Principal Message

Principal Steve Seberson

May 2023

Greetings to our Thomas Families,

Thank you, families, for continuing to create opportunities for your student to be successful at school, home, and in the community. At home, have discussions about how you as a family can make meaning of words like lifelong learning, collaboration, character, leadership, and how family conversations can impact personal growth and achievement.

May is an important month for state testing. Students in all grades will take the English Language Arts and Mathematics Smarter Balanced assessments, and eighth grade only, will take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science. Students have been learning what they must know to be successful on these exams. We believe that when students are confident, bring a can-do attitude, apply what they have learned, and put forth their best academic effort they will be successful. We expect all of our students at Thomas to have proficient or higher outcomes on these assessments.

Take the time to discuss with your child how he or she can best demonstrate their best test-taking behaviors.

Smarter Balanced and WCAS Assessments:

  • 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will take the ELA/Literacy assessment beginning Monday, May 8th.     
  • 6th, 7th, and 8th grades will take the Math assessment beginning Monday, May 15th.
  • 8th grade will take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) on Friday, May 19th. 

Find more information about Washington State Smarter Balanced testing by entering “Testing OSPI” into your browser. 

Thomas Middle School will be the summer school location for all middle schools. Students that are currently in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade will attend summer school at Thomas. Summer school dates are June 26th through July 21st. 

Planned June events include 6th and 7th-grade award assemblies and our Titan 8th grade move-up awards assembly and dance. More information will be sent to you on the date and time for these second semester assemblies. 


Spring sports at Thomas are Tennis, Baseball, Track & Field, and Girls Volleyball. There are many after-school clubs and activities for students to participate in, including homework help. 

Our character words for May are “Best Self and Best Work.” Partner with us to discuss with your child the meaning of these important words and how it compliments their academic goal setting and reflection.  

We are thankful for those who are serving in the military at JBLM and around the world.

Principal Steve Seberson