to recognize the special contributions of students involved in school clubs throughout the school year.

Baraboo Educator Named February  WIDA Feature Educator 2019
Baraboo School District EL specialist Jori Ruff was featured as this month's WIDA Consortium (formerly World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) Featured Educator.

Mrs. currently supports 4-year-old Kindergarten through 5th grade ELL students at Al Behrman Elementary, East Elementary Schools, and the Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative. She has been an educator for 20 years, with 12 of those spent in the Baraboo School District. 

According to WIDA, she was selected "because of her dedication to raising achievement for all students by providing support to teachers in a coaching capacity and through professional development."

Mrs. Ruff was selected for the Kohl Fellowship Award in 2016 and is an active member of the District and the community, including her work with the Baraboo School District Social Equity Workgroup, the Baraboo Homeless Shelter, and the Baraboo Bookmobile. We are #BarabooProud to have her on our team!

GLW 5th Graders Earn Art Prize
Ms. Grogan's fifth grade artists recently won Gordon L. Willson Elementary School's ongoing school-wide Art Contest for following class rules and being safe. They were rewarded with a full class of different drawing games and goofy challenges! Their creative bubbles were bursting!

ABE Students Have Heart
Al Behrman Elementary students wrapped up their participation in the Kids Heart Challenge on Friday February 15th. 

For the previous two weeks, they worked tirelessly to raise money for the American Heart Association to help kids and families with sick hearts. The AHA uses the funds raised and donated to perform research on how to fix various heart conditions along with how to provide the best possible chance of survival for patients with heart issues. 

By the time everything was said and done, we had 32 participants raise $2,675 with the 3rd Grade group having the most participants and the highest amount of dollars raised. Mrs. Raschka's 4th Grade class was the class with the highest number of participants. Ryder W. of Mrs. Lorbecki's 3rd Grade class raised the most money for the AHA with $490. Thank you to everyone who has participated and thank you to all students and families for being Heart Heros every day!! 
Hunter Tikkanen Wins Regional Spelling Bee!
We are #BarabooProud of Jack Young Middle School seventh grader  Hunter Tikkanen, who took first place at the Regional Scripps   Spelling   Bee in Portage on Feb. 6th. He will compete in the State   Spelling  on March 15th. G-O-O-D  L-U-C-K at State, Hunter!

East Celebrates Math 24
Take the numbers 1, 13, 14 and 3 or the numbers 1, 8, 6 and 4. Using a combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts, come up with the number 24. Remember to say your last equation first and don't forget that speed is important. This is Math 24.
East students in grades 4 and 5 competed in a Math 24 Double Digit and Variables Tournament in their classrooms to determine the top winners to go on to compete in the Math 24 Competition. There were numerous rounds of competition to determine the top winners.

Congratulations to East's top winners from 4th Grade are Cole Gumz, Evan Eilertson, and Leah Kierzek. Some of the top winners from 5th grade are Isaiah Romano-Thompson, Peyton Poker, and Tanner Goeckermann.
Donate While You Dine on Feb. 25!

West Students Awarded for "Bee"-ing Great!
The West Kindergarten Center continues to reinforce positive student behavior with students in different ways each day.  We recognize Justice Johnson, Dustin Williams, Jr., Isaac Naab, and Arav Patel for this week's BEE Great Award at West. These students have truly exemplified the West Cool Tools of "Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being Safe"  Each week, West staff will continue to recognize a different student from each classroom for this awesome recognition. Thank you to our families for all of their continued positive support at West.
BHS Student Council Receives Spirit of Excellence Award
We are #BarabooProud to announce that Baraboo High School is the Region VI recipient of the Spirit of Excellence Award from the Wisconsin Association of School Councils. A group of Student Council members met every Wednesday since the beginning of the school year to compile an extensive portfolio of all of the great things our high school does and accomplishes in every dimension, from sports to the fine arts to academics. These students put in a lot of hard work and effort to create this portfolio. The last time our high school won this award was in 2012. 

As the chairperson of this project, Ashley Vorndran received the award on behalf of Student Council during the Blue & Gold Assembly. She spent long hours - especially with all of the snow days - to finish this project on time!

BHS Student Council will receive this award at half-time of the Milwaukee Bucks Game on April 7th.

New at the Indoor Pool: Aqua Barre Fit!

Time To Nominate: Teacher of the Year
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 2018-'19 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.

The Baraboo Book Nook: February
The Baraboo Book Nook: Join us as we celebrate a nation of diverse readers with these recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures from the National Education Association.

Title: Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School
Author: Janet Halfmann
Illustrator: London Lad (Lee & Low Books)
For: Elementary readers
Summary: Born into slavery, Lilly Ann secretly learned to read and write from her master's children-and then read everything she could get her hands on. Wishing to share her knowledge with others, she secretly taught hundreds of other enslaved people despite the great risks.
Let's Talk Drugs: March 5
Click here to register  by February 25.
Best Fiction for Young Adults 2019 Top Ten
In honor of the upcoming Read Across America Week (February 25-March 1), here is a list of must-reads in fiction for young adults in 2019!

For a summary of these books and more information, please click here.

Family Literacy Night Set for Feb. 28
What's Happening at the Baraboo Public Library?
Keep Your Info Up-to-Date!
Vietnam War Era Veterans Breakfast Set for March 1
NEW Interactive Safety Resource Available!
The Department of Justice Office of School Safety would like to share Interact, a new resource from DOJ's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and DPI, in honor of  Safer Internet Day 2019.

Interact is an online, interactive e-course created for parents and guardians to complete with their children with the goal of sparking basic online safety discussions in the home. This 30 minute module provides parents with the opportunity to review their own tech use to set a good example; interactive activities to complete alongside their children; and follow-up resources and activities to keep the discussions going. 

This e-course gives parents the opportunity to set themselves up as the trusted adult in their child's life. If the child sees something online they don't understand or that makes them uncomfortable, they know they have someone to reach out to. The e-course even provides some ideas on how to start and continue these discussions, along with some bonus tips to help break the ice on awkward topics!
Be your child's trusted adult. Interact, and stay safe!

Visit and click the Interact tab to access the e-course, along with numerous other resources for online safety.
The interact program was created by the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to help keep kids safe online.

Baraboo's Backpack Project Now Accepting Applications
The Backpack Project is now accepting applications for this friendly, supportive and confidential program. 

Applications are available by clicking here.  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
JYMS 2019 Spring Swimming Intramurals

BHS Spring Athletes: Please Read Below

Spring Sports Practice Start Dates:
Boys & Girls Track - March 4
Softball - March 11
Girls Soccer - March 18
Baseball - March 18
Boys Tennis - March 25
Boys Golf - March 25
Spring Break - April 15 -19

High School Spring Sport Parents Meeting
The Spring Sport Parents Meeting will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 in the BHS Gym. The general session will begin at 6:00 p.m. Sport meetings will follow at 6:30 p.m.  Parents who attended the Fall or Winter Sports Parents Meeting do not need to attend the general session. Students do not need to attend these meetings. If you need help registering your child or paying fees you should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. If your son or daughter was out for a fall or winter sport you do not need to register online again. Just sign up with the coach or Mrs. Teasdale.  If your child was not out for a fall or winter sport, you will need to register your child in the Parent Portal , under the HS Spring Sports Registration Link .  Fees can be paid online or with a check or cash in the high school office.  If you are not sure if your son/daughter will need a physical, please contact Renee Teasdale at 355-3940, Ext. 2022.

WIAA Physicals
WIAA physicals are based on the date of April 1. Any physical dated prior to April 1, 2017 is no longer valid.  Physicals dated April 1, 2017 or after are valid for the 2018-19 school year.  Physicals dated after April 1, 2018 will be good for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.  Physicals are good for TWO SCHOOL YEARS,  not two years from the date of the physical.
Got Sole? Donate to the BHS Shoe Drive!

Baraboo Public Library Invites Upham Woods

Buy Pizza: Support the Class of 2020!

4K  (and new to Baraboo 5K students)  Registration for 2019-20
4K Registration for 2019-20
The 4-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) Registration within the Baraboo School District for the 2019-20 school year will be any time between 7:00 am. and 4:00 pm. on Tuesday, April 2nd at East Elementary (815 6th Street, Baraboo) if your child turns 4-years-old by no later than Sept. 1, 2019.  (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 2.  You are invited to discover more about 4K in Baraboo by accessing the 4K videos found at the following website: Baraboo 4K Curriculum & Instruction .

The 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) program also known as BELC (Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative) will be beginning it's 12th year of programming in the fall of 2019.  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 2019-20 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!

5K Registration for 2019-20
If you have a child that will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2019 and your child is not currently enrolled in BELC (4K) in 2018-19, please register your child at East Elementary (815 6th Street) on Tuesday, April 2.  Please bring your child's birth certificate to 5K 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 5K after April 2.

If you have a child that will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2019 and your child is currently enrolled within BELC (4K) in 2018-19, you do not need to attend the 5K registration at East on April 2.  Your family can register online for 5K any time after April 1 from the district website ( ).   Please call 608-355-3955 with any questions.

Parent Resource Group Presents Series on Transitions

Now Hiring: Guest Teachers
The School District of Baraboo is hiring guest (substitute) teachers for all levels (4K-12). The starting rate is $110 per day! 

Candidates must either be a teacher or substitute teacher licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). For information on how to apply for a substitute teaching license, visit the DPI website. 

Interested candidates should apply through the Wisconsin Education Career Access Network (WECAN) or by completing an employment application and submitting to Human Resources. More information can be found here:

Diversity 101 Training RESCHEDULED to Feb. 26
UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County's first session of "Diversity 101" has been rescheduled to February 26, 2019, from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the Baraboo Campus in the Science Bldg, Room A001.

This free training will cover basic key terminology, scenarios, and inclusive practices as they relate to diversity and inclusion. 

This training is open to the public. Space is limited; pre-registration is encouraged. Click here to register.
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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