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Baraboo 21
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 14 , 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.
FFA Competes at Regionals
Baraboo FFA represented itself well at our District Leadership Development Event on Wednesday evening, Feb. 13, in New Lisbon. Students Tianda Deaver, Hannah Wieczorek, Isabel Feine, and Gunner Berning competed in four individual speaking events. These students have worked hard preparing themselves over the past two months. Gunner took first place in Creed Speaking and will be moving on to sectionals on March 4. Congratulations and a job well done to all those who competed! 

The FFA members were ahead of schedule on their way to the regional speaking contest. As they were pulling into the school, they saw an older gentleman across the street struggling to shovel his driveway. Our FFA members asked FFA advisor Kristina Williams to stop so they could get out and help. The gentleman had the biggest smile on his face and was so grateful for their help! He was so grateful and told Ms. Williams that these students are special to reach out a helping hand. In ten minutes they shoveled a man's driveway, but his smile will last much longer. 

Ms. Williams said, "It's moments like these that make our jobs worth every minute! I love these kids, their big hearts, and their willingness to serve others. This is what FFA is all about!" This is #BarabooProud!

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.
GLW and NF Students Rise to the Building Challenge
Third grade artists throughout Gordon L. Willson Elementary and North Freedom Elementary have been diving into STEAM challenges in the art room as they prepare for the opening of their 3D Sculpture Studio!  

GLW and NF art teacher Ms. Nolden prompted each team to build a chair with legs at least 4" high that could support an object of her choosing using only newspaper and tape. Lots of leaders emerged in this fun and challenging building obstacle.
Let's Talk Drugs: March 5
Click here to register  by February 25.
BHS Forensics Students Advance to District Tournament
On Monday, February 11, the Baraboo High School Forensics team competed in the Badger North Forensic Sub-District tournament. 

The students were judged on the quality of their speeches three separate times by three different judges. Eight of the competitors received scores that will advance them to the District tournament next month. 

Maria Fadeyeva got a perfect score for two of her presentations. Team members  Eva Huffaker, Misaki Izumiya, Hailey Hardin, Nyah Culbertson, Ana Exterovich, Avary  Benavides, and Faith  Johnson, also received scores to advance. 

Thank you to coaches Mr. Gillick, Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Biehl

Congratulations to these students for their hard work, dedication and success!
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.

Congratulations to the Baraboo High School Blue & Gold Court 2019!

Baraboo Bowlers Advance to State
The Baraboo High School Bowling Club held the 2019 Thunderbird Invitational at Thunderbird Lanes on February 8th, 2019, where teams from Wisconsin Dells, Wautoma and Portage came and took on the Thunderbirds. 

After a very close season, the Thunderbirds will advance to the Wisconsin High School Bowling Club State Tournaments in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin on March 1st-3rd, 2019. The Boys Varsity Team completed the season with 75.38 fill percentage grabbing the District 9A Boys Varsity First Place title. Not only did the boys advance but so did the Girls Varsity in Division 1 with a 57.50 fill percentage and claimed the title of the District 9A Girls Varsity Champions and will be accompanying the Boys Varsity to State. 

Baraboo High School Bowling Club has three members who have qualified for the Wisconsin High School Bowling Club Singles Tournament. In the Girls Division, Carley Frey claimed victory placing first with a 71.50 fill percentage. In Boys Division, Brogran Ludtke claimed first place with an 84.58 fill percentage and John Meegan claimed the fourth place spot with an 82.14 fill percentage. 

Congratulations, Baraboo Bowlers!

Boys Varsity: Jordan Blue, Justin Ringelstetter, Brice Parchem, Emmett Schulz, Kyle Hough, Kyle Adams, Brogan Ludtke, and John Meegan 
Girls Varsity:  Carley Frey, Charlie Burzynski, Taylor Reppen, Jorden Frinkle, and Jenna Meise 
Junior Varsity:  Sulley Duncan, Riley Yngsdal, Christian Scharchern, Cameron Meise, Alex Acevedo, Aaron Becker, Brett Grefe, and Willem Pointon
Coaching Staff: Larry Ludtke, Jessica Mueller, and Darren Ringelstetter

Family Literacy Night Set for Feb. 28
NF Students Receive Hot Chocolate for a Job Well Done
Despite all the snow days, Mrs. Van Den Heuvel's third graders at North Freedom Elementary School did especially well on a difficult math unit test. They were rewarded with hot chocolate today!
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Baraboo 21 To Hold Pizza Ranch Tip Night Feb. 19
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.

Recognizing the Baraboo School District Bus Drivers
Can you imagine keeping one eye on the snow covered road and traffic all around your  vehicle and the other eye on 40 to 50 students who are excited to be out of school for the  day? 

Now imagine that you are responsible not only for driving the vehicle safely but  also, for the physical and emotional safety of each of those riders. School bus drivers  have a very challenging job. Despite the challenges, according to the National Safety  Council, school buses are the safest form of ground transportation. As a matter of fact,  school buses are about 40 times safer than the family car.

The State of Wisconsin has declared next week  as School Bus Drivers Recognition Week. This week is highlighted each  year to recognize the commitment to safety excellence of over 15,000 Wisconsin school  bus drivers, who drive over 82 million miles each year and transport over 600,000  students on any given school day.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers made the following proclamation:

WHEREAS; more than 15,000 school bus drivers in the state of Wisconsin travel more than 82 million miles a year in transporting more than 600,000 students to and from school every day; and

WHEREAS; these drivers and owners and operators of school buses have promoted and practiced the highest standards to assure the protection of their passenger; and

WHEREAS; the Wisconsin School Bus Association, through its Board of Directors, pledges its full and dedicated cooperation with the Department of Transportation's Office of Transportation Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles and the State Patrol, the State Advisory Council of Highway Safety, the Department of Public Instruction, schools, law enforcement agencies, PTAs, and other organizations in promoting public awareness of the importance of school bus transportation.

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.
Check Mate!

Got Sole? Donate to the BHS Shoe Drive!

NEW: Aqua Barre at Baraboo Indoor Pool!
Baraboo Public Library Invites Upham Woods

Baraboo Public Library Invites Upham Woods

Resources Available to Flood Victims

Past BHS Yearbooks Now ON SALE!

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:

Has Your Student Purchased Their Yearbook Yet? There's Still Time!
Baraboo High School yearbooks are available to order! Click here to order a BHS yearbook or email Mrs. Znidarsich with any questions.

By buying a yearbook BHS students have the chance to be entered into a raffle to win a punch card for up to 10 free beverages at the school store! In order to be entered you must purchase your yearbook by January 22nd at People who have already bought their yearbook will also be entered in this drawing.

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.
Parent-Tot Swim Registration Now Open

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.

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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