Baraboo School News

Summer School Enrichment Courses

Starting Monday, April 27th, parents and students may register for 2015 Summer School Enrichment Courses. 


Parents will have the opportunity to register their student(s) for one to three different enrichment courses, depending on if the student is registered for the extended learning WIN Time.

If the student IS registered for WIN Time, they may register for ONE enrichment course offered during the designated session for their grade (Session I - grades 4 and 5, Session II - grades 2 and 3, and Session III - grades K and 1). 

If the student IS NOT registered for WIN Time, they may register for up to three enrichment courses, one per session. Registration will begin on Monday, April 27 for these students.

To view the elementary enrichment course offerings and descriptions, click here. If you are ready to register for courses (after April 27th), click here.

Middle/High School:

New for Summer 2015, students currently in grades 7-11 can register for a maximum of two online courses to fulfill high school graduation requirements and can complete these courses from home during the summer. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and will begin on Monday, April 27. There are 25 enrollment openings available this summer. For more information, including courses available and the registration process, please click here.


T-Bird Track Featured on "The Sports News"

The way our Thunderbird track and field teams have competed thus far over this spring season has caught the eye of local TV station Channel 57 CW. On Sunday April 12th, senior student-athlete Matt Bruch and Shot Put/Discus Coach Kevin Catterson visited the Channel 57 station in Madison to be interviewed for a segment in a show titled The Sports News. Check out the video for their session on the program! Way to go T-Birds and keep up the great work!


BHS Top Scholars Honored

This past Sunday, the Annual Badger Conference Top Scholars Banquet took place at Chula Vista Resort. At this banquet, the top students from each Badger Conference school are recognized for their academic accomplishments. Representing BHS are: (back row, left to right) Hannah Lee, Caroline Zimmerman, Lana Hantzsch, Hannah Shumway, Alysa Zachow, and BHS Principal Glenn Bildsten; and (front row, left to right) Gabby Marx, Rebekah Schroeder, and Sydney Rabata. Not Pictured: Douglas Macdonald and Jacqueline Culotta. Congrats students!


Opera for the Young Visits Elementary Schools

"Opera for the Young" visited our elementary schools last week with their Middle Eastern adaption of “Beauty and the Beast”! The actors brought this classic fairy tale alive for our students, staff, family, and friends. Students also took part in the performance in the roles of birds and enchanted (kid-sized) fruit. In true "Opera for the Young" fashion, this show was animated… but definitely not animation. The story’s universal themes were: beauty is not skin deep; the redemptive power of love and bravery; and the challenge and reward of familial responsibility. Great job students! Click on the photo to see more from the shows.


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 Students Spend Spring Break in France

15 BHS students spent their spring break last week touring around France! The trip started in Paris with a two-day exploration of the city, including a trip to the Louvre and the Eiffel tower. From there, the group took a tour bus from historical city to city. They spent time visiting castles, tasting French delicacies, and improving their foreign language skills. There were even hands-on activities including fencing, cooking, and calligraphy. The picture shows a stop they made next to an ancient Roman aqueduct. The final stop was in the beautiful city of Nice where the sun was shining and the Mediterranean Sea was welcoming enough for some students to take a dip in. What a great experience!


ABE Around the World Family Fun Night

On Thursday, March 19, students, families, and staff at Al Behrman Elementary School enjoyed the 4th Annual Around the World Family Fun Night. At the door, travelers were given passports and then proceeded to travel around the world to unique destinations such as Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Ghana, Puerto Rico, India, Ireland, Turkey and Rwanda. Over 120 travelers sampled waffles from Belgium, tried to crack the code of a Swiss bank, dined on traditional sweets and food in Turkey and Rwanda, created traditional Aboriginal art, and much much more! This event has grown each year and we look forward to another great "trip" next year!

Click on the photo to see many more from the "trip"!


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.


Students Attend Latino Youth College & Career Fair

On March 20th, Baraboo Latino students attended the 10th Annual Latino Youth College & Career Fair in Madison. Here, they're listening intently to the keynote speaker talk about getting the most out of their education and preparing for a career they're passionate about.

The keynote speaker, Michael Flores, is "a proud Mexican who was born to a single mother and spent his childhood living in poverty and on government assistance programs." After getting his first job at 14 years old, he attended MATC before joining the Madison Fire Department. He is now also a paramedic and "spends his time putting fires out and helping the sick and injured."

Thanks Mr. Flores for inspiring our kids!


Summer Kid Stop Registration Begins April 6th

All elementary school children entering kindergarten through sixth grade in the fall will be eligible for the 2015 Summer Kid Stop Child Care Program. Summer Kid Stop is located at GLW and is available weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. beginning on Monday, June 15 through Friday, August 14.

On Monday, April 6th, registration forms and additional information will be available at all Kid Stop sites, in elementary school offices, and on the District website (under the "Community" tab). Please contact the Kid Stop Coordinator at 355-3925, ext. 7150 with any questions.


Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Baraboo School District will break ground on the $9.95 million referendum maintenance and safety update construction projects on Thursday, April 9, at 10am at East Elementary School.

Construction will begin at East School in April, 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 the end of August, before students return in the fall.

Please join us for this important occasion as we take the next steps in making Baraboo Schools better for all our learners!


2015 Summer School Enrollment


The focus of 2015 Summer School is on extended learning experiences. Classes will provide additional time and targeted instruction in the areas of student need, most specifically math and literacy. Student eligibility for summer school enrollment in extended learning classes is based upon assessment data criteria and teacher referral.

If you feel your child is in need of extended learning this summer but have not received an invite to participate from the school, please contact the building principal. Please note, if you did receive a letter, you still need to register your child; the invite does not register the student automatically.

Students registered for extended learning experiences will also be able to select one enrichment course for participation. Enrichment courses will coincide with extended learning experiences and be offered during the same Summer School session.

Students not registered for extended learning experiences wishing to participate in enrichment classes may register for 1-3 enrichment classes on a first-come, first-served basis. This registration will open on April 27th on the district website.

Please see the Elementary Courses page in the Summer School Brochure for more information.


Students in grades 6-12 can register for a maximum of two classes from the areas of physical skills; middle school literacy and math; and high school English, math science and social studies for credit recovery. Students recommended for credit recovery courses will be notified in April by the Student Services office.

Please see the Middle/High School Courses page in the Summer School Brochure for more information.

All Students:

Summer School enrollment forms are available at any of the school district’s offices. In order to finalize Summer School plans, all enrollment forms must be returned to your child’s school office by April 10, 2015.


BELC 2015-16 Registration

The Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative (BELC) will be holding pre-registration for 2015-2016 4-year-old kindergarten (4k) on April 9th from 7:30am-4:30pm at West Kindergarten Center.

Parents are encouraged to bring their child's immunizations records and a copy of their birth certificate. Parents will have an opportunity to indicate their preferences for possible locations or sessions.

Visit the BELC website for registration materials, program brochures, the 2015-16 school calendar, and more.


BHS Oral Interp Class Visits Kindergarten

Ms. Nelson's Oral Interpretation class at BHS visited West Kindergarten Center this morning to read stories to Mrs. Baird's Kindergarten class! Thanks High Schoolers!

Click on the photo to see more from the visit!


BHS Senior Receives Ag Award

Baraboo High School Senior Marlee Bonham is a recipient of the 2015 DEKALB Agriculture Accomplishment Award! The award, sponsored by Monsanto Company, recognizes select high school seniors across the United States that demonstrate excellence in academics, leadership, and agricultural work experience.

Bonham’s significant experiences and accomplishments include maintaining High Honor Roll, and serving as Student Council Senior Class President, President of the Baraboo FFA Chapter, and a youth group leader at her church.

Baraboo FFA Chapter Advisor Jenna Schultz, Agricultural Education teacher at BHS, nominated Bonham for the award.

As the winner of the 2015 Award, Bonham’s name will be recorded on a permanent plaque displayed at Baraboo High School. Congratulations Marlee!


BHS Visual Arts Classic Team Headed to State

The BHS Art Club's Visual Arts Classic (VAC) Team qualified for State!

Last Tuesday, 13 art students traveled to Mauston High School to participate in the VAC Regional Art Competition against four other high schools. It all began in January when students chose an Art medium to work in and were given a visual prompt set of directions for a long term project. Students brought their completed long term artworks with them to the competition. As they were being judged, students were given new related prompts for a second onsite assignment to be completed within two hours. Students also competed in a Critical Thinking Challenge as a team. They needed to perform a skit incorporating a musical theme and two Contemporary Artists. The day completed with a Quiz Bowl about the lives and works of 12 Contemporary Artists.

The BHS Team won 1st Place in the Quiz Bowl, which means every team member will be going on to State to compete again! The State Competition is at Edgewood College in Madison on April 10th.

2015 VAC Team Members and Results:

  • Gabby Peterson, Grade 9, Drawing, Long Term- 2nd, Onsite-1st
  • Libby Pierce, Grade 9, Drawing, Long Term-1st, Onsite-1st
  • Mara Schick, Grade 11, Painting, Long Term-1st, Onsite-1st
  • Emma Froelich, Grade 11, Printmaking, Long Term-1st, Onsite-1st
  • Maddie Deyo, Grade 11, Printmaking, Long Term-2nd, Onsite-2nd
  • MaryJane Maddox, Grade 9, Ceramics, Long Term-1st, Onsite-1st
  • Alyssa Hellesen, Grade 11, Computer Graphic Design, Long Term-2nd, Onsite-1st
  • Rio Le Fevre, Grade 9, Personal Adornment, Long Term-1st, Onsite-1st
  • Mary Schaefer, Grade 12, Personal Adornment, Long Term-2nd, Onsite-1st
  • Keisha Spears, Grade 9, Video, Long Term-1st, Onsite-1st
  • Julie Grooms, Grade 10, Alternate/Runner
  • Maddy Belter, Grade 10, Alternate/Runner
  • Tessa Saiia, Grade 11, Alternate/Runner

The BHS VAC Team is coached by Art Teachers Meg Watson and Amy Bachinski. Congratulations artists! Click the group photo to see more from the competition.


BHS Academic Decathlon Team 12th at State

Congratulations to the BHS Academic Decathlon team for placing 12th in the State Competition last week! The team has only been in existence for a few years, and has made impressive growth in that time, evidenced by earning recognition as the 12th best team in the entire state!

Left to right: Alex Stout, Alysa Zachow, Emma Horjus, Hannah Shumway, Eli Fite, Cole Potter, Nick Dalhoff, Ben Kinzer, and Zach Solles. The team is coached by BHS Math Teacher Damion Beth.


BHS Key Club Attends 2015 District Conference

The BHS Key Club attended the 2015 District Conference in Green Bay over the weekend. The conference is billed as a leadership conference where Key Club leaders learn about leading the club, members learn how to be better in volunteering and service to community/school/etc., and everyone learns about the various projects that Key Club and Kiwanis do throughout the year. There's a handful of break-out sessions kids choose to go to and a few whole-conference activities including formal dinner and dances. Great job representing Baraboo, Key Clubbers!

Click on the photo to see more from the conference!


Eagle Scout Candidate to Build Shelter at GLW

At last week's School Board meeting, 8th Grader Austin B. presented his community service project proposal as part of earning his Eagle Scout rank. Austin, a former GLW student, gained approval to fundraise for and build a shelter near the GLW soccer fields. Congrats Austin, and stay tuned for more info on his shelter project!

Click on the photo to see more of Austin's shelter plans.


BHS Artists Show Work

On Friday, March 6th, BHS Art Students attended a Youth Art Month reception at the Wisconsin State Capitol! Student artists Jaida, Hannah, and Monica previously showed their work at a regional event, where their work was selected to be shown at the State Capitol.

Several other BHS Art students also have pieces being currently shown in the Badger Conference Art Show at the Mary Hoard Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson. The show will be open March 9th-21st with an Awards Reception on March 21st. Student artists participating in the Badger Conference Art Show include Alyssa H., Alicia B., Andre M., Tessa P., and Cassie S.


8th Grade Science Bridge Building with MSA

Civil Engineers Josh and Brad from MSA Professional Services, Inc. visited 8th Grade Science classes this week to talk to students about bridges. Students started their bridge building unit by constructing a paper bridge. After learning about the components of bridges, they rebuilt their paper bridges yesterday before putting them to the test today. Brad and Josh also built their own bridges... check out the photos to see how the 2nd hour class today fared against the professionals!


BHS Science Teachers Honored at WSST

Congratulations to BHS Science Teachers Spencer Rohlinger and Karen Olson! Both teachers were honored with awards last week at the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers Convention.

Ms. Rohlinger (right) was awarded the Frank Zuerner New Teacher Scholarship, which honors science educators in their first year of teaching that show promise in making significant contributions to the field based on the excellent work they have already done in their first year.

Mrs. Olson (left) received a WSST Founders grant to write and improve our earth science curriculum.


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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