Weekly Update – January 13


Wednesday, January 13

  • Newspaper Club (virtual) | 3:00-3:30 PM
  • Meal Pick-up | 3:30-5:30 PM

Thursday, January 14

  • Theme Thursday = Inside Out/Backwards Day
  • New Kids on the Block Officers (virtual) | 2:30-3:00 PM
  • Student Council (virtual) | 3:00-3:30 PM
  • Art Club – All Grades (virtual) | 3:00-4:00 PM

Monday, January 18

  • No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 19

  • In-Person Learning resumes – Hybrid B students in-person, remote students asynchronous

Wednesday, January 20

  • In-Person Learning resumes – Hybrid A students in-person, remote students asynchronous

Thursday, January 21

  • In-Person Learning resumes – Hybrid B students in-person, remote students synchronous

Friday, January 22

  • All students asynchronous 


SMS Hybrid Return to Learn
Please review the following information regarding our return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 19. You may respond to this email with any further questions. Students are allowed to bring their personal Chromebook or laptop.  Students will access the district guest network on their in-person attendance days. Please make sure to send them fully charged. Thank you for your patience. We cannot wait to see our students in person!

What is the daily schedule?
The SMS school day will be from 7:50 AM to 12:40 PM. Students will follow a 9 period day. 

  • 7:50-8:18 AM 1st Period 
  • 8:23-8:51 AM 2nd Period 
  • 8:56-9:24 AM 3rd Period
  • 9:29-9:57 AM 4th Period
  • 10:02-10:30 AM 5th Period
  • 10:35-11:03 AM 6th Period
  • 11:08-11:36 AM 7th Period
  • 11:41 AM – 12:08 PM 8th Period
  • 12:13-12:40 PM 9th Period
  • 1:25-1:55 PM Teacher Office Hours (Virtual)

What time will the doors open for students?
The doors will open at 7:30 AM for students. Students should proceed directly to their first period class.

When will my student be at school?
Hybrid A students will be in-person 2 times per week (Monday & Wednesday).

  • Hybrid B students will be in-person 2 times per week (Tuesday & Thursday).
  • ABLE students will be in-person Monday through Friday, but will not attend PE or Allied Arts classes on Fridays.
  • 4-Day students will be in-person Monday through Thursday and will follow their schedule as normal each day. 
  • Monday through Thursday, classes will all be synchronous. This does not necessarily mean teachers will be “live” for an entire period, but students will join a Google Meet at the beginning of every period, every day (except lunch).
  • Fridays are asynchronous district-wide.
    • Teachers will continue to hold office hours.
    • Live sessions may be held at teacher discretion.

How will attendance be taken?
Attendance will continue to be taken on a daily basis.

  • In-person attendance will be taken by teachers each period.
  • Remote students will still use the Campus Portal self-check process.
  • Attendance will be counted for each day (both in-person and remote)

Will students be assigned lockers?
No, lockers will not be used. Students will carry their backpacks to each class. Students are encouraged to bring their own individual-size hand sanitizer and Kleenex packs. Cell phones must be turned off and kept in backpacks.

What supplies will students need?
Please refer to the grade-level supply list. If changes are made by team or department, they will be communicated as such by grade. Students will need to bring earbuds/headphones as there is a limited supply available to those who need them. Mechanical pencils or handheld pencil sharpeners will reduce the need for students to use the classroom pencil sharpener – these are recommended, but not required. Students also need to bring the Assignment Notebooks they received during the very first Materials Pick-up before school started.

Are students expected to wear masks?
Yes, all staff and students are required to wear a mask. Students may remove their mask in order to take a quick drink. 

Can students bring their own water bottles?
Yes, the use of individual water bottles are encouraged. Water fountains have been disabled, but students can use the bottle filler stations to fill personal water bottles. 

Will bathrooms be open?
Yes, students will be able to use school bathrooms. Students may use the bathroom during passing periods or during class, one at a time. Bathrooms will be cleaned twice daily.

Will students eat lunch at school?
No, students will not eat lunch at school. Grab and go lunches will be available for students to take home.

What will students do for PE?
Students will not be able to use the locker rooms and will not change into PE uniforms. Students need to wear clothing that allows them to participate in PE class. Gym shoes must be worn during class. Students can wear them to school or store them in their backpacks. 

  • Students must have a jacket and be dressed appropriately for outdoor physical education and outside walking activities. PE classes will be outside and will follow the “Feels Like Zero Degree” district policy. Additional outerwear clothing (hats, gloves, etc.) are highly recommended.
  • In certain settings, we will be able to provide minimal equipment for student use, but it will be cleaned after each use. 

What will the first week look like?
Students will follow the 9-period day and travel to each classroom as designated in their schedule.

  • Monday, January 18: No School – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Tuesday, January 19: Hybrid B in-person/Hybrid A and remote learners asynchronous
  • Wednesday, January 20: Hybrid A in-person/Hybrid B and remote learners asynchronous
  • Thursday, January 21: Hybrid B in-person/Hybrid A and remote learners synchronous
  • Friday, January 22: All students asynchronous (except ABLE)

Art Club Update
New Year… New Fun! Due to overwhelming requests, the Art Club will take place twice a month for all grades. They will meet on the first and second Thursday of each month. Every grade should use Google Classroom code: vve4dkc. Art Club will remain virtual until further notice.

Scholastic Bowl Tryouts
Do you like trivia? Are you a know-it-all? Come display your knowledge of random facts at Scholastic Bowl Tryouts – date to be determined. Do you want to be on a school team with your friends? Tryouts are open to SMS students – sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Students will take a 30 question test covering science, math, literature, geography, history, and popular culture topics. Please email Mr. Knoblock if you plan on trying out for the Scholastic Bowl Team.

Sycamore Library Resources
All students in Sycamore schools are entitled to a free Sycamore Public Library card! Check out this video for SPL card information or click here for instructions on how to obtain your card. Additionally, there are amazing eResources accessible for everyone! 

“Empowering All Learners to Succeed in Their World”