Award Year: 2022

Willson Elementary School

146 Berkley Boulevard
Baraboo, WI, 53913-1001

(608) 355-3925

Mr. Erick Blasing, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Sarah Brings, Current Principal

Title I School

Baraboo School District

School Website


The School District of Baraboo will prepare and inspire all students to grow to their full potential and engage in an ever-changing world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 81%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 7%
  • Two or more races: 7%
GLW Staff at our Family Fun Run Event

GLW Staff at our Family Fun Run Event

Gordon L. Willson Elementary School (G.L.W.) is a neighborhood school serving approximately 300 students annually. We work to establish strong communication and connections with our families and strive to be partners in the education of their child. Working with many of the same families from year to year enables us to better understand the needs of our families. To help meet the needs of our families, many of our teachers have been trauma certified or received a certificate in English language learning. In partnership with the Ho-Chunk Nation, tutoring is offered after school one day a week for students. We also recognize the Ho-Chunk Nation by flying their flag along with the United States flag on our grounds.

There are many curriculum opportunities for students. Students receive daily instruction in math, science of reading, and phonics, as well as science and social studies. Our bi-weekly guidance curriculum focuses on decision making, problem-solving, academic growth and growth mindset, social skills, and emotional well-being. Our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports program (PBIS) promotes school safety and good behavior. Along with teaching and re-teaching behavior expectations throughout the school year, each morning during announcements the whole school recites the "Hands Pledge" to remind students to be kind to themselves and each other by refraining from using words and/or hands to hurt others. All students also receive between 60-90 minutes of instruction in art, music and physical education per week. We strive each and every day to provide a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all students.