Sycamore Hills Elementary School



Amber Miller

Staff Emails

Incase you ever need to email a staff member their email address is as follows:

School Contact Information

Sycamore Hills
15208 East 39th Street South
Independence, MO 64055
Office Phone Number- 816-521-5465
Fax Number- 816-521-5649
Kids Safari- 816-521-5468
Early Education- 816-521-5467

Start Time: 9:00 am
Dismissal Time: 3:54 pm

Office Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Labels & Box Tops for Education

Don't forget to send in your Box Tops and Labels for Education!  Our School/PTA earns money. 


Box Top


Labels for Education

Programs Within Sycamore

Kids Safari: Before and After School Care

Kids Safari hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, even on No School Days and Snow Days! Call Doris Brunson, Youth Specialist, at 816-521-5468 for more information.

Early Education: Preschool Ages 3-4 Years Old

Early Ed. hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call Sable Mallen, Early Education Specialist, at 816-521-5467 for more information.

2015-2016 School Year Info

Residency verification for the 2015-16 school year will be on July 27th-31st between 8:00am-4:30pm & July 28th 8:00am-8:00pm


Meet the teacher night will be on August 10th 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Kindergarten ONLY: Orientation and cirriculum overview, 6-7pm

First day of school is August 12th, 8:50-9:00am arrival-dismissal process begins at 3:45pm

Exciting things happening!

Sycamore Hills and Great Plains SPCA developed

character between two & four legged friends.

Take a look and see what we've been up to.

Follow Sycamore Hills on Twitter!
High Achiever or Gifted?

Sometimes it is hard to distinguish a student who is a high achiever from one who is gifted.  While it is true that gifted students can also appear to be high achievers, often the student who is truly a high achiever is doing a wonderful job in class and does not need support outside of the classroom environment. 
The first question a teacher or parent needs to ask is, “How much effort is the student putting into his/her work?” High achievers have an admirable work ethic that allows them to finish their classwork (sometimes even ahead of time) and they also turn in quality work.  A gifted student often does not have to put much effort into his/her work because most of it comes so easily to him/her.
Many gifted students (not all) have unique traits that set them apart from other students. They often see themselves as equals with adults, can be difficult if they don’t agree, strong willed, they may think they know more than the teacher or parent, they don’t always have to apply themselves, they may ask annoying questions or challenge the teacher and can appear to be arrogant. 
Remember that not all gifted students display these traits. None of them fit into a “gifted mold”.  If you have a child or student that displays many of these characteristics – you may want to consider referring that child for IMPACT testing in the spring.  Be sure to talk to the counselor or the student’s classroom teacher about the possibility.

Sheila Bonner '521-5450 © IMPACT &Teacher of the Gifted :

Sycamore Hills Calendar

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dad's of Great Students)  

Father Figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at our school.  

Contact Anthony Day for more information or to become a volunteer.

Watch Dog Website

New District Attendance Policy

 A new attendance intervention has been implemented for the2013-2014 school year.  When a student reaches 4 absences, an attendance letter will be mailed to the home.  If the student reaches 6 absences or more the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) will be contacted by a member of our Attendance Team.

These early interventions with students and parents are to address any barriers keeping students from attending school on a daily basis.

If you have any questions regarding your student's attendance, please contact us at 816-521-5465. 

If your child is sick or absent due to personal reasons, please call the office to report this for your child’s attendance records.  

Mission Statement

The Sycamore Hills Accelerated School community regards education as an ongoing process of learning and creating. The administration, staff, students, parents and community unite to create a school environment for the good of all. They believe that by building on strengths every individual in the school community is empowered to attain maximum development and achieve optimal learning.

ClassRoom Websites and Educational Links

Classroom and Grade Level Sites


You will also find helpful educational websites. 

Sycamore Hills is proud to participate in the district’s character education program,CHARACTERplus, a program which emphasizes positive character traits in all areas of a student’s life.

August:  AMBITION – to have strong determination to accomplish goals
September:  RESPONSIBILITY – to be accountable for your actions
October:  INTEGRITY – to do the right thing
November:  CITIZENSHIP – to be a productive and responsible resident
December:  COMPASSION – to understand the challenges of others and to want to do something about it
January:  RESPECT  – to show consideration to self and others
February:  COOPERATION – to respectfully play and work with others
March:  INITIATIVE – to act and make decisions on your own
April:  PERSEVERANCE – to continue trying in spite of difficulties
 May:  SELF-CONTROL – to express your feelings in an appropriate manner
June:  COURAGE – to remain strong when faced with difficulty
July:  LOYALTY – to be faithful to a person, a team or an idea



Independence School District

© 2013 Independence School District
201 North Forest Avenue
Independence, Missouri 64050
(816) 521-5300
Last Update: Monday, July 27, 2015 11:39:14