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Tomah Middle School Scores High at Math 24 Competition!
TMS recently hosted the Mississippi Valley Gifted and Talented Conference Math 24 competition and Tomah did exceptionally well. Out of 16 teams from 13 schools, Tomah’s two teams placed 3rd and 4th! We added another trophy to the case and more importantly the students had great experience and season. Congratulations to all of our students who participated in this event and you made us proud!
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The School Bell
 
 A School Calendar Best for Kids

I think most of us would agree that all educational systems should be based on what is best for the children.  Adult preferences based on our past experiences should not outweigh the institutional changes needed to help all children be successful.  This idea is best exemplified in the challenges we face in attempting to break from tradition and create a more balanced school calendar which spreads learning out over a longer period of time.  This type of calendar- referred to as a 45-15 calendar- has been shown to improve student achievement, especially for children who have at-risk factors which impact their learning. 

We are still following a calendar that was established when our society’s economic structure was primarily based on agriculture and all family members were critical to getting the crops planted and harvested.  This traditional school calendar (early September to early June) is difficult to change because it has always been in place and so many people view it as the “right way” to educate students.  The Tomah Board of Education is considering the adoption of a 45-15 school calendar at Lemonweir Elementary School for the upcoming, 2017-18, school year.  A 45-15 school calendar spreads out student learning from the end of July until early June.  Students attend school for 45 days and then have a fifteen (15) day break.  This break provides ten (10) days of targeted, timely instruction as a means of intervention to help struggling students.   A student doesn’t need to wait for summer school to receive the remedial assistance needed.  Opportunities for enrichment for advanced students can also occur during this ten (10) day intercession.  Five days of the fifteen (15) day break are vacation days in which students and teachers will not be in school.  With a 45-15 calendar, students do not have to go to school any more days than they would with a traditional calendar and they still have six weeks off during the summer.  Students follow the same curriculum and are provided with the same educational programs. 

Mrs. Nicki Pope created a short video on the 45-15 calendar which can be viewed on our District website.  After posting the video on our District Facebook page, one parent commented:  Mark my words, someday this schedule will help a student better retain what they have learned, this schedule will someday help a child spend more time with their other parent who doesn't live in the district, someday a family will take a vacation and make a memory at a time other than during the summer, without jeopardizing what the student is missing in school...the list will go on, parents just have to be willing to look outside of "what we've always done".  I don’t think I could have summed it up any better. Thank you Mindy!  There is also value in being able to provide current and future families with an option for a different school calendar.  This might be a reason why a family remains in Tomah or why a family moving to the area might choose Tomah.

Time is a limited resource which can be organized in a manner that either distracts from or adds to student achievement. The concept of a 45-15 calendar at Lemonweir Elementary School presents an opportunity for innovation, for parental options, and for increased student achievement.  It’s time to provide a school calendar which is best for kids.  Let’s not let our adult experiences or the belief that “what we’ve always done is the way it should be done” take priority over a change that could improve the trajectory of our students’ progress and success!

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.

Prospective Board Member Workshop December 15

A workshop for individuals interested in running for the Tomah Area School District Board of Education is scheduled for Thursday, December 15 from 6:00- 7:00 p.m. at the District Office (129 W. Clifton).  Interested persons will receive information on how to have one's name placed on the ballot for the February 21 Spring Primary and the April 4 Spring Election.  A copy of the Wisconsin Association of School Board (WASB) Guide for Candidates will be handed out.  Tomah School District policy dealing with the powers, philosophy, and membership of the Board of Education will also be reviewed, along with a current Board member sharing her perspective on what makes school boards operate most efficiently and effectively.  Anyone who is considering running for the Tomah School Board is encouraged to attend this meeting.  If you are unable to attend and would like to receive the information provided at the meeting, please contact Cindy Zahrte, District Administrator, at cindyz@tomah.k12.wi.us or call 374-7004.

 
Middle School Musical 'The Lion King Jr' on December 2, 3, and 4
 

Everyone is invited to enjoy the Middle School musical “The Lion King Jr.” over the weekend!  Everyone knows the story and what a great show for all ages, especially for our younger students.  In addition, we will be selling t-shirts at the door that will help the Middle School’s efforts of raising awareness for clean water.  Thank you and we hope you are able to enjoy the show!


Join us for an abbreviated version of the Disney movie as we present The Lion King Jr.  Show times are Friday and Saturday, December 2 & 3, at 7:00 pm in the Tomah High School Auditorium.  The final show is Sunday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 adults and $3.00 for seniors and students.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

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

NOTICE OF SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION

TOMAH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

April 4, 2017

 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that at an election to be held in the School District of Tomah, on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the following offices are to be elected to succeed the present incumbents listed.  The term of office for a school board member is three years beginning on Monday, April 24, 2017, and expiring on April 26, 2020.

 

          OFFICE                                                 INCUMBENT

 

     School Board Member                                       Debra Buswell

 

     School Board Member                                       Nancy McCoy

 

     School Board Member                                       John McMullen


NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN,
that a Campaign Registration Statement and a Declaration of Candidacy must be filed no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, in the office of the school district clerk located in the Tomah Area School District Office, 129 W. Clifton Street, Tomah, Wisconsin, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on January 3, 2017. 

 

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN, that if a primary is necessary, the primary will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

 

A description of the school district boundaries can be obtained from the school district office.

 

Acceptable Photo ID will be required to vote at this election.  If you do not have a photo ID you may obtain a free ID for voting from the Division of Motor Vehicles.

 

                                                                                    Given under my hand,

                                                                                    on November 14, 2016.

 

 

________________________

Gary R. Grovesteen

School District Clerk

 

Yearbook Discount Ends November 18

Order your 2016 Tomah High School Yearbook now.  The discount price of $46 ends November 18.

 

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

Home and School Connection Newsletters

 

 
 
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; 7:30 a.m.-noon 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.  
 
 
 
 
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.

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


YouTube Video
 
Yearbook Supplements Are in the High School Office

Yearbook supplements have arrived and are available for pickup.  2016 graduates can find their additional yearbook materials by stopping at the Tomah High School Office. 

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:

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.

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.



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/

In May 2015, the Governor signed SB 67, also known as “the pause bill.” Accountability reports were not created for the 2014-15 school year.  Assessment results (The 2014-15 Badger Exam, The ACT, ACT Aspire, DLM, and WKCE (science and social studies) are still publically posted in WISEdash. (http://wisedash.dpi.wi.gov/Dashboard/portalHome.jsp)

The most recent (2013-14) school accountability performance categories for schools in the Tomah School District are as follows:

Tomah Area School District                          Meets Expectations

Camp Douglas Elementary School               Meets Expectations

LaGrange Elementary School                       Exceeds Expectations

Lemonweir Elementary School                    Exceeds Expectations

Miller Elementary School                              Exceeds Expectations

Oakdale Elementary School                          Alternate Rating- Satisfactory Progress

Tomah High School                                        Meets Expectations

Tomah Middle School                                   Meets Expectations

Robert Kupper Learning Center                  Alternate Rating- Satisfactory Progress

Warrens Elementary School                        Exceeds Expectations

Wyeville Elementary School                        Meets Expectations

 
 
 

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.