Thompson Friday Forecast

Summer Edition #1 - June 14, 2019

From the Principal...Steve Morrill

First and Last…...Happy first week of summer to all! Last week at Thompson was bittersweet as we not only said goodbye to our 8th graders heading to high school and our 6th and 7th graders headed to summer, we also said goodbye to the Haines building as a middle school. Haines and the people who have worked here over the years have served this community well. Memories of this building and the people who spent time here will endure. Just like you, I am eager to see what the next chapter will be for the former Haines Middle School.

We spent much of last Friday saying goodbyes, signing yearbooks, experiencing “last day” activities, and celebrating student accomplishments. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge a few significant Thompson Middle School student achievements, starting with academics.

The following 8th graders maintained straight A’s throughout their 3 years at the middle school. What a huge accomplishment! Congratulations to:

  • Jordyn Chandler

  • Ella Roth

  • Kaitlyn Smith

  • Katrina Gass

  • Connor Glanzman

  • Alyssa Hughes

  • Isabella Najera

  • Ava Goettel

  • Caden Johnson

  • Brenna Jun

  • Robyn Meador

  • Henry White

  • Kara Claussner

  • Sumaiya Farook

  • Adeline Grimm

  • Brooke Klint

  • Ieva Sapiega

Last Friday morning, the St. Charles American Legion presented their prestigious award to Molly Denz, Mitch Garcia, and Jackson Belich.

Additionally, our 8th grade team Citizenship Awards were presented to:

  • Team 8-1 - Ty Landrowski and Audrey Kruk

  • Team 8-2 - Beatrice Carlile and Nikhil Gupta

  • Team 8-3 - Lauren Balster and Jackson Belich

  • Team 8-4 - John Gleason and Hazel Hernandez

  • Team 8-5 - Kara Claussner and Patrick Connolly

In the area of performing music, Amy Backer Memorial Music Awards were presented to Max McClure, Brynn Mitchell, and Emily Watanapongse.

Each year students are asked to submit a famous quote which they believe best represents what the 8th grade class would like to leave their middle school friends. This year’s Legacy Quote, suggested by Kaleb Garcia is: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go!” - Dr. Seuss

Lastly, I would also like to share a few pieces of information regarding next school year. Beginning in the fall, a tutorial time of 25 minutes will be included in our middle school schedule. The school start and end times will not be changing, however this additional time will be for students to check in with adults. Also, our school improvement days for next will look a little different from previous years. Next year, our SIP days will be ½ days of attendance for students. At the middle school level, students will be released at 12:10 pm while teachers will be engaged in professional learning for the remainder of the day.

I wish each of you a safe and memorable summer season and I hope you are all able to capitalize on the “gift of additional time” that summer is able to provide many of us.


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Summer Reading

All incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Thompson students are expected to self-select and read at least ONE book before school begins on August 14th, 2019. This book may be chosen from the book links provided below OR can be any book of a student’s choosing.

When students finish their book, they should access the TMS LRC website and either 1) print and complete the book log, OR 2) complete the Student Summer Reading google form. While reading ONE book is expected, we would love to see all Thompson students finish multiple books this summer. Students will participate in an activity related to their chosen book during the first week of class.

For more summer reading ideas and an opportunity to win great prizes, please visit the Saint Charles Public Library and check out their summer reading program for middle school students (May 30th - August 8th). Feel free to visit other libraries as well!

Please click here for more information. Happy reading!

Summer Reading Meet-up

Join us at the Saint Charles Public Library on Wednesdays this summer from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. This is a great time to choose new summer reading books, find games and resources, see your teachers, and hang out with your friends.

Meet us at the Saint Charles Library from 1:00 - 2:00 pm on the following dates: June 12th, June 19th, June 26th, July 10th, July 17th, July 24th, and July 31st.

Sign up for reminders by texting @g378hg to 81010.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Pierce or Mrs. Leppin. Click here to view a flyer about this opportunity.

Thompson Phone #s

We all looking forward to being under one roof next year! Here are the phone numbers to reach the school, the fax machine, and the health office:

  • 331-228-3100 (main line)
  • 331-228-3101 (fax)
  • 331-228-3104 (health office)

During the summer, we are open every day except for the Fourth of July holiday and July 5th. Our office hours are 7:30 am - 3:00 pm.

Material Pick-Up Days

Material pick-Up days are planned for Tuesday, August 6th and Wednesday, August 7th from 2:00 - 7:00 pm each day.

What can students do on material pick-up days?

  • Get a copy of their schedule if they haven't already done so in HAC
  • Walk their schedule
  • Put supplies in their lockers
  • Purchase PTO Spirit Wear
  • Learn more about opportunities to get involved with the PTO
  • Contribute to the PTO Write-a-Check campaign
  • Pick up their Chromebook
  • Pick up locks, calculators, and heart rate monitor straps (free to 6th graders and new students)
  • Get answers to any scheduling questions

What won't we be doing on material pick-up days?

  • Taking student portraits and getting IDs made. This will be done during the school day on Wednesday, August 21st.

Families new to D303 are invited to meet with Mr. Morrill on Wednesday, August 7th at 5:30 pm.

Please call the main office if you have any questions at 331-228-3100.

Curriculum Nights

Thompson’s Curriculum Night for 6th grade parents will be held on Tuesday, September 3rd and 7th and 8th grade parents will be held on Thursday, September 5th both beginning at 6:30 pm. Please allow 15 minutes for parking and getting to your student’s first hour classroom.

The format for the night will give you the opportunity to meet your student’s teachers, learn about this year’s curriculum, and hear about classroom expectations while following your child’s schedule found in HAC. Students are encouraged to take a picture of their schedule and share it with you. The evening will conclude before 9:00 pm. We hope all will be able to attend!

Middle School Student Schedules for 2019-2020

Schedules for the 2019-2020 school year for middle school students will be available in H.A.C. after 5:00 pm on Friday, July 26, 2019.
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SAVE THE DATE! Fox Mill 5K & Color Run Honoring Kayla Lehmann

Please join us for the Fox Mill 5K & 1-Mile Color Run/Walk on September 7, 2019 honoring Thompson graduate Kayla Lehmann. Kayla, who passed away on April 7, 2018, was a St. Charles East freshman who was passionate about music while also being an avid reader and gifted writer.

Proceeds from this year's race will benefit Kayla's Hope (, a foundation that seeks to take away the stigma of depression and mental illness so that no one has to suffer in silence. For more information, to register, or to make a donation, please visit

Sign up for Summer Camps!

D303 offers a variety of summer school, athletic and music camp opportunities at our schools. Join us for these fun activities and meet new friends! Summer sports camps offered at Thompson Middle School include:

Girls and Boys Basketball - July 15-19

  • 5th-6th Grade Boys - 9:00 - 10:30 am
  • 7th-8th Grade Boys - 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
  • 6th-8th Grade Girls - 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Girls Volleyball - August 5-9

  • 7th Grade - 8:00 - 9:30 am
  • 5th-6th Grade - 9:30 - 11:00 am
  • 8th Grade - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Football - August 5-9

  • 6th-8th Grade - 8:00 - 10:00 am

Girls and Boys Cross Country - August 5-9

  • 6th-8th Grade - 8:00 - 9:30 am

Cheerleading - August 5-9

  • 6th-8th Grade - 2:15 - 3:45 pm

The cost is $70 per child and includes a T-shirt. These camps are a great way to learn new skills, make new friends, meet the coaches, and have fun!

Online Check, Credit Card, and Debit Card payments now being accepted. Please visit and click on the PushCoin Web Store

Also, visit our Summer School & Camps page to view brochures that provide detailed information on the various offerings and grade levels served for each offering at each school. Summer camp brochures are also linked to this Friday Forecast. Registration can be completed by visiting PushCoin or returning the forms to the main office.

Summer Chess Camp

As you know, summer is just around the corner and we are ready to offer a Chess Camp for students interested in learning and playing chess. Thompson Middle School has a very vibrant and active Chess Club that plays in tournaments throughout the year. Chess summer camp will be a week filled with instruction, playing games, and a tournament. The philosophy is the same as other camps at Thompson—have fun, improve skills, and learn good sportsmanship.

When: June 24-28 from 9:00 - 10:30 am

Where: Thompson Middle School, 7/8 Center LRC

Cost: $70 per child. The cost of the camp will include a T-shirt

Online Check, Credit Card, and Debit Card payments now being accepted. Please visit and click on the PushCoin Web Store

School Tool Box

Our PTO has teamed up with School Tool Box to give you the option of purchasing prepackaged school supplies for next year. Place your order online and it will be delivered directly to your home address. You will have the option to customize your order by adding or removing items. Be sure to place your order early to allow plenty of time for your supplies to arrive before school starts. With every box sold, School Tool Box will provide a meal to a child in need. Questions?? Please email Lori Sheehy.

Please use this link to place your order.

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Thompson PTO

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Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, August 6 - Material Pick up Day 2:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 7 - Material Pick up Day 2:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Friday, August 9 - Optional 6th Grade Student Orientation - AM (Time TBD)
  • Wednesday, August 14 - First Day of School
  • Wednesday, August 21 - School Pictures/IDs taken during the school day
  • Friday, August 30 - School Improvement Day - Middle school students released at 12:10
  • Monday, September 2 - Labor Day - No School
  • Tuesday, September 3 - 6th Grade Curriculum Night for parents - 6:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 5 - 7th/8th Grade Curriculum Night for parents - 6:30 pm

Thompson Middle School

Mr. Steve Morrill - Principal

Mrs. Sarah Cann - Assistant Principal

Mr. Shane Darnell - Assistant Principal

Dr. Alicia Honnert - Assistant Principal

Mrs. Kristy McKnight - Assistant Principal