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Middle School Math Students Take First Place!
On May 4th, a group of students traveled to Pittsville to compete in a Junior High Math Contest. The students individually competed in areas such as algebra, fractions and decimals, geometry, and problem solving. Their individual scores were then combined with a team event score. They worked really hard all day and it was clear that the students were putting forth their best effort. Out of the 116 students who competed, 3 out of our 4 TMS students placed in the top 15 individuals and 1 of those three received 1st overall! As a team, Tomah scored 1st overall out of 29 teams! Hard work pays off. Awesome kids, awesome day!
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Live Broadcast of 2018 Tomah High School Graduation
 
The 2018 Tomah High School Graduation will be broadcast live through the Tomah Area School District YouTube channel.  The broadcast will begin at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 26.  After the ceremony, the video will also be available to replay through the same YouTube channel.  Here is the direct link to the video feed: 

2018 Tomah High School Graduation Livestream

 
 
 
 
 
 

THE SCHOOL BELL

Ideas from the Community Conversation on School Safety

On Tuesday, April 24, a community conversation on school safety was held at Tomah High School to provide an opportunity for those interested or concerned about this topic to come together and share their ideas on how to work toward increased safety of students and staff in our schools.  While the number of participants in this conversation was less than fifty, we had very meaningful and healthy debate and discussion on the topic.  I greatly appreciate the involvement of Greg Gaarder, the District’s Business Manager whose responsibilities include safety protocols and building security, Chief Mark Nicholson and Lt. Ron Waddell from the Tomah Police Department, and Monroe County Sheriff Scott Perkins in sharing their perspectives and insights as a starting point for the evening’s conversation.  Notes, which were taken at the community conversation, are available on the District website for review by anyone interested in gaining some insights into the discussion held.  However, I would like to share my perspective on some recurring themes I heard throughout the evening as I moved from one discussion table to another:

1.      It is important to train students and staff to be prepared to respond to a crisis in a school.

a.       Provide extensive training for all staff- teachers, substitutes, aides, etc…- so they are able to react effectively in an emergency.

b.      Provide training to students so they know what to do in case of an emergency.

c.       Plan for multiple scenarios so that staff and students have a variety of possible responses to an emergency situation.

2.      Parents would like to see the school district improve its communication with them on issues related to school safety.  Ideas included:

a.       Utilize a crisis notification system which goes directly to parents’ phones if there is an emergency taking place within the District.

b.      Inform parents of when safety drills will be occurring at schools and provide a summary or script of the drill so that further discussion with children can occur at home.

c.       Educate parents on the training provided to students and staff on topics related to school safety.

3.      Our entire community has a responsibility to keep our schools and our children safe.  The notion of “see something, say something” must be an expectation for anyone aware of a threat or danger.  This extends beyond a school shooting threat to sex trafficking, illegal drug use, and mental health issues.

a.       Utilize an anonymous hotline or phone app which anyone can call to report concerns.

b.      Work to bring more behavioral health/counseling/treatment options to our community.

c.       Educate the community on school safety issues.

Our community conversation on school safety has begun, but it won’t end here.  We have work to do to ensure we are implementing the ideas which community members believe will increase safety in our schools.  This topic will need to be revisited yearly to communicate the efforts which were undertaken and achieved and where work is still needed.  I am confident that by working together our schools will continue to be one of the safest places for our children to be during the day. 

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.

Notes from Community Conversation on School Safety

On April 24, 2018 a community conversation was held on school safety at THS. A special thank you goes out to all those who participated in this event! Please feel free to review the notes from that meeting.

2018 Timberwolves' Summer PACK
Positive Adventures Creating Knowledge
June 25- August 2, 2018
 

Session A: June 25-July 12    Session B: July 16-August 2

Class Times: 8:10-9:20 a.m.; 9:22-10:32 a.m.; 10:50-12:00 noon; Lunch; 12:40-1:50 p.m.

 
 Registration Information

 Registration Dates at LaGrange Elementary School:

 Registration Form
  • Saturday, May 5 from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
 Getting Ready for 5K Information

 

  • May 10, May 15, May 17 and May 24 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
 First Grade, Here We Come Information 
 Summer PACK Courses for Grades 1-8  

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

 

Makeup Dates Announced for 4K Students

 

There have been a number of weather related cancellations during the 2017-18 school year.  The 4K program has added two dates to the school year to makeup for this lost time. 

Friday, May 25- School for 4K students in the morning session, except Lemonweir

Friday, June 1- School for all 4K students

Monday, June 4- Last day for all 4K students

 

Please contact Mary Gruber, Lemonweir 4K Teacher, with questions.  marygruber@tomah.education or 608-374-5625

Photographers interesting in being considered to take athletic team photos need to contact Activities Director, Tom Curran, by email (tomcu@tomah.k12.wi.us) or phone 608-374-7976.

     

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.

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.

Boys and Girls Club of West-Central Wisconsin-Tomah Seeking AmeriCorps Service Members

The Boys and Girls Club of West Central Wisconsin-Tomah is looking for two (2) Americorps Service Members in the 2018-19 school year.  The worksite is both a local school and the Boys and Girls Club.  Click on the following link for additional information.

 

Americorps Service Member Information

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.

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

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

https://wecan.education.wisc.edu/

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
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
 
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.
 
 


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:

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!

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.