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Family Fun Night
Date: May 1
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School
Note: This FREE family event is open to students and their families from GLW, West and BELC

Baraboo High School Prom
Date: May 5
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School

GLW Kindergarten Concert
Date: May 7
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

BHS Scholarship Awards Ceremony Night
Date: May 10
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
Place: BHS

JYMS Spring Band Concerts
Date: May 17
Time: 5:30 p.m. 6th grade; 6:30 p.m. 7th grade; 7:30 p.m. 8th grade
Place: JYMS Big Gym

School Volunteer Appreciation Event
Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Place: West School ( 707 Center St.) 

NF Pastries for Parents
Date: May 18
Time: 7:15-7:45 a.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary School

JYMS Spring Choir Concerts
Date: May 22
Time: 5:30 p.m. (WIN & 6th grade); 6:30 p.m. (7th and 8th)
Place: JYMS Big Gym

T-Bird Mini-Tri
Date: May 24
Time - Registration: 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Time - Briefing: 5:45 p.m.
Start time: 6 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School Indoor Pool
Notes: Ages 4-12. Students must register in advance; no race day registration.

East School Picnic
Date: May 25
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Place: East Elementary School

BHS Senior Graduation
Date: June 1
Time: 8-9:30 p.m.
Place: BHS

Last Day of School
Date: June 5
Place: all schools!

Baraboo Music Support Group Meeting
Date: June 4 
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: BHS Choir Room
Agenda: Elect new officers for 2018-2019
All parents of music students are welcome.


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.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
April 26, 2018

Renn Receives Crystal Apple Award
Congratulations to Baraboo High School counselor Mrs. Ann Renn, recipient of the NBC15 Crystal Apple Award for 2018!

Each year, NBC15 awards Crystal Apples to five teachers who go the extra mile in their schools. This year, NBC15 received more than 500 nominations and Mrs. Renn was selected as one of just five recipients.

We are  #Barabooproud to have such phenomenal staff here in Baraboo. Congrats, Mrs. Renn! Click here to see the live video.
North Freedom Engages in School-wide Growth Mindset Activity 
In order to continue the school-wide belief in growth mindset, North Freedom students participated in three activities on Wednesday, April 18th, that pushed them outside of their comfort zone. Writing, kicking a ball, and throwing a ball are pretty easy tasks...until you are forced to do each of them with your non-dominant hand/foot. With self-talk messages of "I can't do this YET" and "I will keep trying to learn this," students really enjoyed trying these new tasks. Laughter and encouragement could be heard throughout the building!
East Club Goes Kind for Humane Society
There's a new club in town - the Super Kind Club at East Elementary School!

The SKC was created by third graders  Charlotte Bavlnka and  Sansa Lins from Ms.  Kendra Miescke's class as a way to say "no" to bullying. At the club's first meeting, the two girls introduced themselves and their mission to approximately 70 of their fellow schoolmates. After, each student traced their handprint and put their name and something kind in the handprint. The handprints were cut out and affixed to the Kindness tree, which is now hanging up at East Elementary. Putting your name on the tree was a pledge to be kind!

At today's meeting, the students  made dog toys, cat toys, and blankets for animal kennels. All these items will be donated to the Sauk County Humane Society. The students were excited that these items would be going to dogs and cats waiting to be adopted!
BHS Top Scholars Honored at Badger Conference Banquet
The 24th Annual Badger Conference Top Scholars Dessert Banquet was held on Sunday, April 22, to honor the top scholars of the Class of 2018 of each of the 16 school districts that make up the Badger Conference.

Honored from Baraboo, listed with the college they will be attending in the fall, are:
Joshua Arnold - UW-Madison
Ryan Boukhankov - UW-Madison/U of MN-Twin Cities
Chase Downing - UW-Madison
Gregory Glaser - UW-Madison
Jonathon Macdonald - undecided
Izak Messany - UW-Madison
Maria Philip - UW-Madison
Jasper Swallen - University of Southern California
Liam Taber - University of Minnesota
Matthew Vander Schaaf - undecided

Congratulations to these  #Barabooproud Baraboo High School seniors!
ABE Students Show Support During Forward Testing
Third graders at Al Behrman Elementary took time to write good luck messages to each other as they began state Forward testing this week. 

Students in Ms. Lorbecki's, Ms. Liebetrau's, and Ms. Blasing's classes wrote messages to each students in other classrooms. The students loved receiving the message before each test and knowing that their friends (and teachers!) were wishing them well!
District Offers Free Summer Breakfast and Lunch
This summer, the Baraboo School District will again take part in the Federally Funded Summer Food Service Program. We will serve breakfast and lunch at three sites (Jack Young Middle School, Al Behrman Elementary School and GLW Elementary School), plus we will be delivering lunches to the Boy's and Girl's Club.

The meals are free to all children 18 years of age and younger. Any adults accompanying the children will get a free meal as well, paid for by a local church. 

Children do not need to attend Summer School to take part in this program. JYMS and ABE Sites are open to the general public during serving hours. GLW is for Kid Stop kids only.

The program will run from Monday, June 11, 2018 - Wednesday, July 11, 2018, Monday thru Friday. All sites will be closed on July 4 - 6, 2018 in observance of the July 4th Holiday.

Here are the sites and hours of operation:
GLW: Open only to students participating in the Summer Kid Stop Program -
breakfast and lunch will be served.
JYMS: Breakfast served from 7 AM - 8:30 AM/ Lunch from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
ABE: Breakfast served from 7:30 - 8:30 AM/ Lunch from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM.

Any questions, please call Mary Loveless, Food Service Director at 355-3980.

"This Institution is an equal opportunity provider"

Garcia Wins Junior Teacher of the Year from WI Historical Society
Congratulations to Jack Young Middle School teacher Mrs. Linda Garcia for winning Junior Teacher of the Year from the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin National History Day!
North Freedom Students Win Anti-tobacco Poster Contest
On Friday, April 20, 2018, the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) students awarded prizes to the winners of the 4th and 5th grade Baraboo School District anti-tobacco poster contest.  

The three winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) were all from North Freedom Elementary School. 

First Place - Stella Cognac
Second Place - Brooke Seiler
Third Place - Brady Jacome

The students received awards for their win, including and iPad Mini (first place), 4 tickets to Noah's Ark (second place), and a $50 AMC theater gift card (third place).

Diana Cone,RN and SADD Club Advisor, Lyndsey Johnson, SADD President and Josh Hackbarth, SADD member.  In the first row from left to right are:  Brady Jacome, Brooke Seiler and Stella Cognac.  

ABE 5th Graders Take a Trip to the Pool
5th graders at Al Behrman Elementary took a trip to the Indoor Pool at Jack Young Middle School. They learned a few strokes and had some free swim time in preparation for the swimming unit at the middle school. Thank you to Baraboo Indoor Pool Aquatic Director Ms. Heather Wood for inviting the students to the pool for a pre-JYMS lesson!  

English Department Attends "Our Town"
Baraboo High School English Department teachers David Haseley and Kari Nelson chaperoned a group of 34 students to this year's Immersion Day at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. The day included a Q & A with one of the company's directors, a demonstration of period hairstyles, a lesson on mime with a New York-based actor, a lunch of sub sandwiches, and an amazing production of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town." Students were rightfully impressed by the play's production values and acting!
Register Now for Baraboo Summer Volleyball Camp
North Freedom Holds Math Night
North Freedom Elementary students participated in the school's annual Math Night on Tuesday, April 24th, by building with math manipulatives, measuring, and running in a math relay!
#BARABOOPROUD of ABE and Principal Blosenski!
Congratulations, Al Behrman Elementary!  ABE received the 2017-18 Title One School of Recognition Award for the SIXTH consecutive year!

Schools from around the state learned this week that they are among 135 being recognized for their success in educating students. All of the schools receive federal Title I funding to provide services
to high numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged families.

"The state's Title I Schools of Recognition awards recognize the efforts of students, their families,
teachers, school administrators, and school staff members to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement," said State Superintendent Tony Evers. "Their success is something to celebrate."

The schools will be honored during a May 21 ceremony at the State Capitol. At last year's ceremony, ABE received a plaque and a commemorative flag for earning the award for five consecutive years. This year, ABE will receive another plaque denoting the achievement.

The 2018 Title I Schools of Recognition include 24 High-Achieving schools, 40 High-Progress schools, and 87 Beating-the-Odds schools. Sixteen schools have earned honors in two categories. This year's 135 Title I School of Recognition Award recipients include 111 elementary schools serving K-8 students, 18 middle or junior high schools, and six high schools.

In addition to Al Behrman's Title One School of Recognition Award, ABE principal  John Blosenski was one of only 16 principals in Wisconsin selected for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Leadership Program for 2018.

Leadership Award recipients are school principals who are being recognized for setting high standards for instruction, achievement, and character, and creating a climate to best serve students, families, staff, and community. Recipients are selected by a statewide committe e composed of civic leaders and representatives of education-related associations.

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

Any and all volunteers at any of our district schools are welcome to attend a district-wide school volunteer appreciation event at West School (707 Center St.) on Thursday, May 17 from 12:30-1:30 PM.  

Thank you to our many school volunteers and community partners for all of the many ways that they support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.
The Baraboo School District is Hiring!
The School District of Baraboo has an immediate opening for an educational assistant.  Compensation for this position will be a minimum of $10.01/hour. 

The successful candidate will have demonstrated the following skills: excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and in a team setting, ability to multi-task and problem solve and interact in a positive, constructive manner with students, district employees, and parent and community members. 

Online Registration Open for Girls Basketball
Online registration is now open for girls who will be in 3rd-8th grade during the 2018-19 school year. There are discounts for early-bird registrations. Girls who participate in club basketball play in weekend tournaments and practice about twice per week during winter.  Visit our website for more information and registration.
4K Schedules Make Up Days
Dear BELC (4K) Parents and Guardians:

We have certainly had some challenging weather in the last couple of months, especially this week.  I am hoping this will be our last communication to 4K parents regarding adding 4K minutes or days.

The Baraboo School District always includes two additional 4K days of instruction within our annual calendar.  Due to two school cancellations, three early dismissals, and five late starts this year, the District needs to add two more days to the 4K calendar to meet required Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction instructional minutes for 4K for the 2017-18 school year.  Here is a summary of the upcoming 4K schedule/calendar changes:
  • Starting on Monday, April 30, the AM 4K schedule will be 7:45-11:05 AM (instead of 7:55-11:05 AM) and will run up until our last day on Friday, June 1 (to makeup for April 16).
  • We are adding only AM 4K on Wednesday, May 16 (to makeup for April 19).
  • We have already added Wednesday, May 30 for both the AM and PM 4K classes .   
The 4K calendar operates under a different set of rules compared to our K-12 classrooms with regard to instructional minutes.  Thank you all of your flexibility with these schedule changes and please do not hesitate to contact me if any questions should arise.

Yours in Education,

Dr. Chris Olson, BELC/West Principal or 608-355-3906
Now Hiring Summer Custodial Workers!
Summer Kid Stop Program Information
Summer Swimming Lessons Schedule Now Available
The 2018-19 School Calendar is Now Available!
The calendar for the 2018-19 school year has been finalized and is now available.

Please take a look and note the dates of winter break 2018 and spring break 2019 as you make travel and vacation plans!

Reserve Your Meeting Space Today!
Is your group looking for a place to meet, hold a training session or have a conference? Host your next meeting at one of the available spaces with the Baraboo School District! 

Available spaces include:
Two conference areas at our District Office, 423 Linn Street
A computer lab for business trainings
Professional Development room at East Elementary
Indoor Pool open swim and birthday parties
Commercial kitchen 
JYMS Auditorium

Upon reserving a space, please specify your needs, such as:
  • Do you need tables?
  • Do you need a microphone?
  • Do you need a projector?
  • Do you need the bleachers pulled out in the gym?
If you would like to reserve any of these spaces please contact Executive Administrative Assistant to the District Administrator and School Board, Ellen Weiland at (608) 355-3950 ext. 1020 or

TRANSforming Our Understanding: Standing with LGBTQ Youth
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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