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Tomah Middle School Helping to Build a Well In Africa
Lisa McCormick spearheaded the idea of selecting a TMS Musical (Lion King Jr) that not only would be a great production, but more important a way for our school to make a connection to those in need through the message of clean water. Funds raised through the musical shirt sales, various Art projects created for the Wine into Water event, many other school events coordinated by our middle school Art Teacher and Student Council Advisor Jane Faella (not pictured), and extremely generous donations from F&M and Timberwood Banks, we were able to donate just over $15,000 to the create a new well in Uganda. Our connection to the Jesse Parker Foundation, with the help of Jenny Parker, allowed our students to gain an understanding of this need and how we can make a difference one step at a time. We are extremely grateful for all who helped. This project was sponsored, and would not have been possible without the support and vision, of the Tomah Rotary.
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The Measures of School Success

With a new school year upon us, let’s reflect a bit on what makes a school successful.  Is it high achievement on state mandated or standardized tests? How about a strong graduation rate or a high percentage of students who are accepted to the college of their choice?  What about winning sports teams or strong art and music programs?  Perhaps success should be measured by low truancy or only a few discipline problems.  While all of these are important achievements, Thomas Hoerr argues in his book, The Formative Five-Fostering, Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs, that schools should be fostering skills that will ensure our children are going to be productive and happy citizens when they are 28, 50, and 70.  Will the students in school today be respectful and honest adults?  Will they be interested in making a world a better place?  What is needed to be successful in the real world, not just in school?

Hoerr goes on to define five formative skills that he believes are necessary for success in both the work world and in all of our relationships:  empathy, self-control, integrity, embracing diversity, and grit. Let’s examine these five skills.  Empathy and embracing diversity are skills that are focused on a person’s relationship with others.  Am I able to walk in another’s shoes? Do I recognize and appreciate the differences among people?  Self-control, integrity, and grit focus on how we frame and manage our thoughts and actions.  Do I have a sense of discipline? Am I honest and trustworthy? Do I have resiliency and determination?  Hoerr argues schools must go beyond what is required to achieve standardized test success and teach these skills.  We must teach our children that who they are is more important than what they know.

I have heard parents say that they would rather have a teacher tell them that their child is kind and respectful than that their child is an “A” student.  I think this reinforces Hoerr’s idea that it is more important to be a “good person” than a person who “knows it all”.   Perhaps you know a very intelligent adult who struggles with treating others respectfully.  Maybe you have a friend who is very smart but always falls victim to an unwillingness to do what is necessary to get a job done.  Maybe you’ve observed on Facebook a person who is very knowledgeable, but has no filter and is unable to use restraint in his/her remarks. Again, these examples demonstrate that not possessing the skills of integrity, grit, or self-control results in less happiness and success.  Who we are is more important that what we know.

All of us must be involved in teaching our children success skills that will propel them to success in their relationships and the world of work.  We must model for our children the ability to consider situations from a variety of perspectives- that is how we teach empathy (i.e. How might you have felt if I took your hat and wouldn’t give it back?  How would you feel if someone handed out invitations to a party and you didn’t get one?).  We must be honest, admit our mistakes, and applaud others when they step up to do the right thing.  That is how we teach integrity.  We must demonstrate constraint and not allow our emotions to cloud our thinking.  We have begun teaching mindfulness in school- helping children to calm their bodies and minds and become more self-aware.  This is a step toward self-discipline. We must help our children to not give up or become discouraged.  We all face adversity in our lives and being able to rebound and fall forward are instrumental in continuing to grow and succeed.  Children cannot develop grit if they quit when the going gets tough or if they are rescued from or avoid failure.  We must address prejudice and biases and acknowledge stereotyping when it is occurring.  Working with others who are different from us will be the norm of the future, not the exception. To embrace diversity, our children will need to create a base of understanding and trust with individuals of different races, religion, gender, age, income, and ability.

The measures of school success?  Of course, we want high academic achievement, strong art and music programs, engaged students who are well behaved, and competitive sports teams.  However, let’s not forget those other measures of success that our schools need help to develop in our children- those skills of empathy, integrity, embracing diversity, grit, and self-control.  It starts with us, the adults- teachers, parents, bus drivers, aides, grandparents, business leaders- everyone in our community- modeling these critical skills for success throughout life.

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 or 374-7002.

2017-18 Elementary School Open Houses

 Lemonweir Elementary School                  July 17  3:00- 6:00 p.m.

Tomah School of Childhood                       August 21 AM-5:45 p.m.

                                                                                            PM-7:00 p.m.

LaGrange Elementary School                    August 24  4:00- 7:00 p.m.

Tomah Area Montessori School                August 24, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Miller Elementary School                           August 29  4:00- 6:00 p.m.

Oakdale Elementary School                       August 31 4:00- 6:00 p.m.

 Warrens Elementary School                      August 31   4:30- 6:00 p.m.

Camp Douglas Elementary School           August 31  5:00- 7:00 p.m.

                             Wyeville Elementary School                     Supply Night:  August 31   4:00- 6:00 p.m. 

                                                                                                                                  Parent Meeting/Open House:  September 14  4:30- 6:00 p.m.


2017-18 Tomah Middle School Fall Rally

Friday, August 11  10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.


2017-18 Tomah High School Tito's Fall Festival

Open House/Picture Day

Thursday, August 17   12:30- 6:30 p.m.


2017-18 Tomah High School Freshman Orientation

Wednesday, August 23   8:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.


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 (Bachelor degree required)

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

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

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. Read the Full Story for more details...

School Supply Lists for 2017-2018 

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'.

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. 



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
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.

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

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.