Welcome to the junior high school experience with all it has to offer students with a variety of talents, abilities, and interests! Listed below are descriptions of the many choices available to our students to be involved in a positive and interactive way during their junior high school years.
Open to all current TJHS students. The goal of Art Club is to give students the opportunity to create projects that they wouldn't normally have the time or materials to create elsewhere. Art Club is an open studio environment, where students should always feel welcome and their ideas accepted, and be encouraged to explore a variety of supplies and materials.
Drama club is open to all students in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. The club performs twice a year, with a play in the fall and a musical in the spring. Auditions for each production are held near the beginning of each semester. There are both cast and crew spots open. The Drama club typically costs $10 per production; this covers the script and performance costs.
All students are welcomed to participate in this club. Rehearsals will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from November 18th until December 12th. These rehearsals will be from 3:05-3:30 in the choir room. This club will enjoy singing sacred and secular winter and Xmas carols. The student does not need to be in choir to come sing. Students will learn the art of caroling in small groups by practicing together, then performing at different places in the community. The Holiday Club has performed at the Christmas Walk in Downtown Oswego, The Holiday Express for the Oswegoland Park District, nursing homes in the area, and even at Culver’s Meet Santa Day. There is no cost to join this program. Students of all levels have found this to be a terrific way to help the community spread some cheer during the December months.
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY
Open to 8th graders only. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to qualify. The National Junior Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for middle level students. It seeks to honor and cultivate scholars who display excellent character, leadership, service, and citizenship. As a member of NJHS students participate in a variety of activities that help the school and community, such as; Creating and running the Haunted Hallway, leading 5th grade groups for Step-Up Day, Feed My Starving Children, selling concessions at school plays, working school related events like registration and Step-Up night, Coat/Food drives, etc. Then, of course, fun activities are planned just for members to celebrate their success!
NJHS members meet during 5th hour lunch on Tuesdays. There is no membership fee for NJHS members, but most will end up spending around $50.00 throughout the course of the entire year. This cost would include things like money to order a membership t-shirt, donations made to shop for families around the holidays, money spent on purchasing food to use during celebrations, etc
Pokemon Club is open to any students who are interested in Pokemon. Students play electronic games, games with cards, or trade cards. All levels are welcome, from advanced to beginner. We meet every other Tuesday from 3:10-4:00 in room 2359. See the Pokemon link in activities for actual dates and times. There is no cost for Pokemon Club.
Paw Pack is a spirit group open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Our goal is to promote event attendance and school spirit for our Tiger athletes. Paw Pack is a year round club which supports all fall, winter and spring athletic groups. Athletes are also encouraged to participate and attend events which run in their off season. The cost is $25 which includes a club shirt and end of the year party. Meetings are held on select Mondays from 3:15-4:45, a schedule of events will be provided at the first meeting. Paw Pack is a wonderful way to show your Tiger Spirit! Please see Mrs. Clements or Mrs. Williams for more information.
Thompson Robotics is open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade Thompson students. However, an application process is required. Thompson Robotics prepares for and participates in the First Lego League (FLL) Competition. Students build and program a team robot, research real-world solutions for an engineering challenge, and participate in a team building challenge. Meetings will be held on Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) from September – November. The participation fee is $15. Please see Mrs. Buan in the LRC for further information.
This club is designed for students who enjoy learning about science and are looking for new challenges that will increase their knowledge in science related careers. It provides students a time to meet with their peers and share ideas about how science is integrated throughout their life. Students will conduct experiments, watch demonstrations and when available participate in science competitions. The Club meets weekly: October - February. An application and a safety contract are required to sign up and attend. There is a $15 participation fee.
Student Council is open to all students. We help support school initiatives such as character counts. We plan and host all the school dances including the 8th grade bash. Student council is a great way to get involved and meet new friends!
Open to all Thompson students. Students can sign up for an audition time in the main office. They will audition in front of 30 Thompson choir members who then help choose which performance acts should be in the school talent show. (This is a positive experience in which bullying is not allowed and closely monitored by staff.) The students who make the cut (usually about 12 different performances) will perform in an all school show that doubles as a fundraiser for the choir. Eighth grade choir members get the chance to help run the show “back stage”, set crew, producers, performers, judges, and announcers. Students do not need to be in choir to perform, they DO need to be in choir and have performance experience to be a judge.