Baraboo School News

North Freedom Elementary Fun Run

Students at North Freedom Elementary School participated in their annual Fun Run last week!  This year, students earned pledge money to be donated to the North Freedom Fire Department, as well as non-perishable items for the Baraboo Food Pantry. As a school, they raised $881 and 392 pounds of food!

Click on the photo to see more from the Fun Run.


Soccer Star Visits JYMS

Jack Young Middle School had a special assembly on Thursday, October 8th, in honor of JYMS being selected as one of two schools in the State of Wisconsin for the "Be a Learning Hero" program through Collaborative for Student Success! Collaborative for Student Success is a non-profit organization working to improve public education through a commitment to high standards for all students.

The assembly, which will took place at 1:45pm.  Students recieved t-shirts, bookmarks, and a special appearance from Kelley O'Hara, FIFA Women's World Cup champion and Olympic soccer gold medalist. A check for $5,000 was presented to the school to use for supporting academic needs.

JYMS is being recognized for their commitment to teaching high standards – whether through their rich coaching network, their work to challenge students by accelerating those who demonstrate readiness, or their commitment to working with teachers to differentiate instruction.

Way to go JYMS!


Intro to World Languages

6th Graders in the Intro to World Languages course learned how to use chopsticks today! They played a little review game with trying to pick up Chinese vocabulary flashcards using only the chopsticks. They had a lot of fun!


North Freedom PBIS Reward

North Freedom Elementary students celebrated their first school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) accomplishment when they surpassed their goal of earning 2000 train tickets on Tuesday, September 29th.  Students earn train tickets when they follow the three fundamental expectations of PBIS: being responsible, respectful, and safe. The reward they earned was playing BINGO in the gym, with BINGO callers Principal Andreasen and school counselor Rylee Engum. Way to go North Freedom Elementary!


Bullying Awareness Day

Wednesday, September 23rd was Bullying Awareness Day in the Baraboo School District. Each school participated in their own activities to celebrate the day. Here is North Freedom Elementary staff and students all wearing red!


Beryl Newman Stadium Gets Makeover

Thanks to our generous community partners Flambeau, Don-Rick Insurance, Don Larson, St. Clare Hospital, and Baraboo National Bank, the Beryl Newman Stadium west bleachers were outfitted last month with a new bleacher wrap. Welcoming fans to Flambeau Field, the wrap is just one part of the stadium upgrades this fall, which also includes a new set of bleachers to the east of the field that will be installed this month.


Sportsmanship Code of Conduct and Play Positive Pledge

This year, BHS Athletics is renewing our commitment to being a leader in demonstrating what positive sportsmanship and class in high school sports should be. We will win with grace, and lose with dignity. We will treat every player, coach, official, and spectator with respect.

A group of students, parents, and coaches recently drafted the Baraboo High School Parent/Fan Code of Conduct. This was the first step in our commitment, and was approved by our school board at Monday's meeting. View the code in its entirety here.

We really need your help with the second step. We are asking you to join in our commitment by taking the Play Positive Pledge. It is part of a nationwide sportsmanship pledge contest, and we would like to show the country that we are as committed to this purpose as any high school in the United States. If we are one of the top 5 schools in the US, we will win $2,500 prize money, which would be used toward the purchase of the new bleachers and press box at Beryl Newman Stadium. We've been holding steady in the top five across the country, but we need your help to stay there!

Thanks for your Thunderbird Support! Pledge today!


Construction Completion

On April 1, 2014, Baraboo area voters approved a $9.95 million facilities referendum. The question asked to borrow funds for safety and security updates and capital maintenance projects. The scope of the project touched all seven schools in the district, and was completed in the summer of 2015.

As construction comes to a close for the referendum projects at each building, the district is preparing to showcase the improvements at each school. 

View this flyer for more information on the projects and showcases.


Transportation Program Changes

The Baraboo School District is making some changes to our transportation program for the upcoming school year to improve the safety of our students and efficiencies within the program. In partnership with our busing company, Kobussen, the primary changes being implemented include providing separate bus routes for varying age groups (so elementary students will ride a separate bus than MS/HS students), and significantly decreasing the number of students having to transfer from one bus to another bus to get home.

These seemingly small objectives will have a huge impact in keeping our students safe! Please see the full letter from our Director of Business Services for more information.


Congressman Pocan Visits BHS

Last month, Congressman Mark Pocan visited Civics and History classes at BHS. His visit provided our students with relevant information about his job as congressman, what he does to help his constituents, and that students have a voice even though they are not voters. Students listened and asked questions of the Representative about topics such as education, funding, political terms, and current issues.


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


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.


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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