Baraboo School News
Last week, GLW Elementary, West Kindergarten Center and the Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative (BELC 4K) hosted a Family Math and Technology Night. Students and families participated in math games like scavenger hunts, math basketball games and tangram puzzle completion. Both students and families enjoyed snacks and raffle prizes donated by the Wilson West Parent Association (WWPA), Pizza Ranch, Dominos, Subway, Culver’s, Casey's, and the Baraboo School District Technology Department. Their generosity and continued support for the students and families of the Baraboo School District is greatly appreciated!
Click on the photo to see more from the fun night!
Grim Reaper Visits BHS for Great American Smokeout
Today is the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Every November, the third Thursday is set aside to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking. Earlier this week, SADD students at BHS raised awareness of the dangers of smoking. Watch their impactful message here.
VOTE EACH DAY THIS WEEK! Help BHS Win $100,000!
Baraboo High School recently entered a grant contest sponsored by State Farm Insurance. We were notified that we were selected as one of the 100 Finalists with a chance to win $100,000.00 for our school! This contest called Celebrate My Drive encourages teens to make positive choices as they begin driving. In our grant application, we were expected to incorporate the message of "Drive 2N2--2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel." If we win, which we intend to with all of your help, 22% of the money is to be spent in support of a teen driver safety program to benefit the high school students; the other 78% can be spent on high school related needs defined by us. This is an extraordinary opportunity for our students, school and community!
As part of the grant application requirement, our BHS Video Production class created a 30 second video to promote the 2N2 campaign. It's very creative and professional - watch it here or in the next story down!
Here's what we need from all of you: Go to Celebrate My Drive from Monday, November 9th, to Friday, November 13th, to vote for Baraboo High School's submission and encourage others to vote too. The 22 high school submissions receiving the most votes will win a $100,000.00 grant.
Let's go, Thunderbird Nation! #BarabooProud
The BHS Video Production class has created a 30 second video for Baraboo High School to enter a teen safe driving contest sponsored by State Farm! Students created the video to promote the 2&2 campaign - 2 eyes on the road and 2 hands on the wheel. On Monday, State Farm will be selecting the top 100 videos for a chance to win $100,000. If selected, entries will be open for voting until Thursday, November 12th. Stay tuned to district social media to see if we were selected, then vote, vote, vote! Watch the fantastic video that Baraboo submitted here!
This summer, Baraboo School District was selected to present a session on engaging business partners at the Wisconsin School Public Relations Association (WSPRA) Fall Conference. Today, City of Baraboo Mayor Mike Palm, Teel Director of HR Kim Meyer, and MSA Engineer Brad Stuczynski will join District Administrator Lori Mueller and Communications Specialist Nicki Green to present "Baraboo Strong: Leveraging Business-Education Partnerships for Community Growth".
Highlighted in the presentation is the school district's strategic planning process and collaborative engagement strategies for community partnerships, our current business-education partnerships, and communications and marketing tactics. Gil Hantzsch, President of MSA Professional Services, also created this fantastic video to showcase their partnership with the district.
The district will also be receiving three Spectrum Awards today from WSPRA! Spectrum Awards recognize the writing and design of print and electronic materials. Baraboo School District is receiving Awards of Merit for our teacher recruitment materials and the Thunderbird Thursday E-Newsletter, and an Award of Excellence for our strategic plan materials!
26 Baraboo High School juniors and seniors were inducted to the Thunderbird Scholars Chapter of the National Honor Society at a ceremony held Sunday, November 8th, at The Farm Kitchen. Speaker Keri Olson gave an inspirational and motivating speech that paralleled the Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken” and offered words of wisdom for both the members and their families.
Applicants were selected for membership by BHS faculty for fulfilling high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character. To be eligible for membership consideration, students must be a junior or senior and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 91 percent.
Members inducted are Seniors: Linus Andrew, Vincent Cunningham, Emily DeSanto, Olivia Haseley, Ben Kinzer, Tiana Kuchta, Joseph Rausch, Tessa Saiia, Annika Swallen and Claire Tomaw. Juniors: Madeline Belter, Anoop Chandrashekar, Hannah Crowe, Grace Deering, Chloe Feld, Emma Johnson, Kelsey Judge, Emily Kieck, Alison Krug, Sophina Larson, Maxwell Pape, Josephine Schaefer, Isabella Sorci, Allison Warming, Chloe Zick and Adeline Zimmer. 19 Senior members who were inducted last year were also in attendance with their families.
The National Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. The four main pillars of NHS are: to create enthusiasm for scholarship; to stimulate a desire to render service; to promote leadership; and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. Each of these pillars also translates into the criteria used for membership selection in each local chapter. Students are recognized for their accomplishments, but are also challenged to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
East Elementary School families and friends enjoyed an evening of games and activities during the school's PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) night last week. Students and family members learned about our District's and School's expectations for being respectful, responsible, safe. Games included a Jeopardy, Floor Bingo in the Gym, a Respect Discussion in the Library with puzzle pieces, and a quick look at our website videos re-teaching school expectations. Nearly 90 people enjoyed the evening and several people won prizes from local merchants!
Click on the photo to see more from the fun night at East Elementary!
North Freedom students and families enjoyed many literary experiences last Thursday at the witching hour of 5:45pm, with over one third of the students in attendance! Costumed children and family members walked the halls of North Freedom Elementary School participating in a literacy scavenger hunt, word games, sight word bingo, and “Would you Rather?”, facilitated by North Freedom staff dressed as Google Earth. A Title I presentation informed the families of the acquired funding and student assistance for North Freedom. The culmination of the event was a grade level book-themed raffle where lucky students won a basketful of prizes! Everyone was a winner and went home with a book too! Happy reading!
Students at North Freedom Elementary School participated in their annual Fun Run last week! This year, students earned pledge money to be donated to the North Freedom Fire Department, as well as non-perishable items for the Baraboo Food Pantry. As a school, they raised $881 and 392 pounds of food!
Click on the photo to see more from the Fun Run.
Thanks to our generous community partners Flambeau, Don-Rick Insurance, Don Larson, St. Clare Hospital, and Baraboo National Bank, the Beryl Newman Stadium west bleachers were outfitted last month with a new bleacher wrap. Welcoming fans to Flambeau Field, the wrap is just one part of the stadium upgrades this fall, which also includes a new set of bleachers to the east of the field that will be installed this month.
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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