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Tomah Middle School Helping to Build a Well In Africa
Lisa McCormick spearheaded the idea of selecting a TMS Musical (Lion King Jr) that not only would be a great production, but more important a way for our school to make a connection to those in need through the message of clean water. Funds raised through the musical shirt sales, various Art projects created for the Wine into Water event, many other school events coordinated by our middle school Art Teacher and Student Council Advisor Jane Faella (not pictured), and extremely generous donations from F&M and Timberwood Banks, we were able to donate just over $15,000 to the create a new well in Uganda. Our connection to the Jesse Parker Foundation, with the help of Jenny Parker, allowed our students to gain an understanding of this need and how we can make a difference one step at a time. We are extremely grateful for all who helped. This project was sponsored, and would not have been possible without the support and vision, of the Tomah Rotary.
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THE SCHOOL BELL

 

Wisdom from Our Children        

I could not be any prouder of the students who comprise the Class of 2017.  Did they test teachers’ patience?  Yes.  Did they push the boundaries of rules to see what they could get away with?  Of course.  Did they always do what they were asked to do by their teachers/parents/other adults?  No.  But what group of kids does?  All of our high school students are in the process of becoming adults.  They make mistakes, they question authority, and they challenge the status quo.  Thank goodness they do.  It is this behavior that helps prepare them for success after high school.  These behaviors provide them with new experiences for personal growth, with ideas on how to avoid future problems, and with the desire to go out and make a difference in our world.

If you had the opportunity to hear our student speakers at graduation, I hope you were as impressed with the wisdom shared by these young people as I was.  Alex Taylor, Cameron Shuck, and Erica Stott, the valedictorian and co-salutatorians of the Class of 2017 respectively, shared with their classmates insights often not recognized until later in life.  Their speeches reflected true respect and the hope for success for each classmate, which I found to be touching and admirable. 

Alex’s comments focused on how privileged he felt to know classmates who have excelled despite adversity.  He talked about how these classmates were the most well-grounded, understanding, and diligent people he knows.  He shared that every classmate has the power to do what they set their mind to and the opportunity to achieve something great. Eleanor Roosevelt once said , “Believe in yourself.  You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop and look fear in the face.”  Alex’s message seemed to exemplify our former first lady’s sentiment.

Cameron shared his disappointment with the Webster dictionary definition of success that focused on the attainment of wealth or eminence.  He was happy to locate a better definition in the Urban Dictionary, which defined success in terms of continually striving for self-improvement.  (If you do not know what the Urban Dictionary is, check it out online as I did.) It is remarkable that a high school student feels success is better defined by continuous improvement rather than by striking it rich and then resting on one’s laurels.  Cameron also noted that the ability to persevere is more important than the ability to memorize specific academic information.  He commented that his teachers valued lessons in character as much as their subject matter lessons.   Cameron’s thoughts parallel the wise words of the ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, who said,Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” 

Erica poked fun of herself as she shared that while she may excel in calculus, she can get lost in Sparta due to a direction impairment.  She reminded her peers that each one of them possesses talents and strengths, which make them unique individuals.  Erica proudly shared the strengths of her two sisters, Kayla who would have no trouble navigating any place on the planet without a GPS and Jenna who broke the THS cross country 5K record four times, to illustrate her point that there is a huge array of talents which should be recognized.  These different attributes are what make human beings great and should be recognized as a gift just as academics are.  I couldn’t agree more Erica.  That’s a message educators have been promoting for a long time.  It is important to recognize the “whole child” and provide engaging opportunities for and support of the diverse skills and talents, which our children possess.

One message you did not hear from Alex, Cameron, or Erica was a message of their own self-importance.  Rather, they demonstrated humility and kindness.  They chose this moment, when speaking in front of thousands of people around the world (remember we had a live feed accessible), to applaud the efforts of their classmates, to encourage a continued pursuit of hard work and self-improvement, and to promote the value of each human being.  These young adults from the Class of 2017 spoke with wisdom beyond their years and with hearts full of love.  It would do us all good to heed their advice!

If you have any questions or comments about the information and opinions expressed in this edition of The School Bell, please contact Cindy Zahrte, District Administrator, at cindyz@tomah.k12.wi.us  or 374-7002.

Distinguished Alumni Program

The Tomah Area School District honors the accomplishments and humanitarian efforts of former alumni through nomination, selection and induction to our Distinguished Alumni program.  It is hoped that this recognition will provide role models for our current students, instill pride in our community, and provide an opportunity to celebrate the successes of these outstanding individuals.  We believe distinguished alumni can inspire our students to continue the legacy of excellence which is defined by those whom we are honoring- individuals who have made a difference and have made our world a better place. Read the Full Story for more details...

School Supply Lists for 2017-2018 
 

School supply lists are the same for all elementary students the district.  You can always find supply lists on this website by using the keyword 'supplies'.
 
2017 Timberwolves' Summer PACK
Positive Adventures Creating Knowledge
June 26- August 3, 2017
 

Session A: June 26-July 13    Session B: July 17-August 3

Class Times: 8:10-9:20 a.m.; 9:22-10:32 a.m.; 10:50-12:00 noon; Lunch; 12:40-1:50 p.m.

 
 Registration Information

 Registration Dates at LaGrange Elementary School:

 Registration Form
  • Wednesdays; May 3rd, May 10th and May 17th from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
 Getting Ready for 5K Information
  •  After May 17th, call and leave a message at 374-7057  
 First Grade, Here We Come Information 

   

 Summer PACK Courses (Grades 1-8)- updated 5/24/17

 If you have questions please call Michelle Clark at 374-7056.

 

Boys and Girls Club of West-Central Wisconsin-Tomah Seeking AmeriCorps Service Members

The Boys and Girls Club of West Central Wisconsin-Tomah is looking for two (2) Americorps Service Members in the 2017-18 school year.  The worksite is both a local school and the Boys and Girls Club.  Click on the following link for additional information.

 

Americorps Service Member Information

Substitute Teachers Needed

Certified Teachers or College Graduates

with non-teaching degrees.

Anyone interested in subbing in the

Tomah Area School District

should contact:

Sheila Butzler

Tomah Area School District

129 W. Clifton Street

Tomah, WI 54660

(608) 374-7004

Current Rate of Pay:  $120 Per Day

The Tomah Area School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Learn About the 45-15 School Calendar

Mrs. Nicki Pope explains the concept of a 45-15 school calendar and why this calendar can be beneficial for children and families.  Watch this five minute video to have your questions answered. 

 

Video:  https://www.tomah.k12.wi.us/video/popenicki/45-15INFO.mp4

Employment- Current Job Openings

The Tomah Area School District (TASD) currently has several school aide and bus driver openings. If you would like to see a full listing of openings, click on the 'Read the Full Story' link. This page has current support staff and extracurricular job postings throughout the school year. You can quickly find this page using the search term 'jobs' on the TASD web page.

Tomah Students Participate in The Pledge Project on WKBT Channel 8

 

Tomah Area School District elementary students were filmed reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.  Those videos are part of a WKBT Channel 8 program titled 'The Pledge Project'.   One classroom will be shown each week from November 15, 2016 through November 7, 2017.  This will be run between 6:00-7:00 as part of WKBT News 8 This Morning with Jennifer Livingston and Bill Graul.  The complete schedule is attached below.  Thank you to Gerke Excavating, Inc. for making this opportunity possible.

 

Pledge Project Schedule

 
 
Tomah Area School District
New Student Registration Information
 
     
 
Location for Registration
129 W. Clifton St., Tomah, WI  54660
Tomah Area Schools District Office
608-374-7009
Monday-Friday; 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
 
     
  The registration office is open all summer.   Please register at your earliest convenience once you are living in the Tomah Area School District.  Call Registrar, Kelli Janusheske, at 608-374-7009 if you have questions regarding the enrollment process.  
 
 
 
 

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


YouTube Video
 
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!

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:

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
 
Are you moving to the Tomah area?  The brochure at the link below highlights our schools and the surrounding community.  The link is a PDF version of this brochure that can be printed or saved and emailed to any individuals interested in re-locating to Tomah or to any community members or local businesses who would like to reproduce the document to share with prospective clients/employees.   For additional information please contact Cindy Zahrte, District Administrator, at cindyz@tomah.k12.wi.us.
 
 


                         

Required Notice of Academic Standards, Accountability Reports, and Educational Options

                                                                                                                               
 
 

Adoption of Academic Standards for the 2016-17 School Year

The Tomah Area School District has adopted the Common Core State Standards for English/language arts (ELA) (http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/standards/pdf/ela-stds-app-a-revision.pdfand math. (https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/standards/pdf/common-core-math-standards.pdf)  In the area of science, the Next Generation Science Standards (http://www.nextgenscience.org/) have been adopted and for all other content areas, the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards ( http://dpi.wi.gov/standards) have been adopted as the academic standards.

These academic standards were adopted by the Board of Education on the 18th of July, 2016 and recorded in the Board minutes.

 
 

School District Accountability Report

As part of the state accountability system, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has produced report cards for every school district in Wisconsin.  These report cards provide data on multiple indicators for four (4) priority areas:  student achievement, student growth, closing gaps, and on track and post-secondary readiness.  Tomah’s accountability reports are available at the following link: https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/reportcards/

The most recent (2015-16) school accountability performance categories for schools in the Tomah School District are as follows:

  Tomah Area School District   Meets Expectations   65.1  
             
  Camp Douglas Elementary   Exceeds Expectations   73.7  
       
 

LaGrange Elementary

  Exceeds Expectations   77.0  
           
  Lemonweir Elementary   Meets Few Expectations   62.7  
           
  Miller Elementary   Exceeds Expectations   79.6  
             
  Oakdale Elementary   Alternative Rating-Satisfactory Progress    
             
  Robert Kupper Learning Center   Alternative Rating-Satisfactory Progress      
             
  Tomah Area Montessori School   Alternative Rating-Satisfactory Progress      
             
  Tomah High School   Meets Expectations   67.1  
             
  Tomah Middle School   Meets Expectations    64.0  
             
  Warrens Elementary   Exceeds Expectations   80.6  
             
  Wyeville Elementary   Meets Expectations    64.7  
 
 
 

Educational Options Available To Resident Children

The Tomah Area School District offers the following educational options for resident school aged children:

  • Full-time Enrollment Opportunities which Include:  Core Academic Education (English, science, social studies, mathematics), Reading Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Fine Arts Education  (visual, musical, and performing arts), Physical and Health Education, Education for Employment Programs, Financial Literacy, English as a Second Language, Talented and Gifted Education, and Programs to Address the Needs of Students with Disabilities.

  • Youth Options    (http://dpi.wi.gov/youthoptions)

  • Course Options  (http://dpi.wi.gov/courseoptions)

  • Open Enrollment  (http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment)

  • Part-Time Enrollment for Non-Public School Children (http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/sms/pdf/home_faq_2015_09.pdf)

  • Tomah Area Montessori School (TAMS)  Public Charter

  • Rural Virtual Academy (http://ruralvirtual.org/site/index.php)

  • Advanced Placement Coursework

  • Transcripted Credit with WTC

  • Industry Certifications (ACCT, CNA, Youth Apprenticeships)

  • Summer PACK (Positive Adventures Creating Knowledge) Program (4K- 8)

  • High School Summer School

    Note: Currently there are no private schools participating in a parental choice program operating within the Tomah Area School District.

 

Si necesita Ud. ayuda en la traducción de este documento, por favor llama la especialista de ELL del distrito a 374-7014. The Tomah Area School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity) or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability (“Protected Classes”) 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.