The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

August 5, 2022

News from the Administrative Staff

Hello Aviators,

I hope you are all doing great! We’ve had an exciting week as we prepare for your learning at the Junior High. We took time this week to meet a few of our student-athletes that started back, checked in with teachers who have been working hard to prep your classrooms, and learned more about the important work of the local organization Operation Give Back.


Also, this newsletter contains information regarding the plans for Schedule pickup on August 18th. We are VERY excited to meet each of you and your families! Parking will be limited, so please pay attention to the parking and building diagrams. We are excited to have made so much progress on our new building, but we do understand your frustration (and appreciate your patience!). Please read through all the information as it will be a wonderful “one-stop” to have all questions answered.


As always, Go Aves!

Mrs. Schunk

Principal SJHS

Coming Up

  • August 5-7: Ohio Tax-Free Weekend
  • August 18: 8:00 am-12:00 p.m.,1:00 pm-5:00 pm Schedule Pickup/School Pictures
  • August 19: Student Schedules available on Blackboard
  • August 29: First Day/Transition Day - 7th Grade ONLY
  • August 30: First Day /Transition Day - 8th Grade ONLY
  • August 31: All Students in school
  • September 13: Open House (conducted virtually)

Schedule Pickup

WHEN: August 18th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

WHERE: Sycamore Junior High, Use the entrance on the West side of the building

WHAT to Expect:

  • Parents and students are asked to enter the building on the west side through the courtyard @ DOOR 31. The handicapped entrance is Door 30.


  • Once inside, parents and students will move through a series of stations.


  • Stations you will encounter at schedule pick up will include:

    • Fees- Pay required academic and other fees you need to at this station. We can take cash or a check made out to Sycamore Junior High. Credit Cards are only accepted online through your Parent Portal account. Computers for online payments will be available, however, we ask that you come prepared with your username and password for Parent Portal. For tech questions, please email helpdesk@sycamoreschools.org.

    • PTO - Please stop here to join the PTO and support our school. Membership payments can be made by cash, check, or credit card at this booth.

    • Final Forms- Prior to arrival, parents are asked to complete all forms at www.sycamore.finalforms.com. If all forms are not completed, parents will be asked to step aside to our completion area and complete the required forms.

    • Technology - Staff will be on hand to assist with tech questions.

    • Athletic Department - Turn in student annual physical forms.

    • PBIS - Order class t-shirt. Orders may be placed online.

    • Child Nutrition - Add money to lunch accounts and/or receive help filling out the Free & Reduced Lunch forms if needed.

    • Nurse- Turn in immunization records and any medication to the school nurse. Please make sure records include the name and contact information of the doctor. If you have significant medications or would like to speak with the school nurse about your child’s medical condition, please set up an appointment for another day by emailing bonhama@sycamoreschools.org. There will also be a free vision screening available for students.

    • School Pictures- You can order these pictures online. Please check the post below.

    • Student Schedule Distribution- Student schedules will be sorted by grade level and last name. Signs will be posted on each table to guide you to the correct line. Questions or concerns about schedules need to be directed via phone to our counseling staff at (513) 686-1760 x2510


  • General student supply lists and teacher-specific lists will be available but are also linked below


  • Kona Ice will be here from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm! Students and families may purchase a sweet treat and support our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) programming.


Due to construction, building access outside of the contained schedule pickup area is NOT available. Students will have an opportunity to become acclimated to the building during the transition days on August 29th (7th grade only) and August 30 (8th Grade only). We are also always in the hallways during the first week of school to help students reach their final destination.


Printed schedules will be available at schedule pickup. If you cannot attend, schedules will be posted online on Blackboard and in Parent Portal in the "MyeBackpack" tab on August 19th.

If you are unfamiliar with how to use "My eBackpack" to access the schedule on August 19th, please follow these instructions.

SCHEDULE PICK-UP MAP

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2022-2023 Supply Lists/Backpacks

As you start shopping for supplies for next year, please refer to our GENERAL SUPPLY LIST and TEACHER-SPECIFIC SUPPLY LIST. Ohio's Tax-Free weekend will be August 5-7, 2022.


Junior High students will be allowed to carry backpacks. Because our hallways are small and space is restricted, we ask that you send your child with a modest-sized backpack. To help in this effort, our teachers have worked to limit the supplies that the students will need for each class.


Students will be able to access lockers three times a day to retrieve items for morning and afternoon classes:

  • Before school

  • In the middle of the school day - 7th grade between 3rd and 4th bells and 8th grade between 4th and 5th bells

  • After School

Chromebook and Computer Issues

Please e-mail the helpdesk at helpdesk@sycamoreschools.org for any questions or issues.

Final Forms Need To Be Completed As Soon As Possible

Have you completed or updated your student's and family information in FINAL FORMS?

It is necessary to have this done by the beginning of the new school year!

Immunizations

The Ohio Department of Health requires all students prior to entering the 7th grade to have (1) dose of MCV4 (meningococcal) and a Tdap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis) booster.

Proof of immunization from the doctor’s office must be given to the school before the start of 7th grade.


Immunization documents can be brought to schedule pickup, dropped off, or mailed to the JH, emailed to the JH Nurse Amy Bonham at jhimmunization@sycamoreschools.org or faxed to (513) 792-6192. If immunization records were previously given to EH Greene another copy will not need to be sent.

Questions regarding immunizations may be directed to the school nurse, Amy Bonham at jhimmunization@sycamoreschools.org.

TRANSPORTATION for 2022-2023

The administration is encouraging students to RIDE THE BUS this year and next as we navigate the major construction behind our building. That construction has reduced the parking and general space around our building and will dictate a major change in bus and car traffic flow.

Due to a very limited space, we are encouraging all who CAN ride the bus to please do so to help traffic on Cooper Rd.

It's Coming! Picture Day Is Getting Close!

Order at LIFETOUCH.com.

Picture Day ID: EVT3WG3WS

Make-ups/retakes will be on Monday, September 26th

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CLASS SHIRTS for SALE

Here is the link to order your 2027 and 2028 Class Shirts:

https://rpdiamond.com/products/ols/categories/sycamore-class-shirts

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PTO NEWS

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It's a Fundraiser, it's a celebration, it's a party!

This might sound familiar as the PTO trialed a Fun-a-Thon in May of last school year to see if this would be a successful option to replace our main fundraiser of Flightfest. The decision was made to switch from the Flightfest Fundraiser to having an annual A-Thon fundraiser in the fall. So here we are! Our hope is to increase the funds raised while decreasing the amount of work for our volunteers, and still have a fun event for the students to attend.

**Be on the lookout at schedule pick-up on August 18 for the sign-up to begin collecting donations. Those who sign up at schedule pick up will receive a PRIZE.**

SJH PTO

Want to help volunteer on the planning committee or at the actual event? Please email Kim.Perkins@msj.edu

Join the group on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/sjhpto/

Fall Sports Information

If your child would like to play a sport in the fall, please refer to the Fall Sports Information Document.


Practices and tryouts are underway. For questions, please contact Jim DeJoy, Athletic Director at dejoyj@sycamoreschools.org.

Sycamore Junior High Summer Reading

Help prevent summer reading loss by reading a great book! Studies have shown that reading proficiency levels can decrease over the summer. To help lessen the loss of reading skills, students at Sycamore Junior High are encouraged to keep reading all summer. All of the language arts classes at the junior high have summer reading expectations. Assignments and instructions are located in Google Classrooms that students access using their Sycamore student accounts*. See below for the Google Classroom codes. All summer reading assignments are due on the first day of school.


*New to Sycamore and do not have an account? Look for the asterisk at the bottom of each course's assignment description.


Honors Language Arts 7

Students enrolling in Honors Language Arts 7 for the 2022-2023 school year need to use the Google Classroom code fjnujob to access the summer reading assignment and instructions. Students must use their Sycamore-provided student account* to join the Google Classroom.


*New to Sycamore and do not have an account? Use the links below to download a PDF of the summer reading assignment instructions and materials.

~ Assignment Sheet

~ Chapter 1 Excerpt

~ Chapter 5 Excerpt

~ Chapter 10 Excerpt

~ Chapter 11 Excerpt

~ Chapter 14 Excerpt


Honors Language Arts 8

Students enrolling in Honors Language Arts 8 for the 2022-2023 school year need to use the Google Classroom code i637diw to access the summer reading assignments and instructions. Students must use their Sycamore-provided student account* to join the Google Classroom.


*New to Sycamore and do not have an account? Use the links below to download a PDF of the summer reading assignment instructions and materials.

~ Overview of Three Tasks

~ Task Three: Assignment Sheet

~ Task Three: Example Product Ideas Sheet


Language Arts 7 and 8

Students enrolling in Language Arts 7/8 for the 2022-2023 school year need to use the Google Classroom code h7zzngf to access the recommended summer reading. Students must use their Sycamore-provided student account* to join the Google Classroom.


*New to Sycamore and do not have an account? The junior high language arts department recommends that you read at least one book this summer. You can choose any book that appeals to your individual interests. We encourage you to choose a book that interests and challenges you. There is no written assignment. Your language arts teacher will ask you about your book at the beginning of the year to learn more about your preferences as a reader.


Sara Sheldt

Language Arts and Reading Teacher

Language Arts Department Supervisor

Sycamore Junior High School

Withdrawal Information

Students moving or transferring to a different school for 2022-2023 school year:


If you know that your child will NOT be attending Sycamore Junior High or Sycamore High School for a 2022-23 school year, please fill out a Student Withdrawal Form ASAP. The school district requires this form to be completed before students can transfer to another school.


For this form, please open the following link: Sycamore Student Withdrawal Form


Please drop off this completed form to Mrs. Manning in the Counseling Office at Sycamore Junior High School. Also, this form can be faxed to 513-792-6192 or scanned to manningt@sycamoreschools.org

SJH Sycamore Select Singers to Travel to Carnegie Hall!!!

Sycamore Junior High Choir students have a very unique and exciting opportunity this school year. We have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall! Students interested in participating in this activity must audition. The “Sycamore Elite Singers” will be a select choir of 48 students. Students who audition must be in one of our choral ensembles. (Concert Choir, Chorale, Treble Tones, Boy Choir, or SSC) A parent meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the choir room. The parent meeting will provide an opportunity for parents to learn about the trip, trip costs, rehearsal obligations, and audition information. Students interested in auditioning must attend one of two meetings- Tuesday, September 13th, and/or Friday, September 14th at 7:15 a.m. in the choir room. Students will receive all audition materials at this time. Students considered for this trip must audition and be in good academic and disciplinary standing. All other pertinent information about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be presented at the parent and student meetings. Interested students should join the Google Classroom with code drgy7pj for all meetings and audition details. Questions concerning the Carnegie Hall trip should be directed to either JH choir director, Deborah Stein, steind@sycamoreschools.org, or Jesse Callahan, callahanj@sycamoreschools.org.

CHILD NUTRITION DEPARTMENT UPDATES for the 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR

Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications

During the last school year, children and families benefited from no-cost school meals for all students, made possible by special permission from the United States Department of Agriculture. Unfortunately, these permissions have expired. Sycamore Community Schools and the Ohio Department of Education cannot extend the permissions for no-cost meals for all students.


School meals will still be available to all students; however, they will not be free to all students. Eligibility for free and reduced-price lunch is based on federal income guidelines or participation in other programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Ohio Works First.


To complete a Free and Reduced Price Meal Application online go to https://www.payschoolscentral.com/. You will need to create a username and password if this is your first time filling out an application. Please keep this information for your records as you will reuse this annually. You will receive immediate approval/denial if you complete and sign the electronic application.


Translated forms and other information on filling out a free and reduced meal application can be found here.


Breakfast is served daily in each school at the cafeteria 15 minutes before school starts


Menus

Menus can be found HERE or through the Sycamore Community Schools App

  • Menus should be live by the week of August 22rd


Food Allergy Notification Form

  • The school’s Food Allergy Notification form and additional information can be found HERE

  • A form does not need to be filled out yearly, only as information changes BUT does need to be on file for a notification to be placed on the student’s school meal account

  • Contact warrenk@sycamoreschools.org with any specific questions on food allergies


Online Payments

Money can be placed on students' accounts if they wish to buy meals, a la carte entrees, snacks or drinks. LOAD MONEY ON ACCOUNT HERE or send cash or check in with your student to school. Checks can be made out to the Sycamore Child Nutrition Department.


Setting up Meal Restrictions on Student Meal Account

CLICK HERE to learn more about how to set up meal restrictions on your student’s meal account.


Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up with our department, daily menus and more! @SycamoreCNS

Speak Up/Save Lives

By calling or testing the statewide hotline

- 844-SAFEROH -

- 844-723-3764 -

you can report anything that is suspicious or endangering you, your friends or school.

AROUND SYCAMORE: DISTRICT-WIDE NEWS AND EVENTS

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