Weekly Messenger 4/27/2020

  • Submission of Awards/Scholarships Friday May 8
  • Prom Attire Photos Friday May 8
  • 2020 Prom Court announced Monday May 11
  • Prom King and Queen announced Saturday May 16


The Sycamore High School Music Department has officially placed third in the 2020 IHSA Music Sweepstakes competition in Class A.  This is the 5th time that Sycamore HS has placed in the Top 3 since 2009, and it is their 17th Top-Ten finish this century.  The SHS Orchestra program also placed third in Class A.  These awards were based on results from the student solo and small ensemble performances at the IHSA Solo/Ensemble Festival at Harvard High School on Saturday, March 7.  

Many congratulations go to the Sycamore High School Music students whose efforts directly led to this award.  Their dedication and talent was on full display, and they should take great pride in this achievement.  A special recognition should be given to the Senior Class of 2020 on completing their high school music careers on this high note.  Also, congratulations go to their teachers and private instructors, whose efforts in working with our students was key to their success.  It is truly an award that our students, school, and community can take pride in.

Parents and students should be aware that a student’s grade can fluctuate between the grade the student had on March 13, 2020 and a higher overall grade. Although these guidelines allow for a student’s grade to fluctuate, their overall grade cannot go lower than what the grade was on March 13, 2020.  For example, a student who had a 72% on March 13 takes an assessment that raises their overall grade to 80%. This student might take another assessment that moves their grade below 80%, but the student’s grade can never move lower than the 72% they had on March 13, 2020.

Registration for Summer School is still open. Please note that all summer school classes will be done via Remote Learning.  Students who would like to take a summer school course can complete an application online (see below).Please scan your application to KWolf@syc427.org.  The cost is $250 for Drivers Education, or $200.00 for Speech, Government and Consumer Education and can be paid through the webstore only. Payment is due at the time of application. All fees must be paid prior to enrolling in  summer school. 

We will be unable to do actual behind the wheel driving. Any questions regarding this should be sent to Steve Balster at sbalster@syc427.org

2020 Summer School Information

Summer School Application

Due to the very unfortunate situation we are living through, and with the guidance we have been provided, we have cancelled our Prom scheduled for May 16, 2020.

We will still be selecting and announcing our 2020 Prom Court.  The Junior Class will be casting their votes through an online form. The 2020 Prom Court will be announced on Monday, May 11 and the Prom King and Queen will be announced Saturday, May 16. As part of the online celebration, students can submit photos of themselves in their prom attire. We ask that any student’s interested in participating to please submit their photos by Friday, May 8, 2020. Students must be logged into their SYC427 accounts to access this form.

Submit Photos

We are asking all seniors, who have received an award/scholarship and would like to be included in the Senior Awards slideshow, to please submit a copy of the award/scholarship along with the name of the college/university you will be attending to Mrs. Helton, at ehelton@syc427.org, by Friday, May 8, 2020.  This will be a strict deadline date so no late submissions will be taken.  

We understand this is a difficult time for both seniors and their parents and we appreciate all of the patience and understanding during this unprecedented event.  Please continue to check your email as we will continue to send out updates regarding senior events.  

Sycamore High School will begin notifying parents and students if a student has not engaged in a class since March 16, 2020, or have not engaged in a class, in which they have previously engaged in, during a 48 hour period. Our goal is to keep students connected to the school during this time. You may receive an email, text, or phone call indicating a lack of engagement by your student. This will be in addition to any contact teachers may have made with you. Upon receipt of this communication, you should log in to your Campus Portal and review your child’s classes (in the details section) and look for where the student has “I” incompletes listed. These are the classes they have been disengaged in during this new reality of remote learning. The process will begin this Thursday, April 23. We ask that you please ask your students to re-engage with their class.


If you are experiencing internet issue, here are some options from local vendors: 


It’s easy to get affordable high-speed Internet at home with Internet Essentials. New customers will receive two months of free service in response to the Coronavirus emergency. 

If you want to apply for Internet Essentials over the phone please call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376). Call Center hours of operation are from 8 AM to Midnight (EST), seven days a week.

Free Student Internet MetroNet is providing 60 days of free internet service to new residential households in which a student resides.  No Installation Fees MetroNet is providing free installation for new residential customers, customer_service@metronetinc.com or call (877) 407-3224  

Data cards can be purchased starting at $29.99 for 30 days.  

Parents, please encourage your student to join the School Counseling Google Classroom using classroom code: aem3frg.  We want ALL our students in this class!  We have already put a lot of important information in the class and this is the best way for you to get announcements that we want to send out to SHS students.  We will use this as a platform to provide students scholarship updates and information for seniors, Naviance tutorials (videos) for all students, general announcements for all grade levels, self-care ideas during our time away from school due to COVID-19, and other activities. 

Please continue to focus on learning and education, but also take some time to focus on you and your family.