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JYMS Food Drive
Dates: Nov. 4-15

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 14, 2019
District Honors Veterans with School and Community Celebrations
The Baraboo School District held district-wide celebrations to honor local veterans this Veterans Day.

At Jack Young Middle School, members of the Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 987 opened the Veterans Day Ceremony with a Posting of the Colors, followed by a team of JYMS staff and student volunteers singing the National Anthem. The celebration continued with musical pieces performed by the WIN choir and band, and both student speakers and community members who spoke to the students about their own experiences.

The Baraboo High School choir attended a ceremony at Oak Park Place in Baraboo, where residents were treated to the beautiful voices of our high school singers in such songs as The Star Spangled Banner and an Armed Forces Medley.

The Baraboo High School band attended a ceremony at the Baraboo Civic Center.  The Master of Ceremonies, Robert Madland, introduced the band as the ceremony opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the band's rendition of the National Anthem. The band played several selections throughout the ceremony, including Armed Forces Salute and America the Beautiful.

Thank you, Veterans.

ABE Students Celebrate 50th Day of School with a Sock Hop!
First Grade students at Al Behrman Elementary celebrated the 50th day of school by having 1950s Day. Students talked about the decade of the 1950s and experienced the music, dances, and some of the different clothing that people wore.

These activities allowed students to experience life long ago, which is one of the Social Studies learning targets for First Grade!
Teachers and students also explored the math concepts of half (50 is halfway to 100), built equations to equal 50 with addition and subtraction, and practiced printing numbers by 1's, 5's, 2's and 10's to 50. 

At the end of the day all three first grade classes gathered for a sock hop and root beer floats. It was "the living end, Daddy-O!"

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!

4K Students Discover Shapes are EVERYWHERE! 
Ms. Fowler's 4-year-old kindergarten students explored shapes during an engaging week-long unit. In addition to being able to identify shapes, one main focus of the unit was that shapes are everywhere. Students went on a shape hunt in the classroom to find shapes in their surrounding environment to reinforce this concept.

Throughout the week, students listened to several books about shapes. After reading "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" by Charles G. Shaw, a story about using your  imagination to find shapes and pictures in clouds, students created their own clouds and brainstormed what they looked like to them. These creations will soon come together to create class books that resemble the original story. After reading "Perfect Square" by Michael Hall, students painted squares, taking note of their four equal sides and four corners.
Other hands-on activities included gluing rectangles of varying sizes to a larger rectangle, building shape houses without instructions, creating a tree collage only using triangles, singing songs about shapes, and so much more!

It's School Psychologist Awareness Week! Meet Our School Psychs!
This week we are celebrating School Psychologist Awareness Week! In order to help others become aware of what a school psychologist is and what they do, check out this brief overview of the school psychologists in the district. 

Steve Lien, West Elementary School and Early Childhood
About Steve: Steve is a part-time school psychologist who works 3 days a week at West and also with Baraboo's Early Childhood program. Steve has more experience in the field than the rest of the school psychologists combined and still remembers the days he had to write evaluation reports on a typewriter! He loves the Baraboo schools so much that he decided to retire from them twice, and staff and students alike will be sad to see him go (again) when he re-retires in May. Steve has 3 adult children with his wife, Teresa. 
Fun Fact: On his days off, Steve loves to go golfing. He is very much looking forward to his second retirement after this year so that he can buy a house on a golf course and golf every day!

Marcia Everts, Al Behrman Elementary School (ABE) and the local private schools
About Marcia: Marcia is a full-time school psychologist who is placed primarily at ABE but goes to the private schools as needed. She is a Response to Intervention (RtI) guru and helped implement it within the Baraboo School District. Marcia lives in Baraboo with her two sons, Max and Cole, and her husband, Serge. 
Fun Fact: Marcia and her family love to travel. Whilst on their travels, the family has found themselves in some sticky situations but thanks the Marcia's quick wit they have always come home safe and sound.

Mary-Therese Hawkins, Jack Young Middle School (JYMS)
About Mary: Mary is also a part-time school psychologist who works 3 days per week at JYMS. Mary is very knowledgeable in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and trauma-informed care practices. She also worked as a therapist for students with autism before attending graduate school. Mary lives in Baraboo with her husband, Andrew, and three small children - Hugo, Augustana (Sissy) and baby Esther. 
Fun Fact: Before attending graduate school, Mary worked many different kinds of jobs, including a sales associate at Zales, hotel front desk manager at a hotel in the Dells, and a line therapist for children with Autism. Mary loves a good conspiracy theory and will talk your ear off about the dangers of drinking public water. 

Sara Huhnstock, East Elementary School and North Freedom Elementary School 
About Sara: Sara is a full time school psychologist who works 4 days a week at East school and 1 day per week at North Freedom Elementary. Sara is extremely knowledgable on special education evaluation procedures and processes, writing IEPs, and developing Functional Behavioral Analysis (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs). Sara lives in Baraboo with her husband, Jeremy, and her cat and dog. 
Fun Fact: Sara is passionate about working out and staying fit, and has the muscles to prove it! She is a socialite who is always out and about and can carry on a conversation with anyone. She has a mild obsession with both of her pets but especially her dog, Emmy Lou. 

Kathryn (Katie) Gnadt, Gordon L. Willson Elementary School (GLW) and Baraboo High School
About Katie: Katie is a full-time school psychologist who works at the high school 3 days a week and GLW 2 days a week. Katie is very knowledgeable in Section 504 plan evaluations and development. Katie lives in Middleton with her fiance and her cat.
Fun Fact: Katie is getting married next summer so when she is not at work there is a good chance she is wedding planning. Katie also loves to travel and has been to 20 countries but will hopefully be adding one more when she goes on her honeymoon! She also has a mild obsession with her cat of 4 years, Cleopatches. 
GLW Hosts First-Ever Superhero Fun Run
Gordon L. Willson held its first ever Superhero Fun Run on Tuesday, November 5th!

The purpose of the Superhero Fun Run is to celebrate all of our unique qualities. Everyone at GLW has something we excel in. It may be artistic skills, basketball skills, music, math, kindness, friendships, or being funny! 

Students were given the option to create a costume that depicts that Super a cape with a big heart on it for friendship, or a basketball jersey for basketball skills. Or, they could wear a traditional superhero outfit if they wanted, or skip dressing up and just come for the fun run!

More than 60 students participated in the one-mile race! Parents, families, teachers and staff came to cheer on the kids and even run with them! We had an afternoon of celebrating our strengths and staying physically active! Thank you to our BHS Girls Cross Country Team for helping out with the event!

East School Celebrates Veterans Day
East Elementary School celebrated Veterans Day by holding an all-school assembly beginning at 7:55 AM. The event began by all students singing "The Pledge of Allegiance." Second grade students were featured on the stage and told a brief history of Veterans Day. Music teacher Ms. Sue Lappin led the students as they sang "Thank You to Our Veterans," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and "Oh, I Love America."

The assembly concluded with "The Armed Forces Medley" which is a collection of the official marches/songs of the five branches of the Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. It is customary for anyone who has served in the branch to stand when they hear their song. Ms. Lappin prepared a slideshow with words to marches and the Veterans in the audience stood during their own song.
NF Students Study Energy & Motion by Building Catapults
On Monday, November 4th and Thursday, November 7th, students in Mr. King's fourth grade class at North Freedom Elementary had a visitor come to their classroom. An engineer from MSA Professional Services was here to assist the students with the design and testing of catapults that they made. 

This project is part the students' study of energy and motion. The children have been studying about potential and kinetic energy as well as the different kinds of energy. Mr. King's class was very fortunate to have an engineer from MSA Professional Services here to assist them in the design and testing of their catapults with the help from Dr. Karen Mesmer who scheduled the classroom visits.

Ruff Presents at School Counselor Summit on Equity
Baraboo School District Equity Facilitator and EL Specialist Jori Ruff presented to an audience of school counselors from all over Wisconsin at the Wisconsin School Counselor Association's (WSCA) 2019 Fall Summit last week. 

The Fall Summit is a yearly one-day multiple-session professional development event for all school counselors in the state  and this year's Summit was planned by Baraboo High School School Counselor Stacey Endicott and Waukesha School Counselor Amanda DeSua, who serve as the WSCA Co-Directors of Professional Development. Mrs. Ruff' s presentation, Advancing Cultural Competency to Equity in Educational Settings, allowed participants to explore their own bias, privilege, and other beliefs, as well as dig deeper into their own school district data to see if inequities and disproportionality exists. 

To quote an attendee of her session: " This session was great! Our presenter had a lot of good information, tips, books to provide to take back to our schools. Many of the conversations that were had throughout the day were extremely helpful and allowed me to continue working on my own journey as well as see what others have done. Absolutely a great choice for presenter!" 

On behalf of the Wisconsin School Counselor Association and Baraboo School District , thank you Mrs. Ruff for sharing your knowledge!
East Braves Cold for Fun Run
On November 8th, the East School Parent Support Group and the PBIS team hosted a fun run for students and their parents. Many students braved the frigid temperatures to run in costumes and drink hot chocolate (donated by Pierce's). The students had a great time and exhibited the core East Panther values: "Be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe!" 

#PracticeKindness at East
Happy World Kindness Day!

In honor of yesterday's World Kindness Day, here is a video of the amazing 5th grade students at East Elementary who performed in a "Kindness Assembly" last week to the song "Kindness is a Muscle." The 5th graders worked very hard on perfecting this dance and this dance has become an annual favorite at East Elementary!

November 7, 2019
November 7, 2019

Public Library Book Sale Dec. 6-7

Building Pendulum Helps East Students Study Force
Third graders at East have been studying forces and motion in science. Today they got to work together to plan and build a pendulum. Then they tested different forces on the pendulum to explore how different types and sizes of forces affect motion. Science is so much fun!

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 Kendall Wilson-Stanley, Zulema Blake, Colleen Bar, Brianna Welke and Alayna Conkle 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.
Baraboo 21 Focuses on OPERATION GIVEBACK 2020
This year, the Baraboo High School Baraboo 21 Club is sponsoring Operation Giveback 2020. The group will be raising money to buy granite benches for area parks. The benches will honor those who served in 20th century conflicts.

The club is also working to bring Schindler's List to the Al. Ringling Theater in January! For more information on Baraboo 21 or Operation Giveback 2020, please contact BHS social studies teacher Steve Argo at
720 Participate in Seal-A-Smile!
The Baraboo School District has had another successful fall for the Seal-A-Smile Program.  Last year the program serviced 496 students in the Baraboo School District. This fall, 720 students were serviced!  

The mission of the  Seal-A-Smile  program is to prevent dental decay and promote oral health as part of a child's total health by increasing the number of dental sealants on their teeth through community-based sealant promotion. The Seal-A-Smile program was recognized in appreciation of their partnership during the Nov. 11 Board of Education meeting.

Library Teams Up with Al Ringling Theater for Reading Challenge

Opera for the Young Entertains Elementary Students
These week East Elementary, Al Behrman Elementary, North Freedom Elementary and Gordon L. Willson Elementary experienced the annual Opera for the Young performance.  The company presented The Pirates of Penzance. A chorus of students from Fifth Grade appeared onstage, performing right alongside Opera for the Young's professional artists!

Opera for the Young brings live, professional opera to elementary school audiences. All productions are fully staged, sung in English and created especially for children. Students appear onstage in chorus and cameo roles; they also help design certain elements of the production's sets and costumes. OFTY audiences become acquainted with the original scores of master composers, set in contexts relevant to kids' 21st century lives.

Youth Wrestling Club Registration Open Nov. 19

Lamers Bus Lines Seeking Drivers!
Lamers Bus Lines is seeking additional school bus drivers!  

This is a great opportunity for individuals looking for work before or after school. 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 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. 

Registration for Fall Swim Classes Now Open!

For information on rates, class times and dates, please click the links below.

For information on Fall Pool Passes (September - December), please click here!
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