Weekly Messenger: February 16, 2021


March 3 & 4

  • School picture day

March 5

  • Key Club Shrimp dinner

April 13

  • All Juniors take the SAT

May 30

  • Graduation

June 4

  • Last day for student attendance


School Picture Day

School portraits will be taken during PE classes on Wednesday, March 3, and Thursday, March 4 from 7:45 am-12:58 pm for Hybrid A and B students, then from 1-3 pm for all remote students. Remote students will need to schedule their photo time in the button below:


The safety precautions LifeTouch is putting into place are covered in the video linked below. 

  • Masks must be worn at all times when a photo is not being taken.
  • Masks can be removed while the photo is taken, but this is not required.


LifeTouch has introduced new pricing for this school year.  They are offering a low entry package price of $14.99, which includes 1-8X10, 2-5X7's, and downloadable images for $14.99. There are 4 packages to select from or you can build your own package with addons. Purchase is not necessary, but students do need to have their pictures taken as these photos are used for Infinite Campus, school ID's and the yearbook. Photos submitted through eShare earlier in the year can be used as well.


If you have questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Bierman at 815-899-8151 or


Online link for ordering

Sycamore High School- Fall pictures


Yearbook pick up

Just a reminder that the 2019/20 yearbooks can still be picked up - just stop by the front security desk and they can grab your book for you.

A Year Like No Other! Despite its challenges, there's still so much to celebrate.

That's why ordering a copy of this year's 2020/21 yearbook, and all the good memories associated with it is so important.

To order go to button provided below and USE CODE 8285

If you need to confirm that you already placed an order for the 2020/21  yearbook, you can find your order by clicking on the bottom left corner. "Already Placed on Order"


Dual Credit (and some KEC Classes) For Next Year - Applying to be a Kishwaukee College Student  

If you signed up for any Dual Credit class for NEXT YEAR, the first step of being able to take this class is to apply as a Kish student.  This must also be done if you are taking a CNA, EMT, Sports Med or Medical Terminology class at KEC, as these require testing to qualify (other KEC classes DO NOT require testing). Applications must be completed at least 7-10 days before you are able to move to the next step of completing any required placement test. See video below for instructions on how to apply as a high school enrollee. After you apply, watch your mail for a letter from Kish that includes your college ID - you will need this in order to complete placement tests.  Watch for announcements about how to complete your testing (if needed) - this is being shifted to Sycamore High School. If you are already in a Dual Credit class this year, you do not need to reapply for Kish.  How to Apply for Kish - Dual Credit

Key Club Shrimp Dinner Tickets 

This year, tickets for the shrimp dinner will be sold online through a Google Form. Forms and money are due by Friday, February 19, and the drive-through pick up is scheduled for Friday, March 5. We have 2 offerings available for $12. Your choice of Shrimp or chicken, each dinner comes with a dinner roll, coleslaw, baked potato, butter, and sour cream (cocktail sauce is included with shrimp dinners). Tickets can be purchased from any SHS Key Club member, Sycamore Kiwanis member, or by contacting Ms. DeWitt at Feel free to reach out to any SHS Key Club member, Ms. DeWitt, or our Instagram @sycamorekeyclub



ZAPS SAT Test Prep

Sycamore High School encourages Juniors and Seniors who want to improve their SAT scores to take an SAT test prep course. We are working with Sycamore High School alumni at Doorway to College, to provide our students with the opportunity to participate in high-quality test-preparation classes for the SAT. Doorway to College will be offering a virtual SAT Prep Seminar for $85.  Please click on the button below to learn more about this opportunity.*

Due to current COVID-19 guidelines there is a space limitation of 35 participants.  Please make sure to register early.

ZAPS SAT Test Prep

Spring Testing

On April 13, 2021, all juniors will be taking the SAT with an essay at SHS.  This is a state and graduation requirement.  

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Seniors will be asynchronous on April 13.

Freshmen will be taking the PSAT9 and Sophomores will be taking the PSAT10, also in April.  The date of those assessments will be communicated in the near future. 

Senior Scholarships

Seniors - be sure to be logging into your Naviance account to look for scholarships that are available.  Below is a link to a tutorial that was sent out earlier this year with instructions on how to use Naviance to find local and national scholarships. Many scholarships have recently been added and more will be coming - so seniors should check Naviance regularly. 

Finding Scholarships on Naviance

Current Juniors interested in EMSA classes through Kishwaukee College next year

The Engineering, Math, and Science Academy (EMSA) at Kishwaukee College is a program for motivated and academically inclined high school juniors. To enter the program their senior year, students must currently be a junior and enrolled in (or have completed) one year of pre-calculus and/or trigonometry and chemistry, which they must complete with a grade of “B” or better.  Informational sessions were held in the fall but if you are still interested, there is time to apply.  Please contact Jud Curry at with questions. 


Reminder that all seniors must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as a graduation requirement.  The FAFSA application is open for students attending college in the fall of 2021.  Students should talk to their counselor if they need help completing their FAFSA or about alternative ways to complete this requirement if there are any concerns. The FAFSA can be completed at If you would like individual help, please reach out to our ISAC (IL Student Assistance Commision) representative, Jenna Roecker at  She can do virtual help sessions to walk you through the entire process.  


Students should still be checking their school email once a day.

Parents should be checking their students grades and attendance in Infinite Campus.