The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

Happy Summer 2020

Building Goals

* Provide rigorous learning opportunities

* Respect diversity

* Personalize learning

Coming Up

May 18-20: Locker Cleanout (see details below)


Have a safe and healthy summer!

A video message from Dr. Traci Rea

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Talbert House Crisis Hotline: 513-281-CARE (2273)


Talbert House Crisis Hotline: Text 4HOPE to 839863


Hamilton County Mobile Crisis: 513-584-5098


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255


24 Hour Crisis Text Line: text 4HOPE to 741741


Lighthouse Youth Crisis Center: 513-961-0480

Message for 8th Graders

Attention 8th Graders: Since you are not able to celebrate together at 8th Grade Day this year, the PTO has prepared a special gift bag for each of you. Please be sure to stop by the table near the exit door to claim your gift.

IMPORTANT INFO FOR RETRIEVAL OF ITEMS AT SCHOOL

Artwork Pickup

If you made arrangements with your child's art teacher, items will be available near the exit for your child to pick up. All other artwork will be held until the fall and arrangements can be made for distribution.

Yearbook PickUp

Yearbook Pick-up May 18 and 19


Yearbooks will be available for pick up May 18th and 19th during your students designated locker clean out day/time (please refer to schedule posted below). Please check the attached list to confirm your yearbook order. Extra yearbooks were ordered and will be available for $40 (cash or check written to “Sycamore Jr. High”). Mrs. Speelman will be stationed in the auditorium lobby to safely issue yearbooks.


If you cannot pick up your yearbook May 18th or 19th we will secure your yearbook until next school year. Please contact Melissa Speelman for pick up in Fall 2020.

If you have any questions, please email Melissa Speelman speelmanm@sycamoreschools.org



    • Monday (5/18) = 7th grade (Pick up yearbooks 8:30-2:15)

      • A - H = 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM- Yearbook pickup starts at 8:30

      • I - O = 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

      • No pickup available 10:45-12:00

      • P - S = 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

      • T - Z = 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM- Yearbook pickup ends at 2:15


    • Tuesday (5/19) = 8th grade (Pick up yearbooks 8:30-2:15)

      • A - H = 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM- Yearbook pickup starts at 8:30

      • I - O = 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

      • No pickup available 10:45-12:00

      • P - S = 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

      • T - Z = 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM- Yearbook pickup ends at 2:15



Don't remember if you ordered? Check for your name on the pdf below.

Schedule for Retrieval of Items

The District and Junior High Administrative teams have created a plan for students to collect any items remaining at school and to return items belonging to the Junior High.


Please keep in mind these guidelines:

  1. Proper and strict social distancing protocols will be followed.

  2. Only students are to be in the building. Parents will remain outside in vehicles.

  3. Students must wear masks or other face covering at all times.

  4. Staff will assist with controlling the number of students in the building and monitoring the social distancing of the students.

  5. Staff will be wearing PPE.


Procedure and Traffic Flow
In order to ensure your safety and that of your child, we ask that parents and students follow this procedure:

  1. Parents should drop off students along the east side of the building in the normal pick-up/drop-off location

  2. Students should enter ONE of three courtyard doors depending on proximity to their locker location: Science Wing Door, Choir Room Door or Gym Door.

  3. Parents will circle back out onto Cooper Road, turn left and proceed to the parking lot near the bus barn and stadium.

  4. Students will exit Door 24 outside of the auditorium and proceed quickly to parent’s vehicle.


School Property to be returned to the JH:

Please bring with you any math textbooks, sports uniforms, media center books and materials, or any other school property. Students are to keep their assigned chromebook and charger through the summer. These items may be placed on the tables marked as such in the auditorium lobby as the students exit through door 24. If you have items to return BUT your student does not need to clean out his/her locker, please feel free to wait to return the item in the fall at the beginning of school.


Voluntary Donations to Operation Give Back:

Each year, the Junior High partners with Operation Give Back to support their school supply drive. Students wishing to donate their new or like new items to this cause may place them on the tables/bins marked OGB.


Gym Lockers:

If your student was enrolled in gym during second semester and has left items in a gym locker, he/she should go to the old gym where staff will let the student into the locker room one at a time. Students should remove items and PUT LOCK BACK ON their locker.


Medications to be returned to students:

Amy Bonham Junior High School Nurse will be available during the pickup times to distribute over-the-counter medications, EpiPens and inhalers that can be released to students. Students should stop by Nurse Bonham’s office to pick up medications. By doing so, parents imply permission for us to release these medications.


If you need to pick up controlled substances, or other medications requiring parental sign-off, Nurse Bonham will email you. In this case, please come with your child on Wednesday. Parents should go to the nurse’s office. Students should go to their lockers. Parents will be asked to exit the building immediately after receiving the medication and meet their student in the parking lot near the stadium. Any remainder medications will be disposed of at 2:45pm May 20th.


Unclaimed Items:

Items left in lockers will be held until the second week in June. At that time, our custodians will donate or discard any remaining items.


Please bring an empty backpack or bag to transport items.


Monday, May 18 - Wednesday, May 20, (8 AM - 2:45 PM each day)

    • The building will be divided up allowing students (parents are to remain outside) to enter in order to retrieve materials. Below is the schedule that will support this process:

      • Monday (5/18) = 7th grade

        • A - H = 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

        • I - O = 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

        • P - S = 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

        • T - Z = 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM


      • Tuesday (5/19) = 8th grade

        • A - H = 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

        • I - O = 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

        • P - S = 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

        • T - Z = 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM


      • Wednesday (5/20) = Students who missed their day or time frame

        • 7th grade

          • A - O = 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

          • P - Z = 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

        • 8th grade

          • A - O = 11:30 AM - 12:45PM

          • P - Z = 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Returning Books, Other JH Property

Have a library book at home? Textbook you need to return to a teacher? Extra charger? Uniform? Other school property?


Please scour your home for these items and bring them with you on May 18-20 during your assigned locker cleanout time. Tables will be available near the exit area on which to place these items. We will get them back to their proper place. Thank you!!

OGB Collection

As we have done in past years, we will be collecting never used/almost new school supplies for Operation Give Back during the locker item pickup times.


When clearing out their locker, students may donate these new or gently used items by putting them in the OGB Bins in each hallway locker area. All other items should be taken home in bags or backpacks.


For more information about the OGB or their Supply Giveaway visit:

https://www.ogiveback.com/

https://www.ogiveback.com/school-supply-giveaway

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.


Honors Language Arts 7

Students enrolling in Honors Language Arts 7 for the 2020-2021 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.


Honors Language Arts 8

Students enrolling in Honors Language Arts 8 for the 2020-2021 school year need to use the Google Classroom code i637diw to access the summer reading assignment and instructions. Students must use their Sycamore provided student account to join the Google Classroom.


Language Arts 7 and 8

Students enrolling in Language Arts 7/8 for the 2020-2021 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.


If you have questions, please email Sara Sheldt, Language Arts Department Supervisor at sheldts@sycamoreschools.org

Robotics

The 2020-21 FIRST FTC Robotics Competition Season Registration has begun! Any Junior High or High School students interested, please complete the following team application (link): https://forms.gle/pBLynEJMV6PL2qwJ7



Questions?? Please contact Mrs. Kim Jarvis,

Sycamore High School Aves News Network Video Communications, #SHSolutions Facilitator & Aves Ablaze and Juniper First Robotics Teams - FTC Coach/Mentor

Junior High School SJHS News Crew, Computer Science Technology, Mathematics

STEAM Facilitator & Junior High First Robotics Team - FTC Coach/Mentor

(513) 686-1760, ext. 2537

jarvisk@sycamoreschools.org

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