Baraboo School News

Students Attend Latino Youth College & Career Fair

On March 20th, Baraboo Latino students attended the 10th Annual Latino Youth College & Career Fair in Madison. Here, they're listening intently to the keynote speaker talk about getting the most out of their education and preparing for a career they're passionate about.

The keynote speaker, Michael Flores, is "a proud Mexican who was born to a single mother and spent his childhood living in poverty and on government assistance programs." After getting his first job at 14 years old, he attended MATC before joining the Madison Fire Department. He is now also a paramedic and "spends his time putting fires out and helping the sick and injured."

Thanks Mr. Flores for inspiring our kids!


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.


Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Baraboo School District will break ground on the $9.95 million referendum maintenance and safety update construction projects on Thursday, April 9, at 10am at East Elementary School.

Construction will begin at East School in April, 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 the end of August, before students return in the fall.

Please join us for this important occasion as we take the next steps in making Baraboo Schools better for all our learners!


2015 Summer School Enrollment


The focus of 2015 Summer School is on extended learning experiences. Classes will provide additional time and targeted instruction in the areas of student need, most specifically math and literacy. Student eligibility for summer school enrollment in extended learning classes is based upon assessment data criteria and teacher referral.

If you feel your child is in need of extended learning this summer but have not received an invite to participate from the school, please contact the building principal. Please note, if you did receive a letter, you still need to register your child; the invite does not register the student automatically.

Students registered for extended learning experiences will also be able to select one enrichment course for participation. Enrichment courses will coincide with extended learning experiences and be offered during the same Summer School session.

Students not registered for extended learning experiences wishing to participate in enrichment classes may register for 1-3 enrichment classes on a first-come, first-served basis. This registration will open on April 27th on the district website.

Please see the Elementary Courses page in the Summer School Brochure for more information.


Students in grades 6-12 can register for a maximum of two classes from the areas of physical skills; middle school literacy and math; and high school English, math science and social studies for credit recovery. Students recommended for credit recovery courses will be notified in April by the Student Services office.

Please see the Middle/High School Courses page in the Summer School Brochure for more information.

All Students:

Summer School enrollment forms are available at any of the school district’s offices. In order to finalize Summer School plans, all enrollment forms must be returned to your child’s school office by April 10, 2015.


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.


BHS Oral Interp Class Visits Kindergarten

Ms. Nelson's Oral Interpretation class at BHS visited West Kindergarten Center this morning to read stories to Mrs. Baird's Kindergarten class! Thanks High Schoolers!

Click on the photo to see more from the visit!


BHS Senior Receives Ag Award

Baraboo High School Senior Marlee Bonham is a recipient of the 2015 DEKALB Agriculture Accomplishment Award! The award, sponsored by Monsanto Company, recognizes select high school seniors across the United States that demonstrate excellence in academics, leadership, and agricultural work experience.

Bonham’s significant experiences and accomplishments include maintaining High Honor Roll, and serving as Student Council Senior Class President, President of the Baraboo FFA Chapter, and a youth group leader at her church.

Baraboo FFA Chapter Advisor Jenna Schultz, Agricultural Education teacher at BHS, nominated Bonham for the award.

As the winner of the 2015 Award, Bonham’s name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at Baraboo High School. Congratulations Marlee!


BHS Visual Arts Classic Team Headed to State

The BHS Art Club's Visual Arts Classic (VAC) Team qualified for State!

Last Tuesday, 13 art students traveled to Mauston High School to participate in the VAC Regional Art Competition against four other high schools. It all began in January when students chose an Art medium to work in and were given a visual prompt set of directions for a long term project. Students brought their completed long term artworks with them to the competition. As they were being judged, students were given new related prompts for a second onsite assignment to be completed within two hours. Students also competed in a Critical Thinking Challenge as a team. They needed to perform a skit incorporating a musical theme and two Contemporary Artists. The day completed with a Quiz Bowl about the lives and works of 12 Contemporary Artists.

The BHS Team won 1st Place in the Quiz Bowl, which means every team member will be going on to State to compete again! The State Competition is at Edgewood College in Madison on April 10th.

2015 VAC Team Members and Results:

  • Gabby Peterson, Grade 9, Drawing, Long Term- 2nd, Onsite-1st
  • Libby Pierce, Grade 9, Drawing, Long Term-1st, Onsite-1st
  • Mara Schick, Grade 11, Painting, Long Term-1st, Onsite-1st
  • Emma Froelich, Grade 11, Printmaking, Long Term-1st, Onsite-1st
  • Maddie Deyo, Grade 11, Printmaking, Long Term-2nd, Onsite-2nd
  • MaryJane Maddox, Grade 9, Ceramics, Long Term-1st, Onsite-1st
  • Alyssa Hellesen, Grade 11, Computer Graphic Design, Long Term-2nd, Onsite-1st
  • Rio Le Fevre, Grade 9, Personal Adornment, Long Term-1st, Onsite-1st
  • Mary Schaefer, Grade 12, Personal Adornment, Long Term-2nd, Onsite-1st
  • Keisha Spears, Grade 9, Video, Long Term-1st, Onsite-1st
  • Julie Grooms, Grade 10, Alternate/Runner
  • Maddy Belter, Grade 10, Alternate/Runner
  • Tessa Saiia, Grade 11, Alternate/Runner

The BHS VAC Team is coached by Art Teachers Meg Watson and Amy Bachinski. Congratulations artists! Click the group photo to see more from the competition.


BHS Academic Decathlon Team 12th at State

Congratulations to the BHS Academic Decathlon team for placing 12th in the State Competition last week! The team has only been in existence for a few years, and has made impressive growth in that time, evidenced by earning recognition as the 12th best team in the entire state!

Left to right: Alex Stout, Alysa Zachow, Emma Horjus, Hannah Shumway, Eli Fite, Cole Potter, Nick Dalhoff, Ben Kinzer, and Zach Solles. The team is coached by BHS Math Teacher Damion Beth.


BHS Key Club Attends 2015 District Conference

The BHS Key Club attended the 2015 District Conference in Green Bay over the weekend. The conference is billed as a leadership conference where Key Club leaders learn about leading the club, members learn how to be better in volunteering and service to community/school/etc., and everyone learns about the various projects that Key Club and Kiwanis do throughout the year. There's a handful of break-out sessions kids choose to go to and a few whole-conference activities including formal dinner and dances. Great job representing Baraboo, Key Clubbers!

Click on the photo to see more from the conference!


Eagle Scout Candidate to Build Shelter at GLW

At last week's School Board meeting, 8th Grader Austin B. presented his community service project proposal as part of earning his Eagle Scout rank. Austin, a former GLW student, gained approval to fundraise for and build a shelter near the GLW soccer fields. Congrats Austin, and stay tuned for more info on his shelter project!

Click on the photo to see more of Austin's shelter plans.


BHS Artists Show Work

On Friday, March 6th, BHS Art Students attended a Youth Art Month reception at the Wisconsin State Capitol! Student artists Jaida, Hannah, and Monica previously showed their work at a regional event, where their work was selected to be shown at the State Capitol.

Several other BHS Art students also have pieces being currently shown in the Badger Conference Art Show at the Mary Hoard Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson. The show will be open March 9th-21st with an Awards Reception on March 21st. Student artists participating in the Badger Conference Art Show include Alyssa H., Alicia B., Andre M., Tessa P., and Cassie S.


8th Grade Science Bridge Building with MSA

Civil Engineers Josh and Brad from MSA Professional Services, Inc. visited 8th Grade Science classes this week to talk to students about bridges. Students started their bridge building unit by constructing a paper bridge. After learning about the components of bridges, they rebuilt their paper bridges yesterday before putting them to the test today. Brad and Josh also built their own bridges... check out the photos to see how the 2nd hour class today fared against the professionals!


BHS Science Teachers Honored at WSST

Congratulations to BHS Science Teachers Spencer Rohlinger and Karen Olson! Both teachers were honored with awards last week at the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers Convention.

Ms. Rohlinger (right) was awarded the Frank Zuerner New Teacher Scholarship, which honors science educators in their first year of teaching that show promise in making significant contributions to the field based on the excellent work they have already done in their first year.

Mrs. Olson (left) received a WSST Founders grant to write and improve our earth science curriculum.


JYMS Students Participate in Solo and Ensemble

JYMS had 70 students participate in Solo and Ensemble earlier this month at Sauk Prairie High School! Students performed solos, duets and a variety of ensemble pieces. Students represent the talent and quality of the music program taught by band teacher Mr. Griffin James and choir teacher Mrs. Harmony Klingenmeyer. Congratulations to the students and teachers involved with these performances!

Click on the photo to see more from these talented kids!


East School Reading Extravaganza

East School students and parents were treated to an after school Reading Extravaganza last week! The one hour family event featured reading strategies, writing games, free books, and an opportunity to win a prize basket. Reading by the campfire and the electronic reading games were some of the highlights from the after school activity. Approximately 150 people attended. Students at East participated in fun activities all last week, like dress up days with a reading focus, to ward off the winter blues!

Click on the photo to see more from the extravaganza!


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!


East Fifth Grade Memoir Unit

Fifth graders at East Elementary school finished up their exciting memoir unit last week. Pictured are students from Ms. Beckord's and Mrs. Kruschel's classrooms. The kids started the unit by creating personal memoirs formulated from a past memory. Each student made sure to have a "lesson" in their memoirs, which is a crucial part of a memoir!

After their personal memoirs were created, the students then ventured out and created something called a "six word memoir" (also known as a "six word story"). The students were challenged to condense their long memoirs down into six words! The fifth graders teamed up with Mrs. Schoville, East's elementary art teacher, and first created a water color background. Mrs. Schoville talk with the student about how colors and painting techniques can show feelings. Students also used an online photo editing website and created digital six word memoirs.

Lastly, the students were provided with an opportunity to write a "silly memoir" from the perspective of something else. Students read the book "Memoirs of a Goldfish" and discussed the story structure of a silly memoir (characters, setting, problem/solution and lesson). The fifth graders picked some funny perspectives such as: a pirate, a SmartBoard, a Kleenex, a Barbie doll, and braces! Great work, East 5th graders!

Click here to see many more photos from the memoir unit!


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