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Making Clean Water a Reality!
Do you remember the efforts of the middle school from last year to help create wells for the people of Uganda to enjoy clean water? We did it! The wells have been drilled and pictured are the people from the villages of Wassozi and GayazaNyenje wearing the shirts we shared with them! We could not have done it without the vision of Ms. McCormick our Musical Director, the generous assistance from F&M and Timberwood banks, and all our students did to help make this a reality!
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We Can’t Say “It Won’t Happen Here”

School shootings, and our society’s need to address this problem, have weighed heavily in the thoughts and minds of all of us in the last few weeks after the terrible tragedy in Parkland, Florida where fourteen students and three adults lost their lives.  We can’t say it won’t happen here.  It has happened in Tomah.  An internet search will provide you with information on “46 year-old Martin Mogensen, Principal of Tomah Junior High, was shot to death in his office by a 14-year old boy armed with a 20-gauge shotgun”. This short description of the event from November 19, 1969 doesn’t begin to describe the devastation to Mr. Mogensen’s family or the trauma experienced by students and staff from being subjected to deadly violence at school. 

Much has changed in the Tomah Area School District in regard to school safety since 1969.  However, safety changes really didn’t occur until almost thirty years later- nineteen years ago- in 1999, after Columbine- when lockdown procedures were put in place and staff and students began practicing what to do in case of an active shooter in the school.  More changes came another thirteen years later in 2012 after the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  The FBI and law enforcement officials realized that one single protocol- a lockdown- may not be the best approach to a school shooter.  Students and staff needed to have better options to increase their chance of survival.  Today, protocols established by the Department of Education include the ability for teachers to use their professional judgement to determine which option- run, hide, or fight- is best.  Continued training of staff on these practices and ongoing age appropriate discussions with students, as well as practice, is necessary.

After Sandy Hook, the Tomah Area School District convened a committee comprised of school district employees, law enforcement and fire department members, parents, and business and community members to specifically focus on school safety and security issues. The charge of this committee was to recommend enhancements/changes to existing safety protocols and building security.    The committee recommended regulating building access by implementing new access protocols along with structural and/or technological changes to all school buildings.  The District invested over $350,000 (over the course of two district budgets) to make all of our school buildings harder targets.  The freedom of being able to enter our schools at will no longer exists.  Identification of visitors to our schools is required before entering any building.  However, the committee also acknowledged that addressing safety issues solely by regulating access is not the only factor in determining building security.

Creating a school climate of kindness over bullying is also critical in maintaining safe schools.  The Tomah Area School District has a rich variety of activities established to create a caring environment.  From character education lessons and anti-bullying assemblies to kindness activities funded by the Jesse Parker Charitable Foundation and peer support groups, students are regularly engaged in opportunities to help others and show kindness.  If our students are connected to one another and our schools, they will be, perhaps, the strongest factor in keeping our schools safe.  They will discourage their fellow classmates from causing harm to others.  They will stand up for what is right and they will report concerns and threats. 

Ultimately, it takes our entire community to be aware of dangers to our students and schools.  I shared the following with parents in an email the day after the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:  Today, I am again sending out information to you to assist you in discussing school shootings with your children due to the events which transpired yesterday at a high school in Parkland, Florida.  I wish this were not necessary and I certainly hope that a tragedy of this magnitude never occurs in our community.  However, hope is not a strategy for preventing a school shooting. Our society must determine how to address this issue and it begins with each of us, locally, right here in Tomah.  We must begin with understanding our children, the pressures they may be facing and the mental health issues they may be experiencing.  It requires attentiveness to our children, asking them daily what is happening in their lives, how they are responding to problems and difficulties, and if they need help.  It involves each of us remaining alert to comments and social media posts which may indicate a child is struggling. And yes, it requires us to know the extent to which our children have access to firearms and to ensure that those firearms are secured and not accessible without parental knowledge.  Lastly, if all of this happens, we still need transparency and communication.  We have to share what we know with each other- the school, parents, Human Services, and law enforcement.  If this communication occurs, then it must also be taken seriously.  Parents cannot downplay concerns brought forth by the school and we must have mental health services accessible for families so that the only option for help is not having a child arrested.  We have our work cut out for us, but it is not impossible to eliminate this growing safety issue in our society.  The Tomah Area School District is committed to making our school district as safe as possible for our students and staff. 

We can’t say it won’t happen here.  We can’t just hope it doesn’t happen here.  We must do all we can to address the issues which exist in our society which lead to school shootings.

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.

Open Enrollment for 2018-2019 Begins February 5
The open enrollment period for Wisconsin Public School begins Monday, February 5.  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 30, 2018.  It is recommended that you submit your application as early as possible.  Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.
Distinguished Alumni Program

The Tomah Area School District honors the accomplishments and humanitarian efforts of former alumni through nomination, selection and induction to our Distinguished Alumni program.  It is hoped that this recognition will provide role models for our current students, instill pride in our community, and provide an opportunity to celebrate the successes of these outstanding individuals.  We believe distinguished alumni can inspire our students to continue the legacy of excellence which is defined by those whom we are honoring- individuals who have made a difference and have made our world a better place. Click on the button below to see the first class inducted in October 2017.

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.

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.

Substitute Teachers Needed

Certified Teachers or College Graduates

with non-teaching degrees (associate degree, bachelor degree, or higher)

Anyone interested in subbing in the

Tomah Area School District

should complete the

Substitute Teacher online application at


Current Rate of Pay:  $120 Per Day

The Tomah Area School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Si necesita Ud. ayuda en la traducción de este documento,  por favor llama la especialista de ELL del distrito a 374-7014.

Note:   State statute requires that individuals with an associate degree successfully complete substitute teacher training prior to applying for a short-term substitute teacher permit.  Please contact Sheila Butzler at (608) 374-7004 for additional information.

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; 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.  

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

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:

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.

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.