Weekly Update – January 6

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 6

  • PTO Meeting | 3:15 PM
  • Jazz Band | 5:00-6:30 PM

Tuesday, January 7

  • Builders Club | 7:35 AM
  • Yearbook Club | 3:00-4:15 PM
  • Scholastic Bowl | 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Winter Running | 3:15-4:00 PM
  • Engineering Club | 3:15 -5:00 PM

Wednesday, January 8

  • Newspaper Club | 3:00-3:45 PM
  • 8th Grade Math Help | 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Sci Fi Club | 3:00-5:00 PM

Thursday, January 9

  • Theme=Camo Day
  • 6th Grade Art Club | 3:10-4:00 PM
  • Interact Club | 3:00-5:00 PM
  • Wrestling @ Belvidere South | 4:00 PM

Friday, January 10

  • First Chapter Friday | 7:40 AM
  • Student Council | 7:35 AM
  • Dance |7:00-9:00 PM


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.

Sycamore Youth Basketball League 

We will be offering a 7th and 8th grade boys division this year. This division is intended to provide skill development and game experience for students who were not able to participate in a travel basketball program this winter. 


  • Practices will be held on Tuesday nights at West Elementary School from 7-8 PM (first practice 1/14/20).

  • Games are played on Saturday mornings at 11:00 AM (1/18/20 – 3/7/19).

  • Each athlete will receive a shirt.

  • New teams will be picked on Saturday before each game.

  • Cost of the league is $60. An online link for payment will be sent out after interest is expressed.

Space is limited! Please email Dan Wheeler for sign up or more information. 

SMS Musical Auditions

This year, SMS is going Into the Woods! Auditions will take place on Tuesday, January 14 and Wednesday, January 15 at 3:00-6:00 PM. If your student is interested in auditioning, please have them sign up for an audition time-slot on the sheets outside of the Choir Room. More information (characters and script) is available in Google Classroom; the class code is 3riml36. The performances will take place Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2. 


The next PTO Dance is this Friday, January 10 at 7:00-9:00 PM. Here are a few reminders:

  • Once students arrive at the dance, they must stay until 9:00 PM.

  • Students must arrive before 7:30 PM. 

  • The dress code for school is the same dress code for the dance.

  • Phones are not to be used during the dance! No taking pictures.No watching videos. No texting. Students and parents should plan ahead of time what time and where the students would be picked up. 

  • Please see page 40 of the Student-Parent Handbook for the full set of guidelines.

We are looking for parents to donate snacks that will be sold at the dance. If you can donate, please click here.

PTO Staff Lunch

Each month, the PTO asks parents to provide lunch for the staff at SMS. On January 22, the theme will be “Warm up with Chili.” Click here to sign up as a volunteer or to donate.

Parent Volunteer Needed for Heart & Soul

Heart & Soul is the middle school extension of Girls On The Run. The 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.


The lost and found has a large collection of glasses. Please check with your children to confirm that they have their glasses.

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”