Weekly Messenger: March 29, 2021


March 29

  • First Day Back

April 1

  • End of 3rd Quarter

April 2 & April 5


April 13

  • All Juniors take the SAT

April 15

  • Augustana College visit inhouse

May 30

  • Graduation

June 4

  • Last day for student attendance


Boys track and field

Boys Track and Field will host informational meetings this week for any boys interested in the upcoming season. Freshmen and Sophomore will meet Wednesday, March 31, 2021, and Junior and Seniors will meet Thursday, April 1, 2021. Both meetings will occur in the Library and start at 2:50 PM.

Dual Credit Next Year

If a student signed up for any Dual Credit class for NEXT YEAR, they recently received an email about important next steps.  Parents, please check in to make sure your student has applied to Kish College if they are in a dual credit class during the 21-22 school year.  The instructions are time sensitive with important action steps.


Spring Testing

April 13-Freshmen, Sophomores, and Seniors will be remote/asynchronous learning while juniors take the SAT at Sycamore High School.

SAT for Juniors

On April 13, ALL Juniors (whether in-person and remote learner) will take the SAT at Sycamore High School.  Illinois State Board of Education has eliminated the essay portion of the SAT.

Students will be getting an email on which room to report to. Students must be in the classroom by 7:45am. Transportation will still run their same morning routes. Safety procedures are in place. Classrooms will have no more than 10 students, desks will be set up for social distancing, and masks are required.

Juniors will need to be self certified entering the school,  and have their ID, pencil(s), and a calculator. All hybrid learners have already completed this form. Remote learners may still need to complete it if they haven’t attended an event at SHS.


PSAT9 and PSAT10

Illinois State Board of Education has eliminated the PSAT9 for 9th graders and PSAT10 for 10th graders for the spring of 2021. These assessments will be given in the spring of 2022.

Illinois Science Assessment

In compliance with federal testing requirements, Illinois will administer a science assessment for grades 5, 8, 11.  The assessment will be administered in-person on the student's Chromebook.  It is aligned with the standards for Science as well as the Next Generation Science Standards.  

  • Juniors with the last names A-L for in-person learners Wednesday, May 5 periods 1st-3rd
  • Juniors with the last names M-Z for in-person learners Thursday, May 6, periods 1st-3rd
  • Juniors with the last names A-Z that are remote learners, Friday, May 7, periods 1st-3rd

Students will be testing in the auditorium.  Please make sure they bring their Chromebook charged.

Dual Credit Testing

Students who have signed up for a dual credit class during 2021-2022 have begun the process of completing any required placement testing.  Students have been notified of their date for testing based on their request. Testing is being completed during Spartan Stretch 3/29-4/1 or Friday 4/9.  Students testing on 4/9 must provide their own transportation. 

College Visit

Augustana College will be here on campus on April 15. They will be set up to talk with you in the upper parking lot after school at 2:45p. Please register in Naviance.

Senior Scholarships

Seniors - new scholarships continue to be posted in Naviance on a regular basis.  Spend time each week looking for opportunities to earn a scholarship for any type of college.  You must apply for scholarships to be recognized at Senior Award Night.


Summer School Registration

Summer school registration is now open. You can register online, or submit your downloaded application and payment to Mr Balster. Applications are also available in the guidance office. Courses fill up. Payment is due at the time of application to get on a class roster. Courses available are: Drivers Education, Speech, Government, Consumer Economics, PE, Dual credit college Speech, Credit recovery. Please be sure to download the correct application. 

In person students must maintain 3 ft social distancing, and wear a mask at all times.

Other Summer Opportunities

Culinary Class


Tech Tip

Don’t charge your Chromebook overnight. It will deplete your battery. It only needs 2 hours to fully recharge.

Grade Checks

As we come closer to the end of 3rd quarter, be sure to be checking the Infinite Campus Portal for student grades.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to teachers for help.

Have you done your FAFSA?

At this point, 71% of all SHS seniors have completed the graduation requirement regarding completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Be sure to fill out the FAFSA for 2021-2022. 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 FAFSA.govIf you would like individual help, please reach out to our ISAC (IL Student Assistance Commision) representative.  She can do virtual help sessions to walk you through the entire process. Jenna Roecker, Illinois Student Assistance Commission Book an appointment: