History

Sycamore Park Elementary School
1966 (photo courtesty of Kathy Dwyer)
CLass picture from 1966

History of Sycamore Park Elementary School

Sycamore Park Elementary School is a pre-kindergarten through fifth grade school serving approximately 580 economically, racially and ethnically diverse students. In addition to long time Culpeper residents we have many new students from around the country and from around the world with our immigrant families representing over 15 different nations.

Sycamore Park was first opened in 1959 and originally known as Culpeper Elementary and served Kindergarten through third grade. In 1990, an addition was built on to the school and included several new things, such as a clinic, separate offices for the principal, assistant principal, secretary, bookkeeper, and attendance clerk. This addition also included the gym, library and computer lab, and classrooms which currently house kindergarten and first grade.

Sycamore Park's first mascot was the Blue Devilette. In 1987, Chipper the Squirrel was elected school mascot by the student body. In 1997, when the upper grades were added, the mascot was changed to the current mascot, which is the Panther.

Sycamore Park currently has 2 administrators, 48 teaching staff, 17 para educators, 3 office personnel, 1 nurse, 1 Technology Integration Specialist, 2 school counselors, 1 psychologist, 1 volunteer coordinator, 1 Behavioral Specialist, 5 custodial staff, 2 cafeteria monitors and 6 cafeteria personnel. There are 4 resource classes that students attend: art, library, music, and physical education. Before and after daycare is also available through Culpeper County Day Care.

Sycamore Park has an up-to-date computer lab.  In addition, Sycamore Park has  mobile laptop labs and Chromebook labs for teachers and students to use in class.  Each classroom is equipped with a television, DVD/VCR players, document cameras, and a projector. Telephones are also in each classroom and many other technological devices are available for instructional purposes including SmartBoards, iPads and iPods.

Sycamore Park Elementary School students take part in a variety of field trips during their elementary school experience. This includes trips to professional plays, local museums and caves, farms and orchards, historic Jamestown, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Sycamore Park Elementary School is committed to preparing children to be responsible individuals, community partners, and world citizens. Our mission is: “to challenge all students to fulfill their potential by developing the knowledge, skills, and temperament to successfully cope with the political, cultural, and economic conditions of today and tomorrow.”

Principals of Sycamore Park
1960 - 1965 Mary Ross

1965 - 1966 Gary Helbert

1966 - 1980 John Galbreath

1980 - 1986 Robert Knighton

1986 - 1992 Robert Borges

1992 - 2001 Barbara White

2001 - 2009 Russell Houck

2009 - 2016 Valeri Meza

2016 - Present   Derek McWilliams