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Keep your eye on the goal
Seventh grade students in Ms. West's Art class made origami eyes and put a goal for art on the back. These goals ranged from “I see myself being able to draw a human hand” to “I see myself getting an A in art.” The project was fun way to start the school year!
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THE SCHOOL BELL

 

Creating Character Strong Kids

Last year the Coulee Region Whole Child Initiative was established.  This initiative, under the direction of Patrick Clements and with the support of business owners like Dave Skogen of Festival Foods, is designed to help schools build a culture of kindness, service, and empathy.  Employers in every community want to hire individuals with strong character.  Business owners often comment that the work skills needed for a job can be taught “on the job.”  As employers, their larger concern is ensuring that the individual hired is a person with strong character- a person who cares about others and is willing to do what is necessary to get a job done right. How do we teach this in school?  How can schools create a culture in which students graduate not just capable but also compassionate? 

The Tomah Area School District committed to begin this process, along with over thirty other schools/districts in our area, back in April when Mrs. Amy Rezin, an English teacher at Tomah High School, and Mrs. Angie Plueger, the high school Dean of Students, attended a Character Strong training.  This training provided our school district with a curriculum for a leadership class at Tomah High School that is being taught this semester.  Building character doesn’t just happen.  It costs time, energy, and effort- just like building any other skill.  Students need opportunities to practice intentional acts of service and compassion in order to build solid skills that will become life-long habits.  Our students also need to develop a growth mindset and resiliency skills to assist them when times get tough. 

We need to ensure that all students who graduate from Tomah High School believe that they are a leader and that they can make a difference in our world.  The words of President John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” seem to be drowned out today by a flurry of cultural messages which focus on “it is all about me” and “what have you done for me lately.”  It takes thoughtful intervention and education to help our young people understand that they have a responsibility to help make our world a better place.  It takes opportunities for our students to discuss and reflect on their daily actions and whether they made a contribution to the “greater good.”  How many of us have asked our children at the end of the day, “What did you do for others today?”

The Coulee Region Whole Child Initiative has assisted us and other schools in obtaining the Character Strong curriculum and supports the idea that when we teach the whole child, the whole school benefits.  Research shows that when a school takes time to cultivate a culture of character and assist students in the development of social and emotional skills, academics improve and problem behaviors decrease.  We are grateful to the Coulee Region Whole Child Initiative for their support of our schools.  We are appreciative that Mrs. Amy Rezin accepted the challenge to begin teaching the leadership class at Tomah High School with support from Mrs. Plueger.  We are excited to see how the Character Strong curriculum can improve the culture at Tomah High School. We want every student at Tomah High School to feel safe and supported.  We want every student at Tomah High School to value kindness, service, and empathy.  We want all students at Tomah High School to graduate as capable and compassionate people, believing in their ability to serve as a leader and make positive change in our world. There can never be too many character strong kids!

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.

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.

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.

Substitute Teachers Needed

Certified Teachers or College Graduates

with non-teaching degrees (Bachelor degree required)

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

Si necesita Ud. ayuda en la traducción de este documento,  por favor llama la especialista de ELL del distrito a 374-7014.

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...

 
 
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.  
 
 
 
 

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

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

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:

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.
 
 


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.