The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

August September 3-8, 2018

Building Goals

*Ensure Safety of Students and Staff

*Cultivate a Positive Climate

*Implement Formative Instructional Practices

COMING UP at the JH!

This Week

September 3: Labor Day - No School

September 4 & 5: SSC Tryouts 3:15-4:00 pm

Mark your Calendars

September 12: PTO Meeting 10:30am

September 17: Picture Day


Mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Sycamore Junior High Aviator Flight Fest 5k/10k Race & Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018! Please visit our website at to Register for the Race and get more Flight Fest 2018 information.

NEW THIS YEAR! All Race Registrants receive the First Official Aviator Flight Fest 2018 Finishers Medal in addition to a Flight Fest T-shirt and Swag Bag. Students registering for the race be sure to vote for your favorite SJH teacher to win a Prize and a “Surprise”. Stay posted for details on what that “Surprise” entails! Hint-teachers may not like it, but students definitely will!

Students: beg, borrow, or make a Flight Fest t-shirt! Wear it on Friday 9/7 and receive a treat during lunch!

Online Silent Auction will be available for viewing Tuesday, September 4th! Don’t miss Instant Buy Opportunity for 2 tickets to Chris Stapleton concert on Oct.4th at Riverbend. Go to to see Flight Fest Silent Auction.

Follow us on twitter @avesflightfest to get race updates and information on new items added to Silent Auction.

Please contact Michelle Ciotola at to learn about business and family sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, or any questions regarding Aviator Flight Fest.


Don't forget our first PTO meeting is on September 12 at 10:30 am. For more information about the Junior High PTO please visit

Join the PTO !

Volunteer Opportunities

Boy Choir

Calling all BOYS!

  • The Sycamore Junior High Boy choir will hold open membership rehearsals Thursday, Sept. 6 and Thursday, Sept. 13 for the 2018-2019 school year. After September 13, membership for the year will be closed.

  • All rehearsals begin PROMPTLY at 7:15 a.m. and end at 7:50 a.m. The group meets in Room 105 at the JH.

  • Boys attending Boy Choir are to be dropped off at the rear entrance to the building – NOT the front entrance!

  • Information regarding Boy Choir attire, concert season, member database etc. will be distributed after membership is established.

  • DONUTS are the unofficial mascot for our group!

If you like to perform, if you like to sing, if you like to be a part of something that is a “winning team” think about joining us on Thursday, September 6 and/or 13 at 7:15 a.m. in Room 105. Any SJH young man is eligible to join – no audition necessary! Gentlemen must come to one of these open membership rehearsals to solidify membership in the group.

Any questions, see Mr. Callahan or Mrs. Stein in Room 105 or feel free to email: or

We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you

A special THANK YOU to EZRA Ink for their support of our PBIS initiative!!!

The Week in sports

Monday: Sept 3

No Practices, Labor Day

Tuesday: Sept 4

Cheer Practice 3:30-5:00

Green VB @ Loveland 4:30, 5:45

Gold VB Practice 3:30-5:00

Football Practice 3:30-5:30 Turf

Cross Country Practice 3:20-5:00

Girls Golf Practice 3:15-4:45 Blue Ash

Boys Golf TBA

Green Tennis Home 4:00 Summit

Gold Tennis @ Loveland 4:00 Normandy

Boys Soccer @ Mariemont 5:00 Kusel

Girls Soccer @ Mariemont 6:15 Stadium

Wednesday: Sept 5

Cheer No Practice

Volleyball Green @ Rapid Run 4:30, 5:45

Volleyball Gold Home 4:30, 5:45 Creekside

Football Practice 3:30-5:30 Turf

Cross Country Practice 3:30-5:00

Girls Golf vs Lakota Plains 4:00 Armco GC

Boys Golf vs Lakota Plains 4:30 Armco GC

Tennis Green Home 4:00 Oak Hills

Tennis Gold Practice 3:15-5:00

Boys Soccer @ Winton Woods 5:45

Girls Soccer @ Winton Woods 4:30

Thursday: Sept 6

Cheer Game @ Princeton 5:45

Volleyball (Green) Home 4:30, 5:45 Mason W

Volleyball (Gold) @ Wilson 4:30, 5:45

Football @ Princeton 4:30, 5:45

Cross Country Practice 3:20-5:00

Girls Golf @ Lakota West 4:00 Hamilton

Boys Golf @ Lakota West 4:00 Elks

Tennis Green Home 4:00 Mason G

Tennis Gold Watch Green until 5:00

Boys Soccer Home 4:30 Princeton

Girls Soccer Home 5:45 Princeton

Friday: Sept 7

Cheer No Practice

Volleyball Practice 3:30-5:00

Football Practice 3:30-5:00 Turf

Cross Country Practice 3:20-5:00

Girls Golf No Practice

Boys Golf No Practice

Tennis Practice 3:30-5:00

Soccer Practice 3:30-5:00 Church

Saturday Sept 8:

Cross Country @ Mason Invitational 2:30

In case you missed it

Clubs & Activities at SJH

Sycamore Junior High has many opportunities for students to get involved in an extracurricular activities. The Clubs & Activities Guide may be found on the JH website under the "activities" tab, accessed HERE or may be downloaded below.

Clubs and activities are beginning! Dates and times of initial meetings will be announced several days ahead of time in daily announcements so students have the opportunity to attend the first meeting. Daily Announcements can be accessed from the SJH webpage.


Sycamore Junior High is excited about our new support system, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). With PBIS, the goal is to encourage good behavior and a culture which is safe, supportive and welcoming for all students. Helping students develop these skills ensures that we are developing successful, engaged citizens that are able to contribute productively in the world after high school. At Sycamore, we will focus on the following expectations to help students develop and practice appropriate educational behaviors:

  • Be Respectful

  • Be Responsible

  • Be Safe

  • Be a Problem Solver

PBIS is a proactive approach to establishing the support needed for all students in school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. Key focus areas of PBIS include prevention, positive behavior supports, using data to better determine the individual needs of students, team meetings to support students with complex emotional and behavioral needs, and community-based supports for families, youth and schools.

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. The cutoff date is September 5th.


August 13, 2018

Dear Sycamore Families,

Sycamore Community Schools takes the safety and security of our staff and students very seriously. As part of an Ohio Revised Code requirement, the District is required to inform students and parents/guardians before the first day of school each year of our emergency parental notification protocols.

In the event of an emergency where an evacuation of the school building is necessary, students will be transported to safety at Sycamore Community Schools’ reunification site:

Blue Ash Recreation Center

4433 Cooper Rd.

Blue Ash, OH 45242

In the event of an evacuation, families should report to this location to pick up their student(s). A Reunification Information Document will be used in an event of an emergency where a reunification process is required. This document will be made available at the Blue Ash Rec Center to assist us in releasing your child to you.

In an emergency, we will disseminate information through our mass notification system, which includes phone calls, emails, mobile app alerts, as well as the district website and social media. Additionally, we will continue to provide updates through the above avenues as needed.

We are asking parents to verify their emergency contact information is up to date in Final Forms in order to be contacted in case of emergency. If you make any changes to your contact information in Final Forms, please confirm that the changes have been received by your child’s school by calling the front office.

Around Sycamore

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Sycamore Athletic Boosters


WHO: We are the only Sycamore Booster organization serving all Sycamore Athletics.

WHAT: Sycamore Athletic Boosters raise money for a broad range of athletic

programs at Sycamore Junior High & Sycamore High School. We help fund

shortfalls in School Board approved athletics and annually assist over 100

teams where coaches identify specific needs.

WHY: We strive to provide as many athletic opportunities as possible for our students

by maintaining a large athletic program and by keeping our pay-to-play fees

as low as possible.

Visit us at

FIRST Tech Challenge

Join FIRST Tech Challenge!

The online application is now available for the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics program for the 2018-2019 school year.

The application can be found at:

What is FIRST Tech Challenge?
FIRST Tech Challenge are made up of 10+ members in grades 7-12. The teams are challenged to build, program, and operate robots in a head to head challenge in an alliance format.

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