August 31, 2017





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First Day of School
Date: Sept. 1 

No School  for Labor Day
Date: Sept. 4

Always Onward Thunderbirds Sweatshirt Orders DUE
Date: Sept. 5

GLW Fall Fundraiser 
Date: Sept. 14

East Spirit Week
Date: Sept. 18-22

East Parent Flower Fundraiser
Date: Sept. 18-29

Elementary School 
Picture Day
Date: Sept. 20 

BHS Homecoming Game
Date: Sept. 22

BHS Homecoming Dance
Date: Sept. 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. 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.

Baraboo School District is joining the   #BarabooRocks  fun. 
The district office painted nearly 70 rocks and hid them outside at each of the seven schools. If you find a rock, bring it into the District Office (423 Linn Street) to receive a certificate for FREE ADMISSION to any Baraboo home athletic event during the regular 2017-18 season!
Five rocks have been preselected to receive a special prize, but you won't know if it is your rock until you turn it in! 

Official rules and guidelines are as follows (please read):
1) Return official Thunderbird Rocks to the District Office, 423 Linn Street, for a prize!

2) Receive a certificate for FREE ADMISSION to any one home athletic event during the regular season.

3) Please only turn in ONE rock per student so that others may have fun on the hunt.

4) All Thunderbird Rocks are hidden outside on school grounds. No rocks are hidden inside the schools.

5) All rocks are visible, but you may have to get up close to see them!

6) Post a photo of you and the Thunderbird Rock on social media using the hashtags #BarabooProud and #BarabooRocks. 

7) Several rocks have been preselected to win a GRAND PRIZE!

Check out this image of all Thunderbird Rocks to see if you can find the remaining rocks! Click here for a larger image.

Schools Host Open House
Each of the schools within the Baraboo School District held an Open House on Aug. 29/30 to welcome students before classes start tomorrow, Sept. 1. 

Students met their teachers, dropped off school supplies and found out who some of their classmates are.

We are looking forward to an amazing 2017-18 school year and are #Barabooproud to have the unique individuals who make up the Baraboo School District student population!
T-Bird Mini Tri to Take Place in May
The 13th Annual T-Bird Mini Triathlon will be taking place on Thursday, May 24 at 6 p.m.

Registration will begin on January 1, 2018. 

Information will be available for this event starting Dec. 1, 2017.

Brays Donate Buddy Bench to West
West Kindergarten Center has a few new additions to its playground just in time for the start of the school year.

The new additions include playground equipment, fundraised for by the school and also the West Willson Parent Association, including a series of fundraiser nights with Dairy Queen of Baraboo (thank you to DQ owner Bob Thompson for your continued support of the West and our School District).

But also new this year is the addition of a Buddy Bench, made by West education assistant and librarian Kathy Bray and her husband Bill.

The idea of the Buddy Bench is to foster friendship and eliminate loneliness on the playground. To read more about the idea of the buddy bench,
click here.

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!
GLW Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Playground Equipment
Gordon L. Willson Elementary held a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday, Aug. 30, prior to open house to celebrate the new playground equipment installed this summer.

The GLW Playground Committee, as well as the West Willson Parent Association, have been fundraising for several years to make improvements to GLW's playground, also a location of before/after school and summer Kid Stop.

In the summer of 2015 the group raised funds for a new piece of playground equipment to fill a void that was created when other pieces were removed because they were getting older. 

This summer a new large structure, including monkey bars, climbing aparati, and two slides, was installed at the same time the Baraboo School District funded other updates to the playground, such as new blacktop and a repaved parking lot.

We are #Barabooproud to have such dedicated teachers and parents willing to fundraise to help us as we improve and modernize our campuses.

BHS Homecoming Steak Feed
Baraboo High School Athletics Department will hold a BHS Homecoming Steak Feed on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Fresh Express Market, 935 8th Street, Baraboo, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Meals for adults will be $9 and include a steak or chicken sandwich, coleslaw, beans and a drink. There will also be a $5 hot dog kids meal available.

All proceeds will benefit the Baraboo High School Athletic Department.

To see a larger version of this flyer, please 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.

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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