Weekly Messenger: September 10

Upcoming Events

  • September 13 – Enrichment Speaker
  • September 14 – First National Challenge
  • September 17 – Class Ring & Jacket Orders – Sophomores & Juniors Only
  • September 18 – Cap & Gown Orders – Seniors Only
  • September 19 – Career in Healthcare Exploration Deadline – Sophomores and Juniors Only
  • September 22 – Distinguished Alumni Luncheon and Take Root Fundraiser


Cap & Gown Orders – SENIORS ONLY
Herff Jones will be here to take orders for Graduation Announcements and senior products including Class Rings and Letter Jackets on Tuesday, September 18th during lunch periods in the Cafeteria.  Cap and Gown orders should be turned in at this time. Complete senior packets are available in the Main Office if you did not receive one during the Senior Meetings. For more information visit: herffjonesil.com  or call Herff Jones at (815) 756-4743.

Career in Healthcare Exploration – Sophomores and Juniors
Sophomores or juniors who are interested in exploring a career in healthcare should consider applying for the Northwestern Medicine Discovery Program.  Deadline to apply is September 19. Visit the following link for more details: https://www.nm.org/about-us/community-initiatives/northwestern-medicine-discovery-program/discovery-program-west

Please call (815) 899-8130 or (815) 899-8131 to report a student absence or to arrange for an early dismissal.  Please leave a voicemail as it is checked regularly.

PSAT/NMSQT Test for Juniors
Sign-up is going on now for juniors interested in taking the PSAT/NMSQT Test on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. This is an optional test for students which serves not only as a preliminary practice for the SAT juniors will take in the spring, but also the qualifier test for the National Merit Scholarship.

To participate in the test, students should sign up in the Counseling Office by Monday, October 1. The cost of the test is $20.00 and checks can be made payable to Sycamore High School. This fee must be paid at the time of sign up. Students report to Auditorium on Wednesday, October 10. They will be excused for testing. They will have the option to be excused after testing or return to class after lunch.

Student and Staff of the Week
Our student and staff member for the week of September 10:

  • Michelle Tranchita- P.E.
  • Jon Needham – Junior

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

Senior Yearbook Picture – SENIORS ONLY
The deadline for picking your yearbook image is fast approaching. If you don’t select an image, your image will be chosen for you.

To select or confirm your image for your school yearbook, please follow these steps:

  • Visit shop.prestigeportraits.com
  • Log in with your session ID and access code
  • Follow the instructions on the website
  • Right now, Prestige Portraits is also offering special discounts for portrait orders.

Contact Prestige Portraits customer service at 1-800-736-4775 (Monday – Friday 8:00 AM -6:00 PM EST) with any questions.

SEF Take Root Fundraiser
Sycamore Education Foundation annual “Take Root” fundraiser will be held on Saturday, September 22, at 6:00 PM Tickets are available to purchase online.  Please visit www.sycamoresef.org for more information.

First National Challenge Tickets
First National Challenge Tickets are on sale through Friday, September 14 at 12:00 PM.  They can be purchased at the middle school, high school (8:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM) and at First National Bank locations. The cost is $6 for students and $12 adults which includes the pork chop meal. The Sophomore game starts at 5:15 PM and Varsity at 7:30 PM. If you have further questions please contact the athletic office at (815) 899-8151.

Enrichment Speaker
Our Enrichment Speaker on Thursday, August 30 will be Diane Hammon discussing Real Estate. The enrichment speakers begin at 8:00 AM in the Auditorium.

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.

Class Ring and School Jacket Orders
On September 17 Herff Jones will be in the cafeteria from 5:00 to 7:00 PM taking orders from Sophomores and Juniors for class rings and school jackets.

2017-18 Yearbooks have arrived!
If you would like to still purchase a 2017-18 yearbook the cost is $60 and checks can be made out to Sycamore High School.  If you missed the distribution days, yearbooks can be picked up in Ms. Keca’s classroom B211 after school only.

Students from the Class of 2018 can pick up their yearbooks with Ms. Phelps in the main office during the hours of 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday-Friday.

If you have any other questions please contact Ms. Bierman at sbierman@syc427.org or Ms. Keca at akeca@syc427.org.

Fieldhouse Open House
Field House Open Gym started Tuesday, September 4 and will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 – 9:00 PM unless otherwise noted.

Powder Puff Registration
Attention all Junior and Senior girls registration for powder puff is now open.  Please visit https://sycamorehs.8to18.com/ to register.  Payment of $15 is due at the time of registration, price includes your t-shirt.  The schedules will be posted outside the athletic office and on the athletic website (http://il.8to18.com/sycamorehs) once they become available. If you have any questions please contact or stop by the athletic office 815-899-8151.

Dress Code
With the warm weather please remember the Sycamore High School Dress Code.  If you have any questions please contact the Main Office, (815) 899-8160.

Parents and students should understand vaping is banned from school. If a student is caught vaping or in possession of a vape, they will face appropriate consequences and be referred to the police. Per the City of Sycamore ordinance prohibiting the purchase, possession or use of tobacco products by anyone under the age of 18, violations will result in a mandatory court hearing date. Please take time to read the parent/student handbook information below regarding alcohol, drugs, tobacco and e-cigarettes.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nick Reineck, Assistant Principal, or Officer Hooper, School Resource Officer, at (815) 899-8160.

Sycamore High School Handbook:
Alcohol, Drugs or Look-Alike Drugs, Tobacco or Electronic Cigarettes: It is illegal in Illinois for anyone under the age of 21 to be in possession, consume, and/or under the influence of alcohol, defined by observable behaviors, physical appearance/symptoms, noticeable indicators (i.e. odor or alcohol present on breath, etc.).  It is also illegal for anyone to possess, sell, manufacture, or use alcohol/tobacco/drugs or look-alike drugs on school property, school buses, or at any school related activities. The prohibition of electronic cigarettes applies. Electronic cigarettes are defined as a cigarette-shaped device containing nicotine or non-nicotine based liquid that is vaporized and inhaled. All city, state and federal laws apply to the use and possession of drugs and alcohol.

The City of Sycamore has an ordinance prohibiting the purchase, possession, or use of tobacco products by anyone under the age of 18.  In accordance with that statute, students found to be in violation will receive a police referral.  In addition, students will face school disciplinary consequences.

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!

Math Resource Material Adoption
Sycamore Community School District 427 will be recommending the adoption of a new instructional resource to be used for High School Math at the September 25 Board of Education meeting. These materials will be on public display through 4:00 PM on September 24. If you would like to view these materials please contact the Main Office at Sycamore High School.