Baraboo School News

School Report Cards Released, Baraboo "Exceeds Expectations" Two Years in a Row

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has released their 2013-14 District and School Report Cards, and for the second year in a row the Baraboo School District has earned a score of "Exceeds Expectations"! The 13-14 school year was only the second year district report cards were produced.

These Report Cards provide data on multiple indicators for four Priority Areas:

  • Student Achievement – performance on the WKCE and WAA-SwD in reading and mathematics
  • Student Growth – improvement over time on the WKCE in reading and mathematics
  • Closing Gaps – progress of student subgroups in closing gaps in reading and mathematics performance and/or graduation rates
  • On-track and Postsecondary Readiness – performance on key indicators of readiness for graduation and postsecondary pursuits, whether college or career

Baraboo School District's overall score was 74.0. Al Behrman Elementary received the highest individual score in the district with 80.4.

Each school report card. along with the district report card, is saved on the Curriculum and Instruction webpage here.

Congratulations Baraboo School District students, staff and community!


Baraboo Teachers Honored as Unsung Heroes

Voya Financial, Inc., a provider of retirement plans for educators, recently awarded Baraboo High School teachers Jacalyn Amant, Lawrence Gillick, Erin Verhagen, Maggie Schumacher, Alyse Karls, William Schliewe, Marlys Greenhalgh, Gary Frisch and Emily Arendsee a $2,000 grant as part of the company’s 2014 Unsung Heroes awards competition.

Through the program, Voya Financial awards grants to K-12 educators nationwide to honor innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects, and the ability to positively influence the children they teach.

Selected from a group of more than 1,000 applicants, the team is one of 100 winners across the country who will receive this award to help fund and bring to life their idea, Write Now! In addition, they will now compete with other winners for one of the top three prizes, an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000 from Voya Financial.

Read the full press release here. Congratulations teachers!


BHS Athletic Hall of Fame Announces Inductees

The Baraboo High School Athletic Hall of Fame has announced the inductees into the 2014 Class. The newest members of the Hall of Fame include: Al Adams; Kim Kropp-Blum; Ben Pederson; Marcia Peterson; Ken Ritzenthaler; Bob Scharnke; Darin Schubring; and Tom Steinhorst.

Congratulations to the inductees! A ceremony will take place at 6pm on Saturday, October 4 at the Baraboo Arts Banquet Hall in conjunction with Homecoming weekend. Tickets are $15 each, and include hors d'oeuvres from Monks. Several high-end raffle items will be available, including a Bo Ryan basketball and Brett Favre football. Print and mail a ticket order form here or buy tickets in person at the High School or District Administration building (101 2nd Ave). For more information, please contact Activities Director Jim Langkamp at 355-3940 or 

East Elementary Earns PBIS School of Merit Award

East Elementary School has joined several other Baraboo School District schools in being named by the state as a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) School of Merit! Recognized schools implement elements of the Wisconsin Response to Intervention frameworks with integrity.

Congratulations East staff and students! Learn more about what the recognition means and how it was achieved here.


7th Annual Baraboo vs. Reedsburg Great Steak Cookout

Mark your calendars - it's time once again for the annual Baraboo vs. Reedsburg Great Steak Cookout! Join us on Wednesday, September 17th from 3-8pm at Viking in Baraboo for dine-in or carry-out steak dinners. For $9 you receive a ribeye steak sandwich, coleslaw, beans and a drink. All Cookout profits go to their school's athletic department, and the school that sells the most dinners will receive an extra $500 donation! Baraboo and Reedsburg are currently tied - help us take the lead this year! The winning school will be announced during the Varsity Football Halftime Show on Friday, September 19th.


JYMS In the Running for $2,500 Grant - We Need Your Votes!

Jane McMahon, JYMS teacher and 2014 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year, is in the running for a grant from Farmers Insurance! Vote here up to once per 24 hours, and be sure to verify your vote in the confirmation email you'll receive. Here's an excerpt from Jane's grant proposal: "Children in our district struggle with both literacy and wellness. My proposal puts books and bikes in the hands of our students in a way that combines fitness and literacy. With just a few iPods and a few bikes, we can begin our campaign to trek across Wisconsin. We are home to a portion of the ice-age trail, a thousand mile long hiking trail located entirely in Wisconsin, and thousands of miles of biking trails. Putting kids on trails with audio books is my mission." Let's help Jane help our students - VOTE TODAY, and every day through the end of September!


ABE Earns Title I School of Recognition Award

This morning, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction announced Al Behrman Elementary is once again the recipient of a Title I School of Recognition award! For the third year in a row, ABE is a "Beating the Odds School", which means they are in the top 25% of high-poverty schools in the state AND have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels. This is a huge accomplishment - congratulations ABE students and staff! See State

Superintendent Tony Evers' full press release here


District Administration Accept Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS #IceBucketChallenge has made its way to the Admin Building in the Baraboo School District! District Administrator Crystal Ritzenthaler, Director of Business Services Jeff Pruefer, Director of Special Ed Dani Scott and Director of HR Craig Hubbell accepted their challenge from Director of Curriculum Lori Mueller. Who did they pass the challenge to? Click on the photo to watch the video to find out! (p.s. Board Members, it's you!) #BarabooProud


GLW Recognized as PBIS School of Merit

GLW Elementary was recently recognized by the state as a Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) School of Merit. The staff at GLW focus on teaching students to be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe. Congratulations GLW!


West Kindergarten Center Recognized as PBIS School of Merit

West Kindergarten Center has been named by the state as a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) School of Merit. Recognized schools implement elements of the Wisconsin Response to Intervention frameworks with integrity.

Congratulations West staff and students! Learn more about what the recognition means and how it was achieved here.


2014-15 School Picture Information

School Picture Days are approaching! To order portraits, please visit My Life Touch for ordering information. You will need your child's School Portrait ID:

Tuesday, Sept. 16: East Elementary: FS014702Q0

Monday, Sept. 15: GLW Elementary: FS014766Q0

Monday, Sept. 15: Al Behrman Elementary: FS014756Q0

Monday, Sept. 22: North Freedom Elementary: FS014768Q0

Wednesday, Sept. 24: West Kindergarten Center: FS014701Q0

Wednesday, Sept. 24: BELC (taken at West Kindergarten Center): FS014397Q0


#BarabooProud T-Shirts Now Available

Show you're #BarabooProud! These t-shirts are available to the community at a cost of $8 per shirt. Please fill out a form by clicking on this link to place an order for either a pink or gray #BarabooProud shirt:

Fill in the requested information and choose a t-shirt type. You will need to fill out a separate form for each shirt you'd like to order. We will contact you when the shirt(s) arrive, and you can pay when you pick them up. We will only be taking orders for the next four weeks (until 9/23), so order quickly!


BHS Alumni Golf Outing

Join fellow BHS Alumni at the Baraboo Country Club on Saturday, October 4th for the Alumni Golf Outing. Held in conjunction with Homecoming weekend, the outing precedes the BHS Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony held that evening at the Baraboo Arts Banquet Hall. To register for the outing, fill out this form, or call Greg Manson at 608-852-3274. For more information on the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, please call Jim Langkamp at 355-3940. 


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