Baraboo School District
Join Our Mailing List
For a complete calendar listing, please visit us here:

No School - Labor Day
Date: September 7

Picture Day - JYMS
and BHS
Date: September 10

Picture Day - GLW, ABE, NF, East
Date: September 15

Picture Day - West
and BELC
Date: September 23

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. 

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

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
September 3, 2020
Make Sure You View the Whole Message!
Did you know that the entire e-newsletter doesn't display when you open your email?

This email will have a lot of return-to-school information and want to make sure you receive all of it, but the e-newsletter file is too big to display in its entirety when you first open your Thunderbird Thursday email.

To view the full e-newsletter, click at the top of the email where it says "View the entire e-newsletter! Click here" or scroll to the bottom of the email and click "view entire message."

Don't forget to click it so you don't miss it!
Friday Folders Are Going Virtual
The School District of Baraboo's Friday Folders are going virtual for the 2020-21 school year!

Information from non-district entities, like club sports, library programming, parks and rec information, etc., can now be accessed in a digital Friday Folder by clicking here. Friday Folder submissions from previous weeks will be archived in this folder as well, so if you want to reference it you can go to that week's folder and view it again!

This is a safety measure for in-person students to limit the number of papers received from outside sources, and will allow students who are attending school via the Virtual Learning Model to access to the information. 

Please note: Important school-related information directly from the School District of Baraboo will still come home in Friday Folders, and virtual teachers will provide this information directly to their students.
WELCOME BACK: The First Week of School

Thank You!
Whether virtual or in-person, we are SO EXCITED to welcome our students back to school this week!

We would like to take a moment to commend our students, staff and families for embracing the changes and challenges of the 2020-21 school year. This year might look a little (or a lot) different, but one thing that hasn't changed is our commitment to the families we serve. 

We are committed to the physical and social-emotional safety of our students and staff, collaborating with Sauk County Public Health and the community, and upholding our mission to prepare and inspire all students to grow to their full potential and engage in an ever-changing world. 

Check the District's Facebook page tomorrow and next week for more photos of the first week of school at!
Jack Young Middle School
With construction in and around Jack Young Middle School, the JYMS staff have been all-hands-on-deck to help students adjust to the new school year, beginning with student drop off on Tuesday!

JYMS set up cones with the names of first block teachers. Students were directed to find the name of their first block teacher and stand in socially distanced lines. The first block teachers then escorted students into the building and down the hallways to show students their new "route" through the building. Additional staff were on hand to assist students in finding their first block teachers and direct them to the correct line, while also reminding students to social distance. 

Gordon L. Willson Elementary School
Students at Gordon L. Willson Elementary received two masks and a lanyard upon arriving at school on Tuesday. Once they got to their classrooms they were also greeted with blue and gold Baraboo Thunderbird water bottles! 

(Please note: All in-person elementary students received two masks, a lanyard and a water bottle. All secondary students received two masks and a lanyard; water bottles have been ordered and will be distributed upon arrival. If your student did not receive any of these items, please contact your student's teacher.)

East Elementary School
Mr. Brownell, East Elementary School's physical education teacher, gets creative with lesson plans that allow students to be outside and have a "mask break" while still social distancing. On Wednesday students in Ms. Knipp's fourth grade class played a version of musical chairs, but with hoolahoops! Students stood in a socially distanced square on the outside of orange cones and skipped, jogged and galloped along the square until Mr. Brownell said 'stop.' Then students had to find an empty hoolahoop!

Second grade students in Ms. Klahn's class participated in a get-to-know-you activity on Wednesday, where the students drew and then talked about some of their favorite things.

North Freedom Elementary School
North Freedom Elementary students spread out for lunch! The school added tables in the cafeteria so that all of the students can eat together while still being socially distant. Students remained respectful of each other's space while enjoying the multi-grade social interaction.

Virtual Learning
The 2020-21 School Year probably looks and feels the most different for our Virtual students. These students are receiving a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning using SeeSaw, Google Classroom and Wisconsin eSchool Network. Our virtual teachers are providing daily relationship-building activities and social emotional learning opportunities, as well as instruction on learning standards consistent with those of students attending classes in-person. 

Thank you to our virtual families for sharing photos!

District Face Covering Response Protocol
The School District of Baraboo would like to remind parents that the District is requiring face coverings for students 5-years of age and older while on school premises. We ask that parents/guardians also wear face coverings while on school property when dropping off or picking up students.

Please note: Governor Evers' Order mandates the use of face coverings when in buildings, and specifically defines acceptable face coverings during this time: "Face Covering" means a piece of cloth or other material that is worn to cover the nose and mouth completely. A "face covering" includes but is not limited to a bandana, a cloth face mask, a disposable or paper mask, a neck gaiter, or a religious face covering. A "face covering" does not include face shields, mesh masks, masks with holes or openings, or masks with vents. The District will align to the order until the order is no longer in effect.

Below is the District's Face Covering Response Protocol for elementary and secondary students. Click here for a printable version of this protocol. Thank you for working with the District to provide a safe environment for our students to be engaged, challenged and inspired!

JYMS Construction Update
A construction team from CG Schmidt presented an update to the School District of Baraboo Board of Education and Jack Young Middle School administration September 1 on the Revitalize Jack Young Middle School project. 

Over the summer we have completed:
  • Temporary walls and establishing routing
  • 5 Academic Classrooms
  • Choir Room
  • Demolition of the ramp
  • 2 Science Classrooms
  • Locker Rooms
  • Fitness Classroom
  • Academic Wing Restrooms
To be finished this school year:
  • Gym
  • Commons/Library
  • Central Stair
  • Auxiliary Gym
  • Remaining 2 science classrooms
We appreciate the patience and excitement of our staff, students and family as we work to better serve our Jack Young Middle School Thunderbirds!

Welcome, New Staff!
The School District would like to welcome all new staff to the Thunderbird family. Each member of the district plays an integral part in student health, safety and success, and we are so happy to have you as part of our team!
Pictured: members of the 2020 teaching cohort.
BHS Fall Sports
Baraboo High School is devoted to providing a safe experience for student-athletes and their families. All of our schools competing this fall recognize that to achieve a safe playing environment for student-athletes, a series of safety measures must be implemented that will limit elements of the experience for spectators, students, and other community and school-based groups that otherwise share in the game day experience.  Such measures are designed to support student-athletes' ability to safely play their full sport season in good health.

We find ourselves so fortunate to be able to offer these student and family opportunities in the time of this public health emergency. As conditions and protocols shift in response to the virus, we look forward to your ongoing support and collaboration to provide the best experiences possible for everyone.

Mask Breaks!
The School District of Baraboo staff has been working hard to follow the mask policy, including finding innovative and fun ways to take masks breaks. Some of these have included class kickball games, coloring with chalk on the playground and spreading out on the lawn with a good book!

Reminder: Wash Your Face Coverings!
In-person families, please remember to wash cloth masks and other face coverings regularly. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following for how to wash face coverings.
Washing machine
  • You can include your cloth face covering with your regular laundry.
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the face covering.
Washing by hand
  • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection.
    • Use bleach containing 5.25%-8.25% sodium hypochlorite. Do not use a bleach product if the percentage is not in this range or is not specified.
    • Ensure the bleach product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
    • Ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) of 5.25%-8.25% bleach per gallon of room temperature water or
    • 4 teaspoons of 5.25%-8.25% bleach per quart of room temperature water
  • Soak the mask in the bleach solution for 5 minutes.
  • Discard the bleach solution down the drain and rinse the mask thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.
  • Make sure to completely dry the mask after washing.
To-Go Meals Available for Virtual Students
For a printable version of the Food Service for Virtual Learners information, please click here.

Draper Street Under Construction
As in-person students and staff prepare to return to school, please be advised that Draper Street is currently under construction until the beginning of November and, as such, traffic will only be allowed one way. To assist you, our recommendation is that families use Madison Street to access Draper Street to drop off and pick up students at JYMS and BHS. Please review the map below to identify the "no parking" streets, temporary "no parking" streets, student drop off/pick up areas, and bus pickup during school hours.  

Jack Young Middle School: The south side of the school, also known as the circle drive, isn't accessible for student drop off and pick up due to the referendum project and revitalization of JYMS. There is a turn-in area to the north of the building and another adjacent to JYMS on the west side of Draper Street for students to drop off and pick up. Please note that the North Parking lot at JYMS is CLOSED from 7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. to all non-emergency traffic.  On Wednesday the parking lot will be used as a bus loading zone from 1:00 - 1:30pm. No traffic will be allowed into the parking lot during these times. We will be utilizing this space as a way to ensure social distancing of students prior to entering the building. This has traditionally been a dangerous time for students on foot as traffic through the parking lot has been heavy. Please contact the Middle School office 608-355-3930 to discuss individual student needs that this may impact. 

We value community partnerships and are committed to a strong tradition of support between school and community. Please contact the BHS or JYMS administrators if you have any questions or need assistance. Click here for a printable version of this information.

Boys and Girls Club After School Program


The Great Steak Feed of 2020


The School District of Baraboo is currently hiring for a variety of different positions, including Educational Paraprofessionals, Food Preparers, Custodians, Guest (Substitute) Teachers, and more. If you know of qualified candidates please encourage them to apply! 

Detailed job descriptions and application instructions for current job opportunities can be found at

Help us make our e-newsletter the best communication tool it can be. What do you want to see included in the newsletter? Have story ideas?

Take our feedback survey here. You do not need to provide your name or contact information if you choose not to.

Know someone who'd be interested in Thunderbird Thursday updates? Forward them this email so they can sign up! T-Bird info right in your inbox every Thursday!