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Inquiring Minds Want to Know!
Jordyn was featured in last Friday’s ‘Ask Your Science Teacher’ column in the Tomah Journal. Congratulations, Jordyn! Stay inquisitive!
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Facing a Challenge?  Be the Buffalo

A new year is upon us and it is impossible to know what joys and challenges are in store for each of us.  Responding to the happy and positive events which occur in our lives doesn’t require a lot from us.  However, learning to respond productively to the disappointments, challenges, and storms of life does take special skills.  It is important that we begin at an early age to prepare our children for the challenges they will inevitably face.  We must help our children develop the skill set necessary to tackle difficulties when they come face to face with those problems.

I stumbled upon a blog written by an experienced life coach who quoted Wilma Mankiller, the first ever female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.  Mankiller said, “Cows run away from a storm while the buffalo charges toward it- and gets through it quicker.  Whenever I’m confronted by a tough challenge, I do not prolong the torment, I become the buffalo.”  What a powerful image!  Can you visualize a herd of bison steadfastly and slowly moving toward a dust storm blowing across the plains rather than stampeding away from the storm?  Now visualize your child, facing whatever their own personal difficulty might be.  Putting his/her head down, facing the storm head on- not running away-, but rather finding a way, perhaps little by little, through that difficulty.  A child who is a buffalo- who can face a problem head on-will develop resilience and grit.  These are key characteristics for success in any avenue of life. 

Children develop confidence in their own abilities when they are able to resolve problems on their own.  Knowing that parents will be there for support and encouragement, and will assist them if it is necessary, helps build in our children the courage and boldness to tackle the challenges which they face.  We can’t raise strong children if we suggest that they avoid challenges or we make excuses which allow them to run away from problems.  Rather, we must model for our children that difficulties and problems are part of life and are best handled by working through them.  As adults, it may be health issues, financial pressures, or relationship issues which we must face head on.  For our children, it may be a school assignment, not making a varsity team, or the loss of a friendship which has created the challenge.  Whatever the problem may be, when we are in the midst of a storm, we need to be the buffalo. 

I hope that 2018 brings many moments of happiness and pleasure to you and your family and that the storms of life are minimal.  If challenging problems and adversity do cross our paths in 2018, may we all serve as positive role models to our children by being the buffalo.

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.

February is National Children's Dental Health Month


Bridging Brighter Smiles provides these valuable preventive services during the school day, in the comfort of our schools.  This program is open to all student 4K-12.


  • Oral Screenings
  • Dental Sealants (Prevents Cavities)
  • Cleanings
  • Dental Health Education
  • Fluoride Varnish Applications
  • Referral Assistance


Upcoming Visits to Tomah Area School District:


Tomah High School- January 16

Tomah Middle School- January 22

Wyeville Elementary- January 31

Lemonweir Elementary- February 2, 6, and 13

Oakdale Elementary- February 7

Miller Elementary- February 9

Warrens Elementary- February 15

LaGrange Elementary- February 20

Camp Douglas Elementary- February 20


Printable Flyer


Summer PACK 2018 Staff Resources

The Summer PACK program will be back for 2018.  There are two sessions that run from June 25 until August 2.  See the resources below if you are interested in teaching a Summer Success or Enrichment class.  The class application form is due to Michelle Clark by January 23, 2018.  You can contact Ms. Clark by email at michellecl@tomah.k12.wi.us if you have questions about teaching a course during Summer PACK.


Please note:  This is for teachers requesting to teach a class.  Student registration for courses will take place at a later time.


Summer PACK 2018- Class Application


Summer PACK 2018- Staff Information 

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.

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 (associate degree, bachelor degree, or higher)

Anyone interested in subbing in the

Tomah Area School District

should complete the

Substitute Teacher online application at


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
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. 


Video:  https://www.tomah.k12.wi.us/video/popenicki/45-15INFO.mp4

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 cindyz@tomah.k12.wi.us.

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.