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Weekly Messenger: November 30, 2021

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 30

  • Student Council | 2:35-3:15 PM
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball - Home | 4:00 PM
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball @ Clinton-Rosette | 4:00 PM

Wednesday, December 1

  • MAP Testing

Thursday, December 2

  • Theme = Inside Out/Backwards
  • Girls Basketball Informational Meeting | 8:05 AM
  • 6th Grade Art Club | 2:35-3:30 PM
  • G-Force | 2:35-4:00 PM
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball - Home | 4:00 PM
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball @ Huntley | 4:00 PM
  • Wrestling - Home (SMS) | 4:00 PM

Monday, December 6

  • Scholastic Bowl Practice | 2:30-4:00 PM
  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball - Home | 4:00 PM
  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball @ Burlington Central | 4:00 PM

Winter MAP Testing

It’s time for Winter MAP Testing! The test for science will take place tomorrow. The reading test will be on Tuesday, December 7 and the math on Wednesday, December 8. Testing will begin at 7:45 AM, so please do your best to make sure that your student arrives at school on time. Students will follow a modified schedule, but school will still dismiss at 2:30 PM.

Girls Basketball

There will be an informational meeting for girls basketball on Thursday, December 2 at 8:05 AM in the grade level ELA. If your child is planning on trying out for the team, you will need to sign her up on 8to18 and she needs to have a current physical on file. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Andersen (7th grade) or Mr. Miller(8th grade). Tryouts will be December 13-15.

Register on 8to18

PTO Lunch December

Sycamore Middle School PTO would like to provide the staff with lunch/snacks/treats throughout the year. Over 100 teachers and staff at SMS look forward to this event every month. For December, we are requesting desserts... cookies, bars, brownies, cakes, pies, etc. They can be store-bought or homemade. This event will take place on Wednesday, December 8 (10:45 AM – 1:00 PM). Please deliver your items to Sycamore Middle School on Tuesday, December 7 or by 10:00 AM on Wednesday, December 8. We are also looking for some $5 gift cards to restaurants in the area that are given to a few teachers who win a drawing.

Sign Up to Donate Treats

NKOTB Officers

The next officers' meeting will take place after school at 2:30-3:00 PM on Tuesday, December 7 in room 501, Mrs. Garcia's room. We will also meet at 7:35 AM on Wednesday, December 15.

Pop-Tab Collection

Team Venture is collecting pop-tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. You can collect them from soda cans, sparkling water cans and various other beverage cans. We also take tabs from soup, fruit, vegetable and pet food cans that have tabs. There are collection jars in the cafeteria and the main office. 

Yearbook Orders

Order your child’s yearbook today! The school code is 16551.

Order a Yearbook

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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Updated Travel Guidance

DPH’s most recent school update states that following CDC’s guidance to prioritize in person learning means that students do not need to be excluded after travel (international or domestic).

Moving forward, Sycamore School District’s travel guidance will be as follows:

  • At this time, staff and students will not need to be excluded after traveling (domestic or international).
  • Individuals who have traveled should closely monitor symptoms for 14 days after arriving home.
  • If symptoms develop, that individual should stay home and notify their school.
  • It is recommended that those who travel internationally should test 3-5 days after returning.
  • Although not required, BinaxNOW testing is available through the district to staff and students who have traveled internationally and choose to pursue recommended testing.

Daily Self Certification

Please call the school office if your student is feeling ill, and be prepared to answer a few questions that will help us quickly and efficiently evaluate your child so that we can provide you information based on the latest recommended guidelines. It is imperative that if your student is experiencing ANY of the following symptoms, your student should stay home from school and any extracurricular activities outside the home.

  • Temperature of 100.4 (or greater) degrees fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius;
  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • Chills;
  • Fatigue;
  • Muscle and body aches;
  • Moderate to severe headache;
  • Sore throat;
  • New loss of taste or smell;
  • Vomiting;
  • Diarrhea; or
  • Any other COVID-19 symptoms identified by the CDC or IDPH.

We know that things may look a little different this year and we are committed to keeping you informed on the changes that are taking place. Here is an overview of what your student can expect if they come to the Health Office with any of the symptoms listed above:

  • The student will be brought to the health office where the nurse or their designee will quickly evaluate the student’s condition. 
  • If it is determined that they are experiencing any COVID like symptoms the student will be escorted to a designated and supervised isolation area. 
  • The school Nurse will notify the parent/guardian and walk them through the process of what is required for the student to return to school. 
  • Sick students should be safely transported home by parent or guardian as soon as possible.
  • Siblings/household members of the symptomatic student may also be sent home.
  • Students will be expected to remain home from school and any extracurricular activities until cleared to return by the school nurse.


If you need to report that your student will be absent, will be picked up early, or is coming in late, please email or call (815) 899-8182. Please make sure to include your student’s full name and grade and describe the symptoms if your student is ill.