Weekly Messenger 3/11/19

Upcoming Important Dates

  • March 15 – End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 22 – 1 P.M. dismissal
  • March 25 – 29 – Spring Break

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 member of the  week of March 11th :

Kal-el Sexton- Junior

Mitch Doty- (Student teacher – Spanish)

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

AP Test Registration Deadline:

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. Templin 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. Thursday, March 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 Templin 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).  

Kishwaukee College Fall 2019 Enrollment Meeting

If your senior plans to attend Kishwaukee College Fall 2019, please encourage them to sign up for an informational session on March 20th.

Students who sign up will meet with Mrs. Grimes and Graciela Horta, Kishwaukee College Student Outreach Coordinator, in Computer Lab P115 during Stretch to go over the process of enrollment and accessing the Kishwaukee Academic Scholarships.

The following information will be covered:

1. Kishwaukee Application (Student Information Form)

2. Placement Testing (Accuplacer)

3. Kishwaukee College Scholarships

4. One Stop trips (April 5th & April 26th).

Students must sign up in the Counseling Office in order to attend this session.

If seniors complete the Student Information Form before the session, they will be able to concentrate on the other information that will be covered.  If students need assistance to complete the Student Information Form when we meet, they will need to bring their Social Security Number.

5Essential Survey – HELP!

We are asking parents to help us reach our goal of 20% participation in the 5Essential Survey.  We are currently at 10%.

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.

Summer School Enrollment – now open

SHS Summer School Enrollment is now open.  Students can pick up forms in the Counseling Office or you can click here to download applications.  Payment can be made by making checks payable to, Sycamore High School, or paid through the Webstore. Payment is due at the time of application. Please attach online payment receipt to the application to complete the registration process.

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.

Enrichment Speaker

Jeff Galush-Owner of Superior Pumps, anyone interested in Engineering should attend. Students should report to the Auditorium by 8:00AM.  Donuts will be served.

Parent Tip

Have your son/daughter do a winter/spring locker clean out.

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., 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 visit 8to18.