Thompson School District is pleased to announce that High Plains School has been awarded with the prestigious “LEED Gold” certification status.  The school becomes the first building in TSD to earn the designation. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is one of the foremost rating programs available for public school buildings that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for best environmental and human health performance.

High Plains School, which currently serves approximately 400 students, achieved LEED Gold certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high building performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, construction materials and indoor environmental quality.

Groundbreaking on the school took place on April 22, 2015 and culminated with the Grand Opening on August 2, 2016. During the construction time, numerous LEED building design and construction aspects were implemented:

The building was developed as a Sustainable Site to maximize open-space areas for students and local community members. Larger open-space areas allow students and teachers to incorporate learning lessons around environmental systems and natural science systems.

Numerous water efficiency aspects were designed and constructed into the building. Low-flow sinks and toilets were built into the school that account for a 20-percent decrease in water usage compared to traditional buildings. These water efficiency measures not only conserve municipal water supplies, but also they also lower annual water utility costs to the district and the community.

A highly efficient Geothermal Exchange system was installed at High Plains that provides heating and cooling for the building. This system is one of the most beneficial Heating/Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems that can be implemented into new buildings. This system will perform more than 50 percent better than a typical central chiller/boiler system and will greatly reduce energy costs.

During construction of the building, more than 50 percent of the construction waste was recycled or recovered. This construction waste was recycled back into the manufacturing process and diverted from landfills. Recycling or recovering this construction waste also realized material cost savings. These design and construction aspects are examples of strategies that were implemented to give High Plains School the opportunity to earn the LEED Gold certification for Energy and Environmental design. A formal ceremony that celebrates the designation will be held soon.  Details will be released as they become available.

TSD names Richard Harris principal of Berthoud High School

Thompson School District is pleased to announce that it has named Richard Harris as principal of Berthoud High School, effective July 1. He will fill the vacancy that will be created when Chris Garcia departs the district at the conclusion of the school year.

Mr. Harris comes to the Berthoud High School community from St. Vrain Valley School District, where he has served as an assistant principal since 2013.  His career also includes experience as a Language Arts teacher in the Boulder Valley School District and an English teacher in the East Side Union High School District in San Jose, California.

Mr. Harris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California State University and a Masters in Education in Crosscultural Teaching from National University in San Jose.  He is currently enrolled in the Organizational Leadership doctoral program at Grand Canyon University.

"This is an exciting opportunity and I am very happy to join the Berthoud community," Mr. Harris says.  "I really look forward to getting to know everybody."

Thompson School District is grateful to Principal Garcia for his many years of service and we wish him the best for the future.  We also hope you will join us in welcoming Mr. Harris to the team.

New website dedicated to Personalized Learning

TSD started its journey to personalized education through its "Thompson2Life" committee in 2013. The group realigned graduation guidelines and built capacity around preparing our students to be college, career and community ready. Now with regional and national recognition for the focus on students, we know that this is just the beginning. The district is humbled to be part of such an amazing journey. As part of the project, this new web site will provide you with all of the latest information: www.thompsonschools.org/voiceandchoice

The web link above will start you on the "Competencies" section. On the left navigation, you will see links to the "Intro to Journey" brochure, the large story Flipbook entitled "Journey to Personalized Education" and the "Thompson2Life" committee work.

We hope you enjoy the new information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school.