Weekly Update: April 27, 2021


Wednesday, April 28

  • Sci-Fi Club | 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Spartan Ink (in-person) |  2:50-3:20 PM
  • Spartan Food Pantry | 4:30-6:00 PM

Thursday, April 29

  • Theme Thursday = Neon Day
  • Wrestling - Home | 4:00 PM
  • Track @ Burlington Central | 4:15 PM

Friday, April 30

  • Student Council (virtual) | 2:00-2:30 PM

Saturday, May 1

  • Track @ DeKalb | 9:00 AM

Monday, May 3

  • IAR Testing Begins
  • Jazz Band | 4:00-5:00 PM


IAR Testing
The Illinois Assessment of Readiness in grades 6-8 will begin at SMS during the week of May 3. The state will not allow students to take the assessment remotely. Therefore, if you would like your student to participate in the state assessments he/she must come to school for testing. Please note: this is not required.

We will be setting up a lab for all remote learners with six feet of social distancing to provide the safest environment possible. We will need to be prepared for this process so please reply to this email or submit this Google Form by Sunday, May 2 to let us know if your student will be coming to SMS for the state assessment or not. You will be contacted to arrange for testing to be completed. Remote learner testing sessions will occur on Fridays. Students who are attending the IAR testing sessions should bring their district-provided Chromebook, charging cord, headphones, and a water bottle.


Scholastic Book Fair
We have moved Book Jam ‘21 to online only. Here’s some info:

The book fair website will be open through Tuesday, May 4
Your book orders will be shipped directly to your home.
Orders of $25 and over will receive free shipping.

Thank you in advance for purchasing from the book fair which raises money to support our school library!


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.


Boys Basketball
There will be a meeting for 6th, 7th, or 8th grade boys basketball players in the main gym on Wednesday, May 5 at 7:40 AM. Coach Stacy will be giving out information about summer basketball camp, opportunities to play over the summer, and next year.

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.

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.