Weekly Messenger: May 3, 2022

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 3

  • MAP Testing - Reading
  • Student Council | 2:35-3:15 PM
  • Spartan Singers | 6:00-7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 4

  • MAP Testing - Math
  • 5th Grade Tours - West | 9:15-10:15 AM
  • NCJC Music Festival Festival @ DeKalb HS - Concert | 7:30 PM 
  • Track @ Genoa-Kingston HS | 4:15 PM

Thursday, May 5

  • 5th Grade Tours - South Prairie | 10:00-11:00 AM
  • All Grades Art Club Tie-Dye Party | 2:35-3:30 PM
  • G-Force | 2:30-4:00 PM

Friday, May 6

  • MAP Testing - Science 
  • 5th Grade Tours - North Grove | 9:15-10:15 AM

Tuesday, May 10

  • 6th Grade Tour Guides for Southeast and North | 10:00 AM
  • Student Council | 2:35-3:15 PM
  • Spartan Singers | 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Board of Education Meeting | 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 11

  • Interact | 2:45-4:45 PM
  • Spartan Food Pantry | 4:30-6:00 PM

Thursday, May 12

  • Theme Thursday = Band/Concert Tee Day
  • 5th Grade Tours - Southeast | 10:00-11:00 AM
  • Conscious Kids | 2:35-3:15 PM
  • G-Force | 2:30-4:00 PM

Friday, May 13

  • Health Rotation Ends - Group #4
  • 5th Grade Tours - North | 9:15-10:15 AM

Monday, May 16

  • MS Choir Concert @ SHS | 7:30 PM

Tuesday, May 17

  • 5th and 6th Grade Band Concert @ SHS | 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 18

  • Peer Pals | 2:35-3:30 PM
  • MS Orchestra Concert | 7:30 PM

Thursday, May 19

  • Theme Thursday = Rainbow Day

2022 Illinois Youth Survey: Eighth Graders

In May, all eighth graders will take the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS). The purpose of the IYS is to better understand youth attitudes and behaviors that can impact student problems and academic success. It will ask about topics including nutrition, physical activity, bullying, tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. Students will be asked to complete a survey (with no names or identification numbers) that will be confidentially administered during one class period. The survey is completely voluntary and privacy will be strictly protected. If you do not want your student to participate, please print this Parent Notification Letter and return it to Ms. Frankiewicz by Friday, May 13, 2022.

Download the Letter

Last Day of Student Attendance

The last day for students is Thursday, May 26. This is an early dismissal, but Thursdays are also late start days. Because it is the last day for students, and a planned early dismissal, we will not be using a late start; SMS will start school at 7:45 AM on Thursday, May 26. It is a district-wide two hour early dismissal, so SMS students will be released at 12:30 PM. 

PTO Dance Coordinators

PTO is looking for a parent volunteer(s) to be the dance coordinator for the 2022-2023 school year. This role includes helping to coordinate parent chaperones, ordering food and drinks for the dances, and working the food and ticket table on the night of the dances. We typically have three dances a year that will take place on Friday nights. This is a volunteer position that can easily be shared between two or three people. Please contact PTO President, Jill Anderson, if you are interested or would like more information.

High School Cheer Team

There will be tryouts for the SHS Cheer Team on May 10 and 11 from 6:00-9:00 PM in the Field House at Sycamore High School. Current 8th graders may try out for next year’s high school team.

  • Open Gyms will take place at SHS Field House from 6:00-8:00 PM on April 14, 21, and 28 and May 5.
  • A mandatory Informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 3 in the SHS Cafeteria at 7:00 PM.
  • Athletes must be registered on 8to18 prior to attending any open gyms or tryouts. 
  • Tryout material will be posted on the evening of Sunday, May 8 on the Sycamore Cheerleading YouTube Channel. 
  • If you have any questions, please contact Jenipher Clawson.

High School Dance Team

Tryouts for the SHS Dance Team will take place on Thursday, May 12. Tryout routine days will take place Monday, May 9 and Tuesday, May 10. Current 8th graders may try out for next year’s high school team. Please contact Kelly Meyers for more information including the location and times.


It is the responsibility of the families to call in when their student will be absent, will be picked up early, or is coming in late. Please email ms-attendance@syc427.org or call (815) 899-8182. Make sure to include your student’s full name and grade and describe the symptoms if your student is ill. We do have voice mail, so you can even call the night before if your child has an appointment. All unreported absences will be marked unexcused. When a student reaches five unexcused absences, they can be referred to truancy.

Market Day is Back!

Market Day is back at SMS and now ships directly to your house. No more scheduling a pick up time or waiting in line to get your order. Please follow the directions on the attached flyer. Just register, pick our school, and shop! 10% of each order will be given back to our school. Please make sure to select Sycamore Middle School PTO.

Register for Market Day

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