Thompson Friday Forecast
October 18, 2019
From the Principal...Steve Morrill
HOME ACCESS CENTER (HAC)
We started the 2nd quarter of our school year on Tuesday of this week. Wow, where does the time go? As we continue through the second quarter, I would like to take this time to remind our parent community to continue to monitor your student’s academic progress on the Home Access Center. If you have any questions about school work, please contact your student’s teachers.
We are looking forward to a great second quarter! If you have any questions on how to access HAC, please call the main office at 331-228-3100.
ACTIVITIES ABOUND AT THOMPSON
As is every week in a middle school, this one has been exceptionally busy. Fall sports have finished and our winter sports are beginning. Teams continue to engage in team builder activities and school clubs are in high gear. One great thing about middle school is the fact that there are so many different ways for students to get involved and shine! Please encourage your middle schooler to get involved with school activities away from the classroom to truly take advantage of all that middle school has to offer! Click here to see our long list of clubs/activities.
Enjoy your weekend!
Veterans Day Celebration
This year we will be celebrating Veterans Day on November 11th! Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor American veterans of all wars. Many of us know or have known men and women in our families or friends who have served in the armed forces to defend our country. This year we would like to take time to honor these individuals by acknowledging their time served and to honor them at an assembly beginning at 9:00 am on that day.
If your child has someone in your family, or a friend of your family, who they would like to invite to attend our assembly and introduce to the Thompson community, please fill out the google form below by October 25th. Students in our Builder's Club will be writing invitations to these individuals to invite them to this assembly.
Every night in the United States, an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This month, the Student Council at Thompson Middle School wants to prove that even a small act of love, such as donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless.
How can you help us in our efforts? Simple! Send new socks, or any new, warm weather wear (scarves, hats, mittens, gloves, etc.) to school with your student. Donated items can be placed in the boxes in the team leaders’ rooms. We will begin collecting donations on October 21 and will accept items through November 8.
PTO Thunder Spiritwear
The PTO webstore to purchase Thunder spiritwear is now open until November 19th! Please click here to view the options provided by The Hairy Ant. Please choose ‘gift’ at checkout to have your items delivered to school and kept in the main office without your child seeing the spiritwear. Items will be delivered to Thompson on December 10th.
Boys Basketball Tryouts
7th and 8th grade boys basketball tryouts will be held on October 21st, October 22nd, and October 23rd from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. 7th grade tryouts will take place in Auxiliary Gym and 8th grade tryouts will take place in the main gym. Athletes must have a current sports physical on file in the office to try out!
Please contact one of the coaches if you have any questions!
8th Grade A: Andrew.Cusack@303.org
8th Grade B: Matthew.Mygrant@d303.org
7th Grade A: Brandon.Petersen@d303.org
7th Grade B: Justin.Manny@d303.org
Pick-a-Time Conference Scheduler
Thompson Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on Monday, November 25th from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm and Tuesday, November 26th from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Like previous years, signup is via a link in the Home Access Center until November 20th at midnight.
Sixth grade students/parents will be meeting with their Tutorial teacher (typically the 2nd hour teacher for 6th graders) for a 15 minute conferences. 7th grade, 8th grade, PE, Foreign Language, Music, and Explore teachers will be available for eight minute conferences (with a two minute passing period). Sign up instructions are attached below.
Ordering School Pictures
Students that had their pictures retaken will receive a new Ticket Code for their image regardless if they were photographed on the original picture day. These will be sent home with the students within the next two weeks. After this time, you can contact Color Portraits, our new vendor, at cphelpcenter.com. Please contact the main office at 331-228-3100 with questions.
Thursday, October 31st is Halloween. Students will be allowed to dress in their Halloween costumes at Thompson. We would like to remind the students to dress appropriately and to follow the guidelines listed below:
Costumes must be school appropriate
Costume/Hair/Make-up must be completed prior to the arrival at school or entering the bus. No spray cans are allowed on the bus or at school.
Costume accessories, if applicable, should not depict or display anything hurtful, harmful or have the opportunity to be utilized as a weapon.
The student’s identity should be visible and easily recognizable (i.e. no masks.)
The classroom learning environment should not be compromised due to a student’s costume.
Join us for Parent University programs aimed at engaging local experts, parents and school staff in conversations about ways in which we can collectively strengthen our communities. Programs are free and open to the public.
October 30, 2019
Thompson Middle School Cafeteria
Join us for an evening with national digital citizenship speaker Josh Ochs, who will also be spending time at both middle and high schools. Josh talks to students about their future and how their digital footprint can have an impact. Josh shows parents how they can protect their children on 40+ popular apps. He’ll walk parents through the dangers of each app, where teens might be hiding their activity from parents, and how parents can keep their children safe.
Josh has Parent University resources that will be available to all District 303 families for the entire school year. Watch videos, learn about the latest apps, and find out how to keep your children safe at your convenience.
Crossing Guard Opening
Dates to Remember
Friday, October 18 - Grades posted in the Home Access Center (HAC)
Wednesday, October 30 - Digital Citizenship Parent University - Thompson - 6:30 pm
- Friday, November 8 - End of the M2 Health Rotation
- Wednesday, November 13 - School Improvement Half Day - Students are dismissed at 12:10 pm
- Thursday, November 14 - PTO Meeting from 10:00 - 11:00 am
- Wednesday, November 20 - Pick-a-Time Conference Scheduler closes at midnight
- Monday, November 25 - Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm - No school for students
- Tuesday, November 26 - Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm - No school for students
- Wednesday, November 27 - No school for students (office will be open)
- Thursday, November 28 - Friday, November 29 - Thanksgiving Break
- Friday, December 20 - End of the 2nd Quarter
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