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No School 
Dates: Nov. 27-29

JYMS Winter Band Concert
Date: December 9
6th grade @ 5:30 PM
7th grade @ 6:30 PM
Jazz & 8th Grade @ 7:30PM

Winter Break - No School
Dates: Dec. 23 - January 1

Winter Parent Teacher Conferences
Date: January 23

Family Literacy Night
Date: March 12
Place: Baraboo High School

Spring Break
Date: March 23-27

West/GLW Family Math Night
Date: April 2
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Place: GLW

No School
Date: April 10

BHS Fine Arts Night
Date: April 22
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Place: BHS commons

West Stay and Play
Date: May 4
Time: 3-4 p.m. 
Place: West Kindergarten Center

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 25

West Spring Sing
and Family Picnic
Date: May 27
Time: Spring Sing - 10:30-11:15 a.m.; Family Picnic - 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m. 
Place: West

BHS Graduation
Date: May 29


To nominate a student for the BHS Senior Spotlight, email a brief write-up with the student's first and last name and an explanation of why you are nominating the senior to Holly Henderson.

Submissions must include at least one photograph.

Please enter "SENIOR SPOTLIGHT" in the subject field of the email.

Join us as we celebrate a nation of diverse readers with these recommended books, authors, and teaching resources that represent an array of experiences and cultures from the National Education Association.

Title: My Name is Bilal
Author:  Asma Mobin-Uddin
Illustrated by: Barbara Kiwak
For: Elementary Readers
Summary:  A brother and sister are the only Muslim students at their school. When the sister is teased for wearing a headscarf, Bilal finds the courage to stand up for her.

Why this book? October is Bullying Awareness Month. One of the best ways to prevent bullying is to help students stand up for each other. 


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

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
November 21, 2019
Celebrating Our Schools During American Education Week

During this year's American Education Week, millions of educators, parents, students and community leaders nation-wide are celebrating public education.

The Baraboo School District honors  students' determination to learn; recognizes the professionalism and dedication of our teachers, support staff, and other educators; thanks our families and members of the community who help students succeed; and commits to preparing and inspiring all students to grow to their full potential and engage in an ever-changing world. 

This year the Baraboo School District gave students and educators an opportunity to share their stories. Click here to view the BSD 2019 American Education Week video!

JYMS Robots On Parade
The 7th grade robotics classes at Jack Young Middle School have been working hard at creating their own pull toy projects out of robotics parts. On Monday the classes demonstrated their skills by participating in a pull toy parade through the classrooms of JYMS. 

Each pull toy had a unique design and build. The students were proud to showcase their work to their classmates - and rightfully so! Great job, future engineers!

News From the ABE Social Justice Club
Write-up provided by ABE student, Grace C.

The Social Justice Club meets weekly at Al Behrman Elementary School. Our most recent meeting was opened by Kimberly, the Social Justice Club President. Our first project for the 2019-2020 school year, was collecting food items for the Community Thanksgiving food drive, which was started by Peter Murray almost 13 years ago. Our club brought in food items to complete an entire Thanksgiving meal. The Al Behrman Staff also purchased items to make a meal. 

At our November 13th meeting, the Social justice club created NORMS which is how we want our club to interact and treat each other. We came up with kindness and participation as well as sharing, and being respectful. We also discussed not judging others. It is important to respect people's culture and to be kind to each other. The Social Justice club also talked about fundraising. Some Ideas for fundraising are a Family sock hop, bell ringing, selling toys, and bake sales. Our next meeting will be November 20th. 
BHS English Students Attend Creative Writing Fest
Baraboo High School students (sponsored by the English Department) submitted various original creative writing pieces to the UW WHITEWATER Creative Writing Festival and attended the all-day festival Wednesday, November 20th. 

At the festival students participated in rigorous workshops facilitated by professors and published authors. A number of pieces written by BHS students went on to be nominated for writing awards at the festival (results pending!)

Pictured from left to right are:  Celine Barrera-Cortes, Trinity Ihlenfeld, Alexa Wendt, Talon Kowalke, Miss Lenius, Maylee Elliott, Iesha Lyons, Mikayla Faivre, Owen Wilderman, Ethan Strangfeld (Jordan Zirzow not pictured).

ABE Students Share Small Moments
Mrs. Russell's 2nd Grade class at Al Behrman Elementary shared their Small Moment stories during their class writing celebration! Students worked really hard at telling a "seed" story across five pages. They learned about bold beginnings, mighty middles, and exciting endings to help tell their stories. 

During their celebration, they read their published stories with a partner and then gave "post-it compliments." Each student had three post-its to leave a comment after reading another student's story. It was fun reading all of the compliments left by their classmates! 

JYMS Food Drive Brings In 49 Meals
Jack Young Middle School donated 49 complete meals, plus several extra food items to the Thanksgiving Food Drive.  JYMS also collected more than 30 pounds of deodorant, shampoo, and soap for our Student Services team to distribute to those students who may need those items at home.

The complete Thanksgiving meals will be distributed by the First Methodist Church to families in need in the Baraboo community, in memory of the late Peter Murray.    

Students and families at JYMS also donated over $238 to put towards the purchase of turkeys for these meals. In addition to that, the Builders Club donated $500 to the Baraboo Food Pantry.

WEB leaders and Builders Club members pitched in to rally efforts in their TA classes and then gathered, organized, and loaded the food items on Friday, November 15.

The 6th grade class donated the most items out of all 3 grade levels at JYMS.  Because of this, they will enjoy doughnuts and fruit during TA next Tuesday, November 26th, donated by Mary Ellen Murray who brought this event to our school.  Parents/guardians of all 6th grade students are invited to the JYMS school commons area from 7:45 to 8:05 a.m. for coffee, treats and celebration. 

Many students and families came together to make this year's food donation highly successful. Thanks to all who were able to participate!

Let's Go to the NF Hop
Mrs. Becky Winter's North Freedom Elementary first graders went back in time as they celebrated the 50th day of school on Tuesday, November 12th! They participated in several learning activities around the number 50 and explored some of the differences and similarities between the 1950s and today. They danced the Twist, Hand Jive and Bunny Hop, did some hula hooping, and tried to see how many bubbles they could blow as they completed the 50th Day 50 Second Challenge!

Boys Basketball League Holds First Fall Season
The Baraboo School District basketball program, led by  JYMS Health, Physical Education and Adapted Physical Education and  Head Boys Basketball Coach Mr. Fish, held its first annual boys basketball fall league. For the last three weeks, students in third through sixth grade practiced three times a week and had games on Saturdays. What a great start for our first fall league!

Grogan's Class Celebrates with Art
Ms. Grogan's fifth graders have done an amazing job earning their weekly points in Ms. Nolden's art room at Gordon L. Willson Elementary. They won the first round of their school-wide competition for behavior in art and to celebrate they had a prize day!  Their art time was extended with the option to have art during recess, with access to all materials in the classroom with a special shaving cream printmaking option!

KOC Donates to Special Education
The Baraboo School District special education teams at East Elementary, Gordon L. Willson Elementary, Al Behrman Elementary, Jack Young Middle School and Baraboo High School - including speech and language - all received checks from the Baraboo Knights of Columbus on 11/20/19.  

The team received a total of $1,461.32 for our programs. This donation will help our teachers take educational and social field trips, purchase supplies for students needs and also helps support functional skills with our students. We thank the Knights of Columbus for this generous donation! 
ABE Students Share Stories Over Popcorn
Third graders at Al Berhman Elementary School participated in an author's celebration this week. Students worked hard on writing a narrative story, then had the opportunity to share their stories with each other while enjoying popcorn!

JYMS Band Students Selected for Honor Band
On Saturday, November 16th, six Jack Young Middle School band students were selected by audition to participate in the 2019 Sun Prairie Honor Band at Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School. 

Representing JYMS were 7th graders Ava John (horn) and Jacob Balfanz (tenor sax), and 8th graders Tyler Poker (percussion), Bethany Jarvis (clarinet), Grayson Lutz (tuba), and Hunter Tikkanen (trombone). 

Seventh and eighth graders from schools all over south central Wisconsin came together Saturday morning to rehearse as a band, work in sectionals, collaborate with professional instructors and players, and connect through music. After many weeks of individual preparation and a full day of rehearsing, the students performed an entire evening concert for an open audience of parents, families, teachers and community members. Congratulations to these hard-working JYMS musicians!

Kindergarteners Engage with Community Helpers
The kindergarteners at Al Behrman Elementary have been engaging in an extended unit on community helpers. They have been learning how different occupations and businesses help our community. As a part of that unit the children have had the opportunity to listen to a wide variety of engaging speakers.  

In order to make these off-site locations visible to the kids Mr. Lutz and Mrs. Kargel went to the post office and to Dominos to make videos ahead of time to see these workplaces in action. Thanks to John Schick, a state trooper, they were able to sit in a squad car. Our District friend Firefighter Tom brought his fire truck and showed them tools they'd need to use in his career. Harry Nelson, owner of Dominos, explained how he provides a service to our town and what they need to learn in school to work at his store. He also surprised them with free pizza when he was finished presenting! Mailman Scott Griffin brought the post office to us and showed them the gear he uses to deliver through all kinds of weather. Lastly, Dr. Cheryl Gehin from Medical Associates came in and talked to them about her job. She gave each child a band-aid dispenser. 

We'd like to thank these community helpers for making authentic learning happen in our classrooms.

American Legion Donates Supplies to Elementary Schools
The Baraboo School District would like to thank the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 26, for donating an abundance of school supplies for the Baraboo Elementary Schools. These supplies will be shared throughout the school year for any students in need. The students at Gordon L. Willson Elementary School wrote letters of gratitude for the members of the American Legion and soldiers.

West Awards Students for BEE-ing Great!
The West Kindergarten Center continues to reinforce positive student behavior with students in different ways each day. We recognize Mason Kirk, Xirianna Dominguez-Pineda, Charlie Rommo and Greysen Bebensee for last week's BEE Great Award at West. These students have truly exemplified the West Cool Tools of "Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Being Safe."  

Each week, West staff will continue to recognize a different student from each classroom for this awesome recognition. Thank you to our families for all of their continued positive support at West.
District Welcomes Student Nurses
The Baraboo School District is pleased to welcome three senior student nurses this semester, as they complete their college training towards their nursing degree. 

Melony, Herzing College, has been assisting with handwashing demonstrations at several schools, using a blacklight and glow in the dark lotion. These demonstrations focus on good hygiene and disease prevention. 

Alex and Ann, both from Edgewood College in Madison, are assisting with multiple vision screenings in the elementary schools. All three of these students will be at BSD until mid-December, helping the school nurses with health office projects.

Informational Meeting on Advanced Learners
On Thursday, December 5th, the Baraboo School District Advanced Learner Coaching team will be hosting an informational presentation for parents, students, and community members on a myriad of issues related to advanced learners from 6:00PM - 7:30 PM in the Baraboo High School library (Leopold Room). 

For the first portion of the evening, Jane McMahon, the Baraboo School District Advanced Learner Coordinator, will address important considerations for parents of advanced learners,  highlight common characteristics of advanced learners, and offer an overview of state and district resources. 

For the second half of the evening, advanced-learner coaches from the elementary, middle school, and high school levels will share opportunities unique to students at those grade levels. A portion of the evening will also be devoted to answering any questions that parents, students, or community members might have.

Please join us if you are interested!  All are welcome. Punch and cookies will be served!

Library Teams Up with Al Ringling Theater for Reading Challenge

Lamers Bus Lines Seeking Drivers and Bus Monitors!
Lamers Bus Lines is seeking additional school bus drivers and b us monitors. 

Becoming a driver is a great opportunity for individuals looking for work before or after school, and becoming a bus monitor is great for those looking for after-school work. It's also a great job for parents of students in the District because:
  1. There are no nights or weekends for route drivers
  2. Drivers get summer vacation and snow days, just like the students
  3. If your child is in any sports or activities, you can get paid to cheer them on and support the team by driving the team bus
Lamers Bus Lines will provide drivers with complete paid training and teach you everything you need to know about driving a school bus.  Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested to help us ensure that our students get to school, sports, and activities on time each day. 

Questions may be directed the Lamers School Bus Office in Baraboo at 608-448-4851 extension 2.  Apply online at
NOW HIRING: Substitute Custodial Positions
Looking for part-time work? Need flexible hours? Look no further!!

The district is seeking candidates for substitute custodial positions.  The starting rate is $12.50/hr!  Applications can be found online at . Applications can also be picked up and submitted to the District 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. 

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