Baraboo School News
BELC 4K students spent a wonderful day at Ochsner Park Zoo last week for their end of the year field trip! The 4K students had the opportunity to face some of their fears and learn about the creatures around them.
Dogs-on-Call brought their dog Zombie to share lessons about dog safety bite prevention. University of Wisconsin Extension staff from Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center came with their albino corn snake named Popcorn and their box turtle named Rachel to provide the students with hands-on experiences and lessons about reptiles.
Earlier this month, 5th graders at North Freedom Elementary conducted a Mystery Powders science experiment! The students had four mystery powders and three liquids: water, iodine, and vinegar. They took each powder and recorded its reaction with each liquid, looking at color, texture, consistency, etc. Based on their observations and what they knew about the three liquids, they then had to make a hypothesis about the identity of the powders. Great job students!
Click on the photo to see more from the experiment!
Tech Academy Registration Open
The 2015 Baraboo School District Technology Academy Registration is now open! The Academy is the week of August 10th-14th. This year we have 58 sessions you can choose from, including courses on Google Apps, Personalized Learning, Smartboard/Notebook, iPads, iLife, Social Media and more.
Sessions are geared for general audiences in addition to teachers. We have 20 Baraboo School District teachers including five GET's (authorized Google Education Trainers) that will be presenting at this years Technology Academy.
The Academy is free for school district staff, and only $75 for non-staff whether you attend one session or the entire week! Visit the Tech Academy webpage for more information and to check out/register for available sessions in this affordable professional development opportunity!
Boys Track & Field Wins Conference, Sets Records
Congratulations to the Boys Track & Field Team! Second straight conference title, new Badger North Conference record for points (previous record was 195; our boys smashed that with 213), and several individual conference records and championships. #BarabooProud
Summer Enrichment Courses Filling Up!
Summer Enrichment Courses for elementary K-5 students are filling up fast! If you want your student to have some fun with Gardening, Spanish, Animation, Engineering, and more this summer, check out the available courses now! Just $5 for up to three classes!
BHS Oral Interpretation students visited West Kindergarten Center last week to read to kindergarten students, plus some kindergarten students read to them! It was such a wonderful experience for the kindergartners, to have "big kids" spend time reading with them. BHS Oral Interp teacher Ms. Nelson said "the big kids had as much fun as the little ones!"
Click on the photo to see more from the visit last week, plus more from the Oral Interp Class' visit earlier this year.
Baraboo Culver's visited East School's second graders last week as part of the school district's Baraboo Classroom Community Connection (BCCC) program! Students played a Jeopardy game with Culver's trivia questions. This community connection tied in with the second grade social studies curriculum as the students have been learning about service workers, consumers, producers, and wants and needs. Thanks Culver's!
JYMS Wins Little Free Library Contest
This spring, JYMS Library Media Specialist entered a contest called "Whatcha Readin'?" through the Little Free Library organization. It involved making a video that fit the guidelines they set forth and sharing that video with them for a chance to win a Little Free Library for our school. Kelly figured, "Why not? It was worth a try! I enlisted the help of the 7th grade Language Arts students and teachers and this is what we created!" Check out their awesome video here.
Kelly's video was SO awesome, the Little Free Library folks asked to put the video on their website as an example and inspiration to others who are thinking of taking the challenge!
JYMS is getting a Little Free Library! Here's how Kelly announced the exciting news to the students. Congratulations Kelly and all the 7th Grade ELA students and staff who helped make this video happen!
JYMS plans to feature the Little Free Library as a part of their newly designed entrance after construction is completed in the fall. Kelly will be recognized for her work on the project at the May 18th Board of Education meeting.
Three distinguished writers from Jack Young Middle School were chosen from over a thousand entries in the Greater Dane Area to be recognized in a special Top Ten Awards Ceremony at the Yahara Writer's Conference at UW-Madison last Wednesday! Congratulations to:
Rachel L., 8th grade poetry
Jennifer S., 7th grade cartoon
Addison F., 8th grade cartoon
New STEM Program at JYMS
Current 6th and 7th graders will have the opportunity to take a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math class starting in the 15-16 school year! This new STEM class will use Project Lead the Way instructional materials. JYMS will be implementing the Automation & Robotics and Design & Modeling units during the upcoming school year.
YOU can help support JYMS' STEM program by entering the Science Channel and Discovery Education Support Our Science contest! Simply enter here for a chance to win $10,000 for our STEM program!
For the 2015-16 school year, the Baraboo School District is excited to share that each Jack Young Middle School student will be issued a Chromebook and protective bag to use at school and home. The Chromebook is like a laptop and is a device that has the potential to make learning more engaging and accessible. Baraboo School District students are already familiar with the use of Chromebooks in our classrooms. Taking this next step to provide each student with a personal device will increase access to a variety of learning experiences tailored to the individual needs of your student.
Please read the linked document below regarding this powerful initiative. This document highlights all of the goals of this plan and answers some frequently asked questions. Click this Link - https://goo.gl/K9VPJu
West Kindergarten students brightened their neighbors' days earlier this month by delivering May Day baskets to homes around the school neighborhood!
Click on the photo to view more from their celebration!
East 5th graders enjoyed a fun-filled field trip to Madison last Tuesday, getting to visit Discovery Institute and Chazen Art Museum. At the Discovery Institute, the kids took part in classes on fossils and paleontologists, 3D printing, and Geothermal Heating. After the Discovery Institute, the students explored Chazen Art Museum. We are proud of you, East 5th graders, for using your cool tools while on the field trip! View all the photos from the trip here!
The Baraboo School District broke ground on the $9.95 million referendum maintenance and safety update construction projects yesterday at East Elementary School!
Construction will begin at East School on Monday, where a new library media center addition is planned. Construction elsewhere in the district will begin in full on June 10, one day following the last day of school for students. A majority of construction is expected to be completed by August 21, before students return in the fall.
Thank you everyone who joined us for the Groundbreaking Ceremony! Click on the photo to see more pictures and videos from the ceremony.
BHS Teacher Wins Herb Kohl Award
BHS Academic Seminar Teacher Kristin Mashak is a 2015 recipient of the distinguished Herb Kohl Award!
The award, according to the Herb Kohl Education Foundation website, "recognizes and supports teaching excellence and innovation in the State of Wisconsin. Our goal is to support teachers in the pursuit of their unrealized goals for their classrooms or professional development." With Ms. Mashak's award, the Baraboo School District will also receive a $3,000 grant!
Mashak was nominated by Jim Reif, Associate Principal at BHS. Mashak is now the sixth teacher from Baraboo to receive this award.
As part of the application process, Mashak had to demonstrate to the Herb Kohl Education Foundation her: personal educational philosophy; ability to inspire students' love of learning; creation of innovative projects or programs; commitment to community; unrealized goals for their classroom or professional development; and positive qualities she sees in education, and changes she would like to see made to strengthen and improve teaching.
Congratulations Kristin on this wonderful accomplishment. As a recipient of the award, Mashak is also a candidate for Wisconsin Teacher of the Year recognition.
Summer Kid Stop Registration Begins April 6th
All elementary school children entering kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall will be eligible for the 2015 Summer Kid Stop Child Care Program. Summer Kid Stop is located at GLW and is available weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning on Monday, June 15 through Friday, August 14.
On Monday, April 6th, registration forms and additional information will be available at all Kid Stop sites, in elementary school offices, and on the District website (under the "Community" tab). Please contact the Kid Stop Coordinator at 355-3925, ext. 7150 with any questions.
Baraboo Honored as District of Distinction
The Baraboo School District was awarded this week by national magazine District Administration as a District of Distinction!
Baraboo's award focuses on our high-impact instructional priorities to focus coaching efforts, doing so by aligning the Danielson Framework for Teaching with john Hattie's education research. Highlights include the district's growth over the past 10 years, our weekly PLC structure, and our leadership teams to build capacity of staff.
"The Baraboo School District's coaching model and professional development structure are building leadership capacity across the organization," says District Administrator Crystal Ritzenthaler. "By integrating high-leverage instructional strategies and aligning our efforts, significant student and teacher growth has occurred."
Charlotte Danielson, creator of the Danielson Framework for Teaching, said, "I commend the School District of Baraboo for using The Framework for Teaching as both the source of a common language and as a tool for the analysis of practice through a continuous growth model. Baraboo has integrated The Framework for Teaching in rich professional conversations within their professional development system leading to continued teacher effectiveness. This was my purpose in writing the Framework in the first place, and seeing Baraboo's quality implementation of my work is gratifying. I am confident the structure for coaching and reflection on practice will continue to advance student learning in the district. Bravo!" More information on the Danielson Framework for Teaching can be found on their website here.
Baraboo was one of only 62 districts honored across the nation, and the only district in Wisconsin to be awarded.
This is an amazing accomplishment and a testament to the staff we have working in all areas across the district. Read the full award press release here. Congratulations Baraboo School District!
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