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Tomah Middle School Has Talent 2015
Dancers, singers, comedians, and more took the stage at TMS Has Talent. What a great way for our students to show the many talents they have as for the entire school. Congratulations to everyone who displayed the courage to share their talents with the entire student body. Great job!!
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Superintendent School Bell

Within the next week, all residents of the Tomah Area School District will be receiving a survey about the Tomah Area School District. Your help is needed as we plan for the future. Those plans must reflect the needs of our students in the 21st century and the priorities of our taxpayers. We have been working with School Perceptions LLC, an independent Wisconsin-based firm with expertise in conducting community surveys. All survey data is returned to School Perceptions so your individual feedback will be confidential. Final survey results will be reported at a future Board of Education meeting and will also be available on the District website. To save on expenses, you will be encouraged to take the survey online. Please participate in this survey as your opinions are extremely important to us. May 4 is the survey deadline. The priorities identified from our community survey will, no doubt, be compiled into numerous pie charts. What percentage of our taxpayers believe attracting and retaining high quality staff is important? What percent believe that we should increase class size to reduce costs? What percentage support talented and gifted programming or providing options for families through programs like a nontraditional 45/15 school calendar at Lemonweir or Montessori education? What percent of our taxpayers think we should impose fees for participation in athletics? Those pie charts will visually depict where and how our school district should increase spending or make reductions. Click on the 'Read the Full Story' link to see the entire article.

Board of Education Election

Congratulations to Brian Hennessey on his re-election and Aaron Lueck on his successful campaign for election to the Tomah Area School District Board of Education. A special thank you goes out to Pam Buchda for her dedicated service as a Board member over the last two years. The most essential work of school board members is to improve student achievement and increase community engagement to promote student achievement. It requires significant amounts of time and energy and a commitment to doing what is best for kids. The Tomah Area School District is honored to have Board members committed to the importance of education and willing to work hard to make our public schools the best possible place for our kids to learn and grow!

Summer PACK 2015- Next Registration is April 23 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at LaGrange Elementary

Summer PACK 2015 is right around the corner! There are classes for all students currently in 4K through 8th grade. If you love science or social studies or math or reading Summer PACK is for you. If you love being active and learning new activities Summer PACK is for you! Classes fill fast so register early. All class and registration information is available on the 'Read the Full Story' link. Come Spend Some Time With Us…

4th Grade LaGrange Iditarod News

There are future newscasters in the halls at LaGrange Elementary. Students in Mrs. Gerke's Enrichment ICE group were busy working on an Iditarod video project. They researched everything to do with the Iditarod and created a daily newscast video to report on the race details.

Family Financial Fun Night
LaGrange Elementary
April 27, 2015
 

Thanks to the contributions of Carlson Advisors and F&M Bank, LaGrange Elementary School will host the 1st Annual “Family Financial Fun Night”. Get your finance on at this free event scheduled for April 27. A free meal and special fun learning activities for kids of all ages (pre-school to high school) and their parents to explore financial topics are scheduled. Print off the brochure here. RSVP today to get registered by calling Linda Barta in the LaGrange office at 608-374-7057 or drop off the registration from to the LaGrange office, Carlson Advisors, or F&M Bank. 

 
April is Month of the Military Child

The Tomah Area School District joins DoDEA, the Department of Defense, and the military community in celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child. Military children face many challenges that are unique to their situation, such as having a parent deployed for extended periods of time and moving frequently. Deployments and family separations can be stressful times for children. Teachers, counselors, and administrators in the Tomah Area School District want to foster discussion and find ways to ensure easier transitions and adjustments for our military children. It is critical for these children to be able to remain focused on their education and have a stable school environment during times of stress. You are invited to “Purple Up!” which is an annual campaign created four years ago by Operation Military Kids (OMK). OMK is an organization dedicated to military children. Wear purple on, April 15th as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. OMK chose purple because it is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. For more information on the 2015 Month of the Military Child, please use the following link to the DoDEA website: http://www.dodea.edu/dodeaCelebrates/MilitaryChild/2015.cfm

Open Enrollment for 2015-2016 School Year Closes April 30

The open enrollment period for Wisconsin Public School begins Monday, February 2. The recommended method of applying for open enrollment is through the DPI Website at http://oe.dpi.wi.gov/. The on-line application will be available until 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2015. It is recommended that you submit your application as early as possible. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.

The link below is to a video produced by LifeTouch which celebrates Wisconsin Public Schools. Enjoy!


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Tomah Area School District Report Cards 2013-14

The creation of school report cards and a district report card have provided the Tomah Area School District with the ability to shine a light on areas in which we are seeing improved student growth, as well as areas in which we see the need for focusing efforts to promote higher levels of student achievement. We are very happy to report that all of our schools are meeting expectations and four of our elementary schools are actually exceeding expectations. This is a result of the hard work of our teachers, students, and parents/families in each of schools. After reading these short summaries, you may wish to look at the Report Cards in detail by going to the following link: http://reportcards.dpi.wi.gov/. Read the Full Story for more details.

The Parenting Place

The Parenting Place is an important partner with the Tomah Area School District providing young children with a positive start in life through continued education and support of parents and caregivers. To learn more, please click on the 'Read the Full Story' link:

Home and School Connection

Are you in need of ideas on how to help your student at home? The Home and School Connection can help you link home and school learning. This newsletter is published each month and has different ideas on how to extend learning in the classroom into your own home. Click on the 'Read the Full Story' link for newsletters published this school year.

SPECIAL EDITION: School Funding Video

A new video explains how school finance works in Wisconsin and the reasons for reform efforts.

The video from the Department of Public Instruction, Our School Funding System and Why Change is Needed, features animations and interviews.

The video features an interview with Deb Pickett, a business owner and parent from Darlington, as well as interviews with members of the Kettle Moraine and Monona Grove school boards.

At the end of the video, a YouTube annotation appears on the bottom of the screen, directing viewers to the DPI's Fair Funding for Our Future webpage to learn more.

State Superintendent Tony Evers’ earlier video explaining his 2015-2017 education budget is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjvxZRt8kgI.

Second Harvest Foodbank Mobile Pantry- Next Date May 5

After reviewing the results of the BackPack Buddies survey conducted last semester, Second Harvest will be replacing the BackPack Buddies program with one that will allow for you, as parents, to select the foods appropriate for your family’s needs and likes, year round. Beginning Tuesday, November 5th, in partnership with Neighbor for Neighbor Food Pantry, Second Harvest is launching a monthly mobile food pantry that will give you access to a much wider array of products, such as dairy, bakery, meat, and fresh produce, among others. You can expect to receive 40-60 pounds of food at the mobile pantry, at no cost (FREE!). This takes place the first Tuesday of each month starting in November at the Tomah Fairgrounds. Registration is at 3:30 p.m. on those days.

Bullying Information and Resources

Dear Parents/Guardians: The issue of school safety is never far from the minds of teachers, support staff members, and administrators. We all understand how very important it is to create a school climate where all students feel welcome, valued, and safe. Perhaps the most prevalent problem impacting a positive school climate found in every school across the country is bullying. It is critical that students know where to turn and how to receive help if they are a victim of this inappropriate and hurtful behavior. The Tomah Area School District recognizes its responsibility to address bullying behavior in our schools, on the bus, and at school-sponsored events. As adults, we understand the importance of serving as positive role models for our students in demonstrating civility and courtesy. The most promising practice for responding to bullying is to focus on teaching all our students to be kind and considerate of one another. Being a person of character - an individual who strives to show compassion for others, who thinks about how his/her comments may affect another person, who is respectful, and caring- is emphasized day in and day out in our schools. Character education activities and anti-bullying messages are prevalent throughout all the Tomah Area School District schools. It is our hope that the resources found on this webpage will provide you with additional information or help. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or building principal if you have concerns about bullying behavior. Working together, we can make a difference!

Video overview of the Tomah Area School District

The Tomah Area School District is committed to high quality student learning- every child, every day. To get a glimpse of the instructional practices, rigor, and excellence in education happening across our school district every day, watch this short video on the opportunities available to students in the Tomah Area School District.



Common Core State Standards

Wisconsin adopted Common Core State Standards in 2010. The information below is from a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) publication highlighting important information regarding these standards. Top 5 Reasons to Support the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 1. Wisconsin's Voice 2. Great for Students 3. Great for Schools 4. Great for Parents 5. Great for the Economy For more information Read the Full story for the complete publication.

Tomah Schools Informational Brochure

Check out the Tomah Area School District brochure which highlights our schools and community.

Si necesita Ud. ayuda en la traducción de este documento, por favor llama la especialista de ELL del distrito (Tania Anderson) a 374-7014. The Tomah Area School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious beliefs, disabilities, sex, or age, in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. The Coordinator of the District’s efforts to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is Dr. Paul Skofronick, 1310 Townline Road, Tomah, WI 54660 – phone: (608) 374-7011. Any inquiries regarding the application of the District’s non-discrimination policy may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.