Weekly Update – December 4

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 4

  • Newspaper Club | CANCELLED

  • 7th Grade Math Help | 3:00-4:00 PM

  • 8th Grade Math Help | 3:00-4:30 PM

  • Stay Tuned Wednesday Group | 3:15-3:45 PM

Thursday, December 5

  • Theme=Western Day

  • Girls Basketball Informational Meeting | 7:50 AM

  • 6th Grade Art Club | 3:10-4:00 PM

  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball – Home | 4:00 PM

  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball @ Huntley (DeKalb) | 4:00 PM

Friday, December 6

  • Student Council | 7:35 AM

  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball @ Harter | TBD​​​​​​​

Monday, December 9

  • Candy Cane Sales Begin

  • 8th Grade Boys Basketball @ Burlington Central | 4:00 PM

  • 7th Grade Boys Basketball – Home | 4:00 PM

  • Jazz Band | 5:00-6:30 PM

  • Jazz Strings | 6:00-7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 10

  • Builders Club | 7:35 AM

  • Yearbook Club | 3:00-4:15 PM

  • G-Force Club | 3:00-4:30 PM

  • Scholastic Bowl | 3:00-4:30 PM

  • Winter Running | 3:15-4:00 PM

  • Engineering Club | CANCELLED

  • Wrestling @ Thompson Middle School (STC) | 4:15 PM

  • MS Jazz Strings and Elementary Orchestras @ SHS | 7:00 PM


Parent Volunteer Needed for Heart & Soul

(The middle school extension of Girls On The Run)

The Heart and Soul season is from March through May 2020.  

If you are interested please contact Carrie Sudmeier at cgsudmeier05@gmail.com or Mary Gentile at mgentile@syc427.org

Heart & Soul:

  • Addresses the whole girl – body, brain, heart, spirit, and social connection – and supports girls in building critical life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, decision making, positively impacting others, and asking for and providing help. 

  • Curriculum themes include: getting to know and understand your “Girl Wheel”, goal-setting, overcoming obstacles, asking for and giving help, and positively impacting others. 

  • Team Sizes:  Recommended team size is 8-12 girls led by two or more coaches  Up to 15 girls allowed with two or more coaches Multiple teams are allowed at a site, with no more than 15 girls on each team

Heart & Sole teams are led by volunteer coaches. We train coaches through our National Coach Training to build relationships, create positive inclusive environments and to focus on girls’ efforts and growth.  


-Believe in the inherent power within every girl.  

-Have a desire to help girls learn, grow and have fun 

-Want to leave a lasting impact on the lives of girls in their community  

-Can be from within or beyond your site community  

-Receive training and ongoing support from Girls on the Run  

-Do not have to be runners or athletes  

Coach Responsibility:

-Serves as a role model to girls  

-Attends National Coach Training  

-Consents to a background check  

-Becomes or maintains CPR certification  

-Works with co-coaches to lead girls through the curriculum as intended  

-Is present and prepared for each practice 

-Participates in the Girls on the Run celebratory 5K event

Change War

It is the time of year to give back to those in need. Do you want to help out? Here is an easy way. December 2-13 Builder’s Club along with Mrs. Slutz will be having a CHANGE WAR. The homeroom with the most change collected will win an ice cream party. All proceeds will go to the students at Teule Kenya.

First Chapter Friday

Does your student love books? Do you also like meeting new people? If you answered yes to one or all of these questions, then FIRST CHAPTER FRIDAY is for you! 

Our FIRST EVER First Chapter Friday will be held THIS Friday at 7:40 AM in Mrs. Tadie’s room (room 504). Our guest reader is Mr. Cleven, and he will be reading the first chapter of the book Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus. Come and be a part of something awesome!

PTO Staff Event

For the month of December, we are asking for parents to donate Sweet Treats on Wednesday, December 11. If you are able to contribute and/or volunteer, please click here. Thanks to all the parents for your donations!


The next PTO Dance will take place right after Winter Break on Friday, January 10 at 7:00-9:00 PM. We are looking for parents to donate snacks that will be sold at the dance. If you can donate, please click here.

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 https://illinois.5-essentials.org.

To take the survey, click here.

Virtual Backpack

Don’t forget to check the Virtual Backpack for information about sports, camps, competitions, and events from non-profit organizations, intergovernmental agencies, and business partners.

“Empowering All Learners to Succeed in Their World”