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BHS Winter
Band and Choir Concerts
Date: December 16
Time: 1:30 p.m. (Freshman Band and Symphony Band); 3 p.m. (Treble Choir and Chamber Choir); 4:30 p.m. (Concert Choir and T-Bird Band)

Baraboo Acts: Serve2Unite
Date: December 17
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Al Ringling Theatre
Notes: This is the first event in th Baraboo Acts series. This event is free and open to the public.

Thunderbird Day of Peace
Date: December 18
Time: All day
Place: Baraboo High School
Note: This event is not open to the public or press

BHS Self-Guided
Holiday Tour
Date: December 21
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Note: If you haven't seen the newly renovated Baraboo High School, here's your chance!

Winter Break - No School
Date: Dec. 24 - Jan. 1

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

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

No School
Date: January 25

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

Food for Kidz
Date: March 30


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
December 20, 2018
BHS Holds Thunderbird Day of Peace
Baraboo High School held a Thunderbird Day of Peace on Tuesday, Dec. 18th. with a message of unity, inclusivity, deeper learning and restorative justice.

The day began with our keynote speakers, "The Gift of Our Wounds" author Pardeep Singh Kaleka, a Sikh who lost his father Satwant Singh Kaleka in the August 5th, 2012 Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting, and "My Life After Hate" author Arno Michaelis, a former white supremacist who helped start a gang in the late 1980s that produced the August 5th shooter. Kaleka and Michaelis shared a message of forgiveness, compassion and acceptance. 

"Moving Past Hate"
Pardeep Kaleka, a Sikh and Arno Michaelis, a reformed skinhead
Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis continued their story of a powerful friendship - one Sikh and one skinhead - that resulted in an outpouring of love and a mission against hate during the "Moving Past Hate" breakout sessions. Students asked them questions ranging from how their friendship developed to what their thoughts were on the photo that went viral in November 2018. 

Arno's and Pardeep's messages were that of joy and gratitude, along with forgiveness and compassion. 

After the Keynote, Freshmen and Sophomores walked to Jack Young Middle School for a presentation by Eva Zaret, a holocaust survivor, while Juniors and Seniors continued with breakout sessions, including:

"Hours Against Hate"
Andrea Bernstein , Hours Against Hate Coordinator, Milwaukee Jewish Federation
Hours Against Hate is a movement that began as an effort to help end hate in Milwaukee and throughout the State of Wisconsin. Powerful in its simplicity, Hours Against Hate was founded on the idea that one-to-one interactions between individuals who are different from each other can promote respect and dismantle bigotry. The program mobilizes participants to spend an hour or more interacting with someone of a different race, culture, religion, tradition, class, sexual orientation, gender, or physical ability.

Andrea started by having students sit across from each other. She gave talking prompts, and the students answered the prompt with the person sitting across from them. Some of these prompts included "what is the meaning behind your name" and i"what is your favorite holiday memory/tradition." Every couple of minutes students would rotate to a new partner with new questions. Then the group came together to talk about the experience. Many students noted that they learned something new about their classmates, and even talked to a classmate they've never talked to before. 

"Defeating Our True Enemies: Fear, Anger and Confusion"
John Vaudreuil, Former United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin
Mr. Vaudreuil has represented the United States in criminal cases in federal court. Mr. Vaudreuil discussed  his experiences around the world to clearly show how what happens here at home quickly travels to the far corners of the world. He talked to the students about hate crimes with the hope that the students can better recognize these crimes, and work with law enforcement to stop criminals. His message was that we must recognize that our true enemies are fear, anger, and confusion, and that we must come together to defeat them.  

"Ho-Chunk, Past and Present"
Eric Logan, Member of the Ho-Chunk Nation
Eric Logan specializes in training and development and is in management at the Ho-Chunk Nation. He has previously visited Baraboo High School to assist with assemblies and has relationships with our students focused on acceptance of diversity. He spoke to students on his life as a Ho-Chunk growing up in Milwaukee, one of the nation's most racially segregated cities, and how he became the sole minority when he transferred schools during high school and the challenges and triumphs he has faced. 

"The Impact of Anti-Semitism"
Sandy Brusin & Chris Cowles, Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center
Sandy Brusin and Chris Cowles spoke on the impact that anti-Semitic words and actions, regardless of their intent, has upon the fabric of communities. They shared personal stories, including how Sandy Brusin found out about the death of her father during the Holocaust and how Chris Cowles was spat upon and called a derogatory name while walking down Michigan Avenue in Chicago just because she was wearing a kippah on her head. As members of the Jewish community, Sandy and Chris provided personal experiences and insight on how anti-Semitism has come to be known as the oldest hatred.

"U R What U Post: What does your online identity say about you?"
Holly HendersonBaraboo School District Communications Specialist
Social media is a fact of life. It is rooted as deeply in student culture as football games and pep assemblies. It is how students communicate; how they get their news; and how they strengthen friendships. Early last week, Holly Henderson asked students to take a poll on their social media use. Using the results of that poll, Holly focused on getting the students to think about how they currently use social media, gave tips on how to use social media to their advantage, and how to feel empowered through social media. 

Holly's final message to students was: "I take thousands of pictures of you guys every year. One photo does not define our district. But one photo can help us choose how we want to define ourselves. The world is watching, let's show them that you are not part of a lost generation. Instead let's show them that you are an empowered generation."  Click here to play The Lost Generation video.

"Holocaust Survivor Testimony"
Eva Zaret, volunteer with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation
One of the most talked about presentations was given by Eva Zaret. Born Eva Klein in Budapest, Hungary in 1936, Eva spoke to students on how she lived through the Holocaust in the Budapest Ghetto. She told them how after the war she regained her health in the Carpathian Mountains with family, and on a trip into the city her family was caught in the outbreak of the Hungarian Revolution, which she and her husband escaped on foot, eventually coming to the United States. When asked 'if she could change the past, would she do it?' she responded with a smile, saying 'the past happened and you can't change it. All you can do is learn from it and experience each day with joy because you are alive.'  Students gave her a standing ovation and formed a line to give her a hug before exiting the JYMS gym.

"Always Onward"
Michael McGowan , President of McGowan and Associates
Mike McGowan ended the assembly, using humor and heartwarming stories to bring the focus of the day full circle with a message of helping our students move forward with healing through acceptance, forgiveness and unity. 

The Baraboo School District would like to thank our presenters: Arno Michaelis, Pardeep Kaleka, Eva Zaret, John Vaudreuil, Andrea Bernstein, Eric Logan, Holly Henderson, Sandy Brusin, Chris Cowles, and Michael McGowan. For biographies on each of these presenters, please click here. We would also like to thank the following people and organizations for their partnerships, without which we could not have made this day happen: Masood Akhtar of We Are Many - United Against Hate,, MyLifeAfterHate, and Elana Kahn of the  Milwaukee Jewish Federation.  

The Baraboo School District thanks our community members and business partners, along with our school board members, for participating alongside our students; and the City of Baraboo Police Department and Police Chief Mark Schauf for the care they took in planning for our students' safety; and all of those who have shown support of the school and district.

Lastly, we would like to thank our students for giving these speakers their full attention and participation throughout the day, and their f amilies for encouraging them to share in this day of healing. This is a day our students will never forget.  #THISisBarabooProud
NF Students Participate in Hour of Code
North Freedom Elementary School students in grades 3-5 participated in "Hour of Code" activities today, Dec. 20.  

As an introduction, Karen Nelson, Elementary Library Coordinator, spent time in each classroom on Dec. 12 introducing the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to coding. She also spoke about the importance of knowing how to program a computer. Students were encouraged to log on and do activities at home at   

'No Room For Hate'
On Tuesday, Dec. 18, teachers at Jack Young Middle School donned anti-hate t-shirts in support of the Thunderbird Day of Peace.  Baraboo School District teachers sold these  "No Room for Hate" T-shirts in mid-November, with the proceeds benefiting the Auschwitz Memorial Museum in Poland

The T-shirts read:
No room for hate.
This classroom.
This school.
This community.
This state. 
This country.
This world
GLW Students Use Growth Mindset to Build Towers
At Gordon L. Willson Elementary School, Mrs. Gissal's 5th grade class and Ms. Nelson's kindergarten class are math/book buddies this year. The two classes get together every other Friday to either read or do a math activity together. Last week the two classes worked on a STEAM project. The challenge was to build the tallest tower using a set number of cups. The tallest tower that was built measured 32 inches tall. Students worked together to problem solve as their towers tumbled. All of the groups practiced a growth mindset and never gave up. Some groups tried four or five different strategies before finding success with building a sturdy base and tall tower!

Blum Signs Letter of Intent with Air Force Academy
Congratulations to Baraboo High School senior Caden Blum!

This morning, Caden signed his National Letter of Intent to play Division 1 college football with the Air Force Academy. At the signing Caden said, " I knew it was the spot for me the first time I went out there. I knew it was home, so it felt good to put it on paper."

And now it's official! In attendance for the signing were Caden's family, Gordie, Chris and Jovanna Blum.

Dr. Messmer Assists in NF Science Unit
The first grade students at North Freedom Elementary learned how to create vibrations with instruments on Friday, Dec. 14 during their science unit on sound waves.  

The school's visiting scientist, Dr. Karen Messmer, demonstrated how to test different materials (variables) to hear if those items would produce similar or different sounds. The North Freedom budding scientists were able to express their thinking and observations in a concise manner, making this lesson a success!

Pool Punch Cards - Buy Two Get One FREE!

BHS Students Put Christopher Columbus on Trial
Help kickoff the Baraboo hockey season by repping an authentic Baraboo hockey jersey.  The Baraboo High School Store will now be selling boy's hockey jerseys for $40 for a limited time.  The store is located in the Baraboo High School lobby, and is open from 7:15 am - 10:35 am & 1:50 p.m. - 3:15 pm.

Proceeds will go towards supporting the Baraboo Blue Line Club. The BLC helps make everything happen for both the youth and the high school boy's team whether its equipment, travel, food, or ice. 

When you buy a jersey, you will also get an exclusive ticket into the home Baraboo vs Deforest game for free on Tuesday, December 18th. Come support the Blue Line Club and get a jersey while you can! 

For more information, please contact BHS teacher Greg Manson at

Library Hosts Winter Break Events
The Baraboo School District enjoys a partnership with the Baraboo Public Library. Please see the following events hosted by the library during winter break.

We're Hiring!
The Baraboo School District is seeking candidates for long-term substitute custodian and daily substitute custodian positions for the 2018-19 school year. 

The long-term position will be full-time, 40 hours a week, Monday - Friday from  2:30 pm to 11:00 pm for the duration of the appointment, with the option of staying on as a regular substitute custodian once the appointment ends. Applications for these positions 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.

Attendance Matters: Every Student. Every Day. Every Grade.
It's that time of year, Thunderbirds: COLD & FLU SEASON!

With winter comes stuffy noses, runny noses, coughs and sore throats, aches and pains, fatigue and more. Sometimes it's hard to decide if you should send your student to school or keep them home to recover.

Our students learn important skills in class each and every day, and missing one day of school can set them behind. So when considering if today is a sick day or a school day, take a look at these  Sick Day VS. School Day guidelines.

Avoid pre-planned absences whenever possible. Scheduling doctor and dentist appointments outside of school hours will minimize the time your student is absent from school and help prevent a disruption in their learning.

The school can also be an excellent resource 
on deciding if your student should attend  school or stay home. If you have further questions, call your student's school!

If your student is too sick to attend school, please call or email your school's administrative assistant to let them know your student will not be attending. Your student can be excused by a parent or guardian up to 10 days per school year. Provide a professional note any time your student visits the doctor, as these absences are excused differently and do not count towards that 10-day total. Professional notes need to be provided within 3 days.

Click here for the Attendance Matters Infographic.
News from the Baraboo Indoor Pool
Registration for the Baraboo Indoor Pool's Parent-Tot Spring Sessions starts begins on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. Fee is $35 for residents of the Baraboo School District and $55 for non-residents. Click here for more information, dates and times.

Registration for Winter Swimming Lessons is now open! The fee is $40 for residents of the Baraboo School District and $65 for non residents. Click here for more information, dates and times.

2019 Pool Passes are available and make a great holiday gift for that person who has everything!  Give the gift of health.  Great stocking stuffers! Click here for pool fees.

The Baraboo Indoor Pool is open during winter break. Click here to see the December Pool Calendar.
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
Baraboo School District Offers Volunteer Training
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.
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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