Baraboo School News

Open House Information

Baraboo School District Open House

Baraboo High School: Aug. 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Please bring your high school student's schedule.)

Jack Young Middle School: Aug. 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Please bring your middle school student's schedule.)

All Kindergarten-5th Grade Locations: Aug. 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

4K Locations:

St. Clare, CDC and Bear-A-Boo Daycare will have 4K Open House on Aug. 29 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Remaining 4K locations will have Open House on Aug. 30 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.


There will be someone available to help if you haven't registered your student(s) yet. There will also be someone there if you would have questions or need to pay for your Chromebook laptop Insurance (MS/HS students).

Accessing Schedules

To obtain a student schedule, log into the parent portal, choose the student from the top drop-down box and go to "Reports" from the left. If you need help logging in to the parent portal, call any of our schools.


Back to School FAQs

Not to encroach on your summer... but it's time to start thinking about back to school! All the details you'll need are here. Let us know if you have any questions!


This year registration for all students enrolling in the Baraboo School District is moving completely online. You can enroll your child, see their teacher assignment or class schedule, and pay your fees from the online parent portal. 

For families returning to the district, log in to your Infinite Campus parent portal and you'll see an "online registration" link on the left-hand menu:

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

If you need assistance, please contact the District Registrar at 355-3955. 

In-person registration for people who need additional assistance will take place at the high school cafeteria Aug. 4 from 11-6 or Aug. 11 from 7:30-1. 

If you already registered online, or if you plan to, then you don't need to come to in-person registration on August 4th or August 11th. On those dates, there will just be a big bank of computers at the high school with people there to help you register online. 

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS for all grades can be found and printed here:

OPEN HOUSES for all grades are taking place on Aug. 30. 
Elementary: Aug. 30, 4:30-6:30
Middle School: Aug. 30, 5:30-7:30
High School: Aug. 30, 5:30-7:30
See the full school calendar here:


Orientation for incoming 6th graders will take place Aug. 24 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in the big gym at the middle school. Eighth graders will serve as leaders and mentors to sixth graders, and large and small group activities will address students' needs and concerns in an enjoyable manner. Parents should drop their child off at the circular drive and have them wait in the commons. Email WEB coordinator Christina Olson at or Teresa McCulloch at with questions. 


Q: What about school photos?

A: School photos for all grade levels will take place during the school day within the first few weeks of school. Photos will NOT take place during registration, as all registration is moving online. 

Q: How can I see my child's teacher assignment/class schedule?
A: Elementary teacher assignments and high school schedules will be in the parent portal beginning Aug. 1. Middle school class schedules will appear in the portal around Aug. 18. To see your child's schedule, select your student and then choose "schedule" from the left-hand menu. If you need assistance, contact the District Registrar at 355-3955.

Q: When is the registration deadline?
A: If your child/family is new to the school district you should register a.s.a.p. so we can help you get settled. If you are returning, any time in the next couple weeks will be just fine. It really only takes a few minutes to do it online!

Q: When does school start?
A: Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7:45 a.m. Find the full school year calendar here:

Q: I forgot my parent portal password... how do I get a new one?
A: Right now you can get help from the Tech Department at 355-3968 or the District Registrar at 355-3955. A little closer to the start of the school year the secretary at your child's school can help you reset your password:

Baraboo High School - (608) 355-3940
Jack Young Middle School - (608) 355-3930
Al Behrman Elementary - (608) 355-3910
Baraboo Early Learning Cooperative (4K) - (608) 355-3905
East Elementary - (608) 355-3920
Gordon L. Willson Elementary - (608) 355-3925
North Freedom Elementary - (608) 522-4946
West Kindergarten Center - (608) 355-3905

Q: What about fees?
A: All of the registration fees for your child(ren) are in the parent portal under "Payments" for easy online payment. Gym uniform fees will be added once schedules are finalized. If you prefer to pay by cash or check, you can stop by your child's school or come to in-person registration at the high school cafeteria Aug. 4 from 11-6 or Aug. 11 from 7:30-1. 


Board Votes to Place Referendum on Nov. Ballot

AUGUST 8 - The Baraboo School Board voted unanimously Monday night to place a $21.95 million referendum question on the Nov. 8 ballot.

If passed, the referendum would fund classroom and facilities improvements at Baraboo High School. The estimated tax increase for district residents would be $0.45 per $1,000 of property value.

“This is laser-focused on one building. It will completely revitalize this building,” said board member Sean McNevin. “It changes the dynamics.”

The referendum question is the culmination of a year-long process by the Modernized Community Campus focus group, comprised of parents, business leaders, teachers and school board members who studied the district’s facility needs.

The group sent its recommendations to the board, which then put out a district-wide survey this spring to gauge community support for proposed improvements at BHS.

A majority of the more than 2,000 respondents said they would support facilities improvements in all areas that the referendum funds will cover:

  • Renovating/expanding classrooms, including Tech Ed, Phy Ed, Art, and Family and Consumer Science;
  • Renovating/expanding the cafeteria/student commons to accommodate;
  • Renovating the Library and Student Services offices; and
  • Installing modern HVAC and fire sprinkler systems.

For the complete article about the proposed referendum, CLICK HERE. 


Seven decades later: A diploma

By Christina Beam
Marketing and Communications

When Donald Cole graduated from Baraboo High school in January 1947, there was no pomp and circumstance.

The rest of his graduating class had finished the June before, but an incomplete in English had brought him back for another semester. The war was over, it was the dead of winter, and he was ready to get to work. He never received his diploma, and he never asked for it.

“I’m a procrastinator,” he said recently, around what would have been his 70th class reunion.

Admittedly, he doesn’t get a lot of requests for his diploma these days.

Twenty five years into retirement, after service in the Navy and a career in maintenance, after raising three daughters and witnessing the passage of the second half of the 20th Century, there aren’t many people demanding to see proof that he graduated from Baraboo High School in 1946. Or 1947, if you’re going to be particular about it.

And yet, he has thought about it often over the years. It has pulled at him, and he has longed for it in a way he can’t really explain.

But that’s, perhaps, what makes it so meaningful. He wanted that diploma for himself.

And then one day this spring, he decided to ask for it.

He went first to the old Baraboo High School, now the Civic Center. Then he came into the administration office on Second Avenue. He thought the district might have his original diploma on file, but they didn’t — only his transcript, with its hand-written grades from three quarters of a century ago.

Inspecting a photocopy of his high school transcript, he confessed his grades of record weren’t the same as his grades of memory.

“I guess I wasn’t half as good as I thought I was,” he shrugged.

But did it matter now?

“It was the end of the war. I wanted to quit at one time and join the service and my dad wouldn’t let me. He never finished school, so he knew the importance of an education,” he said. “So I stuck it out.”

This isn’t the story of the kind of high-profile high school hero we all know.

If you look for Donald Lincoln Cole in the Minnewaukan yearbooks from the mid-1940s, you’ll have a hard time finding him.

You won’t find see his earnest face in the photos for Latin Club or Pep Club, Band or Glee Club, Student Council or Prom Committee.

With the exception of his membership in the Wisconsin Guard, he recalls, “I stuck pretty much just to the courses.”

But the sticking with it is what he remembers. Even when the war called to him. Even when he didn’t pass English, and the rest of his class graduated without him. He came back in the fall. He finished the class. He graduated.

This isn’t the story of a high school hero. This is the story of a high school education.

Donald didn’t go on to a traditional college. But his time at Baraboo High School prepared him to work to support a family. To serve his country. To contribute to his community.

His education set him forth into the world to succeed, and he held his high school graduation as such a point of pride that a lifetime later he yearned for that gold-embossed piece of paper that conveyed, simply, “yes.”

Yes,” you did this.

Yes,” you stuck it out.

Yes,” you finished what you started.

Yes,” you’re deserving.

District staff had a special diploma printed for him, signed by current high school Principal Glenn Bildsten, School Board President Kevin Vodak, and Superintendent Lori Mueller.

He picked it up this summer, with glassy eyes and a humble smile and a thank you.

“I’m kind of proud of myself ’cause now I’ve got proof,” he said.

And so, diploma in hand, he headed for the door.

“Don't be late for your graduation party!” Mueller teased.

“Is that why they fixed up the Al Ringling Theater — for my party?” he quipped.

And then, as the door closed behind him, “See you in another 70 years.”


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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