Thompson Friday Forecast
October 11, 2019
From the Principal...Steve Morrill
Thursday, October 31st is Halloween. Students will be allowed to dress in their Halloween costumes at Thompson. We would like to remind the students to dress appropriately and to follow the guidelines listed below:
Costumes must be school appropriate
Costume/Hair/Make-up must be completed prior to the arrival at school or entering the bus. No spray cans are allowed on the bus or at school.
Costume accessories, if applicable, should not depict or display anything hurtful, harmful or have the opportunity to be utilized as a weapon.
The student’s identity should be visible and easily recognizable (i.e. no masks.)
The classroom learning environment should not be compromised due to a student’s costume.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION REMINDERS
All Physical Education students should bring their PE clothes home to be washed on Fridays and should be brought back for class on Mondays. Also, cooler weather is here! Please remind your son or daughter to bring in cold weather clothing such as sweatpants and sweatshirts. They are encouraged to be worn on the colder days.
Enjoy the long weekend!
Upcoming Non-Attendance Days for Students
There will be no school for students on:
Friday, October 11th is a School Improvement Day. Students will be released at 12:10.
Monday, October 14th to celebrate Columbus Day
Enjoy the long weekend! Please call the main office if you have any questions at (331) 228-3100!
Every night in the United States, an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This month, the Student Council at Thompson Middle School wants to prove that even a small act of love, such as donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless.
How can you help us in our efforts? Simple! Send new socks, or any new, warm weather wear (scarves, hats, mittens, gloves, etc.) to school with your student. Donated items can be placed in the boxes in the team leaders’ rooms. We will begin collecting donations on October 21 and will accept items through November 8.
Veterans Day Celebration
This year we will be celebrating Veterans Day on November 11th! Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor American veterans of all wars. Many of us know or have known men and women in our families or friends who have served in the armed forces to defend our country. This year we would like to take time to honor these individuals by acknowledging their time served and to honor them at an assembly beginning at 9:00 am on that day.
If your child has someone in your family, or a friend of your family, who they would like to invite to attend our assembly and introduce to the Thompson community, please fill out the google form below by October 25th. Students in our Builder's Club will be writing invitations to these individuals to invite them to this assembly.
On Wednesday, October 16th, eighth grade students and seventh grade AVID 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. Please visit the D303 Assessment and Accountability website for additional assessment information.
Thompson students will be testing with their first hour teacher during 1st through 4th periods. New this year, students will be testing on-line. Please remind your child to have their Chromebook charged for that day. Thank you!
And during 7th period this day, all 8th grade students will be taking the i-Ready Diagnostic assessment. This is an adaptive assessment designed to provide teachers with actionable insight into student's math needs.
Boys Basketball Tryout Information
7th and 8th grade boys basketball tryouts will be held on October 21st, October 22nd, and October 23rd from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. 7th grade tryouts will take place in Auxiliary Gym and 8th grade tryouts will take place in the main gym. Athletes must have a current sports physical on file in the office to try out!
Please contact one of the coaches if you have any questions!
8th Grade A: Andrew.Cusack@303.org
8th Grade B: Matthew.Mygrant@d303.org
7th Grade A: Brandon.Petersen@d303.org
7th Grade B: Justin.Manny@d303.org
PTO Thunder Spiritwear
The PTO webstore to purchase Thunder spiritwear is now open until November 19th! Please click here to view the options provided by The Hairy Ant. Please choose ‘gift’ at checkout to have your items delivered to school and kept in the main office without your child seeing the spiritwear. Items will be delivered to Thompson on December 10th.
Pick-a-Time Conference Scheduler
Thompson Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on Monday, November 25th from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm and Tuesday, November 26th from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Like previous years, signup is via a link in the Home Access Center beginning Tuesday, October 15th at 7:00 am.
Sixth grade students/parents will be meeting with their Tutorial teacher (typically the 2nd hour teacher for 6th graders) for a 15 minute conferences. 7th grade, 8th grade, PE, Foreign Language, Music, and Explore teachers will be available for eight minute conferences (with a two minute passing period). Sign up instructions are attached below.
Ordering School Pictures
Students that had their pictures retaken this week will receive a new Ticket Code for their image regardless if they were photographed on the original picture day. These will be sent home with the students within the next three weeks. After this time, you can contact Color Portraits, our new vendor, at cphelpcenter.com. Please contact the main office at 331-228-3100 with questions.
Join us for Parent University programs aimed at engaging local experts, parents and school staff in conversations about ways in which we can collectively strengthen our communities. Programs are free and open to the public.
October 30, 2019
Thompson Middle School Cafeteria
Join us for an evening with national digital citizenship speaker Josh Ochs, who will also be spending time at both middle and high schools. Josh talks to students about their future and how their digital footprint can have an impact. Josh shows parents how they can protect their children on 40+ popular apps. He’ll walk parents through the dangers of each app, where teens might be hiding their activity from parents, and how parents can keep their children safe.
Josh has Parent University resources that will be available to all District 303 families for the entire school year. Watch videos, learn about the latest apps, and find out how to keep your children safe at your convenience.
Crossing Guard Opening
Dates to Remember
Friday, October 11 - School Improvement Half Day - Students are dismissed at 12:10 pm
- Friday, October 11 - End of the 1st Quarter for Thompson Middle School
- Tuesday, October 15 - Start of the second quarter
- Wednesday, October 16 - PSAT Testing
- Thursday, October 17 - PTO Meeting from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, October 18 - Grades posted in the Home Access Center (HAC)
- Wednesday, October 30 - Digital Citizenship Parent University - Thompson - 6:30 pm
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