Baraboo School News
As part of the Ecosystem Unit in Science, 5th graders at East dissected owl pellets. After students collected and analyzed bones from the pellets, they were able to determine a real world predator/prey relationship!
District Strategic Planning Continues
The strategic planning process for the Baraboo School District is underway. Meeting several times to determine the major goals and objectives of the district over the next 4-5 years, the strategic planning committee is comprised of teachers, other district staff and administration, current and former students, parents, community leaders, and other invested stakeholders. The process is facilitated by District Administrator Crystal Ritzenthaler and Sarah Dunn-Carpenter of CG Schmidt, the construction firm leading the maintenance and safety improvements of the April 2014 referendum. Over the first three meetings, the committee has revised the district's mission statement and core values, which will go to the Board for approval on Monday, November 24th; completed a SWOT analysis; and determined the main goals to focus strategies on over the coming years to ensure the district continues to move in the right direction.
BHS Art Students to have work exhibited
Three BHS Art students will have their artwork exhibited at the January Wisconsin Association of School Boards Convention in Milwaukee! The exhibit is organized in cooperation with the Wisconsin Art Education Association. The students produced their paintings for classroom assignments, mounted them for the presentation, and then prepared an Artist Statement about their work. See the individual photo on our Facebook page for the artist statements. Way to go art students!
Wayne Thiebaud (pronounced TEE-bo) is a contemporary artist North Freedom kindergarten students have learned about. They understand he painted lots of food, such as cakes, pastries, pies and cupcakes! Kindergarteners are creating their own colorful pictures of cupcakes using oil pastels.
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Baraboo School District students and staff honored the brave men and women who have served or are currently serving in the military and all of our military families today for Veterans Day. Middle School band and choir students performed during a special assembly this morning, North Freedom American Legion members joined North Freedom Elementary School for a program and lunch, and East Elementary School 2nd Graders wrote letters to veterans who had a personal connection to their school. The High School Symphony Band also performed at the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Civic Center.
Fifth graders at East Elementary School created cards for veterans and active soldiers on Tuesday, November 11th. Prior to the card creating, the fifth graders read a Scholastic Newsweek article about a young girl whose father was currently on active duty. The students took time identifying vocabulary terms they could include in their cards, and the students also discussed several positive messages that could be sent to those who serve in the military.
On Friday November 14th Baraboo High School was honored to host three local veterans who served our country in recent American conflicts. Around 80 students and staff gathered in the school's library media center to hear the stories from some of our bravest citizens. Warren Frank spoke about his time in the Vietnam War, Jon Geoghegan shared stories from World War II, and Jerry Parcham brought in some authentic Saudi Arabian clothing and the "Soldiers Guide to Life" he received while stationed there. All three men demonstrated the strength and courage it takes to be a U.S. soldier. They inspired students to be thankful and supportive of all veterans!
The 4th graders in Mrs. Rundio’s classroom at East Elementary have been learning about Veteran’s Day. To enhance our learning beyond the text and videos, our aide, Mrs. Diana Nachtigal, shared her family history with us. Her husband’s grandfather was a soldier who was taken prisoner in Germany in World War II. Fortunately, because he knew how to speak German, he and many others in his unit, survived. Upon return to the United States, he was honored with a Purple Heart. Many of Mrs. Nachtigal’s family members were part of the Armed Forces so she brought in photographs, medals, documents, and a uniform. We learned a lot! Our thanks to the Nachtigal family for sharing their personal mementos with our class!
Thank you veterans!
East School fourth graders in Ms. Dequaine's class enjoyed searching maps for specific locations during a class presentation by Ms. Weickgenant from the Sauk County Historical Society. Ms. Weickgenant shared some historic facts and old maps for the students to learn about former and current locations in our area. Shown are students becoming 'History Detectives'!
Last week, geology class students at the High School modeled recent volcanic eruptions. They looked for differences between the shield volcano at Hawaii's K?lauea and the stratovolcano eruption from the Sakurajima volcano in Japan. They proposed solutions on how to prepare for each type of eruption in the future.
With the guidance of Serge Koenig, the East School Kid Stop kids worked together to clean out the East School rain gardens in preparation for the winter weather. Each spring and fall Serge and the Kid Stop kids work together to maintain these precious rain gardens. Way to go kids!
This past Tuesday evening, top musicians from 12 Badger Conference schools and Verona High School made up an 85-piece ensemble at the Badger Conference Honors Band Concert. After just one day of rehearsal on Monday, the Honors Band came together for a concert on Tuesday. BHS Band members who participated in the Honors Band are, from left, Rylee School, Lana Hantzsch, Jonas Brekke, Alex Stout and Jackie Culotta. Congratulations on this great accomplishment!
Mrs. Shafer's 5th graders at North Freedom Elementary have published their own book! "The Day the World..." was completely written and illustrated by the students over a three week period and is now hardcover bound to show off all of their hard work. Way to go kids!
On Saturday, November 8 at the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Educations' Annual Awards Banquet, Karen Olson, High School Science Teacher, was one of two educators that received the 2014 Wisconsin Energy Educator of the Year Award. Karen was nominated by an environmental consulting firm, Cool Choices, that worked with her and the other recipient of the award. This award recognizes individuals who are taking the extra steps to improve energy literacy among students and teachers in Wisconsin. Please help us congratulate Karen on this very cool achievement!