Weekly Messenger 1/13/2020

Upcoming Events

January 15 – Dual Credit Night
January 17 – Last Day for ACT registration
January 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School
February 1 – ZAPS ACT Test Prep Course (see information below)
February 8 – ACT National Test Day 



Dual Credit Information Meeting
If you have a student who is being recommended to take a dual credit class next year, please mark your calendars for the Dual Credit Information Night on Wednesday, January 15 at 6:00 PM. 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 juniors can also consider taking the one semester Dual Credit US History course (senior class only). Current sophomores and juniors are able to consider taking Dual Credit Psychology and Biology.  Dual credit options English and Math are only open to seniors who are not currently in AP classes for their 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.

ACT National Test Day
The ACT will be given at SHS on Saturday, February 8.  Students have to sign up at ACT.org to participate.  Registration closes on Friday, January 17.

ZAPS ACT and SAT 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 a Sycamore High School alumni, at 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 1, 2020 and an SAT Prep Seminar on Saturday, April 4, 2020 in the Auditorium of Sycamore High School.  The cost is $85 per class and you can register at www.doorwaytocollege.com To receive 10% off all digital products enter coupon code: doorway2college.  

Illinois Youth Survey
The 2020 Illinois Youth Survey will be administered to Sophomores on Monday, January 27 and to Seniors on Wednesday, January 29 during Spartan Stretch.  If you wish to opt out your student please email Beth Hilton at ehelton@syc427.org.  

Illinois 5Essential Survey
Our school district is currently participating in the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of our school. As a parent/guardian, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.

Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at our school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your student. 

The Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey is open through February 14, 2020. To take the survey please click on the link below. 

 5Essential Parent Survey

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit https://www.5-essentials.org/illinois. If you have any questions, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.edu.

NIU College of Engineering Open House
The College of Engineering at NIU is hosting an Open House for prospective students on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 8:45am-4pm.

The Dean and faculty will be discussing programs, there will be tours available of the 40 labs within the College of Engineering along with demonstrations including the wind tunnel, 3D printing and separate tours of the clean rooms.  NIU students representing the award winning SuperMileage, Baja and Robotics competition teams will be on hand to answer questions as well.

NIU Advisors will be available for course questions and Admissions will be on hand to answer university questions as well as to provide campus tours.

Parent Tip
Please make sure your son/daughter brings their Chromebook to school charged every day.

Sycamore High School Tutoring
Tutoring is available after school in the Library every Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:20pm-4:20pm. There will be no Sunday tutoring on January 19.

SHS Athletic
For information for the upcoming Athletic events please visit 8to18.