Weekly Messenger: January 10, 2022

ZAPS SAT/ACT Test Prep

Sycamore High School encourages Juniors and Seniors who want to improve their ACT/SAT scores to take an ACT or SAT test prep course. We are working with Doorway to College, to provide our students with the opportunity to participate in high-quality test-preparation classes for both the ACT and SAT.  

Doorway to College will be offering an ACT Prep Seminar on Saturday, February 5, 2022 and an SAT Prep Seminar on Saturday, April 2, 2022 in the Auditorium of Sycamore High School. The cost is $90 per class and you can register at www.doorwaytocollege.com or call (877) 927-8378.  

Register Online

Course Selection

On Tuesday, January 4, counselors began meeting with students during Spartan Stretch to walk through the process of choosing classes for the 2022-2023 school year. 

  • Juniors A-G during stretch with Mrs. Templin Tuesday, January 4
  • Juniors H-N during stretch with Mrs. Kirchmann Wednesday, January 5
  • Juniors O-Z during stretch with Ms. Grimes Friday, January 7 
  • Sophomores A-G during stretch with Mrs. Templin on Monday, January 10
  • Sophomores H-N during stretch with Mrs. Kirchmann on Tuesday, January 11
  • Sophomores O-Z during stretch with Ms. Grimes on Wednesday, January 12
  • Freshmen A-G during stretch with Mrs. Templin on Tuesday, January 18
  • Freshmen H-N during stretch with Mrs. Kirchmann on Wednesday, January 19
  • Freshmen O-Z during stretch with Ms. Grimes on Friday, January 21

Any student who missed their Spartan Stretch session with their counselor should pick up forms in the counseling office after the date their assigned date and read through all of the step-by-step course selection instructions on the SHS Counseling website. This information will walk you through the entire process. Please read it all and watch the video — see your counselor with any questions.   

View Course Selection Instructions

Dual Credit Information Meeting

A Dual Credit Information Night will be held on Wednesday, January 12 at 6:00 PM if you have a student who is being recommended to take a dual credit class next year. These are generally students in Junior Comp & Literature who would take Dual Credit English as a senior and students in Algebra 2 who would take Dual Credit Algebra/Trig as a senior. Current sophomores are able to consider taking DC US History and Biology. Dual credit options for English and math are only available during the senior year for those who are not currently in AP classes for math or English. Students should speak with their teachers if they think that dual credit could be an option for them. At the dual credit meeting, we will discuss the benefits of taking a dual credit class, college credits from Kishwaukee College, pitfalls, costs, etc. We will be meeting in the SHS cafeteria.

Band and Choir Auditions

Any student not currently enrolled in the music program who would like to audition for placement in an advanced choir or band should contact Mr. Eggleson or Mr. Goodman as soon as possible to schedule a meeting.

Tutoring

Free after school tutoring will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 PM as well as Sunday evening from 7:00-9:00 PM in the library. In January, there will be Sunday tutoring on January 9, January 23, and January 30.

Student Chromebook Charging

We would like to remind all students that it is their responsibility to ensure that their Chromebook is fully charged before coming to school each day and to bring their chargers with them to school every day.  We are seeing an increasing number of students coming into the Technology Office on a daily basis looking for a spare Chromebook or charger to use because their Chromebook has not been charged at home.  

While the Technology Office does not have extra chargers on hand to issue to check out to students, a spare charger has been placed in each classroom for student use while in that classroom.  Please make sure your student is charging their Chromebook at home on a regular basis to ensure they are able to use them for the entire school day.

Punctuality

We continue to have an issue with many students coming late to class, especially for 1st hour. 1st hour begins at 7:50 AM, on Thursdays 8:35 AM.  Please encourage your students to plan ahead and give enough time to get to school/class on time. We have communicated to them that as  we prepare students for the working world, punctuality is one key to success.