Eighth Grader Nima Sherpa Wins Thompson Middle School Geography Bee

Eighth Grader Nima Sherpa Wins Thompson Middle School Geography Bee

THOMPSON _ Thompson Middle School’s Nima Sherpa has won the school’s National Geographic Geography Bee, qualifying him for the statewide geography bee and a chance to compete in the national championship in May. “It was rewarding to see the students so excited about the National Geographic Bee,” said Teacher Jay Hardell. “Competitions like this are great opportunities to have students take interest in the world around them. So often we get caught up in our own bubbles: through geography, students can see that there is a great world out there to explore. Nima, an eighth grade student, won the school competition last year as a seventh grader.  Eighth grader Jack Adase finished second and Emily Carita, a seventh grader, finished third in the school-wide competition. “All of the students performed admirably,” said Thompson Public Schools Curriculum Director, Ian Polun. “The students answered questions that had many in the audience stumped.” All schools throughout the country use the same questions (provided by National Geographic). These questions are used for all grade levels, five through eight.  Some of the questions included: Gray wolves were once wiped out from Yellowstone National Park, but have made a comeback in recent years due to conservation efforts. Yellowstone National Park is located in Wyoming, Montana, and which other state? The St. Lawrence River flows out of the easternmost of the Great Lakes. Name this lake. Bulgaria is bordered on the east by what large body of water? “The students really liked it a lot,” said Teacher George Jewell. “The students were fully engaged throughout the geography bee.   The contestants did a really great job.  Congratulations...

PBIS Clarification

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THOMPSON SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS DR. MICHAEL W. JOLIN January 20, 2016 PBIS Clarification – Thompson Pupil Services Director Dr. Barbara Macauley In the fall of 2014 Dr. Macauley was asked to apply for “CT’s SPDG (State Personnel Development Grant). This was in response to a SDEBSE’s (State Department of Education Bureau of Special Education) Focused Monitoring which determined that based on the SDE’s percentages there were too many high school students outplaced in the years 2008-2011. This grant was developed to expand and sustain a coordinated, statewide system of professional development, coaching, and support to schools, PreK-12, to improve educational outcomes for all students through the provision of a continuum of academic and behavior supports. In addition to programming on CT’s SRBI (Scientifically Researched Based Interventions) Framework, comprehensive reading instruction, (PBIS), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and data driven decision-making, participants will receive support on determining educational benefit for students with disabilities, developing standards-based IEPs, and increasing family/community engagement.” The grant period is three (3) years and is equal to over $150-200,000 in funds and services. Partial List of Federal and State School Mandates:  There are various PD trainings for statewide assessments/standards that teachers and administrators should attend in order for the district to implement them accurately. Many of these trainings require substitute coverage which is a cost to the district. While the trainings are not required, the district is disadvantaged by not attending. Costs for this year are still TBD.  504 student accommodations/plans (45 students – prek to 12) cost TBD  There is radon testing and asbestos inspections. As well as code...