Weekly Messenger: October 15

Upcoming Important Dates

  • October 16 – FAFSA Night – Kishwaukee College
  • October 18 – FAFSA Night – Sycamore High School
  • October 26 – Institute Day – No School (KEC in session)
  • October 29 – Vacation Day – No School (KEC in session)

Student and Staff of the Week
Our student and staff members for the week of October 15:

Taven Streeter – Junior
Brian Hutsler – P.E. Teacher

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

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.

Enrichment Speaker
This week’s Enrichment Speaker will be Gene Fogle discussing the Heavy Metal Manufacturing Tour. Stop by the Auditorium on Thursday from 8:00 AM to learn more.

Parent Tip
Today (Monday, October 15th) is the first day of the second quarter at the high school. Be sure to be logging in to your Campus Portal account to check your student’s grades and progress. Report cards are not sent home and quarter grades are not reported on a transcript but this is a good time to check on the progress that is being made in class. Please email your student’s teacher if you have concerns or questions. If you are having trouble logging into your Campus Portal account, please email communications@syc427.org.

6th Annual Heavy Metal Tour – Friday, October 19
Not sure what you want to do after graduation? The Heavy Metal Tour gives students an opportunity to visit local businesses as well as KEC and learn about jobs in manufacturing.

Here is a preview of the day:
Bus will leave Sycamore High School at 8:30 A.M.
1st Stop – Dawn Equipment
2nd Stop – Upstaging
Last Stop – Kishwaukee College and Career Technology Wing – students will be provided lunch
Students will return to Sycamore High School at 2:55 P.M.

Permission slips and more information is available in the Guidance office. This tour is brought to you by the DeKalb/Ogle Workforce Development Consortium.

Fall Musical – Footloose the Musical
Tickets are now available for Sycamore High School’s production of Footloose The Musical. Tickets can be purchased online at sycamoretickets.org, or in person at the Sycamore Ticket Office, located in R107 of Sycamore High School, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:00PM. Shows are Thursday, November 1 through Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, November 4 at 2:00PM.

Argentina Rotary Short Term Exchange Program
The Sycamore Rotary Club is looking for students and families interested in taking part in a short-term Rotary Exchange with our sister Rotary Club in Argentina.

With the Rotary Exchange program your family would host a student during the 2018-19 school year, from mid-January to the end of February (approximately 6 weeks). The student would live with you and attend Sycamore High School. In June-July of 2019 (approximately 6 weeks) your child would go to Argentina to live with the family of the child you hosted and attend their local high school.
The short-term Rotary Exchange program has been an excellent experience for all parties over the past years. If you or your student would like to learn more about this amazing opportunity please contact Tim Carlson.

FASFA Night – Tuesday, October 16th & Thursday, October 18
This week there are two opportunities to get help completing your FAFSA. On October 16th from 5-7pm, Kishwaukee College will host a completion night in Room A1345 on their campus. You can attend this event, even if your student will not be attending Kish in the fall. Also, on Thursday, October 18th, the Sycamore High School counseling office will be hosting a FAFSA Completion event from 3:10-6pm in Room R109. Plan to attend one of these events if you think you could use help completing your FAFSA online.

Even if you do not think that you will qualify for student aid, most scholarships require you to fill out the FAFSA in order to qualify for financial support. Please bring your 2017 income tax information/forms, social security number, driver’s license, and Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) number to these events. You can go to their website before the event to create your FSA ID or this can be created at the time of application. Parents and students must have their own ID.

October 1st was the opening day to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2019-2020 college year. If you have a senior who will be attending college next fall, you should be filling out this form.

Sycamore Music Boosters 46th annual Autumn Craft & Treasures Market
The Autumn Craft & Treasures Market, hosted by the Sycamore Music Boosters and partnering with Heartland Bank, is part of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival weekend October 27 & 28. This is a main fundraiser for the Music Boosters and will be held at the Sycamore High School Fieldhouse, Saturday, October 27 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, October 28 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are close to 200 vendors featuring a wide variety of quality crafts, handmade wood products, specialty items such as wool products, candles, spices, candies, antiques, ceramics and much more. Craft & Treasures Market admission fees are: Adults $2.00; Senior Citizens $1.00; Students Kindergarten – 12th grade $1.00; children under 5 free. Please visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional information.

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 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 19th to opt out.

College Visits
Knox College – Friday, October 19 at 8:15 A.M.
Central College – Monday, October 22 at 2:25 P.M.
Please register on Naviance.

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!

2018-19 Winter Sports Practice Start Dates
For Winter Sports practice start dates please visit 8to18.

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