Baraboo School News

Register your Students Online

The Baraboo School District is excited to announce that registration for new and returning students can now be completed online. This new option will save parents and guardians from having to fill out multiple forms by hand each year before school starts, and will simplify data entry for school staff. This process takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Parents of returning students can log into the Infinite Campus parent portal and find a link to registration there.

For families who are new to the district (welcome!) you can register here:

*If having troubles logging in, please contact Kristine Snow at 608-355-3955 Parents of current Baraboo students do not need to attend the in-person registration (on Aug. 4 and Aug. 11), as they are able to register their child(ren) and pay fees completely online.


Community Partners Sought

The Baraboo School District is again inviting community volunteers to share their passions and expertise with kindergarten through fifth grade students as part of the Baraboo Community Classroom Connections program.

The program, now in its fifth year, partners elementary classrooms with local businesses or service providers. The volunteers visit throughout the year, collaborating on projects as elaborate as multi-week engineering experiments, or as simple as reading together in the classroom.

“The response from the Community Classroom Connection program has just been outstanding,” said West Principal Chris Olson. “Our students are learning about the possibilities their futures hold and what it will take to get there, and our community partners have told me that it’s been incredibly rewarding to work with our students.”

Chris Hamm, an Alliant Energy employee who has volunteered teaching Spanish in the Baraboo schools for years, said the experience helps him see the classroom from a teacher’s perspective.

“Teachers have an internal drive, a desire to share their knowledge to shape our children’s futures. The rewards are the kids’ smiles and hugs, not the paycheck,” Hamm said. “I get to experience that for two hours a week, and I am grateful.”

From engineers to bakers, from farmers to doctors, the program opens schoolhouse doors to community experts who share information about their field of work and how it impacts students, and give advice about what it takes to join that field of work after graduation.

Visits typically range from 20-40 minutes in length, and community partners are asked to commit to visiting their assigned classroom at least three times during the coming school year.

The district typically matches community partners with the following grade levels:

  • BELC (4K) and Early Childhood: Eyes, ears, and mouth health-related professionals.

  • Kindergarten: Emergency and safety, agriculture.

  • First Grade: Other health professionals (nursing, therapy, pharmacy, physicians), veterinary science.

  • Second Grade: Food providers (grocery, restaurants, manufacturing, bakery), conservationists.

  • Third Grade: Financial, energy production, local government.

  • Fourth Grade: Trades and construction, Ho Chunk Nation, automotive service.

  • Fifth Grade: Recreation and leisure, technologies, court system, funeral service.

Community members interested in joining the program for the 2016-17 school year can contact Chris Olson at 355-3906 or


Book, Cook and Fitness Fun

It takes a village to make a snack. :) Students in Ms. Dequaine's summer enrichment class "Book, Cook and Fitness" class are learning new recipes, making their own cookbooks, and creating healthy and delicious dishes — as well as doing a workout in class every day! Parents of these kiddos: Has anyone cooked for you at home yet?

Eric Carle class merges art and science

Students in the "Eric Carle Author Study" class this summer are doing art, science and writing activities related to the beloved children's author.

They are studying the life cycle of a butterfly and watching one hatch, putting on a play of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," and creating their own books with collage-style illustrations with Mr. Lutz and Mrs. Culbertson. 


Summer has started, but learning doesn't stop

Is there a better way to spend a childhood summer morning than with your knees in the grass, dirt under your fingernails, digging for worms?

Not for Mrs. Knipp's "Finding Your Niche in the Outdoors," part of our great Summer Enrichment offerings. 

Upon examination of a worm who had been through some trauma, one student said, "Worms have five hearts... but this one might only have four left." Math and anatomy for the win!


Lifelong Learning Begins in Baraboo


JYMS Students Shine at National History Day

JYMS sent 21 students to the National History Day Regional Competition in Madison last weekend. Congratulations to all 21 students who participated, and special congratulations to Jacob Carignan, Alyiah Whitrock, Paige Splinter, Arianna Macias, Kyra Hess, Charlie Cochrane, and Lara Justus, who will advance on the State Competition on April 23.


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