Baraboo School News

Boys Track & Field Wins Conference, Sets Records

Congratulations to the Boys Track & Field Team! Second straight conference title, new Badger North Conference record for points (previous record was 195; our boys smashed that with 213), and several individual conference records and championships. #BarabooProud


Summer Enrichment Courses Filling Up!

Summer Enrichment Courses for elementary K-5 students are filling up fast! If you want your student to have some fun with Gardening, Spanish, Animation, Engineering, and more this summer, check out the available courses now! Just $5 for up to three classes!


BHS Oral Interp Class Visits Kindergarten

BHS Oral Interpretation students visited West Kindergarten Center last week to read to kindergarten students, plus some kindergarten students read to them! It was such a wonderful experience for the kindergartners, to have "big kids" spend time reading with them. BHS Oral Interp teacher Ms. Nelson said "the big kids had as much fun as the little ones!"

Click on the photo to see more from the visit last week, plus more from the Oral Interp Class' visit earlier this year.


Culver's is East 2nd Grade's Community Connection

Baraboo Culver's visited East School's second graders last week as part of the school district's Baraboo Classroom Community Connection (BCCC) program! Students played a Jeopardy game with Culver's trivia questions. This community connection tied in with the second grade social studies curriculum as the students have been learning about service workers, consumers, producers, and wants and needs. Thanks Culver's!


JYMS Wins Little Free Library Contest

This spring, JYMS Library Media Specialist entered a contest called "Whatcha Readin'?" through the Little Free Library organization. It involved making a video that fit the guidelines they set forth and sharing that video with them for a chance to win a Little Free Library for our school. Kelly figured, "Why not? It was worth a try! I enlisted the help of the 7th grade Language Arts students and teachers and this is what we created!" Check out their awesome video here.

Kelly's video was SO awesome, the Little Free Library folks asked to put the video on their website as an example and inspiration to others who are thinking of taking the challenge!

JYMS is getting a Little Free Library! Here's how Kelly announced the exciting news to the students. Congratulations Kelly and all the 7th Grade ELA students and staff who helped make this video happen!

JYMS plans to feature the Little Free Library as a part of their newly designed entrance after construction is completed in the fall. Kelly will be recognized for her work on the project at the May 18th Board of Education meeting.


JYMS Writers Honored at Yahara Writer's Conference

Three distinguished writers from Jack Young Middle School were chosen from over a thousand entries in the Greater Dane Area to be recognized in a special Top Ten Awards Ceremony at the Yahara Writer's Conference at UW-Madison last Wednesday! Congratulations to:

Rachel L., 8th grade poetry

Jennifer S., 7th grade cartoon

Addison F., 8th grade cartoon


New STEM Program at JYMS

Current 6th and 7th graders will have the opportunity to take a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math class starting in the 15-16 school year! This new STEM class will use Project Lead the Way instructional materials. JYMS will be implementing the Automation & Robotics and Design & Modeling units during the upcoming school year.

YOU can help support JYMS' STEM program by entering the Science Channel and Discovery Education Support Our Science contest! Simply enter here for a chance to win $10,000 for our STEM program!


Personal Learning Devices for Middle School Students

For the 2015-16 school year, the Baraboo School District is excited to share that each Jack Young Middle School student will be issued a Chromebook and protective bag to use at school and home. The Chromebook is like a laptop and is a device that has the potential to make learning more engaging and accessible. Baraboo School District students are already familiar with the use of Chromebooks in our classrooms. Taking this next step to provide each student with a personal device will increase access to a variety of learning experiences tailored to the individual needs of your student.

Please read the linked document below regarding this powerful initiative. This document highlights all of the goals of this plan and answers some frequently asked questions. Click this Link -


West Kindergarten Spreads May Day Cheer

West Kindergarten students brightened their neighbors' days earlier this month by delivering May Day baskets to homes around the school neighborhood!

Click on the photo to view more from their celebration!


Baraboo Art Show Awards

The Baraboo School District Art Show Awards were handed out at a special ceremony on April 30th at Baraboo High School. Student pieces were on display for a week leading up to the reception. Students who took home awards are:

Elementary 2D Art

1st: Emma Shanks (5th Grade, North Freedom)

2nd: Grace Bonnell (4th Grade, GLW)

3rd: Julian Nava-Ditzler (5th Grade, GLW)

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Cerda (5th Grade, Al Behrman)


Elementary 3D Art

1st: Holland Danke (3rd Grade, North Freedom)

2nd: Noelle Vedro (4th Grade, GLW)

3rd: Andrew Talty (5th Grade, East)

Honorable Mention: Kessie Royals (1st Grade, GLW)



1st: Jade Duhr (8th Grade, "Self Portrait")

2nd: Rachel Siebers (7th Grade, "Comic Drawing")

3rd: Maddie Hansen (7th Grade, "Depression")

Honorable Mention: Emily Kleczek (6th Grade)



1st: Jade Duhr (8th Grade, "Memory Initials")

2nd: Shari King (8th Grade, "Memory Box")

3rd: Tyler Wyatt (6th Grade, "The Sparkling Man")

Honorable Mention: Jayda Lochner (8th Grade, "Beautiful Hawaii")


BHS 2D Art

1st: Lesleigh Brandenberg (Senior, "Zebra")

2nd: Alyssa Seidel (Sophomore, "Beautiful Angel of Death")

3rd: Tessa Pittman (Junior, "Tiny Portrait")

Honorable Mention: Libby Pierce (Freshman, "Corn")


BHS Painting

1st: Hannah Cavazos (Senior, "Home Sweet Home")

2nd: Cal Gabrielson (Junior, "The Real Brain")

3rd: Annika Swallen (Junior, "Watercolor Mandala")

Honorable Mention: Sidney Seymour (Freshman, "Fossil")


BHS Graphic Design

1st: Tanya LoMastro (Senior, "For Your Eyes Only")

2nd: Taylor Lytle (Junior, "Back to the 80s")

3rd: Chloe Zick (Sophomore, "Fashion of BHS")

Honorable Mention: Norman Brimmer (Junior, "Powder Puff")


BHS Design Drawing

1st: Dennis Miller (Sophomore, Typeface Portrait")

2nd: Ana Brown (Senior, "Library Ad")

3rd: Cassie Schreck (Junior, "Current Events Ukraine")

Honorable Mention: Tessa Pittman (Junior, "Typeface Portrait")


BHS Photography

1st: Mary Schaefer (Senior, "Off the Porch")

2nd: Becky Freed (Senior, "Change")

3rd: Rachel Leatherberry (Junior, "Spring Fever")

Honorable Mention: Tyra Berry (Senior, "A Walk Together")


BHS Digital Art

1st: Maddie Deyo (Junior, "Goddess")

2nd: Cyrus Hekmat (Senior, "Shark Storm")

3rd: Drew Hawkins (Junior, "Space Mountain")

Honorable Mention: Maddie Deyo (Junior, Psychedelic Halls")


BHS Printmaking

1st: Sydney Le Roy (Senior, "Giraffe & Bike")

2nd: Genny Kinzer (Sophomore, "Music")

3rd: Rachel Leatherberry (Junior, "RR to Heaven")

Honorable Mention: Maddie Deyo (Junior, "Frida")


BHS Ceramics

1st: Keisha Spears (Freshman)

2nd: Mara Schick (Junior, "Apple Core")

3rd: Maddy Multerer (Sophomore, "Vase")

Honorable Mention: Kiersten Vinet (Sophomore)


BHS 3D Sculpture

1st: Alexis Breunig (Freshman, "Turtle")

2nd: Keisha Spears (Freshman, "Home")

3rd: Jaida Thomte (Sophomore, "Boombox")

Honorable Mention: Kyle McGowan (Junior)


BHS Relief Sculpture

1st: Dakota Hamann (Sophomore)

2nd: Tessa Pittman (Junior)

3rd: Nick Williams (Sophomore)

Honorable Mention: Morgan Rathman (Sophomore)


BHS 3D Jewelry

1st: Savannah Zemanovic (Junior)

2nd: Libby Pierce (Freshman)

3rd: Mary Schaefer (Senior)

Honorable Mention: Emily Stieve (Sophomore)


BHS Principal's Award: Mr. Glenn Bildsten personally chose these pieces to display in his office.

Keisha Spears, 3D Sculpture "Home"

Mary Schaefer, Photography "Off the Porch"


Superintendent's Award: Current Superintendent Dr. Crystal Ritzenthaler and incoming Superintendent Lori Mueller chose these pieces to be displayed at the school district central office.

Riley Nickel, Japanese Fish Print Collage (2nd Grade, North Freedom)

Jade Duhr, JYMS 2D Art "Self Portrait"

Mara Schick, BHS Painting "Just Beyond Reach"

Cal Gabrielson, "Light in the Dark"

Becky Freed, BHS Photography "Change"


Photo caption: Incoming Superintendent Lori Mueller, the Baraboo School District's current Director of Curriculum and Instruction, presented North Freedom Elementary 2nd Grader Riley Nickel with a Superintendent's Award at Thursday's Art Show Reception. Riley's piece, a Japanese Fish Print Collage, was chosen by Mueller and current Superintendent Dr. Crystal Ritzenthaler, and her piece will be displayed at the school district Central Office.

Click here to view more photos from the event!


Baraboo Schools Celebrate Earth Day

Last week on Earth Day, BHS Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) students picked up cigarette butts around town. The idea behind the project is to make the community aware of the smoking issues and how it affects our environment. Thank you SADD students (left to right) Brook W., Lindsay J., and Kelsey J.!

North Freedom Elementary also celebrated Earth Day! Staff and students wore green and participated in a GREENEST CLASS RACE. Students brought to school projects they made from recycled materials and put them on display throughout the week. Each class picked up trash around the schoolyard together with their “buddy” class. Students also made a mosaic of the Earth when they brought in clean blue and green recycled materials.

Way to go Baraboo School District students and staff!


East 5th Graders Visit Discovery Institute, Chazen Art Museum

East 5th graders enjoyed a fun-filled field trip to Madison last Tuesday, getting to visit Discovery Institute and Chazen Art Museum. At the Discovery Institute, the kids took part in classes on fossils and paleontologists, 3D printing, and Geothermal Heating. After the Discovery Institute, the students explored Chazen Art Museum. We are proud of you, East 5th graders, for using your cool tools while on the field trip! View all the photos from the trip here!


Summer School Enrichment Courses

Registration for 2015 Summer School Enrichment Courses is now live!



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, 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.


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!


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 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.


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.


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.


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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