Weekly Messenger: February 19, 2019

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Important Dates

  • February 20 – Pop Up Art Show (see details below)
  • February 27 – Dual Credit Meeting (see details below)
  • February 28 – World Cultures Art Show (see details below)
  • March 7-9 – Orchesis
  • March 15 – End of 3rd Quarter


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Dual Credit/KEC Placement Testing 
If your student signed up for a Dual Credit course at SHS or one of the following KEC classes (CNA, EMT, Medical Terminology, or Sports Medicine) for the 2019-2020 school year, they must be sure to complete any required placement testing before April 8th to qualify for the class.  Students must sign up as Kishwaukee College student before they can complete placement testing (click “apply” on the Kish website at www.kish.edu).  Students should see their school counselor to see if they must test or if they qualify for an exemption based on GPA or ACT/SAT test scores.  Sign ups are available in the counseling office if students want to ride a bus to Kish in March 18th or 21st to complete testing. As long as testing is completed by April 8th, students may prefer to set up testing at Kish on their own.  Students taking one of the classes listed above should attend the Dual Credit Meeting during Spartan Stretch on Wednesday, February 27th.

ASVAB Testing Announcement
Sycamore High School is offering the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Career Exploration Exam on Tuesday, 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.


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.

Pop Up Art Show
The Sycamore School District K-12 Art Department will be hosting a pop-up art show at Shawn’s, Wednesday, February 20th, from 6-7:30pm.  Over 200 pieces of work! All proceeds will be donated to the our Art Department.

Shawn will be offering coffee, hot chocolate and some treats all for just $1 each. Stop in if you have time!

SHS World Cultures Art Show
Please swing in the Gallery 427 to see and hear the artists explain their Middle Eastern and African inspired artwork. Bring your earbuds and scan the codes to hear the artists. Reception with light ethnic snacks Thursday, February 28th from 5:30PM – 7:00PM.

Orchesis Ticket Information
Tickets 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 Speaker
The Enrichment Speaker will be a little different this week.  In honor of FFA Week there will be a Petting Zoo brought to you by the Sycamore High School Ag Department.  All students should report to the Auditorium by 8:00AM.

Parent Tip
Check out some FREE online PSAT orSAT tests. Khan Academy is a great resource.

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
The following colleges will be visiting at Sycamore High School.  Please sign-up through Naviance.

Mon., February 25 – Eureka College – 10th hour

Thurs., March 7 – UW-Whitewater – 1st hour

Mon., March 11 – St. Ambrose University – 2nd hour

Tues., April 16 – Upper Iowa University – 1st hour

Tues., April 23 – Western Illinois University – 3rd hour

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