Thompson Friday Forecast

September 16, 2022

From the Principal...Steve Morrill

Parent/Teacher Conferences

One opportunity for home/school collaboration will take place on October 6th and 7th with Parent/Teacher conferences. These two days will provide parents and their children the time to meet with your middle school teachers. Parents can sign up for an in person or virtual conference by following the directions further in this Friday Forecast newsletter. Please consider reaching out to connect with your child’s teachers as I believe the personal interaction between parents and teachers is one of the most important actions that can be taken to support our middle schoolers on their educational journey.


Check-In

As the end of the first quarter is less than a month away, please take the time to talk with your student about his/her work during this quarter. What has been going well? What has been a challenge? If you have any questions about your child’s school work, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. Also, remember to use Schoology to check on your student's progress, classwork, and grades. To learn more about this Learner Management System(LMS), please click here for some links to resources that will support your navigating this new platform.


Thank you for taking an active role in your child’s learning!

~Steve

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

The Pick-A-Time portal for conferences will open on September 23rd at 7:00 am and will close on October 3rd at midnight. Once the portal closes, parents will not be able to schedule a time for these conference dates.


Conferences will be held either Zoom or in person and each conference will be eight minutes long with a four minute transition. Directions:

  1. Login to your HAC (HOME ACCESS CENTER) Account

  2. Click on the link for "Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduler"

  3. Be sure to ONLY choose Q1 teachers!


A few notes about sign-up:

  1. Parents should not feel obligated to sign-up for conferences. If your child is doing well at school, both academically and socially, then you might choose not to have a conference. If your child is struggling, we would suggest that you do come to conferences.

  2. You might only feel the need to meet one or a few teachers. There is no obligation to meet every teacher.

  3. If you wish to visit the explore teachers, please sign-up to visit your child’s first-quarter explore teacher.

  4. You can sign-up for a conference with a teacher only one time. Our student services team (counselors, social workers) will be available for conferences as well.

  5. In some cases, a teacher may contact you in advance to set-up a conference time. That means we want to guarantee you a time to meet with your child’s teacher or entire team.

  6. You are welcome to have your Thunder student with you during conferences! It is important that they hear what you hear. They are of the age when they are mature and responsible enough to be part of the conversation whether via Zoom or in-person.

Join a Club! Get Involved!

Even more clubs are starting! Check out the Daily Announcements and join in the fun activities! Clubs are listed on the Thompson Website. Students can join the Schoology groups with their district accounts.
  • It is that time of year to join our Spanish Club. You do not have to speak Spanish! Join us for fun activities to learn about the history and culture of many different Spanish speaking countries. We meet every Monday that we have school from 3:40 - 4:30 pm in the 6-1 Pod. All are welcome!

  • Games Club Our first meeting will be Monday, October 3, 2022. We will meet in room 230 after school until 4:30 pm. We have many new games this year. All are welcome.

  • Builders Club: Our next meeting will be on Monday, September 19th from 3:40 - 4:30 pm in Room 133. Please come and help us prepare for our donation project for Cradles to Crayons!

  • HOPE Club will be meeting next Thursday morning 9/22 from 7:45-8:30 in room 136. HOPE stands for Helping Others Protect Each other. HOPE is a club that promotes kindness, while spreading positive messages throughout the school.

  • Join Backstage Crew for "Addams Family the Musical". Click on this link for more information.


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Thunder Spirit Wear Delayed

The delivery of Thompson Spirit Wear has been delayed until the end of next week (by September 23rd). Thank you for your patience.

TMS After School Tutoring Program

'North Stars Helping Thunder' is an after school tutoring program where St. Charles North High School Honors students help our Thunder students with their homework. This program started last week and runs from 3:45 - 4:30 pm every Tuesday and Thursday in the LRC. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Romano (Sarah.romano@d303.org) or Diane Pollilo (Louise.polillo@d303.org), Thompson Staff Facilitators. Please consider encouraging your child to take advantage of these resources!

After School Activity Bus

The Thompson after school activity bus runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students sign up for the bus with the club adviser who they are meeting with that afternoon. The bus route is posted on the Thompson website under Activities. The times are estimated as the number of students riding the bus will fluctuate.
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D303 LRC Monthly Newsletter

The D303 LRC Monthly Community Newsletter is designed to share information on literacy-based special events and programs in our area as well as promote a joy for reading and technology in the homes of D303 families. Check it out!

Food Services

The elementary and middle schools food service vendor is OrganicLife. Breakfast and lunch will be offered to students. Click here for more information, view menus, and obtain a free or reduced lunch application. Students will not have to pre-order meals this year and there will be more choices offered for lunch. Lunch and breakfast will no longer be free for all students.


Organic Life, the K-8 Food Service provider is looking for candidates to serve as Cashiers, Food Service Workers & Lunchroom Supervisors for the 2022-2023 school year in School District 303. Please contact Patricia Burton at 331-228-5242 or patricia.burton@d303.org for more information.

Thunder Students and Staff!

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Thompson PTO

Check out the Thompson PTO website by clicking on the button above! Facebook: @ThompsonMiddleSchoolPTO

Dates to Remember

  • Monday, September 19 - Friday, September 23 - TMS Spirit Week
  • Wednesday, September 28 - Early Release Day - Students are dismissed at 2:52 pm
  • Wednesday, October 5 - PTO Meeting (virtual) - 9:00 - 10:00 am
  • Thursday, October 6 - MS Parent/Teacher Conferences - 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

  • Friday, October 7 - MS Parent/Teacher Conferences - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Monday, October 10 - No School for Students - Columbus Day Holiday
  • Wednesday, October 12 - Walk to School Day
  • Friday, October 14 - End of the 1st Quarter
  • Wednesday, October 26 - Early Release Day - Students are dismissed at 2:52 pm
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Thompson Middle School

Mr. Steve Morrill - Principal

Mrs. Michelle Dague - Assistant Principal

Ms. Lindsay Mortensen - Assistant Principal

Mrs. Danielle Moeller - Student Support Coordinator

Mr. Sam Pasholk - Student Support Coordinator

Let's Talk!

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