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The School Bell

The Purposes of Public Education- Promoting Thinking, Building, and Citizenry

Recently the 48th Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools* was released.  Joshua Starr, CEO of PDK, summarized the findings in a simple statement, “Americans don’t agree on the purpose of public education, but they like their local schools, especially when they believe educators listen to their concerns.”  The question posed in the PDK Poll was:  What do you think should be the main goal of a public school education:  to prepare students academically, to prepare them for work, or to prepare them to be good citizens? 

Here are the results:

·         Fewer than half of Americans (45%) view the main goal of public education as preparing students academically.

·         One quarter of Americans (25%) view the main goal as preparing students for work.

·         Twenty-six percent (26%) of Americans view the main goal as preparing students to be good citizens.

·         Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Americans felt local public schools should focus on more career-technical or skills-based classes than more honors or advanced academic classes.

Starr goes on to state that there has always been disagreement by the American public on what should be the main purpose of public education.  It seems to me, then, that we should accept this disagreement, recognizing that preparing students academically, preparing them for work, and preparing them to be good citizens must all be the focus of a strong educational system.  Public education can’t be a “one size fits all” system.  We must acknowledge that our children come to us with a variety of interests and passions.  Some love reading and book learning and listening to a lecture.  Others want to dig in and get dirty- be physically active and use their hands to make and build.  Our society needs thinkers and builders and those two skill sets are not exclusive from one another.  They work together to create good citizens. 

As I look to the curriculum developed in the Tomah Area School District, I am proud to say that we provide wonderful educational opportunities for our students in each of the goals that the American public has expressed as important.  We have an emphasis on reading, writing, and math for all of our children beginning in elementary school, along with rigorous classes that promote preparation for college for those students whose passions will take them further into academia.  We have a strong career and technical education program with career pathways laid out for students to assist them in pursuing health care, building trades, agriculture, child care, business, auto mechanics, or food service careers right out of high school.  We build good citizens in our school district from providing character education activities, compassion projects, and community service opportunities. 

Let’s focus on the purposes of public education- plural- not a main goal of public education.  Each child deserves an education that meets his/her own individual needs so that personal potential is maximized.  Our society can only benefit from preparing students for their role as a thinker, builder, and citizen.

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 2016 PDK Poll was designed, managed, analyzed, and reported by Langer Research Associates and was tested for statistical significance.

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. 



Yearbook Supplements Are in the High School Office

Yearbook supplements have arrived and are available for pickup.  2016 graduates can find their additional yearbook materials by stopping at the Tomah High School Office. 

School Supply Lists for 2016-2017

School supply lists are the same for all elementary students the district.  You can always find supply lists on this website by using the keyword 'supplies'.
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; 7:30 a.m.-noon 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.  

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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.

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

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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:

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.

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.

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:

In May 2015, the Governor signed SB 67, also known as “the pause bill.” Accountability reports were not created for the 2014-15 school year.  Assessment results (The 2014-15 Badger Exam, The ACT, ACT Aspire, DLM, and WKCE (science and social studies) are still publically posted in WISEdash. (

The most recent (2013-14) school accountability performance categories for schools in the Tomah School District are as follows:

Tomah Area School District                          Meets Expectations

Camp Douglas Elementary School               Meets Expectations

LaGrange Elementary School                       Exceeds Expectations

Lemonweir Elementary School                    Exceeds Expectations

Miller Elementary School                              Exceeds Expectations

Oakdale Elementary School                          Alternate Rating- Satisfactory Progress

Tomah High School                                        Meets Expectations

Tomah Middle School                                   Meets Expectations

Robert Kupper Learning Center                  Alternate Rating- Satisfactory Progress

Warrens Elementary School                        Exceeds Expectations

Wyeville Elementary School                        Meets Expectations


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.