Incoming Freshmen Course Selection

Welcome to Curriculum Night 2022! This event kicks off the transition from middle to high school, and we are excited to welcome the class of 2026 to Sycamore High School.
 
To make the most of this virtual event, please review all the information on this webpage. We suggest reviewing the information in this order:
 

Curriculum Night 2022 Welcome Video

Picking your courses for the upcoming year requires planning and thought. We want you to make sure you've met all your graduation requirements by the end of your 4 years, and also that you pick courses that are a good match for you and will prepare you for your post graduation life!
 
If you have any questions or concerns during planning or course selection, talk to your middle school counselor. We are here to help you successfully navigate this process!

The Most Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Putting in back up classes in computer course selection. Please only include these on your planning sheet for our reference if needed.

  • Not putting enough classes or too many classes.

  • Not paying attention to the course code and signing up for the wrong course. Be careful — many course numbers are very similar. For example, the difference between a zero hour and regular hour is one digit (-0) at the end.

Step One | Watch the course selection video

We have created an overview video of the planning and registration process for you. Watching this video is the first thing that you should do before considering which classes to select. It will show you how to log into Infinite Campus where you will see the classes teachers have recommended for you (both locked courses as well as other suggested courses). You will need this information to complete your course selection worksheet.

Step Two | Make sure you can login to your Infinite Campus Student Portal

  • You must be able to log into your own student portal (not parent) in order to register for your classes online.
  • If you forget how to login to your portal, go to portal link on the SHS website under "find it fast" or go to www.syc427.org/portal. If you forgot your username, password, or both, click on the “I forgot….” link.  This will send a recovery email to your school email unless you have already added a personal email to their account. You should check your email and follow the link from there to reset it. Please make sure that you are able to access your Campus Portal as soon as possible.
  • Make sure that you choose a password that is 100% strong or it will not work.
  • If your family has trouble accessing their account, they can send an email to communications@syc427.org.

Step Three | Understand your graduation requirements

In order to graduate from Sycamore High School, there are both credit and course requirements that must be met. For those students who wish to go directly to a four year university, there are often class requirements beyond what SHS requires for graduation. Click below to see requirements for high school graduation and for college admission:

Step Four | Map your courses (optional)

You are welcome to use the Four Year Planner to help guide you as you select courses. You can track the graduation requirements you have met and plan for those you need to take for each future school year. This form is for your own use — you do not need to submit this form.

Download the Four Year Planner

Step Five | Fill out the paper course selection sheet

  • Students will be given a course selection sheet that will be used to plan classes for next year. Login to your Infinite Campus portal to see which classes have been recommended/locked by your teachers for English, math and, social studies, and science. Write the locked recommendations on your sheet.
  • If you have more than one locked class option for a subject, write the class you want to take on your course selection sheet and your middle school counselor will remove the other when they check your sheet. If you want to take a course other than the one locked in your account, you will need to talk to your teacher about whether they would support a change in recommendation. Your teacher must contact your counselor to confirm this before there will be an online course change. Teachers are not expected to change a recommendation unless they feel that a student would be most successful in that course.
  • In your portal, you may also see other course recommendations that are not locked. These are suggested courses that your teacher thinks may be a good fit. You are free to keep these courses or delete any that you are not interested in taking.
  • The course selection process will only be complete once students return their complete course selection sheet to Sycamore Middle School and select courses in their Infinite Campus portal by Friday, February 4, 2022. Sheets must be turned into the SMS office by this date.
  • If you have an IEP, you will be completing this process with your case manager.
  • Requested courses are not guaranteed to be in your schedule next year. The counseling department will work hard to meet your requests but these will be dependent on how your courses fit into your day based on the master schedule. Changes may need to be made to your course requests to allow your other classes to fit.
  • Meaning of Course Codes (pay close attention so that you pick the correct class)
    • (1)= 1st semester
    • (2)=2nd semester
    • (1 Sem)=class is one semester long and can be put in either semester
    • B=Blended
    • H=Honors
    • 0=Zero Hour
    • -1 or -2 (XXX-1 or XXX-2) Year-long courses are designated by the course code. You must select both courses to fulfill the year-long requirement.
  • Study Halls and Brain Breaks (if desired) should be included in your course requests to complete your list of classes. However, study halls are not graded and do not provide credit to students. You cannot request a study hall for specific hours - including the end of the day.
  • Designate (2) backup classes on the sheet below. Do NOT enter backups in the computer. These will be used if one or more of the 7 classes you picked does not not run or there is a conflict with your schedule. The classes listed on these lines are not guaranteed to be in your schedule next year.These classes could also move up into your schedule if you complete a class during the summer that was listed as one of your 7 classes.
  • Course Catalog — the SHS course catalog provides information about prerequisites, course descriptions, credits, and more

Step Six | Sign up for your courses online

  • When the Infinite Campus portal opens, students and parents will receive an email providing detailed information about how to correctly complete this important process of choosing your classes.
  • Make sure that you look closely at the course code designations because these will help you identify what type of class it is (honors, zero hour, etc.)
  • Meaning of Course Codes (pay close attention so that you pick the correct class)
    • (1) = 1st semester
    • (2) = 2nd semester
    • (1 Sem) = class is one semester long and can be put in either semester
    • B=Blended
    • H=Honors
    • 0=Zero Hour
    • -1 or -2 (XXX-1 or XXX-2) Year-long courses are designated by the course code. You must select both courses to fulfill the year-long requirement.
  • When you log into Infinite Campus, choose "More" in the menu on the left and then choose "Course Registration." DO NOT choose Online Registration — you will receive a message that it is closed.
Screenshot of Infinite Campus Portal More Menu with purple arrow pointing to Course Registration
  • Current eighth graders will be given a course selection sheet that will be used to plan classes for next year. This will be sent home with students on January 24, 2022 so that they have the sheet with them for Curriculum and Course Selection Night at Sycamore High School. Login to your Infinite Campus portal to see which classes have been recommended/locked by your teachers for English, math, social studies, and science. Write the locked recommendations on your sheet.
  • If you have more than one locked class option for a subject, contact your middle school counselor to let them know which class you prefer and ask them to remove the other.  If you want to take a course other than the one locked in your account, you will need to talk to your teacher about whether they would support a change in recommendation. Your teacher must contact your counselor to confirm this before there will be an online course change.
  • The course selection process will only be complete once students return their complete course selection sheet to Sycamore Middle School and select courses in their Infinite Campus portal by Friday, February 4, 2022. Middle school counselors will have 1:1 sessions with every eighth grade student between the dates of January 28 and February 1, 2022. This will take place in Literature classes on these dates. Sheets should be returned to the front office at Sycamore Middle School.
  • There is no “save” button when requesting classes — it will automatically save your choices.
  • There is not a set number of “units” that must be registered for when you look at the percent complete at the top of your course request page in Infinite Campus. Just be sure you have all the required classes and other desired electives.

Most importantly, we want you to thoughtfully select your courses. It is important to think about balance, interest AND challenge when making final selections.