Sycamore Community Schools

April 2017

State of the District Part II

Sycamore Schools 2016-2017 State of the District Part II

Please use the timecode guide below to help you navigate to topics of interest:


Board of Education Update 0:00

Master Facilities Assessment 0:00


Treasurer Update 0:47

Property Tax Rates 0:47

Auditor of State Award 1:33

State Budget Talks 2:00


Superintendent Update 3:00

Sycamore's Mission 3:00

Preparing to be Good Citizens: Promoting Positive Choices at Our Elementary Schools 3:51

Preparing for the Digital Age: Digital Citizenship 7:56

Preparing for College and Career: Aviator Flight Plan 10:05

Soaring Above The Rest

Joy Nichols Named 2017 Celebrate Excellence Educator of The Year

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Congratulations to Joy Nichols, Maple Dale Elementary teacher, on being named Sycamore's 2016-2017 Celebrate Excellence Educator of the Year!


"Miss Joy" as she is known to her students, will be honored during the Hamilton County Education Foundation’s 11th Annual Celebrate Excellence Breakfast on May 12 at the Sharonville Convention Center. She was selected out of 35 nominees submitted by parents, students, and colleagues.


"Joy Nichols is the shining example of a thoughtful, knowledgeable, patient, involved, and caring teacher and person," said Kasey Johansen, parent. "She is always striving to be better, to make others better, and to help whenever and however she can."


Nichols joined the Sycamore Family in 1996 as a special education teacher, teaching at Symmes Elementary for three years. She returned to Sycamore in 2009, working with special needs students at Blue Ash Elementary. In 2016, she moved to Maple Dale Elementary, where she teaches preschool.


"Joy engages students who at first glance may seem to have little chance of progress," said Denise Somsak, parent. "The achievement of her students may not be noteworthy or measurable in the traditional sense but she makes a significant positive impact on the lives of her students."

April Theater Performances

Sycamore High School Choir Ensembles Win Superior Ratings

Sycamore High School ensembles won Superior and Excellent ratings at the District OMEA Large Group Adjudicated Event at Taylor HS. In addition, Belle Voce earned all Superior ratings giving them the chance to compete at the state event.

Giving Back

Buddy Bags

Maple Dale Elementary students packed up nearly 400 Spring Break food bags with handwritten notes for their friends at Winton Hills Academy.
Maple Dale Prepares Buddy Bags For Winton Hills Academy

Kevin Youkilis Inducted Into Sycamore Hall of Fame

Sycamore High School retired the #13 jersey of former Major League All-Star and Aves alum Kevin Youkilis at a special ceremony on April 1. Youkilis, who starred at the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox, returned this week to his hometown for a youth baseball camp at SHS.

Summer School Enrollment

Sycamore Community Schools offers Summer School for Grades K-12 for both intervention and enrichment. Enrollment for 2017 Summer School is now open! Click here for dates, tuition, and course catalogs.


Our summer school enrichment offerings have captured the attention of local media! Take a look at what the Cincinnati Enquirer and WCPO Insider have to say about Sycamore shaking up the summer school scene.

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New Assistant Principal Named

We are excited to announce the appointment of a new assistant principal at E.H. Greene Intermediate School. Mr. Jay Meno will join the administrative team for the 2017-2018 school year, pending Board approval. Learn more about Mr. Meno.

Join Us For Adults-Only Drug Awareness Event

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Sycamore High School After Prom 2017

SHS After Prom offers our students a safe and supervised party that extends the fun of prom night into the wee hours of the next morning. This has been a tradition at Sycamore High School for 22 years and continues to attract approximately 550 students. Students pay a nominal fee for a ticket and all the entertainment, games, food and fun are provided with the generous support of our parents, community organizations and local businesses. If you own a local business that would like to provide a door prize item or cash support for this event, please visit our website for more information!

Sycamore Schools Mobile App Is Coming...

Sycamore High School students Josh Peck and Jannan Sivaruban discuss putting the final touches on the district's new mobile app with Mr. Ghantous. Look for information on how to download the app in the coming weeks!

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All Sycamore Community Schools will be closed April 14 for Spring Vacation Day and April 17 for Professional Development Day. District Office will remain open on April 17.

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Sycamore High School @TheRealMrMader

Sycamore Junior High @SycamoreJrHigh

E.H. Greene Intermediate @EHGreeneSchool

Blue Ash Elementary @BlueAshElem

Maple Dale Elementary @MapleDaleElem

Montgomery Elementary @Montgomery_Elem

Symmes Elementary @SymmesElem

Sycamore ESOL @WeRSycamore