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Baraboo High School
Showcase Concert
Date: March 22
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: BHS Gymnasium

District Spring Break
Date: March 26-30

4K Registration f
or 2018-19 School Year
Date: April 5
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Place: East Elementary, 815 6th St., Baraboo

GLW 2nd Grade Concert
Date: April 10
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

4K Make Up Day
Date: April 11
Note: For both AM and PM BELC classes

Indoor Pool
20th Anniversary Celebration
Date: April 16
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School Indoor Pool

GLW Kindergarten Concert
Date: May 7
Time: 2:15 p.m.
Place: GLW

JYMS Spring Band Concerts
Date: May 17
Time: 5:30 p.m. 6th grade; 6:30 p.m. 7th grade; 7:30 p.m. 8th grade
Place: JYMS Big Gym

JYMS Spring Choir Concerts
Date: May 22
Time: 5:30 p.m. (WIN & 6th grade); 6:30 p.m. (7th and 8th)
Place: JYMS Big Gym

T-Bird Mini-Tri
Date: May 24
Time - Registration: 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Time - Briefing: 5:45 p.m.
Start time: 6 p.m.
Place: Jack Young Middle School Indoor Pool
Notes: Ages 4-12. Students must register in advance; no race day registration.

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 E-Newsletter
March 29 , 2018

Baraboo 21 Honors Vietnam War Era Veterans
Baraboo High School's Baraboo 21 Club along with BHS Social Studies teacher Mr. Argo held the second annual  Vietnam War Veterans (1961-1965) and Vietnam Era Veterans (1961-1975)  breakfast and appreciation ceremony on Friday, March 16.

Each veteran received a medal of appreciation as well as an all-you-can-eat breakfast sponsored by Roasters.

The ceremony included a performance by the Baraboo High School brass band, as well as a series of speakers including Mr. Argo, BHS principal Mr. Glenn Bildsten, Baraboo School Board president Mr. Kevin Vodak, local veterans, current military, State Senator John Erpenbach and more.

We are #Barabooproud of Mr. Argo, the Baraboo 21 Club and all who helped and participated in this event. 

Buy Ready Player One Tix to Help Europe Trip!
Buy your "READY PLAYER ONE" tickets for opening weekend here - and help support the Baraboo High School History of Europe Trip!

All tickets bought this week - Wednesday, March 28-Sunday, April 1, via our link (click here) will support this cause. Plus, get $5 off when you buy 2+ tickets by entering the promo code 5DOLLA at check out.

$1.00 from every ticket to see READY PLAYER ONE bought for March 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st or April 1st supports Baraboo High School History of Europe Trip

Note, there will be no mention of the fundraiser past this link.  Atom Tickets does not host any information about the wonderful schools or causes that FilmRaiser supports. This custom link tracks our sales. 
Students Demonstrate Traditional Ho-Chunk Dances
On Friday, March 23, members of Ho-Chunk Nation visited our area elementary schools to present on the Ho-Chunk culture, as well as to demonstrate Ho-Chunk dance and dress.

During the presentation, Ho-Chunk members described the different dances and dress associated with those dances, and Baraboo School District students performed to traditional Ho-Chunk Pow Wow music. They told the elementary students about Ho-Chunk history and described how several of the students received their Ho-Chunk names, as well as the origin behind those names. At the end of the presentation, the students and staff were invited to get up and join the pow wow fun in a group dance.

We are #Barabooproud of our Ho-Chunk students for demonstrating the Ho-Chunk culture to their peers and teachers in a celebration of diversity in the Baraboo School District!
Students Earn BEE Great Award for Following Cool Tools
Lucas Waldon, Elizabeth Zink, Ervin Pall, and Brody Kaufman were recognized   for last week's BEE Great Award at West Kindergarten Center. These students have truly exemplified the West Cool Tools of "BEEing Respectful, BEEing Responsible, and BEEing Resourceful." Each week, West staff recognizes a different student from each classroom for this awesome recognition. Thank you to our families for all of their continued positive support at West.
Cheerleading Camp Starts April 5
The Baraboo High School Cheerleading Team is offering cheerleading tumbling classes to all students in grades 1-8.  Classes will be every  Thursday starting with  April 5th.  

The cost is $20 per month and classes will be held in the balcony at Baraboo High School.  Classes for middle school students will be from  5:30-6:30 pm; classes for 1st - 5th grade will be from  4:30-5:30 pm.  

Please contact Coach Krystal Flores at  with questions or to register.
Social Justice Club Raises $402
Congratulations to the Social Justice Club at Al Behrman Elementary! 

The school's newest club, organized by EL teacher Mrs. Jori Ruff, held a bake sale and raised $402, split evenly between the Baraboo Food Pantry and People Helping People.

We are #Barabooproud of our social justice students!
5th Graders Take Down North Freedom Teachers in B-Ball Show Down!
North Freedom Elementary students were busy earning "Cool Tool" tickets for the three weeks leading up to spring break. As a  school-wide Positive Behavior, Interventions and Supports (PBIS) reward, the class with the most tickets earned at the end of the three weeks would go head-to-head against the teachers in the second annual Teachers Vs. Students Basketball Game on March 23rd.  

The winners of the Cool Tool ticket challenge: The Fifth Graders!

The winner of the Teachers vs. Students Basketball Game: THE FIFTH GRADERS!
ABE Celebrates Grandparents Day
Al Behrman Elementary School celebrated Grandparents Day on Tuesday, March 20. The school invited grandparents into the classrooms to read with students!

Registration for Summer School Now Open
Registration for the Baraboo School District Middle School Summer School program opens tomorrow, March 23. To register for any of the following courses or for more information, please click here.
#Barabooproud of our Kohl Educational Foundation Award Recipients!
We are  #Barabooproud to announce that Al Behrman Elementary principal John Blosenski was one of only 16 principals in Wisconsin selected for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Leadership Program for 2018.
Leadership Award recipients are school principals who are being recognized for setting high standards for instruction, achievement, and character, and creating a climate to best serve students, families, staff, and community. Recipients are selected by a statewide committe e composed of civic leaders and representatives of education-related associations.
Awards in the amount of $6,000 are being made to the 16 principals and their schools.


We are  #Barabooproud to announce that Gordon L. Willson Elementary kindergarten teacher Liz Gulden is one of only 100 teachers in Wisconsin selected for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship Program for 2018.
Fellowship recipients are educators who have been chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.
Awards in the amount of $6, 000 are being made to the 100 teachers and their schools.

ARC Lifeguarding Certification Course Offered at Baraboo Indoor Pool
Key Club Egg Hunt Set for March 31
Registration Open for Parent-Tot Swim Lessons

Aqua Zumba Classes are Open for Registration

Summer Kid Stop Program Information
Summer Swimming Lessons Schedule Now Available
The 2018-19 School Calendar is Now Available!
The calendar for the 2018-19 school year has been finalized and is now available.

Please take a look and note the dates of winter break 2018 and spring break 2019 as you make travel and vacation plans!

4K Registration Starts April 5 for 2018-19 School Year! 
4K Registration for 2018-19
      The 4-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) Registration within the Baraboo School District for the 2018-19 school year will be any time between 7:30 am. and 5:00 pm. on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at East Elementary (815 6th Street, Baraboo) if your child turns 4-years-old by no later than Sept. 1, 2018.  (Please bring your child's birth certificate to 4K registration along with proof of residency. Proof of residence is not needed if you have a child already enrolled in the district). You may contact District Registrar, Kristine Snow, at 608-355-3955 or with registration questions or you can visit her at the district office at 423 Linn Street, Baraboo to register for 4K after April 5.  You are invited to discover more about 4K in Baraboo by accessing the 4K videos found at the following website:   Baraboo 4K Curriculum & Instruction.

     The 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) program also known as BELC (Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative) will be beginning it's 11th year of programming in the fall of 2018. Please note that BELC is a half-day program for 3.17 hours on 4 days (M, T, Th & F) each week with many parent outreach opportunities. Our BELC AM session runs from 7:55-11:05 am., and our BELC PM session runs from 11:50 am. - 3:00 pm. Any 4K student would need to qualify for transportation based on the location of their residence outside of the Baraboo city limits, and 4K transportation is only provided during our afternoon sessions. We do not typically offer a second year of BELC to an individual student as 4K is meant to be a one-year program for all of our students.  

     Please contact Dr. Chris Olson, BELC/West Principal, at 608-355-3906 or  at any time with 4K questions regarding the 2018-19 school year. Thank you for working to give your child a great start with their educational career by registering him/her for 4K.  We look forward to working with your family!

5K Registration for 2018-19
     If you have a child that will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2018 and your child is not currently enrolled in BELC (4K) in 2017-18, please register your child at East Elementary (815 6th Street) on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Please bring your child's birth certificate to 5K registration along with proof of residency. You may contact District Registrar, Kristine Snow, at 608-355-3955 or with registration questions or you can visit her at the district office at 423 Linn Street, Baraboo to register for 5K after April 5.

     If you have a child that will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2018 and your child is currently enrolled within BELC (4K) in 2017-18, you do not need to attend the 5K registration at East on April 5. Your family can register online for 5K any time after April 1 from the district website .  Please call 608-355-3955 with any questions.

Online Registration for the 2018-19 School Year Opens April 1
4K Schedules Two Make Up Days
Dear BELC (4K) Parents and Guardians:

The Baraboo School District includes two additional 4K days of instruction within our annual calendar.  Due to two school cancellations, two early dismissals, and two late starts this year, the District needs to add two more days to the 4K calendar to meet required Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction instructional minutes for the 2017-18 school year.  It is important to us that we give families as much time as possible to accommodate these additional days into personal calendars. So, please mark your calendar for your child to attend 4K on Wednesday, March 21 and Wednesday, April 11.  

It is important to note that we may need to add more 4K days if there are additional school cancellations or delays due to inclement weather.  Also, the 4K calendar operates under a different set of rules compared to our K-12 classrooms with regard to instructional minutes. Thank you for your flexibility with these changes and please do not hesitate to contact me if any questions should arise.

Yours in Education,

Dr. Chris Olson, BELC/West Principal or 608-355-3906
The Baraboo School District is Hiring!
Baraboo's Backpack Project Now Accepting Applications
The Backpack Project is now accepting applications for this friendly, supportive and confidential program. 

Income guidelines are provided on the application, as well as other qualifiers such as severe debilitating illness, grandparents raising grandchildren and foster families.

Donations of school supplies, backpacks and monetary donations are being accepted. To donate or if you have questions, contact Becky at 608-963-8230 or email
Baraboo School District Volunteer Trainings
The Baraboo School District continues to welcome volunteers within each of our schools. 

In order to best support our numerous volunteers, we are offering volunteer training at West School (707 Center St.) on March 22 from 4:00-5:00 PM.  School volunteers from any of our schools are welcome to attend either of these trainings to better understand the role and dynamics of a school volunteer along with receiving some information about school district volunteer expectations.  

The volunteer training is optional to any school district volunteers on either date.  Any and all volunteers at any of our schools are welcome to attend a district-wide school volunteer appreciation event at West School (707 Center St.) on May 17 from 4:00-5:00 PM.  Thank you to our many school volunteers and community partners for all of the many ways that they support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.  
County to Host Free Active Shooter Trainings
Sauk County Emergency Management will have several upcoming  ALICE trainings. 

These trainings are designed for residents of Sauk County to attend and learn response techniques during "active on-going violence" situations. Residents can attend any one of the dates within the County.
All sessions will be the same. It is only necessary to attend one. This is open to children as well.

For more information, contact Tracy Hameau at or call 608-355-4417.
Teacher of the Year Nominations 
The School District of Baraboo has announced the opening of nominations for the Excellence in Education Award (EIEA) and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award (DETA) programs for the 2017-'18 school year.  The EIEA award is sponsored by the BHS Graduating Class of 1956 and the DETA award is sponsored by Mr. Andrew Hauge.  The Class of 1956 and Mr. Hauge have established endowment funds with the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation for the purpose of financing all costs associated with the award programs.  The purpose of the award programs is to recognize and honor outstanding teachers in the Baraboo School District who have distinguished themselves as exemplary teachers and who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and dedication to the young people of the Baraboo community.  The recipients of these annual awards will be announced near the end of the current school year at  special award ceremonies.

The recipients of the awards, who will be chosen by a five-member selection committee of retired teachers, community members and school district officials, will receive a framed honorary certificate and a stipend to be used for a professional development or educational enrichment activity which will enhance the teacher's knowledge, skills and classroom effectiveness.  In addition, the winning teacher's name for the EIEA, which is given to a secondary teacher in the Baraboo School District, will be engraved on a large bronze plaque which hangs in the Media Center of Baraboo High School.  The plaque is inscribed with a tribute to the former teachers of the Class of '56 who, "taught, guided and inspired" them during their years at Baraboo Junior High and Baraboo Senior High School.

To be eligible for these awards a teacher must be:
  • Licensed and certified by the State of Wisconsin
  • Employed as a full-time teacher by the District
  • Planning to return as a full-time teacher in this District for the next school year
The Selection Committee will judge candidates based on the following criteria:
  • Mastery of sound classroom instructional skills
  • Use of initiative, creativity and innovation in teaching techniques
  • Motivational and leadership skills with students and colleagues
  • Involvement in school organizations and activities
  • Involvement in professional organizations, seminars and continuing education
  • Positive relationships with superiors, colleagues, students and parents
The School District is now seeking nominations for the Excellence in Education Award (middle school and high school educators)  and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award for 2017.  Nominations may be made by a teacher colleague, an administrator, a parent of a student or a current or former student.  Nomination forms may be obtained on the District's website: or at any district school building.  Submitting a nomination will also require that the nominator write a letter in support of the nominee.  Guidelines for writing such a letter will be included with the nomination form.  Nomination forms must be received at East Elementary School 815 Sixth Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913 by Friday, March 9, 2018, to be valid. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Molly Fitzgerald at East Elementary, 608-355-3920.

Reserve Your Meeting Space Today!
Is your group looking for a place to meet, hold a training session or have a conference? Host your next meeting at one of the available spaces with the Baraboo School District! 

Available spaces include:
Two conference areas at our District Office, 423 Linn Street
A computer lab for business trainings
Professional Development room at East Elementary
Indoor Pool open swim and birthday parties
Commercial kitchen 
JYMS Auditorium

Upon reserving a space, please specify your needs, such as:
  • Do you need tables?
  • Do you need a microphone?
  • Do you need a projector?
  • Do you need the bleachers pulled out in the gym?
If you would like to reserve any of these spaces please contact Executive Administrative Assistant to the District Administrator and School Board, Ellen Weiland at (608) 355-3950 ext. 1020 or

SAVE THE DATE for the Baraboo Indoor Pool's 20th Anniversary Celebration!
TRANSforming Our Understanding: Standing with LGBTQ Youth
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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