The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

March 18-29

Building Goals

*Ensure Safety of Students and Staff

*Cultivate a Positive Climate

*Implement Formative Instructional Practices

Coming Up at the JH

March 18-22: Spring Break NO SCHOOL - Enjoy your break!

New JH Assistant principal 2019-2020

Sycamore Community Schools is excited to announce Andrew King as the new assistant principal at Sycamore Junior High School, pending Board approval. (Mr. King is on the right in the photo with Superintendent Forsthoefel.)

King will bring 23 years of education experience when he joins the junior high administrative team at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. He has served as a guidance counselor at Lebanon Junior High School and Berry Middle School since 2001. He has also been the Dean of Athletics at Lebanon Junior High since 2016. Prior to working with students and families in Lebanon, King served as a special education teacher at Warner Middle School in Xenia, Ohio for five years.

“The junior high staff is excited for the energy Andy will bring to our school and the students we serve,” said Dr. Traci Rea, Sycamore Junior High School principal.

King received his Master’s in School Leadership in 2018 from Concordia University. He also has a Master’s in School Counseling from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor’s in Special Education from Wright State University.

King’s selection ends a year-long search for a replacement for George Sturgeon, who resigned in Summer 2018. Andy Winkle and Ron Brooks split the interim role this year while the administration searched for a permanent replacement. King will join Dr. Rea and Misty Belfrom, who will be entering her second year as assistant principal.

“Our interview committee had a difficult decision because we had several great candidates,” said Dr. Rea. “Andy’s education and experience with adolescent learners set him apart.”

The Sycamore Board of Education is expected to approve the hiring of King at the Board meeting on March 13. King’s first day with Sycamore will be July 22.

Lost and Found

Next Cleanout: April 1

If your child has lost an item at school (sweatshirt, coat, lunchbox, etc) please encourage him or her to check the lost & found. Items can be found in the back of the cafeteria and are donated, recycled or disposed of every two to three weeks. If you have any questions, please contact the office.

For photos of items recently in L&F click HERE.


Although your child may or may not have taken the CogAT in December, you may request that your child be tested on the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). If you wish to have your child participate in this round of testing, all requests must be made through the below online link by March 29. We have scheduled this 45-50 minute testing session to be administered at 7:15 am on April 5 at the Junior High.

Testing Link

SJH Yearbook

Time is running out . . . order your 2019 SJHS Yearbook TODAY!

Order today before it's too late! The cost is $35/copy. Please visit this link to order your 2019 SJHS yearbook . . . . Check this off of your to-do list today!

Congratulations to Latin Students

On March 8-10, Sycamore Junior High students competed at the Ohio Junior Classical League Convention with over 500 of the best Latin students from schools around the state. Sycamore JH and HS students took home 70 individual awards in numerous academic, graphic arts, and creative art categories. Fantastic job!!


In case you missed it

Reminder of winter procedures

While we wait for spring to arrive, the administration would like to remind parents of our procedures around recess. If the temperature is 30 degrees or above, students will go outside for a 10-minute recess. In the 6 minutes between when they leave class and are expected outside, students are encouraged to go to their lockers to get their coats and their lunch. Students are allowed to carry a coat during 5th bell.

If students need to use the restroom during this transition or recess time, they should ask a teacher or administrator. They will be allowed to reenter the building to do so.

Safer Schools Ohio


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.

Immunizations for 7th graders

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.


Around Sycamore

Volunteers Needed

Sycamore Community Schools is seeking Adult Volunteers for April 22nd - Professional Development Day

The certified staff of Sycamore Community Schools will be participating in a professional learning activity called “Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE)” led by facilitators from Think Tank Inc. on April 22nd. The purpose of the activity is to engage our staff in authentic, empathy-building experiences to better understand the daily struggles some of our families may experience as a result of economic fatigue.

Each session will include 120 staff participants. We are in need of 20 volunteers (COPE Resource Leaders) for each session to “role play” various community and business members. As a COPE Resource Leader, you will be given your role by the COPE facilitator during training. Training will be provided in the first hour of the volunteer shift. The time commitment will be approximately 3-1/2 hours. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide babysitting services on this day, therefore volunteers are asked not to bring their children along.

Volunteer Times and Locations

Morning Session: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Junior High Gym and High School Gym

Afternoon Session: 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Greene Gym and Maple Dale Gym

Sign-up on Eventbrite

For the morning session at Sycamore High School, click here.

For the morning session at the Sycamore Junior High School, click here.

For the afternoon session at Maple Dale Elementary, click here.

For the afternoon session at Greene Elementary, click here.

Additional Information

Contact Chris Beech, Associate to Assistant Superintendent

e-mail address:,

phone number: 513.686.1700, ext.#5003

Support Sycamore Varsity Lacrosse

The team is having a mulch sale. Download the pdf order form below if you are interested.
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In The Community

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