Weekly Update: February 17, 2021


Wednesday, February 17

  • Scholastic Bowl Practice | 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Newspaper Club (virtual) | 3:00-3:30 PM
  • Boys Basketball | 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Spartan Food Pantry | 4:30-6:00 PM

Thursday, February 18

  • Student Council (virtual) | 2:45-3:15 PM
  • Winter Running | 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Boys Basketball | 3:00-5:00 PM

Friday, February 19

  • Asynchronous Day
  • Boys Basketball | 1:00-3:00 PM

Monday, February 22

  • SMS Live! Attendance Challenge Returns
  • Boys Basketball | 3:00-5:00 PM
  • G-Force | 3:15-4:30 PM
  • Jazz Strings | 6:00-7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 23

  • Scholastic Bowl | 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Student Council (virtual) | 2:45-3:15 PM
  • Boys Basketball | 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Yearbook | 3:15-3:45 PM
  • Jazz Strings | 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Board of Education Meeting | 7:00 PM


Planned Asynchronous Days to Facilitate Vaccines
All Syc427 students have scheduled remote, asynchronous learning days on Thursday, February 25 and Friday, February 26. Many teachers and staff in the district will be receiving their second dose of the COVID 19 vaccination on those days. The appointment times which are set up by the DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) are during the school day on Thursday and Friday. DCHD has also indicated that side effects from the second dose may be more significant than the first. Teachers will post assignments or activities on Google Classroom on both of those mornings by 9:00 AM and will be available during the day as they are able. Students need to check in on Infinite Campus - Student Portal.

Expansion of In-Person Learning Feedback
If you have not done so already, please fill out this survey provided in the button below sent by Mr. Wilder to gather feedback on updating the district’s return to learn plan.


Winter Running
Attention all runners: beginning February 18, winter running will take place on Thursdays. We will meet from 3:00-4:00 PM. Please meet at the doors (N2) by the bus lane and be dressed for the weather because we will be running outside. Winter running is voluntary, so you do not need to sign up or register beforehand.

5 Essentials Survey
Districts throughout Illinois are asked to participate in the 5Essential survey to gather information from our faculty, students and parents to gain insight into the key components of all successful schools. These areas include effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environments, and ambitious instruction. The results of the survey responses are reported back to the schools for their review and planning for future school improvement focus items within the five areas. 

We need your assistance and your feedback. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be completed on your smart device. Your participation in the parent survey will help us understand the conditions here at the school and guide improvement. Your identity and individual survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, please visit


Erin’s Law
Erin’s Law (sexual abuse and assault awareness training) education will take place at Sycamore Middle School during the week of February 22. A video will be presented to students during their study hall/performance music class. Please refer to the district website's Erin's Law page or contact Mr. Cleven if you have any questions or concerns.

All students should have either traded in their previously-issued district Chromebooks or picked up the new one. If you have a remote student and were unable to come, please contact us to arrange for an exchange/pick up. The “old” devices are being passed down to grade school students, so we do need them back. Additionally, students will need the new devices for testing. Students will use the same Google username and password as they have been using. The password for Infinite Campus also remains the same. If you or your student needs any assistance with Chromebooks or passwords, please contact

Future Sports Dates
Here are the date ranges for some other sports that will be intramural this year. The exact dates and times will be determined. The fee will be $45. Parents must register athletes in the button provided below. 

  • Boys Basketball: February 16 - March 2
  • Girls Basketball: March 3-18 


2020-2021 Yearbook - Submit your pics with New Themes
Online ordering for the 2020-2021 yearbook is now open! Go to the button provided below and enter our school code 16551 to order your yearbook today!

This year is one like no other, so help us tell your stories in the yearbook. Upload photos from your phone when you use the Herff Jones eShare website (no app necessary). Simply go to and enter our school code “sycamore ms” to submit your photos for consideration to be in the yearbook. Please note that the school code is case sensitive and must include the space between words.