Baraboo School News
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!
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: http://goo.gl/xcxSjL
Submission Standards: http://goo.gl/DWKxZL
We look forward to receiving your submissions! The deadline is February 27th, 2015. Please contact Jacalyn Amant at 355-3940 X2318 or email@example.com 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).
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 www.rosettastone.com. 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.
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!
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 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!
East School students became teachers for the night at East’s annual math night! Educators at East hosted a math night for students and families, where students in 4K through fifth grade enjoyed teaching their parents, grandparents and family friends different math games from the District's math curriculum. iPad numeracy challenges, hour and minute hands clock tests, as well as mental math games were explored during the evening's activities. The students enjoyed demonstrating the skills they have mastered in math class as they acted as teachers to instruct their parents during the different math stations. This annual event encourages students and parents to explore learning about math in a friendly game and technology rich environment, which can easily be replicated at home.
Click on the photo to view more from the event!
GLW and West schools had a great turnout for their annual Math & Technology Night this week! Over 100 students and their families attended the buried treasure-themed event, participating in math games on the Smart Board, Chromebooks or iPads. Additionally, there was several kinesthetic math games being played in the gym.
Each student had a bingo board designed with various math concepts, and as they wandered the building from event to event they marked off boxes on the board to score a bingo to win a prize from the pirate treasure chest. Families enjoyed popcorn as they sailed their way through the Pirate Math/Technology Adventure!
Support the Indoor Pool's 2014 Snowflake Challenge! Purchase a snowflake for $50, and help the pool reach their goal of $3,500 for new practice lanes lines! Learn more here!
This week students at West made their own versions of gingerbread men after reading the folk tale "The Gingerbread Man". students rolled, cut, baked, and decorated the cookies. Throughout the week they wrote about their experiences, and compared different versions of the story!
Click on the photo to see more delicious pictures! Great job kindergarteners!
BHS Counselors Kathy Thornburgh and Ann Renn presented to the Baraboo Rotary Club on December 10th on their Mental Health First Aid trainings! These trainings help you assist someone experiencing a mental health-related crisis, and provide you with risk factors, warning signs, strategies and resources for help. Learn more on their services here!
Mrs. Jane Stevens, owner and operator of “Four Elements Herbals” in North Freedom, visited Mrs. Solverson’s second graders at North Freedom Elementary as part of the Baraboo Community Classroom Connection (BCCC). Mrs. Stevens had a presentation about agriculture and the benefits of eating healthy. The children learned about different plants and seeds and found her lesson to be very informative and interesting!
Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at the Baraboo School District! We're thankful for such great students and dedicated staff, and the support of the Baraboo community as a whole.
Here's a story about how our Middle School students wanted to give back to others during this time of thanks:
"Jack Young Middle School students recently held a food drive to make Thanksgiving bags for the Baraboo Food Pantry. They collected 26 full meal bags and four extra bags of miscellaneous food! They also collected more than $50 in cash to help the Food Pantry."
Way to go middle schoolers! We're sure the Food Pantry and those 26 families who are receiving a Thanksgiving meal today because of your community project are feeling very thankful!
Al Behrman Elementary had a great turnout for November Family Fun Night last week! Over 150 people were in attendance, and learned about fluency (reading with speed, accuracy, and proper expression) with a number of students modeling fluency. Families also enjoyed reading, poetry, bingo, book prizes, popcorn, and Thanksgiving meal and turkey raffles! What a great way to spend an evening with family and friends. Thanks to staff and volunteers for making this night a success!
Students at North Freedom Elementary School participated in Zumba during physical education class last week! They learned about music from around the world, as well as dance moves from different genres of dance. Zumba is a great cardiovascular fitness activity, and North Freedom students are grateful for Erika Gerhardt who volunteers her time each year!
The BHS National Honor Society inducted a record number of 40 new members, bringing the total membership for this year to 62! The more than 150 attendees of the ceremony were addressed by BHS Principal Bildsten, and former BHS student and current UW-Madison marching band member Ryan Baxter gave a motivational speech.
BHS social studies teacher and NHS advisor Brittany Crammond acknowledged the hard work of current members, welcomed the 40 new members, and installed the new officers (Gabrielle Marx as president, Lana Hantzsch as Vice-President, Caroline Zimmerman as Treasurer and Sydney Rabata as secretary). Congrats to all the Juniors and Seniors on their hard work thus far and going forward!