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Post Transition Planning
Date: January 23, 2019
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: BHS Commons
Note: This is for all middle and high school students with disabilities and their families. Dinner will be provided.

No School
Date: January 25

Diversity 101 Training
Date: January 31, 2019
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Place: UWP-Baraboo Campus, science bldg, room A001
Note: This FREE training is open to the public. Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended. Click here to register.

Youth Mental Health
First Aid Training
Date: February 21, 2019
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Note: Pre-registration required. Contact  Cathy Hlavacek to register or for more information.

Transitions: DVR & ADRC
Date: February 27
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: BHS Commons
Note: This is for all middle and high school students with disabilities and their families. Dinner will be provided.

Elementary Winter
P/T Conferences
Date: March 13 / March 14
Time: 1:30-4 p.m. / 4-7 p.m.

Second Annual
Food for Kidz Event
Date: March 30
Place: Baraboo High School gym

Transitions: Resource Fair
Date: April 3
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: BHS Commons
Note: This is for all middle and high school students with disabilities and their families. Dinner will be provided.

Spring Break - No School
Date: April 15 - 19

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 27

Last Day of School
Date: June 6
Note: This will be a full day of school

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.

Online registration now open. Ages 6-18. Certified, trained coaches. Spring and Fall seasons. Email BarabooSoccerClub@gmail.
com with questions.

Ages 9 and older. For more information, contact Ginger Clark at   608 963-8127.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
January 10, 2019
T-Bird Tip of the Week: Social Media Awareness for Students
Thanks to technology today's students can share ideas, opinions, pictures and videos with the global online community in a matter of seconds. 

Sharing is good, except when it isn't. If we aren't thoughtful about how we share, we run the risk of hurting ourselves or someone else.

This year the Baraboo School District is posting a series of weekly tips, the "T-Bird Tip of the Week."  Parents, talk to your students about each weekly tip. Students, be mindful of your online identity. Let's start the conversation!

T-Bird Tip of the Week:
What Happens On the Internet STAYS On the Internet. Forever.

People of all ages make the mistake of thinking that the internet isn't forever. They think that if they delete something, it's gone as if it never existed in the first place. Click a button and - poof - it's erased.


The internet is essentially a public record. It records everything you do; every website you go to, every post you share, every picture you upload. 

Assume that anything you post online will be revealed to the internet at large at some point, either through a hack, because it was leaked by someone who follows your account, or because there was a privacy policy change on the social media platform.

Nothing is really gone from the internet. Even if you delete a picture from your account, it's still on the social media's server somewhere. Everything can be tracked by your computer or phone's IP address. But things that you don't want shared are most commonly shared by your own social media friends. 

Before you post something, make sure it's something you're ok with sharing with the world.

Teens 'N' Theatre Presents 'Hurt People'
Teens 'N' Theatre (TNT) Presented the play 'Hurt People' to students in Mrs. Jensen's health classes at Baraboo High School this week. 

Teens 'N' Theatre, launched by CAB (Creative Alliance of Baraboo) Theatre in 2016, uses " theatre as a creative medium to help teens open up dialogues about real life issues that they face." Scripts are written specifically for TNT to address current issues teenagers may be struggling with, like bullying, body image, rape culture, drugs and alcohol, xenophobia and suicide ideation. 

'Hurt People,' performed by area teens in TNT, spoke to the issues of bullying, rape, homosexuality, teen suicide and domestic violence. After the play, TNT students led the group in a talk-back session where they asked specific questions of the audience, such as "how many of you have seen someone getting bullied," "who here has intervened on someone's behalf when they were being bullied," "and who knows of someone in the high school who is currently dealing with drugs or alcohol abuse" with the objectives of: 

(1) Validation. Teens who see the performance and participate in the talk-back feel like the struggles portrayed are real struggles that they or their friends are facing. 

(2) Coping Strategies. Teens who see the performance and participate in the talk-back can cite examples of good and bad coping strategies from the play and from their own lives.

(3) Empowerment. Teens who see the performance and participate in the talk-back can cite at least one way to help another suffering teen; an example of when to intervene, what to say, what to do, and when to involve an adult.

(4) Creative Niche. The teens who perform or help in other ways in the production feel accepted by the troupe, want to continue to participate in future similar efforts, and feel empowered to help their peers. This will help teens who are struggling to form a positive sense of identity.

The students in TNT will ultimately travel across South Central Wisconsin to perform plays for their peers and help open communication on difficult topics. 

"The major premise of this project is that teens are in a very unique and powerful position to help other teens out of crisis situations (much more so than any adult no matter how perceptive, caring, or well trained). We believe that theatre can be a fun and safe way to demonstrate healthy coping mechanisms, empower teens to reach out to each other, and open up critical healing conversations. Wisconsin is currently number three in the nation for adolescent self-harm and number 20 for teen suicide (of which 80% are girls). Reversing these sad statistics will require innovation and quite possibly a little bit of drama. The problems faced by Wisconsin and Sauk County teens are not unique. If TNT is successful, it could have state-wide and even national significance."

For more information on TNT, or if you are a teen/have a teen who might like to be involved, visit Teens 'N' Theatre, email CAB Theatre, or call  (608) 620-5165.

Congratulations to the cast of 'Hurt People' on a great debut performance!
Achali Cochrane - Baraboo High School
Shay Cowan - Jack Young Middle School
Georgy Fedeyev - Jack Young Middle School
Kyra Hess - Baraboo High School
Jonathan Lytle - Baraboo High School
Amara Mattice - Jack Young Middle School
Leo McEvily - Portage High School
Eva Neilson - Baraboo High School
Justin Ringelstetter - Baraboo High School
Kendall Rowland - home schooled

(source: Teens 'N' Theatre)

ABE Students Break Out of Bakery
Parents were relieved that their third grade students at Al Behrman Elementary made it home safe before the holidays! 

On Friday, December 21st, students in Mrs. Blasing's and Mrs. Lorbecki's third grade classes found themselves locked in a bakery by a tricky gingerbread man. Students worked collaboratively to solve math problems to unlock the hidden keys and escape the bakery in time. All students were successful in cracking the code! 

Parent Resource Group Presents Series on Transitions

Get Your Cake Rolls; Help the Freshmen!
For more information, email Baraboo High School teacher Mrs. Terry.

Ready, Set, SPELL!
The Baraboo School District Scripps Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, January 15th, in the Jack Young Middle School auditorium starting at noon.  

Visitors are welcome to come and watch the students dazzle us with their spelling prowess.  

The top two finishers will compete in the Scripps Regional Bee in Portage this February.  
Has Your Student Purchased Their Yearbook Yet? There's Still Time!
Baraboo High School yearbooks are available to order! Click here to order a BHS yearbook or email Mrs. Znidarsich with any questions.

By buying a yearbook BHS students have the chance to be entered into a raffle to win a punch card for up to 10 free beverages at the school store! In order to be entered you must purchase your yearbook by January 22nd at People who have already bought their yearbook will also be entered in this drawing.

Diversity 101 Training Offered On Jan. 31
UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County is offering its first session of "Diversity 101" from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. on January 31, 2019, at the Baraboo Campus in the Science Bldg, Room A001.

This free training will cover basic key terminology, scenarios, and inclusive practices as they relate to diversity and inclusion. 

This training is open to the public. Space is limited; pre-registration is encouraged. Click here to register.
Parent-Tot Swim Registration Now Open

Help Keep Our Students Safe: Become A Crossing Guard
The Village of West Baraboo is currently hiring for crossing-guard positions. Applicants must be 18 years of age. Compensation is $10.00 per shift ($20 per day). If interested, please contact the Village of West Baraboo at 500 Cedar Street, West Baraboo, Wisconsin or call 608-356-2516.
Click Here to be directed to the Village of West Baraboo's Website

Get Trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid
Volunteer in the Baraboo School District!
The Baraboo School District continues to welcome volunteers within each of our schools. 

Thank you to our many school volunteers and community partners for all of the ways in which you support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.

For more information on volunteering in our District, please click here.
We're Hiring!
Looking for part-time work? Need flexible hours? Look no further!!

The Baraboo School District is seeking candidates for substitute custodial positions for the 2018-19 school year. The starting rate is $11.09/hr. Applications can be found online at . Applications can also be picked up and submitted to: District's Maintenance Shop;  1210 Berkley Blvd;  Baraboo, WI  53913 

Questions should be directed to Dan O'Brien, Director of Buildings and Grounds at 608-355-3985.

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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