Sycamore's middle school Language Arts teacher, Beth Simpson, traveled (along with Mr. Lowell, Mr. Tormoehlen, and Mrs. Obst) with our 5th Grade students for a field trip to Indiana Dunes State Park this week (September 12-14). She's a writer, so we share her words and details, along with pics taken by parents who are chaperoning, and the teachers.
Sycamore School, who won their regional competition in March for the 2022 National Science Bowl (NSB), competed in the NSB National Finals on July 9-11 in Washington, D.C. Sycamore finished 5th in the nation among all middle schools.
If you have been a student at Sycamore, or are a parent of a student who has gone to Sycamore, you know Dr. Jim Gange. Or if you never ended up attending Sycamore, but had thought about it long enough to come visit, you have probably met Jim Gange.
For 29 years, Gange has been the person who met all the potential students, talked to them, and tested them. He is the one who worked with longtime Director of Admissions, Dr. Susan Karpicke, and has been working with Duane Emery, Sycamore’s Director of Enrollment Management, and his team for the past two years.
But Jim is retiring. He is taking his bike, coffee cups, his dry and wry sense of humor, and his years of service at Sycamore and he’s heading to the Big Island of Hawaii
Sycamore School has named John Huber as the next Head of School at Sycamore, effective July 1, 2023. With more than 25 years of experience in independent schools, Huber brings elements of creativity, future-forward thinking, and innovation to his work.
Huber graduated with a B.A. in Classics from Cornell University and a Master's in Educational Leadership from Villanova University. For six years, Huber was the Head of School at Emerson School, a PS-8 school for gifted and academically talented in Ann Arbor Michigan and nine years as the Head of School at Barnesville School of Arts and Sciences in Barnesville, Maryland.
Sycamore's Quiz Bowl Team competed Championship Tournament during the May 7/8 event sponsored by National Academic Quiz Tournament. At the Chicago competition, Sycamore finished 21st out of 144 schools with a combined record of 7-5 (including playoff rounds).
Sycamore's Science Bowl Team, consisting of Alex Cheng (8th), Connor Kacena-Merrell (8th), Sophie Liang (8th), Justin Puno (8th) and Owen Zhang (8th), have earned a spot in the top eight in-person National Science Bowl Finals in July.
Sycamore had eight of the 17 Level 2 gold medalists from the state of Indiana in the recent 2021 National Spanish Exam (NSE). The test, administered by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) was taken by 76 Sycamore MS students (22 8th graders, 30 7th graders, and 24 6th graders) after six months of preparation.
In the recent release of results, students completed a two-part, 80-minute online exam gauged to assess their Proficiency (Reading and Interpreting) and Achievement (Vocabulary and Grammar) and Sycamore had 66 students - including all 22 8th graders - place nationally in the 50th percentile or higher. (click read more to individual student results of the national test, with gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention honors.)
In the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (ATSP) poster contest for 7th and 8th graders in the Sycamore MS, three winners will advance to local and statewide competition.
With 76 Spanish student taking the National Spanish Exam, 12 Sycamore students earned perfect scores in the Proficiency (Reading/Listening) section of the NSE. The raw scores will be followed in May by student national percentile placements. Below are many of the impressive "raw scores" of note:
A total of 10 CyberEAGLE teams qualified for the World Robotics Championship as CyberEAGLES VEX Robotics teams competed at the at the Indiana State Robotics Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium. Highlighting the day, CyberEAGLES team 10775A claimed the State Skills Championship and Excellence Award at the event. The World Robotics Championship will be held this year in Dallas, Texas from May 3-12.
By finishing in the top 4, Kaitlyn Park and Jennifer Hu earned two of the four spots on the National MATHCOUNTS Team for Indiana. Since two Sycamore students were on the team, Sycamore math teacher and coach Trent Tormoehlen, was named the 2022 coach for the team. The National MATHCOUNTS Competition will be held in Washington DC on May 8th.