The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

July 29, 2022

News From the Principal

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer by soaking in the fun and sun! I am looking forward to serving as the Interim Principal for Sycamore Junior High this coming school year. I am eager to meet each of you and learn more about all the things that make Sycamore a great place to live and attend school.


Mr. Meyer, our new Assistant Principal, and I are excited to spend time in classrooms getting to know you, attending your games, and watching your performances. This year we will also work hard to honor our last year in this special building, while also looking forward to our home in the new building. As you can imagine, these changes may cause frustrations with parking, traffic flow, and other shifts that will change how we move throughout our space. We appreciate your patience this year and the team's effort to make it as smooth as possible. We will communicate with you as much as possible to ensure you have the most up-to-date information. Due to transportation changes, we will also be starting this school year at 7:57 am (bell schedule below). We also are working with the construction team to ensure that parent drop-off and pick-up are as efficient as they can be. Stay tuned for more information. Schedule pick-up will be on August 18th from 8-12 pm & 1-5 pm, though schedules will also be available through Blackboard at a later date. The opening days of school will be separated by grade level, with only 7th grade attending on the 29th and only 8th grade attending on the 30th. All students will attend on August 31st.


Please be on the lookout for upcoming virtual listening sessions with the new Administrative team. We are very excited to know you and make the 2022-23 school year the best it can be! As always if you are in need of anything at all please reach out to the building so we can partner with you!


Have a fabulous weekend!


Mrs. Janelle Schunk

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 TBD: 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

Schedule Pickup

More details about this event will be included in next week's newsletter!


Schedules will be available at schedule pickup. If you cannot attend, schedules will be posted online on Blackboard at a later date in August.

Complete Final Forms 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!

New Bell Schedule for 2022-2023

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Tax Free Weekend

The first weekend in August is Ohio's Tax-Free Weekend. Please refer to the state's Press Release for more information.


Our school supply list is posted below for your convenience.

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.

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

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.

Fall Sports Information

If your child would like to play a sport in the fall, please refer to the Jr High Sports Website.

Practices and tryouts are underway.

For questions, please contact Jim DeJoy, Athletic Director at dejoyj@sycamoreschools.org.

Dress Code

As you and your junior high student shop for clothes over the summer, please refer to our dress code. Thank you!!

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 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

IMPORTANT CHILD NUTRITION UPDATE

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 lunches 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.

Free and Reduced Price Applications are now available!


For questions or additional information please contact the Child Nutrition Department at 513-686-1796 or email warrenk@sycamoreschools.org

Meal Prices for 2022-2023

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AROUND SYCAMORE: DISTRICT-WIDE NEWS AND EVENTS

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