Baraboo School News

BHS Fall Sports Meeting

The BHS Parent/Athlete Fall Sports meeting for all fall sports (Boys and Girls Cross Country, Girls Swimming, Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis, and Girls Volleyball) is on August 4th. At 5pm you will fill out paperwork and pay the $60 sport fee and at 6pm the meeting will start. Fees can also be paid online, which we recommend. The forms that your son or daughter will need in order to start practice in August are:

  • A physical dated on or after April 1, 2014. If your son or daughter had a physical between the dates of 4/1/14-3/31/15 they will need to fill out the alternate year tan card. If your son or daughter had a physical on or after April 1, 2015, they will just need to turn in the signed physical form from the doctor. (Please make sure the doctor signs and dates the physical form.)
  • The athlete and parent will need to sign a Concussion Form.
  • The athlete and parent will need to sign the Activities Code.
  • The parent will need to fill out the Emergency Card.
  • The parent and athlete will need to fill out a Health Questionnaire which our Athletic Trainers will be referencing.
  • The Travel Release form only needs to be filled out and given to your coach when you will not be traveling with the team to or back from a game.

All of these forms can be found here. You can print them off to fill out ahead of time and bring to the meeting, otherwise all forms will be available there. If you are not sure if your son or daughter needs a physical or if you have any other questions please e-mail Renee Teasdale.



Tech Academy Registration Open

The 2015 Baraboo School District Technology Academy Registration is still 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 sevem 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!


2015-16 School Year Registration

Mark your calendars for 2015-16 school year registration! While we all may still be in "summer-mode", preparations for the next school year are underway.

Parents of all students, from 4K through 12th grade, are encouraged to attend registration at Baraboo High School on Thursday, August 6th from 11am-6pm or on Tuesday, August 11th from 7:30am-1pm.

This is a time to confirm enrollment, fill out and turn in forms, set up food service accounts and parent portals, order high school parking permits, purchase athletic season passes, and pay fees. Several community organizations will have resource tables at registration, including Kid Stop, Baraboo Public Library, Boys & Girls Club, and more.

High School students will have pictures taken for their student IDs; Middle School and Elementary students will have photos taken after the school year starts. Save time by filling out forms and paying fees ahead of time! All forms may be found on the District website under Parents/Students, then Student Forms and Fees. Fees will be available to pay in the Parent Portal after July 27th.

For parents of students who ride the bus to/from school, please note there are some changes to the transportation program for the 2015-16 school year. Please see this letter from the Business Office for more information. Kobussen Busing will be available at registration to further address any questions you may have.

Please contact the District Registrar if you need to enroll a student or have registration questions at 608-355-3955 or

Thank you,

Baraboo School District Staff


Bleacher Project - Phase 2

In 2013, Baraboo School District completed an $800,000 renovation of Beryl Newman Stadium, including a new 9-lane track, ticket booth and entrance gate, scoreboard and sponsor panels, donor recognition area, and security fencing and track fencing. Additionally, the field was outfitted with an irrigation and drainage system, and water and sewer was installed on the west side of the stadium.

We are now fully launched into Phase 2 of the project, which will include a new set of bleachers on the west side of the field with a 1,200-person capacity, a new press box, and an updated sound system to encompass both sides of the field. This creation of the west side bleachers will be the Home side of the stadium.

Phase 2 is expected to cost $350,000, and is being funded strictly through donations, fundraising efforts, and naming rights. No taxpayer money will be used for this project, which is expected to be completed by the September 18th home football game versus Reedsburg.

A significant amount of the funds needed have already been raised, but a small portion is being borrowed from the school district. To repay that loan, several advertising options are available. Please click here for opportunities to support Beryl Newman Stadium!


Transportation Program Changes

The Baraboo School District is making some changes to our transportation program for the upcoming school year to improve the safety of our students and efficiencies within the program. In partnership with our busing company, Kobussen, the primary changes being implemented include providing separate bus routes for varying age groups (so elementary students will ride a separate bus than MS/HS students), and significantly decreasing the number of students having to transfer from one bus to another bus to get home.

These seemingly small objectives will have a huge impact in keeping our students safe! Please see the full letter from our Director of Business Services for more information.


BHS Art Department Visits Greece

The BHS Art Department, led by Art Teacher Amy Bachinski and assisted by Art Teacher Marlys Greenhalgh, recently toured Athens and the Greek Islands. The group visited the islands of Mykonos, Kusadasi (Turkey), Patmos, Rhodes, Lindos, Crete, Santorini and the city of Athens. The guided tour included a plethora of cultural and historical experiences, and in depth descriptions of many ancient wonders, including the Acropolis. What a great experience! Click on the photo to view more from the trip!


Summer School Fun

Kindergarten through 5th grade students have been having a great time in Summer School at Al Behrman Elementary this summer! They're taking classes like STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Gardening, Animation, and more! View the photo album here to see what the kids have been up to! (click on photo)


BHS Biotech Careers Class

The BHS Biotech Careers class took a field trip in late May to Covance Clinical Research and Charmany Animal Care Facility in Madison. At Covance, they learned about the legal and ethical guidelines that govern drug discovery research on humans, and at Charmany they learned about the animal care guidelines for research animals. What a great experience!

Back Row: Zach S., Mitchell S., Ethan V.

Front Row: Kelsi N., Dr. Michelle Bartman, Kaitlyn F., Shelby C.


Congressman Pocan Visits BHS

Last month, Congressman Mark Pocan visited Civics and History classes at BHS. His visit provided our students with relevant information about his job as congressman, what he does to help his constituents, and that students have a voice even though they are not voters. Students listened and asked questions of the Representative about topics such as education, funding, political terms, and current issues.


Baraboo Baseball State Tournament Information

Baseball State shirts are available to order until 10am Thursday morning! Put your order on this spreadsheet, and shirts will be available for pick up and payment ($10 each) at the Pep Rally at 7pm Monday night in the BHS gym. Filling out this form does not mean you have to purchase the shirt, but it gives the team a rough estimate on how many to order.

Also, join us in lining the streets to send the team off to the State Tournament on Tuesday morning. The team will be leaving BHS at 11:15am and taking 8th Street out of town towards Portage. Businesses along the way - put a good luck message on your boards, and take a minute to step outside and wave good luck to the team!

There is a fan bus scheduled to go to Appleton for the approximately 3pm game time Tuesday. The bus will leave BHS at 12:30pm, and will return following the team's last game of the day (keep in mind, they could be playing two games, which means a very late return to town). The cost is $5 and must be paid in advance. Please email for more information and to reserve a place on the bus.

Good luck T-Birds!


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


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.


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!


Baraboo School District Breaks Ground on Construction Projects

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.


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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