Sycamore School has learned two of their eighth-grade students, Nate Liang and Emily Hackwelder, have been named national award recipients of the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship for the class of 2025 from the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA). They are two of only 28 national winners of a four-year high school scholarship for gifted learners to attend an optimally matched high school program.
Sycamore's Reopening Plan satisfies the requirements of the order; items #1 and #6 are especially pertinent to Sycamore. I have submitted our Reopening Plan to the Marion County Public Health Department.
CBS4and FOX59 visited Sycamore School on July 28 to learn about some of the changes we have been making ahead of school restarting, including a new air filtration/exchange system that is getting installed this week.
The Sycamore School Reopening Sycamore Task Force has announced a plan for a safe and successful reopening of school on August 13, on our regular calendar and schedule. The members of the task force have considered every perspective as they have worked diligently to research best practices and developed resources through which to obtain expert advice. The plan represents our best judgement, based on the advice of national, state, and local health experts. Our goal is to offer our students an exemplary experience for gifted learners while ensuring the health and safety of all of our community members.
“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.
“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.