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

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 27

Winter Weather
Make-up Day K-12
Date: May 29 (Wednesday)
Note: No early release. This applies to all students in K-12.

T-Bird Mini Tri
Date: May 30
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School
Note: Registration due by May 29. Rain Date of June 1 @ 10 a.m. 

BHS Class of 2019 Graduation
Date: May 31
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Note: Can't attend? Watch it on Facebook Live here!

Winter Weather
Make-up Day for 4K
Date: June 5
Note: 4K students will attend school during their regular class hours.

Winter Weather
Make-up Day K-12
Date: June 5 (Wednesday)
Note: No early release. This applies to all students in K-12.

Last Day of School
Date: June 7
Note: This will be a half day of school. BHS/JYMS: 7:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Elementary: 7:55 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

6th Grade Orientation
Date: August 22
Time: 8-11:45 a.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School large gym

6th Grade Informational Parent Meeting
Date: August 22
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School
Note: this meeting is for parents of students who will be in 6th grade during the 2019-20 school year.

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.

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: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Author:  Erika L. S├ínchez
For: Teen readers
Summary:  After the death of her dutiful older sister, Olga, rebellious Julia deals with her family's grief and the discovery of her sister's secret double life.

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
May 23, 2019
NF Holds Community Garden Kick Off
This past fall, North Freedom Elementary was awarded a Project Learning Garden Grant in cooperation with Dole Packaged Foods and Festival Foods. The goal of this grant is to educate kids about the benefits of consuming more fruits and vegetables. 

As part of the grant, North Freedom Elementary is able to establish a school garden with five raised beds and curricular items that will
greatly benefit the students at North Freedom Elementary School.

On Tuesday, May 21, community members, Baraboo School District Board of Education members Doug Mering and Tim Heilman, District Administrator Dr. Lori Mueller, and representatives from Project Learning Garden, Dole Packaged Foods, and Festival Foods attended a dedication ceremony for the new garden. 

Third through fifth grade students worked to assemble the raised beds, filling them with soil and planting the gardens. We are #Barabooproud to have this innovative learning experience for students in the North Freedom Community.

VIDEO: Class of 2019, A Year In Review: Homecoming
VIDEO: As we prepare for graduation next week, let's look back on the Class of 2019's best senior moments, starting with Homecoming 2019! Click here to view the video!

Can't attend graduation? You're in luck! Click here and follow/like our graduation Facebook page to view the heartfelt speeches, words of wisdom and the procession of graduates as they receive their diplomas! T he Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony will broadcast live at 8 p.m. May 31, 2019

Kindergartners Prepared to "Move On"
Last week, Mrs. Baird's kindergarten class at West Kindergarten Center performed "The Billy Goats Gruff" for classmates and family members. As a culmination of what they have been learning this last trimester, they also sang several songs including "The Star Spangled Banner" and "Moving on to First Grade."

ABE Awarded at State Capitol for 7th Consecutive Year
Al Behrman Elementary School was one of 114 schools from all over Wisconsin honored by State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor during a ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Monday, May 20. ABE was awarded the  Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition award for the seventh year in a row !

Stanford Taylor gave a welcome and presented each school with a plaque commemorating their award. Representing ABE were Baraboo School District Director of Teaching and Learning Dr. Nick Karls, ABE principal Mr. John Blosenski and ABE Behavior Interventionist Kayla Bowar.

JYMS Students Receive Lesson in Ledger Art
Last Friday, Jack Young Middle School 8th graders attended a presentation by Marin (Mark) Denning, Native American educator and artist. His talk focused on Native American history, removals and Ledger Art.

Mr. Denning's Anishinaabe name is Nodaway Benaise and he is Sturgeon Clan, enrolled in the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin. His experience as an educator, lecturer and curriculum specialist in American Indian history and culture has taken him all over the world, working with people, communities and organizations. He has served as an advisor on the Gates Millenium Educational Foundation and is a board member of Indian Summer Festival.  When he is not in the classroom or working on a commercial project or speaking engagement, he lectures at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in the School of Education. 

Mr. Denning's passion is helping teachers, students and businesses understand and appreciate Native American culture from a historical and contemporary point of view, to create greater understanding, teamwork and communication.  
Seal-A-Smile Screens 500 Students in 2018-19
The Sauk County Seal-A-Smile program, run by the Sauk County Health Department,  screened a total of 496 students and sealed 198 students during the 2018-19 school year. All students received a 1st and 2nd Fluoride Varnish.  Of those students, 72 had some dental needs, ranging from early to urgent decay.  This upcoming school year of 2019-20, the program plans to expand to West Kindergarten Center and offer to all 4K and kindergarten students.

Families can sign up student's online here or get a paper copy from school for this free dental screening service.  
ABE Fifth Graders Learn Water Safety
The 5th graders at Al Behrman Elementary School would like to say "thank you" to the pool staff at Jack Young Middle School for the opportunity to swim this week. JYMS Indoor Pool Aquatics Director Heather Wood gave lessons on swim strokes and water safety skills to the incoming 6th graders.

FFA Receives Donation from Blain's Farm & Fleet, Red Brand
The Baraboo FFA Chapter received a generous donation from Blain's Farm and Fleet of Baraboo in conjunction with Red Brand. For every roll of fencing and barbed wire that is sold at the Baraboo Farm and Fleet Location, Red Brand donates a dollar back to the local FFA chapter. The monies will be used to send students to National Convention amongst other leadership conferences throughout the year.  We are so grateful for this partnership and the generosity of two wonderful companies!  
2019-20 Fall JYMS Athletics Registration Information
Parents Meetings
The football parent meeting will be held on Monday, August 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the JYMS cafeteria/auditorium.
Cross Country and Volleyball meetings will be held on Monday, August 26 at 5:30 pm in the JYMS Auditorium.
If you cannot attend the meeting you must contact one of the coaches listed below AND Kevin Catterson ( to get the information you need before the first day of practice.

  WIAA Physical Form - physicals taken after April 1 are good for the following two school years. Physicals performed before April 1 are good for the remainder of that school year plus one more school year. For the second year of a physical you will need to complete an Alternate Year Card .  

If you are in need of a physical there is an option to have a WIAA physical at Wilz Drug in Portage. They provide physicals at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday. No appointment is needed.

Online Registration
Beginning June 1st, registration will be open and available online. You must register online in the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus before the date of the parents meeting. You and your child will sign the Code of Conduct and Concussion forms electronically there. The participation fee of $30 can be paid at the parents meeting or in the JYMS main office. If you would like to pay online please contact Jim Langkamp at in advance to have the fee added to your child's account.

Jack Young Middle School Athletics uses Remind to communicate directly with parents. If you have a smartphone, you are strongly encouraged to sign up to receive timely and important information via text or email. You can sign up for an account at or download the Remind app. This is how coaches will communicate with parents.   Click here for instructions regarding how to register, how to download the app onto your phone, and how to join a sport page and begin receiving messages. Another way to join is to use your phone to text the corresponding message below from your sport to the number 81010.

Remind codes:
7/8th Grade Football: @b8fdbb
7th Grade Volleyball: @k734f84
8th Grade Volleyball: @4b26kf4
6/7/8th Cross Country: @e769kd

Additional Websites

Summer Strength and Conditioning Sign-Up:

First day of practice
Football: First day of practice is August 12th @ JYMS. Time to be determined. Afternoon practices
begin August 26th Mon - Thurs  from 3:30 - 5:30 pm with games on Tuesdays. Game schedules will be
handed out at the parent meeting and can be found at .
Cross Country & Volleyball:  Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m. (First day of school);  Practice schedules and game schedules are found on or .

Coaches Contact Information
7/8th Grade Football:  John Scrabeck  
6/7/8th Cross Country: Terry Kieck
7th Grade Volleyball:  Melissa Van Enkenvort
Jo Fielitz
8th Grade Volleyball:  Kelsey Fish

2019-20 Fall Kid Stop Information
District Offering FREE Summer Breakfast & Lunch

May is Better Speech and Hearing Mont h
Since 1927,  The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has recognized May as Better Speech and Hearing Month. This month, we focus on raising awareness about communication disorders and promoting ways to improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing.

Common Experiences for Children Who May Have Speech/Language Disorders:
  • Problems with articulation of sounds or fluency, such as stuttering 
  • Difficulty with communicating, leading to frustration 
  • Social isolation: when a child becomes frustrated with not being able to speak properly or has a lack of understanding from peers, it can cause him or her to experience difficulty in social situations 
  • Academic challenges:  Language-based learning challenges such as reading, spelling and writing or difficulty expressing thoughts, wants and needs
If you have a child that is experiencing any or some of the above, talk to your child's teacher to  determine if a school Speech and Language Pathologist can help.

FREE BOOKS at Upham Woods Event

Masters Adult Stroke Clinic Registration Opens May 20

Save the Date: 6th Grade Orientation
There will be an orientation for all incoming sixth grade students from 8-11:45 a.m. on August 22 at Jack Young Middle School in the large gym.

The purpose of this orientation is to make the transition from elementary school to middle school a positive one. Eighth graders will serve as leaders and mentors to the sixth graders. The day will include large and small group activities, designed to address students' needs and concerns in an enjoyable manner. 

This orientation is for students only.  Students should wear comfortable shoes. Parents can drop their child off at the circular drive and have their student wait in the Commons.   If you have questions over the summer, please email Christina Olson at  

There will be an informational meeting for parents of students going into 6th grade from 5-6 p.m. on August 22 at Jack Young Middle School.

REMINDER: Winter Weather Make-up Days

FFA Holds Spring Plant Sale
Get Your Summer Swim On!
Time to Register for 2019-20!
We're Hiring: Summer Custodial & Maintenance Positions!
Looking for a summer job? We are hiring  a number of summer custodial & maintenance positions! 

The minimum hourly compensation rates will be as follows:
Lawn Crew - $8.50 |  Maintenance Crew - $8.50 |  Cleaning Crew - $7.75

These positions will begin on or about June 10, 2019. The regular schedule will be 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Summer cleaning crew must be age 16 or older. Summer maintenance crew must be 18 or older and must possess a valid driver's license. Successful candidates will be able to perform medium-heavy work, exert force and lift up to 75 pounds and constantly stand and walk, with or without a reasonable accommodation.  

Applications 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. 

Support Youth Wellness in Baraboo!
It's T-Bird Mini Tri time! Save the date for the 14th Annual T-Bird Mini Tri on Thursday, May 30.  Click here for a printable registration form. 

Want to be a sponsor? Click here for more information.

2019 Summer Kid Stop Program
All elementary school children entering kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall will be eligible for the 2019 Summer Kid Stop Child Care Program. 

Summer Kid Stop is located at Gordon L. Willson Elementary School and is available weekdays from 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. starting Tuesday, June 11 through Friday, August 9th.

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 
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!