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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
April 13, 2017
Register NOW for Teen Summit at BHS
Building A Better U Teen Summit

When: April 22, 2017
Time: 12:15 - 7 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Who: Sauk County students ages 13-17
Cost to attend: FREE!

Join students from around Sauk County in an evening of socializing, engaging and building a better you.

Small Group Breakouts
- Communication beyond social media
- Connecting and effecting
- Bullying and consequences
- Captains Academy
- Relationships and sex in the media
- Roller coaster, merry-go rounds and the haunted house

Large Group Sessions
- AJ Carr: Building Bosses
- Ryan Ramnarace: Scared Straight

Special guest appearance by Nigel Hayes, University of Wisconsin Basketball

For more information or to register, click here.
BHS Career Fair Set for April 7
"What do you want to be when you grow up?"

This is a common question we ask children; and it's quite possibly one of the most difficult and most important questions to answer.
A better question might be "what are your interests?" And that's exactly what Baraboo High School asked its students during the school's first-ever Career Fair on April 7.

The Career Fair featured approximately 50 local businesses with career fair booths, a panel presentation on employability skills, and classroom presentations on different career paths, as well as a Dress 4 Success Fashion Show.

Students attended presentations on careers in a variety of fields that interest them in order to gain a better understanding of their options and the path they will need to take to reach their career goals. They were able to ask questions of people currently working in the field, and they received answers from people with real-life experience.

Businesses representatives talked about the education and training requirements for their job, what a typical work day looks like, high school classes students should take that pertain to the careers they are interested in, and the pros and cons of each career.
Students learned about employability skills - general job skills that all employers look for when interviewing and hiring a potential employee, such as dependability, organizational skills, the ability to problem solve, and the importance of a positive attitude.

At the end of the day, 10 BHS students walked the gymnasium's "runway" to model work-appropriate outfits, provided by Outlets of the Dells, to their fellow classmates. The fashion show provided examples of what to wear to interviews and what is considered work-appropriate attire.

As our students get closer to graduation, the question of what they want to be when they grow up is becoming a reality. With the information gained during the career fair, they will be better prepared to answer the question and plan for their futures beyond Baraboo High School.

Un-BEAR-ably Cute Community Partnership at GLW!
We are  #Barabooproud  of the students in Ms. Beltz's 2nd grade class! 

The class invited residents of St. Clare Meadows Care Center, the classrooms community partner, to their classroom yesterday. The students gifted them hand-made cards and teddy bears, which they have carried around for the last week to talk to them, sing to them, and hug them to infuse them with love and friendship. 

The students gave the Meadows residents a tour of the school, then sang to the residents. 

In return, the residents gifted the students with a delicious snack!

To see video of the students singing to the residents, visit our School District of Baraboo Facebook Page.
4-year-old Kindergarten Registration
We have close to 120 students already registered for 2017-18 within the 1/2 day program of 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) within the Baraboo School District.  If you have not already registered your 4K student, please visit Kristine Snow at 423 Linn Street (across from Culvers) in Baraboo.  Feel free to contact Mrs. Snow at 608-355-3955 or  with any registration questions.  With any 4K placement or program questions, please contact Dr. Chris Olson, West/BELC Principal, at 608-355-3906  or .  Thank you for helping your child to have a great start to their educational career by registering your child for 4K today.
Indoor State Track Meet
Congratulations to Indoor State Track Meet athletes Kody Weiland and Kyle Weiland.

Kody Weiland placed 2nd in long jump and Kyle Weiland placed 4th in triple jump at the meet last Saturday at UW Whitewater.

We are #Barabooproud of your determination and success!
NF 5th Graders Go Head-To-Head with Teachers On The B-Ball Court
The 5th grade students at North Freedom Elementary went head-to-head with staff during a basketball challenge in the gym on April 7th as part of their PBIS reward. The PBIS Basketball Champs are ...drum roll ... the 5th graders! Congrats on your victory! #Barabooproud of our students at North Freedom for their positive behavior!
ALICE Active Shooter Training for Parents, Students
The Baraboo School District takes its responsibility to protect the physical and psychological well-being of our students and staff very seriously.

On April 11, the Baraboo School District held a parent meeting to discuss the upcoming ALICE Training with parents before we initiate the conversations with students.

ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate and is endorsed by federal, state and local law enforcement officials. 

Practice at each level in our district will be developmentally appropriate for the intended age and audience:
  • Elementary Schools - Local safety and school officials will read a book to students and engage the students in conversation on how to secure their classrooms and how to evacuate.  In some instances, students may walk with teachers to a designated evacuation site close to school.
  • Jack Young Middle School and Baraboo High School - Students will be instructed on the full ALICE protocol which includes enhanced barricades and counter/evacuation measures. 
If you do not want your child to participate in ALICE instruction and practice, please contact your child's principal.  Furthermore, we encourage you to contact the principal at your child's school with any questions or concerns.  Thank you for your collaboration in working to keep all of our students safe while at school.
West Visited by Westby Co-op Credit Union
Mr. Greg Wagner from the Westby Co-op Credit Union (WCCU) is working with kindergarten classrooms at West around financial literacy topics.  

Students are learning about the importance of saving money, understanding ways to earn money to save up for desired items while also learning these lessons through fun stories.  

We thank Mr. Wagner for donating his time and resources with our kindergarten students around the important topic of financial literacy.
Teacher Of The Year Nominees
Please join the Baraboo School District in congratulating the nominees  for the secondary teacher of the year (EIEA- Excellence in Education Award) and the elementary nominees  (DETA-Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award):

Damion Beth, Rita Ehlert, Jacalyn Amant, Brian Witthun, Linda Garcia, Diane Flesch, Teresa McCulloch, Michelle Bartman, Maggie Schumacher, Emily Arendsee, and Jason Laux

Susan Gissal, Lindsey Beltz, Angela Gneiser, Sara Lane, Laura Stigen, Kristin Osterhaus, Rochelle Van Den Heuvel, Kelley Williams, Niki Shafer, Sue Lappin, Angi Valley, Jori Ruff and Chris Peterson, Becky Rundio (due to being a past recipient, Ms. Rundio withdrew from the nomination this year).

Stay tuned! The recipients for these recognitions will be announced in the coming months.  

A special 'shout out' to those who made time to write a nomination and/or letter of support for one or more of these amazing educators. We are #Barabooproud of our excellent teachers! If you see these teachers, please tell them congratulations!
Congratulations, Sneha!
JYMS 6th grade student Sneha Chandrashekar was notified that she is a semi-finalist in the Letters About Literature writing competition sponsored by the Library of Congress!
Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. Sneha wrote a beautiful letter to her favorite author, J.K. Rowling.
Please join us in celebrating with Sneha and telling her how  #Barabooproudwe are of her!

CONSENT IS EVERYTHING - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Consent is Everything
As Sexual Assault Awareness Month progresses, here's another powerful way to help prevent violence: practice consent and educate others about it. There are a lot of myths about consent in our culture, so it's important to be clear about what it means. Basically, consent means expressing that something is okay with you and you want it to happen - in intimate or sexual situations, this means that both people feel good about what is going on and are communicating openly with each other. Real consent is:
  • Freely given - with no force, coercion, or pressure (this includes guilt trips, threats, and trying to talk someone into it). Everybody should feel free to say no without negative repercussions.
  • Reversible - You are always free to change your mind. Being intimate in one way, or doing something one time, never makes you obligated to keep going or to do it again.
  • Informed - Everyone has to know what they're agreeing to and you should be able to have a conversation about what you want and what your limits are.
  • Enthusiastic - The other person's body language and tone should be communicating a clear, confident "yes!" If they seem unsure, you should back off and check in - just like you'd want someone else to do for you.
  • Sober - People who are drunk or high can't think clearly and aren't able to give consent. If you have any doubt about the other person's judgment or level of intoxication, it's not a good time to move forward with anything. Respect them enough to wait.
Sexual assault and rape happen when these elements of consent aren't present. We all deserve to feel safe in intimate relationships, and we all owe each other this same respect. When you role model consent - even if this is just asking someone if they want to hold hands, or checking in with your partner before a kiss - you are changing the culture for the better. To make an even bigger difference, start a conversation with your students, teens, or friends about consent and what it means to you. This can be a great opportunity to reflect on your own values around sex and intimacy and discuss them with people you trust. Keep in mind that in Wisconsin, the age of consent is 18, meaning that teens under 18 cannot legally consent to sex. For more about Sexual Assault Awareness Month, visit If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, you can call Hope House's 24-hour confidential helpline at  1-800-584-6790.
Take the Training - Children Sexual Abuse Prevention 
Stewards of Children  Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Child Abuse Prevention Month, Hope House is facilitating a free  Stewards of Children sexual abuse prevention training for adults.
Darkness to Light's  Stewards of Children  is the only evidence-based child sexual abuse prevention training proven effective in educating adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. This training utilizes a video, workbook, and group discussion.
Light refreshments will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own food as well.
The training will be held  Saturday, April 29 from 9:30-noon at the Boys & Girls Club, 124 2nd Street, in Baraboo.
RSVPs greatly appreciated to Nola at Hope House by calling  608-356-9123 or emailing
Baraboo Key Club holds Annual Egg Hunt
 The Baraboo Key Club held its annual Egg Hunt on April 8th for students ages 0-10.
The club raised more than $100 for March of Dimes. Combined with their other event in school, a March Madness bracket contest, they are donating $250 to March of Dimes. :)

We are #Barabooproud of our Key Clubbers!

4-year-old Kindergarten Registration
JYMS Student Council Donates to Hope House
The Jack Young Middle School student council held a fundraiser the week before spring break. 

For one week during lunch, students bought tickets for a chance to pie a specific teacher or administrator. 

During the Spring Fling assembly on the Friday afternoon before break, staff members drew names from buckets of tickets and the students delighted the whole audience by pieing the staff in the face! 

Student council raised $415 and donated it to Hope House.
4th & 5th Graders Visit Boo-U's Career Fair
Fourth- and fifth-grade students from ABE, East, GLW and North Freedom traveled to UW-Baraboo/Sauk County to attend the elementary Spring Career Fair. 

elementary career fair in conjunction with University of Wi-Sauk Co/Baraboo Campus.  It is in the am at Boo U.  Kids in grades 4 and 5 in all of the Baraboo elementary schools selected 3 or 4 business/community people to attend small breaks-out sessions and learned about that job or career.  

Students were able to ask questions from people working in the career field that interests them!

Volleyball Youth Camp June 12-15
There will be a Baraboo Volleyball Youth Camp for 4th-5th graders and 6th-8th graders from June 12-15.

Students in 4-5th grade will practice from 11AM - 1PM and students in 6-8th grade will practice from 2-4PM in the Baraboo High School gym. 

These camps will cover individual and team skills.

4th-5th Grade Registration Form

6th-8th Grade Registration Form
Baraboo Music Support Group to meet April 24
Baraboo Music Support Group will be holding a meeting at 6:30PM on Monday, April 24th in the BHS Music Suite.

All interested parents/guardians of band and choir students are invited to attend.

Thank you, Julie Lane, President Baraboo Music Support Group
Email Address:

Buy Your BHS Yearbook Now!
Attention Baraboo High School Parents/Guardians and Students:

If you haven't purchased a 2017 edition of the Baraboo High School Yearbook themed "Thunderbird Throwback" the deadline to purchase a book is approaching fast and you do not want to miss out! This year's yearbook has special things to offer, this is the first year that the yearbook will be including a spring insert in COLOR and at NO ADDITIONAL COST! Please purchase a yearbook for the price of $50 until April 14th the price will go up to $60. There will be a limited supply to purchase upon delivery and will be $65.

Yearbooks can be ordered online at or stop by W119 for an order form. Contact Mrs. Wyman at with any questions.  
Brat Stand to Support  Student History Trip
Help support BHS students travel to Europe to learn about Swiss folk culture, the Renaissance, and Ancient Rome!

This tour will include visits to the places students learn about in school. That's a given. But it's so much more than that!

Students will be immersed in new cultures - surrounded by the people, the language, the food, the way of life - that will create inspirational moments that can't be taught in the classroom. 

Our student group will have expert local guides that will lead them on sightseeing tours, provide detailed views of history, art, architecture and more.

Registration for the 2017-18 school year opens APRIL 1 

BASCO CORNER: Community Book Club - The Book Thief 

The next meeting of the Community Book Club will be from 9:15-10 a.m. on Friday, May 12th in the Baraboo High School media center. 

The book for April will be The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.

The club currently consists of  five students, five seniors, and two staff members. They meet once per month during BHS enrichment and have discussed three books so far this year, and the discussions between our students and the seniors have been amazing.

New members are always welcome! If you have any questions or would like more information, contact BHS literacy coach Mrs. Amant at
Parent Nights: Addressing Addiction
This school year the district is offering a series of Parent Nights, bringing in experts in different fields to give insights, resources
and strategies for the issues that matter most to parents in our community.

Our final installment of the Parent Nights series, Addressing Addiction, will be on Monday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the Jack Young Middle School Auditorium.

The discussion will focus recent trends and issues to be aware of to protect your student. Parents will also learn about available resources if they are concerned about their student's activity with alcohol or other drugs.

This event is free and open to the public. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend.
Middle School Summer School Registration is OPEN!

To register for Middle School Summer School, click HERE.
"Promposal" Challenge
Win free tickets to prom!

Baraboo High School voted for a Roarin' Good Time with a Great Gatsby-themed Prom.

You've got the theme; now it's time to get the date.

How will you ask your date to prom? How did your date ask you to prom? We want to see!

Send us a picture of your "promposal." 

We will compile the photos into an album on the Baraboo School District Facebook page (like us now to join the fun and cast your vote!). The photo with the most "likes" will win two free tickets to prom!

There are several ways to submit your photos.

1)   Facebook: 
Post a photo directly to our Facebook page or tag us in a photo on your page.

2)   Twitter: 
Tag us with @BarabooSD

3)   Instagram: 
Tag us with @BarabooSD

4)   Email:
Send an email to BSD Communications and Marketing Specialist Holly Henderson at with "Promposal" as the subject line.

Proposers: take a pic of how you plan to ask your date to prom.
Proposees: take a pic of how your date asked you to prom.
Parents: take a pic of your child's promposal, or help them execute a funny / romantic / creative idea!

Use #BHSPromposal and #Barabooproud to share.

Get creative. Have fun. Go to prom for free!
Fine Arts Night Set For April 27
The Baraboo High School Art Department has a new Facebook page!

Click HERE and "like" for updates on the talented students at Baraboo High School. 

Our Art Department has a great event coming up - our first annual Fine Arts Night! Mark your calendars from 6-8 on April 27.  There will be music, live demonstrations, delicious food and more, including: 
-performances by Solo and Ensemble state-bound BHS musicians- including the Jazz Band
-Fine Arts Displays from all BHS Art Classes
-a BHS Art Club paint-it pottery fundraiser 
-A British Isles Trip fundraiser silent auction of hand-painted Tiny T-Bird Chairs
-atmospheric musicians (piano, ukelele, etc.)
-Culinary Arts demos
-Fashion Creation Display
-Dramatic Arts- Forensics performers
-live "open artist mini studios" - a student ceramic wheel potter, graphic designer, and painter will demo
-photography booth
-Community Artwork Display
-Community Fine Art Group/organization information booths 
-Art Awards (including people's choice)

This event is a partnership between the BHS Art Department, the BHS Forensics Team, the BHS FCE Department and the BHS Music Department.

Community Members and Local Arts Organizations are encouraged to participate. Options include submitting art for display, setting up an information booth, performing a literary reading or demonstration of your craft, or any other artistic ability you'd like to showcase. 

For more information or questions, please message the BHS Art Department on its new Facebook page.

There are three links to the FB in this section of the newsletter - now Van Gogh and like the page (but don't cut off any ears in the process)!
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.

Summer Kid Stop Program

6th Grade Orientation Set For Aug. 23

Summer Academy Registration Opens TOMORROW!
The Baraboo School District will again be offering the Summer Academy for students who are currently in grades K-5 within the Baraboo School District and/or for students of this age that reside within the Baraboo School District attendance area.  

The Summer Academy will include enrichment classes that have literacy and math integrated throughout each K-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th grade class.  

Al Behrman Elementary School (400 Mulberry St., Baraboo) will host Summer Academy from June 12-July 12 (no school on July 3rd-5th) and free breakfast and lunch will be available to students each day.  

Online registration for Summer Academy begins at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 17 by going to the  Baraboo School District website.  

Please send Summer Academy questions to Dr. Chris Olson, Summer Academy Coordinator at 608-355-3905 or    

The Baraboo Public Library is a rich resource in the Baraboo Community, with youth events, activities and books, books, books! 

Once a month the BPL is host to Desmond the Dog and Shadow the Cat. Children can sign up to read to them for 15 minutes. This gives the child a chance to work on their reading skills with a patient, attentive audience to help them gain confidence in their reading ability. Registration required. 

Click here for a full list of  YOUTH SERVICES, events and information: ages 0-5th grade
Click here for a full list of  TEEN SERVICES, events and information: grades 6-12

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.
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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