Weekly Messenger 10/14/19

Upcoming Events

FAFSA Night 10/15 Kishwaukee College

FAFSA Night 10/16 Sycamore High School

Military Service Academy Deadline – Tuesday, October 15

AP Testing Registration Deadline – Monday, October 21 (see below for information)

Early Dismissal  11:00a 10/25/19

No School 10/28/19

Sophomores to KEC/Kish College for visit 11/7/19



Seniors – FAFSA Completion and Help Sessions
Just a reminder that all seniors attending college next year should be filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) that opened on October 1st.  If you potentially qualify for grants (funds that you do not have to pay back), this money runs out quickly – so don’t delay. Even if you may not qualify for financial aid, completing the FAFSA is a requirement for most scholarships.  Please note, the application requires 2018 tax and income information.

There are 2 upcoming opportunities to help seniors/families complete the FAFSA:

  • On Tuesday, October 15, Kishwaukee College Financial Aid office will host a help night from 5-7pm in Room A-1345.  This is open to ALL local students, even if you do not plan to attend Kish in the fall. 
  • On Wednesday, October 16 from 3:10-6pm, SHS counseling staff and ISAC (IL Student Assistance Commision) will host a help session at Sycamore High School.

Please mark your calendars if you may need help completing the FAFSA.  If you cannot make either help session, counselors can help set up a time to meet with an ISAC rep for help.

Seniors – College Application Deadlines:
If you are applying for colleges that have an upcoming deadline, please make sure that you have requested any required official school documents (transcripts, school reports, letters of recommendation, etc) in Naviance.  Give plenty of time to have the request for materials processed and sent to colleges by the counseling office before the deadline. Check in with your school counselor with any questions or if you need help.

Fall Presentations Available Online
The counseling staff has now completed fall orientation meetings with all seniors, juniors and sophomores during stretch.  They will complete freshmen orientations in October. If you would like to see the outline of the presentation, you can visit the fall presentations on the school counseling portion of the SHS website.  The College Prep Night presentation can also be found on this same website under parent presentations.  https://shs.syc427.org/counseling-office/

Sycamore High School is offering the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Career Exploration Exam on Monday, November 4th at 8:15am. This test is optional and free to any interested juniors and seniors. Students must sign up ahead of time in the school counseling office if they want to take the test.  This exam can be used to not only determine military career choices but also civilian career options. The results of the ASVAB will be valid for military enlistment for 2 years but taking this exam does not require any student to become involved in any military program. Non-military personnel from the ASVAB Career Exploration Program will meet with students when results are available to help interpret scores. For general information about this exam, please go to www.asvabprogram.com.   Click on the following link for access to practice tests before the exam date: www.asvabpracticetests.com.

AP Testing Registration
If you have a student who is currently enrolled in an AP class, the time is here to make a final decision about whether they will be taking an Advanced Placement (AP) exam in May.
Mrs. Kirchmann has already visited every AP class and has given your student information about registering for AP exams. 

Payment for AP tests must be made online for registration to be complete. Tuesday, October 1st  the window opens and the 21st at midnight is the last opportunity to pay for an exam as we will be placing the AP orders the next day.  Students have also been given a registration form that must also be completed and turned in to Mrs. Kirchmann in order to finalize registration for AP testing. This form is also available on the webstore when you pay.

AP Testing Payment can be made at the Sycamore School District Webstore under “High School” and “AP Testing”.  The cost of AP testing is $94.00 per exam (or $53.00 per exam if you are on free or reduced lunch).  

2019-2020 Yearbooks
Now is a great time to purchase a yearbook for the 2019-20 school year. Please visit the following link: Yearbook Order Centre

If you have further questions or concerns please contact Shannon Bierman at sbierman@syc427.org.

Sycamore High School Tutoring
After school tutoring on Tuesday and Thursday in the library from 3:20-4:20, and Sunday nights from 7:00 – 9:00 in the library. Pizza is served on Sunday night.

College Visits
The following colleges will be visiting at Sycamore High School.  Please sign-up through Naviance. Check in the counseling office for location.   

October 14 Kishwaukee College 10:30a.m.

October 16  Indiana University Purdue University          Indianapolis  9:05a.m.

October 24  Colorado State 8:50 am

Students who are interested must register in Naviance.        

Sophomores to KEC/Kish College
Our school goal is that 100% of our students, by the time they graduate, are college and/or career ready.  Part of this goal is met by introducing our 10th graders to the courses that KEC offers, most are dual credit, and let them see a campus of a community college.  We will be gathering in the auditorium after 2nd hour on Thursday, November 7 and returning so students can go to their 10th hour class. Lunch will be provided.

Military Opt Out
State and federal law require school districts to release names, addresses and telephone numbers of high school students to military recruiters unless parents or students have advised the District that they do not want the District to disclose such information without their prior written consent.

If you do not want the District to release demographic information to military recruiters or other individuals, you must notify Mr. Tim Carlson at Sycamore High School via email, tcarlson@syc427.org, and should specify the student’s name and ID number, and list the types of information that should not be released.The deadline is Friday, October 18 to opt out.

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