Sycamore School had 33 Middle School students participate in the 2021 National Spanish Exam (NSE), administered by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). Of the 33 Sycamore MS participants, a whopping 27 placed nationally in the 50th percentile of participants or higher. Seventeen 8th graders and 16 7th graders - after six months of preparation - completed a two-part, 80-minute online exam gauged to assess their Proficiency (Reading and Interpreting) and Achievement (Vocabulary and Grammar).
Justin Puno led Sycamore with a 4th place finish at the Chapter MATHCOUNTS Invitational, earning one of the five guaranteed spots in the State MATHCOUNTS competition. Kaitlyn Park, David Jiang, Daniel Liu, and Sophie Liang each secured 1 of the 10 wildcard spots from across the state.
Sycamore 8th graders in Mr. Schuth's 8th grade science class are studying Physics, and the effects of "fluid forces" (air, liquid, etc...). Students started this experiment with an egg in a plastic bag, placed in a disposable cup. They had to create a device that, when dropped for a height of approximately 20 feet, would allow the cup to hit the ground first, while the device would auto-rotate, much like an unpowered helicopter.
Students earned top tier finishes if the egg survived the fall without a crack, and the the device met construction parameters. Ties were broken by measuring the mass of the vessels, with the heaviest winning the tie-breaker.
We've had numerous Grandparents join the Grandparents’ Club this year--very exciting! As part of the club, Grandparents get to donate a book to the Sycamore School Library in honor of their student(s). Here is a list of all the Grandparents who have joined the club this year. If you're still interested in joining the Grandparents’ Club for this year, it's not too late. Please contact Carley Schutz at email@example.com.
With a change to Marion County Public Health Order #35, which had moved Sycamore to distance learning and was set to expire on January 15, all 1st-12th grade students in Marion County are allowed to return to in-person instruction as of January 4. For Sycamore, that means we return to school in person on Tuesday, January 5, our originally scheduled date to resume after Winter Break. Along with this change, the following conditions are specified:
Students and staff can be socially distanced. (At Sycamore, we are able to cohort and socially distance all our kids, as we have been doing all along.)
Staff and students in 3rd grade and above wear masks. (We will continue our protocol of masks for everyone.)
Sycamore has been smoothly operating under our Distance Learning Plan, and we our thrilled to get back in school with all of our kids. We know parents and students have been making sacrifices and supporting us during this time. We deeply appreciate our families part in our success; we truly are all in this together.
Sycamore will continue to assiduously adhere to the measures we have implemented with much success so far: mask wearing, social distancing, handwashing, and staying home when sick. We do not intend to relax our policies.
While the CDC has shortened some quarantine guidelines to 10 or 7 days under certain conditions, the Indiana Department of Health prefers and is still recommending a 14-day quarantine, if possible. Absent some kind of extenuating circumstance, we will continue to require a 14-day quarantine period where recommended. We will be in close consultation with the IDOH on these matters.
We also undertook a minor construction project here at school while the kids are away, removing a small room between two current 6th grade classrooms. That space was not being used instructionally, and removing it allows us to make both rooms larger and, therefore, be able to socially distance more kids.
At Sycamore, we moved to our Distance Learning Plan with 1st through 8th Grade on November 19. Although we have not experienced this at Sycamore, the number of infections in school children has also risen significantly. In Public Health Order #35 , all Marion County K-12 schools had to transition to total virtual learning no later than November 30. We continue to have Preschool, PreKindergarten, and Kindergarten in school in person. The order does not prohibit in-person learning at those ages.