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Youth Mental Health
First Aid Training
Date: February 21, 2019
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: Baraboo High School
Note: Pre-registration required. Contact  Cathy Hlavacek to register or for more information.

Transitions: Post Transition Planning and DVR & ADRC
Date: February 27
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: BHS Commons
Note: This is for all middle and high school students with disabilities and their families. Dinner will be provided.

Elementary Winter
P/T Conferences
Date: March 13 / March 14
Time: 1:30-4 p.m. / 4-7 p.m.

Second Annual
Food for Kidz Event
Date: March 30
Place: Baraboo High School gym

Transitions: Resource Fair
Date: April 3
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Place: BHS Commons
Note: This is for all middle and high school students with disabilities and their families. Dinner will be provided.

Spring Break - No School
Date: April 15 - 19

Memorial Day - No School
Date: May 27

Last Day of School
Date: June 6
Note: This will be a full day of school

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

Baraboo School District E-Newsletter
February 8 , 2019
Phase III: Revitalize Jack Young Middle School Goes to Referendum Vote on April 2
Since 2012, the Baraboo School District has been working to assess, prioritize and renovate its facilities, following a comprehensive Long-Range Facilities Master Plan. The District first completed a series of district-wide safety, security and maintenance upgrades in 2015, followed by the revitalization of key spaces at Baraboo High School in 2018.

Baraboo School District will seek residents' approval to borrow $41.7 million to repair, modernize and expand Jack Young Middle School as Phase III in the Long-Range Facilities Master Plan.

Built in 1976, Jack Young Middle School last received an addition in 1997. The proposed facilities referendum addresses Jack Young Middle School's most significant issues:
Repair Aging Infrastructure
Modernize Outdated Teaching and Learning Spaces
Expand Undersized Common Areas

For more information, please click here to visit our website or click here to view our Referendum Fact Sheet.

Congratulations to the Baraboo High School Blue & Gold Court 2019!

Shafer Named to Scholastic's 2019 Teacher Advisory Board
North Freedom Elementary's 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Niki Shafer, has been selected to join Scholastic's 2019 Teacher Advisory Board. Her teaching experience, credentials, and overall passion for literacy stood out amongst a crowded group of candidates as she was one of only 16 educators chosen for this position.

As an Advisor, she will work with teachers from across the country to be the eyes and ears in the classroom to help influence different aspects of Scholastic Book Clubs through March 2020. Her first duty as an Advisor will be to spend a working weekend at Scholastic headquarters in New York City in March.    She will then continue to give feedback and insight throughout the year on book promotions, reviews, technology and more.

Congratulations, Mrs. Shafer!
NEW Interactive Safety Resource Available!
The Department of Justice Office of School Safety would like to share Interact, a new resource from DOJ's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and DPI, in honor of  Safer Internet Day 2019.

Interact is an online, interactive e-course created for parents and guardians to complete with their children with the goal of sparking basic online safety discussions in the home. This 30 minute module provides parents with the opportunity to review their own tech use to set a good example; interactive activities to complete alongside their children; and follow-up resources and activities to keep the discussions going. 

This e-course gives parents the opportunity to set themselves up as the trusted adult in their child's life. If the child sees something online they don't understand or that makes them uncomfortable, they know they have someone to reach out to. The e-course even provides some ideas on how to start and continue these discussions, along with some bonus tips to help break the ice on awkward topics!
Be your child's trusted adult. Interact, and stay safe!

Visit and click the Interact tab to access the e-course, along with numerous other resources for online safety.
The interact program was created by the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to help keep kids safe online.

Bee Great Award at West
The West Kindergarten Center continues to reinforce positive student behavior with students in different ways each day. We recognize Fritzi Busse, Sloan Hess, Jack Wagner, and Emanuelle Romono-Thompson for this 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 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.
Recognizing the Baraboo School District Bus Drivers
Can you imagine keeping one eye on the snow covered road and traffic all around your  vehicle and the other eye on 40 to 50 students who are excited to be out of school for the  day? 

Now imagine that you are responsible not only for driving the vehicle safely but  also, for the physical and emotional safety of each of those riders. School bus drivers  have a very challenging job. Despite the challenges, according to the National Safety  Council, school buses are the safest form of ground transportation. As a matter of fact,  school buses are about 40 times safer than the family car.

The State of Wisconsin has declared next week  as School Bus Drivers Recognition Week. This week is highlighted each  year to recognize the commitment to safety excellence of over 15,000 Wisconsin school  bus drivers, who drive over 82 million miles each year and transport over 600,000  students on any given school day.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers made the following proclamation:

WHEREAS; more than 15,000 school bus drivers in the state of Wisconsin travel more than 82 million miles a year in transporting more than 600,000 students to and from school every day; and

WHEREAS; these drivers and owners and operators of school buses have promoted and practiced the highest standards to assure the protection of their passenger; and

WHEREAS; the Wisconsin School Bus Association, through its Board of Directors, pledges its full and dedicated cooperation with the Department of Transportation's Office of Transportation Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles and the State Patrol, the State Advisory Council of Highway Safety, the Department of Public Instruction, schools, law enforcement agencies, PTAs, and other organizations in promoting public awareness of the importance of school bus transportation.

Gulden Honored at WI State Education Convention
Baraboo School District's Elizabeth Gulden, 2019 Wisconsin Elementary Teacher of the Year, was recently honored at the Wisconsin State Education Convention on January 23rd in Milwaukee. Former State Senator Herb Kohl was also in attendance for the awards ceremony. 

Gulden said, "It was an absolute honor to finally meet Senator Kohl and thank him in person for all of his extremely generous monetary contributions to Wisconsin schools and students." 

Gulden and District Administrator, Dr. Lori Mueller, also had an opportunity to meet newly appointed Wisconsin State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor at the event.

In addition to maintaining her role as a kindergarten teacher at Gordon L. Willson Elementary, Mrs. Gulden will now serve on the Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Council, alongside Baraboo School District's instructional facilitator, Jane McMahon. Gulden's work as part of the Council will include the areas of: teacher leadership, new teachers identified as Educators of Promise, and advocating for early childhood education best practices in our state.

Baraboo's Backpack Project Now Accepting Applications
The Backpack Project is now accepting applications for this friendly, supportive and confidential program. 

Applications are available by clicking here.  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
Pottery Class Enjoys A Cup 'O Joe and Cocoa
Ms. Watson's pottery class started the first day of school excited to try out the new equipment in the classroom, thanks to the completion of Phase II: Revitalize Baraboo High School. 

On the last day of the semester, these same students proudly hold their own hand-thrown pottery mugs before using them for the class's cocoa and coffee party.

Thank you for giving our students this wonderful space to engage, learn and grow in, Baraboo!

North Freedom Celebrates World Read Aloud Day
We think everyone in the world should get to read and write.  Every year, on World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people.

North Freedom Elementary Celebrated World Read Aloud Day on Friday, February 1
st All teachers and support staff participated by reading to children as a positive way to start their day.  

JYMS 7th & 8th Band Students Perform at UW-Eau Claire Honor Band!
On Friday, February 1st, twenty-seven JYMS Band students attended the second annual UWEC Middle School Honor Band in Eau Claire! Over 200 7th and 8th grade instrumentalists from Wisconsin and Minnesota gathered at the Haas Fine Arts Center on the UWEC Campus for a day of learning and music-making. Representing Baraboo were JYMS musicians Aimee Acree, Isaiah Eschelweck, Olivia Hollenback, Tory Jax, Annie Langkamp, Grayson Lutz, Hunter Tikkanen, Julia Williams, Anna Balfanz, Brooke Beardsley, Eryn Benson, Derek Gehin, Kyra Granberg, Dominic Gray, Kevin Guerrero, Jackson Hanusa, Grace Holt, Paityn Lewison, Jacob Little Soldier, Amara Mattice, Morgan Owen, Katie Peterson, Reese Sherman, Ethan Shrake, Hayden Steinbrink, Annah Tiber, & Henry Watson.

These student musicians spent their entire day in the hands of  UWEC professors and music majors, professional performers and conductors, and high caliber music educators. From 9 o'clock in the morning until the 6 o'clock evening concert performance, honor band kids rehearsed advanced music by various composers in diverse styles, partook in masterclasses on their instruments, lived a day on a college campus, and met and made music alongside kids their own age from all over Wisconsin and Minnesota. New connections and new friends were made, and all in the spirit of music-making! 

Student Quotes:
"Overall it was super fun and it was worth going. I had so much fun, learned new things, and had a great time."

"The rehearsal spaces are huge compared to our classroom. The room I was in had really tall ceilings with a lot of space for storage. They had a large space that was able to fit 85 kids and still have plenty of space for more people."

"The best part was the performance. I loved playing in front of an audience. I also liked when we were practicing on the stage to see what it was like."

"The best part overall was being able to meet other percussionists from different areas in Wisconsin, and meet people from different states too."

Would you do another honor band? "Yes, definitely yes. 1,000 times yes."

"The best part overall were the people I met there and made friends with."

"The best part overall was the concert at the end to listen to what all the other bands had accomplished that day."

"Our music was so hard but it was worth it because they sounded really cool put together with the rest of the band."

FBLA Goes to Regional Leadership Conference
We are #Barabooproud of the 60+ FBLA members who participated in the Regional Leadership Conference where they tested their skills and knowledge in the business field.  

Please congratulate the following students on their amazing performance:

- 2ND Place - Brady Quinn, Will Gunnel, and Colton Terry - Sports & Entertainment Management
- 4TH Place - Quinn Chambas, Liz Cerda, and Trinity Wade - Publication Design
- 4TH Place - Levi Kline - Securities & Investments
- 3RD Place - Matilda Lund - Intro to Public Speaking
- 1ST Place - Ashley Cornwell - Journalism
- 8TH Place - Riley Hinz, Jack Rath, & Mike Wech - Marketing
- 1ST Place - John Cornwell - 2ND Place - Laura Smidl - Cyber Security
- 5TH Place - Caden Carpenter - Business Calculations
- 1ST Place - Meg Turkington, Zann Peterson, Payton Nicksic - Intro to Business Presentation
- 4TH Place - Ben Florencio - Organizational Leadership
- 3RD Place - CC Oettinger, Lauren Meyer, Danna Klicko
- 5TH Place - Ariana Macias - 7TH Place - Katrina Kemblowski - Health Care Admin.
- 5TH Place - Austin Boettcher, TJ Nickel - Public Service Announcement
- 7TH Place - Hannah Vittengl, Naomi Pelland - Entrepreneurship
- 4TH Place - Ethan Agren - Impromptu Speaking
- 1ST Place - Ryan Gehin - 5TH Place - Eric Gumz - Agribusiness
- 2ND Place - Alec Schmelzer, Josef Kohlman, Joe Stout - Digital Video Production
- 7TH Place - Ashley Vorndran - Personal Finance
- 3RD Place - Caroline Lewison - Introduction to Business Communication
- 1ST Place - Will Hagar - Client Services
- 2ND Place - Sara Van Gheem, Lara Justus - Management Decision Making
- 2ND Place - Ethan Sefkar, Mychal Hainz - Network Design
- 1ST Place - Claire Huebsch - 5TH Place - Hayley Hannagan - Networking Concepts
- 1ST Place - Jacob Carignan - Sales Presentation
- 2ND Place - Adele Griffin - Public Speaking
- 1ST Place - Ben Beal - Computer Problem Solving
- 4TH Place - Destina Warner, Callee Gissal, Isabel Deering - Graphic Design
- 1ST Place - Paige Lewison, Lannie Koppie, Claire Bildsten - Broadcast Journalism
Along with this awesome performance from the kids, the chapter also received a plaque for 1ST Place - Outstanding Regional Chapter .   
One other accomplishment is a shout out to Wren Benson who represented Baraboo with distinction as she campaigned for a state officer position. She campaigned hard, delivered a concise speech with a solid platform, and won the Region IV Vice President position. Next year Baraboo will be the host school for RLC, and Wren is super excited.  

West Celebrates 100th Day of School
It was a busy day at the West Kindergarten Center on February 6.  The school held a recent food drive to support many families in our community.  Students are continually learning how to think of others and how to help others in need.  A food pantry representative is pictured along with Principal Olson with the donation shared with the Baraboo Food Pantry.

ABE Principal, John Blosenski, disguised himself as "Zero the Hero" to help students at West to celebrate the 100th day of school.  Students did many math activities throughout the school day to recognize number patterns and be able to count to 100.

JYMS 2019 Spring Swimming Intramurals

BHS Spring Athletes: Please Read Below

Spring Sports Practice Start Dates:
Boys & Girls Track - March 4
Softball - March 11
Girls Soccer - March 18
Baseball - March 18
Boys Tennis - March 25
Boys Golf - March 25
Spring Break - April 15 -19

High School Spring Sport Parents Meeting
The Spring Sport Parents Meeting will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 in the BHS Gym. The general session will begin at 6:00 p.m. Sport meetings will follow at 6:30 p.m.  Parents who attended the Fall or Winter Sports Parents Meeting do not need to attend the general session. Students do not need to attend these meetings. If you need help registering your child or paying fees you should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. If your son or daughter was out for a fall or winter sport you do not need to register online again. Just sign up with the coach or Mrs. Teasdale.  If your child was not out for a fall or winter sport, you will need to register your child in the Parent Portal , under the HS Spring Sports Registration Link .  Fees can be paid online or with a check or cash in the high school office.  If you are not sure if your son/daughter will need a physical, please contact Renee Teasdale at 355-3940, Ext. 2022.

WIAA Physicals
WIAA physicals are based on the date of April 1. Any physical dated prior to April 1, 2017 is no longer valid.  Physicals dated April 1, 2017 or after are valid for the 2018-19 school year.  Physicals dated after April 1, 2018 will be good for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.  Physicals are good for TWO SCHOOL YEARS,  not two years from the date of the physical.
Check Mate!

Got Sole? Donate to the BHS Shoe Drive!
NEW: Aqua Barre at Baraboo Indoor Pool!
Baraboo Public Library Invites Upham Woods

Baraboo Public Library Invites Upham Woods

Resources Available to Flood Victims

Past BHS Yearbooks Now ON SALE!

Buy Pizza: Support the Class of 2020!

4K  (and new to Baraboo 5K students)  Registration for 2019-20
4K Registration for 2019-20
The 4-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) Registration within the Baraboo School District for the 2019-20 school year will be any time between 7:00 am. and 4:00 pm. on Tuesday, April 2nd at East Elementary (815 6th Street, Baraboo) if your child turns 4-years-old by no later than Sept. 1, 2019.  (Please bring your child's birth certificate to 4K 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 4K after April 2.  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 12th year of programming in the fall of 2019.  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 2019-20 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 2019-20
If you have a child that will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2019 and your child is not currently enrolled in BELC (4K) in 2018-19, please register your child at East Elementary (815 6th Street) on Tuesday, April 2.  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 2.

If you have a child that will be 5 years of age before September 1, 2019 and your child is currently enrolled within BELC (4K) in 2018-19, you do not need to attend the 5K registration at East on April 2.  Your family can register online for 5K any time after April 1 from the district website ( ).   Please call 608-355-3955 with any questions.

Family Literacy Night Set for Feb 28
Parent Resource Group Presents Series on Transitions

Now Hiring: Guest Teachers
The School District of Baraboo is hiring guest (substitute) teachers for all levels (4K-12). The starting rate is $110 per day! 

Candidates must either be a teacher or substitute teacher licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). For information on how to apply for a substitute teaching license, visit the DPI website. 

Interested candidates should apply through the Wisconsin Education Career Access Network (WECAN) or by completing an employment application and submitting to Human Resources. More information can be found here:

Optimist Club Valentine's Brunch To Benefit BHS Link Crew
Has Your Student Purchased Their Yearbook Yet? There's Still Time!
Baraboo High School yearbooks are available to order! Click here to order a BHS yearbook or email Mrs. Znidarsich with any questions.

By buying a yearbook BHS students have the chance to be entered into a raffle to win a punch card for up to 10 free beverages at the school store! In order to be entered you must purchase your yearbook by January 22nd at People who have already bought their yearbook will also be entered in this drawing.

Diversity 101 Training RESCHEDULED to Feb. 26
UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County's first session of "Diversity 101" has been rescheduled to February 26, 2019, from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the Baraboo Campus in the Science Bldg, Room A001.

This free training will cover basic key terminology, scenarios, and inclusive practices as they relate to diversity and inclusion. 

This training is open to the public. Space is limited; pre-registration is encouraged. Click here to register.
Parent-Tot Swim Registration Now Open

Get Trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid
We're Hiring!
Looking for part-time work? Need flexible hours? Look no further!!

The Baraboo School District is seeking candidates for substitute custodial positions for the 2018-19 school year. The starting rate is $11.09/hr. 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.

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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