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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

School Volunteer Appreciation Event
Date: Thursday, May 17
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Place: West School ( 707 Center St.) 

NF Pastries for Parents
Date: May 18
Time: 7:15-7:45 a.m.
Place: North Freedom Elementary School

ABE 5K Color Run
Date: May 19
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: Al Behrman Elementary School

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: 4:30-5:45 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.

BHS Fitness Classroom Grand Reveal
Date: May 25
Time: 2:55 p.m.
Place: BHS

East School Picnic
Date: May 25
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Place: East Elementary School

BHS Senior Graduation
Date: June 1
Time: 8-9:30 p.m.
Place: BHS

Last Day of School
Date: June 5
Place: all schools!

Baraboo Music Support Group Meeting
Date: June 4 
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: BHS Choir Room
Agenda: Elect new officers for 2018-2019
All parents of music students are welcome.


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
May 17, 2018

Gulden Named 2019 Wisconsin Elementary Teacher of the Year!
We are #Barabooproud of our very own, Mrs. Liz Gulden, at kindergarten teacher at Gordon L. Willson Elementary School in the Baraboo School District and winner of the 2019 Wisconsin Elementary Teacher of the Year!

In a surprise ceremony at GLW on Friday, Mrs. Gulden was named Wisconsin's 2019 Elementary School Teacher of the Year.
State Superintendent Tony Evers made the announcement during an all-school assembly. As part of the Teacher of the Year honor, Gulden will receive $3,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.

"Our teachers wear many hats, yet their dedication to children is constant," said State Superintendent Tony Evers. "From the classroom to the conference room to the community, they focus on our kids and their education. It is an honor to recognize educators who do so much for Wisconsin's students and our public schools."

Herb Kohl, philanthropist, businessman, and co-sponsor of the Wisconsin Teacher of the Year program through his educational foundation, said he supports the program because "I want to help teachers pursue their unrealized goals for their classroom, their school, or their professional development."

Mrs. Gulden turns to Mary Poppins as a role model, sharing the character's belief that "In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun." Her classroom is an active and collaborative teaching and learning environment where students "are in a constant state of fun." She motivates and inspires her students' love of learning by practicing and learning along with them. "We read, write, solve math problems, and research new ideas together," she said.

She spearheaded what became a districtwide initiative to accelerate the number of sight words kindergarteners master before the end of the school year. Each new sight word is introduced verbally, added to the word wall, and spelled kinesthetically so multiple senses are involved in learning. With the addition of video recordings of students and staff members spelling words with their bodies for continued
practice and review at home, kindergarten achievement data shows most students recognize 75 to 100 Elementary sight words by the end of the school year and have improved reading achievement on standardized assessments.

She addresses the increased emphasis on STEAM (science, technology , engineering, arts, and mathematics) through lessons that have students construct houses for the three little pigs that can withstand the huffing and puffing of the wolf, and competing with Lego cars, teaching foundational science and math concepts while developing social and teamwork skills.

Mrs. Gulden has served as a peer coach and mentor, taking an active role to guide new educators in their first years and assisting veteran teachers in refining their teaching practice. She is a leader in educator effectiveness and guiding her peers in the use of data to set individual student goals and incorporate literacy learning into more facets of the school day. She championed the Playground Fundraising Committee, which held events to raise money to replace and upgrade playground equipment that benefits the school and community.
Gulden earned her National Board Certification in 2017 and was named the district's Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2013. She has been with the Baraboo School District since 2005, teaching at the West Kindergarten Center prior to working at GLW. She holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood and a master's degree in professional development, both from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She earlier earned an associate's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County.

Baraboo School District Holds Volunteer Appreciation Celebration
The Baraboo School District continues to welcome volunteers within each of our schools.  

Today the district held a district-wide school volunteer appreciation event at West School with refreshments, tasty desserts and, of course, LOTS of appreciation of all our volunteers do for our schools and our students!

Thank you to our many school volunteers and community partners for all of the ways in which you support and impact each of our Baraboo schools.

Mrs. Hiel receives 2017/18 Distinguished Elementary Teacher of the Year Award!
The Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award is presented annually to an outstanding elementary teacher in the School District of Baraboo.  The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor educators who have distinguished themselves by their instructional skills, their leadership and their dedication to the young people of the community.  

This year's recipient is North Freedom Elementary and Gordon L Willson Elementary music teacher, Mrs. Amy Hiel! Here are some of the things that others have said about this teacher.
  • She has a positive disposition, willingness to go above and beyond, and her dedication to students is inspirational.
  • She is dedicated to providing her students with the best learning experiences that she can. She incorporates singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, creating music, and much more into her lessons which makes the learning hands on and engaging.
  • She finds innovative ways to bring literacy into her instruction. She started a new project at our school, the music lending library. Amy wants students and families to be able to enjoy music at home as well. Within the first two days, every single item was checked out!  
  • Amy goes above and beyond for her students at our school every day. She has written several grants through Donor's Choose to purchase items like drums, ukuleles, books, and much more to enhance what she is doing in class. This year during her lunch Amy also started a ukulele and a drum club to provide students with even more opportunities to love music outside of the regular day.
Please join us in congratulating Mrs. Hiel!
BSD Facebook Page Reaches 3,000 Likes!
We at the Baraboo School District want to say THANK YOU to all of our 3,000+ followers on Facebook.  We like you, too! We have nearly doubled our Facebook following in the last year. 

If you haven't followed us on Facebook yet, please click here to get updates on student and staff achievements, important dates, school closings and more.  Don't forget to also follow us on Twitter and Instagram @BarabooSD!
BELC 4K Students End the Year with a Spring Sing!
The Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative came together on May 10 for a Spring Sing! Our district's youngest learners practiced songs and choreography at their respective 4K sites, then came together to perform as one large group. We are #Barabooproud of the class of 2032 and look forward to many, many accomplishments to come!

To see the video of the performance, please visit the Baraboo School District's Website and click on 4K Spring Sing!
Stout and Moon Named Prom King and Queen
Baraboo High School's class of 2019 held prom on May 5, 2018. This year's prom court included:
Hailey Hinz, Eva Frank, Abby Moon, Hope Brandhagen, Haley Hannagan, Abi Gibbs, Katie Kargel, Jordan Blue, Ethan Agren, Matt Lane, Caden Carpenter, Joe Stout, Charlie Stack and Jack Rath.

The 2018 Prom King and Queen were Joe Stout and Abby Moon!

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Celebrating Baraboo School District Milestones
In honor of last week's Teacher Appreciation Week, p ease help us congratulate the following BSD staff for there amazing service to our district!

$263,000 Awarded in Scholarships to Baraboo High School Students
The Baraboo School District honored Baraboo High School students during the Academic Awards Ceremony on May 10, in which 89 BHS students received  $ 2 6 3 , 0 0 0 from community donors.  We are #Barabooproud of our high school seniors! 

Fitness Classroom Grand Reveal Set For May 25

BHS Extracurriculars Raise Money with Drive 4 UR School Event
On May 19, 2018, Glacier Valley Ford and Ford Motor Company are once again teaming up to bring a Drive 4 Ur School event to Baraboo. Previous Drive 4 Ur School events have raised nearly $25,000 for Baraboo High School extracurricular groups, while our Drive 4 Ur Community events have raised $18,000 for area nonprofits. Each 'test' drive earns $20, with an additional $10 for test driving the ALL NEW Ecosport or the newly redesigned Expedition. (One donation per household, with complete evaluation)

ABE Color Run Set for May 19
Get ready for the most exciting and colorful fundraising event ever!

The Al Behrman 5K Color Run will be held on Saturday, May 19th at 9:00AM. The run will start and finish on the playground at ABE. The students of Al Behrman Elementary have been collecting donations to replace older pieces of playground equipment at the school. The students and staff would like to invite the community to participate in their 5K Color Run. Individuals can make a donation or register to participate in the run at . Individuals can also register the day of, beginning at 8:00AM. This is a safe and healthy fundraiser. It is a fun way to get the students outside, involve the community, and have a blast while raising money.
The Students at ABE have also been conducting a shoe drive fundraiser with Funds2orgs in an effort to raise money for the playground. They are looking for new & gently worn used shoes that are in good condition and still have life left in them. If you have shoes to donate, there are collection bins at Al Behrman Elementary School. There will also be collection bins at the 5K Color Run. To learn more about Funds2org, visit
Intro to Aviation Summer Course Now Open for Enrollment
The Baraboo School District is offering a Summer Enrichment Course: Introduction to Aviation (Not for credit) for all 2017-18 Baraboo High School or Wisconsin Dells students. 

In this course, Students will study the details of how to control the flight of an airplane. Students will then use this information by practicing on simulators. They will learn basic flight maneuvers such as takeoff, landing, turns, climbs and descents. In addition, students will learn about career opportunities related to aviation.

Dates: June 11th - July 11th (Not including July 3rd - 5th)
Time: 9:00 - 11:30
Location: Baraboo - Dells Airport
S3440 County Rd. BD
Baraboo, WI 53913
Cost: Free

Students must be able to secure your own transportation to and from the course.

DQ Partners with North Freedom Parent Group for Fundraiser
Baraboo Athletics Now Streamed Through NFHS Network
As of May 1, Baraboo High School Athletics will no longer be streamed by The Cube, and will instead be streamed by the NFHS Network. The NFHS is the governing body of all state high school associations, including the WIAA. To find our broadcasts go to . There is a link on that site to get to our live streams. You can also go directly to  and search for "Baraboo."

You will still be able to view our broadcasts free of charge. You can create an account when you are on and follow Baraboo High School, as many people did with The Cube. When you sign up for an account you will receive an e-mail confirmation. The e-mail encourages people to sign up for a subscription. Please know that you do not  need to pay for a subscription to view live Baraboo HS events. Viewers can watch our regular season events at no charge. (There is a charge to watch any of our WIAA post-season events.)

Thank you for supporting Thunderbird Athletics!
District Offers Free Summer Breakfast and Lunch
Any questions, please call Mary Loveless, Food Service Director at 355-3980.

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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