Weekly Messenger 10/7/19

Upcoming Events

Fire and Tornado Drill- Tuesday, October 8

Junior Class Trip – Thursday, October 10

No School- Friday, October 11. Institute day

Military Service Academy Deadline – Tuesday, October 15

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

Early Dismissal-  Friday, October 25 11:00a.m.

No School- Monday, October 28



Fire and Tornado Drill 
As part of our yearly planned drills, this Tuesday,  October 8, we will have Fire and Tornado Drills for our school. The drills will be held during Spartan Stretch.

Our drills are done in conjunction with our District Safety & Security Team and the Sycamore Police and Fire Department. If you have any questions regarding this drill, please contact School Resource Officer Hooper at RHooper@syc427.org or call him at Sycamore High School: (815) 899-8160.

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 4 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.

Junior Class NIU Trip
On Thursday, October 10, we will be taking our juniors to NIU for a visit.  It is a late start day. We will be meeting in the Auditorium at 8:50 and returning around 2:30-2:45.  They will be dismissed upon return. Lunch will be provided. They will be touring the campus, visiting a dorm, meeting with NIU students, and will be able to pick a class to attend.

Even if NIU or college is not in the future, it is a great opportunity to compare and gain insight on making the most informed decision after senior year.

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 1  the window opens and the 21 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 Center

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

Parent Tip of the week
Support Homework expectations. Have a designated location. 

Sycamore High School Tutoring
After school tutoring on Tuesday and Thursday in the library from 3:20-4:20.  There will be no tutoring on Sunday, October 13.

College Visits
The following colleges will be visiting at Sycamore High School.  Please sign-up through Naviance. All visits are held in R109.   

October 8 – University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh – 10:30 a.m.

October 9 – U of I Champaign/Urbana – 11:30 a.m.  

October 14- Kishwaukee College 10:30a.m.

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

All college meetings will be in R109.  Students who are interested must register in Naviance.         

 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.