Weekly Messenger 3/18/19

Upcoming Important Dates

  • 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 18th :

Jeff Bozek – Junior

Erin Dewitt – Art Teacher

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. 

Enrichment Speaker
Chad Herst from Ozinga Concrete. Students should report to the Auditorium by 8:00AM.  Donuts will be served. 

Parent Tip
Make a plan to do something academic,reading, and/or do something for the community during Spring Break  

Sycamore High School Tutoring
No Tutoring – Sunday March 24 thru Sunday, March 31

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

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.