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WI School Board Week
Date: Oct. 1-7

West Willson Parent Association Meeting
Date: Oct. 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: West Kindergarten Center

Free Rock Painting Event
Date: Oct. 16
Time: 3:30-4:30
Place: BHS cafeteria
Notes: This event, for ages 5 and older, is free and sponsored by the BHS Art Club.

Picture Retakes Day
Date: Oct. 23
Place: ABE, East, GLW, North Freedom

BHS P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 23/24
Notes: High School

JYMS P/T Conferences
Dated: Oct. 24/25
Notes: Middle School

North Freedom Parent Group Meeting
Date: Oct. 24
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary

Elementary P/T Conferences
Date: Oct. 25/26
Notes: Elementary Schools
Picture Retakes Day
Date: Oct. 25
Place: West and BELC

ABE Parent Support Group
Date: Nov. 7
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: ABE gym

East Parent Support Group
Date: Nov. 7
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: East Elementary

WWPA Culver's Tip Night
Date: Nov. 9
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Place: Culver's, Baraboo
Notes: Proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward the third and final phase of new playground equipment at GLW.

West Willson Parent Association Meeting
Date: Nov. 14
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: GLW library

GLW Literacy Night
Date: Nov. 16
Place: GLW

JYMS Community Impact Literacy Night Fundraiser
Date: Nov. 20
Time: 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Place: Pizza Ranch, Baraboo
Notes: Help JYMS support adolescent literacy! Proceeds will help build classroom libraries and will fund JYMS Literacy Night in February, featuring Ben Mikaelson, author of Touching Spirit Bear.

Fall Break
Date: Nov. 22-24

ABE Parent Support Group
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Place: ABE gym

East Parent Support Group
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: East Elementary

North Freedom Parent Group Meeting
Date: Dec. 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary

West Willson Parent Association Meeting
Date: Dec. 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: West Kindergarten Center

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.

Thunderbird Thursday Update
October 5, 2017
Last week our T-Bird Poll questions was: Which social media platform do you prefer? 

The results are in! 44.9% of those who responded said they prefer Facebook; 24.5% said they prefer Snapchat; 16.3% said they prefer Instagram; and 10.2% said they prefer Twitter.

Don't forget to  click here to like the Baraboo School District's Facebook page, click here to follow us on Twitter, and click here to follow us on Instagram!

This week's poll is about social media.
It's Wisconsin School Board Week!
In honor of WI School Board Appreciation Week, Oct. 1-7, the Baraboo School District would like to thank our Board of Education for all of their time and hard work and the dedication they show to our schools, students and families.
Please show your appreciation of our school board by viewing this Facebook post, sharing it and commenting with  #Barabooproud!

ABE Students Take a Walk for Science
Ms. Crouse's 2nd grade class at Al Behrman Elementary took a walking trip to Deppe Pond on Fri., Sept. 29. Karen Mesmer, former Baraboo science teacher and current science consultant, joined the class on their adventure. This walking field trip was made possible because of the new science standards that we have (Next Generation Science Standards = NGSS).
These new standards are based on the National Research Council's A Framework for K-12 Science Education. The standards are rich in content and practice and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.

JYMS Winter Sports Meeting set for Oct. 16
The JYMS Winter Sports Parent Meeting for Wrestling and Boys Basketball will be on Monday, Oct. 16  in the JYMS Auditorium. 
Parents of students in 6th-8th grade who are interested in wrestling, as well as parents of boys in grades 7th and 8th who are interested in playing basketball should attend. Please arrive by 5:30 p.m.  to submit the necessary paperwork with the meeting beginning at 6 p.m
Any questions can be directed to Kevin Catterson at or Jim Langkamp at
BELC Students Have Fun with Sensory Play
The BELC 4K class at Bear-A-Boo Daycare had fun with sensory play by making shapes in shaving cream last week!

School Supply Drive Benefits Hurricane Harvey Victims
We asked you to help us help victims of Hurricane Harvey with a school supply drive, and, wow - did you deliver!
These supplies are on their way to Clear Creek School District in Texas. Thank you for helping us help them.  #Barabooproud to live in such a generous community!

North Freedom Explores Earth Science
North Freedom Elementary students went on a canoe trip on Mirror Lake Monday and Tuesday of this week. Each grade level took turns canoeing and hiking through the park.
Third grade teacher Mrs.Van Den Heuvel organized this event with Gary Williams from Summer Outdoor Adventure Club, utilizing funds donated by Youth Environmental Programs of Sauk County.

Indoor Pool Offers Classes for Community
There are so many great ways in which our school district partners with the Baraboo community, and one of those ways is with our indoor swimming pool! Last Friday  Aquatics Director Heather Wood led this senior water aerobics class. 

For a complete list of classes, fees and the pool calendar, visit our pool's website here.
Updated Date for Prom 2018: May 5th
The Baraboo High School 2017-'18 Prom will be held on May 5, 2018 .

It was previously announced that the Prom would take place on April 28, 2018 , but this date causes conflicts with other events and activities.  Prom has typically been held on the first Saturday  in May, and BHS will continue with that tradition.
Elks Supply East Students with Dictionaries 
The third graders at East Elementary were honored to host two representatives from the Baraboo Elks organization last week. This Elks' community service members of Gary and Ruth Baker provided paperback dictionaries for each third grader and spoke to the students about the skills needed to use a dictionary and why dictionaries were a valuable resource.

Students were astonished at the word in the back of the book which was comprised of 1909 letters. This super long word is a term about proteins and amino acids. The students were intrigued and appreciative of this personal gift.

We thank the Elks, who work to build and support stronger communities by investing in its community children, for the dictionaries.
Make Your Own #BarabooRocks
The Baraboo High School Art Club is sponsoring in Free Baraboo Rocks event! All paints, rocks, and supplies are provided free of charge.

WHEN: Monday October, 16th. 3:30-4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Baraboo High School Cafeteria
WHO: You! (Anyone ages 5-adult)

ABOUT BARABOO ROCKS: Baraboo Rocks is about painting, hiding, and finding rocks around Baraboo and the surrounding areas. This is a community-building activity meant to inspire creativity in all ages and energize people to explore this beautiful area and brighten people's days.
West Enjoys "Stay and Play"
West kindergarten and 4K families enjoyed time together during the "Stay and Play" on October 3. Students played together on the West playground enjoying many of the new playground pieces while parents met other parents as well. Parents had the opportunity to meet all of the West staff, family resources were made available, and everyone enjoyed a popsicle treat too. Thank you to the families that were able join us. Please be looking for a spring date for the next "Stay and Play."
BHS Grad Speaks to JYMS Students on Marine Corps Experience
Connor Kowalke, a 2017 BHS graduate, volunteered his time Friday, September 29th to talk with the 7th grade students of Jack Young Middle School.  
Connor recently graduated from Marine Corps training in California and was willing to share that experience with our students. He explained some Marine Corps history, brought in some of his uniforms, and told our students what life was like as a Marine Corps recruit.  
We are #Barabooproud to thank Mr. Kowalke for his time and for his great presentation to our students. We wish Marine Kowalke all of the best in his time with the Marine Corps and beyond!
BSD-Circus World Partnership Featured in Wisconsin School News
The Baraboo School District's partnership with Circus World was featured in the  October 2017 issue of the Wisconsin School Board Association (WASB) School News!

As part of our 2015-18 District Strategic Plan, one of the district's areas of focus is on strengthening relationships with local businesses by developing meaningful and mutually beneficial community partnerships. 

" Last school year, in the first year of the partnership, it connected with students in the district's elementary, middle and high schools. Circus World brought its array of musical instruments to the district's elementary students. The district's middle school students studied local history in the museum's library, assisted with the circus wagon restoration process, and started a student-run website highlighting Circus World's attractions. At the high school level, Circus World challenged students from a marketing class to come up with new marketing campaigns for the organization. Students worked together in small groups and then formally pitched their ideas to Circus World staff" ("A Common Cause." Wisconsin School News. Oct. 2017. 10-14. Print). 

JYMS To Have Literacy Fundraiser on Nov. 20

Attention all Juniors at BHS!  You have the opportunity to register for the PSAT test that will take place at BHS on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Why do students take the PSAT?  
The PSAT is a practice SAT test that is a great way for students to practice standardized test taking.  However, the main reason students participate in the PSAT is because they have the potential to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.

On test day students who register will report to the Library Media Center by 7:45 a.m. to take the test.  You can sign up to take the PSAT in Student Services; the cost is $16.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Waldvogel at:
Thunderbird Sweatshirts are IN!
Thunderbird Sweatshirts have arrived and are now available for pick up at the District Office, located at 423 Linn Street, Baraboo, during regular business hours. 

We can accept check or cash for payment. Checks can be made payable to Baraboo School District. 

#BarabooProud and Always Onward Thunderbirds!
Buy Your BHS Yearbook Before Oct. 13!
Capture the memories of this school year by purchasing a Baraboo High School Yearbook today!  Visit the Walsworth website at and search for Baraboo.  Next, choose your yearbook preferences and optional add ons.   Yearbooks are only $45 until October 13th , which is the lowest price of the year.  Paper order forms are also available at the student information station.

All students who purchase a yearbook before October 13th will be put in a drawing for a $30 gift card to the BHS School Store!

If you have photographs that you would like to contribute to the BHS yearbook, visit, search for Baraboo High School, and click on the Community Upload icon to share your photos with us!
When is my child considered tardy?
*          A tardy at the elementary level means the child arrives late but before 8:05 a.m.
*          A tardy at the middle school or high school level means the child arrives late but before 7:55 a.m.
When is my child considered absent?
*          If a student arrives to school more than 10 minutes late (after 8:05 at the elementary level or after 7:55 at the middle and high school level), it is considered an unexcused absence, if an acceptable excuse is not given by the parent. For more information on what is an "acceptable excuse," please see (put link to 431-Rule here)
How long do I have to give the school a reason for my child's absence?
*          Parent/guardian must provide the school an acceptable excuse no later than 3 days after the absence. For example, if the child is absent on Monday, an acceptable excuse must be provided by Thursday. If no acceptable excuse is received, the absence is count as unexcused.
*          If an acceptable excuse is provided after the three day window has expired, the absence will remain unexcused.
When is my child considered truant?
*          A child is considered truant when he/she misses all or part of a school day in a trimester or semester without an acceptable excuse. If a child is truant, he/she may be disciplined by the school (detention, suspension, etc.) in addition to being referred to the Baraboo Police Department.
When can the school district file a truancy charge on my child?
*          When a student has three unexcused absences for all or part of a school day ,  a referral will be made to the School Resource Office to file truancy charges. If a citation is issued, you and your child will need to appear in court. The sentence of the court can include, but is not limited to, an order for your child to not miss any more school without being excused and/or a forfeiture (up to $100 plus costs).
When is my child considered habitually truant?
*          A child is considered habitually truant when he/she misses all or part of five school days in a trimester or semester without an acceptable excuse.
When can the school district file habitual truancy charge on my child?
*          When a student has five unexcused absences, you will be asked to attend a meeting with the school to discuss your child's truancy and your child can receive education counseling, learning problems and social problems, after which a referral will be made to the School Resource Office to file habitual truancy charges. If a citation is issued you and your child will need to appear in court. The sentence for habitual truancy can include, but is not limited to, a court order for your child to not miss any more school without being excused, a forfeiture (up to $500 plus cots), community service, suspension of the child's driving privileges, revocation of the child's work permit, etc.    
When is a professional note required for my child's absence?
*          A parent is allowed to excuse their child from school with an acceptable excuse for up to 10 days in a year. A professional note , such as from a doctor or nurse practitioner, will be required for all subsequent absences.
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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