Thompson Friday Forecast

September 23, 2022

From the Principal...Steve Morrill

For those of you who drop off your middle schoolers each morning, one of the familiar faces you see in our front parking lot is our Student Resource Officer. Detective Chuck Crumlett, from the St. Charles Police Department, has been supporting our school community for several years. He is a fabulous resource for students, families, and staff. Detective Crumlett is visible throughout the school day, sometimes in full uniform, sometimes not, but always with his badge clearly visible. His police cruiser is a regular fixture in our parking lot. Detective Crumlett helps us support students during the day. He is visible in the hallways, cafeteria, and engages with students in the classroom setting on a regular basis. Detective Crumlett enhances the partnership between our school and community. We are fortunate to have such a skilled police officer supporting our Thompson Community.


As a reminder, the doors of Thompson Middle School open for students to enter at 8:00 am. For parents dropping off students in the morning, please refrain from dropping them off before 8:00 am. Parents are also able to drop off their child on Indiana Street just west of the tennis courts and students can enter through the Door 5/gym entrance.

Have a great weekend!


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Donations for the TMS Health Office

On occasion, students come to the Health Office and need more than an ice pack or a band-aide. While we keep a limited supply on hand, we do need to replenish these items periodically. We would appreciate your donations. Please drop them off in the main office through Door 1.

Thank you for your generosity!

Lost and Found Tables

Our lost and found areas are already filling up! We counted 50 water bottles this morning. Please encourage your child to check the tables by the cafeteria or the table in the PE hallway to see if anything belongs to him/her! We will be donating these items after Parent/Teacher conferences.

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Walk to School Day

Thompson is looking forward to participating in Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 12th. The Thompson staff will be greeting students getting off of their buses before school and walking around the track with them. Students dropped off in front are welcome to join us on the track as well.

Student Panorama Survey

Our Thunder students will be taking the Panorama Social Emotional Learning Survey on Wednesday, September 28th. Please click here to access the letter from Mr. David Chiszar, Executive Director of Assessment and Accountability, which was shared in last week's Friday Forecast or visit the SEL Survey Page on the District website for more information.

Parent University Book Study

13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do: Raising Self-Assured Children and Training Their Brains for a Life of Happiness, Meaning, and Success
You’re invited to book discussions of “13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do,” by licensed psychotherapist Amy Morin. The book offers parents, teachers, and other mentors tools to support the mental health and resiliency of children in their lives. Join other parents in the District 303 community to discuss the lessons in the book and learn from others’ experiences.

  • October 19, 2022 - Chapters 1-4 discussion
  • October 26, 2022 - Chapters 5-8 discussion
  • November 2, 2022 - Chapters 9-13 discussion

Day time session
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. at Haines Center - Community Room 140
Evening session
6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. at Haines Center - Community Room 140

Register here to secure a free copy of the book. Due to the personal nature of book discussions, these sessions will not be recorded.

Changes to the District Website

Please be aware that the District 303 website will undergo construction during the week of October 3 to reflect recent changes to names and titles within the Department of Learning & Teaching. These changes have been made to better align with the work and responsibilities of the department. The most notable changes are:
  • The Department of Instructional Interventions will now be the Department of Student Services
  • Staff, Family & Student Services will now be Student Programs

Page names and links will update to reflect these new titles, and other changes may occur. Thank you for your understanding.

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

The Pick-A-Time portal for conferences opened this morning and will close on October 3rd at midnight. Once the portal closes, parents will not be able to schedule a time for these conference dates.

Conferences will be held either Zoom or in person and each conference will be eight minutes long with a four minute transition. Directions:

  1. Login to your HAC (HOME ACCESS CENTER) Account

  2. Click on the link for "Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduler"

  3. Be sure to ONLY choose Q1 teachers!

A few notes about sign-up:

  1. Parents should not feel obligated to sign-up for conferences. If your child is doing well at school, both academically and socially, then you might choose not to have a conference. If your child is struggling, we would suggest that you do come to conferences.

  2. You might only feel the need to meet one or a few teachers. There is no obligation to meet every teacher.

  3. If you wish to visit the explore teachers, please sign-up to visit your child’s first-quarter explore teacher.

  4. You can sign-up for a conference with a teacher only one time. Our student services team (counselors, social workers) will be available for conferences as well.

  5. In some cases, a teacher may contact you in advance to set-up a conference time. That means we want to guarantee you a time to meet with your child’s teacher or entire team.

  6. You are welcome to have your Thunder student with you during conferences! It is important that they hear what you hear. They are of the age when they are mature and responsible enough to be part of the conversation whether via Zoom or in-person.

Join a Club! Get Involved!

Check out the Daily Announcements and join in the fun activities happening at Thompson!

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TMS After School Tutoring Program

'North Stars Helping Thunder' is an after school tutoring program where St. Charles North High School Honors students help our Thunder students with their homework. This program started last week and runs from 3:45 - 4:30 pm every Tuesday and Thursday in the LRC. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Romano ( or Diane Pollilo (, Thompson Staff Facilitators. Please consider encouraging your child to take advantage of these resources!

After School Activity Bus

The Thompson after school activity bus runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students sign up for the bus with the club adviser who they are meeting with that afternoon. The bus route is posted on the Thompson website under Activities. The times are estimated as the number of students riding the bus will fluctuate.
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D303 LRC Monthly Newsletter

The D303 LRC Monthly Community Newsletter is designed to share information on literacy-based special events and programs in our area as well as promote a joy for reading and technology in the homes of D303 families. Check it out!

Thunder Students and Staff!

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Thompson PTO

Check out the Thompson PTO website by clicking on the button above! Facebook: @ThompsonMiddleSchoolPTO

Dates to Remember

  • Wednesday, September 28 - Early Release Day - Students are dismissed at 2:52 pm
  • Wednesday, October 5 - PTO Meeting (virtual) - 9:00 - 10:00 am
  • Thursday, October 6 - MS Parent/Teacher Conferences - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

  • Friday, October 7 - MS Parent/Teacher Conferences - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Monday, October 10 - No School for Students - Columbus Day Holiday
  • Wednesday, October 12 - Walk to School Day
  • Friday, October 14 - End of the 1st Quarter
  • Wednesday, October 26 - Early Release Day - Students are dismissed at 2:52 pm
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Thompson Middle School

Mr. Steve Morrill - Principal

Mrs. Michelle Dague - Assistant Principal

Ms. Lindsay Mortensen - Assistant Principal

Mrs. Danielle Moeller - Student Support Coordinator

Mr. Sam Pasholk - Student Support Coordinator

Let's Talk!

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