Thompson Friday Forecast
May 26, 2023
From the Thompson Administration Team
Happy Last Day of School Thunder Families!
I would like to take time to extend a message of appreciation to our entire school community. This has been a year of significant student achievement and an incredibly positive and productive year. I also know that the success of this year is the result of the collective effort of all stakeholders. We have great students, families, and staff and together our work has played an integral role in the success of this year. Thank you!
End of the Year Celebrations
We spent much of this last day saying goodbyes, signing yearbooks, and celebrating student accomplishments. Congratulations to all of our students for working hard to finish strong!
A Farewell to 8th Graders
To the students and families of the Thompson 8th grade class of 2023: It has been an absolute pleasure working with you over the course of the past three years. As we finish this school year, I challenge 8th graders to be the best you can and represent Thompson in a great light during your high school years and beyond.
At the next level, I encourage you to get your children involved from the get-go. Look to find connections to clubs, sports, and activities that they will like and insist on helping them to make a connection with a group outside of the academic day. In doing so, students find a connection with an adult advisor and other kids with common interests. This has proven to enhance the high school experience and help with building lasting friendships.
Yesterday, the Thompson staff had the opportunity to welcome Dr. Matt Clark who will be the next principal at Thompson Middle School. Details are below.
Best wishes to all of you over the summer!
Mrs. Michelle Dague
Dr. Matt Clark Named Thompson Middle School Principal
The Community Unit School District 303 Board on Thursday approved the hiring of Dr. Matt Clark as the new principal for Thompson Middle School. He will begin serving the Thompson community on July 1.
Clark’s experience in education spans more than 20 years within the western Chicago suburbs, including eight as a middle school assistant principal. He’s also held the positions of teacher, coordinator of curriculum and professional development, dean and coach. Since 2018, Clark has served as the assistant principal at Gregory Middle School for District 204 in Naperville, and has been an adjunct professor in organizational theory and leadership at Aurora University since 2022.
“I am honored to serve as the next principal at Thompson Middle School,” said Clark. “I look forward to building and cultivating relationships with the Thompson Middle School students, staff, parents, and community. I want to thank the District 303 Board of Education and the selection committee for giving me this opportunity.”
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Clark to District 303 and the Thompson Middle School family,” said Dr. Audra Christenson, Executive Director of Secondary Education. “Throughout the interview process, Dr. Clark exhibited a firm understanding of the middle school model, commitment to a strong culture and climate for students, staff and parents, and a clear instructional vision for our young learners that reflects the strategic priorities of District 303.”
Clark holds a Doctor of Education in educational leadership and policy studies from Northern Illinois University, earned his Master’s Degree in educational administration from Governors State University, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in business education from Illinois State University. He resides in Oswego with his wife Kristin, who teaches 3rd grade in Oswego. They have two daughters, Juliet (13) who is going into 8th grade and Beatrice (10) who is going into 5th grade.
8th Grade Awards
The Citizenship Award winners are those 8th Grade students who exemplify the characteristics of an outstanding student. These are the students who on a regular basis strive to improve themselves and the school. These students are the ones who exhibit all of the learner characteristics: respectful, responsible, organized, and accountable.
The Citizenship Award is presented to students who have a positive relationship with everyone they meet. They touch the lives of many other people in a positive way. They may take a leadership role in a group or they may be the supportive worker. No matter the circumstance, these students are helping to make Thompson Middle School a great middle school. Congratulations!
The American Legion award is based on courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship, and service. This is the highest honor awarded to American Youth by The American Legion. This year’s Thompson Middle School award winners are Gretchen Erwin and Jesse Schiltz. Congratulations!
The following 8th graders maintained Straight A’s for 3 years at the middle school. What a huge accomplishment! Congratulations to:
- Allie Bardouniotis
- Avery Barnes
- Brody Bates
- Lyla Blomquist
- Keira Connolly
- Gretchen Erwin
- Ruby Garcia
- Abigail Glassmeyer
- Alexis Govreau
- Isabelle Humes
- Cole Kelly
- Hannah Lutz
- Alexandra Lynch
- Josephine Lynch
- Riya Mani
- Martine Mika
- Alyssa Oblak
- Gwen Reed
- Maya Soszynski
- Sofia Trinidad
- Hayden Wojcik
- Sophia Wollenberg
Lost and Found
The lost and found tables are overflowing! Please stop in the school next week to check for missing water bottles, sweatshirts, and other items. Items will be donated to charity in early June.
Are You Moving?
If your child will NOT be attending a D303 school for the 2023-24 school year, please notify us by completing and returning the two forms below as soon as possible.
A reminder from the school nurse…
Appointments for the required 6th grade and 9th grade physicals tend to fill up quickly and should be scheduled now! Please submit the completed physicals and/or immunizations to the respective school offices as they are done. They can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.The form is linked below and is different then the Sport Physical form. Forms are required to be submitted for review prior to the first day of school (August 14th). Dental exams are also required for 6th and 9th grade students. They can be completed within 18 months of May 15, 2024. A vision examination and form is also required for those students transferring into TMS from outside of Illinois.
All medication orders must be renewed each school year. Forms are linked below.
The health office is closed during the summer months. I will return for limited hours beginning in early August. Please contact me if there are new medical concerns for your child or if your child will need a health plan at school.
Have a safe and healthy summer!
Diane Isbrandt RN, M.Ed.
Professional Educator License-School Nurse
Illinois Council on Women and Girls Seeking High School Applicants for Girls Lead Program
The Illinois Council on Women and Girls, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton, invites girls in the state of Illinois who are in Grades 5-12 to apply for the Girls Lead Program. The Illinois Girls Lead Program offers participants the opportunity to shadow a woman in state government — including the lieutenant governor or a member of the Illinois General Assembly — in her Springfield office or in her respective district. Learn more about the project and apply on Submittable. Applications are due May 31.
If you have questions or need more information about the Illinois Girls Lead program, please contact Leadership and Inclusion Subcommittee Co-Chair Nikita Richards at 872-588-6130 or email@example.com.
Amazing Race: Stomach The Challenge
Thompson Summer Athletic Camps
Thompson will be holding sports camps this summer for all grade levels. Volleyball camps for 8th graders will begin on June 5th. Girls and boys basketball camps begin on July 10th. Volleyball (5th-6th grade and 7th grade), cross country, and cheer camps are running the week of July 31st. Football camp is the week of August 7th from 3:45 - 5:45 pm. Sign up using PushCoin. Join us for these fun activities and make new friends!
St. Charles East Ultimate Frisbee Summer Camp
Interested in joining ultimate frisbee's summer camp, the Ulti Summer Chill, hosted at East High School? The cost is $65 on PushCoin.
All genders and skill levels are welcome. Everyone will receive an athletic shirt and disc. It will be on Wednesday nights: June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, & 19.
St. Charles North Summer Camps
The SCN Athletic Department is excited to offer a wide variety of summer camps to the community. Information and programming can be found in their 2023 SCN Summer Camp Brochure. Please contact their Athletic Office at 331-228-6258 with questions.
Girls Golf Camp - Grades 6-12
St. Charles North Girls Golf will be offering a summer camp May 30, 2023 to June 2, 2023, based at Prairie Landings (Tuesday & Wednesday) 10:00am - 1:00pm) and Pottawatomie (Thursday and Friday). During the 2 days at Prairie Landings practice facilities, players will work Driver/woods/hybrids, irons, approach play, bunker shots, putting from on and off the green and will have the opportunity to practice these areas of the game on the practice holes. Click here for more information.
During the 9 hole rounds at Pottawatomie (Thursday 10:00am and Friday 11:00am) participants will be coached on how to play with a strong mental approach using 'neutral thinking', understand tactics of golf, and enhance their knowledge of the rules and different game formats - matchplay, stroke play, best ball and scramble. You can choose to complete the 4 day camp or attend either of the 2 day camps.
Dates to Remember
- Friday, May 26 - Last Day of School
Friday, May 26 - 4th Quarter Grades posted in the Home Access Center
- Thursday, August 3 - Material Pickup Days/School Pictures - 1:00 - 7:00 pm
- Tuesday, August 8 - Material Pickup Days/School Pictures - 1:00 - 7:00 pm
- Wednesday, August 9 - 6th Grade Student Orientations (optional) - Throughout the Day
- Monday, August 14 - First Day of School
- Friday, September 1 - Teacher Institute Day
- Monday, September 4 - Labor Day Holiday
- Tuesday, September 5 - 6th Grade Curriculum Night - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
- Wednesday, September 6 - 7th/8th Grade Curriculum Night - 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Thompson Middle School
Mrs. Michelle Dague - Interim Principal
Ms. Lindsay Mortensen - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Danielle Moeller - Student Support Coordinator
Mr. Sam Pasholk - Student Support Coordinator
Location: 705 West Main Street
Phone: (331) 228-3100