TMS 7th & 8th Grade Band Performed at the Great East Music Festivals

The Thompson Middle School 7th & 8th grade band performed at Palmer High School in Palmer, MA on Friday, May 19th as part of the Great East Music Festivals. The GEMF is the premier educational music festival series in New England and was established by music educators for music educators. The goal of the festival is to provide a formative evaluation to all of the ensembles that attend and offer feedback to improve the group and build on their strengths. This was the first time that the band has attended under the direction of Mr. Justin Leclerc. The GEMF is a non-competitive event that allows each director to select their own program. The TMS 7th & 8th grade band performed March from the First Suite for Military Bands by Gustav Holst (arr. Michael Story), Serenade composed by Robert Sheldon, and concluded with Sean O’Loughlin’s exciting piece Pulse Pounding. The band received a silver rating as well as many positive comments regarding the students’ playing. After the performance the group received a clinic from acclaimed music educator Paul Alberta, a retired music teacher who taught in the Norwood, MA public school system for thirty-nine years and retired as the Director of Fine Arts. Mr. Alberta provided helpful feedback to our musicians and rehearsed some of the music with them. Following the clinic, the students enjoyed a wonderful day at Six Flags amusement park where they celebrated their achievements along with all of the other middle and high school musicians that attended the GEMF. The TMS band students even convinced Mr. Leclerc to go on the Goliath and Buzzsaw rides! Mr. Leclerc is incredibly proud of all...

TMHS Senior, Sophia Prouty Gives Keynote at Junior Achievement Breakfast

Tourtellotte Memorial High School Senior Gives Keynote at Junior Achievement Breakfast Senior Sophia Prouty is First Ever Thompson Student to Speak at Event HARTFORD – When she first participated in Junior Achievement in the fourth grade, Sophia Prouty never imagined she would be speaking in front of a room full of Connecticut business leaders. On Friday, Prouty did just that, relating her Junior Achievement experience in her keynote address at the Junior Achievement of Southwest Connecticut annual fundraising breakfast. “When I was a fourth grader, Mrs. Tupaj would always encourage me and I wanted to be one of the high school mentors when I was older,” said Prouty, a member of Tourtellotte Memorial High School’s Class of 2017.  “Now, as a senior in high school, it’s my turn to teach the next general of Junior Achievement leaders.” Prouty was selected to deliver the keynote address based on her time in the Junior Achievement program, in which she participated in corporate field trips. Networking, and student mentoring programs. She plans on attending Nichols College in the fall to study marketing and communications. She credits this decision to her teachers and the opportunities she’s had along the way in the Thompson school district, especially through the district’s Junior Achievement program. “If it weren’t for the opportunities at my elementary, middle, and high schools, I’m not sure I would have discovered a love of business that I want to follow through on,” Prouty said. Tourtellotte Memorial High School is a public secondary school serving 251 students in 9th through 12th grade. Located in the town of North Grosvenordale, CT it is part...

Skype Visit with Author Kate Messner

Skype Visit with Kate Messner On May 2, 2017, the fourth grade participated in a Skype visit with author Kate Messner.  Ms. Messner is the author of the extremely popular Ranger in Time series.  In preparation for the visit the fourth grade teachers read a Ranger in Time book to their classes.  The children discussed potential questions for Ms. Messner, and two to three children of each class were selected to read the questions during the question and answer period of the presentation. Ms. Messner’s presentation was interesting and informative.  She presented her writing process, research techniques, and actual historical landmarks that she utilizes in her books.  The children were enthralled, and student feedback has been overwhelming positive.  Each child received an autographed copy of Ms. Messner’s latest book title Ranger in Time, Journey through Ash and Smoke.  The school was able to pay for the Skype visit with Scholastic Dollars which were earned at the book fairs.  The visit was a very successful, and we hope to be able to visit with a different author next...