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Super Spellers!
Congratulations to our seven students who won the district level Spelling Bee and will be representing the TASD at Westby for the regional contest. Great job!
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Interview with TASD Superintendent Cindy Zahrte

2016 FAQ                                          Trifold Brochure                                 Area Comparative Costs

 

11 Year Staffing History                      Annual Meeting 2015 - 2016              Baird Forecast Model

     
     

The School Bell
 

FAQs About the Tomah Area School District Referendum

We learned from the community survey conducted in April of 2015 that our local newspaper, the Tomah Journal, is the preferred source of information on the Tomah Area School District for individuals in our community who are non-parents (i.e. no longer have children in the school district).  Sixty-two percent (62%) of non-parents who completed the survey indicated that they would like to receive their information on our school district from the Tomah Journal.  Recently, the Monroe County Herald  has expanded their coverage and has welcomed information on the Tomah Area School District as well.  We greatly appreciate the work done by local reporters to keep our residents informed about the successes of our students and teachers and the challenges faced in public education today.   It only makes sense that in the months before the upcoming referendum, I provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the referendum in the paper since it is an important source of information for many people in our community.   Here are some FAQs:

 1) Why does the school district have to go to referendum?   A 1993 law limited how much the Board of Education can raise property taxes to fund our schools each year.  Meanwhile, the direct funding from the state has been significantly reduced, requiring us to ask the community for extra funds to continue current programs. 

 2) Why doesn’t the district implement cost cutting measures to balance the budget?   We have!  Since 2010-11, the district has eliminated approximately 15 teaching positions throughout the district.  Savings generated by Act 10 included over $1.2 million from requiring staff to pay increased costs for retirement and health benefits, $300,000 from freezing wages, $600,000 from changing insurance companies, and an estimated $2.5 million over twelve years in post-retirement benefit changes.                                                                             

3) How will the referendum money be used?   Operating referendum funds will be used to help the district preserve current class sizes, maintain quality programs and course offerings for students, and continue the District’s technology initiatives so that we are preparing our students for the 21st century workplace.   The money allows us to sustain educational programs and maintain current levels of operational expense.

 4)  How much money is the school district requesting and how will it impact me?   The question on the April 5 ballot will ask voters to support a non-recurring referendum for an additional $1.5 million for the next 3 consecutive years.  The additional monthly cost to the taxpayer over the next 3 years (36 months) decreases from $2.08 per month in the first year to $1.00 per month in the second year to just $0.66 per month in the third year. Over three years, the estimated total tax impact would only be $45 for every $100,000 of property valuation.  That averages to $1.25 per month increase for that three year period.

 5) How does the Tomah Area School District spending compare to neighboring districts?  Historically Tomah Area School District taxpayers have a lower school tax (mill) rate than neighboring districts.  Currently taxpayers in Tomah pay $851.00 in school taxes on a $100,000 home.  If you lived in Black River Falls, you would pay $945.00; in Sparta, you would pay $956.00; in New Lisbon, $1030.00; in Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton $1054.00; in Mauston, $1196.00; and in LaCrosse, $1237.00. Our spending is 38th lowest in the state of Wisconsin out of 368 K-12 school districts.  The Tomah Area School District consistently ranks in the bottom 10% of school districts in spending. 

What other questions do you have?  What additional information do you need?  Please email or call me with those questions and I will gladly provide answers in the March edition of The School Bell.  Also, Board members and administrators from the Tomah Area School District are more than willing to present information at any community get-togethers or meetings.  Just give me a call and we’ll get your event on our schedule.  No event is too small-  a ladies quilting club, your Saturday night card club, a church potluck- we want to meet with you and answer your questions.  We want you to be an educated voter on the issue of the Tomah Area School District Referendum on April 5! 

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 cindyz@tomah.k12.wi.us or 374-7002.


  Results of the Community Survey
 
Earlier this spring all residents of the Tomah Area School District were mailed a survey from School Perceptions which could be completed using a paper or online version.  The survey was designed to provide feedback and direction to the Board of Education in regard to what our residents believe the Tomah Area School District should prioritize, initiatives which should continue to be explored, and how we might reduce spending. Feedback was also obtained on the degree of support for a $1,000,000 referendum to maintain current programs, as well as support for a $500,000 referendum to support technology.  The results of the survey can be reviewed by opening the following link.
 
We thank the 1,408 respondents who completed the survey for providing us with their opinions and ideas! 
 

Coffee with the Superintendent

 

Tomah Area School District Superintendent, Cindy Zahrte, is beginning a new practice of holding a coffee hour with any interested community members at different locations throughout the district. 

 

During each session, she will provide a brief update on what’s happening in our schools and district, but will reserve the majority of time to discuss whatever topics or questions are raised by those in attendance.  Residents are welcome to come and go as their schedules allow during the 60-minute discussion.  Regular coffee and water will be provided. 

 

2015-2016 Coffee with the Superintendent Schedule

Date

Time

Location

Friday, December 4

8:00- 9:00 a.m.

Culvers, 147 Wittig Road, Tomah

Friday, December 18

7:30- 8:30 a.m. 

Warrens Mall, 201 Main Street, Warrens

Friday, January 8

7:30- 8:30 a.m. 

Oakdale Electric Cooperative, 489 N. Oakwood Street, Oakdale

Friday, January 29

7:30- 8:30 a.m. 

Greenwood Café, 906 Superior Avenue, Tomah

Friday, February 12

7:30- 8:30 a.m. 

Village Hall, 304 Center Street,  Camp Douglas

Friday, February 26

8:00- 9:00 a.m. 

Smitty’s Overtime Inn, 8293 Hwy. 173, Tomah

Friday, March 11

8:00- 9:00 a.m. 

McDonalds, 2015 N. Superior Avenue, Tomah

Open Enrollment for 2016-2017 Closes April 29
 
The open enrollment period for Wisconsin Public School begins Monday, February 1.  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 29, 2016.  It is recommended that you submit your application as early as possible.  Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.
 
 
 
 
 
Tomah Area School District
New Student Registration Information
 
     
 
Location for Registration
129 W. Clifton St., Tomah, WI  54660
Tomah Area Schools District Office
Mary Storbeck, Registrar
608-374-7009
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, Mary Storbeck, at 608-374-7009 if you have questions regarding the enrollment process.  
 
 
 
 
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!


YouTube Video
 
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:

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!

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 cindyz@tomah.k12.wi.us.
 
 


Tomah High School Limited Edition Show Choir Performance Schedule

 

January 9th-1:00 Viterbo Competition

 

January 16th-Spaghetti Dinner 5:30PM-7:00PM Performance at 7:30PM THS Auditorium

 

January 23rd-Altoona Competition (time TBA)

 

January 30th-Sauk Prairie Competition (time TBA)

 

February 6th-Eau Claire Winterfest Competition (time TBA)

 

February 20th-Monona Grove Competition(time TBA)

 

March 11th-7:00PM Show choir Concert-THS Auditorium

 

March 12th-Janesville Craig Competition (time TBA)

 

                         

Required Notice of Academic Standards, Accountability Reports, and Educational Options

                                                                                                                               
 
 

Adoption of Academic Standards for the 2015-16 School Year

The Tomah Area School District has adopted the Common Core State Standards for English/language arts (ELA) (http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/standards/pdf/ela-stds-app-a-revision.pdfand math. (https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/standards/pdf/common-core-math-standards.pdf)  In the area of science, the Next Generation Science Standards (http://www.nextgenscience.org/) have been adopted and for all other content areas, the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards ( http://dpi.wi.gov/standards) have been adopted as the academic standards.

These academic standards were adopted by the Board of Education on the 17th of August, 2015 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: https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/reportcards/

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. (http://wisedash.dpi.wi.gov/Dashboard/portalHome.jsp)

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    (http://dpi.wi.gov/youthoptions)

  • Course Options  (http://dpi.wi.gov/courseoptions)

  • Open Enrollment  (http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment)

  • Part-Time Enrollment for Non-Public School Children (http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/sms/pdf/home_faq_2015_09.pdf)

  • Tomah Area Montessori School (TAMS)  Public Charter

  • Rural Virtual Academy (http://ruralvirtual.org/site/index.php)

  • 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.