Thompson Friday Forecast

November 18, 2022

From the Principal...Steve Morrill

Next week is the first significant break from school since the school year began on August 10th. I hope this time away from Thompson will provide your family with an opportunity for reflection on the first several months of school. I encourage you to talk with your child about highlights from the year so far, new interests or skills your child is developing, and any school challenges that they are navigating. In terms of the conversation about challenges, please help your child to develop a problem-solving mindset and grow their self-advocacy skills. Encourage your child to connect with their ‘trusted adult’ at Thompson as they work through school challenges.

I wish you and yours a restful, memorable Thanksgiving week with those who are important to you.


History of Thanksgiving (Courtesy of the History Channel) “In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.”
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2022 Holiday Cookies

Help our staff at Thompson have a sweet treat this holiday season!

Drop off homemade treats in disposable containers to the main office anytime on Thursday, December 15th or up until 9:00am on the morning of December 16th. Assembling and distribution will take place on Friday, December 16th from 9:30 - 11:30 am in Thompson's Main Foyer.

What can you bake? Anything your family loves! We ask that you donate in increments of 2 dozen, anything from cookies, brownies, or any holiday sweet treat. These will be boxed up and given to staff members. If you make GLUTEN free or NUT free cookies, please label them that way, BEFORE you drop them off! If possible, please no chocolate chip cookies.

If you have any questions, please contact

i-Ready Mid-Year Diagnostics

The i-Ready Mid-Year Diagnostics for both reading and math will be conducted after Thanksgiving Break. Our testing schedule will be as follows:

  • Wednesday, November 30th: i-Ready Math Diagnostic - 8:40am - 10:40am

  • Thursday, December 1st: i-Ready Reading Diagnostic - 8:40am - 10:40am

Diagnostic makeups will take place from Friday, December 2nd - Friday, December 16th. The information provided from this diagnostic will be used to identify student growth and help teachers plan for future instruction and will provide opportunities for students to work on their personal pathway. Please click here to access an informational letter from Mr. Dave Chizsar, the D303 Director of Assessment and Accountability. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s counselor for assistance.

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8th Grade Students High School Counselor Visit

On Tuesday, November 29th, all 8th grade students will be meeting with their high school counselors for a 45 minute presentation. For this meeting, students will need their Chromebooks as they will be learning how to locate information on the high school websites in preparation for course registration which will take place in late January.

We will be hosting these meetings during 2nd period from 9:30 - 10:15 am.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Christy Jolaoso, 8th grade counselor, Ms. Lindsay Mortensen, Assistant Principal, or Mrs. Michelle Dague, Assistant Principal with questions.

Toys for Kids

The Salvation Army is sponsoring its annual Jim Wheeler Toys For Kids program. This program collects and distributes toys for the needy children of the Tri-City area. The program is named in honor of the late Jim Wheeler who was the creator and driver behind this effort.

Please consider purchasing an unwrapped toy for a child and placing it in the toy collection box in our main foyer by Thursday, December 8th. Thank you for your support!

Thompson Middle School Spelling Bee

The buzz around Thompson Middle School is that there will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, December 6th from 3:45 - 4:30 pm in Room 212 for any student who is interested in participating in this year’s TMS Spelling Bee. At this meeting, students will be given more information, a permission slip, and a practice guide to support them as they prepare for this big day!

Spelling Bee Practice Rounds will take place on Tuesday, December 13th from 3:45 - 4:45 pm in Room 212. The schoolwide Spelling Bee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18, 2023 beginning at 4:00 pm in the LRC. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Gupta at

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View Notification Preferences/Enable Text Messages

This week’s first snow is a great reminder to make sure the contact information you’ve provided the District is up-to-date. We want to ensure you’re getting timely alerts on inclement weather operations and other important notifications.

District 303 will send notifications to families through the ParentLink system by text message, phone call and email based on your settings. Parents/guardians can view and edit their contact settings through the Home Access Center.

To receive timely emergency communications, we strongly encourage families to enable text notifications. For most people, this is the fastest way to receive and view important messages. Here’s how:

  • From the HAC main menu, select the “registration” tab to view your contact settings
  • Select the “edit” button to change your contact settings
  • To enable text message notifications, enter your cell phone number in the SMS/text message field
  • Select the “save” button

Users can only update their child(ren) and personal contact information. You will not be able to make changes to another parent/guardian's contact information. For updates to emergency contact people, please reach out to the school directly.
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Join a Club! Get Involved!

Check out the Daily Announcements and join in the fun activities happening at TMS.

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 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 ( or Diane Pollilo (, 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.
D303 Parent University

D303's commitment to educating students extends to our families. Parent University is our way of empowering parents and guardians to support their children’s academic, social and emotional needs through a series of information sessions.

Thompson PTO

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

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Dates to Remember

  • Monday, November 21 - Wednesday, November 23 - Non Attendance Days
  • Thursday, November 24 - Friday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Tuesday, November 29 - High School Counselor Visits for 8th graders - 9:30 - 10:15 am
  • Wednesday, November 30 - Early Release Day - Students are dismissed at 2:52 pm
  • Wednesday, November 30 - Math i-Ready Diagnostic - 8:40 - 10:40 am
  • Thursday, December 1 - Reading i-Ready Diagnostic - 8:40 - 10:40 am
  • Wednesday, December 7 - PTO Meeting (Virtual) - 9:00 - 10:00 am
  • Thursday, December 22 - Monday, January 9 - Winter Break
  • Tuesday, January 10 - School Resumes for Students
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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

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