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Shaving cream snowmen - making a difference!
Staying true to their word, Mr. Buss and Mr. Gnewikow allowed the students to turn them into shaving cream snowmen during the Tomah Middle School Olympics assembly. Students exceeded expectations by raising money for our Pennies for Patients fundraiser.
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Voting Results Reviewed, Referendum Does Not Pass
 
Of course I am disappointed that the referendum did not pass, as are the Tomah School Board members. We will re-group and begin looking at where we believe we can make additional budget reductions to meet the $300,000 deficit we have projected for next year. The Board was given a list of recommendations for cuts which could be made if the referendum didn’t pass. That list will be scrutinized and then the Board will need to make some difficult decisions. It has been stated before that as a school district, we are not able to just cut our way out of these financial problems. We have to position the Tomah School District to attract new families and students, to strengthen not only the District but our community as a whole. We have to continue to invest money to implement quality instructional programs, retain top-notch teachers, and maintain clean and safe facilities. We will continue to be focused on providing the best possible education to our children and we will continue to be good stewards of taxpayer money by spending those funds wisely.
 
Cindy Zahrte, Superintendent
Summer PACK 2014- Next Registration is April 24 (3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.) at LaGrange School

Summer PACK (Positive Adventures Creating Knowledge) will be back in 2014. Sessions will run from June 30-August 7 this summer. Information will be delivered to students by March 3, 2014. This website will also be updated as information becomes available.

Monroe County Drug Take Back Day- April 26th

Residents of Monroe County have the opportunity to dispose of unused and unwanted drugs on April 26. You can drop off these medications at any of the designated locations with no questions asked. This is event is sponsored by numerous protective, health care and community organizations. See the flyer for full details.

Open Enrollment for 2014-2015 School Year Closes April 30

The open enrollment period for Wisconsin Public School begins Monday, February 3. The recommended method of applying for open enrollment is through the DPI Website (http://sms.dpi.wi.gov/sms_psctoc) The on-line application will be available until 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2014. It is recommended that you submit your application as early as possible. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.

Tomah Students Create Video Recap of the 93rd State School Board Convention

Last fall, the Wisconsin Association of School Boards invited students from around the state to apply to tape and produce a special video capturing the events, speakers, and sessions at the 93rd State Education Convention, Jan. 22-24, in Milwaukee. Four students from Tomah High School Video Productions class were selected. The WASB would like to thank these students and their teacher Brian Kibby. Check out the 'Read the Full Story' link for a direct link to the video.

Second Harvest Foodbank Mobile Pantry- Next Date May 6

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.

Student Registration for 2014-15

All student registration will take place at the Tomah Area School District Office located at 129 W. Clifton. St. Tomah, WI 54660. A parent or legal guardian may come in to register a student between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. We will not register children on days that the District Office is closed due to school vacation days such as Spring Break. We are open all summer for registration. Click the Full Story link for more information.

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.

Fact Of The Day

In a recent study conducted by researchers at Oregon State University, “children who were rated higher by their parents on attention span and persistence at age 4 had nearly 50% greater odds of getting a bachelor’s degree by age 25”. The importance of a 4K program appears to be validated by this study.
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.