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Today FBLA had its regional leadership conference, and it was one of the proudest experiences I have had in my teaching career to-date. Not only did our kids break the ice with a Congo line, Charles Rodriguez lip sync battle, but they also managed to send 16 kids to state in a variety of events. Almost everyone this year placed in an event, and took some metal home today. Overall, Baraboo was awarded 3rd place for outstanding chapters. The following list shows the kids that placed in the top 8 for their events. If you see them at school on Monday, please take a moment to congratulate them.
See listing of student names/places.
Baraboo 8th Grader Headed to State Spelling Bee
Lara Justus, an 8th grader at Jack Young Middle School, won first place at the regional spelling bee in Portage last week and will head to the state-level Scripps Spelling Bee in March.
Lara will be called upon to spell words that many adults can’t even define on Friday, March 18 at 1 p.m. at MATC Mitby Theater in Madison. We know she will do us proud! Good luck, Lara!
Mr. Argo Honors 'Baraboo 21'
Baraboo high school history teacher Steve Argo makes history come alive for his students, bringing meaning and new awareness to a little-remembered chapter of WWI involving 21 young Baraboo soldiers. Check out this feature story about his efforts to build a memorial to the “Baraboo 21.”
On January 12, 2016, Baraboo High School students from the Native American Student Association traveled to Madison to participate in the Save the Mounds Rally organized by the Ho-Chunk Nation. In extreme cold, the students listened to speakers from various Native nations of Wisconsin, including a judge, the president, and the chief of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Their presence at the rally supported stopping bill AB620, which would have legalized investigation and desecration of effigy and burial mounds held sacred by their people and worthy of great appreciation by all Americans. The rally was successful and the assembly speaker announced that the bill was probably going nowhere. Click link above to view photos from event.
Baraboo Police Department Officer Mike Pichler visited the Sunshine 4K morning and afternoon classrooms to read a story and talk to students about how police officers keep people in the community and themselves safe! The students were excited to have Officer Mike in their classroom, and can't wait for when he will be back to read another story!
This partnership is part of the school district's Baraboo Community Classroom Connections program that pairs community organizations and businesses with elementary classrooms.
West Kindergartner Wins NBC15 Award
Hailey Jackson, a kindergartner at West Kindergarten Center, is this month's recipient of the NBC15 Making a Difference Award! Hailey holds her own toy drive for other kids with cancer during the holidays. Watch her amazing, inspiring story here! Way to go Hailey - you definitely make us #BarabooProud!
Tuesday was the Boys Hockey team's Teacher Appreciation Night. Head Coach Jason Laux said "on behalf of the boys and the coaches we appreciate the support for the team both on and off the ice. The boys know all the time and dedication you put into making them successful in the classroom and getting them ready for the future." Thanks teachers!
This week, the Baraboo School District Board of Education approved a Full-Time Online Program as an additional option to personalize education for students in grades 9-12. This program is scheduled to roll out next month at the start of the second semester term. The Full-Time Online Program is ideal for students who:
- Are highly motivated to engage in each online course 4 to 5 hours per week
- Can manage time in a non-traditional learning environment
- Seek a rigorous curriculum to prepare them for college
To learn more about this program, please view our Full-Time Online Program Guide available on our district's website.
Electronic applications will be accepted from January 4-15, 2016, and can be found at our Baraboo Virtual Campus website. Please contact Shelly Gillmore, Online Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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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