TMHS Medical Club

TMHS Medical Club

Medical students raised funds and helped to increase awareness for Breast Cancer. Students of the TMHS Medical Club try to increase disease awareness and raise funds for research.  During October high school students were asked to wear pink to help increase breast cancer awareness.  Medical club students also collected over $150.00 for the cause.  The donation was made to: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. 2600 Network Blvd, Suite 300 Frisco, TX 75034 To give online, please visit:  www.nbcf.org/donate National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. November is Diabetes Awareness month, Students have been asked to participate in a walk-a-thon on November 30th to raise money for...

10TH Annual Quinebaug Valley Middle School Music Festival

Seventeen students from TMS recently participated in the 10th annual Quinebaug Valley Middle School Music Festival. This year’s festival was on November 9th and 12th at Putnam Middle School. The QVMSMF was created in 2006 by music teachers in northeastern Connecticut. These educators sought an opportunity for students to perform in an honors group without the pressure of an audition. In place of the audition, students are nominated based on attitude, effort, musicianship, and contributions to their school’s music program. The festival is a collaborative effort of the music teachers from Ashford, Brooklyn, Griswold, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, the Rectory School, Thompson, and Woodstock. Students were given three pieces of music, a month in advance of the festival, for preparation. The band and chorus consisted of almost 100 students each. The students rehearsed for three hours both days and then performed an evening concert for their families. The band performed “Falcon Fanfare,” “A Song of Hope,” and “Legend of Pirates Cove.” This year’s guest conductor was Dr. Warren Haston, who is the Associate Professor of Music Education at The Hartt School, University of Hartford. The chorus sang “Canoe Song,” “Harvest Moon,” and “Great Gettin’ Up Morning.” Mrs. Amanda Sprague Hanzlik was the guest conductor. She is the director of choral activities at Edwin O. Smith high school in Storrs, Connecticut. Mr. Leclerc would like to congratulate this year’s participants for being exemplary ambassadors of TMS and making us proud. Students selected for band were: Brayden Cutler, Jack Devivo, Summer Green, Kerrigan LaCasse, Nima Sherpa, Hannah Siegmund, Makayla Tackson, and Matthew Weiss. Those chosen for chorus were: Channing Boss, Laura...
TMS Band Field Trip

TMS Band Field Trip

On November 2nd, the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade band members attended the 31st annual School Concert Series presented by the United States Coast Guard Band! The students traveled to Leamy Hall at the historic U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. These age-specific performances allow students to experience an educational and entertaining hour long performance by a world-class 50-piece Concert Band. This year’s performances, led by the Band’s Assistant Director Richard Wyman, surrounded students (literally and figuratively) with great music inspired by things that “surround” our daily lives- such as firecrackers, insects, parades, and nuclear reactors! The concert featured music of varying styles, with interesting background information about the things in our daily lives that inspired each composer. The students were also treated to a performance of the Star Spangled Banner and Semper Paratus, the U.S. Coast Guard’s marching song, sung by Musician 1st Class Megan Weikleenget. Justin Leclerc Thompson Middle School Band and Choral...
Early Childhood Playground’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Early Childhood Playground’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A small ceremony was held today in recognition of Brian O’Brien’s generous donation to the Early Childhood Center. It was made in memory of his wife, Kathryn “Towie” O’Brien. Towie was one of the founding Kindergarten teachers in Thompson and maintained her status as an early childhood teacher for decades. A strong proponent of play in early childhood programs, Towie believed that the youngest of our children learn through their play. Thus it seemed fitting that the early childhood staff, along with Ms.Beltram and Kerstin Forrester, Executrix of the estate, decided that the gift be used for renovations to the early childhood playground. In attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony were several guests who were an integral part of the school community when Towie was on staff. Bernadette Quercia and Elizabeth Thompson, who taught with Towie, as well as Ms Forrester, a personal friend, noted that Towie was a true champion of the young child. Her husband, “Butch,” understood and appreciated her genuine dedication to her four and five year olds and requested that donations made in his memory be made to the Towie O’Brien Fund at the Mary R. Fisher Elementary School. We are grateful to all who donated to this fund as well as to the staff who took on this renovation project, namely the preschool and kindergarten staff and Mrs. Connolly, the Art teacher. We are especially grateful for Mrs. Drobiak’s role in the project as she worked closely with Ms. Beltram in the planning and execution of the project over a year ago. Renovations included the addition of several new pieces of equipment as well...