Tiger's Tale

September 25 , 2020

Message From The Principal

Let's please recognize our Outstanding Tigers for this past week! Please vote for a specific student, teacher or parent that goes out of their way to make you feel special and an important part of our Thompson community!

Jacqueline Bjes nominated staff member, Mrs. Maxwell.

"Mrs. Maxwell has proven to be a very patient and organized teacher. She gives our child an opportunity to express himself while she has one on one time with him. She has started the school year off with expectations, flexibility while creating a warm inviting "virtual" classroom for our child. It is clear that she has passion for teaching and we are extremely grateful that she is on our "team" this year."

Mrs. Elwood nominated student, Gavin Nedrow.

"Thank you Gavin for always being on time for class, for adding to our class discussions, for helping in what ever way someone needs help, and for your funny sense of humor! It's great to know you will make me smile each day. :) Mrs. Elwood

Follow us at Twitter handle: @thompson308

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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

Monday, 9/28, School Board Meeting, 7:30pm

The meeting will be live streamed on the SD308 website.

Visit Our Website

The website is being updated frequently. You can access the most recent updates by visiting http://www.sd308.org/thompson

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!



When you have a larger assignment due, backwards plan!

Write down the due date in your planner, and start thinking about what you need to accomplish before it's due. Jot down personal checkpoints for yourself between the date it was assigned and the date the assignment is due. This will help you stay on track and make an overwhelming assignment much more manageable!

"Organizing is what you do before you do something so that when you do it, it's not all mixed up." ~A.A. Milne

Student Council

A Student Council is a group of elected and volunteer students working together with an adult advisor within the framework of a constitution or bylaws to provide a means for student expression and assistance in school affairs and activities, give opportunities for student experience in leadership and encourage student / staff / community relations. Through projects and activities, student council works to:

*Promote Citizenship

*Promote Scholarship

*Promote Leadership

*Promote School spirit

Than you for participating in Spirit Week. Here is our featured highlight:

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Get Ready...

For our next challenge, send us pictures of your remote learning workspace! Submit here

Check-In Challenge Winner Gets Lunch

Thank you to our Check-In Challenge winners: Here is a picture of Sergio Medina accepting his prize- his favorite lunch. Mr. DeFeo and Ms. Camire enjoyed delivering the lunches and being able to visit a few of our Tiger students.
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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

  • Parents - please encourage your students to regularly check their school email. We know there's a lot of information coming at them (and you!) daily. Keeping up wtih email and getting rid of what's done or no longer needed is a good organizational skill. Also, counselors are using email to get in touch with students for check-ins and to set up one-on-one appointments and when students don't check their email, they don't know we are reaching out. :)

  • Parents - watch this short video about how to check for missing work in Google Classroom (thanks to Mrs. Lagger for the video)! The best place to look at this is on the student view, not guardian view. This way if there is any missing work, you can go right to Classwork and find the assignment and instructions. It's a good habit to sit down with your student weekly and together check through their classes for missing work. Once they are used to doing this with you for awhile, you can transfer the skill to be an indepedent one for your student.

Nurse's Nook

Nurse's Fun Fact: Did you know that RED BLOOD CELLS are shaped like donuts?



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 ... Nick Buono

My name is Nick Buono and I am the Restorative Justice Coordinator here at Thompson. I taught 3rd and 4th grade over at Lakewood Creek for 13 years prior to joining Thompson in 2019. I LOVE my current position which includes running the "Return to Learn" room, where recommended students come to discuss and work on what is holding them back from being successful both behaviorally and academically. I am so fortunate to work closely with the administrators, student services, teachers, and students here at Thompson!

Get to Know ... Kathy Struve

Hi, my name is Kathy Struve. I am Thompson Jr. High's building nurse. Kids call me "Nurse Kathy". I have been at Thompson for 5 1/2 years and I love my job. I have 5 children, 7 grandchildren and 3 grand dogs. I have 2 dogs of my own, named Lola, she is a English Cream Golden Retriever and Skye, who is a Blue Tick Hound /Beagle. Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching...........

Care Closet


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

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.

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

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!)