Baraboo School News

Fifth Grade Research Papers

Fifth graders in Miss Beckord's class at East Elementary School utilized the school's Chromebooks, which are similar to laptops, to write their research papers. The fifth graders have been given the broad topic of "exploration", and from there the students have selected a topic of interest relating to exploration; some topics include volcano exploration, Alaskan exploration, and exploration of Mars using the Rover. Click on the photo to see more! Keep up the great work!


East Elementary Hosts Annual Math Night

East School students became teachers for the night at East’s annual math night! Educators at East hosted a math night for students and families, where students in 4K through fifth grade enjoyed teaching their parents, grandparents and family friends different math games from the District's math curriculum. iPad numeracy challenges, hour and minute hands clock tests, as well as mental math games were explored during the evening's activities. The students enjoyed demonstrating the skills they have mastered in math class as they acted as teachers to instruct their parents during the different math stations. This annual event encourages students and parents to explore learning about math in a friendly game and technology rich environment, which can easily be replicated at home.

Click on the photo to view more from the event!


GLW/West Math & Technology Night

GLW and West schools had a great turnout for their annual Math & Technology Night this week! Over 100 students and their families attended the buried treasure-themed event, participating in math games on the Smart Board, Chromebooks or iPads. Additionally, there was several kinesthetic math games being played in the gym.

Each student had a bingo board designed with various math concepts, and as they wandered the building from event to event they marked off boxes on the board to score a bingo to win a prize from the pirate treasure chest. Families enjoyed popcorn as they sailed their way through the Pirate Math/Technology Adventure!


Support the Indoor Pool's Snowflake Challenge!

Support the Indoor Pool's 2014 Snowflake Challenge! Purchase a snowflake for $50, and help the pool reach their goal of $3,500 for new practice lanes lines! Learn more here!


West Kindergarten Students Read "The Gingerbread Man"

This week students at West made their own versions of gingerbread men after reading the folk tale "The Gingerbread Man". students rolled, cut, baked, and decorated the cookies. Throughout the week they wrote about their experiences, and compared different versions of the story!

Click on the photo to see more delicious pictures! Great job kindergarteners!


BHS Counselors Present on Mental Health First Aid

BHS Counselors Kathy Thornburgh and Ann Renn presented to the Baraboo Rotary Club on December 10th on their Mental Health First Aid trainings! These trainings help you assist someone experiencing a mental health-related crisis, and provide you with risk factors, warning signs, strategies and resources for help. Learn more on their services here!


Rosetta Stone Online Subscription Offer

The Baraboo School District is pleased to once again offer online Rosetta Stone access at a reduced price. The price for subscriptions starting at the end of January 2015 and running a full year will be only $109.

Participants will need to pay in full before a subscription can be reserved for them. Make checks payable to Baraboo School District, and send to Nicki Green at the district office by January 15, 2015 (101 2nd Avenue, Baraboo, WI 53913).

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As in the past, participants will have access to any of the 30 languages offered by Rosetta Stone. This program provides you with 24/7 online access to all of the levels available for your chosen language. Most languages offer 3-5 levels. You may only request one language per subscription. 

More information about Rosetta Stone and a free demo of the program can be found at The prices available on the website do not apply to this offer. Please note that the online subscriptions offered here include the INTERACTIVE SOFTWARE and LEARN ON THE GO components, but not the ONLINE-ONLY FEATURES.

Additionally this year, we will have access to supplementary materials provided online via our CESA 6 consortium. These workbook materials will be available to you after the start of the program with more information coming in the new year.

Paid participants will receive a confirmation email prior to February 1, 2015. The email will contain information about important websites and a username and password needed to begin using the account.

Please contact Emily Arendsee with any questions about the subscriptions.


NF 2nd Graders Visited by a BCCC

Mrs. Jane Stevens, owner and operator of “Four Elements Herbals” in North Freedom, visited Mrs. Solverson’s second graders at North Freedom Elementary as part of the Baraboo Community Classroom Connection (BCCC). Mrs. Stevens had a presentation about agriculture and the benefits of eating healthy. The children learned about different plants and seeds and found her lesson to be very informative and interesting!


Happy Thanksgiving from the Baraboo School District!

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at the Baraboo School District! We're thankful for such great students and dedicated staff, and the support of the Baraboo community as a whole. 

Here's a story about how our Middle School students wanted to give back to others during this time of thanks:

"Jack Young Middle School students recently held a food drive to make Thanksgiving bags for the Baraboo Food Pantry. They collected 26 full meal bags and four extra bags of miscellaneous food! They also collected more than $50 in cash to help the Food Pantry."

Way to go middle schoolers! We're sure the Food Pantry and those 26 families who are receiving a Thanksgiving meal today because of your community project are feeling very thankful!


Al Behrman Family Fun Night

Al Behrman Elementary had a great turnout for November Family Fun Night last week! Over 150 people were in attendance, and learned about fluency (reading with speed, accuracy, and proper expression) with a number of students modeling fluency. Families also enjoyed reading, poetry, bingo, book prizes, popcorn, and Thanksgiving meal and turkey raffles! What a great way to spend an evening with family and friends. Thanks to staff and volunteers for making this night a success!


Zumba at North Freedom Elementary

Students at North Freedom Elementary School participated in Zumba during physical education class last week! They learned about music from around the world, as well as dance moves from different genres of dance. Zumba is a great cardiovascular fitness activity, and North Freedom students are grateful for Erika Gerhardt who volunteers her time each year!


National Honor Society Inducts Record 40 New Members

The BHS National Honor Society inducted a record number of 40 new members, bringing the total membership for this year to 62! The more than 150 attendees of the ceremony were addressed by BHS Principal Bildsten, and former BHS student and current UW-Madison marching band member Ryan Baxter gave a motivational speech.

BHS social studies teacher and NHS advisor Brittany Crammond acknowledged the hard work of current members, welcomed the 40 new members, and installed the new officers (Gabrielle Marx as president, Lana Hantzsch as Vice-President, Caroline Zimmerman as Treasurer and Sydney Rabata as secretary). Congrats to all the Juniors and Seniors on their hard work thus far and going forward!


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