Tiger's Tale

September 18, 2020

Message From The Principal

I hope you enjoy our new Tiger's Tale format. Community outreach and increased parent involvement is a very important goal for us this year!

I want to send out a huge thank you for your patience and understanding during our remote process! We are being flexible and learning what works to give our students the best chance for academic growth and success.

Please reach out to your child’s teacher(s) with any questions or concerns.

Please remember our STAR testing takes place next week. That schedule can be found in this document as well.

Follow us at Twitter handle: @thompson308

FB: facebook.com/thompsonjuniorhighschool

Thank you for your support of Thompson.

Stay safe and be well!

Principal DeFeo

What's Happening at Thompson

  • September 25 - SIP Day, 3.5 hour attendance

1st Period 8:00 - 8:20

2nd Period 8:24 - 8:43

3rd Period 8:47 - 9:07

4th Period 9:11 - 9:30

5th Period 9:34 - 9:54

6th Period 9:58 - 10:18

7th Period 10:22 - 10:42

8th Period 10:46 - 11:06

9th Period 11:10 - 11:30

Visit Our Website

The website is being updated frequently. You can access the most recent updates by visiting http://www.sd308.org/thompson

New highlights include:

  • Curriculum Corner - Virtual Meet The Teacher and Curriculum Videos
  • 9/25 SIP Day Revised Student Schedule
  • Virtual Spirit Week
  • Tiger Google Classroom Check-In Winners

STAR Testing Information

The Star assessment for Reading and Math will begin next week. Testing will be conducted remotely and teachers will monitor the assessment via Google Hangouts Meet. Here is our schedule:

8th Grade
  • Reading 9/22 in ELA classes
  • Math 9/24 in ELA classes

6th and 7th Grades
  • Reading 9/29 in ELA classes
  • Math 10/1 in ELA classes

Make-ups will be during student support hour from 10/5-10/9.

Keys to a successful STAR assessment:

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Try your best!
  • Review log in information for Google and Clever Portal

Thank you for your assistance!



Welcome back, Tiger Family!

AVID strategies are all around us at Thompson. During the months of September and October, we will focus on organizational strategies. Organization is a big part of school, and an even bigger part of keeping everything together during remote learning.

Try these strategies:

  • Use different color highlighters for each class to help stay organized and to remember what needs to be accomplished.

  • Every day—either at the beginning or end of each class—record homework, upcoming assignments, projects and tests in your planner.

  • Long-term projects or assignments should be recorded in your planner twice: the day they are assigned and the day they are due

Benjamin Franklin once said, "For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned."

Student Council

Our first spirit week is coming next week!

Always dress in school appropriate attire, see the Student Handbook/Planner for specifics.

  • Monday, 9/21 - PJ/Comfy Day - Wear your comfy attire for the day.

  • Tuesday, 9/22 - College and Career Day - Wear gear for your dream college or dress like your dream profession.

  • Thursday, 9/24 - Sports Theme Day - Dress to represent your favorite sports team.

  • Friday, 9/25 - Thompson Colors Day - Wear orange, black and white.

Outstanding Tiger Nomination

Students, staff, and parents/guardians can nominate fellow students, staff members, and/or parents/guardians who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate our Tiger Values: Responsible, Organized, Active participant, Respectful, Strives for excellence. One staff member, student, and parent/ guardian will be celebrated each week using your nomination rationale! Nomination form here

Student Highlights

Congratulations to our Tiger Google Classroom Check-In winners:

  • JJ Urbina
  • Dominick Crest
  • Sergio Medina

Thank you to all our Tigers who checked in this week!

Counselor's Corner

Amy Shaw - Counselor A-L

Email: ashaw@sd308.org

Phone: (630)636-2614

Ashley Gilbert - Counselor M-Z

Email: agilbert@sd308.org

Phone: (630)636-2615

  • In Honor of National Suicide Prevention Week, and in light of our current pandemic situation, here are some parent resources from Elyssa’s Mission, a locally based non-profit that works with hundreds of schools in the Chicagoland area on suicide prevention and education.

  • How would you respond if your child told you their friend might be thinking about suicide? Join the SOS Signs of Suicide team to learn about parents' important role in youth suicide prevention. This 30-minute webinar for middle school and high school parents will educate on the risk factors and warning signs of depression and suicide and how to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) if you are concerned about a young person in your life. Registration for the webinar is free!

Nurse's Nook


Please send in your updated physicals and updated immunizations, if you

have not already done so, by October 14th, 2020.

**6th grade needs T-DAP and meningitis vaccines

If you have any questions contact Kathy Struve, Building Nurse.

Email: kstruve@sd308.org

Phone: (630)636-2602

Fax: (630)636-2697

Get to know ... Sharon Kelly

My name is Sharon Kelly. I am the Certified School Nurse for Thompson Junior High. I was a nurse on the trauma ICU at Loyola, ICU at Lutheran General Hospital, and worked in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Highland Park Hospital prior to becoming a Tiger 6 years ago. I have 2 boys in college (senior and sophomore), a daughter in her senior year in high school and a Golden Doodle name Biscuit. I enjoy running and yoga.

Get to Know ... Angela Robinson

I am the 7th and 8th grade Visual Arts instructor, at Thompson Junior High School. I graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1995 with my Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, in Art Education. I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, in the year 2000. In the year 2009, I earned my Type 75 Administrative Certificate through Aurora University. I am excited to be celebrating Year 25 with all of you this 2020-2021 school year!

Our District #308 Art Department offers your child a complete visual and graphic arts program that promotes an increase in positive attitudes toward self, others, and the environment through creative experiences. Problem solving and creative learning encourage students to connect visual knowledge to core subjects and to respond with innovation, understanding, flexibility and imagination. An understanding of our world, an acceptance of different cultures, an exploration and mixture of visual culture and art history, and a recognition that differences are to be welcomed, not rejected, are essential in creating a balanced art program. I am hoping that by exposing your child to a variety of careers and professionals within our community and preparing them for an extremely competitive job market, I will help them find and follow their passions.

Care Closet


If your family is experiencing any hardships, we would love to provide some relief with food, clothing, basic hygiene supplies, school supplies, etc.

This is a FREE resource and the use of the Care Closet is confidential and anonymous.

Simply scan the QR code to the right! You will then fill out a Google Form using your child’s student ID #. Your items will be available for pick up in the Main Office the following day! We are also happy to set up appointments for you to shop in the Care Closet before or after school!

For more information about the care closet and details on how to use it please click on the link.

Please call – Counselor (A-L), Amy Shaw, at (630)636-2614 or Counselor (M-Z), Ashley Gilbert, at (630)636-2615 if you have any questions or to set up an appointment in the Care Closet.

From the Front office

Report a student absence by calling the Attendance Line at (630)636-2601.

Student absence reporting during Remote Learning is still required. Please call the attendance line if your child will not be present in class for any reason (ex: doctor, dentist, technology problems, etc). We will be able to update the appropriate attendance code in Tyler.

Material Pick-Up

Families who are still in need of picking up class handouts or books, may call the front office at (630)636-2600. The staff will gather your materials and leave them for pick-up in the main vestibule. The doors are unlocked Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 3:30pm

Technology Links

Tyler SIS Helpline

Having trouble with Tyler SIS?

Please email the Tyler helpline at TylerHelp@sd308.org

Tyler SIS Parent/Student Portal


Student Password Reset


New!! HELP Desk for Technology Questions

Parents and students, please submit any technology questions on this form. It will create a ticket in the new HELP ticket system.


The new HELP ticket system is LIVE! Please click on the links below for a preview.

Link to the video tutorial - https://youtu.be/n2UihWCSKWo

Link to HELP - http://sd308.link/help (Please bookmark this link!)