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4K Celebrates Earth Day!
Oakdale, Warrens, Noah's Ark, LaGrange and Lemonweir 4K classes visited Gordy's Supermarket to distribute the Earth Day reusable shopping bags they painted as a Compassion Project.
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Change in End of 2016-17 School Year Due to Inclement Weather

The 2016-17 School Calendar has been extended by two days due to the number of inclement weather days we experienced this past winter.  The final day for students will be Thursday, June 8.  You can find the revised school calendar above under the Calendar link in the banner.

THE SCHOOL BELL

 

Happy Birthday Tomah High School!

On Sunday, May 7, 1967, school officials held a dedication and open house for Tomah Senior High School.   Mr. Victor Breitenfield, the President of the Board of Education welcomed the community to the event.  Mr. K.A. Curran, Superintendent of Schools, introduced the platform of guests which included the building’s architect, Mr. Donn Hougen, the Senior High School Principal, Mr. William H. Graham, and the Deputy State Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Archie H. Buchmiller.   Tomah Senior High School was opened in August of 1966 so its first graduating class, the Class of 1967, was nearing the end of its high school career when the building was finally ready to have a public showing.

The original program for the Tomah Senior High School dedication and open house contains interesting information and pictures on the floor plans, construction, and costs of the building.  The building site of 26 acres cost $27,000.  The area of the building was 162,900 square feet.  With the total cost of the project $2,378,881.64, the cost per square foot was $14.60.  That’s quite a bargain!  From a quick search on the Internet, it seems that an average cost per square foot today for home construction is approximately $125.00.  I think our community will be proud of how well-maintained and attractive Tomah High School is after fifty years of wear and tear and significant use.

As I reviewed the list of faculty members in the 1967 dedication/open house program, there were many familiar names.  My first year in Tomah was the 1980-81 school year. I was hired as a social studies teacher at Tomah Senior High School and the building was then 14 years old.  I worked with Mr. Dade (geography), Mr. Dedie (world history), Mr. Gatzke (athletic director and phy.ed.-boys), Mrs. Graewin (English), Mr.Mellin (band), Mr. Pedersen (social problems), Mr. Richmond (English), Mr. Smith (biology), Mrs. Walker (librarian), and Mr. Spies (football coach).  I’m sure many of you who graduated from Tomah Senior High School recall these influential and respected educators!

This year, Sunday, May 7, 2017, will mark the 50th anniversary of the dedication and first open house of Tomah Senior High School.  We are welcoming our community back to the building on May 7 to enjoy another opportunity to view the building.  Today, Tomah Senior High School is called Tomah High School as freshman students were moved to the facility at the start of the 1995-96 school year when an addition onto the building was completed and the mascot of the Tomah Indians has been replaced with the Tomah Timberwolves. The Class of 2017 is the fifty-first graduating class from the current high school building.  We have begun the second half of a century educating students in this building.  For those alumni who visit Tomah High School on May 7, 2017, there will be familiarity with their alma mater, but they will also see changes from their time in the building.  Change must be expected and welcomed.  If we were educating the Class of 2017 just as we had educated the Class of 1967, we would be in serious trouble.  We would not be serving the current needs of our students, our community, or our society.

On May 7, 2017, we will present information on a new Distinguished Alumni Program that will allow us to recognize and honor the accomplishments of our alumni.  Many individuals have graduated from the current high school building who have made significant contributions in their chosen career areas.  They have thrived locally, nationally, and globally. It is time that we begin to recognize the accomplishments of our graduates to motivate and inspire our current students.  We will be providing information on how to nominate Tomah alumni for this honor at our May 7 Open House.  I can’t think of a better birthday present for Tomah High School than the gift of recognizing the success of the students who have walked in her hallowed hallways!

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.

 

Public Notice for RFP required pursuant to
Wis. Stats. 66.0133,

Energy Savings Performance Contracts

 

The Tomah School District is seeking qualified providers for the implementation of facility projects pursuant to WI Statute 66.0133.

Qualified providers of this service may obtain a copy of the request for proposals by contacting Greg Gaarder, Business Manager, at
greggaarder@tomah.k12.wi.us. The response deadline is Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.
2017 Timberwolves' Summer PACK
Positive Adventures Creating Knowledge
June 26- August 3, 2017
  
 
 Registration Information

 Registration Dates at LaGrange Elementary School:

 Registration Form
  • Saturday, April 22nd 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
 Getting Ready for 5K Information
  • Wednesdays; May 3rd, May 10th and May 17th from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 
 First Grade, Here We Come Information 
  • After May 17th, call and leave a message at 374-7057          
 Summer PACK Courses (Grades 1-8)- updated 4/4/17

 If you have questions please call Michelle Clark at 374-7056.

 

APRIL IS MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD

The Tomah Area School District joins DoDEA, the Department of Defense, and the military community in celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child.  Military children face many challenges that are unique to their situation, such as having a parent deployed for extended periods of time and moving frequently. Deployments and family separations can be stressful times for children.

Teachers, counselors, and administrators in the Tomah Area School District want to foster discussion and find ways to ensure easier transitions and adjustments for our military children. It is critical for these children to be able to remain focused on their education and have a stable school environment during times of stress.

You are invited to “Purple Up!” which is an annual campaign created six years ago by Operation Military Kids (OMK). OMK is an organization dedicated to military children.  Wear purple on, April 13th as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. OMK chose purple because it is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.
 
For more information on the 2017 Month of the Military Child, please use the following link to the DoDEA website:
http://www.dodea.edu/dodeaCelebrates/MilitaryChild/2017.cfm

 

Tomah Schools Upcoming Choir & Band Concert Dates
 
March 30- Camp Douglas and Oakdale Choir Concert in the High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

May 2- Lemonweir Choir Concert, Grades K-2 in the High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. 

May 8- Middle School Spring Choir Concert in the High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

May 16- Middle School Spring Band Concert in the High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

 
 

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

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. 

 

Video:  https://www.tomah.k12.wi.us/video/popenicki/45-15INFO.mp4

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.

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

 
 
Tomah Area School District
New Student Registration Information
 
     
 
Location for Registration
129 W. Clifton St., Tomah, WI  54660
Tomah Area Schools District Office
608-374-7009
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 cindyz@tomah.k12.wi.us.
 
 


                         

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) (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 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: https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/reportcards/

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    (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.