The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

January 7, 2022

Speak Up/Save Lives

By calling or testing the statewide hotline

- 844-SAFEROH -

- 844-723-3764 -

you can report anything that is suspicious or endangering you, your friends or school.

Coming Up


  • January 12: PTO General Meeting, noon, Google Meet (Doug Mader, guest speaker)
  • January 13: End of Semester 1
  • January 13: "Freshman Camp" for 8th graders @ Sycamore HS (please do not schedule mid-day appointments)
  • January 13: SHS Academic Fair @ Sycamore HS
  • January 14: Teacher Records Day, no school for students


  • January 17: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday: no school
  • January 18 - 19: Teacher/Staff Collaboration Days: home learning days for students

IMPORTANT: Reporting COVID-19 Cases

PLEASE call the COVID-19 Attendance Line (513) 686-1707.

In addition, families and staff can report COVID-19 related absences online. Please visit and simply fill out the Google Form for your student or yourself. You can also find an icon to the form inside the Sycamore Community Schools Mobile App. Submissions will be monitored daily.

From our Nurse

Parents/Guardians please check with your children each morning to make sure they feel well.

You will find the Covid-19 Daily Parent/Guardian Checklist linked here and on our website. Translations of this document may be found HERE.

Please visit the District's Healthy Aves page for more detailed information.

SHS Academic Fair and 8th Grade Transition Day

** 8th Grade Parents: Please do not schedule appointments for this day as it is extremely difficult to get your child out of the event at the high school. 8th graders will be gone from 9:00-2:00 this day**

Parents and Families of SJH 8th graders,

We're one semester away from your students' transitioning into high school! We are so excited for the Class of 2026 to arrive. There are a couple of events on January 13, 2022, that we wanted to notify you about.

First, our Academic Fair is on Thursday, 1/13 from 5:30-7:00pm at Sycamore High School. The event starts in our Main Gym with an information session. Then, you and your students will be free to walk around our Commons area to learn about all of the various academic programs that we're proud to offer. We hope this is a chance to speak with teachers and supervisors and get a better feel for what your students can expect next year and beyond.

Second, our annual "8th Grade Transition to HS Day" is during the school day on Thursday, 1/13. This won't impact any schedules outside of school hours. Rather, 8th graders will be bused from the SJH to the HS for much of the day, and then return in time for the end of the day at SJH.

We hope you and your students find Thursday, January 13th to be useful and informative! These events are coordinated in order to give you and your students as much information as possible prior to making your decision about high school. If you have any questions, please contact SHS Dean of Students Ashwin Corattiyil at

SHS Administration

SJH Theater: Spring Musical Auditions

  • SJH theatre will be holding auditions for the spring musical, Willy Wonka Jr., on January 10th and 11th from 3:15-5:30 in the choir room.

  • If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Stein at or Mrs. Rosen at

Counseling Corner

College Credit Plus (CCP)

Annual CCP Update (Run by Sycamore High School)

This information has been updated for the 2022-23 school year.


There will be a Virtual Q & A session for CCP and the 2022-23 CCP on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 6:30 pm.

    • Access the Google Meet link here.
    • If you would like to ask questions ahead of time to be answered during this session, please do so here.

College Credit Plus is Ohio’s dual enrollment program that provides students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking courses from Ohio colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to enhance students’ career readiness and postsecondary success, while providing a wide variety of options to college-ready students, at no or limited costs to students and families. Taking a college course from a public college or university through College Credit Plus is free to the family as Sycamore covers the cost of tuition and books. Students are required to notify Sycamore High School if they plan to participate in College Credit Plus. The process begins with the student completing a mandatory Intent to Participate form

Adapt for Life Program

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PTO News

PTO Meeting: Wednesday January 12 @ Noon

JH PTO General Meeting - HS Transition

Wednesday, January 12 · 12:00 – 1:00pm

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 385-404-0687‬ PIN: ‪109 907 825‬#

More phone numbers:

PTO News

Junior High Parents:

The PTO board has discussed the idea of holding an “a-thon” event to coincide with the Greene School’s walk a- thon on April 14th. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a walk-a-thon it could be any “a-thon” your imagination comes up with. We know we have many talented people out there with ideas because of all of the great “a-thon” events at the K-6 buildings. Right now, we are in the planning stages and are asking our families if anyone out there would like to chair or co-chair this event. If you are interested in learning more about this new event or have ideas on “a-thon” event you think may be good for 7th and 8th graders please reach out to Kathy Mercurio at or

8th Grade Day

It’s hard to believe our 8th graders will soon be moving on to High School!!!

8th Grade Day...A fun "out of school" day for all 8th graders, co-sponsored by PTO and JH Administration typically held at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. Day includes pool access, outdoor activities, DJ and lunch. Volunteers are broken up into two shifts (morning and afternoon) mostly to chaperone and help out with snacks and parting gifts. If you are interested in helping out day-of or co-chair planning for this Sycamore Jr. High tradition please contact


Valuables at School

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We know that many of our students have valuable items. We encourage you to have your child LEAVE VALUABLE ITEMS AT HOME. Items like small earbuds are particularly difficult to find. Headphone/earbuds are available for students in the office.

The school can not be responsible for the loss or theft of valuable items a child chooses to bring to school.

Thank you.

Yearbook - Ordering and Photo Submittal

The SJHS Yearbook Club is committed to documenting this school year for YOU! Order your yearbook today! The cost is $35/copy.

Click HERE to order your 2022 Yearbook.

Do you have photos you would like to submit to the Yearbook Club? Click HERE and find the “Submit Photos Here” button ! We want to represent ALL students in this year's historic yearbook.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Melissa Speelman


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