August 24, 2017





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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, 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: Bear-A-Boo Daycare PM, Children's Day Center AM/PM, West AM/PM, East PM

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

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

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

Freshmen 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 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.

Show your T-Bird Pride
The Baraboo School District is now selling Always Onward Thunderbird Sweatshirts! 

Sizes include Youth S-L (these sweatshirts DO NOT have a hood) and Adult XS-5XL (these sweatshirts DO have a hood). 
Youth sweatshirts will be $20; 
Adult hooded sweatshirts sizes XS-XL will be $22; 
Adult hooded sweatshirts sizes 2XL-3XL will be $25;
Adult hooded sweatshirts sizes 4XL-5XL will be $26.

This online order form is also circulating on our social media pages, so please "like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on Twitter and make sure you don't miss this chance to show your T-Bird Pride!
Have You Registered for 2017-18 Yet?
for 2017-18
School Year

The Baraboo School District held its final face-to-face registration day Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Jack Young Middle School.

The Baraboo School District welcomes new families to the district each year.  You can register online by using the links below .  

Starting April 1, 2017, parents can log into the Parent Portal to complete the registration process for their student(s) for the 2017- 2018 school year.  Fees for your student for next school year can not be paid until after July 1, 2017. If you need help remembering your login information or need help creating an account, give us a call at 608-355-3955.  

If you are requesting a school change for your private school student (St. John's, St. Joseph's, or Community Christian) please call the District Registrar, Kristine Snow, at 608-355-3955.

If your family is new to the district, you can start the registration one of two ways.

  1. Register Online -  Go to Baraboo's   Online Registration site and follow the process listed on the page.   (Don't use this link if you already have students attending the Baraboo School District.  Use the Parent Portal link above as this method will not require you to re-enter your information.  Returning parents will just need to verify their current information).
  2. Register in Person - We have computers available for parents to register their students with the District Registrar, Kristine Snow, at the Administration Building, 423 Linn Street.  Kristine Snow is also available for registrations throughout the summer months, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Her phone number is (608)355-3955.  
  3. School Boundaries -

Thank you for your attention to this and your interest in the Baraboo School District.
Welcome to the District, New Teachers!
The Baraboo School District welcomed our newest teachers with a breakfast at Baraboo Country Club on Wednesday morning, followed by two days of orientation and professional development. 

"Like" us on Facebook for upcoming bios on each of our new educators.

We are excited to have this group of talented, dedicated teachers  join T-Bird Nation!
Incoming Sixth Graders Enjoy WEB Day

Incoming sixth grade students met at Jack Young Middle School Wednesday morning for orientation.

The purpose of the orientation was to make the transition from elementary school to middle school a positive one.

Eighth-grade students served as leaders and mentors to the sixth graders, splitting off into small groups to take tours of the middle school and participate in team-building exercises where students needed to practice listening and communication skills while also getting to know some of their new classmates. 

Principal Gunnell ended the orientation with a promise to help each student adjust to their new school to make 2017-18 a great school year. He also promised that no student would be locked out of their lockers!

Before breaking for lunch there was a drawing for a ride in a limousine on the first day of school for one lucky student and three friends. The winner of the drawing was Olivia Hollenback! Congrats, Olivia!
Live Coverage of Truancy Policy

Please tune in to the Baraboo School District's Facebook page on Monday, Aug. 28 at approximately 6:15 PM for a Thunderbird Live event via Facebook Live.

The Baraboo School District will broadcast a portion of the Baraboo School Board meeting regarding the City of Baraboo's Truancy Policy. 

There will be changes to the Truancy Policy for the 2017-18 school year - this is an excellent opportunity to get up-to-date on this policy!

JYMS Fall Sports Parent Meeting

The 2017 Jack Young Middle School Fall Sports Parents Meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 28 at 6 PM in the JYMS Auditorium. 

Parents who have not registered for a sport online should report at 5:30 PM. 

Fall sports offered are Girls Volleyball (Grades 7 & 8) and Boys & Girls Cross Country (Grades 6-8). Any student, including homeschool and private school students, in these grades who live within the boundaries of the Baraboo School District is eligible and encouraged to participate. 

To see registration information, click here.
JYMS Athletics Fundraising Night
Jack Young Middle School Athletics will have a Culver's Fundraising Night on Sept. 19 from 4-8 p.m. Please join us in raising funds for the athletic department, including new uniforms for the Boys and Girls Track & Field teams!

Thunderbird Hockey  Golf Outing: Sign Up Now

The Thunderbird  Hockey  Golf  Outing will be held Sunday, Sept.3 at the Baraboo Country Club. The event will include 18 holes with a cart, flag events/prizes, a raffle, and lunch afterward.

WHAT: Our annual golf outing fundraiser
WHERE: Baraboo Country Club
WHEN: Sunday September 3rd
  • registration opens at 8:15 a.m.
  • announcements at 8:45 a.m.
  • tee off at 9 a.m.
To register, send the names of your foursome to Coach Waldvogel in an email at:

There will be a table set up at the course the day of the event where you can then check in and pay your registration fee ($60 for non members, $50 for BCC members).

Click here for a form that has the details for the event. (This form does not need to be filled out - simply email coach your team members and pay at the course the day of.)
Empowering Baraboo: Preventing Sexual Violence at BHS

  As you've been reading these Hope House messages in the Thunderbird Thursday newsletters this summer, some of you may have been asking yourselves why these messages were included in the newsletter in the first place. That's a great question, and I'm here to give you an answer!
Some of you have probably heard about the Empower Baraboo project, also known as Hope House's Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) grant. Hope House applied for and received this grant with the goal of focusing prevention efforts at Baraboo High School, because we know that prevention efforts are more successful when they can zoom in on one community from many different angles.
Here's some more information about the RPE grant and Empower Baraboo project:
Who:  Hope House's full-time Prevention Project Coordinator Nola Pastor works in partnership with Baraboo School District, Baraboo High School, and the Baraboo community to coordinate implementation of the grant. She facilitates the Empower Baraboo Advisory Committee, a group made up of BHS students, staff, and interested community members who help guide prevention efforts at the high school.
What:  The primary goal of this grant is to prevent sexual violence - including harassment, assault, and rape - before it ever begins.
When:  The RPE grant went into implementation in February 2016 and will continue through January 2019, but Hope House anticipates being able to continue aspects of this project beyond that date.
How:  We know that sexual violence happens not only because of harmful decisions made by individuals, but also because of cultural norms that facilitate high rates of violence. Specifically, this project aims to change social norms around:
  • Gender-based & homophobic harassment
  • A culture that tolerates & glorifies violence
  • Hypersexualization of young people
  • Sexual entitlement & misperceptions of consent
What does this look like in practice? A lot of different things, including:
  • Presentations in BHS classes and extracurriculars on everything from healthy relationships to media literacy
  • Support and training for BHS teachers and administrators around best policies and practices for safe and inclusive schools
  •  Film screenings of documentaries related to these topics that are open to the community
  • Trainings for Baraboo adults on helping to prevent child sexual abuse
  • Regular Advisory Committee meetings that include time for education, conversation, and action-planning
A few highlights from last school year:
In February, BHS Head Football Coach Steve Turkington and one of the BHS football players recorded a PSA for Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month that was aired on local radio station WRPQ.  In April, students involved in the Advisory Committee volunteered to hand out consent-themed wristbands to all of the junior and senior homerooms and staff a Sexual Assault Awareness Month booth at the Baraboo Relays; they also promoted a message of consent at prom.
What student members say they appreciate about the Advisory Committee:
  • "I love that this group was formed, because I believe we have helped others"
  • "I appreciate what the ten minute talks at the beginning of each meeting teach. They show me things that should be stopped in everyday life, and what to do when something controversial happens that is offensive."
  • positivity, becoming educated, and doing outreach
  • including conversation about self-care while working for change
The first student Advisory Committee meeting will be held during Enrichment on Monday, September 18th. If you are a school staff person or community member who would like to be involved in the Advisory Committee, please contact Nola to stay posted on evening meeting times: 608-356-9123 or 
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or want to get involved in any aspect of this work - or if you have feedback on how we can do it better - please don't hesitate to reach out to Nola.
Have a great start to the school year!

Get your Hall of Fame Raffle Tix Now!
The Baraboo High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold its annual NFL Raffle starting Sept. 1.

Each raffle ticket is $20. $1,000 is awarded in weekly prizes! 

The raffle begins Sept. 8. Raffle tickets can be purchased anywhere you see the below sign!

All proceeds benefit the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

Back To School Supply Lists
To find a complete list of school supplies for grades 4K - 8, please click here.

School Wellness Policy Notification
To see the Baraboo School District's Wellness Policy, please click here.
Save the Date: Annual Steak Feed

Be SMART For Kids Meeting Tonight

Cyclone Hockey Registration Open
Fall Kid Stop Registration Now Open
Enrollment for the 2017-18 Fall Kid Stop Program is now open.

Kid Stop is offered to all students in the School District of Baraboo in grades K-5 and is held at multiple locations during the school year. For students attending GLW Elementary, West Kindergarten Center and North Freedom Elementary, students will attend the GLW location at 146 Berkley Blvd., Baraboo. Students attending East Elementary or ABE Elementary will attend the East location at 815 Sixth St., Baraboo.
The program provides children with the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, including outdoor play board games, arts and crafts projects, indoor gym games and computer time. Children are also given the opportunity to work on homework with the support staff. A snack and milk or juice are provided.
For registration forms and information, pricing and policies, 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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