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Is it alive?
Some of Mr. Ewers's 7th grade science students looking under the microscope for life in cheek swabs and lake water.
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Adult School Crossing Guard Recognition Week
This week, January 16-20, 2017 is Wisconsin Adult Crossing Guard Recognition Week.  A big thank you goes out to the individuals in Tomah who help ensure the safe passage of our children walking between home and school.  These dedicated workers persevere through harsh weather, split shifts, and heavy traffic.  We appreciate their assistance in keeping Tomah children safe!  The adult crossing guards in Tomah who we rely on to protect our kids as they walk between home and school are Jeff Atteln, Fritz Fredrickson, Pam Steinmetz, Rafael Rodriquez, Shawndee Lemmons, Pam Reekie, Heather Tylock, Bernie Vann, and Ken McDaniel.  THANK YOU!!


The following link will take you to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Proclamation signed by State Superintendent, Tony Evers:


The School Bell

Touching the Future

Christa McAuliffe, a social studies teacher who was selected to be the primary candidate in NASA’s Teacher in Space Project and who perished with the rest of the Challenger crew in an explosion after take-off in January of 1986, said, “I touch the future. I teach.”  This simple phrase resounds with all educators as we know that often the “fruits of our labors” are not realized for years after we have finished our responsibilities with students.  Unlike my husband whose work as a heavy equipment operator resulted in his ability to see what he had accomplished at the end of every day, educators don’t see such concrete results.  We get satisfaction in hearing from our former students or their parents about their success.  Over the holidays I visited my father, a retired agriculture teacher who is now 85, and he shared an encounter he had with a former student the previous day.  In a broken voice and with tears in his eyes, my father expressed how much he appreciated this former student, now an adult with a family of his own, thanking my father for the positive impact my dad had on his life fifty years ago.  These are the moments when teachers and others who work in education know that they have touched the future.

As with the end of every year, news stations broadcast special tributes to individuals in our society whose time on earth has ended.  David Bowie, Mohammed Ali, Carrie Fischer, Debbie Reynolds left us in 2016 and certainly impacted our lives through their work.  They continue to live on through their accomplishments in music, film, and sports.  However, we really didn’t know them.  Here in our community, we lost a number of individuals who, because of their work in education, impacted us directly and the lives of our children and families.  These are people we knew, people who shared their lives with us, and whose legacy remains with the thousands whom they helped, mentored, and loved.

  • Connie Lobenstein passed away in May.  I remember Connie stopping by my classroom to ensure all was fine if I was working late.  He took pride in ensuring students had a safe and clean environment in which to work.  Connie worked as a head custodian for the school district for sixteen years, retiring in 1992.  Connie touched the future.
  • Gordy Stelter passed away in July.  Gordy’s passion was flying and many local children received their Eagle Flight certificate from Gordy on their first airplane ride (including my son, Lane, back in 1995). How many of you enjoyed an afternoon sliding down Gordy’s Tubing Hill which he opened up for our community?  Gordy was also a 4H leader and drove school bus for eighteen years.  Gordy touched the future.
  • Bud Siler passed away in September.  Bud served our country as a member of the United States Air Force and served our community as a 7th grade math teacher at Tomah Middle School for seventeen years.  He started an after-school math club for kids who wanted to do more math activities and he also coached middle school golf for many years.  Bud touched the future.
  •  Shirley Neurohr passed away in October.  Shirley served as a teacher and principal at St. Mary’s Catholic School.  She also worked at Wyeville Elementary School and ended her teaching career as a special education teacher at Tomah High School.  Patience and kindness were hallmarks of her actions and demeanor.  Shirley touched the future.
  • Ken Larsen passed away in November.  Ken loved baseball and he coached many young men who enjoyed playing summer baseball through the American Legion Baseball program.  Ken also served our country as a member of the United States Air Force and worked as a bus driver in the school district.  Ken touched the future.
  • Jerry Hibbard passed away in December.  Jerry spent his career as a math teacher at Tomah High School.  He also coached both the boys and girls high school golf teams for many years.  A former student of Jerry’s commented that he instilled in her the belief that “you never lose, you either win or you learn.”  Jerry touched the future.

We were blessed to have had these individuals contributing to the success of our children and our community.  They touched the future and will live in our hearts and memories forever. 

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 or 374-7002.

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. 



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

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Tomah Area School District
New Student Registration Information
Location for Registration
129 W. Clifton St., Tomah, WI  54660
Tomah Area Schools District Office
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.  
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
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


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) ( math. (  In the area of science, the Next Generation Science Standards ( have been adopted and for all other content areas, the Wisconsin Model Academic 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:

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    (

  • Course Options  (

  • Open Enrollment  (

  • Part-Time Enrollment for Non-Public School Children (

  • Tomah Area Montessori School (TAMS)  Public Charter

  • Rural Virtual Academy (

  • 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.