Sunday, May 12, 2013
Thompson Junior High School's inaugural Tiger Trot 5K and fun run raised $6,500 to renovate the school's fitness room.
On Saturday, April 27th, Thompson Junior High School in Oswego held their first annual Tiger Trot 5K and one mile fun run. The Tiger Trot was organized by the Thompson Junior High School physical education and health departments. The goal of the event was to raise funds and awareness for healthy living. The event raised about $6,500, all of which went towards Thompson’s “Life Long Fitness Fund.” These funds will be used to renovate the fitness room at the school and to buy fitness equipment that will better suit the needs of the students. The Tiger Trot kicked off with a one mile fun run/walk, which about 210 people participated in. As the name suggests, the one mile run/walk was just for fun, and many families enjoyed the walk together. …
Friday, March 15, 2013
The student is 13 years old.
A male juvenile, 13, was arrested at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson Junior High on Boulder Hill Pass. He was charged with the unlawful use of a weapon and the unauthorized storage of a weapon, according to Oswego police. The school received information that there may be something in the student's locker and performed a search, said Oswego police Captain Jeff Burgner. The weapons found included Chinese throwing stars, brass knuckles and a fold-up knife, said Burgner. No threats were made in the incident, Burgner said.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Free admission to all those who donate toys to the upcoming wrestling match.
Oswego's wrestling teams are taking donations for the Toys for Tots program during their Dec. 6 match at Oswego High School. Calling it “Grappler’s For a Cause Toy Drive”, wrestling teams are accepting new, unwrapped toys, which will go to an area family in need for the holiday season. This is the third time the teams have participated in the toy drive. Anyone who donates a toy will get free admission to the wrestling matches, which include: For more information, contact Josh Edwards, head wrestling coach at Plank.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Principals in place for Long Beach Elementary and Thompson Junior High. OHS gets new athletic director.
The Oswego District 308 School Board approved the hiring of three building administrators Monday night. Principals for Thompson Junior High and Long Beach Elementary along with an athletic director for Oswego High School were unanimously approved by board members as part of the district personnel report. Thompson Assistant Principal Shannon Lueders will take over the top spot at the school after the departure of Tracy Murphy, who is leaving the district for a principal position at Gower Middle school in Burr Ridge. Lueders came to the district in 2007. She was employed at Jefferson Middle School in Aurora from 1998 to 2007. “We are please to be able to have Shannon take the next step in her administrative career without leaving her current…
Friday, June 8, 2012
Donald McDowell, who taught at Traughber and Thompson junior highs, was charged in Wisconsin on Tuesday with attempting to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex, and with child pornography possession.
A retired Thompson Junior High teacher is facing charges after he was caught in Wisconsin attempting to meet up with a 14-year-old girl for sex. Donald P. McDowell, 65, of the 500 block of Danbury Drive in Oswego, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court in Wisconsin on Thursday with one count of using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, and one count of possession of child pornography. If convicted, he faces up to 65 years in prison and $200,000 in fines. McDowell told police that he is a retired junior high school math teacher. Oswego School District officials confirmed that McDowell taught at Traughber Junior High from 1970 to 1977, and transferred to Thompson when it was built in 1977. He worked there until the 2002-2003 …
Friday, April 13, 2012
District 308 counselors available for students, adults.
Updated at 2:30 p.m. Friday A 12-year-old Oswego boy has died from injuries suffered Wednesday while playing baseball for the Oswego Panthers 12U Orange traveling team. According to Kristine Liptrot, District 308 director of communications, Eric Lederman was playing with the team in Wheaton when he was struck in the neck with a ball during warmups. He was a sixth-grader at Thompson Junior High. Wheaton Fire Department Deputy Chief Bill Schultz confirmed paramedics were called to Atten Park at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday for an emergency. He refused to comment further on the call, saying only that Eric was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. From there, Liptrot said he was taken by helicopter to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Students design and create a 3-D model of a green city
A mixture of SwissMiss hot chocolate boxes, toilet paper rolls, cupcake pans and paint bottles cover one of the tables in Angela Robinson’s classroom at Thompson Junior High. Every morning at7:30 a.m., about 14 students from sixth to eighth grade gather around and begin to discuss and put together the materials. What are they making? The “Emerald City,” said Jack Moore, an eighth-grader. Well, to be more precise, they are constructing a “green” city, aptly named Emerald, as part of the Future City Competition, which has middle school-year students creating and designing a city based on a theme in the engineering or current world. This year’s theme is alternative energy sources, according to Jennifer Buglione, a contact for National …
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Team throws Jack Williams a surprise party.
With cheers of “Go Coach! Go Coach!” reverberating in the Thompson Junior High cafeteria, Jack Williams made his way to the front for a final farewell to Thompson’s wrestling team. Williams has been a coach and teacher at Thompson for 33 years and will be retiring this year. Thursday marked the final home meet of the wrestling team, which they won for a record of 8-1 on the season. “This is the stuff I’m going to miss,” said Williams, gazing around the gymnasium as the students cleaned up the wrestling mats and talked about their latest victory, many coming up to say thanks to their coach. “Good stuff.” Williams was surprised with a party after the home meet, complete with several cakes and fruit punch. “Wrestlers!” he called from the …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
A new study has shown the district's current special education teachers in five schools have too many students.
District 308 School Board members got a rather expensive surprise Monday night. A recent comprehensive audit of the district’s special education program has led officials to request the hiring of new teachers to handle an increasing caseload to the tune of $207,000 for the second half of the year. They hope to have those teachers in place by January. The audit was spearheaded by Christine Nelson, the district’s new director of student services. Nelson presented her findings to the board, along with a recommendation to hire the total equivalent of 7.5 full-time teachers for five of the district’s schools, including both high schools. The reason, according to Nelson, is that the number of students with individualized education programs—a …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Board meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Oswego East High School.
The Oswego Community Unit School District 308 board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the community room of Oswego East High School. Here’s a look at what’s on the agenda.