List of 12 news stories.

  • A Parent's Story: How A Sycamore Parent Saw Distance Learning Work

    “Teachers were my heroes through the whole process.  It was obviously a tough situation that everyone was thrown into unexpectedly, but the teachers were great about soliciting feedback and making changes as needed until they found methods that worked.” 
     
    For the mom of two Sycamore students, Sumi Maun was confronted with the challenges that many families were faced with in mid-March when schools closed their buildings and went to a distance learning model for the rest of the school year: suddenly, the kids were at home, doing their school work, while the parents were also working from home and having to figure out where everyone will do their work, how they will get fed, take breaks, and not feel like it was all too much.
  • A Teacher's Story: How Middle School Teacher Beth Simpson Adapted Her Teaching for Distance Learning

    “Distance learning is really a complete reconfiguration of how you teach, but not necessarily what you teach. While it is different, in no way does it have to be lesser than. Going through something like this together is something we'll never forget, and the kids' resilience, positivity, and perspectives will stay with me forever.”
     
    In the past couple of weeks, we have highlighted a few of our Early Childhood and Lower School teachers.  Today, we talk one of our Middle School teachers, Beth Simpson, who teaches Language Arts, about how she was able to incorporate group discussions of books, one-on-one time, and teach the writing of allegories from afar.
  • In Depth: How This Sycamore Teacher Found Success with Distance Learning

    After learning she was selected to present at the upcoming Purdue University eLearning teacher training, we talked to Sycamore 3rd grade teacher Tiffany Stahl to ask her to talk about elements of teaching via distance learning, and how she changed parts of her daily interactions to better serve students and families.
  • Message From Head of School

    I hope you are all safe and healthy! If nothing else, I believe we all have an increased appreciation for the blessing of good health during this time. We are certainly wrapping up this school year in a different way than we expected-and in a different way than we have ever done before. As we have been creating new ways of schooling during these last ten weeks, I have especially appreciated the gratitude and support you have offered to our faculty and staff and to me. I also have appreciated your heroic efforts to be part of your children's learning team in ways that you haven't done before. Thanks for your patience, your flexibility, and your perseverance.
  • Sycamore Announces Virtual Summer Camp Options

    Though this summer will look very different from summers past, Sycamore School remains committed to offering a variety of worthwhile options that provide challenge, enrichment, and fun.  And so, it is with this commitment in mind that we used our knowledge of gifted students and survey data collected from our parent population to guide us in preparing a list of virtual summer programming options.
  • Three Earn National Writing Awards; 28 Regional Winners

    Three Sycamore Middle School students will be honored for their work in the National Scholastic Arts and Writing Contest as part of the "virtual" presentation at the national awards ceremony, on June 4 from New York City. In all, Sycamore student writers earned 28 awards at the Regional Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, with nine pieces advancing to the national competition.
  • Duane Emery, with his wife, Stephanie

    Sycamore Announces Hiring of Duane Emery as New Director of Enrollment Management

    After 21 years at Indiana’s Cathedral High School, Duane Emery decided to make a change, to get back to what he loves to do. Emery begins his new role at Sycamore in July as the Director of Enrollment Management, a revamped and retitled position that was created following the June 30 retirement of long-time Sycamore Director of Admissions, Susan Karpicke.
  • Branigan Family

    Melissa Branigan Named Director of Extended Programs

    As the new Director of Extended Programs, Melissa Branigan moves into a position that allows her to build programs for and give opportunities to students not just in Lower School, where she has taught both 1st and 4th  grades at Sycamore, but for the entire school.

    “I believe in the Extended Programs. I have worked within a variety of them, with Quest, both before and after school, and summer camps,” Branigan says.  Last year, she added Athletics Director to her duties, working with coaches and Middle School students. “As a Sycamore parent myself, my family is heavily involved with Extended Programs each day. When I learned about this position, I couldn't help but get excited about the possibilities, how it would benefit the school, and at the chance to grow the programs.”
  • Letter From Head of School - Sycamore News

    I hope this update finds you safe and healthy! The spring weather we've enjoyed this week has buoyed the spirits of many, and I hope you are feeling some new life.
     
    There is no doubt that this time is unpredictable, frustrating, and challenging. We do, however, have to be in sync with the world and face the reality of our times. It is our calling to be resilient in the face of uncertainty, and at Sycamore we will do that to the best of our ability. There are constants. Our mission and our core values of respect, moral courage, empathy, and relationships haven't wavered. 
  • Sycamore Parent Contributes to New Sarah Green Book, Live Stream

    Stuart Hyatt, Sycamore 4th grader, Bea Hyatt's, dad, was a guest speaker on "You Are an Artist Friday Night", which was held live on April 17 on Facebook. "You Are an Artist Friday Night" is hosted by Sarah Urist Green and her husband John Green.
  • Sycamore Teacher Linda Mihm Earns Nomination For National History Teacher of the Year Award

    Longtime Sycamore teacher, Linda Mihm, has been nominated for the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award! Each of the 58 National History Day affiliates may nominate one middle school teacher for this award, and Ms. Mihm is the junior division nominee from Indiana. She teaches history to our middle school students. Every nominee for the $10,000 national award is a teacher who demonstrates a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use of primary sources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest. All nominees will receive $500, each, as a result of their nominations.
  • Letter From Head of School

    I'm sure you are all aware of Governor Holcomb's announcement yesterday that all public and non-public schools should close through May 1, which would mean that schools would resume on Monday, May 4. In the interest of the health of our community, Sycamore will comply with that request. In light of that decision, we will go forward with our Distance Learning Plan, with the exception of Monday, April 13. That is the day that we had planned to return to school, and teachers had planned to implement our DLP until then. On April 13, we will allow our teachers back in the building to plan and gather additional resources. We will resume our Distance Learning Plan on Tuesday, April 14.
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