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Middle School Students Make Earth Day Great!
Thank you to the group of students who gave their time on a Friday after school to help recognize Earth Day by cleaning up Winnebago Park!
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2016-17 Elementary School Open Houses

Camp Douglas Elementary School           August 29  5:30- 7:00 p.m.

LaGrange Elementary School                    August 25  4:00- 7:00 p.m.

Lemonweir Elementary School                  August 30  3:00- 6:00 p.m.

Miller Elementary School                           August 30  4:00- 6:00 p.m.

Oakdale Elementary School                       August 29  5:30- 7:00 p.m.

Tomah Area Montessori School                August 25, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

 Warrens Elementary School                      August 30   4:30- 6:00 p.m.

 Wyeville Elementary School                     August 30   4:00- 6:00 p.m.

 

2016-17 Tomah Middle School Fall Rally

August 19   10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

 

2016-17 Tomah High School Tito's Fall Festival

August 18   12 noon- 6:00 p.m.

 

2016-17 Tomah High School Freshman Orientation

August 24   8:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.

 

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'.
 
The School Bell
      

The Most Important Back-To-School Supply

As I look to the 2016-17 school year which will begin in just a few short weeks, I ask myself if it will ever be possible to have a year in which not one incident of bullying occurs or a year when not one child feels left out or isolated.  I fear this school year could be more challenging than others given the level of political rhetoric and division that we hear every day.  How do we create schools and classrooms in which students treat each other with respect and kindness?  How do we raise our children to be compassionate? 

I recently read an online article on Edutopia written by Homa Tavenger entitled, “Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply”.  Tavenger discusses how empathy is like a muscle in that it can be strengthened with practice and it can also become weak if not provided with opportunities to be developed.  Helping our children to be empathic not only means they will treat others better, but it means they will do better.  Empathy is the foundation for working well with others- it leads to improved leadership, communication, and teamwork.  We are fortunate that the Remembering Jesse Parker Foundation provides financial resources to our schools so that our children can engage in projects which promote the development of that empathy muscle.  However, we all have a responsibility to model empathic behavior for our children and have discussions on the importance of this “muscle” with them.

The consequences which result when our children are not empathic, but rather bully and ostracize one another, are profound.  Scientists studying the brain have found that social rejection can cause someone to feel actual, physical pain and can lead to intense anger (and even violence). This response seems to be a normal human behavior hard-wired into our system.  I had the opportunity to view the film, REJECT, at the State Education Convention last January, and I believe a national dialogue on the issue of rejection and its long-lasting negative psychological and behavioral impact is needed.  It doesn’t matter if you are six or sixty-six, being excluded socially or ostracized is hurtful.  The good news is that the film presented a simple idea- inclusion- which can improve children’s physical and mental health and self-esteem.  We must build a culture of acceptance and belonging in our classrooms and on our school playgrounds so that no child feels rejected or ostracized.  This can begin immediately with a rule that states, “You can’t say you can’t play.”  This rule was developed and explored by Kindergarten teacher Vivian Gussin Paley.  Paley was struck by how often she heard children say, “Go away, you can’t play with us” so she created this new rule for her students.  Initially her students were in disbelief thinking that if they couldn’t just play with their friends, their play time would be ruined.  However, the students adjusted and came to appreciate the structure created by the rule.  In Tomah and in schools throughout our state and country, we need to tell our children, “You can’t say you can’t play”.  We must be committed to a culture of inclusion.  We must help our children learn to value the worth of each individual. 

So as the 2016-17 school year commences, let’s fill our children’s backpacks with not only supplies like pencils, glue, paper and scissors, but let’s also add some empathy, some kindness, and the concept of inclusion.  Let’s encourage all of our children to walk in the shoes of others, to choose helping another instead of looking the other way, and to widen their circle of friendship to allow anyone in who wants to play.  Maybe then, we can have a school year without bullying and without a child feeling socially isolated or rejected.   

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.

 
 
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; 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, 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
 
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 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/

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.