Tiger's Tale

October 02 , 2020

Thompson Junior High Website

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Message From The Principal

Welcome to October and the real beginning of Fall!

I’d like to recognize our Outstanding Tigers for this past week. I am copying and pasting the very positive points mentioned by our students, staff, and our parents.

Mr. Donovan has put in a great deal of time to learn the technology necessary to help his students achieve. He has shared his knowledge with his students and their parents, in effort to make learning as easy as possible. Mr. Donovan knows the importance of building relationships with his students and has made many efforts to do so. Nominated by Steve Balihan, parent

Brayden Swanson is an outstanding choice for an Outstanding Tiger who ROARS. He is always on time, which can be challenging considering he is an 8th grader who starts his day in an 8:00 ELA class! Not only does he arrive on time and prepared, he always brings a great personality and sense of humor. As if that wasn't enough, Brayden is always ready to participate in class. When material is challenging/confusing, Brayden takes advantage of reaching out to his teachers to discuss ways he can remain successful. In short, Brayden exemplifies those positive traits that students need in order to be the best version of themselves! Nominated by Mr. Buono, Teacher

The Thompson Administration would like to recognize our Home & School Committee.


Betsy Santana (President)

Gina Garza (Vice President)

Becca Garcia (Treasurer)

Angie Lovero (Secretary)

As principal, I would like to thank the Thompson Home & School committee. Ms. Santana and her team work so well in supporting our students and making their junior high experience fun and exciting! They volunteer many of their personal hours working with our community members to fundraise. These additional monies create opportunities for our students to work and play together. Our H & S committee also understands the difficult job our teachers have. They continually work with administration in thinking of ideas and ways to make our teachers feel valued and appreciated. I see first hand the positive impact they have on the Thompson culture. I know our building would not be the same without them. Thank you very much!

Follow us at Twitter handle: @thompson308

FB: facebook.com/thompsonjuniorhighschool

Thank you for your support of Thompson.

Stay safe and be well!

Principal DeFeo

Outstanding Tiger Nomination

Students, staff, and parents/guardians can nominate fellow students, staff members, and/or parents/guardians who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate our Tiger Values: Responsible, Organized, Active participant, Respectful, Strives for excellence. One staff member, student, and parent/ guardian will be celebrated each week using your nomination rationale! Nomination form here

What's Happening at Thompson

  • October 12th, No School, Columbus Day (District Closed)

STAR Testing Information

The Star assessment for Reading and Math will begin next week. Testing will be conducted remotely and teachers will monitor the assessment via Google Hangouts Meet. Here is our schedule:

8th Grade
  • Reading 9/22 in ELA classes
  • Math 9/24 in ELA classes

6th and 7th Grades
  • Reading 9/29 in ELA classes
  • Math 10/1 in ELA classes

Make-ups will be during student support hour from 10/5-10/9.

Keys to a successful STAR assessment:

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Eat a good breakfast
  • Try your best!
  • Review log in information for Google and Clever Portal

Thank you for your assistance!


Meet Your Student Council Officers ...

Sydney Shonibare, 7th Grade- President

Amaya Lee 7th- President

Amyla Thomas, 7th Grade- Vice President

A note from your officers:

"This year in student council we will be coming up with ways to make remote learning a lot better and fun for us and the teachers.

We will be trying to make y’all more excited to come to school and learn or at least join the meeting."

Coming soon.... Thankful Thursdays and more chances to be in our opportunity drawings!

National Custodial Worker's Recognition Day

We would like to recognize our amazing custodial staff: Mark Campbell, Scott Hart, Jose "Tre" Soto, Brad Tannenbaum and Sonia Wennmacher.

The efforts of our custodial staff go above and beyond any expectation. Working through the harsh cold of winter shoveling snow to the hottest days of summer preparing the building for returning in the fall. This group strives to provide a clean and safe environment for all students, staff members and guests that enter our building. They take great pride in the work they provide and we are lucky to have them as part of the Tiger family.

Your dedication to Thompson is truly appreciated.

Community Information

The Oswego Satellite location of the Kendall County Community Food Pantry will be open from 6:00pm - 8:00pm the first Friday of each month.

Location: East View Academy Gym, 4175 Rte 71, Oswego, IL 60543

Process: The pantry will operate as a drive-up - please follow the signs in the parking lot.

** Please bring form of identification with name and address for on-site registration when you arrive for the pantry.

2020 Dates: 10/22, 11/06, 12/04

2021 Dates: 01/08*, 02/05, 03/05, 04/02, 05/07, 06/04

*denotes a date change from the 1st Friday

Kendall County Food Pantry Flyer

Kendall County Food Pantry Flyer - Spanish


Organization isn't always about writing things down and color-coding. It is about your space, too! When you are finished with remote learning for the day, take a few minutes and tidy up your work area. Throw out things you don't need, and file things away that you will need again. Before you go to bed, make sure everything is in the right place so you can start fresh the next day. If your work area is clean, you will be free from distractions and ready to take on the day!

“Organization isn't about perfection; it's about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life.” ~Christina Scalise

Remote Learning Spaces For Excellence

How to Check Out a Book from the LRC

Students are able to check out books from the Thompson LRC while we are remote learning. Students can log into the online Destiny catalog and put up to three (3) books on hold.

During LRC Orientation this fall, students practiced logging into Destiny and putting a book on hold. Please click the following link if students need help logging into Destiny:

Destiny Login Directions

Our next LRC book pick up will be on Tuesday, October 27th from 3-5 p.m. Books must be placed on hold by Friday, October 23rd. Mrs. Buan will send an email to students confirming that their books are ready to be picked up on the 27th.

Counselor's Corner

Amy Shaw - Counselor A-L

Email: ashaw@sd308.org

Phone: (630)636-2614

Ashley Gilbert - Counselor M-Z

Email: agilbert@sd308.org

Phone: (630)636-2615

"Check out the counselor's Bitmoji Classroom! If you click on certain items in the classroom you will notice there are links attached. Here you can find a variety of resources including:

-Interesting and fun articles

-Stress relief coloring pages

-Educational and helpful videos

-Remote learning expectations

-Helpful tips and coping strategies

-Tips for surviving JH

-Community resources

-College & career information


Also, if you click on our bitmoji characters, you or your student can book a virtual appointment with us!"

Nurse's Nook

Nurse's Fun Fact: Did you know, that you use 200 muscles to take one step!



Please send in your updated physicals and updated immunizations, if you

have not already done so, by October 14th, 2020.

**6th grade needs T-DAP and meningitis vaccines

If you have any questions contact Kathy Struve, Building Nurse.

Email: kstruve@sd308.org

Phone: (630)636-2602

Fax: (630)636-2697

Get to Know ... John Bachio

Hello. My name is Mr. Bachio. I teach 7th and 8th grade Physical Education. this is my 25th year now of teaching. I have taught at Thompson all of my teaching career and I consider it my second home. I received my Associate's degree from Illinois Valley Community College and my Bachelor's degree from Aurora University. While at Aurora, I was a member of the baseball team which placed 2nd in the nation in 1990. I also obtained my Master's degree in Education from Olivet Nazarene University. I really enjoy working with the students to try and teach them the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. I also enjoy building relationships with them to help them feel comfortable in class and around school. I have also coached baseball at Oswego High School for the last 27 years. I'm looking forward to getting back to school soon so I can see all of my students.

Get to Know ... Beth Gray

I was born and raised in Oswego and was a Thompson Tiger myself! This is year 20 at Thompson for me! I have taught both 6th grade and 7th grade Social Studies. I am a mother of three kids. They are 9, 7, and 6. For college, I did my undergrad in History at North Central College and got my masters from Rockford University. Fine arts have always been a passion of mine throughout high school, college, and my professional career. I was on both music and theater scholarship at North Central College. My instrument of choice for nearly 15 years was the oboe. Also, I run the Thompson Drama Department. This year is our 20th anniversary. I am also an avid White Sox fan, and I have a weakness for dark chocolate!

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?

This is a FREE resource and the use of the Care Closet is confidential and anonymous.

Simply scan the QR code to the right! You will then fill out a Google Form using your child’s student ID #. Your items will be available for pick up in the Main Office the following day! We are also happy to set up appointments for you to shop in the Care Closet before or after school!

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.

From the Front office (Updated Reminders)


  • Report a student absence by calling the Attendance Line at (630)636-2601.

  • Student absence reporting during Remote Learning is still required. Please call the attendance line if your child will not be present in class for any reason (ex: doctor, dentist, technology problems, etc). We will be able to update the appropriate attendance code in Tyler.

  • Important: Please remind your student(s) to complete the google doc each and every Wednesday by noon. - This helps the front office to track attendance on a timely basis. Please call (630)636-2600 if you have any questions regarding this process.

Material Pick-Up

Families who are still in need of picking up class handouts or books, may call the front office at (630)636-2600. The staff will gather your materials and leave them for pick-up in the main vestibule. The doors are unlocked Monday - Friday, 7:00am - 3:30pm

** We currently have several novels that have not yet been picked up. Please call the office to arrange a convenient day and time to stop by.

Technology Links

Tyler SIS Helpline

Having trouble with Tyler SIS?

Please email the Tyler helpline at TylerHelp@sd308.org

Tyler SIS Parent/Student Portal


Student Password Reset


New!! 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.


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!)