TMS Band’s Field Trip To US Coast Guard Academy

On November 2nd, band members from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades attended the 32nd 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 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, featured music of varying styles, with interesting background information about each selection. This year’s theme was “Where’s the Beat?” and gave students an insight to the different ways that composers use rhythm in their music. The students practiced some conducting patterns, learned a clave rhythm used in Latin music, and learned about “riffs” that are traded back and forth between instruments. As a tradition, the students were also treated to a performance of the Star Spangled Banner, Semper Paratus (the U.S. Coast Guard marching song), as well as John Phillip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever. Justin Leclerc Thompson Middle School Band and Choral Director Visit the TMS Music Website<http://teacherweb.com/CT/ThompsonMiddleSchool/MrLeclerc/apt1.aspx> for important updates and concert information. You can sign up for Remind<http://teacherweb.com/CT/ThompsonMiddleSchool/MrLeclerc/apt18.aspx> to receive reminders and other important information by text...

TMS PTO Sponsors “Half Day – Hat Day!”

FROM DAY KIMBALL HEALTHCARE: PUTNAM, CT – The Oncology Department at Day Kimball Hospital received an unexpected cash donation of $108 on Friday, October 7, presented to the staff in person by the president and vice president of the Thompson Middle School PTO. The funds were raised by TMS students through a program that allows them to wear a hat to school on half-days in exchange for a $1 donation. For each half-day, the students select a cause they’d like the day’s donations to benefit, this time choosing the Rose Bove LaRose Cancer Center at Day Kimball Hospital. Though the donation was unexpected, the oncology staff at Day Kimball had an immediate idea on how to put the funds to good use. “In other cancer centers, when a patient completes their chemotherapy regimen they get to ring a ship’s bell that is stationed within the chemo room. We’d like to use these funds to purchase a ship’s bell of our own and have it installed in our chemotherapy infusion suite, so that our patients can have a physical and meaningful way to mark the completion of their chemotherapy treatment,” said Linda Daniels, administrative coordinator for the hospital’s Oncology/Hematology Department. The students included a signed poster with the donation, which Daniels says will be hung in the Cancer Center’s waiting room to cheer patients and let them know about the donation and the intent for the funds. About the donation, Day Kimball Healthcare Director of Development Kristen Willis said, “I often comment on the extraordinary generosity of citizens in our Northeast corner of Connecticut, but this is a true example...