Thompson Friday Forecast

October 7, 2022

From the Principal...Steve Morrill

Parent/Teacher Conferences

As our fall parent teacher conference window closes, I would like to say thank you to both parents and staff, for maximizing opportunities to support learning for students here at Thompson. It is a powerful message that we send to our middle schoolers when parents/guardians come together to collaborate on their growth and learning in the school setting. Cultivating this home/school partnership is vital to creating the best possible learning environment for our students. Thank you parents for your involvement with school!

End of the 1st Quarter

Next Friday, October 14th, marks the conclusion of our first quarter. As you talk with your child about his/her progress at school, this may be a good time to organize folders, review calendars, and check Schoology/ Home Access Center for any missed assignments as they prepare for the final week of the first quarter. Thank you for your continued support as we work together to ensure your child is growing and finding success.

Have a fabulous fall weekend,


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TMS Art Mural Design Contest!

All TMS students are invited to submit an entry to our wall mural design contest.

*Designs will be voted on by the school!

**The mural will be painted in the stairwell by the Explore Hallway by Art Club.

Here are the details:

  1. Draw your design on an 8x11 piece of paper.

  2. Submit your entry to the LRC by Monday, October 31st.

  3. Your design should represent COMMUNITY at Thompson Middle School. Please include either:

  • A/ WORDS- be here, be you, belong, and/or
  • B/ Represent concepts of school community (be you, belong)

**Hints: Think big, bright, bold colors, patterns, school clubs, sports, diversity, kindness, the Thunder Way, etc.

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Donations for Big Hearts of Fox Valley

Service Learning is collecting donations for Big Hearts of Fox Valley. You can donate new board games, toiletries, new wrapping paper, and store gift cards. Drop off any donations by doors 1, 15, 3, and 5 from October 10th -November 7th. Thank you!

Fishing Club Donation

TMS Fishing Club would like to send a huge thank you to Rob Difatta and the Hammond Group for providing us with a gracious donation. The donation included rod and reel combos, fishing line, lures, scissors and pliers. Thank you Rob for your support. This gear will lead to many more fish and unforgettable memories.

~TMS Fishing Club, Justin Manny and Beth Milner, Club Advisors

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We are looking forward to a great community night as we come together for Kick-a-Thon and Friday Night Lights as East and North take the field at St. Charles North this Friday, October 7th. The sophomore football game starts at 4:30pm followed by the varsity at 7:00pm. We’ll hold a special celebration of Kick-a-Thon between the sophomore and varsity games.

In order to maintain a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all of our spectators in attendance at the game, please take a moment to review some important reminders regarding the game:

  • Gates will open at 3:45 pm.
  • Tailgating is not permitted.
  • No backpacks, drawstring bags or outside food or beverages are allowed.
  • All students under high school age must be supervised by a parent or guardian.
  • No re-entry into the stadium is allowed.
  • Use of profanity, taunting, including racial remarks of any kind, throwing objects, and possessing objects that block the view of other spectators are PROHIBITED.

Tickets will be sold at the gate. Prices are as follows:

  • General Admission-$5.00
  • Students 6-10 years-$2.00
  • D303 MS/HS w/Student ID-FREE

East & North High School Students will enter through the Student Pass Gate just to the south of the main ticket booth. Student IDs are required for free admission.

Spectator Parking: Parking is available in our east lots and in the lot just to the north of Red Gate Rd. We have handicap parking in the rear of the building next to the football stadium. Please enter the south drive, show the parking assistant your handicap hang tag and you will be directed to preferred parking.

Overflow Parking & Shuttle Bus Information: Additional parking will be available off-site at Christ Community Church (37W100 Bolcum Rd, St. Charles, IL 60174). Shuttle buses will run from 6-10:30pm to/from St. Charles North. MAP

Big Hearts of Fox Valley Week

Big Hearts of Fox Valley Week will be celebrated throughout the City of St. Charles next week, October 10-16th!

Please encourage your student to bring in a NEW unwrapped toy or board game during this week to school to show your support for D303 kids in need. Each District school will be collecting these items for the annual Big Hearts Toy Drive. We also encourage you to wear RED next Friday, October 14th to help raise awareness for Big Hearts of Fox Valley.

Big Hearts of Fox Valley is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization making a difference in our own community by brightening the lives of D303 children affected by financial hardship at Christmas time and throughout the school year.

To learn more about Big Hearts of Fox Valley and to make a much needed donation visit their website at Thank you for helping to make the holiday season brighter, winters warmer and every day easier for kids in need in D303.

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.
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Updated Testing Information

8th Grade Parents/Guardians: As our 8th Grade students participate in a significant number of assessments (i-Ready three times, Illinois Assessment of Readiness for Literacy/Math and Science) that provide similar information, we have determined that our 8th grade students will no longer take the PSAT 8/9 Assessment. Should you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Mr. David Chizsar, who is the Director of Assessment and Accountability.

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.

Join a Club! Get Involved!

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

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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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

  • 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
  • Friday, October 14 - Picture Retake Day
  • Wednesday, October 26 - Early Release Day - Students are dismissed at 2:52 pm
  • Wednesday, October 26 - PSAT for 7th & 8th Grade AVID Students - 8:40 am - 12:25 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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