Important Announcements

  • Community Update No.6

    Posted by Admin on 5/8/2020

    Greetings Thompson School District Students, Families, Staff and Community,

    As the 2019-2020 school year comes to a close, we can certainly acknowledge that this was one for the history books. It was a year that started off with great promise, hope and optimism, and I feel that it concludes in the same way. We witnessed a dramatic shift in our traditional method of educating students and replaced it with a completely new reality that catapulted us into a virtual and online teaching and learning process. This new system was met with challenges as well as innovation. In adversity and strife, we often find heroic and selfless acts that transcend the political and social fabric of our world. What I choose to focus on in these closing moments of the school year is a district community that pulled together and rallied to make the very best out of a complex and unfamiliar situation. 

    To our graduating seniors – Congratulations! You were cruising down the home stretch of this school year and the finish line came upon you much quicker than expected. Sports seasons, concerts, plays, proms and other school memories were cut off and cut short. These cannot be replaced, and I am deeply saddened by that. Nevertheless, you have accomplished much in your school careers, have made many positive memories, have enjoyed numerous successes and have definitely left your mark on your schools, your classmates and the district. These amazing memories are still intact and they will stay with you well into your adulthood. On balance, you have experienced far more than you have lost during your educational career and you will continue to make memories as you venture off to your future. What you leave behind is a community of family, friends and citizens who care deeply about you. While we cannot replace the loss of rites of passage that high school seniors have enjoyed for generations, please know that your community is standing by you as you move on to the next important chapter in your life. We wish you the very best and give you a standing ovation in salute of your tenacity, grit and perseverance as you move onward. We know you will do great things in this world. We are counting on you, and you have our unconditional support.

    To all of our students returning next year, you have earned a much-deserved summer break. This year was not easy for you either, but you have also demonstrated the ability to adapt in a time when things were not easy or certain. Enjoy your time away from your studies and from school. We will be working very hard over the summer to prepare for your return. There is a tremendous amount of planning and preparation to do as our uncertain times will continue for awhile. We do this work to support you and to prepare you for your future. Our entire district staff—all 2,100 of us—are here because of you, and we will do what it takes to support you in your educational growth and development. I hope you can find the time to have some fun and relax this summer. You have earned it!

    To our incredible staff – Thank You! This was not an easy end of the year for you and you gave so much of yourself to provide for our students and our district. You are extraordinary and very talented. Above all, you care about the students and the TSD community. You stepped up when we needed you the most and you continue to serve with valor and with professionalism.

    Thompson School District is committed to a continuous improvement cycle. Like students, we learn, grow and adapt, and we will continue to keep our focus on our students and on our community. I wish you the very best and thank you for your unwavering support. I commit to you that we will continue to forge into the 2020-2021 school year with grace and distinction.

    Have a wonderful summer!

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Marc Schaffer
    Superintendent
    Thompson School District

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    Forum

    Community Forum To Be Held on Monday, May 18

    Thompson School District will host a virtual community forum on Monday, May 18, at 6:00 PM.  The forum will be an opportunity for students, families, staff and community members to learn more about what the district has been working on as the 2019-2020 school year begins to come to a close, as well as current planning efforts that are underway.  The forum will be streamed live on the district's YouTube channel ("Thompson School District”). In order to help ensure an efficient on-line experience for all, visitors to the forum will submit their questions ahead of time.  To submit your question or feedback, please complete the form that is located HERE.  The forum will be recorded and a copy of it will be placed on the district's YouTube channel soon after it's completion. We hope you will join us!

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    Middle School Student

    “TSD @ Home Learning” Survey

    A short survey will be sent to families this coming Monday, May 11.  The purpose of the survey is to gather information about student and family experiences during the “TSD @ Home Learning” period.  The information that is provided will greatly assist staff in their planning efforts for the fall.

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    Turn-in of Technology Checked Out to Students

    Only seniors and students leaving the district for the 2020-2021 school year are required to turn their device back in to the district by the end of the school year. All other students may keep their device for home use throughout the summer. Every Tuesday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm during the month of May, Mary Blair Elementary School (860 E 29th St, Loveland) will be open for turn-in of devices checked out to seniors and students not returning to school for the 2020-2021 school year. 

    For seniors and non-returning students, please wait for a Tuesday in May after you no longer need the device for school work before you turn it in. Students may check-in the device without a parent, but they will need a student ID or other valid form of identification. Please check-in the charger, cord and device all at once. Mountain View High School students should not come to Mary Blair Elementary School for turn-in. They will have their own designated days at MVHS on May 20-21.

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    Truscott Elementary School

    TSD Building Closures Extended Until July 1

    TSD staff members continue to partner regularly with our local health officials regarding the latest impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In coordination with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, TSD has extended the closure of all buildings in the district until July 1.  This includes all in-person activities and events that are scheduled inside or outside of facilities.  Thank you very much for your patience and support as we navigate these challenging times.

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    Food Preparation

    Food Distribution Is Still Available

    As a reminder, Thompson School District, KidsPak and the Food Bank for Larimer County are continuing to provide emergency food distribution for TSD students throughout the week. For more information and to view the schedule, please click HERE.

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  • Community Update No.5

    Posted by Admin on 5/1/2020

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    Process for Submitting “Public Comment”at Board of Education Meetings

    The next TSD Board of Education meeting will be held this Wednesday, May 6, at 6:00 PM.  The virtual meeting will be streamed live on the district’s YouTube page, which you can find HERE. Due to the current virtual meeting structure of all Board of Education meetings, the Board recently adopted a temporary adjustment to the process that will be in place for public comment during the meetings. 

    Beginning at 7 a.m. and concluding at 3 p.m. on the day of the scheduled regular Board meeting, the community member may call (970) 613-6776, state his or her full name, address and the topic of their message. Please provide a method of contact, such as a phone number or email address, at the conclusion of the message. The community member shall then record a message not to exceed three (3) minutes in length. A speaker may only record one message for consideration to be played at the next scheduled regular Board Meeting.

    The nature and subject matter of recorded messages shall comply with the requirements of Board Policy BEDH and the Board’s public participation statement, including the following:

     · Speakers are responsible for their own speech

     · Speakers’ remarks should be suitable for an audience that includes kindergarten through twelfth grade students

     · Profanity, yelling, fighting words, defamatory or abusive remarks or derogatory language is out of order and shall not be tolerated.

    The Secretary to the Board of Education will review all saved recorded messages to verify compliance with Policy BEDH and these procedures. Please CLICK HERE to access the applicable Board policy.  The Secretary to the Board of Education will cut any recorded message that unreasonably exceeds the allotted three (3) minutes at the most logical break in the speaker’s message. Recorded messages that otherwise do not conform to the requirements of Policy BEDH and these procedures will be disregarded and deleted and the Secretary will notify the speaker of such. Only pre-recorded voice messages saved to the mailbox associated with the telephone number stated above prior to the expiration of the deadline established will be played during the time reserved for brief comments and questions from the public at the next scheduled regular Board meeting.

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    High School Class 

    National “Teacher Appreciation Week” Begins Monday

    May 4 - May 8 has been designated as 2020 National Teacher Appreciation Week. The commemorative week was created as an opportunity for students, families and community members to recognize educational professionals for their service and dedication. As part of the celebration this year, Thompson School District is inviting students and family members to submit a photo of a favorite teacher, along with a brief description of why that teaching professional means so much to them. To submit your photo and description, please email it to the following address: info@thompsonschools.org.  Send your entry soon!  A select number of the photos and stories that are submitted will be shared next week on the district’s Facebook page and Twitter account (@ThompsonR2J). We hope you will join us in thanking the teachers in your life who make a positive difference every day.

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    FHS and TCC Construction

    Ferguson High School and Thompson Career Center Update

    Construction is proceeding well at the new Ferguson High School and Thompson Career Center campus.  In a recently created video segment, JHL Constructors superintendent Rod Riddle provided some information on the project and also talked about safety features that have been put into place during the construction process. To view the video, please CLICK HERE.

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    Turn-In of Technology Checked Out to Students

    Only seniors and students leaving the district for the 2020-2021 school year are required to turn their device back in to the district by the end of the school year. All other students may keep their device for home use throughout the summer. Every Tuesday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm during the month of May, Mary Blair Elementary School (860 E 29th St, Loveland) will be open for turn-in of devices checked out to seniors and students not returning to school for the 2020-2021 school year. About 30% of students received a district-issued device to supplement their technology at home for online learning. Most will get to keep the device to continue their learning. 

    For seniors and non-returning students, please wait for a Tuesday in May after you no longer need the device for school work before you turn it in. Students may check-in the device without a parent, but they will need a student ID or other valid form of identification. Please check-in the charger, cord and device all at once. Mountain View High School students should not come to Mary Blair Elementary School for turn-in. They will have their own days for the process at MVHS on May 20-21.

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  • Community Update No.4

    Posted by Admin on 4/24/2020

    Greetings Thompson School District Community,

    The concluding weeks of the 2019-2020 school year are upon us and it is hard to believe that a year that started off in many ways very typical, is concluding in the most unique and nontraditional of ways. However, despite these complex times, our district continues to persevere, thrive and serve students and the community in an uncompromisingly distinguished way.  Our commitment to students is unwavering and we will continue to pursue excellence in education and educational opportunities to the very last day of this school year.  

    As we head into these closing weeks, plans are already underway for contemplating what the start of the next school year might look like.  We recognize that we are faced with many unanswered questions and uncertainties. But that will not stop us from planning and preparing for this upcoming school year.  Just as school has looked very different for us this year, I am convinced that school will continue to look very different next year. I want our community to be prepared for this.  

    The need for the health and safety of our students, staff and community will continue to transcend all decision making.  We will continue to partner with and rely on our county health professionals and our state government for direction and guidance around how we will launch our 2020-2021 school year.  The district leadership team is busily engaged in planning for contingencies and potential realities around teaching and learning.  Building-level staff are part of the process to address the unique needs of the diverse learners in our system. We are developing plans that will range from traditional in-person learning to complete virtual learning, and for a hybrid model that blends in-person with virtual learning opportunities.  This planning will take time and we are committed to keeping our community informed throughout the spring and summer months.  Opportunities for feedback and input will be available as plans are more fully developed.

    We recognize that we want to be able to resume "normal" operations with a return to in-person instruction.  We know that our students want to play sports, perform in plays, sing in choir, participate in extracurricular activities, go to recess on our playgrounds, interact with friends and simply be in school.  This is what school is all about -- teaching, learning, social interaction and experiences,  Our system is built on the foundation that human interaction is necessary and vital. We are hopeful that this day will return sooner rather than later.  Until then, we will continue to develop our programs and instructional delivery models that will serve our students while also protecting their health, safety and welfare.  I know this is very frustrating for all of us. But I am hopeful that as a community, you will stand in solidarity with us as we navigate these complex times.  We are working hard and will be tenacious in our pursuit to serve each and every student.  

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Marc Schaffer
    Superintendent
    Thompson School District

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    2020 Online Summer School

    Summer School Registration Now Open!

    Summer school opportunities are now available for students in English Language Arts and Mathematics for grades K-12, as well as credit recovery in other content areas for high school students.  Link2Learning is an online format that will be hosted four days a week (Monday through Thursday) from June 1 - 25.  It is free of charge for TSD students. Registration, which is now available, will close on May 1.  Please click here for more information.

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    Bill Reed Middle School

    Building Access To Retrieve Items

    Schools are currently making plans and building schedules that will allow district families and staff members to retrieve personal items from district buildings.  Due to guidance from county health officials, this process will need to be carefully structured to ensure that we are completing it in a manner that best protects visitors.  Schools will be releasing more information about the individualized plans in the near future. This will also be the designated time for students to check district property back in on-site.

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    Teacher and Students

    National Teacher Appreciation Week

    May 4 - May 8 has been designated as 2020 National Teacher Appreciation Week. The commemorative week was created as an opportunity for students, families and community members to recognize educational professionals for their service and dedication. As part of the celebration this year, Thompson School District is inviting students and family members to submit a photo of a favorite teacher, along with a brief description of why that teaching professional means so much to them. To submit your photo and description, please email it to the following address: info@thompsonschools.org.  Send your entry soon!  A select number of the photos and stories that are submitted will be shared that week on the district’s Facebook page and Twitter account (@ThompsonR2J). We hope you will join us in thanking the teachers in your life who make a positive difference every day.

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    Student Access to Technology and Internet

    April 28th is the last day for student device checkout at Mary Blair Elementary School. Please see instructions here to get a student device if you still need one. If you have problems accessing the internet, there are five alternatives:

    1. Comcast has offered two months of free internet to low income families who qualify here. CenturyLink has a similar offer found here. After the free months, it is $9.95 per month.
    2. You can also try using a free Xfinity Hotspot near you. See here for the directions on how to find one.
    3. ​You can park your car in six of our parking lots that have been lit up with WiFi. They are the Loveland High School east side parking lot (920 W 29th St, Loveland), Berthoud High School parking lot (850 Spartan Ave, Berthoud), TSD Admin Building south parking lot (800 S. Taft Ave. Loveland), Monroe Elementary School (1500 Monroe Ave, Loveland), Laurene Edmondson Elementary School (307 W 49th St, Loveland), or Big Thompson Elementary School parking lot (7702 US-34, Loveland). We have extended WiFi into the parking lots so that you can use it without leaving your vehicle. Use the “TSD” for district devices or “GUEST” Wifi for all other devices. Your student’s Google account will work on the TSD WiFi on a TSD device. There is no password required for the GUEST WiFi. 
    4. ​Use a cell phone as a hotspot. See directions here.​ Many cell phone providers are offering free data plans and hotspots for students. See here for more information.
    5. The Thompson Education Foundation is funding the initial set up costs of cell phone provider hotspots of up to $40 for families to pay for equipment and set up charges. Contact the ITS Help Desk for more information.
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  • Community Update No.3

    Posted by Admin on 4/10/2020

    April 10, 2020 

    Greetings TSD Families and Community!

    As we wrap up the first week of teacher-guided learning opportunities for all students, I hope the connections back to school have been rich and meaningful.  This week was intentionally built to reconnect students with teachers and check to see if students have access needed to the online platforms and delivery. It has also provided an opportunity to identify which students do not have access so that we can address the needs of students and families.  Staff report that it’s been wonderful to hear or see their students!

    With the closure of in-person instruction for the remainder of the year, we know there are questions about what this means for learning and reporting of learning. We are committed to providing educational opportunities for students to be ready for the next grade.  The sections below provide a high-level overview in key topic areas with links to additional detail where appropriate.  

    Instructional Expectations

    • The TSD @ Home Learning Plan will continue to provide at least three lessons for each grade level, content area and course as were previously communicated.  This will occur as students and teachers are ready to move forward with new learning. At the very latest, new content will be delivered beginning April 21; your child may have noticed this has already started.
    • The amount of time per task will be developmentally appropriate, with time on devices being less for early childhood and primary students than intermediate or secondary students.
    • Tips for success in TSD @ Home for students and families as we finish the year with at-home learning is attached.
    • Resources to support students and families for social, emotional or behavioral well-being are available here.

    Feedback/Grading

    • TSD @ Home focuses on student learning, not grades. Feedback from educators to students will continue to be an emphasis.
    • Feedback to students will be in two areas: demonstration of progress toward learning outcomes and demonstration of effort.  Teachers will provide feedback through the learning management system (Google Classroom, Seesaw, Schoology) and through a new task in the Infinite Campus gradebook for secondary students.  
    • End-of-year report cards for elementary students will provide progress reports as reported during February conferences, along with engagement and progress with at-home learning through the remainder of the school year.  
    • End-of-year letter grades will be reported for middle and high school students with the final grade being the grade as of March 16.  All students will have the opportunity to submit late or missing assignments that were due prior to March 16 to improve their grade in a class.  They will also be allowed to re-submit evidence of attainment of skills, content and knowledge that pertain to the assignments prior to March 16.  These may be a result of new learning that ties back to previous content. Grade point averages (GPA) will be calculated at the end of the year based on the grade earned during the second semester.
    • All students will be promoted to the next grade level unless a discussion about retention has been held between families, teachers and principals.
    • A comprehensive explanation of our grading practices for TSD @ Home is attached.

    Summer School

    • TSD will provide a summer school opportunity called TSD Link2Learning for students in English language arts and mathematics.  
    • TSD Link2Learning will be online and will be free of charge to students and families.
    • The dates for this opportunity will be held in June 2020.
    • Details on the program and registration information will be sent in early May.

    Graduation Ceremony

    • Seniors of the Class of 2020 and their families are completing a survey through Friday, April 10.
    • Data from the survey so far reflects a strong desire to hold an in-person ceremony at a later date.
    • Staff will communicate next steps with students, families and the community next week after analysis of the survey and determining options for an in-person ceremony.

    Building Access

    • We have been working closely with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment to develop a plan for building access.  The latest data from county officials indicates that the peak risk of the virus is projected to affect our community in late April to early May.
    • With this in mind, the district has set the weeks of May 11 and May 18 to tentatively allow students to pick up personal property, including technology, band and sporting equipment and any other extracurricular materials, and to return district property.  This will ultimately be determined on guidance from the county and state. 
    • Building principals will communicate with families the schedule for student access.  They will be building the schedule in accordance with guidelines from the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.

    Thank you for your continued support,
    Dr. Marc Schaffer
    Superintendent
    Thompson School District

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    Coming Soon - Bus Drivers to Provide
    Limited Emergency Food Distribution and Academic Information

    Beginning later next week, Thompson School District bus drivers will begin driving limited routes within the district to help provide emergency food distribution service as well as needed academic information to families who are not able to travel to district distribution sites. More information on this program will be shared soon.

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    Virtual Board of Education Meetings
    Begin Next Wednesday, April 15

    Last month, the TSD Board of Education approved an adjustment to Board policy that will allow the group to hold virtual meetings to help ensure safety for members and the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Board’s first virtual meeting will be held this coming Wednesday, April 15, at 6 PM.  Information on how to watch on-line or listen to the meeting via telephone will be released early next week.

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    Computers

    Internet Access Options

    If you are having problems accessing the Internet, there are four alternatives:

    1. Comcast has offered two months of free internet to families who qualify at https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19. CenturyLink has a similar offer at https://centurylink.net/news/read/category/news/article/variety-charter_offers_free_broadband_to_all_households_wi-rpenskemc
    2. You can also try using a free Xfinity Hotspot near you. See here for the directions on how to find one.
    3. ​You can park your car in the Loveland High School east side parking lot (920 W 29th St, Loveland), Berthoud High School parking lot (850 Spartan Ave, Berthoud), TSD Admin Building south parking lot (800 S. Taft Ave. Loveland) or Big Thompson Elementary School parking lot (7702 US-34, Loveland). We have extended WiFi into the parking lots so that you can use it without leaving your vehicle. Use the “TSD” entry for district devices or “GUEST” Wifi for all other devices. Your student’s Google account will work on the TSD WiFi on a TSD device. There is no password required for the GUEST WiFi. 
    4. Use a cell phone as a hotspot. See directions here.​ Many cell phone providers are offering free data plans and hotspots for students. See here for more information. 

    We are offering live Help Desk support to all families and staff Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please call 970-613-7777 for assistance.

    For students who have no other computer options at home, we are still conducting student device checkout on Tuesdays only from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please see directions here.

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  • Community Update No.2

    Posted by Admin on 3/27/2020

    Dear Thompson Community,

    Thank you for all of your patience and understanding during this trying time for our school district. We recognize that this is a very difficult and challenging time for our students and our community.  As a District, we are committed to partnering with you to help navigate some of the uncertainties as it pertains to the education of your child(ren). As you are aware, on March 18, Governor Polis issued an Executive Order directing all schools to suspend in-person instruction through April 17, 2020 in order to limit the spread of Coronavirus 2019.  At this time, it is not clear if this suspension of in-person instruction will extend beyond this date.

    As a result, changes will be necessary for some important educational functions, such as the number of teacher-pupil instructional hours, special education and graduation requirements.

    Waivers for instructional hours

    The Colorado Department of Education has waived the minimum number of school days and teacher-pupil instruction hours normally required under state law. Instead, districts must make every effort to provide alternative learning opportunities during this time. For Thompson School District, this means that we are not expected to extend the school year or start early next year to make up for lost in-person instructional time.

    As a result of the possibility of an extended period of disruption of in-person instruction, we will transition to continuous learning through a combination of online and student-led/project-based learning. We are working with our schools to determine what continuous learning will look like for our school community. 

    Services to students with special needs

    Our schools will make every effort to provide appropriate special education and related services for students with disabilities. We have been given some flexibility on how to provide these services. So we are thinking about other ways to meet the needs of students with disabilities based on the nature of a student’s disability and individual needs of the student.

    To support students with identified IEP-related services, we will work with our schools to determine whether it is appropriate to provide alternative services or delay services in coordination with students’ parents and IEP teams. We may also determine whether we can make up for a gap in access to the curriculum or delay in services with additional opportunities in the future.

    Graduation considerations

    Graduation requirements across Colorado are locally determined by school districts and charter schools. This means that we have flexibility to adjust requirements for the class of 2020 based on this unprecedented time of disruption to our schools. At this time we have not yet determined what, if any, adjustments will be made to our school district’s requirements.  Recommendations will be proposed to our Board of Education for consideration at a board meeting this spring. We are also looking into alternative options to in-person graduation ceremonies for the end of the school year. We want to ensure that our students and families still have a way to mark this important occasion. More information on this, as well as other scheduled events and programs, will be released in the coming weeks.

    Thanks again for your support during these difficult times.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Marc Schaffer
    Superintendent
    Thompson School District

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    Ask TSD!

    Question Mark

    Do you have something that you would like to ask district staff?  

    TSD is in the process of collecting questions from students, families, staff and the community that it will use for a segment called “Ask TSD!”  Members of the district leadership team will take several of the questions that are submitted and then answer them for you in a pre-recorded segment that will be released on Friday, April 3rd.  To submit a question, please CLICK HERE.

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    How To Locate Student Log-In Information

    To access online learning opportunities, it's important for students to sign in to their TSD Google accounts. Many learning resources are tied to these accounts to provide a convenient single sign-on experience. Below are instructions on how to find your student's username and password in case your student is having problems locating them.

    1. You are able to access your student's username and password in Parent Portal at https://thompsonco.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/thompson.jsp
    2. Log in with your username and password. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, you can contact the Infinite Campus help desk at 970-613-5102.
    3. Select "More" on the left-hand menu (at the bottom).
    4. Under Quick Links, select Student Portal Account

    Quick Links 

    - A new page will open with your student's login information.

    - Please write the username and password down for future use. Please remember all passwords are case sensitive.

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    Emergency Food Distribution for Students

    Food Service 1    Food Service 2

    This week, three food service programs were launched in order to help provide assistance to district students. To learn more about the programs, please CLICK HERE.

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    TSD Chromebook Check-Out Program

    So far, over 800 families have signed up for the district’s Chromebook check-out program. The devices are being distributed at Mary Blair Elementary School. Thompson School District has changed the days open for chromebook checkout to Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. For more information, please CLICK HERE. If you need technical support, please call the ITS Help Desk at 970-613-7777.

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  • Community Update No.1

    Posted by Admin on 3/20/2020

    Good Morning:

    Welcome to our first community update that we will be sharing with you on a weekly basis.  These messages are designed to provide you and your family with updates on important efforts within Thompson School District, as well as helpful information to assist you in what is certainly a very challenging time for all of us.

    Do you have an idea for a particular resource or topic that you would like to see featured?  If so, please share your thoughts with us! Simply send an email to: info@thompsonschools.org.

    Dear Thompson Community:

    If this were the conclusion of any typical spring break, students and staff would be gearing up to return to school next week.  Students would resume learning, playgrounds would be filled with happy children, our sports teams would be preparing for their spring season and on and on.  But this has not been a typical spring break and we are not gearing up to return to school next week.  

    Instead, we are faced with challenging times that are riddled with lots of questions and uncertainties.  I know this has been a tough time for our entire community. The current reality is extraordinary and unprecedented.  I am so very proud of our entire staff team who have begun to adjust and shift their work tasks to continue to serve our students and community.  I am also very proud of our students and families who have shown an extraordinary resiliency to adjust to an ever-shifting and complex reality that, for now, has become our new “normal”.  

    As an organization, we will adjust, be agile and will confront these challenges.  Please know that as a TSD team, we are currently developing short, medium and long-range plans and structures to support our students to best meet their educational needs.   We are launching an academic website to temporarily provide enrichment and extension activities for students at each of our grade levels. We will be working to further develop these opportunities for students as we shift learning from a general website to a more personalized approach that connects students to their home schools and classroom teachers.  This opportunity is in development and will take several weeks to deploy. But we are working hard to make it a reality. To learn more, please read this letter from our Learning Services department.

    We are also mindful that students and families will have questions around class and grade-level completion for this school year, graduation expectations, transition activities for the upcoming school year, testing and assessment, open enrollment, as well as a myriad of other topics and needs.  I ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate the need to provide you with this information. For now, we are most focused on the health and safety of our students, staff and community. Please understand that school and work will look different. It will need to, as we do not have access to our buildings as well as the conventional methods that we have utilized to deliver instruction and services.  

    Our commitment is to continue to provide you with timely, accurate and frequent information.  Our staff stands ready to serve our students and our community. But we will need the time and space to work within our new and ever-changing paradigm.

    None of our success at Thompson School District would be possible without the tremendous support of our entire community.  Thank you again for all that you do each and every day.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Marc Schaffer
    Superintendent
    Thompson School District

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    - Emergency Food Distribution Program for Students -

    Beginning this Monday, March 23, Thompson School District will launch an emergency food distribution program to benefit students throughout the district.  In addition, the Loveland Rotary Club's KidsPak program will begin an effort soon afterward to provide additional support to our community.  Please see the attached flyers for more information on both programs.  

    The Food Bank for Larimer County is also planning daily meal distributions at Lincoln, Monroe and Winona elementary schools in Loveland.  Please see their website here for more details on relevant dates and times. 

     

    Thompson School District is working with guidance from the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment to ensure our buildings are disinfected and safe.  The district is in the process of disinfecting all buildings and allowing proper time for them to sit idle to ensure we have a safe environment. Buildings will continue to be unavailable for events and community rental while the district is closed.

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    - Assisting Children During Uncertain Times -

    During uncertain times, predictability and structure can help young people feel safe and cared for.  While this article focuses on preschool and early childhood, the ideas of creating structure and routine are important for all of us.

    As you build a routine and structure at home, you might consider incorporating one of these Daily Literacy Challenges!  Alter the activities depending on the age and grade of your child(ren)!

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  • Extended Closure (Executive order from Governor Jared Polis)

    Posted by Admin on 3/18/2020

    Good Evening, Thompson Community:

    Today, Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order that suspends in-person instruction at all public and private schools from March 23 to April 17.  As this is an executive order at the state level, Thompson School District will be extending it's announced district-wide closure through April 17th. 

    During this time, all schools and district buildings will be closed and inaccessible.  All district-sponsored athletics and events are cancelled as well and district buildings will not be available for community rental or activities. If a decision is made to extend this period of closing, the district will communicate to families and staff utilizing its regular communication protocol.

    For more information on Governor Polis' executive order, please CLICK HERE.

    Further communication regarding educational enrichment opportunities for students and other plans that are underway as a result of this closure will be released on Friday.

    Thank you very much for your continued support.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Marc Schaffer
    Superintendent 
    Thompson School District

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  • Extending Spring Break

    Posted by Admin on 3/13/2020
    Dear Thompson Community:
     
    Over the past several days, Thompson School District staff have been closely monitoring the progression of the COVID-19 coronavirus within our community and region. Out of an abundance of caution, Thompson School District will be extending its Spring Break period and will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.  All schools and district buildings will be closed and inaccessible during this period.  Schools will release today at their normally scheduled times. All district-sponsored athletics and events are cancelled as well and district buildings will not be available for community rental or activities. If a decision is made to extend this period of closing, the district will communicate to families and staff utilizing its regular communication protocol.
      
    We realize that this decision will have a significant impact on our students, families and community members.  Although it was a difficult determination to make, we do believe that it is the best step to take to help ensure safety for all.

    During this period of closure, district staff will be conducting deep cleanings of all buildings throughout the district.  This level of cleaning will be much more extensive than our thorough cleaning process that occurs at the buildings on a daily basis.
     
    Today, students need to take personal belongings such as backpacks, cell phones and clothing that they own and that they may need to use. In addition, families should retrieve their medications, medical equipment or supplies at the schools that may be needed at home. 
     
    Although we will not be able to replace core instruction opportunities and special services due to capacity, access and equity, our Learning Services team has developed a Web page with supplemental materials by grade and content area that will allow us to continue learning activities for students.  This information will be made available on the district's web site (www.thompsonschools.org) early next week. Beginning Monday, March 23, breakfast and lunch meals will be made available at select locations for students.  We will provide more follow-up information in the coming days.
     
    We thank you very much for your support and apologize for any inconvenience that this closure may cause for you and your family.
     
    Dr. Marc Schaffer
    Superintendent
    Thompson School District
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  • Cancellation of District-Sponsored Activities

    Posted by Admin on 3/12/2020

    Good Evening, Thompson Community:

    I am writing today to provide you with an important announcement as well as some information on the district's planning efforts regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus.

    First of all, the Colorado High School Activities Association announced today that as of tomorrow, Friday, March 13, all spring sports and activities, including practices, will be suspended until April 6. In line with this decision, Thompson School District is canceling all of its athletics and activities from March 13 through April 6. This includes all district-sponsored activities in TSD, including concerts, theatrical plays and after-school clubs. Activities scheduled for this evening will be held at their normal start time.

    TSD is working extensively on a daily basis with Larimer County health professionals and other local agencies to ensure that we have the latest information and also to coordinate our efforts to prepare accordingly. My promise to you is that we, as a district, will communicate with you if situations change significantly or if we reach a point where preventative steps need to be taken.

    One of the biggest challenges that school districts and public entities face during an incident such as this is the potential for misinformation to spread throughout the community. Please note that all official communication will come directly from the district, either from myself or from Mike Hausmann, our Public Information Officer. I assure you that we will always be honest and transparent with our process and the impact on our students and families. Social media sites are fantastic tools for communities to share information and thoughts with each other. Please be cautious, however, with information you encounter pertaining to our schools or district that is not coming from Thompson School District itself. 

    Items to Take Home for Spring Break

    This coming Monday, TSD will move into our Spring Break. To help ensure that students and families are best prepared for any potential extended closure, we are asking that the following items are taken when students depart tomorrow:

    -Students need to take personal belongings such as backpacks, cell phones and clothing that they own and that they may need to use.

    -Families should retrieve their medications, medical equipment or supplies at the schools that may be needed at home.

    As an update from our last communication, here are some items that school and district staff are currently working on:

    -Our Learning Services team has developed a Web page with supplemental materials by grade and content area that will allow us to continue learning activities for students if the district needs to close for an extended period of time. 

    -Our Operations team has established a protocol and has equipment in place to complete deep cleanings as needed at district buildings.

    Please note that if the district closes due to coronavirus concerns, access will not be allowed to schools or any district buildings. Also, please be mindful that if a closure occurs, it will also require the cancellation of district food service, before and after-school childcare and all events as well as community building rentals.

    To access the latest information from the Larimer County health department regarding COVID-19, please CLICK HERE.  In addition, the district's COVID-19 preparedness and response plan and other useful resources are posted on the district website at www.thompsonschools.org/coronavirus. If a district closure occurs, an FAQ document will also be hosted on that website.

    I recognize that this is a very challenging time for all of our students, families, staff and community members and there are certainly many unknowns that we face with the concerns about the coronavirus. One thing I do know, however, is that our TSD community is exceptionally strong and that we will work together to conquer these challenges. I am so proud of the dedication of our entire Thompson community and I thank you for your continued support. 

    Regards,
    Dr. Marc Schaffer
    Superintendent
    Thompson School District

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  • Update from Superintendent Marc Schaffer

    Posted by Admin Aadmin on 3/10/2020
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