Thompson Friday Forecast

February 8, 2019

From the Principal...Steve Morrill


Last Saturday morning I had the privilege of watching our Jazz group perform at the 44th annual Jazz Festival presented by Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. Under the direction of Mr. Blank, our musicians performed wonderfully. Thompson musicians did a fabulous job of representing Thompson Middle School by showing the audience that Thunder students are working towards excellence! One of the joys of being a middle school principal is having the opportunity to see so many students shine in so many different areas. I am fortunate and appreciative to have this perspective.

Back on the Thompson Campus, we continue our third quarter of learning. We are also preparing for next week’s HOPE Week activities and Random Acts of Kindness Week. This is a week in which we celebrate resiliency and supporting others. Please see the articles below for more information.

In the gym, Girls' Basketball is underway as I have watched our teams put forth a solid effort while demonstrating great sportsmanship on the court. I’m proud of the way our students are going about their “business” academically, musically, athletically, and through the participation in numerous clubs which reach out to others in need.


Families who wish to submit Middle School Transfer requests may do so through February 28th. The request form is available here on the District 303 website. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want transferred. Requests are granted based on space available so siblings are not guaranteed placement. A written decision will be communicated to families before spring break.

Once the request is approved, a student may remain at that middle school throughout his or her middle school career, as long as the student resides in District 303. Families of students granted permission to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance are responsible for their own transportation. Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.


The 5Essentials Survey (Parent Satisfaction Survey) closes on Friday, February 15, 2019. I need your help! Only 11% of our parents have completed this survey and we need this percent to be over 20%. If you have not done so already, I urge you to participate in this process by clicking on the following link

Thank you in advance for taking a few moments of your time to provide us this important feedback!

Enjoy your weekend!


HOPE Week is February 11th - 15th!

HOPE Week is D303’s week to celebrate our Suicide Prevention programs and spread hope and kindness throughout the schools.

Some of our activities include:

  • Window Painting
  • Hearts on Lockers
  • HOPE stickers
  • Encourage "mints"
  • HOPE shirt sales
  • HOPE quotes

If your student has a HOPE t-shirt from past years, they are encouraged to wear them throughout the week. If they would like to purchase a new HOPE t-shirt, they may purchase them before school on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for $8 each.

Spring Musical Auditions

Auditions for the spring musical Mary Poppins are this Monday, February 11th at 3:30 pm in the 7/8 choir room. 6th grade students should meet Mrs. Janton and walk over to the 7/8 building together. A signed permission slip is required to audition.

Please email Mrs. Sebolt-Pogge, Mrs. Mastalski, or Mrs. Janton with questions!

Help Paint the Town Orange!

Random Acts Matter is a nonprofit organization committed to mobilizing our community to provide care and compassion through random acts of kindness and service. This organization is encouraging our community to perform good deeds during Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 11-17, 2019.

No kind act is too small. Everyone is encouraged to participate and to help cover St. Charles in kindness!

Make sure you post your Acts on our facebook page at Random Acts Matter or on twitter @randomactsSTC

For more information check our website:

or contact Jen Rothenberg at

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Revised 2018-2019 School Calendar

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"Just Shave It!" Cal's Angels Event

Thompson Thunder will be partnering with Cal's Angels, a local non-profit organization, in a "Just Shave It" event. Students, parents, and friends throughout our community can raise money and shave their heads (or donate locks of hair) in order to increase pediatric cancer awareness and support a local non-profit in the process. Please click on this link to see the progress of our school’s fundraising. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 9th for an exciting event at St. Charles North beginning at 6:00 pm! Please contact Mrs. McKnight,, if you have any questions.

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Upcoming Parent University Programs

January 30, 2019 - Will be rescheduled.

Preventing and Addressing Bullying: Lessons Learned and Resources for Parents

Thompson 6th Grade Cafeteria - 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Faculty from the Psychology Department at Northern Illinois University will present practical information from their research and their work as part of a U.S. Department of Education training grant “Project Prevent and Address Bullying.” Thompson Middle School is partnering with NIU on this grant project, bringing resources that will be shared throughout the district. The faculty will present helpful knowledge, tips, and resources parents can use when navigating bullying situations.

Click here to register for this program.

February 20, 2019

Common Sense Approach to Managing Technology: Teaching Children How to Be Good Digital Citizens in the Age of Social Media, Gaming and Screen Time

Wredling Middle School – Cafeteria - 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Technology is a part of all our lives. From phones to laptops to video games, we are more “connected” or “plugged in” than ever. How do we help our children (and ourselves) find balance when it comes to the use of technology? During this Parent University we will share tools and strategies to help create balance and set boundaries. The night will feature a panel as well as opportunities for interactive discussion. Come “hang up and hang out”!

Click here to register for this program.

Please click here to view all of the planned Parent University Programs.

Thompson PTO

Check out the Thompson PTO website by clicking on the button above!

Dates to Remember

  • Wednesday, January 30 - Parent University: Preventing & Addressing Bullying - Will be rescheduled
  • Friday, February 8 - 14th Annual String Faculty Recital - 7:00 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church
  • Monday, February 11 - 15 - HOPE Week
  • Monday, February 11 - 17 - Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • Wednesday, February 13 - Orchestra Concert - 7:00 pm at St. Charles East High School
  • Monday, February 18 - Presidents' Day Holiday - Schools are closed
  • Wednesday, February 20 - Parent University: Managing Technology
  • Saturday, February 23 - Project Dance Groovy - St. Charles North H.S. 1:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 9 - "Just Shave It!" Cal's Angels Event - St. Charles North H.S. 6:00 pm

Thompson Middle School

Mr. Steve Morrill - Principal

Mrs. Sarah Cann - Assistant Principal

Mr. Shane Darnell - Assistant Principal

Dr. Alicia Honnert - Assistant Principal

Mrs. Kristy McKnight - Assistant Principal