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North Freedom Dairy Queen Fundraiser
Dates:  Feb. 27
Time: 4-10  p.m.
Place: Dairy Queen, Baraboo
Notes: This fundraiser is brought to you by the North Freedom Parent Group!

Book Club
Date: Feb. 24
Time: 9:20 - 1o a.m.
Place: BHS Library
Notes: February's book is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

WSMA District 
Solo & Ensemble
Date: Feb. 25
Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: BHS

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

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

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

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

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
Feb. 26 , 2017
Local Subcontractors Meet to Discuss BHS Revitalization Process
While the design phase for the Baraboo High School Revitalization Project progresses, we are also approaching the bidding process.

CG Schmidt, the district's consultant and construction manager, met with local subcontractors Feb. 21, 2017, at BHS to discuss local subcontractor involvement and to answer any questions they might have.

Highlights from the evening:
  1. Subcontractor bids will be requested across ALL work categories to complete the projects at Baraboo High School.
  2. The District is committed to breaking bid packages into smaller manageable pieces for local subs and partnering smaller firms with larger firms as necessary to complete the work.
  3. The BHS Revitalization is a 40-year plan; the design process is taking into account current and future needs to make sure the school is able to effectively serve its students for decades to come.
  4. The District highly encourages local involvement and partnering with community businesses: this is your community and your school!

As part of CG Schmidt's standard practices, all firms need to be pre-qualified with their Risk Management Department. If any local subcontractors or businesses are interested in bidding on the projects, please email to start the pre-qualification process. Firms will then be added to CG Schmidt's bidders list.
If you have specific questions on the project, please call CG Schmidt directly at (608) 255-1177.
BHS Students Have Mad Skills!
Baraboo High School's SkillsUSA students have had several successes in the past couple months, including have two students place in the top 3 in different competitions. 

Noah Tomte and Nick Freed have both placed first in the "CO2 Dragster" competition.

The District Competition was held at Oregon High School in December and the Region competition was at Southwest Technical College in January.

Congratulations, SkillsUSA students! We are #Barabooproud of your hard work!

Baraboo Takes on the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry!
BHS sent 78 student scientists to the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry Feb. 10. For more photos, "like" us on Facebook!

JYMS Horn Students Have Master Class
JYMS invited  horn professor and player Dr. Bruce Atwell to provide a lesson to 6, 7 and 8 grade band students on Feb. 21. The horn students worked with Dr. Atwell on tone, pitch, and even got to learn a big of the Star Wars theme song!
GLW Travels the Globe for Math & Tech Night
GLW and West held a Math & Technology Night on Feb. 16. 

The theme was "Around the Globe." Each classroom was a different country. As the students entered the school, they were given a passport. Their passports were stamped as they traveled from "country" to "country."

Students and their families enjoyed some freshly popped popcorn as they traveled around the world and engaged in different math- and tech-related games.

Approximately 70 students attended with their families, and even some former and future students!

Lifeguarding Course Offered at Indoor Pool
West Students Get Fancy for Fine Dining Day
The West Kindergarten Center hosted its second annual Fine Dining Day on February 14.  

Students dressed up for this special occasion. The gym was beautifully decorated including placements, positive messages on the milk cartons, special lighting and music playing in the background.  

A special menu was included for the students, and we had some parents join the event as well.  All staff placed a larger emphasis on using good manners and showing kindness to others within this event with our students.  

A big thank you to West support staff members:  Laurie Willhouse, Sandy Busche, Kathy Bray and Sharon Prochnow, for coordinating many of the specific details and even sharing some of the treats.  

What a great Fine Dining Day it was at West!
Spring Coaches Meet to Negotiate Gym Space
Our spring coaches met Feb. 21 to negotiate gym space.

With Wisconsin springs, practices can't always be held outside because we never know if the weather will be 60+ degrees (like Monday through Wednesday of this week!) or freezing cold with snow and sleet (like tonight's forecast!).

Hang in there TBirds; spring will eventually come and practices can be moved outside.

In the meantime, thank you coaches for meeting to make sure all sports get equal practice time!
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: JYMS Partners with Baraboo Food Pantry
Jack Young Middle School's Peanut Butter Lunch Bunch is partnering with the Baraboo Food Pantry to collect donations to be distributed to Baraboo School District families in need over spring break.  Many children do not have the food they need, especially when resources are not available when schools are closed.

Donations can be dropped off at the Baraboo Food Pantry. Checks can be made to the Baraboo Food Pantry. See below for a list of items in need. 
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.
BELC Classroom Gets Up Close with Nature
Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative's 4K classroom at Children's Day Center was recently visited by a corn snake, gecko and toad from Upham Woods. 

The students talked about migration, adaptation and hibernation and how different animals cope with the cold Wisconsin winters.
Break The Cycle: Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month
What does it take to prevent  teen  dating violence?  Healthy relationships start with real conversations about the realities of love,  dating  drama, and abuse.  
For more information about  Teen  Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month, visit and If you or someone you know has been affected by relationship violence and needs support, you can call Hope House's 24-hour confidential helpline at  608-356-7500. Another great option is, which has a 24-hour helpline at  1-866-331-9474, online chat, and a texting hotline by texting loveis to 22522 (all geared towards  teens and young adults).
Community Book Club and BASCO Corner: Meeting Tomorrow!
T his month the Community Book Club will meet tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 24 from 9:20 - 10 a.m. in the BHS library to discuss the book The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown.

New members are always welcome. The club chooses the books they read together and are always open to suggestions! 

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!

Madison College's Scholars of Promise
Attention BHS Juniors and Seniors!

Deadline is approaching for the Scholars of Promise scholarship from Madison College. 

This scholarship helps motivated low-income students who want to attend college but aren't able to pay for it by providing funding. 

Are you eligible? You must:
* Maintain at least 80 percent attendance in your senior year at BHS

* Carry a minimum of a 2.25 GPA

* Submit ACT or Accuplacer placement test scores by April 1 of your senior year

* Apply to a Madison College degree program by April 1 of your senior year

* Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 1 of your senior year. You must be eligible for both federal and state financial aid and your expected family contribution must be $3,000 or less.

Juniors, complete and return the SCHOLARS OF PROMISE ONLINE INTEREST FORM before the end of your junior year. You are also encouraged to take the ACT this year.

Seniors, in addition to our placement tests, FAFSA and degree application, you  must submit your SCHOLARS OF PROMISE ONLINE INTEREST FORM no later than APRIL 1.

Please see your school counselor for more information on how to apply!
Ongoing Fundraisers!

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
Insta-Take Over Tuesday. Are you ready?

Baraboo Amateur Baseball Association
Baraboo Soccer Club: Now Registering for Spring Season

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