Publication of Baugo Community Schools: Fall 2021
Fall is a wonderful time in the midwest and especially in Baugo. Leaves begin the seemingly choreographed change of color and offer a palette of beauty we long for. Warm summer days make way for cool, crisp nights; just perfect for football and marching band performances. Fall also brings the seasons of thanks and giving. I am thankful that we have returned to a school year of in-person learning and remain optimistic that we have seen the worst of the pandemic and we can begin our return to normal. It is time to begin a season of healing in what has become a very polarizing time. Recently, I participated in a chicken sale fundraiser as a member of the Baugo Lions Club. Proceeds from that sale fund community outreach projects. I was thrilled to see several of our student athletes taking time on a Saturday to help. I was humbled when several other student athletes worked with local veterans to clean gravestones in a local cemetery. It is in these moments that we remember the definition of community and the power of giving. Working together, we move forward and continue to make Baugo a stronger community. Enjoy the peace and joy that fall brings.
Emergency School Closing
Deciding whether or not school should open on a day of inclement weather is always difficult. We remain open unless the buses cannot operate due to bad weather. However, we may elect to delay the opening of school to allow snow plows to clear roads and to avoid rush-hour traffic. The option of having an eLearning day is also available.
When classes are canceled or delayed, we will notify parents in the following ways:
· an automated phone call will be made to the phone numbers provided by the parents
· a notice will be posted on Facebook and Twitter
· announcements will be made on area television stations.
Here are sources for learning about school delays, closures, or early dismissals:
· Follow BCS Tweets: www.twitter.com/baugosuper or @baugosuper
· Follow BCS on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BaugoCommunitySchools
· TV: WNDU (Channel 16), WSBT (Channel 22), WBND (Channel 57)
· Baugo App
Last month, JHS had another fun-filled and successful Homecoming Week. The week ended with a Jimtown victory against Bremen 32-19. Congratulations to Sophie Allen and Johntu Reed for being named Queen and King respectively.
September was College Go! Month, and JHS had several activities planned throughout the month. College Go! Week culminated in Application Day. Best of luck to all the seniors who took advantage and applied to the college of their dreams!
Our student council is gearing up for an awesome year at JJHS. We have officers in place to represent our school: Bailey Creech, Flarity Harder, Triston Harder, and Brady Weaver. Some of the initiatives they are exploring are raising funds for our art and wrestling programs, as well as the American Heart Association, St. Jude’s, and Wounded Warriors. They have recently shown some “love” to staff members by putting together a “You’ve been mugged” treat. Thank you to our student council for making the staff feel special.
8th grade has been exploring measuring using the metric system. We used what we learned about measuring volume and following directions CAREFULLY. We started with red, blue, and yellow water. After measuring and mixing colors, students should have finished with test tubes showing the colors of the rainbow! Students were very excited to "mix" the different colored water! This was great practice for when we get into our Chemistry unit!
Daisy the Therapy Dog at Jimtown Intermediate
Daisy, our therapy dog, is officially back and in training! Daisy is just over 9 months old and is ready to begin going to school a little more regularly! She will be with us on Friday and Monday of each week. She got right back into the swing of things and spent yesterday morning greeting the kiddos!! Well done, Daisy!!
We have added high-ability programming to JIS this year. As part of our staff development, Mrs. Clarke, our high-ability teacher, addressed what the program consists of and presented some information to our staff in regards to pushing our gifted students. Pictured is a slide that Mrs.Clarke presented to staff.
Jimtown Elementary Partners with JHS Students
Students at Jimtown High School have found several ways to serve their community right here at Jimtown Elementary. We currently have traditional cadet teachers helping in classrooms and a teacher assistant who is part of the new Educational Pathways Program.
Additionally, the JHS Theater class recently came to read a book to each of our classes and the JHS Marching Band spent a couple of recesses playing with the kindergarten classes to “research” for their performance appropriately called “The Playground.” Thanks JHS for inspiring our young Jimmies to do their best as they continue on through school!
Baugo Promise: College Go Week at JES
While decisions about their future are a long way off, JES students participated in the recent campus-wide College Go Week activities. Students wore spirit wear all week, including one day in a “dressed for success” outfit of a future job/career. As part of the Baugo Promise, we focus on two main goals: helping families set up 529 College Savings Accounts and giving students positive experiences on a college campus. We hope to return to Bethel University this spring to continue our visits. Whether students choose college, trade school, apprenticeships, or entering the workforce right after high school, we want our students to explore the possibilities right from the start.
Baugo Food Service is working diligently to lessen menu changes and still meet the USDA requirements. We are starting to experience supply chain disruptions and national food shortages could last for the remainder of the school year. There may be times where a child’s favorite food item may not be menued or breakfast choices may be smaller. It is not uncommon for items to be out of stock from week to week. Few examples; paper products, sporks, chicken patties, pizza, apple cinnamon french toast, cheese, mini doughnuts, etc. If there are menu changes, parents will be notified via email. Thank you for your patience as we all navigate during this difficult and challenging time.
Solar Project Update
Building Level Techs - Keeping the district going
Our building technicians are the day-to-day warriors that make sure the student devices are in proper working order! Thank you!!
Chris Decker - JHS
Christy Stose - JJHS
Carrie Friedauer - JES
Brenda Wohlford - JIS