Weekly Update – May 18

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 18

  • Make-up Work/Enrichment Activities

Tuesday, May 19

  • 7th Grade Student Material Pick Up
  • Make-up Work/Enrichment Activities

Wednesday, May 20

  • 8th Grade Student Material Pick Up
  • Make-up Work/Enrichment Activities

Thursday, May 21

  • All Grades Student Material Pick Up
  • Make-up Work/Enrichment Activities

Friday, May 22

  • Last Day for All Make-up Work/Enrichment Activities
  • Have a great summer!


SMS Student Material Pick Up 

Sycamore Middle School curbside pick up of student materials began Monday, May 18.  District-issued Chromebooks, textbooks, library books, and other school items will be collected at this time as well.  

  • 7th Grade Students on Tuesday, May 19 at 9:00 AM-Noon

  • 8th Grade Students on Wednesday, May 20 at 9:00 AM-Noon

  • All Grades on Thursday, May 21 at 12:30-3:00 PM

If you are unable to make the above times, please email Mr. Cleven to set up an alternative pick up date.  Any items not collected by Wednesday, June 3 will be recycled. 

8th Grade Awards

Please tune in on Tuesday, May 19 as SMS staff presents the 8th grade awards. The presentation will begin at 7:00 PM CST and is available on SpartanTV, Comcast Channel 14, Metronet Channel 2, and Sycamore Community School District 427’s Facebook page.  Congratulations, 8th graders!  We are so proud of everything you’ve accomplished while in middle school and wish you the best of luck in high school. 

May Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following students for being named Students of the Month for May. Way to go!

6th Grade

  • Segue – Nash Brown and Abigail Lisafeld

  • Venture – Kairi Lantz and Justin Wu

7th Grade

  • Intrepid – Thomas Bredlau and Ana Hall

  • Synergy – Mikenna DeSpain and Brighton Snodgrass

8th Grade

  • Destiny – Naif Al Harby and Hailey Michaels

  • Journey – Violet Baird and Noah Stanik

Remote Learning Update 

During the week of May 18, no new assignments will be posted for remote learning.  All work completed will be for make-up, the revision of previous assignments, or for assessment retakes.  Additionally, students will have the opportunity to complete various enrichment activities, which will not require the use of an electronic device.  

4th Quarter Grades

We wanted to update you on a change we are making to the way 4th quarter grades will be reported on the report card.

In response to the change of instruction to remote learning this quarter and to follow mandates from the Illinois State Board of Education of “no educational harm” to students during the current school closure, all students who earn a passing grade (A, B, C, D) for a class will receive a P (passing) on their report card.  

Students who did not meet the requirements for a passing grade (F) will receive an I (incomplete) on their report card.  We will work with any student who receives an I to provide the support they need to successfully complete the requirements to earn a passing grade.  

Students will continue to receive letter grades on the work they complete this quarter. Assessing student work provides the opportunity for our teachers to provide responsive feedback to our students and provides us a way to measure their success, while also allowing us to make adjustments if needed. Thank you for your support as we navigate this unprecedented end of the school year together. 

Student Medication Pick Up

If you were unable to pick up your student’s medication on Monday, May 4, please email Mr. Cleven to make arrangements for an alternative date.  

Follow Us on Twitter

Did you know SMS is on Twitter? Check us out @SycamoreMS and give us a follow! Use our hashtag #TogetherWeSpartan with any SMS tweets!

Stay well, Spartans! 

“Empowering All Learners to Succeed in Their World”

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