Baraboo School News

5th Graders at East Solve "Word Ladders"

5th Grade students in Miss Beckord's class at East Elementary build their vocabulary skills by solving "Word Ladder" puzzles. Word Ladders actively involve each learner in analyzing the structure and meaning of words. To play, students begin with one word and then make a series of other words by changing or rearranging the letters in the word before. With regular use, Word Ladders can help students increase their decoding and vocabulary skills. The 5th graders LOVE these fun, quick puzzles!

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BHS Tech Ed Department Featured for CTE Month

CTE Month is coming to a close, so let's take a look at another Career & Technical Education Department at BHS. This week, it's the Tech Ed Department!

Mike Moran:

Reedsburg Graduate 1988, MATC Automotive Technology Graduate 1990, UW-Stout Graduate Technology Education 1993, UW-Stout MS Vocational and Technology Education 2004. Classes taught: Manufacturing I & II, Transportation I & II.

Mike Mcgann:

Baraboo Graduate 1980, UW-Stout Graduate1984, UW Stout MS Vocational Education 1996. Classes taught: Construction I & II, Building Trades, Tech Design, CO-OP.

Aric Hanusa:

Baraboo Graduate 1997, UW-Stout Graduate 2010. Mr. Hanusa just recently moved back from Wyoming to be a T-Bird again! Classes taught: Welding, Advanced Welding (SMAW concurrent), Intro to Technology Education, Communications I & II, and Youth Apprenticeship Program. "I believe that a teacher must have great relationships with the students to increase learning. Great relationships and high standards is what education really means to me."

BHS has added a fourth Tech Ed teacher for the 2015-16 school year as well. Ethan Engevold will be joining the team this summer!


BHS Spring Sports Parent Meetings

The Baraboo High School Spring Sports Parent Meetings will be held on Monday, March 2 in the BHS Gymnasium. Parents can complete and submit paperwork beginning at 5:15 p.m. The general session meeting will begin at 6:00. If you have questions, please call Jim Langkamp at 355-3945.


Blue & Gold Week at BHS

Blue & Gold Week at BHS last week wrapped up with an assembly on Friday the 20th featuring lots of fun games and crazy antics from our High School Clubs! FFA won the Tug of War Contest, several students were set up with "dates" for prom courtesy of Key Club, and the Art Club opened the Feed a Friend Diner. The Competition Cheer Team and Poms both performed, and Jake Thompson and Kelsey Brown (both Seniors, FFA) were announced as Blue & Gold Spirit King and Queen! Check out all the photos and videos here!


JYMS Family Night

JYMS Families - Join us on Monday, March 2nd for Family Night! From 5-7pm, parents and students can participate in fun activities, like Bingo, interactive read-alouds, and other literacy games like Apples to Apples. From 5:15-6pm enjoy Forensics presentations in the Auditorium. All students will receive a free book, literacy resources for parents and students will be available, and the Baraboo Public Library will have a booth with information. Concessions will be available, including free popcorn! 

There will also be an opportunity for parents and students to win great prizes including tickets to Mt. Olympus, tickets to Circus World, free pizza and subs, and more! Hope to see you there!


North Freedom "Shout-Outs" on NBC-15 Madison

In January, NBC15 Madison visited North Freedom Elementary to film "Shout-Outs"! Every morning, "The Morning Show" features a local school or classroom for Shout-Outs at 4:40 and 6:40am. NF classes partnered with their Reading Buddy class, so the groups for Shout-Outs are grades Kindergarten and 3rd Grade, 1st and 4th Grades, and 2nd and 5th Grades. The Shout-Outs will be aired on Wednesday, March 4th, Thursday, March 12th and Monday, March 23rd. Set your DVR's!

Click on the photo to see more behind-the-scenes photos of the kids recording their Shout-Outs!


JYMS Weight Room Program

The 2015 JYMS weight room program has been in session since the beginning of January. Middle School students have been participating in resistance training and learning about its many benefits for people of all ages. One of the goals for this “open” weight room experience is for students to learn proper resistance training techniques and form in a safe, supervised environment. The weight room has had some great updates with new squat racks, Smith Machine, and Kettlebells for students to utilize. Students perform a variety of lifts and develop an understanding of what muscle groups are being worked during each lift. Student athletes participate in warm up activities, stretches, and pre-determined exercises using the free weights, machines, resistance bands and body weight exercises. Athletes record on their weekly lifting sheet to help keep track of their progress throughout the experience.

Studies have shown that adolescents can benefit from weight lifting and resistance training. Some of the benefits include:

  • Increasing muscular strength and endurance
  • Improving focus, concentration and mood
  • Improving flexibility, which helps reduce chances of injuries

Way to go weight room program students! Click on the photo to see more from the program.


BELC 2015-16 Registration

The Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative (BELC) will be holding pre-registration for 2015-2016 4-year-old kindergarten (4k) on April 9th from 7:30am-4:30pm at West Kindergarten Center.

Parents are encouraged to bring their child's immunizations records and a copy of their birth certificate. Parents will have an opportunity to indicate their preferences for possible locations or sessions.

Visit the BELC website for registration materials, program brochures, the 2015-16 school calendar, and more.


FBLA Finishes 8th Overall, Sending 5 Teams to State

Earlier this month, the Baraboo FBLA Chapter attended the Regional Leadership Conference at Mauston High School. The day was composed of rigorous testing in over 70 different fields of Business and Information Technology. Of the 35 schools that were present, Baraboo placed 8th overall! This is a tremendous accomplishment thanks to the following teams:

4th Place - Social Media Campaign: Claire Bicknell, Riley Trimmer & Mckenna Quandt

2nd Place - Marketing: Pat Broe, Hermes Duran & Collin Feld

5th Place - Digital Video Production: Matt Brooks, Jackson Snow & Alex Stout

2nd Place - Emerging Business Issues: Nick Brooks, Liam Taber & Eli Fite

7th Place - Agribusiness: Alix Carpenter

4th Place - Business Law: Jeff Greenhalgh

8th Place - Hospitality Management: Kelsie Hamilton, Olivia Haseley & Taylor Fish

5th Place - Securities & Investments: Jacob Klave

6th Place - Sports & Entertainment Management: Gavin Lamar, Makayla Utter & Jordan Laymon

1st Place - Insurance & Risk Management: Sean McCutchin

2nd Place - Sales Presentation: Adam Peterson

6th Place - Public Speaking 2: Izzac Walker

2nd Place - Impromptu Speaking: Alex Zitzner

The bolded names are students who have qualified for State! All students who competed have been working and studying very hard for the past three months. "They showed confidence, integrity, and professionalism when they brought a victory home to Baraboo," said FBLA advisor Greg Manson.


Teacher of the Year Nomination Process Now Open

The Baraboo School District has announced the opening of nominations for the Excellence in Education Award (EIEA) and the Distinguished Elementary Teacher Award (DETA) programs for the 2014-‘15 school year.  The BHS Graduating Class of 1956 sponsors the EIEA award, and Mr. Andrew Hauge sponsors the DETA award.

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 a special award ceremony.

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 of at least $1,000 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 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 EIEA (middle school and high school educators) and the DETA (elementary educators) for 2015.  A teacher colleague, an administrator, a parent of a student, or a current or former student may make nominations.  Nomination forms may be obtained here: EIEA or DETA, 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 Thursday, March 5, 2015, to be valid.  Please contact East Principal Molly Fitzgerald with any questions.


February is Career & Technical Education Month!

It's another Friday of CTE Month! That means another CTE department spotlight at BHS! This week, it's the Business Ed Teachers (from left):

Marcie Gratz: This is my 2nd year teaching in Baraboo. I spent 9 years teaching business/computers in Illinois. I developed my love for CTE as a high school student taking numerous business and computer courses. Bachelors Degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Workforce Education and Development. Masters Degree in Administration from Olivet Nazarene University in 2009. I have taught everything from Accounting to Game Design and each year I find more and more enjoyment in teaching business and computer courses. My goal as a teacher is to give my students the necessary 21st century skills to help them succeed in any career path they choose.

Shelly Gillmore: BHS/JYMS Online Coordinator

June Anderson: 1982 BHS Graduate. Bachelors Degree in business and marketing education from UW-Whitewater. Masters Degree in educational technology from Lesley University. I have owned a Culver's with my husband. I have taught in rural, small school districts (graduating class of 13) and metropolitan school districts (Madison). I have three children--2 bio and 1 adopted, and have done foster care for Dane country for 14 years and have had over 26 foster children. I love hockey, hunting, reading, horseback riding and fishing. I am thrilled to be back in my hometown--giving back to the community I love. I teach business, marketing, information technology, and am also the School-to-Career Coordinator and the Co-Advisor for Key Club.

Greg Manson: Bachelors in Business Education from UW-Whitewater. I consider myself to be the "Jack of all trades" since I am fortunate enough to teach the following classes: Principles of Business, Information Processing, Business Law, Accounting 1, 2, & 3, AP Economics, Careers & Computers, School Based Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, and several online classes. I am also the adviser for FBLA, Junior Class, Link Crew, and serve as an action committee chairman for PBIS. I have been very fortunate to work for the Baraboo School District. The CTE Departments here have a lot of resources at our disposal that you can't find in other school districts. Kids are receiving 21st century hands-on learning and training, and are walking away from our programs prepared for real-world applications. "I'm supposed to say something funny? If you ask a dog what is on top of a house, what will he say?  'Roof.'"

Not pictured: Gabe Sederberg

Happy CTE Month! Scroll down on the page further to see last week's spotlight, the Agriculture Education Department!


Call for Literary Submissions!

Call for literary submissions! Any interested K-12 students and staff are invited to submit writing and/or artwork pieces for a chance to be published in the very first district-wide literary magazine!

All entries will be be scored by student and community partner selection committees. Each school in the district will be represented in the magazine, and an overall winner from each school will be highlighted.

A literary magazine launch party will be held to celebrate the release of the published work, with each published author and artist receiving a free copy of the literary magazine and a certificate. Some students may be asked to perform their piece at the launch party.

Submission Guidelines:

Submission Standards:

We look forward to receiving your submissions! The deadline is February 27th, 2015. Please contact Jacalyn Amant at 355-3940 X2318 or with any questions.


JYMS Library Media Specialist Receives WSRA Award

Kelly Steiner, Library Media Specialist at Jack Young Middle School, was honored at the Wisconsin State Reading Association Annual Conference last week for her work in literacy and technology.

Kelly was nominated for the Leadership in Technology Award by colleague Jane McMahon, District Instructional Facilitator.

Here are a few excerpts from Jane's nomination: "As a Google Education Trainer, Kelly has helped hundreds of teachers build their technology skills." "Kelly shares her vast knowledge of both literacy and technology with a much broader audience than just the Baraboo School District." "Promoting technology and literacy is the foundation of Kelly's excellence. I cannot imagine anyone who has done more to meld the two in a way to heighten the joy of the reading and promote 21st Century Skills than Kelly." "She is a teaching hero who elevates technology and literacy integration across the district, state and Midwest. On a personal note, I can say she has made me the teacher I am today."

Congratulations Kelly!


February is Career & Technical Education Month!

February is Career & Tech Education Month! As you can see from this info graphic, CTE is a complex network of courses, careers and partnerships. Cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant CTE prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. Baraboo High School is proud to offer classes in Agriculture and Natural Resources; Business, Marketing, and Information Technology; Family and Consumer Science; and Technology and Engineering Education.

Today and the next three Fridays we'll be featuring one of our CTE departments. Today, it's the Agriculture department! Ag is a department of one at BHS; here's more about Ag teacher and FFA advisor Jenna Schultz:

2004 Graduate of Reedsburg (we forgive her)

Bachelors Degree in Ag Education from UW-Platteville

Currently pursuing Masters in Ag Education at UW-River Falls

Advice for young people today: "There will always be obstacles to overcome, and I believe if you work for what you want and never give up you will succeed. Also, don't take your teachers for granted; they may have a bigger impact on your life than you may ever know."

Classes taught at BHS: Wide World of Ag, Equine & Exotics, Natural Resources, Plants for Fun & Profit, Veterinary Science, Large Animal Science, Landscaping & Golf Course Management, College & Career Readiness, and Summer Ag Seminar

Happy CTE Month, Career & Tech Ed Teachers!


Measles Update

The Baraboo School District has been advised by the State Department of Health to distribute information to students and families regarding the current multi-state measles outbreak. If you have any questions please contact Dani Scott, Director of Special Ed and Pupil Services.

Parent Letter English

Parent Letter Spanish

Fact Sheet English

Fact Sheet Spanish


JYMS Tech Ed Students Work With Shopbot

Tech Ed Students at Jack Young Middle School, under the direction of Mr. Weiss, have been working with digital fabrication to create name plaques and signs on the Shopbot (CNC Router). The students started by designing their signs on the computers using the Shopbot software, and then took their designs to the router. Students have been able to develop skills related to manufacturing through this process. Great work JYMS students!

Click on the photo to see more Shopbot projects from the students!


JYMS 8th Grader Meets Civil Rights Movement Icon

Shelby M., an 8th grader at JYMS, had the amazing experience of meeting American civil rights movement icon Ruby Bridges on Monday, January 19th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Bridges gave the keynote address at the La Crosse Community Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Viterbo University.

Bridges was six years old in 1960 when she became the first Black student to desegregate William Frantz Public School in New Orleans. Her experience on the first day of school was immortalized in the Norman Rockwell painting, The Problem We All Live With.

“Though I did not know it then, nor would I come to realize it for many years, what transpired in the fall of 1960 in New Orleans would forever change my life and help shape a nation,” Bridges said. “When I think back on that time and all that has occurred since, I realize a lot has changed. I also know there is much more to be done. That fateful walk to school began a journey, and we all must work together to continue moving forward.”

Mrs. Steiner, Library Media Specialist at JYMS, shared, "I was so excited for her when she stopped in to tell me about it and ask about taking a library book to be autographed. I loved that she thought of that!"


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