Thompson Friday Forecast
Summer Edition #2 - July 31, 2020
From the Principal...Steve Morrill
Welcome to the Thompson Middle School 2020-2021 school year! As we transition to the new school year, we are providing all stakeholders with the following information regarding frequently asked middle school questions. We are also including information about the start of this very unique school year, some of which you may already be aware of.
Much work and time goes into setting up accurate schedules for our students in the middle schools. Additionally, we strive to balance class sizes so that the most effective learning environment can be created for all students. Adding to the complexity of scheduling a building includes the A/B model for our in person learners and our plan for remote learners. To that end, schedules will be available in HAC by August 18th. Thank you for your patience!
The district communicated yesterday that the first day of school has been moved to Wednesday, August 19th. The first three days of school will be partial days. For Thompson, our school day will run from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Monday, August 24th starts full days from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. The last day of school has been moved to Friday, May 28, 2021 if no 'emergency days' are used.
I would like to welcome Mrs. Danielle Moeller and Mr. Sam Pasholk to Thompson. They are joining our administration team as Student Support Coordinators this year. We are fortunate to be gaining two talented individuals who will be working directly with students and their families in order to support the entire Thompson Community.
We are looking forward to partnering with you and appreciate your support of Thompson Middle School!
Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer!
Material Pickup Days - 6th Grade and New Students Only
Instead our W.E.B. (Where Everybody Belongs) 8th graders will be giving building tours to incoming 6th graders and 7th & 8th students new to D303 on Tuesday, August 4th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm and Wednesday, August 5th from 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm. Students must be wearing masks and maintain 6 ft. distancing. Parents should drop off students at Door 5 and pick them up 30 minutes later at Door 15 behind the building. Students must have an appointment time. Sign up for a time slot via Pick-a-Time accessed through HAC.
Please call the main office if you have any questions or need help scheduling an appointment at (331) 228-3100.
School Supplies for This Year
Students will not be assigned hall or PE lockers this year. Chromebooks and classroom materials will be carried by students in their backpacks as they navigate their day. To that end, we have significantly reduced the number of items on our school supply lists. These lists have been modified from the ones we published in June and can be found on the registration page on our website.
The PTO has also adjusted the School Tool Box lists to match our revised supply lists. If you would like to place an order online, it will be delivered directly to your home address. You will have the option to customize your order by adding or removing items. Please use this link (https://schooltoolbox.com/school-supplies/) to place your order.
Please call the main office if you have any questions at (331) 228-3100!
Picture Days - Thursday, August 27th and Friday, August 28th
Pre-order pictures on-line to receive special offers:
- Picture Day ID is EVTBDH8TR
Please note that the student name on the order should match your child's full first name. For example, if your child's first name is 'Mitchell', don't use 'Mitch' on the LifeTouch site, but instead use 'Mitchell'.
If full remote students would like to have their pictures taken, we will also have a time set aside outside of the school day. Please be on the lookout for more information on how to sign up for this.
Incoming 6th Grade and New Student Physicals
The State of Illinois and State Board of Education have not issued any changes in the school health requirements for the upcoming school year and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly supports the continued provision of health care for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. This care includes well-child care (school exams), preventative care, screenings and vaccinations.
Thus, students in sixth grade and transfer students must submit evidence of a State of Illinois physical examination and/or a complete record of immunizations in order to start school. Parents/Guardians who have not already done so should reach out to their health care provider to schedule their child's mandated physical examination and immunizations.
Q. When will we learn our bus schedule?
Bus schedules will be available through the Bus Routes e-Link which is found on the District website as well as through your HAC account on the School Links page. These will not be available until just prior to the start of school as our transportation department is working tirelessly to configure the routes.
Q. Do incoming 6th graders keep their Chromebooks from 5th grade? How do I get a Chromebook?
Q. Does my child need to wear his/her ID every day?
Q. Can my child charge their Chromebook at school?
Q. Are cell phones allowed during the school day?
Q. Do you monitor what my child is doing on their Chromebook?
Q. Are outside food and beverages permitted during the school day?
Q. How do I stay informed about what is going on at Thompson?
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Q. Who can I contact if I have a question or concern?
Our administration team is here to provide support to students and families.
- Michelle Dague - Assistant Principal
- Shane Darnell - Assistant Principal
- Danielle Moeller - Student Support Coordinator
- Sam Pasholk - Student Support Coordinator
- Steve Morrill - Principal
And the main office is always here to help in any way at (331) 228-3100!
School Fees & Food Waivers for 2020-2021
SCHOOL FEES WAIVER: The school fees waiver will ONLY be a PAPER application since there is financial documentation required for income verification. A family can only qualify for a free waiver of fees; there are no reduced fees. The application is on the district website. Questions regarding school fee waivers - Sharon Wlezien at 331-228-5417
FOOD WAIVER: Only one application needs to be completed for each household. Please include ALL family members that live in the household (even those not attending a school). Applications are posted on the district website. In addition, paper applications are available at the schools and the Administration Building as in years past. Unlike the school fees, families can qualify for Reduced. Questions regarding food waivers - Patti Townsend 331-228-6529
Families directly certified by the State of Illinois for the 2020-2021 school year will receive FREE FOOD and their FEES will be WAIVED. If your family is qualified by the state, do NOT need to complete either application. You should have received an approval letter in the mail in July.
Virtual Building Tour for Incoming 6th Graders
Dates to Remember
- Tuesday, August 4 - Building Tours (incoming 6th and new students only) 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Wednesday, August 5 - Building Tours (incoming 6th and new students only) 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday, August 19 - First Day of School
- Thursday, August 27 & 28 - Picture Days
- Thursday, August 27 - First full day of attendance ('B' in-school attendance students)
- Friday, August 28 - First full day of attendance ('A' in-school attendance students)
- Friday, September 4 - No School for Students - Teacher Institute Day
- Monday, September 7 - No School for Students - Labor Day Holiday
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
Location: 705 West Main Street
Phone: (331) 228-3100