The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

May 7, 2021

School Goals

Ensure safety of self and students

Provide engaging, standards-based digitized curriculum both F2F and Virtually

Remain prepared to adapt


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Coming Up

This Week:

  • May 12 & 13: MAP Testing F2F (2 hour Delay bell schedule - See below)

Mark Your Calendar:

  • May 31: Memorial Day, No School

  • June 2nd: 8th Grade Day

  • Summer School: June 14 - July 9

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.

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MAP Testing

On May 12th and 13th, we will be conducting Spring MAP testing for our F2F Students.

Virtual Students will be on a two-hour delay and will log into class at 10:02. Use this time to sleep in or get some extra reading or homework done!

Face to Face students will arrive at the normal time and will test between 8:02 and 10:02. Classes will begin at 10:02.

Please click HERE for the testing bell schedule for these days.

LAST CALL for 8th grade slide show!!!


The last day to submit photos is May 7th!

The Student Council needs your help! We are still in need of photos for the 8th grade end of the year video.

Please submit photos using this google form: (google form link)

If there are any difficulties with the google form, please email your photos to Mrs. DiOrio at

Reminder of the Requirements:

- Pictures of mostly 8th-graders

-Location of the photo is on school grounds

-The people included in the photo must be from Sycamore

Thank you!

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8th Grade Day: June 2nd

Dear parents of 8th-grade students,

Our 8th-grade day activity will take place on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at the Blue Ash Rec Center.

F2F students will travel by bus and enjoy activities with staff and their classmates. We will leave the building around 9:45 AM and return around 2:00 PM. Virtual students can attend and received an email with information and an RSVP this week.

If you need to access your 8th-grade student during this time, please coordinate with Ms. Lally prior to that day via email at or via phone 686-1760.

Students should bring:

  • Face covering

  • Towel and swimwear if they wish to swim

Suggested: students wear their swimwear under their clothing to school that morning. We are only permitted to use the tennis court bathrooms.
  • Sunscreen

Students are permitted to bring:

  • Hat

  • Sporting equipment

  • Cards

  • Small bag or backpack to carry their belongings

  • A sack lunch/snacks

Lunch, snacks, and plenty of water will be available to students thanks to our generous PTO.

It is our recommendation that students do not bring valuables to school on this day. We will not be able to respond to stolen or lost valuables, including cell phones. Additionally, students are not permitted to use their cell phones at this event.

In order to have the privilege of attending this event, students must be in good academic and behavioral standing.

  • Maintain passing grades in your classes. Students with multiple failures for the 4th quarter will not be permitted to attend.

  • Follow direction from adults. Students that are chronically noncompliant will not be permitted to attend.

  • Demonstrate respect for others. A student that is rude or disrespectful towards others or property will not be permitted to attend.

  • Be a leader. Model excellence. Students that continue to violate the code of conduct or demonstrate behaviors that are not outstanding examples of what an SJH student exemplifies will not be permitted to attend..

Please remind your student of these expectations.

Students with current class failures will not be permitted to attend. These students will be addressed individually by Mr. Lavercombe on Tuesday, May 25th. They will be able to remain at school to complete coursework in an attempt to raise those failing grades.

This will be a fantastic day of celebration for our students. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Lavercombe at or 686-1760.

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SHS Counselor Update for Rising 8th Graders

Parents of 8th graders:

There is time to review next year's course selections. The classes that students selected and reviewed with their counselor can now be found in Blackboard in the eBackpack. Please review this list and reach out to the high school counselor by May 15 if any changes need to be made.

Mrs. Rose Mitchell (A-K)

Mr. Mark Millett (L-Z)

The OAKS and other Career Information

Scarlet Oaks and Career Information

Traditionally 8th grade students get the opportunity to take a field trip to Scarlet Oaks, one of the four Great Oaks Career Campuses. Great Oaks specializes in career and technical education for both high school students and adults. At four campuses, Great Oaks high school students prepare for careers and college, and adults get training and certification to begin a new career or advance in a current career. Over 30 career programs are available for high school students living in 36 area school districts.

This year Scarlet Oaks was unable to hold in person tours, but they have created excellent virtual tour opportunities for the greater majority of career programs they offer. We encourage your child to view some of these virtual tours and read up on all that Scarlet Oaks has to offer. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about Scarlet Oaks during 9th and 10th grade.

Great Oaks main website can be accessed here:

The direct link to virtual tours can be accessed here:

Ohio Means Jobs

We would like to remind all families that Ohio Means Jobs is a free website that helps students begin and expand upon their career exploration. It includes a career interest inventory that students can take as many times as they like to help guide them in their career search. *The website has been going through some changes, so navigation has changed somewhat and may continue to do so. They are also adding additional career tools so it can be good to revisit the site periodically.

Ohio Means Jobs main website:

Direct Link for Student Career Exploration:

Beta Club Applications

If your 7th-grade student met the academic qualifications, they were sent an email to notify them about applying for Sycamore Jr. High National Beta Club for their 8th-grade year.

Beta Club is a nationally recognized organization that is similar to the National Honor Society at the high school. It recognizes high academic achievement and promotes serving others through community service. Beta Club members are seen as leaders within the building and will be offered a variety of opportunities to be involved in school functions throughout the year.

Please have your student check their email for their application that was sent last week, the deadline is quickly approaching on Monday, May 10th. Also due on this date is the national membership fee of $20. Details about cash or check payments and where to deliver the fee are also provided in the application. No late fees or applications will be accepted.

If you have any questions, please email the club sponsors, Mrs. Darbyshire or Mrs. Dworkin.

Social Studies Assignment: Clarification

Parents -

In some history classes, students will be given an assignment that includes the distribution of a fictitious letter about school funding and "points for grades". This is an exercise ONLY and is not real. We wanted to let you know ahead of time so that you would not be alarmed.

Thank you.


Aves Day at the Races was a success! THANK YOU!

Thank you to the Sycamore Athletic Boosters for their partnership for a fundraising event this school year. Thank you to all our AVES Day at the Races committee members who dedicated their time and efforts to make this event possible. We appreciate all of your help.

Thank you to the businesses that donated to our Silent Auction and to the Sycamore Junior High teams and clubs for their wonderful Silent Auction basket donations.

Thank you to Sycamore HS PTO for their support with their generous gifting.

Thank you to the Sycamore families and staff that participated in our Virtual Derby Dash and placed bids on our Virtual Auction.

In a school year as crazy as this one has been it has been great to see our school community come together to support our students.

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Student Announcements

05-07-2021 SJHS NC Ann Episode 27, Season 20-21 (4:17)

News Crew Links


Summer Learning Enrichment Courses

Please see the Summer Learning course catalog for additional information

Advanced Mathematics and Problem Solving (Virtual)

This summer program is designed to challenge and enrich students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Honors and Accelerated math classes. We will explore the power topics through problem solving, group work and math competitions. The students will explore number theory, probability, logic problems, mental math, all while having fun with higher order critical thinking.

Advanced Writing Workshop (Virtual)

This course is an introduction to the art of creative writing and publishing. Class participants will read, write, and revise pieces in a number of genres including personal essays, short stories, poetry, plays, journaling, etc. The central focus of the class will be on various processes for creating, using texts as inspiration and models, and learning from feedback to guide our writing.

2020/2021 Immunization Requirements

Please turn in your required immunization paperwork to nurse Amy Bonham ASAP at

In Ohio, the following vaccines are required by law:

7th-grade students must show proof that they have received (1) dose of Tdap, and (1) dose of MCV4 . This requirement must be met NO LATER THAN THE 14th day of attendance at school for the 2020-21 school year.

If you have questions, please email Amy at or call 686-1763.


OGB Super Summer Kick Off!!

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Sycamore High School Presents: THE LITTLE MERMAID

Final Performances are TODAY at Blue Ash Elementary (Outdoors)

Friday, May 7th @ 6pm

Friday, May 7th @ 8pm

Tickets are $10 and available at

Tickets can also be purchased at the door beginning 30 minutes before show time.


Behind Blue Ash Elementary School: 9541 Plainfield Rd.

SHS has transformed this field into an outdoor performance venue with a stage, and professional light/sound systems.

Patrons are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show from designated socially distanced areas on the grass.

FTC Robotics

Wish your child was truly passionate about

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)?

Sign-up now to join a Sycamore Robotics team. Download the flyer below for more information.

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Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters Craft Show

The Arts and Crafts show is a fundraiser for the Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters. We need your help to make this fundraiser successful.

Check out the signup genius, and join us for a shift.

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This Week:

  • May 12 & 13: MAP testing for F2F students. VIrtual students report to class at 10:02am and follow the Testing Bell Schedule.

Questions? Here are your Building Contacts

Remember: If you have questions, our team is here! Please reach out to our Administrator or Counselor for Virtual Classroom Students.

Assistant Principal Molly Bernosky

Counselor Rachel Morris

Tech Help

Remember - If your child has tech issues in the virtual classroom, please call 686-1793 or email Please leave a message if you do not get an answer and they will respond ASAP!
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Coming Up

This Week:


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

Detailed information can be found on the district website under Reunification Plans.

For more information on safety & security at Sycamore Schools, visit the district Safety & Security web page.