The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

January 13-17

Building Goals

* Provide rigorous learning opportunities

* Respect diversity

* Personalize learning

SJH Reunification Site: Blue Ash Rec Center

COMING UP at the JH!

This Week:

January 14: HS/JH Jazz Concert @ SHS 7pm

January 15: PTO Meeting with special guest Doug Mader, principal @ SHS 10:30am

January 15: JH Band Concert 7pm, Auditorium

January 16: 8th Graders attend Freshman Camp at SHS

January 16: Sycamore High School Academic Fair 5:30-7:00pm

Mark Your Calendars:

January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No School

8th Graders: Freshman Camp and Academic Fair at SHS

Parents and Families of SJH 8th graders,

We're one semester away from your students' transitioning into high school! We are so excited for the Class of 2024 to arrive. There are a couple of events in January that we wanted to notify you about on January 16th, 2020.

First, our Academic Fair is on Thursday, 1/16 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Sycamore High School. The event starts in our Main Gym with an information session. Then, you and your students will be free to walk around our Commons area to learn about various clubs, activities, and academic programs that we're proud to offer. We hope this is a chance to speak with teachers, coaches, and supervisors and get a better feel for what your students can expect next year and beyond.

Second, our annual Freshman Camp is during the school day on Thursday, 1/16 Please see the attached flyer for more information. This won't impact any schedules outside of school hours. Rather, 8th graders will be bused from the SJH to the HS for the day, and then return in time for the end of the day at SJH. The flyer can be found at this link:

We hope you and your students find Thursday, January 16th to be useful and informative! If you have any questions, please contact SHS Dean of Students Ashwin Corattiyil at


SHS Administration

P.T.O. Corner

PTO MEETING: Transition to SHS

Are you interested in learning more about what to expect for the student and parent transition from Sycamore Junior High to Sycamore High School? Then this is the meeting for you to attend. Come meet Sycamore High School Principal Doug Mader as he presents and answers questions.

When: Wednesday, January 15 @ 10:30am

Where: SJH Media Center


Join the PTO! Being a member of the PTO doesn’t mean you have to volunteer and attend meetings, although everyone is welcome to do either/both! Joining the PTO shows your financial support for our programs that recognize students and teachers in our building. PTO membership is $10 ($11 online) and can be done online. Visit for more information!


All information about the PTO can be found by clicking on this link:

Questions? Please email

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Parents of 8th Graders: Scheduling Overview for SHS

Scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year is upon us! There are many activities that take place during 3rd quarter to help students plan and prepare for next year. As an initial start to the process, a general outline of these upcoming events is provided below.

Academic Fair: On the evening of January 16 we will have an Academic Fair at the high school. At the Academic Fair, teachers are available to provide information and answer questions related to courses, expectations and general guidance of course selection. While this event is intended for current 8th graders and families, all are invited to attend! Mr. Mader will speak to 8th grade (rising 9th grade) families in the gym from 6-6:30pm. The Academic Fair will be in the Commons from 6:30-7:30pm.

Online Scheduling Overview: All students will receive an orientation to the online scheduling process.
  • Grade 8 will have this orientation on January 16 during their visit to the high school.
  • Grades 9-11 will receive this information the week of January 20 in aviator bell.

Teacher Recommendation Day: There will be a Teacher Recommendation Day on Wednesday, January 29 in which all teachers will speak with students about the course(s) recommended to them for next year. This date will be the same for all students in grades 8-11.

Discuss at Home: After Teacher Recommendation Day, students will bring home a copy of their course selector, this includes recommended courses, elective option. Students are encouraged to discuss the recommendations, interests, and electives with their parents/guardians to help make informed decisions.

Online Scheduling: Students will have until February 9 to enter the courses they would like to take next year into the online scheduling portal. Students will receive an email with a scheduling-specific username and password which is needed for online scheduling.

Review with HS Counselor: Between February 10 - March 10, students will meet with their high school counselor individually to review and finalize 2020-21 course requests.

A visual version of this outline is included below. Additional information will be mailed home this week. Online scheduling instructions will be sent home later this month.

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First Class Breakfast

Congratulations to the Students of the Week from 2nd quarter! They were honored at the First Class Breakfast on December 18, 2019.
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In Case You Missed It

Safer Schools Ohio


Safer Schools Ohio is a multi-agency effort created to assist schools in continuously improving the safety of our students. By calling or texting the statewide anonymous hotline parents, students or community members can report anything that is suspicious or endangering you, your friends or your school.

Lost & Found

Lost & Found is in the cafeteria and is cleared out periodically. Click here to see the current items.

Order Your Yearbook

Please visit this link to order your 2020 SJHS yearbook . . . . Check this off of your to-do list today!

*Yearbooks will be delivered to students May 20, 2020- make a note on your calendar if you purchase early so you don't accidentally purchase twice.

Questions? Contact Melissa Speelman

AIR Testing at the JH

When will students take the AIR assessments?

Sycamore Junior High will administer the AIR assessments on April 15, 16, 22, 23 and 29.

How can you help?

Please mark these dates on your calendars and make every effort not to schedule your child for appointments or vacation days. Thank you for your cooperation!!

Immunizations for 7th graders

Thank you to all 7th grade families who have turned in immunization records. As we work to process those records received, please continue to be patient before you follow up. If there is a problem, you will be contacted via email by Amy Bonham. If you have not turned in your child's proof of immunizations from a doctor's office, please do so ASAP.


All 8th-grade students now have access to Overgrad.

Overgrad is a comprehensive future planning tool that includes career information, college planning, and even a high school course planning tool. Sycamore students will be using Overgrad 8-12th grade. Students can now utilize Overgrad to plan out Sycamore High School courses across their 4 years - invaluable when scheduling each year. All 8th-grade students were introduced to the course planner tool to start exploring their 9th-grade course options. Students can also easily "add parents" from within Overgrad to allow parents to assist with college and career planning. Overgrad is a powerful tool and we encourage all 8th-grade students to begin exploring its many features.

Students can access Overgrad through the student launch pad on their Chromebook or by going to When logging in, students need to choose the button "Sign in with Google.

Around Sycamore

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Community Camps and Event Flyers

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Sycamore Baseball and Softball Association:

Spring Rec. Baseball & Softball REGISTRATION OPENS JANUARY 1, 2020

See flier below