The Navigator Newsletter
Sycamore Junior High Family Communication
November 4, 2022
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Halloween festivities. You helped kick off Q2 with a lot of laugher and fun! We saw goblins, ghouls and grannies galore!
As we move into November we're excited for the continued beautiful Fall weather. We also are already starting to plan for next year, as we are kicking off staff tours of the new building and preparing to say goodbye to the current building. The walls are being painted and cabinets are going into our Science labs. Much progress is being made. We hope you're all as excited as we are! This week's newsletter contains information for 8th Grade transition to the High School and save the dates for tours and meet & greets with the High School Principal. Please take a look and see your counselor if you have any questions.
Be Great Sycamore!
-Mrs. Schunk, Mr. Meyer, Mr. Cole
Events Coming Up
November 4: 1st Quarter Report Cards Posted Online
November 11: Deadline for CogAT Testing Sign-ups
November 16: JH Bands Concert 7 pm at High School
November 17: 8th Grade Pizza with the High School Principal Mr. Taylor (info below)
November 17: CogAT Testing (Optional)
November 21 & 22: Student Personalized Learning Days
November 25: No School for Thanksgiving Break
Report Cards Released 11/4
Report Cards and Sycamore Parent Portal - eBackpack
The Sycamore district launched a new feature within the Parent Portal called the “eBackpack.” The eBackpack provides you access to documents posted for your student(s), classes, or school(s). This year we are using it to post student report cards, schedules, and other documents as an electronic .pdf file. Each student has their own eBackpack with documents that are specific to them.
The eBackpack is easy to find under the My Classes module (see the image below). Login Parent Portal and click on a student in the My Students module (see image below). Above their list of classes in the My Classes module will be a link that says “My eBackpack”. It looks like this: Once you’ve clicked on the eBackpack link, a new window will pop up, and your student’s report card and other documents will be there as .pdf files. Please click on the file to view it. While you’re viewing it, you will have the option to download it. Each student has their own eBackpack, so if you have more than one student you’ll need to click on each student in the My Students module to view each student’s documents.
I don’t see the “My eBackpack” link?
Do you see any classes for your student? If not, does it say “Requested” next to your students’ name? If it says “Requested” that means you have requested the addition of this student to your Parent Portal account, but it has not been approved yet. Approvals can often take a day or two. Once your request is approved, you will be able to see your student’s classes and eBackpack.
Do you have any students listed at all? If not, you will need to request that they be added to your account. You can do so by clicking on “Add Student” in the “My Students” box on the left side of the page.
If you click on “My eBackpack” and you do not see a file there, or you see a file but get an error clicking on it, please submit a helpdesk ticket by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org provide your Parent Portal email address, your student(s) name(s), and describe the issue.
Parent/Guardian - Did you forget your password? If so, please go to the Parent Portal login page (bb.sycamoreschools.org) and click on “Forgot my Parent Portal Password” to reset your password.
CogAT Testing Sign-Ups for 7th and 8th Grade Students
You may request that your child be tested on the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT). If you wish to have your child participate in this round of testing, click HERE to sign-up. All requests must be submitted using the google form provided by Friday, November 11th. If any parents attend the GEAR education session (info below) and would like to submit a request following the 11/11 date, please contact your child's counselor directly to be added to the list. In order to decrease disruption to your child's instruction, this testing opportunity will take place on Thursday, November 17th, at 7:00 AM at Sycamore Junior High School. Participating students will miss a portion of the first bell due to testing.
Please note it is the parent's responsibility to provide transportation to school on the day of testing. Additionally, please ensure the correct parent email is entered, as this is the email the district will use for communication.
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Daily Student Video Announcements
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By calling or testing the statewide hotline
you can report anything that is suspicious or endangering you, your friends or school.