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Weekly Update: January 11, 2022

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 11

  • Student Council | 2:35-3:15 PM
  • Wrestling @ Rochelle | 4:00 PM
  • Board of Education Meeting at SHS | 7:00 PM

Wednesday, January 12

  • InterAct | 2:45-4:45 PM

Thursday, January 13

  • Theme = Crazy Hair Day
  • Conscious Kids Club | 2:34-3:15
  • G-Force Session II | 2:34-4:00 PM

Friday, January 14

  • Wrestling - Home (SHS) | 4:00 PM

Saturday, January 15

  • Wrestling - Tournament @ Huntley (DeKalb) | 8:30 AM

Monday, January 17

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | No School

Tuesday, January 18

  • Shrek auditions begin
  • Student Council | 2:35-3:15 PM
  • Winter Running | 2:35-3:30 PM
  • Wrestling - Home (SMS) | 4:00 PM
  • 8th Grade Girls Basketball - Home | 4:00 PM
  • 7th Grade Girls Basketball @ Belvidere Central Middle School | 4:00 PM

December Students of the Month

Congratulations to the December 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 – Kane Craig and Emma Simmons
    • Venture – Seth Diaz and Emma Meier
  • 7th Grade
    • Intrepid – Aubrey Hulseberg and Connor Murphy 
    • Synergy – Drake Crittenden and Riley Smith 
  • 8th Grade
    • Destiny – Sean Murray and Mia Oncken 
    • Journey – Felipe Beharovic and Addyson Toedter

Revised School Guidance for COVID-19

On Friday, January 7, 2022, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that they will be aligning revised school guidance with the recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance that reduces the isolation and quarantine period for individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are considered a “close contact” to five days. The CDC updated its guidance for P-12 schools on January 6, 2022.

Please know that individuals who tested positive may return after five days if they meet the following requirements:

  • Must be fever free without the use of medication, their symptoms must be improving, and they must mask consistently for five additional days after they return both in school and at home.
  • Individuals who are quarantined due to being a “close contact” may return after 5 days unless they have developed COVID symptoms. Those individuals should remain home and contact their school immediately for further guidance. 
  • It is imperative that individuals monitor their symptoms closely, and that parents/guardians monitor their students’ symptoms closely to follow the requirements above.

Students working from home should check Google Classroom/Canvas daily for posted assignments.

Future Freshman Course Selection Night

Attention all current 8th graders and caretakers! Sycamore High School Course Selection Night for incoming freshmen is scheduled for Monday, January 24. This event will begin at 6:30 PM with a presentation in the SHS auditorium. At approximately 7:00 PM, families and students are invited to the fieldhouse to visit with SHS staff representing each department.

PTO Lunch — Baked Potato Bar

Sycamore Middle School PTO would like to provide the staff with meals throughout the school year. Over 100 staff and teachers at SMS look forward to this event every month. On Wednesday, January 19, we are providing the staff with a baked potato bar during lunch. We are in need of baked potatoes, toppings, veggie trays, and desserts. If possible, please bring your items in a disposable container.

Sign Up

Winter Running

Here are the details:

  • Tuesdays from 2:35-3:30 PM
  • January 4 - March 15
  • Students do not need to sign up or register anywhere; they just show up if they want to participate.
  • Students will run outside so they need to dress appropriately.
  • On days we have to cancel due to ice or extreme cold, we'll have to make an announcement at SMS and students will need to contact parents themselves.

If you have any questions, please contact Ben Doty or Jill Anderson.

Volleyball Clinic

If your daughter is a 6th grader and might be interested in trying out for Volleyball next school year, sign her up for Volleyball 101: Basics of Volleyball Clinic which will take place at SMS from 2:45-4:15 PM. The full list of dates are posted on the registration forms. The camp is free. T-shirts are available, but not required. Registration forms are available in the Commons or in the girls locker rooms. Please contact Ms. Dominguez with any questions.

Spring Musical

The music department is excited to announce that the spring musical will be Shrek! Auditions will take place on January 18, 19, and 20. Students should sign up for their 5 minute audition on sheets outside of the music/choir room. We have included the full script with music, as well as cast descriptions on the Google Classroom page. ANY SMS student may audition - they do not have to be in choir. The performance dates are Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30.  Please have your student use “ohzgkxd” to join the Shrek Google Classroom which is where we will post all of the information. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kowalski.

Join the Google Classroom

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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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.