Weekly Messenger: February 11, 2019

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Important Dates

  • February 16 – SAT Test Prep Course – see below
  • February 18 – School is in session


Spartan Minute
The Spartan Minute is a news and announcement show that updates every day. You can check out the Spartan Minute by following us on Twitter (@SycamoreHS), Instagram (SycamoreHS) and YouTube.

Student and Staff of the Week
Our student and staff members for the week of February 11:

Anna Reser – Senior

Sydney Zuhn – Science Teacher

To hear what staff and students have to say follow us on Twitter (@SycamoreHS) and Instagram (SycamoreHS).

Global Youth Leadership Camp (GYLC)
Northern Illinois University’s Global Youth Leadership Camp(GYLC) has a fabulous opportunity for a few high school students to go on an all expenses paid trip to Washington DC for 6 days in April. Students will meet and work with other high school students from 10 Southeast Asian countries as a vital part of this program.  Students who are interested should see Mr. Balster in the Main Office. For more information click here.

ASVAB Testing Announcement
Sycamore High School is offering the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Career Exploration Exam onTuesday, March 12th 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 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 exam date: www.asvabpracticetests.com.

5 ESSENTIALS SURVEY – WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK!At least every other year, districts throughout Illinois are asked to participate in the 5Essential survey to gather information from our faculty, students and parents to gain insight in the key components of all successful schools.  These areas include effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction.

The results of the survey responses are reported back to the schools for their review and planning for future school improvement focus items within the five areas.
We need your assistance and your feedback.  As a district, we have chosen to provide the opportunity for you, the parents/guardians of our students, to offer us feedback via the 5Essentials parent survey.  The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be completed on your smart device.

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

To take the survey, click here.  
For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org.

Thank you, in advance, for your time and participation.

SAT Test PrepDoorway to College will be offering an SAT test-preparation class on Saturday, February 16, 2019 in the Auditorium of Sycamore High School.  The cost is $85 per class and you can register at www.doorwaytocollege.com

Orchesis Ticket InformationTickets to this year’s Sycamore High School Orchesis Dance Show, “Dancing Through life,” are now on sale! Tickets are available through the Sycamore High School Ticket Office online at sycamoretickets.org, in person during regular business hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:00 PM), or over the phone.

The Ticket Office is located just inside the main entrance of the Sycamore High School in room R107. Ticket Prices are $12 for Adults, $10 for Seniors and Students, $8 for Children. Performance dates are March 7th, 8th, 9th.

Enrichment SpeakerThe Enrichment Speaker, Thursday, February 11, will be Nick Reineck from Rochelle Hub to Sycamore Spartan.

Parent Tip
Ask your son/daughter to go over our software, Naviance, with you for future planning.

Sycamore High School Tutoring
Tutoring is available to SHS students on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, from 3:30 to 4:30 PM, Sunday night from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the Library.  Pizza will be served on Sundays! 

College Visits
Northern Illinois University – Thursday, February 14 at 10:30AM.  Students can sign up through Naviance.

SHS Athletics For information for the upcoming Athletic events please visit8to18.