We are only two weeks into the 2016-17 school year and I have been overwhelmed by the support of our community for the Tomah Area School District. We have always benefited from generous donations from businesses, individuals, and organizations. Each month our Board of Education accepts financial gifts which are used to purchase equipment and make opportunities available for our students which otherwise might not be possible. Is just saying “thank you” or sending a note of gratitude enough? I often feel like the tough New England fisherman, dependent upon the ocean for his catch, who sent up a short but sincere “thank you” upon the end of a successful daily fishing venture. He commented, “I don’t know if anyone hears, but I feel better sayin’ it.”
Let me yell, loud and clear, to all in our community… THANK YOU!
· The passage of the three year $1.5 million referendum in April has created an environment of optimism and hopefulness throughout our district. This is the first year in my superintendency where I have not had to discuss program elimination or position cuts. The focus can be on continuous improvement and refining the quality learning opportunities for our children. Thank you!
· In August, we were bombarded with organizations and individuals wishing to provide school supplies to our students who may be in need. Thank you!
· F&M Bank and Pizza Hut provided a free lunch for our new teachers during their week of orientation and training. Thank you!
· Zingler Sign and Design donated photo booth props for the Warrens Elementary Open House. Thank you!
· Both the Tomah Journal and the Monroe County Herald provide me with an opportunity to share my thoughts on work being done in our school district with this article. The reporters for these publications also work very hard at covering the activities and events taking place in our schools. Thank you!
· The Hagen Sports Network covers many of our school events and Mr. Hagen affords me the opportunity to share with our community the issues facing and decisions made by the Board of Education after each regular monthly meeting. Thank you!
· John Shuck Plumbing and Repair is sponsoring a weekly radio spot this school year where upcoming school district events and special accomplishments will be recognized. Thank you!
· A group from the Methodist Church called The United Piecemakers donated a number of weighted lap robes, neck ropes and bean bags to be used with our students who have sensory needs. Thank you!
· Timberwood Bank dropped off plates of cookies at every school building thanking the staff for their efforts with students and wishing us all the best year ever. Thank you!
Hearing a thank you is special because it makes all of us feel valued and appreciated. It is so easy to do and can have such a profound impact. Physicians even say that an individual who freely bestows “thank you’s” is healthier and happier than someone who is uncomfortable expressing gratitude. So, you can bet that I am quite healthy and happy as our school district starts a new year committed to fulfilling our mission of High Quality Student Learning: Every Child, Every Day. I don’t know if anyone hears, but I feel better sayin’ it… thank you!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 374-7002.