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No Summer School
Date: July 3-5
Notes: There will be no summer school for all grade levels from July 3-5.

Last Day 
of Summer School
Date: July 12
Place: Al Behrman Elementary, BHS
Notes: Last day for all grades.

Last Day of Strength and Condiioning
Date: July 27
Notes: Last day of summer strength and conditioning for MS and HS.

School Registration
Date: Aug. 8
Place: JYMS
Notes: Registration for all schools and all grade levels will take place at JYMS for students who are not yet registered.  Online registration available here.

6th Grade Orientation
Date: Aug. 23
Time: 8-11:30 a.m.
Place: JYMS

5th Grade 
Parent Night
Date: Aug. 23
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Place: JYMS

BELC Open House
Date: Aug. 29
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Notes: This open house is for the following BELC sessions: St. Clare AM, CDC AM, Bear-A-Boo AM

BELC Open House
Date: Aug. 30
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Notes: This open house is for the following BELC sessions: West AM/PM, East PM, Bear-A-Boo PM

Open House
Date: Aug. 30
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Place: Elementary Schools

BHS Open House
Date: Aug. 30
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: BHS

Freshman Orientation
Date: Aug. 31
Time: 8:30-11:50 a.m.
Place: BHS
Notes: For freshmen only

First Day of School
Date: Sept. 1

No School
for Labor Day
Date: Sept. 4

Elementary School Picture Day
Date: Sept. 20
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
June 29, 2017
Summer School Reaches Half-Way Point
The Baraboo School District's summer school classes and Summer Academy are more than half way through! Our students have been busy engaging, learning and growing with classes meant to stimulate critical thinking, creativity and teamwork.

On Tuesdays, each Summer Academy student receives a free. Students also have the opportunity to earn Culvers, McDonalds and/or Mobile One food coupons for being recognized for showing safe, respectful and responsible behavior at ABE this summer.

Summer School Contacts:
Dr. Chris Olson, Baraboo School District Elementary Summer Academy Principal & West/BELC Principal
608-355-3910- office, 608-469-3998-cell and
Georgine Erickson, Administrative Assistant, and 355-3910 ext. 6020.
Chris Peterson, Sandy Busche & Michelle Beal= Educational Assistants
Paige Baird, K-1 teacher,
Michael Lutz, K-1 teacher,
Emily Culbertson, K-1 teacher,
Nikki Hilke, K-1 & 2-3 teacher,
Chelsea Bernien, K-1 teacher,
Stacy Parsons, 2-3 teacher & 4-5 teacher,
Becky Rundio, 2-3 teacher,
Katie Lenerz, 2-3 teacher,
Cory King, 2-3 & 4-5 teacher,
Sarah Znidarsich, K-5 art teacher,
Linda Garcia, 4-5 teacher,
Schaefer Named Player of the Year
In its 32nd year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company announced BHS 2016-17 senior Josie Schaefer as its 2016-17 Gatorade Wisconsin Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Schaefer is the first Gatorade Wisconsin Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Baraboo High School. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the track, distinguishes Schaefer as Wisconsin's best high school girls track & field athlete. 

The 6-foot-1 senior won the discus and the shot put at the Division 1 state meet this past season, leading the Thunderbirds to a sixthplace finish as a team. Schaefer's season-best discus toss of 171 feet at the Division 1 Baraboo Regional meet ranked as the nation's No. 6 performance among prep competitors this spring at the time of her selection. She also ranked No. 18 nationally with her statewinning shot of 47-8. She owns the state record in the discus courtesy of her 176-3 effort at the USATF Junior National Outdoor Championships in June of 2016, which ranks as one of the Top 50 throws in prep history. 

Schaefer has volunteered locally as a youth volleyball, basketball and track coach, and she has donated her time as part of multiple community-service initiatives with the Baraboo High National Honor Society. "Josie is one of the hardest-working student-athletes that I have worked with in my 10 years of coaching track and field," said Annie Hinkhouse, head coach of Baraboo High. "She rarely takes a day off. Her career as an athlete has been tremendous and well deserved through her hard work and desire to excel." 

Schaefer has maintained an A average in the classroom. She has signed a national letter of intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at the University of Wisconsin beginning this fall.

As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Josie will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants - one for each sport - will be announced throughout the year. 

Congratulations, Josie! We are #Barabooproud of you!

Summer Academy: A Look at K-1 Classes

Summer Academy: A Look at Grades 2-3

Summer Academy: A Look at Grades 4-5

JYMS Fall Sports Registration Starts July 1

Parents Meetings
The football parent meeting will be held on Monday, July 24 at 5:30 p.m. at the Baraboo HS cafeteria.
Cross Country and Volleyball meetings will be held on Monday, August 28 at 5:30 pm 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.

WIAA Physical Form - physicals taken after April 1 are good for the following two school years. Physicals performed before April 1 are good for the remainder of that school year plus one more school year. For the second year of a physical you will need to complete an Alternate Year Card .  

If you are in need of a physical there is an option to have a WIAA physical at Wilz Drug in Portage. They provide physicals at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday. No appointment is needed.

Online Registration
You must register online in the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus before the date of the parents meeting. You and your child will sign the Code of Conduct and Concussion forms electronically there. The participation fee of $30 can be paid at the parents meeting or in the JYMS main office. If you would like to pay online please contact Jim Langkamp at in advance to have the fee added to your child's account.

Jack Young MS Athletics uses Remind to communicate directly with parents. If you have a smartphone, you are strongly encouraged to sign up to receive timely and important information via text or e-mail. You can sign up for an account at or download the Remind app. This is how coaches will communicate with parents.

First day of practice
Football:  Equipment handout August 5 at 5:00 p.m. The rest of the practice schedule can be found on .  Click the link in the upper right corner for 7th/8th Grade.
Cross Country & Girls Volleyball: Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Coaches Contact Information
Jordan Leonhardt

Cross Country:  
Terry Kieck

7th Grade Volleyball:  
Kyle Jones  
Hannah Smith-Jones

8th Grade Volleyball:  
Andrea Kozlowski  
Plan Ahead for 2017-18 School Year!
For a printable version of the school supply list, CLICK HERE.

Baraboo Schools Recognized for Being Culturally Responsive
Wisconsin RtI (Response to Intervention) Center has recognized several schools within the Baraboo School District for  implementing and sustaining a culturally responsive multi level system of support within our schools. 

We are #Barabooproud to congratulate the following schools that were recognized at the Silver Level for Behavior:

Al Behrman Elementary
North Freedom Elementary
West Kindergarten Center
Gordon L. Willson Elementary 

For more information about the Wisconsin RtI Center Recognized Schools Program, click here
What Are You Watching This Summer? The Importance of Media Literacy
Summer has long been considered the season of blockbusters and movie fun. It's also a time when a lot of young people have more free time to spend catching up on TV shows, listening to music, and playing video games. And there's nothing wrong with that! Being engaged with different kinds of media can be a great form of entertainment, help us connect to others, and learn about things we wouldn't otherwise have known about. At the same time, it's important to be aware of the messages we're getting from the media and how they can affect us. For example, take a look at the biggest movies coming out this summer. How many of these involve a general theme of violence? An epic battle, an encounter with dangerous strangers, an accidental murder, an historic war, police brutality and riots - the list goes on and on.
There's nothing inherently wrong with consuming media involving violence (depending on age appropriateness). In fact, the reality of violence is part of the world we live in, and it can be helpful to have media that bring attention to this and help us figure out how to deal with it. But when most of the media messages we get involve violence, and it's represented in a glorified and unrealistic way, it can have a big impact. We know that media affect us on subconscious levels, meaning we're often not even aware of how our brains are responding to these images. In fact, ongoing exposure to violent media has been shown to desensitize our minds to violence - we become less and less affected by the images we see, and this can also change how we respond to any violence we witness in our day-to-day lives.

So does this mean we should get rid of Netflix, turn off the radio, and give away the PS3 or Xbox? No! What makes the difference is our awareness of the messages we're exposed to. This means taking the time to really consider what media you're consuming, what ideas or values it's trying to sell you, and deciding for yourself whether those messages are consistent with your own values and choices. It also means balancing the media we take in with other healthy activities, like face-to-face conversations with people we care about and spending time outside. Finally, talking to others about the importance of media literacy can create a positive ripple effect. For example, parents and guardians can start a conversation by nonjudgmentally asking their teens and kids what media they like, what they like about it, and what is realistic or unrealistic about it (more conversation starters with teens about media can be found  here). And teens can talk to their friends about how people on the screen are treating each other, and how that might be different from what they want in their own lives and relationships. Teachers can incorporate media literacy lessons into their curricula on a range of subjects. We all have a role to play in creating a healthier culture - and knowing that we're doing our part to make a difference can make it easier to enjoy all the great media we have access to.
For more information on media literacy and helpful media reviews, see 
If you're interested in other resources, including media literacy lesson plans, contact Nola, Prevention Project Coordinator at Hope House, at or 608-356-9123.
Project Homeless Connect to have Open House July 27
Central Wisconsin Community Action Council will host an Project Homeless Connect Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at First United Methodist Church, located at 615 Broadway Street, Baraboo.

There will be information for housing, employment services, health and medical services, mental health services, financial options, head start, K-12 education, substance abuse treatment, veteran services and more.

There will also be a free noon meal, free haircuts, free health screenings and free vision checks.

The updated flyer has information on how to receive free transportation to and from the event (available in Sauk County only). Individuals and families in need of transportation can contact Wendy from CWCAC at 608-254-8353 July 14  to arrange to be picked up by an ADRC van. 

All in need are welcome to attend, regardless of their housing status.

Summer Food Program Available
This summer, the Baraboo School District will again take part in the federally funded Summer Food Service Program.  We will serve breakfast and lunch in three sites, plus we will be delivering meals to the Boys and Girls Club.  The meals are free to all children 18 years and younger.  Any adults accompanying the children need only pay $2 for breakfast and $3 for lunch.  Individuals do not have to attend Summer School to take part in this food service program.  The program will run from June 12, 2017 to July 21, 2017 (except the ABE site, which will end on July 12, 2017), Monday thru Friday.  All sites will be closed on July 3, 4 and 5, 2017 for the holiday.
Here are the sites and hours of operation:
GLW - Open only to students participating in the Kid Stop Program - breakfast and lunch
BHS - Breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM/Lunch daily from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
ABE - Breakfast daily from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM/Lunch daily from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Any questions, please call Mary Loveless, Food Service Director at 355-3980.
"This Institution is an equal opportunity provider"
Calling All Volunteers!
The Baraboo School District welcomes parents and community members to contact any of our schools to volunteer or to become involved in order to support learning for all of our students.  

Please consider filling out the attached Google Form if you would like to volunteer at West School in classrooms of 4-year-old kindergarten, Early Childhood, and/or kindergarten students.  

Feel free to call Principal Olson at 608-355-3906 with any volunteer questions.  Thank you for considering this invitation to make a positive contribution within our community and school district.

Kid Stop Summer Info - Get the Scoop
  • Summer Kid Stop registration is going on now!  Sign up today!!
  • Sign up for a week or for an entire month.  No daily rates.
  • If your child attends Kid Stop during the school year, you will still need to register and pay the listed fees.
  • Children must be registered with registration fee and tuition paid in full prior to your child/children attending.
  • All overdue Kid Stop fees must be paid in full prior to attending.
  • For more information, check out the Baraboo School District website and click on "Kid Stop" or contact Pat Gavin, Kid Stop Coordinator, at 355-3925, ext. 7150.
6th Grade Orientation Set For Aug. 23

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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