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Weekly Update: April 20, 2021

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, April 20

  • Yearbook (in-person and virtual) | 3:00-3:30 PM

Wednesday, April 21

  • Book Fair Opens Online
  • Spartan Ink (virtual) | 3:15-3:45 PM

Thursday, April 22

  • Theme Thursday = Decades Day
    • 6th Grade: ʼ60s
    • 7th Grade: ʼ70s
    • 8th Grade: ʼ80s
    • Staff: ʼ90s
  • New Kids on the Block Officers (in-person and virtual) | 7:35 AM
  • Track - Home (@ SHS) | 4:15 PM

Friday, April 23

  • Student Council (virtual) | 9:00-9:30 AM
  • Science Olympiad | 11:45 AM

Monday, April 26

  • Wrestling - Home | 4:00 PM
  • Jazz Band | 4:00-5:00 PM

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Scholastic Book Fair
Our Scholastic Book Fair is right around the corner! We would like to invite you to visit the Scholastic Book Fair at Sycamore Middle School! The book fair will be held from April 27-May 5 in the school library from 7:40 AM - 3:15 PM. The wide selection of books includes fiction, graphic novels, nonfiction, and many others that students, staff, and family will enjoy. Books make great rewards, birthday presents, holiday presents, and so much more. If you prefer to shop online, a link is provided below. The site will be open from April 21–May 4.

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR WEBSITE

Boys High School Soccer
If your student is interested in playing boys soccer next year at Sycamore High School, please tell them to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, April 27 at 7:40 AM in the Aux Gym at SMS.

Car Rider Pick-up and Drop-off
For parents who are dropping off and picking up their students, please enter the parking lot on the east side of the building (closest to the light). Please pull all the way forward around the curve as indicated before students enter/exit the vehicle. There will be a teacher directing traffic before and after school - please watch for his signals. After school, students will exit through the main entrance and look for their ride. Do not pull down the lanes where cars are parked and wait for your student. If you choose to park in a space, you may do so. Please be courteous and patient. Other notes:

  • The north parking lot is for buses only; parents should not use this lot to pick up or drop off students.
  • Parents also may not pick up or drop off students on Main Street/Route 23.
  • Students should be ready to exit the vehicle with all of their belongings as soon as you have stopped.

2020-2021 Yearbook - Online Order Deadline Extended!
Have you ordered your yearbook yet? Sycamore Middle School 2020-2021 yearbook orders are now due Monday, May 10. To order, click on the button below and use code 16551 to order your yearbook today! Quantities will be limited after this date.

YEARBOOK ORDER HERE

Science Olympiad
We want our Science Olympiad to provide all SMS students with a fun, community-building, and STEAM-oriented event. It began in 1988 with the intent of providing a better alternative to a typical science fair. The goal is to remind students of that - challenging them to be curious lifelong users of the Science & Engineering Processes. The event will take place on Friday, April 23 (during the asynchronous school day) with both in-person and virtual activities planning to be offered. Some activities may occur that week also as we typically use the whole week to celebrate STEAM at SMS. 

Please click on the links below for more information.

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 or any member of your household is experiencing ANY of the following symptoms, all students in your household should stay home from school and any extracurricular activities outside the home.

  • Temperature of 100.4 (or greater) degrees
  • Fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius;
  • Uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing(for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic
  • cough, a change in their cough from baseline);
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • Chills;
  • Fatigue;
  • Muscle and body aches;
  •  New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever;
  • Sore throat;
  • New loss of taste or smell;
  • Congestion or runny nose;
  • Nausea and/or 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.
  • Other household members of the student will be sent home as well. 
  • Students will be expected to remain home from school and any extracurricular activities until cleared to return by the school nurse. 

Student & Family Return to Learn Information
The information below was shared previously prior to our hybrid return-to-learn. While much of it has not changed, there have been some updates to the plan. Please re-read the information below including updates based on the most recent ISBE/IDPH guidance.

New Schedule as of Tuesday, April 6
This schedule is for all students. If you requested a designation change for your student, that change will begin on this day. Hybrid students will be at school in person Monday-Thursday and asynchronous on Fridays.

  • Doors Open | 7:30 AM
  • 1st Period Begins | 7:55 AM
  • Dismissal | 2:50 PM

Entering the building:

  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • Please sanitize your hands when entering the building. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the building. 
  • New guidance emphasizes the importance of hand washing and sanitizing alongside the 3-6 feet social distancing to protect our community and keep our schools open.
  • Doors will not open until 7:30 AM. Students will enter through doors as they are assigned based on how they travel to school:
    • Bus riders enter through door N2
    • Drop-offs enter through door E5 (main doors)
       

Masks

  • Students are expected to have their masks on at all times. 
  • Students and staff may pull masks down quickly for a drink of water but they must be promptly returned to the appropriate position.
  • Students and staff can remove their masks to eat but should replace them as soon as they are done eating. **New guidance stresses the importance of remasking promptly and maintaining 6 feet distance while unmasked for eating.**
     

Leaving the school

  • At the end of the school day, students need to promptly go to their bus, or ride with their masks on while maintaining social distancing as best as possible.

Water Bottles

  • Only bottle fillers will be available; students will not be able to use drinking fountains (they have been disabled). Students will be able to bring in their own water bottles to fill them up as needed.

Technology

  • Students are expected to bring their charged Chromebook every day.
  • All students should have a pair of headphones compatible with their Chromebook.

Attendance

  • Attendance will be taken daily in Infinite Campus. Remote students will use the IC self-check process we are using now. In-person students will be counted based on their in-person attendance. Attendance will be overridden for students that check themselves in but do not actually attend live sessions they are expected to attend.
  • Attendance will be marked for every school day (both in-person and asynchronously). Students MUST check in via Infinite Campus for each class even during asynchronous learning activities.

Friday Bell Schedule

  • The Friday bell schedule will remain as 7:50 AM - 12:40 PM.
  • Office Hours are available from 1:25-1:55 PM or as teachers designate.
  • All students will attend remotely on Fridays. Classes will be asynchronous.
  • Teachers will share weekly with students the expectations for each Friday.