Search: Type a word in the field below and click the Search button:
Artisans visit at Tomah High School
Seamstress
Have a picture you would like to see on the district web site? Click the Login link above and log on to submit it.

THE SCHOOL BELL

Change- The Impetus for Improvement

Einstein is often credited with the quote, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Regardless of its origin, the statement rings true and there is merit in recognizing that change is necessary in order to facilitate improvement or get different results.  Sometimes change in institutions, like a school system, comes a bit slower because it often requires buy-in from many stakeholders (i.e. teachers, parents, taxpayers).  Stakeholders may not see the need for change or may be afraid to change because of the risks, not knowing what the new results will be. This creates the dilemma we often face in education today.  The traditional educational system worked for me, why change it?  Can you guarantee better results with the change you are making?  These are tough questions to answer, but when school administrators and teachers make recommendations based on the research and study they have done and the Board of Education approves those changes- whether it be in curriculum, school structure, or hiring- the goal is always for continued improvement, higher student achievement, and greater success for our students upon graduation.

The 2017-18 school year will usher in some changes to school structure at Lemonweir Elementary School and Tomah Middle School.  School starts at Lemonweir Elementary School on Tuesday, July 18.   Elementary students at Lemonweir will be on a 45-15 calendar which has them attending school for approximately 45 days and then having a three-week intersession.  The three-week intersession includes one full week of vacation and then ten days in which remediation and/or enrichment is provided.  In essence, the intersessions will provide summer school types of opportunities to the students at Lemonweir with a free breakfast and hot lunch available for all students.  Being able to provide interventions to help students improve their skills during the school year, rather than waiting until summer, should provide our Lemonweir students with increased achievement levels.  We will be keeping a close watch on this and will report out to the Board of Education on the results.  The same is true for our new master schedule at Tomah Middle School.  Achievement levels of our middle school students have been stagnant or slightly decreasing and this is a trend we do not want to see continue.  Mr. Buss, the Tomah Middle School Principal, did research into the schedules and courses offered by other middle schools around the state, especially those middle schools where student achievement was improving.   Moving to a schedule with longer class periods (60 minutes) for core academic instruction (literacy, math, social studies, and science) allows for the implementation of new teaching strategies and greater student engagement.  In his discussion with staff and the Board, Mr. Buss shared the statement, “Nothing changes if nothing changes.”  It’s the same sentiment expressed about insanity…the idea of doing the same thing year after year and expecting different results. 

We have parent meetings established at Lemonweir Elementary School this month and Tomah Middle School already held two meetings to answer questions about the changes taking place for next year.  We appreciate your support as these new models are being implemented.  We anticipate that there will be some bumps in our road as we transition, but if we waited until we had every answer for every question, we would never make the changes necessary to benefit our children.  The two meetings scheduled for parents to provide information on the 45-15 calendar at Lemonweir Elementary School are Saturday morning, March 18 from 9:00- 10:00 a.m. and Thursday evening, March 21 from 6:00- 7:00 p.m.  Change involves risk and it requires courage. I find comfort in these words by Linda Ellerbee, “What I like about change is that it’s a synonym for ‘hope’.  If you are taking a risk, what you are really saying is, “I believe in tomorrow and I will be part of it.”  The Tomah Area School District believes in tomorrow- a better tomorrow for our students- and that is why we are not content with the status quo.  Change is an impetus to improvement.  The changes being made at Lemonweir Elementary School and Tomah Middle School are designed for just that- improvement of student achievement.

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.

 
2017 Timberwolves' Summer PACK
Positive Adventures Creating Knowledge
June 26- August 3, 2017
  
 
 Registration Information

 Registration Dates at LaGrange Elementary School:

 Registration Form
  • Saturday, March 25th 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
 Getting Ready for 5K Information
  • Monday, March 27th 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
 First Grade, Here We Come Information 
  • Wednesday, April 19th 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
 Summer PACK Courses (Grades 1-8)
  • Saturday, April 22nd 8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
 If you have questions please call Michelle Clark at 374-7056.
  • Wednesdays; May 3rd, May 10th and May 17th from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 
  • After May 17th, call and leave a message at 374-7057
 
 
 
 

 

       

 
 
 
 
 


   

4 and 5 Year Old Kindergarten Registration and Child Development Day

April 6, 2017

8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tomah Fairgrounds Recreation Building (Yellow)

Registration

  • 4K Registration for children who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2017.  

  •  5K Registration for children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2017.

  •  Presentation of a child’s birth certificate and immunization records are preferred at registration.
              Please Note:  A birth certificate and immunization record must be presented before the first day of school.

  •  If your child is presently attending a 4K Timber Pups program, you do not need to register your child for 5K.

  •  If you have questions about registration, please call 374-7009.

Child Development Day

  • Free developmental screenings for all children with birthdates between September 1, 2011 and September 1, 2014

  •  Information available on child development and community resources

  •  Free hearing and vision screenings

  •  Prizes and goodie bags for the children

  •  If you have questions about Child Development Day, please call 374-7011.  

GET REGISTERED TODAY!
The next Parent Café is scheduled for Friday, March 31st, from 9:30-11:30am at The Parenting Place (310 W. Elizabeth St., Tomah). A brunch will be provided.

 

Open Enrollment for 2017-2018 Closes April 28
 
The open enrollment period for Wisconsin Public School begins Monday, February 6.  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 28, 2017.  It is recommended that you submit your application as early as possible.  Late applications will not be accepted for any reason.
 
 
 
Tomah Schools Upcoming Choir & Band Concert Dates
 
March 30- Camp Douglas and Oakdale Choir Concert in the High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

May 2- Lemonweir Choir Concert, Grades K-2 in the High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. 

May 8- Middle School Spring Choir Concert in the High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

May 16- Middle School Spring Band Concert in the High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

 
 

Veteran Receives Tomah High School Diploma

 

In his senior year, Dean Wildes dropped out of school to support his family and fight in the Korean War.  He is now 88 and received his diploma from Tomah High School.  This is the first Veteran's Diploma awarded from Tomah High School. Here is a link to the newspaper article in the Tomah Journal.    Dean's graduation was recorded by students in the Tomah High School Media Production class.

Full Video

Substitute Teachers Needed

Certified Teachers or College Graduates

with non-teaching degrees.

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

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

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

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.

Home and School Connection Newsletters

 

 
 
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
 
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.



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
 
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/

The most recent (2015-16) school accountability performance categories for schools in the Tomah School District are as follows:

  Tomah Area School District   Meets Expectations   65.1  
             
  Camp Douglas Elementary   Exceeds Expectations   73.7  
       
 

LaGrange Elementary

  Exceeds Expectations   77.0  
           
  Lemonweir Elementary   Meets Few Expectations   62.7  
           
  Miller Elementary   Exceeds Expectations   79.6  
             
  Oakdale Elementary   Alternative Rating-Satisfactory Progress    
             
  Robert Kupper Learning Center   Alternative Rating-Satisfactory Progress      
             
  Tomah Area Montessori School   Alternative Rating-Satisfactory Progress      
             
  Tomah High School   Meets Expectations   67.1  
             
  Tomah Middle School   Meets Expectations    64.0  
             
  Warrens Elementary   Exceeds Expectations   80.6  
             
  Wyeville Elementary   Meets Expectations    64.7  
 
 
 

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.