Superintendent Blog

The Pledge and Prayer

March 5, 2020

Have you heard the term, urban legend?  How about fake news?  Both of these terms refer to inaccurate information which has made its way into the mainstream culture ty...

A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel highlighted that Wisconsin residents could be facing the largest property tax increase in ten years.  It is estimated tha...

Let’s Talk…

December 6, 2019

The Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) poll of the Public’s Attitude Toward the Public Schools released in September of each year is always an interesting read.  I find the inform...

In September I shared with you the vision, mission, and values of the Tomah Area School District which are laid out in our District Strategic Plan.  The vision and mission ...

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 reco...

  As the 2019-20 school year begins, it seems like an appropriate time to share with our community the principles which guide the work we are doing in the Tomah Area Sch...

  This summer I was cleaning out files and came across a guest editorial I wrote in April of 1983 for The Arrowhead, the student newspaper published by the Journalism De...

The last two years I have shared messages from our graduation speakers in my June School Bell article.  This year I am continuing the tradition because our students share w...

Many of us remember the lyrics to the theme song of the comedy sitcom Cheers: Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got. Taking a break from all you...

And How Are the Children?

April 18, 2019

The Maasai people have earned a reputation for having the most brave and intelligent warriors of any tribe in Kenya.  It may be surprising then to learn that the traditiona...

Over the course of the last two months, my focus, along with members of the Board of Education, and the district’s Business Manager, Mr. Greg Gaarder has been to attend me...

The Tomah Area School District is seeking a renewal of the current operational referendum of $1.5 million for the next four years.  In 2016, residents of our school distric...

Strong schools help shape the future of our children and a strong school district helps shape the future of our community.  That is why the Tomah Area School District Board...

We are in the waning days of 2018 with only a few weeks before another new year begins.  Despite the darker days and colder temperatures, our community seems brighter and w...

How many of you have considered how students and educators are feeling these days?  With increased accountability in the form of state required assessments, with the emphas...

All members of our community are invited to a special presentation by Bill Daggett, Ed.D., Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, schedule...

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 recognitio...

With the start of the 2018-19 school year fast approaching, I think it is critical to acknowledge the most important role of all parents: being their child’s first and mos...

Last year my June School Bell article was entitled Wisdom from Our Children and I shared some of the intelligent insights shared by members of the Class of 2017 who were the gra...

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...

It’s Time for a Community Conversation on School Safety I just read a school safety report from the Educator’s School Safety Network (ESSN) which you can access a...

School shootings, and our society’s need to address this problem, have weighed heavily in the thoughts and minds of all of us in the last few weeks after the terrible trag...

I recently was presented with a new vocabulary phrase- reciprocal accountability.  The phrase sounds pretty mysterious and complicated, but it really is quite easy to under...

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 doe...

As stated on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website, “School districts across Wisconsin are continually seeking new ways to improve learning and increase o...

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