Thompson Friday Forecast
March 25, 2022
From the Principal...Steve Morrill
Spring Break: This afternoon marks the beginning of Spring Break! Please enjoy your children next week as they will be around more often. I encourage you to take some time to have conversations with your middle schooler about how things at school have gone so far. Hopefully, within that conversation, you will identify successes and celebrations while also taking time to discuss and set specific goals helping your student finish the school year on a high note.
Surveys abound at Thompson and within the District. This past fall, our students completed a Panorama SEL survey. This survey focuses on the following areas: Self-Management, Emotional Regulation, Social Awareness, Grit, Self Efficacy, Sense of Belonging, and Teacher-Student Relationships. As an extension to this fall survey, students are now in the process of completing a follow-up Panorama SEL survey in order for comparative data to be collected to see how we are doing as a school in our efforts to support students. Our school improvement, leadership, and student services teams will analyze this data to find successes, areas of improvement needed, and ultimately make instructional adjustments to better meet the needs of students.
Additional information about this screener and other assessments in District 303 can be found at https://district.d303.org/departments/assessment. Thank you for your support and assistance in ensuring each of our students has the opportunity to achieve academic and social-emotional success. Please feel free to contact Lindsay Mortensen if you have any questions.
Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) begins Tuesday, April 5th. All students will be engaged with these assessments during the morning hours beginning Tuesday, April 5th through Monday, April 11th. Thompson will run an adjusted bell schedule during this assessment window. Make up assessments will begin on April 12th.
Have a safe and relaxing spring break~
Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)
All Thompson students will be taking the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) on April 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 11th. They will complete one assessment each morning and then run a modified schedule that will allow your child to attend every class each day. Please see the letter below from Mr. Dave Chiszar, the D303 Director of Assessment and Accountability.
Please make sure your child is well rested, has a good breakfast, and is on time to school on these dates. This will help set them up for success as they take these assessments. They will also need to bring the following items to school with them each day:
Chromebook FULLY charged and ready to go
Earbuds - (check to ensure they are working, please)
Book to read (Hard Copy)
If you have questions regarding IAR testing, please feel free to contact David Chiszar, Director of Assessment & Accountability, at (331) 228-4911 or your child’s grade level counselor. Please click here to access the Thompson Middle School counselor contact information.
Breakfast at Thompson
Judges Present to Thompson Students
This week we welcomed (virtually) Kane County Judges Susan Clancy Boles and Clint Hull to Thompson. Below is an article describing their presentation to our students.
The Legal Web Teens Weave on the World Wide Web
There are real life consequences with sending a text, posting on social media or sharing a video. Misuse of technology can lead to criminal charges, a permanent record or in the most extreme circumstances, loss of life. Those issues are addressed in a statewide program developed by two Kane County judges that is returning in this year after a pandemic pause. The hour-long presentation entitled “Worries of the World Wide Web” is geared towards middle school students and takes an eye-opening look into the potentially criminal, and sometimes devastating, after effects of cyber bullying, electronic harassment, and sexting/pornography.
The origins of the program came from concerns middle school teachers shared with Kane County Judges Susan Clancy Boles and Clint Hull about the harmful repercussions’ students were dealing with because of social media. Boles and Hull set out to create a narrative with students, using real life examples of what may seem to be private texts, pictures and video that actually weren’t. The students are confronted with the reality of how their actions could land them in the court system, no matter what their age and what that could mean for them years later as adults.
“What students need to understand is the moment they press “send” on social media, they lose control over what they just sent,” said Hull. “The text or picture, which they thought was private, can be forwarded, posted, and/or shared with anyone on the internet. The end result is that “private” picture or text just became available to everyone online.”
“Worries of the World Wide Web” has recently been revised to include the most recent social media applications, ways teens are hiding their interaction online from adults and new or updated laws governing the abuse of technology.
“Judge Hull and I have seen the devastating results that can happen to a young person because of one bad decision,” said Judge Boles. “If we can get these students to think, ‘Wow, that could be me or I didn’t realize what could really happen because I forwarded a picture or a text’ then we have taken the first steps in changing a young person’s understanding about how action leads to accountability.”
The “Worries of the World Wide Web” also addresses the alarming ties between social media, specifically cyberbullying and teen suicide. According to the CDC, suicide is the third leading cause of death in younger people ages 15-19 years.
Kane County Judges have presented “Worries of the World Wide Web” over fifty times to schools throughout Kane County speaking to over 10,000 students. The IJA launched the statewide program in January of 2017. For further information about the program, write the Illinois Judges Association at 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604, call (312) 431-1283 or email the association at email@example.com.
What You Should Know About Sexting (Thursday, April 7th @ 6:30pm CT)
Building Online Resilience (Thursday, May 5th@ 6:30pm CT)
For more resources or to watch recorded webinars visit:
D303 offers a variety of summer school, athletic and music camp opportunities at our schools. Check back for additional offerings.
Order your PTO Spirit Wear by March 25th! Orders will be delivered to Thompson in early May.
Kayla's Hope Week
Beginning April 4th, we have your daily dose of fun with a silent auction, Masters golf raffle and mental health prompts! Jump in on Kayla’s Kindness Rock Garden launch party on April 5th and get your tickets to our BIG Hope Blooms celebration on April 9th.
To learn more or get involved, go to:
on facebook: KaylasHope03
on Instagram: @kaylashopefoundation
on twitter: @kaylashope2022
A Reminder from the School Nurse
State legislation requires that all Illinois children in Sixth Grade will have a dental examination. A licensed dentist must perform the examination, and he or she shall sign the form. Dental offices should have the form available, but it is also available online at www.d303.org under Departments, then Health Services, then “Health Documents and Forms”. Each 6th grade student must present proof of a dental examination by a dentist prior to May 15, 2022. The exam must be dated within 18 months prior to May 15, 2022. If your child has had an exam already, you can ask your dentist to complete the form for the exam.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has established a waiver for children who show undue burden or lack of access to a dentist. Parents or legal guardians who object to the dental examinations on religious grounds shall present to the school a signed, detailed statement of the objection.
The deadline is quickly approaching! Please submit this if you have not already done so. If you have any questions, please contact the TMS nurses:
Diane Isbrandt RN, PEL-CSN
Sherri Esposito, RN
Amy Kashuba, RN
Thompson Middle School
2022-2023 Thompson PTO Board Openings
Members of the current Board will reach out to anyone who is nominated to share what it is like to be a Board member and to answer questions.
For more information about the open positions, please contact any of the current PTO Officers: Shannon Puri (President), Laura Bouton (Vice President), Stephanie Chabura (Treasurer), and Kari Ann Harry (Secretary). You may also visit the PTO website at https://thompsonpto.com.
Dates to Remember
- Monday, March 28 - Spring Break Begins
- Monday, April 4 - School Resumes
Tuesday, April 5 - Monday, April 11 - Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) at Thompson
- Wednesday, April 6 - PTO Meeting (Virtual) - 9:00 - 10:00 am
- Friday, April 15 - School Improvement Day (No School for Students)
- Wednesday, April 27 - Early Release Day
- Wednesday, May 2 - PTO Meeting (Virtual) - 9:00 - 10:00 am
Thompson Middle School
Mrs. Michelle Dague - Assistant Principal
Ms. Lindsay Mortensen - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Danielle Moeller - Student Support Coordinator
Mr. Sam Pasholk - Student Support Coordinator