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Tomah Middle School students taking care of their community
Tomay Middle School adopted Winnebago Park years ago as a way for our students to help give back to their community by keeping it clean. We had a great group of students who helped do just that tonight. Nice job!
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RELEASE OF 2013-14 SCHOOL REPORT CARDS

In a video aimed at parents and community members, State Superintendent Tony Evers cautioned that the school and district report cards to be released on Tuesday are not intended to measure everything that “people value in their schools, such as extracurriculars, such as music, art, and physical education, such as career and technical education.”

While standing behind the report card as an “important” way of communicating about critical pieces relating to student achievement, growth, and the achievement gap, Evers said, “I’m encouraging parents and community members to really take a look at all the things they value in the school” when making their own judgments about how a school is doing.

“In addition,” he said, “the report card is really for one purpose — and that is to identify what is good practice in school districts, and what schools are struggling, not so we can punish them: so that we can find ways to help them continue to improve.”

 

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.



Superintendent School Bell

With the start of a new school year, it is a good time to be reminded about behaviors we, as adults, do which can either help or hurt our children in developing the skills which will contribute to their success, not only in school, but throughout life. Have you known a child who is unwilling to persevere or try again after not successfully completing a task? How about a teenager who absolutely refuses to try something new? Why do some kids bounce back quickly from a loss and try harder? Why do some kids seem to enjoy a challenge, while others shut down? We know that much strength can be gained from struggle. When we face adversity, it can make us stronger. Remember the parable of the Emperor Moth? The struggle of the moth to pull itself through the small opening in the cocoon is what shapes its body. Without that struggle, there is no Emperor Moth. To raise healthy, resilient children, we must allow them to struggle. As parents, teachers, and mentors, we must be careful about jumping in too soon and trying to assist a child when he/she is faced with a challenge. Whether it is solving a math problem, giving a speech, or writing an essay, the unspoken message we give when we come to the rescue is that learning should be easy. You shouldn’t have to struggle. Our children lose self-confidence and the ability to persevere if we don’t allow them to struggle. We need to help our children accept struggle as part of the process of learning and personal growth. Click the "Read the Full Story" link for more.

Monroe County Drug Take Back Day- September 27th

Residents of Monroe County have the opportunity to dispose of unused and unwanted drugs on September 27. 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.

Second Harvest Foodbank Mobile Pantry- Next Date October 7

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.

Coats for Kids Collection through October 20

With colder temperatures quickly approaching, we want to make you aware of the Coats For Kids Collection and Distribution dates and times. Coats of all sizes, hats, mittens, boots, snow pants and scarves in good condition can be donated through October 20 at Lighthouse Assembly of God. This is on Hwy 16 west of Tomah. The winter clothing will be available, free of charge, on a first come, first served basis. The distribution takes place October 24 (4:00- 6:00 p.m.) and October 25 (10:00 a.m.-noon). Each person needing winter clothes must be present. For more information, please call 608-372-2945.

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.

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.