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Family Swim Night
Date: October 14
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo Indoor Pool, JYMS
Note: $10 for the entire family every Sunday in October 

3rd Annual Luminary Walk
Date: October 18
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary School

Family Swim Night
Date: October 21
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo Indoor Pool, JYMS
Note: $10 for the entire family every Sunday in October 

BHS Parent Teacher Conferences 
Date: October 23
Time: 4-7:30 p.m.
Place: BHS

BHS Parent Teacher Conferences 
Date: October 23
Time: 1:30-5 p.m.
Place: BHS

No School
Date: October 26

Harvest Hoedown Fundraiser
Date: October 27
Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Place: Wild Rose Ranch, Baraboo WI
Notes: Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the Baraboo River Equine Assisted Therapies, Inc.

T-Bird Terror
Haunted Corn Maze
Date: October 27
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Place: Leatherberry Acres
Notes: $12/person ($10 with student ID)

Family Swim Night
Date: October 28
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo Indoor Pool, JYMS
Note: $10 for the entire family every Sunday in October 

Class of '22 Tip Night
at Pizza Ranch
Date: October 29
Time: 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Place: Pizza Ranch
Notes: Help the Freshman Class in fundraising!

BHS Winter Sports
Parent Meeting
Date: October 30
Time: 6 PM
Place: BHS

Thanksgiving Break
- No School
Date: November 21-23

ACT Prep
Date: December 1
Place: Baraboo High School
Notes: This is optional for all juniors at Baraboo High School

Winter Break - No School
Date: Dec. 24 - Jan. 1

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

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

No School
Date: January 25

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

Food for Kidz
Date: March 30


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.

Ages 9 and older. For more information, contact Ginger Clark at   608 963-8127.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
October 11, 2018
We Want to Hear From You!
Baraboo School District residents, 

These are exciting times in the Baraboo School District as our students and staff continue to excel both in and out of the classroom! Some recent successes include:
  • Al Behrman Elementary School achieving the Title I School of Recognition honor for the sixth consecutive year
  • Baraboo educators receiving accolades and awards for teaching excellence
  • Over 75 businesses partnering with the District to assist students in accomplishing career and workforce certifications
We are also very thankful for our community's ongoing support of our schools, including the approval of the 2016 referendum. This funding allowed the District to update and revitalize Baraboo High School, which was the second phase of our long-range Facility Master Plan. We are happy to report that these projects were completed on-time and within budget! In fact, the tax impact of the referendum was almost 10% less than expected due to responsible spending and securing of a lower interest rate.

We are now in the process of defining the scope and timing of the next phase of the long-range Facility Master Plan. Therefore, we are asking all residents 18 and older to please take 10 minutes to complete a survey. 

Residents of the Baraboo School District will receive a survey in the mail. The survey will have an access code; each access code can only be used once. If there are more than one adult in the household, please contact the District Office to receive an additional access code. 

To collect this feedback, we are working with School Perceptions LLC, an independent firm with expertise in conducting community surveys. All survey data is returned to School Perceptions and will remain confidential.

Survey results will be reported at a School Board meeting this fall. Results will also be posted on the District website at Your thoughts and those of your neighbors will shape the future of our school district and community, and create the best future for our young people.
T-Bird Tip of the Week: Social Media Awareness for Students
Parents, talk to your students about each weekly tip. Students, be mindful of your online identity. Let's start the conversation!

T-Bird Tip of the Week: Be an Upstander, not a Bystander
To know how to stand up against cyberbullying, you first need to know what cyberbullying is.

Cyberbullying is sending mean messages, but it can be more than that; it's being cruel or intentionally embarrassing someone online, spreading rumors, sharing or liking embarrassing or private photos, stealing someone's password - all with the intent to damage a reputation or cause someone emotional harm.

Stand up against cyberbullying
Even if a student is not the bully or the victim, they can still play a role in cyberbullying. Witnesses have power in cyberbullying situations!

Stand up against cyberbullying using the following tips:
  • Don't repost it. If you see a hurtful or embarrassing message online about a classmate, don't spread the hurt by sharing it, retweeting it, or forwarding it.
  • Report it to the site/app. Students might be hesitant to get involved for fear the bully might then start bullying them. Most websites and apps have rules against cyberbullying and allow for anonymous reporting of such behavior. 
  • Show kindness. One of the worst things about being bullied is feeling alone. Letting someone know you care and that you don't approve can help the victim. 
  • Tell a trusted adult. Telling a teacher or parent isn't tattling; it's standing up for yourself and others.
  • Block the bully. Bullies want an audience; don't give them one.
  • Don't encourage it. If you see cyberbullying happening, don't support it! Don't gossip about it with your friends or add emojis or comments online.
Click here to see all T-Bird Tip of the Week posts  or search for previous posts on Facebook and Twitter using #TBirdTipTuesday. 
North Freedom Students Canoe at Mirror Lake
North Freedom Elementary students in grades K, 1 and 4 went on a field trip to Mirror Lake State Park last week. The students went on a canoeing adventure, led by guide Gary Williams. Mirror Lake State Park is a 2,179-acre Wisconsin State Park and a short 20 minute bus ride from North Freedom Elementary.
School Board Appreciation Week - Thank You, School Board!
This week, October 7-13, is the  Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB)  Wisconsin School Board Week, and we would like to thank our school board for the work they do today and every day. Please join us in thanking these dedicated board members !

The Baraboo School Board:
Kevin Vodak, President
Doug Mering, Vice President
Gary Cummings, Clerk
Sean McNevin, Treasurer
Mike Kohlman, Board of Education
Tim Heilman, Board of Education
Nancy Thome, Board of Education

Public schools are the heart of our communities, ensuring that every child has an opportunity to succeed. To oversee this important work and provide accountability for how taxpayer dollars are spent, local communities elect school board members to govern public education.
School board service is not easy. Board members must be responsive to their districts' present needs and set the groundwork for future success, ever mindful that they are accountable to their local communities. School boards are tasked with setting the mission and vision for their districts, advocating for schools at the local, state and federal levels, and overseeing multimillion dollar budgets. Boards formulate policy, approve contracts, hire and evaluate the district administrator, monitor facility maintenance, oversee curriculum development, and much more.

Please join us in recognizing and thanking our local school board members for their work, leadership, and public service! #BarabooProud

Fire Fighters Visit 4K
Fire Fighter Tom Clark and Josh Hecht hold Mason Hecht, their grandson/son, when they came to visit the BELC 4K at Bear-A-Boo Daycare to teach the students about fire safety.

Nursing Students Welcomed to District
The Baraboo School District has welcomed three nursing students from Edgewood College this semester.  They are following our school nurses and learning about school nurse practices, along with public/community health. You may see them around the district giving hand-washing lessons to classes and assisting with vision screening.  

Welcome Allie, Courtney, and Molly!  
JYMS Winter Sports Parent Meeting
The parents meeting will be held on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the JYMS Auditorium.
If you cannot attend the meeting you must contact one of the coaches listed below AND Kevin Catterson ( to get the information you need before the first day of practice.

Please click here for more information on JYMS winter sports!

BHS Winter Sports Parent Meeting
The Winter Sport Parents Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in the BHS Gym. The general session will begin at 6 p.m. Individual sport meetings will follow at 6:30 p.m.  Students do not need to attend these meetings. If you need help registering your child for a winter sport 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 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 sport, you will need to register your child in the Parent Portal , under the HS Winter Sports Registration Link . Fees can be paid online or with a check or cash in the high school office. W.I.A.A. physicals dated April 1, 2017 or after are good for this school year. If you are not sure if your son/daughter will need a physical, please contact Renee Teasdale at 355-3940, Ext. 2022.

West Participates in Great Apple CRUNCH!
West Kindergarten Center joined schools, early care sites, hospitals, universities, state agencies, and non-profit organizations across the Great Lakes Region to celebrate National Farm to School Month by crunching into fresh apples from a local Baraboo farm. We ate an apple for the Fifth Annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch at NOON!

More than 1.4 million students, children, food service staff, health care workers, teachers, and others are registered for the annual event, with Crunches occurring at over 4,236 locations across Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.

All of the kindergarten students at West Kindergarten Center received an apple and got to participate in the crunch. This was a great opportunity to talk about healthy snacks, share apple stories, and talk about where apples come from.

This collective Apple Crunch encourages and celebrates the use of healthy, Wisconsin-grown foods in cafeterias across the state. We Crunch together to support our local farmers, to grow healthy eaters, and to build strong community across our state and region.

For more information about the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch, visit

Close Before You Doze
Captain Clark of the Baraboo Fire Department spoke to teachers at East Elementary on Tuesday about the importance of sleeping with your door closed in the event of a fire. He shared the following video on the difference between sleeping with your door open and your door closed. Please take a look; this video lasts 5 minutes and 45 seconds. Five minutes and 45 seconds that could save a life!

Thank you, Captain Clark!

Need Your Leaves Raked? Key Club Can Help!

North Freedom Puts Out Virtual Fires
When your fire safety topic is "how to use a fire extinguisher" and it's raining outside, how do you teach 3rd-5th graders this important skill? Virtual fire extinguisher training of course!  

North Freedom Fire Department members set up a fire screen and an electronic fire extinguisher in the gymnasium to teach students the four steps of proper use.  

P = pull the pin
A = aim at the base of the fire
S = squeeze the handle
S = sweep slowly back and forth.  

Thank you, North Freedom Fire Department!

Families Swim for JUST $10 on Sundays in October!

It's Almost Time for "Almost, Maine"
Baraboo High School will present "Almost, Maine" in the new BHS commons area! If you haven't seen the new space yet, this is a great opportunity to not only experience the revitalized high school, but also to enjoy the talented students who attend there!

Tickets are available at the BHS main office, Corner Drug Store (downtown) and at-the-door. The show is Friday and Saturday, October 12 & 13 @ 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 14 @ 2:00 p.m. at BHS in the new commons.  $10 adults;  $8 seniors & students;  $5 BHS staff & students

Family Resource Night Set for Nov. 8
Dear Baraboo School District 4K, Early Childhood & K-5 Families:

We invite your entire family to join us for any portion of our first ever Family Resource Night from 5:30-7:00 PM at West School (707 Center St., Baraboo) on Thursday, Nov. 8.  There will be 3 classrooms of staff-supervised games, movies & activities available on this night for any children that you might bring along. The Baraboo Public Library is bringing along their Lego and Duplo bricks for the kids! The goals of the Family Resource Night are to create more connectedness between families and available resources within Baraboo and to support families to better meet their overall needs in order to also support student learning.

On Family Resource Night, we would invite parents to join us in the West gym from 5:30-6:30 PM on November 8 while their children have fun in the staff-supervised classrooms.   We will provide light snacks and beverages for everyone.  Each of the community resources listed below will share handouts and a brief 3-5 minute overview of what they can offer families/students.  Parents are welcome to then meet individually with any of the the special visitors from the community in the West gym anytime between 6:30-7:00 PM. if specific questions arise.  Parents would pick up their child from the classroom by 7:00 PM.

Again, please note that ALL district 4K families, Early Childhood families and K-5 families are each invited.   Please RSVP to or 608-355-3905 anytime before Oct. 25th if you plan to join us on November 8 and tell us how many adults and children will attend.  Please contact us with questions at any time.  We hope that you can join us!

Yours in Education,

Dr. Chris Olson, West/BELC Principal &
BELC (4K) & West Teams

Special Visitors on Family Resource Night at West (707 Center St.) on Thursday, November 8
Tuscania Memorial Unveiling Set for Nov. 10

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.

Baraboo School District Offers Volunteer Training
The Baraboo School District continues to welcome volunteers within each of our schools. 

Thank you to our many school volunteers and community partners for all of the ways in which you support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.

For more information on volunteering in our District, please click here.
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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