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Tomah Middle School Spring Band Concert
Fantastic end of the year concert by our middle school band students!
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  Results of the Community Survey
 
Earlier this spring all residents of the Tomah Area School District were mailed a survey from School Perceptions which could be completed using a paper or online version.  The survey was designed to provide feedback and direction to the Board of Education in regard to what our residents believe the Tomah Area School District should prioritize, initiatives which should continue to be explored, and how we might reduce spending. Feedback was also obtained on the degree of support for a $1,000,000 referendum to maintain current programs, as well as support for a $500,000 referendum to support technology.  The results of the survey can be reviewed by opening the following link.
 
We thank the 1,408 respondents who completed the survey for providing us with their opinions and ideas! 
 
Superintendent School Bell

Earlier this school year, I received an anonymous letter from someone in our community who raised questions about why as an educational system the Tomah Area School District wasn’t being more innovative. The individual stated that our agrarian school calendar was outdated, that we needed to find ways to utilize technology to lessen costs and increase options for how students are educated, and that parents should play a larger role in their child’s education. I agree. I guess what was most problematic for me with this letter is that I couldn’t contact this individual and share how the Tomah Area School District is trying to address those issues. So, it’s my hope that the person who sent me the letter does see this edition of the School Bell. Click on the 'Read the Full Story' link to see the entire article.

Board of Education Election

Congratulations to Brian Hennessey on his re-election and Aaron Lueck on his successful campaign for election to the Tomah Area School District Board of Education. A special thank you goes out to Pam Buchda for her dedicated service as a Board member over the last two years. The most essential work of school board members is to improve student achievement and increase community engagement to promote student achievement. It requires significant amounts of time and energy and a commitment to doing what is best for kids. The Tomah Area School District is honored to have Board members committed to the importance of education and willing to work hard to make our public schools the best possible place for our kids to learn and grow!

Athetic Awards Banquet Moved from May 20 to June 3 at 7:00 p.m.

The date for the High School Athletic Awards Banquet has been changed to June 3 at 7:00 p.m. This event was originally scheduled for May 20 at 7:00 p.m. The event will still be held in the Tomah High School Auditorium.

Summer PACK 2015- Next Registration is May 21 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at LaGrange Elementary

Summer PACK 2015 is right around the corner! There are classes for all students currently in 4K through 8th grade. If you love science or social studies or math or reading Summer PACK is for you. If you love being active and learning new activities Summer PACK is for you! Classes fill fast so register early. All class and registration information is available on the 'Read the Full Story' link. Come Spend Some Time With Us…

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


YouTube Video
 
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.

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:

Home and School Connection

Are you in need of ideas on how to help your student at home? The Home and School Connection can help you link home and school learning. This newsletter is published each month and has different ideas on how to extend learning in the classroom into your own home. Click on the 'Read the Full Story' link for newsletters published this school year.

SPECIAL EDITION: School Funding Video

A new video explains how school finance works in Wisconsin and the reasons for reform efforts.

The video from the Department of Public Instruction, Our School Funding System and Why Change is Needed, features animations and interviews.

The video features an interview with Deb Pickett, a business owner and parent from Darlington, as well as interviews with members of the Kettle Moraine and Monona Grove school boards.

At the end of the video, a YouTube annotation appears on the bottom of the screen, directing viewers to the DPI's Fair Funding for Our Future webpage to learn more.

State Superintendent Tony Evers’ earlier video explaining his 2015-2017 education budget is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjvxZRt8kgI.

4th Grade LaGrange Iditarod News

There are future newscasters in the halls at LaGrange Elementary. Students in Mrs. Gerke's Enrichment ICE group were busy working on an Iditarod video project. They researched everything to do with the Iditarod and created a daily newscast video to report on the race details.

Second Harvest Foodbank Mobile Pantry- Next Date May 5

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!

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

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.