Weekly Update: January 4, 2022

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 4

  • Student Council | 2:35-3:15 PM
  • Winter Running | 2:35-3:30 PM

Wednesday, January 5

  • Spartan Ink | 2:35-3:10 PM
  • Spartan Food Pantry | 4:30-6:00 PM 

Thursday, January 6

  • Theme Thursday = Pajama Day
  • 6th Grade Art Club | 2:35-3:30 PM

Monday, January 10

  • Yearbook | 2:35-3:30 PM
  • Scholastic Bowl Practice | 2:30-4:00 PM
  • Jazz Band | 4:30-6:00 PM

Tuesday, January 11

  • 2nd Quarter Grades Posted
  • Student Council | 2:35-3:15 PM
  • Winter Running | 2:35-3:30 PM
  • Wrestling at Rochelle | 4:00 PM

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 sixth 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 on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 25
  • Thursday, January 27
  • Tuesday, February 1
  • Monday, February 7
  • Tuesday, February 8
  • Tuesday, February 15
  • Thursday, February 17
  • Tuesday, February 22
  • Thursday, February 24

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 will be able to sign up for their 5 minute audition time after winter break. We have included the full script with music, as well as cast descriptions on the Google Classroom page. The performance dates are Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30.  Please have your student use code “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 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.