Thompson Friday Forecast

September 14, 2018

From the Principal...Steve Morrill


I would like to thank our entire school community for such successful Curriculum Nights. The parent turn-out was great! I would also like to thank our music department and Thompson musicians who opened the evenings. Our goal for these nights is to provide curricular information and give parents the opportunity to become more familiar with the adults spending so much time with your children. If you have any lingering questions as a result of these evenings, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teachers.

Supporting your child’s school and being involved in our curriculum nights sends a strong message to your children about the importance of school. As parents, we have the greatest influence on our children. Attending school functions sends them the message that their education is important and significant. Thanks for supporting your student’s learning and Thompson Middle School!


As you are aware from the morning announcements, many clubs are starting! These include Science Club, Dance Club, Chess Club, Thompson Types, Thunder News, H.O.P.E. Club, Fishing Club, Coding Club, Business Club, Fellowship of Christian Students, Fuel Up to Play 60 Fitness Club, Jazz Bands, Rocket/Drone Club, T.S.A. (Technology Student Association), Math Club, and Yearbook.

Click here to view descriptions and meeting times of our clubs. Students should listen to the morning announcements as even more clubs will be starting! Please encourage your child to attend one of these club meetings! If it is not a good fit, try another one!


Next Friday, September 21st is St. Charles East’s homecoming parade. District check-in/check-out procedures are always in place. We prefer that middle school students remain in their classes during these high school activities. If you choose for your child to attend, only you or someone on your child’s emergency contact list will be able to sign out your child with your approval. Please plan ahead! Student safety is our priority!

Enjoy your weekend!


One Book, One School Activities Continue!

Thompson Middle School’s initiative One Book, One School is now in full force! Over the summer, students, guidance counselors, office staff, teachers, administrators, custodians, dean’s assistants, paraprofessionals, and lunch staff all read the novel Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. This novel teaches the importance of kindness, acceptance, and friendship.

Before school started, staff wrote their wishes and attached them to Thompson’s Wishtrees. These trees were selected by one of Thompson’s own students. On Wednesday, students had the opportunity to write out their own wishes. These wishes will be tied out on our trees as well!

We are looking forward to the activities that will be happening this year with Wishtree and the important lessons it taught us. Keep an eye out for more information regarding these future activities! If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Sarah Cann, Assistant Principal.

Please click on this video to view Thompson students and staff reading Wishtree!

St. Charles Business Owners Input Needed

Attention St. Charles Business Owners! Thompson Middle School is in the process of creating a vision for our students, staff, and community! Within the vision, we are developing our Guidelines for Success. These guidelines are skills and traits that students, parents, staff, and community members will ultimately identify to be important to be successful in school and in life. We are asking for your input in creating Thompson's Guidelines for Success by clicking this link.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Shane Darnell, Assistant Principal, Thompson Middle School

H.O.P.E. Club

H.O.P.E. Club is starting on Tuesday, September 18th at 7:45am in the 6th grade center in Room 227. HOPE stands for Helping Others Protect Each other. H.O.P.E. is a club that promotes kindness while spreading positive messages throughout the school. It also focuses on prevention and on making healthy choices. All grade levels are invited and encouraged to join! Please email Mrs. Walker or Mrs. Jolaoso for more information!

Technology Student Association (T.S.A.)

Technology Student Association will be holding a call out meeting on Tuesday, September 18th at 8:00 am in Room 146 of the 7/8 building. This club is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. We will discuss as a group what "builds" we would like to tackle. In the past we have designed and made water rockets, CO2 dragsters, and even camping stoves made out of pop cans! Stop by Tuesday morning and see what T.S.A. is all about! Contact Mr. Harmon with questions.

Science Club

Science Club's first meeting is Tuesday, September 18th in Room 110 at the 7/8 center from 3:40 - 4:30 pm! Students will build things, solve problems, and have fun! All students are welcome!

Coding Club

Join the middle school coding club! We will meet Tuesdays in the 7/8 center LRC from 3:40-4:30 pm starting on September 25th. Permission forms are included below in this Friday Forecast and also available in the LRC. Forms need to be turned in to the LRC by September 24th.

“Learning to write programs stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.”

Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft

Math Club

All students who LOVE solving challenging problems and would like to expand their appreciation of mathematics should consider joining Math Club! At Math Club we work on our problem solving abilities and compete against other schools. Please join Mr. Limberis and Mr. Meseke at one of our first meetings next Thursday, September 20th at the 7/8 center Room 128. Students can come either before school at 7:40 am or right after school until 4:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

Thompson Spiritwear

August PTO Spirit wear orders are in production and will be delivered soon! Thank you for your patience! Click here to purchase spiritwear which will be delivered the first week in October.

Homework Clubs

The 6th grade Homework Lab meets every Tuesday morning from 7:45 - 8:15am in Mrs. Schmidt's Room 121. It is a place for students to complete homework in a quiet, supervised setting.

The 7th/8th grade Homework Helpers will be meeting on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 - 4:30 pm with Ms. Minuth and Ms. Romano. Please come in and get help with homework or if you just need a quiet space to work. We will meet in the North Lab, Room 111. Come study with us!!

Chess Club

Thompson's Chess Club is starting soon!! The first meeting will be after school on Monday, September 17th from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We will meet in the LRC of the 7/8 center and the club is open to all students grades 6-8. Please email Mr. Otterby if you have questions.

Sixth graders who want to attend chess club should meet in Mr. Cusack's room 116 right after school to walk over to the 7/8 building together for the first meeting.

PSAT Testing on September 26th

On Wednesday, September 26th, eighth grade students will be taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in the morning. This is a "pre-test" to the SAT and a part of the SAT Suite of Assessments. Students will take a test in the SAT Suite once a year through their Junior year in high school. Information from these assessments is used to monitor progress towards college and career readiness.

After School Activity Bus

The Thompson after school activity bus is running again this year on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students sign up for the bus with the club adviser who they are meeting with that day. The bus route and times are posted on the Thompson website under Activities.
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Parent University - September 26, 2018

Safety & Security in D303

Wednesday, 9/26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Thompson Middle School

6th Grade Center Cafeteria

An emergency or disaster can strike a school community at any time and can take the form of natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, earthquakes or fires, as well as man-made accidents or criminal activity. When an event occurs during the school day, it is the responsibility of District 303 to care for and protect our most valuable resource: children.

On a regular basis, the school district works in partnership with local public safety and law enforcement officials on training and appropriate responses to emergency events.

As part of this Parent University program, presenters will discuss:

  • Secure building entrances
  • Visitor Management
  • Communication
  • Weather Alerts
  • Drills and evacuation plans
  • Lesson Plans

In addition, we will show an interview conducted by the Illinois Principals Association with Dr. Seth Chapman on his research related to school shootings.


  • Dr. Seth Chapman, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services
  • Mr. John Baird, Assistant Superintendent for Operations
  • Commander Chuck Pierce, St. Charles Police Department

Click here to register


Parent University - October 10, 2018

Showing & Discussion of the film Angst

10/10/18 - 6:30-8:30 p.m.

St. Charles North High School Auditorium

The purpose of the film Angst is to raise awareness and have conversations about anxiety. It features candid interviews with kids who have struggled with anxiety, as well as discussions with mental health professionals. At the end of the film there will be a 30 minute panel discussion led by the D303 Counseling Team.

As part of our agreement with the production company, we are able to show the film in both middle schools and both high schools during the week of October 8th. This will provide parents and students an opportunity to have conversations at home about what they saw.

To register for this event, click here.

Picture Retake Day - Monday, September 24th

Picture retake day is Monday, September 24th in the morning for students who did not have their pictures taken during Material Pickup Days or would like their pictures retaken.

Breakfast at Thompson

Our Thompson Thunder students have the opportunity to purchase breakfast when they arrive at school each day. Aramark offers morning snack packs each day. Click here to see the menu for August.

Thompson PTO

Check out the Thompson PTO website by clicking on the button above. You can support the Thompson PTO by volunteering your time, paying your 18-19 PTO dues, and/or contributing to the Write-a-Check campaign.

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, September 24 - Picture Retakes in the morning
  • Wednesday, September 26 - PSAT testing (AM) for 8th graders
  • Thursday, October 4 - End of the M1 Health Rotation
  • Friday, October 5 - No School for Students - School Improvement Day
  • Monday, October 8 - No School for Students - Columbus Day Holiday
  • Tuesday, October 9 - Start of the M2 Health Rotation
  • Thursday, October 11 - PTO Meeting - 9:00 am
  • Monday, October 15 - Principal's Coffee - 1:30 pm
  • Friday, October 26 - End of the First Quarter
  • Friday, November 2 - First quarter grades are posted in the Home Access Center

Thompson Middle School

Mr. Steve Morrill - Principal

Mrs. Sarah Cann - Assistant Principal

Mr. Shane Darnell - Assistant Principal

Dr. Alicia Honnert - Assistant Principal

Mrs. Kristy McKnight - Assistant Principal