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Young Inventors
Students in 3rd grade across the district are busy sharing their invention. Class representatives will present their invention next week in Cashton.
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Special Olympics Basketball Team Plays Two Games February 26

February 26 is set aside as Special Olympics weekend.  Basketball games begin at noon in the Tomah High School gymnasium.  Admission is free, donations are appreciated. The Tomah Greywolves host Brookwood in the first game at noon. LaCrosse will play the Tomah Timberwolves in the second game at 1:00 p.m. ? Concessions will be available from the Tomah Sports Booster Club.  There will also be performances by Tomah High School Dance Team and Tomah High School Pep Band.


4 and 5 Year Old Kindergarten Registration and Child Development Day

April 6, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tomah Fairgrounds Recreation Building (Yellow)


  • 4K Registration for children who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2017.  

  •  5K Registration for children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2017.

  •  Presentation of a child’s birth certificate and immunization records are preferred at registration.
              Please Note:  A birth certificate and immunization record must be presented before the first day of school.

  •  If your child is presently attending a 4K Timber Pups program, you do not need to register your child for 5K.

  •  If you have questions about registration, please call 374-7009.

Child Development Day

  • Free developmental screenings for all children with birthdates between September 1, 2011 and September 1, 2014

  •  Information available on child development and community resources

  •  Free hearing and vision screenings

  •  Prizes and goodie bags for the children

  •  If you have questions about Child Development Day, please call 374-7011.  


The School Bell

Helicopters, Helplessness, and Hard Work

A number of years ago, when I accompanied my son to his college registration, college counselors took all the parents into a separate room away from our kids and provided us with advice on how to best assist our young adults as they began this new chapter in their life.  It was my first exposure to the term “helicopter parent” which is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary (Yes, it is a term found in dictionaries!) as “a parent who is overly involved in the life of his or her child”.  I remember the distinction made by one of the counselors suggesting that it would be to our benefit as parents to be a traffic helicopter and not a Black Hawk helicopter.  She described Black Hawk helicopter parents as those who come in and scorch the earth, taking out everyone in sight and leaving a scene of wreckage behind.  Traffic helicopters watch from above, keeping their distance, but offer advice to their listeners on any potential driving hazardous and the best route to take.  Black Hawk helicopter parents don’t help their children because the message they ultimately send is that the child can’t handle a problem on their own.  Traffic helicopter parents send the message that their child can resolve their own issues, but they are willing to provide assistance if necessary.

The concept of a helicopter parent doesn’t have to have a negative connotation.  My husband and son would probably both agree that the term describes me.  We all love our children unconditionally, as we should.  Our desire to provide assistance to our children is not wrong.  As a matter of fact, we tend to view parents who are unwilling to help their children as neglectful.  Yet, it is critical that as parents, we are not instilling in our children a feeling of helplessness or an excuse mindset.  We don’t help our children if we solve their problems for them or provide them with excuses for why they didn’t succeed.  Rather, helping our children understand that hard work pays off, that adversity helps to make us stronger, that they can resolve issues on their own, and that acknowledging one’s mistakes and learning from them is far superior to making excuses, is our job as parents.

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled this month in the Tomah Area School District*.  As you prepare to meet with your child’s teachers on his/her progress, please give some thought to your actions as a parent.  Do you talk negatively in front of your child about a teacher?  Do you hold your child accountable for the behaviors which will result in academic success- attending school every day, participating in class, completing homework, and seeking help if there is a lack of understanding?  Do you make excuses for why your child doesn’t behave in class?  What type of helicopter parent does your behavior reflect?

Educators need your help and support.  They care about your child and want to see him/her succeed.  They will go above and beyond to provide the best education for your child.  They are not an adversary.  We are on the same side.  We want the same thing. Working together, parents and teachers can ensure that their children grow up to be independent, hard-working, happy, and successful! 

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.


*The schedule for conferences in February can be found on the TASD website.  Click on Calendars in the top header bar of the webpage and then open the link, Parent Teacher Conference Schedule 2016-17.


Substitute Teachers Needed

Certified Teachers or College Graduates

with non-teaching degrees.

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

Open Enrollment for 2017-2018 Closes April 28
The open enrollment period for Wisconsin Public School begins Monday, February 6.  The recommended method of applying for open enrollment is through the DPI Website.

The on-line application will be available until 4:00 p.m. on April 28, 2017.  It is recommended that you submit your application as early as possible.  Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.

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

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.

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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.  

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:

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
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.