Sycamore has a comprehensive Crisis Plan, one that outlines plans and procedures for almost any kind of crisis you can imagine: severe weather, fire, intruder, earthquake, bomb threat, assault, disruptive individuals, hostage, kidnapping, injury, shooting, national disaster, etc. Each year we practice three drills on a regular basis: tornado drills, fire drills, and lockdown drills. We hope most of these emergency situations never occur, but we are prepared if they do.
See the lists of great books from 2016 that were compiled by Sycamore's Head of EC, Head of Lower School, and Head of Middle School. For gifts this year and after, it's a list that is good long after the holidays.
Often parents will stress about the fact that their child isn’t progressing at the same rate as a classmate. At Sycamore, we’re sometimes asked where a child “ranks” in his/her class. Because of the nature of academic development and progress, questions such as this are harder to answer than you might imagine.
It's been a little over a year since we altered the afternoon carpool pattern for the Lower School, and most everyone has made the adjustment to the new pickup procedure. However, while there seems to be a comfort level established with the new pattern, there is also a need to reiterate safety when driving on campus as we are receiving more reports of concerns over speeds through the parking lot:
As you might imagine, many parents of very bright children find their way to Sycamore due to frustrations they have experienced in other educational settings. Sycamore is different. It is difficult for parents to imagine a school where instruction is truly differentiated, but that’s what happens at Sycamore. Instruction is rooted in the understanding that all of the children who enter Sycamore’s program are academically gifted.