Tiger's Tale

March 25, 2022

Thompson Junior High Website

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Message From The Principal

Dear Parents and Families:


Congratulations to our Tiger Skylers for completing the IAR tests required by the state! We will call students down to the NPR after spring break for make up testing for any student who missed any one of the IAR test days.


We also would like to congratulate our eighth grade tiger scholars for completing the ISA, Illinois science assessment, which is an eighth grade state test focused on science. Special thanks goes to Mrs. Elwood, Mr. Baker, Mrs. Lynch, and Mrs. Figgins for supporting their students during the the three days of testing. Students who missed any of these tests will be called to the NPR after spring break for a make up opportunity.


Mr. Marcus Lewis

Principal

Thompson Junior High School


Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.


Principal Lewis

Phone: 630.636.2610

Email: mlewis01@sd308.org



Follow us at Twitter handle: @thompson308

FB: facebook.com/thompsonjuniorhighschool

Upcoming Changes To Current Restroom Procedures

Effective Monday, April 4th - Restrooms will be available for student use during passing periods.

Bus Evacuation Drills

We will be conducting our annual bus evacuation drills on April during PE classes.

Cake Roll Sale Ends March 28th

CAKE ROLL sale ends MONDAY!

Sale ends 03/28/22


6 delicious flavors available: Chocolate, Lemon, Red Velvet, Carrot, Strawberry Cheesecake and Pumpkin.


ONLINE SALES!

No door to door selling. No money to handle. Everything is all online.

- Register your student at https://bit.ly/35RhEl0

- Share your personal link with family, friends and neighbors.

- Check your personal sale page to see what you've sold.

- Pickup you sold items on 11/17/21 from 5-6pm at Thompson.

- Deliver your items.


DRIVE THRU PICK-UP for CAKE ROLLS is APRIL 5th from 5:00 – 6:00pm.

Thank you to the students and staff for making this a successful fundraiser!

Any questions, please call Gina Garza at (708) 372-1949 or gina@dpcollaboration.com

First Lego League Robotics Team

First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Team #45441, The Techtastic Travelers, is composed of highly imaginative sixth and seventh grade students from Murphy, Plank, and Thompson Junior High Schools. The team had tons of fun this season with their robot The Tiny Traveler (aka Tiny). The students on this team are all rookie robot designers and programmers and from day one they were excited to learn as much as they could each week. In their own words, they said, “We work until we run out of ideas, vote on the answer and never stop until the work is done.”


The team won two awards at the Qualifying Tournament: The Rising Star Award and the Innovation Project Award. At the State Tournament, they won the Global Innovation Award and are now in competition with students around the world for one of 20 finalist spots.


Team members are Leah Andrews, Drew Bugg, Ashtyn Elmore, Sawyer Evangelista, Gabe Lewis, Gavin Rominski and Carter Woods


Wheel Chock Placing Robot


After speaking with three experts in logistics and shipping, the team came up with a plan to use robots to reduce worker injury on the loading dock. The solution for reducing trailer creep or drive away, and worker injury on the loading dock is a wheel chock system controlled by robots instead of dock workers. After the driver has stopped the truck at the loading dock, they send a notification to the robot through an app. The robot gets the wheel chocks and places them on the wheels. This prevents the wheels from moving. The robot will send a message through the app to other dockworkers that it is safe for them to load or unload the truck. The robot places the chocks in place and then acts as a communication system, notifying the workers if there is a safety hazard. When the truck is loaded and the workers are safely off the truck, the driver sends a message for the robot to remove the chocks. This prevents workers from getting smashed fingers, reduces knee and back problems and makes sure workers do not have to worry about the gap between the dock and truck.

Summer Connections

Summer Connections is back! This is a free program to support students who may benefit from continued instruction and routine. It is important to note that the material covered will be from the current school year, and is meant as remediation and extra support. This program is not for enrichment or challenging above grade level. Special education students who do not qualify for ESY are welcome.


It is open to all students currently enrolled in grades K-7, and will be held at three locations: Hunt Club, Southbury, and The Wheatlands. It is held Monday through Thursday for three weeks, starting on June 6th, and we ask that students attend all three weeks. There are DL sections for grades K-5 located at HC. The link to register is below.


Please note: decisions about which location students will attend and transportation details cannot be determined until registration is complete. If your child will require transportation, the registration form MUST be completed and submitted by Friday, April 15th.


Link to English Registration Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6nbWGkcDeLgDneqs2x4uin0i0Dqm4KiqdigChnxb6XJ_KKw/viewform?usp=sf_link


Link to Spanish Registration Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6r2CQIHdIxuTrXq6yN2hXQlnqzbuyGczQ3BpHchlgND6vRg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Spring Sports Registration Is Now Open

Registration is open to all 7/8th grade students for the following sports:


  • Boys Volleyball - Tryouts (TBD)


  • Girls Soccer - Tryouts (TBD)


  • Boys Track - It is a no-cut sport, meaning as long as you are participating in practices you will be on the team. There are grade level teams for boys and girls.


  • Girls Track - It is a no-cut sport, meaning as long as you are participating in practices you will be on the team. There are grade level teams for boys and girls.


All programs will begin after Spring Break, more specific information will be released as soon as times and dates are finalized.


We highly encourage all interested participants to register on the Athletics Website as soon as possible. You must be registered and have a current sports physical on file with the health office prior to tryouts.

2021-2022 Yearbooks On Sale Now!

The 2021-2022 Thompson Yearbook is now on sale for $25. Click on this link to preorder: https://www.balfour.com/illinois/oswego/thompson-junior-high-school.

If you have any questions or if you would like to submit any pictures for the yearbook, please contact Mary Engfer at mengfer@sd308.org.

Thompson Junior High Pick-Up Procedure Reminder

Hello, Thompson Tiger Families! Now that we are well into the Spring Semester, we would like to review our afternoon pickup procedures.


1. Please enter our driveway from Boulder Hill Pass and drive all the way around the back of our building for pickup. This is a one-way street.

2. Please pull forward as much as possible so other cars can fit in the line and so that we do not have cars blocking movement on Boulder Hill Pass.

3. Students can exit Door 8 or Door 10 when getting picked up by car. Only bus riders will exit the front door.

4. Parking is allowed on the East side of Boulder Hill Pass (if you are heading northbound) as long as you do not block the driveways into the school campus.

5. Parking is not allowed on the West side of Boulder Hill Pass (where private residences are located) because of the danger of students crossing traffic to get into cars.

6. Cars are allowed in our pick up lane or on the east side of Boulder Hill Pass. Cars should never enter the front driveway because this is where buses line up.

7. Thank you for keeping our Thompson Tigers safe!

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District 308 Electronics Policy

Please review the TJHS Electronics Device Expectations Booster . This information serves as a reminder for all parents, students and staff of the policies set forth by the District 308 Board of Education.


The District recognizes the importance of communication and collaboration, and provides electronic devices for students to be productive in the classroom. To focus on academics and reduce unnecessary distractions, the expectations within the document will be in place for all District 308 students.

Nurse's Nook

COVID Safety Tips:


  1. Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19.
  2. Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Monitor your health daily.


Current COVID symptoms include: fever (100.4 degrees or higher), headache, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, fatigue and muscle or body aches from an unknown cause.


Please do not send your student to school if the present any one of these symptoms.




If you have any questions, contact Jordan Doubek, Interim Building Nurse


Phone: (630)636-2602

Fax: (630)636-2697

Email: jordan-doubek@sd308.org

Chromebook Reminders

As we continue our 1:1 journey with chromebooks, please encourage you student to:

  • Charge their chromebook and bring it every day
  • Treat them carefully. If they break the chromebook, the technology department will contact home regarding the cost of the repair.

Attendance Reminder!

If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason, please call the attendance line at 630.636.2601. Please leave the following details in your message:


  • Your name
  • Your student's name
  • Student ID number
  • Phone number you can be reached with any questions
  • Reason for absence (including any symptoms, if out for illness).


*** Please note, online learning via Google Meets is only allowed with nurse approval. Parents/guardians and teachers will be notified if such accommodations will me made available for the student during their absence from the classroom.

Oswego Library Cards

This is a friendly reminder about the partnership we have with the Oswego Public Library District. This partnership has been created to give all students in SD308 access to the digital resources available through our public library. Some of our SD308 students don't live within the boundaries of the library district, so they have not had access in the past. In addition, many of those that do reside within the library district boundaries, do not have cards, or have misplaced their cards so they no longer have access. This new partnership will give all students access to the amazing resources our public library has to offer! There are so many great databases and ebooks that students may use for research, homework, classwork and personal enjoyment.


This is a friendly reminder about the partnership we have with the Oswego Public Library District. This partnership has been created to give all students in SD308 access to the digital resources available through our public library. Some of our SD308 students don't live within the boundaries of the library district, so they have not had access in the past. In addition, many of those that do reside within the library district boundaries, do not have cards, or have misplaced their cards so they no longer have access. This new partnership will give all students access to the amazing resources our public library has to offer! There are so many great databases and ebooks that students may use for research, homework, classwork and personal enjoyment.


Oswego Public Library Google Form

Thompson Reading Program

The Thompson Reading Program starts September 13th! Students who choose to participate need to read 3 books from either the 2021-2022 Caudill Books or the Tiger Tales lists. After reading a book, they complete a book review and receive a prize.

Book Review Form:

https://forms.gle/RCLUJKai74g435Yd8

After 3 books, they qualify for the Spring Reading Celebration!

To check out the book choices, visit the following link:

http://www.sd308.org/Page/10127


From the Front Office

Masks - We ask that you please send a fresh, clean mask to school with your child daily. We are seeing an increased amount of students coming directly to the office in the morning to grab a mask for the day. While we do love helping our Tigers, our supply of masks must be reserved for emergency situations. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Outside/Vendor Food - Outside vendor foods are not permitted in the lunchrooms this year. We cannot accept a delivery from a vendor (store or delivery such as Grub Hub) on behalf of a student. If a parent delivers outside food, the student will be able to receive their lunch, however, will need to eat in the Main Office and then return to lunch. Thank you.

Food Pantry

The district runs a satellite location of the Kendall County Community Food Pantry the first Friday of every month from 6-7:30. We provide supplemental food for families in the SD308 boundaries, as well as those who live in Kendall County. Please encourage families that you work with to attend if they have a need.


Food is available for staff as well. If you are in need of supplemental food once a month, you are welcome to visit the pantry. If privacy/confidentiality is a concern, please reach out to Heidi Podjasek at hpodjasek@sd308.org of x3667 and we will discuss a plan to maintain your privacy from other staff and families.


Volunteers are always needed and welcome! Please click here to apply as a NEW volunteer. If you've volunteered with use before, and would like to do so again, click here.


For more information, please visit our website at www.sd308.og/foodpantry or contact Heidi Podjasek, Director of Social Emotional Learning at x3667. Thank you!!

Conflict Resolution

Are you having problems with another student

that you would like resolved?

Or do you know of a friend who has ongoing problems with a specific student?


Almost all students who have a confrontation say that there has been a history between the two that has been going on for a while. Instead of letting those feelings continue to build up, consider trusting Mr. Buono to assist in resolving the ¨beef.¨


Fill out the 5 second form by scanning the QR code. Mr. Buono will then set up a time to talk to you and decide if we can all sit down for a peer mediation session to calm things down.


*If you have any questions/comments/concerns, you can also email Mr. Buono: NBuono@sd308.org

Care Closet

The Care Closet is ready to help if you are in need.


If your family is experiencing any hardships, we would love to provide some relief with food, clothing, basic hygiene supplies, school supplies, etc?


For more information about the care closet and details on how to use it please click on the link.

Please call – Counselor (A-L), Amy Shaw, at (630)636-2614 or Counselor (M-Z), Ashley Gilbert, at (630)636-2615 if you have any questions or to set up an appointment in the Care Closet.


Care Closet Order Form Link

Technology Links

Tyler SIS Helpline

Having trouble with Tyler SIS?

Please email the Tyler helpline at TylerHelp@sd308.org


Tyler SIS Parent/Student Portal

https://www.sd308.org/domain/2589


Student Password Reset

https://mypassword.sd308.org/

HELP Desk for Technology Questions

Parents and students, please submit any technology questions on this form. It will create a ticket in the new HELP ticket system.


HELP Desk

The new HELP ticket system is LIVE! Please click on the links below for a preview.


Link to the video tutorial - https://youtu.be/n2UihWCSKWo

Link to HELP - http://sd308.link/help (Please bookmark this link!)