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Last Leaf Raking of the Year!
Great group of Tomah Middle School students giving time to help others by raking leaves in the community after school. Great job!
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Superintendent School Bell

The landscape for public education has changed dramatically in the last ten years. Have you heard of vouchers? charter schools? alternative open enrollment? Back in the “good old days”, students and families had very few, if any choices, on where to attend school. If you lived within the boundaries of the Tomah Area School District, that is where you were required to attend school. Your family could elect to send you to a private school, but that was done at their own expense. Today, money for public education is being used to help fund private charter schools, to provide vouchers and tax credits to families who wish to send their children to private schools, and to pay other public schools for enrollment of students outside of their boundaries. In the “good old days”, public education budgets rarely included a line item on advertising or promotion. Today, school districts across the state are including in their budgets funding for communication tools and more school districts are employing public relation specialists. Why is it important to know this? I think everyone in our community- especially individuals who no longer have children or grandchildren in school - must understand the demands placed on public education by the legislative policies which have opened up competition between schools. Many would argue that competition is good. It breeds higher performance and more innovation. I would agree. However, the challenge comes when funding sources for public education are unequal between districts. This creates a very uneven playing field when one school district must compete with other districts that have considerably more money to spend. I believe the Tomah School District is responding in a very positive and proactive manner to the current landscape of public education. Take a look at some of the committees which are investigating options for students and families who attend the Tomah Area School District: Click the "Read the Full Story" link to read more.

Tomah Area Halloween Fest October 31
 
Tomah Area Annual Community Halloween Fest will be Friday, October 31.  The Halloween party runs from 4:30-7:00 p.m.  This is a free event with games, prizes and goodies.  There is also Costume Contest to be held at 5:30 p.m.  Check out the flyer for complete details.
 
 
 
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.

Tomah Show Choir Kid's Clinic- November 7

The Tomah High School show choir is hosting our 5th annual kid’s show choir clinic on Friday, November 7th from 8AM-3PM (registration opens at 7:40 am in THS commons…school is not scheduled for students so there are no buses that day) there will be a show choir concert featuring all Clinic participants and Limited Edition Show Choirs. The concert begins at 3:00 in THS Auditorium, admission is free (you must pick up your child after the concert). This Clinic is open to students in Grades K-8. The cost of the clinic is $25.00 checks made payable to Tomah Area School District. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, snacks and lunch, learn songs and dances and will get to perform at the end of the day along with the High School and Middle School Show Choirs. We will accept registration the day of the clinic beginning at 7:40AM in the high school commons but cannot guarantee t-shirt size or availability unless you submit your registration form by October 31st, 2014. Email angelaplueger@tomah.k12.wi.us if you have any questions.

Miller Elementary Recognized as Title I School of Recognition at State Capitol Ceremony

MADISON — State Superintendent Tony Evers offered congratulations to Miller Elementary School for being among 173 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for the 2014-15 school year. “These schools are examples of the success we need in all of our schools to close the achievement gap,” Evers said. The schools were recognized during a special Oct. 13 ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison hosted by Deputy State Superintendent Mike Thompson. Pictured with Thompson, from left: Linda Mattison, Title 1 Reading teacher, Mike Thompson, Assistant State Superintendent, and Patricia Ellsworth, former Miller Elementary School Principal and current Director of Instruction. During the program, special recognition went to seven High-Achieving schools and 29 High-Progress Schools. Eight schools earned both High-Achieving and High-Progress honors. Three schools earned the award for a 10th consecutive year, while 10 schools earned the award for a fifth consecutive year. “Miller Elementary School exemplifies the hard work and extra effort being put in by teachers, students, and parents throughout the Tomah School District to improve student achievement. We are proud that Miller Elementary School is receiving this recognition. Our attention to offering a rigorous curriculum, providing interventions, and addressing individual student needs is working”, said Cindy Zahrte, Tomah Area School District Superintendent.

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.



Senior Photos Needed for Yearbook before November 25

It is that time of year again. Senior pictures are due to Brian Kibby at the high school by November 25th. If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact him at briankibby@tomah.k12.wi.us or (608)374-7343.

Second Harvest Foodbank Mobile Pantry- Next Date November 4

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!

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.