Weekly Messenger: October 5, 2021

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 5

  • Dance Team Clinic | 2:45-4:15 PM
  • 7th Grade Football - Home | 4:30 PM

Wednesday, October 6

  • Spartan Ink | 2:30-3:10 PM
  • Dance Team Tryouts | 2:45-4:15 PM

Thursday, October 7

  • Theme = Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
  • G-Force Club Informational Meeting | 2:30-3:00 PM
  • Conscious Kids Club | 2:30-3:15 PM
  • 6th Grade Art Club | 2:35-3:30 PM
  • 7th Grade Football - Home | 4:30 PM

Monday, October 11

  • Boys Basketball Tryouts | 2:35-5:00 PM

Tuesday, October 12

  • Boys Basketball Tryouts | 2:35-5:00 PM

September Students of the Month

Congratulations to the September Students of the Month! Thank you for exemplifying our core values and serving as leaders at Sycamore Middle School. We are proud of you!
6th Grade

  • Segue - Michael Calligan and Hayley Williams 
  • Venture - Sadie Jones and Daniel Ruiz

7th Grade

  • Intrepid - Sam Eich and Samanta Minchala 
  • Synergy - Alex Fabrizius and Sophia Koz

8th Grade

  • Destiny - Emma Anderson and Nash Brown
  • Journey - Aidan Gagalski and Riley Schuller

Dance Team Tryouts

Attention, dancers! Any 7th or 8th grader interested in trying out for the dance team must attend the try-out clinics on Monday, October 4 and Tuesday, October 5 from 2:45 to 4:15. Tryouts will be held on Wednesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 7 from 2:45 to 4:15. You must have a current sports physical on file and be registered on 8to18 to participate in tryouts. Please pick up a flyer located outside of the nurses office and bring it with you to the first clinic. 


PTO Staff Lunches

Sycamore Middle School PTO would like to provide the staff with lunch throughout the year. We have almost 100 teachers and staff at SMS who look forward to this event every month. Please see the SignUpGenius website for more information and to sign up for a donation or to volunteer.


Interact Club

Is your student interested in helping our school, our community, and ultimately the world? Well, Interact Club might be the club for you! Interact club is a service club open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that is an extension of the Sycamore Rotary Club. We focus on helping people locally as well as helping people around the world. Pick up an information sheet with more information from Mrs. Gerdes in 6th grade or the main office. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, October 13. All interested students will receive an email with details after they turn in their information sheet.



Do you love science? The environment? G-Force is for you! G-Force is a club for girls who love science and want to learn more about it. If you are interested in applying for G-Force, please attend the informational meeting on Thursday, October 7 at 2:30-3:00 PM in room 327 (Mrs. Gudewicz’s room).


Boys Basketball

Tryouts for 7th and 8th grade basketball will take place Monday, October 11 through Wednesday, October 13. Athletes will need a physical to try out and must be signed up on 8to18. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Andersen (7th Grade Coach) or Mr. Miller (8th Grade Coach).


Health Information

6th grade students and new, out-of-state students to Sycamore Middle School are required to have a physical on file with the school nurse no later than 7:30 AM on Friday, October 15, 2021. If records have not been received by this date, students will not be allowed to remain in school until these records have been returned to the school nurse. For additional information, please visit Health Requirements, Physical Exams, and Immunizations.



We are excited to present our 12th annual Sycamore Middle School Run-A-Thon fundraiser! This is an exciting event that creates team building and incorporates physical fitness in a positive atmosphere. The students work as a team to complete as many laps as possible on Thursday, October 14th (weather permitting). The students collect pledges which allows them to raise money for the school without asking them to go out and sell products. We appreciate your support as this is our largest all-school fundraiser. Funds generated will benefit all curriculum areas and enhance the learning environment for all Sycamore Middle School students. Your student should have brought home a letter and pledge sheet. New this year… donations may also be made online. Share the link with your family and friends! 


Run-A-Thon Volunteers

We are looking for some parents to volunteer during their student’s designated running time for the event. Parents will be outside. Please contact Sandy Pritchett if you are interested. 

  • 8th Grade: 8:25 - 10:25 AM
  • 7th Grade: 10:25 AM - 12:30 PM
  • 6th Grade: 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Jazz Band

 The SMS jazz band audition sign-up sheet has been posted outside the band room. Auditions take place on Monday, October 11 from 2:40-5:00 PM. If you have not had a chance to practice the music, please pick up a copy from the band room. If you are unable to audition that day, see Mr. Mertens in the band room to set up an alternate audition time. See you on October 11!


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.

Forever a Spartan

Please encourage your student to join the Forever a Spartan Google Classroom. The code is ebsyizz. Forever a Spartan is a resource for information about clubs, schoolwide events, school news, etc. Students who are members are notified via email when staff posts something new.



If you need to report that your 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. Please make sure to include your student’s full name and grade and describe the symptoms if your student is ill.