Baraboo School News

Subcontractor Bids Requested

CG Schmidt Inc. is requesting subcontractor bids for the Baraboo School District Facility Improvements – Safety/Security and Deferred Maintenance for seven schools in the district. Work includes safety and security upgrades in the school vestibules, extensive MEP upgrades, an addition to East Elementary, interior renovation, and sitework modifications.

Subcontractor bids are requested for Selective Demolition, Cast-In-Place Concrete, Masonry, Steel Erection, Metal Fabrication, Architectural Wood Casework, Composite Metal Panels, EPDM Roofing, Sheet Metal Flashing and Trim, Doors, Frames, and Hardware, Windows and Glazing, Cold Formed Metal Framing, Non-Structural Metal Framing, Gypsum Board, Tiling, Suspended Acoustical Ceilings, Resilient Tile Flooring, Carpet Tiling, Painting, Signage, Toilet Compartments, Toilet Accessories, Fire Extinguishers & Cabinets, Specialties, Window Treatments, Plumbing, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Testing Adjusting and Balancing, Controls and Instrumentation, Electrical, Excavating, Asphalt Paving, and Landscaping.

Bid Date: February 10, 2015 @ 2:00 PM

CG Schmidt, Inc.

406 Science Drive, Ste. 408, Madison, WI 53711

608-255-1177 (p) 608-251-2442 (f)

Bid forms are available here. Plans and Specifications are available for print at A/E Graphics, Inc. (414) 225-9870, or can be viewed for a free at Drawings are also available via iSqFt – please contact Jen Mason at CG Schmidt for more information.

Please fax quotes to 608-251-2442


JYMS Tech Ed Students Work With Shopbot

Tech Ed Students at Jack Young Middle School, under the direction of Mr. Weiss, have been working with digital fabrication to create name plaques and signs on the Shopbot (CNC Router). The students started by designing their signs on the computers using the Shopbot software, and then took their designs to the router. Students have been able to develop skills related to manufacturing through this process. Great work JYMS students!

Click on the photo to see more Shopbot projects from the students!


Staff Appreciation Night at Boys Hockey Game

On January 8th, the Baraboo Portage Boys Hockey Team hosted Staff Appreciation night at the Baraboo Hockey Rink. Staff from Baraboo and Portage High Schools came out to be appreciated by the hockey players and managers. As part of the event, staff wore the players' jerseys during the day and then attend the game at night. Thanks to all the staff that attend on that cold and snowy night!


Madrigal Dinner Tickets On Sale Now!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The dates for the Madrigal Dinner have been set and tickets are on sale now! Join the BHS Vocal Music Department at the The AL. Ringling Mansion on Saturday, February 21st or Sunday, February 22nd, for a wonderful performance, and delicious feast from TJ Catering! Ticket orders due February 16th by returning this form to the High School.


JYMS 8th Graders Meets Civil Rights Movement Icon

Shelby M., an 8th grader at JYMS, had the amazing experience of meeting American civil rights movement icon Ruby Bridges on Monday, January 19th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Bridges gave the keynote address at the La Crosse Community Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Viterbo University.

Bridges was six years old in 1960 when she became the first Black student to desegregate William Frantz Public School in New Orleans. Her experience on the first day of school was immortalized in the Norman Rockwell painting, The Problem We All Live With.

“Though I did not know it then, nor would I come to realize it for many years, what transpired in the fall of 1960 in New Orleans would forever change my life and help shape a nation,” Bridges said. “When I think back on that time and all that has occurred since, I realize a lot has changed. I also know there is much more to be done. That fateful walk to school began a journey, and we all must work together to continue moving forward.”

Mrs. Steiner, Library Media Specialist at JYMS, shared, "I was so excited for her when she stopped in to tell me about it and ask about taking a library book to be autographed. I loved that she thought of that!"


District Spelling Bee Winners On To Regionals

Elementary and Middle School students competed in school Spelling Bees over the past couple weeks, with the top spellers advancing to Regional Bees! The top 5th-8th graders advanced to the District SCRIPPS Bee last week, and the top two spellers from that Bee advanced to the Regional SCRIPPS Bee - congratulations to Eric G. (5th Grade, East Elementary) and Max S. (6th Grade)! The top 4th Grader from each school also gets to compete in a Regional Bee hosted by CWTAG (Central Wisconsin Talented & Gifted). Good luck 4th grade spellers, Eric, and Max at Regionals!

Click on the photo of Eric and Max to see more from the Spelling Bees, including the winners from GLW!


East School Celebrates at Cool Tools Party

Over 250 guests attended an after school event at East Elementary last week to celebrate outstanding behavior and masterful skills in modeling cool tools. Cool tools are the communicated, taught and reinforced expectations of appropriate behaviors that center around being responsible, being respectful, and being safe in multiple areas at school. Students and parents enjoyed the festivities, including: a jeopardy game all about the cool tools and the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) vocabulary; a human-sized bingo game incorporated the evening's theme; and folk dancing where students modeled being respectful, responsible and safe. The parents and students had an opportunity to view our "Oscar-worthy", student-made cool tool videos at one station as well. The East School Parent Support Group also sponsored gift baskets that six students won in an end of the evening drawing. "It's 'snow' secret East School is cool!"

Click on the photo to see more from the Party!


Hope House Supports School District

Jess Kaehny, the Community Education Coordinator for Hope House of South Central Wisconsin, visited Health class at the Baraboo High School the first week of January to talk with the sophomores about healthy and unhealthy relationships, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and dating violence.

Kaehny, who has been supporting the school district for nearly seven years, had discussions with the students about traits of a healthy relationship, what you can do to help someone in an abusive relationship, what constitutes consent, and what sexual harassment looks like and what to do if you see it happening, among many other topics.

During the second week of January, Kaehny also visited 3rd through 5th grades at East Elementary School. Third graders participate in a discussion on healthy relationships, and fourth and fifth graders participate in NetSmartz, a presentation on Internet safety.

Resources available at the Hope House include: a 24-hour hotline; counseling; support groups; legal help; 24-hour on-call support during sexual assault nurse exams; shelter; and community education. For more information on the Hope House, please call 356-9123.


6th Graders Enjoy Bavarian Smorgasbord

JYMS 6th Grade social studies students in Mrs. Gogue's classes recently visited the Dorf Haus in Roxbury to experience their Bavarian Smorgasbord! Prior to the trip, Phy Ed teacher Mrs. Flesch taught the students how to polka so they could dance after their dinner. Ms. McDonald (science teacher), Mr. Gunnell (principal), and Mr. Gogue (substitute teacher) also chaperoned the trip. Spaß! (Fun!)

Click on the photo to see more from the trip!


East Students Celebrating Authors with January Birthdays

The students at East Elementary School are reading books from a variety of authors who have January birthdays. When a child reads a book by one of the authors, he/she gets to fill out a mitten with the title, author and their name, which are then placed on the wall for all to see. At the end of the month each of the classes that participated will have a special surprise winter activity. Promoting literacy and introducing students to authors are some of our goals in the East Media Center!


East Fifth Graders Practice Their Words

Earlier this week, fifth graders at East Elementary in Miss Beckord's class practiced their spelling words. East students use a spelling program called "Words Their Way", a developmental spelling, phonics and vocabulary program that has students put into groups matching their spelling ability. Each day the students sort words based upon spelling patterns, and then the students do fun activities for additional spelling practice. Way to go East fifth graders!

Click on the photo to see more pictures from Miss Beckord's class!


Baraboo Student Artists Show at UW-Baraboo

The Southwest Regional Youth Art Month Show is at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County this week, and student art from our elementary and high school students is part of the show! The Wisconsin Art Education Association (WAEA) sponsors the show, and three pieces from each participating art teacher will be selected to progress to a Statewide Show in the Capital Rotunda in Madison! Good luck Baraboo artists!


BHS Key Club Service Projects

Key Club is a volunteer service club sponsored by Kiwanis. Members of Key Club enjoy participating in school and community activities, such as planning this year's Homecoming dance, leaf raking for the community in the fall, and much more. Most recently, they went Christmas caroling at nursing homes around town. Through these service projects, Key Clubbers learn the value of helping others and hard work, while also having a great time with their peers.

Way to go Key Club!


Author Celebration for East 3rd Graders

East 3rd Graders held an author celebration party last week to commemorate the publishing of their personal narratives! Students proudly shared their pieces with family and friends during the celebration. Click on the picture to see more photos from the celebration. Congratulations Mr. Potratz's 3rd Graders!


ABE PBIS Family Night

On Thursday, December 18th, Al Behrman Elementary held their PBIS Winter Family Fun Night. Students and families enjoyed a night of listening to music, decorating cookies, drinking hot cocoa, and making arts and crafts! A special thank you to all of the families and staff who were able to join us! Click on the picture for view more photos from the event!


BHS GSA Holds Clothing Drive

The Baraboo High School GSA just wrapped up their December clothing drive to benefit transgender youth in need. They gathered nearly 200 items for donation to an organization caring for transgender youth who need clothing appropriate to their gender identity. Thank you, BHS for your generosity!


Call for Literary Submissions!

Call for literary submissions! Any interested K-12 students and staff are invited to submit writing and/or artwork pieces for a chance to be published in the very first district-wide literary magazine!

All entries will be be scored by student and community partner selection committees. Each school in the district will be represented in the magazine, and an overall winner from each school will be highlighted.

A literary magazine launch party will be held to celebrate the release of the published work, with each published author and artist receiving a free copy of the literary magazine and a certificate. Some students may be asked to perform their piece at the launch party.

Submission Guidelines:

Submission Standards:

We look forward to receiving your submissions! The deadline is February 27th, 2015. Please contact Jacalyn Amant at 355-3940 X2318 or with any questions.


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 through September 28th will be only $66.75. At that time, we will have full year subscriptions available.

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).

Order now!

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 Reading Buddies Enjoy Polar Express

Reading buddies are a special part of student relationships at North Freedom Elementary, so Mrs. Solverson's 2nd graders and Mrs. Shafer's 5th graders celebrated the holiday season together. With a special reading of "The Polar Express" enjoyed while all cozy in their pajamas, along with hot chocolate and doughnuts to fill their bellies, these two classes spent some extra time together this week. The 5th graders also presented their buddies with a holiday gift bag complete with a silver bell necklace just as the story tells us!


BHS Student Council Sponsors Secret Santa Event

The Baraboo Student Council recently sponsored a Secret Santa annual holiday charity event to help fill Christmas wish lists of children in Sauk County. The Sauk County Giving Tree sends wish lists to the Student Council, and then homerooms each collect money and pick a shopper to purchase gifts off their child's wish list. The gifts are delivered to the Giving Tree where they are distributed to the children in hopes that they have a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. Baraboo High School students and staff raised $2115.96 this year!


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!


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