Thompson Friday Forecast
April 23, 2021
From the Principal...Steve Morrill
The Thompson community took part in our spring safety drills this morning. Students and staff practiced their identified plans and behaviors in the event of crisis situations such as fires, tornados, or lock downs. We executed all of these drills while following social distancing protocols. We are intentional about the words we use with students and the clarity with which we communicate during every safety drill.
Please have a conversation about the safety drills with your child this weekend. By taking proactive measures to prepare for each of these emergency situations and by having follow up conversations at home, we help ensure that our Thompson students are as safe as possible at all times.
Supports at Thompson
Thompson is pleased to be able to provide many additional resources for our students along with your child’s classroom teachers and teaching assistants. Counselors, Social Workers, Student Assistant Counselors, a Student Support Specialist, a Psychologist, Nurses, Speech/Language Pathologists, and Administrators are all available to encourage your student’s academic learning and provide social/emotional support during these middle school years along with your child’s classroom teachers and teaching assistants. Please do not hesitate to reach out to one of these professionals for guidance if needed.
Illinois Assessment of Readiness at Thompson
Just a reminder that Thompson students will be taking IAR assessments on April 27th, 28th, and 29th. Students will take one test in the morning and one test after lunch each day. To accommodate testing, both Thompson and Wredling will be running the same alternative schedule during these assessment days. The District Assessment and Accountability department has plans in place for remote student IAR assessments on those same days.
Enjoy your weekend!
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 IDPH 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 at email@example.com. We are looking forward to our track meets this season!
Creative Writing Awards
The AAUW Batavia-Geneva-St. Charles branch continues its tradition of encouraging and honoring aspiring young writers through its Creative Writing Contest. This year they celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the contest. Their judges read every entry carefully and find it rewarding to see that many young people still take time to seek self-expression through writing. They would like to thank all the teachers and parents for supporting their children’s interest in writing.
Here are the winners from Thompson Middle School:
8th Grade Fiction, 1st Place - Zara Newman for “Ever Since We Met”
8th Grade Fiction, 2nd Place - Abby Freedlund for “Green”
8th Grade Non-Fiction/Essay, 1st Place - Callie Davidson for “Who Am I?”
8th Grade Non-Fiction/Essay, 2nd Place - Avery Liszka for “A Summer Disaster”
8th Grade Non-Fiction/Essay, 3rd Place - Ethan Plumb for “The Cat with Nine Lives”
8th Grade Poetry, 1st Place - Brynn Copp for “Everything Ends in Fire”
8th Grade Poetry, 2nd Place - Charlotte Aiko Schumaier for “Maybe”
8th Grade Poetry, 3rd Place - Morrighan Hayes for “Discrimination"
Students receiving Honorable Mention recognition are:
Congratulations to all of our amazing Thompson writers!
Click here to request a yard sign by Friday, April 30th for your 8th grader!
Online Registration for Next Year
Returning Student Registration for 2020-2021 is once again an online format that will open on Monday, April 26th. 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!
Here is a link to their auction items that you are welcome to bid on!
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, April 26 - Early Release Monday
Tuesday, April 27 - Thursday, April 29 - Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)
Monday, May 3 - Early Release Monday
Monday, May 10 - Early Release Monday
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