Thompson Friday Forecast
April 30, 2021
From the Principal...Steve Morrill
Illinois Assessment of Readiness
Thank you, parents, for having your children at school and on time for IAR during this week. IAR results are just one measure as we work to support, challenge, and encourage your child’s academic growth. In addition to the information we glean from them, we integrate many other indicators of student development including summative assessments, teacher observations, and student surveys. These numerous data points help us as we develop a more complex and evolving understanding of your child’s progress.
Information on student progress guides school growth. It enables us to acknowledge accomplishments and identify areas to focus on for improvement. As we reflect on these indicators as a school, we encourage you to do the same with your child. Please ask about your child’s testing experience. “What was challenging or surprising? Did your child feel confident about a specific subject or area? Did something learned last month appear in the tests?” These reflective discussions are valuable. They provide a great opportunity to emphasize your commitment to supporting your child’s continuing growth. . . IAR week or not.
Information will be coming out to you next week regarding makeups if your child was unable to take or complete all of the IAR Math/ELA Assessments this week.
Enjoy the warmer weather weekend!
i-Ready Spring Diagnostic
The i-Ready Spring Diagnostic for both reading and math will be conducted on Thursday, May 6th and Friday, May 7th. Students will be taking this final diagnostic at school for in person learners and synchronously for remote learners. We are asking students to complete only one diagnostic assessment on each of these days during this time frame. Additionally, we have created a schedule that will have students seeing all their classes on each day.
Thursday, May 6th from 8:40-9:58 am
i-Ready Math Diagnostic
Friday, May 7th from 8:30-9:58 am
i-Ready Reading Diagnostic
After testing, all students will follow this i-Ready Daily Schedule. Remote students will continue to follow Odd and Even day for classes.
Please click here to access an informational letter from our Director of Assessment and Accountability, Mr. David Chizsar. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s counselor for assistance. Thank you all for your assistance in making sure your child completes this important assessment!
Click here to request a yard sign by Friday, April 30th for your 8th grader!
Attention 7th Graders!
Students should please review this information and fill out an application if they are interested in applying to be an 8th-grade leader next year. Applications are due May 7th. See Mrs. Jolaoso, Mrs. Mygrant, or Mrs. Wainwright with any questions.
Track Meet Spectators - Guidelines for Parents
The Thompson Athletic Department is asking parents of track athletes to follow the guidelines below to help align with I.D.P.H. and prevent the spread of the COVID-19. These are the guidelines that all schools in the athletic conference are following in order to maintain consistency and fairness.
Home meets: We are encouraging no more than two spectators per family.
Away meets: Parents are asked to not attend away track meets this season. In accordance with this, we are asking that athletes be picked up upon arrival back at Thompson.
Spectators must maintain 6 feet social distancing when possible; masks are required. Any questions or concerns should be emailed to the Thompson Athletic Director, Chris Wilke @ firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to our Track Meets this season!
Online Registration for Next Year
Returning Student Registration for 2020-2021 is once again an online format. All acknowledgments and authorizations are contained in a single electronic, online registration form. Please complete this by June 1st!
The form will be located in the Parents/Community menu of the District website and on Thompson’s website under Parents/Registration Materials. Parents can sign into the Returning Student Online Registration form using their Home Access Center (HAC) credentials, select individual students, and complete their registration.
Registration fees for all students will not be billed in PushCoin until July 1, 2021. A 2021-2022 district fee waiver application will be available on the District 303 website in July, accessible from the Parent/Community menu, for families who may qualify for a fee waiver and are not directly certified by the state.
Please contact the main office if you have any questions at (331) 228-3100!
Saints Tutoring Thunder 2020-2021
The Saint's tutoring Thunder (STT) club provides students with an opportunity to receive help on homework, projects, and/or comprehension of material that they are learning in classes. The Saint's tutoring Thunder (STT) club is available for both students attending in-person or remotely. This club meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Parents can sign their child up for this tutoring and/or students can sign up themselves!
STT allows students to meet virtually with a Thompson club supervisor and a St. Charles East Sophomore tutor from 4:15 until 5:00 pm. The Thompson club supervisor will facilitate the after school support while supervising the high school students tutoring our students.
Sign-ups are available Thursday-Monday for the following week. This ensures that we have the correct amount of tutors for our students. You can click here to sign up for Saint's tutoring Thunder club. Once your student has been signed up, they will receive an invite link in their email.
Tap Into Education!
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School Physicals for the 2021-2022 School Year
The Illinois school code requires that students entering an Illinois school for the first time, and all sixth and ninth grades, must submit evidence of a physical examination and a complete record of immunizations prior to starting classes or receiving services. Physical Exams and Vaccine Records are required for students enrolled in face-to-face learning as well as remote learning prior to August 11, 2021 (the first day of school for the 21/22 year). Make your appointments today as these appointments fill up quickly! Please contact your school nurse prior to May 28, 2021 if you need a copy of your child's immunizations.
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, 2021. The exam must be dated within 18 months prior to May 15, 2021. 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
Chromebook Device Exchange
Dates to Remember
Monday, May 3 - Early Release Monday
Thursday, May 6 - i-Ready Math Diagnostic 8:40 - 9:58 am
Friday, May 7 - i-Ready Reading Diagnostic 8:40 - 9:58 am
Monday, May 10 - Early Release Monday
Thursday, May 13 - PTO Meeting (Virtual) 9:00 - 10:00 am
Monday, May 17 - Early Release Monday
Monday, May 24 - Early Release Monday
Friday, May 28 - Last Day of School
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Thompson Middle School
Mrs. Michelle Dague - Assistant Principal
Mr. Shane Darnell - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Danielle Moeller - Student Support Coordinator
Mr. Sam Pasholk - Student Support Coordinator