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Tomah Middle School (TMS) Students Showcase Character!
Each week our staff at TMS has the opportunity of selecting one student from each team that is showing fantastic character. The pleasant challenge is trying to narrow it down to just one. Great students doing great things at TMS!
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Honoring Our Distinguished Alumni

On Sunday, May 7, 2017, we marked the 50th anniversary of the dedication and first open house of Tomah Senior High School.  We welcomed everyone in our community back to Tomah High School to celebrate this milestone birthday and to present information on a new Distinguished Alumni Program designed to recognize and honor the accomplishments of our alumni.  Many individuals who have graduated from Tomah High School have gone on to make significant contributions in their chosen career areas.  They have thrived locally, nationally, and globally. We knew it was time to begin recognizing the accomplishments of our graduates to motivate and inspire our current students. 

The Distinguished Alumni Program was developed and is supported by the Tomah Area School District and the Tomah Area School District Foundation.  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 are delighted to be honoring eleven individuals for their accomplishments during the 2017 Homecoming Week.  Along with their parents, educators in the Tomah Area School District and others in our community helped raise and nurture these individuals.  We can all feel pride in how Tomah contributed to their success.

We welcome home and honor our first inductees into the Distinguished Alumni Program this week.  Please extend congratulations to these outstanding Tomah High School alumni and/or their family members:

Mose Lamb- Class of 1935     Mose served in the U.S. Army as a Corporal First Class during World War II.  He was instrumental in starting the hockey program in Tomah and served as a coach and mentor to many young men in our community.  Imagine a time when the coach bought skates for his players, rolled up newspapers were used as shin guards, and the Tomah lagoon was the hockey rink.  Today the Tomah hockey rink is dedicated to Mose.  He was known as a coach who was fair and respectful and who wanted his players to be good citizens.

David W. Cline, M.D. - Class of 1953   Dr. Cline attended UW- Madison, followed by Medical School.  He completed a rotating internship and General Psychiatry Residency at Gundersen Clinic and Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse.  He then returned to the UW Medical School and completed training in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Dr. Cline served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in charge of teaching medical students Basic Psychiatry and Chemical Dependency. He went into private outpatient practice of Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry based at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and continues to practice and teach psychiatry at the medical school as a Clinical Professor to this day.

James E. Lawrenz- Class of 1964   Jim graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a BS in Sociology.  He then graduated from Officer Training School and Pilot training and served over 33 years in the United States Air Force as an accomplished Aircraft Commander.  He flew missions in Vietnam and continued through Operation Desert Shield/Storm.  Jim then flew as an airline Captain and civilian pilot for United Parcel Service domestically and internationally, retiring just two weeks before 9-11.  Jim also gave time and financial support to many community organizations resulting in a new conference center at NorthBay HealthCare in Vacaville, California being named in Jim’s memory.

Richard “Dick” Kozarek, M.D. – Class of 1965   Dr. Kozarek began his medical career as an intern in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  He then completed his residency and fellowship in Arizona, before moving to the northwest corner of Washington State.  He has been a member of the Section of Gastroenterology at Virginia Mason Medical Center since 1983, serving as Chief of GI for 15 years and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Digestive Disease Institute at Virginia Mason, as well as Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington.  Dr. Kozarek is past president of the World Gastroenterology Organization, an international organization designed to educate and train doctors in underserved areas of the world.

Reed E. Hall- Class of 1966    Reed received a BA degree from UW- Madison and served as a Page for the Wisconsin State Senate during college. He then attended the University of North Dakota earning a Law Degree and continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a Masters Degree in Health Law.  Reed was appointed as Marshfield Clinic's first General Counsel serving for 24 years until he was selected as Executive Director of the Clinic.  During his tenure, the Clinic grew from 145 physicians to just under 800 and one regional clinic to 55 regional clinics.  Governor Walker asked Reed to come out of retirement to serve as Secretary/CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation which he held for three years until his retirement from state service.  The WEDC position allowed Reed to help grow the Wisconsin economy as well as participate in economic development missions to Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Japan, and Taiwan.

Nodji Van Wychen- Class of 1966   Nodji graduated from UW-LaCrosse with a BS degree in English education.  She has a legacy of contributions to the cranberry industry and of community service, both at the local, state and national level.  Nodji has served as an officer for the Wisconsin Cranberry Growers Association for 20 years and was an original founder of the Warrens Cranberry Festival.  She served as a Tomah School Board member for sixteen years and on the Monroe County Board of Supervisors for 20 years.

Eileen June Decorah- Class of 1967  Eileen graduated from UW-LaCrosse with a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  She then graduated from the University of New Mexico’s Physician’s Assistant program.  Eileen had a passion for working with Native American communities and other underserved populations.  She was the first tribal member to work as a physician’s assistant to her people and was instrumental in planning and securing grants and other funding for the first Ho-Chunk medical clinics.

Bernie Delaney- Class of 1982   Bernie is an extremely humble individual who has never forgotten the lessons from his childhood: a period of little money, few possessions, free school lunches, and a world where people were valued above all else. He worked his way through college, starting with cleaning toilets. No matter the job, he lived his best life every day. Striving diligently and working hard for years contributed to his becoming the CEO of a national company. Bernie is proud of the work environment he has created for his employees- lunch is provided, as are medical benefits, vacation time, and a corporate gym- family comes first and kids come before work.  Bernie and his employees are active in the community by supporting the homeless and those less fortunate.   This is what he believes is his greatest work.

Karen Lincoln Michel- Class of 1976   Karen graduated from UW-Stout with a BS degree in Industrial Technology/Graphic Arts Management.  She obtained a MA degree in Journalism from Marquette University.  Karen is the editor of Madison Magazine and was recently named President of the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.  She is a nationally noted leader in Native American journalism and newsroom diversity and a member of the HoChunk tribe.  Karen is the past President of the Native American Journalists Association and also completed a term as president of UNITY: Journalists of Color, the largest journalism organization in the nation representing 1000’s of news reporters and editors of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Angela Beck Tagtow- Class of 1987  Angie graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA degree in Dietetics and then earned a MS degree from Iowa State University.  She is an accomplished registered dietitian who has worked at local, state, federal, and international levels in food, nutrition and agriculture policy; public health; and sustainable food systems.  Angie was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the Executive Director for the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP).   She also served as an advisor to First Lady Michelle Obama and the Let’s Move Initiative. She has represented the President and the United States on international trips to Italy and South Africa and has testified in front of Congress.

Cassandra L. Thiel, PhD- Class of 2004   Dr. Thiel obtained her BS in Civil Engineering in 2009 from Michigan Technological University and her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is an assistant Professor at New York University School of Medicine and her goal is to develop a new field of specialized research focused on healthcare sustainability to improve hospitals, healthcare delivery, and medical waste streams.

Congratulations to these outstanding alumni of Tomah High School.  Your hometown celebrates your success, honors your accomplishments, and thanks you for your important contributions to our society!  You have made our world a better place!

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.

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 (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...

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. 



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

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

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.