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Graffiti Project at Tomah Middle School
Students finished out their graffiti lesson in Ms. West's class by "painting" on the snow with food coloring and water. Students created their own artist name or "tag" and discussed the social implications of graffiti. By using non-permanent materials on a temporary surface, students experienced an appropriate and fun way to produce graffiti.
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Superintendent School Bell

As with every new year, I look with hope and anticipation to 2015 wondering what might unfold as the days and months progress. I am now half way through my fifth year as superintendent in the Tomah Area School District (TASD). Time has not stood still nor has the status quo been maintained. As I reflect back, here are some of the more significant changes which have impacted the TASD in the last four and a half years : · Act 10 was implemented which eliminated collective bargaining agreements with our teachers and support staff. · Funding for public education was reduced by approximately $900 million and the TASD was faced with the need to make significant cuts (approximately $2.5 million) in its budget. This resulted in staff position eliminations (using attrition), changes in student programming and services, as well as decreased employee salaries, health insurance and retirement benefits. · The window to open enroll in another school district was expanded and then eliminated. The creation of the “open enrollment alternative application” procedures allows parents/students to request enrollment in a different school district at any time during the year. · A state-wide private school voucher program was implemented which allows taxpayer dollars to be used at private and religious schools. · The state statute requiring 180 face to face days with students was eliminated. This created more flexibility in the development of a school calendar (note: the required instructional minutes were not changed). · School and district report cards were developed/implemented which provide parents statewide with information on student achievement and growth in math and reading, as well as attendance and graduation rates. · Grant writing by the administrative team has secured over $900,000 in additional revenue for our school district. Click on the 'Read the Full Story' link to see the entire article.

SPECIAL EDITION: School Funding Video

A new video explains how school finance works in Wisconsin and the reasons for reform efforts.

The video from the Department of Public Instruction, Our School Funding System and Why Change is Needed, features animations and interviews.

The video features an interview with Deb Pickett, a business owner and parent from Darlington, as well as interviews with members of the Kettle Moraine and Monona Grove school boards.

At the end of the video, a YouTube annotation appears on the bottom of the screen, directing viewers to the DPI's Fair Funding for Our Future webpage to learn more.

State Superintendent Tony Evers’ earlier video explaining his 2015-2017 education budget is available at

4K and 5K Registration for 2015-2016- March 10 & 12

Registration for 2015-2016 4K and 5K classes will take place on Tuesday, March 10, and Thursday, March 12. This registration is for children who will be at least age 4 by September 1, 2015. Children currently attending the TimerPUPS 4K program do not need to register for 5 year-old kindergarten. Click on the 'Read the Full Story' link for more details.

Free Dental Checkups Available February 13

The American Dental Association has launched a program during February, which is Children’s Dental Health Month. This program, Give A Kids Smile Day, is a national effort to provide free dental care in local communities to children in need. On Friday, February 13, 2015, we will be hosting our annual Give Kids a Smile Day. On this day, as much treatment as possible will be delivered depending on the number of patients participating in the program. There will be NO CHARGE for this care. The dentists along with the staff are donating their time for the benefit of the children in the surrounding communities. This is a one day limited care event and their participation does not commit them to a continuing doctor- patient for other treatment. Click on the 'Read the Full Story' link for full details.

Open Enrollment for 2015-2016 School Year Closes April 30

The open enrollment period for Wisconsin Public School begins Monday, February 2. The recommended method of applying for open enrollment is through the DPI Website at The on-line application will be available until 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2015. 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 Report Cards 2013-14

The creation of school report cards and a district report card have provided the Tomah Area School District with the ability to shine a light on areas in which we are seeing improved student growth, as well as areas in which we see the need for focusing efforts to promote higher levels of student achievement. We are very happy to report that all of our schools are meeting expectations and four of our elementary schools are actually exceeding expectations. This is a result of the hard work of our teachers, students, and parents/families in each of schools. After reading these short summaries, you may wish to look at the Report Cards in detail by going to the following link: Read the Full Story for more details.

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.

Home and School Connection

Are you in need of ideas on how to help your student at home? The Home and School Connection can help you link home and school learning. This newsletter is published each month and has different ideas on how to extend learning in the classroom into your own home. Click on the 'Read the Full Story' link for newsletters published this school year.

Second Harvest Foodbank Mobile Pantry- Next Date February 3

After reviewing the results of the BackPack Buddies survey conducted last semester, Second Harvest will be replacing the BackPack Buddies program with one that will allow for you, as parents, to select the foods appropriate for your family’s needs and likes, year round. Beginning Tuesday, November 5th, in partnership with Neighbor for Neighbor Food Pantry, Second Harvest is launching a monthly mobile food pantry that will give you access to a much wider array of products, such as dairy, bakery, meat, and fresh produce, among others. You can expect to receive 40-60 pounds of food at the mobile pantry, at no cost (FREE!). This takes place the first Tuesday of each month starting in November at the Tomah Fairgrounds. Registration is at 3:30 p.m. on those days.

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!

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

Check out the Tomah Area School District brochure which highlights our schools and community.

Si necesita Ud. ayuda en la traducción de este documento, por favor llama la especialista de ELL del distrito (Tania Anderson) a 374-7014. The Tomah Area School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious beliefs, disabilities, sex, or age, 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.