On The Books: January 9, 2018

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On the Books provides a recap of the Sycamore Community School District 427 Board of Education meeting that occurred on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The Agenda and all supporting documents from this meeting and minutes from previous meetings can be viewed through BoardDocs. If you would like to receive a notification for when On the Books is ready for viewing, please sign-up for our District Communications

Communications/Correspondence/Information Items

Committee Reports 4.03

Board Member, Julenne Davey, reported to the board her experiences during her recent ‘Adopt a School’ visits at West Elementary School. During her visits, she was able to join her son, Mr. Drewe Davey’s classroom and participate in the school’s Team Building Activity, as well as one of the school’s recent WOW Assemblies.

Spartan Senate Report 4.04

Riley Melton, Spartan Senate Student Representative, updated the Board of Education on recent discussions occurring within Spartan Senate at Sycamore High School. The committee has been discussing the lack of pep assemblies after the end of football season. Moving forward, the school will start having pep assemblies once a month to celebrate students’ achievements throughout the school year. They also have continued discussing reframing the high school experience through different scheduling options and evaluating the graduation requirements for students.

The Board of Education will host a special meeting on Tuesday, January 16 at 5:30 PM to further discuss possible changes to the high school educational experience along with members of the Spartan Senate Committee.

Superintendent’s Reports

West School Presentation 5.01

Staff and students from West Elementary School demonstrated to Board Members how classes use Chromebooks and Google Classroom to facilitate the learning experience at the school. Through Google Classroom, students and teachers can engage in lessons through the use of technology. It also contributes to having a greener classroom by decreasing their dependence on paper. Students can complete their work on a Chromebook, submit it electronically and receive feedback, all from within Google Classroom.

Fourth Grade student, Laney Block, demonstrataes to Board Member, Julenne Davey, on how they use Chromebooks and Google Classroom in their class. 


Principal, Mrs. Kristi Crawford, also showed Board Members videos to highlight the schools Battle of the Books and K-Kids Clubs. 

Athletics/Activities Presentation 5.02

Director of Athletics & Activities, Mr. Chauncey Carrick, gave his yearly update to the Board of Education. During his presentation, he gave a brief overview of the Northern Illinois Big XII (NI BIG XII), Sycamore High School’s conference, and the Northern Central Junior Conference (NCJC), Sycamore Middle School’s conference. He stated the number of coaches the District has is in the middle of other conference schools. Overall, most students at Sycamore High School and Sycamore Middle School are involved in one or more extracurricular activity.

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Northern Illinois Big XII Conference Update 5.03

Sycamore High School Principal, Mr. Tim Carlson, updated the Board on the school’s conference, the Northern Illinois Big XII. He stated conference schools have been having discussions on how to make the conference more equitable for all of the member schools. The most recent meeting, held in early December, was spent discussing different options they could look at to achieve this goal. At the conclusion of the meeting, member schools had agreed to have another meeting in January. In late December, five of the member schools notified NI Big XII Conference President, Mr. Peter Goff (Kaneland High School Athletic Director) of their intention to leave the conference at the conclusion of the 2018-2019 school year. Those schools include Morris, Geneseo, LaSalle-Peru, Ottawa, and Rochelle.

Mr. Carlson stated the remaining schools (Sycamore, DeKalb, Kaneland, Yorkville, and Sterling)  will meet in the coming weeks to discuss the future of the conference. He will report back to the Board at future meetings on options available to school and the conference.