Student Support

Guidance and Counseling

Students may consult with the guidance counselors on individual problems concerning school courses and curriculum selection, failures, extra-curricular activities, interpretation of test results, remedial work, vocational selection, home and school adjustment, personal issues, college selection, job opportunities, scholarships and financial aid, information about the armed services, necessary schedule changes, and/or similar issues. The services of the guidance office are available to both students and parents.  Parents are encouraged to avail themselves of these services through the scheduling of appointments.

Social Workers

The high school has the services of social workers to work with students and their families to help both through difficulties that may affect the students’ academic performance or socialization at school.  They can also provide assistance in connecting families to outside counseling or social service organizations.


The district psychologist serves both the high school and middle school and is the facilitator for special education testing.  The psychologist also attends STAT (Student Teacher Assistance Team), IEP, 504, and parent meetings as needed.

Support Groups

Several support groups for students are facilitated by the school social workers.

RtI Tem

The RtI Team is a Sycamore High School program that empowers students to deal constructively with life situations of stress and crisis.  RtI has the dual purpose of keeping healthy students healthy and providing opportunities for growth for students with, or who are at risk for developing, problems of an academic, behavioral, or social nature.  In the case of substance abuse, the team attempts to provide assistance and intervention to both student and family. The team, which is comprised of a school administrator, guidance counselors, social workers, nurse, and two classroom teachers, meets weekly to discuss referred students.  The students are generally referred to RtI by a teacher, although parent or student referrals are also welcome.  It is hoped that the collective expertise in RtI meetings will generate strategies that can then be used to successfully assist at-risk students.

  1. When a staff member witnesses behaviors of concern in a student, he or she completes the referral form and submits it to a counselor or administrator.
  2. The counselor immediately sends out similar referral form to all of the student’s teachers for the purpose of data collection.
  3. Referrals are returned as soon as possible.
  4. The counselor brings the case to the RtI Team to discuss concerns.
  5. Teachers are encouraged to attend this meeting to provide information regarding this student.
  6. The RtI Team determines a plan of action for the students.  Some options include:
    • Interviewing/conferencing with the student
    • Notifying parents
    • Referring for assessment
    • Implementing interventions
    • Placing on watch list to monitor
    • Offering other support services
    • Referring to case study

The referral is kept strictly confidential.  The referral or any subsequent actions are not placed in the student’s records.

Response to Intervention (Rti)/Spartan Stretch Period

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered approach to help struggling learners.  Students’ progress is closely monitored at each stage of intervention to determine the need for further research-based instruction and/or intervention in general education, in special education, or both.  Students earning a D or F in any course may be assigned to intervention during Spartan Stretch.  Any student that fails to report to Spartan Stretch is subject to disciplinary consequences associated with the school attendance policy.

Tier 1 of RTI would include all students within any given classroom being provided with scientifically-based interventions within that classroom.  A systematic method of data collection is conducted by the teacher of other educator to determine which students are responding to those interventions.  Students who are not responding to those interventions are then provided with more intense instruction at Tier 2.  

Tier 2 interventions should be conducted by a specialist who has experience in working with students.  Tier 2 interventions should be more intense for those students who did not respond to Tier 1.  Students who still do not respond to Tier 2 interventions for a specific period of time would then move to Tier 3, which could include a referral for special education.

Any system of Response to Intervention should include appropriate academic and behavioral interventions as needed by the student and should include reading, writing, and mathematics.  If the student is suspected of having a disability at any time during the tiers, the student should be referred for a case study evaluation.

English Language Learners

The Sycamore School District has an ELL program for students with limited proficiency in the English language.  The ELL instructor is in charge of this program and, in that capacity, provides part-time services to the high school.  The instructor not only provides academic assistance to students of limited English language ability, but also serves as a liaison between the families of these students and the school.

Title IX: Sex Discrimination

The Sycamore School District supports and is in compliance with Title IX of the Federal Educational Amendments of 1972, which is designed to eliminate discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity.  Title IX requires that sex discrimination not be practiced in the employment of or admission to any education program or activity operated by the District.  Every employee and student is protected against sex discrimination by Title IX, and any person wishing to inquire about the District’s application of the law should contact:

Mark Eckstrom
Southeast Elementary School
718 S. Locust St.
Sycamore, IL  60178

Any person who then has a complaint regarding sex discrimination should follow this due process procedure:

  1. Building Principal
  2. Superintendent
  3. Board of Education

The Board of Education Policy on Title IX can be found in the Board’s Policy Manual.

Medicaid Data Release—Special Education Students

If your child receives special education services and is also Medicaid eligible, the Sycamore School District can seek partial reimbursement from Medicaid for health services documented in your student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Medicaid reimbursement is a source of federal funds approved by Congress to help school districts maintain and improve diagnostic and therapeutic services for students.

The reimbursement process requires the school district to provide Medicaid with your student’s name, date of birth, and Medicaid number. Federal law requires annual notification of our intent to pursue this reimbursement opportunity.  If you approve of the release of information to Medicaid, do nothing.  If you object to the release of information to Medicaid, now, or at any time in the future, please state your objection in writing and forward it to:

Director of Special Education
Sycamore School District #427
245 W. Exchange St.
Sycamore, IL 60178

Regardless of your decision, the Sycamore School District must provide the services listed in your student’s IEP at no cost to you.  This program has no impact on your student’s or your family’s current or future Medicaid benefits.  Under federal law, participation in this program CANNOT:

  • decrease lifetime coverage or any other public insurance benefit
  • result in the family paying for services that would otherwise be covered by Medicaid
  • increase your premiums or lead to discontinuation of benefits or insurance
  • result in the loss of eligibility for home and community-based waivers

Your continued consent allows the district to recover a portion of the costs associated with providing health services to your student.  

Information on Registered Sex Offenders

Information on registered sex offenders is available on the State of Illinois web site at This information is being provided in accordance with the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act (Public Act 94-0994).

Help Line

  • Police Department (815) 895-3435
  • Fire Department (815) 895-5414
  • DCFS (800) 252-2873
  • Sexual Assault Abuse Services (815) 758-7922
  • Runaway Hotline (800) 231-6946
  • Safe Passage, Emergency (815) 756-2228
  • Safe Passage, Non-Emergency (815) 756-5228
  • Health Department (815) 758-6673
  • Ben Gordon Center (815) 756-4875
  • BGC Response (Ben Gordon Center) (866) 242-0111
  • DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau (815) 748-2010