Thompson Friday Forecast

December 20, 2019

From the Principal...Steve Morrill

Winter Break

Winter Break begins at the end of the day today and will run through Friday, January 3, 2020. Teachers will return to school on Monday, January 6, 2020, but that is a non-attendance day for students. Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Enjoy your winter break! The main office will be open on December 23rd, 26th, 27th, 30th, January 2nd, and 3rd.

Fall Sports

As our second set of fall sports have come to an end, I would like to thank the athletes, parents, and coaches for their dedication and flexibility during this season. Congratulations to all of our student athletes!

Third Quarter
The third quarter begins when we return from winter break. Winter break provides a great opportunity for family discussions about academic progress and encouraging your student to start the next quarter strong. Please contact your child’s teachers or guidance counselor if you have any questions. Please have your child check Home Access Center to verify their third quarter classes on January 6th!

During this winter break, please be sure to connect with your middle schooler. Listen to what your children are saying and enjoy their company during this family time. School breaks provide the great gift of TIME and the opportunity for parents to catch up with kids and assess how things are going.

Thompson PTO
Thank you to all of the Thompson families who provided cookies for our staff this week. We appreciate all of the time you spent baking for us! And please encourage your middle schooler to attend one of the grade level Amazing Race/Scavenger Hunts the week we return from break. These events are sponsored by the PTO.

Our sincerest thanks goes out to the entire PTO for their continued support and partnership.

I wish each and every one of you a safe and restful winter break! See you on January 7th!

Grade Level Amazing Races!

Mark your calendars as the grade level Amazing Race/Scavenger Hunts will be held after school the week we return from Winter Break. These scavenger hunt-style events will send the kids on group challenges throughout the school, providing lots of fun while encouraging them to use their analytical, communication and social skills. The PTO will be providing healthy snacks for the kids and support for helping out with the activities. Please check out this sign-up for volunteer opportunities and food/drink/supplies donations.There will be prizes for winners, raffle prizes, and food. These will take place from 3:30 - 5:00 pm on:

  • 6th Grade - Tuesday, January 7th

  • 7th Grade - Wednesday, January 8th

  • 8th Grade - Thursday, January 9th

These events are supported by the Thompson PTO. Please click on the links below to provide snacks or volunteer your time. Thank you!

6th Grade Sign up Genius

7th Grade Sign up Genius

8th Grade Sign up Genius

All students are encouraged and invited to attend these free events! What a great way to start out the new year!

Patriot’s Pen Winners

On December 18th, five Thompson students were awarded prizes from the St. Charles VFW for entering a writing contest called Patriot's Pen. Thompson students wrote a 300 to 400-word essay about a patriotic topic and were judged by local veterans from the St. Charles VFW.

Your Thompson teachers are so proud of you!

Pictured from left to right are: Owen McNally, Tommi Bachta, Liza Kadyschuk, Aya Belhandouz, and Reagan Sipla.

Middle School Top Chef Competition

Do you want to be the next Middle School Top Chef? Join the Thompson Team for the 12th Annual D303 Middle School Cooking Competition. This year the theme is all about the color orange. The competition is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students competing as individuals or in teams of 2. Official team selection of the top 15 dishes will take place during the last week of January 2020. To enter, fill out a registration form and submit a recipe along with 10 samples of a dish containing visible orange color to Mrs. Schmidt in room 121 during the week of January 27 to January 31, 2020.

The competition will be held on Saturday morning February 29, 2020 at St. Charles East High School. Registration forms are available in the FACS room, and just outside of the office. Please contact Mrs. Schmidt for details and to answer any questions!

High School Information for our 8th Grade Families

In anticipation of next year, counselors and administrative staff from St. Charles East and St. Charles North high schools came to visit our Thompson students and provide them with information about high school registration and to introduce themselves to your student. The purpose of this meeting was to introduce students to their counselor and to discuss course planning for Freshman year.

Students received a Freshman Course Request Form on December 4th. Students will need to complete this form and bring it with them when they meet with their high school counselor in mid-January. Details about the appointments will be available after winter break.

8th grade students can start inputting their course choices in HAC on December 23rd. This needs to be completed before January 14th. Please click on HAC instructions for more information about entering course requests in HAC.

Please click here for a link to the high school website to view information about the course selection process.

Please click here for a chart to determine your child’s high school counselor. Please contact your high school counselor if you have questions about high school classes.

In addition to their visit to Thompson, the high schools have also communicated the dates for the Future Saints and North Star Nights. They are scheduled as follows:

  • St. Charles East Future Saints Night: Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 6:30 pm

  • St. Charles North Future North Stars Night: Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 6:15 pm

The purpose of these evenings is to provide information regarding the curriculum offered at the high school, as well as introduce students to the various activities/clubs/sports available to the class of 2024. If you have any questions about these evenings, please don’t hesitate to contact the high schools or access their school websites for more information.

D303 Volunteers

Volunteers play an important part in our school community. Whether you help in a classroom, the office, with after school activities, or in another capacity, we appreciate you giving your time and talent to Thompson Middle School.

For the safety and security of our students, staff members, and other visitors, District 303 is now asking that anyone who regularly volunteers in our school or chaperones an overnight school trip follow a volunteer protocol. The protocol includes signing a volunteer liability form and completing a background check, including fingerprinting, through the Kane County Regional Office of Education.

The Regional Office of Education is located at 28 N. First Street in Geneva. Appointments can only be made online at To be fingerprinted and processed as a volunteer for District 303, the fee is $40. Checks may be made payable to the ROE.

Thank you for helping us keep our schools safe and your support of Thompson Middle School!

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Parent Satisfaction Survey

Every year, District 303 conducts a satisfaction survey that gives us meaningful feedback from our students, teachers and parents. As part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) we are participating in the statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about Thompson Middle School.

The Parent Survey is currently open and will remain so through February 14, 2020. To take the survey, please visit and select the appropriate survey.

We value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to provide Thompson Middle School with your input!

Thompson Yearbook

Every year, Thompson students publish a Thompson Yearbook. Students who decide to purchase a yearbook are given this keepsake at the end of the school year. Buying a yearbook is optional and not all students choose to own one. The price of the yearbook is $25.

Have you ordered your Thompson 19-20 Yearbook? You can check your PushCoin account to see if you have purchased one by going to 'transactions' and then adjusting the start date back to April 1, 2019. We are extending the due date for ordering books to Thursday, January 16, 2020. Contact Kim Walters ( or 331-228-6410) if you have any questions or need financial assistance. Or stop in the main office during conferences!

Holiday Lights Recycling

Thompson is proud to be participating in the Holiday Lights Recycling program sponsored by American In Bloom - St. Charles, Elgin Recycling, and the City of St. Charles! In the past two years, these organizations have kept over 6000 pounds of lights out of landfills.

Drop off working or non-working Holiday Lights to the large bin in our main foyer. These include:

  • Traditional Holiday Lights

  • LED Holiday Lights

  • Italian Mini Holiday Lights

  • Rope Lights

  • Extension Cords

Please do not drop off prelit garland, wreaths, trees, or lighted lawn decorations or ornaments. Thank you for your support!

D303 Parent University Offerings for 2019-2020

Join us for Parent University programs aimed at engaging local experts, parents and school staff in conversations about ways in which we can collectively strengthen our communities. Programs are free and open to the public.

Parent University Book Study

District 303 Parent University presents our second annual book study when we read "The Whole Brain Child" by Dr. Dan Siegel.

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling book Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. Conversations will be based upon the book as well as supplemental workbook activities.

Study sessions will be offered during both morning and evening times at the following locations:

Baker Community Center (101 S. 2nd Street, St. Charles)

Fox Ridge in the LRC (1905 Tyler Road, St. Charles)

Join us for the book study sessions on the following dates:

February 13, 2020

9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center

6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

February 27, 2020

9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center

6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

March 12, 2020

9:15-10:30 a.m. at Baker Community Center

6:30-7:45 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

Crossing Guard Opening

Calling any Thompson Parents/Guardians! If you have an interest in expanding your daily experiences, we are in need of three additional crossing guards. Each position would support morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. The hours are 7:40 to 8:30 am and 3:15 to 4:00 pm at $35/day. This position is posted on the district website. If you have questions about the position, please contact the main office at (331) 228-3100.
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SmartSocial App

Recently District 303 hosted national digital citizenship speaker Josh Ochs at both our middle and high schools, and as part of our Parent University series. During his presentation with students, Josh spoke about the importance of creating a positive online profile. His evening presentation to parents focused on ways to keep children safe online, including what apps children can use safely and which ones to avoid.

Because he spoke in our district, all our families have the opportunity to register for a free one-year subscription to his Digital Driver’s Ed program. This resource provides information about current social media trends, statistics, and app guides. In addition, there are webinars that teach both parents and students about how to create a positive online presence. You must register by January 21, 2020 to take part in the free 12-month offer.

Here’s how you can access this resource:

You will be given a username/password to log into the program. Your login information provides you with access to the videos and online workshops.

If you were unable to attend Josh’s presentation, there are links to both an audio and video version in the membership area of his website.

Thompson PTO

Check out the Thompson PTO website by clicking on the button above!

Dates to Remember

  • Friday, December 20 - End of the 2nd Quarter
  • Monday, December 23 - January 3 - Winter Break
  • Monday, January 6 - Teacher Work Day - No school for students
  • Tuesday, January 7 - School Resumes
  • Tuesday, January 7 - Start of the 3rd quarter
  • Tuesday, January 7 - 6th grade Amazing Race/Scavenger Hunt - 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 8 - 7th grade Amazing Race/Scavenger Hunt - 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 8 - Future Saints Night at St. Charles East H.S. - 6:30 pm

  • Thursday, January 9 - 8th grade Amazing Race/Scavenger Hunt - 3:30 - 5:00 pm

  • Thursday, January 9 - Future North Stars Night at St. Charles North H.S. - 6:15 pm

  • Friday, January 10 - End of the M3 Health Rotation
  • Monday, January 13 - Start of the M4 Health Rotation
  • Tuesday, January 14 - Principal Coffee from 1:00 - 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, January 16 - PTO meeting from 10:00 - 11:00 am

  • Monday, January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - Schools are closed
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Thompson Middle School

Mr. Steve Morrill - Principal

Mrs. Sarah Cann - Assistant Principal

Mr. Shane Darnell - Assistant Principal

Dr. Alicia Honnert - Assistant Principal

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