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Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication
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
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.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF SPRING OPTIONAL TESTING FOR IDENTIFICATION OF GIFTED STUDENTS
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.
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 . . . www.buytheyearbook.com/sycamore . Check this off of your to-do list today!
Congratulations to Latin Students
In case you missed it
Reminder of winter procedures
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.
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.
Contact Chris Beech, Associate to Assistant Superintendent
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phone number: 513.686.1700, ext.#5003