The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

October 1-5, 2018

Building Goals

*Ensure Safety of Students and Staff

*Cultivate a Positive Climate

*Implement Formative Instructional Practices

COMING UP at the JH!

Mark your Calendars

October 10: PTO Meeting

October 12: End of 1st Quarter

Did you know?


As part of an ongoing effort to help parents as they assist students in managing academic work, we wanted to remind you that parents have access to BlackBoard through Parent Portal. There you can view for each of your child's courses the syllabus and other course information, class announcements, daily homework assignments, long-term assignments, and teacher contact information.


Announcements are available for viewing every afternoon! Go to the JH Website and page down to the bottom where you will see a section titled "announcements". Click here to access the page now!


Many of our clubs have already started! Check announcements for information about meeting times. For general information, download the pdf below, click HERE or access this brochure from our JH website under the "Activities" Tab.

Join the Chess Club!


  • Meetings are weekly, after school.
  • Open to beginners and experienced players alike.
  • Learn about a fun and fascinating game and of course, play chess!
  • See registration form for more details!


For more information about the Junior High PTO please visit


We are still accepting PTO membership forms. Being a member of the PTO doesn’t mean you have to volunteer and attend meetings (anyone is welcome to volunteer and come to the meetings!). Joining the PTO shows your financial support for our programs that recognize students and teachers in our building. PTO membership is $10 ($11 if paid with a credit card) and can be done online. Click HERE for an easy way to join and pay your membership fee.


The PTO publishes a student directory each year. Once again, the directory will be online and accessible using Directory Spot. If you are interested in having access to Directory Spot, you will need to join the PTO. If your information needs to be corrected, please note that you will need to do so from a computer (it cannot be corrected from a tablet or phone). Questions? Please email Karen Ronningen at

VOLUNTEER For more information click HERE.


Remember: Kroger donates to non-profits through the Kroger Plus Card-Community Rewards program. Go to>Community Rewards to direct the rewards that you earn to Sycamore Junior High School PTO (#IM593).

Also: Pipkins Market in Blue Ash gives us back 3% of total sales based on cash register receipts we submit. You can turn in your receipts (the itemized one, not the credit card one) at the front desk at the JH and we’ll take care of it from there.



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General FF Information

DID YOU KNOW proceeds from Flight Fest fund all the clubs and activities here at SJH?

We hope to see you at 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.

SILENT AUCTION (formerly Bid-n-Buy)

The auction is live for bidding on items. Bidding will close on 10/20/18. Go to to see and bid on Flight Fest Silent Auction items. Great new packages just added:

  • Cincinnati Sports Basket, including Cincinnati Bearcats tickets
  • Green Farm Juicery Basket


Be sure to get your bid in by TONIGHT for The Chris Stapleton tickets for his concert at Riverbend on October 4th! Bidding ends 9/28/18. at 11:59pm. After that time the Chris Stapleton package will be awarded to the highest bidder and that auction item will be closed out.


Everlasting Monsoon to perform the 2018 Flight Fest song at Race! The new song will be heard soon by Junior High students during announcements!


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.




Have You Heard? The Winner of the Flight Fest Teacher Contest will get to wear a Sumo Wrestler Costume during all 3 lunch bells for students' viewing pleasure! The winning teacher will also be awarded a gift card for being a good sport! We'll keep you posted as we find out who's in the lead!

2 Ways Students Can Vote In Teacher Contest:

  • Register for the race online and have a chance to vote in teacher contest.
  • Buy food & game tickets. Students who buy food & game tickets can vote in the teacher contest when they pick up pre-purchased tickets or buy tickets during the week before Flight Fest.


Bring your paid receipt showing you registered for the Flight Fest 2018 race to Kenwood Athleta on 9/29/18 to receive 20% discount off one item!


Many volunteers are needed to make Flight Fest a success! From help with parking, the race, concessions to games, WE NEED YOU!

Sign up HERE to be part of this amazing day!

Flight Fest Raffle Tickets and Game Tickets


Act NOW and Pre-Order your Flight Fest Game/Food Tickets by October 12th! Pre-Sale Game/Food tickets are your BEST VALUE at 15 for $5. Ticket prices increase to 15 for $10. Use the Pre-Sale Order Form below to purchase your pre-sale tickets. You can also purchase pre-sale tickets online at Deadline for pre-sale tickets 10/12/18.

Support Flight Fest and Have a Chance to Win up to $500!

Prizes: 1st - $500, 2nd - $300, 3rd - $100

Cash raffle tickets are $10 each. 3 winners will be drawn at 12:45pm during Flight Fest.

Raffle tickets can be purchased until 12:15pm the day of Flight Fest. Winner need not be present. If you can't make it to Flight Fest, this is the EASIEST way to support SJH – think of it as a hassle-free donation with a chance to win money!

There Are 3 Easy Ways For You To Purchase Your Game/Food & Cash Raffle Tickets In Advance…

  1. You can place orders for both tickets Online at by 10/12 for Game/Food tickets or by 10/19 for Raffle tickets only.
  2. You can use the 2018 Ticket Order Form below and return the with payment to the the SJH office by by 10/12 for Game/Food tickets or by 10/19 for Raffle tickets only.
  3. Your student can purchase Game/Food and Raffle Tickets with cash or check at School during LUNCH PERIOD the week before Flight Fest, Tuesday-Friday (October 16-19).

Sell Cash Raffle Tickets to your family, neighbors and friends!

Print and fill out the Cash Raffle Tickets Form below and return with your payment to the SJH office by Friday, October 19, 2018 or buy at Flight Fest by 12:15pm.

Become a Flight fest sponsor

Show your family's support for SJH by sponsoring the event. There are many levels of financial support! See the Sponsorship Form below.


In case you missed it


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 was September 5th.


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 High School Hosts Variety Show Saturday, October 6th @ 7p in the HS Auditorium. Tickets: $10 available pre-sale at starting September 21st / $12 at the door.

Acts feature groups and soloists who are members of the student body including vocal and instrumental groups, cool human tricks, gymnastics, a performance by all choral ensembles and more! Proceeds benefit the Sycamore Vocal Boosters.

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