Students throughout Thompson School District participated in the viewing of the solar eclipse on August 21st.  Not only was the event a lot of fun, it also served as a perfect opportunity to teach students about the wonders of the solar system.

Back to School Online Resource Guide

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year in Thompson School District! Do you have any questions as we get started?  If so, be sure to check out TSD's "Back to School Online Resource Guide," which features all of the information that students and parents will need to help ensure a terrific start to the school year.  To visit the site, please visit

Dawne Huckaby is the new director of assessment and accountability

Thompson School District is pleased to announce that it has named Dawne Huckaby as Director of Assessment and Accountability.

Ms. Huckaby will manage the district’s comprehensive student assessment and accountability system. She will evaluate data and collaborate with staff members to coordinate local and state testing efforts, organize testing procedures and protocols and prepare and submit necessary state and federal reports. She will also collaborate with district schools in the areas of personalized learning and professional development.

Ms. Huckaby comes to Thompson from Salem, Ore., where she served the Oregon Department of Education as the assistant superintendent in the Office of Teaching, Learning and Assessment.

Ms. Huckaby earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Chadron State College and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.

Carmen Polka new interim principal

This summer, Thompson School District undertook a search process to locate and hire a new principal for Centennial Elementary.  Although the search committee interviewed many qualified candidates, the process did not ultimately result in the hiring of a principal.

After further exploration, TSD has selected Carmen Polka to serve as principal at the school on an interim basis. 

Ms. Polka has been with Thompson for twenty years and previously served as Thompson School District’s Elementary Literacy Professional Coach. Her career in education includes teaching experience at the kindergarten, special education and gifted and talented levels.  She has also served as a Teacher on Special Assignment focusing on Critical Thinking.

Ms. Polka earned her Bachelors degree in Social Science with an emphasis in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC).   In 2001, she completed her work on a Masters degree in Special Education and is currently a doctoral candidate studying Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UNC.  The Thompson Education Foundation named Ms. Polka “Elementary Teacher of the Year” in 2015 and that same year was also named a “Scholar of the Foundation for Critical Thinking,” which is a milestone designation for critical thinking professionals in education.

“I am so thrilled to be returning to Centennial Elementary, a building that means so much to me as a former student,” Ms. Polka said. “This is an exciting opportunity and I look forward to building strong relationships with the students, families and staff members of our Eagle community.”