At the September 3rd soccer match against The Oaks, two cousins faced off against each other. Sycamore's Simon Williams and Daniel Michael of The Oaks continued a "family rivalry" of Sycamore against Oaks soccer that began back in 2015 when Simon's older brother, Owen Williams, faced two older cousins at The Oaks.
Sycamore earned five top 10 finishes at the 2021 National Bee Championships held September 3-6. Middle school division tournaments (6th, 7th and 8th Grades) were held in Arlington, Virginia while the elementary division (5th Grade and below) was held online. Six Sycamore students participated in the different individual competitions after qualifying in the Regional Finals held in May 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.