Principal Message

Principal Steve Seberson

May 2024

Greetings to our Thomas Families,

Thank you for making time to talk with your student about school and setting the tone for how your student values education. I encourage you to 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 students in eighth grade 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, have a can-do attitude, apply what they have learned, and put forth their best academic effort, they will be successful. We expect all students at Thomas to have proficient or higher outcomes on these assessments.

Items for your calendar:

Smarter Balanced and Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science Tests:

These state assessments will be for content areas English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.

May 13th - 14th: English Language Arts. Grades 6-8.
May 16th – 17th: Mathematics. Grades 6-8.
May 20th: Science. Grade 8 only.

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

Student Laptops and Testing:

May 8th: Laptops and chargers will be collected in first period classes beginning Wednesday. The collection of laptops will assure that all students have their laptops at school and ready for testing.

Assemblies and Events:

Updates will be communicated for the following events.

May 8th – 10th: 38 Eighth grade students will go on a 2 night, 3 day field trip to our State Capital and participate in Youth in Government and Legislation.
May 21st: Memorial Day Observance
May 24th: Asian American Pacific Islander Assembly
May 31st: Talent Show
May 31st: PTSA is planning the 8th grade dance.

Getting ready for June:

Planned June events include 6th and 7th-grade award assemblies and the Titan 8th grade move-up awards assembly.

June 11th: 6th, and 7th grades awards assemblies. We will send updates for the grade level time.
June 11th: 8th grade Move-Up Ceremony. We will send updates for this event.
All assemblies and ceremonies will be in the gymnasium.

More information will be sent to you on the date and time for these second semester assemblies.

Activities:

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 word for May is “Integrity.” Partner with us to discuss with your child the meaning of this important word and how it complements the values you model at home.

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

Principal Steve Seberson