Weekly Update – September 16

Upcoming Events

​​​​​​​Monday, September 16

  • 8th Grade Volleyball @ Belvidere Central | 4:00 PM

  • 7th Grade Volleyball – Home | 4:00 PM

Tuesday, September 17

  • Builders Club | 7:35 AM

  • Yearbook Club | 3:00-4:15 PM

  • 8th Grade Volleyball – Home | 4:00 PM

  • 7th Grade Volleyball @ Belvidere South | 4:00 PM

  • Cross Country @ Belvidere Central | 4:00 PM

Wednesday, September 18

  • Guitar Lessons | 3:15-3:45 PM

  • Newspaper Club | 3:00-3:45 PM

Thursday, September 19

  • Theme = Mismatch Day

  • 7th & 8th Grade Art Club | 3:10-4:00 PM

  • 8th Grade Football – Home | 4:00 PM

  • 7th Grade Football @ Belvidere Central | 4:00 PM

  • 8th Grade Volleyball @ Rochelle | 4:00 PM

  • 7th Grade Volleyball – Home | 4:00 PM


Bus Rider Reminders

As a reminder, students who ride the buses to and from school, are expected to regularly ride their assigned buses. If the student does not need bus transportation for a day, please call the Transportation Office at (815) 899-8158. 

Please also take this time to remind your students of a few important bus rules:

  • Students should arrive 5 minutes prior to the bus stop time

  • Students must be picked up and dropped off at the same location, Monday through Friday.

  • The District does not allow guests to ride with bus students to or from school. 

A full list of Transportation Procedures and Expectations can be found on the District’s website. Students found to be violating these expectations are subject to the following disciplinary procedures

PTO Dance

We had a great turn out for the dance on Friday night. We do have a couple of notes: 

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

Picture Retakes

Pictures are being sent home this week. If your student needs to do a retake, they will be on October 4. Please have your student bring the pictures with them. If students were not here on the first day of school, they will need to come and get their pictures taken that day as well.


Tryouts are right around the corner for 7th and 8th graders. There is a Parent and Athlete meeting on Thursday, October 3 at 6:00 PM in the middle school cafeteria. Tryout practices are Monday, October 7 and Tuesday, October 8 at 3:15-5:30 PM. Official Tryouts are Wednesday, October 9 at 3:15-5:30 PM. Students must be signed up on 8to18 and have an updated physical on file before tryout practices. Please contact mhampson@syc427.org with any questions.

Dance Team

Dance Team tryouts are also coming up for 7th and 8th Graders. There will be an Athlete informational meeting on Wednesday, October 2 at 7:45 AM at SMS. Tryouts are October 8, 9, and 10 at 3:15-4:45 PM. Students must be signed up on 8to18 and have an updated physical on file before tryouts. Please contact amathews@syc427.org with any questions.

Run-A-Thon Volunteers

SMS Parents, we are looking for some volunteers to help out on Run-A-Thon day (Wednesday, September 25). No experience is needed; we will train on site. There will be shifts by grade level, and times would be the following: 8th Grade at 8:20-10:30 AM, 7th Grade at 10:35 AM -12:45 PM, 6th Grade at 12:50-3:00 PM. Please contact Sandy Pritchett (spritche@syc427.org) if you would like to volunteer this year.

The MS Minute

The MS minute is a student directed announcement show produced by our 7th grade introduction to journalism and broadcasting classes. Announcement shows will be sent out via the middle school parent communication email, Twitter, and Instagram every Monday and Thursday morning. Please Follow us on Twitter or Instagram @sycomsnews!! Please click here to access to the video. 

Health Information

6th grade students and new, out-of-state students to Sycamore Middle School are required to have a physical on file with the school nurse no later than 8:15 AM on Tuesday, October 1, 2019. If records have not been received by this date, students will not be allowed to remain in school until these records have been returned to the school nurse. For additional information, please visit our Health Requirements, Physical Exams, and Immunizations webpage.

Yearbook Orders

Order your student’s yearbook now and save money. The cost for a yearbook is $25 through October 31, 2019. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter the code 16551.​​​​​​​

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