Weekly Messenger 9/9/19

Upcoming Events

College Prep Night – Monday, September 9 (change in location see below)

Powder Puff Registration Deadline – Friday, September 20

PSAT Registration Deadline – Tuesday, October 1

Photo Retake Day – Thursday, October 3

Military Service Academy Deadline – Tuesday, October 15



College Prep Night –  Meeting will be held in the SHS Cafeteria
There will be a College Prep Night offered for Parents and Students (Juniors and Seniors) on Monday, September 9th from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Sycamore High School in the Cafeteria.  We will give an overview of the Naviance program that students use for career interest inventories, college searches, transcript requests, resumes, and more.  Juniors will hear a presentation about applying to college/finding a right fit school while seniors receive information about paying for college and applying for the FAFSA.

The Word of the Year – CONNECT
Throughout the year, SHS’s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) committee has chosen to focus on the theme CONNECT for our student body.  We all know what a difference it makes in people’s lives to feel connected and so we want to encourage our students to find and make positive connections to others.  This overriding theme will connect various activities planned throughout the year that focus on topics such as suicide awareness, anitbullying, disability awareness, mental health and other topics.

September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month and therefore we will be meeting with all students to discuss this topic.  Most of this will take place at the beginning of the orientation sessions for each grade during Spartan Stretch this month. Because freshmen will not have their orientation presentations until October, we plan to visit each freshmen English class in September to address the topic of suicide.  As part of this presentation, all students and staff will be given a bracelet with the word CONNECT on it – as a reminder of our theme for the year. On the inside of the bracelets, students and staff can find the crisis phone and text lines.  

At our school, many of us have been impacted by the loss of students as well as friends and family due to suicide.  We know that addressing the topic of suicide is so important and yet we also realize that it can trigger emotions for many of us.  We want everyone to be aware that the support staff at SHS (school counselors, social workers, nurse, school psychologist, school resource officer, and other staff) are available for students to discuss this important topic and process through thoughts, feelings, and ideas about suicide in our school, community and world. 

PSAT Registration Deadline
Please note the PSAT/NMSQT will be administered on Wednesday, October 16th.  PSAT Registration is now open to students.  Registration be done through the school webstore. Students will need to bring #2 pencils and a calculator. There will be a pre bubbling session during spartan stretch prior to October 8th. There is also a student guide with a practice test that students can pick up in the Counseling office.   Students can be excused after they finish. Any age can test but only Juniors are qualified for National Merit Awards. 9th-11th graders will be taking the SAT suite of assessments in the Spring during the school day at no charge. 

The deadline for payment is October 1, 2019.

Powder Puff Registration
It’s that time of year already, powder puff registration is now open. Sign-up @ https://sycamorehs.8to18.com/registration/activity_step. You must pay $20 when you sign up and the cutoff date is Friday, September 20th, 2019.  

The Police department will be coaching the Juniors and the Fire department will be coaching the seniors. You must attend at least one practice in order to participate in the game. Practices dates and times will be posted shortly outside the athletic office and on the Athletic website. The game is Wednesday, October 2nd at approximately 7pm after the homecoming parade.

Photo Retake Day
Photo retake day for all grade levels will be Thursday, October 3rd in the auditorium.  Please have your students stop down during their lunch or study hall. If you have any questions contact Ms. Bierman at 815-899-8151.

Military Service Academies:
If a student is planning to attend one of the Military Service Academies after high school (see below), Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) is accepting applications for congressional nominations:

  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY
  • U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO
  • U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY

Please visit  https://underwood.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations to apply.  The deadline for application is 5:00 p.m., October 15, 2019

Additionally, there are two Service Academy Informational Fairs to provide more information about this process and to allow families to speak directly with representatives of each of the academies.

Yearbook Distribution
Yearbooks can now be picked up in the Main Office during school hours.  If you have any questions please contact Shannon Bierman at 815-899-8151 or sbierman@syc427.org.

Military Opt Out
State and federal law require school districts to release names, addresses and telephone numbers of high school students to military recruiters unless parents or students have advised the District that they do not want the District to disclose such information without their prior written consent.

If you do not want the District to release demographic information to military recruiters or other individuals, you must notify Mr. Tim Carlson at Sycamore High School via email, tcarlson@syc427.org, and should specify the student’s name and ID number, and list the types of information that should not be released.The deadline is Friday, October 18th to opt out.

Parent Tip of the Week
Be the sleep police.  Most teenagers should be getting 8 or more hours of sleep for maximum performance. Many students are forgetting to bring their chromebook to school and/or it is not charged.

Sycamore High School Tutoring
Tutoring is available to SHS students on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, from 3:30-4:30p.  Sunday Night Tutoring from 7:00-9:00p in the Library. 

College Visits
The following colleges will be visiting at Sycamore High School.  Please sign-up through Naviance. All visits are held in R109.

Tues., Sept. 10 – Kansas State University – 2nd hour

Wed., Sept. 11 – Savannah College of Art & Design – 2nd hour

Fri., Sept. 13 – University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point – 1st hour
                       – Kishwaukee College – 2nd hour

SHS Athletics
For information for the upcoming Athletic events please visit 8to18.