It’s hard to believe that our first month of the new school year has already come and gone. These first few weeks of classes were filled with a huge number of events and activities on our campuses. While students were getting acquainted with their new teachers and class schedules, our district also hit several exciting milestones that I wanted to share with you.
This past week, we hosted two special events for our community. After months of planning and renovation, the redesigned and refreshed Peakview Academy at Conrad Ball campus officially opened for students on our first day of school. A special grand opening celebration was held at the campus on September 14, offering families a chance to check out the new spaces and participate in some special opening festivities. Two days earlier, we also hosted an event to celebrate the new expansion project that was completed this summer at High Plains School. The addition features classrooms, a new gymnasium and more space for programs within the school. Both of these projects are significant enhancements to the service and support that we can offer our students. Our project managers and contractors all did a wonderful job bringing them to fruition.
A few weeks ago, our transportation team received some wonderful news: The district has been selected by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a grant recipient through the Colorado Electric School Bus Grant Program. The award amount, which will be determined soon, will assist the district in converting a small number of buses in its fleet into battery or fuel-cell electric-powered vehicles. Much more information regarding this grant award will be available soon.
Every day, our staff members do an amazing job educating and supporting each of our students. Our team routinely goes above and beyond expectations. We are always looking for unique ways to say “thanks” for everything that they do. Each month, one of my favorite activities is the opportunity to present our “Top of Thompson” award winners as part of our regular Board of Education meetings. The awards allow our staff members to nominate their peers for outstanding service to our students and families.
I am pleased to announce that starting this month, we will be adding an additional category to the set – the “Community Champion Award.” Nominated by school and district employees, this monthly recognition will be extended to a community member, community organization or business entity that helps facilitate the work of our students and staff within our schools and district. We are so fortunate here in Thompson to have the steadfast support of so many businesses and entities across our community. It is my hope that this new award will serve as a fun way to recognize and spotlight these partnerships across the district.
As we head into the heart of the fall season, I would like to remind our community that we have so many activities and events that might be of interest to you. From football and volleyball games to fall music concerts and plays, the talents of our incredible students are on full display, and we invite you to be a spectator or an audience member. We are also always on the lookout for those who would like to serve as a substitute teacher, a bus driver, a nutrition services worker or even a volunteer within our schools. Please check out our website at TSD.org to see how you can get involved or even apply for a part-time or volunteer position within our district.
As always, we are grateful for the support of our TSD community, and we thank you for your ongoing engagement and interest in the success of our students. Have a great September!